710. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Bière De Garde
Jul30

710. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Bière De Garde

The air is cool and the sun is setting, so I thought I’d have another beer this evening out on the deck. I got this beer a couple years ago at our beer club Christmas party. Someone brought this and the Schlafly glass I often use for the gift exchange. The bottle says, “Schlafly Biere De Garde is a bottle conditioned, French farmhouse style ale. The name refers to the beer’s ability to improve with age and if you...

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659. Off Color Brewing – Apex Predator
Jan18

659. Off Color Brewing – Apex Predator

Our last stop of the evening on the Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago was Sheffield’s. They had a lot of great beers on tap, and this one was recommended by our guide Liz. Off Color is one of the newer breweries in Chicago, and I’d also heard many great things about John Laffler and the barrel program he ran at Goose Island. So, I was looking forward to trying one of his beers. Location: On tap and served in a...

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274. Goose Island – Pepe Nero Draft
Feb10

274. Goose Island – Pepe Nero Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, I was at Fat Jack’s in downtown Bloomington, IL for a Goose Island “mini invasion” where they had taken over 12 taps there.  I met up with my friend Fred, who had just finished teaching a homebrewing class at the community college.  He was in a good mood, so he bought me this round.  Since he was buying I told him to pick what I should have (and I knew I could count on him to pick...

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255. New Glarus – Spotted Cow
Jan05

255. New Glarus – Spotted Cow

This was another beer my friend Jim brought back for me from his trip to Wisconsin. I had this when I talked my wife into stopping by their hilltop brewery in New Glarus, WI on our trip back from Wisconsin Dells last winter. However, since we stopped there and had this one before I started this blog, I was glad Jim brought me one to review here. Numbers: 4.8% ABV Appearance & Aroma: The beer was very clear and yellow in color, but...

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136. Boulevard Brewing – Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale Draft
Jul23

136. Boulevard Brewing – Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale Draft

I’m most disappointed in myself that I came all the way to Portland, Oregon to try good local beer (not that this wasn’t good), and I end up having a beer from Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City.  I also told myself that I wouldn’t give in to this big farmhouse ale/sour beer craze.  However, as I mentioned, the lines were getting long, and it was easiest to get the beers which were closest. It was a very light yellow...

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6. Jolly Pumpkin – Bam Noire Dark Farmhouse Ale
Apr26

6. Jolly Pumpkin – Bam Noire Dark Farmhouse Ale

A nice afternoon treat, I broke open a bottle of Bam Noire Dark Farmhouse Ale from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales of Dexter, Michigan.  It comes in a large bottle like a Belgian (1pt 9.5 fl oz to be exact) except it is sealed with a normal bottle cap. My bottle was labeled as coming from batch 490 of 491. It has a picture of the proprietors’ Jack Russell on the front, and it says, “One of Bam’s brown eyes is, in fact,...

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