828. Triton Brewing – Shot to the Tart
Nov23

828. Triton Brewing – Shot to the Tart

We’ve got two days until Thanksgiving and my wife is having the carpets cleaned tomorrow. So, what does she decide to do? Start putting up Christmas decorations!?! So I’m going to chill with a beer. I’ve got several New Glarus beers handy from my trip to the brewery with my friend Steve, but it feels like I just had their Bubbler. So I decided to finally crack this one open, which was given to me by my friend Kevin...

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793. Founders Brewing – 2015 Blushing Monk
Dec06

793. Founders Brewing – 2015 Blushing Monk

We’ve had a really great day, relaxing, watching football, and introducing the kids to a few new Christmas movies, like Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation. While watching movies, I thought I’d crack open this beer, which I’ve been looking forward to trying. There’s something about raspberries and beer I enjoy, so I was glad when I was able to find this at our local Hy Vee grocery store...

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791. Dogfish Head – Sixty-One IPA
Dec04

791. Dogfish Head – Sixty-One IPA

My son has been sick all week, so my wife and I have had to juggle staying home this week to be here with him. Today, I went into work in the morning, and then spend the afternoon working from home. Now that work is done for the day, it’s time for a beer. I bought a six pack of this beer a few months ago on our vacation to Washington DC. I hadn’t seen it before, and the label says it is a continually hopped India Pale Ale,...

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778.  Goose Island – Lolita (2013)
Aug22

778.  Goose Island – Lolita (2013)

This past Monday, I had to go back up to Mayo Clinic to see my cardiologist. the good news is that my heart is back to a normal size and I can start to ween off the medications (over the next couple years). The bad news is that he’s concerned about my weight gain and cholesterol. Admittedly, I’ve not been good about eating well this past year. He recommended I start dieting immediately, so I did. I’ve been very good...

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776. Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin 
Aug13

776. Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin 

I was up in Chicago today for work, and on my way home, I decided to stop in Lexington, IL to see the new Kemp’s Upper Tap bar. Although it’s about 15 minutes north of Bloomington-Normal and is a super small town, this bar seems to get more good beers on tap than any other place nearby. It seems like the different flavored Ballast Point Sculpin beers have been pretty popular lately, so I thought I’d give this one a...

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680. New  Glarus – Unplugged Cherry Stout
Mar08

680. New Glarus – Unplugged Cherry Stout

We’ve got our home on the market, and we had an open house this morning. This afternoon has been pretty relaxing, catching up on several beer reviews. After editing a few, I had a craving for one. So as I sit here during halftime of the Mizzou basketball game, I went out to the garage to grab a beer. I forgot to mention that the beer fridge is now gone, in storage while we move. So, all the beer is boxed up in the cold garage...

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651. New Glarus Brewing – Raspberry Tart
Jan12

651. New Glarus Brewing – Raspberry Tart

I was having dinner with my family last night and noticed that my daughter was saving her favorite food until last. My wife commented that she must take after me, because that’s what I tend to do. I’ll admit, there are several great beers in the fridge, but I keep saving them until later. Well, I’ve decided not to wait, and as long as I have time to sit down and enjoy a beer, I should start enjoying the special ones....

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648. Founders Brewing – Rübæus Pure Raspberry Ale
Jan06

648. Founders Brewing – Rübæus Pure Raspberry Ale

We’re sitting down for dinner and getting ready to watch the BCS National Championship game. I blindly reached into the beer fridge and this is what I came out with. I picked up a four pack of this at the liquor store in July (it says it was bottled on 6/10/13). I’ve already had a few, but I have time tonight while watching the pregame to takes notes. Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in...

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595. Shipwrecked – Door County Cherry Wheat Ale
Aug27

595. Shipwrecked – Door County Cherry Wheat Ale

We went out to dinner out tonight, and when we came home, I went out and picked some of my homegrown hops. After spending time picking hops, I like to grab a beer to remind myself of why I spend the time picking them. However, it was pretty hot outside, so I decided to grab something a little lighter and not-so-hoppy. This beer was given to me several months ago by my friend Jim after his trip to Wisconsin last year. Location: Poured...

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593. New Glarus Brewing – Strawberry Rhubarb
Aug25

593. New Glarus Brewing – Strawberry Rhubarb

I was back up at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota a couple weeks ago for an appointment, and stopped in both Minnesota and in Wisconsin to pick up beers I can’t get here at home in Illinois. I’ve had a few beers from New Glarus, and have enjoyed them – particularly their raspberry tart (which I haven’t reviewed yet, but picked up a bottle to review later). So, I was expecting this one would be pretty good.  It’s...

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579. SanTan Brewing Co. – Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer
Jul13

579. SanTan Brewing Co. – Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer

I’m still on medication since my heart surgery, which limits my beer intake, and it’s why I haven’t had many posts lately. But it was such a gorgeous day, I had to crack open this beer. As with other beers from this brewery – including Sex Panther Chocolate Porter and Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale, I got this beer in the mail from the brewery. Thank you for sending this one. The can says, “Mr. Pineapple...

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564. Russian River Brewing – Supplication Ale
Mar25

564. Russian River Brewing – Supplication Ale

  I found out I’m going to need mitral valve repair heart surgery this coming Friday, so I’m digging in the beer fridge for a few good ones before I have to head to Mayo Clinic for the surgery. I picked this one up in Seattle when I was there a few months ago, and brought it back on the plane with me. The bottle indicates it’s aged in Pinot Noir barrels with cherries added. It says its aged in the barrel 12-15 months...

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430. 4 Hands Brewing – Prunus Saison
May25

430. 4 Hands Brewing – Prunus Saison

I’m in St. Louis for the weekend, visiting my dad and taking the kids to the zoo.  Since the kids had the day off school, I took the day off work and took them to the zoo.  However, my wife had to work and is taking the train in to meet us.  I headed downtown to pick her up fron the train station, and since her train was delayed a half hour, I stopped in at 4 Hands to have a drink and pick up a growler to go.  According to the...

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427. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Strawberry Blonde Ale
May14

427. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Strawberry Blonde Ale

I’ve mentioned in my last couple of posts, but my friend Joe is passing through central Illinois on his way home to St. Louis from Chicago. We’re having dinner at Destihl, the local brewpub, along with a few beers. I started out with their St. Dekkera Reserve Bela Imperial Pilsner Sour Ale, and then followed that with their Downstate Pale ale with my dinner. After dinner, I thought I’d go with something a bit lighter...

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358. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Hawaii Five-Ale
Aug26

358. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Hawaii Five-Ale

Tonight I’m at Bruegala , our one and only beer tasting festival in the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois area.  I’m working our Abnormal Brewers booth, and helping out Fred, our former president, and current head brewer for Destihl.  I covered his booth for an hour or so, and got a chance to have a few of their beers.  During a slow time, I thought I’d go ahead and review their Hawaii Five-Ale.  This beer came to be as...

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268. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Raspberry Coffee Stout
Jan30

268. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Raspberry Coffee Stout

I found out about this beer a few months back from STLHops, and I knew I had to try it. St. Louis Brewery/Schlafly, makes a very good coffee stout (review coming soon), and I think it has a lot to do with the Kaldi’s coffee they use (and the cold steeping process for extracting the coffee flavors).  I had never thought of a coffee-raspberry combination before, but once I had heard of it, I knew that it sounded pretty good. Also,...

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253. Atwater Block – Cherry Stout
Jan03

253. Atwater Block – Cherry Stout

It’s the first day back at work and it wasn’t too bad, but that doesn’t mean I won’t come home and have a good beer.  Besides, I’ve been pretty proud of myself for catching up on my posts (several have been written while I sit at the computer, as I am now).   Additionally, I’ve been thinking about making these review a little easier to read, so let me know what you think about this format. This...

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208. Flatbranch Pub & Brewing – Cherry Brown Draft
Oct23

208. Flatbranch Pub & Brewing – Cherry Brown Draft

We had a great time checking out the ESPN College Gameday set on the quad at Mizzou homecoming, but we stopped at Flatbranch Pub & Brewing for an early lunch before heading over to the homecoming parade.  I had their ESB to start my meal and decided to have another to finish off my meal. I looked up at the board, and unfortunately, there was nothing that qualified for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  So, unfortunately, I’ll have...

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146. 21st Amendment – Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Draft
Jul25

146. 21st Amendment – Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Draft

After visiting Mt. Hood in the morning and stopping at the Horse Brass Pub for a Mt. Hood Hogs Back Stout pulled from the cask, I headed back over to the Oregon Brewers Festival.  As an occasional listener of The Brewing Network, I had heard of 21st Amendment and their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat beer.  Since hearing about it, I wanted to try it just to see what it was like. It was a very, very pale yellow color, and it had a soapy...

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100. Double Mountain Brewery – Devils Kriek Draft
Jul20

100. Double Mountain Brewery – Devils Kriek Draft

After spending the afternoon enjoying all of the great beers that Full Sail had, I was almost ready to call it a night.  However, I wanted to try as many different beers as I could on this trip.  So, I stopped at Double Mountain brewery, which was literally right around the corner, and was actually started by a former brewer from Full Sail.  The brewmaster and one of the owners, Matt Swihart, also owns a cherry orchard, and uses some...

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