825.  New Glarus Brewing – Bubbler
Nov14

825.  New Glarus Brewing – Bubbler

We’ve been cleaning up the house most of the day today, preparing for family to visit the next three weekends in a row. I’m settling in this evening watching President-elect Trump on 60 minutes and felt it was time for a beer. I picked this one up during my trip up to New Glarus Brewery a couple of months ago with my friend Steve. Location: Poured into a hefeweizen glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 4% ABV, ~110...

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763. Ecliptic Brewing – Spica Hefepils
Mar21

763. Ecliptic Brewing – Spica Hefepils

It’s an awesome Saturday afternoon outside and as I crack open this beer and reheat leftover pizza, the biggest decision I have to make is whether to watch the NCAA basketball tournament or the National Lampoon’s Vacation marathon on AMC.  This beer was sent to me by my friend Betty who lives up in the Northwest. When I won the brewmaster “Cuisinternship” with Full Sail Brewing, I brewed with John Harris, a...

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566. Great Dane Pub & Brewing – Crop Circle Wheat
Mar27

566. Great Dane Pub & Brewing – Crop Circle Wheat

My family and I are headed from Central Illinois to Rochester, MN and Mayo Clinic for my mitral valve repair heart surgery. Around lunchtime we hit Madison, Wisconsin and decided to stop for lunch. Thanks to a recommendation from my friend Fred, we decided to stop at Great Dane Pub & Brewing and enjoy a sampler. With all sorts of tests tomorrow, I have to limit my beer/alcohol intake, so my wife and I split this. I started to do...

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554. Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Hefeweizen
Mar08

554. Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Hefeweizen

Today is the first day of SXSW, and although I’ve been there before, I’m not able to go this year. However, I’m missing being there a ton and am taking advantage of their live streams of some of the keynote speakers. In order to truly make it a “SXSW experience at home” I wanted to crack open a Shiner while watching. Fortunately, my good friend @BettyWriter sent me a mixed 6 pack of Shiner beers right...

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490. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Penn Weizen
Oct20

490. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Penn Weizen

As I mentioned in my last review of a Pennsylvania brewing Company beer, my dad and sister brought a bunch of beers from this brewery back for me from their trip to Pittsburgh. It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon, and I’ve been spending my time cutting down my hop vines and harvesting hops for my homebrew. I came in the house for lunch, and decided to grab this beer.  The bottle says, “This is an authentic Bavarian style...

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477. Fish Brewing – Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen
Oct04

477. Fish Brewing – Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen

As I’ve mentioned in my last several posts, I’m in the Seattle and Redmond, Washington area for work this week.  Specifically, the conference I’m attending is on the Microsoft campus.  This evening, we had another networking mixer.  At the mixer, they had a few different craft brews.  After having a Scotch Style Pike Kilt Lifter, I noticed this beer, which I hadn’t added to this list yet. Location: Poured into...

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445. Mother Earth Brewing – Sunny Haze German Style Hefeweizen
Jul29

445. Mother Earth Brewing – Sunny Haze German Style Hefeweizen

I’m on vacation in Florida, and on our way down we stopped in Atlanta to stay with my friend Joe, to take a break during the 17-hour car drive down. Joe picked up a couple of local craft beers that I couldn’t get in Illinois or Florida, and made sure they were in the can, so I could drink them on the beach. Well, I’m not on the beach yet, but I cracked open one of these while sitting on the veranda looking down the...

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437. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing – Kristal Weizen
Jun01

437. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing – Kristal Weizen

My friend Joe and I met up with our friend Bill who lives here in Columbia, MO.  We’re in town for our fraternity’s annual golf tournament, and we’re on our third stop of the evening, along with my fifth beer.  I wasn’t exactly sure what type of beer this was, but it sounded interesting and I thought I’d give it a try.  Here’s what was listed on the brewery menu: “Kristalweizen is a clear,...

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386. Crescent City Brewhouse – Weiss Bock Specialty
Dec11

386. Crescent City Brewhouse – Weiss Bock Specialty

As I mentioned in my last post, where I reviewed their Red Stallion, I’m in New Orleans for work for a couple of days and stopped here after dinner to try the only microbrewery near the French Quarter.  They have four beers which are always on tap, their Red Stallion Vienna Lager, a pilsner, their Black Forest Munich lager, and a weiss beer.  In addition, they always have a rotating specialty beer.   Tonight it was a Weiss Bock....

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362. Capital Brewing – Square Series Weizen Doppelbock
Aug26

362. Capital Brewing – Square Series Weizen Doppelbock

I’ve mentioned that I’m at  the Bruegala beer festival and they have several special release beers available.  These are beers that are tough to find around these parts (Central Illinois) and are part of a limited quantity at the event.  Ever since I was contacted by the Brewmaster at Capital Brewery, Kirby Nelson, last year, I’ve tried more of their beers.  So, when I saw this one was available at the event, I went...

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141. Widmer Brothers – Hefeweizen
Jul24

141. Widmer Brothers – Hefeweizen

I’ve had a couple of great days at the Oregon Brewers Festival, and I thought I’d get out a bit and explore some more of the Portland beer culture.  When I met the Widmer brothers at the brewmasters’ dinner, they suggested I take a tour of their brewery.  The tours are only on the weekend, and require reservations.  So immediately following their recommendation on Wednesday, I made a reservation for the first...

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113. Deschutes Brewery – Miss Spelt Hefeweizen Draft
Jul21

113. Deschutes Brewery – Miss Spelt Hefeweizen Draft

After a long day brewing, and a fun day at the Oregon Brewers Festival Brewmasters Dinner, it was time to unwind.  One of the guys from Full Sail took me to the EastBurn, a pub there in Portland.  It was a cool place with some nice Oregon beers on tap.  The back patio was interesting, with tables and seats which were suspended from ropes from the ceiling.  That night, there was a small event being put on by reps from Deschutes, so I...

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