504. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co – Thrale’s
Dec22

504. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co – Thrale’s

We’re in St. Louis for the holidays and went out with my friend Joe and his wife to watch the Mizzou-Illinois basketball game (I went to Mizzou and my wife went to Illinois). After meeting at Perennial Artisan Ales (hoping they’d have some TVs to watch the game, or some Abraxas I could buy – they had neither), we went to the International Tap House (iTap) in Soulard to watch the game. My friend Joe had this one...

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471. Elliott Bay Brewing – Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Oct02

471. Elliott Bay Brewing – Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in Seattle for work and am having dinner with my cousin at Elliott Bay brewpub.  I started with their dry hopped IPA, and had their excellent fish tacos (which were a bit unevenly matched).  After dinner, as well as some great family conversation, we both finished with one last beer. I’ve always been a fan of bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout, and saw they had this one in the cask, so I...

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462. Goose Island – 2011 Bourbon County Stout
Sep13

462. Goose Island – 2011 Bourbon County Stout

Today’s my birthday, and I had a nice dinner out at Lucca Grill here in Bloomington, IL with my family, and enjoyed a couple of Boulder Beer Mojo IPAs (but I didn’t get a picture so I won’t count it here, yet).  When we got home, I put the kids to bed, and finished off my birthday evening in perfect fashion with this beer.  Thanks to my sister Kelly who gave me a four pack of this beer as a thank you for always...

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461. Central Waters Brewing – Satin Solstice Imperial Stout
Sep12

461. Central Waters Brewing – Satin Solstice Imperial Stout

Tonight I’m at Medici in Normal, IL.  A few members of our homebrew club are working on a beer for the Chicago Beer Hoptacular club competition.  Before the meeting I thought I’d grab a beer.  I didn’t recognize this beer or brewery, so I looked it up on my phone.  The brewery is located in Amherst, WI, and the beer had some pretty good reviews, so I thought I’d give it a shot and add it to my list....

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416. SweetWater Brewing – Happy Ending
Mar03

416. SweetWater Brewing – Happy Ending

I’ve been on a microbrewery tour of St. Louis with my friend Joe all day today.  It’s been a long day, and in fact, I’ve racked up nine new beers today alone, so why not go for an even 10.  We stopped at 4 Hands Brewing near downtown, the International Tap House in Soulard, and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. near downtown.  We finally headed back to Joe’s house and we decided to play a little pool and finish the...

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409. 4 Hands Brewing – Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout
Mar03

409. 4 Hands Brewing – Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout

I’m at 4 Hands Brewing in St. Louis, MO, enjoying a few beers in their tasting room, including their Divided Sky Rye IPA and their Reprise Centennial Red Ale.  My friend Joe just had this beer, and recommended I try it myself.  As a fan of Russian Imperials, I indulged in a third beer here before we headed off to another local microbrewery. According to 4 Hands, “Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with...

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406. Green Flash Brewing – Double Stout Black Ale
Mar02

406. Green Flash Brewing – Double Stout Black Ale

As you can see by my last few posts, my friend Joe and I have been out in St. Louis, hitting Perennial Artisan Ales earlier this evening. After enjoying their Vermilion and Abraxas, we headed back to Joe’s place, where he cracked open a Deschutes Black Butte Porter. It wasn’t quite time to call it a night, so Joe dug into his celler and pulled this one out. Location: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, at my friend...

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404. Perennial Artisan Ales – Abraxas
Mar02

404. Perennial Artisan Ales – Abraxas

After having the Vermilion, my friend Joe demanded we get a bottle of the Abraxas.  He’s had it before and raved about it. It’s an “Imperial Stout aged on Mexican cocoa nibs, ancho chiles, vanilla beans, and cinnamon,” so as you can tell, it’s supposed to have a rich, complex flavor. Location: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet glass, at Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis, MO. Numbers: 10% ABV, ~...

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396. Founders Brewing – Imperial Stout
Feb19

396. Founders Brewing – Imperial Stout

It’s the 160th anniversary of the founding of my college fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi. A couple of years ago, I started the tradition of enjoying a beer from Founders Brewing on my Fraternity’s Founders’ Day. In the spirit of that tradition, I’m having Founders Imperial Stout tonight, and raising a glass to old Phi Psi. Location: Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, at home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers:...

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395. Terrapin Beer – Wake ‘N Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout 2010
Feb05

395. Terrapin Beer – Wake ‘N Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout 2010

It’s a bit of a lazy Sunday afternoon here at home, and after I had the Bell’s Oarsman Ale, I realized it had been quite some time since I dug into the beer fridge.  So, I reached in and blindly grabbed one.  This beer was given to me by my friend @jkaiseresq several months ago, and he said it was a pretty good beer. The bottle says, “Two Athens, GA companies, Terrapin and Jittery Joe’s, have teamed up to...

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319. BJ’s Brewhouse McAllen, TX – Tatonka Stout Draft
May03

319. BJ’s Brewhouse McAllen, TX – Tatonka Stout Draft

We’re in McAllen, TX for work, and coincidentally, it was almost exactly a year ago that I was right here at BJ’s Brewhouse in McAllen having a beer.  In fact it was their Piranha Pale Ale and Jeremiah Red Irish Strong Ale.  I just had their Nutty Brewnette with my meal, and my co-worker and I decided to stick around and have another beer to celebrate the end of our crazy traveling these last three weeks. Location: On tap...

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303. The Abbey Brewing Co. – Father Theodore’s Stout Draft
Apr20

303. The Abbey Brewing Co. – Father Theodore’s Stout Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in Miami Beach today and spent the morning running and enjoying the sun on South Beach (along with getting some work done with my laptop). For lunch, I searched for a nearby brewery or brewpub and found The Abbey Brewing Company. While trying their Immaculate IPA, I struck up a conversation with their Brewmaster/President Raymond Rigazio. He was a tremendously nice guy and let me sample...

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292. St. Louis Brewery – Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout 2010
Mar26

292. St. Louis Brewery – Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout 2010

As I mentioned in my last post, my mom unexpectedly passed away on March 18.  As you can imagine, it has been a tremendously difficult time.  We’ve not only been dealing with her death, but all of the other things you don’t think about until something like this happens.  My wonderful wife went out to do some shopping and came back with this beer for me.  She figured I needed something big to relax and help deal with...

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290. Great Divide – Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Draft
Mar10

290. Great Divide – Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Draft

My friend Robert (seen in the background here) and I were still hanging out at The Gingerman in Austin, TX, getting ready for the beginning of SXSW.  We had both met Beverly the week before at the iMedia Brand Summit, who was also sticking around in town for SXSW.  She joined us for a drink.  Unfortunately, she’s not much of a beer person, and ordered a glass of wine.  As you can imagine, the wine at a beer bar doesn’t see...

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264. Left Hand Brewing – Imperial Stout
Jan20

264. Left Hand Brewing – Imperial Stout

I had brought my sister some of my homebrew of Thanksgiving to share with her friends.  When I went home over Christmas, I brought more.  She surprised me with a few Michelob beers, and this one from her friend Pam.  She told me that Pam appreciated my beers and wanted to share this with me because it is her favorite beer.  The bottle says, “A black ale to brighten your day” and given the kind of days I’ve had...

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236. Two Brothers – North Wind Imperial Stout
Dec13

236. Two Brothers – North Wind Imperial Stout

We tried several beers at our ABNormal Brewers club meeting tonight, but I decided to review this one, since somehow, I ended up with a nearly full bottle of it.  I wasn’t so lucky with the Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus, but I’m definitely going to head over to Friar Tuck to get a couple bottles of it (Thanks to Edwin, a member of the club and employee of Friar Tuck for the presentation tonight). As you can see, it was dark...

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224. Southern Tier Brewing – Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout Draft
Dec01

224. Southern Tier Brewing – Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout Draft

After a very stressful couple of weeks, it was nice to get out for a night and have some decent beers while having our ABNormal Brewers steering meeting.  When I got to Fat Jack’s I looked up at the list of new beers on tap, and realized it’s starting to get a little bit harder to find a beer that I have not yet had.  I had read a review of this on the Daily Beer Review and thought I’d give it a try, since I...

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120. Full Sail Brewing – ’97 Russian Imperial Stout Draft
Jul22

120. Full Sail Brewing – ’97 Russian Imperial Stout Draft

As I mentioned, for my Brewmaster Cuisinternship, I brewed at Full Sail in Hood River on Monday and Tuesday, and then traveled into Portland on Wednesday to brew with brewmaster John Harris (seen here in the hat).  At the brunch and parade, John told me to come find him around 3 o’clock at the Buzz tent (a tent at the Oregon Brewers Festival that offers unique beers for 2 tokens each).  When I arrived, he mentioned that they...

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107. Hopworks Urban Brewery – Velvet Underground Imperial Black ESB Draft
Jul21

107. Hopworks Urban Brewery – Velvet Underground Imperial Black ESB Draft

After brewing all day at Full Sail’s Riverplace location, recording a segment for the Beer Goddess, navigating Portland rush hour, checking into my hotel out by the airport, then navigating Portland’s MAX, I finally made it back down to the riverfront for the Oregon Brewers Festival Brewmasters’ dinner.  They were serving beers that weren’t on the Oregon Brewers Festival list, so I thought I’d jump right...

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