952. Triptych – Really Dank Meme
Aug06

952. Triptych – Really Dank Meme

We’ve been in quarantine for almost five months now and we’ve had a lot going on. I’ve been finishing my work rebuilding our deck and we had a patio poured a couple weeks ago in anticipation of a hot tub.´┐╝ It’s also been super busy at work. So, when I found out today was “IPA Day,” I didn’t need much motivation to reach for a craft beer. I picked this one up on my last trip to the grocery...

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949. Fretboard Brewing – Sapphire Haze Hazy IPA
Apr27

949. Fretboard Brewing – Sapphire Haze Hazy IPA

So we’re in the sixth week of shelter-in-place during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve been very fortunate to be able to work from home and get some much needed house projects completed. After finishing tiling my kids bathroom this evening, it was definitely time for a beer. My sister brought me this beer a couple of months ago from a trip she took to Cincinnati, although it says it was canned on 8/19/2019. I also recently...

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945. Oskar Blues – Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA
Feb08

945. Oskar Blues – Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA

This is the first weekend in quite a while that we haven’t had hardly anything to do. So today, I got my websites transferred over to a new hosting company, cleaned the house a little bit, and then headed to the basement to watch Missouri basketball and clean up my man cave a little bit.´┐╝ So, while I watched the game and cleaned, I enjoyed this beer. I bought a six pack of this beer a couple of weeks ago for a party, and had a...

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936. Creature Comforts Brewing – Topic├ília IPA
Jun11

936. Creature Comforts Brewing – Topic├ília IPA

It’s been a mindblowingly busy few weeks. My son’s baseball season is in full swing, with 5 games in just the past 5 days. At the same time, I finished up an insurance designation (FLMI) for my job, which involved taking lots of tests. We also hosted a Mizzou alumni picnic at our house and are preparing for a Caribbean cruise. With all of that going on, I haven’t been able to just sit and enjoy a beer very often....

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935. Great Flood Brewing – Find-a-Way IPA
May04

935. Great Flood Brewing – Find-a-Way IPA

It’s been a busy Saturday. I picked up 40 bags of mulch and have been working on the yard most of the day, including burning branches that have fallen into the yard. The last hour or so, I’ve been sipping on Bourbon and watching the build-up to the Kentucky Derby. I decided to review one of the beers I picked up during our Bourbon Trail trip a couple months ago. So cheers to the Derby and this Louisville IPA. The can says,...

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934. West Sixth Brewing – IPA
Mar31

934. West Sixth Brewing – IPA

It has been a very busy Sunday morning, going to church, fertilizing the yard and installing a cat door. So now it’s time to have a beer and watch some March Madness NCAA basketball. I picked up this beer a couple weeks ago when I was in Louisville, KY doing the Bourbon Trail. I picked up a mixed six pack of local IPAs. So I know I need to drink them while they are still relatively fresh. Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass...

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933. Atlanta Brewing Co. – Hoplanta IPA
Mar31

933. Atlanta Brewing Co. – Hoplanta IPA

I’m watching March Madness, and an incredible UVA – Purdue basketball game and had to grab another beer. This one was given to me by my friend Joe when we met up and did the Bourbon Trail a couple of weeks ago. He lives in Atlanta and brought me a few beers from there. I had to double check, because I thought I’d had a beer named Hoplanta before, but the one I had before was from Red Brick Brewing. Location: Poured...

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932. Country Boy Brewing – Cliff Jumper IPA
Mar30

932. Country Boy Brewing – Cliff Jumper IPA

It’s been a rainy Saturday and I spent most of the day pasteurizing strawberries and peaches for my home brewed Belgian golden strong. I’m now watching The Elite Eight basketball games and decided to have a beer. This is another one I picked up on our Bourbon Trail tripd a few weeks ago. When we did the Bourbon Trail in 2017, we actually stopped at this brewery and had a couple beers. I thought I’d get this one to...

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931. Falls City – Hipster Repellant IPA
Mar23

931. Falls City – Hipster Repellant IPA

Its a nice sunny day today, but it’s still fairly cold out. Besides, the NCAA tournament is on this weekend. So, I made up some tacos for lunch and decided to grab a beer to enjoy with it. I picked this one up a couple of weeks ago when my friend Joe and I were in Lexington Kentucky doing the Bourbon Trail. I will admit, that I bought this beer totally because of the name and the cool textured can. The can says, “The...

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930. 2nd Shift – Brewligans East Coast Style IPA
Mar22

930. 2nd Shift – Brewligans East Coast Style IPA

TGIF again, as I’ve tried to give up alcohol during the week during Lent. So these Friday beers are extra special. It’s been a good week at work and the kids start spring break this weekend – making it a good time to grab a beer. This is one of the beers my sister brought me from 2nd Shift Brewing in St. Louis. The can says, “Brewligans is a hazy, East Coast style IPA that features low bitterness, but provides...

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929. Chattanooga Brewing – Hill City IPA
Mar15

929. Chattanooga Brewing – Hill City IPA

TGIF. It’s my daughters birthday today so I grabbed a beer before heading to dinner and ice skating with my daughter and her friend. It’s also much needed since I gave up alcohol during the week during Lent this year. My friend Joe gave me this beer a couple weeks ago when we met up in Kentucky for our second Bourbon Trail trip. The bottom says it was canned on 1/15/19. Location: Poured into a tall curved pint glass from...

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925. 2nd Shift – Little Big Hop Session IPA
Jan27

925. 2nd Shift – Little Big Hop Session IPA

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m feeling pretty productive… I’ve watched CBS Sunday Morning, gone to church and then cooked up a couple pounds of ground beef into burgers and taco meat. Now, I can relax and have a beer, and what better style for a Sunday afternoon than a session IPA. When I started this blog in April 2010, I never imagined that “session IPA” would be a style. I just reminds me how much...

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920. Old Nation – M-43 IPA
Dec01

920. Old Nation – M-43 IPA

This weekend is my daughter’s performance in the local holiday show. My dad is here and we’re watching NCAA football conference championships, so I thought I’d crack open a beer while we watch. I bought this a few weeks ago after hearing a lot of buzz about it. It’s one of the beers people have been buzzing about in this recent Northeast IPA NEIPA/Hazy IPA craze. Since I bought a four pack, I finally decided to...

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916. Industry Brewing – No Call No Show
Sep07

916. Industry Brewing – No Call No Show

As is becoming the norm, things are crazy busy. School is underway, and the kids are involved in cross country, soccer, and theater. I’m changing jobs starting next week, and we’re getting ready to head to Disney next week. Additionally, we just had a Pirate murder mystery party this past weekend. Fortunately, my friend Steve brought some beers to the party, including this one from Industry Brewing Co. in Peoria, IL...

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915. Perennial Artisan Ales – Cave Torch IPA
Aug29

915. Perennial Artisan Ales – Cave Torch IPA

The last couple weeks have been pretty crazy… my grandpa passed away and I had to deliver his eulogy, the kids started school, my son’s cross country season started, my daughter auditioned for a holiday show, and I got a new job within the same company I work at now. My sister gave me several beers she picked up in and around St. Louis, and this was one of them. The label says it’s a tropical IPA fermented on...

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914. Jekyll Brewing – Pineapple Habanero Hop Dang Diggity IPA
Aug05

914. Jekyll Brewing – Pineapple Habanero Hop Dang Diggity IPA

It’s been a somewhat relaxing weekend. We didn’t have anything going on for the first time in a while – no baseball games, no travel, etc. The kids got their school schedules and we did a little bit of back to school shopping. I’ve also spent the afternoon paying bills and generally getting caught up from our trip to Oregon last week. I reached in the beer fridge this afternoon and grabbed this IPA my friend...

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912. Bend Brewing – Tropic Pines Juicy IPA
Jul31

912. Bend Brewing – Tropic Pines Juicy IPA

We’ve had an incredible few days here in Oregon thanks to my friend @Bettywriter. I can’t thank her enough. After a day exploring Portland – hitting the rose garden, lunch at Por Que No?, beers at Stormbreaker and Ecliptic, exploring the Hawthorne neighborhood, and then McMenamin’s Kennedy School – we headed back to the condo to get ready to head home tomorrow. So while we’re cleaning up and packing...

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911. Double Mountain- India Red Ale IRA
Jul29

911. Double Mountain- India Red Ale IRA

We had an incredible day today. We drove up the Columbia River gorge, stopping at several waterfalls along the way. We finally hit Hood River at lunchtime and had lunch on the patio at Full Sail Brewing. It was super hot, so after a quick tour of the brewery, we tried to stop by Double Mountain, but it was packed. So we drove to Mount Hood and stopped at Timberline Lodge. After trekking it back to Portland, we relaxed and I cracked...

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910. pFriem – Citrus Zest IPA
Jul25

910. pFriem – Citrus Zest IPA

We’re headed to Oregon in a couple days and I’m getting excited. I though I’d open another beer from my friend @Bettywriter in preparation for the trip. She sent me one of their beers at Christmas and I’m hoping to stop at the brewery while out there. The bottle says, “By adding citrus zest to fruit and citrus forward hops, we’ve boosted the fruit flavors in pFriem Citrus Zest IPA. Notes of melon...

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908. Wild Leap Brew Co. – Chance IPA
Jul09

908. Wild Leap Brew Co. – Chance IPA

On Friday night we rented a steam cleaner for 48 hours, and I spent the entire weekend steam cleaning every inch of carpet, every carpeted stair, and every rug in the entire house. I stopped briefly last night so my wife and I could go to Shakespeare in the park (we saw The Merry Wives of Windsor). So finally, after returning the steam cleaner, it was time for a beer. My friend Joe gave this to me when we met up in Memphis about a...

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