780. Notch Brewing – Left of the Dial IPA
Sep09

780. Notch Brewing – Left of the Dial IPA

I’m in Boston on my wife’s work trip, and we took a beer tour of the city with Boston Brew Tours. After stopping at Sam Adams Brewery Tour and Down East Cider House, we went to  Meadhall for lunch. We had a great lunch, which was paired with SoMe Brewing’s Whoopie Pie Stout. After lunch, our new guide said he liked this beer.  Therefore, I had to give it a try, especially since I hadn’t heard of this brewery...

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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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775. Sierra Nevada – Golden IPA
Aug10

775. Sierra Nevada – Golden IPA

We returned from vacation on Friday and we’ve been recovering the last couple days. It’s given me a few hours to catch up on reviews, which inspired me to do one. Right before we left, I bought a “4-way IPA” case of Sierra Nevada beers. I thought I’d give one of them a try. On the bottle it says: Hoppy, light-boddied IPAs have become a hallmark of the West Coast style of brewing, and our Golden IPA is as...

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768. Brew Bus Brewing – Last Stop India Pale Ale
May17

768. Brew Bus Brewing – Last Stop India Pale Ale

We’ve been work on and around the house all day, and now that I’m waiting on some spackle to dry, I thought I’d stop and have a beer. A few months ago my sister was in Florida and mention she was planning on stopping by a few breweries. I told her to stop and see Anthony, a fraternity brother who owns the Tampa Bay Brew Bus and Brew Bus Brewing. She stopped and got a few beers for me and he gave her a 6-pack of this...

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766. Stone Brewing – Go To IPA
May09

766. Stone Brewing – Go To IPA

We had my son’s soccer game this morning and then I laid 44 cubic yards of mulch. So, before I have to get ready to go to my daughter’s dance recital, I thought a beer was in order. I saw this beer at one of our local liquor stores a few weeks ago and thought I’d get it as an every evening kind of brew. It’s their version of a “session IPA” – which is a style that’s only recently...

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762. Pyramid Brewing – Thunderhead IPA
Mar07

762. Pyramid Brewing – Thunderhead IPA

I’ve been busy today, while my wife has been napping because she’s not feeling very good. The weather is finally starting to get a little bit better, and it’s a really nice day outside. So, I decided to sit down, enjoy the sunlight in the kitchen, and have this beer. I got this bottle from my friend Betty, who lives in Tacoma, Washington and Portland, Oregon. She sent it as a housewarming/new job gift....

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759. Dry Hop Brewers – Shark Meets Hipster Wheat IPA
Feb22

759. Dry Hop Brewers – Shark Meets Hipster Wheat IPA

I was up in Chicago for work and stopped at this brewery one evening a couple weeks ago. I tried a flight of their beers, and decided to get this one to bring home and review. I love the idea of the canned growler, but when I opened it, the can was several ounces short of being full. Today, I’m procrastinating getting some work done, so I thought I’d have a beer since I’m caught up on reviews and I’ve got...

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758.  Books & Brews – The Three Hopsketeers IPA
Feb21

758. Books & Brews – The Three Hopsketeers IPA

It’s a cleaning day here at home, and I took a break to catch up on beer reviews. It’s been several weeks since I posted, because WordPress was down on my phone. It’s a bummer because I visited a couple breweries in Chicago the last couple of weeks (Revolution & Atlas). My sister went to Indianapolis a couple months ago and stopped at a few breweries in Indy. She called while she was at this brewery and brought...

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755. Deschutes Brewery – Fresh Squeezed IPA
Jan07

755. Deschutes Brewery – Fresh Squeezed IPA

I spent all afternoon at the fire department working on a video for work (see the completed video about heart health with the fire department). It was fulfilling, but exhausting. I stopped on way home to pick up dinner for my family. I had a free pizza coupon, and decided to sit and have craft beer while waiting for my food. I really wanted the Goose Island barleywine on tap, but decided to go with this one first. Location: On tap and...

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747. Saw Works Brewing Co. – Rocky Hop IPA
Nov22

747. Saw Works Brewing Co. – Rocky Hop IPA

It’s been a lazy Saturday recovering from a late night last night. My son’s birthday was this week, and he had a couple friends over last night to spend the night. I finally went to bed about 2 AM after trying to get them to bed. I’m buying time before the Missouri – Tennessee football game tonight, so I decided to crack open this growler my sister brought me. She was down in Knoxville (home of the University...

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745. Woodruff Brewing Co. – Woodruff IPA
Nov15

745. Woodruff Brewing Co. – Woodruff IPA

Its been a decent Saturday, and I’ve been catching up on a lot of the reviews. That made me thirsty to have one, and after dropping the kids off at a couple of birthday parties it was time. My sister went to Nashville and Knoxville Tennessee a couple of weeks ago, and brought back several beers for me. She brought me several growlers, and in order to drink them when they were fresh, I thought I should crack them open soon....

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732. Lunar Brewing – Moondance IPA
Sep22

732. Lunar Brewing – Moondance IPA

I’m staying in the Chicago suburbs tonight for work, and made a last second tweet out to the biggest Chicago beer lover I knew – @RealLizGaribay – to see what breweries she might recommend I visit while I’m there. She’s more of a city girl, but had @SubBeerBia send me some recommendations. His suggestions were Lunar Brewing and Beer House Chicago, so I decided to try to do both. My first stop was Lunar...

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731. Uinta Brewing – Hop Nosh AIPA
Sep19

731. Uinta Brewing – Hop Nosh AIPA

Tonight, we went to dinner at Medici in Normal because I wanted to go here for my birthday last week, but we couldn’t get in. They have a pretty good menu, and a selection of about 30 or so craft beers on tap.  I felt like a hoppy beer tonight with the stone-oven pizza I ordered, so I went with this one. Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Medici in Normal, Illinois. Numbers: 7.3% ABV, 82 IBUs, 15 SRM,...

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717. Shorts Brewing – Huma Lupa Licious IPA
Aug08

717. Shorts Brewing – Huma Lupa Licious IPA

We just spent the morning at Silver Beach  in St. Joseph, Michigan, and finally decided to take a break and get some lunch. There’s a place right near the beach named Silver Beach Pizza, and Yelp reviews looked pretty good so we decided to give it a try. The atmosphere was nice, and we had a seat next to the window, where a passenger train went by while we ate. They had a few local beers on tap and in bottles, and I’d had...

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716. Griffin’s Claw – Norm’s Raggety Ass IPA
Aug07

716. Griffin’s Claw – Norm’s Raggety Ass IPA

We’re in St. Joseph, Michigan for a long weekend trip, and had dinner at The Buck Burgers & Brew.  They’ve got quite a number of local craft beers on tap, and after having the Looping Owl from Right Brain, I thought I’d have an IPA.  I’d never heard of this brewery, and the name sounded interesting, so I thought I’d give it a try. Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at The Buck...

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711. Big Wood Brewery – Bark Bite IPA
Aug05

711. Big Wood Brewery – Bark Bite IPA

My son had several of his friends over tonight to play, so it was pretty crazy here. After all the kids left, I was finally able to sit down and crack open this beer. I picked up a four pack of this brew when I was up in Minnesota a couple months ago at Mayo Clinic. I had never heard of this brewery before, but it was in the Minnesota brewery section, so I thought I’d give it a try. The can says, “Check out the chompers on...

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709. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. – Hopfen Bavarian-Style IPA
Jul30

709. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. – Hopfen Bavarian-Style IPA

It’s a nice evening, so I thought I’d grab a beer and chill out on the deck a bit. I’m not sure how long I’ve had this beer, but I believe I picked it up in St. Louis as part of a mixed pack of beers from Urban Chestnut. The bottle says, “Hopfen is a beer we describe as a ‘Bavarian-Style IPA.’ Brewed and dry-hopped with a variety of Hallertau ‘hopfen,’ instead of the usual and more...

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708. Rock Bridge Brewing – Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA
Jul27

708. Rock Bridge Brewing – Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA

I was in Columbia, MO a few weeks ago and before I left town, I stopped at the local grocery store to pick up a few local beers, including this one. I heard about this brewery, but haven’t had any of their beers yet. They had a couple canned beers from them at the grocery store, so I thought I’d start with their IPA. It’s a cool looking, 16oz can that came in a four pack. It’s been a challenging day fixing...

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707. Dark Horse Brewing – Smells Like a Safety Meeting IPA
Jun10

707. Dark Horse Brewing – Smells Like a Safety Meeting IPA

My kids have vacation bible school this week, and it’s the one chance during the summer that my wife and I get to go out for a few decent meals. We decided to hit a fairly new place in town – Anju Above/Rustic Pizza – which I’d heard good things about. They had a decent craft beer tap and bottle list, and when I heard the name of this beer, I simply had to go with it! Location: On tap and served in a small...

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705. Mothers Brewing – Nala-Dog IPA
Jun07

705. Mothers Brewing – Nala-Dog IPA

Well, the golf tournament we were supposed to play in got rained out again this year. So we went to breakfast and then hit Hooters for most of the afternoon. My friend Bill is a regular there, so we had a great time chatting with everyone on the staff there. After many rounds of Bud Select, we left to get more Booches’ burgers for dinner and then stopped at Quinton’s next door. They had this Missouri beer on tap, so I...

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