787. Bridgeport Brewing – Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA
Nov07

787. Bridgeport Brewing – Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA

It’s been a super busy day with a lot of meetings at work. Tonight, my wife is out at a girls’ night wine party. My friend Betty sent this beer a few weeks ago (along with a note encouraging me to come back out to Portland for a visit). The beer commemorates the opening of the Orange line for Portland’s Tri Met train and so Betty included a brochure explaining it. The bottle says, “What happens when...

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783. DC Brau Brewing – The Corruption IPA
Oct16

783. DC Brau Brewing – The Corruption IPA

It’s Thursday night and the weekend is almost here. I caught up a lot at work today and I have a fraternity brother, Kevin, stopping through tomorrow with a shipment of great beers. When I looked in the beer fridge tonight, I realized I had better make some room for the stuff that he’s bringing. Therefore, I decided to grab this IPA I picked up on our summer vacation to Washington DC. The can says, “In 1824, speaker...

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782. Buckledown Brewing – Belts & Suspenders IPA
Oct08

782. Buckledown Brewing – Belts & Suspenders IPA

I had work meetings up in Chicago again today, and on my way home, I decided to stop in Lexington, IL again for a beer at the new Kemps Upper Tap.  Somehow, this little bar (although it’s probably four times bigger than the old place), manages to get the best craft beers in central Illinois.  It’s about 10 miles north of my house, so it’s a nice stop on the way home.  I haven’t really heard of this brewery...

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781. Sierra Nevada- Ruthless Rye IPA
Sep18

781. Sierra Nevada- Ruthless Rye IPA

It was a long day at work today, and when I got home, I did some work out in the yard. So, after having a tiny bite to eat, I thought I’d relax for a bit and enjoy one of the Sierra Nevada IPAs I had in the fridge from the 4-Way IPA case I picked up a few weeks ago. The bottle says: Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors, combining the peppery spice of the rye and the bright citrus flavors of the...

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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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