803. Hi-Wire Brewing – Hi-Pitch IPA
Jan19

803. Hi-Wire Brewing – Hi-Pitch IPA

It’s Monday… time for a beer, but seriously, it was a long day at work, and I was ready for a beer. I’ve also been trying to review beers a little more regularly. This beer was given to me by my sister after her trip to Asheville, NC. The bottle says, “Hi-Pitch, a Western North Carolina take on the West Coast style IPA. Huge citrus hop aromas make this a Hop Head’s dream. Its full body balances well with...

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801. Fountain Square Brewery – Soul Ride India Pale Ale
Jan16

801. Fountain Square Brewery – Soul Ride India Pale Ale

It’s been a pretty relaxing Saturday. The only thing we had to do today was go to the neighbors daughter’s birthday party. So when I got home, after I took care of a few things, I decided to sit down and review a couple of beers. My buddy Kevin Marks brought this in a bunch of beers for me from Indianapolis a couple of months ago, so I’ve been trying to make my way through them. The label says, “This American...

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796. Mankato Brewery – Haymaker IPA
Jan02

796. Mankato Brewery – Haymaker IPA

It’s been nice having a long, relaxing weekend, and I’ve been meaning to know a few more beers off the list. I’ve been trying to find and drink all of the IPAs in the beer fridge, knowing that the flavors in those will fade the fastest. I picked this one up as part of a mixed 12 pack of beers from Mankato Brewing when I was up in Minnesota at Mayo clinic.  So far, I’ve only had their Leaf Raker Nut Brown ale....

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795. Triton Brewing – Rail Splitter IPA
Dec29

795. Triton Brewing – Rail Splitter IPA

It was my first day back at the office after the four day holiday weekend, and we had a bad wind and ice storm. Oh, and it delivered about 3″ of rain. There were a lot of power outages, leaks, and trees down everywhere. Needless to say, I’d been craving a beer to relax for the evening. You might remember my friend Kevin brought several beers from Indianapolis a month or so ago. He’s a big fan of this brewery, and...

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791. Dogfish Head – Sixty-One IPA
Dec04

791. Dogfish Head – Sixty-One IPA

My son has been sick all week, so my wife and I have had to juggle staying home this week to be here with him. Today, I went into work in the morning, and then spend the afternoon working from home. Now that work is done for the day, it’s time for a beer. I bought a six pack of this beer a few months ago on our vacation to Washington DC. I hadn’t seen it before, and the label says it is a continually hopped India Pale Ale,...

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789. Flat 12 Bierwerks – Half Cycle IPA
Nov22

789. Flat 12 Bierwerks – Half Cycle IPA

It’s been a busy weekend with my son’s birthday. On Friday, my son and five friends stayed up until about 2 a.m., and then Satuday night we had a family party. Now that everything has calmed down, I decided to break into some of the craft beers my friend Kevin brought me from Indianapolis. I already reviewed the growlers of Triton O’Rye-n Galaxy and Nutty Professor Peanut Butter Brown Ale he brought, so I thought...

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788. SanTan Brewing – Moon Juice Galactic IPA
Nov15

788. SanTan Brewing – Moon Juice Galactic IPA

We had almost nothing going on this weekend, so we started putting out some of our Christmas decorations. I’ve spent most of the last couple of days putting lights on our massive 12 foot Christmas tree. This beer arrived a couple of weeks ago, in another delivery from SanTan Brewing. I love getting a notification every few months that beers are on their way to my house from them. Location: Poured into a TEKU glass from the can at my...

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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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