823.  Georgetown Trading Co – James E. Pepper 1776 Ale
Nov08

823.  Georgetown Trading Co – James E. Pepper 1776 Ale

It’s Election Day here in the United States, with two of the most disliked presidential candidates in our country’s history. I voted this morning for what I felt like was the lesser of two evils. So, now that I’m home, and I’m watching the back and forth on the news, it’s driven me to drink. So what better way to commemorate election night than this beer. It was given to me by my friends Fred and Heather...

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777. Against the Grain – Kentucky Ryed Chiquen
Aug13

777. Against the Grain – Kentucky Ryed Chiquen

As I mentioned in my last post, I was up in Chicago for work today, and on my way home, I decided to stop in Lexington, IL at Kemp’s Upper Tap.  This small bar in a small town always seems to have the best beers around. It must help that one of the big local craft beer distributors is located just up the street from them.  When I saw this beer on the list, I knew I had to get it.  I’d heard about how good it was, and then...

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756. The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – Winter Bourbon Barrel Bomber
Jan10

756. The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – Winter Bourbon Barrel Bomber

I received this beer from the brewery last year and saw that it had a “flavor bomb” on the inside.  Therefore, I decided to wait a while and let the flavor soak into it a little bit – especially since it was a bourbon barrel flavor.  I finally opened it tonight after watching the local team (Illinois State University) lose in the national championship today. I’m working on work stuff tonight but thought...

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244. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Holiday Ale
Dec24

244. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Holiday Ale

As I mentioned, we’re in St. Louis, visiting my parents for the holidays, and I brought a few beers with me.  I bought this one a couple weeks back on another visit here, but after reading the last line on the label, I just knew I had to bring it back for this visit.  The bottle says, “Holiday ale is a bottle-conditioned, English-style “Old Ale” brewed at the Schlafly Tap Room on 21st Street for Culinaria, a...

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174. Great Divide Brewing – Hibernation Ale Draft
Sep17

174. Great Divide Brewing – Hibernation Ale Draft

I was having a great time hanging out at Great Divide Brewing before heading over to the Great American Beer Festival.  They had pulled couches out onto their back area, so I was just hanging out in the nice Denver weather and enjoying the beer.  They were actually currently brewing and serving their Hibernation ale, which is their winter seasonal. It was brown in color and had a very thick, tan head on it.  The head retention was...

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160. Founders Brewing – Black Biscuit Draft
Aug16

160. Founders Brewing – Black Biscuit Draft

My wife and I went to St. Louis for the weekend and went out with a friend and his wife.  A fellow homebrewer and beer lover, my friend suggested we try the International Tap House (iTap) in Soulard.  They’ve got a ton of great beers on tap, so we thought it would be a good place to try a few new ones.  We saw that the Founders Black Biscuit was on the menu scheduled to be tapped today.  Sure enough, it had just been tapped, and...

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138. Rogue Ales – 21 Olde Ale Draft
Jul23

138. Rogue Ales – 21 Olde Ale Draft

The Friday session of the Oregon Brewers Festival was drawing to a close, and it was time for one more beer before they stopped serving for the night.  When I stopped by the Rogue hospitality suite earlier in the evening, they guys there told me that their “21” was brewed special for the Oregon Brewers Festival, and named because it was 21st different beer they had brewed for the festival.  The olde ale included...

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