841. Sixpoint Brewery – Sweet Action
Jan22

841. Sixpoint Brewery – Sweet Action

I went to the doctor this past week, and my cholesterol is a bit out of control. Therefore, I’m trying to slow down a little bit on the beers I’m drinking. I’ve been pretty good this week with my diet, so tonight, I rewarded myself with a trip to Flingers and a few craft beers. So, when I got home, I decided to crack open another one. I’ve had this one in the beer fridge a little bit, having picked it up on a...

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827. Ecliptic Brewing – Quasar Pale Ale
Nov16

827. Ecliptic Brewing – Quasar Pale Ale

I’ve been on a role lately, taking time to review a beer when I get home for the evening. I wanted to make sure I cracked this one open before summer was completely over, since it’s a seasonal beer. This was sent to me by my friend @Bettywriter who lives in the Portland area. She knows I brewed with John Harris when I was up there on my Cuinternship, and sends me beer from there periodically. The bottle says,...

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817. Blue Moon Brewing – Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale
Oct06

817. Blue Moon Brewing – Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale

I left my job at Advocate Health Care and am going back to work at State Farm corporate headquarters (were I left 2 years ago). I’m taking a week off between jobs. Today was a busy day of running errands, so to chill a bit, I thought I’d grab a beer from the fridge. My wife picked up a mixed 12 pack from Blue Moon several months ago, which is how I got this beer. Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in...

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804. Flat 12 Bierwerks – Walkabout Pale Ale
Jan23

804. Flat 12 Bierwerks – Walkabout Pale Ale

We had a relatively low key weekend, so I thought I’d try to do a couple reviews today. This is one of the beers my friend Kevin brought from Indianapolis. I don’t know much about their brewery, but already had their Half Cycle IPA, which was overly bitter. So, I’m hoping this one is a little better. Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 5.3% ABV, 40 IBUs, ~140 Calories...

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799. Ecliptic Brewing – Regulus Sparkling Ale
Jan10

799. Ecliptic Brewing – Regulus Sparkling Ale

I’m working on my webpage today, and am sitting in the kitchen enjoying the gorgeous view of all of the snow we had last night. I thought I’d knock out a couple of beer reviews, and I’ve been meaning to have this one for quite a while. My friend Betty sent it to me from Portland, after I asked her to send me some beers from Ecliptic Brewing. When I did my Cuisinturnship in Portland, I brewed with John Harris, 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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770. Three Floyds – Man-O-Awe American Pale Ale
May24

770. Three Floyds – Man-O-Awe American Pale Ale

We have been extremely productive this Memorial day weekend. In fact, I’ve already put down 100 bags of mulch in our planters. So, after a couple of days of solid work, I thought I’d chill out on the deck this evening, and have a beer. I’ve been trying to make my way through the IPAs in the beer fridge, and I think I got most of them. I pick this one up with the other Three Floyd’s beers I’ve had lately...

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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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736. Pollyanna Brewing – Mazzie Pale Ale
Oct08

736. Pollyanna Brewing – Mazzie Pale Ale

I’m back up in the Chicago suburbs for work again this week. When I was up here a couple weeks ago, I stopped at Beer House Chicago on the recommendation of @SubBeerBia. It was a pretty good experience, so I thought I head back there again tonight – especially since it was within walking distance to my hotel. They were having a special event with Pollyanna Brewing Co, a new brewery in Lamont, IL. Since the beers were on...

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727. Stillwater Artisanal Ales – As Follows Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Sep05

727. Stillwater Artisanal Ales – As Follows Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Today was my last day of work at State Farm Insurance, so my coworkers took me out for a nice dinner at Epiphany Farms Restaurant. I have some tremendous co-workers, and it was great to get together with them tonight. Of course they know I’m a beer geek, and I haven’t had too many beers from this brewery, so I figured I’d start the evening with this one. Location: On tap and served in a short tulip style glass at...

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713. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Zombie Dust
Aug07

713. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Zombie Dust

As I mentioned in my last post, we’re taking an extended weekend up to Michigan, and stopped at Three Floyds brewery for lunch. I just enjoyed the War Mullet Double IPA, and my wife (at my suggestion) ordered the Zombie Dust. The To-Go line outside of the pub was easily 30 people deep, as Zombie Dust was just released today in cases. My wife liked it a little, but asked me to finish her beer. After lunch, I tried to wait in line...

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669. French Broad Brewing – Rye Hopper Ale
Feb03

669. French Broad Brewing – Rye Hopper Ale

This is another one of the many beers my sister brought back for me from her trip to Asheville, NC in the fall. I had a craving for a rye IPA, so I was happy to find this rye pale ale in the beer fridge. Location: Poured into a slightly curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 5.9% ABV, 59 IBUs, 10.5 SRM, 15° Plato OG, ~180 Calories Appearance & Aroma: It’s reddish-brown in color and slightly hazy. The head...

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647. Red Hook Ale Brewery – Audible Ale
Jan03

647. Red Hook Ale Brewery – Audible Ale

It’s game night! My Mizzou Tigers play in the Cotton Bowl tonight, and I happened to find this aptly named beer in the beer fridge. I believe I picked up this beer as part of a mixed 6-pack when I was on vacation in Florida this summer. It says it was bottled on Jun 03, 13, and it says that it’s a beer that was brewed in collaboration with Dan Patrick. Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL....

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591. Alesmith Brewing – X Extra Pale Ale
Aug20

591. Alesmith Brewing – X Extra Pale Ale

It was a long day at work, and it’s looking like Tuesday night is our only night when we don’t have commitments for the kids. Since we didn’t have anything going on tonight, I reached in the beer fridge and grabbed this 22oz beer. My friend David (owner of David Reed Photography), who I used to work with back in the day, keeps an eye on my blog and has periodically sent me beers from his hometown of San Diego. A...

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590.  Founders Brewing – Dry Hopped Pale Ale
Aug18

590. Founders Brewing – Dry Hopped Pale Ale

I’m not sure exactly when or how I got this beer, but it seems like a good evening for it. We spent most of the weekend working on the house, and cleaning up. This afternoon, my son had a baseball game and we got home and had some dinner. I cracked this one open with dinner, which consisted of ribs and roasted vegetables. The bottle says that it was bottled on 6/18/12, so it must’ve been in the beer fridge for about a...

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570. Deschutes Brewing Co. – Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale
May22

570. Deschutes Brewing Co. – Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale

I can’t remember the last time my wife and I had a date night, but tonight we hired a nanny for the summer and we’re letting her watch the kids as a trial run. We went out out to one of our favorite spots in town for a date night – Reality Bites. The atmosphere here is dark and intimate and it’s pretty much what you’d call a “tapas bar.” They have a few craft beers on tap, and this was one I...

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568. Bell’s Brewery – Pale Ale
May03

568. Bell’s Brewery – Pale Ale

With the drugs I’m on following my heart surgery, I’m limiting my beer intake to a beer or two a week. I’ve still got a bunch of beers in the beer fridge to catch up on, and I was looking for something lighter. I can’t remember how I picked up this beer, but I think it may have been in a mixed six-pack at the local liquor store. The bottle says, “A blonde ale made from a delicious blend of pale malts with...

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567. Anderson Valley Brewing – Poleeko Gold Pale Ale
Apr25

567. Anderson Valley Brewing – Poleeko Gold Pale Ale

I’m happy to tell you that my heart surgery went well. It’s been almost a month since my surgery, and I’m finally starting to feel a little bit back to normal. I had a little bit of nerve damage, but other than that, it was pretty smooth. It’s also been a month since I’ve had a sip of beer, and I’ve been craving some. Tonight we went to one of our favorite local pizza spots – Flinger’s...

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551. Boulder Beer Co. – Freshtracks Wet-Hopped Singletrack
Mar06

551. Boulder Beer Co. – Freshtracks Wet-Hopped Singletrack

Tonight I’m at a happy hour for a couple of co-workers who are moving on to other positions within the company. We’re at Station 220 in Bloomington, IL., and I was a bit surprised to see they had 6 different craft beers on tap. I hadn’t heard of this one before, but I like Boulder’s Singletrack Copper Ale (I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed that one yet), so I thought I’d give this wet hopped...

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542. Epic Ales – Simple Ale
Feb20

542. Epic Ales – Simple Ale

When I was in Seattle for work a few months ago, I stopped at the Malt and Vine to pick up some beers I couldn’t get here in Illinois. Along with several beers from Russian River, I got several local beers (of places I didn’t visit, which is amazing, because I stopped at 12 breweries during my visit). This one appealed to me because of the simple label and Epic name. The bottle says, “Using only water, Washington...

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