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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541. Southern Tier Brewing Co – LIVE Bottle Conditioned Pale Ale
Feb20

541. Southern Tier Brewing Co – LIVE Bottle Conditioned Pale Ale

My sister is a big fan of my home brews, and shares those I give her with all her friends. She also tells them about this blog, and a few of them have sent me beers to review. This one (and another, with a review coming soon) were sent to me by her friend Brittany who lives not far from the Southern Tier brewery in New York. Thanks Britt! The bottle says, “Brewed with 4 varieties mod hops and 4 types of malts.” it also has...

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530. Oskar Blues Brewery – Dale’s Pale Ale
Jan23

530. Oskar Blues Brewery – Dale’s Pale Ale

I picked this beer up when I was on vacation in Florida this past summer. I stopped at a Total Wine and got several beers that I couldn’t get back here in Illinois. A six pack of this was perfect for enjoying on the beach in Florida. I got a chance to do a few reviews during my vacation, including an awesome stop at Pegs, but this final beer from the six pack has been sitting in the beer fridge waiting for my review since then....

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527. Tallgrass Brewing – 8-Bit Pale Ale
Jan22

527. Tallgrass Brewing – 8-Bit Pale Ale

The kids have the day off school today for a teacher in-service day. So, I had to stay home with them. It was nice to get some work done around the house this morning, and I just took a break for lunch. Since I didn’t have to go to work today, I thought, “why not have a beer at lunch?” My friend Joe gave me this beer while I was helping him move this past fall, and I figured it was time to pop the top on this kick...

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519. Abita Brewing – Restoration Pale Ale
Jan07

519. Abita Brewing – Restoration Pale Ale

As I mentioned with the last few beers I’ve had, I’m cleaning out the beer fridge of beer that have been in there a while.  I picked up this beer, along with a mix of other Abita and Dixie beers, during a trip to New Orleans last December. The bottle says, “Restoration Pale Ale is brewed with pale, caramel and carapils malts. It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with cascade hops. This golden ale has a rich body,...

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498. Black Sheep Brewery – Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale
Nov09

498. Black Sheep Brewery – Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale

This beer was given to me by my friend Joe when he was moving.  It’s been sitting in my beer fridge, and finally, tonight, it peaked my curiosity enough to give it a try.  I love the Monty Python design and the related copywriting on it, but is it just a gimmick, or actually a good beer worthy of the title? Location: Poured into a slightly curved pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 4.7% ABV, 150...

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495. Brooklyn Brewery – Brooklyn Summer Ale
Nov03

495. Brooklyn Brewery – Brooklyn Summer Ale

Tonight was a pretty good evening, I went to the local homebrew store, Twin City Homebrewing, where we had a small pumpkin beer homebrew festival.  On my way home, I picked up dinner and decided to have a lighter beer with it. I can’t remember where I got this beer, but I thought I’d drink it before the summer was completely over (as if it weren’t already). The bottle says, “Brooklyn Summer ale is a summer...

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492. Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. – Imperial Pale Ale
Oct24

492. Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. – Imperial Pale Ale

It’s just a relaxing evening at home, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to dig into the beer fridge and sample another beer.  I’m still getting caught up on my reviews from my trip to Seattle, but I don’t want that to keep me from trying another beer. Location: Poured into a large tulip shaped pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 7.5% ABV, 235 Calories Appearance &...

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484. Hilliard’s Beer – Nautical Reference Pale Ale
Oct05

484. Hilliard’s Beer – Nautical Reference Pale Ale

It’s been a long day already in Seattle, Washington, where I’ve been the last few days for a conference for work.  It’s my last day here, and I’ve already stopped at several places, and had several beers, including the Totem Pale Northwest Ale and Trickster IPA at Black Raven Brewing, the Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale and Space Needle Golden Anniversary IPA from Pike Brewing Co, the Robust Porter at...

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478. Black Raven Brewing – Totem Pale Northwest Ale
Oct05

478. Black Raven Brewing – Totem Pale Northwest Ale

I’ve you’ve read my last few posts, you’d see that I’ve been in Seattle and Redmond, Washington the last few days at a conference on the Microsoft campus.  When I sent a note out to my Twitter followers, Facebook friends and posted on my Google+ page, this brewery seemed to be one of the most recommended breweries in the Seattle area.  So, when the conference finished up, I first stopped at the Cork & Vine...

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452. 4 Hands Brewing – Pi PA
Aug10

452. 4 Hands Brewing – Pi PA

Several weeks ago I was in St. Louis visiting my dad and my wife and I attended the St. Louis Brewers heritage Festival. I had to pick my wife up on Friday night at the train station since I took the day off and took the kids to the zoo on Friday. Her train was running a little bit late and so I stopped at Four Hands Brewing Company in downtown St. Louis. I had their Prunus Saison at the time, and picked up a growler of this to go....

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442. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Dysfunctionale
Jul26

442. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Dysfunctionale

Several weeks ago, I was in Chicago to watch my sister play football (she plays for the St. Louis Slam professional women’s football team). While there, we stopped at Piece Brewery & Pizzeria for a late lunch before the game. I had a couple of beers (as did my wife, although I had much of hers). Since I’d never been here before, I wanted a growler, and I couldn’t leave with it empty, so I took this beer to go....

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439. Half Acre Beer Company – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
Jun02

439. Half Acre Beer Company – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

As you could tell by my last few posts, I’m in Columbia, MO for a golf tournament.  We’re out on the course and I’ve already had a Two Brothers Outlaw IPA my friend Joe brought back from a recent trip to Chicago.  He also brought back this one from Half Acre Beer Co.  It was hard to review it on the course, so Joe shared another can with me to take a little more time review later in the evening. Location: Enjoyed in...

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426. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Downstate Pale Ale
May14

426. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Downstate Pale Ale

As I mentioned in my last post, my friend Joe is passing through town, on his way home to St. Louis from Chicago.  He wanted to meet at Destihl to try a few of their beers, and have some dinner.  I started out with their St. Dekkera Reserve Bela Imperial Pilsner, so I was looking for something a bit lighter and drinkable than the sour I’d just had.  This beer fit the bill and I thought it would be a nice pairing for my bison...

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420. SweetWater Brewing – 420 Extra Pale Ale
Apr29

420. SweetWater Brewing – 420 Extra Pale Ale

I noticed I was approaching beer #420, and having enjoyed this beer before I started my journey, thought it would be fun to review this beer as #420.  Unfortunately, however, SweetWater is not yet distributed in Illinois.  So, on a whim, I thought I’d email them to see if I could get a sample.  Thank you so much to SweetWater for finding a way to get me the beer to review as #420! Location: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint...

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418. The Lost Abbey – Devotion Ale
Apr28

418. The Lost Abbey – Devotion Ale

We had a homebrew club meeting tonight just up the street at Fat Jack’s.  A few of us headed down to Flingers because they have half price craft beers on Monday nights.  They have several craft brews on tap, but this was one of the only ones that wasn’t on my list yet. Location: Enjoyed in a pint glass at Flinger’s Pizza Pub in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. Numbers: 6.25% ABV,  1.050 OG, 1.005 TG, ~ 188 Calories...

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417. St. Louis Brewery Schlafly – Pale Ale
Apr28

417. St. Louis Brewery Schlafly – Pale Ale

It’s a nice Saturday evening, and I’m out with my family at Joe’s Station House Pizza Pub here in town.  It was a great night to relax with the kids, have some pizza, and a enjoy a few beers.  I started with a Bell’s Hop Slam, only because it was actually on tap here, and then decided to slow it down a bit when the pizza came.  I’ve had to start checking this blog to see if I’ve had certain beers...

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