820. Fountain Square Brewing – Workingman’s Pilsner
Oct29

820. Fountain Square Brewing – Workingman’s Pilsner

I just finished up the third week of my new job and just found out my old job was eliminated (along with several of my colleagues’ positions). I’m celebrating a little bit that I got out of my old job just at the right time, but sad for my former co-workers who will be looking for new jobs. Tonight, we’re sitting around watching the World Series on TV, so I thought I’d crack open a beer.  This one was given to...

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763. Ecliptic Brewing – Spica Hefepils
Mar21

763. Ecliptic Brewing – Spica Hefepils

It’s an awesome Saturday afternoon outside and as I crack open this beer and reheat leftover pizza, the biggest decision I have to make is whether to watch the NCAA basketball tournament or the National Lampoon’s Vacation marathon on AMC.  This beer was sent to me by my friend Betty who lives up in the Northwest. When I won the brewmaster “Cuisinternship” with Full Sail Brewing, I brewed with John Harris, a...

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751. Krombacher Gruppe – Krombacher Pilsner
Dec11

751. Krombacher Gruppe – Krombacher Pilsner

I’m in Chicago again for work and am staying across the street from Beer House Chicago again. Tonight, there was a girl at the bar trying to get people to buy this beer and their “black Pilsner” (I had to explain to her what a Schwartzbier is. I really try not to be a beer snob) to get a free glass. I thought it was kind of a cool glass, and it was a fairly cheap beer, and I haven’t had it yet. So, I thought...

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656. Metropolitan Brewing – Flywheel Bright Lager
Jan18

656. Metropolitan Brewing – Flywheel Bright Lager

Our second stop on the  Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago was the Old Town Alehouse. The had a few local beers on tap, and so I picked a couple of them I hadn’t had yet – this one and Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale – and let my wife pick which one she wanted. So, I ended up with this one. We had a great time at this bar, which had some great artwork on the wall and a great intimate atmosphere, where we got...

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532. Gordon Biersch Brewing – Braumeister Selekt IPB Imperial Hopped Robust Pilsner
Feb02

532. Gordon Biersch Brewing – Braumeister Selekt IPB Imperial Hopped Robust Pilsner

This beer arrived in the mail about a month after the Gordon Biersch Wiezeneisbock I received.  I really appreciate it when breweries send me beers – especially limited edition beers I can’t usually get here in central Illinois – to try. The bottle says, “This is an intensely hopped, robust Pilsner that emphasizes the noble hops from Central Europe including Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt, and Saaz. It has been...

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503. Pennsylvania Brewing Co. – 25th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner
Dec20

503. Pennsylvania Brewing Co. – 25th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner

Like the other Pennsylvania Brewing Company beers I’ve had, this one was given to me by my dad and sister after their trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They stopped at Penn brewery for dinner, and bought me a few beers. When my sister told the waiter about my blog, he gave her a few extra beers for me, including this one. So, as we get our first few inches of snow this year, accompanied by 50 mile-per-hour winds outside,...

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425. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – St. Dekkera Reserve Bela Imperial Pilsner Sour Ale
May14

425. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – St. Dekkera Reserve Bela Imperial Pilsner Sour Ale

My friend Joe had been in Chicago all weekend and was passing through central Illinois on his way home to St. Louis. He wanted to meet at Destihl for a couple of beers on his way through town, as he’s heard me talk a lot about their beers, as well as the opportunity to brew here when I won their homebrew contest a few years ago. They’ve become very well known for their St. Dekkera Reserve series of barrel aged beers, due...

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328. Griesedieck Bros. – Premium Golden Pilsner
Jun03

328. Griesedieck Bros. – Premium Golden Pilsner

I’m in St. Louis today for the beginning of my annual golf weekend. My friend Joe (seen in the background having a Stone IPA) lives here and set up a nice half day “mini-micro” tour as I call it. We’re planning to hit 3-4 microbreweries here in St. Louis. Before getting started we knew we had to get some food in us, and a few beers, since it’s about 100 degrees outside. We stopped at the Shaved Duck for...

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325. Full Sail Brewing – LTD 03 Limited Edition Lager
May31

325. Full Sail Brewing – LTD 03 Limited Edition Lager

As I mentioned in my Full Sail Session Premium Lager post, I was brewing this weekend and decided to clean out the beer fridge.  While cleaning, I found a few beers I had put in their after my brewmaster Cuisinternship at Full Sail at the end of last summer.  Although I had a few of these while there at Full Sail, and knew what to expect when reviewing them, I knew I should probably drink them soon. Location: Bottle enjoyed at my...

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300. König Brauerei – König Pilsener
Apr19

300. König Brauerei – König Pilsener

My work travels have taken me from the Washington DC area to Miami, Florida this week.  It was almost a year ago that I was in Miami for the same project for work.  My coworker suggested a place to eat in Coral Gables, and we discovered it had closed, I suggested we try the Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, where we had dinner last year (and I had the Gösser Dark Beer and Köstritzer Schwarzbier).  The list of Austrian and German beers is...

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284. Grupo Modelo – Pacifico
Mar09

284. Grupo Modelo – Pacifico

We’re finished with the iMedia Brand Summit, and we’ve got a day off before the Social Business Summit, and then SXSW Interactive.  Since it was a great afternoon, my new friend Robert suggested was try out Chuy’s Hula Hut for lunch.  Since I’m a big fan of Mexican food, and I had a craving for a cerveza, I was in. I nostalgically became a big fan of this beer after my trip to Cabo San Lucas in 1999, where...

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159. Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma – Bohemia Clasica
Aug07

159. Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma – Bohemia Clasica

Since I had an enormous quantity of beer on my Oregon trip, and at the Oregon Brewers Festival, I’m trying to catch up on my reviews.  So, I’ve been trying to slow down trying new beers until I get caught up.  However, when opportunities present themselves, I’ll go ahead and try a new one.  In this case, I was picking up mexican food for the family and had to wait a bit, so I ordered this from the menu. It was served...

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32. ABInBev – Budweiser
May10

32. ABInBev – Budweiser

I was going to wait to have this one, but sometimes an opportunity presents itself.  In this case, my traveling partner got me upgraded to first class on our flight.  With first class, comes free drinks, but my choices were Bud, Bud Light, Corona, and Heineken (all canned).  Having grown up in St. Louis, I went for the hometown beer (St. Louis, although, after the InBev buyout, it’s not really the hometown beer anymore)....

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29. ABInBev – Budweiser Select
May08

29. ABInBev – Budweiser Select

As you can see in the background, my brother-in-law finished his master’s degree and graduated this weekend.  We had a family get together at his house, and the beer of choice for the day was Budweiser Select.  I’ve been trying to avoid these “big brewery” beers, but it had to happen eventually I guess. As you can see, I drank it straight from the bottle, but I’ve had on draft, so I do know that it is...

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23. Pinkus – Organic Ur Pils Unfiltered Pilsner Beer
May04

23. Pinkus – Organic Ur Pils Unfiltered Pilsner Beer

My wife has been doing a lot of research lately on organic foods and we have been making more and more trips to farmers’ markets to get food.  In her reading on organic foods, she actually found a section on organic beers.  Unfortunately, the only name on the list I recognized was New Belgium… so I knew I needed to try to expand my knowledge.  I happened across this Pinkus Organic Ur Pils, a product of Germany, and thought...

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22. Grupa Zywiec – Zywiec Original
May04

22. Grupa Zywiec – Zywiec Original

Since I was in Chicago, and there was a place across the street from the hotel that sold some local fare, I thought I’d stop and pick up a nightcap of something I couldn’t find in Central Illinois.  Unfortunately, the selection wasn’t great, but the clientele must be Polish, because they had 4-5 different types of Polish beers.  I just decided to pick one and went for Zywiec. The bottle doesn’t indicate what...

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