498. Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Edmund Fitzgerald
Nov10

498. Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Edmund Fitzgerald

Last night I noticed I duplicated one beer in my journey toward 1000 beers, and therefore, in order to correct the mistake this beer is also #498. Tonight, my family and I are at Flingers Pizza & Pub having dinner. They always have a good selection of craft beers on tap, and I noticed this one on the menu. I wasn’t familiar with the Edmund Fitzgerald, so I looked it up on my phone. According to the Wikipedia entry,...

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482. Reuben’s Brews – Robust Porter
Oct05

482. Reuben’s Brews – Robust Porter

After an already great day in the Seattle and Redmond , Washington area, finishing up the conference I was attending at the Microsoft campus, picking up beer to bring home at The Cork and Vine, checking out Black Raven Brewing, visiting Pike market and the Pike Brewery, I met up with my cousin to hit a few more breweries before I head out of town in the morning. Our first stop was Fremont brewing where we visited their urban beer...

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405. Deschutes – Black Butte Porter
Mar02

405. Deschutes – Black Butte Porter

After a very nice night out at Perennial Artisan Ales, where I had their Vermilion and Abraxas, we headed back to my friend Joe’s house. He dug into his beer stash and pulled this beer out. I checked my list and was amazed I had not yet tried this beer yet (despite my visit to the Oregon Brewers’ Festival, even having brunch at the Deschutes Public House before the festival). Location: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint...

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295. Stone Brewing – Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels Draft
Apr06

295. Stone Brewing – Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels Draft

I’m still at the Stone Brewing event, as we finally get this beer here in Central Illinois.  I’ve already had (this evening) their Double Bastard and the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, and wanted to get something that might be a little more rare than these.  When I sampled this, it had some really interesting flavors, so I capped off the evening with this one. Numbers: 6% ABV Appearance & Aroma: It was deep brown/black...

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247. MacTarnahan’s – Winter Hum Bug’r Porter
Dec27

247. MacTarnahan’s – Winter Hum Bug’r Porter

I bet my friend Betty from Portland on a basketball game – my Mizzou Tigers vs her Oregon Ducks – and won a bottle of local beer.  She graciously mailed me this one (and a bag of Tim’s Jalapeno chips) right before the holidays.  The bottle says, “The limited edition Porter with deep, dark character and rich malt flavor that will unravel your ribbons. 5.3% ABV”  I figured what better time to have a beer...

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112. Oakshire Brewing – 2010 Collaborative Evil Imperial Porter Draft
Jul21

112. Oakshire Brewing – 2010 Collaborative Evil Imperial Porter Draft

I was having an incredible time at the Oregon Brewers Festival Brewmasters’ Dinner, and got to meet some awesome brewers and other folks who were passionate about beer and brewing.  However, I didn’t realize that the dinner was coming to a close and I still had one more beer sample ticket in my pocket.  So, as things were wrapping up I found the nearest Oregon Brewery to grab a beer from – which turned out to be...

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82.  Rogue Brewing – Mocha Porter
Jul01

82. Rogue Brewing – Mocha Porter

It’s July 1, and that means it is the beginning of Oregon Craft Beer Month. I know I live over 2,000 miles from Oregon, but I’m joining in on the fun for 9 days later this month when I have my Brewmaster Cuisinternship at Full Sail Brewing in Hood River, Oregon, and attend the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland. So, in honor of Oregon Craft Beer month, I broke open the only Oregon brew I had in my beer fridge, a Rogue...

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60. Fuller Smith & Turner – Fuller’s London Porter
Jun03

60. Fuller Smith & Turner – Fuller’s London Porter

My wonderful wife made brownies tonight for dessert after dinner. So, when I looked in the beer fridge, the Fuller’s London Porter looked awfully good. Especially when the front of the label says that it is “rich, dark and complex.” The back label says “Fuller’s London Porter is an award-winning example of this historic English style; smooth and creamy with delicious chocolate and coffee flavors derived...

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