326. Rogue Ales – Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale
Jun01

326. Rogue Ales – Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m vice president of the ABNormal Brewers homebrew club here in town.  Tonight we have our monthly steering meeting to discuss our plans for the next meeting.  It’s a great chance to get together to discuss topics for the meeting, as well as try some of the good beers on tap at Fat Jack’s. Location: On tap at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 6.2% ABV, 80 IBUs, 75...

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315. Molson Coors – Killian’s Irish Red Draft
May02

315. Molson Coors – Killian’s Irish Red Draft

If you’ve been reading this blog, you can tell I’ve been doing a ton of traveling for work lately – Nashville, San Jose, Miami, Dallas, etc.  An hour or so ago I arrived in McAllen, Texas, and right next to our hotel is a Tony Roma’s.  At least it was a place where we knew we could grab a steak and a beer.  I was hoping the beer list would be more diverse, but I decided to go for this Killian’s Irish Red...

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297. Flossmoor Station – Panama Limited Red Ale Draft
Apr07

297. Flossmoor Station – Panama Limited Red Ale Draft

The last time I was at my favorite local liquor store, I saw some fancy new bottles from Flossmoor Station.  I had heard of them from members of my local homebrew club, as they have had the chance to stop there.  It’s south of Chicago by a little bit.  Since I’ve had a lot of the other beers on tap here at Medici in Normal, I thought I’d give this one a try.  Their site says, “Our Panama Limited Red is a hoppy,...

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242. Blackstone Brewing – Dry Hopped Red Draft
Dec23

242. Blackstone Brewing – Dry Hopped Red Draft

My family and I have made our annual trek to St. Louis to visit my parents for the holidays.  I brought along a few Christmas beers to enjoy, but was nicely surprised that my sister had brought a growler back for me from Blackstone Brewery in Nashville.  She was there a couple weeks ago, and called to see what kind I wanted, this one sounded good.  I was only nervous that it was in the growler for a couple of weeks before I got it. ...

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170. Walnut Brewery – St. James Irish Red Draft
Sep15

170. Walnut Brewery – St. James Irish Red Draft

Today we ended our day in Boulder, CO while working on something related to the wildfires in the area.  We couldn’t find a hotel in the area, but thought we’d have dinner there before heading back toward Denver to our hotel.  As always, I searched the GPS for the nearest brewpub and found the Walnut Brewery. The St. James Irish red was very clear and was obviously, red.  The head was thin with some soapy bubbles and the...

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157. Laurelwood Brewing – Organic Free Range Red Draft
Jul26

157. Laurelwood Brewing – Organic Free Range Red Draft

I’m at the Portland airport after an incredible week in “Beervana” – and I mean that as both a location and as an experience.  I had to take one last chance to have another local Oregon brew at the airport.  Fortunately, there was this Laurelwood Brewing location in the terminal.  The menu says, “This red blends 100% organically grown barley malts with loads of fresh Cascade hops. The result is a medium...

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150. Natian Brewery – Destinatian
Jul25

150. Natian Brewery – Destinatian

I was having some issues with hoppiness, so I decided to go for something a little more balanced, and evening leaning a bit in the mellow-malty direction.  The Destinatian seemed to be what I was looking for, since it was brewed with honey, and it was from a local Portland brewery. It was brown in color and it had a nice, creamy head.  The aroma was fairly nutty and roasty with a malty, caramel-like sweetness to it. The body was...

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134. McMenamins Concordia – Lucky Charms Irish Red
Jul23

134. McMenamins Concordia – Lucky Charms Irish Red

On the day I arrived, I had a friend tell me about McMenamin’s Edgefield which had a brewery.  As I learned during my trip, the McMenamin’s fix up old buildings and other areas and turn them into breweries and other fun event spaces.  The beer at Edgefield was fairly good, so I thought I’d give this one a try. It was a reddish brown color and had a creamy tan head.  There was a nice, slightly caramelly malt aroma to...

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128. Hopworks Urban Brewery – Organic Rise Up Red Draft
Jul23

128. Hopworks Urban Brewery – Organic Rise Up Red Draft

Continuing my Oregon Beer quest at the Oregon Brewers Festival, it was recommended by a couple locals I stopped and talked with that I should try the Organic Rise Up Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery.  They told me a bit about the brewery and its commitment to earthy sorts of things – organic, sustainability, biking, etc.  They thought the beer was good because of its focus on good, local ingredients.  So, I thought, why...

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66. Flatbranch Pub & Brewery – Irish Red Ale Cask
Jun04

66. Flatbranch Pub & Brewery – Irish Red Ale Cask

This is my sixth and final review of beers for the same Friday evening.  It was a very long night, but it was great to catch up with my fraternity brothers at Flatbranch Pub and Brewery.  After having their English Pale Ale and the Ed’s IPA, I noticed they were serving one of their beers from the cask, so I asked for whatever it was that was in the cask.  It turned out it was their Irish Red Ale. Since it was pulled from the...

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54. Avery Brewing – Redpoint Ale
May28

54. Avery Brewing – Redpoint Ale

I really like Avery’s big beers, so I was excited when I found a few of their beers in the “mix a six” area of my local liquor store.  The label says, “Redpoint Ale.  Ahhh, Success!  It’s taken a lot of time and effort to create this unique, rich red ale with a distinct hop bouquet.  Enjoy our achievement in celebration of your own accomplishments.  Cheers!” It had a decent head when I poured it,...

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50. Founders Brewing – Red’s Rye P. A.
May24

50. Founders Brewing – Red’s Rye P. A.

I spent my early evening at work, working outside this evening, so when I finally got home I wanted to go for a nice refreshing IPA. In the beer fridge I had quite a selection of Founders beers to select from and reached for the Reds Rye P. A. Ale. The label says that it’s “hopped up and brewed with rye,” it’s got 6.6% ABV and 70 IBU’s. It poured a dark amber, and reddish color, and had a decent head,...

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8. Diageo – Smithwick’s Irish Ale Draft
Apr27

8. Diageo – Smithwick’s Irish Ale Draft

I’m traveling for work right now, so this is the first draft beer I’ve reviewed.  An Irish pub in the  airport is pretty much a no brainer to pick up a beer when traveling.  We hit the Tigin Irish Pub in the Dallas Fort Worth Airport, and along with my Smithwick’s, I had a pretty good steak sandwich. As you can tell, the Smithwick’s I had was brown in color – even though it said it was a red ale –...

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