784. Triton Brewing – O’Rye-n Galaxy
Oct17

784. Triton Brewing – O’Rye-n Galaxy

It’s been a pretty good Saturday so far, watching my son’s last fall soccer game and working on the yard for a bit. Yesterday, my buddy Kevin from Indianapolis dropped off one of the greatest donations ever, which included many, many beers from Indianapolis and a Westy 12 he picked up on his recent trip to Belgium. I can’t thank him enough. Since he brought a couple growlers, I figured I’d better break into...

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781. Sierra Nevada- Ruthless Rye IPA
Sep18

781. Sierra Nevada- Ruthless Rye IPA

It was a long day at work today, and when I got home, I did some work out in the yard. So, after having a tiny bite to eat, I thought I’d relax for a bit and enjoy one of the Sierra Nevada IPAs I had in the fridge from the 4-Way IPA case I picked up a few weeks ago. The bottle says: Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors, combining the peppery spice of the rye and the bright citrus flavors of the...

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777. Against the Grain – Kentucky Ryed Chiquen
Aug13

777. Against the Grain – Kentucky Ryed Chiquen

As I mentioned in my last post, I was up in Chicago for work today, and on my way home, I decided to stop in Lexington, IL at Kemp’s Upper Tap.  This small bar in a small town always seems to have the best beers around. It must help that one of the big local craft beer distributors is located just up the street from them.  When I saw this beer on the list, I knew I had to get it.  I’d heard about how good it was, and then...

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708. Rock Bridge Brewing – Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA
Jul27

708. Rock Bridge Brewing – Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA

I was in Columbia, MO a few weeks ago and before I left town, I stopped at the local grocery store to pick up a few local beers, including this one. I heard about this brewery, but haven’t had any of their beers yet. They had a couple canned beers from them at the grocery store, so I thought I’d start with their IPA. It’s a cool looking, 16oz can that came in a four pack. It’s been a challenging day fixing...

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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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667. Samuel Adams – Norse Legend Sahti
Feb02

667. Samuel Adams – Norse Legend Sahti

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and we’re staying in from the cold and cleaning house. I figured it was time to take a break and have a beer. I’m trying to clean out the beer fridge, since we might be moving soon, and this is one of the bigger bottles in it. I bought this in a mixed 3 pack of these Sam Adams specialty beers last Christmas. My friend Travis bought the same pack and said the barleywine could use some age, so...

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546. Boulevard Brewing – Grainstorm Black Rye IPA
Mar01

546. Boulevard Brewing – Grainstorm Black Rye IPA

We’ve been having a rough go of it lately, and so to escape things for a bit, my wife and I took the kids out to Flinger’s Pizza and Pub tonight for dinner. Nothing beats their tomato-basil cheesebomb (especially when you can’t eat meat on Fridays during lent), and the craft beers on tap. I usually try to stay away from beers like Boulevard that I can get easily, but this one looked interesting. It was confirmed when...

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488. Laughing Dog Brewing – Rocket Dog Rye IPA
Oct14

488. Laughing Dog Brewing – Rocket Dog Rye IPA

For my last post, I was at my homebrew club meeting, having a Bell’s This One Goes to 11 Ale.  Today, I’m meeting with a small group from my homebrew club to discuss a “barrel project” where we can all brew a beer and age it in an old Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel for a year or so.  During out meeting, I decided to have this beer since I’d only had Laughing Dog’s Dogzilla Black IPA, and was sure I...

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421. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Worryin’ Ale
May05

421. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Worryin’ Ale

We’re up in Chicago today for my sister’s football game (she plays for the St. Louis Slam women’s tackle football team), as she’s playing the Chicago team.  We headed up this morning and took the kids to Shedd Aquarium.  It was a great morning and I planned ahead to have lunch here at Piece on our way up to the game in Evanston.  I’d heard many good things from guys in my homebrew club about both the beer...

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408. 4 Hands Brewery – Divided Sky Rye IPA
Mar03

408. 4 Hands Brewery – Divided Sky Rye IPA

I’m in St. Louis on a mini tour of microbreweries with my friend Joe. Last night we hit Perennial Artisan Ales, and today, after an incredible lunch at Bogart’s Smokehouse in Soulard, we headed over to 4 Hands Brewery.  I started with their Reprise Centennial Red Ale, which could probably be classified as a red IPA, and decided to move on to their rye IPA offering. Location: Enjoyed in a tulip shaped glass, at 4 Hands...

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372. Good People Brewing – Casked Mumbai Rye IPA, Dry Hopped with Columbus
Aug31

372. Good People Brewing – Casked Mumbai Rye IPA, Dry Hopped with Columbus

I’m still on the road for work, traveling from Denver, Colorado to Birmingham Alabama today.  We arrrived and got settled into the hotel and headed downtown in search of good local beer.  Thanks to a recommendation from my friend @jkaiseresq we stopped at The J. Clyde for dinner and beers.  He had also recommended several local breweries and fortunately, they had a beer from each on the list.  I decided to start with this...

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364. Schmaltz Brewing – He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.
Aug27

364. Schmaltz Brewing – He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.

As I’ve mentioned in the last several reviews, I was at  Bruegala beer festival in Bloomington, IL.  I had an extra sample ticket left and was looking for something to try.  I’ve always thought Schmaltz beers were pretty solid, and I was looking for something solid and hoppy to leave the event with.  When I got to the table with this beer, I have no idea why the label was on upside down, but it was. Location: Enjoyed a 3oz...

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356. Terrapin Beer – Rye Pale Ale
Aug17

356. Terrapin Beer – Rye Pale Ale

This beer was given to me by my friend Joe, which he picked up on a recent trip to the south. He really recommended this beer, and tried to brew a similar one himself at home.  I also knew this was one that was somewhat well known and well liked in the beer community.  This was backed up by the label, which indicated that this beer won the gold medal at the Great American beer Festival in 2002 in the American pale ale category....

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333. Bear Republic – Ryevalry
Jun03

333. Bear Republic – Ryevalry

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m on a “mini-micro” tour, visiting 3-4 microbreweries in St. Louis with my friend Joe.  We stopped at The Stable, a craft beer bar and nanobrewery, because I had a gift certificate from my sister.  Since I’d already had a couple of Double IPAs this afternoon, including the STLIPA at Urban Chestnut, and the Double IPA at Six Row, I thought I’d try this Belgian style double...

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317. Real Ale Brewing Co. – Full Moon Pale Rye Ale
May03

317. Real Ale Brewing Co. – Full Moon Pale Rye Ale

We finished up work for the day in McAllen, Texas, and I decided to go for a run. It was great running past the airport and along some of the waterways through town. Most of the time, I run on a treadmill, but the weather was great, so I hit the streets. Upon my return, I was ready to dig into what remained of the Real Ale Brewing Sampler 6-pack I picked up last night. It was either this one or the brown ale, and I thought this would...

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213. New Holland Brewing – Charkoota Rye Smoked Doppelbock Lager Draft
Oct28

213. New Holland Brewing – Charkoota Rye Smoked Doppelbock Lager Draft

After our ABNormal Brewers steering meeting, I stopped at Medici for a quick drink to get a beer which would meet my goal toward my Oktoberfest Challenge, and get another punch on my Wednesday Warriors card.  While I’m now only 2 Wednesdays away from becoming a Wednesday Warrior, I was not able to find a beer to meet my challenge for today.  While I’m again bummed about falling short in my quest, I did enjoy stumbling...

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175. Great Divide Brewing – Hoss Rye Lager Draft
Sep17

175. Great Divide Brewing – Hoss Rye Lager Draft

A friend from the ABNormal Brewers gave me a call and said that he was also out in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.  He was also interested in checking out Great Divide, so I grabbed another beer and a chair and waited for him to come by. The Hoss Rye lager was clear and red in color, not reddish, but red – the reddest beer I’ve ever seen.  There was, as you can see, an amazingly large and creamy white head,...

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140. Upright Brewing – #6 Rye Beer Draft
Jul24

140. Upright Brewing – #6 Rye Beer Draft

One thing I didn’t mention about this day at the Oregon Brewers Festival was that a friend/co-worker lives here in Portland and worked the OBF for the evening.  Afterward, she and I went to the Rogue hospitality suite for a bit and then headed out to find something to eat.  We found a nice place next to the bridge that she was familiar with, and had a late dinner and a final beer for the day. As I mentioned in my review of...

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53. O’Fallon Brewery – Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale
May28

53. O’Fallon Brewery – Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale

It’s Friday afternoon, and I wanted to go for something fun to kick the weekend off. So, when I reached into the beer fridge. I grabbed an O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale. On the label, it says that it is a ,”Malt Beverage Brewed With Hemp Seeds.” when I poured into the glass, it had a fairly small head, which disappeared quickly, and not much of a head stuck around at all. It was pretty cloudy and had a dark...

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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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