939. Maui Brewing – Coconut Hiwa Porter
Oct05

939. Maui Brewing – Coconut Hiwa Porter

It’s another fall Saturday, and I spent the morning cleaning up the house and prepping for our upcoming Halloween party. Now I’m watching Mizzou football while it’s raining outside, and thought I’d crack open this beer. I picked it up for a Hawaiian party we had (along with the coconut pictured). Location: Poured into a snifter style pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 6% ABV, 30 IBUs, 183...

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938. Monkish – Caffé Della Vita
Aug03

938. Monkish – Caffé Della Vita

It feels like the first weekend of the summer that we haven’t had much going on. I’ve been editing video of the family cruise we took in June and am getting ready for a work trip to San Diego next week. In preparation for this trip, I decided to crack open this growler from Monkish from my sisters trip to California a couple months ago. She texted me from Monkish and this Belgian Tripel brewed with pistachios, vanilla and...

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923. 2nd Shift – Liquid Spiritual Delight with Maple Aged in Whisky Barrels
Jan12

923. 2nd Shift – Liquid Spiritual Delight with Maple Aged in Whisky Barrels

It’s been snowing all day today, and we’ve gotten about 9 inches of snow. I went out for a little bit and blew the snow off the drive, only for it to snow another inch or two afterward. This evening, my wife and I worked on a puzzle and relaxed. Afterward, I decided to crack open a beer. My sister brought me a four pack of this one from St. Louis. The last one I had was awesome, so I was looking forward to sipping on this...

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918. Monday Night Brewing – Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale
Oct19

918. Monday Night Brewing – Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale

Every year for the last several years, my wife and I have hosted a Halloween party. My wife is huge into decorating for the party, so preparation has been going on the last several weeks. After working all evening on getting things ready, I decided to pause and have this beer. It was a beer my friend Joe gave me when we met up several months ago. He lives in Atlanta, so whenever we meet up, he brings me some new beers from down south....

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914. Jekyll Brewing – Pineapple Habanero Hop Dang Diggity IPA
Aug05

914. Jekyll Brewing – Pineapple Habanero Hop Dang Diggity IPA

It’s been a somewhat relaxing weekend. We didn’t have anything going on for the first time in a while – no baseball games, no travel, etc. The kids got their school schedules and we did a little bit of back to school shopping. I’ve also spent the afternoon paying bills and generally getting caught up from our trip to Oregon last week. I reached in the beer fridge this afternoon and grabbed this IPA my friend...

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907. Sierra Nevada/Mikkeller – Thai Style Iced Tea Ale
Jun23

907. Sierra Nevada/Mikkeller – Thai Style Iced Tea Ale

It’s been a pretty great Saturday so far. This morning my son had a baseball game, and then we came home and watched some of the World Cup. We’re getting ready to head out to the movies to see Jurassic World, but before we left, I thought I’d try to squeeze in a beer. I’ve been trying to finish up the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across the World Series, since I still have a few left. Since it sounded like this one...

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867. Sierra Nevada/Kiuchi – White IPA with Yuzu
Jul01

867. Sierra Nevada/Kiuchi – White IPA with Yuzu

It’s a gorgeous Saturday and the kickoff of the July Fourth weekend. After getting some work done, I thought I’d try and catch up on a few of these posts. There’s nothing better than drinking a beer while blogging about them. I had to choose between beers my friend Joe gave me when we met up in Kentucky a couple weekends ago, beers my friend David sent me from San Diego, or beers from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp...

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866. Sierra Nevada/Garage Project – Beer Camp Campout Porter
Jun23

866. Sierra Nevada/Garage Project – Beer Camp Campout Porter

It’s been a busy week, and I was thinking we might do a firepit night tonight (although we didn’t end up doing it). Therefore, I thought I’d try this beer, which the label says, “In honor of Beer Camp, our friends at New Zealand’s Garage Project brewery wanted to carry the camping theme straight through to the flavor of our beer. Featuring a unique malt smoked over manuka wood, rare manuka honey and...

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862. Ballast Point – Red Velvet Cake Nitro
Jun03

862. Ballast Point – Red Velvet Cake Nitro

It’s a Saturday night and I had to drop off my son off at a party he was attending at Medici. Since we had nothing else going on tonight, I thought I’d stick around for a beer before I left. This looked like a pretty unique beer on tap, and especially since it was on nitro, I thought I’d give it a try. Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Medici in Normal, IL. Numbers: 5.5% ABV, 35 IBUs, ~130...

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860. Lagunitas – The Waldos’ Special Ale
Jun02

860. Lagunitas – The Waldos’ Special Ale

Summer is off and running. My son had his first golf lesson tonight, and as we waited, several parents grabbed Coronas from the clubhouse. So, when I got home and my daughter threw a fit because I bought a Happy Meal for my son and nothing for her, I grabbed this big beer. I was excited to find a six pack of this beer at the local liquor store around the end of April. My only challenge has been trying to keep them away from my wife...

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856.  Revolution- Rosa Hibiscus Ale
Apr29

856.  Revolution- Rosa Hibiscus Ale

It’s a dreary Saturday, as it’s cold and rainy outside. My son’s soccer game and baseball practice have been cancelled, as we’re expecting a ton of rain over the next couple days. I decided to get caught up on finishing off a few posts from this blog. Naturally, rereading info on all these beers makes me want one. I found this one a couple weeks ago in the beer fridge. I can’t remember how long it’s...

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838. Sleepy Dog Brewing – Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Jan10

838. Sleepy Dog Brewing – Peanut Butter Milk Stout

It’s been tough getting back into the swing of things today, Monday. There was a beer club meeting tonight, but had to miss it because I had work to catch up on. Now that I finished it up, I thought I’d crack open this beer and watch the national championship college football game on TV. My sister brought this beer back from her trip to Arizona a few weeks ago. It looked interesting, especially after I had the Peanut...

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833. 4 Hands Brewing – Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
Dec20

833. 4 Hands Brewing – Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout

To our surprise, school was cancelled today. So I ran back and forth between home and work a couple times to check on the kids and my father-in-law who was watching them. Now that work is finished, I decided to have a beer. I picked this beer up a couple weeks ago when it caught my curiosity at the liquor store. I brewed a peanut butter cup imperial stout once and wanted to see how this one compared. Location: Poured into a large Sam...

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821. Boulevard Brewing – Chocolate Ale with Raspberry
Oct29

821. Boulevard Brewing – Chocolate Ale with Raspberry

Today has flown by. Ive gotten a few things done, but now its time to watch the World Series again this evening. I bought this beer last week to compare it to my homebrewed chocolate raspberry imperial stout. Location: Poured into a teku pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 9.1% ABV, 24 IBUs, % OG, ~330 Calories Appearance: It’s hazy and brick-brown in color with a huge tan colored, fluffy head on it that stuck...

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810. Breakside Brewery – Salted Caramel Stout
Mar19

810. Breakside Brewery – Salted Caramel Stout

It’s Friday night and it’s been a pretty good week. I spent most of the week following SXSW happenings online. Then the NCAA tournament started yesterday. Tonight, my wife and I went out for happy hour and had a couple of Hop Slams at Joe’s Stationhouse Pizza Pub. Right now, my wife is preparing for my daughter’s birthday party tomorrow. Even though I’m still on my diet, I decided to cheat and have this...

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786. Triton Brewing – Nutty Professor Peanut Butter Brown Ale
Oct28

786. Triton Brewing – Nutty Professor Peanut Butter Brown Ale

It’s been pretty busy at work, and I’ve been looking forward to breaking this one open. So, when I got home and had dinner, I was ready for it. This is another beer from my friend Kevin from Indianapolis. Before his visit last week, he called and gave me a choice of several beers that were on tap.  He suggested their French toast saison (which sounds awesome), but ever since I brewed a peanut butter cup stout a few years...

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757. Pollyanna Brewing – Imperial Black Saison
Jan18

757. Pollyanna Brewing – Imperial Black Saison

It’s Sunday and I’ve spent most of the day working on computer issues. My computer is to the point I have to reinstall the operating system and basically start over. Therefore, I really needed to crack this open. If you follow the blog, the last time I had a beer from Pollyanna Brewing Co, I was at Beer House Chicago where they were having a special event. I won a growler and a fill. So I finally stopped in a couple weeks...

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719. Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014
Aug20

719. Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014

I’m at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL tonight for a meeting about our homebrew club’s For What it’s Wort competition. I was looking at the beer list, and hadn’t heard of this beer from Founders Brewing. They make some pretty good beers, so I didn’t think it was much of a risk to give this one a try. Some quick research on my phone told me it’s a hoppy, flavorful lager, so I was eager to give it...

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693. Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout 2010
Apr02

693. Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout 2010

My wife and kids are at religious education tonight, so I’ve got the house to myself. I’ve been bringing beers in from the garage, since I had to empty the beer fridge, because we’re moving. I was able to snag this a few years ago at the local liquor store before they became so impossible to find. It’s been sitting at the bottom of the beer fridge for a few years now. The bottle says, Each year at the Festival...

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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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