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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651. New Glarus Brewing – Raspberry Tart
Jan12

651. New Glarus Brewing – Raspberry Tart

I was having dinner with my family last night and noticed that my daughter was saving her favorite food until last. My wife commented that she must take after me, because that’s what I tend to do. I’ll admit, there are several great beers in the fridge, but I keep saving them until later. Well, I’ve decided not to wait, and as long as I have time to sit down and enjoy a beer, I should start enjoying the special ones....

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639. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Schlafly Christmas Ale
Dec22

639. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Schlafly Christmas Ale

We are in St. Louis this weekend for the holidays, and today, we’re at a party at my aunt and uncle’s house to meet my cousin Steve’s baby daughter Harper. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I visited Steve last fall and he took me to a number of breweries around Seattle. He and I share an appreciation for good beer, and so my aunt bought some local craft beers for us “beer snobs.”...

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638. Pipeworks Brewing Co. – End of Days Batch 168
Dec15

638. Pipeworks Brewing Co. – End of Days Batch 168

Its just a lazy Sunday and I’m trying to make some progress on clearing out the beer fridge. I picked up this brew (and a few others) when I was in Chicago for work a few months ago. I’ve been following this brewery’s progress since they started a Kickstarter campaign to start up a couple years ago. I’ve been waiting for their stuff to make it downstate, but it hasn’t yet. The bottle says,”End of...

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612. Red Brick Brewing – Brick Mason Smoked Vanilla Gorilla Porter
Oct10

612. Red Brick Brewing – Brick Mason Smoked Vanilla Gorilla Porter

After having some wings and a couple beers at Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA, my friend Joe said it was time to check out “The Fred.” It’s the name of a private bar below Taco Mac that you get access to if you’ve enjoyed enough different beers at Taco Mac. We walked downstairs and up to an inconspicuous door with a doorbell. When we walked it, it seemed to have a great speakeasy vibe – dimly lit with dark...

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596. Rogue Ales – Voodoo Donut Bacon Maple Ale
Aug28

596. Rogue Ales – Voodoo Donut Bacon Maple Ale

When I went to Portland, I made sure I stopped at VooDoo Donut and had a bacon maple bar… twice. I’d seen a couple of shows on Food Network and Travel Channel highlighting the place, and I had to say I’d been there. It was a great experience and had some awesome donuts. I wasn’t so sure how this sweet treat would translate into a beer, and I’d considered buying a bottle of it when it came out. However,...

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549. Perennial Artisan Ales – Peace Offering
Mar04

549. Perennial Artisan Ales – Peace Offering

As I mentioned with the Perennial Hommel Bier I had, my dad lives in St. Louis and I visit there often. I stopped by Perennial once and picked up a couple of beers, but I can’t remember when it was, and there’s no date on the bottle. The bottle says, “ Peace offering is un-American brown ale, brewed with a few hundred pounds of maple roasted Missouri squash. We hope you enjoy our take on autumn in that the flavors...

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441. Big Muddy Brewing – Vanilla Stout
Jun11

441. Big Muddy Brewing – Vanilla Stout

After our homebrew club meeting this evening, I headed over to Flingers Pizza and Pub in downtown Bloomington, IL for one last drink.  They have craft beers on tap there for half price on Mondays, and I was fortunate they had one I haven’t had yet.  I’ve seen beers from Big Muddy on the shelf at the local liquor store, but haven’t tried any of their beers yet. Location: On tap and served in a regular pint glass at...

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413. Urban Chestnut Brewing – Old Tjikko
Mar03

413. Urban Chestnut Brewing – Old Tjikko

We’ve decided to hang out at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company for a while on my mini-microbrewery tour of St. Louis.  We’ve visited a couple places in the last couple days, and my friend Joe and I are making our way through the extensive beer menu here at UCBC.  After getting a sample, I decided to go ahead and get this beer, which is bittered spruce tips.  Accroding to the brewery, it “is an aggressively...

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412. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company – Wolpertinger
Mar03

412. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company – Wolpertinger

After a few beers at 4 Hands Brewing, and a couple more at the International Tap House (ITAP) in Soulard, Joe and I continued our St. Louis microbrewery tour by heading to Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. I finally got a chance to try this new brewery last summer and really enjoyed it. One of their signature beers I tried last time is their Winged Nut, which is made with milled chestnuts. This beer is what they refer to as their...

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