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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404. Perennial Artisan Ales – Abraxas
Mar02

404. Perennial Artisan Ales – Abraxas

After having the Vermilion, my friend Joe demanded we get a bottle of the Abraxas.  He’s had it before and raved about it. It’s an “Imperial Stout aged on Mexican cocoa nibs, ancho chiles, vanilla beans, and cinnamon,” so as you can tell, it’s supposed to have a rich, complex flavor. Location: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet glass, at Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis, MO. Numbers: 10% ABV, ~...

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375. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing – Green Chili Beer
Oct14

375. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing – Green Chili Beer

We’re in Columbia, Missouri today for homecoming at my alma mater, the University of Missouri.  You might remember we were here a year ago for Homecoming as well, when I reviewed their Cherry Brown Ale and Hudson’s E.S.B.  This beer has been a long-time favorite of my friend @jkaiseresq, so I thought I’d give it a try. Location: Enjoyed an imperial pint at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing in Columbia, MO. Ingredients: A...

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329. Urban Chestnut – Winged Nut
Jun03

329. Urban Chestnut – Winged Nut

After having an awesome lunch at The Shaved Duck, my friend Joe took me to the first stop of our “mini-micro” tour of St. Louis – Urban Chestnut.  It’s a microbrewery that opened in January near the St. Louis University campus.  Founders Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe started it after leaving Anheuser-Busch when it was bought out by InBev.  I’ve heard good things about them and was really looking forward...

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250. Anchor Brewing – 1999 Our Special Christmas Ale
Dec29

250. Anchor Brewing – 1999 Our Special Christmas Ale

We’re having our ABNormal Brewers steering meeting tonight at Fat Jack’s, and Fred, our former president, brought this bottle to share.  He said he found it at a liquor store up near Chicago, and they had several 6 packs of every year of Anchor’s Christmas Ale since 1999.  I’ve already rated Anchor’s 2010 Christmas Ale. It was a deep, dark brown color, and had very little head on it.  In fact, it...

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246. Sierra Nevada – 2010 Celebration Fresh Hop Ale
Dec26

246. Sierra Nevada – 2010 Celebration Fresh Hop Ale

I spent most of the day cleaning up and setting up my kids new Christmas presents, so I was ready for a good beer.  This one came highly recommended, so I picked up one in a mix-a-six.  The bottle says, “Celebration ale is a special ale for the holidays. Featuring the first hops of the growing season, this pioneering IPA is full of complex flavors and aromas from the generous use of whole cone American hops. 6.8% ABV” It...

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245. Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg – 2009 Samichlaus Classic Bier
Dec26

245. Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg – 2009 Samichlaus Classic Bier

I mentioned a few weeks back that the presentation at our local homebrew club meeting was holiday beers.  This beer was one of the samples, and I knew I had to pic up a bottle. As I learned that the Beer Hunter, Michael Jackson, had written about this beer – the strongest lager in the world, at 14% ABV, it is aged for a year from St. Nicholas day.  The bottle reaffirms hist story, saying, “Bottled only once a year on...

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243. Breckenridge Brewery – Christmas Ale
Dec24

243. Breckenridge Brewery – Christmas Ale

We at my parents tonight to celebrate the holidays, and unfortunately, we’ve got two sick kids.  We have a family tradition of getting together with my mom’s side of the family tonight, but had to miss it.  So we’re sitting here snuggling with them on the couch watching Christmas movies/cartoons.  So, I thought I’d bring one of the couple Christmas brews I brought along to make the holidays a little more...

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241. Anchor Brewing – 2010 Our Special Ale
Dec20

241. Anchor Brewing – 2010 Our Special Ale

I had to stop by Friar Tuck, my local liquor store, for a gift card, and as you might expect, I couldn’t walk out  without some beer.  I kept it somewhat reasonable, sticking with some holiday beers and a bottle of Infinium.  This was one of the seasonal holiday beers I picked up, although I had to buy a whole 6 pack.  I’m hoping to trade a few bottles for a few different beers.  This bottle says, “This is the...

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130. Rogue Ales – Morimoto Soba Ale
Jul23

130. Rogue Ales – Morimoto Soba Ale

While at the Oregon Brewers Festival for my Brewmaster Cuisinternship, I was told about the Rogue Ales hospitality suite in the hotel across the street from the festival.  They mentioned that if we wanted to get out of the heat, we could stop by there for a break.  After a fun few hours at the festival, I headed over to check it out.  Aside from all the Rogue swag (see the Rogue condoms, tattoos, etc. behind my cup), they had all...

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124. Upright Brewing – Reggae Junkie Gruit Draft
Jul23

124. Upright Brewing – Reggae Junkie Gruit Draft

After yesterday, I wanted to make sure I tried beers from Oregon Breweries today (despite starting off with the Alaskan Barleywine).  I had heard of Upright Brewing on an episode of Basic Brewing Video a few months ago, and, similar to the Midwest’s Jolly Pumpkin, they did mostly farmhouse style beers.  I had also never tried a Gruit – a beer brewed with herbs instead of hops.  Given that combination, it was one of my...

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121. 10 Barrel Brewing – S1NIST0R Black Ale Draft
Jul22

121. 10 Barrel Brewing – S1NIST0R Black Ale Draft

It was a long day at the Oregon Brewers Festival, from the brunch and parade and the tapping of the keg, to trying some new beers and sipping on the 13 year old Russian Imperial Stout from Full Sail.  Having not eaten since the brunch, it was dinner time, and time to get some food in my stomach.  I went to dinner with a few of the marketing folks from Full Sail, and Matt Swihart, the brewmaster from Double Mountain (see picture on the...

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109. Fort George Brewery – Spruce Budd Specialty Ale Draft
Jul21

109. Fort George Brewery – Spruce Budd Specialty Ale Draft

One of the reasons I asked if I could participate in my Brewmaster Cuisinternship during the Oregon Brewers Festival was so that I could experience beers from some breweries that I’ve never heard of, or (unless I’m able to get back to Oregon again) may never be able to try again.  One of the more interesting selections from the Brewmasters’ dinner was this spruce bud beer from Fort George Brewery in Astoria, OR.  As...

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87. Cathedral Square – Iglesia Agave Ale
Jul04

87. Cathedral Square – Iglesia Agave Ale

After a little rain, the sun came back out and it’s again a nice Fourth of July day. A friend from St. Louis told me about another new brewery there called Cathedral Square Brewery. He also told me about this interesting beer they had. The label on the Iglesia Agave Ale says, “This Ale is brewed with three malts, two hop varieties and authentic imported Agave Nectar. Iglesia is Spanish for church and this Ale is blessed...

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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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48. Stone / Firestone Walker / 21st Amendment – El Camino (Un) Real Black Ale
May22

48. Stone / Firestone Walker / 21st Amendment – El Camino (Un) Real Black Ale

I was really looking forward to this one, as I have heard so much about all of the great breweries that collaborated on this beer.  However, I was a bit nervous, since my friend from New York who sent me this (and several others) seemed most eager about getting my feedback on this one. Then, I read the label, which says, “Ale brewed with fennel seed, chia seed & pink peppercorns – with mission figs added.” the...

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