966. Wicked Weed – Pernicious IPA
Mar25

966. Wicked Weed – Pernicious IPA

We are spending spring break in a condo on the beach in Indian Shores, Florida. When we got down here, I picked up a bunch of local craft beers to try, mostly a bunch of IPAs. I know Wicked Weed sold out to AB-Inbev, but when I visited their brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, I thought they had some really good beers. Since I can’t get this one at home in Illinois yet, I thought I’d give it a try. Location: Poured into...

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965. Maplewood Brewing – Son of Juice IPA
Mar13

965. Maplewood Brewing – Son of Juice IPA

It’s been another Saturday filled with home projects, but now it’s time to grab a beer and watch some March Madness. This beer was given to me by my sister a couple months ago, and I figured I’d better drink it before the hop flavors fade too much. It looks like a hazy IPA and I appreciate the fact that they have the ingredients printed on the side of the can, so I can see what hops they used. Location: Poured from...

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964. Rockwell Brewing – Sven Kölsh Style Ale
Mar12

964. Rockwell Brewing – Sven Kölsh Style Ale

TGIF! I’m watching my Mizzou Tigers in the second round of the SEC basketball tournament and decided to crack open a beer. This beer was given to me by my Mizzou fraternity brother who happens to be the brewmaster at Rockwell Brewing. Location: Poured from the 16oz can into a Pilsner style glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 5% ABV, ~150 Calories Appearance & Aroma: This beer has a bright golden color and is...

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963. Keg Grove – Cheat Code Pilsner
Mar07

963. Keg Grove – Cheat Code Pilsner

It’s been a fairly relaxing Saturday. I started cleaning out my car in anticipation of our upcoming family spring break trip to Florida. I got a lot of work done outside, because the weather was so nice. Then, I got to watch my Mizzou Tigers basketball game in our hot tub. So, after dinner, I decided to crack open a beer I got a couple weekends ago when I helped with a fundraiser at Keg Grove Brewing Company. It’s called a...

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962. Deschutes – Obsidian Stout
Feb20

962. Deschutes – Obsidian Stout

I’ve spent most of today trying to troubleshoot our hot tub. So, while it’s filling up with water, I thought I would grab a beer to take the edge off of my frustration… and to sit down and watch basketball. My sister gave me this beer a couple of months ago. Although I’ve been to Deschutes brewery in Portland and had it there, I noticed I hadn’t reviewed it yet. It says it’s bottle conditioned on...

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961.  Deschutes – The Abyss 2015 Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged
Jan02

961. Deschutes – The Abyss 2015 Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged

It’s been a pretty relaxing holiday break, and I spent most of the day watching Mizzou basketball and the college football bowl games. As I’ve been looking into my beer cellar, I’m realizing there are a lot of great beers, but I’m not sure how much longer several of them will last. So, after having the Full Sail Black Gold vintages, I thought I’d try one of these Deschutes barrel aged beers. The label...

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960. Full Sail – Black Gold Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2006, 2009, 2011
Dec11

960. Full Sail – Black Gold Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2006, 2009, 2011

2006 Black Gold Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout TGIF! It’s been a great Friday because I Took the day off work, and did a little bit of Christmas shopping. So after a busy day at the stores, I came home and decided to break up in a big beer from the beer cellar. This beer was given to me by John Harris when he was the brewmaster at Full Sail Riverplace and I got to brew with him as part of my cuisinternship. I’ve been...

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Great Gift Ideas for Beer Lovers
Nov30

Great Gift Ideas for Beer Lovers

If you’re looking for something for that beer geek in your family, and are considering a nice beer drinking shirt, then here are more than a few ideas.  If you are the beer geek in the family, perhaps you could leave this list lying around or leave it up on your computer screen for someone to find.   Great Craft Beer Well, the most obvious gift for the beer geek is beer.  If you’re not familiar with craft beer, a good...

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959. Cigar City – 2014 Winter Warmer
Nov28

959. Cigar City – 2014 Winter Warmer

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and without any family visiting, it’s been pretty relaxing. It’s a football Saturday, and so I got in the hot tub and watched the Mizzou-Vandy football game – getting to see Sarah Fuller, the first woman play in a major college football game. Tonight, I’m just hanging out, watching TV, and eating leftovers from our Thanksgiving dinner. Since I’m approaching the last couple...

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958. Sonder Brewing – Otto Imperial Stout
Nov25

958. Sonder Brewing – Otto Imperial Stout

I took the day off of work today, so it’s the first day of my Thanksgiving break. Although it’s a day off, I spent a good portion of it studying for a financial services designation that I’m working on. So, while watching the videos I’m supposed to watch, I decided to crack open a beer – and since I’m not going anywhere, I decided to crack open a big one. Also, since the label said “Extend the...

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957. Coastal Empire Beer Co. – Southern Delight Praline Amber
Nov22

957. Coastal Empire Beer Co. – Southern Delight Praline Amber

It’s my son’s 16th birthday weekend, but since incidents of COVID have picked up, it was a pretty low-key weekend around here. I’ve spent quite a bit of time this weekend just working around the house, and studying. I’m starting on a financial services designation, so it’s consuming a lot of my time lately. Other than that, since I’m sitting here studying, I figured I’d grab a beer (and write...

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956. Side Project & Angry Orchard – Burk Batch #1
Nov03

956. Side Project & Angry Orchard – Burk Batch #1

It’s election night in America, and like many others, I’ve decided to drink while I watch the election results. Despite the fact that our country is deeply divided, I hope we can all come together and enjoy a drink together soon. As I’m planning to do for many of the remaining 45 beers I have left remaining in my quest to 1000 beers (or at least 1000 beer reviews, since according to my Untappd, I’ve had over...

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955. Tangled Roots – High & Tight Barleywine
Sep12

955. Tangled Roots – High & Tight Barleywine

It’s my birthday weekend, and despite the fact that it has been raining, it has been a nice, relaxing day. I’m watching college football and decided to crack open a beer. Since we don’t really have anything going on, I thought I’d break open this big 10% ABV barleywine I picked up at the Tangled Roots brewery a few weeks ago. Location: Poured from the 32oz crowler into a TEKU pint glass at my home in...

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954. Perennial / 2nd Shift Collaboration – Mládek Imperial Stout
Sep08

954. Perennial / 2nd Shift Collaboration – Mládek Imperial Stout

We’ve gotten quite a bit of rain over the last few days, which was much needed. However, it’s kind of a dreary evening. Therefore, I decided to start a movie on TV, and crack open something from the beer fridge. My sister brought this one from St. Louis a few months ago, but it says it was canned 02/11/2019. It says it’s a 9.1% ABV Imperial Stout, so that shouldn’t be much of an issue. Online it says,...

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953. Tangled Roots – Path Mender Pale Ale
Aug18

953. Tangled Roots – Path Mender Pale Ale

Last week we drove up near Ottawa, IL to go to a state park, but the parks were closed due to downed trees from the derecho that came through. We tried to salvage the afternoon by walking along the riverfront in Ottawa. Since we had my nieces and kids with us, we only got a chance to stop by Tangled Roots to grab some crowlers.  Ironically, proceeds from this beer are donated to helping improve state parks like the one we tried to...

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952. Triptych – Really Dank Meme
Aug06

952. Triptych – Really Dank Meme

We’ve been in quarantine for almost five months now and we’ve had a lot going on. I’ve been finishing my work rebuilding our deck and we had a patio poured a couple weeks ago in anticipation of a hot tub. It’s also been super busy at work. So, when I found out today was “IPA Day,” I didn’t need much motivation to reach for a craft beer. I picked this one up on my last trip to the grocery...

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951. Perennial Artisan Ales – Suburban Beverage
Jul09

951. Perennial Artisan Ales – Suburban Beverage

It’s been more than a month since my last beer review, and we’re still in quarantine. We’ve been working from home for almost the last four months. Since we haven’t been able to go anywhere, I’ve been able to get a lot of work done around the house. I’ve renovated the kids’ bathroom, and nearly replaced my entire deck due to rot/age. Although you’d think working from home, there would be...

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950. Perennial Artisan Ales – Southside Blonde Ale
Jun01

950. Perennial Artisan Ales – Southside Blonde Ale

It’s week 12 of the Coronavirus quarantine and I’ve finished renovating my kids’ bathroom and have moved onto working on our deck. What started as a project to replace a couple of boards has turned into completely rebuilding our deck. The news the last few days has been filled with protests, looting and rioting across the U.S. Tonight, many people are on edge as we’ve gotten word that the riots and looting...

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949. Fretboard Brewing – Sapphire Haze Hazy IPA
Apr27

949. Fretboard Brewing – Sapphire Haze Hazy IPA

So we’re in the sixth week of shelter-in-place during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve been very fortunate to be able to work from home and get some much needed house projects completed. After finishing tiling my kids bathroom this evening, it was definitely time for a beer. My sister brought me this beer a couple of months ago from a trip she took to Cincinnati, although it says it was canned on 8/19/2019. I also recently...

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948. New Glarus – Oud Bruin 2016
Mar29

948. New Glarus – Oud Bruin 2016

We are on day 17 of “sheltering in place” for the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and I’m in my man cave continuing to stain wood for the display case I’ve been working on. While I let the stain dry, I grabbed this one out of the beer fridge. I bought this at the New Glarus Brewery in 2016, when a friend and I decided to head up there for a day trip. I figured this one would get more interesting with age, but it’s...

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