942. Boulevard Brewing – 2015 Bourbon Barrel Quad
Nov29

942. Boulevard Brewing – 2015 Bourbon Barrel Quad

My dad and sister are staying with us for a few days over this Thanksgiving break and with dinner tonight, we decided to crack open a few beers from the beer fridge. My sister has come around to craft beer over the last few years, and her style of preference is Belgian quad. Therefore, I decided to crack open this 2015 bourbon barrel quad from Boulevard that’s been in the beer fridge for a few years – although I figured...

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941. The Bruery – White Chocolate
Nov28

941. The Bruery – White Chocolate

Happy Thanksgiving! My dad and sister are here from St. Louis and my in-laws from in town are here. Either my sister or my dad bought this for me last Christmas and my sister really wanted me to open it and share it with her. It’s a big beer that’s aged in a bourbon barrel with cacao nibs and vanilla beans. Location: Poured into a Teku pint glass from the 750ml bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 14% ABV, ~420...

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940. Urban South/Illuminated Brew Works – Two Levees Raspberry Tart
Oct06

940. Urban South/Illuminated Brew Works – Two Levees Raspberry Tart

It’s Sunday evening and we had a great afternoon bicycling with friends to Keg Grove Brewery here in town. I realized I haven’t reviewed many beers lately, although if you follow me on Untappd (1KBeers), you’d see I’ve had a chance to visit several breweries and have many new beers the last few months. One of the breweries we visited a couple weeks ago was Urban South Brewery in New Orleans. As it turns out, a...

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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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937. Rockwell Beer Co. – Passing Clouds
Jul21

937. Rockwell Beer Co. – Passing Clouds

It’s been an extremely busy summer. I’ve been helping to coach my son’s baseball team, and we’ve had several games each week. Additionally, we were gone on vacation for a week and a half at the end of June. So today, after my son’s team played for the fifth straight day in record-setting high temperatures and lost, it was time to finally sit down and have a beer. A little over a month ago, my family went...

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936. Creature Comforts Brewing – Topicália IPA
Jun11

936. Creature Comforts Brewing – Topicália IPA

It’s been a mindblowingly busy few weeks. My son’s baseball season is in full swing, with 5 games in just the past 5 days. At the same time, I finished up an insurance designation (FLMI) for my job, which involved taking lots of tests. We also hosted a Mizzou alumni picnic at our house and are preparing for a Caribbean cruise. With all of that going on, I haven’t been able to just sit and enjoy a beer very often....

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935. Great Flood Brewing – Find-a-Way IPA
May04

935. Great Flood Brewing – Find-a-Way IPA

It’s been a busy Saturday. I picked up 40 bags of mulch and have been working on the yard most of the day, including burning branches that have fallen into the yard. The last hour or so, I’ve been sipping on Bourbon and watching the build-up to the Kentucky Derby. I decided to review one of the beers I picked up during our Bourbon Trail trip a couple months ago. So cheers to the Derby and this Louisville IPA. The can says,...

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934. West Sixth Brewing – IPA
Mar31

934. West Sixth Brewing – IPA

It has been a very busy Sunday morning, going to church, fertilizing the yard and installing a cat door. So now it’s time to have a beer and watch some March Madness NCAA basketball. I picked up this beer a couple weeks ago when I was in Louisville, KY doing the Bourbon Trail. I picked up a mixed six pack of local IPAs. So I know I need to drink them while they are still relatively fresh. Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass...

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933. Atlanta Brewing Co. – Hoplanta IPA
Mar31

933. Atlanta Brewing Co. – Hoplanta IPA

I’m watching March Madness, and an incredible UVA – Purdue basketball game and had to grab another beer. This one was given to me by my friend Joe when we met up and did the Bourbon Trail a couple of weeks ago. He lives in Atlanta and brought me a few beers from there. I had to double check, because I thought I’d had a beer named Hoplanta before, but the one I had before was from Red Brick Brewing. Location: Poured...

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932. Country Boy Brewing – Cliff Jumper IPA
Mar30

932. Country Boy Brewing – Cliff Jumper IPA

It’s been a rainy Saturday and I spent most of the day pasteurizing strawberries and peaches for my home brewed Belgian golden strong. I’m now watching The Elite Eight basketball games and decided to have a beer. This is another one I picked up on our Bourbon Trail tripd a few weeks ago. When we did the Bourbon Trail in 2017, we actually stopped at this brewery and had a couple beers. I thought I’d get this one to...

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931. Falls City – Hipster Repellant IPA
Mar23

931. Falls City – Hipster Repellant IPA

Its a nice sunny day today, but it’s still fairly cold out. Besides, the NCAA tournament is on this weekend. So, I made up some tacos for lunch and decided to grab a beer to enjoy with it. I picked this one up a couple of weeks ago when my friend Joe and I were in Lexington Kentucky doing the Bourbon Trail. I will admit, that I bought this beer totally because of the name and the cool textured can. The can says, “The...

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930. 2nd Shift – Brewligans East Coast Style IPA
Mar22

930. 2nd Shift – Brewligans East Coast Style IPA

TGIF again, as I’ve tried to give up alcohol during the week during Lent. So these Friday beers are extra special. It’s been a good week at work and the kids start spring break this weekend – making it a good time to grab a beer. This is one of the beers my sister brought me from 2nd Shift Brewing in St. Louis. The can says, “Brewligans is a hazy, East Coast style IPA that features low bitterness, but provides...

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929. Chattanooga Brewing – Hill City IPA
Mar15

929. Chattanooga Brewing – Hill City IPA

TGIF. It’s my daughters birthday today so I grabbed a beer before heading to dinner and ice skating with my daughter and her friend. It’s also much needed since I gave up alcohol during the week during Lent this year. My friend Joe gave me this beer a couple weeks ago when we met up in Kentucky for our second Bourbon Trail trip. The bottom says it was canned on 1/15/19. Location: Poured into a tall curved pint glass from...

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Brewing Up Chicago Brewseum Exhibit
Mar10

Brewing Up Chicago Brewseum Exhibit

A few weeks ago, my wife and I hopped on the train up to Chicago for her sorority reunion, and I was more excited than she was. One of her sorority sisters, Liz Garibay, is a founder of the Chicago Brewseum, and the group was meeting at the Field Museum to support her and get a tour of her newest exhibit – Brewing Up Chicago: How Beer Transformed the City. We took the train up and had a nice brunch before heading over to the...

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928. Red Hare Brewing – Berry Belgian Waffle
Feb17

928. Red Hare Brewing – Berry Belgian Waffle

It’s been a pretty relaxing weekend, even though I got started on taxes and paid some bills. I’ve been drinking Hop Slam almost all weekend, but since it’s Sunday evening, I thought I’d grab something a little lighter. My friend Joe from Atlanta brought me this beer when he and I met up last year, so it’s been in my beer fridge for several months. It sounds like it would be good, and at nearly 8% ABV,...

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927. 2nd Shift Brewing – Brewcocky Imperial IPA
Feb03

927. 2nd Shift Brewing – Brewcocky Imperial IPA

My wife discovered Marie Kondo this week, so I had to spend my day going through my closet and drawers throwing out old clothes. So I was ready for a beer this evening. I picked up some sushi and cracked open this beer my sister brought me from St. Louis. The can says, “Brew Cocky is another IPA I came up with that is brewed with loads and loads of Falconers Flight Hops that we use in an inappropriate, gratuitous manner and make...

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926. Hand of Fate – 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale
Jan30

926. Hand of Fate – 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale

The wind chill today was -53 degrees, so we were told to work from home if we could. So after sitting here in front of the window all day, staring out into the frigid park, I decided to… umm celebrate living here in Illinois. This beer was brewed for the state’s bicentennial, and a friend Friend Steve brought this beer to a party and left it. Brewed for state’s bicentennial. This ale, proudly named 1818, is our...

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925. 2nd Shift – Little Big Hop Session IPA
Jan27

925. 2nd Shift – Little Big Hop Session IPA

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m feeling pretty productive… I’ve watched CBS Sunday Morning, gone to church and then cooked up a couple pounds of ground beef into burgers and taco meat. Now, I can relax and have a beer, and what better style for a Sunday afternoon than a session IPA. When I started this blog in April 2010, I never imagined that “session IPA” would be a style. I just reminds me how much...

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Deja Vu All Over Again. Another Duplication.
Jan27

Deja Vu All Over Again. Another Duplication.

To quote a native of my hometown of St. Louis, and baseball Hall of Famer, Yogi Berra, “it’s like deja vu all over again.” In researching other beers I’ve had from 2nd Shift Brewing in St. Louis, I realized that I had mistakenly had their El Gato Grande IPA twice. It was listed as 410. 2nd Shift Brewing – El Gato Grande AIPA and 899. 2nd Shift Brewing – El Gato Grande IPA. This isn’t the first time...

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