57. New Belgium – Fat Tire Amber Ale Draft
May29

57. New Belgium – Fat Tire Amber Ale Draft

Tonight we decided to try a new place out for dinner – at least new to us, since we haven’t been there yet – and we went to Joe’s Station House Pizza Pub here in town.  When we got there, I was thrilled because the waitress said they had Bell’s Hop Slam on tap.  Unfortunately, she was wrong, and the rest I had to choose from were fairly limited.  So, I decided to go for the Fat Tire on draft. When it...

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56. Founders Brewing – Dry Hopped Pale Ale
May29

56. Founders Brewing – Dry Hopped Pale Ale

We finished car shopping for the day, and I decided to grab another hoppy beer before heading to dinner.  I wanted something that had a good hop flavor, but not necessarily a higher alcohol IPA.  I grabbed the Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale out of the fridge.   The label says that it has 35 IBUs and is 5.4% ABV. When I poured the beer, ,it had a pretty large soapy head, which fell slowly, but left some nice lacing on the glass (as you...

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55. Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe – Indica India Pale Ale
May29

55. Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe – Indica India Pale Ale

It’s a really nice Saturday afternoon on Memorial Day weekend.  My parents came to town and are watching the kids while my wife and I shop for a minivan.  It’s been a good morning visiting dealerships and test driving cars, and we stopped back at home for lunch.  I was looking for a nice IPA, and fortunately, just picked a few up on Friday.  I decided to go for the Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe. ...

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54. Avery Brewing – Redpoint Ale
May28

54. Avery Brewing – Redpoint Ale

I really like Avery’s big beers, so I was excited when I found a few of their beers in the “mix a six” area of my local liquor store.  The label says, “Redpoint Ale.  Ahhh, Success!  It’s taken a lot of time and effort to create this unique, rich red ale with a distinct hop bouquet.  Enjoy our achievement in celebration of your own accomplishments.  Cheers!” It had a decent head when I poured it,...

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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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52. New Glarus Brewing – Road Slush Stout
May27

52. New Glarus Brewing – Road Slush Stout

I got an email today that I was being followed on Twitter by New Glarus Brewery, so I thought I’d grab another one of their beers out of the beer fridge. I’ve only got a few left to choose from, so I grabbed the Road Slush Stout, even though it’s almost Memorial Day. It says it’s brewed with fresh oatmeal and includes chocolate and victory malts. When I poured it, it was black with some ruby colors coming...

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51. Brouwerij Huyghe – Delirium Tremens Draft
May26

51. Brouwerij Huyghe – Delirium Tremens Draft

I had a steering meeting tonight for our homebrew club – the ABNormal Brewers – at Medici in Normal. We hold our meetings there because they usually have a decent list of beers on tap.  Tonight they had a few beers I thought would be interesting, and I settled on the Delirium Tremens, since I haven’t seen it on tap very often. It was served in a goblet (wine glass), and was very clear.  It had a bright yellow color,...

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50. Founders Brewing – Red’s Rye P. A.
May24

50. Founders Brewing – Red’s Rye P. A.

I spent my early evening at work, working outside this evening, so when I finally got home I wanted to go for a nice refreshing IPA. In the beer fridge I had quite a selection of Founders beers to select from and reached for the Reds Rye P. A. Ale. The label says that it’s “hopped up and brewed with rye,” it’s got 6.6% ABV and 70 IBU’s. It poured a dark amber, and reddish color, and had a decent head,...

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49. New Glarus Brewing – Golden Ale
May23

49. New Glarus Brewing – Golden Ale

It’s Sunday afternoon, I just finished mowing and trimming the yard and had a turkey sandwich for lunch. I looked into the beer fridge for something appropriate and passed on all the stouts and double IPAs. I found a New Glarus Golden Ale which sounded pretty good. The 500ml bottle has all of the details on the label and it says it was brewed on 3-23-09 and bottled on 6-18-09. Additionally, it says it was a 160 BBL batch, an OG...

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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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47. Founders Brewing – Breakfast Stout
May21

47. Founders Brewing – Breakfast Stout

When I got home from work today, I discovered that the radiator on my car was leaking very severely gushing fluid onto the garage floor.  So tonight I went to the beer fridge in need of something big and strong.  Fortunately, I had a Founders Breakfast Stout in there.  It’s a label says that it is 8.3% alcohol by volume and that it is a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout, thus, the name, Breakfast Stout. When I poured it, it...

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46. Breckenridge Brewery – 471 Small Batch Double IPA
May20

46. Breckenridge Brewery – 471 Small Batch Double IPA

After the experience I had yesterday with the Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA, I got nervous, so tonight, I decided to have the Breckenridge Brewery 471 Small Batch Double IPA that I had in the beer fridge. This bottle had a born on date of February 2009 so it was even older than the one I had yesterday. This bottle says, “It all comes down to this. We love making beer. And while our mainline beers keep us very busy, there...

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