563. Illinois Brewing Co. – Big Beaver Brown Ale
Mar24

563. Illinois Brewing Co. – Big Beaver Brown Ale

As I mentioned in my last post, when I reviewed Illinois Brewing Co.’ s Big John Barley Wine, I’m at Illinois Brewing Co. today brewing a batch on their system for our homebrew club’s barrel project. We finally finished up our brew, and while the snow is really coming down outside, we sat at the bar and enjoyed a beer inside. Behind the barleywine, this was the next most interesting for me on their house tap list....

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514. Abita Brewing Co – Turbodog
Jan03

514. Abita Brewing Co – Turbodog

I’m still going through the beer fridge, trying to thin it out a bit. I’ve found several beers which were hiding and have been in there for a while. I remember picking up this beer, along with several others in a mixed 6 pack, during my trip to New Orleans a year ago (at the time I visited Crescent City Brewery in the French Quarter and had the Abita Amber on my way out of town). Location: Poured into a Stella Artois...

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511. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – Brown Ale
Dec31

511. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – Brown Ale

This is another beer that was sent to me from my sister’s friend.  You’ve recently seen that I found several North Carolina beers in the fridge that have been there for a bit – Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Highland Kashmir IPA, Big Boss Bad Penny Brown Ale, and Highland Gaelic Ale.  I figure I’d better make my way through these beers soon, and today has been a relaxing day when I could plow through a few of them....

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509. Big Boss Brewing Co – Bad Penny Brown Ale
Dec31

509. Big Boss Brewing Co – Bad Penny Brown Ale

If you’ve seen my last few posts, you know I found several beers in the corner of the beer fridge that were given to me by my sister’s friend. They all appear to be about a year and a half old, so I thought I’d go ahead and make my way through them as soon as possible. Several of the beers appear to be from breweries in North Carolina, including this one. This beer appears to be a bit older than the others, as it was...

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508. Real Ale Brewing Co – Brewhouse Brown Ale
Dec30

508. Real Ale Brewing Co – Brewhouse Brown Ale

After finding a couple of beers in the beer fridge that had 2011 dates on them, I thought I’d investigate further.  It turns out I have a corner of the fridge with some older beers, so I’m going to start digging into them.  I found this one, which was marked 6.21.11, that I remember picking up as part of a mixed pack of Real Ale beers I got on a business trip to Texas.  At the time, I reviewed the Real Ale Rio Blanco Pale...

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494. Firestone Walker/Nectar Ales – Humboldt Brown Ale
Oct29

494. Firestone Walker/Nectar Ales – Humboldt Brown Ale

It’s been a heckuva day, and I’ve already had one of my own homebrewed Bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. So, I reached into the beer fridge and decided to drink the first thing I grabbed. I believe I pick this one up a few months ago at the liquor store in a mix a 6-pack.  The bottle says, “Ale Brewed with Hemp” Location: Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington,...

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489. Red Brick Brewing – Brown Ale
Oct18

489. Red Brick Brewing – Brown Ale

I’m still catching up on all my reviews from my trip to Seattle a couple weeks ago, but wanted to keep things moving with my reviews.  I believe this beer was given to me by my sister whose friend gave it to her for me. I’m not sure of the age of the beer or storage conditions, but it’s been in my beer fridge the last several months. Location: Poured from the bottle into a tulip shaped glass at my home in...

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469. Two Beers Brewing – Backcountry CBA Cascadian Brown Ale
Oct02

469. Two Beers Brewing – Backcountry CBA Cascadian Brown Ale

I’m in Seattle, Washington for work this week and arrived in town today.  After getting in, I hit Elysian and enjoyed a couple of their seasonal pumpkin beers (Blight Pumpkin Ale and Dark O’ the Moon) with lunch, and then stopped at Pyramid Brewery Seattle Alehouse and had their Hop Tep II.  After checking into my hotel and going up in the Space Needle, my cousin called and told me to meet him at Two Beers Brewing when he...

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465. Two Beers Brewing Co. – SoDo Brown Ale
Sep30

465. Two Beers Brewing Co. – SoDo Brown Ale

I leave for Seattle in a couple of days and wanted to try a few of the beers my cousin Steve sent me from there. I’m hoping it’ll help me decide which breweries I should stop at during my visit there. I also recently heard about this brewery on an episode of Basic Brewing Video (July 27, 2012), which visited there during the National Homebrewers Convention this past summer. There’s no canned on, or enjoy before date...

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458. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria – 5 Vulture Mexican-style Dark Ale
Sep03

458. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria – 5 Vulture Mexican-style Dark Ale

A couple months ago, my friend Joe stopped through town on his way back to St. Louis from Chicago. He and I stopped at Destihl and had a few beers (I had Destihl St. Dekkera Reserve Bela Imperial Pilsner Sour Ale, Destihl Downstate Pale Ale, and Destihl Destihl Strawberry Blonde Ale), and after we were finished he reached into his car and pulled out several beers he had gotten in Chicago for me. I had heard of 5 Rabbit, but...

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447. Cigar City Brewing – Maduro Brown Ale
Jul31

447. Cigar City Brewing – Maduro Brown Ale

As I’ve mentioned in my last few posts, I’m at Madeira Beach in Florida on my family vacation.  Today we went to John’s Pass, a touristy area with lots of souvenir stores, ice cream spots, restaurants, and tours.  We walked along the boardwalk and stopped into The Hut Bar and Grille to rest and grab a bite to eat and drink. Location: On tap and served in a plastic cup at The Hut Bar & Grille at John’s Pass...

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402. 4 Hands Brewery – Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
Mar02

402. 4 Hands Brewery – Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown

I’m in St. Louis this weekend to spend some time with my friend Joe.  The plan is to hit several microbreweries this weekend, as well as trade some homebrew.  I finally made it into town after a long day at work, and we headed out to Milagro Modern Mexican in Webster Groves.  They had several craft beers on tap, and I was looking forward to trying something from one of St. Louis’ newest microbreweries – 4 Hands....

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