598. Snoqualmie Falls Brewing – Steam Train Porter
Aug31

598. Snoqualmie Falls Brewing – Steam Train Porter

My cousin Stephen lives in Seattle, and after I sent him a package of my homebrew, he sent me back a package of beers from the Pac Northwest. I’ve had a few of them, but hadn’t felt like having the porter he sent. However, it’s a college football Saturday, and I’m watching my Mizzou Tigers’ game. On the bottle it says, “Steam Train Porter is named for the historic trains that line Snoqualmie’s...

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585. Bad Weather Brewing – Ominous
Jul29

585. Bad Weather Brewing – Ominous

I’m up at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for a checkup on my heart, and we took a break for lunch. We found a place down the street called McGoon’s Taxi Co. Restaurant and Pub and had some lunch. I was happy to see they had a local craft beer on tap, so I had to give it a try. Location: On tap and served in a regular pint glass with a Minnesota Twins logo at McGoons Taxi Co. Restaurant and Pub. Numbers: 7.5% ABV, 40 IBUs,...

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534. SanTan Brewing – Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter
Feb07

534. SanTan Brewing – Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter

A month or so ago I got a Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale from SanTan Brewing in the mail. So couple of weeks ago, I got this beer in the mail from them. I love the name and graphic on the can, on which it says, “Sex Panther is a silky smooth Double Chocolate Porter brewed with Colonial Rosewood Cocoa and large amounts of Chocolate malt for a huge chocolatey flavor with hints of truffle and molasses. White wheat is added to give...

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523. Yazoo Brewing – SUE Imperial Smoked Porter
Jan19

523. Yazoo Brewing – SUE Imperial Smoked Porter

It’s a Saturday afternoon, and we spent the morning cleaning house. So, this afternoon I’m sitting here watching my Missouri Tigers play on ESPN, and cracking open this big beer, because they are playing like crap.  This beer was given to me by my fellow Mizzou alum, and friend, Joe. The bottle has a January bottling date marked on it. So, I assume it’s about a year old. The bottlecap, the label, everything is black,...

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517. Highland Brewing Co – Oatmeal Porter
Jan06

517. Highland Brewing Co – Oatmeal Porter

If you’ve been following my blog the last couple of weeks, you’ve seen that I found several beers in the beer fridge that have been there for a while. I’ve had a couple of other Highland brewing beers, including their Gaelic Ale and their Kashmir IPA. I think this is the last beer from them left in the beer fridge. The bottle says, “A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with...

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498. Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Edmund Fitzgerald
Nov10

498. Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Edmund Fitzgerald

Last night I noticed I duplicated one beer in my journey toward 1000 beers, and therefore, in order to correct the mistake this beer is also #498. Tonight, my family and I are at Flingers Pizza & Pub having dinner. They always have a good selection of craft beers on tap, and I noticed this one on the menu. I wasn’t familiar with the Edmund Fitzgerald, so I looked it up on my phone. According to the Wikipedia entry,...

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482. Reuben’s Brews – Robust Porter
Oct05

482. Reuben’s Brews – Robust Porter

After an already great day in the Seattle and Redmond , Washington area, finishing up the conference I was attending at the Microsoft campus, picking up beer to bring home at The Cork and Vine, checking out Black Raven Brewing, visiting Pike market and the Pike Brewery, I met up with my cousin to hit a few more breweries before I head out of town in the morning. Our first stop was Fremont brewing where we visited their urban beer...

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405. Deschutes – Black Butte Porter
Mar02

405. Deschutes – Black Butte Porter

After a very nice night out at Perennial Artisan Ales, where I had their Vermilion and Abraxas, we headed back to my friend Joe’s house. He dug into his beer stash and pulled this beer out. I checked my list and was amazed I had not yet tried this beer yet (despite my visit to the Oregon Brewers’ Festival, even having brunch at the Deschutes Public House before the festival). Location: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint...

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295. Stone Brewing – Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels Draft
Apr06

295. Stone Brewing – Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels Draft

I’m still at the Stone Brewing event, as we finally get this beer here in Central Illinois.  I’ve already had (this evening) their Double Bastard and the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, and wanted to get something that might be a little more rare than these.  When I sampled this, it had some really interesting flavors, so I capped off the evening with this one. Numbers: 6% ABV Appearance & Aroma: It was deep brown/black...

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247. MacTarnahan’s – Winter Hum Bug’r Porter
Dec27

247. MacTarnahan’s – Winter Hum Bug’r Porter

I bet my friend Betty from Portland on a basketball game – my Mizzou Tigers vs her Oregon Ducks – and won a bottle of local beer.  She graciously mailed me this one (and a bag of Tim’s Jalapeno chips) right before the holidays.  The bottle says, “The limited edition Porter with deep, dark character and rich malt flavor that will unravel your ribbons. 5.3% ABV”  I figured what better time to have a beer...

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112. Oakshire Brewing – 2010 Collaborative Evil Imperial Porter Draft
Jul21

112. Oakshire Brewing – 2010 Collaborative Evil Imperial Porter Draft

I was having an incredible time at the Oregon Brewers Festival Brewmasters’ Dinner, and got to meet some awesome brewers and other folks who were passionate about beer and brewing.  However, I didn’t realize that the dinner was coming to a close and I still had one more beer sample ticket in my pocket.  So, as things were wrapping up I found the nearest Oregon Brewery to grab a beer from – which turned out to be...

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82.  Rogue Brewing – Mocha Porter
Jul01

82. Rogue Brewing – Mocha Porter

It’s July 1, and that means it is the beginning of Oregon Craft Beer Month. I know I live over 2,000 miles from Oregon, but I’m joining in on the fun for 9 days later this month when I have my Brewmaster Cuisinternship at Full Sail Brewing in Hood River, Oregon, and attend the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland. So, in honor of Oregon Craft Beer month, I broke open the only Oregon brew I had in my beer fridge, a Rogue...

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