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Maumee Bay In Toledo, Ohio: A Must Stop For Craft Beer Lovers

Maumee Bay In Toledo, Ohio: A Must Stop For Craft Beer Lovers
If you’re a craft beer lover and find yourself traveling through Toledo, Ohio, stop at Maumee Bay. There’s a rich history of beer nostalgia in the vast taproom, and a number of good beers to try. Better yet, if you go at the right time of year, you can score a few bottles of their... Read more »

I Met Taylor Swift At A Chicago Food Court...In My Dream

I Met Taylor Swift At A Chicago Food Court...In My Dream
I’m not even a huge fan of Taylor, though I did have a little crush on “Blank Space.” I really loved her Vance Joy cover of “Riptide,” as well. But, if you read this blog, along with the three other people who do, you know I’ve been listening to Morrissey and the Kooks lately. But... Read more »

Excitement Builds As The Ocean Blue Return To Chicago

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My excitement for The Ocean Blue’s return to Chicago, at Lincoln Hall, can’t be contained. I’ve been listening to the first two records non-stop, as they will be playing them both, front to back. The song that I keep hearing in my head each day, is “Cerulean.” Fifteen seconds into the second song off of... Read more »
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The Ocean Blue Return To Chicago To Play Lincoln Hall

The Ocean Blue Return To Chicago To Play Lincoln Hall
The Ocean Blue are coming to Chicago’s Lincoln Hall to perform their first two records (The Ocean Blue & Cerulean) from front to back. They played three intimate shows last year to herald their Sire Records catalog reissues on vinyl. Now Chicago has been chosen as the 4th, and final place they will perform these... Read more »

Lakeview's "Punkin' Donuts" Will Be A Target Express. Is That Punk Enough For You?

Did you know the Dunkin’ Donuts on Belmont and Clark was once hailed Punkin’ Donuts? I had no idea, but I guess it makes sense, as some remnants of the neighborhood still remain as proof. Mark Thomas, the owner of The Alley, said he moved his store to that intersection many years ago because of... Read more »

The Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 5 Year Vertical With Guys Drinking Beer

The Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 5 Year Vertical With Guys Drinking Beer
There’s a beer blog you should read called Guys Drinking Beer. These cats were writing about beer before most others, including myself, thought it would be a novel idea to describe, and photograph all the fun things we drank/drink. They have, on occasion, invited me to partake in some really interesting pours, including Heady Topper,... Read more »
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That Barleywine Benchmark: Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale-Vintage 2013

That Barleywine Benchmark: Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale-Vintage 2013
Now this is the burnt caramel, wood-smoked, sugary joy I’ve been waiting for. A buttery monster that fits the bill of: Barleywine. When I think of how a Barleywine typically tastes, this is what I’m expecting. It’s chewy, and chunky, and the caramel flavor is reminiscent of a Twix bar, with much less chocolate. Cold,... Read more »

My 400th Blog Post, Someone Cue The Balloons

My 400th Blog Post, Someone Cue The Balloons
It’s my 400th Post! Can someone pull the string and drop those colorful balloons? On the real, I want to say a special thanks to the select few. Those folks who read, comment, and remain involved. I appreciate having the ear of others, and look forward to every comment, even when someone is correcting me.... Read more »

In Light Of Paste's Barleywine Shootout: BBB & Horn Dog

In Light Of Paste's Barleywine Shootout: BBB & Horn Dog
In light of Paste’s recent Barleywine Shootout, I’ve been inspired to drink my own. I started with a Two Brothers 2012 Bare Tree, which left a lot to be desired. Then I moved on to a few more. Flying Dog-2011 “Horn Dog” and  Central Waters-2013 “Bourbon Barrel Barleywine.” Horn Dog 2011:                                                  Straight out the... Read more »
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Vintage 2012 Bare Tree: More Weiss Beer Than Barleywine

Vintage 2012 Bare Tree: More Weiss Beer Than Barleywine
After reading Paste Magazine’s “35 of the Best Barleywines,” I decided I would unbottle a few of my own. The only problem is, I opened something that isn’t really a Barleywine. It’s a Barleywine Style Weiss Beer by Two Brothers, that is different from anything I’ve ever tasted. Two Brothers Brewing explains, “Bare Tree takes... Read more »