Category: Beer Review

Cider Preview: Rekorderlig Hård Äpple

Cider Preview: Rekorderlig Hård Äpple
I’ve headed back to the fridge to pop another brew that has been sent to me by the brewer for comment. Kind of needing it after having to cancel plans and stay home and watch a sick child. I never knew you could get “tonsil stones”. This comes to us from Rekorderlig, a brand of... Read more »

State Beer Review: 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale

State Beer Review: 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale
Once again, I’m popping the tab on a beer that will only be around for a limited time, so let’s get to it. Hand of Fate Brewing, a two-year old microbrewery in downstate Petersburg, near Springfield, won a competition at last year’s Illinois State Fair for the title of the state’s official Bicentennial Beer. The... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Belly Up Howling Hank IPA

Local Beer Review: Belly Up Howling Hank IPA
More than ever, I need to work through the beers I’ve purchased myself to review. This one may be too late. I picked up a bottle of Howling Hank IPA from my local Binny’s in February. It’s from Belly Up Beer Co., a nanobrewery in Western Springs. It was started by homebrewer Joe Fornari in... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Oktoberfest Weekend, September 14-16

Chicago Craft Beer Oktoberfest Weekend, September 14-16
So now that we're into weekend-long Oktoberfests, I still need to work out how to present events that take up two or three days. Have a full summary the first day and have the following days' listings refer back to it? Just show the event once and note that it runs over more than one day? Well, I'm working this out...

Preview: Hard Frescos Fruit Beers

Preview: Hard Frescos Fruit Beers
Here’s an interesting variation on fermented beverages, which would be appropriate for the last rays of summer. As long as it’s warm out, these should be appropriate. I’ve been sent some “hard” versions of agua frescas, the fruit based beverages popular in Mexican dining circles. Hard Frescos Brewing Co. makes these beverages in Mexico City,... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Mozango

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Mozango
Of course I consider myself lucky that people are sending me their beers in the hopes that I’ll mention them in this blog. I’m also lucky that Lagunitas has been sending me “repeats” of their seasonals that I’ve already talked about. But this is a new one. Mozango is described as a “Mosaic-hopped ale,” without... Read more »
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Local Beer Review: 5 Rabbit Vida y Muerte

Local Beer Review: 5 Rabbit Vida y Muerte
The Labor Day weekend means the stores are now filled with… Christmas Decorations. No, that’s not it. Pumpkin Spice flavored junk food? Maybe. But it also brings us the fall beers like Oktoberfests. I’m hoping to get into some more of these malty Mårzens in the time to come. But now I bought something in... Read more »

Cider Preview: Louis Raison

Cider Preview: Louis Raison
I’ve got some more liquid gold that’s been sent to me for my comment. Louis Raison French Cidre is officially hitting the Illinois market with three offerings: Rouge Délice, Original Crisp, and Organic Dry. All three flavors are in six-pack bottles; Rouge Délice will be available on draft, with kegs of Organic Dry and Original... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Goose Island Fulton Street Blend

Local Beer Review: Goose Island Fulton Street Blend
Hey, I feel the need to pop another beer and review it. Are you with me? I know I get more than a few Goose Island beers sent to me for comment, but this one I purchased myself. Because hey, coffee beer. Fulton Street Blend is a Golden Ale base, infused with Intelligentsia Coffee’s House... Read more »
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Beer Preview: Lagunitas Passion Grass

Beer Preview: Lagunitas Passion Grass
Got more beers in the cellar to write about. So here’s another one that’s been sent to me by Lagunitas Brewing Co. for my comment. Passion Grass is the latest in their “One-Hitter” series of limited releases, a joint venture between Lagunitas and Short’s Brewing of Bellaire, MI. It’s described as “A West by Midwest... Read more »
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