Category: Beer Review

Drinking beer, and talking about the beer I'm drinking. Some beers are supplied to me for my comment, others I've bought myself for reviewing. See the full list of beers discussed at <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/the-beeronaut/the-beeronauts-brewer-and-beer-guide/beeronaut-beer-reviews-index/">My Beer Reviews Index</a>.

Luna Bay Hard Kombucha: One-Man Taste Panel

Luna Bay Hard Kombucha: One-Man Taste Panel
Earlier this month, I ran my interview with Bridget Connelly, co-founder of Luna Bay Booch. This brand of hard kombucha was developed in Chicago, tested and scaled up at Pilot Project Brewing, and is now expanding nationwide in cans from Denver’s Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. My disclosure: the request to cover this brand came with... Read more »

Beer Review: Toppling Goliath King Sue

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One of the “whalez” of Midwestern beers turned up at my local Binny’s. So I snagged a 4-pack for a new “One Take Beer Review.” Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. is situated in the  town of Decorah, in Eastern Iowa. Since their founding in 2009, they have become famous for sought-after imperial stouts and hoppy pale... Read more »

Brewer Spotlight: Ike & Oak Brewing

Brewer Spotlight: Ike & Oak Brewing
Thought I would finally get my series on local breweries started during the pandemic, but so many other minor things kept popping up. Here’s the one I started in May, when establishments were just reopening for carryout after the COVID-19 lockdown. If and when I finally get more features about local brewers posted, I’ll be... Read more »
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Regional Beer Review: Saugatuck Imperial BBA Neapolitan Milk Stout

Regional Beer Review: Saugatuck Imperial BBA Neapolitan Milk Stout
Here’s another review of a beer that I was able to find during our current self-isolation. These are regional beers that can be readily purchased at a decent price. Tonight, from Michigan’s Saugatuck Brewing, I have their Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Neapolitan Milk Stout (yes, that name is a mouthful). Saugatuck, like many brewers, has... Read more »

Beer Review: Odd Side Ales Rye Hipster Brunch Stout

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Taking another opportunity to crack a local, or at least nearby, beer while enduring our isolation. This time I propped up the iPad and shot one of my “One Take Beer Reviews.” Odd Side Ales is located in Grand Haven, Michigan, between Holland and Muskegon. They were established in 2010, but have just recently been... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Mikerphone Double Blue Hast Mich

Local Beer Review: Mikerphone Double Blue Hast Mich
Grabbing another local brew to talk up while we’re hunkered down at home. I admit I have been picking the less-expensive beers from the shelves. I still have other things making more of a demand on my beer money. So they can’t all barrel-aged “whalez.” But I hope they’ll still be worthwhile. This is from... Read more »
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Local Beer Review: Spiteful Mrs. O'Leary's Chocolate Milk Stout with Raspberries

Local Beer Review: Spiteful Mrs. O'Leary's Chocolate Milk Stout with Raspberries
If I can do little else to help out during the lockdown, I can get out to my local bottle shop and pick up some local brews to review. Yes, I think I can handle that responsibility. Spiteful Brewing had punched out beers in a number of styles, especially trendy IPAs and also dark beers,... Read more »

Beer Review: Wild Onion Barrel-Aged Drago

Beer Review: Wild Onion Barrel-Aged Drago
As I mentioned previously, I figured to pass the time in home exile by reviewing a few more beers, preferably local ones that deserve a shout-out. I started off with a trip to find more local cans, but got distracted by a national brand’s “hard coffee.” Now I’m back on track. Wild Onion Brewery has... Read more »

Malt Beverage Review: Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Coffee

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My beer cellar had dipped below the 400 bottle mark, so I masked up and walked out to Orange & Brew, my nearest bottle shop, to pick up some new bottles or cans that I can talk about here in the next few days. Along with the fancy local beers, I picked up a crowler... Read more »
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Cellar Beer Review: Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Extra

Cellar Beer Review: Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Extra
Still self-isolating, alternating between working from home, posting magazines and records for sale, and looking for treasures from my cellar. I pulled this 2018 beer bomber from my box of Lagunitas Brewing Co. bombers, and realized it was one they sent to me, and I still haven’t written about it. A Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale... Read more »
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