Category: Beer Review

Beer Review: Goose Island Bourbon County 2018

Beer Review: Goose Island Bourbon County 2018
It was beginning to look like I might never get a chance at some of Goose Island's 2018 Bourbon County Brand beers. Oh, I was invited to the press and bloggers' preview in October, but my odd work hours would have meant losing much needed job hours that I couldn't afford at the time. And I had the chance to have some on tap in the intervening holiday weeks, but, well, the holidays mean taking care of other things...

Beer Preview: Lagunitas DayTime

Beer Preview: Lagunitas DayTime
The first of the year is bringing me a lot articles to write. Or rather, ideas for articles to write. But for now, it’s time to get a jump on some beers that have been to me by the brewer (that’s my disclosure). Today’s beer comes from what I like to call a “Beer Fairy”... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Solemn Oath End All IPA

Local Beer Review: Solemn Oath End All IPA
I’ve caught a bit of a breather from the flood of calendar activities, with the new year. So I’m clearing some loose ends, finishing some article drafts, and wrapping up my stash local beers that I’ve bought for reviewing. Which means it’s time to go snag some more bottles and cans. Solemn Oath Brewery of... Read more »
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Ale from the Cellar: New Holland Dragon's Milk 2005

Ale from the Cellar: New Holland Dragon's Milk 2005
Here I am on the penultimate day of the year. Tomorrow night I’ll likely be watching movies with the kids at home. Raise a glass to me wherever you are, if you like. But tonight I’m pulling another beer from my cellar, realizing that I’m saving way too many of them for “a special occasion.”... Read more »

Ales from the Cellar: Upland Winter Warmer 2007

Ales from the Cellar: Upland Winter Warmer 2007
Santa >ahem!< has found the cookies left out for him. After filling the stocking, he has retreated to the North Pole, or rather, my lower level workshop. Christmas Eve seems like a great time to pull out a cellar-dweller and talk about it. Upland Brewing Co. of Bloomington, IN is now a veteran of the... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Nevin’s Hook & Hatchet

Local Beer Review: Nevin’s Hook & Hatchet
Once again, it’s been a while since I popped the tab on a local beer in order to talk up the area brewers. So here’s another one I picked up for the chance to review, before I get back to writing up events leading into the New Year’s Eve. Nevin’s Draft Co. is the packaging... Read more »
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Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sparkling Swan

Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sparkling Swan
I may have noticed the next beer trend for 2018. Or maybe it’s just a holiday season trend. Something to take our minds of pumpkin spice. This past weekend, I sampled a Sparkling Rosé Ale by Forbidden Root. Now I have a bottle of Sparkling Swan from Lagunitas Brewing Company, which was sent to me... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Energy City Milkshake Haida

Local Beer Review: Energy City Milkshake Haida
I’m always happy to pop the cap on a Chicago area brewer for my first time. And I was rather surprised to see this one when I discovered it. Energy City Brewing is a small brewery in downtown Batavia. It’s been known a wide palette of pale ales, many in the “milkshake category, or made... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Noon Whistle Mr. IPA-Nut

Craft Beer Review: Noon Whistle Mr. IPA-Nut
Perhaps I added, in my own small way, to the hoopla over Mr. IPA-Nut, the collaboration between Lombard’s Noon Whistle Brewing and Planters (Kraft Heinz) Peanuts. The beer went on sale just last Friday, and sold out within a few days. At least the few Binny’s I tried had already run out on Monday. So... Read more »
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Craft Beer Review: Empirical Heliotropic Hoppy Pale Ale

Craft Beer Review: Empirical Heliotropic Hoppy Pale Ale
A little rain came our way Saturday evening, for the last weekend of October and it’s getting colder. But that rarely stops most people from firing up the grill, so I’m throwing on some sausages while I pop another beer that I have purchased for review. Empirical Brewing is a small brewery with its stainless... Read more »
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