Category: Beer Review

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 »

Craft Beer Review: Revolution Tropic Hero

Craft Beer Review: Revolution Tropic Hero
I’ve let too much time go by without trying out a new beer, in this case, one I bought myself to review. Working other projects, cleaning out my cellar of other beers in the meantime. Revolution Brewing’s “Hero” series of hoppy IPAs started with the flagship Anti-Hero, and has encompassed over a dozen releases, most... Read more »

Beer Review: BrewDog in Cans

Beer Review: BrewDog in Cans
Some more beers that I’ve picked up just to try them. This one is the latest iteration of BrewDog from Scotland, only this time, they’re made in America. We all know of BrewDog’s journey from a “punk” brewery started in 2007 to a  multinational concern with a series of tied houses and a hotel and... Read more »
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Ale From the Cellar: Bridgeport Stumptown Tart 2014

Ale From the Cellar: Bridgeport Stumptown Tart 2014
While I feel honor-bound to write about any beers that the brewer or their PR people have sent me, because I should discuss a beer that’s still somewhat fresh, and that might be available only for a brief time. And if I truly am enough of an “influencer” that these folks want my attention, it’s... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA

Beer by the Grill: Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA
It’s a pretty dreary Saturday, with clouds and the occasional thunderstorm. But the past couple of weekend I’ve been out canvassing for my candidate in the upcoming elections, and left pretty worn out to do anything else. This is the off week, though. And I’ve finished a project that always takes up a lot of... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Church Street Crimson Clover

Local Beer Review: Church Street Crimson Clover
I might get caught up in another big project that will suck up the available time to work this blog. So let’s dive into another beer that I bought to review. I’ve had a few beers from Church Street Brewing in Itasca, most of which have been on tap. They must have a pretty decent... Read more »
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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 »
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