Category: Beer Review

Craft Beer Review: Delirium Tremens

Craft Beer Review: Delirium Tremens
I told you I had some beers to review that I had paid for myself. Here’s another. This is a special case, since I first had this beer 15 years ago. Delirium Tremens, by Family Bouwerij Huyghe in Belgium, debut in 1989 and is considered an exemplar of the Belgian Strong Ale style.  This particular... Read more »

Quick Takes: Four Beers at Rotary GroveFest

Quick Takes: Four Beers at Rotary GroveFest
I’ve been letting my regular articles about area beers slide. Mainly because I’ve been compiling some “pages” to focus on each individual brewer. They may show up sometime in the near future. But a few weekends ago, I ambled to the Downers grove Rotary Summer Festival. They have a Beer Garden which serves the usual... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Hazy

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Hazy
After some beastly heat for the Fourth of July, we have now been finally rewarded with a nice mild weekend. Time to get out and mow the lawn, and to And to throw my next week’s lunches on the grill in pre-preparation. It’s a good time to try out another beer that has been sent... Read more »
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Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Phase Change

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Phase Change
No special occasion this weekend. Just a few short hours without rain, and in which I was finally able to mow the lawn with my new cordless electric mower. It runs off of 40v batteries: when one is depleted, you switch it out with the other in the two battery compartments. Even so, it took... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Lagur

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Lagur
After I put in several hours this weekend on my second spare job it’s time to sit back or put a few things on the grill and enjoy another beer that has been sent to me by the brewery for my comment. Lagunitas Brewing has sent me a can of their new summer lager, named,... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Haymarket Joe Maddon's "Try Not to Suck"

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In the next week or two I’ll be tied up posting selected events for Illinois Craft Beer Week. But I have managed to post a few of my One-Take Beer Reviews to YouTube lately. My video production has increased and improved with the latest version of iMovie, I must admit. So here’s one of local... Read more »
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Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Secret Agenda

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Secret Agenda
It’s the first spring weekend of the year. And the weather is amenable, so I’ve scrubbed down the grill, tried out a dry up on some pork cutlets, and open up a beer. As usual, this is a beer that has been sent to me for my comment. And also as usual, it’s from Lagunitas Brewing Co., which labors under the idea that I am an “influencer”. Well, I don’t want to go find for sure, because that might ruin things for me...

Beer Preview: Lagunitas Brett Stout

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I'm stacking up some local beer reviews to make a set of pages for each individual brewer in Chicago. Meantime, I have some beers that have been sent to me for my comment. Like this one...

Local Beer Review: Maplewood Pulaski Pils

Local Beer Review: Maplewood Pulaski Pils
New Page Promotion: Hey there! See those little gray text boxes hovering above this article. The bottom one now reads “Future Brewery Openings in the Chicago Area.” That is an ongoing page, different from a post in that it should stay “evergreen”, as I can update it with current information. It’s the same as with my ongoing... Read more »
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Local Beer Review: Hopewell Swift IPA

Local Beer Review: Hopewell Swift IPA
I’ve got a short evening to open and sample a locally made beer, which I bought myself just for this occasion. Hopewell Brewing Co. is a storefront brewery with a taproom at 2760 N. Milwaukee Ave., in the Logan Square neighborhood near other brewers like Revolution, BiXi Beer, and Maplewood. Swift IPA is one of... Read more »
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