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Local Craft Beer Review: Hopothesis Drafty Windows, Riedel Glass

Local Craft Beer Review: Hopothesis Drafty Windows, Riedel Glass
Catching up with my backlog of beer reviews, all in the service of writing more this weekend. This one I wrote while enjoying a beer out on the patio on August 6. This time I am grilling a pizza outside, because we’re having problems with the oven not lighting up but still pouring gas into... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Forbidden Root Money on My Rind in Riedel Beer Glass

Beer by the Grill: Forbidden Root Money on My Rind in Riedel Beer Glass
I’ve been backed up up with writeups of beers once again. This was done out by the grill on a rainy July 30. And I’m sampling both a beer and a glass that was sent to me for my comments. Saturday afternoon, and I see we may have a few hours between raindrops. So I’m... Read more »

Ales from the Cellar: Lagunitas Olde Gnarly Wine 2004

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I have a few more beer reviews and previews queued up to publish, so let’s get on to it. “Ales from the Cellar” is yet another line of reviews I’m starting up to cover beers that I have been aging for a year or more. Sometimes a lot more. I am taking a chance that... Read more »
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Local Craft Beer Review: Around the Bend Silk Road

Local Craft Beer Review: Around the Bend Silk Road
Friday night was a wonderfully cool preview of autumn nights to come. So what a great time to just sit out late at night, and pop open a new craft beer. I’ve been slowly attempting to try at least one beer from every brewery in Chicago and its environs. It’s a tough job, but I’m... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Excel Brewing Flash Bang Hoppy American Wheat

Craft Beer Review: Excel Brewing Flash Bang Hoppy American Wheat
I finally have a chance to dip into the fridge or cellar, and enjoy some beers that I bought myself, for no other reason than they looking interesting, and because I still hold out hope of having had a beer from every brewer in this area. That’s a goal, though, that keeps moving further away... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Surly Brewing Ten

Craft Beer Preview: Surly Brewing Ten
I missed my goal of writing three anniversary beers over three nights of the July 4th weekend—the country’s 240th anniversary. But I needed to get my regular calendar listing out. And over the weekend, I realized that I, who was a high school kid during the Bicentennial, just might be looking forward to the USA’s... Read more »
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Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Lucky 13

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Lucky 13
I did have a grill out today, but it was at a Forest Preserve where no alcohol is allowed, and besides I was with my family. I got to use the portable grill they got me for Father’s Day to char some hot dogs and make s’mores. Everybody happy, and I am popping another beer... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Shiner 107th Birthday Beer

Beer by the Grill: Shiner 107th Birthday Beer
I am further determined to finish off all the beers that have been sent to me in the hopes that I will write about them. I may be tattering whatever reputation I might have imagined I have as an impartial judge of beer, but I answer to a higher principle: Never turn down a free... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Urban Chestnut Pierre's Wit

Craft Beer Preview: Urban Chestnut Pierre's Wit
Soon, very soon, I will have gone through my backlog of beers that have been sent to me by the brewers or their reps in order to get me to write about them. It’s a tough job, but I’m up to the challenge. Then I can start on my backlog of local beers I’ve been... Read more »
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Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas 12th of Never Ale, in Cans!

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas 12th of Never Ale, in Cans!
Just goes to show ya that you can’t really expect to follow your own dictum forever. Lagunitas Brewing Co. founder Tony Magee once swore up and down that he’d be the last small brewer to put his beer in cans. Well, some time has past, Lagunitas is hardly a small brewer, having built the largest-capacity... Read more »
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