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Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas The Waldos' Special Ale

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas The Waldos' Special Ale
I’ve let this look-see at a beer sent to me by the brewer’s rep sit on the sidelines while I was punching out articles for Chicago Craft Beer Week. And now with the Memorial Day weekend ahead, I hope to punch out a lot more beer articles while I am grilling. Or, if the rain... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Schlafly Double Bean Blonde

Beer by the Grill: Schlafly Double Bean Blonde
It’s a bright, sunny Friday morning, and I have a few hours before I start my shift at noon. What better time to do a Beer by the Grill while preparing my lunch, dinner, and some leftovers. And since it is morning, the appropriate choice would be a Schlafly Double Bean Blonde Ale, made with... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Guinness Brewers Project Porters

Beer by the Grill: Guinness Brewers Project Porters
Yes, I let just a few hours of filing taxes get in the way, and it’s now a whole week since I wrote this draft. Time to get it posted! It’s Saturday April 16th my taxes are almost done but it’s also 76 degrees outside. Time for another Beer by the Grill. We have two... Read more »
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Craft beer review archive: Samuel Adams Noble Pils

Craft beer review archive: Samuel Adams Noble Pils
From time to time, as the whim moves me, I am re-presenting content that I’ve written for other sites, as long as they can still hold some current relevance. This article was originally published January 8, 2010 on examiner.com Samuel Adams Noble Pils is as close to a “standard” beer as they will probably ever come.... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Victory Headwaters Pale Ale

Beer by the Grill: Victory Headwaters Pale Ale
I guess spring fever has gotten ahold of me. On Saturday, I picked up my practice of writing up craft beers sent to me for comment and shooting a quick photo alongside my grill. Well, on Sunday, the actual first day of Spring, the wife had been making some cakes to use up the eggs in... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale
What better way to defiantly ward off the last chilly weekend of winter than to fire up the grill, burn off last fall’s salmon plank and grill some burgers while enjoying a beer outside? Before the next cold front rolls in. Our first beer of grilling season, supplied to me by the brewer’s rep (disclosure),... Read more »
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Craft Beer Review: 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout on St. Patrick's Day

Craft Beer Review: 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout on St. Patrick's Day
Since I am spending St. Patrick’s at home putting together this weekend’s event listing, I thought I’d open an appropriate beer. After writing about beers that people have sent to me, I wanted to drop in one that I bought myself. Partly because the can design was pretty neat. 4 Hands Brewing Co. of St.... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Shiner Wicked Ram IPA

Craft Beer Preview: Shiner Wicked Ram IPA
Time again to grab one of the beers that its makers have sent to me for comment. Spoetzel Brewery in Shiner, Texas, better known simply as Shiner, has been in business since 1909, mostly with a flagship lager that, due to Texas’ arcane beer labeling laws, is named Shiner Bock. They have opened up their... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Surly Brewing Todd the Axe Man

Craft Beer Preview: Surly Brewing Todd the Axe Man
Time to make a dent in my beers sent to me for comment. Let’s start with a hoppy number by Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co.: Todd the Axe Man India Pale Ale. This metal-headed beer started as a collaboration in 2014 between Surly and Amager Bryghus of Denmark. The beer was a tribute to Surly’s brewer... Read more »
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Craft Beer Preview: Surly Darkness Imperial Stout

Craft Beer Preview: Surly Darkness Imperial Stout
Thanksgiving morning, I woke up at my leisure, following a long second shift. It’s the kind of a job where clients dump a pile of projects on you before leaving for their holiday, and demand that it be on their desks by Friday morning, even though they won’t be. After minding the small chores like... Read more »
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