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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 »

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 »

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Aunt Sally

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Aunt Sally
Another article in which I describe a beer that has been sent to me from the brewer for my consideration. Seen here are the remains of a once fine grilling set. It was one of my rewards for passing a milestone of drinking beers under the old Rock Bottom Rock Rewards program, and has been... Read more »
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Beers Near the Grill: 3 Shiner Summer Fruit Beers

Beers Near the Grill: 3 Shiner Summer Fruit Beers
A big family issue (resolved happily, don’t worry) kept me from planning out some grill on Saturday. And I need to slog through the beers that have been to me for my comment, including three different summer fruit beers sent by Spoetzel Brewery in Shiner Texas, which is known to all simply as Shiner. So... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Two Brothers A bretter DAY

Beer by the Grill: Two Brothers A bretter DAY
Here I am again, writing about a beer that has been sent to me by the brewer’s people. So this is again my disclaimer that I’m describing a beer rather than pretending to review it objectively. So it’s Sunday afternoon and I’m trying to coax one last session out of the grill before I finally... Read more »

Beer by the "Goolie:" Surly #MERICA!

Beer by the "Goolie:" Surly #MERICA!
Here’s another in the series wherein I open a beer that has been sent to me by the brewer’s rep for my consideration. With the understanding that this is why I got free beer. No doubt you’ve had it up to there already with the foofarah about the cheap campaign by Annheuser-Busch to replace the... Read more »
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Beer by the Grill: Samuel Adams Rebel Raw Double IPA

Beer by the Grill: Samuel Adams Rebel Raw Double IPA
Another one in the series, in which I talk about a beer that has been sent to me for comment by the brewer or their PR people. Because one should never turn down a free beer. I thought I was going to be grilling every day this Memorial Day weekend, but everyone was too filled... Read more »

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 »
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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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