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Beer by the Grill: AleSmith Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394

Beer by the Grill: AleSmith Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394
It’s much toward evening and I need to sit down with a beer and grill something.  And AleSmith Brewing Co‘s PR people have sent me something interesting. As we skid toward the finale of baseball season, we have a bottle of AleSmith‘s Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394. A long name for... Read more »

Eclipse Special Review: Big Muddy Dark Noon

Eclipse Special Review: Big Muddy Dark Noon
I wanted to slip in at least one note from the site of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. I’m betting that closer to the actual event, the WiFi will be totally overloaded. But I’ll have a bit of a journal and some further pictures later. The Minor Naut and I are at Big Muddy Brewing... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Alpine Beer 2-fer

Craft Beer Preview: Alpine Beer 2-fer
Despite what appears to have been a long, hot, summer, it seems that we are suddenly in its “shank;” where the day can be cool enough that I can mow the lawn without checking my pulse. And enjoy a nice cool beer afterward. I have been sent two beers from Alpine Beer Co., the Alpine,... Read more »
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Craft Beer Preview: Sun King Wee Mac

Craft Beer Preview: Sun King Wee Mac
So I’ve been going through a stash of beers sent to me for comment by Sun King Brewing Co. of Indianapolis. This even though they were not being distributed past the Indiana border. But last week, Sun King announced they have struck a deal with Lakeshore Beverage for distribution in the Chicago Market. They will... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Revolution/Upland REVved Up

Local Beer Review: Revolution/Upland REVved Up
Saturdays, I’m usually working out the calendar for the week ahead, and it’s coming up. But I’ve got beers in the fridge and meat in the freezer, and I need to make some meals ahead of time for next week. So here goes with a beer I bought myself to review. Revolution Brewing’s REVved Up... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Dark Swan

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Dark Swan
Here’s another beer that’s been sent to me by the brewer’s rep for my comment. Under consideration is Dark Swan Sour Ale, from Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma, CA and Chicago. It’s the latest in their “One-Hitter Series” of limited release beers that may or may not be back next year. The description is that... Read more »
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There Are Now 4 Chimay Trappist Ales Available

There Are Now 4 Chimay Trappist Ales Available
Having just wrapped up the American Independence Day, I am looking ahead to Belgium’s Independence Day on July 21. Like the US story, the choice of date for Belgium’s Independence seems a bit arbitrary, if I may summarize from the Wikipedia article. Seems the 1815 Congress of Vienna drew the borders for a united Kingdom... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale
I need to catch with some of the beers that have been sent to me for review. This is one of Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s “One Hitter Series” for 2017 and came out a few months ago. But it should still around at this time. Davey Murray’s Best Scotch Ale departs from Lagunitas’ usual hop bombers.... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Baderbräu South Side Pride

Local Beer Review: Baderbräu South Side Pride
Happy 4th of July! Here at the Beeronaut HQ, we are between the local parade in the afternoon and going out for the evening’s fireworks display. Seems like a good time to crack a local beer to review and to practice my “candid” product photography. South Side Pride is from the revived Baderbräu Brewing Co.... Read more »
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Craft Beer Preview: Sun King Osiris & Sunlight

Craft Beer Preview: Sun King Osiris & Sunlight
I started this post on the evening of June 20, the longest “day” of the year. Appropriate, then, that I pop open a brightly colored beer. Perhaps one that was sent to me by… Sun King Brewery, the Indianapolis brewer whose beers are available in many fine establishments just the other side of the Indiana... Read more »
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