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Local Beer: Hopewell Lil Buddy

Local Beer: Hopewell Lil Buddy
Hey, time for another local beer that can be easily picked up for carryout, or ordered for curbside or delivery. Hopewell Brewing is a packaging brewer at 2760 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. In more public times, they’d have a taproom with no kitchen, but deliveries available from nearby restaurants, and scheduled brewery tours. Their... Read more »

Beer Review: Odd Side Ales Rye Hipster Brunch Stout

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Taking another opportunity to crack a local, or at least nearby, beer while enduring our isolation. This time I propped up the iPad and shot one of my “One Take Beer Reviews.” Odd Side Ales is located in Grand Haven, Michigan, between Holland and Muskegon. They were established in 2010, but have just recently been... Read more »

Beer Preview: Founders Civilized Brut IPA

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I’ve been logging some video beer reviews on my “One Take Beer Review” YouTube playlist. I need to catch up with them here. Founders Brewing has sent, for my consideration, some of their seasonal Civilized Brut IPA. In the rush for hazy, pastry and milkshake IPAs, the Brut style has stayed in the background. But... Read more »
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Seasonal Brews: Crabbie's Ginger Beer

Seasonal Brews: Crabbie's Ginger Beer
Now that I’ve finally recovered from about a two-week cold, I can get back to write about more beers. The holiday season would be appropriate to write about some spiced brews. To that end, I was sent some Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer from the UK. This is a “malt beverage,” 4.8% abv. It’s not made... Read more »

One-Take Beer Preview: Surly Damien (2016)

One-Take Beer Preview: Surly Damien (2016)
I have had to go three weeks without any alcohol, owning to prep for and recovery from that “small surgical procedure.” I have complained about in previous articles, suffice to say I’m having my “welcome back to beer” beer. I recorded this video on Halloween night, but I’ve been working  freelance job all week, so... Read more »

Beer Preview: New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

Beer Preview: New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale
As we have entered into Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Spice Latte season, it follows that I have had a few of those beers sent to me by the brewers’ reps for my comment. I’ve added a new beer to my style page on Oktoberfests: Shiner Oktobefest beer. And now I have a pumpkin beer to make... Read more »
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Beer By the Grill: Shiner Brut IPA

Beer By the Grill: Shiner Brut IPA
It’s gotten hot again. Not too hot that we didn’t get a walk in to the library, or tried to fix the loose garage door rails with a glob of “steel” epoxy in a hole in the concrete where the screw worked loose. But it is hot enough that Mrs. Nautical would rather I not... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Two Brothers 22nd Anniversary

I have a little time now between long, long calendar articles about ICBW and Dark Lord Day to slip in a beer. It’s a special edition that I picked up in March, so I’d best write it up while it’s still available. Two Brothers Artisan Brewing celebrates their 22nd anniversary this year. Starting out as... Read more »

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...
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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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