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State Beer Review: 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale

State Beer Review: 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale
Once again, I’m popping the tab on a beer that will only be around for a limited time, so let’s get to it. Hand of Fate Brewing, a two-year old microbrewery in downstate Petersburg, near Springfield, won a competition at last year’s Illinois State Fair for the title of the state’s official Bicentennial Beer. The... Read more »

Local Beer Review: 5 Rabbit Vida y Muerte

Local Beer Review: 5 Rabbit Vida y Muerte
The Labor Day weekend means the stores are now filled with… Christmas Decorations. No, that’s not it. Pumpkin Spice flavored junk food? Maybe. But it also brings us the fall beers like Oktoberfests. I’m hoping to get into some more of these malty Mårzens in the time to come. But now I bought something in... Read more »

Cider Preview: Louis Raison

Cider Preview: Louis Raison
I’ve got some more liquid gold that’s been sent to me for my comment. Louis Raison French Cidre is officially hitting the Illinois market with three offerings: Rouge Délice, Original Crisp, and Organic Dry. All three flavors are in six-pack bottles; Rouge Délice will be available on draft, with kegs of Organic Dry and Original... Read more »
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Local Beer Review: Goose Island Fulton Street Blend

Local Beer Review: Goose Island Fulton Street Blend
Hey, I feel the need to pop another beer and review it. Are you with me? I know I get more than a few Goose Island beers sent to me for comment, but this one I purchased myself. Because hey, coffee beer. Fulton Street Blend is a Golden Ale base, infused with Intelligentsia Coffee’s House... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Cherry Jane

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Cherry Jane
I’m trying to bring a happier ending to some pretty crappy past few weeks. First, just a week or two after putting a new muffler in the older Beeronaut Excursion Vehicle, the BEV decided to die completely. At 2:00 am. On Roosevelt Road. After several hours spent with my little girl in the ER. I... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Saugatuck Blueberry Maple Stout

Craft Beer Review: Saugatuck Blueberry Maple Stout
As always, I have a lot of beer to write about, so let me grab one from out Michigan way. Sauguatuck Brewing Co.’s Blueberry Maple Stout is one of their popular year-round beers: a sweet stout with, of course, blueberry and maple. Is it worth taking a break from IPAs and shandys in the middle... Read more »
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Beer Preview: Lagunitas Super Cluster

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It’s been a rough week, but I hashed it over in the video attached. Let’s just say just one beer in the evening makes things a little better. So here’s another look at a beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co., which they sent to me for my comment. Super Cluster is another in their limited “One-Hitter”... Read more »

Beer Preview: Goose Island Foudre Red

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Got back from a weekend at the parents’ home in Iowa with all my siblings for an early 60th Anniversary celebration. Also picked up some Iowa beers that I’m posting to the Ratebeer sidebar down there to your right. And the night after I got back, I was able to quickly do a new video... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Kona Gold Cliff IPA

Beer by the Grill: Kona Gold Cliff IPA
I’ve pushed out a few more beer reviews ahead of a few vacation days with the relatives. I may have a few more articles about the beer scene in Des Moines, especially since I may be there with two brothers. Meantime, I’ve put some encased meats and patties on the grill, and opened a beer... Read more »
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Local Beer Review: Solemn Oath/Night Shift Hosies

Local Beer Review: Solemn Oath/Night Shift Hosies
Next week I’m taking the ‘Naut kids to see Grandma and Grandpa in Iowa, and catch up on some uncles that they still haven’t met. Maybe we’ll hit more post-worthy pubs there. Just in case, I’m packing some beers all brewed and canned no further than the next town over. And let’s get to another local... Read more »
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