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Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sparkling Swan

Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sparkling Swan
I may have noticed the next beer trend for 2018. Or maybe it’s just a holiday season trend. Something to take our minds of pumpkin spice. This past weekend, I sampled a Sparkling Rosé Ale by Forbidden Root. Now I have a bottle of Sparkling Swan from Lagunitas Brewing Company, which was sent to me... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Energy City Milkshake Haida

Local Beer Review: Energy City Milkshake Haida
I’m always happy to pop the cap on a Chicago area brewer for my first time. And I was rather surprised to see this one when I discovered it. Energy City Brewing is a small brewery in downtown Batavia. It’s been known a wide palette of pale ales, many in the “milkshake category, or made... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Noon Whistle Mr. IPA-Nut

Craft Beer Review: Noon Whistle Mr. IPA-Nut
Perhaps I added, in my own small way, to the hoopla over Mr. IPA-Nut, the collaboration between Lombard’s Noon Whistle Brewing and Planters (Kraft Heinz) Peanuts. The beer went on sale just last Friday, and sold out within a few days. At least the few Binny’s I tried had already run out on Monday. So... Read more »
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Craft Beer Review: Empirical Heliotropic Hoppy Pale Ale

Craft Beer Review: Empirical Heliotropic Hoppy Pale Ale
A little rain came our way Saturday evening, for the last weekend of October and it’s getting colder. But that rarely stops most people from firing up the grill, so I’m throwing on some sausages while I pop another beer that I have purchased for review. Empirical Brewing is a small brewery with its stainless... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA

Beer by the Grill: Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA
It’s a pretty dreary Saturday, with clouds and the occasional thunderstorm. But the past couple of weekend I’ve been out canvassing for my candidate in the upcoming elections, and left pretty worn out to do anything else. This is the off week, though. And I’ve finished a project that always takes up a lot of... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »
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