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Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Trader Joe's Pronto IPA

As some of my previous beer reviews might have suggested, I get a kick out of finding beers at Trader Joe’s. While I usually check out the “store brands” that come in at a decent price, there are also the occasional beers with major brewer’s names attached. They also tend to be nicely priced and are... Read more »

Beer Preview: Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday

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I’ve worked in a little time to open a beer sent to me by the brewer’s rep for my comment. And since it’s a widely distributed brand, maybe I can pick up some extra clicks by shooting a One-Take Beer Review. Lagunitas Brewing Co. dropped a variant on their Born Yesterday wet hop pale ale.... Read more »

Local Beer Roundup: Prairie Krafts Canned Beers

Local Beer Roundup: Prairie Krafts Canned Beers
With a couple more stops at my local, I’ve managed to collect more canned production beers from one of our local brewers. Prairie Krafts Brewing Co. was started in April of 2016, at 1310 Busch Pkwy., Buffalo Grove. They began packaging in cans early this year, and have four flagship brands available. Trishul Pale Ale... Read more »
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Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot
This Saturday has actually allowed for some outdoor activity. I got to clear out some dead branches, tighten the breaks on the teenager’s bike, and take the daughter to a STEM exhibit. Now I need to throw something on the grill before the frost comes in. Today’s grill item is some Bool Kogi Korean-style marinated... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Rogue Cold Brew IPA and Cream Ales

Beer by the Grill: Rogue Cold Brew IPA and Cream Ales
I have been bound and determined to get some grill marks on something this weekend. So I got a recipe for marinated cube steaks and grilled potato planks. Instead of doing my own recipe, I just pulled them straight off the net, so I’m just linking to them here. (Okay, I ran out of Worcestershire... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Dry Hopped Censored

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Dry Hopped Censored
I am determined to get out a couple of beer reviews this weekend, maybe with some cube steaks defrosting right now, if the rain lets up. Meantime, let’s get a beer tested out while it’s still fresh. Lagunitas Brewing Co. has sent over a Dry Hopped limited version of their Censored amber ale. Beer fans... Read more »
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Local Beer Review: BuckleDown Citra Clencher

Local Beer Review: BuckleDown Citra Clencher
I’ve got even more local beers to write up, which I bought myself for this purpose, to go with the “Previews” of beers sent to me. So let’s reach into one of the cases in my cellar and… BuckleDown Brewing of near southwestern Lyons has had a Double IPA called Clencher pretty much since it... Read more »

Beer Preview: Kona Kanaha and Koko Brown

Beer Preview: Kona Kanaha and Koko Brown
I thought I could be doing a “Beer By the Grill” feature this weekend, but drat it if it’s not still winter. And I’ve got a big ham just aching for some grill marks and pineapple. Well, these have been sent to me by the brewer’s people for review, and I want to get to... Read more »

Beer Preview: Weihenstephaner Vitus Weizenbock

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Easter is usually the time you’d open up a doppelbock. That is, the hearty beer made by German monks to break the fast of Lent. But I didn’t score a chance at a fresh one this year, so I’m going with a beer sent me a little while ago. I got a six pack of... Read more »
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Local Beer Preview: Goose Island Dry-Hopped 312

Local Beer Preview: Goose Island Dry-Hopped 312
This has been a bad evening at Beeronaut Mission Control. Our guinea pig Mr. Whiskers passed on after we cared for him just over a year; he had been re-homed from another family that was getting a dog, and was at least 4 years old, about the limit for such critters. Much sadness all around.... Read more »
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