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Beer Preview: Alpine Windows Up IPA

Beer Preview: Alpine Windows Up IPA
Today I had the stitches removed from last week’s parathyroidectomy. I think I’m back in action, except for some swelling around my neck. But my throat remains in fine shape, and I should be able to try out a new beer that (Disclaimer) has been sent to me by the brewer. Windows Up is an... Read more »

Cinco de Mayo Beers #2: Sun King Pachanga

Cinco de Mayo Beers #2: Sun King Pachanga
My plans to write up some more light Mexican-style lagers and other beers appropriate to Cinco de Mayo has foundered, owing to my web issues. But to tide you over, here’s an article by Josh Noel in the Tribune on the lure of Mexican lagers. What I have before me is Pachanga, a Mexican-style lager... Read more »

Cinco de Mayo Beers #1: 5 Rabbit Prickly Pear Paletas

Cinco de Mayo Beers #1: 5 Rabbit Prickly Pear Paletas
Time again to Review and recommend some beers for an upcoming holiday. The holiday we’re counting down to this time is Cinco de Mayo. Despite what we norteños think, it is not the “Mexican Independence Day”. That’s September 16. This holiday celebrates the Mexican victory over the invading French at the Battle of Puebla in... Read more »
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Beer Preview 2-fer: Schlafly Coconut Crème Ale & Rye IPA

Beer Preview 2-fer: Schlafly Coconut Crème Ale & Rye IPA
I actually accomplished something this Sunday, fueled by extra coffee in the morning. The extra coffee was because the kitchen faucet was dripping, and I using the empty coffee pot to catch the drips filled it up overnight, and it being the weekend of Earth Day, I tried to save what little water I could.... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Shiner Golden & Cold-Brew Coffee

Craft Beer Preview: Shiner Golden & Cold-Brew Coffee
After a false alarm in which spring appeared to arrive, but then was followed by more weeks of winter, and after I got through a whole raft of St. Patrick's Day beers, and then having a cold for a week or so… we have finally hit warm weather and baseball's opening week. So it's time to get back out on the grill and dig into a backlog of craft beer sent to me for my comments. I may have to take them on two at a time, like right here...

St. Patrick's Day Beers #8: Guinness Draught

St. Patrick's Day Beers #8: Guinness Draught
After writing up some nice Irish Stouts and Red Ales (and Lagers), I wanted to come back to the granddaddy of them all. I can’t really let a St. Patrick’s Day—and in Chicago, it’s never just a “day”—go by without having had at least one Guinness, poured from a nitro tap in a proper setting.... Read more »
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St. Patrick's Day Beers #5: Hailstorm South Side Irish Red

St. Patrick's Day Beers #5: Hailstorm South Side Irish Red
I’ve gone through my stock of Irish style beers sent my way for comment. So I have some time to dig into some beers I bought myself for reviewing. Here’s another local beer, from Hailstorm Brewing Co. of Tinley Park. South Side Irish Red is available through the area in 12 oz. cans. Their description:... Read more »

St. Patrick's Day Beers 4: Noon Whistle Bernie Irish Coffee Milk Stout

St. Patrick's Day Beers 4: Noon Whistle Bernie Irish Coffee Milk Stout
Quite a long beer name to add to my roundup of St. Patrick’s Day-type beers. But when you run into variations on a series, it can’t be helped. So this beer, provided by Louis Glunz Beer, is from Noon Whistle Brewing in Lombard, just a few miles away. This is one in their “Bernie” series... Read more »

Beer Preview: Sapporo Premium Black Beer

Beer Preview: Sapporo Premium Black Beer
This was to be one of the beers I was going to have during the Super Bowl, but my teenager was at a friend’s Super Bowl party, so I needed to make sure I was presentable for picking him up. In fact this beer was offered to me by its promoter a few months before,... Read more »
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Beer by the Grill: Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA

Beer by the Grill: Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA
It’s Sunday, November 6 as I write this, and it’s in the upper 60’s outside. It’s also nearly 4 pm on the first day back to Standard Time, and the sun is nearly setting. Time to break out another beer that has been sent to me by the brewer and take picture while I still... Read more »
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