Category: Beer Review

Drinking beer, and talking about the beer I'm drinking. Some beers are supplied to me for my comment, others I've bought myself for reviewing. See the full list of beers discussed at <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/the-beeronaut/the-beeronauts-brewer-and-beer-guide/beeronaut-beer-reviews-index/">My Beer Reviews Index</a>.

Cider Preview: Virtue Michigan Fruit Belt Ciders

Cider Preview: Virtue Michigan Fruit Belt Ciders
Hey, it’s time to open another bottle that’s been sent to me by the brewer’s rep for my comment. This time, we’re switching to cider, with Virtue Cider’s new “Fruit Belt” series. Each cider is made with “local Michigan hand-picked apples,” then has additions of Michigan-grown fruits. They’ve done fruited ciders before, but I haven’t... Read more »

Beer Preview: Radeberger Zwickelbier

Beer Preview: Radeberger Zwickelbier
I have another assortment of beers sent to be by the brewer’s American rep for my comment. Part of my One Take Beer Review series! Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei was founded in 1872 in the city of Radeberg, near Dresden, Germany. This put it in the former East Germany, so it did not see much distribution in... Read more »

Beer Preview: Lagunitas StereoHopic IPA, Vol. 1

Beer Preview: Lagunitas StereoHopic IPA, Vol. 1
Shooting my little video for the latest brew sent to me by Lagunitas Brewing Co. only served to remind me that there is still no indication whether the taproom at their Chicago brewery will reopen. Everyone else is doing it, guys, what are we waiting for? Any brewer worth its mash paddle has toyed with... Read more »
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Non-Alcohol Beer Preview: Ceria Brewing

Non-Alcohol Beer Preview: Ceria Brewing
One thing about working from home is that I’ve found my beverage options can get old real fast. Since my day job is a “split shift” (Noon-8:30), my lunch half-hour is most people’s happy hour. And I’ve run out the string on pots of coffee or instant lattes. I could hit something light and familiar... Read more »

Beer Preview: Paulaner Salvator Double-Bock

Beer Preview: Paulaner Salvator Double-Bock
Let’s open up another beer that’s been sent to me by the brewer, or their promo people. I’ve had a couple of Paulaner beers from the American arm of this Bavarian brewer. It was founded as the Neudeck ob der Au monastery, and named after Francis of Paola, founder of the Minim religious order. The... Read more »

Beer Preview: Dogfish Head Hazy-O!

Beer Preview: Dogfish Head Hazy-O!
Time to check out another beer that has been sent to me by the brewer for my comment. Dogfish Head has put a big promotional push behind its Hazy-O! India pale ale. They’ve had some local radio spots, and it’s currently on the front page of their website. Which means their owners, Boston beer Co.... Read more »
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"Ales From the Crypt:" 2003 Kasteel Belgian Tripel

"Ales From the Crypt:" 2003 Kasteel Belgian Tripel
Last week, I was interviewed by a writer from the Daily Southtown. He was doing an article about people who have beer cellars. I was referred to him by Marty Nachel, author and my one-time cohort in Brewers of South Suburbia. I talked about my 500 beer bottles and cans, some of which are likely... Read more »

Brewer Preview: Big Drop Non-Alcohol Beers

Brewer Preview: Big Drop Non-Alcohol Beers
Here are some more beers that have been sent to me by the brewers’ people for my comment. I’ve shot a video of my first beer in the drop of three different ones, and I’ll add my impressions of the other two as I go along. One Take Beer Review Big Drop Brewing is a... Read more »

Beer Review: Hardywood Park Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter Beer

Beer Review: Hardywood Park Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter Beer
My sense of aesthetics rebelled again such a long headline. But there were so many keywords I needed to work in to make this “social media friendly.” There are quite a few playlists on YouTube devoted to reviewed store brand Aldi and Trader Joe’s beer; many in other countries. If I started now, I could... Read more »
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Brewer Preview: Rhinegeist

Brewer Preview: Rhinegeist
I’m going to go through some more beers and beverages that have been sent to me for comment. Some of these have been provided in several different brews. So I’ll try to pick the flagship, or most-reviewed beer of each, do one of my videos, and then update this article as I drink more. A... Read more »
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