Tag: Craft Beer Review

Local Review: Eris Blush Cider

Local Review: Eris Blush Cider
Still on a quest to try at least one beer from each of the 200 brewers in the Chicago market. It’s not too easy when you really don’t have time to just drive out to every taproom in a several-county area. But the task becomes easier as more brewers are canning for store sales to... Read more »

Craft Beer Previews: 3 SLO Cali-Squeeze Beers

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Update: April, 2021: I need to add a little change to the situation with this line of beers. SLO Brewing Co. is selling its Cali-Squeeze portfolio of beers to Firestone Walker, based just half an hour away on the 101 in Paso Robles, CA. This may make the brand easier to find in Firestone Walker’s... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Phase Change

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Phase Change
No special occasion this weekend. Just a few short hours without rain, and in which I was finally able to mow the lawn with my new cordless electric mower. It runs off of 40v batteries: when one is depleted, you switch it out with the other in the two battery compartments. Even so, it took... Read more »
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Ale From the Cellar: Bridgeport Stumptown Tart 2014

Ale From the Cellar: Bridgeport Stumptown Tart 2014
While I feel honor-bound to write about any beers that the brewer or their PR people have sent me, because I should discuss a beer that’s still somewhat fresh, and that might be available only for a brief time. And if I truly am enough of an “influencer” that these folks want my attention, it’s... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Church Street Crimson Clover

Local Beer Review: Church Street Crimson Clover
I might get caught up in another big project that will suck up the available time to work this blog. So let’s dive into another beer that I bought to review. I’ve had a few beers from Church Street Brewing in Itasca, most of which have been on tap. They must have a pretty decent... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Miskatonic The Cryomancer Brut IPA

Local Beer Review: Miskatonic The Cryomancer Brut IPA
So much has been going on this weekend. First, I finally admitted it was time to replace the burner element on the grill, which is the hardest part of the whole procedure. Once you’ve bitten the bullet, scraping a few years worth of grease off of any screws you need to undo doesn’t seem quite... Read more »
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Local Beer Review: Ravinia Steep Ravine

Local Beer Review: Ravinia Steep Ravine
I need to catch up with my beer reviews, since my “cellar” is not air conditioned. It keeps a cool 40°F in the winter, but gets up to 75° at a time like this. So let’s pop another beer that I purchased myself for reviewing. Ravinia Brewing Co. has opened its pub and restaurant in... Read more »

Local Beer Review: More Brewing Villa Pils

Local Beer Review: More Brewing Villa Pils
Yes, summer time is Pilsner time, and I got a chance to drop by another brewer to buy one of their beers for review. This was my first (quick) visit there, even though it’s practically in my neighborhood. It’s tough to get out there when you work evenings or have to take kids around. More Brewing is... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Aleman LadiesMan

Local Beer Review: Aleman LadiesMan
Summertime is here! No, it’s gone again. Now it’s hot. Now it’s not. Let’s just grab a possible summer beer and grab on to the weather merry-go-round. Aleman Brewing Co. has been around since 2013 as what’s called a “client brewer:” making beers at other brewers’ facilities for retail sale. They’ve mostly been seen at beer... Read more »
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Illinois Beer Review: 4204 Main St. Assalted Caramel Pecan Brown

Illinois Beer Review: 4204 Main St. Assalted Caramel Pecan Brown
I’m getting a chance to pop a beer that I’ve bought just for the chance to review it here. Come along, won’t you? Main Street Brewing Co. was established in 2014 in Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis which was once the home of Stag Beer before it was bought out by Stroh’s/Pabst and closed in... Read more »
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