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21st Amendment Bitter American Session Ale

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Bitter American is a “session ale” brewed by 21st Amendment in San Francisco, California. 21st Amendment is emerging from the receding glossary of American history, becoming a name recognized in more and more beer markets across North America. One of the things I love about 21st Amendment is their package design. Not only are they […] ... [Read more]

Russian River Supplication Ale

Russian River Supplication Ale

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On a recent snow day a group of us got together to share some brews. We enjoyed some great food, sampled a fantastic home brew (Ruination clone), and got after some tastings. Everyone brought something to share: my contribution was a bottle of Russian River’s Supplication Ale. Most brewheads know and love this Santa Rosa, […] ... [Read more]

Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout

Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout

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The enjoyment of beer should always start in the drinking of beer. Is that too much of a no brainer? Secondly, one should never form an opinion (or worse, express that opinion) if one has not actually drunk said beer. I’ll confess that every now and again I get distracted by the discourse and — […] ... [Read more]

Chi-Town Pier Pale Ale

Chi-Town Pier Pale Ale

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I’m from Chicago, and I love my city. It’s a hard working, comedy-loving place with some of the best food and beer in the country. On any given day I get to enjoy awesome beer and food from some great craft establishments: Half Acre, Metropolitan, Revolution, Haymarket, Two Brothers, Goose Island (RIP 2011) … and […] ... [Read more]

Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial Special Brown Ale

Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial Special Brown Ale

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Last night I pulled a bottle out of the cellar … one that I have been looking forward to for some time: Jolly Pumpkin’s Maracaibo Especial (Blend 5, November 2010). This bottle was gifted to me a while back and I was really anticipating it. Maracaibo Especial is a special Brown Ale brewed Belgianly (as […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale

Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale

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Port Brewing Company is located in San Marcos, California, and is also known by its other name, The Lost Abbey. You may have had beers from both names and thought they were different … but they’re the same. Ever since I tasted Grand Teton Brewing Company’s amazing Pursuit of Hoppiness, I have been interested in […] ... [Read more]

New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat

New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat

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For the longest time I have avoided Hefeweizen. Years ago I ordered Hacker-Pschorr every now and then, but when I got into craft beer for real, the heavy and unfiltered banana & clove was just too much for me. It was too thick, sweet and musty of a style for me. I had more important […] ... [Read more]

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black IPA

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black IPA

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Clown Shoes is currently a brand (not a brewery) that is brewed by Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It is known for its bold and controversial beer labels. Since it’s now distributed in the Chicagoland area, I got my hands on their Black IPA, named Hoppy Feet. This style of beer is a sort […] ... [Read more]

Woodchuck Private Reserve Barrel Select Cider

Woodchuck Private Reserve Barrel Select Cider

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Sometimes I take a break from reviewing craft beer and take a quick gander into the land of the cider. Without diminishing the excellence of craft beer, I believe that I can vouch for cider as a valid companion to beer. I first became interested in cider on a trip to Normandy, France. In this […] ... [Read more]

Steinlager Classic

Steinlager Classic

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This is a can of Steinlager. It’s brewed in New Zealand by Lion Nathan. When it was born in 1958, it was called Steinecker, but in 1962 the name was changed to Steinlager to distinguish it from the Heineken brand. Which is good, because Heineken isn’t as good as Steinlager. This can of Steinlager was […] ... [Read more]