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Two Brothers Ebel's Weiss

Two Brothers Ebel’s Weiss

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There are those beers that you think everybody has tried. In Chicago, Two Brothers Brewing Company is one of those breweries that produces just such beers. So, when I took a look on The Perfectly Happy Man before embarking on a journey of taste with Ebel’s Weiss, I was surprised to see that this beer […] ... [Read more]

Summit Pilsener

Summit Pilsener

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The illustrious ‘bachelor weekend’ isn’t quite what it used to be. That’s because my beautiful daughter entered the world a little over a year ago and changed things up a bit. So the last few days as her mom travels halfway around the world I am no longer bored to the point of Bejeweled and […] ... [Read more]

Lucky Bucket Lager

Lucky Bucket Lager

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Prohibition is a scary word to us beer lovers. A time where just stopping by a brewpub or your favorite bar wasn’t an option. Well Prohibition didn’t just impact people’s abilities to consume the alcohol present in most beers, it also influenced the styles themselves. Lucky Bucket has created a pre-Prohibition style lager, one brewed […] ... [Read more]

Tyranena Three Beaches Honey Blonde

Tyranena Three Beaches Honey Blonde

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It’s back to back nights of beer brewed with honey for me. By pure mistake, tonight I am pouring Tyranena’s blonde ale, rife with connotations and, apparently, honey. In the little town of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, apparently there are three beaches and, apparently, this light honey-infused refresher makes the perfect accompaniment to a day at […] ... [Read more]

Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

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Contradictions. Green Tea and Beer. An American beer described in Japanese. Stone and Being Nice. And yet, this most recent Stone collaboration has all three. The most shocking of the trio, Stone being nice, comes in the form of profits from this particular beer being shared with Japan, in an effort to continue aid as […] ... [Read more]

Ale Asylum Bedlam

Ale Asylum Bedlam

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I found this beer’s title appropriate on a couple of levels. First, the label boasts it is a ‘chaotic blend of Citra hops and trappist-style years,’ so there’s that. Second, my wife just left for four days and I’m playing Mr. Mom. Now there is true Bedlam. Just a few days ago I finally squeezed […] ... [Read more]

Summit Honeymoon Saison

Summit Honeymoon Saison

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Honeymoon Saison is an ironic choice tonight, because my wife left me. Okay, yes, she’ll be back in four days, but even so, ironic. The latest offering in Summit’s unchained lineup, batch 07, was made just in time to be ready for brewer Sam Doniach’s wedding, thus the name. Cleverly named on so many levels, […] ... [Read more]

Founders Blushing Monk

Founders Blushing Monk

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Michael:  I used to be into wine. I thought those days were over, until I poured Founders “Belgian Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries.” I have never had anything by Founders that wasn’t good and so I had saved this limited release for several weeks, waiting for the right moment to indulge in what was […] ... [Read more]

Pangea Lilja's Sasquatch Stout

Pangea Lilja’s Sasquatch Stout

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So many things of note here, before I even crack the bottle. First, what is bigger than a Sasquatch? Nothing, I would argue, so already this stout is setting itself up to be a big brew. Second, the bottle is emblazoned with the phrase “brewed behind the Cheddar Curtain.” Yes, yes they did. So before […] ... [Read more]

Summit Extra Pale Ale

Summit Extra Pale Ale

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I’m in the last hour of playing Mr. Mom for the weekend. My daughter is asleep and I have a few minutes before a crazy Sunday afternoon begins. The final orphan from my Summit Sampler was their flagship, this EPA, and I felt it time to do right by the brew and pour myself a […] ... [Read more]