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21st Amendment Fireside Chat

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

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So … Christmas in July? Well, I didn’t realize exactly what I was grabbing off the liquor store shelf and adding to my mix-and-match sixer a couple of days ago. I ended up with this Winter Warmer from 21st Amendment and thought I’d better not wait another day, considering it was brewed and released last […] ... [Read more]

Surly Hell Lager

Surly Hell Lager

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Its another day at the cabin. I know, I’m spoiled, but I’m going to take advantage of an impending storm developing over the lake by sipping on a new-to-me Surly brew. As always when passing through Minnesota, I snagged up a four pack of whatever Surly looks good. This trip, Hell stared me down, devilishly […] ... [Read more]

Deschutes Inversion IPA

Deschutes Inversion IPA

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Deschutes description was too eloquent not to use…”Here in Oregon’s high desert, seasonal changes often bring about a peculiar weather phenomenon–an inversion. The higher up the mountain you go, the sunnier it gets, so even when Bend is covered in clouds, the faithful know where to find clarity.” Just reading that makes me want to […] ... [Read more]

Odell Red Ale

Odell Red Ale

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I’ve never had Odell before, but I like them. The bottle is interesting, slightly unique in shape and with glass-embossed leaves, their logo, ringing the body, just before it juts into the neck. The label is made of hearty paper, not shiny and slippery, giving it a more rustic, toned down feel. I like the […] ... [Read more]

New Holland Pilgrims Dole Wheatwine

New Holland Pilgrim’s Dole Wheatwine

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I was first pleased to meet Pilgrim’s Dole at a cheese market located in the heart of a Chicago suburb. It made an impression on me and was pleased to find a bottle through the random use of a Groupon…I digress. In color, its practically a chameleon. Under the initial light it was a dark […] ... [Read more]

Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale

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One of my favorite pizza places in the world is in Door County, Wisconsin. An unlikely place, yes, but there it is, after three visits it continues to impress. This sour ale was in their beer list and each time I went, I eyed it with interest but felt like it was never the just-right […] ... [Read more]

New Glarus Raspberry Tart

New Glarus Raspberry Tart

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Back to back New Glarus brews, now that is a real treat. Tonight’s offering, a rare and interesting drink, one that stretches to even be called a beer. And yet, it is, and so I embark on another flavor filled journey. Reading the label, I wasn’t convinced this was a beer and the initial visual […] ... [Read more]

Allagash Odyssey

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I’ve saved this treat for just such a special occasion. The last evening of a great weekend ‘up north,’ I was happy to share with family. It poured into a tulip glass wonderfully, a solid beige head formed at about an inch, looking like a liquid bed of styrofoam. The body was dark, a mahogany, […] ... [Read more]

Flying Dog Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter

Flying Dog Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter

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Until I typed the title of this beer, I positively knew I was drinking a stout. I picked this up purely on the recommendation of my local beer guy, who is constantly informing me of beers I want, even thought I didn’t even know they existed. This one from Flying Dog was one such brew. […] ... [Read more]

New Belgium Somersault

New Belgium Somersault

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It’s lunch time on a Saturday and it’s 90 degrees. I passed by my Samichlaus and my Aphrodite and went straight to this refresher from New Belgium. I poured it straight down the center of my lager glass. It foamed and fussed for several minutes before it settled enough to let me pour in the […] ... [Read more]