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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]

Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale

Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale

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A rich, hearty, and robust brew.  Green Flash is more well known for their hop-centric beers, but this darker trip on the roasted malt side did not disappoint.  Brewed with oats and a generous portion of roasted malts this stout actually walks the line between Black Ale/Porter/Oatmeal Stout very well.  The pour form Green Flash’s […] ... [Read more]

Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale

Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale

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A surprising beer that caught me off guard by one of my favorite breweries.  Apparently this is a brewer’s choice concoction where they collectively decided on the malts, hops, ingredients, label design, and name.  I must say, I’m not a huge fan of the label and name partly because it does not sound like some […] ... [Read more]

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout

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There is a lot that goes into this brew.  Holy Water, lactose (milk sugar), smoked malts (ash and hickory wood), and burnt grains.  The brew day was definately interesting as the brewers did their best to ward off evil vampires.  Not joke, I wrote down ‘chocolate milk’ as one of the taste of this beer […] ... [Read more]

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

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I sampled this beer back in 2008 just a few months into my craft beer journey.  It was tough to enjoy let alone taste.  The extremely high alcohol content made it hard to identify anything else.  Fast forward a few years to now.  This beer is not overwhelming at all.  Actually, it is almost the […] ... [Read more]

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale

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I have to confess. I’m a hop junky. Ever since I got hooked on the little, lupulin filled green cones it’s like I can’t get enough. In fact it’s hard for me to genuinely remember what I was thinking the first time I tasted an IPA and thought, “Man this is bitter.” Truth be told, […] ... [Read more]

Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half

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Once again Founders puts forth a phenomenal brew!  Like many of their limited bottle releases, this beer was an experiment in their tap under the name Kaiser’s Curmudgeon.  This beer bares a great name and stellar label.  The Ol’ Mudge (as I like to call him) sits poised ready to dig into a stack of flapjacks with […] ... [Read more]

Clown Shoes Brown Angel Double Brown Ale

Clown Shoes Brown Angel Double Brown Ale

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My second go at the Clown Shoes brand finds me sipping on a very comfortable and cozy Brown Ale.  The 2012 winter here in Chicago has been rather mild, so the extreme stouts have not been my go to.  Instead, I’ve been looking for brown ales, cascadian dark ales, and black lagers to give me […] ... [Read more]

5 Rabbit 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier

5 Rabbit 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier

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What looks like a standard Wit, turns out to have a great deal of flare.  When poured, this beer possesses a fluffy egg-shell white head atop a hazy straw-golden liquid.  There is a good deal off yeast at the bottom so make sure you swirl the bottle well before finishing the pour.  It will provide […] ... [Read more]

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2010

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2010

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What Yeti is to Great Divide Stouts, Bigfoot is to Sierra Nevada Barleywine.  They are both brewed with the same goal in mind: big, bold, flavorful.  And the team at Sierra Nevada has done just that.  If you like the flavor of the Pale Ale and Celebration Ale (it’s closest in hop quality to the […] ... [Read more]