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Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

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4 lbs of hops per BBL go into this beer.  It is dry hopped 3 separate times with Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade.  The bittering hops are Warrior and Simcoe which are both high alpha acid hops that lend a resinous punch to the finish which I will explain later.  The finishing hops, Cascade […] ... [Read more]

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS)

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CBS!!!  One of the most sought after beers in 2011 after it was announced that it would be packaged into 750mL bottles.  Selling at $18 per bottle at the brewery on October 1st, I’m sure it was a mad house as that is a great price point for such a phenomenal, highly coveted beer.  Their blog […] ... [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]

Hoppin' Frog D.O.R.I.S.

Hoppin’ Frog D.O.R.I.S.

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The Destroyer!  This might be the stout to end all stouts?  The big, nay, huge brother of BORIS clocks in with a hefty alcohol content and hopping.  In fact, this beer is first wort hopped (hops added to mash) and dry hopped (hops added during fermentation) for maximum domination. DORIS is extreme, yet approachable as […] ... [Read more]

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad 2011

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)

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Take The Sixth Glass add some Bourbon barrels and cherry puree and what do you get?  BBQ!  As Mark Starr so eloquently put,  the name plays tribute to the great culture of KC, Missouri in that Bar-B-Que is a staple.  I personally think this beer embodies what a barrel aged beer should.  It allows the base style […] ... [Read more]

Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

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Wow!  I have not had such a good reaction to a beer for some time.  This beer is legit!  Boulevard takes a classic older style and puts a little new age flare to it…and in a good way.  Named in honor of fermentation vessel #7 which apparently produces a medley of aromas and flavor.  I’ve […] ... [Read more]

Steel Toe Brewing Size 7 IPA

Steel Toe Brewing Size 7 IPA

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You are going to get more than you bargained for in this review. Why? Because I’m going to tell you about an incredible craft beer store first. This has got to be a destination store for you. Come to Minneapolis/St. Paul or at least plan to spend an extra couple hours in our fair cities […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide Belgian-Style Yeti

Great Divide Belgian-style Yeti

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Just when I thought I was done with my Yeti collection, Great Divide went and brewed a fifth.  My bottle, brewed on June 17 2011, met my lips the night of September 19th the same year and I will not be the same again.  I figure the malt bill is exactly the same laying down […] ... [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]

Odell Myrcenary Double IPA

Odell Myrcenary Double IPA

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Sent to me in a beer mail package (thanks Billy) I eagerly waited for the beer to settle down a little before opening. I’ve always enjoyed Odell’s bottle designs and this one was no exception. Then I read the short bio on the label and realized that even the beer’s name was pretty cool. So […] ... [Read more]