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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]

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

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Michael:  Garret Oliver has always been a bit of a beer god to me. Not because I respect him or know him or have even had a single one of his brews. I just feel like he is everywhere, gracing the cover of All About Beer or found in this week’s ‘Food’ section pairing some […] ... [Read more]

Shipwrecked Peninsula Porter

Shipwrecked Peninsula Porter

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There is one brewery in Door County. Enough wineries per capita to compete with Napa, but one place to get freshly brewed beer. Shipwrecked, located on the main drag in Egg Harbor, is that one. Despite my extended stay, until this evening I had yet to try one of their brews this year. To be […] ... [Read more]

O'so Rusty Red

O’so Rusty Red

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In this neck of the woods, O’so Brewing Company is, well, oh-so-famous. I first stumbled into this Plover, Wisconsin brewery in Hudson, Wisconsin, a one-off bottle in a mixed up sixer. It was their porter, it was good and I was impressed. However, the lack of Chicagoland distribution left me wanting more ever since. Today’s […] ... [Read more]

Walgreen's Big Flats 1901 Lager

Walgreen’s Big Flats 1901 Lager

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Move over AB InBev and MillerCoors … Walgreen’s is in town with their “50¢” beer, Big Flats 1901. It’s an American Adjunct Lager just like Miller Lite, Bud Lite, and Coors Lite. Except it’s 50 cents per can. And sold exclusively at Walgreen’s stores. Recently Walgreen’s added a mini-grocery and liquor section to their stores, […] ... [Read more]

Capital Rustic Ale

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I’m always up for a red ale. I like the way they look and taste and they’re typically hearty enough to be interesting, but drinkable enough to quench. Capital’s version, dubbed rustic for whatever reason you’d like to dream up, pours in that typical red ale way. Its ‘red’ is more of a pumpkin with […] ... [Read more]

Guinness Black Lager

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Guinness! Personally, I think it can be placed in the top 5 greatest companies this world has seen. Whatever your feelings are on the brewery, its operations, marketing, or the beer it produces, the legacy of Guinness is shrouded in a family instilling [Christian] values into future generations that chose to make a difference in […] ... [Read more]

Crown Valley Horseshoe Pale Ale

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My second beer from Crown Valley Brewing needed to be one that is somewhat hop centric in order to see how they do brewing hoppier beers. I chose their APA as they do not brew an IPA that I could find. Now to start off, let me acknowledge that they brew a good number of […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Panzer Imperial Pilsner

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What do you think of when you hear the beer style known as Pilsner? Some might think of the watered down macro brewery rendition, others Pilsner Urquell, or even a light grain that imparts a bready sweetness. Well, whatever comes to mind just realize that I’m currently diving into an extreme Pils that has got my palate […] ... [Read more]

Long Trail Blackbeary Wheat

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People in Vermont love them some Long Trail. The Bridgewater Corners, VT brewery makes a host of different beers, and the Blackbeary Wheat is one of their four year-round offerings. The labels are a little childish for my taste, but it’s what’s inside the bottle that counts, isn’t it? Blackbeary Wheat is toted as an […] ... [Read more]