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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]

Rinkuskiai Before-After Triple Bock

Rinkuskiai Before-After Triple Bock

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Oh Rinkuskiai, Rinkuskiai!  You’ve heard of it, right?  Established in the early nineties; recently renovated; top-of-the-line brewing equipment; fifth largest brewery in the country?  Still nothing?  Well don’t worry; you’re not the only one.  And when I said, “fifth largest brewery in the country,” I meant Lithuania. Rinkuskiai brewery is located in the city of […] ... [Read more]

Ska ESB Special Ale

Ska ESB Special Ale

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There are a lot of stigmas attached to canned beer. Everyone associates it with something different. For me, growing up in the “Rust Belt,” it was the workingman’s beer. For others, it became the fisherman’s beer, or the teenage party beer, or the cookout beer, or the tailgater beer, etc. etc. But I think what […] ... [Read more]

Left Hand Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead Russian Imperial Stout

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Michael: Recently, I’ve been swept up in the tide of beer lovers seeking anything ‘barrel-aged.’ Admittedly, I was suckered into this one when my beer-of-the-week email from my local liquor store. Coming straight out of the 22 ounce bottle into my snifter, it seemed, for a stout, to be a surprisingly pale brown. I’ve gotten […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

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I picked up a Summer seasonal pack of Sam Adams (who by the way redesigned their website) the other day and finally got around to opening up a bottle. My first beer of choice was their Blackberry Witbier which was selected over as the 2008 winner of the Beer Lover’s Choice award over a Coffee […] ... [Read more]

Short’s PB & J Ale

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Short’s Brewing Company is a little joint in Bellaire, Michigan. I was handed a bottle of their PB & J Ale, which is really a combination of a Peanut Butter Stout and a Fruit Rye Ale. Interesting combination … a good brewer is always creative. I could not find any information about this beer on […] ... [Read more]

Bell’s Batch 9000

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As I’ve noted before, the world of beer intrigues me. Not just the breweries, the beers, the styles and the brew pubs, but the people, the beer-friends that you make on your journey through brewdom. Well, yet again, I was pleasantly surprised. My beer store of choice is Binny’s, a large, but Chicago-only, chain of […] ... [Read more]

Michelob Golden Draft Light

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I enjoyed this brew at 6 am. That’s right, I work in a hospital which requires some odd shifts. Today, my 6am is your 6pm and I’m thirsty… I don’t know what it is, but Minnesotans are obsessed with Michelob Golden Light/Ultra. Minnesota summers are littered with this stuff. One example, my brother was at […] ... [Read more]

Bud Light Golden Wheat

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The commercials are better than the beer! You’ve maybe seen Budweiser’s campaign to capture another audience. On TV the bottle of BL (male) meets the grains of wheat (female) and they start a relationship. Provocative marketing out does the product. I drank a six pack to make sure that I didn’t jump to any conclusions […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Adams 2007 Utopias

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I was wondering when the purchase of this beer was going to pay off. I guess now is the time. Two years ago, in my quest to try all things Sam Adams, I bought myself a little Christmas present. If you look back to Megan’s flowchart I’m the guy who has a “…$500 love” for […] ... [Read more]