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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]

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]

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout

Cape Ann Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout

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I’ve been to Gloucester (not pronounced how someone from the Midwest would think) and taken in it’s salt sea air.  If you didn’t know it was a fishing town one whiff of the processing factories and boats would sure clue you in.  The is also made notable in the movie The Perfect Storm as the boat […] ... [Read more]

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black IPA

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black IPA

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Clown Shoes is currently a brand (not a brewery) that is brewed by Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It is known for its bold and controversial beer labels. Since it’s now distributed in the Chicagoland area, I got my hands on their Black IPA, named Hoppy Feet. This style of beer is a sort […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Adams Wee Heavy

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Its not often that I’m sipping a brew before noon. Even a breakfast stout feels a little weird if I can still pick up my phone and greet ‘good morning.’ But on this oh-so-special occasion, I have decided to imbibe a bit before the minute and hour hands meet at the 12. The baby is […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter

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Three weeks ago I got my first Christmas present. A little early perhaps, but a gift it was. Mr. Sam Adams decided to allow me to purchase his 24 bottle Holiday Sampler pack for $20.99. For less than $1 a bottle, I stocked my fridge for at least, well, a week or two. So today, […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Adams Black Lager

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I am not really a lager guy but a friend of mine won a 12 pack of SA and didn’t want to waste his alcohol consumption on beer. Since he is a wine snob I gladly accommodated his request to take a brew off his hands. I opened the bottle on a gray fall day […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

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We’re having a late dinner tonight, it got pushed back so the fresh, goodness-stuffed basil ravioli in the fridge will just have to wait another hour. With a bit of time to kill, a brew felt right. And tonight, I decided I would have dessert before dinner. So Chocolate Bock it is. I didn’t know […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Adams Irish Red

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I would have never bought this beer on my own but I couldn’t pass up the gift. A wine drinking friend of mine won a variety 12 pack and wanted to get rid of a bunch so I accommodated his wishes gracefully. I wouldn’t buy this because I lean toward craft beers not the big […] ... [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]