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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]

Founders All Day IPA

Founders All Day IPA

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I knew this beer was hitting stores near me the second week in February 2012 and I still had a hard time finding it.  I was not able to get to the store the day is arrived and two days later I ended up visiting 4 different locations in search for Founder’s latest addition to […] ... [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]

New Holland Rye Hatter IPA

New Holland Rye Hatter IPA

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Dang!  This beer has some giddy up.  Both in the malt and hop categories.  Allow me to explain. Once you get past the great color this beer has, an orange-copper hue, you are in for a treat.  The plume of delicate foam that laces invites you to waft in the hoppy sweet smells that rise from […] ... [Read more]

Founders Devil Dancer Imperial IPA

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA

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Fresh (2010):  $22.99 for a 4 pack, but I would argue that Devil Dancer is worth it.  You can enjoy one, age one, sell one, and share one.  I was on my screen porch when I cracked the bottle open and poured.  Even with a mild breeze outside all I could smell was a giant […] ... [Read more]

New Holland Farmhouse Hatter IPA

New Holland Farmhouse Hatter IPA

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A new variation of their Mad Hatter IPA since last time I sampled a flight of them in 2010.  This one incorporates an interesting Belgian yeast strain to the mix which pairs rather well with the hop profile. Do not be fooled by the old “American Gothic” farmer on the label as this beer is […] ... [Read more]

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]

Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale

Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale

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Curmedgeon.  A bad-tempered, crusty, difficult, stubborn, (generally) old person.  The label depicts what looks to me like an old John Calvin (college located nearby brewery).  Perhaps Founders is suggesting that scholars should step away from the books every once and a while before they become old and senile.  In all seriousness though, this beer is […] ... [Read more]

Founders Breakfast Stout

Founders Breakfast Stout

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Tom: Do you remember that Folgers jingle?  “The best part of waking up…”  Well, the answer lies in, “Breakfast Stout in your cup.”   Seriously, I’ve had this beer at night, mid-day, after work, but to truly get the full essence of this beer you should enjoy it on a Saturday morning with a hearty breakfast.  If you […] ... [Read more]

New Holland Black Hatter IPA

New Holland Black Hatter IPA

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Reflecting back on the Mad Hatter night at Bavarian Lodge I must say my appreciation for the beer has changed.  Back then I found this average, but after sipping on this bomber I won me over.  I guess my reason for the grade was due to the fact that I had not sampled that many […] ... [Read more]