Wisconsin

Stroh's American Lager

Stroh’s American Lager

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Despite having a long history with German roots, this beer is just like every other standard Macro adjunct lager in the market.  Formerly located in Detroit, Michigan it become one of American’s well known lager beers.  While the “brewing tradition” might not have changed, unfortunately the quality did. Taking a look at this beer it […] ... [Read more]

Ale Asylum Contorter Porter

Ale Asylum Contorter Porter

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The cool crisp nights are returning here to the Chicagoland area and after a hard day in the office I decided to unwind with a brew fit for just the occasion.  Ale Asylum makes some great beers and this one is no exception.  I bought a six pack of this beer in Wisconsin and drank […] ... [Read more]

Sprecher Barley Wine Ale 2007

Sprecher Barley Wine Ale 2007

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Vintage 2007:  More known for their sodas (which are phenomenal by the way), Sprecher also produces a wide variety of beers.  This beer falls in their limited edition production.  They started brewing this Barleywine in 2005 and I found myself a 2007 bottle in the dark reaches of a liquor store shelf about two years ago.  Since […] ... [Read more]

Tyranena Three Beaches Honey Blonde

Tyranena Three Beaches Honey Blonde

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It’s back to back nights of beer brewed with honey for me. By pure mistake, tonight I am pouring Tyranena’s blonde ale, rife with connotations and, apparently, honey. In the little town of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, apparently there are three beaches and, apparently, this light honey-infused refresher makes the perfect accompaniment to a day at […] ... [Read more]

Ale Asylum Bedlam

Ale Asylum Bedlam

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I found this beer’s title appropriate on a couple of levels. First, the label boasts it is a ‘chaotic blend of Citra hops and trappist-style years,’ so there’s that. Second, my wife just left for four days and I’m playing Mr. Mom. Now there is true Bedlam. Just a few days ago I finally squeezed […] ... [Read more]

Furthermore Proper Ale

Furthermore Proper Ale

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My first awareness of this brewery came around 2008 when I got wind that Furthermore was getting their brewery off the ground. In 2009 I happened upon the label art for Proper and instantly knew it would be a winner.  Something about it…sort of 8-bit, yet simple and classy. While driving Noel and his new bride to […] ... [Read more]

Pangea Lilja's Sasquatch Stout

Pangea Lilja’s Sasquatch Stout

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So many things of note here, before I even crack the bottle. First, what is bigger than a Sasquatch? Nothing, I would argue, so already this stout is setting itself up to be a big brew. Second, the bottle is emblazoned with the phrase “brewed behind the Cheddar Curtain.” Yes, yes they did. So before […] ... [Read more]

O'so Lupulin Maxiumus IPA

O’so Lupulin Maximus IPA

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Imperial beers are as much about creativity as they are extremity. So maybe I shouldn’t have been quite as surprised as I was to spy O’so’s Lupulin Maximus on a shelf in a Milwaukee liquor store and think, “Does that label really say what I think it says?” Upon closer inspection, yes, it really did: […] ... [Read more]

Ale Asylum Tripel Nova

Ale Asylum Tripel Nova

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Moving away from from their quad which left me wanting I cracked open their Tripel a few days later.  Again, a stellar label design with bright colors and the image of a Phoenix boosted my initial expectations for this beer.  Giving some time for the beer to warm a tad I took my time pouring this […] ... [Read more]

New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat

New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat

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For the longest time I have avoided Hefeweizen. Years ago I ordered Hacker-Pschorr every now and then, but when I got into craft beer for real, the heavy and unfiltered banana & clove was just too much for me. It was too thick, sweet and musty of a style for me. I had more important […] ... [Read more]