Mercury Brewing Company

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]

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]

Ipswich Nut Brown Ale

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My second experience with Ipswich Ales conjured up images of pilgrims and hearty meals on the discovered eastern shores of America. The ship, in full sail, adorns the bottle and my own hearty meal accompanied this brown ale. Two small meat and cheese sandwiches and a bowl of piping tomato soup felt like just the […] ... [Read more]

Ipswich Original Ale

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I’m in the middle of an unfortunate situation. I have just 45 minutes before I must go to a meeting and I have two options. Drink or review. Disappointingly, I decided that gulping down a fine craft beer in a few minutes and then hanging out with a bunch of people from my church might […] ... [Read more]