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Avery The Beast

Avery The Beast

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Stick a fork in me. I’m throwing down my weapons. Waving the white flag. Laying down under the bus. Alright already; I’m done. I surrender. This beer owned me. From first pour to last sip, it was utterly dominant … The Empire Strikes Back dominant. It beat me into submission. The Rebel base? Captured. Han […] ... [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]

St. Peter's Grapefruit Beer

St. Peter’s Grapefruit Beer

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If you’re any sort of hophead, you know that grapefruit flavors abound in beers these days, especially among the American Pale/IPA family. But these flavors all come from hop cones…which are hardly similar at all to real grapefruit. So what happens when a famous English brewery puts the actual thing, natural grapefruit flavor (whatever that […] ... [Read more]

Three Floyds Rabbid Rabbit Saison

Three Floyds Rabbid Rabbit Saison

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Maybe it’s just me, but I would never have figured Three Floyds to pin one of their twelve seasonal hats on a Saison. It’s not a very prominent (or popular) style here in the states…and it just doesn’t scream “strange“ or “extreme“. But hey; maybe it’s for that very reason that Rabbid Rabbit was created. […] ... [Read more]

Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine

Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine

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My twelve month saga begins. Ok…so it might end up being more like ten months, but who’s really counting? The goal: sample all twelve of Three Floyds’ seasonal (monthly) offerings…in the year they were brewed. The purpose: get familiar with one of the highest rated craft breweries in America, and see if I agree with […] ... [Read more]

Three Floyds Blackheart English-Style IPA

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The more you drink craft beer, the more you realize that certain breweries do certain things really well: their “core competencies” (for all you business types out there). Maybe it’s beer styles of a specific country (Goose Island); maybe it’s crafting traditional classics (Great Lakes); or maybe it’s just dreaming up elaborate and creative brews […] ... [Read more]

Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA

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I don’t usually go for IPAs during the coldest months of the year…but I just couldn’t resist the elephant. I really have no idea what the story is behind the label on the bottle. It keeps reminding me of Hannibal crossing the Alps with elephants, and I’m not sure what that has to do with […] ... [Read more]

Half Acre Gossamer Golden Ale

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As the weather undeniably fades to Fall here in Chicago, and beer interests begin to turn to Oktoberfests and Pumpkin Ales…there comes a brew to salvage the waning memory of the hot, humid, and hoppy Summer that was. To be fair, Half Acre’s Gossamer Golden Ale is actually a year-round offering, and can and should be […] ... [Read more]

Rogue Chocolate Stout

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So…beer is pretty good stuff. You probably wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t think so yourself. And if you’re like most people, you probably like chocolate, too. Just throwin’ that out there. I apologize if you’re not one of those people; maybe you’re allergic (horrors!). Or maybe you’re just crazy and really don’t like […] ... [Read more]

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

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Flying Dog has always been one of the only breweries whose marketing scheme and bottle designs actually make me averse to trying their beers. There’s just some weird things going on there; it all kind of reminds me of twisted, Salad Fingers-type stuff and in general says “odd”, not “awesome”. But I can admire them […] ... [Read more]