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728. The Veteran Beer Co. – The Veteran Premium American Lager
I’ve been at my new job for about three days now at Advocate Health Care. I’m a bit overwhelmed with all there is to learn, but I’m excited about the opportunity, and think there’s a lot of potential to make a great impact. Tonight’s the first night of religious education for my kids and wife, so I’ve got an hour so by myself to hang out on the deck and have a beer. This beer was sent to me a couple of months ago by the veteran beer company, to give a couple of their beers a try. I already tried their Blonde Bomber and it was very drinkable.
Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5% ABV, 23 IBUs, 13 SRM, ~120 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a rusty brown color, and extremely clear. There’s a lot of carbonation in it, but there’s just a thin layer of bright white tiny, tightly packed bubbles across the top. It has a lagery-lightly caramel malt aroma to it as well.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. The crispness made it difficult to pick up flavors up front, but there is a little bit of… (More on The Veteran Beer Co. – The Veteran Premium American Lager)
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728. The Veteran Beer Co. – The Veteran Premium American Lager

I’ve been at my new job for about three days now at Advocate Health Care. I’m a bit overwhelmed with all there is to learn, but I’m excited about the opportunity, and think there’s a lot of potential to make a great impact. Tonight’s the first night of religious education for my kids and wife, so I’ve got an hour so by myself to hang out on the deck and have a beer. This beer was sent to me a couple of months ago by the veteran beer company, to give a couple of their beers a try. I already tried their Blonde Bomber and it was very drinkable.

Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 5% ABV, 23 IBUs, 13 SRM, ~120 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s a rusty brown color, and extremely clear. There’s a lot of carbonation in it, but there’s just a thin layer of bright white tiny, tightly packed bubbles across the top. It has a lagery-lightly caramel malt aroma to it as well.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. The crispness made it difficult to pick up flavors up front, but there is a little bit of… (More on The Veteran Beer Co. – The Veteran Premium American Lager)

727. Stillwater Artisanal Ales – As Follows Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Today was my last day of work at State Farm Insurance, so my coworkers took me out for a nice dinner at Epiphany Farms Restaurant. I have some tremendous co-workers, and it was great to get together with them tonight. Of course they know I’m a beer geek, and I haven’t had too many beers from this brewery, so I figured I’d start the evening with this one.
Location: On tap and served in a short tulip style glass atEpiphany Farms Restaurant in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 9% ABV, ~280 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-orange in color and slightly hazy with a thin, white head that barely covered the top, but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was lightly fruity with some bready light citrusy notes.
Taste & Feel: It has a lighter body than I was expecting for a 9% abv beer, with a light-medium body and a slightly crisp mouthfeel from the carbonation in it. The flavor up front is lightly… (More on Stillwater Artisanal Ales – As Follows Belgian Strong Pale Ale)
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727. Stillwater Artisanal Ales – As Follows Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Today was my last day of work at State Farm Insurance, so my coworkers took me out for a nice dinner at Epiphany Farms Restaurant. I have some tremendous co-workers, and it was great to get together with them tonight. Of course they know I’m a beer geek, and I haven’t had too many beers from this brewery, so I figured I’d start the evening with this one.

Location: On tap and served in a short tulip style glass atEpiphany Farms Restaurant in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 9% ABV, ~280 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-orange in color and slightly hazy with a thin, white head that barely covered the top, but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was lightly fruity with some bready light citrusy notes.

Taste & Feel: It has a lighter body than I was expecting for a 9% abv beer, with a light-medium body and a slightly crisp mouthfeel from the carbonation in it. The flavor up front is lightly… (More on Stillwater Artisanal Ales – As Follows Belgian Strong Pale Ale)

726. Ale Asylum – Madtown Nutbrown
I’m winding down my last few days at work, so my days haven’t been too bad. Tonight, we took the kids out to dinner. When we got home, it was such an awesome night outside, I decided to grab a beer out of the fridge, sit on the deck, and do a beer review. I picked up this beer on one of our trips up to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, when we stopped at a gas station in Wisconsin Dells. There’s no “Best enjoyed by” date on it, but the bottle says, “Our nutbrown ale is velvety smooth with a rich caramel aroma. We blend 7 different malts for a creamy finish you’ll dig. Madtown Nutbrown is a bridge with passion and is best enjoyed that way. ”
Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.5% ABV, ~150 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a rusty brown in color, with some reddish highlights when held up to the light. There’s a good amount of sediment in it, but otherwise it’s clear and has a good amount of carbonation in it. However, there’s almost no head, just the ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. It has a toasty, nutty aroma mixed with some toffee-like maltiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is lightly crisp from all the carbonation in it. Up front, the beer has… (More on Ale Asylum – Madtown Nutbrown)
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726. Ale Asylum – Madtown Nutbrown

I’m winding down my last few days at work, so my days haven’t been too bad. Tonight, we took the kids out to dinner. When we got home, it was such an awesome night outside, I decided to grab a beer out of the fridge, sit on the deck, and do a beer review. I picked up this beer on one of our trips up to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, when we stopped at a gas station in Wisconsin Dells. There’s no “Best enjoyed by” date on it, but the bottle says, “Our nutbrown ale is velvety smooth with a rich caramel aroma. We blend 7 different malts for a creamy finish you’ll dig. Madtown Nutbrown is a bridge with passion and is best enjoyed that way. 

Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 5.5% ABV, ~150 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s a rusty brown in color, with some reddish highlights when held up to the light. There’s a good amount of sediment in it, but otherwise it’s clear and has a good amount of carbonation in it. However, there’s almost no head, just the ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. It has a toasty, nutty aroma mixed with some toffee-like maltiness.

Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is lightly crisp from all the carbonation in it. Up front, the beer has… (More on Ale Asylum – Madtown Nutbrown)

725. Three Floyds Brewing – Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial IPA
It’s college football kickoff Saturday and my Mizzou Tigers are taking on the Jackrabbits of SD State. I sat down to watch the game and cracked open this beer, which I picked up a couple weeks ago during our trip up to Michigan. The ToGo line at Three Floyds was ridiculously long, since Zombie Dust had just come out that day. So, we stopped at a liquor Store just down the street from the brewery, and picked up a few Three Floyd’s beers, including this one. The bottle says, “ A dry and stupendously hopped medium bodied Imperial India pale ale brewed with Canadian 2 row malt, dextrose sugar and a lots of American hops. Arctic Panzer Wolf has superior aromas of marmalade, white wine, pine and apricot all mixed with an intense American bitterness.”
Location: Poured from the 22oz bottle into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 9% ABV, 100 IBUs, ~280 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s orange-amber in color, and somewhat hazy. It has a nice thick and creamy off-white head on it, with pretty good retention and lacing. There seems to be a pretty good amount of carbonation in it as well. The aroma is a mix of piney and citrusy hops.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy and oily. The flavor up front is lightly sweet and citrusy. In the middle… (More on Three Floyds Brewing – Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial IPA)
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725. Three Floyds Brewing – Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial IPA

It’s college football kickoff Saturday and my Mizzou Tigers are taking on the Jackrabbits of SD State. I sat down to watch the game and cracked open this beer, which I picked up a couple weeks ago during our trip up to Michigan. The ToGo line at Three Floyds was ridiculously long, since Zombie Dust had just come out that day. So, we stopped at a liquor Store just down the street from the brewery, and picked up a few Three Floyd’s beers, including this one. The bottle says, “ A dry and stupendously hopped medium bodied Imperial India pale ale brewed with Canadian 2 row malt, dextrose sugar and a lots of American hops. Arctic Panzer Wolf has superior aromas of marmalade, white wine, pine and apricot all mixed with an intense American bitterness.

Location: Poured from the 22oz bottle into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 9% ABV, 100 IBUs, ~280 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s orange-amber in color, and somewhat hazy. It has a nice thick and creamy off-white head on it, with pretty good retention and lacing. There seems to be a pretty good amount of carbonation in it as well. The aroma is a mix of piney and citrusy hops.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy and oily. The flavor up front is lightly sweet and citrusy. In the middle… (More on Three Floyds Brewing – Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial IPA)

724. Bard’s Beer Co. – Bard’s Gold Original Sorghum Malt Beer
It’s the start of Labor Day weekend and what better way to kick it off than with a beer. I didn’t look to see what it was before I pulled it out of the beer fridge, otherwise, I might have picked an IPA or something like that. I’m not sure where I got this beer, or how old it is.
Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 4.6% ABV, 20.5 IBUs, 11 SRM, 155 Calories
Ingredients: Malt: Proprietary malted sorghum; Hops: Imported Hallertauer Magnum, Imported Tettnanger Tettnang; Yeast: German Lager Yeast (Strain #3470)
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-copper in color and is crystal clear. The head fell almost immediately, like pouring a cold soda in a glass, but there was a fair amount of carbonation in it. The aroma is sweet and somewhat cider-like.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. It was a bit tough to determine any flavors up front, because of the crispness. There’s a bit of an almost… (More on Bard’s Beer Co. – Bard’s Gold Original Sorghum Malt Beer)
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724. Bard’s Beer Co. – Bard’s Gold Original Sorghum Malt Beer

It’s the start of Labor Day weekend and what better way to kick it off than with a beer. I didn’t look to see what it was before I pulled it out of the beer fridge, otherwise, I might have picked an IPA or something like that. I’m not sure where I got this beer, or how old it is.

Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 4.6% ABV, 20.5 IBUs, 11 SRM, 155 Calories

Ingredients: Malt: Proprietary malted sorghum; Hops: Imported Hallertauer Magnum, Imported Tettnanger Tettnang; Yeast: German Lager Yeast (Strain #3470)

Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-copper in color and is crystal clear. The head fell almost immediately, like pouring a cold soda in a glass, but there was a fair amount of carbonation in it. The aroma is sweet and somewhat cider-like.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. It was a bit tough to determine any flavors up front, because of the crispness. There’s a bit of an almost… (More on Bard’s Beer Co. – Bard’s Gold Original Sorghum Malt Beer)

723. Olde Hickory Brewery – Death By Hops IPA
Work has been slow, as I wrap up my last week or so until I start my new job. I got home tonight, and was very productive. I added a couple of motion sensors to our indoor light switches, because the kids always leave the lights on, and then I ended up mowing the lawn. So, after a productive evening, I thought I’d come in and crack open a beer. This is one of the many beers that my sister brought me back from her trip to Asheville, North Carolina.
The label says, “Death by Hops double IPA is the winner of Olde Hickory’s first pro-am event. This beer was designed by Alex Buerekholtz, award-winning homebrewer and proprietor of Hops and Vines, Asheville, NC. Death by hops is brewed with 2 row barley, hopped with 5 different West Coast hops, then twice dry hopped. The net result is an amazing aroma of ripe juicy fruit mixed in with a bouquet of spring flowers. Death by Hops makes an impact you won’t forget!
Location: Poured from the 22oz bottle into a large Sam Adams perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 7% ABV, ~210 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s amber in color and pretty clear, and it has a big, soapy-creamy, off-white head with decent retention and lacing. It has a piney-resin aroma with some honey-like maltiness behind it.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. The flavor up front is a mix of… (More on Olde Hickory Brewery – Death By Hops IPA)
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723. Olde Hickory Brewery – Death By Hops IPA

Work has been slow, as I wrap up my last week or so until I start my new job. I got home tonight, and was very productive. I added a couple of motion sensors to our indoor light switches, because the kids always leave the lights on, and then I ended up mowing the lawn. So, after a productive evening, I thought I’d come in and crack open a beer. This is one of the many beers that my sister brought me back from her trip to Asheville, North Carolina.

The label says, “Death by Hops double IPA is the winner of Olde Hickory’s first pro-am event. This beer was designed by Alex Buerekholtz, award-winning homebrewer and proprietor of Hops and Vines, Asheville, NC. Death by hops is brewed with 2 row barley, hopped with 5 different West Coast hops, then twice dry hopped. The net result is an amazing aroma of ripe juicy fruit mixed in with a bouquet of spring flowers. Death by Hops makes an impact you won’t forget!

Location: Poured from the 22oz bottle into a large Sam Adams perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 7% ABV, ~210 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s amber in color and pretty clear, and it has a big, soapy-creamy, off-white head with decent retention and lacing. It has a piney-resin aroma with some honey-like maltiness behind it.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. The flavor up front is a mix of… (More on Olde Hickory Brewery – Death By Hops IPA)

722. Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA
Well, today I announced that I got a new job to some people at work. I start my new job in about two weeks and an really looking forward to the new adventure. After cleaning up the kitchen tonight after dinner, I decided to sit down and do a beer review. I don’t remember exactly where I got this beer, but I put it in the fridge a couple months ago with the intention of drinking it soon. I’m glad I finally got around to it. The label says, “Hoptimum is the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced – a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed, Hoptimum delivers ultra-intense flavors to hop fanatics everywhere.”
Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 10.4% ABV, 100 IBUs, 22.8° plato OG, 4.5° plato FG, ~200 Calories
Ingredients: Malts: Two-row Pale, Munich, Wheat; Bittering hops: German Magnum; Finishing Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Experimental Variety; Ale yeast
Appearance & Aroma: It’s burnt orange in color, and it’s lightly hazy, with a thin and soapy/creamy head that left some nice lacing. There’s a piney-earthy hop aroma with some honey maltiness in the background.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is creamy. There’s a sweet honey maltiness and piney hop juiciness up front. The piney flavor and bitterness… (More on Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA)
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722. Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA

Well, today I announced that I got a new job to some people at work. I start my new job in about two weeks and an really looking forward to the new adventure. After cleaning up the kitchen tonight after dinner, I decided to sit down and do a beer review. I don’t remember exactly where I got this beer, but I put it in the fridge a couple months ago with the intention of drinking it soon. I’m glad I finally got around to it. The label says, “Hoptimum is the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced – a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed, Hoptimum delivers ultra-intense flavors to hop fanatics everywhere.”

Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 10.4% ABV, 100 IBUs, 22.8° plato OG, 4.5° plato FG, ~200 Calories

Ingredients: Malts: Two-row Pale, Munich, Wheat; Bittering hops: German Magnum; Finishing Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Experimental Variety; Ale yeast

Appearance & Aroma: It’s burnt orange in color, and it’s lightly hazy, with a thin and soapy/creamy head that left some nice lacing. There’s a piney-earthy hop aroma with some honey maltiness in the background.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is creamy. There’s a sweet honey maltiness and piney hop juiciness up front. The piney flavor and bitterness… (More on Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA)

721. Evil Twin Brewing – Yin Imperial Stout
My wife and I went to Bruegala, our local beer festival, tonight. We don’t normally get Evil Twin beers around here, so I was excited to be able to give a few of them a try. This was my first beer of the evening, and unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to make a black and tan with it’s partner beer – Yang.  I did get to try several new beers tonight, but rather than stand and review every beer, I enjoyed the evening just tying some new beers with my wife.
Location: Poured into a small 3oz sample glass at the Bruegala beer festival in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 10% ABV, ~350 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s extremely black in color, and I could only see a few ruby-brown highlights when I held it up to the light. There was a thin, creamy, tan head on it, that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was dark and roasty, almost like coffee.
Taste & Feel: The body was full, and the mouthfeel was smooth and slightly creamy. The flavor up front is like… (More on Evil Twin Brewing – Yin Imperial Stout)
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721. Evil Twin Brewing – Yin Imperial Stout

My wife and I went to Bruegala, our local beer festival, tonight. We don’t normally get Evil Twin beers around here, so I was excited to be able to give a few of them a try. This was my first beer of the evening, and unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to make a black and tan with it’s partner beer – Yang.  I did get to try several new beers tonight, but rather than stand and review every beer, I enjoyed the evening just tying some new beers with my wife.

Location: Poured into a small 3oz sample glass at the Bruegala beer festival in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 10% ABV, ~350 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s extremely black in color, and I could only see a few ruby-brown highlights when I held it up to the light. There was a thin, creamy, tan head on it, that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was dark and roasty, almost like coffee.

Taste & Feel: The body was full, and the mouthfeel was smooth and slightly creamy. The flavor up front is like… (More on Evil Twin Brewing – Yin Imperial Stout)

720. Mankato Brewery – Leaf Raker Nut Brown Ale
It’s a Friday night, and I got home from work and fell asleep. Since it’s already kind of late, we ordered a pizza and decided to watch some TV. While waiting for the pizza guy, I thought I’d crack open a beer for a review. I picked this one up last fall when we were up in Minnesota for a family event. It was part of a Mankato Brewery variety pack.
Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.9% ABV, 37 IBUs, 19P OG, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown with some brown highlights when held up to the light. It’s clear with no head, only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There’s a really roasty nutty aroma, almost like a roasty hazelnut.
Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation. There’s a semi-sweet nutty maltiness up front, followed by a… (More on Mankato Brewery – Leaf Raker Nut Brown Ale)
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720. Mankato Brewery – Leaf Raker Nut Brown Ale

It’s a Friday night, and I got home from work and fell asleep. Since it’s already kind of late, we ordered a pizza and decided to watch some TV. While waiting for the pizza guy, I thought I’d crack open a beer for a review. I picked this one up last fall when we were up in Minnesota for a family event. It was part of a Mankato Brewery variety pack.

Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.9% ABV, 37 IBUs, 19P OG, ~200 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown with some brown highlights when held up to the light. It’s clear with no head, only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There’s a really roasty nutty aroma, almost like a roasty hazelnut.

Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation. There’s a semi-sweet nutty maltiness up front, followed by a… (More on Mankato Brewery – Leaf Raker Nut Brown Ale)

719. Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014
I’m at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL tonight for a meeting about our homebrew club’s For What it’s Wort competition. I was looking at the beer list, and hadn’t heard of this beer from Founders Brewing. They make some pretty good beers, so I didn’t think it was much of a risk to give this one a try. Some quick research on my phone told me it’s a hoppy, flavorful lager, so I was eager to give it a try.
Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 8.7% ABV, 70 IBUs, ~260 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright gold in color and very clear with a decent head that’s a bit soapy looking. The head left some nice lacing and revealed a piney, lightly floral hop aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body was solidly medium and the mouthfeel was crisp from the hops. The flavors up front were … (More on Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014)
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719. Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014

I’m at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL tonight for a meeting about our homebrew club’s For What it’s Wort competition. I was looking at the beer list, and hadn’t heard of this beer from Founders Brewing. They make some pretty good beers, so I didn’t think it was much of a risk to give this one a try. Some quick research on my phone told me it’s a hoppy, flavorful lager, so I was eager to give it a try.

Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 8.7% ABV, 70 IBUs, ~260 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright gold in color and very clear with a decent head that’s a bit soapy looking. The head left some nice lacing and revealed a piney, lightly floral hop aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body was solidly medium and the mouthfeel was crisp from the hops. The flavors up front were … (More on Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014)

718. Greenbush Brewing – Remnant of Dragon
We’re in St. Joseph, Michigan for an extended weekend, and looked around to see what breweries might be in the area. We discovered that Greenbush Brewing was just a short drive away, and the menu looked pretty good, so we thought we’d try it for dinner. We spent most of the day at Silver Beach, so the kids were worn out and didn’t appreciate the hour-long wait to get in. They were a bit crabby, so I was happy to order this big beer – an Imperial Red IPA. The atmosphere was nice, but the brewpub was packed, and the food was a little fancy for our kids’ taste.
Location: On tap and served in a snifter glass at Greenbush Brewing in Sawyer, MI.
Numbers: 9% ABV, ~280 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: The color is a dark brown/dark rusty-reddish color and fairly hazy. There was no head, just a thing ring of creamy bubbles around the edge of the glass. There was a distinct citrusy hop aroma to it.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp from the hops. There’s a sweet caramel maltiness up front, which grows in the middle. There’s a big… (More on Greenbush Brewing – Remnant of Dragon)
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718. Greenbush Brewing – Remnant of Dragon

We’re in St. Joseph, Michigan for an extended weekend, and looked around to see what breweries might be in the area. We discovered that Greenbush Brewing was just a short drive away, and the menu looked pretty good, so we thought we’d try it for dinner. We spent most of the day at Silver Beach, so the kids were worn out and didn’t appreciate the hour-long wait to get in. They were a bit crabby, so I was happy to order this big beer – an Imperial Red IPA. The atmosphere was nice, but the brewpub was packed, and the food was a little fancy for our kids’ taste.

Location: On tap and served in a snifter glass at Greenbush Brewing in Sawyer, MI.

Numbers: 9% ABV, ~280 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: The color is a dark brown/dark rusty-reddish color and fairly hazy. There was no head, just a thing ring of creamy bubbles around the edge of the glass. There was a distinct citrusy hop aroma to it.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp from the hops. There’s a sweet caramel maltiness up front, which grows in the middle. There’s a big… (More on Greenbush Brewing – Remnant of Dragon)

717. Shorts Brewing – Huma Lupa Licious IPA
We just spent the morning at Silver Beach  in St. Joseph, Michigan, and finally decided to take a break and get some lunch. There’s a place right near the beach named Silver Beach Pizza, and Yelp reviews looked pretty good so we decided to give it a try. The atmosphere was nice, and we had a seat next to the window, where a passenger train went by while we ate. They had a few local beers on tap and in bottles, and I’d had this one before, and wanted to make sure I got a chance to review it. This picture was taken while I was waiting on a glass to pour this into.
Location: Served in the 12oz glass at Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Numbers: 7.7% ABV, 96 IBUs, ~230 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It was golden-orange in color with a little bit of haze to it. The head was a finger-thick and creamy with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was bold with all citrusy hops.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium-to-full and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp from the carbonation and hops. Up front, it was a resinous-citrsy hop sweetness, almost like a… (More on Shorts Brewing – Huma Lupa Licious IPA)
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717. Shorts Brewing – Huma Lupa Licious IPA

We just spent the morning at Silver Beach  in St. Joseph, Michigan, and finally decided to take a break and get some lunch. There’s a place right near the beach named Silver Beach Pizza, and Yelp reviews looked pretty good so we decided to give it a try. The atmosphere was nice, and we had a seat next to the window, where a passenger train went by while we ate. They had a few local beers on tap and in bottles, and I’d had this one before, and wanted to make sure I got a chance to review it. This picture was taken while I was waiting on a glass to pour this into.

Location: Served in the 12oz glass at Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Numbers: 7.7% ABV, 96 IBUs, ~230 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It was golden-orange in color with a little bit of haze to it. The head was a finger-thick and creamy with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was bold with all citrusy hops.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium-to-full and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp from the carbonation and hops. Up front, it was a resinous-citrsy hop sweetness, almost like a… (More on Shorts Brewing – Huma Lupa Licious IPA)

716. Griffin’s Claw – Norm’s Raggety Ass IPA
We’re in St. Joseph, Michigan for a long weekend trip, and had dinner at The Buck Burgers & Brew.  They’ve got quite a number of local craft beers on tap, and after having the Looping Owl from Right Brain, I thought I’d have an IPA.  I’d never heard of this brewery, and the name sounded interesting, so I thought I’d give it a try.
Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at The Buck Burgers & Brew in St. Joseph, MI.
Numbers: 7.25% ABV, 65 IBUs, ~220 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright yellow in color and super clear, looking almost like a regular lager. It has a thin, creamy, bright white head, which left some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly floral hops with some light grassiness in the background.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy with a bit of a hop bite of crispness. Up front, there’s a light… (More on Griffin’s Claw – Norm’s Raggety Ass IPA)
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716. Griffin’s Claw – Norm’s Raggety Ass IPA

We’re in St. Joseph, Michigan for a long weekend trip, and had dinner at The Buck Burgers & Brew.  They’ve got quite a number of local craft beers on tap, and after having the Looping Owl from Right Brain, I thought I’d have an IPA.  I’d never heard of this brewery, and the name sounded interesting, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at The Buck Burgers & Brew in St. Joseph, MI.

Numbers: 7.25% ABV, 65 IBUs, ~220 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright yellow in color and super clear, looking almost like a regular lager. It has a thin, creamy, bright white head, which left some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly floral hops with some light grassiness in the background.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy with a bit of a hop bite of crispness. Up front, there’s a light… (More on Griffin’s Claw – Norm’s Raggety Ass IPA)

715. Right Brain Brewery – Looping Owl
We’re up in St. Joseph, MI for an extended weekend and a friend who lives nearby recommended The Buck for dinner. She told me they had good food and an incredible beer list. It was a good chance for me to try a few local beers I wouldn’t be able to get back at home. My friend Joe went to Traverse City and stopped at this brewery and had good things to say, so I thought I’d give one of their beers a try.
Location: On tap and served in a snifter glass at The Buck in St. Joseph, MI.
Numbers: 6.8% ABV, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a dark rusty, brick red color, and hazy with a very thin khaki colored head on it. After a couple minutes, the head fell to just a thing ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.  The aroma is a funky-sweet malty smell with some musty horse blanket smells in the background.
Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is crisp, with a sour tingle on the tongue. There’s a red-malt-like sour… (More on Right Brain Brewery – Looping Owl)
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715. Right Brain Brewery – Looping Owl

We’re up in St. Joseph, MI for an extended weekend and a friend who lives nearby recommended The Buck for dinner. She told me they had good food and an incredible beer list. It was a good chance for me to try a few local beers I wouldn’t be able to get back at home. My friend Joe went to Traverse City and stopped at this brewery and had good things to say, so I thought I’d give one of their beers a try.

Location: On tap and served in a snifter glass at The Buck in St. Joseph, MI.

Numbers: 6.8% ABV, ~200 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s a dark rusty, brick red color, and hazy with a very thin khaki colored head on it. After a couple minutes, the head fell to just a thing ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.  The aroma is a funky-sweet malty smell with some musty horse blanket smells in the background.

Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is crisp, with a sour tingle on the tongue. There’s a red-malt-like sour… (More on Right Brain Brewery – Looping Owl)

714. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout
We’re on our way up to the Michigan coast for a long weekend, and stopped at 3 Floyds Brewpub for lunch. I’ve already had the War Mullet and Zombie Dust, and wanted a small beer for dessert. After looking at the extensive list of beers, this one fit the bill perfectly, especially since I still had an hour and a half of driving to go. It was labled as a coffee stout, and was served as a half pint.
Location: On tap and served in an imperial-style half pint glass at Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, IN.
Numbers: 5.9% ABV, ~160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s deep black, and dark enough that when I held it up, I couldn’t see any light through it. There’s a thick creamy, tan head on it, that feel after a minute or two to just a thing layer across the top that left a decent amount of lacing as I drank it. There was a heavy, dark roasted coffee aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is solidly medium, and the mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly creamy and oily.  The flavor up front is… (More on 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout)
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714. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout

We’re on our way up to the Michigan coast for a long weekend, and stopped at 3 Floyds Brewpub for lunch. I’ve already had the War Mullet and Zombie Dust, and wanted a small beer for dessert. After looking at the extensive list of beers, this one fit the bill perfectly, especially since I still had an hour and a half of driving to go. It was labled as a coffee stout, and was served as a half pint.

Location: On tap and served in an imperial-style half pint glass at Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, IN.

Numbers: 5.9% ABV, ~160 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s deep black, and dark enough that when I held it up, I couldn’t see any light through it. There’s a thick creamy, tan head on it, that feel after a minute or two to just a thing layer across the top that left a decent amount of lacing as I drank it. There was a heavy, dark roasted coffee aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is solidly medium, and the mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly creamy and oily.  The flavor up front is… (More on 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout)

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