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Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Calvados Barrel)

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Tom: Building blocks for taste recognition. This is what Mikkeller does best. He makes a base beer and then expands on it allowing the drinker to get an interesting look into different flavor profiles. Well, this one is no exception. If you have not read any of my previous Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast/Brunch reviews I would […] ... [Read more]

Finch's Dirtier Bird Barrel Aged Doppelbock

Finch’s Dirtier Bird Barrel Aged Doppelbock

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Tom: New to the Chicago craft beer scene since 2009 Finch beer produced this special barrel aged beer which released around the Christmas of 2011. I was lucky enough to find a bottle on my local liquor store shelf as this beer is limited. While I’m not a huge fan of Doppelbocks, this beer was […] ... [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]

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

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Michael:  Garret Oliver has always been a bit of a beer god to me. Not because I respect him or know him or have even had a single one of his brews. I just feel like he is everywhere, gracing the cover of All About Beer or found in this week’s ‘Food’ section pairing some […] ... [Read more]

Furthermore Oscura

Furthermore Oscura

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Taylor:  When I was handed 2 bottles of Furthermore Oscura, I did not fully understand what I possessed. I had never heard of the brewer (Furthermore operates out of Wisconsin as a wholesaler, brews its lineup with Sand Creek’s equipment, and distributes in Minnesota and Wisconsin exclusively). I put the bottles in my beer fridge […] ... [Read more]

Grand Teton Sweetgrass American Pale Ale

Grand Teton Sweetgrass American Pale Ale

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John:  I was looking for a nice beer to share with some buddies and knew that Grand Teton would give the quality I was looking for. I hadn’t tried their APA so a six pack was the way to go. It poured a cloudy amber with lots of effervescence. The lacy, big head lasted about […] ... [Read more]

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

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Tom: A flagship beer that was on the cutting edge of the canned craft beer trend in 2002. Dale’s Pale boast being the first craft beer to be canned paving the way an waiting for other breweries to catch up.  Some might argue that this beer has historic value, others cutting edge, yet some will […] ... [Read more]

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

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Michael: Cross-eyed. Cyclopean. Cancupiscent. Or so says Ten Fidy. Brewed and proudly canned by the Oskar Blues Brewery, this imperial stout is so named for the 10.5% alcohol that slips through its oil-like body and smoothly down your throat. It poured deep, dark, oily. A beauty of a head was solid, brown and enticing. It made […] ... [Read more]

Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale Pugsleys Signature Series

Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley’s Signature Series)

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Michael: Pulgsley has been pretty good to me. Between his more than decent porter and a delightful pumpkin ale, Shipyard’s brewmaster has gained a pretty solid reputation in my book. So when I happened upon this bottle in the quaint town of Galena, Illinois, I didn’t hesitate. Although it may be the dwindling light in the […] ... [Read more]

Half Acre Ginger Twin India Style Red Ale

Half Acre Ginger Twin India Style Red Ale

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Noel: If you’ve tried Half Acre’s phenomenal Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and felt it a little lacking in the malt department … then this beer’s for you. Ok, so Ginger Twin isn’t quite as good a red ale as Daisy Cutter is a pale (although the bottle artwork is awesome). But they do share a […] ... [Read more]