American Amber / Red Lager

Capital Winter Skal

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After a couple of cups of coffee way past when I should have had them, I wasn’t as near as ready for bed as I should have been. And with sheets of ice covering the 4 inches of recently fallen snow and Elf playing on the TV, a winter seasonal seemed a more than appropriate […] ... [Read more]

Lakefront Riverwest Stein Beer

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I was told life would never be the same. I had no idea. When that little 6 pound 6 ounce ball of joy entered this world two months ago, I couldn’t have guessed. But now, after weeks of reviewless beer drinking, I know just how much life has changed. The fifteen minutes for writing that […] ... [Read more]

Leinenkugel’s Red Lager

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I’ll admit that thus far, the Vienna Lager is in my Top 2 as far as styles go. Well, let me rephrase that. The Eliot Ness Vienna Lager brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Company is in my top two, and in my humble opinion is the best representation of the style I’ve had so far. […] ... [Read more]

Grain Belt Nordeast American Amber Lager

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Grain Belt Brewing Co. and Minneapolis grew up together. So when August Schell resurrected Grain Belt beer drinkers in this part of the country were delighted. The name Nordeast comes from the nic name of a defined community composed of 13 smaller neighborhoods whose street addresses end in “NE”. In the wider community, this business […] ... [Read more]

Pocono Lager

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I had a crazy week. I drove over 22 hours in a period of four days. I went to a baby shower and a funeral. I was in 5 states. I went from the 3rd largest city in the U.S. to a quaint little town of 1200. All that to say, it was eventful. Pocono […] ... [Read more]

Great Lakes Eliot Ness Amber Lager

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Eliot Ness was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1903, and would grow up to become one of the famed Prohibition-era lawmen. Under the Volstead Act, he was charged with bringing down Al Capone. Anyone who knows film knows Ness was the centerpiece of The Untouchables, a 1987 film starring Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De […] ... [Read more]

Mendocino Red Tail Lager

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Its not often you go somewhere with no direction. You just turn the key on your car, put it into drive and see where the blacktop takes you. Today, in the quiet of Door County’s tree-line drives, we did just that. It was freeing, to find your way by bumping along the shoreline, realizing that […] ... [Read more]

Metropolitan Dynamo Copper Lager

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I was going to wait to review a beer until later this evening, but the Chicago Bears, namely Public Enemy #1 Jay Cutler, have caused me to hit the bottle to drown out my sorrows. I turn now to my good friends at Metropolitan Brewing in Chicago, Illinois. The Krankshaft Kölsch is my favorite of […] ... [Read more]

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager

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I grabbed this beer off of the shelf because I am always interested in a honey brown. Being the connoisseur that I am, I was drawn to the little bee on the cover of the bottle with a pint in his left hand and beating a bass drum with his right. To bad band wasn’t […] ... [Read more]