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Blue Point Blueberry Ale

Blue Point Blueberry Ale

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This easy sipping beer found favor in my eyes after cutting the grass one warm afternoon.  I was looking for a beer that had flavor yet was simple enough to just be a thirst quencher.  Having sampled a few of Blue Point’s beers already I knew this was going to be an above average beer. […] ... [Read more]

Hofbrau Oktoberfest

Hofbräu Oktoberfest

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Hofbrau! A powerhouse of brewing in Germany has been reaching the masses for centuries over. Founded in 1589, it used to be the royal brewery (hence the crown in the logo) for the Bavarian “court” (Hof).  Known for its massive Oktoberfest celebration, frauleins, Liter steins, and lederhosen this beer is a classic for the season.  I found […] ... [Read more]

Tyranena Three Beaches Honey Blonde

Tyranena Three Beaches Honey Blonde

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It’s back to back nights of beer brewed with honey for me. By pure mistake, tonight I am pouring Tyranena’s blonde ale, rife with connotations and, apparently, honey. In the little town of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, apparently there are three beaches and, apparently, this light honey-infused refresher makes the perfect accompaniment to a day at […] ... [Read more]

New Belgium Somersault

New Belgium Somersault

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It’s lunch time on a Saturday and it’s 90 degrees. I passed by my Samichlaus and my Aphrodite and went straight to this refresher from New Belgium. I poured it straight down the center of my lager glass. It foamed and fussed for several minutes before it settled enough to let me pour in the […] ... [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]

Rock Art Whitetail Golden Ale

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Only the second beer from Rock Art Brewery that I have tried, Whitetail is a nice crisp ale that has great balance. After enjoying the Ridge Runner Barley Wine I was looking forward to something a little different from Rock Art and Whitetail fit the bill (it was also the only other one I had). […] ... [Read more]

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale

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GYO simply put stands for Grow Your Own. Since I’ve taken up a green thumb and decided to grow my own hops this summer this beer appealed to the horticulturalist in me. Rogue brewery is located near one of the best hop growing regions of the world so the decision to plant their own hop […] ... [Read more]

Two Brothers Prairie Path Ale

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In my neck of the suburbs there is a prairie path that stretches for miles connecting multiple towns and giving eager runners, walkers, and bikers a place to get the iron out. Illinois was once host to a vast prairie of tall grasses and wild plants. In celebration of this heritage, Two Brothers brewed a […] ... [Read more]