English Bitter (ESB) / Pale Ale

Anchor Small Beer

Anchor Small Beer

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Served in irony, Anchor Small comes in a 1.6 fl oz bottle and has an interesting story.  This low abv beer is made by using the second run off (see sparge) from the leftover grains used to make their Old Foghorn Barleywine.  This idea is actually very earth friendly and economical when you think about […] ... [Read more]

Furthermore Proper Ale

Furthermore Proper Ale

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My first awareness of this brewery came around 2008 when I got wind that Furthermore was getting their brewery off the ground. In 2009 I happened upon the label art for Proper and instantly knew it would be a winner.  Something about it…sort of 8-bit, yet simple and classy. While driving Noel and his new bride to […] ... [Read more]

Summit Extra Pale Ale

Summit Extra Pale Ale

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I’m in the last hour of playing Mr. Mom for the weekend. My daughter is asleep and I have a few minutes before a crazy Sunday afternoon begins. The final orphan from my Summit Sampler was their flagship, this EPA, and I felt it time to do right by the brew and pour myself a […] ... [Read more]

Wychwood King Goblin

Wychwood King Goblin

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A big cousin to Hobgoblin, King Goblin offers a more enchanted approach to it’s dark ale counterpart. Brewed on a full lunar moon this beer is a special release with a bit more of a kick. It is by no means a double recipe of Hobgoblin, however there are a few more hops added to […] ... [Read more]

Ska ESB Special Ale

Ska ESB Special Ale

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There are a lot of stigmas attached to canned beer. Everyone associates it with something different. For me, growing up in the “Rust Belt,” it was the workingman’s beer. For others, it became the fisherman’s beer, or the teenage party beer, or the cookout beer, or the tailgater beer, etc. etc. But I think what […] ... [Read more]

Wexford Irish Cream Ale

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I love St. Patrick! He is an ancient hero of mine. His vision,determination and focus inspires me to this day. So when it came to celebrating St. Pat’s Day I get fired up. However, I’m a bit embarrassed to say I don’t like Guinness! Sorry but I just don’t like this St. Patrick day staple […] ... [Read more]

Lakefront Organic ESB

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This beer pours a beautiful rust color with a dense 2 finger head that dissipates to a film but is already leaving some intricate lacing. The aroma is not all that pronounced but there is a malt presence and lack of hop notes. That theme is continued after the first sip when I taste mostly […] ... [Read more]

Rogue XS Imperial Younger’s Special Bitter

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Noel: Paying $5 for seven ounces of beer definitely requires some consideration. But in my case, if the beer has “Rogue” plastered on the front of it, I’d probably pay $5 for one ounce. Speaking of which…who decided that “ounce” would be a good term for a measure of volume? What a strange word… Anyway, […] ... [Read more]

Weston O’Malley’s Irish Style Bitter

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I was recently in Kansas City for a wedding, and grabbed a variety pack of beers by Weston Brewing Company out of Weston, MO. Never heard of them. It was the O’Malley’s ISB that got me interested. I am no expert on English Bitter, but I know I like Goose Island’s Honkers Ale. You don’t […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Honker’s Ale

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If any beer has to be dubbed Goose Island’s “flagship” brew, Honker’s Ale takes the cake in my opinion. Perhaps it’s not quite as widely respected as their India Pale Ale…but then again, just about every American craft brewery makes an IPA of some sort; not many are resting their laurels on a classic English […] ... [Read more]