Category Archives: Beer Reviews

First Impressions of 2017 KBS

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Your vote counts!Well, my love hate relationship with Founders has reached a new level with 2017 KBS. As I patiently waited for the release in Southeastern Michigan, I was able to get a bottle to try from KBS week. If you remember last year, I was floored by how strong the coffee was in the 2016 version. In that post I mentioned that I would age some and try them at 6 months and 1 year. I am happy to report that some age on 2016…

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Stout Brewer’s Reserve by Central Waters Brewing Company – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Stats Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout Package: 12 oz Bottle ABV: 9.5% I’m a sucker for a good bourbon barrel stout, but let’s be real who isn’t. Being in Michigan has spoiled me with breweries like Founders, Dark Horse and Bells brewing up some of the best BBA stouts in the world. I’m a self-proclaimed craft beer connoisseur so sometimes I need to see what other states have to offer. One of my more recent bottle acquisitions was the Brewer’s Reserve Stout by…

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Double Knot – Four Peaks Brewing – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Double Knot from Four Peaks Brewing – Tempe, Arizona Hops hops hops were dancing in my head as I approached this new beer. I haven’t had many beers from Arizona so this was going to be a beer journey without leaving my house. The added bonus was prominently displayed on the label – this was an Imperial IPA. To me an Imperial IPA is like a bourbon barrel aged stout. You’ve taken something great and made it even better. The bottle is screen printed and…

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How Now Brown Cow by Odd Side Ales – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Stats Style: American Brown Ale Package: 12 oz bottle ABV: 6.00% IBU: 21 Everyone remembers that old saying, “How now brown cow” used to teach children those rounded vowel sounds. Well, Odd Side Ales How Now Brown Cow taught me what a classic American Brown Ale should be. My wife and I have been on brown ale kick lately. We picked up several browns from varying Michigan breweries trying to narrow it down to one or two browns that we can keep on…

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Dragons Milk Reserve Tripled Mashed by New Holland Brewing Company – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Stats Style: Triple Mashed Stout Aged in Oak Barrels Package: 12 oz Bottle ABV: 17% New Holland brewing Company’s Dragons Milk has been around for a while. Over the years they have released several reserve series such as: Raspberry & lemon, Coconut Rum Barrel, Coffee & Chocolate, Vanilla Chai Spice and Triple Mashed. These reserve series are highly sought after and due to the limited availability, are difficult to acquire. Typically, for beers that are this difficult to acquire, I will call my…

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Chocolate Wheat by Short’s Brewing Company – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Stats Style: American Porter ABV: 7.3% Package: Draft & Bottle 30 IBU One of my favorite breweries in northern Michigan has to be Shorts Brewery Company. Shorts is located in a small town called Bellaire. Getting there is kind of a journey, but it’s a beautiful drive through northern Michigan. It’s a popular destination, and once you get into town you will soon realize that the cars lining the streets are there for one reason; to visit Shorts. Be warned, the pub and mart…

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Fat Lad from Right Brain Brewery – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Fat Lad from Right Brain Brewery –  Beer Review  Stats: Style: Russian Imperial Stout ABV: 9.2% Package: 22 oz. bottle or draft. Availability: December  Being born and raised in the Mitten state has given me an appreciation for the great outdoors and damn good beer. As a Michigander, when the snow melts and the grey skies of winter recede, it’s only natural to head north for the summer to enjoy what this great state has to offer. My northern destination is Traverse City;…

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Moo-HooChiato – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Moo-hooChiato?  Moo-Hoo thank you very much! Beer Facts: Style: Sweet Stout Brewery: Terrapin Beer Company ABV: 8.5% Availability: One Time Brew? Have you ever woken up on a Saturday morning, after a long Friday night, longing for another beer or hair of the dog, but seriously really aching for chocolate milk? Well, why not have both?! My very good friend, Trish, a Georgia native, is a stout lover/wine connoisseur.  Whenever she is out at any of the many local eating establishments near us,…

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Hopslam 2017 : Beer Review

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Your vote counts!A review of Hopslam from Bells Brewery I don’t chase down Hopslam, it comes to me. Here in Michigan the annual release of Hopslam is a crazy time where thousands scramble to find this hoppy elixir in select grocery and beer stores.  At times, the pursuit of Hopslam hits a level of hysteria that I am not comfortable with.  No matter, there’s enough attention on the subject that my beer mules always seem to track down a six pack for me. The year,…

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Beer Review: Sapporo Premium Black Lager

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Your vote counts!We all know that lagers are yellow, and we all know they come from Germany — or nearby, at least. Duh, that’s a given. So knowing that, let’s discuss Sapporo Premium Black — a black lager from Japan. Wait, what? Ah, little did many of you know that black beer — or Schwarzbier — is quite popular in Japan. And now the oldest beer maker in Japan wants to bring that beer to the U.S. Throw in the 22oz. slick-looking, steel can and…

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