Category Archives: Beer Reviews

Brewery Travels #4: Milwaukee (Southside), Part 2

Welcome back to the Walker’s Point neighborhood on the Southside of Milwaukee! Remember how I said there were eight breweries in this area? Well, there are actually currently nine. Eagle Park Brewing was a tricky place to find, but with their addition, we will be discussing five breweries today! So buckle up, here we go: MobCraft Brewing Milwaukee Brewing Co. Third Space Brewing City Lights Brewing Co. Eagle Park Brewing MobCraft Brewing Oh man, do I sure love MobCraft. They have one of my favorite…

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Brewery Travels #3: Milwaukee (Southside), Part 1

Today we will be venturing to the South side of Milwaukee, specifically the Walker’s Point/Bay View neighborhoods. As you can see in the picture below, this area is littered with breweries, as well as two distilleries and a cider company. Of course, our focus will be on the eight breweries, most of whom have only recently came onto the scene. As I mentioned at the end of my last article, eight breweries would be too much to do for only article, so I have broken…

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6 Beers a Tasting

6 Beers a Tasting I like beer, and to be honest with you I’ve gotten my girlfriend to like some beers too. So, what we often do is go to the local beer distributor (or grocery store – thanks PA) where they sell single bottles of beer and we will have our own mystery tastings from our unique six pack.  Since I do not like to mix beers all night long this tasting lasted over a span of a week. Beer #1:  The first beer…

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Brewery Travels #2: Milwaukee (Downtown)

Welcome back to the 2nd installment of Brewery Travels! After looking at the Northside of Milwaukee, we will head Downtown and look into four breweries. Milwaukee as a city is currently experiencing many positive changes, and the brewery scene is a part of that. Whether you are visiting one of the originals, such as Lakefront, or popping into newly opened Broken Bat Brewing, you are sure to enjoy your time. Below are the four breweries that we will profile today: Lakefront Brewery Water Street Brewery…

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Furry Black India Pale Ale by North Peak Brewery – Beer Review

Stats Style: American Black Ale Package: 12 oz Bottle ABV: 7.2 % I love Traverse City and I am a frequent visitor of North Peak Brewery. However, I have a love hate relationship with some of their beers. It may be that Diabolical IPA was one of my first IPAs and my palate was not ready for all that hoppy goodness, but as my tastes mature I have come to appreciate their work. Not to mention, I love those little 12 oz. stubby brown bottles.…

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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing

Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing – Beer Review If you know me, you know I’m not the “flower beer” type, or at least I want to think that you wouldn’t think of me as the “flower beer” type. One thing is for sure, I am an adventure drinker. I always try to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new stuff. I’ve found some real gems this way like Massacre,  Duvel, and Fullers ESB.  It was only after my infamous review of Bud…

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Brewery Travels #1: Milwaukee (Northside)

Brewery Travels: Milwaukee (Northside) by Joel Geier Hi all, welcome to my first article! My name is Joel, and I will be taking you along my journey to visit as many craft breweries as can (currently 45 across 20 cities in 5 states). As of now, I have just been going to breweries around the areas I’ve lived (Oregon and Wisconsin), but starting this fall my wife is becoming a travel nurse, so we will go bouncing around the country, allowing me to taste what…

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Draught Horse Brewery – A Lesson in how to build a successful brewery

Draught Horse Brewery – DHB, New Hudson, MI Let’s be honest, our beloved craft beer industry has matured since it exploded just a decade or so ago.  As with all maturing markets, participants need to continuously adapt and “up their game” to survive.  It’s a demanding market as the novelty of craft beer is gone and breweries have to focus on more than just good beer. That’s why I was so excited to review one of my local breweries because they “get it”.  Draught Horse Brewing (DHB)…

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2017 Oberon by Bell’s Brewery – Beer Review

Checkout the Sommbeer review of Oberon from 2015 has it changed?   Stats: ABV: 5.80 % OG: 1.06 Availability: Seasonal (March-August) You may have thought that spring in Michigan started on March 20th, but you are wrong. The real start to spring in Michigan is March 27 – Oberon Day! What is Oberon day you may ask? It’s the first day Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo unleashes its seasonal American wheat ale upon stores, bars and the masses across the state of Michigan and in more…

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First Impressions of 2017 KBS

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 KBS made…

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