Category Archives: Beer Reviews

Brewery Travels #7: SE Wisconsin (Kenosha/Racine)

The eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan is dominated by Chicago, and to a lesser extent, Milwaukee. However, in between the two urban areas lie Racine and Kenosha, two mid-sized cities nestled along the lake in Southeast Wisconsin. Craft breweries are still a fairly new offering in this area, as the oldest brewery in this article is just about to celebrate their 5-year anniversary. But although they are fresh to the scene, I was blessed to sample some incredibly unique and delicious beers. Three of the…

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Brewery Travels #6: Green Bay Area

Nestled along the Fox River where it meets the body of water with the same name, Green Bay is known for football, beer, and brats. Unfortunately, most folks think of Miller Lite when it comes to the beer, but thankfully there are several craft breweries fighting this image. As I mentioned in the last article, I bleed Packer green and gold, so Green Bay is more than just another stop on my travels. I have been blessed to attend several games at Lambeau Field, and…

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Doom Imperial IPA by Founders Brewing – Beer Review

Doom is the third release of the Founders barrel aged series. This is an interesting beer, because it has some history. Doom was first being served as a taproom-only feature, and then hit shelves in 2013 as part of the brewery’s Backstage Series. My love for craft beer was in its infancy back in 2013 so you know I did not get to try it back then. To say I was excited for this release is an understatement. I know the Founders distribution schedule in…

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Brewery Travels #5: Twin Cities

We’ve spent some quality time in Milwaukee, but before continuing in Wisconsin, let’s take a journey across the Mississippi. My parents recently moved to a suburb outside the Twin Cities, and therefore I will have a plethora of opportunities in the future to visit the expanding craft beer scene there. In this article, I will review four of the breweries I visited; 1 in Minneapolis, and 3 in St. Paul. Let’s get to it! Surly Brewing: Minneapolis, MN Lake Monster Brewing: St. Paul, MN Burning…

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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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