We save you the pain and embarrassment of trying 7-Eleven’s beers, Game Day Light and Game Day Ice. You’re welcome.
New Belgium Eric’s Ale is off the charts refreshing. Typically, I like to share bombers, but I may keep one of these for myself.
When Leinie’s introduced their Summer Shandy, it instantly took the place of the Sunset Wheat as semi-major-brewery fruit beer of choice when necessary.
Goose Island Pepe Nero is in the Fulton & Wood series, reserved for limited release beers. I had this black Saison brewed with peppercorns at Sheffield’s.
O’Fallon Smoked Porter, seamlessly blending sweet and smokey into a rich, dark porter.
We pit a pair of aggressively hoppy beers — Bell’s Hopslam and Troegs Nugget Nectar — against each other to see which January release reigns supreme.
The nose of the Two Brothers Coffee Domaine Dupage is full of coffee and caramel, but the smell is not overpowering. It’s actually kind of faint.
Karl brought back a growler of Right Brain’s Honey Basil Ale to bounce off the other gentlemen, and here’s what they thought:
A one-time only offering Metropolitan’s India Pale Lager. Too good to pass up? You betcha.
Founders Doom, aka Hand of Doom, is an imperial IPA that is aged in bourbon barrels. In fact, it is Founders Double Trouble aged in bourbon barrels.
A review of Surly Four, “brewed with too many Espresso beans, too much Roasted Barley, and a healthy dose of Milk sugar.”
“Using only fresh Michigan tart cherries, the Founders Cerise beauty tantalizes with intense flavors combined with a no hesitation malt bill.”
The Bruery Saison Rue “is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned farmhouse ale …with spicy, yeast notes and a slight citrus hop character.”
Short’s Smoked Apple Ale is “infused with seven bushels of apple wood smoked apples…finishing strong of apples and smoke.”
Is there nothing that New Glarus can’t do with a fruit beer? The New Glarus Raspberry Tart is absolutely another home run.
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura; tough to pronounce but easy to drink for an imperial stout.
Dark Horse Crooked Tree pairs quite well with wedding cake. Who knew?
American and Belgian brewers team up to create the Boulevard Imperial Pilsner. Was it a match made in heaven?
Our review of the Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot, a large and in-charge imperial brown ale. A very tasty, easy drinking and affordable beer from Lagunitas.
Does Bell’s Black Note hold up to the hype? Yes, yes it does.
Half Acre Daisy Cutter: pale ale perfection.
Dry hopping a marzen? As crazy as it sounds the Schlafly Dry Hopped Marzen pulls it off, quite well actually.
Light, airy and fluffy — not what you’d expect from this New Glarus Coffee Stout — but it works.
We give Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre a whirl and are enamored with its subtle sweetness.
When we’re not drinking craft beer we’re drinking Miller High Life — and we’re damn proud of it.
Weyerbacher Hops Infusion; a parade of piney, citrusy and oily hops.
Half Acre Ginger Twin: a sublime blend of malts and hops.
A peppery pale ale, Furthermore Knot stock is in a class by itself.
New Glarus Unplugged Cherry Stout: “If you ever wanted to actually drink chocolate covered cherries, this is your beer!”
The summery, the sessionable: Half Acre Gossamer.