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    Unbeknownst to me until I spotted it on the shelf at Kroger, local brewery Braxton has teamed up with Graeter's for a second ice cream inspired beer - Braxton/Graeter's Blueberry Pie Brown Ale.



    Braxton Brewing Company and Graeter's Ice Cream have teamed up to create another special beer - this time for a good cause.

    Braxton and its wholesale partners have pledged to donate $10,000 to The Cure Starts Now, which raises money for cancer research.

    The ale is inspired by Elena's Blueberry Pie ice cream, a flavor named for 6-year-old Elena Desserich, who lost her battle with cancer in 2007. Now Graeter's offers the flavor once a year to raise money for The Cure Starts Now.
    Poured a deep copper-brown into a Shaker glass with a medium size golden-white head. Great big scent of blueberry you can smell from 2' away! Also smells of graham cracker and a little bit malt. Sweet. Tastes just like blueberry pie! Has a very slight bitterness on the finish that does seem a little out of place but, that's picking nits since it's barely there. Body is medium and is a bit fizzy. Has a very subtle 7% ABV. Like the last Graeter's collab, this one is also quite tasty!

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      New beer tonight, in the spirit of Oktoberfest, is called DankeChain Oktoberfest from local brewery West Sixth.



      Our Oktoberfest is a traditionalGerman-style lager that’s moderate strength and malt focused. You will find a clean, crisp beer with rich malts and toasty caramel notes, deep copper in color and a perfect accompaniment to the scents, flavors and accents of Fall.

      ABV: 5%
      HOPS: Hallertauer
      MALTS: Munich, Caramel, Melanoidin
      YEAST: House Lager
      Poured copper brown into a Shaker glass with a smaller white head. Smells of sweet caramel malt and honey. The flavor is a definite malt bomb! Flavors of caramel, honey, and yeasty bread. A nice full body with a decent 5% ABV. This is a really great example of an Oktoberfest!

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        This Friday night's beer review is a new release from Rhinegeist I just picked up called Press Tart Berliner Weisse.



        We joined forces with 16-Bit Bar to create Press Tart, a Berliner Weisse packed with marionberries and blueberries, brewed in celebration of the gaming gurus' 2nd birthday!
        Poured blood red into a Shaker glass with a big red-pink head. Flavors of sweet and tart berries, slight malt. The flavor isn't all that complex and is just like it smells but it is very darn tasty! Nice tartness! Body is medium but the ABV only weighs in at 4.4%. Could stand to be a little stronger. Like I said though, definitely the type of tart beer I like!

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          Since my last review was so much earlier, I feel like doing another of another Rhinegeist! This time their Stryker Imperial IPA.



          Stryker has returned to overtake your senses with its citrusy hop punch. This Triple IPA is big, balanced, and comes straight from the mastermind of our brewer, Aaron Stryker.
          Poured dark gold into a Shaker glass with a big white head. Has a sweet floral and fruity hop scent with some caramel malt. The taste is a bit tropical and a bit citrus fruit with some biscuit malt and a bit of alcohol. Fairly sharp bitter start that lingers, claimed "100+" IBU. Decently big body with a 9.3% ABV. More bitter than I usually prefer but a solid Imperial IPA.

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            This Friday evening I'm having a new beer form a new brewery. The brewery is Flying Monkeys out of Canada and the beer is their Paranormal Imperial Pumpkin Ale.



            Doused with exotic warm spices, Paranormal evokes the aromas of pumpkin pie, graham cracker crust, and the toasty aura of autumn. Pouring with an otherworldly orange glimmer, Paranormal channels the subtle blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice in the spirited body of a 10% alc./vol. beer. Brewed with roasted pumpkin and spices, Paranormal’s rich mouthfeel and a slightly hazy body emerge from a realm where substance and shadow cross.
            Poured a ruddy brown into a Shaker glass with a big golden brown head. The smell is quite different from a number of other pumpkin brews I've had thanks to what seems to be a generous helping of ginger. The heavy ginger is also accompanied by quite a bit of cinnamon and just a bit of pumpkin. The flavor is also ginger heavy with the pumpkin following up. The cinnamon is also there along with some nutmeg and graham cracker. Very rich flavored! The body is hefty with an equal 10.1% ABV. Very tasty and perfect for this time of year!

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              Tonight's new brew is a new release from Dogfish Head that's recently hit shelves. This is their Liquid Truth Serum IPA.



              You can handle the truth! MYTH: IBUs (hop bitterness) can only be achieved in the boil. TRUTH: Uh-uh! The truth is, Dogfish Head has been doing innovative things in the world of hopping since we opened in the mid-90s. From our continual hopping method found in our 60 Minute, 90 Minute and 120 Minute IPAs to our latest innovation of post-boil hop additions found in our Liquid Truth Serum! Our unique process involving pelletized, powdered, leaf and liquefied hops makes for a blissfully inefficient IPA that's truthfully hoppy without being deceptively bitter. You'll find the perfect match of citrusy and tropical notes, making for a zesty finish ... honest.
              Poured medium gold into a Tulip glass with a decent sized white head. Very citrusy and fruity hop scent along with a little bit of caramel malt. Malty tasting and slightly sweet balanced with fruity hop, mild bitterness. A very slight bitter taste that lingers. Mostly light and carbonated body with a decent 6.8% ABV. Pretty decent and easy drinking IPA!

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                This Friday night's brew, while I'm busy binge watching the new Punisher series (), is a Stone collab, Merc Machine Double IPA.



                Juicy and tropical. A Hop-forward, bitter, and fruit driven classic West-Coast Style IPA combined with haze and the juiciness of current East-Coast IPAs.
                Poured dark gold into a Shaker glass with a big, persistent golden white head. Very tropical fruity hop scent combined with a slight caramel malt note. The taste is mostly melon, apricot, and some sweet honey but also has a little malt. Very light bitterness. Body is soft and creamy. Has a nice 9% ABV. Very easy drinking, tasty IPA!

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                  Bud Light Sends Minneapolis Brewery A Cease And Desist From The Renaissance

                  December 1, 2017



                  Their beer may not be the greatest, but damn this is well played by Bud Light.

                  Modist Brewing on Friday launched a new double IPA called the "Dilly Dilly" – a hat-tip to Bud Light's recent medieval banquet-set commercial that mocks the craft beer craze.

                  Well, the new beer didn't go unnoticed by Anheuser-Busch, the makers of Bud Light, who sent the North Loop, Minneapolis brewpub a cease and desist.

                  But in a brilliant twist, they delivered cease and desist via a Town Crier, who read it from a scroll.



                  "Let it be known that any beer shared between friends is a fine beer indeed and we are duly flattered by your loyal tribute," he says.

                  'However Dilly Dilly is the motto of our realm, so we humbly ask that you keep this to a limited edition.

                  "This is by order of the king, disobedience shall be met with additional scrolls, then a formal warning, then a private tour of the Pit of Misery."

                  He finishes by extending an olive branch to the bar, offering two Modist employees tickets to Super Bowl LII – where they can enjoy some Bud Light.

                  Modist marketer Dan Wellendorf shared the post on his Facebook page, commenting: "What happens when your (slightly naive) ideas turn into Bud Light execs and their ad agency staying up all night to come up with a script and then flying someone out of New York at 8 o'clock in the morning to be there for your beer release and then give you a cease and desist letter and tickets to the Super Bowl."

                  For those of you unfamiliar, here's the original ad. Dilly Dilly!


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                    I know it's been a while since I've done a review, mostly because I've been enjoying my homebrew. Which everyone seemed to like. It's amazing how fast 5 gallons of beer can go!

                    But, I recently made a beer run and picked up a couple new brews. One of which I've been really wanting to try since I picked it up earlier this week.

                    It is a new seasonal from Southern Tier called Cinnamon Roll.



                    In this brew, lightly toasted malts with subtly spicy hops blend into cinnamon flavors and creamy lactose sugar. Their coalescence is so uncannily close to fresh baked cinnamon rolls that it was impossible to name this beer anything other than Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale! Pairs perfectly with Eggs Benedict at brunch, after dinner, or next to the fire for an unforgettable nightcap.
                    At first when I saw this I thought to myself, "So this claims to taste like cinnamon roll? That's a pretty bold claim for a beer..." But then I realized this was from Southern Tier so I was anxious to see just how well they pulled it off. Judging from the 90% on RateBeer, I'd say they must have done okay!

                    Allowed to warm up a bit because, who eats cold cinnamon rolls? Poured cinnamon brown into a Shaker glass with a large, dense tan head. Has a rich, sugary sweet, creamy, and cinnamon aroma. It certainly smells like cinnamon roll... And it really tastes like one! Taste is just like the smell. Heavy on the cinnamon, bready, caramel, with a creamy note just like icing. Definitely great for sipping to enjoy the full flavor. A nice weighty body with an appropriate 8.6% ABV. Really damn tasty desert beer!

                    Take this to heart, if Southern Tier says something tastes like pumpkin pie or cinnamon roll, believe them.

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                      Tonight's review is another newly acquired brew. This one is from Rhinegeist and is a new release called Oddjob.



                      A double IPA, our bravely hopped Oddjob is brimming with Galaxy, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops, reverberating with notes of pine, resin, blood orange, and ruby red grapefruit. Aha!
                      Poured a medium gold with a big, foamy white head. Smells of sweet tropical fruit hops. Flavors of citrus fruit, caramel malt, and has a light bitterness. Pretty well balanced! Body is heavy-medium weight with a nice 8.3% ABV that does not come out in the taste. Easy drinking! Chalk up another pretty good IPA from Rhinegeist!

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                        We've gotten a decent coating of snow, on the grassy areas mostly thanks to the warm temps the last several days, but now the temps are crashing and a rather robust wind is now coming in from the northwest. So it seems like a good opportunity to grab my woobie and a good beer and kick back to watch Dunkirk to wrap up the day's festivities.

                        So what better to open up on a cold and blustery night than a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Trip in the Woods: Barrel-Aged Cocoa Coconut Narwhal.



                        Narwhals are things of legend, myth, and mystery. Every so often, a rare specimen surfaces for a moment, but then dives back into the deep, never to be seen again. This very special version of our Narwhal Imperial Stout was brewed with toasted coconut and then left to mature in Kentucky bourbon barrels for nearly a year. To the barrels, we added additional coconut and cocoa nibs to create a uniquely rich and decadent stout. Catch a glimpse while you can before this rare treat slips below the surface forever.
                        Properly allowed to warm a bit. Poured dark black into a Snifter with a large, light brown head. Very rich aroma of bourbon, charred oak, roasted malt, coconut, and sweet chocolate. Bold flavors of boozy bourbon, chocolate, and a slight bit of coconut. The body is nicely full to match the richness and this has an appropriately robust 11.9% ABV. A really very fine brew!

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                          I suppose this will be my last review of 2017... So, it's going to be one for a very highly regarded brew, one that I happened across last week in fact and, in a somewhat more difficult to find bomber version.

                          This is Founders' Backwoods Bastard.



                          Big and delicious for your ’perty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts. A bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.
                          Watching Blade Runner 2049 as I do this review.

                          Poured a ruddy brown into a Tulip (closest I've got to the recommended Thistle) with a large, golden-brown head. Allowed to warm some. Has a smell of oaky bourbon, peaty scotch, sweet caramel malt, and dark fruits. The taste is mild, smokey peat whiskey, slight vanilla, oak, and caramel malt. All of the flavors are fairly moderate individually but blend for a very fine richness. The 11.2% ABV lends to a finishing warmth. Very heavy bodied. An excellent brew from Founders!

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                            Did you keg your beer, Ryan?
                            Libertatem Prius!

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                              Originally posted by American Patriot View Post
                              Did you keg your beer, Ryan?
                              Yep! Kegged, over-carbonated, de-carbonated a bit, and then consumed entirely.

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                                Stone Looks To Make A Strong Political Statement With ‘I’M PEACH’ Double IPA

                                December 13, 2017

                                We live in turbulent times. The United States is more polarized politically then it has in years. By the looks of it, Stone Brewing will be making a bold political statement in the form of a beer – Stone I’M PEACH Double IPA.

                                Stone Brewing looks to make a political statement in 2018. Stone I’M PEACH Double IPA is coming next year.

                                We live in turbulent times. The United States is more polarized politically then it has in years. By the looks of it, Stone Brewing will be making a bold political statement in the form of a beer – Stone I’M PEACH Double IPA.

                                In case you missed the not subtle note in the name – I’M PEACH aka IMPEACH. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out they are alluding to President Trump. Read the allusion in the beer’s description:

                                It’s what a lot of us are thinking. We want to shout I’M PEACH from the rooftops. Yet, we’re afraid of the potential alienation from select peach-hating members of our friends and family. We want to call fro and I’M PEACH, but we’re afraid that we’ll look soft. Peach soft, like some freedom hating sissy, right? Nope. Not in our world. We know peaches are for the righteous. We’ve seen the light of their sweet juicy glory and how they pair excellently with the standup character of an American IPA. It’s not just right for you, it’s right for the country. You’re proud of our beautiful nation. You support good taste. Have an I’M PEACH party and we’ll unite hops, peaches, and each other.

                                Not much subtlety found there.

                                While presidential impeachment is not currently on the calendar, Stone I’M PEACH Double IPA is slated for release in May, 2018.



                                Well, I guess I can add Stone to my list of breweries I will not patronize due to rampant libtardism.

                                They get to join:

                                - Urban Artifact, local brewer that likes to allow/organize Antifa meetings at their taproom
                                - Revolution Brewing, owner is a self avowed Socialist

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