21 December 2016

2016 Indiana City Cratchit's Traditional Viewing

2013 Cratchit's with Patrick Stewart. 
2014 Cratchit's with George C. Scott. 
2015 Cratchit's with Alastair Sim.
2016 Cratchit's with Michael Caine. 
Tradition continues. 

20 December 2016

882. Sun King When the Lights Go Out

881. Four Day Ray Identity Crisis

I liked this one.  Good flavors overall.  Nice and smooth with some really good flavors throughout.

880. Four Day Ray Snow Shed Spiced Ale

Spices are nice and present, and it goes down smooth and easy.  Earthy aftertaste, but nothing bad.  Enjoyable.

879. Four Day Ray Prince Igor Russian Imperial Stout

Not a great Imperial Stout - the flavors are just mediocre.

878. Four Day Ray Take the Day Mild

Pretty simple.  Not too much to it.  Decent overall flavor, but pretty bland.

877. Four Day Ray Laplander Blonde

This beer claims to be drier than a normal blonde - and it sure it.  Good taste up front, but I do not enjoy the finish of this beer.

06 December 2016

873. Figure Eight Raven Tor

I was surprised to learn the Figure Eight has been around since 2010.
This beer does not taste like something that comes from an established and time-tested brewery.  My biggest complaint about most new breweries - in the first year - is that they haven't learned how to balance their ingredients with water in larger batches, and it results in many watered down flavors.  I've personally gone to a few breweries for their openings, and been unimpressed.  Only to go back and try them a year or two later, and be far more impressed with what I previously felt was unbalanced.

This beer claims it is an Oatmeal Stout.
Sadly, it's light and watery, and goes down way too smoothly for a stout.  There is no body and heft to flavors.  There is a slight stout flavor that passes too quickly.  Caitlin did tell me that the beer tasted good after eating her chocolate cake - so I suppose that's something positive.

Sadly, tonight I was just really disappointed in Figure Eight.  One day I hope to make it their brewery and try some of their other offerings.  Hopefully that can change how un-impressed I am at this moment.

872. Figure Eight Dinna Fash

Not a fan of this beer at all.
It's not bad, but the flavors just don't mix well for me to enjoy the taste.  I expected the raspberry to be more tart, and I didn't expect the honey to overwhelm the entire flavor experience.

05 December 2016

871. Oskar Blues Death by Coconut

Really, really good Coconut beer.  Almost as good as the 2013 Koko Brown.  The beer is nice and light, great chocolate flavors, and some real coconut flavor too.  While the coconut is actually present with this beer, it's not as strong as I've been praying for.  Still, Oskar Blues does not disappoint, and I will gladly drink these and enjoy them very much. 

19 November 2016

865. Around the Bend Puffing Billy

Very good beer. Really solid brown ale, and then add in the cacao nibs and this beer is delicious. Very smooth and tasty. I really enjoyed it.

14 November 2016

864. Dog Tag Brewing Legacy Lager

Miller got me this beer from a distributor, as it is coming to Indiana very soon. I've been following their brewery online for about a year - because I thought they had a very nifty thing going on. I'm happy that I enjoy this beer. It's nothing special, but it is a really good and crisp lager with easy flavors. Nothing special or exciting - but I would easily drink this beer all day long and be happy and proud of it.

863. Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat

11 November 2016

862. O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye

Full aromas, lead up to a good beer. It's thick, but goes down easy. It's a little dry and it does leave a floral taste in my mouth. Much closer to what I was expecting tonight. The rye seems to compliment the hemp very well and make an enjoyable beer to drink. Sadly, not much in the realm of mental ease.

10 November 2016

861. Humboldt Brown

Very light brown ale. Not a lot of flavor, but there is a lot of dryness in the back end. The aroma has very subtle hints of potential hemp, sadly there's not much to this beer. It's easy to drink and the flavors are ok, but nothing close to special, or what I was hoping for.

15 October 2016

859. Atwater Dirty Blonde

858. Rivertown Soulless

One of the more disappointing "sours" I have drank - as I don't find this beer to be sour at all. No tart, no mouth pucker - nothing about this beer feels sour - other than my attitude towards it. Sadly, I think it's a really tasty beer - it's just not what it was advertised as, and not what I was expecting/wanted. Light, drinkable, a faint hint of what wants to be sour. I don't mind drinking it, I just wish it was closer to what I was expecting.

14 October 2016

857. Ommegang Rosetta

Very, very, delicious beer from Ommegang! The Cherry is nice and a mellow tart, but doesn't go so far as to be a sour. Light, refreshing, with a long-lingering cherry flavor on the backend. I drank this too fast, and was only comforted by that sweet aftertaste.

11 October 2016

856. Ommegang Grains of Truth Harvest Ale

My buddy Steve had this beer a while ago in Pennsylvania, and he loved it.  Over the weekend, while we were in Ohio, he happened to find it in bottles, and wanted me to have a pair of them.  I waited until tonight - as we did our Destiny Raiding together - to enjoy it.  As always, Ommegang delivers a very quality beer,  It's heavier than I expected, but in the right ways.  Full flavor, and powerful.  Leaves an interesting after taste, but it's not bad. Tasty!  THANKS STEVE!

09 October 2016

855. Taft's Ale House Culebra Cut Coconut Brown Ale

I am still on the hut for that "perfect" coconut beer. 
Sadly, this is not it.  However, this is a very enjoyable beer - which does have a good coconut hint in the after taste.  It's as if I had just drank some coconut water.  Not real flavor, but a hint of it.  If the coconut claim was taken out of the expectation, it would just be a really nice and smooth brown ale that I enjoy.

08 October 2016

Saturday Cincinnati Road Trip

Yesterday, my buddy Steve posted a picture of himself and Amanda at Hofbrauhaus in Cincy - and my jealousy set in quickly.  I hadn't had a Hot Brown in about two months, so I convinced Caitlin that we needed to take Lily on a day Trip to Cincy.  When I told Steve that we were making the trip because of his post, they agreed to meet us for lunch - because you can never have too much Hofbrauhaus! So, we sat in the Biergarten and drank Oktoberfest together, while enjoying pretzels with Bier Cheese, and my all time passion:  The Hot Brown.

Myself, Lily, and Caitlin - The Sunglasses Pose.

After lunch, we ventured over to Brothers to enjoy the weather on their patio - which is right on the Ohio River, with a beautiful skyline view of Cincy.  We drank some delicious Rhinegeist Beers in the glorious weather.

02 October 2016

Ramping Back Up Soon

The website hasn't seem much updating in the past month, and it's just because I have been constantly battling various minor moments of ill, which have just put me in a blah mood most days.  I still have a fridge that is half full with Caitlin and I's Chicago/St. Louis Adventure, but when I've been at home, I just haven't felt like drinking.  Sadly, about half of those beers are ones that we are going to share - so I can't just drink them when I am home alone.

In my few trips out on the town, I really haven't gone anywhere with stellar new options for me.  My standard locations have their same offerings, and I just haven't come across anything anywhere else that demanded I try it.

So, just taking a little bit of time to try and get my body and mind back to feeling better, and then I plan to start ramping up the beers this Fall/Winter.  My goal will be to hit 900 before the New Year, and then hit the 1,000 Goal sometime in 2017.

Things are still up in the air for my plans after 1,000.
I do love beer.  I love beer a lot.
Part of my time recently has been spent working on the finances to be able to afford to buy shares of BrewDog USA and become an Equity Punk.  That's still in the works, but might take longer than I had hoped for.
As I get closer to the "finish line" I set up for this website, I keep having an massive war in my mind...

Do I.....
Stop drinking beers at 1,000, holding tight to the "Journey to 1,000 Beers" tagline?
Keep drinking beers, but not recording them onto this website?  Just let this stop at 1,000 and feel like drinking is less of a "job" for me.
Keep drinking beer, and continue this record until I get tired of it?
Keep drinking beer, keep writing about beer, and keep trying to expand this website with more travel and perhaps invest more time for better written content?

It's a battle that really doesn't have a front-runner right now.
I'm sure Caitlin and I will talk about the options more in the future, as I get closer to 1,000.
We have a lot going on in 2017, especially with our wedding - so this website will probably be taking the back seat to that for a portion of next year.

That's looking pretty far into the future.
We've got 146 beers to worry about before the time comes to make that decision.
(I'm on par for 150 beers a year for the last two years, so it's a safe bet that we will be crossing that milestone before the wedding)

So, there's a quick update.
I'm still around.  I'm still drinking.  I just haven't been making the effort to add anything new recently.  I will try to start changing that sooner than later.  Thanks for reading!


09 September 2016

854. Goose Island The Muddy

Very quality imperial stout from Goose Island.  Big and bold chocolate flavors fill your mouth.  Perhaps a little drier than I typically like, but still very sip-able. 

853. Maui Brewing Pineapple Mana

Really enjoyable beer.  Smoother than a true wheat beer, but still with some really good flavors.

04 September 2016

852. Indiana City Hello Blondie!

My friend Shelby has returned from Seattle, and is coming back to Indiana City!!!
When she left, they brewed a Bye Bye Blondie for her, and now with her return they created a new beer to celebrate.  Sadly, I tried to surprise her for an impromptu Sunday Funday - and she was not working.

27 August 2016

851. Dogfish Head Alternate Take #2

Sour Ales are some of my favorite - but I should have expected this one would be very different, knowing that it came from Dogfish Head.  It's not bad, but it's also not sour.  It's a very mellow sour, with some other big flavors upfront.  A little too dry for me also.  I prefer a Sour Ale that makes my mouth water.

20 August 2016

850. Tin Man Weld Strawberry Sour

Delicious sour.  Very good and enjoyable flavors. It hits my mouth in the right spots and delivers a flavor I enjoy.  Very tart, really sour taste left in my mouth.  I really enjoyed drinking a few of these. 

849. Three Floyds Knut of the Living Dead

Smooth, it goes down quick and easy.  I'm not a fan of the flavor upfront, but as it settles there is some chocolate notes that come out and make it taste better than it starts.  Still not something that I would order again.  

848. Big Muddy Saluki Dunkeldog Dark Amber

This is one of the beers I brought back from St. Louis a few weeks ago.  Finally getting around to it. Not bad. Decent flavors, maybe just a touch watered down, maybe?  Or maybe just a little lighter in body than I was expecting.  Nothing bad, but I feel like it could be a little fuller and have more flavor to it.  Still easy to drink. 

17 August 2016

847. BIER Sessie

Decent beer, nothing special.  Good flavor and easy to drink, but not much going on here.  

09 August 2016

2016 Indiana State Fair Drinking

Got a super nice surprise today when I went to the Beer and Wine Expo at the Indiana State Fair. Was able to drink some Yacht Rock from Indiana City!  While there was three or four new beers that I could have added to the website, I went ahead and got something light and refreshing that I know I would enjoy.  

08 August 2016

846. James Page's Casper White Stout

Decent stout.  Nice flavors, pretty mellow. 
It's a good beer, but nothing I love. 

845. Maui Big Swell IPA

Not a bad IPA, it is one that I can handle. 
Mild bitterness, decent flavors. 
A little dry, but not too terrible. 

07 August 2016

844. Nebraska Brunette Brown Ale

Not really a fan of this brown ale. It seems to lack much flavor, it's not so bad that it tastes watered down, but all the flavor is in the aftertaste and there isn't much body while drinking.  Just kind of lackluster as far as flavor goes.