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Drank some impressive and not so impressive beers over the weekend. Had a Sam Adams Oktoberfest at Rain Forest Cafe, thank god the robot gorillas were there to make up for the food, Sam was okay. Dry Hopped Pale Ale from Founders was good, I wouldn’t seek this one out again, but glad I tried it. Took our friend to Gordon Biersch for appetizers and drinks. Had their Oktoberfest, Fest Bier, then I had their chocolate stout on Nitro which is really good, I had a few.

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Saddle Up!

Grab a chicken fried steak and check out this Texas Beer Bonanza!

The greatness of Brunch Money, imperial golden stout, from Armadillo Ale Works, Alteration from Hops and Grains in Austin, Real Ales 18th Anniversary Gose, was almost like have a Sprite, Gypsy Belgian Inspired IPA from Adelbert’s, a two-fer from Twisted X Brewing, ChupaHopra and Cow Creek, Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star was really good and finally Angus Dei from Save the World Brewing!!

I’m hammered Ya’ll!

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California’s Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA. Always great!

California’s Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA. Always great!

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St. Louis beers! A friend brought some beers from Missouri, STLIPA from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and a pair from 4 Hands, Reprise Centennial Red and Single Speed brewed with juniper. All three were really good and I’m glad I got to try them out.

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Southern Tier’s 2X Rye and Harvest. Tis the seasonal.

Southern Tier’s 2X Rye and Harvest. Tis the seasonal.

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Fantastic Newness!! Cherry Funk from Prairie Artisan Ales, Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing, Stones Smoked Porter, Brooklyn’s Oktoberfest, Polygamy Porter, Public Ale from Community, Organic Ur Pils from Pinkus, El Conquistador Pale Ale from Mission and Alaskan Amber. Good stuff all around, wouldn’t kick any if them out of bed.

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Martin House Septemberfest Brown Ale and No Label’s Nightmare on 1st Street Pumpkin Ale!! DRINK LOCAL!!

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Made a good move and popped this guy open last night. Stone Brewing’s 18th Anniversary IPA.

Made a good move and popped this guy open last night. Stone Brewing’s 18th Anniversary IPA.

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Pumpkin Ales! Punkn from Unita, Wilhelm Scream from Magic Hat, Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head, Fall Hornin from Anderson, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin and Harpoon Pumpkin Cider. Really dug the Punkn from Unita and the Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard but I think I’m done with pumpkin for awhile.

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Had some good stuff!! Ran up to Lakewood Growler and had a French Quarter Temptress from Lakewood Brewing!! Hell of a milk stout but this version is brewed with coffee and chicory. Unbelievable! Sticking with coffee I grabbed an Oak Cliff Coffee Porter from Deep Ellum Brewing. After I left Lakewood Growler I stopped at Gordon Beirsch to pick up food for Erin and I and decided to have a Hefeweizen. Good stuff, good day!

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Quick 24 hours in Chicago! Airport beers are some of my favorite beers, depending on what terminal I’m at I can be in heaven or hell. Shiner Bock with breakfast then hopped on a plane. Met up with my good friends Kasey and Nikko, who earlier that day, showed the guy at Whole Foods my blog and said “pick something out for this guy”. Whole Foods dude scored big and grabbed me a Red Skull bomber from Revolution Brewing! Caught an improv show at The Playground, then we grabbed a six pack of Anti Hero IPA from Revolution, at a Wal Greens no less, I was surprised to see it there.

After my meetings, back at O’Hare I had a Green Line Pale Ale from Goose Island and a Hopbot IPA from Hop City. We sat on the runway for a good while and I’m not driving so I topped off the night with a couple of Sam Adams. It was a good 24 hours, glad I got to have some Revolution brews, see my friends, but I always wish I had more time.

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Mission Brewery just got released in Texas, 32oz cans of greatness! This here is Shipwrecked DIPA coming in at 9.75 ABV. That’s a lot for a giant can of beer, I handled it fine.

Mission Brewery just got released in Texas, 32oz cans of greatness! This here is Shipwrecked DIPA coming in at 9.75 ABV. That’s a lot for a giant can of beer, I handled it fine.

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Hop, hop, hops! Hopothermia double IPA from Alaskan Brewing, Hop A Peel from Atwater, not impressed, and a Double Jack from Firestone Walker that had been sitting for about 9 months.

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Maui Brewing Company’s Coconut Porter. Rad!

Maui Brewing Company’s Coconut Porter. Rad!

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After some moving I ran up to Lakewood Growler, who specialize in Texas only beers, and grabbed a few drinks. Deep Ellums Belgian IPA was really nice, great take on it, then I had Deep Ellums Oak Cliff Coffee Porter which was really great! Then picked up a growler of Live Oaks Hefeweizen. DRINK LOCAL, if you can!