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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!

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Rouges Double Chocolate Stout! Super nice!

Rouges Double Chocolate Stout! Super nice!

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Onesies! We are packing and moving. So here are some beers from the past week or so of packing! Epic brewing Brainless IPA and Escape IPA. Red Hook Pumpkin Porter, Ayinger Oktoberfest, Full Sail LTD, Wasatch Pumpkin Ale, Sierra Nevada Flipside IPA, Czechvar Pilser, Zymaster Series 6 from Anchor Steam and Entwined Ale from Boulevard Brewing. Movers are here first thing in the morning, then my beer fridge and kegorator will have a temp home while we sell this place.

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Played a show in Bryan, TX last night with some great friends and really great bands! Something Fierce, The Hangouts, Hell City Kings and Venomous Maximus were in attendance as we played and I tried out some beers. Hopadillo IPA and Street Love Summer Seasonal from Karbach Brewing were a good introduction to this Houston Brewery!

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Hit 1K on Untappd! Stopped into Holy Grail Pub in Plano after work the other day and had a Salty Lady from Martin House Brewing, Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing and Slow Ride From Oasis Texas Brewing. Topped the day off with Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Unita. Kicking ass!

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Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout from Colorado’s Great Divide Brewing Company. Super smooth and thick.

Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout from Colorado’s Great Divide Brewing Company. Super smooth and thick.

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Picked up a bunch of German and Belgian beers to see if I could get a handle on where these beer styles that I love originated. Weihenstephaner Hefewissbier Dunkel, a dark hefe, was really good and I forgot how much I enjoy a good hefeweizen. Leffe Brune and Leffe Blonde from Belgian were good examples of brown and blonde ales from that part of the world. Warsteiner pilsner, Paulaner Salvator Double Bock and Bitburger Premium Pilsner were also great, clean examples of their styles. It’s nice to see how the American craft brewers take these styles and give them their own spin.

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brewgiehowser:

Franziskaner “Weissbier”, Weihenstephaner “Hefe Weissbier”, and Paulaner “Hefe-Weizen”: Taking a page out of qhrumphf's book and doing a little horizontal tasting of quintessential examples of recognized BJCP styles for palate training. Decided to give 15A a whirl; Weizen / Weissbier. A few weeks ago I visited Midtown Biergarten with my girlfriend and tried Weihenstephaner’s Korbinian Doppelbock and found the inspiration I’d been chasing after all year.

Franziskaner: Light fruity esters and phenols of banana and clove. Wheaty, grainy character present, but well-balanced with esters. Super-light, clean hop character. Undertones of bubblegum. The esters are more prominent on the palate than the nose. Slightly sweet on the front of the palate with a concentration of wheat and bright citrus character. Medium body with a creamy, lively mouthfeel with an effervescent finish.

Weihenstephaner: The most carbonated of the three. Less pronounced esters and phenols than what I found in the Franziskaner example with notes of faint banana and a whisper of clove. Wheaty. No bubblegum presence. Little to no hop presence. Banana and clove character is more pronounced on the palate than the nose, but still less so than the Franziskaner. Echoes of spicy vanilla falling mid palate with a general wheaty-graininess blanketing the palate. Subtle sweet malt character. Undertones of tart citrus. Medium bodied with a minimal creaminess, lively mouthfeel and a light effervescent finish.

Paulaner: The darkest of the three. Minimal to moderate fruity esters and phenols produce the characteristic banana-y clove profile. Getting an Munich-like maltiness that imparts a really mild nuttiness, unique to this beer in my flight. Minimal wheat character compared to the others. More Munich malt character on the palate backed by notes of wheat and mild esters and phenols. Little to no sweetness on the palate. Moderate citrus on the front of the palate with breadiness falling mid palate and a lightly-kilned malt presence falling on the backend. Medium body with moderate creaminess, lively mouthfeel and a lightly effervescent finish.

Verdict: Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, Paulaner. With my previous experiences in the style, I felt the Franziskaner was the most-representative of the style in line with the BJCP. The addition of the Munich-like maltiness in the Paulaner threw me off, something I was not expecting especially after reviewing the BJCP style guidelines. That isn’t to say I didn’t find it enjoyable. It was just unexpected and not something I was looking for. And though the Weihenstephaner was palatable, I felt it lacked the esters and phenol character I enjoy so much about Hefeweizens.

With three distinguished German breweries such as these, it goes without saying (but worth mentioning for those unfamiliar) that these were brewed according to Purity Law.

Nice, I started getting some German beers to get an accurate account of the styles as well. I have a lot to learn my palate sucks.

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Bar stoppage! Headed into Lakewood Growler, who specialize in Texas craft beers, and had a Ranger Creel Oatmeal Pale Ale, then a 512 White IPA! Ran over to World of Beer because they were having a keep the glass night with local brewer Rabbit Hole. Took in a Centennial IPA and a Mike Modano 561 Kolsch, terrific! Then when I got home I kept it local with a bomber of Saint Arnold Amber. DRINK LOCAL!!