Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries


Ya’ll Want Some Beer?

Nigel ventures South and experiences all phases of the craft beer revolution in America.
Every year the better half and I take a long road trip in spring to see sights that are new and, hopefully, quite a bit warmer than what we have cheap replica handbags in the Midwest. This year was no exception, but with a couple of tweaks. First off, we headed out later than our typical mid-March departure, waiting instead until the end of April to depart. Probably not the best year to …
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Tips For The Great Taste

If you’re making the trip to Madison, here are three places to try.
There’s no shortage of great beer towns in the Midwest these days. Cities big and small have vibrant craft brew scenes, making it kind of best replica handbags pointless to travel multiple hours to attend a brew fest that will feature beers you can easily sample in your local watering hole, or find something of equivalent quality at a nearby brewery.

That being said, the upcoming Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, Wisconsin is as …
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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington Brewing Co. (Alltech)

Nigel gives Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington Brewing Co. (Alltech) 2 mugs.
What does one envision when they think of Kentucky?

Most Beer Dorks would likely say Kentucky Breakfast Stout, one of the best and rarest beers in the Midwest. That’s not a bad answer, but here’s a reminder that Kentucky Breakfast Stout is brewed by our friends at Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, MI … a few hundred miles from the actual state of Kentucky. Associating Kentucky Breakfast Stout with the state of Kentucky is much …
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Baby-Boy’s Buffalo Brewery Visit

Go to hop school at Old First Ward Brewing.
Buffalo, New York, is not an eating town, and it never really seemed to be much of a beer town. But when I got lost and stopped there replica handbags prada on a road trip at the end of June, I found signs that the city might have a bright future.

After taking a wrong turn off the highway, I ended up in South Buffalo, where I saw a sign that said “Gene McCarthy’s Brewery and …
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Rule Number One: Don’t Run Out Of Beer

There are some craft beer bars out there that need to take a refresher course in running a good business.
It’s that time again. No, I’m not talking about summer (which is actually here, in all it’s muggy, mosquito-bitten, sun-burnt glory). Instead, it’s time again to remind a few folks about how popular craft beer has become and to adjust the way they do business accordingly. It seems the people running beer fests got the hint over the last couple of years, but now I’ve got a new group of people integral to the craft …
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Headbutter Barleywine Style Ale, Black Husky

Nigel gives Headbutter Barleywine Style Ale, Black Husky 4 mugs.
Spring brings with it a sense of renewal, which of course leads to the dreaded “spring cleaning.” Out with the old and in with the new, and spring cleaning in Nigel’s case definitely includes the ol’ beer fridge. With our annual spring vacation coming late this year and the promise of an influx of imports from southern beer meccas Asheville and Charleston, the beer fridge spring cleaning ritual took on an added bit of urgency.

A …
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The 50 Biggest Breweries In America, 2013 Edition

Not a lot of surprises on the latest list from the Brewers Association.
The Brewers Association has once again released their list of top breweries in America based on 2013 beer sales volume. Although the list sports a couple of newcomers and some shuffling in the mid ranks, the top 10 remained the same, just like last year. And so, just like last year, I’m supplying some witty comments for each entry, because somebody has to keep these things interesting, right?

Go ahead and check out the BA’s actual …
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