Hyper Dog by Pipeworks Brewing

Craft beer is huge in the greater Chicago, IL area. Ok, huge may be an understatement. There are so many craft breweries in the windy city that brewers really have to do something special to stand out. Pipeworks Brewing is one such beer maker. Their beers are often highly sought after, not only in Chicago, […]

Abraxas (2017) by Perennial Artisan Ales

Now we’re getting somewhere. Every November, Perennial releases a new version of Abraxas, their flagship imperial stout. This beer comes in at 10% ABV and 80 IBU. Perennial labels Abraxas as “an Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Pouring deep brown with a thick head, this beer […]

Dark Star by 450 North Brewing

I recently took a trip to Columbus, IN, where my wife and I lived for about six years after college. Back then, the Simmons Winery didn’t exist until June of 2000. We’re not wine drinkers so we had no interest in this fledgling winery when it opened. We moved away a couple years later but […]

Base Weight by Shared Brewing

Shared Brewing is a “collective of those who work for” Side Project Brewing out of Maplewood, MO, a suburb of St. Louis. Every beer geek has probably heard of Side Project, a brewery started by Cory King, who was at one time a brewer at Perennial Artisan Ales, and started Side Project as, you guessed […]

Believers Brew by Alpha Brewing

For years I shunned the Alpha Brewing Company, a St. Louis brewer that is well known around the city for its unique take on brewing. They have a background in science and generally have beers on tap that are only available in their taproom. They like to use unique ingredients and processes to brew their […]