Dogfish Head Hellhound on my Ale – Day 62


Dogfish Head brews unique beers.  In fact, their motto says it all; “Off-centered ales for off-centered people.”  Sam Calagione, the Founder and President of Dogfish Head has been brewing crazy creations since 1995.


This is how far I got…and then the Dogfish Head website decided not to work.  Or at least work as quickly as when Dial-Up was all the rage.  And that was it for me and my 365 days.  I was all prepared to write about Robert Johnson and how he sold his soul to the devil in order to play the blues.  And the unique Dogfish flavors,…

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Terrapin Pumpkin – Day 58


I love football season!  The weather begins to change and cools down to bearable temperature.  The leaves begin to change and take on gorgeous shades of orange, red, and yellow.  High school marching bands practice in open fields with spray painted lines.  And gambling is just around every corner.

This year I am in a fantasy football league where craft beer that isn’t found regionally makes up the winner’s pot.  I am also in a Pick ‘Em league where a winner is declared each week.  I won the first week of the season and with a $2 entry fee…

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Fat Head’s Bumbleberry – Day 53


Theme bars and restaurants seem to me to be popping up everywhere lately.  I know that this isn’t a new concept and some theme locations have managed to pull off their themes with huge success – take the Hard Rock Cafe, with locations world-wide.  But I think there has been some major reaching lately, at least in Cleveland.  Some themes have found success and others; we will have to wait and see.

Yesterday, we went with some friends to a new brewery/bar downtown.  The theme of this bar is bicycles and local beer.  We’ve been hearing some mixed reviews.  People in…

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The Bruery Autumn Maple – Day 45


Yesterday, we had one of my favorite fall weather beers.  Autumn Maple by the Bruery is a delicious beer.  And unlike some other autumn beers which use pumpkins in their brewing process, the Bruery uses yams.

The word “yam” makes me giggle.  I don’t know why, it just seems like a funny word.  So randomly, my friends and I started creating “yam” songs and “yam” places.  Here are some of our favorites (after spending a good hour or more of carefully crafting yammy goodness).  Yes, we spent almost the entire night laughing about yams.  Every time we dropped it for a bit, yams just crept…

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Short’s Brewing Key Lime Pie – Day 41


Short’s Brewing is located in northern Michigan.  If you haven’t checked out the offerings by this brewery, or haven’t sampled their beers, you definitely should.  They don’t have a large distribution area.  We don’t even get it here in Cleveland.  But if you can find some through a trade, make sure they are fresh and then try a bunch of flavors.  You won’t be disappointed.

Shorts takes risks, especially with their Specialty Beers.  Not only do they brew Key Lime Pie, which I will be reviewing today, but they also have other unique flavors.  Some I’ve sampled and…

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Southern Tier Pumking – Day 39


I have a grammar obsession.  Mostly,  my obsession concerns random apostrophes.  I can’t stand driving past a sign that claims, “Puppy’s for Sale.”  Really?!?  What do the puppies own?  And it doesn’t stand for “puppy is” either.  Using your and you’re incorrectly also drives me crazy.  I’m not sure why I have this problem, but I know I’m not the only one.  My current obsession is with the overusage of “whenever” instead of “when,” and when people leave off the “ly” in adverbs.

The Great Typo Hunt is a book chronicling the life of two guys who drive across America…

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Rivertown Pumpkin Ale – Day 37


I just got home from a high school football game.  I love this time of year.  The drum line always makes me think of fall and the autumn smell/beautiful weather that comes along with it.  A pumpkin ale sounded like a perfect option for tonight’s beer.

One of my good friends just got hired as a head brewer at Rivertown Brewing out near Cincinnati, Ohio.  I can’t wait to drive down there for a visit sometime in the near future.  Maybe Christmas Break.  Anyway, Rivertown often brews sours.  And their Pumpkin Ale falls into that category as well.

Rivertown Pumpkin Ale

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Dogfish Head Fort – Day 35

Today is the first long night in a week of long nights.  I got home a little after 9:00 tonight.  Thursday will be similar. On Friday, I may not get home until after 10:00.  I hate when I have weeks like this.  I would much rather have one long night a week for the entire month, than an entire week of late nights and then 3 weeks off.  I don’t eat, I can’t exercise, and I just want to go to bed when I get home.

So when I got home tonight, Steve suggested we open our bottle of Fort. …

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Crabtree Peachtree Cezanne Saison – Day 29


Sometimes, no matter how hard you search, there is no information available on the internet.  This beer falls into that category.  On the  Crabtree website, the only Cezanne series beer with information is their Orange Blossom.  There are no ratings of a Peachtree Saison on Beer Advocate.  Rate Beer has 5 ratings, but I’m not sure which version any of them sampled, as it isn’t listed.  When I searched for images, the only images that are found are for the Peachtree aged in Zinfandel barrels.  Our bottle was aged in Pinot Noir barrels according to the label.  Actually, the label states…

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Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Day 26


Pumpkin ales seem to be quite the controversy these days.  Clearly, as breweries release their pumpkin beers earlier and earlier in the fall and even the summer, it is obvious to the consumer that real pumpkin isn’t actually being used.  In fact, canned pumpkin is used in many pumpkin beers in order to distribute them during the fall season.

The question is, whose fault is this?  This question is close to, “what came first, the chicken or the egg?”  Is it the distributor’s fault for pushing the brewer to make beer early so they can be the first on the…

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