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Recent Posts by Brian Skaggs

Garage Project Beer, New Zealand: Try something new!

It’s six o’clock on a crisp, clear evening, four days after the winter solstice. I’m practically skipping into Aro Park, right at the northwest end of Palmer Street in Wellington,

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Garage Project Beer Reviews, Pt. III: Beer/Wine Hybrids, Dark Beers and Mixed Fermentation

The following reviews are meant to complement our Garage Project feature. Beers were mainly consumed in Wellington and other lovely locations around New Zealand, and a few beers might have

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Garage Project Beer Reviews, Pt. II: IPAs

The following reviews are meant to complement our Garage Project feature. Beers were mainly consumed in Wellington and other lovely locations around New Zealand, and a few beers might have

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Garage Project Beer Reviews, Pt. I: Sours, Pilsners, Hoppy and Golden Ales, Saison and Farmhouse

The following reviews are meant to complement our Garage Project feature. Beers were mainly consumed in Wellington and other lovely locations around New Zealand, and a few beers might have

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A Quick One (While He’s Away!): A Beer Trip to San Francisco

Sunday, 1:20 pm:  The San Francisco Baseball Giants were depressingly continuing their early season streak of being down in the first inning while a mostly oblivious crowd of thirsty San

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GREAT AMERICAN BREWERY: Bear Republic | Sonoma County, CA

Come in and have a seat. This may be one of our most genuine breweries out there: its brewer/co-founder—moonlighting as an EMT/high school batting practice pitcher/graphic designer—who has been solely

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29 Beers Reviewed: BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING | Sonoma County, California

Bear Republic brewed over 100 different beers in 2018—about average output over the last few years. Warning: some beers reviewed below might not be currently available. Unfortunately, this is the

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Great Beer: HALF ACRE Shrub Tundra

Do you folks like coffee? Real coffee from the hills of Colombia¹? Then prepare for the ultimate fermentation sanctification when you drink up HALF ACRE’s Shrub Tundra, a deeply satisfying

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Great Beer: Dovetail Hefeweizen

This review, in Skaggsian sonnet, as inspired by Frankie Petrarca (and John Lennon):   Sonnet 20: Here’s another place you can go, where everything flows Lest we talk about beers

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Great Beer: Revolution Rosa Hibiscus Ale

Where do we go from here? How about four point one kilometers northwest of the Mousetrap? It’s walkable and certainly bikeable, especially on a slightly humid yet gorgeous Chicago evening,

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Great Beer: Off Color Troublesome Leipzig-Style Gose

Where do we go from here? The words are coming out all weird! Where are you now, integrity, when I need you? Well, Dear Reader, perhaps I just had the

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Great Beer: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Here’s the ninth and last barrel-aged imperial stout review for 2018. Similar to the actual malt beverage, the story behind GOOSE ISLAND Bourbon County (Brand) Stout is complex, convoluted, and

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