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The Sour Note Brewing by Dark Saison With Cardamom

Leonard P. is drinking a Dark Saison With Cardamom by The Sour Note Brewing at 18th Street Brewery

My first from 18th Street's side project/sister brewery. Not bad; the cardamom is very faint but it's got a nice overall sour brown vibe.

Purchased at 18th Street Brewery

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Burn 'Em Brewing by Pale Alement

Leonard P. is drinking a Pale Alement by Burn 'Em Brewing at Blue Chip Casino

Perfectly fine pale ale made by a brewery a stone's throw from this here casino. I wouldn't cross the country for it but it's good.

Purchased at Blue Chip Casino

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St. Peter’s Brewery Co. by Cream Stout

Leonard P. is drinking a Cream Stout by St. Peter’s Brewery Co. at Logan Square

A perfectly fine stout, unlike a lot of English stouts more hoppy than malty. Good medium sweetness and a smooth creaminess. Well done!

Purchased at Red Star Food and Liquor

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Deschutes Brewery by Swivelhead Red

Leonard P. is drinking a Swivelhead Red by Deschutes Brewery at Crown Liquors

It's a red IPA, because why not? I'll try anything once. It's sweet and grainy like a rye, and not really as hoppy as I expected. Not bad.

Purchased at Crown Liquors

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Dugges Bryggeri by Tropic Punch Ale

Leonard P. is drinking a Tropic Punch Ale by Dugges Bryggeri at Logan Square

Oh, man, this is delicious. Just what the label implies, sour ale with a tart bite at the end that tastes like a less sweet Hawaiian Punch.

Purchased at The Beer Temple

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Burnt City Brewing by Balloon Boy Farmhouse Wheat Ale

Leonard P. is drinking a Balloon Boy Farmhouse Wheat Ale by Burnt City Brewing at Reno

This is a tough one. It's got a little funkiness, and it's very effervescent and crisp, but the grainy wheat flavor overwhelms everything.

Purchased at Reno

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Fort Point Beer Company by KSA

Leonard P. is drinking a KSA by Fort Point Beer Company at Flat Iron Saloon

A light refreshing kölsch, crystal clear and smooth, with enough flavor to stand out a bit from the crowd. Perfect farewell-to-summer beer.

Purchased at Flat Iron Saloon

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North Coast Brewing Company by Brother Thelonious

Leonard P. is drinking a Brother Thelonious by North Coast Brewing Company at Flat Iron Saloon

One of my all-time favorites, but I'm just now checking it in for then first time. Rich, smooth Belgian with deep caramel color. Delicious.

Purchased at Flat Iron Saloon

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Beer Foodie (Level 4) Earned the Beer Foodie (Level 4) badge!

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company by Spastic Winged Creature IPA

Leonard P. is drinking a Spastic Winged Creature IPA by Half Moon Bay Brewing Company at Albany Taproom

I've gotten really into New England IPAs lately, and this one is a really fine example. Hugely fruity nose but mellows into a dry clean hop.

Purchased at Albany Taproom

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The Lost Abbey by Genesis of Shame

Leonard P. is drinking a Genesis of Shame by The Lost Abbey at Albany Taproom

Very strong farmhouse funk at the back end of this one, but preceded by a smooth peach flavor and a surprisingly satiny body. Very tasty.

Purchased at Albany Taproom

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Trumer Privatbrauerei by Trumer Pils

Leonard P. is drinking a Trumer Pils by Trumer Privatbrauerei at West Berkeley

I can't believe I've never had a Trumer Pils before. A pretty good German-American pilsner, clean and crisp and smooth, not too malty.

Purchased at Safeway

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Placerville Brewing Company by Dirty Vanilla

Leonard P. is drinking a Dirty Vanilla by Placerville Brewing Company at Placerville Brewing Co.

Not actually a beer qua beer, but a blend of strong blonde ale and stout. Pretty rich with undercurrents of chocolate & vanilla. Not bad!

Purchased at Placerville Brewing Co.

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Stone Brewing by Stone Enjoy By 12.26.14 IPA

Leonard P. is drinking a Stone Enjoy By 12.26.14 IPA by Stone Brewing at Lakeshore Lodge & Spa

Ha! Take that, Stone! I didn't enjoy this by December 26th of 2014 at all! I'm drinking it two and a half years later just to spite you!

Purchased at BevMo!

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Mad River Brewing Company by Everyone Gose Mad

Leonard P. is drinking an Everyone Gose Mad by Mad River Brewing Company at Lakeshore Lodge & Spa

Not a bad gose, with a kick of salt and sour at the end, but the decision to go with a strong wheat base hurts it; it's way too malty.

Purchased at Safeway

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Ruhstaller by Sacramento Dirt Thai Pepper IPA

Leonard P. is drinking a Sacramento Dirt Thai Pepper IPA by Ruhstaller at Lakeshore Lodge & Spa

A real hardbody black IPA with a strong spine and lots of flavor. Alas, that flavor is "spicy", not my cup of beer tea, but good effort.

Purchased at Nugget Market

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