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Hop Butcher’s Tavern Cut

Tonight I’m having the wonderful Tavern Cut by Hop Butcher. This is one of the beers from them I enjoy the most. You really get the orange juice aroma and taste with this. At the end, the bitter white grapefruit notes hit you and there is a slight bitter aftertaste. This is a 7.5% ABV Double IPA with Citra and Vic Secret hops. As with everything Hop Butcher puts out, it’s fresh. This was canned 3 days ago and to be honest, these usually don’t last that long on either the shelf of your local bottle shop or in my fridge to ever see how they would be after a few months.

If you come across Tavern Cut, I highly recommend it if you are a fan of Double/Hazy IPA’s. For those reading this outside of the Chicago area, the name comes from the way we cut pizza. In squares! This is a thin crust pizza known as a tavern cut pizza, and yes real Chicagoans eat thin crust, not the stuff we sell to tourists. Don’t get me wrong, I’d kill a deep dish Lou Malnoti’s any time it’s put in front of me, but if I had my way, the thin crust is in!

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I’m going to try to post some quick reviews periodically on YouTube and tonight is my first attempt. I look like a fucking beached whale and Ruby already told me my angle was all off. I’ll work on that! The beer is Float On from Begyle and I enjoyed it a lot.

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January 13 Episode Available Now!

The latest episode is available now. This week, I’ll have a Duvel that was way too over-carbonated! I’ll talk about some great beers from Saugatuck, Hop Butcher, Haymarket, and Tangled Roots.

I’ll share my opinions on my least favorite F-Word, Founders and there are plenty of Jagoffs this week!

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Claire’s Thirsty Ale Haymarket Beer Co.

Tonight I’m having the terrific Claire’s Thirsty Ale from the Haymarket Beer Company in Bridgman, Michigan and Chicago. This is an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels and with raspberries. This is absolutely fantastic! I didn’t get a lot of the barrel aged and raspberry in the aroma, but the taste is one of a kind. I get a ton of the raspberry in this which I love. I definitely get more of the fruit here than I do the bourbon but overall I love this. Sometimes the barrel aging overpowers whatever else is going on with the beer, but Claire’s Thirsty strikes a great balance between the two. I picked this up this afternoon from Haymarket and it was canned 7 days ago, so this will probably get better over time. I felt the carbonation could have been a little more, but that’s minor compared to how great this beer is. This would be the perfect dessert beer, I’m just glad I have 3 more of these to test my theory out. If you see Claire’s Thirsty Ale, grab it! I gave it a 9.4 on a 1-10 scale.

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Cue Up The Social D

I was wrong. Yesterday on the podcast I stated that Jagoff Josh Hawley gave his fist salute as he was leaving the Senate. That is what I initially saw. I have learned he was entering the Senate which is a big difference and I’m sorry for screwing it up. He’s still a Jagoff though.

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01/07/21 Episode Is Out!

The latest episode is available wherever you listen to podcasts. This week, the Beer In Front is La Doble from Casa Humilde. This was outstanding! I also had good beers from Servaes, More, and 4 Hands. I have plenty to say about what happened Wednesday in DC so if you are allergic to F-Bombs, this might not be the show for you.

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4 Hands Brewing Absence Of Light

Today I took my Lactaid pill and am having Absence Of Light from 4 Hands in St Louis, Missouri. This is a Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout. I’m lactose intolerant so I usually try to avoid this type of beer, not because I want to……

I picked this up a few months ago in a mix pack supporting The Chicago Brewseum. This is a terrific beer that frankly I’m pissed I didn’t try before. The aroma is terrific and I really get the peanut butter notes, maybe a tick of chocolate but the peanut butter is the dominant smell for me. The taste is just as good, and I get a good balance with the chocolate and peanut butter here. Nice smooth aftertaste as well, Absence Of Light is a winner, grab this as a nice change of pace from the norm!

I know for me, sometimes I get in a beer rut where I’ll limit myself to the styles I know and enjoy, I’m glad I branched out and had this one. I feel it’s worth your while.

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New Episode Out Wednesday

The 41st episode of Beer In Front will come out Wednesday. This week, instead of talking about an old school classic I’ll be featuring a brewery you’ve heard me mention a lot. Casa Humilde makes some really good beers here in Chicago and I’ll be having La Doble as the Beer In Front.

Everything that I’ve had from Casa Humilde so far I’ve really enjoyed and am looking forward to having La Doble for the first time! La Doble is a Double IPA made with Sabro & Azacca hops. This clocks in at 9.3% ABV and should be another winner from them!

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Wings Have Fallen Servaes Brewing

Tonight I’m having the Session NEIPA Wings Have Fallen from Servaes Brewing Company in Shawnee, Kansas. Control Tammie went to visit family and thanks to @eleventhreeKC she provided a list of places there for her to try. One place that caught her eye was Servaes Brewing Company and she brought me back a few to try for myself.

Wings Have Fallen is a 5% Session NEIPA and I’m digging this a lot! They dry hop this with Sabro, Citra, and Cashmere hops and it has a very nice aroma and flavor to it. This is a well balanced beer in that one component doesn’t overpower the other. For me, the carbonation could have been a bit higher, but that’s just me. I would have this one again, but from reading their website, Servaes does not have a “Flagship” beer and they always rotate and are creating new things. I’m looking forward to trying the other one I have Faster You Fly and next time in in Kansas City, Servaes will no question be a spot I will visit!

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More Brewing Company Partially Cloudy

For the 1st beer of 2021, I’m having Partially Cloudy from More Brewing. This is a dry hopped lager and is fantastic! They use the same hops on this as they do in Burst Of Sunshine which was in my Top beers of 2020 so I was excited about trying this one. This has a perfect light golden color to it. The aroma is decent at first and to me fades away. The taste is outstanding here, you get the combination of the Amarillo, Citra, and the Motueka hops with the clean lager backbone. Great carbonation here and this has a nice clean finish. Partially Cloudy is listed at 5.1% ABV and is easy drinking, this is no doubt one you should try. It should please the hop heads and Lager fans as well. 2021 already is looking up after having this as the first beer of the year!