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Half Acre Brewing Co Vallejo IPA

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Vallejo from Half Acre. This is their Summer IPA and it is a good one! Vallejo pours a pale golden color, has a aroma to me of a dank, piney combination. The taste is the same, it’s a good combination of flavors, but for me, I get mostly pine with a little grapefruit. There is good carbonation here but not over the top, Vallejo finishes a bit dry with a little bitterness on the back end. I’m drinking this out of a can and was canned 8 days before I’m drinking this. Vallejo is a 6.7 % ABV West Coast IPA and is a good one, I’m glad it’s back for the Summer!

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Pipeworks Brewing Alla Salute

I’m a sucker for an Italian Pilsner so when I saw that Pipeworks was putting one out in collaboration with famed Chicago grocer and sandwich royalty J.P. Graziano, I had to grab this one! Alla Salute does not disappoint. It has a nice pale gold color, good aroma, and the taste is terrific. It’s slightly more malt forward than other Italian Pilsners but balances out nicely at the end with the hops. Alla Salute is nicely carbonated and has a clean finish that makes me want more! I grabbed this directly from Pipeworks and according to their website it is sold out, so hopefully you can find this one around town and if you see it, pick it up! I only wish I had a damn sandwich to go with Alla Salute!

There will be a new episode of the podcast out tomorrow. To catch up on past shows…..

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Uncle John’s Melded

Tonight I’m having a cider from Uncle John’s called Melded. On the latest episode of the podcast, Cider Brian of Chicago was discussing this one in detail and he sold me on this! Melded is a terrific cider that has a wonderful flavor from the blend of American, French, and English cider apples. It has a nice tart bite to it, but it is not overwhelming at all, it balances well with the sweetness from the apples. Melded is lightly carbonated and has a good dry finish. If you are looking for a change of pace from a beer, I would definitely recommend this one. It’s sold in 500ML bottles with an ABV of 6.5 % and is around $6. I want to thank Brian for suggesting Melded, it’s a winner! To hear Brian and other amazing people from around the world talk about their Beer In Front, check out the latest episode of the podcast below or wherever you listen.

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Vaguely Stylish Argyle Midwest Coast

Tonight I’m having a West Coast IPA from Midwest Coast in Chicago called Vaguely Stylish Argyle. This is an excellent beer! It has a wonderful color, the aroma is spot on as well. The taste is terrific! They use Centennial, Cascade, and Chinook hops which really blend well with the malts here for a great tasting beer. Argyle has 62 IBU so it is a throwback to the IPA’s of old and I’m kicking myself for not trying their beers before. Thanks to Virginia from Beermiscuous for the recommendation!

The can design is brilliant as well, I love the matte black Argyle pattern and the color selection with the red, Chicago blue, and copper really pop. I love how they put on the back the hop percentage they used for this one.

The latest episode of the podcast is out with a Rauchbier from Dovetail and a chat with Curt from the Half Hour Bros.

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Casa Humilde Mangazo

I know I said that I was going to stop the Hazy IPA’s for a while, but one of my favorite breweries, Casa Humilde released their Mangazo one with Mango so my arm was twisted….

Mangazo is a Hazy IPA with Citra and Amarillo hops with added Mango. This is a 7.5% beer that is another solid effort from Casa Humilde! It looks like an orange juice pouring with a very hazy orange/golden color. The aroma for me is all mango but the taste is excellent. Really nice mango flavor along with the citrus from the Citra and Amarillo hops, there is a nice bitterness to this that I wasn’t expecting in a Hazy IPA. For me, this drinks more like an IPA than a Hazy, which isn’t always a bad thing. Casa Humilde keeps making solid beers and like I mentioned before, they are one of my favorite Chicago breweries. Whatever they release, I’m going to try it!

New episode of the podcast will drop Wednesday with Part 1 of my interview with Lauren from the Beer’d Al Podcast. This was so much fun, we had a great time talking for both of our shows! Part 2 will come out Friday!

To catch up on past episodes, you can always search most podcast directories and you’ll find me!

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More Brewing Company K.I.S.S.

Tonight I’m having K.I.S.S. from More out in Huntley, Illinois. This is a Double Dry Hopped IPA with Citra and El Dorado hops. Like everything More puts out, K.I.S.S. is really good beer. You get a great citrus/fruit flavor profile from the hops, the aroma for me was a little lacking but that could and is probably just me. If you enjoy the Hazy/NE Style of IPA, this will be up your alley and is a fine beer. Control Tammie stopped there and grabbed me a mix pack of 4 different selections from them and I’m looking forward to the others in this pack.

I think I’m going to jump off the hazy train for a while. There are so many out there now that for me, it’s hard to stand out above the crowd when most are so similar. The K.I.S.S. is a really good beer, but maybe it’s time for me to step back and recalibrate the taste buds so I could appreciate this one more than I did.

This week, I’ll be talking with Rob from the Fat, Drunk, and Stupid podcast. He’s a good listen and is worth your time! For past shows, you can always check out the podcast wherever mediocre podcasts are available.

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The Percolator Alarmist Brewing

Tonight I’m having a great stout from Alarmist in Chicago. The Percolator is an Imperial Coffee Stout and this is a good one! This has a great aroma of the malt and coffee and for me, the sweetness of the malt is stronger. The taste is great, nice balance here with a good coffee aftertaste. The Percolator weighs in at 9% so you get a little boozy taste here but not enough that it overpowers anything else. I really enjoy this one and will pick it up again when i see it.

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Perennial Artisan Ales Saison De Lis

Wow! I’m really enjoying the beer I’m having tonight! Saison De Lis comes from Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis and I’m sold on this one. This has Chamomile as an adjunct and that adds a nice touch to this Saison. This has a lovely gold color to it and nice aroma. The Chamomile with the Saison yeast blends well together and has a slightly tart taste to it. This is really a light, delicious beer. Saison De Lis is a 5% ABV and I could see myself having more than one of these. I like Saisons, but honestly I usually find other beers to grab when I’m out so I miss out on these. This style and beer from Perennial needs to be added to the rotation. I liked this so much from the aroma and pour I didn’t even grab a picture of it!

If you haven’t already, check out the latest episode of the podcast featuring an interview with Liz from The Beer And The Baker!

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Black Is Beautiful Revolution Brewing

Tonight I’m having the last of the 4 pack I picked up in the Summer from Revolution. This is aging nicely, it seems to have mellowed out a bit and is very smooth for a 10% Imperial Stout. It’s funny, after so many barrel aged stouts and stouts with different adjuncts I almost had to recalibrate my taste buds at first since it’s been a while that I’ve had just a regular stout. Their version of Black Is Beautiful has a really nice aroma and flavors from the malts and oats and really is a good stout. The carbonation was a bit thin for me but overall I’m a fan of this one. Black Is Beautiful is hosted by Weathered Souls in San Antonio, Texas and 100% of the proceeds from Revolution’s version goes to the great My Block My Hood My City group.

In case you missed it last night, the latest episode of the podcast is out and is a great one featuring a chat with Liz from The Beer And The Baker

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Chapman Crafted Beer Permanent Waves

Tonight I’m having Permanent Waves. This is a Mexican Style Lager from Chapman Crafted Beer out in Orange, California. Oscar from The Everything Show sent this one out to me as I have enjoyed the others from Chapman I’ve had from him. Permanent Waves is a classic lager, it has a great pale golden color, nice aroma, wonderful taste and is well balanced. This has a nice smooth finish to it and is everything you’d want a lager to be. I’d much rather have this outside in the summer having a BBQ than in 12 degree Chicago weather in February so I’d imagine this would be a great summer beer! Permanent Waves is listed at 4.8% ABV with 11 IBU’s. I’d grab this one if it was available here in Chicago like I would all their beers! Thanks Oscar!

In case you missed it, on Twitter I’m running a contest to give away some Beer In Front Swag. Follow me on Twitter @beerinfront and tag me in a photo of your Beer In Front with the hashtag #BeerInFront and Tuesday the 2/16 I’ll randomly draw a winner and send out a pint glass and stickers, etc.