Grand Armory Brewing – Sippin’ on Gin Barrel Juice Double IPA

Barrel Aged IPAs don’t seem to always be a big hit, but I don’t know if until today, I’ve tried a Double IPA aged in Gin Barrels. Today, I’m taking a look at the appropriately named “Sippin’ on Gin Barrel Juice” double IPA from Grand Armory Brewing in Grand Haven, Michigan. So does gin barrel aging work with a double IPA? Watch to find out!

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Upper Hand Brewery – An IPA from the UP Division of Bell’s

Upper Hand Brewery might not be a brewery that you’ve heard of, but they have a heck of a pedigree. Upper Hand is a division of Bell’s and was founded by Larry Bell himself, with the mission of trying to brew beers with a lot of personality of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. So since this is an IPA, is it going to be like Bell’s Two Hearted? Watch to find out more!

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Arbor Brewing Company – Violin Monster Spiced Double Stout

Violin Monster is Arbor Brewing Company’s Fall Seasonal Stout. I’ve never had Violin Monster and I think part of has to do with this fantastic label redesign. I’m happy to see now that Arbor is putting much of it’s beer in cans because I feel like that’s helping on a couple fronts – it’s helping to let everyone know how fresh the beer is, and I feel like it’s also helping with the consistency. What does that have to do with my review of the beer? Watch and find out!

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Oddside Ales – Caged Wisdom Brut IPA

I don’t know how many of these are going to come out, or if we’ll see a Brut IPA explosion like we saw in the last two years with the New England style, but the exciting thing about Brut IPAs are that they’re new, and they’re popping up all over the place. This time I have Oddside Ales Brut IPA, Caged Wisdom (Yes, Arrested Development fans…) so with this being only my second Brut IPA, I only have Brewery Vivant’s Champion Brut to compare it to, so what’s different? Watch and find out!

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Ascension Brewing – Milennials Imperial Berliner Weisse with Sour Patch Kids!

Ascension Brewing Company just celebrated their 3rd anniversary this past weekend (September 29th, 2018) and to commemorate the event, they had 4 beer releases – two version of “Just Toorf”, a Rye Barrel Aged Gorilla Juice (weighing in at a whopping 19% abv) and the beer I have here today – Milennials. Milennials is a 7% Imperial Berliner-Weisse that’s been brewed with Sour Candy (aka sour patch kids), and while I abstained from trying it at their anniversary release, I’m totally looking forward to trying it on today’s video!

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Jolly Pumpkin – Pure Speculation

This right here… is an anomaly – it is the first ever non-sour IPA that Jolly Pumpkin has ever released. If you don’t believe me that it’s a non-sour IPA and that it’s from Jolly Pumpkin, you can take a gander at the label for yourself. This was released exclusively at Jolly Pumpkin’s Dexter Taproom during the Zwanze Day 2018 celebration, which yours truly attended. Keep your eyes open for my first ever Beer Fest Vlog at Zwanze Day, which should be coming out in the next few days. In the meantime, watch this review and get my impressions on Jolly Pumpkin’s first ever non-sour IPA!

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New Holland – Banana Coconut Dragon’s Milk Reserve BBA Stout

The third in New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk Reserve line for 2018 is Banana and Coconut. I have to admit I was a little skeptical when I heard that banana was involved. Much like my opinion on coconut, bananas can be good when done right, but there’s a fine line between being good and too much, which will almost always put you squarely into “yuck” territory for me. Well today I’ll be taking a look at Banana Coconut Dragon’s Milk Reserve, which is New Holland’s premiere bourbon barrel aged stout. With a much classier new label design, does the beer inside match the facelift that was provided on the outside? Watch and find out more!

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