Grand Armory Brewing – Cloudy with a Chance of Hops New England Style Double IPA

Grand Armory Brewing out of Grand Haven, MI is one of those breweries that you always hear so many great things about, but being on the east side of the state, you don’t get much of a chance to try very often. While on my travels around the state, I saw Cloudy with a Chance of Hops on a shelf and picked it up immediately. Being a big fan of NE IPAs, and seeing all the diversity there is out there in the style – this was a must have. Grand Armory does not disappoint – now if only I could get their stuff on the east side more easily!

Find out more about Grand Armory Brewing here: http://www.grandarmorybrewing.com/

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Brewery Vivant’s Tart Side of the Moon – A Tart Imperial Stout?

My mind was kind of blown when I tried Brewery Vivant’s Pumpin Tart, because it took what I liked about pumpkin ales and added that extra twist of tartness. Well, guess what? They’re back at it again and this time it’s a tart imperial stout called “Tart Side of the Moon”. Weighing in at 9.5%, it’s sure to be a doozy.

Find out more about Brewery Vivant @ https://www.breweryvivant.com/

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Odd Side Ales – The Nightman Leaveth Imperial Rye Milk Stout Review

It’s hard to not compare this to Odd Side’s other recent bourbon barrel aged stout – Hazel’s Nuts. While they seem to be very similar on the outside, I found that they were quite different when compared against each other. I enjoyed the break from the bourbon barrel to the rye whiskey barrel, but watch to see which I enjoyed more, and to find out more about Odd Side, check out their site at: oddsideales.com

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Boatyard Brewing’s Hazy Sunset IPA Review

A friend of mine (whatup Dave!) called me from his local bottle shop to let me know that they had this new Boatyard NE Style IPA, and I was anxious to try it. I have never had a beer from Boatyard before, but I know they really started distributing a lot in my area and after this taste of theirs, you better be sure that I’m going to be on the lookout for it in the future.

You can find out more about Boatyard Brewing Co. at their website:
https://boatyardbrewing.com/

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Bell’s Black Note Stout 2017 Review

I’m taking a look at the elusive and exclusive 2017 edition of Bell’s Black Note Stout. This time, topping over 11%, Black Note hits notes of dark chocolate, coffee and dried fruit to … a masterful performance! You can check out more info from Bell’s about Black Note here: https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer/specialty/black-note

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HOMES Brewery – Same Same Different IPA

HOMES Brewery has only been around for a short time, but it’s caused a wave in the Ann Arbor brewing scene. From their minimal yet colorful aesthetic to the risks they take on their taproom menu, it feels like every move by HOMES is a calculated one. Same Same Different is an extension of that, and it’s what I’m sharing with you today.

For more information on HOMES, you can check them out here: http://www.homesbrewery.com

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Odd Side Ales – Hazel’s Nuts

It’s not fall until you see Hazel’s Nuts on the shelves. Don’t worry, you don’t have to notify the authorities, Hazel’s Nuts is a 10% Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and hazelnut from those fine folks at Odd Side Ales.

Check out more from Odd Side at http://oddsideales.com

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Odd Side Ales Dank Frank Juice – a 9.9% Imperial IPA with a Dank Juice Twist

Today I’m getting weird with it, and I’m reviewing Odd Side Ale’s Dank Frank Juice – a 9.9% (just had to get it under 10%, huh?) imperial IPA that has all the charm of Odd Side’s dank juices, with just enough of that bite at the end. Check out more from Odd Side at http://oddsideales.com

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Blackrocks Brewery’s The Murray Project – A 9.2% Imperial IPA that’s as Smooth as Silk

I was really impressed with the first Blackrocks beer I tried, Presque Ale, so when I saw The Murray Project on shelves, I was excited to give them another go. This time around The Murray Project is an Imperial IPA weighing in at 9.2%, will it tickle my fancy once again, or will my experience be soured?

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Wolverine State Brewing’s Massacre 2017 – 14.5% Imperial Dark Lager

Woah, Wolverine State Brewing’s 2017 Massacre weighs in at 14.5%. That… is really strong. When do you decide to stop drinking beer and start drinking bourbon instead? I’m really curious to see how this one will mellow out after some cellaring.

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