Creston Brewery – Bokonon NE IPA

Bokonon is the first beer I’ve had from Creston Brewery in Grand Rapids. I have had a can of their Czech style Pilsner in my fridge for a month or so now, but I felt like an NE IPA might be the more interesting choice. A 7% NE IPA brewed with Mosaic and Citra hops sounds like it could hit the spot. So do I flip, or does it flop? Watch to see!

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Founders Brewing – Barrel Runner Rum Barrel Aged Mosaic IPA

Barrel Runner is the 4th of Founder’s Barrel Aged series of beers in 2018, and this time it’s not a stout (KBS), a scotch ale (Backwoods Bastard), or a Red IPA (Dank Wood), but it is another IPA – and it’s not bourbon barrel aged either.  This time they went all out with a mosaic hopped IPA aged in rum barrels to give it a bit of a tropical, spiced taste.  Will Barrel Runner make you want to hide your treasure?  Is the eye patch included with the 4 pack or bomber?  Watch and see!

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Founders – Double Trouble Imperial IPA 2018

In it’s first appearance since 2014, Double Trouble is a limited release Imperial IPA from Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I’ve got it here for you today!

Founders describes it as “An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops will get you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front pair with a malt-balanced backbone and a smooth, bitter finish.”

Well I’ll just have to see about that for myself, won’t I?

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Founders Brewing Company – Dank Wood 2018 – 3rd of the Barrel Aged Series

Founder’s Dank Wood is the 3rd in their Barrel Aged series for 2018, and for that third release, they went with a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Red IPA. It’s a bourbon barrel aged version of their 2017 release – reDANKulous, which as a red IPA, it should be right in my wheel house, as far as IPAs go.

Founder’s commercial description for Dank Wood is: “What do you get when a big, bold imperial red IPA meets an oak bourbon barrel? A palate stunner that’ll send your senses spinning or, as we like to call it, Dankwood. Rich caramel notes emerge from the depths of the IPA, highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity. A dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper, Dankwood is the perfect alchemy of wood and hops.”

Where does it fall in the series so far? Watch and see.

Links to the other barrel aged releases for 2018:

Backwoods Bastard:

The Barrel Aged 2018 Playlist:

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Brewery Vivant – Lost Minds, a Tart IPA?

Continuing part of their art of the tart series, Lost Minds is their take on the Tart IPA, following in the footsteps of Pumpkin Tart and Tart Side of the Moon (a tart stout – catch my review here: ( )

I loved how upended those two styles, so what do I think of their tart IPA? Watch and find out!

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Mitten Brewing Company – Country Strong

The Mitten Brewing Company in Grand Rapids is probably one of my favorite breweries to hang out in, every time I’m on the west side of the state, I make it a point to stop in and check out what’s on tap. I was really surprised and happy when I was able to get my hands on Country Strong, their first commercially distributed release. Country Strong is a 7.2% American IPA that captures a lot of what I like in an IPA. What are those? Watch and find out!

Find out more about The Mitten Brewing Company at their site:

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Founders Brewing Company – Backwoods Bastard 2018 Review

It was only about a week and a half ago that Founders released KBS nationwide, and we’ve already got the second release of their Barrel Aged Series – Backwoods Bastard. While this time around, Backwoods Bastard is a year round release rather than a limited edition, how does it stack up against it’s 2017 counterpart that was released only about 6 months prior? Well if that’s actually a question that’s been keeping you up at night, you’re in luck! I’m not only reviewing 2018’s Backwoods Bastard, but I’m conducting a vertical tasting up against the 2017 variety!

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Jaden James Brewery – Monkey Butter Porter Review

Reviewing beer, I try a lot of different types of beer. I feel like one of the most overpromised and under delivered beer flavors is peanut butter. Jaden James Monkey Butter Porter (aka Peanut Butter Porter) is one of the first porters that I’ve had that puts exactly what you get in the beer on it’s cans. Watch this video for my full rundown of one of Michigan’s best porters.

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Founders Brewing Company – KBS 2018 – The First Barrel Aged Series Release of the Year!

KBS is the first in Founder’s Barrel aged series of 2018. We know the next release will be Backwoods Bastard, which will become year-round after it’s release, but the rest of the Barrel Aged Series are unknowns. I picked this up, today – March 6th, so this review is from a bottle that’s as fresh as possible. KBS week started on March 5th, and will be rolling out after a limited taproom release so look for it soon!

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Brewery Vivant – Wizard Burial Ground – Put on your Robe and Wizard Hat

I’m back at it again with another from Brewery Vivant, and this time it’s a doozy. Wizard Burial Ground is their limited, once a year release and they really try to blow the doors off the sucka with it. This is a bourbon barrel aged belgian style quad that will make you feel like you’ve just been struck by a lightening bolt. Weighing in at 11.8% for the 2017 release, don’t be surprised if it casts polymorph on you and transforms you into a drunken version of yourself.

Check out more about Brewery Vivant at their website:

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