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Brewery Visit: Keg Grove Brewing

As I walked into Keg Grove Brewing Company, I couldn’t help but notice their taproom felt a little different than any I had previously visited.  There was nothing obviously out of the ordinary about it; I did notice that for mid-afternoon on a Wednesday business was strong, but other than that, I couldn’t quite put…

John S Rhodell Brewery

John Rhodell brewery resides in a beautiful and historic building with a great view of the Illinois river.   It’s a large space in the style of a Scottish pub, and it’s Peoria’s oldest existing Microbrewery; established in 1998.  The longevity of the watering hole undoubtedly is a contributing factor to the quality of its brews….

A Visit to Bearded Owl Brewing

Brewing has been part of the fabric of Peoria, IL since Andrew Eitle established the first brewery there in 1837.  There were over 20 breweries in Peoria at one point.  In fact, the city grew and evolved around the brewing industry and likely wouldn’t be the same today without its beer making and distilling past….

Double Bastard in the Rye

Region: California and/ or Virginia Brewery: Arrogant Brewing Release: 2016 Beer: Double Bastard in the Rye Style: Bourbon barrel aged ale Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 13.5% IBU: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score: 5 Points Review Date: February 2019 Availability: Special release Brewer notes: This beer is a close relative of southern charred: Double Bastard Ale’s bourbon barrel bolstered incarnation.  This one is just as mind…

2018 Abyss Release

Region: Bend, Oregon Brewery: Deschutes Release: 2018 Beer: Abyss Style: American Imperial Stout Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 11.2% IBU: 74 The Barrel Cellar Score: 5 Points Review Date: January 2019 Availability: Special Release every Nov/Dec Brewer notes: Barrel Aging (50%) 12 months in bourbon, new Oregon oak barrels, wine Assessment: The name Abyss must be a nod to both its color and depth of complexity. It pours…