Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries


Latest Reviews

Double Dry Hopped pseudoSue
Toppling Goliath
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer
Modus Vivendi
Wild Beer Co.
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer
Robinsons Brewery
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer
Golden Nugget
Toppling Goliath
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer

Outdoor Winter Tippling Tips

Stay safe from the pandemic and stay warm with these winter patio drinking tactics.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious threat to people’s lives and livelihood. It’s posing an even bigger threat to the existence of your neighborhood brewpub. It’s up to us beer dorks to do what we can to help keep these vibrant and critical pieces of the independent beer scene alive while at the same time keeping ourselves and our neighbors safe.

Obviously the safest way to support your local brewery is to buy beer to-go or …
full article »

Double Dry Hopped pseudoSue, Toppling Goliath

Nigel gives Double Dry Hopped pseudoSue, Toppling Goliath 5 mugs.
Seems like only yesterday when I reviewed my last American craft beer. In fact, it would be yesterday if I’d spent the past two years in a coma, but as far as I can recall that didn’t happen. It’s been two actual calendar years… or, to use current pop lingo, “it’s literally been two years”. Two incredibly chaotic, whirlwind years that were made much more tolerable thanks to the continued growth, diversity, …
full review »


Craft brewer sellouts become as tone-deaf and underhanded as their new overlords.
At first I didn’t think I needed to talk about this, since a couple of weeks ago the fabulous folks at A Full Pint brilliantly mocked the recent spate of “news stories” cropping up in which former craft breweries recently purchased by AB-InBev are bemoaning how they no longer get the respect of true beer lovers even though after selling out everyone is crapping rainbows and unicorns at their shiny, now well-funded brewing facility.

But after …
full article »

Great Taste Eve

Check out the burgeoning Madison beer scene the night before the best fest in country.
Holy fuck balls (is that one word or two?), it’s already Great Taste of the Midwest week. In case you live under a rock on the moon with your head up your ass, the Great Taste is one of the largest and the best craft beer festivals in the country, if not the world. What makes it so damn great isn’t the ginormous selection of brews from across the Midwest, but it’s one of the …
full article »

Good Beer Makes Good Conversation

The effects of drinking beer worth talking about.
So I’m back to playing softball again this year in a futile attempt to get out there and interact with the rest of society. While both my playing and social interactions have been miserable failures (I hit into a triple play—in fucking rec league softball—and everyone on the team thinks my name is Dan), I have been able to vicariously observe what camaraderie looks and sounds like by tailing my teammates to our sponsor bar …
full article »

The Beers of Walmart

The largest retailer in the world now has its own line of beers.
So apparently Walmart has their own private-label brand of beers now. There’s nothing groundbreaking here, both in the approach (the stock lineup of IPA, pale ale, amber, and wheat/wit is about as cutting edge as NBA-finals-are-rigged conspiracy theories) or marketing ingenuity (Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have had private-label brands for well over a decade, and even relatively lower-entry chains like HyVee have had private-label stuff for several years), but it’s still gotten more than …
full article »

Spaceman, Brewfist

Nigel gives Spaceman, Brewfist 3 mugs.
Considering it’s been a full year since Nigel last wrote a review for this fine website, I feel the best way to start my first review of 2016 is to recap my many adventures from 2015:

• My annual spring vacation involved 4 weeks in a hotel in Northwest Indiana, where it was cold and snowy and wasn’t a vacation at all because it was a required business trip in Northwest Indiana.

• I put on 15,000 …
full review »

Drinkin’ And Thinkin’

Beer Dorks News

Want to know how healthy the craft beer industry is? As always, look to Portland. Craft pioneer Bridgeport announces sudden closure, adding to a growing list of PDX casualties.
Did Anheuser-Busch Chicago offer their shit beer to Cody Parkey before his missed field goal? Because that may explain why he "accidentally" biffed it.
Chicago now has the most breweries of any city in the country. Other things Chicago has the most of: murders, mobsters, and Ditkas.
Trying to spin it positive, BA releases end of year graphic. Only 5% growth in the craft sector when nearly 1000 new breweries opened? That's a collapse waiting to happen.
R.I.P. Tallgrass... another casualty as the regional/national craft beer market continues to get squeezed.
Wait... Constellation Brands cut all of the Ballast Point and Funky Buddha sales staff? They merged it with their Corona/Modelo staff?? We're SHOCKED!!!
Pizza Beer founder crying about failure of company, blames everyone else. Reminder, the beer tasted like vomit. Try having better ideas or making better products so you're not a failure.
It's Bud Light so doesn't really matter, but we expect this beer to be sitting around for awhile.
Indiana brewery to open with controversial beer names to "get the conversation going". Translation: taking advantage of serious issues for free publicity.
Hundreds of amazing beers in Wisconsin and the Cubs took back the one everyone drinks just because it exists and people have heard of it. How fitting...