That One Time In Tampa

Even though I’ve proven to be trash at keeping up with the blog monthly, with the help of Untappd (KitWill if you looking for a playa) I’ve been able to track beers over the past few months. While visiting the bf (Hey Bear!) in Tampa, FL it was only right that I also visit the home of Jai Alai, Cigar City. Let’s just be honest, it was the only mandatory place on my itinerary other than finding a dog park for my fur-son and a good cigar (duh!).

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For a Friday night it wasn’t crowded at all, which was fine because we were able to chat with the bartenders and get prime seating at the bar. For the first time EVER I took the bf’s “beer advice” and ordered flights instead of pints.

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Space Pope (7.3% ABV), Margarita Gose (3.4% ABV), White Oak Jai Alai IPA (7.5% ABV), Transient Artisan Ales Foeder #2 With De Chaunac Grapes (5.5% ABV)

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Perennial Artisan Ales Sump Coffee Stout Adola 2017(10.5% ABV), Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout (11% ABV), Florida Man (9.3% ABV), Invasion Pale Ale (5% ABV)

Not pictured: Puppy’s Breath (ABV 8%)

Overall, the visit to Cigar City was a success! The taproom offers both in-house brews and few options from other breweries, the bartenders were awesome, the beer was delicious (duh again!) and most important they’re dog friendly! I’m glad I ordered flights instead of trying to power through several pints, because I definitely would have tried. I would also like to add, this is the first time I considered buying brewery merch, but instead I bought more beer to take home. Honestly, if you love beer and happen to be in Tampa you would be silly not to stop by.  Side note: I chuckled to myself thinking about how I used to be on a mad search (and may or may not have sent a some others on a goose chase around Atl) for Jai Alai, but in Tampa it’s as easy as buying water. May the people of Tampa never take their luxuries for granted.

Shout Outs and High Fives

  1. Meditation! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to step away and turn on the Breath app for a quick guided meditation. It’s lifesaver! Someone on your nerves? Meditate. Your 5 mile/8 min commute turned to 35 mins (True story)? Meditate. Watching Married at First Sight causing you real life anxiety? Meditate.
  2. Adult Swim, specifically the people responsible for the promos. The commercials are both enlightening and scary AF, but I dig it! Sidebar: If I’m lucky enough to have someone from AS read this, the streets want new episodes of Black Jesus. The streets = Me and my dog.
  3. Animals on HBO. Cross dressing pigeons, cat gangs, tripping moths, drugged lab mice in love with a clump of dirt cage liter. You just have to see it for yourself.

With all the terrible shit (sorry, I couldn’t find a better word) going on the in the world I’m skipping the “Thumbs Down” on this post.  I’ll air my grievances another day.

Cheers y’all!

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Twosies

Waiting in my inbox was the same email I’ve received every May for the past 5 years. “Domain beerlaughlove.com is about to expire”. This year was the first time it hit me, “Damn, I have a website I don’t even use”. To be honest with you I wasn’t motivated to write and I was stuck on what my next “beer goal” should be. I finished 300 different beer before 30 with my liver still in tact. Now what?  At first I was going to set a new goal and continue to keep count, but writing about the same “citrus notes IPA spill” got boring. Stuck,unmotivated, and busy with work and other ventures ( Hey L.I.C.!) I thought about letting the website go. But I couldn’t just roll over and let that happen. With the help of my boyfriend (Hey Bear!) I came up with a new angle for Beer Laugh Love. Staring this month I will launch Phase 2 of Beer Laugh Love.  I will be focusing more on beer adventures around the Southeast and eventually around the country. What does that mean?  Breweries, specialty beer stores/sections, events, and all other fun things beer related. I’ll still keep track of my beer number (I’m at 386 by the way. Thanks Untappd!) and give the thumbs rating. What’s going to make this different from the thousands of blogs that are already out there? Well nothing, other than the fact that I wrote it and I’m funny AF most of the time.  Hopefully I’ll drink some good beers, see some cool places, and you get some entertainment along the way. Happy reading!

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A Productive Hiatus (aka L.I.C. plug)

Hey Hey Hey!

I know, I know. It’s been a while, but I have a really good reason. Over the past year I’ve been up to eyeballs in in flour and cream cheese frosting. Myself and two of my close friends launched our baking business Liquor Infused Confection. (You respond with “say whaaaat”) Yep, you read it right. Liquor infused. We have a variety of different desserts, from Rum Red Velvet Cupcakes (crowd favorite) to Drunken Peach Cobbler. Our concept is classic desserts with an “adult flair”.  I know what you’re thinking. How do you get these mouth watering treats?  Two ways my friends! 1. Kickstarter! You get to help our little business and get some sweet treats in return.  2.The website to check out the menu, prices and place orders. It’s just that simple!IMG_3762

You can also follow our adventures on Facebook and @dessertsbylic on Instagram and Twitter. Don’t worry, I haven’t slowed down on my beer adventures. You can follow on me at Willsss on Untappd (my plug game is bananas tonight). More new post coming soon!

High Fives and Shout outs

  1. Congrats to my #1 snow Elizabeth on her engagement! Fingers crossed you and Lindsey Lohan share the same wedding date!
  2.  Steph Curry for hitting 2 3 pointers within 30 seconds of my typing the first s/o.
  3. Puppies! Because they’re cute. Duh!

I’m too tired to have a specific “Thumbs Downs and WTFs”.

Cheers y’all!

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IPA All Day

It’s no surprise that I fell off hard in the blog game… for the fourth time.  To be honest after smashing “300 before 30” I wasn’t sure where to go from that point. But I rose from the ashes, picked up my computer, and got my little fingers typing.  What better day to make my return than IPA Day! In typical Beer Laugh Love fashion I start completely out of order. I like to stay consistent.

#341 Ballantine India Pale Ale (ABV 7.2%) 

 Amazing grapefruit flavor. Nice balance of floral and pine. No heavy aroma (maybe it was my choice of glassware). Overall, it was a good beer. Thumbs Up!

#342 Green Flash Brewing Company Soul Style IPA (ABV 6.5%) 

 Grapefruit, mango, orange along with a combination and hops and bready malts. Slightly tart finish. Not bad. 1 o’clock thumb.

High Fives and Thumbs Up

  1. 29 days til Alabama Football kickoff.
  2. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. LOVE!
  3. Kid Cudi replacing Reggie Watts on Comedy Bang Bang. (bats lashes)

Thumbs Downs and WTFs

  1. All the hate, especially if it’s fueled from racism. Bury the hate people!
  2. Snapchat. I just don’t get it.

It’s Never Over

Yes, my people the time- or beer shall I say, came and went over 2 months ago. I successfully accomplished my goal of drinking 300 different beers by my 30th birthday. Not going to lie, I got to 300 by the skin of my teeth. Here’s the countdown to the final 9 beers. Enjoy!

#291 Mørke Pumpernickel Porter (ABV 7.5)
Dark chocolate, toasted malts, spice, a little sneak of hops. I didn’t really taste pumpernickel, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. Thumbs Up!
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#292 Sierra Nevada 2014 Southern Hemisphere Harvest (ABV 6.7%)
Pungent hops, malts, citrus. Pretty good. Thumbs Up!
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#293 Red Brick Matcha Super Green Yuzu IPA (ABV 7.8%)
Hops, pine, earthy, sweet fruits. I didn’t get a thumbs up pic, but I did get evidence that I drink I can drink more than the bf. Ha!
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#294 Mother Earth Weeping Willow Witbier (ABV 5%)
Orange peel, lemon, coriander, wheat. Not bad, just not my thing. It especially wasn’t my thing when I thought I was being held captive for a boring evening in the mountains, which turned out to be my surprise party. I won’t go through the details, but my bf has a heart of gold for putting up with me.
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#295 Avondale Brewing Co. Battlefield IPA (ABV 6.5%)
Nice blend of citrus hops with floral and pine aroma. Perfect for the summer. Thumbs Up!
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#296 Avondale Brewing Co. Vanillaphant Porter (ABV 6.2%)
Vanilla, hints of chocolate, coffee. My phone died before I could take the pic, but thumbs up!

#297 Straight To Ale Monkeynaut IPA (ABV 7.2%)
Hoppy, fruity, mild bitter finish. 1 o’clock thumb.
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#298 Good People Coffee Oatmeal Stout (ABV 6%)
Chocolate, coffee, roasty/smokey flavor, nice hoppy finish. Who knows where the pic is, but I gave it thumbs up!

#299 Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale (ABV 4.7%)
It wasn’t good. It’s wasn’t bad. It wasn’t anything. I wasn’t expecting anything out of it, so I wasn’t disappointed. More of a “novelty” beer.

#300 Ballast Point Brewing Company Fathom India Pale Lager (ABV 6.8%)
For months my strikingly handsome boyfriend asked if he could pick the 300th beer, reluctantly I agreed. I literally got home at August 4th around 11:56 pm to a beer on the table and 2 Live Crew “Birthday Song” playing on the projector. I couldn’t have asked for a better moment. I didn’t pay attention to any details about the beer. I gave it a thumbs up, because it was the 300th beer.
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#301 Boulevard Brewing Co. Dark Truth Stout (ABV 9.7%)
I was too busy basking in the glow of drinking beer 301 to make any notes. I had a thumbs up pic, but I like this one better. It captures the real essence of the night.
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If you follow me on IG (@kitwills) you’ve probably already read my s/o after my 300th beer. From the bottom of my heart I appreciate everyone who read and followed my four year adventure. A special shout out to all my friends (and a few strangers) who drank with me, bought beers and shared beers, made recommendations, let me sleep on their couch (my friends, not the strangers). I don’t know what adventured lie ahead, but I haven’t stopped tracking my new beers. A friend suggested I switch over to bourbon, but that will probably be more dangerous than fun. Ha! Cheers ya’ll!

Beer Is Love,
Kit

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Seis Días!

6 days until the big 3-0. 10 beers until the big 3-0-0.

#281 Goose Island Sofie (ABV 6.5%)
Raisins, wheat, banana, vanilla. Thumbs Up!
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#282 Victory Brewing Co. Summer Love (ABV 5.20%)
Not sure if I was palate hacked from drinking Sofie, but I was not a fan. Extremely heavy wheat flavor and nothing else. Side Thumb.
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#283 21st Amendment Hop Crisis Imperial IPA (ABV 9.7%)
Limited release. Hops, hops, hops! light A hint of pine, but mostly hops. Thumbs Up!
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#284 Knee Deep Brewing Co. Hop Shortage Triple Hopped IPA. (ABV 11.3%)
Love! Love! Love! Strong floral and citrus aroma. Heavy on the hops, pine, caramel notes, grassy/earthy finish. Will definitely goes on the list of my favorite IPAs. Thumbs Up!
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#285 Dogfish Head Aprihop (ABV 7%)
The verdict is still out on this one. I’m a fan of the apricot, but the apricot and hops mash-up wasn’t as awesome as I hoped it would be. 2 o’ clock Thumb for the idea and for not being terrible.
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#286 Evil Twin I Love You With My Stout (ABV 12%)
Smooth almost silky. Coffe, raisins, hints of both chocolate and vanilla, mild hoppy finish.
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#287 Anderson Valley Summer Solstice (ABV 5%)
Honestly… it tastes like coors light. Sorry. Floppy Fish Thumb.
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#288 Three Taverns White Hops (ABV 6.5%)
Heavy lemon, mild hops, tart finish. Thumbs Up! Side Note: If you’ve never eaten at True Foods at Lenox… Do it!
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#289 Terrapin Rye Cubed Triple Rye India Pale Ale (ABV 8.3%)
Citrus hops and sweetness from malts. Thumbs Up!
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#290 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood (ABV 8.3%)
Raisins(the can says figs), cinnamon, hint of vanilla. Good stuff. Will be an awesome beer for the winter. Thumbs Up!
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No specific “Thumbs Ups and High Fives” today. Everything is awesome!

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I Left My Wallet In Cincinatti

Last year I promised myself and E that I would post about my beer adventures in Cincinnati (and NKY), but if you look at my history you can clearly see that I never did. Despite my laziness, here it is! Oh, by the way… Cinci is hopping with tons of awesome bars, breweries, and restaurants. I would go in to detail, but I’m too lazy for that. Enjoy!

#268 Jackie O’s Mystic Mama 7%
Who doesn’t like a beer with their breakfast? Pungent hops, pine, lemon. Thumbs Up!
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#270 Clown Shoes Ohio Unidragon (ABV 11.5%)
Coffee, cocoa, mild hoppy finish. The other Unidragon beers are 12.5%. Here’s a knowledge bomb for you… Clown Shoes lowered the abv to make it legal to sell in Ohio. Thumbs Up. Sorry kids, no pic.

#271 Stone enjoy by 7.4.14 IPA (ABV 9.40%)
Well balanced IPA. Citrus, mild hops, floral. Fantastic! Thumbs Up!
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#272 Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA (ABV 7.5%)
Hoppy, heavy citrus, sweet fruits. This photo is an example of when dying phones happen to good people. There’s a thumb up in there somewhere.
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#273 Rhinegeist Brewery Hustle Red Rye Ale (ABV 5.7%)
I didn’t write a description, but I do remember that I didn’t hate (Which is obvious by the pic). 1 o’clock Thumb Up!
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#274 Listerman Brewery Nut Case Peanut Butter Porter (ABV 5%)
Heavy peanut butter finish. Hints of cocoa and coffee. Thumbs Up!
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#275 Eight Ball Like Rabbits IPA (ABV 8%)
Forgot description and pic. Too busy playing retro games. My bad…
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#276 Great Lakes Burning River (ABV 6%)
Caramel, malts, grassy notes. Meh… Side Thumb.
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#277 Fat Heads Zest for Breasts (ABV ???)
Pine, orange, lemon zest. $1 of the proceeds went to breast cancer research. We drank for E’s Aunt Patty, Dr. Katie’s mom Anna and for all the other ladies and gents who have fought, are fighting, and will beat The Big C. Thumbs Up!
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#278 Little Kings 5.5%
E said that I HAD to have a Little Kings beer while I was visiting Cinci. The waiter laughed at us when we ordered it. Its kind of taste like a cross between ginger beer and bud light. Thumbs up for being tasty and not as scary as I expects.
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**The following beers are my beer purchases from the trip**

#279 Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Baby Tree Abbey Quadruple (ABV 9% )
Raisins, apples, copper (possibly from the gold rim of the glass), brown sugar. Heavier alcohol finish than I usually enjoy, but its still a good beer. Thumbs Up.
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#280 Dugges Ale High Five India Pale Ale (ABV 7.5%)
Copper/brassy notes, hops, banana, orange. Amazing fruity aroma. If I had a list of my favorite IPAs this would be on it. Thumbs Up!
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High Fives and Shoutouts
1. E, my #1 snow for showing me an awesome times as always. Can’t wait for the next reunion! Side Note: Fellas, she’s single and her grandparents have an elevator in their home. Her boobs can be featured in in beer pics 275 and 277.
2. All of the awesome Cinci/NKY Lyft drivers, especially that one driver who claims to have been on Jerry Springer twice and gave us tips on how to get on the show.
3. My mom for staying on top of me to reach my “300 beers before 30” goal. She is actually encouraging me to drink more… within good Christian limits of course. Love you, Ron!
4. Fat Heads for this ghost pepper stout. I ordered it in my flight. I feel in love.
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Thumbs Down and WTFs
1. Myself for not being one of those girl who knows how to plan girlie events. I’m throwing the BFF a baby shower and I have no idea what I’m doing. Relying on prayer and Pintrest. Side Note: Hurry up baby!

Farewell
The finale of Showtime’s Californication. I will forever miss Frank Moody.

Just For Four

Nothing in depth. Just posting a little blurb to stay up to date. I apologize in advance for the terrible photography.

#264 Lagunitas A Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale (ABV 7.5%)
Hoppy, sweet, a hint of pine. Well balanced IPA. Thumbs Up!
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#265 Tecate (ABV 4.5%)
I’ve had this before, but I just can’t remember when, where, and why I never added to the list. A fun equivalent of drinking a Bud Light. Light and easy to drink. 2 o’clock Thumb.
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#266 Ballast Point Big Eye IPA (ABV 7%)
My contribution to the Orange is the New Black premiere party. I was torn between this and the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, but Big Eye IPA was cheaper. Much better than expected. Hoppy, bitterness from hops, a hint pine and grapefruit. Overall, its a good beer. Thumbs Up!
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#267 Sweetwater Johnny Hash Double IPA (ABV 8.5%)
Crazy hops, but not overpowering. Bitterness and floral from the hops with citrus and tropic fruits. Thumbs Up!
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No specific High Fives and Thumbs Up today, but I’ll leave you with this quote from Orange is the New Black. “My brain will always be here for you. Thinking things so you don’t have to”- Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren

Aight, well … holla then.

I have less than 2 months to reach my goal. No room for water! Here are beers 246-263.

#246 Brooklyn Blast IPA (ABV 8%)
Surprising pick by the bf while we engaged in fine dining at Taco Mac in Midtown. Heavy pine and citrus (including rinds) and a nice balance of hops. Thumbs Up!
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#247 Flying Dog Raging Bitch (ABV 8.3%)
Heavy on the hops, caramel, pine, coriander. Thumbs Up!
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#248 Three Heads Brewery Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale (ABV 6.6%)
Crazy hops, which was unexpected. Caramel notes. Amazing sweet fruit aroma. Thumbs Up!
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#249 Unita Detour Double IPA (ABV 9.3%)
Grapefruit, pine, grassy, amazing floral aroma. Thumbs Up!
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#250 Green Flash Brewing Co West Coast IPA (ABV 7.3%)
Malty, mild hops, yeasty. Drinkinable, but not awesome. Maybe a bad pour on my part or drank it from the wrong glass. 1 o’clock Thumb.
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#251 The Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale (ABV 5.6%)
Licorice, brassy, with a coffee aftertaste. Slight Thumb Up.
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#252 Anchor Brewing Company IPA (ABV 6.5%)
An IPA with an elephant on the bottle? Buying this beer was a no-brainer! Pleasant IPA. Nothing that makes it stand out from any other, but it was good.
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#253 Starr Hill Brewing Company Northern Lights IPA (ABV 6.5%)
Impromptu bar hop in Cabbage with CB. I didn’t note any specifics about this beer, but I gave it a thumbs up. So, I guess it was good.
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#254 ???
I found this pic in my phone. I have no idea what beer this is, but apparently I liked it.
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#255 De Garve Happy Monk (ABV 6.5%)
No written notes, but I remember fruit and malts. Maybe. Thumps Up!
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#256 Green Flash Brewing Co. Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale (ABV 9%)
Whole Food grab! Thumbs up!
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#257 De Dolle Arabier(ABV 8%)
Banana, bread, clove, and lemon. A tasty little diddy. I don’t know what that means exactly. I just felt like typing it. Thumbs Up!
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#258 Urthel Hop-It (ABV 9.5%)
Can’t remember the details, but the pic says it all. Thumbs Up!
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#259 Sixpoint Brewery Resin (ABV 9.10)
Pine, bitterness from the hops, hint of grapefruit. Pleasantly surprised! Thumbs Up!
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#260 Jailhouse Brewing Company Mugshot IPA (ABV 6.7%)
There were a lot of factors involved in this thumbs up. None of which involved this beer in particular. I will definitely double back to this beer once I’m done with the 300, but for now the beer can keep the Thumbs Up.
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#261 Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager (ABV 5%)
It wasn’t good. I wasn’t bad. I could only make out some licorice flavors. “Meh” Thumbs!
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#262 Avondale Brewing Company Mr. Todds Double IPA (ABV 9%)
Crisp, citrusy, heavy on the hops. Love! Thumbs Up!
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#263 Samuel Adams Rebel IPA (ABV 6.5%)
I was expecting a little more, but it’s a decent IPA. Citrus over powered the hops. Thumbs Up for a “big brand” IPA.
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High Fives and Thumbs Up
1. Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. If you’re not watching it you need to!
2. The Dollar Store. I rediscovered it and I will never let it go again.
3. Hall and Oates concert last night at Chastain! Even with the rain, it was an amazing show. I almost threw my beer at the height of “She’s Gone”.

Thumbs Down and WTFs
1. Myself for watching the entire second season of Orange is the New Black in 4 days. My plan to space it out over the summer was a complete fail.

No Good Titles Today

I only have a little less than 4 months until I turn 30, so my life is pretty much dedicated to turning up beers and cranking out these posts. 55 beers till 300. Can I do it?

#238 North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock (ABV 11.8%)
Another pick from Smyrna Beer Market. I was told it would be better if I let it age, but I wasn’t trying to hear that. Overall, its a good beer. Brassy, caramel, hints of honey. Thumbs Up! Side Note: I should’ve let it age. I’ve got to stop being hard headed.
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#239 Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale (ABV 6.20%)
Celebrating the end of the second Atl snowcation. A wonderful balance of pine, hops, lemon. Goose Island has never let me down. Thumbs Up!
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#240 Back Forty Brewing Kudzo Porter (ABV 5.5)
The beer was served ice cold. So I could only make out faint coffee and cocoa flavors. I’m sure at the right temperature it would be good. I’ll revisit at another time. 2pm Thumb.
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#241 Good People IPA (ABV 7.1%)
Another well made IPA. Citrus, pine, sneaky on the hops. Thumbs Up.
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#242 Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute Ale (ABV 7.85%)
An unexpected surprise! Lemon, orange, caramel, with a hoppy finish. Thumbs way up!
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#243 Evil Twin Brewing Falco IPA (ABV 7%)
Strong citrus and generous hops. Nicely done. Thumbs Up!
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#244 Avery Brewing Company New World Porter (ABV 6.7%)
Heavy coffee finish. Hint of hops, pine, caramel. Thumbs Up!
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#245 Evil Twin Ashtray Heart (ABV 8.9%)
Last time I drank a smoked porter it did go over so well, but this time around was much better. Heavy on the ashes with a light coffee flavor. I loved it! Thumbs Up!
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Thumbs Up and High Fives
1. My co-worker and fellow Alabama alum for gifting me with a Platypus disposable flask. The party will officially be in my pocket this summer.

2. Jammer’s 1st bracket for March Madness. It wasn’t great bracket… well it was terrible bracket, but he did predict the Mercer over Duke upset.
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3. Spring! I’m ready to drink on some patios and rooftops.

WTFs and Thumbs Down
I have no complaints or outburst this time. Shocking, huh?


Until the next time! Cheers!

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