I love beer, specifically the creativity of the brewing process, distilling everything down to the most minute of details, from hopping, to sanitizing, to bottling. The overall taste of beer is very region-specific (access to certain hops, water source, etc.). It’s an ever-changing craft of experimentation and variety.

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I’ve been 21 for three years now and have been cleaning and collecting the bottles of craft beer of which I’ve drank from.

Below is my updatable and evolving list of brews (of bottles I’ve collected) in order of brewery-specific favoritism:

(name – type – ABV – international bitterness units – side notes)

Greenbush Brewing Co. (Sawyer, MI) (would love to elaborate more on ingredient/hop-specific qualities…however, by rule via the Greenbush Employee Handbook, this may be considered treason…)

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  1. Trucker Tussle – Imperial IPA w/Sour Candies – 8.8% – 147 IBU – rarely brewed…super tart / super hoppy…not allowed to tell what specific candies are used…2nd hoppiest beer brewed by GB…tastes like nothing you’ve ever experienced…all-time fave
  2. Starchicken Shotgun – IPA – 6.8% – 80 IBU – GB’s best-seller…west coast in style…never a bad time for some chicken…ol’ reliable…monotony be damned
  3. Broken Promises – Wheat IPA – 7.9% – 73 IBU – not a huge fan of purebred wheat brews but wheat IPAs are bomb…zythos hops are rare/unmistakable…piney/tangy notes…unbelievable beer
  4. Mr. Hyde – Ale w/Infusco Coffee – 7.8% – might be biased due to my affiliation with Infusco…a hopped/caffeinated consciousness…one of the few brews that can morally be consumed in the pre-Noon hours (“Dude, are you an alcoholic?” “What? This is coffee.”)…the dark-roasted Indonesian Sumatra beans are bursting with flavor…half-coffee / half-beer
  5. Remnant of Dragon – Imperial Red IPA – 9% – 100 IBU – Frankie Quinn in the Annex poured and sold me this as my first legal beer in November 2015…holds a special place in my heart…the dragon’s eye on the label reminds me of Smaug the Dragon from The Hobbit…definitely a rich/ballsy IPA…pretty much tastes like the blood of a dragon
  6. Doomslayer – Ale w/Maple Sap – 8.5% – 37 IBU – dark and sweet…released in Spring…the Doom (winter) is slayed…you just gotta try it
  7. Ursus – Old Winter Ale – 8.5% – 37 IBU – an old winter ale for old winter nights…this will zonk you out for the night…prepare to feel like a bear on the cusp of hibernation
  8. Distorter – Stout-ish Porter – 7.2% – 50 IBU – nutty/roasty tasting porter (w/a touch of stout)…in terms of classification, it’s pretty much in a category of its own
  9. Brother Benjamin – Imperial IPA w/Honey – 10.1% – 114 IBU – “Definitely not a porch-pounder.” – owner, Scott Sullivan…the Panos Farm’s honey is ever-present…don’t drink too many of these
  10. Anger – Black IPA – 7.6% – 85 IBU – classic / year-round brew…roasty/toasty tasting IPA…heavy mouthfeel with a sweet finish
  11. Apathy – Oatmeal Stout – 6.7% – 46 IBU – pairs good with breakfast…tastes like a mix of coffee, brown sugar, and a stout…earthy hops…slight hints of vanilla
  12. Hee Bee GB – Orange and Honey Pale Ale – 6% – 44 IBU – soft mouthfeel, sweet tasting honey from Florida
  13. Pain – Imperial Milk Stout – 11.2% – 78 IBU – creamy, bold, heavy, dark, super sweet…dangerous/unnoticeable alcohol accumulation…best milk stout on Earth
  14. 400 Divine Rabbits – Ale w/Agave Nectar – 6.3% – 15 IBU – if I had to choose a beer to consume via my bottles on a long bike ride, this would be it
  15. Dunegräs – IPA – 6.7% – 67 IBU – previous title owner of GB’s best-seller…classic IPA
  16. Underwater Space Gator – Pale Ale – 6.1% – 42 IBU – slightly fruity, bitter with a mild/sweet finish…good stuff
  17. Yogi Borealis – Pale Ale – 6.1% – 68 IBU – almost has a spiced flavor with the obvious orange/lemon zest…tasty beer
  18. Demeter (Glacier) – Fresh Hop Pale Ale – 6.8% – 70 IBU – fresh glacier hops from Hop Head Farms…smooth and full of marmalade/orange flavor…released around September when the fresh hops are primed
  19. Demeter (Cascade) – Fresh Hop Pale Ale – 6.8% – 70 IBU – fresh cascade hops from Hop Head Farms…smooth and full of citrus/earthy flavor…released around September when the fresh hops are primed
  20. Demeter (Chinook) – Fresh Hop Pale Ale – 6.8% – 70 IBU – fresh chinook hops from Hop Head Farms…smooth and full of pine/spiced flavor…released around September when the fresh hops are primed
  21. Racecar Love – Nut Brown Ale – 6.3% – nutty/chocolatey brown ale with hints of caramel…GB doesn’t brew many brown ales but this is off the charts
  22. Dystopia – Russian Imperial Stout – 9% – 62 IBU – the alcohol is hidden well…roasty/malty/molasses-like brew
  23. Orange Hyde – Coffee Cream Stout w/Orange Zest – 7.8% – sounds like dessert because it pretty much is…ton of flavor
  24. Seven Years of Good Luck and Bad Timing – IPA – 7.7% – 77 IBU
  25. Indispensable – IPA – 8.2% – 84 IBU – citrus/spiced flavor…just an odd IPA…but I like it
  26. Vanderbush – American Tripel Ale w/Vandermill Apple Cider – 10.2% – 38 IBU – for those who like fall, apple cider, and beer…bottoms up
  27. Juicebox Hero – Citrus Ale – 6.2% – 36 IBU – similar taste to Yogi Borealis…orange zest
  28. 1825 – Belgian-Style Golden Ale – 9.3% – not a huge fan of Belgian brews but 1825 is very very good…GB’s first beer and original recipe of Scott, the owner…year-round
  29. Mammoth – Winter Weizenbock – 8.3% – 28 IBU – released simultaneously with Ursus, signaling the heart of winter…great German beer…heavy yet drinkable
  30. Axiom – Belgian Tripel Ale w/Orange Zest and Coriander – 8.9% – stronger and sweeter than a normal Belgian…tasty
  31. Closure – Pale Ale – 6.4% – 40 IBU – as general as a GB ale can get…doesn’t mean it’s not tasty
  32. Unicorn Killer – Ale w/Pumpkin & Spices – 7.3 % – 42 IBU – on tap all Fall at GB
  33. (Barrel-Aged) There Are Owls in the Roadhouse – Porter w/Raspberries – 9.3% – seriously like dessert…my fave barrel-aged brew
  34. (Barrel-Aged) Doomslayer – Ale w/Maple Sap – 9% – 37 IBU – Doomslayer (above) aged in whiskey barrels
  35. Cassius – (Barrel-Aged) IPA – 8.7% – 84 IBU – a unique combo that is a barrel-aged IPA
  36. Retribution – Belgian Ale – 8.3% – 28 IBU – lighter version of 1825
  37. Cabra Perdida – Blueberry Imperial Cream Stout – 11.2% – blueberry dessert
  38. Sunspot – Hefeweizen – 6% – 15 IBU – “a hot way to cool down” in the summer
  39. Sotto Voce – Ale w/Orange Juice & Spices – 6.3% – 17 IBU –
  40. One and the Same – Ale w/Raspberries – 6.5% – 16 IBU – fruit beer…nice to mix it up in the summer
  41. Monopolipa – IPA w/Raspberries – 8.5% – 65 IBU – a hoppy fruit beer…super tart and tangy…tasty but not what I prefer
  42. Jadis – Winter White Ale w/Spices – 6.1% – 20 IBU – spiced, light brew…good in the winter daylight hours
  43. (Barrel-Aged) Vanderbush – American Tripel Ale w/Vandermill Apple Cider – 10.7% – 38 IBU – Vanderbush (above) aged in whiskey barrels
  44. (Barrel-Aged) One and the Same – Ale w/Raspberries – 7% – 16 IBU – One and the Same (above) aged in whiskey barrels
  45. Krampus III – Winter Ale – 12% – 80 IBU – a notch better than its predecessor
  46. Krampus II – Winter Ale – 12% – 90 IBU – not sure how to describe this one
  47. (Barrel-Aged) A Sheep in Tall Grass – Scotch Ale – 11.2% – 56 IBU – tastes like an enhanced Founder’s Dirty Bastard…aged in whiskey barrels
  48. Traktor – Golden Cream Ale – 6.1% – 28 IBU – as domestic as one can get at GB
  49. Red Bud – Wheat Ale – 6.1% – 28 IBU – super similar to Traktor
  50. Atomic Tauntaun Overdrive (ATO) – Ale w/Strawberries and Habeñero Peppers – 7.7% – 20 IBU – exactly what it sounds like
  51. PhD – Ale w/Frosted Flakes – 8.8% – 16 IBU – interesting beer…can definitely taste the frosted flakes
  52. Delusion – Imperial Cream Stout aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels – 11.7% – not a huge fan of whiskey
  53. Rage – Imperial Black IPA – 14.6% – 156 IBU – the heaviest GB beer…also, highest IBU profile…more alcohol-like than beer-like…a snifter of this and you may need an Uber

New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, CO)new_belgium_brewing_company_logo

  1. Cellar Blender – Sour Ale – 7.5%
  2. Ranger – IPA – 6.5% – 70 IBU
  3. VooDoo Ranger – Imperial IPA – 9% – 85 IBU
  4. VooDoo Ranger – IPA – 7% – 50 IBU
  5. Rampant – Imperial IPA – 8.5% – 85 IBU
  6. Hoptober – Golden Ale – 6% – 40 IBU
  7. RyePA – Rye IPA – 7.5% – 75 IBU
  8. Snow Day – Black IPA – 6.2% – 55 IBU
  9. Citradelic – Tangerine IPA – 6% – 50 IBU
  10. VooDoo Ranger – 8 Hop Pale Ale – 5.5% – 35 IBU
  11. 1554 – Black Lager – 5.6% – 21 IBU
  12. Ben & Jerry’s – Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale – 6.3% – 14 IBU
  13. Belgo – Belgian IPA – 7% – 60 IBU
  14. Fat Tire – Amber Ale – 5.2% – 22 IBU
  15. Snapshot – Wheat Ale – 5% – 13 IBU
  16. Trippel – Tripel – 8.5% – 43 IBU

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, CA)

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  1. Flipside – Red IPA – 6.2% – 60 IBU
  2. Hop Hunter – IPA – 6.2% – 60 IBU – farm distilled hop oil
  3. Ruthless Rye IPA – Rye IPA – 6.6% – 55 IBU
  4. Torpedo – Extra IPA – 7.2% – 65 IBU
  5. Know Good IPA – IPA – 6.2% – 62 IBU
  6. Coffee Stout – Coffee Stout – 6.2% – 53 IBU
  7. Black IPA – Black IPA – 6.9%
  8. Tumbler – Brown Ale – 5.5% – 37 IBU
  9. Tropical Torpedo – Tropical IPA – 6.7% – 55 IBU
  10. Five Hop Experimental IPA – IPA – 5.8% – 60 IBU
  11. Peach IPA – IPA – 5.8%
  12. Single Hop – Cascade IPA – 6.3% – 45 IBU
  13. Beer Camp Golden IPA – IPA – 6.5% – 50 IBU
  14. Pale Ale – APA – 5.6% – 38 IBU
  15. Vienna – Vienna Lager – 5.3% – 28 IBU
  16. Snow Wit – Belgian IPA – 5.7% – 40 IBU
  17. German Style IPA – Hopfen Ale – 6.1% – 45 IBU
  18. 11.5° Plato – Session IPA – 4.5% – 35 IBU
  19. Summerfest – Pilsner – 5% – 28 IBU

Three Floyds Brewing Co. (Munster, IN)

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  1. Alpha King – APA – 6.5% – 66 IBU
  2. Zombie Dust – APA – 6.2% – 50 IBU – the first (non-legal) craft beer I had
  3. Space Station Middle Finger – APA – 6% – 50 IBU
  4. Yum Yum – APA – 5.5% – 55 IBU
  5. Gumballhead – Wheat Ale – 5.5% – 28 IBU

Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo, MI)

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  1. Two Hearted Ale – IPA – 7% – 55 IBU – one of my all-time fave brews
  2. Best Brown Ale – Brown Ale – 5.8% – 35 IBU
  3. Oberon – Wheat Ale – 5.8% – 10 IBU

Burn ‘Em Brewing (Michigan City, IN)

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  1. Brindle Brown Ale – Brown Ale – 6.7% – 61 IBU
  2. Longjohns On – Winter Ale – 9.3%

Lake Placid Pub & Brewery (Lake Placid, NY) (my fave location in the world…going here from July 6 – July 27 this summer to run 150 miles per week in the mountains, compete in the Whiteface Sky Race, and be a viewer of the IronMan Triathlon…half the time living in my truck / half the time in a cabin with awesome friends…I will be at this brewpub many a day n night…also, looking forward to checking out the brand new Big Slide Brewery just down the road)

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  1. Big Slide – IPA – 7% – 70 IBU
  2. Around the Bend – APA – 5.4% – 40 IBU

Samuel Adams (Boston, MA) (2nd largest craft brewery in the US)

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  1. Hoppy Red – Red Ale – 5.7% – 44 IBU
  2. Hopflake – White IPA – 6% – 55 IBU
  3. Rebel Rider (West Coast) – IPA – 6.5% – 45 IBU
  4. Harvest Pumpkin Ale – Pumpkin Ale – 5.7%
  5. Holiday Porter – Porter – 5.9% – 40 IBU
  6. Rebel Rider (Session) – IPA – 4.5% – 45 IBU
  7. Octoberfest – Märzen – 5.3% – 16 IBU
  8. Old Fezziwig Ale – Winter Ale – 5.9% – 25 IBU
  9. Winter Lager – Lager – 5.6% – 22 IBU
  10. Boston Lager – Lager – 5% – 30 IBU
  11. Cold Snap – Witbier – 5.3% – 10 IBU
  12. Pumpkin Batch – Pumpkin Ale – 5.6% – 26 IBU

Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI)

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  1. Fixed Gear – Red Ale – 6.8% – 33 IBU
  2. Fuel Café – Organic Coffee Stout – 6.4% – 17 IBU
  3. IPA – IPA – 6.9% – 38 IBU
  4. Growing Power – Organic Farmhouse Pale Ale – 6.7% – 35 IBU
  5. Organic White – Witbier – 4.6% – 13 IBU
  6. Riverwest Stein Beer – Lager – 5.6% – 15 IBU

Goose Island Brewery (Chicago, IL)

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  1. Goose Autumn Ale – Red Ale – 6.7% – 65 IBU
  2. Green Line Pale Ale – Pale Ale – 5.4% – 30 IBU
  3. 312 Urban Wheat Ale – Wheat Ale – 4.2% – 18 IBU
  4. Goose Winter Ale -Brown Ale – 5.3% – 25 IBU

Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, CA)

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  1. Grapefruit Sculptin’ – IPA – 7% – 70 IBU

Round Barn Brewery (Baroda, MI)

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  1. Hop Dealer – IPA – 6% – 75 IBU
  2. Wood Oaked IPA – IPA – 6.8% – 42 IBU

Tapistry Brewing Company (Bridgman, MI)

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  1. Mi. Stout – Imperial Stout – 8.1%

Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland, OH)

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  1. Hop By Numbers – IPA – 7.2% – 80 IBU
  2. Commodore Perry – IPA – 7.5% – 70 IBU
  3. Burning River – Pale Ale – 6% – 45 IBU
  4. Edmund Fitzgerald – Porter – 5.8% – 37 IBU
  5. Conway’s Irish Ale – Red Ale – 6.5% – 25 IBU

New Holland Brewing Company (Holland, MI)

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  1. Ichabod (2015) – Pumpkin Ale – 5.2%
  2. Zoomer Wit – Pale Wheat Ale – 4.7%

Upland Brewing Company (Bloomington, IN)

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  1. Dragonfly – IPA – 6.7% – 65 IBU
  2. Helios Pale Ale – Pale Ale – 4.9% – 44 IBU
  3. Bad Elmer’s Porter – Porter – 5% – 20 IBU
  4. Easy Chair – Red Ale – 5.3% – 22 IBU
  5. Wheat Ale – Witbier – 4.7% – 15 IBU
  6. Champagne Velvet – Pilsner – 5.5% – 29 IBU

Ale Asylum (Madison, WI)

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  1. Hopalicious – Pale Ale – 5.7%

Breckenridge Brewery (Littleton, CO)

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  1. Oatmeal Stout – Stout – 5% – 36 IBU

Saugatuck Brewing Company (Douglas, MI)

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  1. Neopolitan – Milk Stout – 6% – 37 IBU

Marz Community Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)

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  1. Boogie Nights – Pale Wheat Ale w/Tea – 7% – 70 IBU
  2. (Barrel-Aged) Corrupt – Polish Imperial Stout w/Dark Matter Coffee – 11.5%
  3. Refuge of the Damned – Imperial German Alt – 6.5% – 45 IBU

Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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  1. Breakfast – Imperial Oatmeal Stout – 7.5%

Dogfish Head Brewery (Milton, DE)

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  1. Indian Brown – Brown Ale – 7.2% – 50 IBU

Uinta Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, UT)

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  1. Hop Nosh – IPA – 7.3% – 82 IBU

Moody Tongue Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)

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  1. Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter – Porter – 7%

Stone Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)

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  1. Mocha IPA – Imperial IPA – 9% – 80 IBU

Tribute Brewing Co. (Eagle River, WI)

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  1. Buckskinner Bock – Bock – 6.8%

Geneva Lake Brewing Co. (Lake Geneva, WI)

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  1. Implosion – Double IPA w/Honey – 9.3% – 85 IBU

Short’s Brewing Company (Bellaire, MI)

  1. Huma Lupa Licious – IPA – 7.7% – 96 IBU

Lone Pint Brewery (Magnolia, TX)

  1. Yellow Rose – IPA – 6.8% – 62 IBU

New Glarus Brewing Company (New Glarus, WI)

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  1. Moon Man – Pale Ale – 5%

Off Color Brewing (Chicago, IL)

  1. Troublesome – Wheat Beer w/Coriander – 4.3% – 10 IBU

Pearl Street Brewery (LaCrosse, WI)

1. Linalool – IPA – 6.8% – 60 IBU

*Note: The beer list within each brewery ARE in order of favoritism. However, the breweries, themselves, are in no particular order.

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