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    Tonight I'm having a fairly hard to get release from Bell's that's got a cool minikeg design and is actually going to a good cause - Tessie's Golden Ale

    There were only 2 of these at the store!



    Tessie’s a sweet and happy-go-lucky girl who likes belly rubs and chasing flying discs into the water. She can never have enough treats, and is a friend to all.


    This Golden Ale is a hybrid of different light ale styles. taking what we like best about American Blonde/Golden Ales, and combining it with the clean fermentation characteristics of northern German Ales (Kölsch). This beer is both drinkable (low ABV) and flavorful.


    This beer is a Bell's Eccentric Cafe and General Store exclusive.

    Alcohol By Volume: 5.00%
    Original Gravity: 1.048
    Shelf Life: 6 Months
    Bell's Mini Kegs For Causes: Limited-Edition 5Ls Support 4 Organizations

    Oberon won't be the only mini keg from Bell’s this summer.


    We are releasing four, limited edition mini kegs during the month of May to help raise awareness for organizations that support causes that are important to us and our President and Founder, Larry Bell.


    “These organizations or what they represent, helped me get through the Pandemic and some tough times. Some were also hit hard and could use some help,” said Larry Bell, Founder and President of Bell’s.


    “Bell’s will donate to each and so will I. We hope that these mini kegs will inspire everyone to get out and enjoy some of the treasures nearby and hopefully, help some great organizations if they can,” he added.


    Oberon mini kegs have been released annually for the past 21 years. This year’s design celebrates the North Country Trail, the longest, national scenic trail in the United States.


    Joining our American Wheat Ale mini keg on store shelves will be mini kegs of Lager of the Lakes, Third Coast Beer, and Tessie’s Golden Ale, a beer inspired by Larry’s Labrador Retriever, Tessie (such a good girl!). Tessie’s was previously released exclusively in bottles at the brewery’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo. That mini keg will help raise awareness for the Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue Association.


    “A lot of folks adopted pets over the past year, so if our choice doesn’t work for you there are many fine organizations all over the country. The idea is to inspire people to give back to a good cause that is close to them,” Bell said.


    The Lager of the Lakes mini keg will benefit from a partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a non-partisan organization that advocates for the Great Lakes and clean water. Third Coast Beer, a beer that has not been released for a few years, returns in this unique package to celebrate the Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
    Tessie's pours a light, clear gold with a very energetic (like most labs ) big, white, foamy head. Has a light bready malt and citrusy hops aroma. The flavor profile closely matches the scent profile. The body is light and crisp and the ABV comes in at a moderate 5%. A very nice drinking beer!

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    Picked up tonight's brew last year. My second brew from Fretboard I'll have tried, this is Chase The Devil - Bourbon Barrel.



    Poured black into a Snifter with a thin, light brown head. Has a very nice aroma of chocolate malt, oaky bourbon, and a hint of spiciness. The flavor is dominated by the malty chocolate and followed by the oaky bourbon and a slight heat. The body is heavy and it's packing a 10% ABV that's decently hidden. A very tasty brew!

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    So on Thursday I spent all day at a job site right next to a brewery by the name of Esoteric Brewing. It's in a "questionable" neighborhood that's in the process of being gentrified.

    Naturally after finally getting out of the job site at almost 8pm, I decided to stop into Esoteric and grab a growler of their on menu stout, Opulence. Not the cheapest with a price tag of $30 for the growler (including growler price) but, the OT paid for it.



    Poured black into a Shaker with a medium, light brown head. Smells nicely of cocoa, malt, light coffee, and a maybe slight smoke. The taste is malt, a bit of roast coffee, and some smoke. Fairly bitter for a stout but, they do call it an American Stout. Don't know about anyone else but I think stouts should have a generally sweet overall flavor and not sure how bitterness = American. Body is medium-heavy and it clocks in at 7.2% ABV. I like the flavor profile but the bitterness feels out of place. Not bad but don't think I'll be buying it again since bitter stuff isn't my thing.

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    Kicking off my last weekend before on call rolls around again with another of the Hi-Wire 10W-40 series. This one is the Triple Chocolate, picked up a while back, likely around the end of last year.

    In my new beer koozie!


    Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa powder, cacao nibs, chocolate malt, vanilla and lactose.
    Poured ink black into a Snifter with a very thin brown head. Lots of chocolate on the nose with roasted malt, a bit of alcohol. More chocolate in the flavor along with the roasted malt, with the creamy lactose on the finish. The body is medium-heavy and the ABV weighs in at a solid 8%. Quite a good brew!

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    To wrap the weekend I'm having a local brew picked up not too long ago. This is one from a local brewery I've only had once or twice before, Taft's Brewing Company done in collaboration with another local company, United Dairy Farmers a.k.a. UDF. UDF is a local chain of convenience store/dairy bars that's a hometown staple in the ice cream sphere. There's even a location in town near me!

    This is Taft's United Dairy Farmers Milkshake IPA.



    India Pale Ale with lactose.

    United Dairy Farmers and Big Billy Taft meet in a delicious mashup.

    Introducing Taft’s UDF Milkshake IPA! This hoppy and creamy milkshake IPA is brewed with heaps of hops, lactose, oats, and flaked wheat to bring you a twist on a Cincinnati classic. It’s the perfect adults-only treat.
    Poured a medium gold into a Shaker glass with a sizable golden/white head. Has a fairly strong citrusy and tropical fruit hop scent with not much more. The flavor has those hop profiles a bit more muted than the smell as it's balanced with a bit of malt and a lot of semi-sweet lactose. The body is decently full and creamy, having a 6.6% ABV. Very smooth drinking and why the milkshake/New England/hazy IPAs are far superior to the West Cost varieties. A great example!

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