About- Ben Garbarek
Midwest Coast Brewing | Three from the Tee American Cream AleApril 12, 2022 | Ben Garbarek
Spring has been slow to arrive in earnest in many places, but the surest sign of the dawn of warmer weather has been the return of refreshing beers. With shandies and session sours appearing on the shelves again, another classic style is getting its moment: cream ales. The latest in Chicago comes from Midwest Coast Brewing Co. with its Three from the Tee American Cream Ale.
Off Color Brewing | Beer for Lounging Pale AleFebruary 18, 2022 | Ben Garbarek
The release of a pale ale usually wouldn’t raise many eyebrows. It’s a staple of nearly any brewery. But when Off Color Brewing released a new pale ale, it was a startling surprise for many of its fans.
While other breweries make an endless supply of IPAs, pale ales and other hoppy beers, Off Color has steadfastly refused to ever make one. Off Color started in 2013 with an initial lineup of a saison, a gose and a kotbusser — instead of an IPA, pale ale and a double IPA.
Heileman’s Old StyleFebruary 22, 2013 | Ben Garbarek 2
If you live north of the Mason-Dixon Line, chances are the weather still stinks. But instead of listening to the overgrown rodent we call a “groundhog” for our meteorological forecasts, we can turn to an equally non-scientific sign that spring is just around the corner: pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training.
Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla PorterJanuary 23, 2013 | Ben Garbarek
Most Midwesterns are familiar with Leinenkugel Brewing Company. They’re the pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and brew some pretty unique beers.
Leinenkugel is out with a new winter porter with a slight twist – vanilla. Read More
Winter Warmer – Columbus Brewing Co.December 11, 2012 | Ben Garbarek
Dark beers are the best part about winter. Gone are the light beers there to quench our thirst in the summer. Winter is about enjoying a nice pint with friends that makes you forget about how the weather outside is frightful. Read More
Sports Week in ReviewAugust 13, 2012 | Ben Garbarek
It’s not often you see several people clinch the coveted title of “the greatest of all-time” in three sports in one week, but we did this week. Here’s a look … Read More
News Week in ReviewAugust 6, 2012 | Ben Garbarek
It’s been hard to pay attention to anything that doesn’t involve a gold medal with the 2012 Olympic Games going on. But we did our best. Here’s what’s been going … Read More
Sports Week in ReviewJuly 17, 2012 | Ben Garbarek
Usually this is one of the worst weeks in sports. Baseball is on a break for the All-Star Game. There’s no basketball. There’s no football. But this week was monumental … Read More
Virginia is for Beer LoversJuly 16, 2012 | Ben Garbarek
Virginia may be the home of Monticello and the Pentagon, but it’s also home to some weird laws. Oddly, a man was allowed to beat his wife on the Stafford … Read More
Trader Joe’s Brewing Company | Stockyard Oatmeal StoutJune 18, 2012 | Ben Garbarek 1
ABV: 5.2% | IBU: N/A
If I ever wanted to drink beer for breakfast—this would be the one I’d want. Every morning I eat a bowl of oatmeal and drink a cup of coffee. What better than an oatmeal stout with a hint of coffee flavor? That’s what you get with the Stockyard Oatmeal Stout. Read More