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Libation Review: 8-Bit Pale Ale

Behind The Booze: If you are not from the Manhattan, Kansas area – the history behind the Tallgrass Brewery may have slipped past you but suffice to say, they accomplished their dream! Back in 2006 Jeff Gill asked his wife Tricia “What do you want to do with the rest of your life?” Jeff had been thinking about that exact question quite a bit. “I want to start a microbrewery!” Being an avid homebrewer he decided to take his talents and skills and put them to good use, creating some…

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Libation Review: 4 Hands Bona Fide

Behind The Booze: Another beer to come out of a place very near and dear to my heart – St. Louis, Missouri. The 4 Hands Brewery is located just south of Busch Stadium ( South 8th St ) yet has perfected the ‘hidden in plain sight’ location. For years I have gotten off at the exit that literally is a straight shot from the highway, driven past it to friends houses or ball games and even had done a U-turn in the parking lot, looking for the damn brewery itself!…

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Libation Review: Shiner 106 Chocolate Stout Birthday Beer

This year marks the 106th birthday of the Spoetzl Brewery and Shiner beer.  Every year Shiner releases a limited production beer to commemorate the occasion.  This year Shiner’s 106 Birthday Beer is the Chocolate Stout.  This beer is an American Stout that is at a 5% ABV.  According to Shiner the beer is brewed with chocolate malt and cocoa, after drinking the beer I believe it.  You can pick up the Shiner 106 in 12oz. bottles or cans for about $8 a 6pk. Nose: On the nose the Shiner Chocolate…

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Libation Review: Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Distillery: Buffalo Trace Mash Bill: Corn (Min. 51%), Rye, Barley ABV: 45% (90 Proof) In 1949, after serving in the United States Army, Elmer T. Lee paid a visit to the George Stagg Distillery in search of employment. Elmer was met by Col. Albert B. Blanton, President of George Stagg Distillery at the time, who spoke the famous line to Elmer, “Son, we’re not hiring any hands today.” Luckily for Elmer, Orville Schupp, who was the Supervising Engineer at the time, insisted that Elmer come…

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Stagg Jr Libation Review 

Stagg Jr. (2014)

It was 8am on November 23rd, 2013. I was one of the first people to enter my local Total Wine and I was on a strict mission: leave with a bottle of the coveted George T. Stagg Bourbon. I accomplished my mission successfully on that beautiful Las Vegas morning, all it took was a lot of phone calls, placing my name on countless waiting lists, coming into the office an hour late and a little under $100 but I was unrepentant. To most people, this sort of dedication seems absolutely…

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Libation Review: Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof (2013)

“Crafted from hand-selected barrels, this bourbon is bottled directly from the barrel; uncut and unfiltered at more than 125 proof. It reflects the way whiskey was produced in the days before Prohibition, when Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. was the owner of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Drawn from barrels aged in warehouses constructed over a century ago under Taylor’s watchful eye, the taste is smooth, yet powerful and uncompromising, just like its namesake.” -( Hailing from Buffalo Trace, one of the foremost distiller’s of our day and age, Colonel E.H. Taylor delivers…

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