cpilbeam's Beer Universe Profile

Personal Information
  • Username:
    cpilbeam
  • Name:
    Chad Pilbeam
  • Gender:
    Male
  • Location:
    Cypress (Houston), Texas
    United States
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  • Brief Bio:
    I'm a former corporate executive that had enough of the hamster wheel, so I did what every red blooded American has the opportunity to do - stake his own claim. I've been there and drank that, and occassionally I brew something that doesn't need to be thrown out. I'm the creator of Beer n' Bull, I write for Beer Universe, and I work in a man cave at a beer desk (you can find pictures on Flickr). If you want to argue, buy me a beer and tell me soccer isn't a sport.



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  • Favorite Beers:
  • Favorite Beer Type:
    Rye Beer
  • Favorite Beer:
    Founders Breakfast Stout
  • Ratings Submitted:
    47
  • Reviews Contributed:
    39
  • Added:
    1 Beer, 0 Bars, 2 Breweries
  • Beers Owed:
    0
  • Beers Owed to Others:
    does not owe any beers.
  • Group Name:
    Beer Dads
Recent Beer Universe Reviews
  • Sep 5, 2012

    Geary's Hampshire Special Ale
    4.6
    • Aroma
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    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
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    • 4/5
    In an era where labels declaring "greatness", this humble package and unsuspecting label hold a delicious, big, biscuit-malt, strong ale, with an excellent balance of sweetness, hops, and alcohol. I got this with a beer of the month club and it's a winner.
  • Aug 23, 2012

    Paulaner Salvator
    4.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    A yummy, rich, hearty bock style beer that impresses on every level. It pours and looks fantastic, with a big malt flavor and a little sweetness.
  • Aug 23, 2012

    Schmohz's Brewing Co
    0.5
    • Tour
    • Range of Sel
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • 0.5/5
    • 0.5/5
    • 0.5/5
    • 0.5/5
    It is so hard for me to be this critical of a brewery that has survived for as long as it has, in an area I once called "home". My hope is that these comments will be read by the owner as constructive, and not with malice. I have no idea what there beer taste like. I walked into the brewery and bellied up to the bar. I explained that it's been a few years since I've been in and asked the bartender to tell me about the place. She said "we brew our own beer." Really? No kidding? I asked for a menu because the paper menu in front of me was soaking wet and used as a beer mat. She lifted it up, shook the drippings off of it, and set it back down. I left. My observation of the place is that no one cares about the up keep. It's old, dirty, and I would call it a Dive Bar, but that would give Dive Bars a bad name. I am more than willing to go back and give them another try, and while there might be pride in the beer, there is no pride of ownership in the building or sanitation inside. It's very depressing, because in "beer city USA" this is the one blemish of an otherwise great beer town. Again, they may have great beer and I'd love to try it, but clean the place up and hire people who care about the character of your beer and brand. If the owner should read this review please know that I'm more than willing to give you another shot and will update my review should my experience change, but right now i can't recommend this brewery, especially with all the other great places to drink in G.R. (and yes, they brew their own beer too). "Here's to having a different experience when I return."
  • Aug 23, 2012

    Saugatuck Brewing Company
    3.3
    • Tour
    • Range of Sel
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • 0.5/5
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    • 4/5
    Great beachtown brewery. Fantastic food, live entertainment, and beer. They have one of the most unusual beers I've ever had - Neopolitin Stout (yes, you actually taste, vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate all in the same sip).
  • Aug 23, 2012

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company
    4.5
    • Tour
    • Range of Sel
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 5/5
    This is my hometown brewery so I'm bias, but St. Arnold does a great job of turning beer fans into enthusiast with their tours and tastings. If visiting, get there early to ensure you have a seat.
  • Aug 23, 2012

    Brewery Vivant
    4.3
    • Tour
    • Range of Sel
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • 4/5
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    • 4/5
    Having been to so many breweries, it's rare that you find one that leaves you speechless. Walking through the doors of the old church/funeral parlor I thought I was going to a service, and then, in a moment, I thought I left my homeland for a farmhouse brewery in Belgium. Amazing atmosphere, beer (all belgians) and food. This place really is that good. If you don't like belgians, still go here - you'll be surprised. If you love belgians, prepare to be impressed.
  • Jun 9, 2012

    Heineken
    2.8
    • Aroma
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    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 2/5
    • 2/5
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    • 4/5
    Consistency is the most common problem with this beer. I almost never get a Heineken that tastes the same. Blame the retailer or the green bottle that allows more light to penetrate (skunking the beer), but perhaps they should take the same care with ensuring quality that Sam Adams, Stella Artois, and Guiness have taken with their products. When I get a good one, it's characteristic of a classic crisp and refreshing German lager (yes, I know it's Dutch). What used to be "expensive, import, fancy" beer is now a traditional example of European craftsmanship and tradition in a bottle... assuming you get one that isn't "skunked" yet. My recommendation, drink it on draft from a bar you know can rotate it properly and keeps their lines clean for the best taste.
  • Jun 9, 2012

    Corona Extra
    0.5
    • Aroma
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    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 0.5/5
    • 0.5/5
    • 0.5/5
    • 0.5/5
    Nostalgia and marketing prevail with this "iconic" brand. Severed Ice-Cold I still can't drink it. Forced to be consumed with a lime, you can mask some of the "off flavors" and contempt for such an overrated product. I've spoke with many Mexicans who've assured me that the lime thing is an American invention, while the host nation simply uses it to keep the flies out.