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I am an avid NIU fan...that's all you need to know. But if you want more, I love writing, craft beer, making and editing videos, watching movies, playing all kinds of sports (football, baseball, tennis, soccer, whatever). I live in St. Charles, a suburb of Chicago and love the Cubs, Bears, and Hawks too.

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Belt’s Beer Garden: Can-ouflage

HYFR: Citra + Vic Secret - a two-hop DIPA - from Tennessee’s Xül Beer

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Belt’s Beer Garden: Best Beers of 2022

Counting down the top beers from the past year.

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Belt’s Beer Garden: 2022’s Last Call

Cerebral’s Time Crystal is the final brew of 2022

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Belt’s Beer Garden - BrewFC #15: You Sleigh Me

A blind taste-testing of Christmas Ales from two big-time Ohio breweries - Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas and Fat Head’s Holly Jolly

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Belt’s Beer Garden: Shrine-ing Star

In the Shrine from Neüe Méthode is a MUST HAVE beer!!

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Belt’s Beer Garden: Mission to Mars

Mars, PA is home to Stick City Brewing who made Dry Fly|Midge, a delightfully tasty IPA

2022 MAC Football Week 13 Game Recap: Akron Zips 44, NIU Huskies 12

Akron dominated the Huskies, claiming their first MAC win and their first victory against an FBS team this season.

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Belt’s Beer Garden: How Swede It Is

Fika, a Swedish tradition, is now also an AMAZING stout from Beer Tree Brew.

Game Preview: Akron Zips at Northern Illinois Huskies

Akron will look to win an FBS game this season. NIU will look to avoid the upset and end 2022 on a high note.

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Belt’s Beer Garden: Rum-kin Pie

Hardywood’s Rum Barrel Pumpkin - a pumpkin pie Saison aged in dark rum barrels