Friday, November 14, 2014


Even if there were no pseudoSue or Golden Nugget, this IPA would on its own be reason enough to make Toppling Goliath my closest favorite brewery. Notes of citrus and leafy vegetables make this an excellent pint to pair with some greasy gas station food from down the street.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Michelob Pale Ale

For throwback Thursday, I submit this beer from a few years ago.  Cleaning out a corner of my beer room in the basement recently, I came across an empty bottle of Michelob Pale Ale. Five years ago or so Anheuser-Busch marketed a box of “craft” brewed Michelob. Although my memory is foggy surrounding this one, I recall being very pleased by the crisp hops flavors that came out of this Michelob bottle.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Two Headed Cock

Rudy’s Tacos and Guerrilla Brewing Company’s current offering make a great start to a Friday night out in Waterloo. Two Headed Cock is the name for this strong ale. Purported to be in the teens for ABV, the flavor was sweet and full, reminding me of honey liqueur.  From Rudy’s we went on to the National Cattle Congress where we were treated by a great show by ArchAllies.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Burning River

Election Day, 2014 has finally arrived and we can breathe a sigh of relief: the obnoxious political ads will now stop. We civil people are compelled to “give respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed” (Romans 13:7). But this negative political campaigning leads one to despise the whole lot of them, and with disgust for the current status quo, long for some better utopia where there is very little or no government.

This excellent, wonderfully drinkable pale ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland has a colorful label depicting one of my favorite history lessons. The Cuyahoga River of the late 1960s was so polluted it caught fire and burned out of control. Now, thanks to laws and government control, it flows fresh and clean. The lesson of that burning river is this: no one else in Ohio last century was motivated enough to care for pure water and a healthy environment. It took an active, honorable government to regulate corporations and punish wrong doers (1 Peter 2:14).

It’s maddening how our government is so flawed by corruption and inefficiency, overreaching into our lives in one area, abandoning judicial responsibilities in other areas. It’s horrible government. . . . It’s the best government history has produced. So cheers, even to the Democrats. And special cheers to the winners of today’s elections.

Our Congressman Steve King addresses his constituency.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Frankenmuth Batch 69 IPA

Not extreme in any direction, this IPA is just all around refreshing. I am becoming convinced that I could drink Frankenmuth beer every day and be happy about it. By the way, I wouldn’t be too worried about what drinking one of these every day might do to be youthful figure. In 2009 the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a brilliant study that proves the consumption of beer does not directly lead to an increase in waist circumference, aka ‘beer belly’.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Goose Island Rambler IPA

A nice red ale with an intriguing complexity of tangerine and herbal flavored hops. Goose Island has done it well again.

Frankenmuth Little Bavaria Pilsener

This tangy, grainy lager with assertive German hops is part of the souvenir Sandy brought me from her trip to Michigan last week.

Here's her photo of the brewery on the blue sky day when she visited:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

All Day IPA

For Game Day in Iowa City we are tailgating with Cameron. His roommate Danny "Yoshi" and family invited us to join them for a bowl of chili and an early morning beer. All Day, with its citusy aroma and easy going drinkability is an acceptable forenoon beer.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dark

On this Reformation Day we remember a little German reformer of the church in the 1500s and we, like he, drink good German beer. My wife also serves up Halloweinies costumed like mummies. This beer was pleasant enough for the style it is.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Frankenmuth Red Sky

We, who take pride in our Bavarian immigrant heritage, have a special place in our heart for Frankenmuth, Michigan. In the mid 1800s, German Pastor Wilhelm Loehe, sent pious Christians from Germany to establish a colony in Michigan with the dual purpose: “to give spiritual comfort to the German pioneers in the Midwest, specifically the Saginaw Valley, and to show the native Indians in the area "Wie gut und schön es ist Jesus zu sehen" (how good and wonderful it is to see Jesus)” (from

Tonight I enjoyed another sample of the Bavarian heritage, kept alive in Frankenmuth. As Sandy set before the family the comfort foods of pork and potatoes, I paired them with this rich, malty, refreshing beer.