Monday, January 25, 2016

Snow Wit

A few flakes of snow and the events for are evening are cancelled.  So I get a quiet night at home with a Snow Wit, white IPA. There's a light refreshing feel to this ale. The grassy hops combine with a kind of Belgian funk, keeping interest all the way through the glass.

It's hard to get the play on words until you read on the label, "Snow Wit is brewed seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops."

Friday, January 22, 2016

Jolly Traveler Winter Shsndy

A fun night out with friends at Leo's in Oelwein, Iowa, included this fruity wheat ale. A mistake by the waitress allowed us a chance to try Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy, as well. Both were good, proving to be useful to introduce new palettes  to a broader range of beer.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Guinness Nitro IPA

This is a fun beer: Ingenious technology infuses nitrogen into the beer right when you crack it open; upon pouring the bubbles are mesmerizing to watch; and the velvety texture this an exceptionally drinkable IPA.

The photo here comes from my son Cameron's Untappd account.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Jack Knows Best

Millstream Brewing Company in Amana, Iowa has good beer, but I don't usually expect them to WOW me like they did tonight. I took a chance on this "Jack" when the waitress at Hurricane in Waterloo described it as a "dark one". It is surprisingly complex with hints of dark roasted coffee and baked fruits.

Sandy chose to enjoy a bucket of some fruity booze, shown here. I don't get it, but she likes that kind of thing better than beer.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Fade to Black

Son Cameron gave future son-in-law Miguel a 6 of these for Christmas. This afternoon I noticed a lonely last one, still sitting around in the garage. The super dark roasted flavor was a welcome accompaniment to my chicken cordon bleu for supper.

Saturday, December 26, 2015


We are enjoying our Christmas vacation playing board games, eating ham, and drinking good beer. This IPA was part of a Christmas gift to our family from Tom and Karen. It offers a nice grassy hop flavor, but there is something off, sort of metallic perhaps, that strikes me now and again while drinking it.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Calm Before the Storm

I am really liking the Ballast Point samples in my Advent Beer Calendar. This cream ale with coffee and vanilla is a unique experience. We usually associate coffee flavors with dark roasted heavy beers. But in this drinkable, light in body and reddish colored cream ale, the coffee flavor is an enjoyable component.

Lagunitas DayTime Ale

In these dark days of December (Sunset is around 4:30) a little light shines. This refreshing lemony IPA is bright and cheery.