Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Paddle Wheel Pale Ale

Frequent readers of this beer book have noted that, after a while, many of my pictures begin to look the same. See in this photo, how I fixed this monotony by staining our deck and railing?

Bent River offers up a beer that is as unique and special as any other Pale Ale -- perfectly balanced with layers of flavors.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Simcoe Sensation Session Ale

Following a theme of single hop Michigan beers, Odd Side gives us a lesson in the Simcoe variety. These hops give some fascinating spice and herb flavors. Very enjoyable.

Boffo Brown Ale

Brats and a Brown Ale are a great way to start this Independence Day.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Citra Pale Ale

Oddside Ales has brought us an excellent offering of the Citra variety of hops. I served this for myself with some sauteed greens fresh from the garden -- which were, by the way, absolutely delicious.  But really, I'd even be willing to eat weeds, if I could wash them down with a Citra Pale Ale.

Pale Ale served with Sauteed Lambs Quarters.


We just finished weeding the garden and I get a treat of a beverage chuck full of the fresh grassy and herbal flavors one should expect in a double IPA. There is some noticeable sweetness of malt at the start of each sip. But one wanders if there might possibly be too much DANK.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Phat Abbot Belgian Tripel

We had a very enjoyable first- time visit to Arbor Brewing Company in Ypsilanti, Michigan tonight. Friendly staff and a historic building were welcoming and a full spectrum of beer choices made it interesting.  I especially enjoyed this Belgian tripel. It's easy-going drinkability and multi-layered flavors of fruit and grain are helping me learn to appreciate the Belgian style.

Centennial IPA

Founder's has done a commendable job here presenting the Centennial variety of  hops in an outstanding IPA. The caramelly malts nicely balance the bitterness of the hops in a formula that allows the citrus and floral notes of the Centennial hops to predominate.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Nota Bene

I'm hoping this is a spoiled bottle of Belgian Brown Ale, because I hate to imagine that this brewer intended to make it taste like this. But it's hard to tell with Belgians. Off-flavors seem par for the course with these guys. I'm dutifully finishing the whole 12 ounces, but I'm hankering for something to wash it down with, even a Budweiser will be welcomed after this.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Urthel Vlaemse Bock

We had a great day hosting my sister Martha and her husband John. We visited the neighborhood buffalo herd.

Then for supper we enjoyed some very tasty Bison Burgers, paired with a yummy Belgian Bock. I am not always a fan of Belgian beers, but I appreciate it when they intentionally try to copy the styles of Bavaria. The malty flavor, with hints of dark fruit, was a great accompaniment to the ground buffalo Sandy had so expertly prepared.

Ø Imperial Brown Ale

Just when I think beer can't possibly get any better, I come across a heavenly pint like this! Sweet.  Bitter. Grains. Yeasty esters. Caramel. Coffee. All rockin' in balance. I can't imagine how it could get any better than this.