Sunday, January 25, 2015

Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock

I like this beer and I cannot lie. Tasty and refreshing, I wouldn't have been surprised if they packaged this as a dunkel, or dark beer. It has the taste and feel of having been mass produced, lacking in the character and freshness one finds in most dopplebocks.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Scotty Karate

Out for lunch in Ann Arbor with my nephew Adam, I had this very nice Scottish Ale. Although it lacked the healthy body of my homemade batch of this style from last year, the flavor was rich and very enjoyable. Two thumbs up, indeed!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Banana Bread Beer

Eventually I had to get around to trying this. Today we are hunkered down under a blizzard warning, so I'm hoping this gives me a tropical feel. And the banana flavor is surprisingly realistic and pleasing. I don't need to ever drink one of these again, but it goes down nicely on this wintry afternoon.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat

This limited edition brew from Shock Top is unique and interesting. It does really taste like pretzels. I like it, even if it is "gimmicky", as my friend Erik says.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Bell's Christmas Ale

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas I finally got around to drinking this Christmas Ale Cameron got for me last fall on a trip to Kalamazoo. It is a delicious way to keep the season bright and going all through to its proper conclusion of Epiphany.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Shock Top Shockolate Wheat

My family and I have been enjoying our Christmas gift from Tom Lienau and family -- a Shock Top variety pack with refreshing and unique flavored beers. This dark beer has the taste of Nestle Quik added to it. I wouldn't have put this combination together myself, but it's okay to sip on once in a while.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Three Blind Mice

Erik Rottman brought me this Brown Ale from Missouri when he came to visit. We decided it's not especially outstanding, but very nice.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hop Flood

This is an extreme mouthful of herbal hop bitterness. There may have been malt used in the production of this beer, but I don't notice it at all.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Nut Cracker Ale

Some of the Rottmann family are our guests for New Year's Eve and Erik brought along this hoppy seasonal ale from Missouri.  Good company and good beer make for the start of a good new year.

The picture is from last year. Erik gave me a Nut Cracker Ale back then, too. I just forgot to mention it until now.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


I have saved this special brew since Christmas. Cameron had it for me as the apex for my Advent Beer Calendar. But I was too sick on Christmas to give this treasure its due attention.  So tonight I prepare to toast the New Year by pouring this crazy sweet, wonderfully complex, malty treat.

Happy New Year to all!