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.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Golden Nugget

This is Pastor Appreciation Month. Parishioners here have presented me with what I believe is the best possible expression of appreciation:  A really good beer! Toppling Goliath is the best, closest brewery in this region and the piney bitter ale in this bottle is sought after by aficionados way beyond Iowa. This Wednesday has pretty much been a non-stop, stressful day and evening. Now to relax with an IPA and the 7th game of the World Series.

Thank you to Dennis and Cheryl Schwake for so kindly thinking of me this month.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Frankenmuth Hefeweizen

This is the second take from this classic looking six-pack souvenir Sandy brought for me while she was visiting our daughter, Rachel, in Michigan. It seems to me this is a little light in body and flavor for a Hefeweizen, but I enjoyed the fruity notes from the wheat and the happy banana aftertaste.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Frankenmuth American Blonde

I've been reminded by my helpful friends Kasey and Landon Nafziger that today is National American Beer Day. Fittingly, I was very fortunate to have a nice, strong American beer with my supper of pan fried fish and squash. Frankenmuth, Michigan is a wonderful little American town and their brewery's American Blonde Ale ought to make them proud.

Cheers, Landon and Kasey!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Autumn Ale

When the farmers start harvesting beans and corn around here, my allergies flare up. I have this constant tickle in my throat and I am constantly looking for the perfect medicine to sooth it. Currently I am trying this seasonal offering from Breckenridge. It's not the best I've had from there. It is dark and fruity as promised, but there is something tart here that makes me wonder: Was there some infection in this batch? Or are they intentionally trying to get in the fad of sour beers? For the moment, my ailment is cured.

Road Warrior

This Imperial Rye India Pale Ale introduces itself to the drinker with great citrus aroma and then follows up with a powerfully bitter taste. Then out of nowhere, there is some odd sort of flavor, like root vegetables. Overall, I think I like it.

This would have been a pretty nice picture, had Moses not photo-bombed it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Old Style

Alpha, Iowa is a town that no longer exists. Fortunately, the proprietors of the Alpha Tap have not yet accepted this fact and they still serve up some great food, like these gizzards that help me enjoy an Old Style in a long neck. I was surprised to see that I have not yet put Old Style in my book. Old Style has a long proud history, and is now kept on the market for that reason alone.

Hibiscus Gose

Whatever you do, don't try this. It made me shiver and retch a little.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stone Go To IPA

When I opened the bottle and poured this in a glass, my wife, Sandy said, "That's an especially smelly beer." Four or five minutes later when the first belch arrived, she repeated that same line again. Overall, I really like it.