Saturday, May 23, 2015


As we were moving Rachel in to Iowa City, Cameron got me a beer to help me assemble furniture. He was especially curious as to how I would react to this uniquely different beer. Calling itself an "Imperial Ale Brewed with Pumpkins", this has a noticeable smell and a powerful taste of pumpkin pie. The one thing this beer is lacking though, is beer flavor. The sweetness is cloying and the strong pumpkin aftertaste makes me want to wash it down with something . . . something that's more like a beer.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Orabelle is a nice little Belgian Ale from Great Divide. Fruity at first, it finishes with spices and a little funk. It goes great with Sandy’s chili in a bread bowl.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


This is an artisanal beer, which means, I guess, the brewer can toss in dainty things like violet petals and jasmine. It still tastes good. Caramel and bread sweetness are darkened as you swallow with a little hint of licorice. It is very sweet and so I can't imagine ever asking for a second one without some palate cleanser in between.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


This is a great beer-- historic and drinkable. I just mowed the lawn and for my cool down and refreshment I grabbed a wheat beer. and by wheat beer, I mean it's made from 100% wheat. A welcomed grainy wheat bread flavor is accompanied by some tangy orange and the classic bitterness of European hops.

I'm impressed by this spectacular rocky head:

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Denver Pale Ale

Mother's Day, 2015

It's always nice to spend an afternoon on the deck with a nice beer and the mother of my children. Denver Pale Ale is a nicely balanced,very drinkable offering from Great Divide.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Big D's Blueberry

Dark Horse Brewing Co. makes some noteworthy beer and tonight I discovered that their beer garden rocks! So I was happy to buy a pint of this fruity beer. $3 of the sale went to Don, a kid hit by a car as he got off the school bus. I like beer and I like blueberries, but I normally wouldn't mix them except out of charity.

Dark Horse is a beer lover's destination stop.  I had some incredibly good nachos with roast beef with my beer and live music by the Hooten Hallers from Columbia,  MO was so entertaining. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pub Ale

On this Cinco de Mayo, I had this great English Pub Ale as I helped my wife stir up a fantastic meal of nachos and enchiladas. The Mexican food was authentic. I know, I've been there. And the beer was authentic too. Now, really the closest I've ever been to an English pub was at a little corner spot in Heathrow Airport on a layover in 2008. Maybe I'm not the best expert to judge. But from my experience I believe this is as close to authentic British pub beer a fella can get out of a brewer in Kansas.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Lammsbräu Organic Dunkel

This Bavarian Dark Lager has a full malt flavor from start to finish. The aroma of fresh grains made me grin and the smooth sweet flavor was a welcome addition to the wonderful meal of pork chop and noodles under the back drop of our blooming crab apple tree. I am disappointed about this beer for one reason. I picked it up in a mix-6 at John's Grocery in Iowa City. I now wish I would have taken a full six pack of this one. It is definitely on the list of ones to get again.


I am concerned for the Belgians. They appear to have an unhealthy self-image. Take this pretentious Trappist Ale for instance. If it could talk I can imagine hearing it speaking with an outrageous French accent, something like this: "Oh! I hate my life. I wish I were Champaign!"

On this lovely day, I think I'll have time later for a nice healthy German lager. If German beers could talk, I can imagine them confidently, happily and loudly saying something like: "Ein Prosit! Ein Prosit! Gemichlikeit!" 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Titan IPA

My son Cameron, once long before he grew to really appreciate hops, reacted to an IPA with these words: "Now I know what a lawnmower feels like!"

I'm reminded of that imagery as I sip on this fresh herbal hopped IPA from Great Divide.

If green were a flavor, this would be it.