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.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Baltika 9

Here's to another in the Baltika series of beers that doesn't disappoint. Flavorful and a little boozy, this Extra Lager is appropriately called "strong".  I'm reminded of something a Russian friend once told me, "Beer, without Vodka, is a waste of time." I'm not sure exactly what that means, but it must be connected to the popularity of this 8% ABV Baltika.

Sunday, June 12, 2016


Ballast Point impresses me with the consistent performance on a wide range of styles. Here they offer us up a refreshing summery beer: lemony and light with a hint of black pepper..

Friday, June 10, 2016


We are warming Caleb's new home with some cleaning, moving boxes and good beer. After a hot day this sweet and bitter combo is a real refresher.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Blood on the Blade

Cheers at  a party on the eve of my birthday! My family and their friends treated me to a sandwich and a couple of beers. This red ale has an easy going fruity flavor. It pairs very well with good visiting in a fun place (30hop).  

Friday, June 3, 2016

6th Anniversary Porter

Dessert for a fine meal at 30hop came in the form of this deep, intensely roasted malt porter. Not as ashy as some of the other samples at our table, it provided a nice finish to the evening.

As I was finishing this, the bill came and my sons grabbed it up, treating me on my birthday. When I was young, I never paid the bill. Then there was a long span where I was the only one who paid. Now I'm old, and again, others are caring for me. Such is life, I guess.