Friday, April 24, 2015


Tasty way to pass the time waiting for my wings. Enough bitterness to whet my appetite.

Monday, April 20, 2015

London Porter

While fixing the family coffee pot, I grabbed a beer that had just the right dark roast bitter flavor. This was a surprisingly good porter, and speaking of surprisingly, I was handy enough to actually get the coffee pot working again.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sawtooth Nitro

A Monday off work, a comfy couch and superb beer make for a happy time. The nitro gives a luscious, body and mouth feel and the ale has terrific fresh grain flavor.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lion Bridge Coffee Stout

A delightful stout with a real flavor and feel of coffee, at Luna, in downtown Cedar Falls

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

North High Hefeweizen

Happy National Beer Day!

On this special day I wanted to feature a new smart idea on brewing. in Columbus, Ohio allows customers to brew their own beer on premises using North High's ingredients and equipment. My niece Jenna Brown went there recently and generously gave me a sample of the nice Hefeweizen she and her husband Justin brewed.

Good beer for their first go. Notice the spectacular rocky head! I found that adding a shot of Triple Sec in the glass took off some of the cider tart flavor that distracted from the beer.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout

On this Good Friday, Cameron Koch sets out to appease his father by offering a beer. He wants to borrow my Suburban this week to take his Ultimate Frisbee team and all their equipment to a match in Kansas City -- no small request. So he sends me a propitiation of a dark, thick stout. A blend of 10 different malts combines to make a rich, flavorful sweet treat with flavors of chocolate, toasted bread and maple syrup with a pleasing, clean finish of subtle hops.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Beer Camp

On this beautiful Spring day, Sandy made us one of our favorites for brunch -- Scotch Eggs. Sierra Nevada's Spring Seasonal Hoppy Lager is a great accompaniment. The citrus and floral hop flavors are strong to cut the spicy and savory sauce covered, sausage wrapped eggs.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Here with this pale wheat ale, I believe I have finally found the perfect beer. It has everything: malt and wheat sweetness with just enough citric bitterness to be interesting and refreshing.  I am completely satisfied. I might as well just stop right now at this perfect moment. I no longer need to try any other beers. In fact, I can be finished drinking beer. I deeply appreciate the interest of all you readers of my lifetime beer book, but today, April 1, 2015 is definitely my last entry.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fixed Gear

Tomato Soup, toasted cheese sandwiches and a Red Ale is comfort food on this Holy (hectic) Week. Notice the grape jelly jar in the background. Our supper conversation tonight was about how it came to be that we like grape jelly on our toasted cheese. Anybody else like that?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Newcastle Caledonian Scotch Ale

I paired my breaded pork tenderloin sandwich with a palate pleasing brew. Newcastle's Scotch Ale is sweet and heavy on the malt flavor but with more hop bitterness than I remember in other samples of this style.