Saturday, November 11, 2017

Dog Tag Legacy Lager

Happy Veteran's Day! These cans are a great way to honor fallen soldiers who gave all for our nation. I appreciate the sentiment so much that I can't complain about the flavor.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Zach's Mexican Donuts

Very good beer for dessert after a very good meal at SingleSpeed in Waterloo. I never like to complain about beer, but if I would I might say that are too many extra spices, chocolate and coffee in this stout. But when my wife sipped a sample of mine, she said, "All I taste is beer." So I really oughta not complain.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Voodoo Ranger

Once every 5 or 10 years I like to go to a hockey game. Sandy has never been, so we decided we'd make a night out at Young Arena and watch the Blackhawks. Fun times and surprisingly good beer.

I've been a fan of New Belgium's IPAs for quite a while now. This is the first I've got a chance to blog about this citrus juicy hop bomb that's on the top of the lists for favorite DIPAs.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tatanka Barrel Aged

I may have said this about other beers, but never mind them, THIS is the best beer ever. Rich and thick and full of fascinating flavors from the bourbon barrels it was aged in -- it was a good day when I stumbled upon this.

While out for a car ride across Northeast Iowa and Southwest Wisconsin we stopped in Lansing, Iowa to shop at Horsfall Variety Store. After shopping for more than 30 seconds, I left the others and went across the street to Safe House Saloon -- a friendly place with an astonishing beer list. They were on the tail end of a tap takeover by Lark brewing from Waterloo, and I got a sample of something inestimably better than shopping.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


I have come to respect and love the big beers Sprecher in Milwaukee produces. This ale and mead hybrid is my latest experience of their fine craft. Aged since 2014, this desert of a drink is full of glorious flavors of sweet bread, molasses, black jack chewing gum and grassy hops. My youngest son, Ethan, just started at Concordia University, 11 miles away from Sprecher. I'll probably be visiting them again in the next 4 or 5 years.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Second State Rauchbier

We visited the new brewery in Cedar Falls today, and I was intrigued and impressed by this smoked dark beer. The noticeable and pleasing smokey flavor was comforting and delicious.

Nut Brown Ale

I brewed this hearty ale with ingredients and advice from Tom at Kitchen Wines and Brew Shop in Cedar Falls. This beer is teaching me patience. It keeps getting better the longer I let it set. Each bottle I open is mellower and more refreshing than the last one I tried.

Today Sandy made a lamb stew that called for a cup of Guinness. I lent her a bottle of this dark British-style ale instead and it added some great character and depth of flavor to the stew.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

California Moby

I love this Double IPA. The California style and yeast keep it light in body but the flavors of citrus hops over a strong malt backbone make for a great experience.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


We're enjoying a pleasant Sunday afternoon, shucking corn and sipping on a nice nut brown ale from LaCrosse.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Moon Man

New Glarus' choice of hops have given this Pale Ale a citrus and refreshing flavor. Very pleasant indeed, but doesn't top Two Women, my favorite from New Glarus.