Friday, July 3, 2015

Ol' Reliable

I've got my work done for the day and so I turn my attention to fishing and beer and the beginning of the Independence holiday. Ol' Reliable is a what I call a good ol' fashioned American beer.  It's full of very traditional lager flavors. Perfect for the occasion.

This is the first beer I've had from Wisconsin Brewing Co. and I'm interested enough to want to try the others soon.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Autumnal Fire

My son, Cameron has finished college and started a real job that has him occasionally visiting Wisconsin. This happy development brings a wider access to the beers of Wisconsin for the reader of this beer book and, more significantly, for my taste buds.

July comes in this year with cloud cover, drizzle and temperatures in the low 60s. So I am happy to have a warming Dopplebock. This is liquid bread, full of the comforting tastes of fresh baked bread. It gets nice praise from BeerAdvocate, RateBeer and Greg -- deservedly so.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Sometime during my 20's, I had had enough of Budweiser. I used to order it in bars and restaurants, mostly because it was a quick answer when the server asked, and I must admit, I didn't know any better. Nowadays, thankfully, there is almost always some other choice to think about. So in the past several years that I have been working on this Beer Book, I have hardly mentioned, let alone tasted, Bud.

Nevertheless, Budweiser is an irreplaceable part of Americana. So while at lunch at the Budweiser Brew House in St. Louis, there seemed to be nothing better to drink than a nice cold mug of the King of Beers.

From the Brew House, we took a bus ride to the Budweiser Brewery and had a nice visit with Drew, the Clydesdale.

Friday, June 26, 2015

King Goblin

I spent the afternoon in serious debate with these fellas at our convention.  Now we relax together at Fat Wally's with good beer like this British Ale -- Nice malty flavors and a hint of bananas.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Park Bench

I'm enjoying this deep, dark, rich porter with my favorite date on the patio of the little brew pub in Rice Lake.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sticky Wicket

Bucks win!

Since the Kalamazoo Growlers are named in honor of the craft brewing for which Kalamazoo has become known, we were quite tempted to root for this new team. But the 7th inning stretch song overruled, and "It's root, root, root for the home team".

The Waterloo Bucks game winning scoring began with Adam McGinnis hitting the pitch pictured here out of the park.

This is about as excited as I can get about baseball. The real event was the beer, of course, like this hop bomb from Reinbeck, Iowa.

Black Porter

On a beautiful evening at Waterloo's Riverfront stadium, we have our favorite game fare: chips, cheese and excellently crafted beer. This Porter from Reinbeck tastes exactly like the aromas that come from fresh roasted barley as I crush it in my mill in my homebrewing process. Wow, this is good beer. Sandy got to eat most of the chips because I was so focused on this delightful beer, I was reluctant to pair it with anything.

Reinbecker Wheat

The other day Liz Brown of KOEL radio gave us some tickets to tonight's Waterloo Bucks baseball game. The weather was beautiful, the Bucks won, and I had a chance to try a couple of beers from Broad Street Brewing of Reinbeck. The Wheat is especially great. A little orange flavor and a lot of flavor of fresh wheat, like right off of the combine. 


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lone Star

Throwback Thursday.

This picture is from Christmas 1985. My sister Martha gave me this ingenuous hat that allowed me to drink Lone Star hands free. From my experience, I still believe, almost 30 years later, that this is the best way to enjoy Lone Star.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Goat Rodeo

There're tasty grain flavors in this Pale Bock and only a very slight hint of baby puke in the aftertaste.