Monday, June 19, 2017

Roxie Irish Red

I noticed this beer on the shelves of the convenience store. The packaging intrigued me and I bought a six pack, even though it was more expensive than the beers next to it. As it turns out, they must charge more for the metallic off-taste they put in here.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Victory Dance

For my birthday, Sandy took me out to SingleSpeed's new brewpub and restaurant in Waterloo. They've done a beautiful job turning the Wonder Bread factory into a classy urban meeting place. The staff was helpful and friendly (at least to us).

The food was remarkable. We had locally sourced salads with croutons made from spent grains, which were even tastier than I expected.

I sampled several of their beers and found it hard to eliminate any from my list of favorites. But I do want to make mention here of this especially nice IPA full of tropical fruit flavor and aroma. A happy birthday, for sure.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sustenance Black

See the moving truck out the window? We got it loaded, safely packing away all of Rachel and Miguel's move to St. Louis. Packing, lifting, loading, It's what Dad's do. Then after a long day, we get some pizza and this comforting malty black beer.

3.75 on my

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA

While visiting Michigan I have an opportunity to sample some of the local favorites and this IPA is one for the book! I gave it a 5.0 score on my Untappd account (the highest). The hop flavor is incredibly complex with herbal herbal, floral and fruity notes. With no family left in Michigan, there's only beer to give reason for returning.

Included in the photo is my dinner, which, by comparison is totally forgettable.

Rochester Red

On a break from packing up their Michigan home, Rachel, Miguel and I went for dinner to the Twisted Rooster. The locally sourced food was great and this Red Ale was an excellent example of its style.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tiramisu Coffee Stout

After a busy weekend at Rachel and Miguel's college graduation, I took Sandy out to FireKeepers Hotel and Casino so she could have a really good pretzel and watch me drink a very good beer. This stout is full of the sweetness of burnt caramel.

4.75 on my Untappd

Friday, May 12, 2017

Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy

This Watermelon Shandy is actually better than I imagined it would be. The watermelon flavor is natural and appealing. During our stay at Harrah's in Joliet, Illinois, we had this and a couple other drinks at a bar with excellent scotch and ordinary beer.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Blah Blah Blah

The labeling on this cracks me up. The website says,
"We are huge fans of IPA and love our hops like anyone else, but we also like to have fun. Our Blah Blah Blah IPA is a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the popularity of this style and all the sub-styles that have become part of craft beer conversations and offerings."
This one will truly stand out among all the other IPAs out there. Fruity and resinous hop flavors paired with bready malt goodness with a little boozy strength, there is a fun beer inside the funny package.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

Finally home after a lot of miles on the road the last few days, I am taking some time to sip on a beer. This Belgian Quad is good for slow, thoughtful drinking. The layers of flavor include apple cider, cloves, banana and wheat bread.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Double Bastard

We visited our daughter and her husband in Michigan to attend the final band concert of their college careers. Afterwards we went to their apartment in Belleville and son-in-law Miguel and I shared a big bottle of this big beer. We both enjoyed it greatly.