Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wake Up Dead Nitro

Wake Up Dead is about as good as beer gets. How could they possibly make it better?  Put it on Nitro! #6 in my 2016 Advent Beer Calendar is a total hit.

The label says, "Pour Hard" which I am 
and that's why the photo is so blurry.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Porter Rico

In theory, this seems like it might work -- coconut and beer. It even smells good when you first open the bottle.  But it is not easy to get down.  I'm surprised the brewers let this product go all the way to bottling. It ends up just being a bottle full of a bad idea.


This was better than I ecpected. The fruity flavors were not the central point, just a little add-on to the substantial malt enjoyment. If you ever have to drink a fruit beer, this is one to ask for.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


December 2016 begins with a skiff of snow and an Advent calendar full of beer from my wife. And this first one is amazing! This Imperial Dark Lager is thick and rich and super flavorful. I get hints of coconut in the aroma and the flavor of is full of licorice, chocolate and heavy bread. Just the perfect thing for a chilly damp evening.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tip the Cow

A chilly Saturday in November meets a rich, sweet, warming espresso milk stout from Cedar Falls. Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 11, 2016


Sushi and IPAs go together like pretzels and pilsner. This Double IPA doesnt have the "bite" I'd expect. But its an excellent fairly easy going accompaniment to this late supper at HyVee.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Grapefruit Shandy

This sweet beer comes with a bonus of a new drawer in our kitchen cabinets. While we were away today, friends Roger and Julie came by, repaired a broken drawer, and left beer behind. Good deal!

The grapefruit flavor in this is real and fresh, making it a great refreshment on a warm Friday afternoon.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Citra Hop Along

I spent the afternoon with a good old German friend who stopped by our house with a growler of beer. This easy going IPA from Leclaire, Iowa is fairly well balanced and has nice fruity aromas and flavor. I hope to get down to that brewery and try a few of their other beers--or encourage the German to come by more often.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dead Guy Ale

Busy days and lots of travel necessitate lunches on the run. But with some forethought it's still possible to make healthy food choices, like this meal of fish, fresh vegetables and a hearty maibock. Rogue hasn't always been my favorite brewery,  but they hit this style right on target.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale

Today is the 50th Birthday of Star Trek. Released on this date in 1966, this TV show was not such a hit at first, but with the reruns and the spin-offs that I've lost count of, Star Trek has left an indelible mark on our little part of the galaxy. I'm giving this beer high marks for so surprisingly surpassing my low expectations. Nice golden ale flavor with a pleasant hop aroma of pine.