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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mackincac Island Hop

After some stressful months of planning, some weeks of sleepless nights fretting about what could go wrong, and some exhausting days of traveling, hosting and partying, our daughter's wedding is done. Actually, when it is all said and done, everything went off without a hitch. And now we have a few days to put our feet up and relax.

Thank God for friends. Roger and Julie gave us use of their cabin in the woods for two nights. Bob and Amy gave me this delicious beer. Red ale is one of my favorite styles and this one was particularly enjoyable and easy going. A great souvenir from Michigan!


As I patiently watch the smoker do its good work on the brisket, I can catch up on some reading and sip on this exceptional double IPA. I love the fruity aromas and the bold but not overly powerful hop flavor. Reading the label makes for a good biochemistry lesson in these last days before school starts again.

From the label:
Named for Myrcene, a component of essential oils in the hop flower, Myrcenary Double IPA is our tribute to those who revere the illustrious hop, and their unyielding exploit to craft hop-forward beers. Brewed with a blend of hops containing the highest levels of Myrcene, this double IPA prevails with a tropical fruit-like flavor, a pungent floral aroma, and a clean getaway.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hofbräu Dunkel

My daughter Rachel and her new husband Miguel, got mugs for all the men in their wedding party. They gave me one too, and . . . something nice, brown and German to go in it. Dunkel, which is the German word for “dark”, is my favorite style. This one from Munich is a good demonstration of how the Bavarians have shown the rest of the world how to brew good beer.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Wally Post Red

In Coldwater, Ohio we're sitting next to the beer wagon from Moeller Brew Barn while we wait for Arch Allies to take the stage. This Red from nearvy Maria Stein is nice and malty with a creamy head. Superb.

9 Gz India Ale

Having been away from small town Ohio for 20 years, when I visit back home, I see that some things change and some things never will. Coldwater had their festival, an outdoor concert and plenty of beer, exactly like those small town festivals I remember from so long ago. What's different is the beer! It used to be there was one or two different kinds flowing, and they basically tasted the same. Now the little town of Coldwater has a little brewery producing some nice solid flavorful beers, like this hop bomb. When so much of the changes we see in life are for the worse, it's nice to see some things change for the better.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Green Line

We are visiting some turtles here in Northwest Ohio and enjoying some Green Line Pale Ale. This is very enjoyable. With a relatively mild bitterness, it still conveys some special flavor of that green herb called hops.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


It's three days before our daughter's wedding, (No. Wait. Maybe it's four. . .) and my wife is a nervous wreck. She flits like a little hummingbird from one room of our house to another, picking up odd sorts of things to pack -- old pictures, glitter, boxfuls of silverware. As she flits, she has bumped into me twice or three times, each time startled to notice that I've come home from the errands I was on. Every so often now, she stops long enough to mumble in my direction a string of questions to which I don't know the answer. Watching her is exhausting, and it's starting to agitate my nerves out of sympathy for her. This beer helps.

This Iowa born dopplebock is rich and intense in every way, beginning already with the first whiff. I notice the smell of molasses and black licorice. Each thick swallow seems to show me new flavors: dark brown toast, a little chocolate and stewed prunes. The aroma, the flavor and the warm feeling running all the way down to my gullet combine to make my spot on the couch an oasis of peace amidst the chaos around me.