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.

Pearl Street Pale Ale

Pearl Street's choices of hops have given this Pale Ale an earthy and herbal flavor.  Very pleasant indeed, but doesn't top Linalool, my favorite from Pearl Street.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Columbus IPA

Lunch at Roosters with our family in Marysville, included this great ale with flavors  of tropical fruit and evergreen.

Rated 4.5 on my Untappd

Friday, July 14, 2017

Protovin Centennial Pivo

While cleaning out the garage this summer day, I ran across a souvenir can of beer from the somewhat recent Centennial Celebration of the town of Protovin, Iowa. The beer had aged well. It had the healthy strong flavors of a European lager. There was not a lot of fizz to get in the way. I was very impressed by how drinkable this was.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Southwold Bitter

Perfect weather, good friends and great food made for a wonderful evening overlooking the Turkey River at Schera's in Elkader. This English bitter paired very well with the Mediterranean cuisine.