Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Berg's Smoked Porter

Travis Berg and some others shared homebrew for our conference. Travis here offers me his smoked porter that was just excellent in flavor and body.

Friday, October 2, 2015


As I just told Sandy, "I can't believe I've lived in Eastern Iowa for 19 years and didn't know about Amana Colonies Oktoberfest. Our family had a great time. We were happily entertained by the DTKK band. We sang "Ein Prosit" once or twice. As we watched people, we played the fun family game "Are those lederhosen really leather?" And we drank good German beer in grown-up sized mugs.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Paulaner Hefe-Weizen

Not my favorite style, still a good German refreshment for Octoberfest.
By the way, this Munich brewery has the best beer hall website I have ever seen:  Paulaner.com 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen

While it's National Drink Beer Day here in America, I'm enjoying this terrific German bier. Nutty and sweet malt flavors are balanced with the old familiar bitterness of European hops.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Revolution Harbor

Yay for Aldi! I didn't see the word "honey" on the label in the store so it is sweeter than expected. But this amber ale with honey is actually very good for the style.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bell's 30th Anniversary Ale

One of my several weaknesses is impatience. For instance, I about go crazy when my car breaks down and I'm stuck in a strange city on a holiday weekend, as was my lot Labor Day in Bowling Green, Ohio. I wrongly assumed there was no possible way such misfortune could work for good. However, because I was a day and a half late returning home, as it turned out, I passed through Kalamazoo at just the right time for the release of Bell's 30th Anniversary Ale -- a spectacular Imperial Stout. A day earlier, and I would have missed it.

This beer seems to be as thick as possible. It's incredibly complex in flavors: both sweet (molasses, dates and marshmallows) and bitter (burnt toast and espresso) and some savory bread-like stuff in the background, too. . . all combining into the best yumminess ever.

It took Bell's 30 years to get to this beer. I'm glad I didn't know how good it would be before now, because I could not have endured the wait.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Abita Spring IPA

I just mowed the grass and now I am enjoying a grassy flavored Spring IPA.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fireworks Blood Orange IPL

This Hy-Vee store brand treat is refreshment for me as I watch the next batch, a pumpkin ale, brew.

The King's English

I'm celebrating hop picking day in Iowa with an English IPA.  I enjoy this authentic ale with a pleasing hop aroma and flavor that still leaves room for great malt flavor.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Labatt Bourbon Barrel Ale

This beer was cold and wet, exactly what I wanted to go with homegrown taco soup. With Sandy's habaneros and jalapenos, this soup overpowers all other flavors, so I'm glad I have this one around. I can fully enjoy the meal without having to waste a good tasting beer.