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.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Hefenator Hefeweiss

It was good to visit my son, Caleb. And it was good to have a couple of nice beers at Obed & Isaac's in Springfield, Illinois. This Hefe was refreshing and effectively washed down the gigantic horseshoe they served me.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jupiter's Moons

Erik and I watched the first of the double header at Busch Stadium in the balcony above and behind third base. Now we are watching the second game from high atop the Hilton, where the food and beer are a lot better and the ball is a lot smaller. This double red ale is big on flavor -- an experience I'm definitely glad I had. It would have been perfect if it weren't for the aftertaste.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


A work day lunch at Old Chicago gave opportunity for this flavorful strong ale produced by the collaborative work of New Belgium and Orval breweries.  The additive spices bring out the malty and ester flavors of this dark beer.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Three Philosophers

This Belgian quad is much better than most Belgians. Still, I get the feeling that Belgians would have done well to focus on their waffles and leave beer making to the Germans and British.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Blue Moon Cappucino Oatmeal Stout

Sandy made some delicious bread pudding to go with this delicious coffee oatmeal stout.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Our 28th anniversary dinner was held at Sakura Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Cedar Falls.

Sapporo is a lager with good, modest flavor that doesn't overpower the seafood it's paired with.

Thursday, January 5, 2017


There's a fun little brewery and arcade in downtown Cedar Rapids that serves a great combination of fried pickles and Belgian Blonde Ale.