Monday, September 15, 2014


This hefeweizen ale is full of the flavors of heavy bread, yeast, bananas and alcohol. The warming experience makes one feel relaxed and at peace. As Queen Victoria said, "Give my people plenty of beer, good beer, and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

La Rossa

My wife is so great! Not only does she pick me up some beer when she's out, she impresses me by bringing home the best beer ever produced by Italians. This dark, strong lager is rich in cereal sweetness with intriguing hints of additional flavors like black cherries and appreciable hop bitterness.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Obsidian Stout

And then all the sudden it's fall -- Gray, damp, chilly and blustery. This evening I look for a beer that will not only slack my thirst, but also warm and comfort my disposition. It is a wonderfully relaxing to sit and sip Obsidian's dark ashy flavors. The Deschutes website says, "Anyone passionate enough to homebrew has our respect." So they provide the recipe to make an Obsidian clone at home.  That's an unexpected touch on the part of these brewers that impresses me greatly.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fabulosa Porter

It’s brewing day at the Koch home. A batch of light lager is ready to be bottled and the ingredients for a Pumpernickel Porter are ready to go in the pot. I want a special beer for such a special day and this Gringolandia lives up to its name, Fabulosa. When I roast marshmallows I want them to be as dark as possible, right up to, but not beyond the point of burnt. In the same way, I love a Porter with malted barley that seems to have bee roasted right up to, but still under, the flashpoint. Fabulosa!

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Sandy went away for Labor Day weekend and brought me back a souvenir from Laos. Well, she got it from the Friar Tuck's in Springfield, Illinois, but ultimately it came from Laos.  Beerlao Dark Lager has some nice dark roasted grain flavors, nutty and smooth. There is something a little sour at the end of the taste, but overall this is a pleasing export from the Far East.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Oyster Stout

The latest issue of Draft  arrived just in time for me to sit with it as I enjoy an outstanding beer. "Dark. Rich. Smooth." says the very truthful and understated label. These three words are the all encompassing reasons why I love stouts. The flavor and feel of this Marston's is so great that I'm not even disappointed to find out it doesn't really taste like oysters.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Under the sunflowers on this late summer day, I toast the waning season with an extraordinary beer. Toasted grains, sweetness like dark cherries and molasses, warmth of alcohol and the relaxation of a heavy, satisfied belly are all combined in this bottled German experience. In previous centuries, clerics would have dopple bocks like this to give sustenance during periods of fasting. Thanks to the Reformation, I can enjoy a beer from this tradition with a grin and a happy heart, without worrying about vows of celibacy, poverty and fasting.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Eliot Ness

Here’s a souvenir from my trip to Ohio two weeks ago. Eliot Ness is a smooth amber lager with hints of nuts and spice.  This is the second beer I’ve enjoyed from Great Lakes Brewing Co. of Cleveland OH. Finally there’s a reason to appreciate something about Cleveland.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Estrella Galicia

This beer from Spain was in the six pack from around the world that Julie Allen gave me last week. Estrella Galicia tasty enough and interesting enough to give me confidence that I could get along very well in Spain, if I had to.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Carta Blanca

Tonight’s stop on the World Tour in a six pack is Mexico. I like this Carta Blanca. The cerveza has some remarkable grain notes in the flavor. The whole experience is enhanced with a bite of lime and sip of tequila.