Saturday, April 23, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Roosevelt Imperial Red

We had a fun time and some splendid food for a Sunday dinner at Iowa Chop House in Iowa City. The weather was perfect so we really enjoyed a sidewalk table. They call their self-serve tap, the "Beer Barn". It had a very wide variety of all local, all craft beers. I had so much fun, I couldn't  believe we had spent two and a half hours there.  This red ale was full of the fresh and fruity flavors that accompany a piece of pork so well.  I highly recommend this great beer and the great setting.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

That's What I'm Talking 'Bout

I am officially a fan of Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse. On this Saturday when I have absolutely nothing to do, I've found the perfectly relaxing beverage. Rich in bready flavors and sweet syrupy goodness, it finishes nice and clean, leaving me free from all cares.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Louie's Demise

This is an exceptionally enjoyable beer. But it makes me want to ask, "What's with Wisconsin and their extra sweet beers?" Does it have something to do with pairing the beer with all the cheese they've got up there? This amber ale is tasty, alright, but I'm thinking Iowa could export some of our hops to Wisconsin to help them make some balanced beers.

Quinn's Amber Lager

Yum! This tastes like homebrew, which, by the way, for many of us,  that's a compliment. To be a little more specific the taste reminds me of the wort of homebrewing.  Wort is a word borrowed from German for the mixture of malts, hops and water that will, with time, patince and the activity of yeast, eventually become beer. This Wisconsin lager has the fresh malty sweetness I've learned to appreciate when sampling the hydrometer tube.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


This is an excellent IPA from LaCrosse, Wisconsin. It showcases the Northern Discovery Hops, which give a remarkable floral and evergreen flavor. I did not expect something so classy to come out of such a hippie-looking bottle.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Riverwest Stein Beer

This makes me think of a nice old-fashioned German beer -- sweet malty goodness, lightly hopped. I'd call it exceptional if it weren't for the dirty aftertaste.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ouisconsing Red Ale

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Sandy prepared us some very tasty sandwiches with Wisconsin cheeses, which I paired with this pleasantly balanced Wisconsin ale. The nice light caramel sweetness is matched with a tangy sweetness like spring berries.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

It's that time of year again when I must select just the right beer to have while filing my information with the Internal Revenue Service. This year I selected a coffee stout from Kentucky. Rich, flavorful and thought provoking, it's serving me well as I plow through this arduous task. It's an excellent beer, but I think I like the Bourbon Barrel Ale even better.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Preacher's Porter

There is a beer for every occasion.  Today I have found the appropriate beer for my preaching. I had just preached at a service at Luther College, Decorah and on before leaving town I stopped in for my first visit to Pulpit Rock Brewing Co.  Right across the street from the very popular Toppling Goliath this place, too, was packed on a Saturday evening.  Preacher's Porter is rich and full of the flavors of chocolate, caramel and smoke.