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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Murphy's Red Ale

Tonight I reach again into my six-pack from Julie Allen of beers from around the world. Musician Frank Zappa once said, “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline; it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need beer.”

Ireland definitely has enough good beer to prove itself worthy of its status as a country. This splendid Red Ale on its own, would be enough to make the case. Similar to the common Killian’s Irish Red, Murphy's is much bolder in flavor.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Greece is known for its many contributions to civilization. We acknowledge the Greeks as the creators of Philosophy, democracy and yogurt . . . but not beer.  Mythos is the first sample of Hellenic beer I’ve ever tasted. I wouldn’t say it’s horrible. Actually the sour aftertaste comes as a relief after the initial skunkiness.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


In the next few days we will be going around the world in a 6-pack.  My friend Julie Allen selected these for me at a World Market

I’ll start with Asahi, a brand that’s been in Japan for a while. When I was a young beer can collector, my uncle Raymond was stationed in Japan with the US Air Force. He mailed me a couple of Asahi cans. But today is the first chance I’ve had to taste it. It is crisp and light with a very clean finish, which seems to be what the label means when it says, “Super Dry”.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Little Kings

Little Kings Cream Ale is a classic Ohio favorite. It brings back wonderful memories from days long past. For a family gathering at the home place we shared a good laugh or two even while we missed those who've gone to heaven ahead of us.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Chipotle Porter

This rich dark beer has a chocolate-like sweetness followed by some moderate warmth of pepper in the finish. Overall it’s a pretty good beer for an amazingly high price. The lesson in this bottle: “It’s better to have a cheap beer exceed your expectations than to have an expensive beer that underwhelms.”

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hefe "R" Weissen

Millstream's hefeweizen is a good example of the style. Not everyone needs to be a fan of this style. For example, Sandy took a whiff of this and said, “Beer’s not supposed to smell like bananas!”

The brewer puts on helpful description of this style on the website.