31 August 2019

1316. Rhinegeist Strozzberry

The nitro makes this so creamy smooth, and the sour tartness is perfectly on point. 

This one is very much on par with Rhinegeist’s Press Tart for my current favorite sour. I really enjoy this beer, and can’t wait to buy more. 

1315. Clown Shoes Who’s on First?

This is a really tasty beer.  
It’s light, with mild fruity notes throughout.  
There’s not much of any lingering flavor, it just kind of finishes.  I like it, but I don’t love it. 

1314. Clown Shoes Coconut Sombrero

Mexican-Style Chocolate Stout with Coconut. 
I was curious...  because I’ve had some Mexican-Style Lagers, but never a Stout.  So, I wasn’t sure what that meant.  And then I learned.  And I didn’t like it. 

The chocolate goes down really smooth, with a very light coconut flavor.  (Always too light for me, but at least there was some).  And I was really enjoying the beer for a second.  

Then...  the “Mexican-Style” kicked in.  
SPICY in the backend.  
Like a single flake of red-Pepper spicy.  
Not crazy bad, but not what I wanted after chocolate and coconut together.  It would be like pouring Franks Red Hot onto a Mounds bar. 

The beer overall is fine, I’m adjusting to the aftertaste. 

26 August 2019

1313. Matazoa Nap in the Hammock

Blah.  Just a really blah cream ale.  It's not my favorite style, but I would gladly take a Sun King Sunlight over this any day.  Metazoa seems to be very hit or miss with me.  Either I love the beer, or I don't care for it.

1312. Thr3e Wise Men Tick Tock Porter

Well, seeing how Thr3e Wise Men closed down in Broad Ripple about a month ago, and the entire Scotty's franchise has been collapsing over the past few years - I'm curious about this beer still being on draft...?  But, whatever.  Caitlin likes coffee, so she wanted to try it.

Sadly, it's like a "coffee lite".  It's a decently thick and smooth porter, with just a subtle hint of coffee in the very end.  Nothing too special to taste here.

1311. Saint Joseph Sanctuary Saison

When I first ordered this beer, I was disappointed - simply because it had been grouped with some other sours on the menu, so that's what I was expecting.  Once I got that notion out of my head, I was able to enjoy the beer for the Saison it is. 

It's light and refreshing, and very easy to drink.
Not too much more to it.  Enjoyable, but also forgettable.

23 August 2019

1310. Grieskirchner Dunkel Vollbier

My second One American Dollar Beer from Austria.

This Dunkel is very tasty and goes down very creamy with a caramel-syrupy aftertaste. Good beer, but nothing special.  

1309. Grieskirchner Weisse

So, this beer (and the next one) was only $1 at the liquor store. I recognized a German-sounding Brauerei so I was more than willing to shell out two bucks to try products imported from Austria. 

This Weisse is tasty.  Good and powerful wheat flavors up front. It goes down with a full body, and leaves a subtle floral taste in the back end. 

Definitely worth the American Dollar Bill. 

1308. Big Woods Six Foot Strawberry Blonde

So, I have done this beer before. 
I have actually drank it multiple times - and I know one of them was at the Big Woods in Nashville.  I don’t know how or why it was never documented - so, here it is!

Beer #192 was the regular Six Foot Blonde Back in 2011.  

The strawberry version is tasty.  
It’s a subtle strawberry flavor, in a very enjoyable ale.  It’s light and easy to drink.  Very refreshing. 

19 August 2019

1307. Deschutes Lil Squeezy Juicy Ale

I’ve only ever had one other Deschutes beer #660, and it was when I was out in Arizona - and I didn’t care for it.

I was recently informed via Peddie’s Post, that Deschutes was going to be coming to Indiana. So, I’ve been watching for it. Today, I found a single can, and it sounded like something I would enjoy.  

I wasn’t right. 
This beer is okay, but - like my previous Deschutes - its very dry.  Both upfront and in the backend.  It has some nice juicy- citrus flavors, but overall I don’t enjoy it.  

1306. New Holland Dragon’s Milk White

White stouts are a new style that I tend to enjoy.  I’m not big on cacao or coffee, so white stouts tend to have more flavors I enjoy.  

This beer is very smooth and creamy and has some great flavors.  The bourbon comes in subtly in the back end, and then increases to a nice full flavored after taste.  Doesn’t feel heavy, and goes down easy.  

Yuengling Brats

Caitlin found these at Meijer yesterday, so I ran out and picked up some Yuengling to drink with them!

Made them for lunch today, and they were pretty good.  Nice flavors, and really tasty brats.  Nothing revolutionary, but very good. 

16 August 2019

1305. Heretic Chocolate Hazelnut Porter (2♣️)

I haven’t done a new Playing Card since #962 - which was almost two and a half years ago.  

I was happy to see a Heretic beer at the liquor store today, because I was pretty sure I recognized the brewery from looking at the Bicycle List not too long ago.  

The beer itself it just okay.  
Pretty standard Porter with some dry flavors in the backend.  I think it’s too much hazelnut, but Caitlin thinks it’s too much cacao.  Either way, it’s just okay to both of us. 

157 REVISITED: Bitburger

On May 22, 2010, I watched Bayern Munich lose to Inter Milan in the UEFA League Champions Match - while drinking a Bitburger.

Today, is the first Match Day of the new Bundesliga season, and I wanted to drink an authentic German beer. 

It’s still tasty and delicious, as I imagine it was in 1817.
Bitte Ein Bit!

1304. Central State Wave Particle Duality

I was very intrigued by this beer when I heard about it, and after tasting it...  I’m very torn. 

Sours are one of my favorites.  
Dry-hopped Beers, aren’t. 

The beer drinks really light - but dry - with a subtle sour. The sour lingers in back end, but then it has a VERY dry aftertaste.  

It’s not a bad beer, I would drink it anytime, but I’m not in love it. 

10 August 2019

1303. Hudepohl-Schoenling Little Kings

Many moons ago, I was at KSR (Keystone Sports Review) with my friends Claire and Snow.  

The owner of the bar had gone to to liquor store and come back with a case of Little Kings, which he walked around and handed out one to each person who was drinking there that night.  This beer didn’t make the website that night - so, tonight it’s making its debuts while I’m enjoying it at Red Key.

Much lighter than Sunlight, it’s barely a “cream” ale in my opinion.  It’s light and refreshing and goes down easy without much taste to it.  

1302. Bier Coldbier

Simple.  Light.  Lager.  
“Glorified Miller Lite” is the category I put this into. 

1301. Bier Sixty Eight

This is the fourth beer in Bier’s rum of brewing for Red Key Tavern.  Caitlin and I stopped by tonight to see her godmother, Nora, and I was excited that they still had this available.  

It’s pretty plain and simple. 
It’s easy to drink, and doesn’t try too much. 
The flavors are okay, again, just light and easy and a little dry.  

1300. 18th Street The Fox and the Hunted

Beer #1300!!!
And it magically became something extra special. 
Last night, Caitlin and I learned Lily was going to be at a sleepover tonight - which meant we got a date night on a Saturday night!

So, we made our rounds with some drinks. 
Then decided to get some food at Ale Emporium - which was the site of Caitlin and I’s first date. 

Years before that, we met at Fox & the Hound Pub - and Ale just happened to have a beer called The Fox and The Hunted - which was close enough.  

Lucky, it is a porter.  Which is a style that Caitlin likes.  

And!  It’s an Indiana Beer - which is something to try to do for many “Milestone Beers” - unless I have something planned out of town. 

The Fox and the Hunted is a very smooth and rich Porter. It’s very enjoyable.  There isn’t anything magical that stands out - but I really do enjoy it. And it was the perfect beer for this Date Day.  Happy to hit this milestone, with the Love of My Life. 

1299. Sun King Cherry Busey

I have had Cherry Busey in the past, and I have really enjoyed it.  I’m not sure how it never made it into the website, but I checked and it wasn’t anywhere to be found. 

So, this is a super delicious sour and the cherry flavor is really tasty. Light, refreshing, tart, and enjoyable. I could drink lots and lots of these.  So delicious. 

1298. Sun King TrollStorm

Sadly, I don’t get any coconut flavor from this beer like it advertises.  However, the beer is still very enjoyable.  The chocolate and bourbon really work well together and it’s nice and creamy.  Very enjoyable beer. 

1297. Blind Owl Summer Sun Saison

This is a perfectly fine outdoor beer. 
It’s light and refreshing, but I don’t care for the finish. It’s not terrible, just kind of dry compared to light the beer starts.  Still easy to drink out in the sun. 

1296. Blind Owl Earthberry Shake

Very different flavors here, I was hoping for more strawberry.  It’s a nice and light wheat ale, with some subtle strawberry in the back half.  The lactose makes it a little creamy, but not as much as I expected.  It’s a decent beer, and I like it - but I don’t love it. 

Caitlin and I enjoyed some pretzels while at Blind Owl too. 

09 August 2019

1295. Left Hand Flamingo Dreams Nitro

Super smooth and creamy. 
Goes down so quick and easy and leaves a delicious berry taste in its wake. 

07 August 2019

Updated Sun King Gen Con Beers

Following last weekend’s addition of Brewtron 9000, It got me looking back at previous my Gen Con Beers...
2014 - Froth of Kahn (#580)
2015 - Drink on and Prosper (#694)
2017 - Dragon’s Delight (#988)
2018 - Everlasting Gamer (#1294 - added a year late)
2019 - Brewtron 9000 (#1292)

I have deep regret that I missed 2016’s Twenty-Sided Rye - that would have made this a five-year streak.  

I also missed:
Ale of Destiny in 2012 and Flagon Slayer in 2013.

Here is the updated image:

1294. Sun King Everlasting Gamer

August 13th, 2018.

This week, after Gen Con ended, I was looking through the website for my post from last year, because I remembered making my collage of photos from the years - and I couldn’t find my post from last year.  It turns out that I posted stuff to Facebook, but it never got copied to the website.  So, I’m a year late in adding this beer to the website. 


Today, I am enjoying Sun King’s Everlasting Gamer.  The 2018 Gen Con Beer.  It’s a very full-bodied and tasty amber ale with smooth and malty flavors that aren’t overpowering.

06 August 2019

1293. Indiana City Gestält Brau

As tradition goes, when I am at the Indiana State Fair, I drink some Indiana City beer!  This year’s offering was ICB’s new Lager that they released at their 4th of July celebration.

In the past few years, Indiana City has been moving away from the styles of beer that I really enjoy - so it makes me extremely happy when I find new beers of theirs that I enjoy.  This is one of them.

The beer drinks smooth and fairly light, although it’s a little drier than I enjoy in a lager - but it is still very drinkable with some good flavors.  Very drinkable, and it hit the right spot on such a hot and sunny day. 

02 August 2019

1292. Sun King Brewtron 9000

Gen Con 2019 Beer!!!
One of my annual beers I look forward to each year - seeing what Sun King comes up with for Gen Con! 

I was planning to head downtown this year and try this beer at Burger Study with their Stranger Things burger, but my schedule didn’t allow it today.  I may still try on Sunday, because I am very interested in that burger. 

Brewtron 9000 is a super light and refreshing. Drinks smooth and easy with moderate floral notes in the aftertaste.  Mildly tart, not close to sour.  Very light and refreshing and a wonderful summer beer for drinking outside - especially if you’re in a crowded location with hundreds of other Gen Con attendees. 

1291. Sun King Golden Girls

This is possibly the best beer I have ever had from Sun King.  Holy cow.  These flavors are amazing and delicious and this beer drinks so light and easy. Tart berry flavors with just right sour, leave my mouth watering from enjoyment!