Saturday, December 29, 2018

66. Indiana City (Indianapolis, IN) - Direwolf Diner Double Dry-Hopped IPA

“Whirlpool additions of Cashmere, Hallertau Blanc & Centennial. Double dry-hopped with Citra Lupulin powder.”

Big and fruity, with a little bit of a tropical note. Nice, bright, lemony finish.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

65. Hoosier Brewing Company (Greenwood, IN) - Cosmic Crush Hazy IPA

“Loaded with Mosaic, El Dorado, and Amarillo hops for a juicy DIPA with dank overtones and hints of citrus and passion fruit with a piney flavor.”

Collaboration with Brew Link and Riverfront. Hoosier Brewing Company currently has a pop-up stand at Circle Centre* (near the food court), with samples and pints on tap and four-packs of tallboys to travel. The flavor profiles of the hops are really nice—tropical up front, and then citrus and pine coming up behind.

*At least...they had a pop-up at Circle Centre a week ago, when I started writing this. It might be gone now.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

64. Central State (Indianapolis, IN) - Moon Machine

“A throwback to when humankind used to set goals just to see if we could do it. The pure pursuit of scientific achievement & glory. We dreamed of an IPA brewed with Indiana malted wheat & barley, loaded up with Citra, then double dry-hopped with Citra & Simcoe Cryo Hops—and we landed it.”

That funky Brett action plays really well with the tropical and fruit flavors from the Citra hops. What started out as a really dry, almost bitter, finish smooths out toward the end. Not as funky as some of the other Central State offerings I have tried.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

63. Short's Brewing Company (Elk Rapids, MI) - Slurm Lord Double New England Style India Pale Ale

“Slurm Lord is a double New England style India Pale Ale brewed with oats and a blend of Citra, Azacca, Amarillo, El Dorado, and Mosaic hops.”

And lots more in the description on their website, but let’s just go with this for simplicity. Nice tropical notes up front and nice, but not overwhelming alcohol (at least for a double). The fruit seems to be hidden a little bit, and I probably should have talked it up before the fourth of four. Ah, well. Perhaps we’ll meet again, some day, on the avenue…

Thursday, November 15, 2018

62. Triton Brewing Co. (Indianapolis, IN) - Pale Splitter APA

“A brilliant and well-balanced, unfiltered American Pale Ale brewed with Cascade, Columbus, Galena, and Magnum hops then dry-hopped with Citra! A bright, citrusy 'Split' from the pale and drab.”

The four-pack I got was over-carbonated, but it is nicely balanced. A caramelly sweetness at first and then a bitter finish, but maybe a little too much variety with the hops. Nothing really stands out.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

61. Indiana City (Indianapolis, IN) - Mythical Apothecary

“Whirlpool additions of Citra, Belma, and Falconer’s Flight, dry hopped with Amarillo, Zythos, & Citra Lupulin powder. This beer boasts massive lemon and tropical fruit flavors.”

Hazy like a milkhake and sharp like a challenging IPA, the flavors are a little bit muted by the alcohol, though this is not necessarily a bad thing. Give the lemon a couple of minutes to come to you. Indiana City is quietly doing some really lovely beer, and this is one of their best.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Deep Thoughts #175d

But without the white sheets and hoods, the only Republicans left on earth would be spineless afterbirths like Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.

Deep Thoughts #175c

Yeah, I know…if they had the intellectual capacity to formulate any good ideas, they wouldn’t be allowed to wear the white sheets and hoods.

Deep Thoughts #175b

The new Republican strategy seems to be to lie to pollsters or not respond at all. What if they used that energy to have good ideas instead?

Deep Thoughts #175a

What if Republicans could think instead of lie, or form their own opinions instead of taking orders from Fox News? The world may never know.

Deep Thoughts #174

Best thing about last night’s election is that Mike Delph now gets to shut his homophobic mouth and go the fuck home. Down with Republicans!

Deep Thoughts #173

People voted for Republicans last night. You are all ignorant. Every single one of you. The party of McConnell and Trump is no longer valid.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Deep Thoughts #172

Indiana is just a terrible state, filled almost all the way to the brim with ignorant bumpkins. I fucking hate that I live in this shithole.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

60. Farm Island (Peak Brewing?) - Organic IPA

No description on the can, and no website, either. Scuttlebutt has it that this might be contracted to Trader Joe’s as a sort of once-removed house label. Very smooth and tropical, and since I also just had one of the aforementioned Citra Express ales from 18th Street, I’m on a little bit of a Citra overload. There is nothing at all wrong with that. And we’re going trick or treating soon. Fuck yeah.

59. 18th Street (Hammond, IN) - Citra Express Session Pale Ale

“All aboard the CITRA express! Like a rush hour train, we’ve packed more tropical, citrusy CITRA hops into this beer than should be allowed by law. Fare’s paid, next stop: Satisfaction.”

Love the Citra notes here, but even though it’s relatively punchy for a session at 5.8%, the flavor profile is very mild.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

58. Evil Czech (Mishawaka, IN) - Evil Czechmunk

“Moderatly bitter American IPA with a medium dry body. A floral nose mingles with grape fruit (sic) and meyer lemon. Dry hopped with Centennial, Cascade and Ahtanum.”

I need to try this again when I haven’t been walking around the Irvington Halloween Festival all day, because it’s not even a little bit thirst-quenching. The flavors are spectacular, though. There’s a lot going on in this beer, but it’s pretty well-constructed. The bitterness makes it taste like it’s more potent than the 6.2% they advertise.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Deep Thoughts #171b

If you think it’s fake news because it was on CNN, you should ask your parents how often they dropped you on your head when you were a baby.

Deep Thoughts #171a

Hang on…are you telling me that science was right all along, and we’re to blame for global warming? What fucking dumb shit didn’t know that?

Deep Thoughts #170c

If you’re in charge of the weather, go wait in Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room until he comes out of the bathroom wearing nothing but a smile.

Deep Thoughts #170b

Since the rain fucks the Zombie Bike Ride every year, why don’t we cancel the motherfucker altoghether and think of something indoors to do?

Deep Thoughts #170a

Two years in a row rain has raped the Zombie Bike Ride. Whoever is in charge of the weather should be forced to have drinks with Bill Cosby.

57. Yee-Haw - IPA (Johnson City, TN)

“This IPA is the best of both coasts, with its West Coast style hop flavors and unfiltered New England style look. It packs a bitter punch while still being beautifully balanced. Medium bodied and straw colored, our IPA is true to style, with a strong fragrance of citrus and pine. For those who just can’t get enough hops, just say Yee-Haw!”

Balanced yes, but big and hoppy, not so much—though not in a bad way. The citrus is strong up front, and gets bigger as the beer warms up. I was impressed with almost nothing on our trip to the Smokies, at first (to be detailed in a National Novel Writing Month practice piece I still need to tinker with a bit); but now that we’ve been home a week, everything about the trip, including the beer, is beginning to reveal its charm.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

56. Wiseacre Brewing Co. (Memphis, TN) - Ananda India Pale Ale

No description for this one, on their website or on the can. Very tropical flavor up front, with some moderate bitterness. There’s something a little bit round and sweet there, too—but just a little bit. I want to say it’s coconut, but I’m certainly no expert when it comes to sussing out the flavors in beer. Of the three I brought back from our trip to the Smokies, this is easily the most interesting.

55. Highland Brewing - Mandarina IPA

“Real oranges and citrusy hops blossom in this stunningly bright IPA.”

One of three regional beers I tried while we were in the Smokies a few weeks ago, from a brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. The flavors of both fruit and hops are very light, and it feels very refreshing at first, before giving way to a slightly bitter finish, just to make sure you don’t forget that it wants to be a hop-forward IPA.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

54. 18th Street - Here Comes the Reaper

“An IPA coming in at 6.2% brewed with Mosaic and Chinook hops giving it a citrus boost with a spicy edge!”

I get more of a tropical taste than a spicy edge, but the light, lemony citrus is definitely in play. More refreshing and less aggressive than most IPAs.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

53. Sun King - Foxy Jam Pants

“Foxy Jam Pants is an IPA brewed with a combination of southern hemisphere hops for balanced tart & juicy bitterness and cascades for a hint of citrus.”

A little bit pedestrian for a Sun King offering—especially a hoppy one—but somewhat made up for by a punchy 7% ABV, and very drinkable.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Deep Thoughts #169d

Every single one of you ignorant, racist peckerwoods needs to be at the zoo the next time a hungry tiger escapes and decides to eat someone.

Deep Thoughts #169c

Republicans who accuse Democrats of playing politics with Kavanaugh, after Mitch McConnell raped Merrick Garland, all need to die in a fire.

Deep Thoughts #169b

I feel bad for Mitch McConnell’s kids, biologically wired to love their dad, even though he is one of the worst human beings who ever lived.

Deep Thoughts #169a

Mitch McConnell is going to die one day, and I hope when he does that it is painful and he suffers and his children cry like fucking babies.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

52. Taxman - Exemption

“Claim an Exemption, our abbey-style tripel. This crisp golden ale unites lemon, orange peel and coriander spices with flavorful Belgian esters. White wheat, oat and artisan malts contribute a balanced body complemented by golden candi sugar.”

I’m not all that experienced when it comes to tripels, and the sugar part worried me a little bit; but they both manage to work to great advantage to at least partially mitigate the 8.5% ABV. I taste more banana bread than fruit, but I bet Shane would tell me that I need to let it warm up a little bit. It’s very smooth, and that 8.5% is a nice little punch on the back end. Taxman is one of my favorite breweries in the area, and this is one of the most interesting of their brews that I have tried.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

51. Sun King - SKB IPA

“SKB IPA is an India Pale Ale brewed with American hops for long-lasting aroma and flavor.”

This one lands somewhere north of Osiris and south of GFJ, but is very drinkable for a punchy IPA. Much like GFJ, however, it mostly serves to remind me that the most interesting stuff Sun King is doing these days they are doing in the taprooms. (See how the lacing makes you fail to notice that I forgot to take the picture until it was almost gone?)

50. Metazoa - Hoppopotamus

“A bright, citrus aroma from Citra and Mosaic hops balanced by a light sweetness from Vienna malt.”

Something I have learned about myself from this recent spate of beer tasting is that I don’t care for much in the way of malt nonsense getting in the way of what the hops and yeast are doing. And that’s the first thing I noticed here—a very noticeable sweetness cutting into the tropical Citra and piney Mosaic notes. (It gets somewhat bitter on the back end, too.) On the plus side, it helps to smooth out the 7.0% ABV, so that about halfway through the beer, I no longer cared about the malt intrusion.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Deep Thoughts #168

Quick, give me a Republican who isn’t a worthless, racist, cracker piece of unevolved shit. To quote George Carlin, “See, nobody can do it.”

Deep Thoughts #167

Lindsey Graham, ladies and gentlemen. As if the Republican party wasn’t enough of a morally bankrupt laughingstock. Die, you fucking monkey.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

49. Sun King - GFJ

“GFJ is an American IPA crafted with a unique blend of hops to provide the tropical aromas and flavors of grapefruit, passionfruit, tangerine, and apricot.”

Sort of like a Daredevil Lift Off, but more fun, and not quite as aggressive as they would have you believe. Sun King has jumped the shark a little bit, setting the bar for Indiana craft beer and then becoming so popular that they have to spend a disproportionate amount of time making the house brews for the masses. They’re certainly not resting on their laurels, but if you want something really interesting from Sun King these days, you need to visit one of the taprooms.

48. Indiana City - Kickoff

“Kickoff is a super juicy, pale ale featuring whirlpool and double dry hop additions of azacca hops and citra lupulin powder.”

I’m not sure about the “super juicy” part, but it's light and breezy and very drinkable. It’s got a little hint of funk to it, as well as a robust crispness that I have noticed in most of the other Indiana City offerings I have tried.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Deep Thoughts #166

Yes, Donald, they are out to get you. You are a lying criminal, and they are the police. That’s the way it works here, you fucking imbecile.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

47. SweetWater - Mosaic Single Hop Hazy IPA

“Watch those fall colors come out with this double dry hopped hazy IPA. Mosaic is packed with delicious hops giving it a citrus herbal fruity build with a crisp clean finish. This seasonal release IPA is a graduate from our Hatchery pilot brewhouse!”

I get a hit of pine whenever I taste the Mosaic hop, and this one is no exception. That’s not a bad thing, just something I get that is different from what they advertise. Super hoppy, nice and crisp, and dangerously deceptive. A really beautiful beer for when you want to talk about the flavors that hops can bring to the mix.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

46. Chilly Water - The Wall Berliner Weiss

“A bit tart and sour making it a great summer beer.”

As I have said of all the other Berliner Weisses I have tried, it ain’t no Finn from Urban Artifact. The alcohol is a little high for the style (4.8%), but it’s also somewhat less aggressive in its flavor profile. The bronze winner of the three I tried on my recent trip to Chilly Water, but still a very, very good beer.

45. Chilly Water - Blood on the Tracks Blood Orange IPA

“Our ‘Feel Like a Stranger’ IPA infused with Blood Orange fruit emulsion.”

Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for something so boozy (7.4%). Big, sweet essence of orange without actually being sweet. This was my second stop at Chilly Water, but the first time I tried the beer. The food wasn’t very good the first time and wasn’t any better the second time—but the beer is spectacular. Grab a table outside and watch the people come and go along the Cultural Trail; Indianapolis is still a sleep little burg in flyover country, but from that vantage point, you could almost believe that it has a chance to make it.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

44. Flat 12 - Half Cycle IPA

“It’s a single IPA, light in color but not in flavor, hopped like a double with over 2lbs of dank American hops per barrel providing an over-the-top hop character that’s citrusy and piney.”

Bright and piney up front and then bitter going down. Like most Flat 12 joints, it’s very well crafted—they just don’t do it for me. I have no explanation.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

43. Deer Creek - Deerfly American IPA

“An earthy American IPA with notes of tangerine and orange from superb alpha hops. Enhanced by a smooth malt backbone. As satisfying as an afternoon hike.”

Malt and hops are both subtle. Citrus profile is mild, but pronounced. Surprisingly smooth for the relatively high alcohol (6.8%).

42. Central State - Garden

“Garden Gose is our tribute to lightly tart and slightly slightly salty beers of Leipzig, Germany. We updated it a bit with the addition of lemon peel and a touch of cascade hops. Goseanna!”

Yes, and when you have been wandering around the state fairgrounds on a warm and sunny August afternoon, this is just the thing to pour into a frosty mug and quaff lustily when you get home. Fairly laid back for a Central State joint. Eminently drinkable and very low alcohol, even for the gose style.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Deep Thoughts #165b

Yes, all of you. You are ignorant and complicit, and it is time for you to end. Be sure your children get the message before they reproduce.

Deep Thoughts #165a

Sarah Sanders is a liar. Her boss is a liar. The Republicans permitted this sideshow and now they need to move to Guyana and drink Kool-Aid.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Make Way for Other Toys

The boy that you raised goes upside down, upside down, upside down...

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

41. Rhinegeist - Truth


“Rare are the moments of truth, when you’ve struck the last match, belting out tunes with your friends, staring deep into the campfire—times when you feel infinite. Our Truth is found in the scintillating brilliance of hops. Brewed with a nod to the Pacific, hops sizzle with tropical fruit aroma, grapefruit & mango notes and a dry finish.”

Nice and hoppy up front, and then it settles down into a slightly calmer, almost sweet, malty finish. There’s enough tropical punch in the hop profile to make me think that I probably prefer the hops that throw off citrus and pine.

Sixth Grade

Here is the sixth grade cycle of first day of school snapshots. Jackson starts middle school at a new school this year - the Sidener Academy for gifted students.

2012 - Kindergarten

2013 - First Grade

2014 - Second Grade
2015 - Third Grade
2016 - Fourth Grade
2017 - Fifth Grade
2018 - Sixth Grade

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Deep Thoughts #164

So if you want people to know you’re sensitive, you have to tut-tut “transvestite hermaphrodite” if you write about Vonnegut and semicolons?

Sunday, August 05, 2018

40. Brewdog - Elvis Juice


“Our naturally flavored India Pale Ale packs more fruit than the state of California. A zest zenith on the nose. Fruity foreplay gives way to a truckload of grapefruit and orange in an inter-state pile up of citrus. A frenzied fruit cocktail of flavor builds to a crescendo and a bitter finale leaves you screaming for more. Elvis Juice - the absolute King in a world of wannabes.”

Very easy drinking and refreshing, with just enough body to encourage moderation. It’s so hip to be aggressive with hops in the IPA category that you rarely get to experience fruit taking center stage. The opposite is true here, and it makes me want to have a go at other beers in this vein. Any recommendations?

Saturday, August 04, 2018

39. Black Acre - Hop Pun Double IPA


“With healthy additions of five types of hops, this DIPA is bursting with flavor, offering a bright finish and an intense experience.”

Well, now, this one is drinky. I woke up on a garbage scow wearing wing tips and pasties, and I could still taste the bitter finish. It’s clean and bright up front, and then goes bitter and makes you fully aware of its 8.5%-ness. The five additions of hops must be some kind of swing at cutting down the alcohol and the malt bitterness, but none of the hop flavors really stand out for me. And I’m not about to pour a second one. This must be how Dumbledore felt after Harry made him drink the potion in the sixth book.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

38. Grand Junction - One With Nature IPA


“Darker than most IPA’s, as we use caramel malts to help balance the beautiful bouquet of hops. A blast of passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon, berries, and pine aromas greet your nose as you take your first sip. This IPA features the perfect balance of malt and hops, bringing you ever closer to becoming one with nature!”

Nice citrus and tropical fruit up front, but a pretty bitter finish. Maybe not quite as balanced as they had hoped. Then again, I went ahead and opened a second one, so it can’t be that bad.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Great Northwest Beer Run

This is mostly going to be notes on the Montana beers I sampled during our recent trip to Glacier National Park, including a few from Washington and Idaho, because we started this safari in Seattle and made our way east, by car. I also tried a few Oregon beers, though we did not travel to that state. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to lay hands on most of those beers here. I haven’t researched all of the breweries yet, but the ones I have checked mostly distribute regionally. We do, however, have a Mackenzie River Pizza Company restaurant in Indianapolis. That’s a restaurant chain that got its start in Montana, and so features a Montana-centric menu, including a couple of Montana beers on tap. The food is terrible, but that don’t confront me none; the chance to linger over a refreshing Wild Huckleberry Lager from Great Northern Brewing is worth suffering a sub-par lunch or dinner.

WASHINGTON

15. Palladium Pale Ale - Hale’s Ales (Seattle, WA)

“As the region’s first craft brewed pale ale, Hale’s Pale Ale established the category in the Northwest. Clean, crisp, balanced and true to style, it’s easy to see why this beer has remained a favorite since 1983!”

16. Pike IPA - The Pike Brewing Company (Seattle, WA)

“Citra hop flavor shines through in this expertly balanced IPA with just the right amount of bitterness. Pike IPA uses local hops to its advantage, artfully mixing citrus and modern tropical fruit flavors with a clean and light malt character. Pike IPA started introducing people to its style in the early 90’s and is now updated to reflect today’s beer drinkers love of hops. Pouring light golden in your glass, Pike IPA is brewed to be an all-day drinking IPA, pairing well with food while keeping your hop craving palate satisfied.”

17. Roasted Rye IPA - Reuben’s Brews (Seattle, WA)

“Citrus and tangerine in the nose, supported by chocolate, roast and caramel notes from the malts. The best of an India Pale and a winter warmer wrapped into one brew. This was the beer that started it for us back in 2010 as homebrewers.”

IDAHO

18. 208 Session Ale - Grand Teton Brewing (Victor, ID)

“Ale 208 is brewed to be Idaho’s session ale. This crisp drinkable ale has a light malt body and subtle yet citrusy hop character. It’s brewed with 100% Idaho grown grain, hops and pure Idaho spring water. The package imagery is inspired by and pays tribute to Idaho’s rich agricultural heritage and its diverse and beautiful vistas.”

OREGON

19. Fresh Squeezed IPA - Deschutes Brewing (Bend, OR)

“This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of Citra and Mosaic hops. Don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.”

One of the best beers I tried on this trip. Had it on tap at a restaurant called the Back Room in Columbia Falls, Montana. Two of my favorite kinds of hops, which add big, juicy tropical fruit and citrus flavors to the beer.

MONTANA

20. Moose Drool - Big Sky Brewing (Missoula, MT)

“Our American brown ale is brewed with four different malts and hop additions consisting of East Kent Goldings, Willamette and Liberty. This is the best American brown ale in the world. Light on the palate. Rich mahogany color. Subtle coffee and cocoa notes balanced with a pleasant bitterness.”

21. Scepter Head IPA - Draught Works (Missoula, MT)

“Scepter IPA is a hop monster that shows no mercy. Seven insane additions of different hops create an assertive hop aroma of tropical fruits and citrus followed by fresh flavors of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and even coconut throughout each sip. Backed by a medium body and pleasantly pale-gold colored, this beer is brewed with 2-Row and caramel malts that can stand up to a beast of hops.”

It says Scepter on the can, but is referred to in some places as Scepter Head. Either way, it’s quite fine. The malt backbone is definitely there, and verging toward the sweet, but not quite off-putting. A touch too heavy for me, but I like the aggressive approach.

22. Going to the Sun IPA - Great Northern Brewing Company (Whitefish, MT)

“Going to the Sun IPA is built for beer lovers seeking distinct flavor and balance between the twists and turns of hops and malt. Brewed with pure glacial water, Montana-grown barley, and aromatic northwest hops, Going to the Sun is inspired by the picturesque Glacier National Park - and unfiltered beer to enjoy an unfiltered view.”

23. Wild Huckleberry Lager - Great Northern Brewing Company (Whitefish, MT)

“Our signature Wild Huckleberry Lager starts with pure glacial water from northwest Montana. Hand-picked huckleberries, combined with the practice of cold fermentation, yields a bright and clean body that pairs naturally with sweet aromatics of this wild forest berry.”

This beer is crisp and smooth, infused with the sweet essence of huckleberries without actually tasting sweet. Low alcohol, easy to drink, and eminently refreshing. Though not one of my favorite styles, this might be the best beer I had on this trip.

24. Big Sky I.P.A. - Big Sky Brewing (Missoula, MT)

“In Montana, many classic memories are made right after someone says ‘Hold my beer and watch this®.” These bold assertive moments deserve a bold and assertive beer - Big Sky I.P.A. - distinct hop presence and malty backbone will leave you refreshed and ready for your moment of glory. So hang on tight & enjoy the ride!”

25. Bent Nail I.P.A. - Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company (Red Lodge, MT)

“Bent Nail I.P.A. is a tribute to the hard-working contractors who make their living in Red Lodge. The I.P.A. is high in alcohol and hop flavor. We use copious of [sic] American cascade [sic] hops to give the IPA [sic] intense grapefruit and citrus aroma and flavor.”

26. Goat’s Beard Ale - Flathead Lake Brewing Co. (Bigfork, MT)

Brewed exclusively for Glacier National Park, though the one I tried was at a restaurant just outside the park. There’s also apparently a Lone Walker Ale by the same company that is brewed exclusively for the park lodges.

27. Beltian White - Harvest Moon Brewing Company (Belt, MT)

“This award winning ale is our version of a Belgian classic, [b]rewed with Czechoslovakian Saaz hops and finished with a touch of coriander and orange peel. This is an ale for every season with a hint of fruit in the nose, subdued malty flavor and a slightly citric finish.”

28. Glacier Golden Ale - Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. (Helena, MT)

“Our lightest beer, a golden colored, aromatic, top fermented brew that is light in body but not on the palate. It is brewed with pale malts and Citra hops to produce a clear, delicate and refreshing character session beer.”

Description is for Yellowstone Golden Ale by the same brewer. Glacier Golden Ale, according to Untappd, is a variation with Montana malted barley. I picked it up because I’m a sucker for Citra hops, but this one is very balanced. If I had not known there were Citra hops in there, I would not have guessed.

29. Wheatfish Wheat Lager - Great Northern Brewing Company (Whitefish, MT)

“Combining the the best aspects of three major types of beer, Wheatfish is brewed like a German wheat beer, cold-fermented, aged like a lager, & hopped (three separate addtions of [c]ascade hops) like an American ale. The wheat contributes a full body & light spiciness. The hops give citrus hints & the finish is crisp & smooth. Low in bitterness & very drinkable.”

30. Tumbleweed IPA - Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. (Helena, MT)

“It’s amber color and incredible hoppy aroma (plenty of Cascade & Centennial hops) along with a strong malt backbone using Montana gown and malted barley work together to create an incredibly well balanced IPA.”

31. Big Mountain Tea Pale Ale - Great Northern Brewing Company (Whitefish, MT)

“Big Mountain TPA first ascends with citrusy hops and follows with subtle notes of Earl Grey tea. A refreshing and smooth experience, this pale ale offers and enchanting combination of fresh aroma and light maltiness. The easy-going, yet bold flavor reflects the stirring excitement of a day on the mountain.”

32. My Ruca American Pale Ale - Draught Works (Missoula, MT)

“I’ve been waiting for My Ruca, or ‘one and only love’. Citrusy and tropical flavors abound in this American Pale Ale. This is our take on a ‘West Coast-Style’ Pale Ale, which refers to the hop varieties used and the flavors they impart (delicious ones). Well-balanced, easy-drinking, pleasant (hop) character: all of the makings of a perfect soulmate, uh… I mean beer. We think you’ll find My Ruca to be sublime.”

33. Bear Bottom Blonde Ale - Tamarack Brewing Company (Lakeside, MT)

“Bright golden with a white head, flavor is light and refreshing with honey sweetness, and is balanced with Perle hops. Fermented below ale temperature for smooth flavor.”

34. Golden Grizzly Ale - Glacier Brewing (Polson, MT)

“Our Golden Grizzly Ale is brewed in the style of a German Kolsch. A light bodied, moderately hopped ale, with a rich light golden color. This golden ale is a style of beer, which is designed to be light and thirst quenching.”

35. Yard Sale Amber Ale -Tamarack Brewing Company (Lakeside, MT)

“Rich malty backbone with earthy Fuggle and Northern Brewer hops. Deep mahogany in color with a tan head, this amber ale has a smooth drinkability and sweet finish."

CANADA

36. What the Huck (Huckleberry Wheat Ale) - Fernie Brewing Co. (Fernie, BC, Canada)

“Native to the Rocky Mountain region, the huckleberry is prized for its sweetness and deep colour. Blended with wheat to create a smooth and creamy beer with a touch of huckleberries.”

Something this trip decidedly lacked was high quality nosh. Pizza of Waterton may have been the best place we ate (other than B’s Po Boys, but that’s another story for a separate blog post), and it was there that I tried my second huckleberry beer of the trip. Oddly, though, I don’t remember this one very well. I was a little bit cranky that day, as my travel journal reminds me, not having had a Red Apple for…what…ten days? But we split a nice Caesar salad here, and the pizza was good. It ain’t Mother Bear’s…but what is?

37. Original Organic Lager - Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

“The heartbeat of our brewery–this was the first beer that we ever brewed back in 2002 when we opened our doors. Where other breweries have come along and copied us, the idea of making an organic beer was a precept of our company and it still represents that spirit of doing the right thing that governs everything that we do here at Mill Street.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Deep Thoughts #163

Based on Republican “standards” for presidential conduct, they can now impeach Trump, right? Since he sucked Putin’s dick and lied about it?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

This is the Bear We Saw While Hiking (June 28th) in Glacier National Park

And this bruin was quite a bit closer to us than it appears to be from the photo - though we were not in any danger when we passed. We were walking back to the trailhead on the Swiftcurrent Pass trail in the Many Glacier area of the park, when Amy, who was out in front, said, "Stop!" She put her left arm out as though to hold Jackson and I back, and I followed her glance to the left, and up - and there was the bear, perched atop a big rock. We stopped briefly to take one picture each, and then moved on. We thought we heard something else moving on the ground as we moved away, but we didn't see anything. A few steps later, I looked back and saw a second bear on the ground, probably looking for food. I didn't stop for a snap of that one, however. I can't say for sure that either of the bears even knew we were there. They certainly were not interested in us. The whole thing was a little bit scary, and a little bit exciting - definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

First Grizzly Bear Sighting

We saw almost no wildlife apart from a few mule deer during the four days we spent on the west side of the park, but since we shifted over to the east side of the park, we have seen two moose, five bears, and three mountain goats. I took these pictures from the car as we were driving toward the Siyeh Pass trailhead on Going-to-the-Sun Road this morning. This is the fifth bear we’ve seen, but the first grizzly.



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spot the Jackson Hiding in These Pictures

Scenes from our first day in Glacier National Park.

Frolicking near the edge of Lake McDonald, just off of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Conquering any large rock that stands in his way, on the Avalanche Lake trail.

Daring Avalanche Lake to sink him, at the end of the Avalanche Lake trail.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Jackson's 11th Birthday

I can't think of anything clever for eleven years old.

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