Jim Lundstrom

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Wed. Apr. 22nd, 2015

Big is Good!

Jim Lundstrom

Rooting through the fridge, I find a treasure in its uncharted depths – a 2014 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley-wine Style Ale. I had forgotten all about it. What a pleasant surprise!

Wed. Apr. 8th, 2015

Liquid Sunshine

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Asked again to name my favorite beer, I had to pull out the pat answer to any leaky old question, “Depends.”

Wed. Apr. 1st, 2015

CanYou Fly?

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My first sip of the eagerly anticipated Wee Heavy Scotch-Style Ale from Alesmith was a disappointment, not on their part, but on my own.

Thu. Mar. 26th, 2015

An Artfully Simple Beer

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It is said to rival Maris Otter, the traditional English ale malt base. Mosaic hops came on the scene in 2012, according to the variety manual of the Hops Growers of America.

Wed. Mar. 18th, 2015

Some Still Like It Hot

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The big red bottle is a hoot. It comes with a triangular warning: Don’t shake. The first sip was like being sucked into a time warp. Suddenly it’s 1991 again and I’m drinking my own chile-infused holiday brew

Wed. Mar. 11th, 2015

Give me a beer!

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If you like to drink grapefruit juice

Wed. Mar. 4th, 2015

Bock Talk

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With winter dragging on, I felt like giving spring a kickstart with the traditional harbinger of spring – bock.

Wed. Feb. 18th, 2015

Two Big and Happy Brews

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If you are looking for a special celebratory beer, you need look no further than the Bourbon County line.

Wed. Feb. 11th, 2015

Bottoms Up to a Questionable Saint

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I don’t dig holidays. They just interrupt the work schedule. But if I had to pick a favorite holiday I guess it would be Guy Fawkes Day. As John Lennon once sang, “Remember the 5th of November.”

Thu. Feb. 5th, 2015

There’s a Crueller in My Beer!

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As your brain tries to comprehend what is going on in your mouth, you read the label and confirm that, yes, those are lemons and marshmallows pushing your palate buttons

Wed. Jan. 21st, 2015

Get Frambozened!

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Frambozen is from the fine folks at New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. They pair a malty brown ale base with juice from Pacific Northwest raspberries

Thu. Jan. 15th, 2015

Choklat, good!

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Hey, live free or die!

Thu. Jan. 8th, 2015

Let’s Get Muddy

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The most dangerous brewing mishap involved a batch of root beer that I was brewing for my kids. I just didn’t believe the ridiculously small amount of sugar called for in the recipe to give the root beer its carbonation, so I doubled the amount

Wed. Dec. 31st, 2014

Christmas Cheer

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The Courage Brewery, founded in 1787, bounced around between many owners since 1970 when a British tobacco company bought it.

Wed. Dec. 24th, 2014

A Truly Luscious Beer

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It pours deep black with a thick, brown head. The aroma is berries.

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2014

Nectar of the Gods in a Can

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There is a warning on the side of the can: “Charged nitro widget may cause unchilled cans to overflow.”

Thu. Dec. 11th, 2014

The Unicorn of Beers?

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My first impression of this week’s beer was that I had taken a big swig of a liquid, alcohol-infused Oreo cookie, and, I should add, that was a very pleasant experience indeed.

Thu. Dec. 4th, 2014

How About a Little Chocolate in Your Beer?

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It has character and body that is absent from other gluten-free beers I’ve tried. It has a beautiful and resilient head that clings to the glass to the very bottom.

Thu. Dec. 4th, 2014

America’s good food movement

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These two interests began to find each other and to create an alternative way of thinking about food. Today, more than 16,500 organic farmers produce everything from wheat to meat, and organic sales top nearly $35 billion a year.

Thu. Nov. 27th, 2014

A Curmudgeon Possibly Named Gaspar

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This one had been catching my eye for a while, and on the evening of a recent mid-November day that never got warmer than 20 degrees

Thu. Nov. 20th, 2014

A Lusty Pumpkin Wheat and Volcanic Stout

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This beer called to me for weeks before I finally broke down and bought a sixer. It just seemed a little too forward for my tastes – Pumpkin Pie Lust? Really?

Thu. Nov. 13th, 2014

Easy Come, Easy Gose

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So, when you discover a new style of beer, as I recently did with Gose, a salty, coriander-spiced sour beer, ya gotta try all you can get your hands on

Thu. Oct. 30th, 2014

A Capital Experience

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Lucky for all of us, I caught myself before starting this piece with something to the effect of, I remember back in the good old days…

Thu. Oct. 23rd, 2014

A Must-Have IPA

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Dogfish Head Sixty-One, a “continually hopped India Pale Ale brewed with Syrah grape must.” Hmm, that doesn’t sound right, does it? Grape must? Must be one of those wino terms.

Thu. Oct. 16th, 2014

A Fall Trio

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Another beautiful rainy, gray day – perfect for some fall beers. I just happened to have a trio of them in the fridge, and one in particular called out to me.

Thu. Oct. 9th, 2014

Dark and Stormy Stouts

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It was a dark and stormy night, a perfect time for a couple of dark and stormy stouts.

Thu. Sep. 18th, 2014

Another Salty Beer

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A week after that discovery, I’m at my other local wall of beer and see the word “Gose” pop out from a purple-colored can.

Thu. Sep. 11th, 2014

The Kaiser Creeps Me Out

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The Kaiser, a 9.5 percent Imperial Oktoberfest, part of the “Dictator Series” from Avery Brewing Co. of Boulder, Colo., is big and fruity, kind of like Kaiser Wilhelm himself.

Thu. Sep. 4th, 2014

Salt and Apples

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Brewed with malted wheat and barley, the slight sourness comes from lactic bacteria. Germans drink Gose in tall, cylindrical glasses and sometimes add raspberry or woodruff syrup, as is also done with the sour beer Berliner Weiss.

Thu. Aug. 28th, 2014

Liquid Music from Big Pink

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At first I ignored the pink bottle’s weird siren call, but I think it was the Papa Lazarou association that allowed the creepy little voodoo doll to seep into my brain until one day I just had to have a bottle

Thu. Aug. 21st, 2014

How About Some Cherries in Your Stout?

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Yummy chocolate tones of the stout become undertones here as the stinging Maynard Ferguson-like high notes from the Door County cherries take the lead. I love that effect.

Thu. Aug. 14th, 2014

Black Gold

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Being a homebrewer, I was already well aware of Sprecher and especially of its delicious Black Bavarian Lager.

Thu. Jun. 12th, 2014

Brasserie du Bocq’s Blanche de Namur

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The weirdest thing happened upon my first taste of this beer. I found myself invoking Lawrence Welk (you can look him up, kids), saying out loud with each sip, “Wunnerful! Wunnerful!”

Thu. May. 29th, 2014

The Ryes Have It

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It seemed sharp and without much depth of character, which is unusual for a rye.

Thu. Apr. 24th, 2014

Poe and The Poet

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Fill with mingled cream and amber, I will drain that glass again. Such hilarious visions clamber Through the chamber of my brain. Quaintest thoughts, queerest fancies Come to life and fade away. What care I how time advances: I am drinking ale today.

Thu. Apr. 17th, 2014

Love at First Sip

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The Duchesse is a 6 percent Flemish red-brown ale that tastes like liquid candy. Think of a beery sweet tart.

Thu. Apr. 10th, 2014

A Vertical Tasting of Dark Yumminess

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Yes, I am stealing a concept from wine drinkers – the idea of vertical tasting, or tasting several years of the same brew.

Thu. Apr. 3rd, 2014

Valkyries in Blaze Orange

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The last time I ran across this brewery they were called the Viking Brewery and I’d had a beer of their’s called Hot Chocolate, a chocolate stout with chili peppers. I liked their style, and I like it still with Blaze Orange.

Thu. Mar. 27th, 2014

A Mouthful of Hops

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And that’s the big fun of this beer evolution/revolution – there are many choices. You don’t have to like them all.

Thu. Mar. 20th, 2014

A Little DAB’ll Do Ya

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“Now this is beer,” I said aloud after the first big swig. Delicious upfront Noble hops followed by sweet biscuity maltiness.

Thu. Mar. 13th, 2014

The Ubiquitous Pint Glass

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So how did the ugly 16-ounce pint become the most popular personal beer delivery system in America?

Thu. Mar. 6th, 2014

A Hunk of Burning Hops

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It comes on with a big splurge of biscuit and smoky dark chocolate, and then finishes on a strangely thin and astringent note.

Thu. Feb. 27th, 2014

Why I Don’t Like Beer Snobs

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I always wondered what turns a person into a snob. What makes someone climb atop a high horse because they are convinced they know more than anyone else on a subject?