Jim Lundstrom

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Say Uncle to This Dunkel

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I never met a beer from Ayinger that I didn’t love. The 138-year-old brewery in Aying, Germany, can do no wrong in my book.

Night Tripping

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It pours bible black with a deep tan head that looks good enough to dive into, which I do.

A Sweet Tart and a Monstrous Wit

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Traditional Old Ale went through a secondary fermentation with either naturally occurring or introduced wild yeast, which resulted in the pucker factor.

Nothing to Get Surly About

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Of all the assumed attitudes out there, I think surly is my least favorite.

PC Police Pick On the Wrong Skull Splitter

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A few years back, the PC police tried to lower the boom on Skull Splitter, a big malty ale from the Orkney Brewery. It’s a beer that has been revered by beer enthusiasts for as long as I can remember.

Getting Fruity

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Oh, no! It’s happened again…I’ve fallen for another fruity beer.

Falling for a new fall beer

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It hits all the right notes of a fall beer, yet it’s unlike any fall seasonal in my memory save Capital’s Autumnal Fire, which I once described as liquid candy.

Cherry Bounce and Fritz the Lawnmower Man

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My first successful homebrew experiment was a cherry stout, using as a base one of the recipes in Charlie Papazian’s landmark homebrew book.

Tangerine Dream

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This is just what it says it is – Tangerine. Big tangerine nose, lovely tangerine flavor, and even a hazy tangerine color to this tangerine wheat beer from Lost Coast Brewery.

Pass the Pudding, Please!

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When asked at what I thought was the end of my first English Sunday dinner if I wanted pudding, my first thought was to say, no, that’s OK. I’m full of roast beast and starchy tubers

Making a Pig of Myself, Again

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Here is the kind of beer story I love to hear: When Stevens Point Brewery decided the next release for its Whole Hog big beer series would be a coffee stout, they wanted to make sure it stood out from the seemingly ceaseless wave of specialty craft

An Ultra Experience

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Yum! It comes on softer than most hop-forward American pale ales, which I’ll bet is the oat component.

Piloting a German Beer

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Plenty of people fall in love with a particular beer, but not many fall in love so hard that they decide to become beer distributors.

Cacti and Cacao

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It’s got a tart little bite that spreads to what must be the big Texas flavor of prickly pear, and then everything settles down to beer.

Canned Fruit

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I love a good fruit beer, so was excited when I recently found three varieties new to me in single cans.

Victory for Kirsch Gose

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I have always been a fan of cherry beers – or, at least, well-made cherry beers, and there are many excellent versions ranging from light to dark styles.

Oaky and Brainless

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Looking for a beer to celebrate with a homemade Mexican meal on Cinco de Mayo, I passed on the Dos Equis and margarita in a bottle, and the Mexican lager aged in tequila barrels.

Big is Good!

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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!

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.”

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.

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.

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

Give me a beer!

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If you like to drink grapefruit juice

Bock Talk

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

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.

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.”

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