Category: Beer/Ale


My local market had a BOGO on Shock Top and Ibotta also had some deals if I also bought oranges, so I took the opportunity to try something new.  Shock Top Ginger Wheat Beer.

Although I’m a fan of the original Shock Top, and I usually like all flavored beers, I was disappointed in this one.  I do find that I like it better at room temperature than cold.

On the upside, it slowed down my beer consumption this weekend!  Also, it probably would lend itself well to some recipes calling for beer that would benefit from the addition of ginger.


I made the salmon with balsamic glaze again tonight.  It paired well with the grapefruit beer I picked up at Craft Beer Cartel yesterday!

This is more like a soda than a beer, though.  Light and refreshing.  Only 2.5% alcohol, though so it’s really like a half-beer!

Abita Spring IPA

AbiTA Spring IPA

I’ve been hearing so much about Craft Beer Cartel in Fort Lauderdale near the swing bridge, I just had to check it out.  I made myself a custom 6 pack of wonderful beers, ales and stouts!  The selection is amazing.

The Abita Spring IPA is really good.  I will definitely have it again.  I’ve had their Purple Haze before and their Strawberry Harvest Lager and enjoyed them, so this was my somewhat safe choice.


This is one of our favorites!  We had chicken burgers tonight and this was a really delicious and refreshing drink to have with it!  No bitterness with this one.  Smooth and not sweet either!  As flavored beers go, this one is a winner!


My uncle and cousin are off to Barcelona tomorrow so when I saw this beer at the supermarket, I couldn’t resist giving it a try when they came over!

It’s a pleasant, smooth lager in the style of European beers.  No unusual flavors. Simple.  Light.  Not too gassy.  Austin said it reminded him of a Dutch beer.


With a name like New Belgium, you wouldn’t expect it to be brewed in Fort Collins, Colorado!

It’s 100% employee owned, and was inspired by a bicycle trip across Belgium by its founder (thus one of the first brews “Fat Tire”).  Ranger is named for the New Belgium Beer Rangers who travel and “protect, to pour and to partake” to explore beers brewed at other breweries and come up with ideas for new brews.

We’ve tried Fat Tire, Ranger, and Accumulation and loved them all.  I want to find Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout and give it a try!  Frambozen sounds interesting too (raspberry, I think)


Day of the Dead Beer

Tonight with our Mexican food in honor of Halloween and the Day of the Dead, we tried Mexico’s first craft beer.  My son Austin and I are both IPA lovers, so we tried DOA IPA


It was delightfully bitter and strong.  6.8 percent alcohol.


Monty Python's Holy Ale

I couldn’t resist when I saw this. I’ve already told you all that I am a beer/ale hound.

CAPSULE REPORT: An English pale ale brewed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Monty Python comedy team, Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale is no marketing gimmick. A solid English quaffer, it stands on its own. Since its introduction in 1999, it has become The Black Sheep Brewery’s best-selling beer in the U.S. As with most ales, it pairs very well with food.

I bought it because it made me laugh out loud at the store. I enjoyed it because it is smooth and delicious!


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