Bell’s HopSlam

Bell’s, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has for years been one of the most respected breweries in the upper Midwest. They brew tons of excellent beers, but I feel that this one, HopSlam, has earned a spot near the top of the pile. HopSlam is an imperial IPA, weighing in at 10% ABV and all kinds … More Bell’s HopSlam


Surly Mild

Surly Mild Rating: Solid There was once a time when mention of a mild would earn me quizzical looks. Not so any more – at least, not in the Twin Cities, where Great Waters, Town Hall, and now Surly have all brewed their own terrific examples of the style. Today’s milds are a reincarnation of … More Surly Mild

All About Beer

All About Beer bears the subtitle “Celebrating the World of Beer Culture,” and it does that quite well. This issue (January 2008) has a guide to specialty beers and ciders, pointers on creating a home bar, and a winners list from the Great American Beer Festival, as well as the US Beer Tasting Championship winners. … More All About Beer

Draft Magazine

Every so often when I go to the Pike Place Market, I venture into First and Pike News in search of beer magazines. Normally they carry a small assortment of beer and home brewing publications. A few days ago, however, my visit to the stand nearly ended in disappointment – none of my normal magazines … More Draft Magazine

Maximus IPA

Maximus is a Double IPA brewed by Lagunita’s Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. I purchased a 22 ounce bottle from Kiss Cafe in Ballard, Washington and drank it from a pilsner glass. This beer pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white sudsy head. The aroma was dominated by piney hops notes with a … More Maximus IPA