http://www.millstreambrewing.com/ They are the oldest craft brewery in Iowa, and I think with all the new exciting choices of breweries we have these days, they sometimes get forgotten. I'm here to tell you, that is a big mistake. Their standard brews are perfect examples of high quality, dead on representations of their styles (i.e. Bock or Pilsner.)
But Chris really showcases his creativity with their Brewmaster's Extreme Series. The Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout is exactly what I crave in the
New to the lineup this year is the Raspberry Latte Stout. I love a good coffee beer, but they are not easily found. I thought Chris found a perfect balance of his great Stout, good strong coffee flavor (but not over powering,) and just a hint of raspberry. Being a home brewer, I know how hard it is to blend the flavors properly, and on this beer there are so many great ones coming together it would have been very easy to mess this up. I thought they nailed it. This is a great beer that I can't wait to share with my brother in-laws at our next get together.
Spotted Cow is a mainstay for them, it's a light, yet flavorful brew that any beer drinker can enjoy, not just us beer geeks.
Below is my brother in-law Dale. He's one of my family members that appreciates a good beer. So when the family got together for thanksgiving, I had to share a Dale's Pale Ale with him. This Pale Ale is loaded with hop flavor and bitterness, but also has a great malty backbone to balance that out. Oskar Blues is another brewery that I have enjoyed the few selections that I've had so far, and can't wait to get a hold of more. http://oskarblues.com/
My next blog, I will list some of the best beers I've had this year. Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments below. You can also follow me on Twitter @Crinkletalk or on Untappd - Crinkletalk.