My wife saw this beer when we were at the store, and said I should try it. I decided to take her advice, and I was pleasantly surprised. The Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA by Thomas Creek was much lighter than I expected, and had nice freshness from both the hops and the orange peel. The chocolate was very subtle yet added a nice addition to the flavor profile. I believe this was my first offering from Thomas Creek, but after having this, I know it won't be my last.
I have a hard time when someone asks me what my favorite style or beer is, because it really depends on what beer I feel like that day. As for breweries? There are so many amazing breweries in Iowa right now, I won't even try to answer that question. I will say, that at this current time, my 3 favorite non-Iowa breweries are Dogfish Head, New Glarus, and Deschutes. Out of those 3, I can honestly say that Deschutes is the only one that I've enjoyed every beer of theirs that I've has so far.
Sam Adams was a great company for getting me, and many others into craft and home brewed beers. These days, I don't drink much from them, but every now and than it's nice to have something familiar. I have always enjoyed their Imperial White. This one is spicey, hoppy, not too heavy, and that makes it a great beer any time of the year. Cheers to Sam Adams and all they have done for the brewing community!
|This is how I start my day in Iowa|
The two of them always had smiles on their faces, big hugs to give, and the love they had for each other and their families was always evident. My heart goes out to Uncle Joe for losing the love of his life, and I know Joanie is already in heaven beginning her new journey.
Thanks to April for the pictures, and her updates throughout the process. I'm sending prayers and love for the family, and I'll see you all soon.