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Legacy beer drinkers made sad

I want to support new(ish) and local breweries. I really, really do. But as a legacy beer drinker, it's becoming more and more difficult to do so. I suppose I should attempt to qualify what I mean by a 'legacy beer drinker'. I'm talking about somebody who's been drinking beer for several decades, who has been immersed in the beer scene, and is a lover of traditional styles and traditional beers. i.e., me! There are a lot of us out there, we're just under the radar in a vast sea of canned hazy...

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The Trubble with Chad Hankee

When Chad Hankee says he's bored, you'd better get ready for some changes. Here's a man whose projects, and indeed life's journey, have been about bending in the wind and changing tack; and that's not just because he's a keen sailor. Chad and I sat down at Trubble Brewing Co.'s mothership on Broadway in Fort Wayne, for a natter about carpentry, web design, science and beer. As Trubble approaches their 6th anniversary in November of 2021, I asked Chad to reflect on what had gone before, and how...

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Ding’s Six Pack

The Last 6 Reviews
Brewers’ Bridge

Brewers’ Bridge

If the truth be known, I didn’t even know that this beer had been brewed back in 2019. That was a period in my life when my finger was OFF the pulse of the beer scene - so it’s not that surprising - BUT the consequence is that when I came across it...

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Deth’s Tar

Deth’s Tar

12 oz can, $7.48 as a single from Belmont Beverage, Lima Road, Fort Wayne, IN. I would NEVER have bought this beer before I moved to the Midwest. Now that I’m so much closer to Chicago, I read more and more about this beer, so I saw it as a single,...

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Bourbon County Toasted Barrel

Bourbon County Toasted Barrel

2021 Vintage. Approx. $55 for the bottle. Ouch. Jet black pour - of course - head can be created with an aggressive pour. It’s tan. Nose is pretty solvent like. The legs on the beer are great, and obviously a function of the ABV but they are wine...

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Fantôme Blanche

Fantôme Blanche

In the absence of any other information I am going to assume that this is the same (or at least a similar) beer to the De Hotton Witbier that was last seen about 5 years. I’ll try to get the word from Dany on this. Pour is a hazy orange body with a...

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Saison

Saison

Second time I’ve had this, from a brewery that’s just a few miles away from where I used to live. 500 mL capped bottle, purchased from Total Wine, Atlanta (Akers Mill). Pour is a well carbonated affair, but it’s a little fizzy (as opposed to...

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Pattinson Porter

Pattinson Porter

Batch #2, brewed Jan 2021. Purchased at Little Five Bottle Shop, Athens, GA in November 2021. Pour is aggressively carbonated, but after the initial pour, the carbonation is less annoying and settles into a lovely, highly carbonated beer that...

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The past, the present, and the future at Ding’s Beer Blog

Here’s the complete blog archive with all of the posts from 2011 to 2015. In addition, you’ll see posts broken down into more specific categories in the Blog Topic Archive menu at the top of this page, but what kind of content can you expect here at Ding’s Beer Blog going forward? What’s the newer content likely to look like? What kind of opinions and writing can you reasonably expect?

Here’s a heads-up on some content that will be coming up soon

The Fort Wayne/NE-IN beer scene critiqued

With the re-launch of the website you’ll likely find an emphasis on the beer scene in and around Fort Wayne and north-east Indiana, as I get back to reviewing and commenting on the beer (and the beer scene) that’s close to me. Expect to read my opinions about what’s going on here, but don’t expect blanket praise. If you’re a local brewery or brewer you’ll need to earn the kudos. Local beer is most definitely not necessarily good beer, and expect no punches to be pulled; no beer given a pass.

Cains, Finest Bitter

No BS. Frankly, I've seen it all before

I ain’t a kid either in terms of my chronological age or my beer experience. There’s a lot of movers and shakers in beer these days that were not born when I was drinking Bass from the wood with my dad, were in elementary school when I was traveling to Belgium twice a year for beer, and were only just starting puberty when I was critiquing the fledgling US craft beer scene two decades ago. (Don’t worry, I know that most of you don’t care). So what? Don’t BS me – you can’t.

I'll drink (almost) any beer once, but ...

Drinking something that you know that you probably won’t like just because it’s there or because it’s the current flavor of the month, is frankly dumb. What does that mean for me and DBB? Well likely that I’m going to come down hard against hazy ‘IPA’s’, be ultra-critical of the nondescript and lazy ‘fruited sours’, be hating on Milkshake ‘IPAs’, and more often than not pissing all over pastry stouts. I’m a traditionalist, a defender of classic styles, and not a fickle, Johnny-come-lately. You’ve been warned.