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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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The Tavour myth machine

A longer post on my experience with Tavour (some of which is positive) is coming soon, but for now just a quick observation or two. Tavour is selling some excruciatingly expensive beers. Many are from breweries that are quite often very new, and that have no track record. As such, their beers require some stealthy marketing. Often, their copy looks something like this. "The Iowan Des Moines Inquirer describes this as the best unplaced beer at The Jackson Lake Lodge Beer Festival in Wyoming...

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Ding’s Six Pack

The last 6 reviews

Collaboration 2016

Collaboration 2016

One of those absolutely random bottle store finds that keeps me going into just about every beer store that I ever see. I think that I’ve had this before, but I find no notes. A dirty, dubbel-like pour, but the pop on opening is encouraging. The...

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Hoegaarden Grand Cru

Hoegaarden Grand Cru

Hate me if you want, I love this beer. Is this nostalgia? Partly. But it’s also a yeasty treat that hits the spot and never disappoints. There’s plenty of alcohol, plenty of yeast, and a ton of fruit esters that hit the palate. It lingers and it...

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Queue de Charrue Ambree

Queue de Charrue Ambree

29/21/22 Best Before. If I’m honest, I really don’t understand this beer. Out of the bottle, it looks good. There’s an incredible, rocky head, and some great lace. The body is a less remarkable, light amber/orange (some would say ‘copper’, but for...

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Spits Tripel

Spits Tripel

Orange clouded pour. Nice head with some sticky lace. Color is a little too orange for the style IMO. This is odd, and well outside any Tripel parameters even with generous interpretations of style (something I seldom have much truck with)....

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La Mère Noël

La Mère Noël

Pour is as expected for the designated style, if not necessarily for that of a beer that is a Christmas offering. Clear golden body, and a large bubbly white head to accompany it. Minimal lace (but some), and the head is lighter and more wispy than...

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Ogden Double IPA

Ogden Double IPA

The last 12 oz can from a six pack bought in Wyoming. This feels like a throwback beer.  Very reminiscent of on older style, west coast DIPA with plenty of fruit notes finishing out a clean, big ‘ole DIPA. It’s refreshing in that sense. Lovely...

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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.