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A conversation with Tom Carpenter of 2Toms Brewing Co.

The resurrection of Ding's Beer Blog is going to be characterized by (at least at first) a focus on the local beer scene. That means Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana are in the crosshairs. I'm starting with a conversation with Tom Carpenter of 2Toms Brewing. Tom and I sat down at the brewery/taproom with a couple of beers a few days ago, to talk about contemporary brewing in Fort Wayne and how 2Toms fits into that landscape. 2Toms (and by extension Tom himself), was a natural place for me to...

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The past, the present, the six years between them, and the future

Here we all are. It's been six years since my last blog post on Ding's Beer Blog, but now I'm back. So where have I been? What happened in the period between January 2015 and today, May 26th 2021? The answer is life. Profound, right? However, nothing that you can't imagine, just the usual events, experiences and changes that sooner or later enter everyone's existence. Some good, some bad, and some indifferent, but none of which I'm going to detail here. Suffice to say things have changed; I...

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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.