Here’s To Beer: A Weekly Beer Blog Part 75!

Here’s To Beer: A Weekly Beer Blog Part 75!

The word “bridal” comes from 19th century Englishmen, who took out their mates for a final “Bride Ale” the day before their wedding. Awwwwwwwwe!

I had the day off last Friday as my wife and I had tickets to “Hops For Hospice” at Allen Hospital.

HFH event will support the G.I.F.T. Fund. 

The G.I.F.T. Fund is about creating joyous moments for our patients and their families. It is an act or service that makes another happier or less sad. At UnityPoint Hospice, we are “Giving it Forward Together,” one hospice patient at a time.

Sometimes it may be just a small thing like remembering a birthday or anniversary with a card, balloons and even a small cake. It could be a “big” thing such as a wedding, a trip to a baseball game or one more horseback ride. – Unity Point Hospital

It’s a worthwhile and wonderful cause and I thought I’d do my part by drinking beer to help that cause.

There were several craft breweries present, with a few of their products to share. Guests were given a nice little “taster” size glass mug to sample each. Iowa Brewing Co., Lake Time Brewery, Peace Tree Brewing Co., Firetrucker Brewery, Lark Brewing and a few others with White Claw and Smirnoff beverages were there. The local C.R.A.Z.E. guys were there too, sharing some of their home brews!

I’ve blogged before, many times, that I love flavor and creativity in craft beer. I have also mentioned that I prefer darker beers. However, Peace Tree had a pale lager that blew my mind. Pale lagers are usually very much the same. There’s not a lot of ingredients, they are brewed much in the same way, and they are very light bodied with a bready flavor. Mile Long Lager is the same BUT different! I’ve NEVER had a lager that was so refreshing and drinkable! The flavor was better than the normal domestics that you can get anywhere, but still fits in line with them. If you aren’t huge craft beer drinker and prefer “old school” beer, your father and grandfather’s enjoyed, this is RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY, but BETTER! I need a bunch of these in my fridge because sometimes, you want a lighter, easy drinking beer that you can just really enjoy, without it being heavy or “too crafted”. Mile Long Lager is just outstanding.