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Don't just enjoy the beer you encounter in travels; understand it!

Basic Timeline of Beer in the U.S.

1580s-1840s  Colonists brew beer at home, initially with corn.  Small, local breweries begin to appear.  Beers are primarily heavy, English-style ales.
1840s-1900  German immigrants bring new brewing yeasts and methods to the U.S.  Cities see neighborhoods full of breweries.  Lighter, crisper lagers become popular.
1920-1933  Prohibition!  Some larger breweries stay in operation by producing legally permitted "near beer," under one-half of 1% alcohol.
Prohibition - Today  Beers sees the same evolution as coffee and chocolate: First Wave gets cheap beer out to the masses; Second Wave companies improve quality; Third Wave values quality and craftsmanship in beer.

Beer Posts


Our Current Fav Craft Beers

Northwind Imperial Stout, by Two Brothers Artisan Brewing

The Wolf Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, by 3 Sheeps Brewing Company

Station #1 American IPA, by Oswego Brewing Company

Mayan Mocha Stout, by OddSide Ales


Beer Fest Log

Quad Cities Craft Beer Fest ∙ May 12, 2018


20+ local micro & nano breweries. Lots of great beers. Along the Mississippi. With free parking. And a manageable sized crowd. A perfect annual kick-off to National Craft Beer Week!

Beer of the day: Dirty Blonde Chocolate Ale, by Great River Brewery

Naperville Ale Fest - Winter Edition ∙ February 24, 2018


More than 150 American craft beers, an infusion tent, a limited edition cask tent, and hot hard cider. All in the great outdoors. In the Midwest. In the winter. Enough said!

Beer of the day: Hipster Brunch, a bourbon, maple & bacon stout, by OddSide Ales


Beer Basics

comparing ale vs. lager style beers
the 10 steps to brewing beer
A bit about hops
beer's 4 basic ingredients

Our Beer Team



craft beer enthusiast | dark over light | flights over pints


RICHARD  (Homer's FIL)

hobby home brewer | ale over lager | beer as an experience