A bitter Englishman records his beer journey of more than 40 years, the last 24 of which have been (mostly) in the USA

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Gift Of The Magi

The Lost Abbey


2008 vintage. 750 mL corked & caged. ===DISCLAIMER=== OK, right off the top this *could* be an infected bottle so this review is written in that context. Re-reviews to follow when more data is gathered but for now I want to record my thoughts at this stage. Take it or ...
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Legacy drinkers and the assault on Belgium, England and Germany

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Never meet your heroes. The death of elite beer bars in the USA?

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Purity, skin in the game, and when Capitalism spits on you

An Englishman and a Scotsman walk into a US brewery

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There's a tasting versus a drinking culture in the United States

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Shipping beer from Belgium to the USA. Recent experiences

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More than a decade removed, beeradvocate still banning!

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Fortlandia - a true nano production in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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The 6 Most Recent Reviews

Ayinger Maibock


Third time I've had this in a year, having never previously seen it. A favorite style from a trusted brewery. What's not to like? Not sure if the 'BOCK COLLECTION' on the label is particularly significant or not, but I've never seen it before. It's...

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Ridgeway ESB


It's such a blessing that so much Ridgeway beer gets to the USA - still. Even in the era of import decimation, this beer still keeps on coming. I am quite literally so very grateful. Sourced from my online DC shop. Beautiful, light copper, crystal...

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Ommegang Tripel


Second bottle of this. L1 061022, 06/04/24 Not to be confused with the US brewery of the same name. Classic, golden Tripel pour with a lovely pillow-like head that hangs around nicely. All of the requisite attributes for the style are here, both...

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Black Note Stout 2023

Black Note Stout

Packaged 10/31/2023. I've never been a fan of barreled aged beers period, even from the very beginning. I remember tasting some of the earliest BCBS which I guess was around 2002 and thinking, "Why would I want a beer to taste like bourbon?"...

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Imperial Amber 35th Anniversary

Imperial Amber
35th Anniversary

Disclaimer: I don't generally care for bourbon barrel beers .. read on. Had this on draft a few months ago and didn't hate it (as I thought I might), so when I saw a single bottle I thought why not? Let's write some more formal notes. Pour is quite...

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Rio Reserva


330 mL bottle. 43 IBU. I'm not a huge fan of many Struise beers under any circumstances, and at this age, although the beer may have held up well I'm still not holding out a lot of hope. Grabbed this in the last couple of years as a straggler up at...

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The Past. The Present. The Future.

Here’s the complete blog archive with all of the posts from 2011 until today. In addition, you’ll see posts broken down into more specific categories in the Blog Menu. 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.

Cains, Finest Bitter

The Past.


No BS please, frankly I’ve seen it all before

I am not a kid either in terms of my chronological age or my beer experience. There are a lot of movers and shakers in beer these days who weren’t born when I was drinking Bass from the wood with my dad, that were in elementary school when I was traveling to Belgium twice a year for beer, and that 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? Just don’t bother me with your BS.

The Present.


I’ll drink (almost) any beer at least once, but …

Drinking something that you know that you probably won’t like just because it’s there, or just 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 ‘IPAs’, that I’ll be ultra-critical of the non-descript, lazy ‘fruited sours’, that I’ll 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.

Cains, Finest Bitter

The Future.


The Fort Wayne & North-East 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.