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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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)

Southern Tier Brewing Company


22 oz bottle, many thanks go out to Scott & Rich at Charleston Beer Exchange, Charleston, SC, USA for hooking me up and giving me the chance to try this one. Pour is a surprisingly dark, bronze color. Must be using some darker malts. Head is good and the lace ...
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The 6 Most Recent Reviews

Gouden Carolus D’Or

Gouden Carolus

Undated bottle from a recent mercy trip to Michigan to release some ancient bottles into the wild. This could be anywhere from the early 00s to approx. 2012. Purchased in early 2024, this could be 20 years old. Expecting nothing, purely...

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Coolship resurgam


375mL corked and caged affair, the usual presentation for the Coolship beers. November 2021 bottling. Champagne like pour in terms of the initial pop and surge of carbonation that eventually leads to zero head and/or retention. Body is a really...

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Kasteel Tripel


An old acquaintance, never formally noted on the site, about 20 years overdue! Classic golden, utterly clear body, with a resplendent, bone-white ice-cream like head. Perfect appearance, the etched Kasteel glass works beautifully here. Head...

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Erdinger Weißbier Dunkel

Erdinger Weißbier

16.9oz bottle, Gay's Hops and Schnapps, Angola, IN, USA. I had assumed that because of the store that this was purchased in that it would likely be an older bottle, however, no, BB 07-2024. Delighted. Poured into the impossibly thin and slender...

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Lindemans Strawberry


Astonished to see that I haven't got any formal notes on this beer before noe - so here we go. Usual Lindemans fruit presentation, the usual outcome. Pinkish colored body sits underneath the bubbly/fizzy head. The color reminds me of canned...

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Duvel Single Fermented

Single Fermented

I guess that there are two ways to look at this. Firstly, if you take it for what it is, then it's not bad (even if I think it's a little too hop forward even for a Belgian Pale or Blonde). However, if you start comparing it to Duvel - which IMO is...

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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.