Dear chocolate ale,

So this chocolate ale thing is a really big deal. It’s seasonal, but last year, they didn’t release it. But yay 2014! I love beer and I love this beer.

When I heard about it, I imagined it would taste like a chocolate stout (which is silly because ‘ale’ is in the name), but its chocolatey taste is delightfully luxe and refreshing. It’s probably gone now, but I need to get my hands on a bottle. I need it.

Love,
A

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Dear Branding Iron (again),

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You did it again. Stole our hearts. After a long afternoon of working the farm, you were waiting for us with a 16 ounce ribeye and the curliest of fries. Not to mention the most perfect Texas toast to ever exist. How you get it so buttery and crispy is beyond my comprehension. Oh, and did I forget to swoon over the frosty baby mug filled to the brim with the coldest beer I’ve ever had? We can’t get enough.  If you ever close, we’ll close too. You jump I jump, Jack.

Branding Iron
301 S. Brownie Blvd.
Scranton, KS

Dear beer,

Tank 7 and Sixth Glass. Two beers made by the Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City.

Tank 7 and Sixth Glass. Two beers made by the Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City.

Since Chicago, I’ve become very spoiled by its (delicious) local craft brews, so much so that a Blue Moon just doesn’t do it for me anymore. Luckily, this corner of the Midwest has brilliant local breweries.

We tried these gems from Boulevard Brewing Co.: Tank 7 and The Sixth Glass.  I preferred the deep richness of The Sixth Glass dark Belgian ale to the fruity hoppiness of the Tank 7 farmhouse ale, but these are both delicious.

Can’t wait to try some of their darker brews. I see a fancy looking stout on the list that’s calling my name.

Love,
Alma