We visited the Olde Main Brewing Company in Ames, IA on July 1. Ames is the home of Iowa State University where I graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine. It is always fun to visit the town and see the changes and additions. I was pleased to learn last spring that the Olde Main Brewing Co. was operating on Main Street. Sue and I stopped in the late afternoon after driving from South Dakota on the way to visit relatives in Illinois. Sue enjoyed the Gryphonbraü American Lager while I had a Dinkey Portwood Wheat. The Dinkey Wheat is aged in portwood barrels for almost an entire year. It had an interesting taste and was good. Next I tried the Clone American Pale Ale. It was alright, but I like hoppier brews such as the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Before dinner at Hickory Park I had to try the Double Down India Pale Ale. This double IPA is a new addition to the beer menu. Iowa recently updated their liquor laws to allow higher alcohol containing beers and this was Olde Main’s first higher ABV beer (8.5%). It was the highlight of my visit with a nice balance between the hops (Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo & Simcoe) and malt. I had to pick up a growler of it to go. Thanks to Olde Main. I will visit again!