steamy pot of Queen's Blend from Gong Fu Tea,
left. A strong brew with Assam at its base, with some Darjeeling
for a lingering astringincy. Also from Gong Fu, right, Seven
Sons Bing Cha. The king of puerh teas, IMHO, is
delightfully earthy with musty notes.
Blonde, left, at Peace
Tree Brewing's brand new brewery and tap room in Des
Moines. Its their signature Belgian strong ale but smoother on
the palate. Bright, fruity, 8.5% ABV. Center, a gorgeous looking
copper still. The exemplary Royale 41, right, an
American Imperial IPA, made with 'Merican & Kiwi hops: they
'parallel' well. 100 IBU, 9% ABV.