To My Mentor

November 17, 2017 Uncategorized

It has been a little while since I last wrote, but I have a good reason; I lost my mentor in the craft beer field and one of my very best friends. I have told you often about my brother-in-law Bill Prokup and how he initiated me into the world of craft beer and how he always said real beer needs a bottle opener; well he passed unexpectedly at the age of 53 and I have had a very difficultRead More

Support your Local Brew

October 4, 2017 Uncategorized

  Since me travels into the craft beer world I have discovered that many areas have local brews and they all have pride in them; but often the pride stops at the door.  For instance everyday out at my driving range I meet people that inquire about a local beer we sell, Tangled Roots Kit Kupfer and a nice Lager. Many of them are local people who enjoy a cold beer as they hit balls on the range and forRead More

Beer and the Anthem

October 4, 2017 Uncategorized

  Ok, let me start this edition by saying I try to stick to beer and not weigh in on the events of the day; but this week and all the kneeling controversy and bringing politics into sports which is where we like to drink beer. Well, that got me to thinking about how the National anthem came about and how it relates to beer. Allegedly, Francis Scott Key stole the music and a few lines from an old EnglishRead More


September 8, 2017 Uncategorized

    For many the start of the holiday season is what they look forward to, for others it may be the beginning of summer that they dream about; but form me it is early September that I yearn for. There are a few reasons such as the weather cools down, football’s regular seasons begin but the number one reason is that the Oktoberfest brews come out. Oktoberfest brews are without a doubt my absolute favorite type of beer; everRead More

Beer Knowledge #2

September 1, 2017 Uncategorized

  Well, welcome back to the Craft Beer Convert in this edition we will discuss IBU and what it means to you; ok to refresh IBU means International Bitterness Units. Instead of the alcohol content this scale tells us the bitterness from the hops on a scale from 1 to     100. For instance a very hoppy beer like an imperial IPA can reach up to 80 on the scale and beers can also achieve a high score from the sweetRead More

Beer Taste Knowledge #1

September 1, 2017 Uncategorized

  Well, welcome back to the Craft Beer Convert on this edition I want to try to enlighten you on a couple of terms used in the industry and what they mean to us the beer drinker. This is going to be the beginning of our trip through the brewing process and start our education about the craft beer industry; from a technical point of view. Now, I am going to be honest with you I am not an expertRead More

Serving it up at Starved Rock Family Fun!

July 19, 2017 Uncategorized

Well, welcome back to the Craft Beer Convert on this episode I get to toot my own horn a bit and shamelessly plug my own business! You see I own a driving range and miniature golf course in the town of La Salle, Illinois and while I have had my liquor license for a few years now I finally have my first shipment of a local craft beer and you guessed it, it’s my personal favorite Kit Kupfer from TangledRead More

Summer Fun Fests

July 19, 2017 Uncategorized

This version of the Craft Beer Convert focuses on fun and festivals; it’s that time of year where many communities have city wide festivals and these festivals have a large range of beer products. But recently there has been a trend towards craft beer tastings and craft beer as an option in the beer gardens. I for one have enjoyed this trend and recently enjoyed it first hand at my hometown’s celebration days at The Best Fest in Oglesby Illinois.Read More

Launch Parties

July 5, 2017 Uncategorized

One of the great things about craft beers is when you begin to see it develop from a brew house beer to a local beer and with that the launch parties at all the local places. So, being involved with Tangled Roots early on it has been fun to attend these events and see people try the different brews for the first time and gauge their reactions. Recently, I attended one at a local spot, Water Street Pub in PeruRead More

A little craft beer history

June 16, 2017 Uncategorized

My personal craft beer history as you know is only a few years long as I just came upon it as I toured Europe a decade ago and then my curiosity and passion grew as my home brewery Tangled Roots began to take shape and I was able to watch it grow. But  I thought to myself when did this whole craft beer revolution take place and how long have I been missing out. Well, an obvious answer is itRead More