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Episode Thirteen - Tea In Your Underpants

Season 1, Episode 13 This week on 4B: English IPA, English porter, and two homebrews with issues.

Welcome to lucky episode thirteen of Four Brewers! This week is a bit all over the place for us. We kick the show off with what is probably one of the most tradition and easy to find IPAs on the market, Samuel Smith’s India Ale. India Pale Ale tends to be a very regional beer, meaning that it can vary widely in translation. East coast IPA, for example, is thought of as being more balanced and malt forward, and greatly influenced by traditional English IPA. Keeping with that logic, one would think that this IPA from Samuel Smith’s would be a malt bomb of an IPA. But that’s actually not the case here. While this IPA is indeed quite balanced as far as IPA goes, the malt backbone is actually quite pleasant and not very dominating. It has a nice bitterness and comes off quite refreshing. It’s totally worth trying out sometime, and will give you an idea of what an actual English IPA is all about.

Samuel Smith Beers
Samuel Smith Beers

Sticking with Samuel Smith’s, we dive into their Taddy Porter. This is again, another fine example of a traditional English beer. The beer style “porter” has been around for quite a long time, and many American craft breweries have their own delicious takes on it. It’s nice to get back to the roots of the style, and Taddy Porter is a great example, among many others.

Feature: Homebrew – Jason’s SMaSH IPA, and Nagel’s “Yellow Submarine” Saison.

Jason finally brewed a beer for the show! Awesome! Keeping things simple, he decided to go with a SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beer. The base malt in this brew is all 2 row base malt, and the hops are Mosaic. Jason talks about his first time fermenting beer in a bucket, we get off on the wonderful grapefruit aroma, and analyze an off-aroma present in the beer.

Greg Nagel's Yellow Submarine Saison
Greg Nagel’s Yellow Submarine Saison

Next up is Greg‘s “Yellow Submarine” saison. Greg talks about his not-so-efficient brewday (we’ve all been there), as we tangent into politics and other nonsense.

See you next week! Make some beer!

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Episode Twelve - Almanac Beer Co.

Season 1, Episode 12 Co-founder of Almanac Beer Co., Jesse Friedman, joins us for a healthy dose of Almanac brews, gives insight on the company’s history, and their place in the craft beer world.

This week, we’re drinking not one, not two, not three, but FOUR different Almanac beers.Jesse Friedman, co-founder of Almanac Beer Co., crashes the party via Google Hangouts to chat about his beer, get thrown a few softballs, and drink some Almanac brews with us.

Almanac Beer Co., located in San Jose, CA, was founded in 2010, and has already made waves in the beer scene with their outstanding barrel-aged beers, ranging from bourbon porter, to sour blonde fruit ales. Founders Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan first met in their local homebrew club, where Jesse happened to sample a homebrew made by Damian that had the quality, taste, and presentation of a commercial beer. Jesse gets into this a bit more on the show, as well as what makes their brewery unique in its vision.

Almanac Beer Co. - Episode 12 Beers
Almanac Beer Co. – Episode 12 Beers

The first beer on deck is Almanac’s Dark Pumpkin Sour, an ale aged in wine barrels and brewed with pumpkins and spices. The pumpkins are sourced from Bodega Bay in Sonoma County. The beer has a pleasant, soft tartness that really compliments the pumpkin and roasted malts quite well.

Keeping on the pumpkin theme, the next beer we open is Almanac’s Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine. Pumpkin beer season makes for a plethora of pumpkin ales and seems to get a bit convoluted, but Almanac’s barleywine really stands out. It’s a blended beer made with 500 pounds of hand-roasted pumpkins from La Tecera, California. If you haven’t caught on by now, Almanac is all about sourcing fruits and adjuncts for their beers from local California farmers, hence the “Farm to Barrel” theme printed on all of their bottles of beer.

Next up, we open the Farmer’s Reserve Citrus. This sour ale is made with Buddha’s Hand citrons and Bergamot oranges, aged in red wine barrels, and is quite refreshing.

Feature: “Guess That Brew!”

Jesse, being a long time listener of Four Brewers, is no stranger to our little beer review game, “Guess That Brew.” But this time, we put a twist on it. All of the beer reviews we’re reading are Almanac beer reviews. Not to give anything away, but Jesse actually knows his beer pretty well…

Jesse Friedman Hanging Out On Google
Jesse Friedman hanging out on Google

While playing the game, we crack open our final beer from Almanac, Valley of the Heart’s Delight. Before Silicon Valley was known as such, it was called “the valley of the heart’s delight”, due to it’s sprawling fruit orchards. This sour ale pays tribute to its namesake with the addition of apricots, loquats, and cherries. It’s then aged in used wine barrels. All of the fruit in this beer was hand-picked by the Garden To Table non-profit from urban farms and privately-owned properties where the fruit resided.

We’d like to thank Jesse for being so considerate as to guest on our show. Almanac is really making some great beers and has a unique take on their vision as a brewery. At the moment, they’re available in California, Washington, and Denver, so if you see their stuff on a shelf and you’ve never experienced their brew, buy it and enjoy.

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Episode Eleven - Sobrehumano Flow Grinder

Season 1, Episode 11 Newport Beach Brewing Company brewmaster, Derek Bougie, joins us for a mouthwatering pucker-fest, featuring two great brews from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, and three sour homebrews from Derek himself.

This week on Four Brewers, our friend and special guest, Derek Bougie is bringing his beer geek “A” game as well as his unique style of ball-busting. We start off with two great beers from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, out of Dexter, Michigan. The first beer is a collaboration with Maui Brewing Company called “Sobrehumano Palena ‘ole” (which means “superhuman” and “without limits”), a wild ale made with cherries and liliko’i fruits.

Jolly Pumpkin, Maui Brewing, and Anchorage Brewing Collaborations
Jolly Pumpkin, Maui Brewing, and Anchorage Brewing Collaborations

The second beer is another collaboration ale, but this time between Jolly Pumpkin andAnchorage Brewing Co. called “Calabaza Boreal“, a saison style ale made with grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice and peppercorns. It almost comes off sort of like an IPA with it’s grapefruit character, and is an interesting and overall excellent brew.

Feature: Homebrew – Derek Bougie’s Sours.

Derek was kind enough to share three sour homebrews which were aged in a six gallon, medium-toast American Oak barrel. The first brew, named “La Vahine“, was originally and ale that was somewhere in the realm of a brown ale and a dubbel. It clocks in around 7%, and is at this point, a little under four years old.

Beer number two is an 8.75% golden sour ale, appropriately named “Golden Sour“, bottled in August of 2009. We don’t really dwell on this brew a lot, as the show kind of goes off the rails while we discuss rap-rock, conservatives, and the Detroit music scene. Yeah…we apologize in advance.

Derek Bougie's Homebrewed Sours
Derek Bougie’s Homebrewed Sours

The final beer from Mr. Bougie is a 8.75% sour ale, aged in the same barrel as the previous two brews. This brew, “Funky Nuts“, was bottled six years ago, and was “Best in Show” winner at the 2008 Orange County Fair.

Big thanks go out to Derek for sharing his tasty homebrew with us. If you’re ever in the Newport Beach area, make a stop at Newport Beach Brewing Co., and give Derek a high-five. Buy some beer and food while you’re there, too—it’s a great spot!

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Episode Ten - Mook It Up, Mr. Becker

Season 1, Episode 10 This week, we’re drinking the saison rumored to be the source of Wyeast Laboratories 3711 saison yeast, a delicious sour from Allagash, stout from Freeport, Maine, and finally, Matt’s first small batch brew in quite a long time.

This week, we’re joined once again by our in-house special guests Sara and Yvonne, and it gets a little crazy this week. We start off with some “discussion” on the movie The Godfather, and drink a tasty brew from Brasserie Thiriez called “Extra“, a dry-hopped french farmhouse ale, rumored to be the source of Wyeast’s 3711 French Saison ale yeast.

Brasserie Thiriez, Allagash Brewing Company, and Maine Beer Company
Brasserie Thiriez, Allagash Brewing Company, and Maine Beer Company

After that, we dive into a couple of excellent beers via Mr. Nagel, Allagash Brewing Company‘s Coolship Cerise, and Maine Beer Company‘s Mean Old Tom. Coolship Cerise is an open-fermented sour ale aged in oak barrels with cherries, and it’s nothing short of delicious. Greg gives us a some insight on how Coolship is made, fresh off his recent trip to the east coast of the United States. Mean Old Tom is a stout aged on vanilla beans. Maine Beer Company is out of Freeport, Maine, and if this beer is an indication of the deliciousness of their beer, then we’re definitely looking forward to more from this brewery.

Feature: Homebrew – Matt’s Small Batch IPA.

Matt's Mashing In!
Matt’s Mashing In!

Matt‘s known for brewing small batches of brew in the past, but since becoming a professional brewer, time for homebrewing has been limited. But Matt’s back in the saddle, and he decided to brew a very basic IPA to get back in the game. Photos from the brew day are up on our Flickr page. Check ‘em out!

Feature: “Guess That Brew!”

Jason’s taking a break from competing on this round of Guess That Brew, and instead, is providing some interesting reviews to rack our beer-soaked brains.

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