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Episode 26 - The Festival

Season 1, Episode 26 David Gillanders is back on the show this week, and we’re drinking beers from Sante Adairius, Jester King, and Fantôme.

This week on the show, we try to recreate the magic that is The Festival – brought to you by the Shelton Brothers. Not only do they import some amazing beers from overseas, but they distribute some of the coolest craft breweries in the US. We weren’t able to recreate the bottle list of one of the craziest festivals we’ve ever seen, but damn it did we ever try! Just for good measure, we invited our buddy David along as a thanks for all the Citra.

We start out with Witchmaker from Jester King, a rye farmhouse IPA. This beer is a classic farmhouse beer, despite the creepy sparkle eyes on the label that stare right into your soul.

Jester King / Fantôme Collaboration Beer.
Jester King / Fantôme Collaboration Beer.

This was just a warm up for the main event – a collaboration between Fantôme and Jester King. It took two continents to get this bad boy into our hands, it’s the Del Rey – but as it turns out, NOT a summertime sadness beer! Will these two great tastes go great together? How could they not, right?

Bringing it back to our home state of California, we opened up a bottle of Cask Strawberry from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Carpenteria, CA. It was muled back from the brewery by our very own Jason Harris, and the gang had very differing opinions on this saught after beer. (Spoiler: half of them are DEAD WRONG -Jason)

Lastly, we managed to score a bottle of the BlizzCon Exclusive beer, ThunderBrew, which was called an “Imperial Brown”. We had our suspicions about it’s true origins, however. You can’t pull the wool over the Four Brewers’ eyes, there are too freaking many of us!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

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Direct download: Episode_26_-_The_Festivals.mp3
Category:Beer -- posted at: 5:14am PDT
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Episode 25 - Knee Deep in Citra

Season 1, Episode 25 Put on your fishing waders because this week, we’re knee deep in brews from Kern River Brewing Co., Knee Deep Brewing Co., and Spiteful Brewing Company.

Devout craft beer drinkers far and wide make the pilgrimage to central California for the periodic release of Kern River Brewing Company‘s hoppy masterpiece known as Citra double IPA. We just happen to be friends with someone who won the Citra lottery (really, the brewery holds a lottery to buy the beer) and that someone is Mr. David Gillanders, who coincidentally is this week’s guest. 

David was gracious enough to bring over a couple bottles to share with us, as well as some other beers he picked up during a recent trip he took to Chicago. 

Kern River Brewing Company - Citra
Kern River Brewing Company – Citra

Citra is an amazing beer. The beer won gold at GABF in 2011, and it absolutely deserved it. While all of us on the show are big hop heads, Nagel isn’t too fond of the Citra hop, due to its “cat piss and orange” smell (he meant that in a negative way, too). Hey, sounds good to us!

Big, big aromatics on this beer, and yes, cat piss and orange are two of the dominant aromas present in the beer. Luckily, these bottles are super-fresh, so all of the aromatics and flavors just pop. It’s awesome. 

Knee Deep/Kern River Collaboration - Deep River
Knee Deep/Kern River Collaboration – Deep River

Next is a collaboration beer between Knee Deep Brewing Co. and Kern River Brewing Co. called, Deep River Double IPA. One of Jason’s good friends picked up this bottle for him. Knee Deep is another brewery known for its intensely hoppy brews, so this beer fit right in with the Citra. Not a lot of details were given about the beer, so yeah…just know that it’s hoppy and delicious. 

Spiteful Brewing Company - God Damn Pigeon Porter
Spiteful Brewing Company – God Damn Pigeon Porter

The final beer is another beer from David that he picked up while in Chicago, Spiteful Brewing Company‘s God Damn Pigeon Porter. Hey, how’d that name get past Battle‘s desk?! 

This beer is brewed to taste and smell like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and it really does taste like a PB&J! It’s pretty incredible. David claims to have never had a PB&J sandwich (dude’s been known to be a bit of a fibber in the past). If you’ve also never had PB&J, this beer pretty much hits the nail on the head. Even the saltiness of the peanut butter is present in the beer. Weird!

Big thanks to David for the brews. He’s the fucking man!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 12:00am PDT
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Episode 24 - Matt's Cellar Blowout

Season 1, Episode 24 This week, Matt’s clearing out the cellar.

We’ve been at that point in our craft beer journey when we discover the diverse selection of beers available to us, and realize, “Hey! I TOTALLY need to start building my beer cellar up!” So, the first thing we do is seek out anything that might possibly “cellar well”. Well, that’s precisely what Matt did, and now we get to enjoy the fruits of his naive excitement. The main reason Matt decided to do this was to clear out all of the 12 ounce bottles and cans that were taking up space in his cellar. These beers are mainly from the 2006-2009 era.

Hair Of The Dog beers.
Hair Of The Dog beers.

We kick it off with a vertical of Fred from Hair Of The Dog Brewing CompanyJason provided two of the beers, specifically, batches 77 and 87, and Matt brought batch 70. This beer was named after acclaimed beer writer Fred Eckhardt. These beers held up very, very well, to say the least.

Hair Of The Dog and Stone Brewing Co. beers.
Hair Of The Dog and Stone Brewing Co. beers.

Next up is another brew from Hair Of The Dog, 2006 Doggie Claws. This beer is a west coast-style barley wine that’s usually released in November, and it’s a pretty heavy hitter at 11.5% ABV and 70 IBUs.

Stone Brewing Co.‘s Imperial Russian Stout is up next. Stone usually releases their IRS in 22 ounce bombers, but in 2008, they made a run of 12 ounce bottles that were exclusively for export. But, they held some bottles back and put them up for sale shortly after the release, and Matt picked up a bottle. He also brought a 22 ounce bottle of the same vintage to compare.

Feature: “Guess That Brew!”

We’re still not done with the drinking, but we decided to speed things up and open more bottles (and a can) from Oskar Blues BrewerySierra Nevada Brewing CompanyDogfish Head Brewery, and The Lost Abbey while playing a few rounds of “Guess That Brew”. 

Oskar Blues Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Brewery, and The Lost Abbey beers.
Oskar Blues Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Brewery, and The Lost Abbey beers.

The live IRC (chat) really knocked it out of the park for this session of GTB. Props to Bob VreelandDr. Zack, and OC Beer Nut

Oskar Blues’ Ten Fidy really stood out from the bunch. This beer is excellent fresh, and this particular batch from 2008 really held up well. Cans are really good at limiting, if not eliminating oxygen from getting into the beer, and this beer is a testament.

To finish this post up, we’ll just list the final beers on the show…

Dogfish Head – World Wide Stout (2008?)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Bigfoot Barleywine 2008 and 2009
The Lost Abbey – Angel’s Share 2009, Bourbon Barrel Aged

It’s amazing we made it though this recording session without getting too sloppy… Thanks for the beers, Matt!

Links to things from episode 24:
Hair Of The Dog Fred Vintage Guide
Hair Of The Dog’s Brewhouse
Matt’s traded bottle of The Bruery’s Partridge In A Pear Tree
“Dead Giveaway” Charles Ramsey/Schmoyoho Video
Boogie In Your Butt

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 12:30am PDT
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Episode 23 - Duck Duck Nagel

Season 1, Episode 23 This week, a Duck Duck Gooze side-by-side, and some, er, interesting homebrew from Nagel.

Welcome to November. It’s that special time of year when we get together with our families, roast birds in the oven, and drink barrel-aged beer to keep warm in the brisk winter weather. On the show this week, we’re cracking open two beers from The Lost Abbey called Duck Duck Gooze. You may have heard of it. It’s an excellent sour that many beer geeks consider to be a “whalez, bro”. No hype here. It’s fantastic.

The Lost Abbey - Duck Duck Gooze 2009 & 2013.The Lost Abbey – Duck Duck Gooze 2009 & 2013.

Matt really knocked it out of the park for this episode by providing not only one, but two variants of the DDG, one from 2009, and one from the most current 2013 release, which was provided to him by his super-rad boss, Patrick Rue. So, thanks Matt…and Pat!

We break away from the drinking for a bit to discuss the recent IPA showdown at Vendome Wine & Spirits in Toluca Lake, CA. The results may surprise you…

Greg brought two homebrews for us to try this week, one made with sourdough yeast (yes, really), and the other, a Tart Of Darkness clone, which was a More Beer homebrew kit.

We start with his Tart of Darkness clone. The beer itself turned out OK, but this homebrew teaches us that making a sour beer that’s on the level of The Bruery’s Tart of Darkness takes a lot more time and work that just adding bacteria to wort.

Next, we try Greg’s collaboration beer that he made with OC Baking Company. Greg did a five day sour mash for this beer and fermented it with sourdough bread yeast from OC Baking Company. The beer really didn’t turn out well–we’re not gonna lie. Not all experiments turn out well. Sorry, Greg, but thanks for the beer! 

We mentioned The Festival on the show, which is a badass beer festival hosted by Shelton Brothers. Tickets are still available. It’s going to be epic…

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT!

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT
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