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[S2/E17] On Location at Noble Ale Works

Season 2, Episode 17 – This week we’re on location at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim, California, the first of our three stops at three Orange County breweries.

We’re back with another round of on-location episodes and this time, we’re focusing on the Orange County beer scene. The OC is very much up and coming, in terms of the excellent beers that are being produced, with breweries sprouting up all over the place from Brea to San Clemente.

Brad Kominek (left) and Evan Price (right)
Brad Kominek (left) and Evan Price (right)

Noble Ale Works is the first stop on our Session #16 road trip, and we’re hanging out with head brewer Evan Price, and lead brewer Brad Kominek. We start off with a porter served on cask that’s very near and dear to Evan’s heart, Porter Exporter. Evan and Brad recently returned from a trip to England where they visited many English pubs and breweries. The trip inspired them to get more into traditional English beer styles as well as cask ale. Noble has been serving cask beer for quite a while now, but this trip to England really inspired Evan and Brad to go even further with the cask ale and traditional English beer styles. 

Mind The Cask
Mind The Cask

Porter Exporter is actually a beer whose recipe was derived from a book that Evan is currently obsessing over, Ronald Pattinson’s The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer: Rediscovered Recipes for Classic Brews Dating from 1800 to 1965. The use of brown malt is key to giving this beer its coffee overtones and dryness. Keeping with traditional, the beer was served on cask at 55ºF, and was a perfect beer to start our long day of recording.

The next beer is somewhat legendary in the beer geek world, Noble’s “golden milk stout with coffee”, Naughty Sauce. Sounds weird, right? How can a stout be golden?! Inspired by a blonde ale brewed by Jonathan Porter when he was still brewing at Tustin Brewing Company, Evan set out to make a beer of his own that incorporated all of the flavor, body, and aroma of a coffee stout while maintaining a golden color. Naughty Sauce is served on nitrogen, which gives it a super-smooth mouthfeel and fluffy white head that sticks to the inside of the glass. It’s a beautiful beer, and is described by Evan as a very approachable beer to new craft beer drinkers.

Evan Price pouring 'We Saved Latin'
Evan Price pouring “We Saved Latin”

We wrap up with a collaboration beer that Noble made with another Southern California brewery, and friend of Four Brewers, Monkish Brewing Company. Evan was really blown away by the awesome brettanomyces beers that Henry Nguyen was making at Monkish, and decided it was time to make one at Noble. Evan admits that this beer was successful mostly because Henry really knows how to work with brettanomyces, and was gracious enough to throw some knowledge Evan’s way. The beer was bottle conditioned with brettanomyces about a month ago, and the brett character is already starting to shine. The name of the beer is We Saved Latin, and is set to be released in a month or so.

Big thanks to Evan and Brad for having us. Noble Ale Works has been killing it lately, and they are definitely worth checking out if you’re in or near Anaheim. They’re also within walking distance of the Honda Center and Angel’s Stadium. How rad is that?!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

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S2/E17 Show Outline

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Season 2, Episode 16 We’re going back to the homebrew this week with beers from John and Greg. Also, Hite.

We’re going back a couple episodes into the past with this show as we pregame for the now released Saison Showdown. We kick off the show with a brettanomyces version of Greg’s saison from episode 9 of season 2 that was fermented with brett trois yeast.

Wicked Weed and...Hite...
Wicked Weed and…Hite…

Next, we’re drinking a beer muled by Mr. Carlos Granillo, Wicked Weed Brewing’s TakéTaké Saison. North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing is somewhat new to the craft beer scene and they’re already making waves with their well-crafted beers and recent success at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.

Next up is a very special beer brewed by John and Carlos, Big G’s BBQ Smoked Porter. This beer clocks in at a very low 5.0% ABV, which technically disqualifies it from the porter category, so think of it as a “session smoked porter”. Five percent of the grain bill was smoked for three hours in Carlos’ smoker, and it sat on the top rack above a trip tip steak that was also in the smoker. Apple wood and cherry wood chips were used in the smoker, and half of this batch was aged for seven days in a used, five gallon whiskey barrel. The beer was brewed in 2012, and everyone agrees that it held up really well.

Since this show was the precursor to the Saison Showdown, we decided to “cleanse” our palates with a tasty Korean treat of a beer known as Hite Ice Point. This sort of “Japanese-ish/American-ish hybrid light lager” is a favorite of Jason’s and suffice to say, opinions of the beer were polarized…

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Session #15 Live Video Stream

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[S2/E15] The Saison Showdown, Part 2

Season 2, Episode 15 The Elite 8 of The Saison Showdown, and the reveal of the big winner.

We’re back with part 2 of The Saison Showdown and we’re pretty excited to announce the winner, which – SPOILER ALERT – is after the photo. We were all really happy with the results, and really taken back by how some of the beers did in the competition.

The Saison Showdown
The Saison Showdown

Just to recap, in order of the combined average rankings of both Rate Beer and Beer Advocate, the beers we tasted on the show are as follows:

· Anchorage Brewing Company – Love Buzz
· Boulevard Brewing Co. – Saison-Brett
· Brasserie Fantôme – Saison
· Logsdon Farmhouse Ales – Seizoen Bretta
· Brasserie Dupont – Avec Les Bons Voeux
· Brasserie Dupont – Saison Dupont
· Boulevard Brewing Co. – Tank 7
· Grassroots Brewing – Arctic Saison
· Brewery Ommegang – Hennepin
· The Bruery – Saison Rue
· Prairie Artisan Ales – Prairie Ale
· Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project – Surette
· The Lost Abbey – Carnevale
· Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Opal
· Monkish Brewing Co. – Selah
· Propolis Brewing – Beltane

The “Elite Eight” that made it to the second round are as follows:

· Boulevard Brewing Co. – Saison-Brett
· Brasserie Dupont – Avec Les Bons Voeux
· Monkish Brewing Co. – Selah
· Grassroots Brewing – Arctic Saison
· Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Opal
· Brasserie Dupont – Saison Dupont
· Prairie Artisan Ales – Prairie Ale
· The Lost Abbey – Carnevale

The “Final Four” that made it to the third round are as follows:

· Boulevard Brewing Co. – Saison-Brett
· Grassroots Brewing – Arctic Saison
· Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Opal
· Prairie Artisan Ales – Prairie Ale

The finalists of The 2015 Four Brewers Saison Showdown:

· Boulevard Brewing Co. – Saison-Brett
· Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Opal

The big winner of the 2015 Four Brewers Saison Showdown is:

· Boulevard Brewing Co. – Saison-Brett

The Saison Showdown Bracket
The Saison Showdown Bracket

There you have it folks! Congrats to Boulevard Brewing Co.!

There are three awesome individuals that helped us with this massive blind tasting; Sara Kidd“Dr.” Zack Alexander, and Bob Vreeland. We couldn’t have done this show in such an orderly and swift manner without the help of these pillars of podcast production. Our gratitude is extended to them for all of time.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Links to things from this week’s episode:
S2/E15 Show Outline
Session #15 Live Video Stream
The Saison Showdown Score Sheet
The Hand-Written Four Brewers Saison Showdown Bracket Sheet
PDF of The 2015 Four Brewers Saison Showdown Bracket

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Season 2, Episode 14 Here it is, folks! Part 1 of The Four Brewers Saison Showdown!

Hey everybody! We’re back with another showdown of whalez and whatnot, but this time, it’s a style of ale known as saison! We chose 16 saisons from around the world (that we could acquire), and ranked them in order of the average rankings of Rate Beer and Beer Advocate combined. Who will be the big winner? Well, if you really want to know, like, RIGHT NOW, you can listen to the first minute of the show where we tell you what the randomly served beers were, which will allow you to know which beers we were talking about as they were randomly served to us, you can check out the scoring sheet we used for the showdown, or you can checkout the episode 14 show outline. If you want to wait until part 2, which will be released next week, then skip the first minute of the show and ignore everything else we just mentioned. It’s up to you, dawg!

The Saison Showdown
The Saison Showdown

Saison is a very diverse style of beer, and it’s a pretty old style as well. It tends to have diverse interpretations among brewers and consumers, and we tried to touch on the different styles of saison that are currently available on the market that we could reasonable acquire.

In order of the combined average rankings of both Rate Beer and Beer Advocate, the beers we tasted on the show are as follows:

· Anchorage Brewing Company – Love Buzz
· Boulevard Brewing Co. – Saison-Brett
· Brasserie Fantôme – Saison
· Logsdon Farmhouse Ales – Seizoen Bretta
· Brasserie Dupont – Avec Les Bons Voeux
· Brasserie Dupont – Saison Dupont
· Boulevard Brewing Co. – Tank 7
· Grassroots Brewing – Arctic Saison
· Brewery Ommegang – Hennepin
· The Bruery – Saison Rue
· Prairie Artisan Ales – Prairie Ale
· Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project – Surette
· The Lost Abbey – Carnevale
· Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Opal
· Monkish Brewing Co. – Selah
· Propolis Brewing – Beltane

There are three awesome individuals that helped us with this massive blind tasting; Sara Kidd“Dr.” Zack Alexander, and Bob Vreeland. We couldn’t have done this show in such an orderly and swift manner without the help of these pillars of podcast production. Our gratitude is extended to them for all of time.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Links to things from this week’s episode:
S2/E14 Show Outline
The Saison Showdown Score Sheet
Session #15 Live Video Stream
The Four Brewers Saison Showdown Bracket Sheet

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 6:00pm PDT
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