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[S2/E30] Kyle Sent Us Homebrew!

Season 2, Episode 30 – This week’s episode is all about homebrew, more specifically, homebrew from 4B super-fan Kyle Wells!

Homebrew, homebrew, and more homebrew. This week it’s all about homebrew. We’ve got four on the show this week, three of which are from 4B Patron and super-fan Kyle Wells, and the from our very own Greg Nagel. Kyle gave us these brews a couple of months ago with the expectation that we’d try them on the show and give him some feedback. Spoiler alert: Kyle is a great brewer.

Kyle Wells' Homebrew
Kyle Wells’ Homebrew

Not too long ago, Greg brewed a batch of saison that was split up with the intent of making different beers from the same ten gallon batch. With this beer, he added some Anaheim chilies to the mix. Greg’s wife is a fan of chili beers, and this one was made just for her. Chili beers can be difficult to make. Getting the right balance of heat, chili aroma, and chili flavor is tricky. Getting it right takes a bit of trial and error. We all agree that this brew turned out well. 

Thanks for the brews, Kyle, and keep up the great work!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Mid World Brewing: Black Flagg
Mid World Brewing: Belgian Saison
Mid World Brewing: Scottish Red Ale, V1.1
Fort Awesome Brewing: Anaheim Chili Saison

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT
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[S2/E29] Walt and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing

Season 2, Episode 29 – This week, we’re hanging out with Walt and Luke Dickinson from Asheville, North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing.

So, this show is pretty rad. We’ve got Walt and Luke Dickinson from Wicked Weed Brewingon the show, at the same time, from two different locations, one of which is a car outside of a bar. Holy. Shit. 

Wicked Weed Brewing Canvas Series
Wicked Weed Brewing Canvas Series

We’re drinking six different beers from two different series from Wicked Weed. The first set of brews is from their Canvas Series, which are basically smaller batch, experimental brews, and the other three are from their special release series of beers (basically, beers that made it beyond the canvas series).

Wicked Weed Brewing - Medora, Black Angel, and Genesis
Wicked Weed Brewing – Medora, Black Angel, and Genesis

Wicked Weed has pretty limited distribution at the moment, but that’s all about to change with the installment of their new 50BBL brewhouse (again, Holy. Shit.). Their popularity among beer geeks has been soaring as of late, and over here in SoCal, it’s hard to get ahold of their brews. Luckily, Wicked Weed was kind enough to send some of their amazing creations to us. There wasn’t a bad beer in the bunch. Seriously, they were all very good, and each beer was better than the next. Hey, Wicked Weed, distro in SoCal soon? Yeah?! Please?!

Thanks again to Luke and Walt for hanging out with us!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
Brett Burglar
La Bonte (with Pear)
Genesis Blonde Sour
Medora
Recurrant
Black Angel Cherry Sour

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 11:42am PDT
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[S2/E28] pFour Brewers and pFriem pFresh

Season 2, Episode 28 – This week we’re drinking Nagel’s vacation beers!

Before I (John) start this post, The guys and I just want to say thank you to everyone who came to our first anniversary party at Hamilton Family Brewery. It was really fun catching up with our friends and fans, and seeing some new faces. Josh (brewer and co-owner of HamFam) did an excellent job with the collaboration saison, and everyone seemed to be really impressed with it.

Four Brewers with Joshua Hamilton
Four Brewers with Joshua Hamilton

Big, BIG thanks to Josh and Crysten for having us at their place and for being so accommodating. We can only hope 4B anniversary parties to follow are just as epic.

Now, to this week’s show!

We’re back with our first 4B-only in-studio show in quite a while, and we’re drinking some beers that Greg brought back from his recent trip to Oregon. 

Fort George and The Commons Brewery - Plazm
Fort George and The Commons Brewery – Plazm

We kick off the show with a beer from Fort George BrewingPlazm, a collaboration with The Commons Brewery. We’ve had Fort George on the show before, and we’re big fans of their IPA offerings. This time, we’re drinking their saison/farmhouse ale. Fort George never seems to be a let down, and this beer is no exception.

Pfriem Beers
Pfriem Beers

We move on from Fort George and try a few beers from pFriem Family Brewers. Our good friend, Mike Sardina, recommended to Greg that he stop by their place while he was in Oregon, and Greg did just that. All in all, we really liked their beers, and we were really digging on the bottle art and labels. pFriem is definitely a brewery we’ll be on the lookout for in the future…

Trinity Brewing - Damn, It Feels Good To Be a Gangsta!
Trinity Brewing – Damn, It Feels Good To Be a Gangsta!

We wrap up with another round of “Guess That Brew”, and finish the show with Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta from Trinity Brewing out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Greg happened to see Trinity on the shelf while he was up north. We don’t really have access to Trinity in SoCal, so why not pick some stuff up, right?

Be sure listen next week, where we have Walt and Luke from Wicked Weed Brewing on the show! 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 7:02pm PDT
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[S2/E27] Emma Christensen, Author of Brew Better Beer

Season 2, Episode 27 – This week we’re hanging out with author Emma Christensen and we’re drinking homebrew.

We’re back in the studio! While the on-locations shows are quite a hoot for us to do, it sure is nice to be back on our home turf.

We’re joined this week by Emma Christensen via Google Hangouts. She wears variety of different hats, two of which are author and homebrewer. She’s also an editor at The Kitchn, which according many people (and more specifically Matt) is a super-rad web-based food magazine. 

Brew Better Beer - Emma Christensen
Brew Better Beer – Emma Christensen

Emma is the author of the home brewing how-to book, Brew Better Beer. She was kind enough to send us each a copy of the book, as well as four bottles of homebrew that she made from actually recipes in the book! Holy shit, how cool is that?!

We talk to Emma about the book, what inspired her to write it, and how it’s different from other home brewing books. It should be said that it’s a beautiful book with a large variety of homebrew recipes, and was written for both the beginning and advanced homebrewers. You can check it out on Amazon, if you like.

Obviously, there’s beer to be drank and don’t worry, we drank it. Emma drank along with us as well. It was fun, and the beers were pretty kick-ass.

Big thanks to Emma for guesting on the show. Buy the book, and get to brewin’. 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 12:21pm PDT
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