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[S2/E39] Raiders of John's Cellar

Season 2, Episode 39 – Matt snuck into John’s cellar and helped himself to some great, and not-so-great cellar-aged beers.

If you’re a beer geek with a cellar, you’ve either been here, or will be here one day. You know what I’m talking about. You’re new to craft beer and you want to be able to break out a beer on a second’s notice to pair with food, bring to a bottle share, or simply enjoy with a friend while you Netflix and chill. Then it becomes more and more apparent that you either have a problem, are on to something awesome, or both.

Cellar Worthy? Perhaps Not...
Cellar Worthy? Perhaps…

This is where John’s cellar is at this very moment. While most of his cellar is comprised of beers that could easily trade for some of the best midwest whalez, there are those few outliers that look like they don’t quite belong. On the other hand, there are beers that look ripe for the picking. That’s what we’re doing today—invading John’s cellar. It’s for his own good.

We’re kicking off the show with three beers that in their prime, were pretty great beers. These beers represent the young craft beer bottle collector’s naivety and ambition to get anything in their cellar that looks the least bit “rare” or is hyped as such. Buy one fresh, lay one down. But do you really know why this beer is headed for the cellar, or does the beer just end up there?

Cellar Worthy and Ready to Enjoy!
Cellar Worthy and Ready to Enjoy!

The second part of the show reminds us these ultra-rare whalez that you’re storing in your cellar need to eventually be opened. While it’s fun to show off your six year-old bottles of beer, they may never fulfill their true destiny when they’re ready for consumption. Are you ever going to open that $25 bottle of beer, or are you just going to stare at it? Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Hopefully, you learned something from this week’s show. Build a cellar and stock it well, but don’t overindulge. Monitor your beers, and purge those that are needlessly suffering in their old age. 

(That was kind of creepy.)

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Moo Brew: Dark Ale
Mahr’s Bräu: Mastodon – The Hunter
De Struise Brouwers: Black Albert
Avery Brewing Company: Brabant
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: Surette Reserva (Chardonnay Barrel Aged)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: Surette Reserva (Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged)

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[S2/E38] IPA? Nope. It's a Pale Ale.

Season 2, Episode 38 – This week, we’re still high on hops, but low on ABV. Hoppy pale ales are on deck.

While we all love IPA and their juicy hoppiness, drinking more than a couple can really take a toll on your soberness. Luckily, breweries everywhere are making hoppier-than-usual versions of pale ale, which by style are lower in alcohol than IPA. This week, we’re drinking some of the best hoppy pale ales we could get our hands on.

Off Color Brewing - Troublesome
Off Color Brewing – Troublesome

To break in our palates, we’re starting with a wheat gose from Off Color Brewing called Troublesome. We’re big fans of the artwork for this beer, as well as the contents inside. We were able to pick this up locally in Costa Mesa, California, which is rad because this beer is great! The salt presence is very much subdued while the beer is crisp and clean. Good stuff.

Now to the pales. First up is Pseudo Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewery. This beer has a lot of hype behind it, and for good reason. This beer divided the room, mostly because of the hop character and lack of proper bitterness. But, we are being a bit hypercritical (hey, we’re a beer podcast), and all agree that it’s a great beer overall.

Hoppy Pale Ales
Hoppy Pale Ales

Next up is the citra hopped Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Company. This beer is great, and very highly sought after. Greg is well known for not being a fan of the citra hop, but he love this beer. We all agree—it’s great.

Grunion from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits is up next. We’re quite partial to this local SoCal brewery, and this beer is simply excellent. Its massive hop nose and clean, dry finish is reminiscent of and IPA with the alcohol content of a pale ale. Grunion and Zombie Dust are pretty much on the same level as far as quality and overall tastiness, which is great for us in SoCal, since we can’t get Zombie Dust locally.

Over-hopped pale ales are nothing new, but they seem to be popping up more and more lately. Freshness of a hoppy pale is of great importance, more so than IPA, due to its lower hopping rate and alcohol. As with IPA, find the freshest possible batch before purchasing.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Off Color Brewing: Troublesome
Toppling Goliath Brewing: pseudo Sue
3 Floyds Brewing Company: Zombie Dust
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits: Grunion

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[S2/E37] Litres of Oktoberfest

Season 2, Episode 37 – This week, we’re drinking a hell-of-a-lot of Oktoberfest and Märzen style beers. Prost!

It’s that time of year again…Oktoberfest! This year, we’re not fucking around. While there are many, many interpretations of “Octoberfest” beers out there, we decided to find as many as locally possible and just go for it.

Oktoberfest Beers
Oktoberfest Beers

This week, we’re drinking 14 different Oktoberfest and Märzen-style beers from around the country and from Germany itself. While not all of them can be considered official “Oktoberfest” labeled beers, they all are brewed to celebrate than annual German tradition that is Oktoberfest. This year, Oktoberfest runs from September 19 thru October 4 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

We’re not going to spend any time on this post…there are 14 friggin’ beers on the show this week. Grab your dimpled mug and drink along.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Gordon Biersch Brewing: Märzen
Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München: Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier
Paulaner Gruppe: Oktoberfest Märzen (USA Only)
Spaten-Franziskaner-Löwenbräu-Gruppe: Spaten Oktoberfestbier / Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.: Oktoberfest – Brauhaus Riegele (2015)
Abita Brewing Company: Octoberfest
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan: Weihenstephaner Festbier
Schlenkerla Heller-Bräu Trum: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier – Märzen
Warsteiner: Oktoberfest Special Edition
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery: Oktoberfest Fall Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams): Samuel Adams OctoberFest
Spoetzl Brewery: Shiner Oktoberfest
Left Hand Brewing Company: Oktoberfest
Ninkasi Brewing Company: Oktoberfest Festbier Lager

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[S2/E36] It's Another IPA Show!

Season 2, Episode 36 – This week on the show, a plethora of IPA, and some tasty beers from our buddy, Phil.

This week, were drinking the OC Brew HAHA South County IPA, as well as IPA from SoCal and Athens, Georgia. And just for the fun of it, we’re throwing in a Berliner Weisse as well.

We kick off the show with with two beers from friend of the show and Patreoneer, Phil Lorezini. Phil is currently living in Florida, and was kind enough to send us some beer from Creature Comforts Brewing Company out of Athens, Georgia. To get things going, we open Athena, a delicious and spot-on Berliner Weisse. It’s tart and refreshing with just enough of that acidic bite to take it over the top. Berliner Weisse can be a complicated beer to make, even though it’s quite delicate and simple. Achieving the proper level of tart and funk is the sign of a great Berliner Weisse. Athena doesn’t disappoint. 

IPA and a Berliner Weisse.
IPA and a Berliner Weisse.

Now to the IPA! Keeping with Creature Comforts, we open the Tropicália IPA. Creature Comforts aptly summarizes this beer as “a ripe and juicy balanced American IPA”. It’s brewed with Citra, Centennial, and Glaxay hops. The beer finishes dry enough to pass for a west coast IPA while having a malt profile similar to an east coast IPA. It really is a nice balance of malt and hops, and not an overpowering, bitter malt bomb like many east coast IPAs tend to be. The east coast is slowly coming around to that west coast-style IPA radness, y’all.

Next up is the OC Brew HAHA South County IPA. This beer was brewed in collaboration with Cameron Collins, founder of the OC Brew HAHALeft Coast Brewing Co.Artifex Brewing Company, and Pizza Port San Clemente. The “south county” part of the name refers to south Orange County, which is where these three breweries hail from. Nagel recently did a write up on the beer for Orange Coast Magazine that sums it up pretty well. One thing that stood out to him was a mouth numbing affect the hops seemed to have on him, which is kinda weird and hard to pinpoint why. It’s a deliciously hoppy beer that’s well executed. You can try it at the OC Brew HAHA which is this Saturday! Get your tickets before they sell out…

Speaking of Pizza Port San Clemente, the next beer up is their Mango IPA, Lono. This beer smells and tastes like a freakin’ mango. It’s delicious. Pizza Port San Clemente utilizes step mashing in their beers (which could be a reason why they’re beers are so great), leading us into a discussion on the importance of step mashing and if it’s something that actually makes a difference in certain styles of beer.

We wrap up the show with a beer from Barley Forge Brewing Company, One Louder. We’ve had this beer on the show before and it was great, so why not have it again? Barley Forge also utilizes step mashing, and their beers are awesome. Maybe we’re seeing a pattern here?

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Creature Comforts Brewing Company: Athena
Creature Comforts Brewing Company: Tropicália
Left Coast / Artifex / Pizza Port San Clemente: South County IPA
Pizza Port: Lono (Mango IPA) (San Clemente)
Barley Forge Brewing Co.: One Louder

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 8:48pm PDT
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