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[S2/E43] NagelBOOCH and Ironfire Brewing Company

Season 2, Episode 43 – This week, our good friend John Ryti joins us and he brought some killer brew from Ironfire Brewing Company in Temecula, California.

This week’s episode is sort of a mixed bag. A little bit of homebrew, some macro beer, some kettle sours, and some IPA. Nothing wrong with mixing it up, right?

nagelBOOCH Kombucha
nagelBOOCH Kombucha

We’re kicking off the show with some home-brewed kombucha by Mr. Nagel. If you’ve never heard of kombucha, it’s basically fermented tea. It usually has a funky aroma with a sometimes fruity and tart taste. It’s very low in alcohol, and is loaded with many of the same microbial thingies you’d find in yogurt. I also hear it’s great for hangovers…just sayin’.

If you’re interested in making your own batch of ‘booch, Kombucha Brooklyn sells an inexpensive kit that comes with everything you need to get started.

Guinness Nitro IPA
Guinness Nitro IPA

Next, we’re going to the dark side, or, the light side, in Guinness’ case. Guinness recently announced their Nitro IPA. Yep. IPA, in a can, on nitrogen gas. We’re fans of Guinness so we thought we’d give it a shot. Spoiler alert: The beer is a bit bland overall, but not bad, which is better than what we expected. Get it now while it’s fresh if you want to try it.

Ironfire Brewing Company
Ironfire Brewing Company

Our good friend, John Ryti is back on the show with us for the next few episodes, and he brought some beers from a great brewery based in Temecula, California, Ironfire Brewing Company. Ironfire just released their first two kettle-soured beers named, Sex and Violence, and Fast and Loose. Kettle-souring beers seems to be all the rage right now (kettle sours are the new session IPA…), and for good reason. They’re relatively easy to produce, and they won’t infect your brewhouse, since the wort is being boiled after the bacteria has “soured” it. Ironfire takes kettle souring to a new level by aging it in barrels and adding fruit. All the yums.

We finish up with a beer more in line with what Ironfire is known for, a tasty double IPA called Dead on Arrival.

Big thanks to Ryti for hanging out and bringing the brews!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Guiness Nitro IPA
IronFire Brewing Company: Sex and Violence
IronFire Brewing Company: Fast and Loose
IronFire Brewing Company: Dead on Arrival

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[S2/E42] Four Brewers Mess With Texas

Season 2, Episode 42 – This week, the boys are headin’ to Texas.

Jason tends to travel quite a bit for work. One of the fringe benefits is that he’s able to explore the local beer scene in whatever town he’s visiting. Jason was cool enough to bring some beers back from his recent trip to Texas. San Antonio, Texas, to be exact.

Texas Craft Beers
Texas Craft Beers

We’re starting with a classic Texas lager (which is now owned by Pabst Brewing Company) Lone Star Beer. While Jason brought this back as more of a gag, we find out that it’s actually pretty tasty.

One of the highlights of Jason’s trip was his visit to Jester King Brewery. Color Matt extremely jealous. Jason talks about the brewery and some of the beers he tried while he was there. He even brought back a bottle of Vulgar Affectation for us to try on the show.

Yo Soy Un Berliñer
Yo Soy Un Berliñer

Big thanks to Jason for bringing back the brew. A trip to Texas may be in order for all of us, soon…

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Pabst Brewing Company: Lone Star Beer
Freetail Brewing: Yo Soy Un Berliner
5 Stones Artisan Brewery: Barrel Reserve Spanish Monk
Lone Pint Brewery: Yellow Rose
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.: Figaro, Figaro Figaro Fiiigarrro!
Jester King Brewery: Vulgar Affectation

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[S2/E41] Sixpoint None The Richer

Season 2, Episode 41 – This week, beers from Sixpoint Brewery, a super-yummy hoppy pale ale from our local friends, Wicks Brewing Company, sprinkles of Almanac Brewing Company’s Citra Sour, and some in-depth homebrew discussion on Quad recipe formulation.

This week on the show, we’re taking a trip to Brooklyn, New York (we’re not really there, duh) to get some of that sweet Sixpoint Brewery action!

Wicks Brewing Company - Paladin Pale Ale
Wicks Brewing Company – Paladin Pale Ale

But first, we start with a new segment on the show, the 4B Mailbag! To accompany the Mailbag segment, we’re drinking a delicious beer from a local favorite of ours, and many in the Inland Empire of southern California, Wicks Brewing Company’s Paladin Pale Ale. This beer is Wicks’ first official bottle release that has made its way to shelves, and it’s superb. A super-hoppy and danky pale ale that has the punch of an IPA with the ABV of a pale ale. This is no session ale, folks…it’s a pale ale, and it’s delicious.

Sixpoint Brewery Beers
Sixpoint Brewery Beers

Next up are the Sixpoint Brewery beers. Thanks to 4B friend and Patreoneer, Scott McElhone, we were able to get our hands on three six-packs of Sixpoint brews that aren’t distributed in southern California. We’re trying to branch out, people! 

First is The CrispJohn thinks this is one of the coolest beer names for a lager, and the beer inside of this Sixpoint brew does not fall short of its name. It’s quite tasty and damn near perfect.

Next is Sweet Action. We didn’t quite figure out what this beer was, exactly (turns out it’s a cream ale), but it did spur some conversation regarding guitars, bands, and Wayne’s World.

Finally is the much sought after Resin. For an east coast IPA, this beer delivers. We beer drinkers in California often criticize east coast IPA for its over the top malt character and seemingly lackluster hop profile. This beer is not that. It quite good and unique for the style. The malts are definitely there, but they take a middle seat to the wonderful hop profile. It’s a solid IPA that’s worthy of the hype that precedes it.

We wrap up the show with Citra Sour from Almanac Beer Co. while discussing possible beer recipes for a Quad that Greg wants to age in a rye whiskey barrel he acquired from Re:Find Distillery. Quadruple style beers can be difficult to brew. Barrel aging can also be quite difficult. We try to put it all in perspective.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Wicks Brewing Co: Paladin Pale Ale
Sixpoint Brewery: The Crisp
Sixpoint Brewery: Sweet Action
Sixpoint Brewery: Resin
Almanac Beer Co.: Citra Sour

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[S2/E40] 2015 Great American Beer Festival

Season 2, Episode 40 – This week we’re drinking some GABF medal-winning beers.

Every year, beer drinkers from all over the United States and the world descend upon Denver, Colorado for the Great American Beer Festival. It’s one of the biggest beer festival we know of, and two of the Four Brewers got to attend this year.

2015 GABF Medal-Winning Beers
2015 GABF Medal-Winning Beers

While the draw and the allure of GABF is the seemingly endless beers available to sample, many people and breweries especially focus on the awards on Saturday morning. Winning a bronze, silver and/or gold medal at GABF is quite prestigious to say the least. The panel of judges at the festival is comprised of the best brewers, beer drinkers, beer writers, and beer enthusiasts from all over the country. Winning a medal at GABF can really catapult a brewery into the stratosphere. 

Southern California is no stranger to winning metal in Denver. Breweries like Pizza PortSociete Brewing CompanyBeachwood BBQ & Brewing, and countless others from SoCal have dominated in recent years. This year, SoCal took home many medals, even though the landscape of winners outside of California seemed to be much more diverse. This week, we’re focusing on some local breweries that took home some medals.

Taps Fish House and Brewery at GABF 2015
Taps Fish House and Brewery at GABF 2015

First up are two beers from local Orange County and Inland Empire superheroes, Taps Fish House and Brewery. They took home four medals, and also won Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year for their brewery located in Corona, California. Today, we’re drinking the bronze medal-winning Amend This! and silver medal-winning TAPS Kellerbier.

Bottle Logic Brewing Company at GABF 2015
Bottle Logic Brewing Company at GABF 2015

Next up is a brewery that’s fairly new to SoCal but is already a favorite of many local craft beer drinkers, Bottle Logic Brewing from Anaheim, California. Bottle Logic scored two gold medals this year for their dark lager named Lagerithm, and their Baltic porter, Cobaltic Porter, and we’ve got them BOTH on the show. Hells. Yes.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company at GABF 2015
Firestone Walker Brewing Company at GABF 2015

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is definitely no stranger to the stage at GABF. FW really killed this year at the GABF awards, winning five medals and Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year. Thanks to Matt, we were able to get our hands on the bronze-medal winning Sour Opal.

21st Amendment Brewery at GABF
21st Amendment Brewery at GABF

Next up is Toaster Pastry from 21st Amendment Brewery. This beer kinda took everyone by storm over the last month, and for good reason—it’s awesome! The hop aroma that comes from a freshly poured pint of this beer is just stellar. The whole room filled with the danky aroma that came from this beer as we opened them in the 4B studio. This beer won a silver medal at GABF, and now we know why. Damn, this is good! 21A took one more silver medal this year for their session beer, MCA. Well, done, 21A!

Ritual Brewing Company at GABF 2015
Ritual Brewing Company at GABF 2015

Last, but certainly not least is the new jewel of Inland Empire breweries, Ritual Brewing Company from Redlands, California. Ritual has always kind of flown under the radar, but their beers have always been spot on. The brewery is beautiful, and the folks at Ritual couldn’t be cooler people. They really deserved to win some metal this year. Ritual took home TWO gold medals this year for their imperial stout, Big Deluxe, and for the beer we have on the show today, their barleywine-style ale, Fat Hog.

The Great American Beer Festival was great this year. The Brewers Association expanded the available floor space for breweries and attendees, which made for even more beer to choose from and guaranteed that every brewery that wanted to attend, could attend. Our hats are off to the Brewers Association. Really, they did a superb job this year.

The complete list of medal winners and award winners at GABF this year can be found here. Hope to you next year!

GABF THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:

• Taps Fish House and Brewery: Amend This! and Kellerbier
• Bottle Logic Brewing: Lagerithm and Cobaltic Porter
• Firestone Walker Brewing Co.: Sour Opal
• 21st Amendment Brewing Company: Toaster Pastry
• Ritual Brewing Company: Fat Hog

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