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[S2/E48] New English? What Happened to the Olde English?

Season 2, Episode 48 – This week on the most awesomest beer podcast on the Internet as far as we’re concerned and more than confident is actually true according us, are some mostly local brews and one brew that some how snuck into the “locals only” party.

We’re drinking stoutish beers on the show this week. “Stoutish” according to the Four Brewers Dictionary (it isn’t a real dictionary) means “a dark beer that may not be a stout but has certain traits that would lead one to believe it is a stout, and it’s also part of a larger beer tasting that has actual stouts in it, therefore one could say that it’s a group of stouts that aren’t all stouts; also there’s an IPA thrown in for fun and good measure.” 

Yeah. We’re doing that this week. 

Beers from New English, Ritual Brewing, and Sierra Nevada
Beers from New English, Ritual Brewing, and Sierra Nevada

First up are some stoutish beers from New English Brewing Co., the first of which is an IPA, which is obviously not a stout, but falls in line with the Four Brewers definition of stoutish, so it qualifies. 

Anyway, the beer is called Pure and Simple IPA, and it is in fact just that: pure and simple. New English is a fairly new San Diego area brewery, so it’s almost like they need to make a great IPA to even be considered as qualified for leasing brewing space in the area. This beer doesn’t disappoint. If you want a pure and simple IPA, then look no further…or look further and drink another great IPA from another great brewery after you drink this one. Tasty, San Diego IPA is fairly ubiquitous at this point. Damn, it feels good to be a beer geek in the golden age of craft beer. 

Next up, we get to the stoutish-er (do I *really* need to define this?) beers which we kick off with two more beers from New English Brewing Co., the Brewers Special Brown Ale and the Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown. These beers are once again very, very good. New English even won gold at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, but it wasn’t for these stoutish beers. It was for an actual stout, which (guess what?!) is up next. 

Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout is up next. This is not a stoutish beer. It’s a goddamn stout. This beer won gold at the Great American Beer Festival this year. It’s pretty rad and it was the inspiration for this weeks episode. Buy it. Drink it. High-five the brewer.

Ritual Brewing Co. is a local brewery to 3/4 Four Brewers, located in Redlands, California. They recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary, so congrats to them for that! Java Deluxecame out a few weeks before their anniversary party to much fanfare. It’s made with coffee from local coffee roaster Stell Coffee, and it’s great. Ritual also won gold this year at the GABF for an aged variant of Big Deluxe

Here’s something cool: we tasted a cuvée of Java Deluxe and Zumbar. (Did it disappoint? Well, since I said it was something cool that we did, probably not. If I said it was something lame that we did, that would be telling as well.)

We finish up with some “Guess That Brew!” and some 4B Patreon shout-outs while sipping on a beer included with this year’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company winter pack, Coffee Stout

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
New English Brewing Co. – Pure & Simple IPA
New English Brewing Co. – Brewers Special Brown Ale
New English Brewing Co. – Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown Ale
New English Brewing Co. – Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout
Ritual Brewing Co. – Java Deluxe
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Coffee Stout

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[S2/E47] Sour Beer, Wine, and Whiskey with Almanac Beer Co.

Season 2, Episode 47 – This week we’re hanging out with Jesse Friedman, co-owner and brewer at San Francisco’s Almanac Beer Co., and we’re drinking some really special stuff.

This week we are joined once again by our good friend Jesse Friedman, co-owner and brewer at Almanac Beer Co. in San Fransisco, California, and we’re drinking some really interesting stuff that encompasses the worlds of beer, wine, and spirits.

Almanac Beer Co. Beers with Seven Stills Dogpatch Whiskey
Almanac Beer Co. Beers with Seven Stills Dogpatch Whiskey

First up is the Almanac Dogpatch Sour. This beer is made with dried Rainier cherries and aged in red wine barrels for a number of months. The beer has a nice lactic tartness to it with the cherries giving it an extra fruity kick. Here’s something interesting. There is an undetectable amount of acetic acid in the beer, which we learned from Jesse is a good thing. Having a beer that is entirely lactic makes for a somewhat boring and overwhelmingly tart and thin beer. Almanac is by no means in the business of making vinegar bombs, but they’ve learned from others in the industry that acetic acid can also be your friend when it comes to making delicious sours.

Almanac Beer Co. Dogpatch and Farmer's Reserve Grand Cru
Almanac Beer Co. Dogpatch and Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru

The next couple of beers are really interesting. The Dogpatch Grand Cru is essentially a beefed up version the Dogpatch Sour, but with a couple of twists. Jesse walks us through exactly what goes into making this beer on the show, but we’ll try to sum it up here. It’s basically comprised of 30% red wine grapes, consisting of Zinfandel, Syrah, Tannat, Petite Syrah, and Tempranillo grapes. Two versions of the beer are aged in new French oak barrels and then blended back together to make the final product. This is not your typical sour ale. The red wine presence is quite big, making for a complex and satisfying experience. It’s pretty damn good.

The Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru goes through a similar production process, but instead of using a variety of red wine grapes, this beer uses Muscat grapes. This beer got a lot of different reactions from the room. In summary, it’s loaded with aromas of pineapple, lychee, mango, and even a hint of Nelson hops, even though Nelson wasn’t used to make this beer. The wine presence comes through really nice on the palate, just like the Dogpatch Grand Cru. Think of these beers as beer and wine hybrids. Almanac wasn’t subtle about it either. Jesse thinks the best thing about both of these beers is how they can divide a room and really get people talking about what they’re experiencing while drinking the beer. Mission accomplished. 

Seven Stills Dogpatch Whiskey
Seven Stills Dogpatch Whiskey

We wrap up the show with a first for Four Brewers. We’re drinking some Dogpatch Whiskeyfrom Seven Stills, made in collaboration with Almanac. Seven Stills is known for making whiskey that is influenced by beer. Seven Stills is from the same neighborhood in San Fransisco as Almanac called “Dogpatch”, so this collaboration seemed natural. In order to make for a proper wash for distilling, Almanac brewed a version of Dogpatch Sour with wheat added to the grain bill and higher starting gravity that made for a higher post-fermentation alcohol level. After distillation, the whiskey was aged in used Dogpatch Sour barrels and then aged again in Dogpatch Sour Grand Cru barrels. This whiskey is cask strength, so you may want to add some water to cut down those fusel notes.

Wood, cinnamon, vanilla, cotton candy, taffy, black pepper, caramel, and honey characteristics all come through on the aroma and palate. At $45-$50, this isn’t a cheap whiskey, but it’s unique and delicious. Seven Stills is on to something, here…

So, thanks once again to Jesse for hanging out with us.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers (and whiskey) from this week’s episode:
Almanac Beer Co. – Dogpatch Sour
Almanac Beer Co. – Dogpatch Grand Cru
Almanac Beer Co. – Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru
Seven Stills Dogpatch Whiskey

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[S2/E46] A Fetish, a Cart, a Crux, and a Yard

Season 2, Episode 46 – This week, beers from two of Los Angeles’ best breweries, Highland Park Brewery and Monkish Brewing Co..

We’re heading back to L.A. this week with two collaboration beers from Monkish Brewing Co. and Highland Park Brewery. These breweries are quickly becoming pillars of Los Angeles beer with their awesome farmhouse and sour ales. Highland Park Brewery and Monkish got together in what we consider a match made in beer heaven to make two collaboration beers, Cart Fetish and Pushin’ Carts.

Monkish and Highland Park Beers
Monkish and Highland Park Beers

Keeping with the theme of the show, we’re also drinking Monkish Brewing’s first foudre fermented beer, Haiku de Saison and one of our all time favs, Crux. From Highland Park Brewery, we’re drinking Yard Beer, an early favorite of Jason’s that’s pretty great.

Exciting things are happening in Los Angeles beer. The beers that Monkish and Highland Park are brewing are nothing less than exceptional, varying from the classic SoCal hoppy IPA to funky and Belgian inspired sour beers. With breweries acquisitions becoming more commonplace, it’s nice to know that curious, innovative, and talented people will be there to keep craft beer going strong.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Monkish Brewing Co. / Highland Park Brewery Collaboration – Cart Fetish
Highland Park Brewery / Monkish Brewing Co. Collaboration – Pushin’ Carts
Monkish Brewing – Crux
Monkish Brewing Co. – Haiku de Saison
Highland Park Brewery – Yard Beer

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Season 2, Episode 45 – This week on the show, we’re drinking beers from Russian River Brewing Company. BOOM.

If you’re a craft beer drinker, you’ve heard of Russian River Brewing Company. Craft beer drinkers far and wide seem to adore Russian River and their beers, ranging from the somewhat hard to find and ever-so-hoppy Pliny The Elder, to the hard to get beers like the tart and acidic Beatification.

Russian River has roots in the Inland Empire of southern California, originally hailing from Temecula, California, but moved up the coast to Santa Rosa, California, which is where they call home today.

Pliny The Elder
Pliny The Elder

We’re kicking off the show with the legendary beer geek-hoppy-holy-grail, Pliny The Elder. Bottles of this beer tend to be hard to find outside of central California, so getting some bottles for the show this week was a bit of an endeavor for us. Luckily, we have a few friends in high places, and were able to score a couple bottles, one from La Bodega Wine & Spirits in Riverside, California, and at the last minute, El Cerrito Liquor in Corona, California.

Pliny The Elder is a beer that is best enjoyed fresh, due to the copious amount of dry hops used in secondary fermentation. IPA in general should always be consumed as fresh as possible, and Russian River goes out of their way to make sure you know this by plastering it all over the bottle’s label.

Russian River Brewing Company Beers
Russian River Brewing Company Beers

We’re drinking A LOT of Russian River beers on the show this week, so we’re not going to get too in depth on the blog post about them. We tried to get as many as possible, going as far as San Diego the day before the show to pick up a bottle of 2013 Framboise for a Cure from the legendary cellar of “Dr. Bill” Sysak. We also got a bottle of Beatification from our good friend, Cougar Steve, which he brought back from a recent trip to Russian River Brewing Company. 

Huge thanks once again to Kim at La Bodega Wine & Spirits and Jazz at El Cerrito Liquorfor the Pliny, as well as Dr. Bill and Cougar Steve for the whalez hookups. It takes a village to do a bar podcast, you know…

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Russian River Brewing Company: Pliny The Elder
Russian River Brewing Company: Damnation
Russian River Brewing Company: Salvation
Russian River Brewing Company: Sanctification
Russian River Brewing Company: Framboise For A Cure 2013
Russian River Brewing Company: Supplication
Russian River Brewing Company: Consecration 
Russian River Brewing Company: Beatification 

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[S2/E44] The Blendery at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing

Season 2, Episode 44 – This week, we’re at The Beachwood Blendery with Gabe Gordon and Ryan Fields drinking the first two bottle releases from The Blendery, Propagation 001 and 002.

Propagation 001 and 002 go on sale TODAY, November 1, at 11 am. If you’re not already in line, get down to The Blendery and pick up some bottles ASAP!

The time has finally come, and we couldn’t be more excited. Beachwood BBQ and Brewing‘s new sour/wild beer project is finally off the ground. They’re releasing their first two beers today, Propagation 001 and 002, a petite saison and a Berliner weisse, respectively. Beachwood has quickly become one of the best breweries in southern California, garnering awards at the World Beer Cup and medals at the Great American Beer Festival. When they announced The Blendery back in December of 2014, beer geeks everywhere knew they were in for something special.

The Blendery at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing
The Blendery at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing

This week, we’ve got owner and chef, Gabe Gordon and brewer/barrelmaster Ryan Fieldson the show with us. We’re kicking it off with the first Propagation series beer, a petite saison made with 12 different strains of brettanomyces. We talk to Gabe and Ryan about the process and the inspration behind the beers and the brewery itself, as well as what Gabe thinks a really good gueuze shouldn’t be (spoiler: it shouldn’t be an acetic vinegar bomb. Word.).

Propagation 001: Petite Saison with Brettanomyces
Propagation 001: Petite Saison with Brettanomyces

One of the coolest things about The Blendery is their dedication to figuring out why Belgian gueuze is what it is. Is it possible to make these world-class, well known styles of beer in downtown Long Beach? Their approach to the process is both scientific and playful. Restrained experimentation and a structured, scientific process is the heart and soul of The Blendery. Ultimately, their goal is to make beers that even Belgian brewers could appreciate.

Propagation Series Beers
Propagation Series Beers

Propagation 002 is the next beer on deck. This beer could easily be considered a reference for the Berliner weisse style of beer. It’s damn near perfect, and refreshingly delicious. While many might scoff at such a “simple” offering, Ryan reminds us that if you can’t even brew the most basic of beers in a particular style, then maybe you shouldn’t be brewing them at all. 

Jason Harris, Gabe Gordon, Matt Becker, Ryan Fields, Greg Nagel (left to right)
Jason Harris, Gabe Gordon, Matt Becker, Ryan Fields, Greg Nagel (left to right)

Big thanks to Gabe and Ryan for having us at The Blendery. Additional thanks also goes Beachwood’s creative and marketing manager, Aaron Carroll, for setting this show up with us.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
The Blendery: Propagation 001
The Blendery: Propagation 002

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