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[S2/E52] Death By Xocoveza

Season 2, Episode 52 – This week we conclude season 2 of Four Brewers with coconuts, stouts, barrels, and some good ol’ blind tasting, courtesy of Jason Harris.

Here we are. We made it! The final show of 2015, episode 52 of season 2. When I say “we made it”, I mean just that—all of us. Four Brewers wouldn’t be a thing without all of the support we get from beer geeks all over the world. We thank you all from from the bottom of our beer-soaked hearts. Thanks for listening and supporting the show. You’re all the best.

Barley Forge, Stone Brewing, and Oskar Blues Beers
Barley Forge, Stone Brewing, and Oskar Blues Beers

We’re ending 2015 with a show that falls in line with classic 4B structure and fashion. We’re drinking a couple of whalez, blending some brews, doing some blind tasting, and having fun. That’s what this is all about, right? Having fun with friends and drinking great beer.

First up is a beer that’s making another appearance on the show, the coconut rye stout from our friends at Barley Forge Brewing Co.The Patsy. The first time we had this beer was on S2/E18 when we paid a visit to the Berly Ferge in Costa Mesa, California. We decided to bring it back because it’s Johns favorite beer of 2015, and Oskar Blues Brewery just released their coconut infused Irish porter named Death By Coconut. We wanted to compare the two beers side by side. 

Next up are three variants of Stone Brewing Co.’s 2015 Xocoveza For the Holidays & The New Year (yes, that’s the full name), two of which are barrel-aged (Xocoveza Extra Añejo, and Xocoveza Charred). This beer was a hit when it debuted last year and this year was no different. Beer geeks all over the country were buying this beer buy the case, and rightly so, since it’s such a delicious, chocolatey and spicy brew.

We wrap up the show with a round of Going In Blind, hosted by Jason Harris. There’s also some 4B Mailbag shenanigans and Untappd beer ratings discussion thrown in for good measure.

We wish everyone a safe and happy 2016. Drink something good to ring in the new year and give someone a hug.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT…and we’ll see you next year for season 3! 

Beers from this week’s episode:
Barley Forge Brewing Co. – The Patsy
Oskar Blues Brewery – Death By Coconut
Stone Brewing Co. – Xocoveza For The Holidays & The New Year
Stone Brewing Co. – Xocoveza Extra Añejo
Stone Brewing Co. – Xocoveza Charred

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[S2/E51] Citra Syndrome

Season 2, Episode 51 – This week we’re doing kind of a grab bag episode with beers from The Good Beer Company, Side Project Brewing, El Segundo Brewing Company, and Kern River Brewing Company.

Hey, y’all. It’s a holiday week. I’m gonna level with you. I’m in the mood to holiday. I need to get my holiday (and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) on. Writing about this week’s Four Brewers episode just doesn’t seem to flow properly. There’s some fun stuff happening this week. Oh, and did I mention Star Wars? Yeah. Star Wars.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This week’s show is a little random. We’ve got some hoppy stuff, some sour stuff, and some funky stuff, all of which is very good stuff, but let’s face it: they’re no match for a holiday week that also involves Star Wars: The Force Awakens, amirite?

The Good Beer Company is a fairly new brewery from the downtown Santa Ana area of California. We’re drinking three of their sour beers this week, all provided by Mr. Nagel, their biggest fanboy. But is Greg a Star Wars fanboy? To be honest, I really don’t know. Oh, and in case you didn’t hear, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened last Friday, and it was awesome. 

All in all, the beers from The Good Beer Company were in fact pretty damn good, just like Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars.

Next up is a whale of sorts for us, Side Project Brewing’s Saison du Blé (Batch 4). Matt brought this one, and it’s right up our collective alleys, much like Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

We end the show with two IPAs, Citra from Kern River Brewing, and Broken Skull from El Segundo Brewing Company, made in collaboration with Steve Austin. Yes, that Steve Austin. The “What?!” and “Hell Yeah” guy. He was a badass wrestler back in the day and it turns out that he loves craft beer. But, I didn’t see Steve Austin in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is Steve Austin a Star Wars fan? HELL YEAH, AND THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE.

…and Star Wars.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
The Good Beer Company – Sangrioro (blend 2)
The Good Beer Company – Blend 4
The Good Beer Company – Blend 3
Side Project Brewing – Saison du Blé (Batch 4)
El Segundo Brewing Company – Broken Skull
Kern River Brewing Company – Citra

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Season 2, Episode 50 – This week, beers from Destihl Brewery, Allagash Brewing Company, and the return of Going In Blind: Greg Nagel Edition!

This week, we’re diving into some more beers from Destihl Brewery’s Wild Sour Series, as well as some funky stuff from Allagash Brewing Company. Shows from session 27 (episodes 50, 51, and 52) were the first to be recorded in December, so this officially kicks off the 4B 2015 holiday season! It really is the best time of the year.

Destihl Brewery Wild Sour Series
Destihl Brewery Wild Sour Series

We first learned of Destihl’s awesome sour beers way back in 2012 when John and Mattwere at the Great American Beer Festival. Destihl brought the pain with their awesome sours that made for huge lines during the festival. We had their gose from this same series on the show back in March. Friend and Patreoneer, Sandro Chiavaro recently sent us the other variants in this series, so of course we’re cracking ’em open on the show. Thanks, Sandro!

While drinking these beers, we discuss the recent nerd-rage drama surrounding Kane Brewing Company’s release of A Night To End All Dawns.

Allagash Brewing Company
Allagash Brewing Company

Net up are some beers from Allagash Brewing Company that we don’t see too often here in southern California. During the tasting of these beers, we are introduced to the newest 4B contributing character, “Golden Brett”, the funky-gold-minin-hop-slingin beer drinker.

We wrap up with the return of Going In Blind, the Greg Nagel edition. Spoiler: We nailed it. BOOM!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
Destihl Brewery – Wild Sour Series: Wild Sour Series: Counter Clockweisse
Destihl Brewery – Wild Sour Series – Wild Sour Series: Lynnbrook
Destihl Brewery – Wild Sour Series – Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red
Allagash Brewing Company – Century Ale
Allagash Brewing Company – Golden Brett
Allagash Brewing Company – Midnight Brett Ale

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[S2/E49] The Bruery

Season 2, Episode 49 – This week, we’re finally raiding our collective cellars for the best beers from The Bruery that we could gather.

This week, we’re drinking a lot of beer from The Bruery. On paper, four beers may not seem like a lot, but when it comes to The Bruery and their rich and usually higher ABV beers, it’s a lot, especially for John, ahem… 

Beers from The Bruery and Bruery Terreux
Beers from The Bruery and Bruery Terreux

While an epic event such as this would warrant an even more epic blog post, we’re going to let this episode speak for itself. Needless to say, The Bruery makes many stellar beers and they aren’t afraid to tread in water that others would normally not even dip a toe into. The Bruery is a local favorite for us for different reasons, and they’re really one of the best breweries in the world, and that’s not hyperbole, son.

Expect more from The Bruery in future episodes of Four Brewers. Between the four of us and our cellars, there’s much to be consumed.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
Bruery Terreux – Tonnellerie Rue
Bruery Terreux / Jester King Brewery – Imperial Cabinet
The Bruery – Bois (Rye Barrel Aged)
The Bruery – Mocha Wednesday

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