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[S3/E4] Glasswhalez: Style-Specific Beer Glassware

Season 3, Episode 4 – Does the shape and size of a glass really affect a beer’s characteristics? This week, we try to find out for ourselves.

Does glassware make a difference when it comes to truly enjoying a craft beer? Glasses designed for more traditional beer styles have been around for a long time and it’s believed that they enhance certain characteristics of the beers that are consumed from them. Seasoned beer drinkers know that drinking a beer out of a glass is an overall better experience when compared to drinking straight from the bottle, even if it’s a standard “shaker” glass that brewers tend to despise. Well known beer establishments still serve beer in shaker glasses, despite the claims that the physical shape of the glass is doing a disservice to the beer inside of it.

Style-Specific Beer Glassware
Style-Specific Beer Glassware

Recently, beer glassware has reached a new level. IPA, stout, and even American wheat beers can now be served in style-specific glassware that supposedly enhances their qualities and nuances in certain ways. This week, we’re putting these glasses to the test. 

Disclaimer: all four of us on the show believe glassware affects beer perception. We tend to use the Libbey 3807 Belgian-style beer glass as our daily driver for consuming beer. Generally speaking, it’s a suitable glass for a wide variety of beers. 

Tattoo: Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer Co.
Tattoo: Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer Co. – NO SHAKER GLASSES

This week, we’ve got four different glasses that were designed for four different beer styles: a pilsner glass, a hefeweizen glass, a stout glass, and an IPA glass. The manufacturers of each glass claim that they are designed to make the specific style of beer that’s inside the glass shine in different ways. Are the claims true? Is there a science to “proper” glassware? 

Perhaps (of course there is…)!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Pivo Pils
Spaten-Franziskaner-Löwenbräu-Gruppe – Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Velvet Merlin
Stone Brewing Co. – Stone Unfiltered Enjoy By 02.14.16

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 3:25pm PDT
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[S3/E3] I Once Was Lost, But Now I'm Founders

Season 3, Episode 3 – This week, beers from Founders Brewing Co., and Going In Blind with Matt.

Michigan. More great beer from Michigan. 

Founders Brewing Co. is finally available in southern California, and we’re pretty stoked about it. Founders is a well known brewery among craft beer drinkers, brewing everything from hoppy IPAs to delicious, highly sought after bourbon barrel-aged stouts. Getting our hands on their beers proved to be quite the difficult task in the past, but not anymore. This week on the show, we’re sampling a bit of each.

Founders Brewing Co.
Founders Brewing Co.

We always seemed to find a way to get our hands on a few of their beers before they were available here by means of trading, which was kind of a pain in the ass. How rad is it that we’ll now be able to go to our local bottle shop and get it right off the shelf?! So. Rad.

Having Founders Brewing Co. beers on the show this week is a milestone that we are thrilled to arrive at. Huge thanks go out to Ze Beer Guy for getting these beers to us. He’s one of Founders’ newest sales reps here in southern California, and is well known in the beer geek community. He is the MAN!

One beer that we didn’t feature in this episode was Founders’ Project PAM. We drank the beer and recorded the conversation, but it’s only going to be available to supporters of 4B on Patreon and PayPal. Consider supporting the show if you’d like access to bonus stuff and free 4B merchandise.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Founders Brewing Co. – All Day IPA
Founders Brewing Co. – Centennial IPA
Founders Brewing Co. – Dirty Bastard
Founders Brewing Co. – Porter
Founders Brewing Co. – Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS)

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[S3/E2] For Whom the Bell's Toll

Season 3, Episode 2 – This week, it’s all Bell’s Brewery.

What’s that I hear? A bell? A tolling bell?

This week on the show, we’re drinking NINE different beers from Bell’s Brewery. For us in SoCal, that’s pretty awesome, considering they just recently added distribution to southern California (May, 2014) and we were able to buy all of these beers in our local bottle shops. 

Bell's Brewery Beers
Bell’s Brewery Beers

Fuck. Yeah. 

It would be quite tedious and redundant to go through and give a summary of every beer on the show this week, so I’m not going to do it. We tried to stick with more of the mainstream stuff from Bell’s that anyone could pickup in their area, if available (Saturn being the exception. That’s from Jason). 

Bell’s Brewery has been around for a long time, 30+ years, in fact. It’s safe to say that they know how to make great beer that’s unique to them, in more ways than one. 

Shout out to listener Dave V. for the email that inspired this show. Cheers, brother.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Bell’s Brewery – Two Hearted Ale
Bell’s Brewery – Winter White Ale
Bell’s Brewery – Oberon Ale
Bell’s Brewery – Oarsman Ale
Bell’s Brewery – Expedition Stout
Bell’s Brewery – Special Double Cream Stout
Bell’s Brewery – Java Stout
Bell’s Brewery – Saturn: The Bringer of Old Age (Planets Series)
Bell’s Brewery – 30th Anniversary Ale

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 6:40pm PDT
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[S3/E1] Nagel is Pink On the Inside

Season 3, Episode 1 – This week, we’re drinking three homebrews from Greg (two of them are pink!), and going in blind with John.

Welcome to 2016 and season 3 of Four Brewers! This week on the show, we’re drinking homebrew from Nagel and going in blind with some blind tasting action provided by John.

First up are two pink concoctions from Mr. Nagel. The first one is a cranberry Malbec wine cooler thingy. It should be noted that all of these brews were made by Greg for the holiday season to serve to guests in his home, and they’re all made from kits. The wine he made came as a kit with the grape juice, chemical additions, and cranberries, which makes for a really easy homebrew. Making kit wine is really easy. John wrote a piece on a Riesling wine he made from a kit a few years back. Check it out if you want a rundown on the process.

John's Beers for
John’s Beers for “Going In Blind”

Next up is a prickly pear witbier, which was again, made from a kit. The prickly pears, however, were not included in the kit, and were acquired at Greg’s in-law’s house in Temecula. In case you don’t know what prickly pears are (like John), they are the fruit that grows on a certain variety of cactus. They’re very hard to work with, as Greg explains on the show.

The last brew from Greg is a milk stout that was originally intended to be a hard root beer, but in the end, the spicing didn’t quite work out. So, he ditched the root and kept the beer as is.

All in all, these beers (and wine) were quite tasty. The brew days for these were all fairly low key and didn’t require a whole lot of time and effort. Don’t diss the kit! As long as you keep everything that’s post-boil clean and sanitary, and pitch the proper amount of yeast while maintaining proper fermentation temperatures, you should be good to go and on your way to making a great kit beer or wine.

We conclude the show with a dive into the 4B mailbag, as well as another round of Going In Blind, hosted this time by John Holzer himself. Click on the blurred photo above to see the blind beers if you can’t handle the mystery and suspense…

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