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[S3/E9] Getting Juicy With Bottle Logic, Part 1

Season 3, Episode 9 – This week, a last minute stop into Anaheim’s Bottle Logic Brewing ends with juicy beers, something tart, and gigaflops of hops. 

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Before we get into the beers, it should be known that Greg’s cask ale festival called “Firkfest” is going down on March 19, 2016 in Anaheim, California. We’ve been promoting this event for good reason—it’s a unique festival to Southern California, featuring 30 breweries and 50 cask beers, ranging from the more traditional cask conditioned beers to firkins with chocolate, peppers, or whatever else brewers want to add to their standard release and one-off beers. Get your tickets at firkfest.com.

Beers From Bottle Logic Brewing
Beers From Bottle Logic Brewing

Shooting each other in the junk with laser beams sounded like fun at the time, but drinking Bottle Logic Brewing beers in their barrel room seemed like a better idea. Speaking of shooting each other in the junk with lasers, it turns out that She Shot First with galaxy, citra and centennial in our gaping, carbonite mouths. Although hoppy wheats may be known for their modern unfortunate landmass times, this beer was birthed on the homestove of Bottle Logic Master Brewer Wes Parker. “Juicy,” says Four Brewers’ Jason Harris, otherwise known as Internet’s Golden Brett, in a nasally, high-pitched voice.

Zerø Day juices our mouths with Vermont-style IPA cloud beer. Juice profiles are dialed in, maximum hoppage is achieved, targets are hit, and montages are played with sweaty Bottle Logic brewers listening to “I Need a Hero.” The beer looks like a yellow pair of Juicy Couture sweat pants got dipped in freshly dry hopped beer and wrung out into pint glasses. But, oh if it ain’t juicy and supremely delicious.

Wes Parker, Brewmaster at Bottle Logic
Wes Parker, Brewmaster at Bottle Logic

Berliner Equation w/ Blueberries is next. It’s kettle soured and bursting with fruit. 350 pounds of berries tie our tongues into a quadratic equation, nearly turning us into Violet Beauregarde. Thankfully, we got rolled to the juicing room for squeezing, doopity doo.

Expansion for sour beer?  Yes! Bottle Logic is creating a sour/brett beer facility. Oh, and spoiler alert.

Recursion 8.0 is next. This IPA is surprising software, with 2.5 hexadecimal pounds of dry hop per gigabarrel. Dank.exe is compiled with no bugs. Pee.bat is called. 

We wrap up part 1 of the Bottle Logic visit with medal-winning Cobaltic Porter. Details are then leaked about their anniversary Week of Logic: Hint: it’s space themed.

Stay tuned for part 2 of our visit to Bottle Logic next week, S2/E10.

Photos from our session at Bottle Logic: https://flic.kr/s/aHskvfBkxw

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Bottle Logic Brewing – She Shot First
Bottle Logic Brewing – Zerø Day
Bottle Logic Brewing – Berlinear Equation w/ Blueberries
Bottle Logic Brewing – Recursion 8.0
Bottle Logic Brewing – Cobaltic Porter

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[S3/E8] Working The Night Shift

Season 3, Episode 8 – This week, beers from Night Shift Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales.

This week, Nagel brought the pain with SoCal rarities from Perennial Artisan Ales and Night Shift Brewing.

Before we get into the beers, it should be known that Greg’s cask ale festival called “Firkfest” is going down on March 19, 2016 in Anaheim, California. We’ve been promoting this event for good reason—it’s a unique festival to Southern California, featuring 50 breweries and 30 cask beers, ranging from the more traditional cask conditioned beers to firkins with chocolate, peppers, or whatever else brewers want to add to their standard release and one-off beers. Get your tickets at firkfest.com.

Excellent Brews from Perennial and Night Shift.
Excellent Brews from Perennial and Night Shift.

First up on the show this week is a brew from Night Shift Brewing, a gose made with oysters. Oysters are more commonly used in stouts to add a salty, briny/dry character. In this case, they were added during the boil of the gose, which is a beer style that is inherently salty. Adding the brine character from oysters is a natural fit for the gose style of beer.

Next up is another gose made by Perennial Artisan Ales, but this one goes (oh, words) in a different direction. This beer also has a tart, salty quality, but is made with lemon peel and orange peel, along with a healthy dose of key lime juice. This beer is great—a true summer seeeper.

We wrap up with two more Night Shift beers, Ever Weisse (radness) and Maracuya. Night Shift is reminiscent of The Bruery in terms of their curious exploration and their quality execution of unusual beer styles. At the same time, Perennial is also kicking ass and taking names. We can get Perennial in SoCal right now, but Night Shift would be a welcome addition…just saying’.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Perennial Artisan Ales – Suburban Beverage
Night Shift Brewing – Harborside
Night Shift Brewing – Ever Weisse
Night Shift Brewing – Maracuya

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[S3/E7] The Messenger Brought Us Homebrew Whalez

Season 3, Episode 7 – This week, homebrew from Four Brewers listener Michael Kirshner, and The Messenger from Noble Ale Works and Three Weavers Brewing Company.

Can homebrews be whalez? This is the question that Four Brewers listener, Michael Kirshner, proposed to us in an email a few weeks ago. Personally speaking, I’ve definitely wanted to spear a few local homebrew whalez that have become legendary over the years, so yes, homebrew can indeed venture into the “whalez” territory.

Thar Be Whalez!
Thar Be Whalez!

Michael was kind enough to send us some of his homebrew for the show this week and suffice to say, they are pretty over the top, as far as homebrew goes. The first beer up is a Flanders Red that was aged in a second use Buffalo Trace Barrel for five freakin’ years! What?! That’s some commitment.

 


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Next up is quad that was brewed in March of 2014. This beer is a crowd favorite according to Mike, and rightly so. It’s delicious!

The last beer from Michael is a Russian imperial stout made with oats and lactose sugar that was brewed in November of 2014 and aged for six months in a fresh Four Roses barrel. Michael wasn’t lying when he told us he was sending whalez…thar she blows!

The Messenger
The Messenger

We wrap up the show with an awesome collaboration beer between two stellar southern California breweries, Noble Ale Works and Three Weavers Brewing Company called, The Messenger. This beer was first brewed early in 2014. The Messenger is a seasonal release IPA coming in at 7.3% ABV, made with Weyermann pilsner malt and dry hopped with Pacific Jade, El Dorado, and HBC 342 hops. The bottle we have on the show this week was made with Buddha’s Hand and Yuzu to really give it a fruity, tropical zing.

Thanks again to Michael Kirshner for the beers!

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Noble Ale Works / Three Weavers Brewing Company – The Messenger IPA (w/ Yuzu And Buddha’s Hand)

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[S3/E6] [Insert Clever Surly Brewing Company Podcast Title Here]

Season 3, Episode 6 – This week, ALL SURLY BREWING COMPANY BEERS. Well, most of them. OK, eight of them.

This week, we’ve got seven beers from Surly Brewing Company that were sent to us by a gracious Four Brewers listener, as well as a super-whale from John’s cellar, a 2010 vintage Darkness. Hell. YES.

Surly Brewing Company
Surly Brewing Company

Surly Brewing makes great beer, hands down. The problem is, they don’t distribute very far outside of their home state of Minnesota. Granted, we have no shortage of great beer here in California, but Surly would definitely be a welcome addition. 

We have a variety of their canned brews, ranging from lager, to brown ale, to IPA. Surly has their own unique style and attitude. They know their way around a brew house, for sure. They’re also fans of John’s favorite ingredient, oats. It’s used in a lot of their beers.

Surly Brewing Company's Darkness (2010)
Surly Brewing Company’s Darkness (2010)

As the show progresses, Surly’s Russian imperial stout, Darkness, eventually comes up in the discussion. It just so happens that John has two bottles of the 2010 vintage in his beer cellar, one of which was kept refrigerated for the last few years. This is important because keeping a beer cold tends to preserve it longer and lock in flavors. Jason and Matt recently had the 2010 Darkness at a bottle share, and said the beer was past its prime. How is it holding up? Listen and find out! 

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Surly Brewing Company – Hell
Surly Brewing Company – Bitter Brewer
Surly Brewing Company – CynicAle
Surly Brewing Company – Coffee Bender
Surly Brewing Company – Furious
Surly Brewing Company – OverRated
Surly Brewing Company – Abrasive Ale
Surly Brewing Company – Darkness (2010)

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[S3/E5] Ten Times the Sierra Nevada

Season 3, Episode 5 – This week, we’re drinking ten different beers form Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

This week, it’s all about Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.. For over 30 years, they’ve been innovators in the craft beer movement in America, producing some the most ubiquitous beers on the market.

We have ten different beers on the show this week from Sierra Nevada. While that may sound like a lot (well, it is for this little podcast), it’s actually just a cross section of the many brews they make. We’re covering everything from their more recent release, Nooner Pilsner, to the classic and well-known Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Beers
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Beers

Sierra Nevada is also no stranger to barrel-aging beers and collaboration brews. Two of their abbey collaboration beers are on the show this week, along with barrel-aged variants of their Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale and Narwhal Imperial Stout.

Sierra Nevada brews all of their beers with whole cone hops. If you’re not familiar with the brewing process, most breweries use compressed hop pellets in their beers. Pellets are easier to work with, easier to store, and retain their freshness longer than whole cone hops. Using whole cone hops requires a different kind of brewhouse and they also impart different qualities. These whole cone hops and Sierra Nevada’s “Chico Yeast” house strain give their hoppy pales and IPAs a unique touch that screams “Sierra Nevada!”

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Collaboration and Barrel-Aged Beers
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Collaboration and Barrel-Aged Beers

Sierra Nevada’s beers are widely available. If haven’t had a lot from them, pick up a few different beers and give them a shot…maybe with a Torpedo? hahah—yeah, no.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Nooner Pilsner
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Otra Vez
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Torpedo Extra IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Beer Camp Tropical IPA (2016)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Ovila Abbey Saison (w/ Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Ovila Abbey Golden w/ Pomegranate
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Bigfoot
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Barrel-Aged Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale (2015)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout

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