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[S3/E22] New Zealand's Garage Project

Season 3, Episode 22 – New Zealand’s Garage Project recently became available in our local California bottle shops, so this week we’re seeing what the hype is all about…and the hype is real!

Before we start the show this week, it should be noted that Matt wasn’t able to make it to Session 35 of Four Brewers due to personal affairs, and thus will not be on this episode or the next one. See you at Session 36, Matt!

The first time we heard about Garage Project was at the Firestone Walker Invitation Beer Festival. A hyped brewery that came all the way from New Zealand, making insta-whalez that seemingly nobody in the States could get their hands on. Time has passed and the brewery has grown, and we’re happy to say that Garage Project is finally distributed in the United States. While awesome, there’s a price to pay for these imported brews. Garage Project doesn’t skimp on quality, so expect to fork out a little more cash than you normally would for an American craft brewery of the same caliber. 

Garage Project BeersGarage Project Beers

One thing that should be noted about this week’s beers is the freshness of the hoppier brews. Experience with imported IPA and DIPA tells the seasoned craft beer buyer to generally avoid them. Usually, it’s a very real case of #HopsSoFaded because the beer doesn’t hit shelves at its peak freshness. Garage Project’s importer, Craft Imports, seems to be on top of their game, delivering fresh IPA to our local bottle shops in such a timely manner that it tastes like they were bottled last week. This also speaks to the quality of Garage Project brews—they know how to maximize the hoppy freshness we all demand. #ThumbsUp

Garage Project/Kyodo Shoji COEDO Brewery/Stone Brewing CollaborationGarage Project/Kyodo Shoji COEDO Brewery/Stone Brewing Collaboration

The beers on the show this week range from hoppy, as mentioned above, to strange, but delicious. This week’s episode is a strong juxtaposition to last week’s in that Garage Project’s core is experimenting with unusual ingredients and making creative beers. 

Garage Project is making interesting beer, and we’re stoked to finally have them available in California.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Garage Project – Hops On Pointe
Garage Project – Venusian Pale Ale
Garage Project – Pernicious Weed
Garage Project – Tsuyu Saison
Garage Project – Umami Monster

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT
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[S3/E21] Reformation Brewery

Season 3, Episode 21 – This week on the show, 4B listener and super-fan, Mike Kirshner, is at it once again and sent us some really tasty brew from Woodstock, Georgia.

Before we start the show this week, it should be noted that Matt wasn’t able to make it to Session 35 of Four Brewers due to personal affairs, and thus will not be on this episode or the next two. See you at Session 36, Matt!

We begin by reading our (long overdue) thank you list of Four Brewers’ supporters and podcast reviewers on iTunes. We haven’t read thank-yous since November of 2015, so if you’ve left a review or supported the show since then, you’ll hear your name on this episode!

Reformation Brewery BeersReformation Brewery Beers

Today, we’re drinking beers from Woodstock, Georgia’s Reformation Brewery. Trends in the craft beer scene over the last decade or so have been what could mildly be described as “experimental” by many, many breweries. On one hand, that’s what craft beer is—innovation and experimentation. On the other hand, things can get out of control when it comes to adding ingredients to beer. Reformation’s stance is to make quality, classic beer styles, while at the same time throwing their own spin on it. It’s certainly a noble approach to beer. (Tap’s Fish House, anyone? They’re winning medals left and right…)

Mike sent us four Reformation beers: Union, Cadence, Atlas, and Stark. These beers basically cover the spectrum of classic craft beer, from Belgian witbier to Porter. These beers were pretty fantastic, overall. 

Big thanks to Mike for once again hooking us up with some great east coast brew!

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Reformation Brewery – Union
Reformation Brewery – Cadence
Reformation Brewery – Atlas
Reformation Brewery – Stark

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 5:40pm PDT
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[S3/E20] Funky Beer and Sour IPA?

Season 3, Episode 20 – Sour IPA. It’s a thing apparently. But is it a good thing? We’re gonna find out this week on the show.

Sour IPA. I don’t know about this. I mean, IPA isn’t supposed to be sour. Sure, there are massively over-hopped sour beers out there that are deliciously awesome, but what exactly is a sour IPA? Is it a standard IPA recipe fermented with brettanomyces, or bacteria? It’s not that simple, right? WHAT’S HAPPENING?!

Not all of the beers on the show this week are sour IPAs. But, we’re gonna easy into this. A little bit of foreplay, if you will…

Monkish Brewing Co. - Soul FoudreMonkish Brewing Co. – Soul Foudre

First up is a beer from a brewery that is always a safe bet in terms of quality and execution, Monkish Brewing Company’s Soul Foudre. While this beer has no place in a sour IPA show, it’s our way of telling our palates, “hey…this is what a good beer tastes like.” Not that we think the sour IPA will be bad, but it’s called SOUR IPA. Anyway, Soul Foudre is great. Monkish will have some fruit variants of Soul Foudre up for sale this week, so check that out. Monkish is 4B approved! *ding*

Epic Brewing Co. and Odd 13 BrewingEpic Brewing Co. and Odd 13 Brewing

Alright, now to the nitty gritty. The first sour IPA on deck is Epic Brewing Co.’s Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA (marketing, anyone?). This is an unusual beer, to say the least. Without giving too much away, it’s tart…and juicy. Yep. It is definitely those things. 

Next up is Odd 13 Brewing’s Vincent Van Couch. They call this a “session sour” and it’s made with Citra and Mosaic hops. So while technically not an IPA, it kinda is? This is so confusing…

The Rare Barrel and Prairie Artisan AlesThe Rare Barrel and Prairie Artisan Ales

We wrap up the show with two more beers that take us back to the funky side, Prairie Artisan Ales’ Funky Gold Simcoe, and first-timer to the 4B podcast, The Rare Barrel’s Forces Unseen.

Sour IPA has arrived, beer geeks, for good or bad. Godspeed.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Monkish Brewing Co. – Soul Foudre
Epic Brewing Co. – Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA
Odd 13 Brewing – Vincent Van Couch (Session Sour)
Prairie Artisan Ales – Funky Gold Simcoe
The Rare Barrel – Forces Unseen

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[S3/E19] Plan Bee, Newburgh, Carton, and Refuge.

Season 3, Episode 19 – This week we’re drinking some brews form New York and New Jersey and a new Grapefruit IPA from our friends at Refuge Brewery in Temecula, California. Natalie DeNicholas and John Ryti are also back with us.

Four Brewers has the best listeners. It’s true. Just putting that out there. I say that because four of the five beers we’re drinking on the show this week were graciously provided by Four Brewers listener Robert Perry. Getting east coast beers is tough for us, but fans like Robert have been stepping up lately and sending us some killer stuff. 

Carton, Newburgh, and Plan Bee BeersCarton, Newburgh, and Plan Bee Beers

The first two beers are from New Jersey’s Carton Brewing Company. Unbeknown to us, Carton is actually a great get for us here on the west coast, and the two IPAs we got from Robery were fresh AF. That’s how you do it folks: ship ’em fast and fresh!

Plan Bee and Newburgh Wax-Stamped Bottle CapsPlan Bee and Newburgh Wax-Stamped Bottle Caps

Next up are two beers, both from two breweries that we had no idea even existed, Plan Bee Farm Brewery and Newburgh Brewing Co. The two beers are what they call a “100% NY Sour Ale” and are made with locally sourced ingredients from around the state of New York. Both beers are the exact same recipe, but each was fermented with two different yeast strains–one from Plan Bee and one from Newburgh. These beers were really great. Folks in NY/NJ are lucky to be able to get this magical juice…

Refuge Brewery - Grapefruit IPARefuge Brewery – Grapefruit IPA

We wrap up the show with a new beer from a local favorite of ours, Refuge Brewery out of Temecula, CA. Temecula’s beer scene has really been blowing up lately, and Refuge was there at the beginning of the boom. Their Blood Orange Wit is well known in these parts, and since they nailed the fruited witbier category, they decided to try their hand at an IPA with grapefruit.

Much thanks again to Robert Perry for the beers…Hail Satan. 😉

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Carton Brewing Company – IDIPA
Carton Brewing Company – 0077XX
Plan Bee Farm Brewery / Newburgh Brewing Co. – Cross Pollination #1
Refuge Brewery – Grapefruit IPA

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 5:50pm PDT
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[S3/E18] Homebrew Hootenanny

Season 3, Episode 18 – This week: ALL HOMEBREW. Natalie DeNicholas and John Ryti are also joining us!

It’s been a slow year for the 4B gang in regards to homebrewing, but today we’re going to make up for the last five months in one episode! Today we’re drinking five homebrews from four brewers (get it?).

Maltose Falcons - Saison du MaiMaltose Falcons – Saison du Mai

First up is John’s triumphant return to brewing, Oat Boner. This beer was inspired by his wildly popular oatmeal IPA, Oats n’ Hoes, but is stripped down and simplified. There are three ingredients in this brew: 2-row malt, oats, and mosaic hops (a LOT of Mosaic hops…). While the beer is a hit with everyone at the table, John thinks it could use a few tweaks.

Next up is a beer from one of our special guests, Natalie DeNicholas. We got a lot of positive feedback when she was on the show previously, and now she’s back! This time she brought a super-crushable lager made with Thai rice. It’s really good! Also, shout out to Sanctum Brewing Co. (that’s where Natalie works) and the legendary Maltose Falcons (where Natalie is the Burger-Meister).

Next up are two beers from Greg. One is a variant of a beer that Greg brought a few episodes back while the other is a new beer that he’s looking for some advice on. SPOILER ALERT. Don’t try to ferment a beer with expired yeast. That is NO BUENO!

Next up is a Red IPA from long time friend of the show, John Ryti. This is beer was made with a new type of malt called Red X that apparently will give your beer a red hue without imparting a whole lot of that red-caramel flavor that is usually associated with traditional “red” malt. It’s quite tasty, to say the least.

We wrap up the show with a canned homebrew (how rad is that?!) that Natalie brought over from her homebrew club, Maltose Falcons. Saison du Mai is a saison (obvi), which is right up Matt’s alley, made with a bunch of fun, tropical ingredients. 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Natalie’s Thai Rice Lager – Thai Pride
John’s New Oatmeal IPA – Oat Boner
Maltose Falcons – Saison Du Mai

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Category:Beer -- posted at: 6:17pm PDT
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