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[S3/E26] Fat Tires and Mimosas

Season 3, Episode 26 – This week, the Fat Tire & Friends “collabeeration riff pack” and Going In Blind with Nagel.

As you may remember, a few weeks ago we sampled the Sierra Nevada collaboration Beer Camp 12-pack. We were marginally dissatisfied with most of the beers. It’s not that the beers outright sucked (there were a couple wins), but they just weren’t noteworthy. This week, we decided to try another collaboration mixer. New Belgium’s take on their collaboration “riff pack” differed from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp in that every beer is a take (riff, if you will) on New Belgium’s classic Fat Tire Amber Ale. This should be interesting…

New Belgium Collabeeration Riff PackNew Belgium Collabeeration Riff Pack

Fat Tire is a well known beer. Its classic label, depicting red “retro” bicycle, can be spotted from a mile away (well, maybe not a mile…10 feet?). It’s safe to assume that even the most experienced beer geek among us has tasted Fat Tire at least once. Fat Tire is ubiquitous, but it also tends to get overlooked by beer geeks in search of something more, whatever that may be.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, New Belgium called upon their closest beer industry buds to take the classic Fat Tire recipe and mix it up. Maybe change the yeast, add MOAR HOPS, or throw in some apple juice? RhinegeistFirestone WalkerAllagashAvery, and Hopworks all participated in the collaboration. Each beer in the Riff Pack is a unique take on Fat Tire.

Did the beers exceed our expectations? Did New Belgium play it safe or did they really try to brew outside the box and make an interesting group of beers? Listen and find out!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
New Belgium Brewing Company – Fat Tire
New Belgium w/ Rhinegeist Brewery – Fat Pale Ale
New Belgium w/ Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Fat Hoppy Ale
New Belgium w/ Allagash Brewing Company – Fat Funk Ale
New Belgium w/ Avery Brewing Co. – Fat Wild Ale
New Belgium w/ Hopworks Urban Brewery – Fat Sour Apple Ale

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[S3/E25] L.A. Beer Week 2016

Season 3, Episode 25 – It’s L.A. Beer Week! Let’s drink some beer from Los Angeles breweries.

L.A. Beer Week is upon us! This yearly celebration of Los Angeles beer, bars, breweries, homebrewers, restaurants, eateries, food trucks, and beer drinkers has evolved into one of the best celebrations of beer culture in southern California. From Long Beach to Pomona to Gorman, the expansive and densely populated county of Los Angeles has become a destination for beer geeks far and wide. Today, we celebrate L.A. beer by drinking eight beers from L.A. breweries.

2016 LA Beer Week KickoffThe Crowd at the 2016 LA Beer Week Kickoff – #LABW8

The 2016 #LABW8 Kickoff Festival was Saturday, June 18, and it was pretty amazing. Not only were Los Angeles breweries pouring, but breweries from Orange County, the Inland Empire, San Diego County, and even the Bay area and beyond were participating in the action. There were so many awesome breweries, and they brought their A-game. Fundamental Observation from Bottle Logic Brewing was “secretly” being poured, Beachwood Blendery brought bottles from their Propagation series of wild and farmhouse inspired ales, while newer breweries like Mumford Brewing impressed folks with their hoppy and juicy IPA. The entertainment was spot on, the lines were short for the most part, and the event overall was very well organized. Props to the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild for organizing such an awesome event!

Los Angeles BreweriesLos Angeles Breweries

L.A. Beer Week is this week! So many events are happening all over southern California that you’d be hard pressed to not find something that’s happening in your neck of the woods. A full listing of everything that’s going down this week can be found at the L.A. Beer Week website, or by downloading the DoStuff app [iOS | Android] and searching for “LA Beer Week”.

We’ll see you around and cheers to Los Angeles beer!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT, LOS ANGELES.

Beers from this week’s episode:
King Harbor Brewing Company – The Swirly
Phantom Carriage Brewery – Muis
Beachwood Blendery – Propagation No. 128
Highland Park Brewery – Help Yourself
Monkish Brewing Company – Days of Underoos
Three Weav3rs Brewing Company – Unity 2016
El Segundo Brewing Company – Hop Plunge
Smog City Brewing Company – Infinite Wishes (2016)

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Season 3, Episode 24 – This week, Jason brewed a Heady Topper clone, and The McNew’s brought us beer from Texas.

This week, we are joined by homies Jessica and Sean McNew who recently returned from a trip to Texas and brought back some brew for us to try. But first…

Can you believe it? Jason finally got back to homebrewing and came out swinging with a Heady Topper clone! We kick off the show with this juicy wonder, and Jason sure did deliver. He paid particular attention to his yeast health and fermentation temperatures, and it really paid off—his beer was great!

Lakewood BrewingLakewood Brewing

Next up are three beers from Lakewood Brewing Co. out of Garland, Texas. The Temptressis a really unique Imperial Milk Stout that comes in at around 9% ABV. It’s a great beer, so great that Lakewood also brewed a couple variations of it, Sin Mint Temptress and Raspberry Temptress. Again, like The Temptress, these beers are both interesting and delicious.

Jester King BreweryJester King Brewery

We end the show with two beers from one of our favorite Texas breweries, Jester King Brewery

Thanks to Sean and Jessica for the brews, cookies, hanging out…yeah. They rule.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Lakewood Brewing Company – The Temptress
Lakewood Brewing Company – Sin Mint Temptress
Lakewood Brewing Company – Raspberry Temptress
Jester King Brewery – Ol’ Oi!
Jester King Brewery – Funk Metal

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[S3/E23] Wet Hop American Beer Camp

Season 3, Episode 23 – This week, we follow suit with all of the other beer podcasts and try the six beers from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12 (six?) pack.

This week, we’re going to beer camp! Not really, but we’re gonna imagine we are by drinking the six beers from this year’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Beer Camp collaboration variety pack. 

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2016Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2016

Our very own Greg Nagel went to Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp. For a while, it was an actual event that select homebrewers from all over the country participated in at Sierra Nevada’s brewery in Chico, California. Each team would concoct a recipe and brew it as a pilot batch. Following that and some recipe tweaks, the final recipes would then be brewed at scale by Sierra Nevada for the variety pack. 

This year, the Beer Camp variety pack is comprised of 12 beers, two bottles from six different regional brewery collaborations. The breweries involved are well known within their local markets, as well as with hardcore beer geeks. Expectations are always high when it comes to big brewery collaborations, and rightly so. 

Does the Beer Camp variety pack meet expectations? Listen and find out!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Sweet Sunny South
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Pat-Rye-Ot
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Moxee-Moron
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – West Latitude
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Stout of the Union
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Family Values

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