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[S3/E52] The 2016 Holiday Episode

Season 3, Episode 52 – This week we drink our favorite and not-so-favorite holiday beers.

It’s been a rough year and we’ve got gluttony knocking on our door (it’s Christmas Eve and the first day of Hanukkah) so we’re gonna keep this post short…

The 2016 Holiday BeersThe 2016 Holiday Beers

1. Don’t buy those pre-made holiday beer gift packs. They’re usually all old beers that didn’t sell and were repackaged in a holiday-style gift box. This doesn’t mean those beers are inherently bad, but they’re probably past their prime and you won’t enjoy them as much if they were fresh.

2. Buy local craft “seasonal” beers. You’ll be much happier and you’ll #LiveLocal.

3. Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow and how you can help to make our world a better place. This, by far, is of utmost importance.

Cheers, from Four Brewers!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Brasserie de Blaugies – La Moneuse
Brasserie Dupont – Avec Les Bons Voeux
Brouwerij Corsendonk – Corsendonk Christmas Ale
Brasserie de la Senne – Stouterik
Microbrouwerij Achilles – Serafijn Grand Cru
Brouwerij De Ranke – Père Noël
Brasserie Des Géants – Noël des Géants
Brouwerij Kerkom – Winterkoninkske
Brouwerij Huyghe – Delirium Noël / Christmas
Brouwerij St. Bernardus – Christmas Ale
Prairie Artisan Ales – Christmas Bomb!

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[S3/E51] Invasive Species vs. Sculpin

Season 3, Episode 51 – This week, we find out who will rein supreme in the battle between the Light side of the sea, and the Dark side.

Does anyone else smell fish? What is that? Oh, pshht…I know what it is. It’s a Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing, and an Invasive Species from Beachwood Brewing! We invited both of these underwater dwellers to battle it out on the show this week, with hopes of figuring out which one of these is the bigger fish to fry. 

The Beachwood/Ballast Point ShowdowThe Beachwood/Ballast Point Showdow

A little back story: once upon a time, Ballast Point Brewing out of San Diego, California, was one the most respected craft brewers in the San Diego beer scene, until the company was sold to Constellation Brands, Inc. for a cool one billion clams (snicker). Since then, many beer geeks have written the brewery off as a “sell out” and stopped buying their products, and some have decided to overlook the buyout and just focus on the beer. But, just because a brewery sells to a larger macro brewery or company doesn’t necessarily mean the quality of their product will suffer, although sometimes recipes and practices tend to change over time to drive down cost and increase profit. In the case of Ballast Point, the beers are still pretty great for the most part. 

Enter Beachwood Brewing. Beachwood has been very vocal about their brewing independence and dedication to true craft beer. In a very tongue-in-cheek move, they decided to brew a series of beers that were inspired by Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA and variants thereof, that positioned Beachwood to both comment on and snub Ballast Point and their wildly popular fruited beers. While they didn’t come out and blatantly say “fuck you,” to Ballast Point (for whatever reason, outside of the obvious craft vs. macro battle cry), the line of beers they brewed and subsequently named “Invasive Species” (with a depiction of a dead fish on the beer bottle’s label) sure did imply it. Fight!

So, here we are. We purchased the freshest Sculpin IPA and variants of Sculpin IPA (and Even Keel) that we could find and put them up against the two-week-old bottles of Beachwood’s Invasive Species IPA and variants. Who will prevail? You can probably guess who we’re rooting for… 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Beachwood Brewing – Invasive Species
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Sculpin IPA
Beachwood Brewing – Mango Invasive Species
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Mango Even Keel
Beachwood Brewing – Grapefruit Invasive Species
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Grapefruit Sculpin
Beachwood Brewing – Habanero Invasive Species
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Habanero Sculpin

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[S3/E50] The Midwest Mailbag Melee

Season 3, Episode 50 – This week, 4B fans sent us a bunch of beers from the Midwestern United States of America.

It’s a mailbag melee! If you’re wondering what that is, exactly, it means that all of the beers on the show this week are from the Midwest and from 4B listeners. We are always desperately in need of beers from other parts of the country (and world, for that matter) that aren’t accessible to us otherwise, and we’re always down to showcase them on the show. 

Midwest BeersMidwest Beers

The beers submitted this week are from two supporters of Four Brewers on Patreon, Sandro Chiavaro, and Nick Puddy. Not only did these awesome dudes give us beer for the podcast, but they both gave us beers to be featured on Matt and Jason’s YouTube show, Cheap Beer Corner. Not only that, but Nick went above and beyond and even sent us his rauchbier homebrew. That’s how you do it, folks—the trifecta. 

Many thanks to Sandro and Nick for the beers. If you’d like us to feature your favorite unknown brewery or breweries, drop us a line at feedback@fourbrewers.com, or hit up the contact page. 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Rhinegeist Brewery – Crash
Rhinegeist Brewery – Truth
Rhinegeist Brewery – Dad
Platform Beer Company – Bunny Pajamas
Platform Beer Company – Jocote Project With Rangpur Lime
Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery – Java the Stout
New Glarus Brewing Company – Spotted Cow Grand Cru (Thumbprint)
One Barrel Brewing Company – Groundskeeper Willie
3 Sheeps Brewing Company – Paid Time Off!

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[S3/E49] A Beer Symphony of Destruction

Season 3, Episode 49 – This week, metal bands collaborate with craft breweries, and we drink the beers.

Metal music and beer. The two were practically made for one another. This week, we’re drinking three beers from craft breweries that collaborated with metal/rock bands to make some of the heaviest beers out there, baby.

Metal Band Collaboration BeersMetal Band Collaboration Beers

Bands teaming up with breweries to make a co-branded collaboration beer is nothing new, and for the most part, bands collaborate with craft breweries over macro breweries (eh, Metallica and Budweiser? No thanks…). You’re probably are unaware of how many such beers are actually out there and have been made, and we cover this on the show–it’s quite a few.

We narrowed the selection to three bands and three breweries: Iron Maiden and Robinson BreweryDeftones and Belching Beaver Brewery, and finally, Megadeth and Unibroue. While some bands tend to play it safe and go with more traditional styles, some think outside the box and actually try to find a brewery capable of delivering a truly unique brew. The beers on the show this week represent this spectrum.

We end the show with another round of Going In Blind with beers that John selected. He went out of his way to go for a theme and at the same time, tried to throw a monkey wrench in the gears.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Robinsons Brewery – Trooper
Robinsons Brewery – Trooper Red ‘N’ Black Porter
Unibroue – À Tout Le Monde
Belching Beaver Brewery – Phantom Bride IPA

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