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[S4/E5] Pizza Port, Port Brewing, Trillium, and Noble Ale Works

Season 4, Episode 5 – This week, we’re going full blown IPA.

This week on the show, we are drinking a massive amount of IPA. Not only are we drinking IPA from Pizza Port Brewing CompanyPort Brewing Company, and Noble Ale Works, we’re drinking some IPA whales from the legendary New England IPA whale farm, Trillium Brewing Company. That’s right folks! We’ve got some juice on the show this week and a mini IPA showdown.

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So, here’s what happened. We were thinking of ideas for a show and it dawned on us that Port Brewing Company recently released some of their well-known IPA in cans. Since Pizza Port Brewing Company has been releasing their beers in cans for quite a while now, we thought, “hey! why not try them side-by-side to see which beers are best?” And now, here we are!

A lot of folks tend to get confused with the Port Brewing/Pizza Port/Lost Abbey brand of beers. Just to keep things simple, all of the breweries are owned by the same people. But just because they’re owned by the same people, doesn’t mean that they’re the same brewery. Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey brew out of the same brewhouse, while Pizza Port Brewing Company is actually a brewery that makes beers that were originally formulated by many of the small Pizza Port brewpubs in the San Diego area. Still confused? It’s ok. We get into it a little deeper during the show.

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After the showdown (and a refreshing dive into the 4B Mailbag), we wrap up with two juice bombs from Trillium Brewing Company, and Noble Ale Works’ latest New England-inspired IPA, 24K Juice.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Pizza Port Brewing Co. – Graveyard’s Pale Ale
Pizza Port Brewing Co. – Kook D.I.P.A.
Pizza Port Brewing Co. – Swami’s IPA
Port Brewing Company – Mongo Double IPA
Port Brewing Company – High Tide Fresh Hop IPA
Trillium Brewing Company – Double Dry Hopped A Street IPA
Trillium Brewing Company – Vicinity
Noble Ale Works – 24K Juice

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[S4/E4] Tap It Brewing Co.

Season 4, Episode 4 – This week on the show, ten tasty brews from San Luis Obispo’s Tap It Brewing Co..

We’re just going to put this out there, right up front: Tap It Brewing Co. out of San Luis Obispo, California, is brewing some really clean, tasty brews that are seemingly perfect to the beer styles they represent. No joke.

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The beers this week were generously provided by the fine folks at Tap It Brewing Co.. They even sent a bottle of IPA overnight to ensure we got it within three days of bottling. The variety of beers they sent us pretty much cover most of the popular styles of beer that any solid American craft brewery would brew. Their IPA even won a gold medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. The IPA category at GABF is the biggest and probably toughest category to win a medal in, so it’s speaks of Tap It’s quality quite a bit. Spoiler: The IPA is great.

Speaking of IPA, we all know that IPA is a style that is best enjoyed fresh. On the show, we mentioned that the bottles lacked bottling dates. Turns out, we didn’t look hard enough on the bottle, as we were informed by Tap It after the show that they do bottle date their 22 ounce bottles and 6 packs. The IPA they sent was about six weeks old at the time of recording, and while it wasn’t day-one-dankness fresh, it was still awesome.

S.N.A.F.U. and TropiCali Dank IPAS.N.A.F.U. and TropiCali Dank IPA

It should also be noted that Tap It Brewing also makes some kick-ass barrel-aged and coffee beers, which we also feature on the show this week. It’s always fun to discover delicious beer from breweries that for some reason have flown under our radar. Tap It Brewing Co. is definitely a brewery to keep your eye on.

Thanks once again to Tap It Brewing Co. for sending the beers!

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BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Tap It Brewing Co. – Continuum
Tap It Brewing Co. – Biere De Table
Tap It Brewing Co. – Ale Camino
Tap It Brewing Co. – American Pale Ale
Tap It Brewing Co. – Full Blown Stout
Tap It Brewing Co. – IPA (India Pale Ale)
Tap It Brewing Co. – TropiCali Dank IPA
Tap It Brewing Co. – S.N.A.F.U.
Tap It Brewing Co. – Cafe Noir
Tap It Brewing Co. – Caltucky

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[S4/E3] Firestone Walker Barrelworks Bonanza, Pt. 2

Season 4, Episode 3 – This week, part 2 of the Firestone Walker blowout, with a special appearance by Boulevard Brewing Co..

We’re back with the second part of our Firestone Walker blowout. This week, we’re sampling some of Firestone Walker’s latest barrel-aged releases, as well as a fun Firestone Walker collaboration with sister brewery, Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker make probably some of the best barrel-aged beers and blends out there. Both Firestone Walker in Paso Robles and their Barrelworks facility in Buellton, California, should be on the bucket list of must-visit breweries of any respectable beer geek. From Luponic Distortion IPA to Velvet Merkin oatmeal stout, Firestone Walker time and again never fail to brew beers that stand head and shoulders above the competition. In short, buy and enjoy their beer.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Pacific Gravity Weizenbock (Barrel Aged)
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Rye Double DBA (2016)
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Imperial Walker’s Reserve (2016)
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Parabajava (2016)
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Firestone 20 (XX) Anniversary Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co. – Collaboration No. 6 – Barrel-Aged Blend

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[S4/E2] Firestone Walker Barrelworks Bonanza, Pt. 1

Season 4, Episode 2 – This week, we’re drinking wild, sour and funky brews from Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks.

Any seasoned beer geek knows about Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Barrelworks location in Beullton, California. It’s Firestone Walker’s facility where all of their sour and wild ales become the amazing beers that they are. John was recently in the area for Thanksgiving and decided to stop by to pick up some supplies, as well as meet up with The Friedman’s to get some tasty Almanac Beer Co. beers.

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This week on part 1 of our two-part Firestone Walker series, we’re drinking the funky and sour beers from Barrelworks. Firestone Walker absolutely destroy when it comes to these kind of beers (hell, all of their beers, right?). In part 2 next week, we’ll be opening their newest barrel-aged offerings, their 20th anniversary blend, and a special collaboration beer they brewed with their sister brewery, Boulevard Brewing Company.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Lil Opal
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Sour Opal (2016)
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Ten Buck Chuck
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Bretta Rosé (Batch 3)
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Feral Vinifera
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Feral Peach
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – SLOambic Batch #2
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Huck Yeah!

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[S4/E1] I Wanna Rauch! RAUCH!

Season 4, Episode 1 – This week on the show, we’re sittin’ around the campfire and drinking smoked beers!

Welcome to 2017! In preparation for the possible fiery end of the United States of America as we know it (kidding…), we’re prepping by drinking some classic smoked and rauch beers, as well some beers from 4B listener, Andy Richter.

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Rauchbier and smoked beers in general can be polarizing, especially in the case of the four hosts of this very podcast. Matt and Greg absolutely love the smokey and peat characteristics of the brew, while Jason and John tend to stay away from the style for the most part. It’s a style that represents what beer in the days of old tasted and smelled like. 

We take a “smoke break” half-way through the episode and drink some funky and fruity beers from Perennial Artisan Ales sent to us by 4B listener Andy Richter.

Since we’re drinking smoked beer this week, check out John’s cellar review of The Bruery’s Bois Fumé.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Schlenkerla (“Heller-Bräu” Trum) – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier – Märzen
Schlenkerla (“Heller-Bräu” Trum) – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier – Urbock
Schlenkerla (“Heller-Bräu” Trum) – Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche – Doppelbock
Perennial Artisan Ales – Hopfentea
Perennial Artisan Ales – Foeder Saison (2016)
Amager Bryghus – The Amazing Gotland Campfire Beer
Alaskan Brewing Co. – Smoked Porter
Left Hand Brewing Company – Smokejumper Smoked Imperial Porter

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