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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.

Tap It Brewing Co. Beers[Tap It Brewing Co. Beers

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!

Want to watch the unedited, live video recording of this episode? Check it out on our YouTube channel at the link below. 

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.

Firestone Walker and Boulevard Brewing Beers[Firestone Walker and Boulevard Brewing Beers

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.

Firestone Walker Barrelworks BeersFirestone Walker Barrelworks Beers

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.

Smoked and Non-Smoked BeersSmoked and Non-Smoked Beers

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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[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!

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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… 

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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. 

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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.

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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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[S3/E48] The Oskar Blues Explosion

Season 3, Episode 48 – This week, we’re drinking beer with our friend, Oskar.

Oskar Blues Brewery is one of the earliest modern craft breweries to exclusively use cans for packaging their beer. Everything from lager to imperial stout goes into cans short, tall, and wide. Oskar Blues even invented the “Crowler”, a 32 ounce growler made out of an aluminum can. Not only are they ahead of their time with their packaging, they also make some killer beer.

Oskar Blues BeersOskar Blues Beers

The seven beers on the show this week are but a small representation of what Oskar Blues brews. They recently debuted barrel-aged Ten Fidy in tall cans (which Jason coincidentally drank all to himself the night before the recording of this episode), as well as their new 19.2 ounce (holy moly!) “Stove Pipe” cans.

Dale’s Pale Ale is by far the most ubiquitous of Oskar Blues’ offerings, followed by the deliciously contrasting imperial stout, Ten Fidy. Oskar Blues is a beer geek’s brewery–they can do it all, and they do it all quite well. It’s safe to assume that if you’ve never tried anything from them, you’ll probably be pretty happy with at least one beer they make when you do try something. 

(…also, you can use their cans to smoke weed when you’re done drinking the beer!)

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Oskar Blues Brewery – Beerito
Oskar Blues Brewery – Dale’s Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Brewery – IPA
Oskar Blues Brewery – Death By Coconut
Oskar Blues Brewery – Hotbox Coffee Porter
Oskar Blues Brewery – Old Chub
Oskar Blues Brewery – Ten FIDY

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[S3/E47] Giggle Fits with Brew Girls

Season 3, Episode 47 – This week, we hand over the keys to the show…

We decided to do something special this week. Having women on the show is nothing new to Four Brewers, but we wanted to take it to the next level and hand over the entire show to some local beer geeks who also happen to be women. Full transparency, John decided to throw this show together at the last minute. That’s important to know because Natalie DeNicholas (of Maltose Falcons and Sanctum Brewing Co.) literally had two days to put this show together. Of course, she went above and beyond and picked up over ten super-fresh beers from five different breweries that sent her on a journey across the greater Los Angeles basin.

Natalie, Daniella, and StaceyNatalie, Daniella, and Stacey

Natalie is joined by fellow Sanctum beer server Daniella Lopez, and owner of Craft Beer Babes clothing company, Stacey Moffett. Technically, John is also on the show, and is mostly referred to as “The Ghost”, since he’s not actually supposed to be on the show. The beers on the show this week are all brewed by women, and/or are owned in part or wholly by women. The selection of beers are wide ranging and complex (and at times challenging), while still maintaining their appeal to Natalie, Daniella, and Stacey’s individual palates.

Natalie DeNicholasNatalie DeNicholas Loves Beer

We can’t thank these ladies enough for taking over the show and providing a fresh perspective on craft beer and the community. Cheers!

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie – Coquette
Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie – Vallis Aurea
Eagle Rock Brewery – Nandobrau Gold
Eagle Rock Brewery – Brown Porter
Arts District Brewing – Heinrich
Arts District Brewing – Cowboy Curtis
Three Weavers Brewing Company – Le Petit Fox
Three Weavers Brewing Company – Southbounder Coffee Stout
Dragon’s Tale – Heff YEAH!
Dragon’s Tale – Sousan’s Saison

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