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Four Brewers: Craft Beer and Homebrew

Nov 10, 2014

Season 1, Episode 24 This week, Matt’s clearing out the cellar.

We’ve been at that point in our craft beer journey when we discover the diverse selection of beers available to us, and realize, “Hey! I TOTALLY need to start building my beer cellar up!” So, the first thing we do is seek out anything that might possibly “cellar well”. Well, that’s precisely what Matt did, and now we get to enjoy the fruits of his naive excitement. The main reason Matt decided to do this was to clear out all of the 12 ounce bottles and cans that were taking up space in his cellar. These beers are mainly from the 2006-2009 era.

Hair Of The Dog beers.Hair Of The Dog beers.

We kick it off with a vertical of Fred from Hair Of The Dog Brewing CompanyJason provided two of the beers, specifically, batches 77 and 87, and Matt brought batch 70. This beer was named after acclaimed beer writer Fred Eckhardt. These beers held up very, very well, to say the least.

Hair Of The Dog and Stone Brewing Co. beers.Hair Of The Dog and Stone Brewing Co. beers.

Next up is another brew from Hair Of The Dog, 2006 Doggie Claws. This beer is a west coast-style barley wine that’s usually released in November, and it’s a pretty heavy hitter at 11.5% ABV and 70 IBUs.

Stone Brewing Co.‘s Imperial Russian Stout is up next. Stone usually releases their IRS in 22 ounce bombers, but in 2008, they made a run of 12 ounce bottles that were exclusively for export. But, they held some bottles back and put them up for sale shortly after the release, and Matt picked up a bottle. He also brought a 22 ounce bottle of the same vintage to compare.

Feature: “Guess That Brew!”

We’re still not done with the drinking, but we decided to speed things up and open more bottles (and a can) from Oskar Blues BrewerySierra Nevada Brewing CompanyDogfish Head Brewery, and The Lost Abbey while playing a few rounds of “Guess That Brew”. 

Oskar Blues Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Brewery, and The Lost Abbey beers.Oskar Blues Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Brewery, and The Lost Abbey beers.

The live IRC (chat) really knocked it out of the park for this session of GTB. Props to Bob VreelandDr. Zack, and OC Beer Nut

Oskar Blues’ Ten Fidy really stood out from the bunch. This beer is excellent fresh, and this particular batch from 2008 really held up well. Cans are really good at limiting, if not eliminating oxygen from getting into the beer, and this beer is a testament.

To finish this post up, we’ll just list the final beers on the show…

Dogfish Head – World Wide Stout (2008?)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Bigfoot Barleywine 2008 and 2009
The Lost Abbey – Angel’s Share 2009, Bourbon Barrel Aged

It’s amazing we made it though this recording session without getting too sloppy… Thanks for the beers, Matt!

Links to things from episode 24:
Hair Of The Dog Fred Vintage Guide
Hair Of The Dog’s Brewhouse
Matt’s traded bottle of The Bruery’s Partridge In A Pear Tree
“Dead Giveaway” Charles Ramsey/Schmoyoho Video
Boogie In Your Butt


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