Season 1, Episode
30 - Happy holidays, everyone! This week, it’s
all about the holiday brews.
Damn, these last few months have gone by fast! It’s already that
magical time of year when you stress out over the perfect gifts to
give your friends and family, freak out at your Uncle’s twisted
viewpoints on the latest controversial news topics, watch grandpa
fall asleep at 4:30pm, and crack open your favorite holiday brews.
This week, John
Ryti and Tim “Showtime” Ryan join us for the last time in
2014, and we’re opening some…wait for it…holiday brews!
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist Brewing Company
We kick the show off with a beer that’s not necessarily a holiday
beer, but was brewed by a local beer celebrity of sorts, who is
actually quite jolly. We’re talking about none other than San
Diego, California’s own Ken Schmidt. He got together with Iron Fist
Brewing Company out of Vista, California, and made a chocolate mint
stout, appropriately named Chocolate Mint
Stout, that’s quite fitting for the season. Ken’s a great
guy, and you can’t miss him in public–he’s always sporting his
short pants, a Hawaiian shirt, and a big smile.
Next up is a pretty rad tasting of some vintage Our Special
Ale from Anchor Brewing Company, specifically the
years 1995, 1996, and 2005. Jason picked these up at Stuffed Sandwich a while back, and he
graciously donated them to the show.
Anchor Brewing Company – Our Special Ale
Our Special Ale is a
beer that changes slightly from year to year. The recipe tends to
be a little different, but is always reminiscent of the previous
years it’s been brewed.
The final two beers on the show are from some local SoCal
breweries. First up is Noble Ale Works‘ You’ll Shoot
Your Eye Out, Kid! which is a winter warmer made with
organic apple cider. Beer nerds tend to have mixed feeling when is
comes to apples in beer, generally because “apple flavor” is
usually considered to be an off-flavor, but that’s not always the
Noble Ale Works and Karl Strauss Brewing Company
The final beer is from Karl Strauss Brewing
Company, Five Wee Heavy
Bells. Karl Strauss has been following the 12 Days of
Christmas theme, and this is the fifth release in the series.
Karl’s holiday beers are usually some of their best yearly
releases, and this brew is no exception.
The show tends to dip in and out of the good ol’ “third show
syndrome”, but we hold it together and don’t embarrass ourselves
too much. I guess one could say that we’re like those dudes at a
holiday party that are having a bit more fun than everyone else. Le
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So, yeah. Happy holidays from 4B and BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT!
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