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Four Brewers: Craft Beer and Homebrew

Nov 1, 2015

Season 2, Episode 44 – This week, we’re at The Beachwood Blendery with Gabe Gordon and Ryan Fields drinking the first two bottle releases from The Blendery, Propagation 001 and 002.

Propagation 001 and 002 go on sale TODAY, November 1, at 11 am. If you’re not already in line, get down to The Blendery and pick up some bottles ASAP!

The time has finally come, and we couldn’t be more excited. Beachwood BBQ and Brewing‘s new sour/wild beer project is finally off the ground. They’re releasing their first two beers today, Propagation 001 and 002, a petite saison and a Berliner weisse, respectively. Beachwood has quickly become one of the best breweries in southern California, garnering awards at the World Beer Cup and medals at the Great American Beer Festival. When they announced The Blendery back in December of 2014, beer geeks everywhere knew they were in for something special.

The Blendery at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing
The Blendery at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing

This week, we’ve got owner and chef, Gabe Gordon and brewer/barrelmaster Ryan Fieldson the show with us. We’re kicking it off with the first Propagation series beer, a petite saison made with 12 different strains of brettanomyces. We talk to Gabe and Ryan about the process and the inspration behind the beers and the brewery itself, as well as what Gabe thinks a really good gueuze shouldn’t be (spoiler: it shouldn’t be an acetic vinegar bomb. Word.).

Propagation 001: Petite Saison with Brettanomyces
Propagation 001: Petite Saison with Brettanomyces

One of the coolest things about The Blendery is their dedication to figuring out why Belgian gueuze is what it is. Is it possible to make these world-class, well known styles of beer in downtown Long Beach? Their approach to the process is both scientific and playful. Restrained experimentation and a structured, scientific process is the heart and soul of The Blendery. Ultimately, their goal is to make beers that even Belgian brewers could appreciate.

Propagation Series Beers
Propagation Series Beers

Propagation 002 is the next beer on deck. This beer could easily be considered a reference for the Berliner weisse style of beer. It’s damn near perfect, and refreshingly delicious. While many might scoff at such a “simple” offering, Ryan reminds us that if you can’t even brew the most basic of beers in a particular style, then maybe you shouldn’t be brewing them at all. 

Jason Harris, Gabe Gordon, Matt Becker, Ryan Fields, Greg Nagel (left to right)
Jason Harris, Gabe Gordon, Matt Becker, Ryan Fields, Greg Nagel (left to right)

Big thanks to Gabe and Ryan for having us at The Blendery. Additional thanks also goes Beachwood’s creative and marketing manager, Aaron Carroll, for setting this show up with us.


Beers from this week’s episode:
The Blendery: Propagation 001
The Blendery: Propagation 002

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