Season 1, Episode
12 - Co-founder of Almanac Beer Co., Jesse
Friedman, joins us for a healthy dose of Almanac brews, gives
insight on the company’s history, and their place in the craft beer
This week, we’re drinking not one, not two, not three, but FOUR
different Almanac beers.Jesse
Friedman, co-founder of Almanac Beer Co., crashes the party via Google
Hangouts to chat about his beer, get thrown a few softballs, and
drink some Almanac brews with us.
Almanac Beer Co., located in San Jose, CA, was founded in 2010, and
has already made waves in the beer scene with their outstanding
barrel-aged beers, ranging from bourbon porter, to sour blonde
fruit ales. Founders Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan first met in
their local homebrew club, where Jesse happened to sample a
homebrew made by Damian that had the quality, taste, and
presentation of a commercial beer. Jesse gets into this a bit more
on the show, as well as what makes their brewery unique in its
Almanac Beer Co. – Episode 12 Beers
The first beer on deck is Almanac’s Dark Pumpkin Sour, an ale aged in wine barrels
and brewed with pumpkins and spices. The pumpkins are sourced from
Bodega Bay in Sonoma County. The beer has a pleasant, soft tartness
that really compliments the pumpkin and roasted malts quite
Keeping on the pumpkin theme, the next beer we open is
Almanac’s Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine. Pumpkin beer
season makes for a plethora of pumpkin ales and seems to get a bit
convoluted, but Almanac’s barleywine really stands out. It’s a
blended beer made with 500 pounds of hand-roasted pumpkins from La
Tecera, California. If you haven’t caught on by now, Almanac is all
about sourcing fruits and adjuncts for their beers from local
California farmers, hence the “Farm to Barrel” theme printed on all
of their bottles of beer.
Next up, we open the Farmer’s Reserve Citrus. This sour ale is made
with Buddha’s Hand citrons and Bergamot oranges, aged in red wine
barrels, and is quite refreshing.
Feature: “Guess That
Jesse, being a long time listener of Four Brewers, is no stranger
to our little beer review game, “Guess That Brew.” But this time,
we put a twist on it. All of the beer reviews we’re reading are
Almanac beer reviews. Not to give anything away, but Jesse actually
knows his beer pretty well…
Jesse Friedman hanging out on Google
While playing the game, we crack open our final beer from
Almanac, Valley of the Heart’s Delight. Before Silicon
Valley was known as such, it was called “the valley of the heart’s
delight”, due to it’s sprawling fruit orchards. This sour ale pays
tribute to its namesake with the addition of apricots, loquats, and
cherries. It’s then aged in used wine barrels. All of the fruit in
this beer was hand-picked by the Garden To Table non-profit from urban farms and
privately-owned properties where the fruit resided.
We’d like to thank Jesse for being so considerate as to guest on
our show. Almanac is really making some great beers and has a
unique take on their vision as a brewery. At the moment, they’re
available in California, Washington, and Denver, so if you see
their stuff on a shelf and you’ve never experienced their brew, buy
it and enjoy.
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See you next week! Drink some beer!
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