John Holzer, Greg Nagel, Jason Harris

Four Brewers: Craft Beer and Homebrew

Four Brewers: Craft Beer and Homebrew
Four Brewers: Craft Beer and Homebrew

Description

Four Brewers is a weekly craft beer and homebrew podcast made up of three avid homebrewers and a rotating cast of professional brewers.

Link: fourbrewers.com

Episodes

243: Wherever We May Roam

Mar 17, 2019 37:15

Description:

Show notes to come...

242: There's Only One Man Who Would Dare Give Me The Raspberry!

Mar 11, 2019 43:12

Description:

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4B Theme Song: The Sleeping Sea King

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Episode Chapters:

00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:50: Wrapping It Up with Untappd

10:40: Sonoma Tart w/ Guava and Passion Fruit - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

14:39: Neapolitan Stout - Untitled Art

22:55: Bamburana - Oskar Blues Brewery

32:02: Jam the Radar (2018) - Bottle Logic Brewing

41:03: Thanks, Untappd.

42:20: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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241: OMG! It's Brewey Ommegang!

Mar 4, 2019 47:20

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00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

05:49: Fruition - Brewery Ommegang

10:44: Rare Vos - Brewery Ommegang

21:30: 21st Anniversary Ale - Brewery Ommegang

27:01: Game of Thrones: Queen of the Seven Kingdoms - Brewery Ommegang

35:35: Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

45:19: Episode 242 Beers

46:43: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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240: Let's Take A Dunk With Untappd!

Feb 26, 2019 51:47

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Episode Chapters:

00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

03:44: The Best Ever Dark Munich Beer Out of Milton - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

19:19: The "Take a Dunk" Untappd Badge

20:00: The "Silence Of The Lambics" Untappd Badge

20:38: AK [silent warrior edition] (Ghost 653) - Adroit Theory

32:52: Violets Are Blue - High Water Brewing

39:20: Farmer's Reserve Grand Cru - Almanac Beer Company

51:09: supporttheshitoutofit.com

01:09:09: Final Thoughts

01:15:15: Drinking Socially Podcast

01:18:21: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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239: Going In Blind with Tim and Kyle From Untappd

Feb 18, 2019 01:19:19

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Episode Chapters:

00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

04:46: Untappd

08:47: Flagship February

11:55: Beer 1 – Going In Blind

15:53: Beer 1 Revealved

21:16: Beer 2 – Going In Blind

29:34: Beer 2 Revealved

34:17: Beer 3 – Going In Blind

37:04: Beer 3 Revealved

38:33: Patreon Glassware

41:13: Beer 4 – Going In Blind

46:14: Beer 4 Revealved

49:49: Beer 5 – Going In Blind

52:16: Beer 5 Revealved

01:04:51: Beer 6 – Going In Blind

01:05:25: Beer 6 Revealved

01:09:09: Final Thoughts

01:15:15: Drinking Socially Podcast

01:18:21: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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238: Triple Crossing

Feb 12, 2019 44:03

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00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

01:28: Slope Shake - Los Angeles Ale Works

13:29: Beers From Virginia

13:50: Battle Creek - Triple Crossing

20:35: Space Falcon (Galaxy Dry Hopped) - Triple Crossing

26:52: Galaxy Triangles - Triple Crossing

32:12: Clever Girl - Triple Crossing

43:19: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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237: G-G-Going In Blind! (...It's Back!)

Feb 4, 2019 52:00

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Episode Chapters:

00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:33: LA Phil 100 - Los Angeles Ale Works

14:30: Mailbag!

15:53: Going In Blind!

16:23: Beer 1 - Going In Blind

20:53: Beer 1 Revealed

21:56: Beer 2 - Going In Blind

26:02: Beer 2 Revealed

27:39: Beer 3 - Going In Blind

31:04: Beer 3 Revealed

32:24: Beer 4 - Going In Blind

34:24: Beer 4 Revealed

35:02: Beer 5 - Going In Blind

40:41: Beer 5 Revealed

42:13: Beer 6 - Going In Blind

46:32: Beer 6 Revealed

47:31: Wrap Up

50:48: Next Week on 4B...

51:18: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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236: Rosealie's Space Camper

Jan 29, 2019 58:24

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00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

01:21: Olivera Noir - Los Angeles Ale Works

13:28: Rosalie - Firestone Walker Brewing Company

29:33: Space Camper - Boulevard Brewing Co.

38:47: Mind Haze - Firestone Walker Brewing Company

50:20: Firestone 22 (XXII) Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Company

55:53: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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235: Meseeks The LAAW

Jan 21, 2019 54:45

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00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:48: Palmera Pils - Los Angeles Ale Works

16:30: Phasma - Green Bench Brewing Co

26:36: Terroir: Pinot Gris - Alesong Brewing & Blending

38:58: Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie - Domaine Dupont

45:17: Sour Rosé - Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

51:00: SPACEX Talk

53:42: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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234: The Chris Walowski Cellar Dive

Jan 15, 2019 01:01:04

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00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:57: Bear Temper - Trustworthy Brewing Co.

11:47: Biére de Zinfandel - American Solera

21:10: Sang Royale (2009) - Cascade Brewing Compay (USA)

26:36: Life and Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

35:38: Life and Limb (Batch 2) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

45:20: Samuel Adams Triple Bock - Boston Beer Company

54:27: Rosé The Day Away - Trustworthy Brewing Co.

59:55: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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233: Barrel-aged Canadian Sins

Jan 8, 2019 44:56

Description:

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Episode Chapters:

00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:48: Sin Reserva BBA - Trustworthy Brewing Co.

09:48: Modern Day Shelf Whalez

14:54: B-Bomb (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Fremont Brewing

20:21: Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star – Coffee Edition - Fremont Brewing

24:04: Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) - Founders Brewing Company

32:26: Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co. / AB-InBev

43:01: Check Out Trustworthy Brewing Co!

44:01: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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232: 10 Apples and 4 Brewers

Dec 31, 2018 46:48

Description:

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00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

01:16: Chris Walowski from Trustworthy Brewing Co.

01:30: Trustworthy IPA - Trustworthy Brewing Co.

19:40: Fantasia - Upright Brewing Company

28:35: Saison Vert - Upright Brewing Company

36:55: 10 Apple Stout - Põhjala

43:38: supporttheshitoutofit.com

44:48: Pre-show Banter

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231: Merry Christmas Adam

Dec 24, 2018 54:49

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00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:59: Chris Walowski from Trustworthy Brewing Co.

04:34: Gigil - Trustworthy Brewing Co.

10:11: Silva Stout - Silva Brewing

25:38: Chuck-Amok - Silva Brewing

33:14: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Drafty Kilt - Monday Night Brewing

37:11: Notable Digression: "Innards"

39:23: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Drafty Kilt - Monday Night Brewing (cont'd)

41:22: Sympathy Weight - Monday Night Brewing

45:10: Christmas Adam

47:49: Sympathy Weight - Monday Night Brewing (cont'd)

50:48: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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230: Be The Nelson

Dec 18, 2018 39:41

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00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:40: Kraftwerks Kölsch - Stereo Brewing Company

13:42: Extra Extra - Stillwater Artisanal

16:49: Beers from Eric C.!

17:30: Mo' Nelson - Cellarmaker Brewing Company

20:47: Be the Void - Stereo Brewing Company

27:23: Murker’s Comp - Cellarmaker Brewing Company

38:24: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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229: Robotic Saint Kringle

Dec 10, 2018 49:42

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00:00: supporttheshitoutofit.com

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:36: Rick Smets from Stereo Brewing Company

01:00: Robot - Stereo Brewing Company

13:43: Holiday Beers!

14:24: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (Our Special Ale) (2018) - Anchor Brewing Company

27:46: Celebration Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

34:02: Gnoel de Abbey - The Lost Abbey

41:09: Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus

49:28: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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228: Emotional Rescue

Dec 4, 2018 53:42

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Episode Chapters:

00:00: Support Four Brewers on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

01:12: Emotional Rescue - Stereo Brewing Company

09:40: Beer and Social Media

16:30: Era - Prairie Artisan Ales

21:03: Whipped Volume 2. - Oliver Brewing Co.

30:43: Superhero Sidekicks - Kings County Brewers Collective

38:26: Anything Gold Brut IPA - Three Magnets Brewing Company

39:52: Tuff Gong Mango IPA - Stereo Brewing Company

52:31: supporttheshitoutofit.com

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227: November Rain in Stereo

Nov 27, 2018 40:44

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Chapters:

00:00: Support Four Brewers on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

01:17: Rick Smets From Stereo Brewing Company

02:14: Wall Of Sound - Stereo Brewing Company

14:25: Les Rougettes - Green Bench Brewing Co

26:42: Avarice & Greed - Roadhouse Brewing Company

32:20: HaandBryggeriet Fernet Force - HaandBryggeriet

37:30: Check Out Stereo Brewing!

39:44: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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226: Matt Becker's Final Show

Oct 31, 2018 01:48:28

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Chapters:

00:00: Support Four Brewers on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:39: Matt's Moving

03:32: Death By Coconut - Oskar Blues Brewery

04:26: Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager - Anheuser-Busch

09:40: Duck Duck Gooze (2009) - The Lost Abbey

09:40: Duck Duck Gooze (2013) - The Lost Abbey

16:50: Duck Duck Gooze (2016) - The Lost Abbey

25:18: Drift Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

30:34: Hunahpu’s - Cigar City Brewing

35:45: Nom De Famille - Last Name Brewing

41:18: The Future of Four Brewers

47:13: Abacus (2011) - Firestone Walker Brewing Company

55:08: Triomf - Brasserie Dupont

01:00:45: Lucybelle - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

01:06:21: Begin Intermission

01:06:21: End Intermission

01:07:08: Kyle's Game!

01:07:18: Bobtoberfest - Heater Allen Brewing

01:09:02: Kyle's Game! (cont'd)

01:15:02: Bobtoberfest (cont'd)

01:15:46: Celestial Fuzz - Monkish Brewing Co.

01:16:49: Matt's Question

01:21:12: Celestial Fuzz (cont'd)

01:21:46: Brett Heart - Monkish Brewing Co.

01:24:34: L'deracola - The Bruery

01:29:52: Oude Gueuze (2014) - Brouwerij De Troch

01:34:12: Ride Or Die (w/ Blackberry) - Relentless Brewing Company

01:37:34: Black Tuesday (2012) - The Bruery

01:38:58: Classic Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

01:40:00: Power Shower - El Segundo Brewing Company

01:42:30: Matt Drinks The Dumper

01:46:05: Matt In The Chat?!

01:47:17: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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225: Domo Awful Gato, Mr. Mordroc-O

Oct 22, 2018 29:40

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Chapters:

00:00: Support Four Brewers on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

01:08: Oatmeal Pale Ale (Town Series) - Citra, Simcoe, & Amarillo - Three Magnets Brewing Company

05:14: White Oak Jai Alai - Cigar City Brewing

09:06: Borderline Ethereal - Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

16:36: Mordroc's Castle - Bottle Logic Brewing

21:56: Awful Gato - Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

28:43: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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224: Jason's Blind Bamboozle

Oct 15, 2018 31:52

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Chapters:

00:00: Support Four Brewers on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:56: Jason's Show!

01:25: Field Studies - Mystic

07:39: Eeek! - Off Color Brewing

16:46: Mozango - Lagunitas Brewing Company

21:33: Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

29:52: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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223: The Jolliest of Artisan Pumpkins

Oct 9, 2018 36:13

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Chapters:

00:00: Support Four Brewers on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

01:34: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales!

03:08: Forgotten Tales Of The Last Gypsy Vol. 1 - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

11:27: Matame Ahorita - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

20:39: Phuket: It's Not That Far From Laos - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

27:45: GAMMADELUXE - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

35:00: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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222: Brouwerij West with Vito Trautz

Oct 2, 2018 01:04:44

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02:52: Tahiti Substation - Brouwerij West

04:04: Brouwerij West Label Art

08:22: Tahiti Substation (cont'd)

09:40: Centrifuge and Equipment Discussion

18:35: Mecca Grade Estate Malt

20:58: Tahiti Substation (cont'd)

23:28: FA REALLY - Brouwerij West

24:12: Going Deeper with Label Art and Process

27:59: FA REALLY (cont'd)

33:48: Ask the Dust - Brouwerij West

38:59: SLEEP and Other Bands at Brouwerij West

45:54: Science Magic - Brouwerij West

01:00:22: Wrapping It Up

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221: Ghosts In The Forest

Sep 25, 2018 43:04

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35:21: Dead Man's Game - The Lost Abbey

42:12: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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220: Real Talk with Beth and Ian at CCBS

Sep 17, 2018 21:43

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03:38: San Diego Beer

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07:59: Great San Diego Breweries

11:58: Recommendations For First-time Visitors to San Diego

13:01: Cool Brewery Spaces in San Diego

15:55: Big Money and New Breweries in San Diego

17:55: OC vs. LA and SD

20:03: Follow Beth and Ian Online

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219: CCBS - Chris Cramer, CEO and Co-founder of Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Sep 10, 2018 31:20

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218: Deep Space Brut

Sep 3, 2018 40:38

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13:26: The Ghosts In Their Eyes - Anchorage Brewing Company

20:36: Brut AF - El Segundo Brewing Company

29:04: Deep Space - Half Acre Beer Company

38:46: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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217: Phone It In for CCBS...

Aug 27, 2018 36:06

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11:58: Overzestous - The Good Beer Company

19:54: MF/BF Mosaic Mandarin - The Good Beer Company

23:54: One Blend Terreux Them All - Bruery Terreux®

34:14: Wrap Up

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216: Barley Forge Brewing at Windsor Homebrew Supply Co.

Aug 20, 2018 31:46

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22:11: Hexed-All - Barley Forge Brewing Co.

28:47: Keeping up with Barley Forge

30:49: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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215: Windsor Homebrew Supply Co. with Scott Windsor

Aug 14, 2018 37:23

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03:30: Witchfinder - Holy Mountain Brewing

17:14: I Rate Saison - Brasserie de la Senne

25:16: Cerveza de Mezquite - Jester King Brewery

30:35: XYAUYÙ ORO - RISERVA 2014 - BIRRIFICIO AGRICOLO BALADIN - Baladin Indipendent Italian Farm Brewery

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214: Gunwhale Ales at Windsor Homebrew Supply Co.

Aug 7, 2018 47:39

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00:59: Bang Straw - Gunwhale Ales

01:28: The Story of Gunwhale

02:40: Bang Straw (cont'd)

08:47: Spring Suit - Gunwhale Ales

15:19: The Gunwhale Name

18:04: Bait Ball - Gunwhale Ales

28:11: Duck Boots - Gunwhale Ales

29:05: Brewing Hazy IPA

33:32: Gunwhale Foeder Program

40:03: Loud And Clear - Gunwhale Ales

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213: Evan Price of Green Cheek Beer Company

Jul 31, 2018 37:03

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11:08: The Story of Green Cheek Beer Company

16:10: Final Thoughts on Path of Orbit

18:37: The Other Dylan - Green Cheek Beer Company

34:06: Wrapping It Up

35:01: Four Brewers on YouTube!

35:33: Pre-show Banter

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212: Deconstructing Prairie BOMB

Jul 23, 2018 21:45

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08:20: Deconstructed Bomb! Chili Peppers - Prairie Artisan Ales

10:38: Deconstructed Bomb! Cacao Nibs - Prairie Artisan Ales

12:49: Deconstructed Bomb! Coffee - Prairie Artisan Ales

20:18: The BOMB Coovee

20:44: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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211: Honey, You're Gonna Get Some Monkish!

Jul 16, 2018 28:46

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09:05: Simpletim - Monkish Brewing Co.

14:46: Even More Props & Stunts - Monkish Brewing Co.

21:20: Sticky Green And Bad Traffic - Monkish Brewing Co.

27:49: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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210: Other Half and Foley Brothers

Jul 10, 2018 39:00

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08:01: Pieces of Eight - Foley Brothers

11:58: Double Dry Hopped Go With the Flow - Other Half Brewing Co.

17:44: Double Dry Hopped Broccoli - Other Half Brewing Co.

29:12: Spicy Meatball - Other Half Brewing Co.

33:25: Ethereal Haze - Other Half Brewing Co.

37:50: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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209: Beers from The Beerists

Jul 2, 2018 47:26

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10:28: Live Oak Gold - Live Oak Brewing Company

15:41: Hans' Pils - Real Ale Brewing Company

20:43: Flavor Country - Austin Beerworks

27:03: The One They Call Zoe - Hops & Grain Brewing

31:25: Industry Pils - Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

41:33: Electric Jellyfish - Pinthouse Pizza

46:22: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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208: TRVE Value Funkwerks

Jun 26, 2018 32:14

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06:19: Seven Doors - TRVE Brewing Company

11:31: Cosmic Crypt - TRVE Brewing Company

15:35: Saison d'Brett - Funkwerks

20:42: Pineapple Provincial - Funkwerks

24:21: Dark Prophet (2018) - Funkwerks

28:08: Funkwerks Vintage Saison

29:06: Saison - Funkwerks

31:24: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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207: Adventure Time with Matt

Jun 19, 2018 36:45

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08:38: La Saison d'Epeautre - Brasserie de Blaugies

11:52: Matt's Brewery Adventure

16:01: Arbre Medium Toast - The Bruery

21:13: Angel's Share (2008) - The Lost Abbey

25:19: Barleywine Homebrew from Kyle Wells

31:40: Oak Spiral Barleywine Homebrew from Kyle Wells

35:55: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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206: Superstition Meadery

Jun 5, 2018 33:34

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19:57: Date Night - Superstition Meadery

25:07: Blueberry Spaceship Box - Superstition Meadery

32:54: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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205: Magnify Brewing Goes Under The Microscope

May 28, 2018 38:20

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11:28: Lurching Towards the Moon - Magnify Brewing Company

19:06: Solid Gold Good Times - Magnify Brewing Company

27:25: III - Magnify Brewing Company

36:11: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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204: Just Another Awesome Show

May 22, 2018 32:06

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09:17: Roller Blabe - Hoof Hearted Brewing

13:32: Wet When Slippery - Hoof Hearted Brewing

18:25: Rain Delay IPA - JAFB-Wooster Brewery

23:23: Coffee Porter - JAFB-Wooster Brewery

30:56: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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203: Texas Is Making Great Beer...

May 14, 2018 28:46

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14:47: Pearl-Snap - Austin Beerworks

14:47: Dispensary Series: Pale Ale - Hops & Grain Brewing

19:29: Terpene Dream - Hops & Grain Brewing

27:36: Thanks, Greg!

28:06: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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202: Gluten-free Brewing with Robert Keifer

May 7, 2018 54:37

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01:41: Homebrew: Bock Like A Dog For Me

15:24: Homebrew: The Lofty Lager

23:18: Homebrew: The Passion

32:15: Homebrew: MSG

38:04: Homebrew: Millet Wine

43:28: Tips For Gluten-free Brewing?

51:05: Where To Find Robert Keifer

53:57: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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201: Milking The Funk

Apr 30, 2018 27:24

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08:51: Homebrew: Don't Kick the Amp

10:21: Chilling Wort

13:54: Don't Kick the Amp (cont'd)

18:06: Homebrew: Funky Chocolate

24:59: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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200: Foudre Terreux

Apr 24, 2018 35:03

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00:00: Theme Music

00:08: Begin Show

00:00: Theme Music

00:08: Begin Show

00:20: Girl Grey - The Bruery

07:35: Wild & Hoppy Midas Plum Sour - Bruery Terreux®

14:11: Orchard Wit - Bruery Terreux®

20:46: Saison Ardennes - Bruery Terreux®

23:54: Cross My Heart - Offshoot Beer Co.

34:28: Four Brewers on YouTube! http://fourbrewers.com/youtube

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199: Deutschland Bier aus Flaschen

Apr 17, 2018 30:36

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02:49: Weltenburger Asam Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

08:09: Schneider Weisse Unser Aventinus (TAP6) (2017) - Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn

14:37: Erdinger Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

20:53: Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

29:04: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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198: You've Gotta Get It, Right?

Apr 10, 2018 29:36

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00:00: Theme Music

00:08: Begin Show

00:49: Bacon & Eggs - Pizza Port Brewing Co.

07:37: Gotta Get It - West Coast - El Segundo Brewing Company

14:03: Jai Alai - Cigar City Brewing

21:40: Noa Pecan Mud Cake Stout - Omnipollo

30:39: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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197: French Cider is Weird

Apr 3, 2018 31:12

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00:00: Theme Music

00:08: Begin Show

01:10: The Matt Show

02:18: Colonel Toby - Jester King Brewery

07:48: Supercool IPA - Upright Brewing Company

16:28: Blonde Des Croquants - Brasserie Des 3 Croquants

30:39: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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196: John Goes to The Bay Area

Mar 26, 2018 34:59

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00:00: Theme Music

02:36: Begin Show

00:44: Radegast - New Realm Brewing Company

09:36: John Goes to The Bay Area

12:20: Dreamer Pils - Temescal Brewing

21:13: Through the Fog - Temescal Brewing

27:31: Foudre Punch - Almanac Beer Company

34:16: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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195: Stone, Keystone, and IPA...

Mar 19, 2018 39:27

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00:00: FirkFest 2018!

02:27: Theme Music

02:36: Begin Show

02:41: Stone v KeySTONE

10:24: Hop Swingers - Artifex Brewing Company

17:07: Mountain Daisy - Fremont Brewing

21:31: Mailbag

24:32: Chuuurch! - Kern River Brewing Company

31:40: Diverge IPA - Faction Brewing

38:53: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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194: Irish I Was a Baller...

Mar 12, 2018 31:33

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00:00: FirkFest 2018!

02:27: Theme Music

02:36: Begin Show

04:39: Harp Premium Lager - Guinness

10:56: Guinness Draught - Guinness

15:12: Smithwick's - Guinness

21:02: Wexford Irish Style Crème Ale - Greene King

22:33: Murphy's Irish Stout - Heineken Brewery Ireland

26:57: Jason is Going Back to Oregon!

29:01: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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193: Heater Allen Brewing

Mar 4, 2018 33:26

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00:00: FirkFest 2018!

02:27: Theme Music

02:36: Begin Show

02:54: Heater Allen Beers

04:10: Pils - Heater Allen Brewing

10:23: Schwarz - Heater Allen Brewing

14:48: Vaping

17:02: Schwarz (cont'd)

17:22: Going Back To Tradition Beer Styles

18:35: Marzen Lager - Heater Allen Brewing

24:03: Rauch Bock - Heater Allen Brewing

30:54: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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192: Brävery Brewing Company

Jan 30, 2018 57:30

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This week on the show, seven fantastic beers from Lancaster, California's own Brävery Brewing.

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00:00: Support the Show on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:19: Begin Show

02:33: Brian Avery Interview

06:13: End of Interview / FirkFest Info

07:45: Canis Major - Brävery Brewing

15:22: Agave Oscuro - Brävery Brewing

21:27: Oeuvre - Brävery Brewing

26:33: EL GIGANTE - Brävery Brewing

32:58: Three Blind Mice - Bourbon Barrel - Brävery Brewing

42:36: Three Blind Mice - Brandy Barrels - Brävery Brewing

46:23: Three Blind Mice - Port Barrel - Brävery Brewing

56:18: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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191: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Jan 23, 2018 49:56

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We're finally doing a Dogfish Head show!

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00:00: Support the Show on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

02:13: SeaQuench Ale - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

05:27: Saison du Buff - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

09:21: 60 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

14:59: 90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

20:12: Indian Brown Dark IPA - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

22:46: Flesh & Blood IPA - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

25:14: Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

29:12: John's DFH Cellar Beers

31:13: Theobroma - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

33:17: Pangaea - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

35:45: Chateau Jiahu - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

38:02: Red & White - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

40:41: Pearl Jam Twenty Faithfull Ale - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

48:16: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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190: Five Blind Brewers

Jan 16, 2018 48:32

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This week on the show, we're drinking every single beer blind.

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00:00: Support the Show on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:48: Going In Blind / 20 Questions

02:47: GIB - Beer 1

11:05: GIB - Beer 2

17:44: GIB - Beer 3

21:46: GIB - Beer 4

27:33: More Beers From Jason

28:57: Unvarnished Opinions

29:18: UO - Beer 1

34:51: UO - Beer 2

47:20: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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189: It's Electric!

Jan 9, 2018 52:35

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This week, we (officially) welcome in 2018 with beers from Madewest and Electric Brewing Company.

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00:00: Support the Show on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:20: Begin Show

01:52: 4B Mailbag

03:27: IPA - Madewest Brewing Company

08:25: Mailbag #1: Jaded Beer Geek?

15:27: N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

16:42: Mailbag #2: Santa Monica Spots?

21:24: N'Ice Chouffe (cont'd)

22:31: Electric Brewing Company

24:45: Grove For Broke IPA - Electric Brewing Company

25:56: Mailbag #3: Napa Valley Spots

31:29: Weekend Goals - Electric Brewing Company

32:21: Mailbag #4: San Diego Brewers Guild Fest

34:04: Weekend Goals (cont'd)

35:35: Mailbag #5: "Hop Smearing"

37:51: Weekend Goals (cont'd)

38:59: Get Yo Money - Electric Brewing Company

47:34: Politically Incorrect - Electric Brewing Company

51:09: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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188: California Gold!

Jan 2, 2018 58:53

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This week, we're kicking off 2018 right with can whales from Noble Ale Works, Chapman Crafted Brewery, and Highland Park Brewery.

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00:00: Support the Show on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:18: Begin Show

00:31: Extreme Beer Fest - Los Angeles

04:50: Bad For Business - Highland Park Brewery

13:07: Hello Again - Chapman Crafted Beer

22:14: Yes Chef! - Chapman Crafted Beer

29:40: Thank You For Your Service - Chapman Crafted Beer

38:04: Balancing Opposites - Chapman Crafted Beer

50:17: Whoomp! There It Is - Noble Ale Works

57:55: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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[S4/E52] Hazy Collaboration With Brewcaipa

Dec 22, 2017 53:14

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On this, the final week of 2017, we're drinking our collaboration beer that we brewed with Brewcaipa Brewing Co, and having a mini-IPA showdown.

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00:00: Support the Show on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:17: Begin Show

00:45: The 4B / Brewcaipa Collaboration Beer - Haz-I.E. IPA

21:57: 4B IPA Throwdown

23:40: Matt's IPA

30:05: Jason's IPA

34:22: John's IPA

39:07: Nagel's IPA

42:21: The Results

51:50: The Brewcaipa Brewday Vlog

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[S4/E51] Off The Belgian Beaten Path

Dec 19, 2017 53:32

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This week, Matt was feeling frisky for some tasty and somewhat odd Belgian treats.

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00:00: Support the Show on Patreon!

00:09: Theme Music

00:17: Begin Show

03:33: Weird Belgian Beers

03:52: Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping (2017) - Brasserie Dupont

17:35: Cuvée Angelique - Brouwerij de Glazen Toren

27:29: Cuvée De Ranke (2017) - Brouwerij De Ranke

32:32: Oude Geuze Boon à l'Ancienne - Vat 109 Mono Blend - Brouwerij Boon

43:24: Back To Black - Brouwerij De Ranke

52:39: Four Brewers on YouTube

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[S4/E50] A Dive Into The Cellar

Dec 12, 2017 39:52

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This week, we're diving into the cellar and dusting off some bottles.

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00:00:00: Support the Show on Patreon!

00:00:09: Begin Show

00:00:52: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen - Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston

00:10:41: Random Barrel-Aged Brew

00:12:31: Black Betty Imperial Stout - Nebraska Brewing Company

00:19:46: Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XX - North Coast Brewing Company

00:27:51: Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels - Oskar Blues Brewery

00:33:52: Darkstar November (2016) - Bottle Logic Brewing

00:39:04: Four Brewers on YouTube!

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[S4/E49] Five Master Blenders

Dec 5, 2017 46:01

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This week, we fall for a gimmick and we’re actually pretty OK with it.

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00:00:00: Support The Show On Patreon!

00:00:09: Begin Show

00:02:06: New Belgium Blend Like A Brewer Multi Pack

00:03:29: L’argento - New Belgium Brewing Company

00:07:44: Splash Out - New Belgium Brewing Company

00:12:41: Monk's Pajamas - New Belgium Brewing Company

00:18:16: The Sun Trip - New Belgium Brewing Company

00:22:54: Spare Room - New Belgium Brewing Company

00:25:47: The pH1 Barrel Story

00:29:22: Trippadelic - New Belgium Brewing Company

00:32:07: The 4B Blend

00:38:58: Jason Wants To Make Tiki Drinks

00:40:37: The “All Equal Parts” Blend

00:42:49: Favorite Blends

00:43:51: 4B On The YouTube

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[S4/E48] Juan’s Cup Runneth Over

Nov 27, 2017 45:35

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This week, Juan’s hooking us up with even more New England brews.

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00:00:00: Intro

00:00:43: Begin Show

00:00:52: Surfin' Bird Double IPA - El Segundo Brewing Company

00:04:12: Space Dream - Other Half Brewing Company

00:05:37: Listener Gifts

00:07:18: Space Dream (cont’d)

00:11:57: Tasting Room vs. Bar

00:16:51: Green Power - Other Half Brewing Company

00:19:26: Dogs In Tasting Rooms?

00:25:11: All Infinity Everything - Other Half Brewing Company

00:29:28: High Fashion - Trillium Brewing Company

00:32:10: Brewcaipa and 4B Collaboration Beer

00:36:51: High Fashion (cont’d)

00:37:13: Secret Stairs - Trillium Brewing Company

00:43:23: Four Brewers On YouTube

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[S4/E47] The Cellar Cornucopia

Nov 20, 2017 49:57

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This week, we're diving into John's cellar and drinking some fantastically aged beers.

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00:00:00: Support The Show On Patreon!

00:00:09: Begin Show

00:01:42: Cranberry Oro - The Good Beer Company

00:08:21: Beers From John’s Cellar

00:09:32: Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery

00:14:01: John Is Still Down With The Reserve Society

00:17:35: Celebration Ale (2007) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

00:25:20: Old Stock Ale (2010) - North Coast Brewing Company

00:33:06: Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine - Central Waters Brewing Company

00:37:37: Samuel Adams Utopias 10th Anniversary (2012) - Boston Beer Company

00:48:43: Cheap Beer Corner!

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[S4/E46] The Murk, The Milkshake, And The Abnormal

Nov 13, 2017 45:55

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This week, murky IPA from OC and SD.

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00:00:00: Support The Show!

00:00:09: Begin Show

00:01:48: Gosebusters - Noble Ale Works

00:08:06: Strawberry Milkshake IPA - Toolbox Brewing Company

00:13:29: Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

00:20:59: Hopsalada - Abnormal Beer Co

00:24:35: John Goes To San Diego

00:27:58: Matt Goes To Temecula

00:29:45: Hopus Pocus - Noble Ale Works

00:34:25: FREDDY vs. JUiCiN' - Noble Ale Works

00:39:35: Creature From the Murk Lagoon - Noble Ale Works

00:44:30: Four Brewers On The YouTube!

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[S4/E45] San Diego Day Drinking

Nov 8, 2017 48:20

Description:

This week, we’re coming to you yet again from an Airbnb, but this time, we’re in San Diego for the kickoff of San Diego Beer Week!

[S4/E44] A Plethora of New England IPA

Oct 29, 2017 49:21

Description:

This week on the show, our good friend, Juan, hooked us up with some east coast porch bombs.

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Chapters:

00:00:00 - Support The Show On Patreon!

00:00:09 - Begin Show

00:01:46 - Clear AF - El Segundo Brewing Company

00:06:36 - The Full Pint

00:09:54 - Juan’s Beers!

00:12:11 - Fort Point Pale Ale - Trillium Brewing Company

00:17:07 - Tree House Beer / Blind Beer Showdowns

00:23:15 - Lights On - Tree House Brewing Company

00:27:30 - Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

00:35:03 - Stacks On Stacks - Other Half Brewing Company

00:42:34 - Infinity Minus ONE + 2 - Sand City Brewing Co

01:03:48 - Four Brewers On The YouTubez

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[S4/E43] YO GABF GABF!

Oct 24, 2017 01:05:11

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This week, we’re drinking Great American Beer Festival medal-winning beers!

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00:00:00 Support The Show On Patreon!

00:00:09 Theme Music

00:00:17 Begin Show

00:03:15 Wall of Sound - Stereo Brewing Company

00:03:54 Mailbag

00:15:25 Wall of Sound (cont’d)

00:18:10 Firefly Discussion?

00:20:06 Pabst Blue Ribbon - Pabst Brewing Company

00:25:23 Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Company

00:33:06 Seafarer - Three Weavers Brewing Company

00:43:07 Blood Orange Wit - Refuge Brewery

00:48:01 Train To Beersel - Bruery Terreux®

01:03:48 Four Brewers On The YouTubez

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[S4/E42] New Glory Craft Brewery

Oct 15, 2017 41:16

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This week, beers from New Glory, Kane Brewing, and Noble Ale Works.

[S4/E41] Magnify, Carton, Bolero Snort...It’s New Jersey!

Oct 8, 2017 50:46

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This week, more brew from New Jersey!

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00:00:00: Support The Show On Patreon!

00:00:09: Theme Music

00:00:20: Begin Show

00:00:39: Beers From New Jersey

00:04:03: Huntsman - Czig Meister

00:09:17: Rabaska - Carton Brewing Company

00:13:53: Red Rye Returning - Carton Brewing Company

00:18:47: Sneakbox - Kane Brewing Company

00:23:42: A-Game - The Alementary Brewing Company

00:35:57: Cypress Love - Cypress Brewing Company

00:41:55: Cold Side - Magnify Brewing Company

00:49:31: Wrap Up

00:50:02: Four Brewers On YouTube

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[S4/E40] Gunwhale Ales, Brah!

Oct 2, 2017 41:02

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This week on the show, we’re harpooning some whales with Gunwhale Ales.

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00:00:00: Support The Show On Patreon!

00:00:09: Theme Music

00:00:20: Begin Show

00:01:04: Gunwhale Ales

00:03:52: Old Rackatee - Gunwhale Ales

00:10:36: Rodeo Flip - Gunwhale Ales

00:17:47: Hawaiian Sling - Gunwhale Ales

00:22:08: Pau Brah! - Gunwhale Ales

00:26:02: Cockcrow - Gunwhale Ales

00:33:27: Hazy Saison?!

00:38:12: Wrap Up

00:39:39: Four Brewers On YouTube

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[S4/E39] It's Always Sunny In Orange County

Sep 24, 2017 39:30

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This week, a whole mess of canned brew from the OC.

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[S4/E38] On Location at Sudwerk Brewing Co.

Sep 17, 2017 32:39

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This week, we're in Davis, California hanging out at Sudwerk Brewing Co.

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0:00 - Support The Show On Patreon!

0:09 - Theme Music

0:20 - Begin Show

0:57 - Sudwerk Brewing Co. - Northern Pilsner

10:40 - Sudwerk Brewing Co. - Rye Of The Lager

26:16 - Sudwerk Brewing Co. - Buff Uncle

31:44 - Four Brewers On YouTube!

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[S4/E37] California Craft Beer Summit 2017

Sep 11, 2017 46:23

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Summer is coming to a close and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to go to the California Craft Beer Summit in Sacramento, California!

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0:00 - Support The Show On Patreon!

0:09 - Theme Music

0:18 - Begin Show

1:46 - Chapman Crafted Beer - Old Towne Block Party

7:07 - Hazy IPA Discussion

11:21 - Chapman Crafted (cont’d)

12:21 - Silva Brewing - 525 Pine

19:29 - California Craft Beer Summit 2017

29:52 - New Glory Craft Brewery - Gummy Worms

36:48 - Tiki Talk - The Jungle Bird

42:33 - CCBS Wrap Up Discussion

45:11 - Four Brewers On YouTube!

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[S4/E36] News, Brews, and Points of View

Sep 4, 2017 50:12

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There has been so much happening in the beer world over the last few months. This week, we're talking news while drinking a few good brews.

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0:00 - Support Four Brewers On Patreon!

0:09 - Theme Music

0:19 - Begin Show

1:04 - Oskar Blues Brewery - Goofer Dust

1:26 - Brewery Closures

10:58 - Oskar Blues (cont’d)

11:06 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Miltenberger (2017)

13:08 - Brewery Closures (cont’d)

14:50 - Magnolia Brewing Buyout

18:26 - New Belgium Brewing Company - Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

23:41 - Brewers Association Independent Craft Brewer Seal

48:42 - Wrap Up

49:28 - Four Brewers On YouTube!

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[S4/E35] 4B 3rd Anniversary LIVE From The Rookery

Aug 27, 2017 52:45

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This week, we're celebrating our third anniversary with some friends at The Rookery Alehouse and Grill!

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0:00 - Live From The Rookery!

0:14 - Theme Music

0:41 - Begin Show

1:39 - Cellarmaker Brewing Company - Permanent Daylight

8:07 - Almanac Beer Company - Strawberry & Basil

16:04 - Other Half Brewing Company - Double Dry Hopped Double Mosaic Daydream

20:46 - No Clue Craft Brewery - B.A.M.M.S. (2016)

24:21 - Going In Blind

29:14 - Brewery Rex - Belgian Blackberry Stout

33:16 - Bingo!

34:06 - Bingo!

34:58 - Going In Blind...Again

39:07 - Highland Park Brewery - Company Of Parrots

42:55 - Funky Buddha Brewery - Sticky Treats

46:05 - Highland Park Brewery - New Heights

48:11 - Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Parabajava (2016)

49:34 - Bingo!

50:58 - Thanks For Three Years Of Fun!

51:56 - Four Brewers On YouTube

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[S4/E34] The Mexican Lager Showdown

Aug 22, 2017 01:16:03

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0:00 - 4B 3rd Anniversary Celebration!

0:45 - Begin Show

0:56 - Mexican Lager Showdown

1:48 - Beer 1 - Dos Equis Special Lager - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma S.A. de C.V

3:51 - Showdown Beers

5:45 - Beer 1 - Dos Equis (cont'd)

8:15 - Beer 2 - Tecate - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma S.A. de C.V

11:31 - Beer 3 - Victoria - Grupo Modelo

14:37 - Beer 4 - El Sully - 21st Amendment Brewery

19:08 - Beer 5 - Corona Familiar - Grupo Modelo

24:04 - Beer 6 - Corona Extra - Grupo Modelo

26:49 - Beer 7 - Stetsons And Sombreros - Ironfire Brewing Company

30:33 - Beer 8 - Barrio - Thorn St. Brewery

34:27 - Beer 9 - Modelo Especial - Grupo Modelo

37:32 - Beer 10 - Landshark Lager - Margaritaville Brewing Company

40:36 - Beer 11 - Mexican Logger - Ska Brewing

45:45 - Beer 12 - Pacifico Clara - Grupo Modelo

47:25 - Beer 13 - Carta Blanca - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma S.A. de C.V

49:45 - Beer 14 - Estrella Jalisco - Grupo Modelo

52:48 - Beer 15 - Sublime Mexican Lager - AleSmith Brewing Company

55:45 - Beer 16 - Los Locos - Epic Brewing Co

59:50 - Reveal And Results

1:11:15 - Final Thoughts

1:14:51 - Support The Show On Patreon!

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[S4/E33] Not A Turd In The Herd

Aug 14, 2017 01:00:21

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0:00 - 4B 3rd Anniversary Celebration

0:36 - Theme Music

0:45 - Begin Show

1:32 - Hamilton Family Brewery - Raspberry Milkshake

10:26 - Wicks Brewing Company

11:23 - Wicks Brewing Company - N.E.R.D V1

15:35 - Wicks Brewing Company - Best Coast IPA

16:49 - Jason's Trip To Oregon

20:49 - Wicks Best Coast IPA (cont'd)

22:50 - Midnight Jack Brewing Company - Makeout Point V.2 Canned

24:56 - Jason's Trip To Sierra Nevada

30:03 - Midnight Jack Make Out Point (cont'd)

30:13 - Midnight Jack Brewing Company - All Eyes On Me

32:50 - Jason's Trip To Oregon (cont'd)

40:22 - Trillium Brewing Company - Dial Up The Seven Digits

48:31 - Municipal Water Reports

51:11 - Tree House Brewing Company - Sap

57:32 - High-fives And Plugs!

58:56 - Four Brewers On Anchor.fm!

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[S4/E32] Genesis Of Shame

Aug 7, 2017 47:16

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[S4/E31] Belgium Independence

Jul 31, 2017 01:05:54

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[S4/E30] Prost Brewing

Jul 24, 2017 50:07

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[S4/E29] Only Kolsch Can Save Us, Now...

Jul 17, 2017 42:05

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[S4/E28] No Time Left For Second Chances

Jul 9, 2017 40:45

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[S4/E27] Back To The Basics

Jul 3, 2017 45:56

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[S4/E26] Hey Genesee

Jun 26, 2017 58:53

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[S4/E25] Asparagus IPA with Beancurdturtle Brewing

Jun 20, 2017 01:05:06

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[S4/E24] Beer Camp Across The World

Jun 12, 2017 01:20:51

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[S4/E23] Beers From Jason's Cellar

Jun 4, 2017 47:32

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[S4/E22] Amber Waves of Greg

May 29, 2017 39:52

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[S4/E21] The Farmer's Forecast

May 21, 2017 01:04:18

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[S4/E20] The Alchemist and Central Waters

May 14, 2017 40:33

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[S4/E19] Hostile Offshoot Beers

May 7, 2017 48:04

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The 4B Flight: Garage Project – Party & Bullsh*t

May 7, 2017 14:03

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The 4B Flight: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Smashed Grabbed & Hop Dusted

May 5, 2017 08:12

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The 4B Flight: Brasserie Cantillon - Iris

May 4, 2017 10:07

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The 4B Flight: Russian River Brewing Company – Redemption

May 3, 2017 08:33

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The 4B Flight: 2nd Shift Brewing - Liquid Spiritual Delight

May 3, 2017 13:45

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The 4B Flight: Funky Buddha Brewery - Floridian Hefeweizen

May 1, 2017 11:20

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[S4/E18] Buddha Was a Funky Dude

Apr 30, 2017 44:55

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[S4/E17] IPAs for Dayz...

Apr 24, 2017 01:20:21

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[S4/E16] Horseback Rides in a Pineapple Farm

Apr 16, 2017 53:38

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[S4/E15] Jersey Brews

Apr 9, 2017 32:44

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4B Special: C. Andy Black of Yorkshire Square Brewery

Apr 9, 2017 35:58

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[S4/E14] Fieldwork and HenHouse

Apr 3, 2017 54:18

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4B Special: Green Cheek Beer Company

Apr 2, 2017 15:19

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[S4/E13] The 4B International Speedway

Mar 27, 2017 52:34

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[S4/E12] Dawson's Kriek

Mar 19, 2017 54:33

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[S4/E11] Milo Goes to Portland

Mar 13, 2017 51:15

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[S4/E10] UP UP and Away!

Mar 5, 2017 01:01:39

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[S4/E9] Getting Messy with Sante Adairius and 4 Hands

Feb 27, 2017 01:11:55

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[S4/E8] Five Brewers Get Lei'd

Feb 19, 2017 48:54

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[S4/E7] Prairie, Marz, Ironfire, Coronado, and Kern

Feb 13, 2017 48:30

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[S4/E6] This Quad is On Point, Man!

Feb 6, 2017 01:17:50

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[S4/E5] Pizza Port, Port Brewing, Trillium, and Noble Ale Works

Jan 30, 2017 01:03:18

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[S4/E4] Tap It Brewing Co.

Jan 22, 2017 49:54

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[S4/E3] Firestone Walker Barrelworks Bonanza, Pt. 2

Jan 16, 2017 50:47

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[S4/E2] Firestone Walker Barrelworks Bonanza, Pt. 1

Jan 9, 2017 01:01:53

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[S4/E1] I Wanna Rauch! RAUCH!

Jan 1, 2017 48:08

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[S3/E52] The 2016 Holiday Episode

Dec 25, 2016 55:19

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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!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

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

Dec 18, 2016 43:12

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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… 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

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

Dec 12, 2016 58:38

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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

Dec 5, 2016 01:09:57

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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.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

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

Nov 29, 2016 01:22:34

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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!)

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

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

Nov 21, 2016 01:18:27

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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!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

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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[S3/E46] Worthy Brewing

Nov 15, 2016 47:37

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Season 3, Episode 45 – This week, 4B fan Ken Sorenson, sent us some brews from Bend, Oregon’s Worthy Brewing. Are they worthy? Are WE worthy?!

The Pacific Northwest is considered by many to be beer Mecca. We would agree if we didn’t live in beer Mecca, here in SoCal (we kid)! Anywho…

Worthy Brewing BeersWorthy Brewing Beers

The beers on the show this week are from a brewery that’s new to the 4B crew, Worthy Brewing. These beers, along with a gift package that included four Worthy branded shirts, four Worthy branded sunglasses, and an almost empty bottle of Aspirin (not Worthy branded), were sent to us by Ken Sorenson. Ken used to work at the world famous Toronado craft beer bar out of Seattle, Washington, working as manager under none other than the mighty Matt Bonney. Ken is now the Washington Sales Manager for Worthy Brewing. 

Thanks for the beers, Ken! Worthy is making some solid brew and totally worth a visit if you’re in Bend, Oregon and a solid buy if you see them on the shelf of your local liquee store.

BEND THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Worthy Brewing – Easy Day Kolsch
Worthy Brewing – Farm Out Saison
Worthy Brewing – Worthy IPA
Worthy Brewing – Lights Out Stout

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[S3/E45] Tracing Space in Temecula

Nov 7, 2016 55:38

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Season 3, Episode 45 – This week on the show, Temecula’s Beer Ambassador, aka John Ryti, joins us with some new stuff from Ironfire Brewing and Relentless Brewing, and we also try a little beer named Space Trace from Bottle Logic Brewing.

This week, we are happy to welcome back our good friend and beer geek, John Ryti. He brought us some new beers from Relentless Brewing Company (first time on the show, by the way) and a hop-bomb from Ironfire Brewing Company that was tapped right off of the bright tank, so you know it’s fresh.

Growler Tags from Relentless Brewing CompanyGrowler Tags from Relentless Brewing Company

Temecula is quite the hot spot in the Inland Empire brewing scene, and if you have yet to visit and check out the breweries around the area, you’re totally missing out. Ironfire has been a mainstay for us locals over the past few years, while Relentless is the new kid on the block who’s already proving to be a must-visit brewery.

Bottle Logic Brewing - Space Trace (photo: Jessica Rice McNew)Bottle Logic Brewing – Space Trace (photo: Jessica Rice McNew)

We wrap up the show with Bottle Logic Brewing’s newest barrel-aged-beer-geek-bomb called Space Trace. This beer is their barrel-aged German Chocolate Cake Stout (which we also drink on the show this week) and DUDE, it is amazing. Much thanks to Matt Robertson at Bottle Logic for hitting us up and giving us a bottle. (It’s so fuggin’ good…)

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Relentless Brewing Company – Smokey’s World of Pain
Relentless Brewing Company – Raspberry Tart Saison
Relentless Brewing Company – Journey To the Sol
Ironfire Brewing Company – Mr. Hopagiorgio
Bottle Logic Brewing – German Chocolate Cake Stout
Bottle Logic Brewing – Space Trace (2016)

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[S3/E44] Brewery Rex with Tyler King and Brian White

Nov 1, 2016 54:05

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Season 3, Episode 44 – Tyler King and Brian White join us in the studio to talk about their new brewery, Brewery Rex.

So. Brewery Rex. Ever heard of them? Chances are maybe you have, but probably not. Brewery Rex is Tyler King (formerly, the Director of Brewing Operations at The Bruery) and Brian White’s (Monkish BrewingChapman Crafted) newest venture. They have been in the process of opening the brewery for a couple of years now, but the public really knew nothing about the place. Tyler and Brian decided it was finally time to come to the 4B studio and share some of the details and collective vision about the brewery.

This Week's BeersThis Week’s Beers

We cover quite a bit of territory on the show this week, from what Tyler and Brian want the brewery to be, to craft beer burnout and what to do to avoid it. Yeah, we go deep this week. Tyler and Brian have some fresh and interesting ideas about opening their own space. We’re pretty excited to be able to hopefully try some of their brews within the next year or so and you should be, too.

Oh, and this week’s show also marks the first time we put a lime in a bottle of beer and drink it. Thanks, Tyler. Thanks, Brian…

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. – Pacifico Clara
Gueuzerie Tilquin – Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen – Oude Geuze

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[S3/E43] Track 7 Brewing Company

Oct 23, 2016 49:57

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Season 3, Episode 43 – This week, we’re going back to Sacramento and drinking some beers from Track 7 Brewing Company.

Recently, at the Inland Empire Brewers Guild Summer Send Off Festival, we ran into Amanda Barnes, sales representative for Track 7 Brewing Company, and tried a couple of beers that they brought to the fest. After a bit of conversation and an exchange of business cards, a box of beer from Track 7 magically appeared on our doorstep a couple of weeks later. NICE.

Track 7 Brewing Company BeersTrack 7 Brewing Company Beers

Track 7 Brewing Company is fairly new and they are already showing signs of being a great brewery. Their beers are already fairly widely available all over southern California and are being well received, as far as we can tell. The beers on the show this week range from a honey blonde ale to a peanut butter porter. There were also some hoppy beers in the mix which we all thought were really, really good, especially their Panic IPA. They’re sticking to the classic west coast-style IPA and double IPA formula, which is nice, considering how so many breweries are starting to experiment with the “juicy” New England-style IPA.

Track 7 is definitely on track (oh, puns) to becoming a great California brewery. Give their beers a try if you see them out in the wild. 

Thanks to Track 7 Brewing Company for the beers!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Track 7 Brewing Company – Bee Line Blonde
Track 7 Brewing Company – Panic IPA
Track 7 Brewing Company – Blood Transfusion
Track 7 Brewing Company – Left Eye, Right Eye DIPA
Track 7 Brewing Company – Nukin’ Futz

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[S3/E42] Sudwerk Brewing Co.

Oct 16, 2016 43:14

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Season 3, Episode 42 – This week on the show, beers from Sudwerk Brewing Co. out of Davis, California.

This week we’re featuring a brewery that all of us on the podcast seem to have unintentionally overlooked over the years, Sudwerk Brewing Co.. Turns out, Sudwerk make some really great beer that most definitely should not be overlooked or taken for granted.

Sudwerk Brewing Co. BeersSudwerk Brewing Co. Beers

The beers on this week’s episode were provided to us by Sudwerk. We met up with them during the California Craft Beer Summit last month. They had previously expressed online how stoked they were about ranking second in our blind Pilsner Showdown, and when we ran into KB Brandl (Sudwerk’s Events and Marketing Coordinator) she insisted that we try more of their beer on the show. Sounded good to us!

Sudwerk sent us five beers for the show this week, three of which are part of their “Brewers Cut Reserve Series“. Turns out, Sudwerk have been brewing beer since 1989 and make some pretty incredible stuff. Sudwerk make clean, traditional styles, but also know how to brew really complex stuff like sours and bourbon barrel-aged doppelbock. We were really impressed by the quality of the beers on the show. It goes without saying that if you see Sudwerk brews on the shelf, give them a try!

Thanks to Sudwerk Brewing Co. for the brews!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Sudwerk Brewing Co. – Northern Pilsner
Sudwerk Brewing Co. – Rye of the Lager
Sudwerk Brewing Co. – Plum On Eileen
Sudwerk Brewing Co. – Raspberry Diddly
Sudwerk Brewing Co. – Oso Furioso

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[S3/E41] GABF Medal-Winning Beers

Oct 11, 2016 01:03:52

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Season 3, Episode 41 – This week, we’re drinking Great American Beer Festival 2016 medal-winning brews!

Fresh off the The 4B Flight and fresh off the plane from the Great American Beer Festival (just Matt, that is) we’re back with another full-length episode of Four Brewers and we’re drinking as many GABF medal-winning beers as we could get our hands on.

GABF 2016 Winners! [Shot with iPhone 7 Plus, 56mm]GABF 2016 Winners!

We’ve gushed about the Great American Beer Festival in previous episodes (20142015), so we won’t get into the event itself too much in this post, but suffice it to say, it’s definitely one of the biggest and best beer festivals in the world. Thousands of eager beer drinkers descend upon The Mile High City of Denver, Colorado for three days of craft beer tasting and celebration. If ever a beer event were to appear on a beer drinker’s bucket list of events, GABF would be at the top of that list. 

Matt Becker Wearing His Bronze Medal from GABFMatt Becker Wearing His Bronze Medal from GABF

There is one thing that made this year’s Great American Beer Festival stand out from previous years for the Four Brewers. Our very own Matt Becker, brewer at Packinghouse Brewing Company in Riverside, California brought home his very first medal from GABF—a bronze for his Irish-style Rad Ale (see what I did there?), Riley’s Irish Red. It was a proud moment for us, watching Matt walk onto the stage to accept his medal from Mr. Charlie Papazian. We’re super-proud of him! Congratulations, Matt and Packinghouse! Riverside REPRESENT!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
21st Amendment Brewery – El Sully
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
Karl Strauss Brewing Company – Mosaic Session IPA
Packinghouse Brewing Co. – Riley’s Irish Red
The Bruery – Mischief
Nebraska Brewing Company – Mélange a Trois
High Water Brewing – Campfire Stout
AleSmith Brewing Company – Old Numbskull

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The 4B Flight: Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Feral One (Batch 3)

Oct 8, 2016 11:12

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The 4B Flight 2.0, Episode 6 – On the final episode of The 4B Flight 2.0, we’re going big with Feral One (Batch 3) from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. YUM.

The 4B Flight is a biannual series in which we do one standard episode of Four Brewers, followed by six mini episodes for an entire week! The 4B Flight is served up in April and October. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Autumn edition of The 4B Flight! Due to the flight’s immense popularity back in April, we decided to serve up another round of episodes!

Feral One (Batch 3)Feral One (Batch 3)

Today, on the final day of The 4B Flight, 2.0, we’re going out with a sour bang with Firestone Walker’s Feral One, Batch 3. On the show, we talk about Firestone Walker’s titratable acidity rating scale, the people behind the scenes at breweries that make all of this incredible craft beer we enjoy possible, and how Firestone Walker seems to never put out a bad beer. 

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Beer from today’s episode:
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Feral One (Batch 3)

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The 4B Flight: Logsdon Farmhouse Ales - Seizoen

Oct 7, 2016 09:33

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The 4B Flight 2.0, Episode 5 – Today on the 4B Flight, a fantastic saison from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales.

The 4B Flight is a biannual series in which we do one standard episode of Four Brewers, followed by six mini episodes for an entire week! The 4B Flight is served up in April and October. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Autumn edition of The 4B Flight! Due to the flight’s immense popularity back in April, we decided to serve up another round of episodes!

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales - SeizoenLogsdon Farmhouse Ales – Seizoen

I think it’s safe to say that all four of us, The Four Brewers, equally love saison. Okay, well, maybe Matt loves it just a little bit more than us, but overall, we’re super-fans of the style. Today on The Flight, we’re drinking one of the best American examples to date, Seizoen from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales.

If you want to hear us gush even more about saison, check out our Saison Showdown from Season 2! 

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Beer from today’s episode:
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales – Seizoen

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The 4B Flight: Brouwerij Dilewyns - Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze

Oct 6, 2016 08:20

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The 4B Flight 2.0, Episode 4 – Today on The 4B Flight, a gueuze that’s actually a blend of two different styles of beer that maybe shouldn’t have been blended together.

The 4B Flight is a biannual series in which we do one standard episode of Four Brewers, followed by six mini episodes for an entire week! The 4B Flight is served up in April and October. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Autumn edition of The 4B Flight! Due to the flight’s immense popularity back in April, we decided to serve up another round of episodes!

Vicaris Tripel-GueuzeVicaris Tripel-Gueuze

The beer on today’s episode was…different, and a bit odd. Rather than try to describe it here, just read what the brewery says about it on Untappd:

"Vicaris Tripel and Girardin Gueuze create a new style.. a melding of Tripel sweetness and Lambic sour. Innovative Dilewyns pairs up with one of Belgium’s most prized lambic producers. Really a taste sensation. Here’s the future of Belgian brewing in a glass. Made by a talented home brewer whose beers were extremely well received in Belgium. Brouwerij Dilewyns opened in 2011 and is Belgium’s newest brewery. Led by 24 year old dynamo, Anne- Catherine Dilewyns." 

There you have it.

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Beer from today’s episode:
Brouwerij Dilewyns – Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze

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The 4B Flight: Beachwood Blendery - Fortune Favors the Funk

Oct 5, 2016 12:55

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The 4B Flight 2.0, Episode 3 – Today on The 4B Flight, Beachwood Blendery’s Fortune Favors the Funk, and boy, do we favor this beer.

The 4B Flight is a biannual series in which we do one standard episode of Four Brewers, followed by six mini episodes for an entire week! The 4B Flight is served up in April and October. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Autumn edition of The 4B Flight! Due to the flight’s immense popularity back in April, we decided to serve up another round of episodes!

Beachwood Blendery - Fortune Favors the FunkBeachwood Blendery – Fortune Favors the Funk

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing’s funky shoot-off, Beachwood Blendery, has finally reached peak propagation and is finally releasing their interpretation of Belgian-style funky ales. Some might call these beers their interpretations of Belgian lambic, but we’re not going to say that here (they would prefer the term lambic not be used). What we will say is that this beer is spectacular. Beachwood destroys. What can’t they do at this point?! (Make bad beer, that’s what.)

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Beer from today’s episode:
Beachwood Blendery – Fortune Favors the Funk

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The 4B Flight: Unsung Brewing Co. - Anthia

Oct 5, 2016 10:32

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The 4B Flight 2.0, Episode 2 – Today on The 4B Flight, an IPA from one of Anaheim, California’s newest breweries, Unsung Brewing Co.

The 4B Flight is a biannual series in which we do one standard episode of Four Brewers, followed by six mini episodes for an entire week! The 4B Flight is served up in April and October. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Autumn edition of The 4B Flight! Due to the flight’s immense popularity back in April, we decided to serve up another round of episodes!

Unsung Brewing Co. - Anthia IPAUnsung Brewing Co. – Anthia IPA

Unsung Brewing Co. is one of Anaheim’s newest breweries, recently opening to much fanfare and busting through the gate with some excellent brews and awesome comic book-style branding. Today’s beer, Anthia, is a lemony melon bomb that’s heavily late hopped with notes of weeds and grass. A truly unique beer from a great Orange County brewery that, at this point, shows a lot of promise. 

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Beer from today’s episode:
Unsung Brewing Co. – Anthia

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The 4B Flight: Stone Brewing Co. - 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale

Oct 3, 2016 13:36

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The 4B Flight 2.0, Episode 1 – Today on The 4B Flight, we’re going back in time with Stone Brewing’s Encore Series 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale.

The 4B Flight is a biannual series in which we do one standard episode of Four Brewers, followed by six mini episodes for an entire week! The 4B Flight is served up in April and October. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Autumn edition of The 4B Flight! Due to the flight’s immense popularity back in April, we decided to serve up another round of episodes!

Encore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic AleEncore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale

Today, we’re going back in time to 2002 with Stone Brewing Co.’s Encore series of their Vertical Epic Ale 02.02.02. This beer was widely considered to be a whale up until about 2013, with prices for a single bottle reaching $1500+. Since many of the newer beer geeks of late never got to try the now 14 year old original brew when it was fresh, Stone decided to brew it again. What a great idea! Thanks, Stone! You’re the best!

Tune in tomorrow for the next beer in The 4B Flight!

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Beer from today’s episode:
Stone Brewing Co. – 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale

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[S3/E40] The Gueuze Showdown

Oct 2, 2016 01:15:23

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Season 3, Episode 40 – This week, we’re blind ranking 13 different gueuze-style beers.

The gueuze showdown was inevitable, really. I mean, IPA, stout, and pilsner showdowns are all good and well, but a gueuze showdown is really hard to pull off. Since “sour beers” have been all the rage for the last ten years or so (at least from our limited perspective), it seemed natural to put on our big-boy pants and get to the real deal: gueuze-style beer and lambic.

The Gueuze ShowdownThe Gueuze Showdown

As always, this showdown is by no means a definitive list or ranking. Many beers were left out of this showdown simply because we couldn’t get them. Gueuze is a tough style to nail for many breweries and blenderies, as is evident in this showdown. Making a great gueuze is tough, and they’re equally hard to acquire. We tried to get as many quality gueuze-style beers as we could find, so don’t get butt-hurt because we didn’t include your favorite.

It should also be noted that John was the proctor for this showdown. He served up the beers and participated in the ranking, but the final scores on this showdown do not take his scores into account, since he knew what the beers were upon evaluation.

Here are the beers that we sampled in the showdown, listed in the order they were served:

Beer #1 – Brouwerij Lindemans – Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
Beer #2 – Brouwerij Boon – Oude Geuze Boon Black Label
Beer #3 – Gueuzerie Tilquin – Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne
Beer #4 – Brewery John Martin & Brewery Timmermans – Timmermans Oude Gueuze
Beer #5 – Brasserie Cantillon – Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio
Beer #6 – Hanssens Artisanaal – Oude Gueuze
Beer #7 – The Bruery – Rueuze
Beer #8 – Brouwerij Boon – Oude Geuze
Beer #9 – Mikkeller – Hues
Beer #10 – Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen – Oude Geuze
Beer #11 – Brouwerij Girardin – Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)
Beer #12 – Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck – St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
Beer #13 – The Lost Abbey – Duck Duck Gooze (2016)

Results and rankings:

#13 Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck – St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
Average Score: 31.67

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck - St. Louis Gueuze Fond TraditionBrouwerij Van Honsebrouck – St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

This is a gueuze that seems to be readily available in most mid to high-end bottle shops. For myself (John), it’s one of the first of the style that I got my hands on. Unfortunately, we thought this beer was the worst of the group, with very prominent notes of acetone. 

#12 Mikkeller – Hues
Average Score: 40.67

Mikkeller - HuesMikkeller – Hues

This beer was weird. It was the darkest of the group. It came off with really big caramel notes, similar to something like an amber ale or stout, but it was also sour. While sour stouts and amber ales are totally a thing, this beer just came off, well, gross. Overall, it was an awkward experience for all but Greg, who gave it a 70 for some reason…

#11 Brasserie Cantillon – Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio
Average Score: 41.67

Brasserie Cantillon - Gueuze 100% Lambic BioBrasserie Cantillon – Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio

It goes without saying that it’s both surprising and disappointing that Cantillon ranked so low. The acetone notes were really distracting and the beer came off as very one-note. It also displayed acetic characteristics on the nose that John picked up. We truly think that this was either a bad bottle or bad batch because Cantillon usually never fails to deliver quality gueuze.

#10 Hanssens Artisanaal – Oude Gueuze
Average Score: 61.00

Hanssens Artisanaal - Oude GueuzeHanssens Artisanaal – Oude Gueuze

This is one of the more recognizable brands of gueuze that one can find. While Hanssens hit the target with this beer’s acidic notes, the solvent-like nose and lack of a funky backbone drove this beer to the bottom half of the list. 

#9 Brewery John Martin & Brewery Timmermans – Timmermans Oude Gueuze
Average Score: 64.33

Brewery John Martin & Brewery Timmermans - Timmermans Oude GueuzeBrewery John Martin & Brewery Timmermans – Timmermans Oude Gueuze

This beer was super-tart, and was described by Nagel as a “funky, Sour Warhead [candy]”. Notes of honey and soil were prominent, and while everyone else gave this beer lower scores, John really seemed to like it and gave it a 78.

#8 Gueuzerie Tilquin – Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne
Average Score: 70.67

Gueuzerie Tilquin - Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'AncienneGueuzerie Tilquin – Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne

For us, Tilquin Gueuze is one of the harder to find beers of the group. While the beer was fairly complex, displaying notes of hay, grass, funk, and oak, it was also a bit aggressive in those areas. Matt noted that it smelled like acetone, and Jason though it smelled like an old log. It brought the sour and funk, but the other aspects of the beer were too distracting.

#7 Brouwerij Boon – Oude Geuze Boon Black Label
Average Score: 73.00

Brouwerij Boon - Oude Geuze Boon Black LabelBrouwerij Boon – Oude Geuze Boon Black Label

Middle of the road. That’s what this beer is. While it was a bit watery and underwhelming, it wasn’t a total let down. Jason didn’t want to take points away for its subtleness, but in the end it just didn’t hit all the right notes.

#6 The Bruery – Rueuze
Average Score: 75.67

The Bruery - RueuzeThe Bruery – Rueuze

This beer was immediately pointed out as an American interpretation of gueuze. Notes of vanilla and oak were prominent. There was a lovely sour bite to it, with fruit and citrus notes backing it up. While it wasn’t necessarily true to the gueuze style, Rueuze stood out as a unique and ambitious beer that was both delicious and interesting. 

#5 Brouwerij Lindemans – Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
Average Score: 80.00

Brouwerij Lindemans - Oude Gueuze Cuvée RenéBrouwerij Lindemans – Oude Gueuze Cuvée René

This was the first beer served in the showdown, and that was on purpose. Lindemans gueuze is a great example of the style that is widely available, even at big box stores like Total Wine and More, and BevMo. The beer had an aggressive, funky nose and a nice tart acidic flavor to back it up. It ultimately lost points for being a bit skunked, but hey, it’s in a green bottle so, it’s to be expected. Overall, it’s a great example of the style and definitely worth picking up.

#4 Brouwerij Boon – Oude Geuze
Average Score: 85.33

Brouwerij Boon - Oude GeuzeBrouwerij Boon – Oude Geuze

Overall, this beer was great. Notes of sesame seed, and funky bread were prominent, and the flavor was bright and tart with a touch of tannin. A classic gueuze and again, well worth the buy.

#3 The Lost Abbey – Duck Duck Gooze (2016)
Average Score: 88.00

The Lost Abbey - Duck Duck Gooze (2016)The Lost Abbey – Duck Duck Gooze (2016)

Duck Duck Gooze was the most pale in color of the group. Notes of fruit, hibiscus, and acidity were quite lovely on the nose, and the beer had a big fluffy head. The acidity on the palate was subdued and balanced. While we thought it may not be 100% true the style, it was definitely one of the best, even at $40+ per bottle.

#2 Brouwerij Girardin – Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)
Average Score: 90.33

Brouwerij Girardin - Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Brouwerij Girardin – Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)

Notes of cheese (yum), funk, and earthiness were prominent in Gueuze 1882. The beer had a nice clarity, a subtle funk backbone, and a pleasant, tart bite. It was an overall well balanced and delicious beer and its high ranking was not a surprise at all.

#1 Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen – Oude Geuze
Average Score: 93.33

Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen - Oude GeuzeBrouwerij 3 Fonteinen – Oude Geuze

3 Fonteinen ranking number one in the showdown came as no surprise to any of us. Matt constantly gushes over the quality lambic blends that this blendery produces, and Oude Geuze was no exception. This was a stellar beer. The grassy, barnyard notes were balanced with a refreshing sour-citrus flavor and funky base that was nothing short of spectacular. If you see this beer, buy it.

The Rankings and ScoresThe Rankings and Scores

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[S3/E39] Chicago Beer!

Sep 26, 2016 59:51

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Season 3, Episode 39 – We’re back in the studio this week, and we’re drinking some excellent beers from Chicagoland breweries!

Fresh off of our epic road trip to Sacramento for the California Craft Beer Summit, Jason was greeted with a box o’ brew from Four Brewers listener and Patreon Supporter, Max Peltier. Max originally wanted to send us some brew for Cheap Beer Corner, which he did (thanks!), but decided to balance things out with what turned out to be some really, really tasty craft beers.

Beers from Chicago! [Shot with iPhone 7 Plus, 56mm]Beers from Chicago!

The beers on the show this week range from farmhouse ales to double IPA. The mix of styles made for a refreshing tasting session, and since it was the first episode of session 42, it was welcomed. We can’t thank Max enough for the brews and the support on Patreon!

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Central State Brewery – House Beer
Transient Artisan Ales – Ardent
Illuminated Brew Works – ED’s Legs
Off Color Brewing – Whiskers
Pipeworks Brewing Company – Mandarin Dragonet
Perrin Brewing Co. – No Rules Vietnamese Porter (2016)

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[S3/E38] California Craft Beer Summit

Sep 18, 2016 01:13:37

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Season 3, Episode 38 – This week, we’re on the floor of the expo at the California Craft Beer Summit in Sacramento, California, talking to some rad beer industry peeps.

This week’s post was written in collaboration with the lovely Yvonne England.

 Hey y’all! Guess that we did?! We went to Sacramento! (Have you watched our road trip video yet?)

Make Beer Clear Again...Make Beer Clear Again…

This week, we went to the California Craft Beer Summit and had the opportunity to talk to a bunch of amazing beer people on the floor of the event. There were so many great breweries and beer peeps in attendance. We couldn’t talk to them all, but we know you’ll love the folks we did get!

First on the list was Miss Franny FullPint, of The Full Pint. She’s also the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild (Get. It. Girl!). She’s badass. Just know that.

Then we dropped acid…knowledge with Jeffers Richardson, of Firestone Walker Barrelworks, and learned what the hell Titratable Acidity is. Yeah, that’s a thing, and Jeffers explains it.

We then interviewed Brandon Hernández, Chief Marketing Officer at Societe Brewing Company and Editor at Large of West Coaster Magazine, not to be confused with West Coasters Magazine, the best roller coaster review you’ll ever read!

Patrick Rue of The Bruery and Henry Nguyen of Monkish Brewing CompanyPatrick Rue of The Bruery and Henry Nguyen of Monkish Brewing Company

Next you hear us with Patrick Rue, from The Bruery. Our SoCal duders will know this fine gentleman from his tiny little start-up in the OC. Just kidding! It’s one of the fastest growing breweries around…AND our own Matt Becker used to brew there! 

Natalie Cilurzo, President of Russian River Brewing Company, also graced us with an interview. It was so dope! She was dope! Get ready for dopeness! (b-t dubs, the Russian River sour pilsner that was on tap at the festival was DOPE. SO. MUCH. DOPENESS.)

Finally, we interviewed the wonderfully brilliant and knowledgable Julia Herz, of the Brewers Association. Julia knows her shit when it comes to the brewing industry, and also knows a thing or two about pairing beer with food. She even wrote a book about it!

Beer Geeks!Beer Geeks!

We had a blast at the California Craft Beer Summit. Like, for real. The expo was great and the fest on Saturday was well run with many spectacular California breweries pouring their brews. It was also really cool being literally down the street from the California State Capitol, drinking California craft brews! It was a fun road trip, followed by fun times with awesome beer people. We hope you enjoy these interviews as much as we did.

We lived. We learned. We talked beer. We drank beer!

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[S3/E37] Road Trip to Sacramento

Sep 12, 2016 52:34

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Season 3, Episode 37 – This week, we’re heading up to the California Craft Beer Summit and making a few stops along the way.

The 2016 California Craft Beer Summit is upon us! But, before get into the nitty gritty of the event, we’re driving up to Sacramento and making some stops along the way to pick up some beers from California breweries that we normally wouldn’t have access to. Erin Peters from The Beer Goddess also joins us in our makeshift hotel room studio in beautiful downtown Sacramento, California.

Beers from CaliforniaBeers from California

California is the largest state in the United States of America, and is home to approximately 600 breweries. According to the Brewers Association, approximately 95% of beer brewed in California in 2015 was sold in California. That’s a lot of beer, and the Brewers Association says there’s still room for more breweries. That’s pretty exciting.

The beers on the show this week cover a pretty large swath of California. We made stops in Bakersfield at Lengthwise Brewing Company, Fresno at Tioga-Sequoia Craft Brewery, and Turlock at Dust Bowl Brewery. While these breweries are all geographically in California, the beers they brew are unique to their respective markets, making for a deliciously diverse group of beers for this week’s show.

It should be noted that we kicked off the show this week with Union Craft Brewing’s Old Pro gose, which was sent to us by Four Brewers listener Jason Evans. We meant to include it on our gose show, but it got lost in the mix. Sorry about that, Jason! The beer was great!

Also, be on the lookout on our YouTube channel for the the vlog we made documenting the trip up!

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Union Craft Brewing – Old Pro
Lengthwise Brewing Company – Citra Simcoe Centennial
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. – DDH (Double Dry Hopped) Gen. Sherman IPA
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. – Catacomb Brew (Apricot Saison)
Dust Bowl Brewing Company – Simcoe Lager
Dust Bowl Brewing Company – Hops of Wrath IPA
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. – Sierra Dark SKY “Barrel Aged Quad”

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[S3/E36] Side Projects and 2nd Shifts

Sep 4, 2016 47:07

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Season 3, Episode 36 – This week, beers from Side Project, 2nd Shift, New Glarus, and more!

This week on the show, we’re drinking beers from Four Brewers listener Andy Richter. Andy originally asked us for a bottle of The Bruery’s Imperial Cabinet to trade for something local to him. John, being the awesome and giving individual that he is, told Andy that he’d send him a bottle for “free” (no trade required) just because that’s how John is (Did I mentionwe, mention that John is the shiz?!). In return, Andy sent a plethora of awesome midwest beers. Now, we’re drinking ’em!

Season 3, Episode 36 BeersSeason 3, Episode 36 Beers

Big thanks to Andy for the beers! They were all pretty big gets for us, and while Side Projectand 2nd Shift Brewing were clearly on top, a standard like Spotted Cow from New Glarusalso got us pretty amped up. 

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Beers from this week’s episode:
New Glarus Brewing Company – Spotted Cow
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company – Zwickel
4 Hands Brewing Co. – Constellation: Falconers Flight
4 Hands Brewing Co. – Incarnation IPA
2nd Shift Brewing – Katy
2nd Shift Brewing – Mullineaux
Side Project Brewing – Saison du Fermier (Batch 3)

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[S3/E35] Jason's Awesome Session IPA

Aug 29, 2016 01:04:59

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Season 3, Episode 35 – Jason’s got Mirkwood.

Another week, another awesome homebrew from Jason. We could get used to this! He’s on a bit of a roll actually, honing his skills on newly upgraded brewing setup and making his versions of New England IPA. His latest brew turned out to be a session IPA. Damn mash efficiency! But, before we get to the homebrew, we’ve got some cans fresh off the line from Almanac Beer Company, and four questions in the 4B Mailbag.

Beers from Almanac and Modern TimesBeers from Almanac and Modern Times

Yeast is THE most important component of beer. Well, fermentables for the yeast to consume are also important, but, yeast is priority one. Poor yeast health and viability can completely ruin an otherwise great beer. Three of the four questions in the mailbag pertain to yeast, two of which are specific to lager yeast. 

The topic of yeast leads right into Jason’s latest beer, his New England session (accidental) IPA called, Mirkwood. The brewday for this beer went relatively well, outside of Jason’s poor wort efficiency. We get into why that may have been, how to fix it, and how important mineral additions are to the finished brew. Jason’s mash pH was also a bit on the low side, around 4.7, (normally, most homebrewers experience pH readings that are too high, which is easy to fix in most cases) and we discuss how to raise it using said mineral additions. 

We finish up with the latest “juicy” release from Modern Times Beer, Attack Frequency. Opinions about this beer are mixed among the group, but all agree that Jason’s brew definitely killed in comparison to this beer. Jason-1, Modem Tones-0. That’s our boy!

Link from the 4B Mailbag:
Brülosophy – LAGER METHOD

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Almanac Beer Company – Almanac IPA
Almanac Beer Company – Saison Dolores
Wrath Brewing (homebrew) – Mirkwood
Modern Times Beer – Attack Frequency

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[S3/E34] Into The Great White North

Aug 22, 2016 50:29

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Season 3, Episode 34 – This week, we head to Canada via Aaron Champion of Cask Ale LA and drink four excellent craft beers from The Great White North.

This week on the show, we’re joined by our good friend and fellow beer blogger, Aaron Champion, and he brought us some really interesting and delicious craft beer from his recent trip to Canada.

Up until around five or so years ago, Canadian craft beer wasn’t really anything anyone would bat an eye at. A lot of breweries were brewing what was widely thought of as “safe” beers, meaning that they stuck to brewing traditional mainstays in beer. This was obviously not the case with every brewery in Canada, but it was tough to think of more than a few Canadian breweries that were making anything really exciting, different, or even experimental. The beers on the show this week exemplify how the Canadian beer scene is evolving and creating some really awesome beers that Canadians local to these breweries can more easily find. 

Canadian Craft BeersCanadian Craft Beers

The breweries featured on the show this week are Bellwoods BreweryNickel Brook BreweryFolly Brewpub, and Halo Brewery. Halo Brewery, from Toronto, Ontario, is taking a unique approach to their business model by, in a way, open-sourcing their beer recipes. As homebrewers, this is very exciting and cool, especially if you’re a fan of Halo’s beers and want to brew them yourself. Doing something like this is great for a newly emerging scene. It encourages homebrewers to take more risk and do different things with their homebrew, while at the same time encouraging other breweries to take some cues on recipe design and brewing process. It’s a win for everyone!

Big thanks to Aaron for coming down to our neck of the woods to share these beers. His blog, Cask Ale LA, not only focuses on when and where one can find cask ale in Los Angeles, but also the craft beer scene as a whole. He’s only been in The States since 2013, but he’s already a respected member of the beer scene in Los Angeles and Southern California. 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT, EH.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Halo Brewery – Day Star
Folly Brewpub – Imposter Syndrome
Bellwoods Brewery – Motley Cru (2016)
Nickel Brook Brewing Co. – Kentucky Bastard Imperial Stout

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[S3/E33] The Goser Coaster

Aug 15, 2016 59:46

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Season 3, Episode 33 – This week, we take a ride on the goser coaster and sample nine gose style beers.

Last week’s show was pretty epic. We decided the best way to recover from the incredibly awesome 24 beer pilsner showdown was to relax with some easy-drinking gose style beers from breweries around the world. Gose is a style of beer that’s usually low alcohol, a bit on the tart side, and made with salt to give it a dry, brackish feel (get into the finer details of the style here). While on paper this sounds like a disaster of a beer, it’s actually pretty damn refreshing. There’s a surprising variety of gose available to us in the southern California market, so we decided to go for it.

Gose BeerGose Beer

The thing with gose is that some breweries want to “amp up” the style and add fruit to the beer to give it an even more refreshing and easy-drinking twist. This works sometimes, but adding more stuff to an otherwise shitty base beer makes for an even shittier beer. Kettle souring has become quite popular as of late and while it’s efficient and cuts down on risking brewhouse infection, some breweries don’t put in the proper care during the process to insure a well made kettle sour. Other breweries go the more traditional route and add bacteria to sour the wort after it has been brewed, or after primary fermentation. The beers on this week’s episode pretty much cover the gamut.

We also answer a few questions from The Mailbag and reflect on life with some user-submitted 4B haikus.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Almanac Beer Company – Golden Gate Gose
Saint Archer Brewing Company – Blackberry Gose
Freigeist Bierkultur Collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal Ales – Atlantis Gose
Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Briney Melon Gose
Uinta Brewing Company – Ready Set Gose
Boulevard Brewing Co. – Hibiscus Gose
To ØL – Gose To Hollywood
Bayerischer Bahnhof Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei – Leipziger Gose
Freigeist Bierkultur – Geisterzug Gose Rhubarb

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[S3/E32] The Pilsner Showdown

Aug 8, 2016 01:32:01

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Season 3, Episode 32 – This week, we’re drinking a brewer’s dozen of pilsner and ranking them, like you do.

Another 4B Showdown coming at you, this time it’s the Pilsner Showdown 2.0. You might be asking yourself – what happened to the pilsner showdown 1.0? Well we might be asking you to mind your own god damned business. We might also be overcompensating for the fact that we recorded an entire 16 beer showdown that we got so mixed up on which beer number we were on that it ended up incomprehensible. So we did it again. We did it bigger. We did it better. We did it stronger. 16 beers? Not for our fans. We did 24 god damned beers. In a row. And we ranked them. Not in a row. Appropriately for their deliciousness. Or, skunkiness. 

The Pilsner ShowdownThe Pilsner Showdown

On that note, we need to preface this by saying that some of the beers in our showdown obviously suffered from age and packaging woes. While we wish this wasn’t the case, it’s also the realistic experience of buying these beers on the shelf. So get your shit together, breweries with green bottles. Especially if you don’t put dates on your bottles. 

#24 Warsteiner – Warsteiner Premium Verum / German Pilsener
Average Score: 36.00

Warsteiner - Warsteiner Premium Verum / German PilsenerWarsteiner – Warsteiner Premium Verum / German Pilsener

Of all the German beers in the mix, Warsteiner fared the worst. In fact, it fared the worst of the whole showdown. The nose immediately put everyone off. Gym sock, fusel….none of the aroma notes have won anyone over. Drinking it, we were equally nonplussed. Flavor notes included such illustrious comments as “potting soil”. Being the off flavor patient zero for a funk we’d never experienced before led to incredibly low marks, putting Warsteiner Pils in last place. 

#23 Plzeňský Prazdroj – Pilsner Urquell
Average Score: 48.00

Plzeňský Prazdroj - Pilsner UrquellPlzeňský Prazdroj – Pilsner Urquell

A reference pilsner entered the showdown, and thankfully wasn’t in a green bottle. We thought it looked great, like a bar of GOLD!! Smelling it, we caught diacytel. While that’s to style when it’s “restrained” we thought it was not restrained at all and it really put us off the beer. Matt successfully nailed it and called the beer, but the off flavors put the whole group off enough to rank it one of the lowest in the showdown. 

#22 Trumer – Trumer Pils
Average Score: 54.50

Trumer - Trumer PilsTrumer – Trumer Pils

Trumer Pils is a heavy hitter in CA, but failed to impress us with a chill haze and a lack of head retention. At the aroma section of the review, Jason was taken aback by the skunky aroma. As a group we’ve had this beer and enjoyed it before (including in Pilsner show 1.0) but ultimately the skunky conditions did it in. This beer was probably a victim of being in a green bottle. 

#21 North Coast Brewing Company – Scrimshaw Pilsner
Average Score: 60.00

North Coast Brewing Company - Scrimshaw PilsnerNorth Coast Brewing Company – Scrimshaw Pilsner

An old school stalwart of the California craft beer scene enters the fray. This one had great clarity, but not great head retention. The color was dark – we thought it might be one of the Czech beers because it was so dark. The nose let out notes of dog, and leather – not what we wanted out of a pilsner. Tasting it, we got ATHP, mousiness, and John thought it wasn’t even a pilsner at all. While we thought the beer was OK, the off flavors and lack of pilsner characteristics led us to call it a non-buy and put it near the bottom of the field. 

#20 Speakeasy Ales & Lagers – Pop Gun Pilsner
Average Score: 61.75

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers - Pop Gun PilsnerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers – Pop Gun Pilsner

A newcomer to the pils scene, Speakeasy out of San Francisco has recently started canning their Pop Gun Pils. The beer had a nice head, but the appearance was best described as “dishwater”. The nose divided the group – Jason got soap, Greg got diacytel, and John thought it smelled pretty good! But drinking it we all caught on off flavor we didn’t like. The mouthfeel was off, the bitterness was muted, the malt character was too high and overall we didn’t find it to be a great pils. 

#19 Pivovary Staropramen – Staropramen Premium / Ležák
Average Score: 62.00

Pivovary Staropramen - Staropramen PremiumPivovary Staropramen – Staropramen Premium

In a showdown of similar beers, Staropramen makes itself known. It’s noticably darker and maltier than the rest, bordering on a Vienna Lager or a Marzen. While we mostly liked the beer, it’s breaking from the pilsner style combined with being sort of ho hum and not hitting the main pilsner notes, led us to give it lower marks than some of the competition in this style showdown. 

#18 Budějovický Budvar – Budweiser Budvar B:ORIGINAL / Czechvar B:ORIGINAL
Average Score: 63.25

Budějovický Budvar - Budweiser Budvar B:ORIGINAL / Czechvar B:ORIGINALBudějovický Budvar – Budweiser Budvar B:ORIGINAL / Czechvar B:ORIGINAL

The famous Czechvar, which is the “real” Budweiser that you can only get in the Czech Republic! This one impressed with clarity, but had a thin head that didn’t linger. The nose could only described as “That sweet skunky stuff” which cost the beer points. Drinking it, it had remnants of a good beer but faltered under massive levels of skunk. Another victim of the green bottle curse. 

#17 König Brauerei – König Pilsener
Average Score: 64.25

König Brauerei - König PilsenerKönig Brauerei – König Pilsener

Narrowly edging out the Czechvar is König Pilsner. König impressed with clarity, but the head and retention left a bit to be desired. There was something funky in the nose – Jason says skunk and Matt says DMS, but we all agree it’s not ideal. It drank well, but the off aroma and some wonkiness in the flavor department led it to low marks overall. 

#16 Bitburger Braugruppe – Bitburger Premium Pils / Premium Beer
Average Score: 69.00

Bitburger Braugruppe - Bitburger Premium Pils / Premium BeerBitburger Braugruppe – Bitburger Premium Pils / Premium Beer

In the Pils Showdown 1.0, Bitburger actually beat the whole field of 16. This pour wowed the group with it’s chandelier-like clarity, but the nose threw Greg off, who caught notes of DMS and old milk. Jason thought it was clean but a bit bland. John caught a weird taste to it. We all declared this Bitburger can as middle of the road or worse, and it finished a bit below the middle of the field. 

#15 Krombacher Gruppe – Krombacher Pils
Average Score: 73.75

Krombacher Gruppe - Krombacher PilsKrombacher Gruppe – Krombacher Pils

Krombacher wowed with it’s clarity. The nose, however gave off seaweed and umami notes. When we drank it, it didn’t really wow us in any way at all. We thought it lacked some of the hop presence that makes a true pilsner, and even compared it more towards and American light lager than the normal pilsner profile we expect. While this beer was clean overall, we didn’t find enough of the pilsner characteristics we were expecting to propel it to greatness. 

#14 Avery Brewing Co. – Joe’s Premium American Pilsner
Average Score: 74.50

Avery Brewing Co. - Joe’s Premium American PilsnerAvery Brewing Co. – Joe’s Premium American Pilsner

A whopping .75 points ahead of Krombacher is Avery with Joe’s Pils. While certainly our most Mafia looking can, this beer immediately threw everyone off with how many chunky floaties where flowing around in it. We spent a while trying to figure out why this beer looked more like a lava lamp than a pils. We thought it was citrusy, and got a big American hop presence out of it. We enjoyed it, but thought it was more along the lines of a pale ale or a session lager. Matt thought it had a pilsnery malt profile, but overall the group thought it was out of style pretty significantly and it hurt it in the overall rankings. 

#13 Lagunitas Brewing Company – Pils
Average Score: 75.50

Lagunitas Brewing Company - PilsLagunitas Brewing Company – Pils

An oft overlooked shelf beer in CA, this one came out and impressed the gang with it’s clarity and the memory foam mesa hanging out on the top. The aroma left a bit for us to be desired, but had a good solid hop presence on the back that salvaged the lack of aroma. All around a good beer but it lost points for being too bitter. 

#12 Saint Archer Brewing Company – Hoppy Pilsner
Average Score: 79.25

Saint Archer Brewing Company - Hoppy PilsnerSaint Archer Brewing Company – Hoppy Pilsner

Jumping ahead of Lagunitas by several points, Saint Archer’s Hoppy Pilsner (formerly Girl Skateboard Pilsner). This one came out so cloudy that we were wiping the glass to make sure it wasn’t just fogged up. The aroma had different things to everyone….citrus to Jason and Matt, sulfery farts to Greg. Jason didn’t like the lemony flavor, but John enjoyed the biscuity cracker malt character. We liked it overall, but it lost points on appearance and ended squarely middle of the pack. 

TIED FOR #10 Crux Fermentation Project – Crux Pilz
Average Score: 83.25

Crux Fermentation Project - Crux PilzCrux Fermentation Project – Crux Pilz

Crux obviously didn’t place a high priority on the appearance of the beer, invoking thoughts of an unfiltered Kellerbeir moreso than a pils. We caught a big American hop presence out of it, but we liked it overall. Greg thought it had a pilsner backbone, but John thought it was very bitter. While we really liked this beer, we thought about how you’d feel if you got that ordering a pilsner and it went down a few pegs. Despite these handicaps, Crux finished in the top half of the field and tied with…

TIED FOR #10 Oskar Blues Brewery – Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Average Score: 83.25

Oskar Blues Brewery - Mama's Little Yella PilsOskar Blues Brewery – Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Out of the gate, Matt said this beer looked like shit. And he’ll fight anyone who disagrees. The group was split on the nose, some of us finding it muted and some of us liking the nose a lot. On drinking it, we all thought it was a solid example. We liked it overall (especially John) but losing points for appearance and aroma ended up placing Oskar Blues lower than it could have been. 

#9 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Nooner Pilsner
Average Score: 83.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Nooner PilsnerSierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Nooner Pilsner

Edging out the #10 tie buy just half a point, the seasonal standby from one of America’s most respected craft breweries. Sierra Nevada has suffered a bit in our past showdowns. Nooner didn’t come in as a world beater, but in this strong field of pilsners, Nooner made a very respectable showing for itself at #9. The nose wasn’t huge, but the flavor had a very clean, grassy note that got solid marks from the group. 

#8 Arrogant Brewing (Stone Brewing Co.) – Who You Callin’ Wussie
Average Score: 84.50

Arrogant Brewing (Stone Brewing Co.) - Who You Callin' WussieArrogant Brewing (Stone Brewing Co.) – Who You Callin’ Wussie

Not surprisingly for Stone, the beer impressed for clarity and had nice head retention. Also not surprisingly for Stone, we immediately caught a huge hop profile out of this beer. Overall the group liked this beer quite a bit, and dinged it for being way overhopped for the style. Matt even went farther to say that it was way out of style, and John considered going full Barry Bonds and asterisking it. But our love of this beer propelled it up to #8 despite being handicapped by all of our minuses for being out of style. Leave it to Stone to make a beer so aggressively out of style that it places in the top 1/3 on pure bravado. 

#7 Left Hand Brewing Company – Polestar Pilsner
Average Score: 86.00

Left Hand Brewing Company - Polestar PilsnerLeft Hand Brewing Company – Polestar Pilsner

This beer had a good head and solid lacing in the glass. The nose was clean, with small hints of herbs and mint. Jason thought this was a clear LiterDrinken beer. Greg and John rated it the highest, with Nagel wishing the hops were dialed in a bit more. Overall, the 4B crew thought this was a very solid pils and it scored well enough to place it at lucky number 7 and a full point and a half ahead of Stone’s egregiously out of style example. 

#6 Pizza Port Brewing Co. – Pick Six Pilsner
Average Score: 86.25

Pizza Port Brewing Co. - Pick Six PilsnerPizza Port Brewing Co. – Pick Six Pilsner

Pizza Port makes its first appearance in a 4B showdown. The beer had a nice fluffy head but wasn’t as clear as some of the other more traditional examples. The nose read as fruity and tropical. The group agreed that this one was over the top on American hops, breaking from the mold of what you’d expect on a traditional pilsner. Hophead Jason thought it was a solid example despite (or because of) it’s overuse of American hops and the group in general liked it well enough to propel it near the top of the field and just .25 points higher than the strong showing from Left Hand. 

#5 Coronado Brewing Company – Seacoast Pilsner
Average Score: 87.00

Coronado Brewing Company - Seacoast PilsnerCoronado Brewing Company – Seacoast Pilsner

This was a bit of a wild card in our showdown, suggested by the beer store and thrown in to even the numbers out. Despite this inauspicious beginning, the beer ended up faring very well in this crowded field. The appearance failed to impress – it wasn’t nearly as clear as the other beers, and didn’t have much of a head at all. On the flavor side, this beer finished clean and brought smiles to the faces of all of the gang. It lost points for looks but got really high marks from everyone except Greg in the flavor department. Greg thought it was soft, and safe. Despite his reservations, Coronado jets into the top 5 with a solid pilsner, even if it’s only .75 points ahead of Pizza Port. 

#4 Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Pivo Pils
Average Score: 90.50

Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Pivo PilsFirestone Walker Brewing Company – Pivo Pils

Firestone is a time tested heavy hitter (and often winner) in 4B showdowns. Going in, we all expected Pivo to perform well and it did not disappoint. This beer had all of the visuals we wanted in a pils, and we immediately noticed the big American hop character. Jason thought that it managed to take the American hop flavor but still maintan the essence of a pilsner, while Matt thought it was bordering on an IPL. Ultimately, the beer got high marks, suffering only for not being quite traditional but still wowing all of the 4Bs enough to get a fourth place finish. 

#3 Victory Brewing Company – Prima Pils
Average Score: 93.25

Victory Brewing Company - Prima PilsVictory Brewing Company – Prima Pils

Prima Pils was a looker, and despite having had a lot of beer before, we all showed how thirsty we were when we admired this beauty of a pils. Jason’s Darth Vader smells aside, the group thought this beer was exactly where we wanted a pils to be. The words “reference pils” were thrown around liberally. Greg thought it lacked mouthfeel a bit, but overall Prima finished incredibly strong in the field. This beer is often mentioned as a reference for the style (including the BJCP) and it proved it’s providence here with a very high mark. 

#2 Sudwerk Brewing Co. – Northern Pilsner
Average Score: 96.25

Sudwerk Brewing Co. - Northern PilsnerSudwerk Brewing Co. – Northern Pilsner

The last beer we tasted on a long day was certainly not the least. Sudwerk came out with brilliant clarity, and a nice half finger of head retention. On the nose we caught herbal notes and a bit of oyster cracker maltiness. Jason was impressed by how clean and not aggressive the beer was. But most importantly, we all thought it was really damn good. Greg thought it was a little bit too bitter being the only thing keeping it from perfect in his mind. The tiny reservation from Greg perhaps costing it that all important half point, Sudwerk still catapulted to #2 in our field. 

#1 Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan – Weihenstephaner Pils
Average Score: 96.75

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan - Weihenstephaner PilsBayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan – Weihenstephaner Pils

Edging out the #2 beer by only half a point, the world’s oldest brewery comes in with their example of one of the world’s most popular styles. While the head on the beer was pretty mild, this wowed with it’s glowing clarity. The nose also impressed, biscuity, herbal, minty, eucalyptus…and the flavor followed exactly where the nose was leading us. It tasted exactly what we’d expect a pilsner to taste like, and hit all of the right notes expertly. That’s what almost a millenia of experience can do for a brewery! Breaking far ahead of the field of other European pilsners, Weihenstephaner wowed the group (including a perfect 100 from Greg) for the #1 spot! 

The Rankings and ScoresThe Rankings and Scores

So many breweries are making pilsner that this showdown can in no way be considered a definitive list, nor is it an end all, be all ranking. We could have a pilsner showdown once a month for a year and still not even scratch the surface of all the available pilsner out there.

We encourage you to try this with a group of your friends and some pilsner that’s local to you! We say this after every showdown, but it really is fun, and it’s a great way to learn about a specific style of beer.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Lagunitas Brewing Company – Pils
Trumer – Trumer Pils
König Brauerei – König Pilsener
Pivovary Staropramen – Staropramen Premium / Ležák
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Pivo Pils
Bitburger Braugruppe – Bitburger Premium Pils / Premium Beer
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Nooner Pilsner
Warsteiner – Warsteiner Premium Verum / German Pilsener
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers – Pop Gun Pilsner
Left Hand Brewing Company – Polestar Pilsner
Budějovický Budvar – Budweiser Budvar B:ORIGINAL / Czechvar B:ORIGINAL
Pizza Port Brewing Co. – Pick Six Pilsner
Coronado Brewing Company – Seacoast Pilsner
Oskar Blues Brewery – Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Saint Archer Brewing Company – Hoppy Pilsner
Victory Brewing Company – Prima Pils
Arrogant Brewing – Who You Callin’ Wussie
Krombacher Gruppe – Krombacher Pils
Crux Fermentation Project – Crux Pilz
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan – Weihenstephaner Pils
Avery Brewing Co. – Joe’s Premium American Pilsner
North Coast Brewing Company – Scrimshaw Pilsner
Plzeňský Prazdroj – Pilsner Urquell
Sudwerk Brewing Co. – Northern Pilsner

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[S3/E31] Keeping Up with Tasting Nitch

Aug 1, 2016 01:11:37

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Season 3, Episode 31 – This week, we’re hanging out with Nichole Richardson, aka Tasting Nitch, all the way from France!

This week on the show, we’re going to Paris, France (via Google Hangouts, of course) to drink some beer with fellow YouTuber and blogger, Nichole Richardson, or as she’s more widely known, Tasting Nitch.

Nichole Richardson, aka Tasting NitchNichole Richardson, aka Tasting Nitch

Today’s episode really isn’t about the beer more than about Nichole and the beer scene in Europe and France, as well as beer trends in the United States. We also talk about beer reviewers on YouTube, beer blogs, and podcasts.

This Week's BeersThis Week’s Beers

Nichole has been on YouTube for quite a while. She makes videos about beer news, beer reviews, drinking morning beer and commentary on beer trends and such. We highly recommend checking her YouTube channel out. You can also check out the video of the unedited Hangout with Nitch, if that’s something you would like to watch.

Big thanks to Nichole for hanging out with us. Definitely keep a look out for her on future episodes of Four Brewers. 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Brasseries Kronenbourg – 1664
Brasseries Kronenbourg – 1664 Blanc
Brasserie Saint Sylvestre – Gavroche
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan – Weihenstephaner 1516

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[S3/E30] The Lost Abbey with Tomme Arthur

Jul 25, 2016 49:25

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Season 3, Episode 30 – This week, we’re discussing hoppy brew, Saison, and brewery collaborations with Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing.

The Lost Abbey is probably one of the best Belgian-style breweries in the world, creating some of the best saison, wild ale, and barrel-aged beer that money can buy. Today on the show, we’re joined by The Lost Abbey’s (also, Port Brewing Company and The Hop Concept) Head of Brewery Operations, Tomme Arthur. The beers on the show this week represent some of the best qualities of the craft beer movement, from the two collaboration beers that The Lost Abbey brewed with Wicked Weed Brewing and Brasserie Dupont, to the experimental fresh and hoppy Mosaic & Eureka IPA from The Hop Concept. 

This Week's BeersThis Week’s Beers

The Lost Abbey, Port Brewing Company, and The Hop Concept beers all come from the brewhouse within The Lost Abbey. It can be a bit confusing when referring to three different breweries that are technically located under the same roof, but there’s a reason why it’s done this way, which Tomme gets into during the show. The beers that come from these three brands allow the brewery to experiment in different ways without confusing or overloading the consumer. Wouldn’t it be weird if The Lost Abbey made a dank-bomb IPA? Yes, it would be. You can’t really find a bad beer from any of these three brands. Their diversity exemplifies the knowledge and creativity of everyone involved with producing their beer.

Four Brewers with Tomme ArthurFour Brewers with Tomme Arthur

Recording an episode at Port / Lost Abbey / THC was one of the raddest things we’ve ever been able to do as a show. Much thanks to Tomme and the team for putting this show together!

More photos from our visit to Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey can be seen here.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
The Hop Concept – Mosaic & Eureka
The Lost Abbey – Brett Devo
The Lost Abbey / Wicked Weed Brewing – Ad Idem
The Lost Abbey – Carnivale
The Lost Abbey / Brasserie Dupont – Deux Amis

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[S3/E29] Brunching at Mikkeller Brewing, San Diego

Jul 18, 2016 54:09

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Season 3, Episode 29 – This week on the show, we’re hanging out at Mikkeller Brewing Company in San Diego, California with Head Brewer Bill Batten and Barrel whisperer Daniel Cady.

World renowned gypsy brewer, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, recently opened a new brewery right here in the United States. Mikkeller is probably one of the best-known gypsy breweries out there, brewing stellar barrel-aged stouts, wild ales, IPA, and more. Opening a permanent brewery in SoCal is pretty huge, not only for Mikeller Brewing Company, but also for beer geeks in the United States. 

Mikkeller Brewing Company, San DiegoMikkeller Brewing Company, San Diego

Opening a brewery in California is no easy task, which is why Mikkel decided to join forces with San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Company. In fact, Mikkeller Brewing Company is actually in AleSmith’s former brewery, and they even retained AleSmith’s former Head Brewer, Bill Batten. (AleSmith recently opened a brand new brewery minutes from Mikkeller Brewing, so you should check that out, too).

Greg, Jason and Matt with Bill Batten and Daniel Cady (l to r).Greg, Jason and Matt with Bill Batten and Daniel Cady (l to r).

Bill and Daniel sat down with us to talk about the origins of Mikkeller Brewing San Diego and shared some of the freshest Mikkeller beer we’ve every had, brewed right here in California. 

Needless to say, but expect exciting things from Mikkeller Brewing in San Diego. The beers we had on the show were quite delicious, and the brewery has been open for only three months as of the recording of this podcast. We’re pretty excited for Mikkeller Brewing Company San Diego, and you should be, too. 

More photos from our visit to Mikkeller Brewing Company, San Diego can be seen here.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego – Beer Geek Breakfast
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego – California Dream
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego – Berliner Weisse
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego – Beer Geek Brunch With Single Coffee
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego – Amøbe

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[S3/E28] Bruery Terreux

Jul 10, 2016 57:58

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Season 3, Episode 28 – This week, beers from Bruery Terreux.

This week on the show, we’re drinking eight beers from Bruery Terreux in celebration of The Bruery opening a second tasting room in Anaheim, California on July 8, 2016!

Beer from Bruery TerreuxBeer from Bruery Terreux

For those not in the know, Bruery Terreux is what The Bruery is branding their sour, funky, and wild line of beers. The beers are all brewed at The Bruery’s brewery, but the wort that is destined to become a Terreux beer is shipped over to the Terreux facility where it’s fermented, inoculated, barreled, etc. This keeps bacteria and bugs away from The Bruery’s “clean” (non-wild, Saccharomyces fermented) beers. Greg wrote an article about the opening of Terreux: Check it out!

The beers on the show this week represent a fairly wide range of what Bruery Terreux is doing. While they’re not all hits, they represent what The Bruery and Bruery Terreux is all about: pushing the boundaries and running wild (pun intended) with creativity. 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Bruery Terreux – Prairie Rue
Bruery Terreux – Confession (2015)
Bruery Terreux – Tonnellerie Rue 
Bruery Terreux – Humulus Terreux
Bruery Terreux – Souren
Bruery Terreux – Oude Tart (2015)
The Bruery – Oude Tart (2012)
Bruery Terreux – Cinnamonk

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[S3/E27] 4B Makes a Fundamental Observation

Jul 4, 2016 56:51

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Season 3, Episode 27 – This week, beers from AleSmith Brewing Company and Bottle Logic Brewing.

Happy Independence Day! This week, we’re keeping the blog post short and sweet. There are vegan hamburgers to be grilled and beers to be drank.

This week, we’re drinking some pretty hefty beers from FoundersAleSmith, and Bottle Logic

Before we get too deep into it, we’re gonna start with a trip inside the 4B Mailbag with some Founders Backwoods Bastard. Speaking of which, we’re asking for your beer haikus. Feeling creative? Send us yours at feedback@fourbrewers.com.

Founders, AleSmith, and Bottle Logic BrewingFounders, AleSmith, and Bottle Logic Brewing

Next up are three beers that really showcase what’s going on in the SoCal beer scene. AleSmith Brewing Company’s Private Stock Ale and Mexican Speedway Stout are first up. Private Stock Ale is an Old Ale that was made for aging. AleSmith even encourages you to do this. Why? Because, man, IS IT HOT! So much booze on this beer, it’s crazy! But, that’s by design. AleSmith knows what they’re doing and when they tell you to age this beer, you should. Buy a few bottles and open them over the course of five or six years. The booziness should mellow out over time, allowing the beer to really shine. Drink a bottle fresh as a baseline for comparison and then another in a year or two. Hell, buy a case and really geek out with cellaring…

AleSmith makes killer stout—probably the best in the world, according to certain folks. Speedway Stout is a classic coffee stout that lends itself well to barrel aging. This version, Mexican Speedway Stout, is a blend of fresh Speedway Stout and tequila barrel-aged Speedway Stout with cinnamon, Mexican coffee and Mexican Chocolate. The balanced of these particular ingredients in beer is critical, and AleSmith nails it—this beer is fantastic.

Bottle Logic Brewing - Fundamental ObservationBottle Logic Brewing – Fundamental Observation

We end the show with a beer that needs no introduction, Bottle Logic Brewing’s Fundamental Observation. This beer is the whale-iest of SoCal whales. It’s a fantastic blend of barrel aged stout that literally smells like alcohol infused brownies. While drinking this beer, we talk about beer geeks and beer culture in general and how the scene has changed over that last five years or so. Spoiler: John goes on a rant…

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Founders Brewing Company – Backwoods Bastard
AleSmith Brewing Company – Private Stock Ale
AleSmith Brewing Company – Mexican Speedway Stout
Bottle Logic Brewing – Fundamental Observation (2016)

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[S3/E26] Fat Tires and Mimosas

Jun 27, 2016 01:00:06

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Season 3, Episode 26 – This week, the Fat Tire & Friends “collabeeration riff pack” and Going In Blind with Nagel.

As you may remember, a few weeks ago we sampled the Sierra Nevada collaboration Beer Camp 12-pack. We were marginally dissatisfied with most of the beers. It’s not that the beers outright sucked (there were a couple wins), but they just weren’t noteworthy. This week, we decided to try another collaboration mixer. New Belgium’s take on their collaboration “riff pack” differed from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp in that every beer is a take (riff, if you will) on New Belgium’s classic Fat Tire Amber Ale. This should be interesting…

New Belgium Collabeeration Riff PackNew Belgium Collabeeration Riff Pack

Fat Tire is a well known beer. Its classic label, depicting red “retro” bicycle, can be spotted from a mile away (well, maybe not a mile…10 feet?). It’s safe to assume that even the most experienced beer geek among us has tasted Fat Tire at least once. Fat Tire is ubiquitous, but it also tends to get overlooked by beer geeks in search of something more, whatever that may be.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, New Belgium called upon their closest beer industry buds to take the classic Fat Tire recipe and mix it up. Maybe change the yeast, add MOAR HOPS, or throw in some apple juice? RhinegeistFirestone WalkerAllagashAvery, and Hopworks all participated in the collaboration. Each beer in the Riff Pack is a unique take on Fat Tire.

Did the beers exceed our expectations? Did New Belgium play it safe or did they really try to brew outside the box and make an interesting group of beers? Listen and find out!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
New Belgium Brewing Company – Fat Tire
New Belgium w/ Rhinegeist Brewery – Fat Pale Ale
New Belgium w/ Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Fat Hoppy Ale
New Belgium w/ Allagash Brewing Company – Fat Funk Ale
New Belgium w/ Avery Brewing Co. – Fat Wild Ale
New Belgium w/ Hopworks Urban Brewery – Fat Sour Apple Ale

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[S3/E25] L.A. Beer Week 2016

Jun 20, 2016 01:08:43

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Season 3, Episode 25 – It’s L.A. Beer Week! Let’s drink some beer from Los Angeles breweries.

L.A. Beer Week is upon us! This yearly celebration of Los Angeles beer, bars, breweries, homebrewers, restaurants, eateries, food trucks, and beer drinkers has evolved into one of the best celebrations of beer culture in southern California. From Long Beach to Pomona to Gorman, the expansive and densely populated county of Los Angeles has become a destination for beer geeks far and wide. Today, we celebrate L.A. beer by drinking eight beers from L.A. breweries.

2016 LA Beer Week KickoffThe Crowd at the 2016 LA Beer Week Kickoff – #LABW8

The 2016 #LABW8 Kickoff Festival was Saturday, June 18, and it was pretty amazing. Not only were Los Angeles breweries pouring, but breweries from Orange County, the Inland Empire, San Diego County, and even the Bay area and beyond were participating in the action. There were so many awesome breweries, and they brought their A-game. Fundamental Observation from Bottle Logic Brewing was “secretly” being poured, Beachwood Blendery brought bottles from their Propagation series of wild and farmhouse inspired ales, while newer breweries like Mumford Brewing impressed folks with their hoppy and juicy IPA. The entertainment was spot on, the lines were short for the most part, and the event overall was very well organized. Props to the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild for organizing such an awesome event!

Los Angeles BreweriesLos Angeles Breweries

L.A. Beer Week is this week! So many events are happening all over southern California that you’d be hard pressed to not find something that’s happening in your neck of the woods. A full listing of everything that’s going down this week can be found at the L.A. Beer Week website, or by downloading the DoStuff app [iOS | Android] and searching for “LA Beer Week”.

We’ll see you around and cheers to Los Angeles beer!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT, LOS ANGELES.

Beers from this week’s episode:
King Harbor Brewing Company – The Swirly
Phantom Carriage Brewery – Muis
Beachwood Blendery – Propagation No. 128
Highland Park Brewery – Help Yourself
Monkish Brewing Company – Days of Underoos
Three Weav3rs Brewing Company – Unity 2016
El Segundo Brewing Company – Hop Plunge
Smog City Brewing Company – Infinite Wishes (2016)

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[S3/E24] Jason Brewed Heady Topper

Jun 13, 2016 51:36

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Season 3, Episode 24 – This week, Jason brewed a Heady Topper clone, and The McNew’s brought us beer from Texas.

This week, we are joined by homies Jessica and Sean McNew who recently returned from a trip to Texas and brought back some brew for us to try. But first…

Can you believe it? Jason finally got back to homebrewing and came out swinging with a Heady Topper clone! We kick off the show with this juicy wonder, and Jason sure did deliver. He paid particular attention to his yeast health and fermentation temperatures, and it really paid off—his beer was great!

Lakewood BrewingLakewood Brewing

Next up are three beers from Lakewood Brewing Co. out of Garland, Texas. The Temptressis a really unique Imperial Milk Stout that comes in at around 9% ABV. It’s a great beer, so great that Lakewood also brewed a couple variations of it, Sin Mint Temptress and Raspberry Temptress. Again, like The Temptress, these beers are both interesting and delicious.

Jester King BreweryJester King Brewery

We end the show with two beers from one of our favorite Texas breweries, Jester King Brewery

Thanks to Sean and Jessica for the brews, cookies, hanging out…yeah. They rule.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Lakewood Brewing Company – The Temptress
Lakewood Brewing Company – Sin Mint Temptress
Lakewood Brewing Company – Raspberry Temptress
Jester King Brewery – Ol’ Oi!
Jester King Brewery – Funk Metal

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[S3/E23] Wet Hop American Beer Camp

Jun 5, 2016 49:10

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Season 3, Episode 23 – This week, we follow suit with all of the other beer podcasts and try the six beers from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12 (six?) pack.

This week, we’re going to beer camp! Not really, but we’re gonna imagine we are by drinking the six beers from this year’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Beer Camp collaboration variety pack. 

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2016Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2016

Our very own Greg Nagel went to Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp. For a while, it was an actual event that select homebrewers from all over the country participated in at Sierra Nevada’s brewery in Chico, California. Each team would concoct a recipe and brew it as a pilot batch. Following that and some recipe tweaks, the final recipes would then be brewed at scale by Sierra Nevada for the variety pack. 

This year, the Beer Camp variety pack is comprised of 12 beers, two bottles from six different regional brewery collaborations. The breweries involved are well known within their local markets, as well as with hardcore beer geeks. Expectations are always high when it comes to big brewery collaborations, and rightly so. 

Does the Beer Camp variety pack meet expectations? Listen and find out!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Sweet Sunny South
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Pat-Rye-Ot
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Moxee-Moron
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – West Latitude
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Stout of the Union
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Family Values

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[S3/E22] New Zealand's Garage Project

May 30, 2016 52:41

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Season 3, Episode 22 – New Zealand’s Garage Project recently became available in our local California bottle shops, so this week we’re seeing what the hype is all about…and the hype is real!

Before we start the show this week, it should be noted that Matt wasn’t able to make it to Session 35 of Four Brewers due to personal affairs, and thus will not be on this episode or the next one. See you at Session 36, Matt!

The first time we heard about Garage Project was at the Firestone Walker Invitation Beer Festival. A hyped brewery that came all the way from New Zealand, making insta-whalez that seemingly nobody in the States could get their hands on. Time has passed and the brewery has grown, and we’re happy to say that Garage Project is finally distributed in the United States. While awesome, there’s a price to pay for these imported brews. Garage Project doesn’t skimp on quality, so expect to fork out a little more cash than you normally would for an American craft brewery of the same caliber. 

Garage Project BeersGarage Project Beers

One thing that should be noted about this week’s beers is the freshness of the hoppier brews. Experience with imported IPA and DIPA tells the seasoned craft beer buyer to generally avoid them. Usually, it’s a very real case of #HopsSoFaded because the beer doesn’t hit shelves at its peak freshness. Garage Project’s importer, Craft Imports, seems to be on top of their game, delivering fresh IPA to our local bottle shops in such a timely manner that it tastes like they were bottled last week. This also speaks to the quality of Garage Project brews—they know how to maximize the hoppy freshness we all demand. #ThumbsUp

Garage Project/Kyodo Shoji COEDO Brewery/Stone Brewing CollaborationGarage Project/Kyodo Shoji COEDO Brewery/Stone Brewing Collaboration

The beers on the show this week range from hoppy, as mentioned above, to strange, but delicious. This week’s episode is a strong juxtaposition to last week’s in that Garage Project’s core is experimenting with unusual ingredients and making creative beers. 

Garage Project is making interesting beer, and we’re stoked to finally have them available in California.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Garage Project – Hops On Pointe
Garage Project – Venusian Pale Ale
Garage Project – Pernicious Weed
Garage Project – Tsuyu Saison
Garage Project – Umami Monster

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[S3/E21] Reformation Brewery

May 24, 2016 47:59

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Season 3, Episode 21 – This week on the show, 4B listener and super-fan, Mike Kirshner, is at it once again and sent us some really tasty brew from Woodstock, Georgia.

Before we start the show this week, it should be noted that Matt wasn’t able to make it to Session 35 of Four Brewers due to personal affairs, and thus will not be on this episode or the next two. See you at Session 36, Matt!

We begin by reading our (long overdue) thank you list of Four Brewers’ supporters and podcast reviewers on iTunes. We haven’t read thank-yous since November of 2015, so if you’ve left a review or supported the show since then, you’ll hear your name on this episode!

Reformation Brewery BeersReformation Brewery Beers

Today, we’re drinking beers from Woodstock, Georgia’s Reformation Brewery. Trends in the craft beer scene over the last decade or so have been what could mildly be described as “experimental” by many, many breweries. On one hand, that’s what craft beer is—innovation and experimentation. On the other hand, things can get out of control when it comes to adding ingredients to beer. Reformation’s stance is to make quality, classic beer styles, while at the same time throwing their own spin on it. It’s certainly a noble approach to beer. (Tap’s Fish House, anyone? They’re winning medals left and right…)

Mike sent us four Reformation beers: Union, Cadence, Atlas, and Stark. These beers basically cover the spectrum of classic craft beer, from Belgian witbier to Porter. These beers were pretty fantastic, overall. 

Big thanks to Mike for once again hooking us up with some great east coast brew!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Reformation Brewery – Union
Reformation Brewery – Cadence
Reformation Brewery – Atlas
Reformation Brewery – Stark

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[S3/E20] Funky Beer and Sour IPA?

May 16, 2016 45:39

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Season 3, Episode 20 – Sour IPA. It’s a thing apparently. But is it a good thing? We’re gonna find out this week on the show.

Sour IPA. I don’t know about this. I mean, IPA isn’t supposed to be sour. Sure, there are massively over-hopped sour beers out there that are deliciously awesome, but what exactly is a sour IPA? Is it a standard IPA recipe fermented with brettanomyces, or bacteria? It’s not that simple, right? WHAT’S HAPPENING?!

Not all of the beers on the show this week are sour IPAs. But, we’re gonna easy into this. A little bit of foreplay, if you will…

Monkish Brewing Co. - Soul FoudreMonkish Brewing Co. – Soul Foudre

First up is a beer from a brewery that is always a safe bet in terms of quality and execution, Monkish Brewing Company’s Soul Foudre. While this beer has no place in a sour IPA show, it’s our way of telling our palates, “hey…this is what a good beer tastes like.” Not that we think the sour IPA will be bad, but it’s called SOUR IPA. Anyway, Soul Foudre is great. Monkish will have some fruit variants of Soul Foudre up for sale this week, so check that out. Monkish is 4B approved! *ding*

Epic Brewing Co. and Odd 13 BrewingEpic Brewing Co. and Odd 13 Brewing

Alright, now to the nitty gritty. The first sour IPA on deck is Epic Brewing Co.’s Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA (marketing, anyone?). This is an unusual beer, to say the least. Without giving too much away, it’s tart…and juicy. Yep. It is definitely those things. 

Next up is Odd 13 Brewing’s Vincent Van Couch. They call this a “session sour” and it’s made with Citra and Mosaic hops. So while technically not an IPA, it kinda is? This is so confusing…

The Rare Barrel and Prairie Artisan AlesThe Rare Barrel and Prairie Artisan Ales

We wrap up the show with two more beers that take us back to the funky side, Prairie Artisan Ales’ Funky Gold Simcoe, and first-timer to the 4B podcast, The Rare Barrel’s Forces Unseen.

Sour IPA has arrived, beer geeks, for good or bad. Godspeed.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Monkish Brewing Co. – Soul Foudre
Epic Brewing Co. – Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA
Odd 13 Brewing – Vincent Van Couch (Session Sour)
Prairie Artisan Ales – Funky Gold Simcoe
The Rare Barrel – Forces Unseen

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[S3/E19] Plan Bee, Newburgh, Carton, and Refuge.

May 9, 2016 32:32

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Season 3, Episode 19 – This week we’re drinking some brews form New York and New Jersey and a new Grapefruit IPA from our friends at Refuge Brewery in Temecula, California. Natalie DeNicholas and John Ryti are also back with us.

Four Brewers has the best listeners. It’s true. Just putting that out there. I say that because four of the five beers we’re drinking on the show this week were graciously provided by Four Brewers listener Robert Perry. Getting east coast beers is tough for us, but fans like Robert have been stepping up lately and sending us some killer stuff. 

Carton, Newburgh, and Plan Bee BeersCarton, Newburgh, and Plan Bee Beers

The first two beers are from New Jersey’s Carton Brewing Company. Unbeknown to us, Carton is actually a great get for us here on the west coast, and the two IPAs we got from Robery were fresh AF. That’s how you do it folks: ship ’em fast and fresh!

Plan Bee and Newburgh Wax-Stamped Bottle CapsPlan Bee and Newburgh Wax-Stamped Bottle Caps

Next up are two beers, both from two breweries that we had no idea even existed, Plan Bee Farm Brewery and Newburgh Brewing Co. The two beers are what they call a “100% NY Sour Ale” and are made with locally sourced ingredients from around the state of New York. Both beers are the exact same recipe, but each was fermented with two different yeast strains–one from Plan Bee and one from Newburgh. These beers were really great. Folks in NY/NJ are lucky to be able to get this magical juice…

Refuge Brewery - Grapefruit IPARefuge Brewery – Grapefruit IPA

We wrap up the show with a new beer from a local favorite of ours, Refuge Brewery out of Temecula, CA. Temecula’s beer scene has really been blowing up lately, and Refuge was there at the beginning of the boom. Their Blood Orange Wit is well known in these parts, and since they nailed the fruited witbier category, they decided to try their hand at an IPA with grapefruit.

Much thanks again to Robert Perry for the beers…Hail Satan. 😉

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Carton Brewing Company – IDIPA
Carton Brewing Company – 0077XX
Plan Bee Farm Brewery / Newburgh Brewing Co. – Cross Pollination #1
Refuge Brewery – Grapefruit IPA

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[S3/E18] Homebrew Hootenanny

May 2, 2016 56:10

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Season 3, Episode 18 – This week: ALL HOMEBREW. Natalie DeNicholas and John Ryti are also joining us!

It’s been a slow year for the 4B gang in regards to homebrewing, but today we’re going to make up for the last five months in one episode! Today we’re drinking five homebrews from four brewers (get it?).

Maltose Falcons - Saison du MaiMaltose Falcons – Saison du Mai

First up is John’s triumphant return to brewing, Oat Boner. This beer was inspired by his wildly popular oatmeal IPA, Oats n’ Hoes, but is stripped down and simplified. There are three ingredients in this brew: 2-row malt, oats, and mosaic hops (a LOT of Mosaic hops…). While the beer is a hit with everyone at the table, John thinks it could use a few tweaks.

Next up is a beer from one of our special guests, Natalie DeNicholas. We got a lot of positive feedback when she was on the show previously, and now she’s back! This time she brought a super-crushable lager made with Thai rice. It’s really good! Also, shout out to Sanctum Brewing Co. (that’s where Natalie works) and the legendary Maltose Falcons (where Natalie is the Burger-Meister).

Next up are two beers from Greg. One is a variant of a beer that Greg brought a few episodes back while the other is a new beer that he’s looking for some advice on. SPOILER ALERT. Don’t try to ferment a beer with expired yeast. That is NO BUENO!

Next up is a Red IPA from long time friend of the show, John Ryti. This is beer was made with a new type of malt called Red X that apparently will give your beer a red hue without imparting a whole lot of that red-caramel flavor that is usually associated with traditional “red” malt. It’s quite tasty, to say the least.

We wrap up the show with a canned homebrew (how rad is that?!) that Natalie brought over from her homebrew club, Maltose Falcons. Saison du Mai is a saison (obvi), which is right up Matt’s alley, made with a bunch of fun, tropical ingredients. 

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Natalie’s Thai Rice Lager – Thai Pride
John’s New Oatmeal IPA – Oat Boner
Maltose Falcons – Saison Du Mai

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[S3/E17] The 2016 California IPA Showdown

Apr 24, 2016 52:12

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Season 3, Episode 17 – Today, the 2016 California IPA Showdown.

It’s been a while since our last showdown, and we’ve wrestled with how we are going to handle IPA for a long time now. Initially, we thought about trying to get the best of the best IPA from around the country and compare them all blind. The challenge there is it’s nearly impossible to get beer from all over the place, at an acceptable level of freshness, in one place at one time. Plus, as fun as it is to read about a magical elixir from a brewery thousands of miles away that drinks of pure unobtainium, what about something a bit easier to come by? 

Enter the CA Shelf IPA Showdown! 

2016 IPA Showdown Beers2016 IPA Showdown Beers

These beers are all from California. They’re all IPAs and all widely and readily available. Hell, they’re probably sitting in your local grocer dying a slow painful death. So we set out to determine the king of the hill. 

The Method

While we knew which beers were in the pool, we had our good friend Dr Zack administer the tasting for us totally blind. We didn’t know what we were drinking when we rated it, and we revealed at the end. We each rated the beer 1-100 using our completely arbitrary personal preference scales, and averaged those ratings to get a total. 

All of these beers were well within acceptable freshness range (The oldest bottle had a bottling date of 2/9/2016 which was less than 2 months before recording) and were purchased at our old standby Gerrard’s Market in Redlands, CA. All of the beer at this store is kept in a walk in cooler, so conditions were about as ideal as we’re going to get. But all of this beer was purchased, by us, off the shelf, and not provided by the brewery.

The Rankings

#9 Lagunitas Brewing Company – IPA
Average Score: 56.75
Distribution: 48 states

Lagunitas Brewing Company - IPALagunitas Brewing Company – IPA

Lagunitas IPA may hail from California, but you can probably get it at your local gas station. This beer is available in 48 states in the US, and likely the only IPA on at the janky bar down the way from you that got one of these IPAs that people keep talking about. In this field of CA standbys, Lagunitas disappointed. We were impressed with the clarity, but minimal hop presence combined with a maltier than average backbone and astringent flavors led this beer to rank a full 10 points below the next lowest ranking beer. 

#8 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Torpedo Extra IPA
Average Score: 65.75
Distribution: Everywhere

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Torpedo Extra IPA

Probably the only beer more ubiquitous than Lagunitas IPA is Sierra Nevada’s venerable Torpedo. This beer is available in all 50 states and Washington DC! It’s also doing pretty poorly against it’s CA born peers. We thought the beer was appropriately old school. Aroma notes included citrus, pine and crackery sweet malt character, but the flavor fell flat with our field. Too much sweet caramel malt, limited hop presence and an overall flat, bitter character dropped this standby near the bottom of the field. 

#7 Stone Brewing Co. – Stone IPA
Average Score: 71.75
Distribution: 43 states

Stone Brewing Co. - Stone IPAStone Brewing Co. – Stone IPA

Stone IPA is a standby in California and beyond, acting as an aggressive example of the West Coast IPA style. We found it aggressive indeed – flavor descriptors include words like bracing, challenging, boozy and unrefined. While overall we enjoyed the beer, we found the rough around the edges approach to IPA to be limiting and knocked it down in the field. 

#6 AleSmith Brewing Company – IPA
Average Score: 73.25
Distribution: 15 States

AleSmith Brewing Company - IPAAleSmith Brewing Company – IPA

AleSmith IPA has been discussed on 4B before in a Going in Blind segment. It continues to vex the show, convincing Greg that he was drinking Stone IPA until the reveal showed him to be dead wrong. This beer scored high marks from John and Jason for being a classicly bitter “San Diego style” West Coast IPA, but didn’t do as hot with Matt and Greg. 

#5 Bear Republic Brewing Co. – Racer 5 IPA
Average Score: 79.375
Distribution: 28 states

Bear Republic Brewing Co. - Racer 5 IPABear Republic Brewing Co. – Racer 5 IPA

Racer 5 from Bear Republic has been the low key stand by west coast IPA for several years now. We were able to pick out a lot of different aroma notes, and kept finding different aroma descriptors the more we tried it. While it registered high notes with most of our crew, Jason was a dissenter and was so put off by the odd sweet aftertaste and diesel aroma notes that he knocked it down to his 3rd lowest beer of the day. Jason’s 66 score knocked it down from an 83.83 (and second place) into 5th. From a beer that has roots tracing back into the 1990s, Racer 5 made a very strong showing.

#4 Alpine Beer Company – Duet
Average Score: 79.5
Distribution: 6 states

Alpine Beer Company - DuetAlpine Beer Company – Duet

We went in depth comparing Alpine Duet vs. Green Flash Duet way back in season 2, episode 32, and we had high praises for both versions then. Some might think that having the smallest distribution footprint (even after the Green Flash acquisition) would give this beer an unfair advantage, but the gang was divided on this beer in this showdown. Jason and John really liked it and considered it an above average beer. Greg and Matt, on the other hand, thought it was fairly ho hum. In the end, Alpine Duet scored solidly and placed above the middle of the field. 

#3 Green Flash Brewing Company – West Coast IPA
Average Score: 82
Distribution: 46 states

Green Flash Brewing Company - West Coast IPAGreen Flash Brewing Company – West Coast IPA

While it kinda seems like a double up to have Green Flash and Alpine in the same showdown, the West Coast IPA is a classic and acts as a solid representative of the style. But you wouldn’t know that to listen to our notes, as we made it a huge point to talk about how not West Coast the beer is. It was a bit maltier and danker than we expected, and while our initial reactions were a bit reserved, upon digging into our glasses we came to really enjoy it. We didn’t absolutely love the aroma, but the flavor really brought us around. Between this beer and Alpine at number 4, Green Flash made a strong showing as a brewery. 

#2 Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits – Sculpin IPA
Average Score: 82.5
Distribution: 34 states

Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits - Sculpin IPABallast Point Brewing and Spirits – Sculpin IPA

Sculpin is the beer that really put Ballast Point on the map after their World Beer Cup Win in 2010. It quickly rocketed from a limited seasonal beer into a flagship and now one of the most readily available IPAs in the markets that get Ballast Point. An established favorite with Jason, this beer impressed the gang with it’s more modern IPA style and tropical fruit notes. Greg appreciated the malt character while Jason liked the lingering dankness. It hit everyone’s palate in a just the right way that took led it to barely edge out the competition from Green Flash. 

#1 Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Union Jack IPA
Average Score: 89
Distribution: 22 states

Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Union Jack IPAFirestone Walker Brewing Company – Union Jack IPA

Union Jack is considered by Matt to be the Rodney Dangerfield of the California IPA world. While very widely available, it does not usually get a lot of accolades from the beer world. It also suffered from being the oldest beer in our flight, bottled on 2/9/2016! Despite that, this beer wowed us. We loved the aroma, and loved the beer in just about every way. It seemed to walk the tightrope between malty and dry, hoppy and bitter, and came in right in the sweet spot for our palates. It was the second highest rated beer from John, and the highest rated from Matt, Jason and Greg. Despite being counted out by Jason going into the showdown, Firestone continues their dominance in 4B Blind Showdowns and tops the podium again. We promise we’re not getting kickbacks from them, you guys. 

In case you wanted to see the individual scores, here it is:

The IPA Showdown Score SheetThe IPA Showdown Score Sheet

So, there you have it.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Alpine Beer Company – Duet
AleSmith Brewing Company – IPA
Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits – Sculpin IPA
Stone Brewing Co. – Stone IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Torpedo Extra IPA
Bear Republic Brewing Co. – Racer 5 IPA
Lagunitas Brewing Company – IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Union Jack IPA
Green Flash Brewing Company – West Coast IPA (2016)

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[S3/E16] New England Strikes Back

Apr 17, 2016 53:20

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Season 3, Episode 16 – We’re back on the east side with some of New England’s best IPA.

I’ve got to say that this is one hell of a show, this week. Listener Chris R. heard a recent episode of the 4B where we weren’t really all that impressed with some of the New England-ish (Pennsylvania, to be exact) beers we had on the show. So what did Chris do? He mailed the fuck out of it and sent us some true New England IPA freshies the day after the show was released. This week, we’ve got beers from Tree House Brewing CompanyFoolproof Brewing Company, and Grey Sail Brewing of RI. Shit yeah!

New England Strikes BackNew England Strikes Back

You might notice that our beloved co-host, Greg Nagel, isn’t with us this week. That’s because he tweaked his back and had some kind of viral thingy going on. Huge. Bummer. Instead, we brought the foremost expert (AFAWK) on whale farming, Dr. Zack, which works out well because he happens to know quite a bit about some of the breweries on the show this week. 

Big thanks to Mr. Chris R. for the beers. While we’re on the subject, if you’ve got beers from your area that you think we’d like, send ’em our way! Getting a broad range of beers on the show is somewhat difficult for us, so any help we can get is welcomed and much appreciated.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Foolproof Brewing Company – Queen of the Yahd Raspberry
Tree House Brewing Company – Julius
Tree House Brewing Company – Haze 
Grey Sail Brewing of RI – Captain’s Daughter

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[S3/E15] Japanese Beers and Going In Blind

Apr 11, 2016 49:16

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Season 3, Episode 15 – Greg was inspired by a recent trip to Total Wine & More to try beers made by Japanese breweries, and he brought them over to share.

This week, we travel to the other side of the globe (actually, Greg just went to the local Total Wine) and try some Japanese beers that are easy to find (presumably) all over the country.

Japanese BeersJapanese Beers

The coolest part of import beer is the ability to travel the world’s flavors with a quick trip to the big-box beer store. Since delicious ramen, sushi or okonomiyaki cannot be shipped with relative tentacle porn manga freshness, beer is the next best thing. Two Japanese craft breweries make their way out west, Kiuchi Brewery, brewers of the Hitachino Nest branded beers and YO-HO Brewing, and their takes on world beer styles are interesting, if found fresh.

The issue with import beer is this: oxidation rears its ugly head on the first sip. Faded hops if not gone all together, the lustre gone, and any magic the brewers intended to put in the package died in a warehouse months ago. The price? Also incredibly expensive compared to ultra-fresh local beer. If you make it out to Japan, give these beers a try…and listen in to the show as we attempt look around the age and marvel at what was supposed to be.

We wrap up the show with a round of Going In Blind, hosted by Mr. Nagel.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Kiuchi Brewery – Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia
Kiuchi Brewery – Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
Yo-Ho Brewing Company – Suiyoubi no Neko
Yo-Ho Brewing Company – Yona Yona Ale
Kiuchi Brewery – Hitachino Nest Weizen
Yo-Ho Brewing Company – Tokyo Black Porter
Kiuchi Brewery – Hitachino Nest Lacto Sweet Stout

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The 4B Flight: Fiddlehead Brewing Company - Second Fiddle

Apr 9, 2016 13:22

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The 4B Flight, Episode 6 – Today on the sixth and final day of The 4B Flight, Second Fiddle from Fiddlehead Brewing Company.

We are back with the final episode of this week’s mini-episode-extravaganza that we call The 4B Flight. In case you missed what’s going on here, we’re releasing a new mini-episode of Four Brewers everyday for a week. Why? Because we like you.

Fiddlehead Brewing Company - Second FiddleFiddlehead Brewing Company – Second Fiddle

The final beer of the the flight is a great double IPA from a brewery new to us, Vermont’s Fiddlehead Brewing Company. The brewery describes this beer as “big and juicy” (of course!) and we concur that it is, in fact, juicy.

That wraps up The 4B Flight! Thanks for listening, and look forward to another flight in a few months. Cheers!

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company – Second Fiddle

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The 4B Flight: El Segundo Brewing Company - Hop Tanker

Apr 9, 2016 08:27

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The 4B Flight, Episode 5 – Today on The 4B Flight, ultra-fresh Hop Tanker from El Segundo Brewing Company.

We are back with the fifth of six episodes for this week’s mini-episode-extravaganza that we call The 4B Flight. In case you missed what’s going on here, we’re releasing a new mini-episode of Four Brewers everyday for a week. Why? Because we like you.

Hop Tanker DIPAHop Tanker DIPA

If you listen to the show regularly, you know that all four of us are big fans of El Segundo Brewing Co. Today’s beer was bottled less than 48 hours before we opened it, in true “Day One Dankness” form. Hop Tanker is ESBC’s double IPA made with Nelson and Citra hops. It’s clean, hoppy AF, and all around delicious. 

Tune in tomorrow for the next beer in The 4B Flight! 

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Beers from this week’s episode:
El Segundo Brewing Company – Hop Tanker (2016)

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The 4B Flight: Goose Island Beer Co. - RARE Bourbon County Brand Stout (2010)

Apr 7, 2016 12:01

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The 4B Flight, Episode 4 – Today on The 4B Flight, John’s opening his 2010 Bourbon County Brand Stout, RARE.

We are back with the fourth of six episodes for this week’s mini-episode-extravaganza that we call The 4B Flight. In case you missed what’s going on here, we’re releasing a new mini-episode of Four Brewers everyday for a week. Why? Because we like you.

2010 Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout2010 Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout

If you’re familiar with the very much frowned upon “craft beer black market”, then you know how much moolah this bottle can fetch. It’s a ridiculous amount. This is a beer Johnhas held on to for the last six years, and rather than succumb to greed and unethical activity, he decided to open his ultra-whale, a 2010 Bourbon County Brand Stout Rare.

Things got a little weird on this episode. Feathers were ruffled (just a little bit, though) on both sides of the 4B studio table, but in the end, we all agree that it’s a great beer, but certainly NOT worth selling a kidney for.

Tune in tomorrow for the next beer in The 4B Flight! 

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Goose Island Beer Co. – Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2010)

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The 4B Flight: Prairie and Trve Brewing Co. – Prairie & Friends: Trve Edition

Apr 6, 2016 07:32

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The 4B Flight, Episode 3 – Today on The 4B Flight, a collaboration beer from Prairie Ales and Trve Brewing.

We are back with the third of six episodes for this week’s mini-episode-extravaganza that we call The 4B Flight. In case you missed what’s going on here, we’re releasing a new mini-episode of Four Brewers everyday for a week. Why? Because we like you.

Prairie and Trve Collaboration BeerPrairie and Trve Collaboration Beer

Today’s beer is a special treat from Prairie Artisan Ales, made with their brothers and sisters in beer and metal (?), Trve Brewing out of Colorado. Coming in at 6.66% ABV (of course), this sour is a red ale made with black salt, peaches, brettanomyces and all kinds of other fun stuff. It’s quite interesting, and we all have differing opinions of the beer, and interesting beer makes for a hopefully interesting show.

Tune in tomorrow for the next beer in The 4B Flight! 

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Prairie Artisan Ales, in collaboration with Trve Brewing Company – Prairie & Friends Trve Edition (Prairie Vs Trve)

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The 4B Flight: Mammoth Brewing Company – Gooseberry Sour

Apr 5, 2016 07:34

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The 4B Flight, Episode 2 – Today on The 4B Flight, we go full Gooseberry with this sour from Mammoth Brewing Company.

We are back with the second of six episodes for this week’s mini-episode-extravaganza that we call The 4B Flight. In case you missed what’s going on here, we’re releasing a new mini-episode of Four Brewers everyday for a week. Why? Because we like you.

Mammoth Brewing Company - Gooseberry SourMammoth Brewing Company – Gooseberry Sour

Today’s beer is a favorite of Matt’s and is certainly right up his alley, Mammoth Brewing Company’s Gooseberry Sour. Matt has a cherished relationship with Gooseberries, going all the way back to his days at The Bruery where he was a brewer. Spoiler alert: Gooseberries and sour beer go together quite well…

Mammoth Brewing Company is best known for its annual Bluesapalooza beer festival that’s held in Mammoth Lakes, CA. This year, the fest is August 4-7.

Tune in tomorrow for the next beer in The 4B Flight! 

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Mammoth Brewing Company – Gooseberry Sour

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The 4B Flight: Monkish Brewing Co. – First Things First

Apr 4, 2016 07:49

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The 4B Flight, Episode 1 – Today we begin The 4B Flight, a solid week of new Four Brewers episodes! We’re kicking it off with Monkish Brewing Co.’s collaboration IPA with Other Half Brewing, First Things First.

Over the last couple of years, we heard from fans of the show that they wished we could release an episode everyday. While that’s flattering and awesome that these super-fans want to hear us on a daily basis, it’s simply impossible for us to release a full episode everyday.

But, we had a really cool idea. (It’s an experiment, too.) We want to give the fans exactly what they want, but on our terms. So, we are going to release one full-length regular episode on Monday, and 6 mini-episodes everyday for one week. Pretty cool, right? Well, we’re excited about it!

First Things FirstFirst Things First

The first beer in The 4B Flight is a special one from our friends at Monkish Brewing Co.. Known for their spectacular Belgian-style beers, Monkish vowed early on to never make IPA (well, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic).

But, times change and hops were piling up in the brewery. Henry and Co. decided that they shouldn’t be bound by these artificial rules imposed upon themselves (again, with the drama) and decided to bring their version of an IPA into this world, with some help from Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing.

The beer went on sale this past weekend and was an instant sell out. Monkish was kind enough to give us the homie hookup with some cans of their new IPA, First Things First. We felt it was appropriate to feature this awesome IPA on the first episode of The 4B Flight.

Tune in tomorrow for the next beer in The 4B Flight!

(…and thanks to Bob Vreeland for naming this series!) 

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Monkish Brewing Co., in collaboration with Other Half Brewing – First Things First

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[S3/E14] The Secret Origins of Four Brewers

Apr 4, 2016 52:47

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Season 3, Episode 14 – This week, we drink our craft “gateway” beers.

Craft beer is awesome, isn’t it? Today, we’re drinking and talking about the beers that converted us from fizzy yellow lager drinkers to the beer geeks we are today.

Our Gateway BeersOur Gateway Beers

Most of us have been there: you decide that you want to try something different, or a friend offers you their favorite craft beer to try, or maybe you didn’t even know what you were ordering from that pushy bartender with an bad attitude and…BAM! 

“What’s this? This is great!”

It’s a magical moment. You’ll soon find out that your taste buds will never be the same, and you’re now part of the mystical and wondrous world of craft beer…or…you just really liked that IPA you just had and want another pint.

We all have our own stories. We all love beer. Keep on drinkin’!

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Anchor Brewing Company – Anchor Steam Beer
John Smiths – Newcastle Brown Ale
Lost Coast Brewery – Great White
Lost Coast Brewery – Sharkinator
Stone Brewing Co. – Enjoy By: 05.04.16

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[S3/E13] Cellar Diving with John, Port Brewing, and The Lost Abbey

Mar 27, 2016 45:08

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Season 3, Episode 13 – We didn’t really have a show planned out for this week, so we decided to raid John’s cellar.

Sometimes, you just want to head into your beer cellar, dust off some bottles, and see what happens. This week, that’s exactly what we did. If you’re a long time listener of Four Brewers, you’ve heard about John’s bloated cellar and the black hole of beers within. Since we didn’t really have anything planned for this week’s episode, John and Greg decided to brave the closet, no, uh, “cellar” and see what they could find.

Port Brewing and Lost AbbeyPort Brewing and Lost Abbey

So, what did they find? Turns out that John has a lot of brews from Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey. The beers they chose are among some of the best whalez out there, even for our beloved “new-money” craft beer drinkers.

The thing is, when you cellar a beer, you take a monetary risk. While most breweries would agree that beers are packaged to be consumed fresh (unless you’re Deschutes), beer geeks can’t resist laying a beer down for a while to see how it changes and develops. It becomes a monetary loss when the beer is cellared for a bit too long and takes on the qualities of an over-cellared beer. This week’s episode shows that with great power comes great responsibility. When cellaring beers, it’s important to monitor them in order to drink them when they’re at their prime. If they sit too long, well, they could turn into a hot mess. The beers on this week’s episode are a testament to both scenarios.

Nagel comes through in the end with a stellar barrel-aged cider that he made. Seriously, guys…it’s the best thing he’s ever brewed. Hit him up for the recipe because holy shit…

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[S3/E12] Tired Hands Brewing Company

Mar 20, 2016 53:51

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Season 3, Episode 12 – This week, we try to figure out exactly why Tired Hands Brewing Company’s hands are so tired. Spoiler: we still don’t know, but you should still listen to the episode.

This week on the show, we’re drinking beers from the whalez-bro-brewery outta Pennsylvania known as Tired Hands Brewing Company. Their beers are difficult to get in SoCal (they don’t distribute here), but our good friend, Dr. Zack, came up on a massive shipment and was kind enough to share some cans with us. SWEET.

Their Hands are Tired AF, Apparently.Their Hands are Tired AF, Apparently.

Before we get into the beers, we open up the 4B Mailbag and answer some questions about dry-hopping and where to acquire some good beer in Cleveland, Ohio. Want to send us a question? Hit us up at feedback@fourbrewers.com.

First up is Hop Hands. Without giving too much away, this beer was the best of the bunch. It should be said that all three beers that we sampled were murkier than potato soup, which was to be expected, I guess. They were all served from cans (ICYMI above) and were all consumed within about three weeks of the canning date. Just remember that while you’re listening to the episode.

Next up is Pineal. Matt explains to us exactly what the word “Pineal” means on the show, so don’t bother to Google the definition or anything. Just listen to the show, because that’s why were here, right? Sure! This beer was, um, well…it was good, but had its flaws, to say the least.

We end the show with Alien Church, and I’m not going to say anything more about that beer.

Also, Matt takes a potty break during the show. Yay! 

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Tired Hands Brewing Company – Hop Hands
Tired Hands Brewing Company – Pineal
Tired Hands Brewing Company – Alien Church

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[S3/E11] Modern Times and Modem Tones

Mar 15, 2016 01:31:27

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Season 3, Episode 11 – This week, Jason brought us so many beers from Modern Times…and it’s awesome.

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Before we get into the beers, it should be known that Greg’s cask ale festival called “Firkfest” is going down on March 19, 2016 in Anaheim, California. We’ve been promoting this event for good reason—it’s a unique festival to Southern California, featuring 30 breweries and 50 cask beers, ranging from the more traditional cask conditioned beers to firkins with chocolate, peppers, or whatever else brewers want to add to their standard release and one-off beers. Get your tickets at firkfest.com.

Bottle Logic Beers in CansBottle Logic Beers in Cans

We’re drinking a lot of Modern Times beers on the show this week, 12 beers to be exact, which makes this show one of the longest 4B episodes yet. Jason is the resident Four Brewers Modem Tones super-fan, and he did not fail to deliver some Modem Whalez.

...and These Modern Times Beers are in Bottles!…and These Modern Times Beers are in Bottles!

Having 12 beers on one show makes it difficult to properly summarize the episode. Some of them are funky, some are hoppy, some are barrel-aged, and some are sour. Jason is a member of Modern Times’ “League of Partygoers and Elegant People” so naturally, he brought some good stuff.

Modern Times is an all around great brewery. They have a great attitude toward beer, experimentation, and quality, and it shows in their beer. While they’ve had a few missteps here and there, their commitment to quality craft beer and their fans is unquestionably passionate. 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Modern Times Beer – Lomaland
Modern Times Beer – Fortunate Islands
Modern Times Beer – Fruitlands w/ Apricots
Modern Times Beer – Blazing World
Modern Times Beer – City of the Sun
Modern Times Beer – Black House
Modern Times Beer – Booming Rollers
Modern Times Beer – Orderville
Modern Times Beer – City of the Dead
Modern Times Beer – Hooloomooloo
Modern Times Beer – Palace of Paper Sacks
Modern Times Beer – Monsters’ Park (Aged in Nicaraguan Rum Barrels w/ Rum Barrel-Aged Coffee)

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[S3/E10] Getting Juicy With Bottle Logic, Part 2

Mar 7, 2016 43:11

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Season 3, Episode 10 – We’re back with part 2 of our visit to Bottle Logic Brewing in Anaheim, California, and this week, we’re saddling up some unicorns.

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Before we get into the beers, it should be known that Greg’s cask ale festival called “Firkfest” is going down on March 19, 2016 in Anaheim, California. We’ve been promoting this event for good reason—it’s a unique festival to Southern California, featuring 30 breweries and 50 cask beers, ranginga  from the more traditional cask conditioned beers to firkins with chocolate, peppers, or whatever else brewers want to add to their standard release and one-off beers. Get your tickets at firkfest.com.

Barrels at Bottle Logic BrewingBarrels at Bottle Logic Brewing

We kick off the show right where we left off with part 1, drinking some German Chocolate Cake. The beer lives up to its namesake, and we find out that this beer is also what runs through Nagel’s veins (he’s German…bad joke). This beer is served on both nitro and CO2 at Bottle Logic’s tasting room, which is a common practice of Bottle Logic. Good idea for those who don’t enjoy nitrogen infused brew.

While we’re drinking this beer, we discuss the unique technique that Bottle Logic employs to add ingredients like cacao nibs, vanilla, and even wood to their beers while they’re still in the fermentor.

Moar Barrels!Moar Barrels!

Next up is a beer that has yet to be released, Bottle Logic’s brettanomyces brew, Some Assembly Required. The bottle we had on the show was midway through its bottle conditioning and a bit warm, so it was a bit explosive. This didn’t stop us from thoroughly enjoying the beer. Definitely a unicorn worth capturing when Bottle Logic releases it.

Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, a barrel sample of the renowned Bottle Logic barrel-aged stout, Fundamental Observation. This beer rocks! This was only a barrel sample we had on the show—it was flat and room temperature—and it was already amazing. F.O. is no hype-whale, it’s the real deal, from what we could taste, and this was only a single barrel sample. While enjoying this beer, we talk about how Bottle Logic designs a beer that is destined to be barrel-aged. It’s not as simple as making a stellar stout and throwing in a barrel. 

Big, BIG thanks to Wes and Brandon for having us at Bottle Logic. They’re off to a great start for a two year-old brewery, and we couldn’t be more proud to have them brewing their beer in Southern California.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Bottle Logic Brewing – German Chocolate Cake
Bottle Logic Brewing – Some Assembly Required
Bottle Logic Brewing – Fundamental Observation, Barrel Sample

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[S3/E9] Getting Juicy With Bottle Logic, Part 1

Feb 29, 2016 55:49

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Season 3, Episode 9 – This week, a last minute stop into Anaheim’s Bottle Logic Brewing ends with juicy beers, something tart, and gigaflops of hops. 

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Before we get into the beers, it should be known that Greg’s cask ale festival called “Firkfest” is going down on March 19, 2016 in Anaheim, California. We’ve been promoting this event for good reason—it’s a unique festival to Southern California, featuring 30 breweries and 50 cask beers, ranging from the more traditional cask conditioned beers to firkins with chocolate, peppers, or whatever else brewers want to add to their standard release and one-off beers. Get your tickets at firkfest.com.

Beers From Bottle Logic BrewingBeers From Bottle Logic Brewing

Shooting each other in the junk with laser beams sounded like fun at the time, but drinking Bottle Logic Brewing beers in their barrel room seemed like a better idea. Speaking of shooting each other in the junk with lasers, it turns out that She Shot First with galaxy, citra and centennial in our gaping, carbonite mouths. Although hoppy wheats may be known for their modern unfortunate landmass times, this beer was birthed on the homestove of Bottle Logic Master Brewer Wes Parker. “Juicy,” says Four Brewers’ Jason Harris, otherwise known as Internet’s Golden Brett, in a nasally, high-pitched voice.

Zerø Day juices our mouths with Vermont-style IPA cloud beer. Juice profiles are dialed in, maximum hoppage is achieved, targets are hit, and montages are played with sweaty Bottle Logic brewers listening to “I Need a Hero.” The beer looks like a yellow pair of Juicy Couture sweat pants got dipped in freshly dry hopped beer and wrung out into pint glasses. But, oh if it ain’t juicy and supremely delicious.

Wes Parker, Brewmaster at Bottle LogicWes Parker, Brewmaster at Bottle Logic

Berliner Equation w/ Blueberries is next. It’s kettle soured and bursting with fruit. 350 pounds of berries tie our tongues into a quadratic equation, nearly turning us into Violet Beauregarde. Thankfully, we got rolled to the juicing room for squeezing, doopity doo.

Expansion for sour beer?  Yes! Bottle Logic is creating a sour/brett beer facility. Oh, and spoiler alert.

Recursion 8.0 is next. This IPA is surprising software, with 2.5 hexadecimal pounds of dry hop per gigabarrel. Dank.exe is compiled with no bugs. Pee.bat is called. 

We wrap up part 1 of the Bottle Logic visit with medal-winning Cobaltic Porter. Details are then leaked about their anniversary Week of Logic: Hint: it’s space themed.

Stay tuned for part 2 of our visit to Bottle Logic next week, S2/E10.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Bottle Logic Brewing – She Shot First
Bottle Logic Brewing – Zerø Day
Bottle Logic Brewing – Berlinear Equation w/ Blueberries
Bottle Logic Brewing – Recursion 8.0
Bottle Logic Brewing – Cobaltic Porter

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[S3/E8] Working The Night Shift

Feb 22, 2016 48:48

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Season 3, Episode 8 – This week, beers from Night Shift Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales.

This week, Nagel brought the pain with SoCal rarities from Perennial Artisan Ales and Night Shift Brewing.

Before we get into the beers, it should be known that Greg’s cask ale festival called “Firkfest” is going down on March 19, 2016 in Anaheim, California. We’ve been promoting this event for good reason—it’s a unique festival to Southern California, featuring 50 breweries and 30 cask beers, ranging from the more traditional cask conditioned beers to firkins with chocolate, peppers, or whatever else brewers want to add to their standard release and one-off beers. Get your tickets at firkfest.com.

Excellent Brews from Perennial and Night Shift.Excellent Brews from Perennial and Night Shift.

First up on the show this week is a brew from Night Shift Brewing, a gose made with oysters. Oysters are more commonly used in stouts to add a salty, briny/dry character. In this case, they were added during the boil of the gose, which is a beer style that is inherently salty. Adding the brine character from oysters is a natural fit for the gose style of beer.

Next up is another gose made by Perennial Artisan Ales, but this one goes (oh, words) in a different direction. This beer also has a tart, salty quality, but is made with lemon peel and orange peel, along with a healthy dose of key lime juice. This beer is great—a true summer seeeper.

We wrap up with two more Night Shift beers, Ever Weisse (radness) and Maracuya. Night Shift is reminiscent of The Bruery in terms of their curious exploration and their quality execution of unusual beer styles. At the same time, Perennial is also kicking ass and taking names. We can get Perennial in SoCal right now, but Night Shift would be a welcome addition…just saying’.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Perennial Artisan Ales – Suburban Beverage
Night Shift Brewing – Harborside
Night Shift Brewing – Ever Weisse
Night Shift Brewing – Maracuya

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[S3/E7] The Messenger Brought Us Homebrew Whalez

Feb 14, 2016 46:11

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Season 3, Episode 7 – This week, homebrew from Four Brewers listener Michael Kirshner, and The Messenger from Noble Ale Works and Three Weavers Brewing Company.

Can homebrews be whalez? This is the question that Four Brewers listener, Michael Kirshner, proposed to us in an email a few weeks ago. Personally speaking, I’ve definitely wanted to spear a few local homebrew whalez that have become legendary over the years, so yes, homebrew can indeed venture into the “whalez” territory.

Thar Be Whalez!Thar Be Whalez!

Michael was kind enough to send us some of his homebrew for the show this week and suffice to say, they are pretty over the top, as far as homebrew goes. The first beer up is a Flanders Red that was aged in a second use Buffalo Trace Barrel for five freakin’ years! What?! That’s some commitment.

 


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Next up is quad that was brewed in March of 2014. This beer is a crowd favorite according to Mike, and rightly so. It’s delicious!

The last beer from Michael is a Russian imperial stout made with oats and lactose sugar that was brewed in November of 2014 and aged for six months in a fresh Four Roses barrel. Michael wasn’t lying when he told us he was sending whalez…thar she blows!

The MessengerThe Messenger

We wrap up the show with an awesome collaboration beer between two stellar southern California breweries, Noble Ale Works and Three Weavers Brewing Company called, The Messenger. This beer was first brewed early in 2014. The Messenger is a seasonal release IPA coming in at 7.3% ABV, made with Weyermann pilsner malt and dry hopped with Pacific Jade, El Dorado, and HBC 342 hops. The bottle we have on the show this week was made with Buddha’s Hand and Yuzu to really give it a fruity, tropical zing.

Thanks again to Michael Kirshner for the beers!

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Noble Ale Works / Three Weavers Brewing Company – The Messenger IPA (w/ Yuzu And Buddha’s Hand)

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[S3/E6] [Insert Clever Surly Brewing Company Podcast Title Here]

Feb 8, 2016 01:06:26

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Season 3, Episode 6 – This week, ALL SURLY BREWING COMPANY BEERS. Well, most of them. OK, eight of them.

This week, we’ve got seven beers from Surly Brewing Company that were sent to us by a gracious Four Brewers listener, as well as a super-whale from John’s cellar, a 2010 vintage Darkness. Hell. YES.

Surly Brewing CompanySurly Brewing Company

Surly Brewing makes great beer, hands down. The problem is, they don’t distribute very far outside of their home state of Minnesota. Granted, we have no shortage of great beer here in California, but Surly would definitely be a welcome addition. 

We have a variety of their canned brews, ranging from lager, to brown ale, to IPA. Surly has their own unique style and attitude. They know their way around a brew house, for sure. They’re also fans of John’s favorite ingredient, oats. It’s used in a lot of their beers.

Surly Brewing Company's Darkness (2010)Surly Brewing Company’s Darkness (2010)

As the show progresses, Surly’s Russian imperial stout, Darkness, eventually comes up in the discussion. It just so happens that John has two bottles of the 2010 vintage in his beer cellar, one of which was kept refrigerated for the last few years. This is important because keeping a beer cold tends to preserve it longer and lock in flavors. Jason and Matt recently had the 2010 Darkness at a bottle share, and said the beer was past its prime. How is it holding up? Listen and find out! 

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Surly Brewing Company – Hell
Surly Brewing Company – Bitter Brewer
Surly Brewing Company – CynicAle
Surly Brewing Company – Coffee Bender
Surly Brewing Company – Furious
Surly Brewing Company – OverRated
Surly Brewing Company – Abrasive Ale
Surly Brewing Company – Darkness (2010)

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[S3/E5] Ten Times the Sierra Nevada

Feb 1, 2016 01:08:00

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Season 3, Episode 5 – This week, we’re drinking ten different beers form Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

This week, it’s all about Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.. For over 30 years, they’ve been innovators in the craft beer movement in America, producing some the most ubiquitous beers on the market.

We have ten different beers on the show this week from Sierra Nevada. While that may sound like a lot (well, it is for this little podcast), it’s actually just a cross section of the many brews they make. We’re covering everything from their more recent release, Nooner Pilsner, to the classic and well-known Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. BeersSierra Nevada Brewing Co. Beers

Sierra Nevada is also no stranger to barrel-aging beers and collaboration brews. Two of their abbey collaboration beers are on the show this week, along with barrel-aged variants of their Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale and Narwhal Imperial Stout.

Sierra Nevada brews all of their beers with whole cone hops. If you’re not familiar with the brewing process, most breweries use compressed hop pellets in their beers. Pellets are easier to work with, easier to store, and retain their freshness longer than whole cone hops. Using whole cone hops requires a different kind of brewhouse and they also impart different qualities. These whole cone hops and Sierra Nevada’s “Chico Yeast” house strain give their hoppy pales and IPAs a unique touch that screams “Sierra Nevada!”

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Collaboration and Barrel-Aged BeersSierra Nevada Brewing Co. Collaboration and Barrel-Aged Beers

Sierra Nevada’s beers are widely available. If haven’t had a lot from them, pick up a few different beers and give them a shot…maybe with a Torpedo? hahah—yeah, no.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Nooner Pilsner
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Otra Vez
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Torpedo Extra IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Beer Camp Tropical IPA (2016)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Ovila Abbey Saison (w/ Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Ovila Abbey Golden w/ Pomegranate
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Bigfoot
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Barrel-Aged Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale (2015)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout

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[S3/E4] Glasswhalez: Style-Specific Beer Glassware

Jan 24, 2016 01:14:40

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Season 3, Episode 4 – Does the shape and size of a glass really affect a beer’s characteristics? This week, we try to find out for ourselves.

Does glassware make a difference when it comes to truly enjoying a craft beer? Glasses designed for more traditional beer styles have been around for a long time and it’s believed that they enhance certain characteristics of the beers that are consumed from them. Seasoned beer drinkers know that drinking a beer out of a glass is an overall better experience when compared to drinking straight from the bottle, even if it’s a standard “shaker” glass that brewers tend to despise. Well known beer establishments still serve beer in shaker glasses, despite the claims that the physical shape of the glass is doing a disservice to the beer inside of it.

Style-Specific Beer GlasswareStyle-Specific Beer Glassware

Recently, beer glassware has reached a new level. IPA, stout, and even American wheat beers can now be served in style-specific glassware that supposedly enhances their qualities and nuances in certain ways. This week, we’re putting these glasses to the test. 

Disclaimer: all four of us on the show believe glassware affects beer perception. We tend to use the Libbey 3807 Belgian-style beer glass as our daily driver for consuming beer. Generally speaking, it’s a suitable glass for a wide variety of beers. 

Tattoo: Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer Co.Tattoo: Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer Co. – NO SHAKER GLASSES

This week, we’ve got four different glasses that were designed for four different beer styles: a pilsner glass, a hefeweizen glass, a stout glass, and an IPA glass. The manufacturers of each glass claim that they are designed to make the specific style of beer that’s inside the glass shine in different ways. Are the claims true? Is there a science to “proper” glassware? 

Perhaps (of course there is…)!

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Pivo Pils
Spaten-Franziskaner-Löwenbräu-Gruppe – Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Velvet Merlin
Stone Brewing Co. – Stone Unfiltered Enjoy By 02.14.16

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[S3/E3] I Once Was Lost, But Now I'm Founders

Jan 19, 2016 01:02:37

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Season 3, Episode 3 – This week, beers from Founders Brewing Co., and Going In Blind with Matt.

Michigan. More great beer from Michigan. 

Founders Brewing Co. is finally available in southern California, and we’re pretty stoked about it. Founders is a well known brewery among craft beer drinkers, brewing everything from hoppy IPAs to delicious, highly sought after bourbon barrel-aged stouts. Getting our hands on their beers proved to be quite the difficult task in the past, but not anymore. This week on the show, we’re sampling a bit of each.

Founders Brewing Co.Founders Brewing Co.

We always seemed to find a way to get our hands on a few of their beers before they were available here by means of trading, which was kind of a pain in the ass. How rad is it that we’ll now be able to go to our local bottle shop and get it right off the shelf?! So. Rad.

Having Founders Brewing Co. beers on the show this week is a milestone that we are thrilled to arrive at. Huge thanks go out to Ze Beer Guy for getting these beers to us. He’s one of Founders’ newest sales reps here in southern California, and is well known in the beer geek community. He is the MAN!

One beer that we didn’t feature in this episode was Founders’ Project PAM. We drank the beer and recorded the conversation, but it’s only going to be available to supporters of 4B on Patreon and PayPal. Consider supporting the show if you’d like access to bonus stuff and free 4B merchandise.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Founders Brewing Co. – All Day IPA
Founders Brewing Co. – Centennial IPA
Founders Brewing Co. – Dirty Bastard
Founders Brewing Co. – Porter
Founders Brewing Co. – Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS)

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[S3/E2] For Whom the Bell's Toll

Jan 11, 2016 01:08:00

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Season 3, Episode 2 – This week, it’s all Bell’s Brewery.

What’s that I hear? A bell? A tolling bell?

This week on the show, we’re drinking NINE different beers from Bell’s Brewery. For us in SoCal, that’s pretty awesome, considering they just recently added distribution to southern California (May, 2014) and we were able to buy all of these beers in our local bottle shops. 

Bell's Brewery BeersBell’s Brewery Beers

Fuck. Yeah. 

It would be quite tedious and redundant to go through and give a summary of every beer on the show this week, so I’m not going to do it. We tried to stick with more of the mainstream stuff from Bell’s that anyone could pickup in their area, if available (Saturn being the exception. That’s from Jason). 

Bell’s Brewery has been around for a long time, 30+ years, in fact. It’s safe to say that they know how to make great beer that’s unique to them, in more ways than one. 

Shout out to listener Dave V. for the email that inspired this show. Cheers, brother.

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Beers from this week’s episode:
Bell’s Brewery – Two Hearted Ale
Bell’s Brewery – Winter White Ale
Bell’s Brewery – Oberon Ale
Bell’s Brewery – Oarsman Ale
Bell’s Brewery – Expedition Stout
Bell’s Brewery – Special Double Cream Stout
Bell’s Brewery – Java Stout
Bell’s Brewery – Saturn: The Bringer of Old Age (Planets Series)
Bell’s Brewery – 30th Anniversary Ale

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[S3/E1] Nagel is Pink On the Inside

Jan 3, 2016 01:15:38

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Season 3, Episode 1 – This week, we’re drinking three homebrews from Greg (two of them are pink!), and going in blind with John.

Welcome to 2016 and season 3 of Four Brewers! This week on the show, we’re drinking homebrew from Nagel and going in blind with some blind tasting action provided by John.

First up are two pink concoctions from Mr. Nagel. The first one is a cranberry Malbec wine cooler thingy. It should be noted that all of these brews were made by Greg for the holiday season to serve to guests in his home, and they’re all made from kits. The wine he made came as a kit with the grape juice, chemical additions, and cranberries, which makes for a really easy homebrew. Making kit wine is really easy. John wrote a piece on a Riesling wine he made from a kit a few years back. Check it out if you want a rundown on the process.

John's Beers for John’s Beers for “Going In Blind”

Next up is a prickly pear witbier, which was again, made from a kit. The prickly pears, however, were not included in the kit, and were acquired at Greg’s in-law’s house in Temecula. In case you don’t know what prickly pears are (like John), they are the fruit that grows on a certain variety of cactus. They’re very hard to work with, as Greg explains on the show.

The last brew from Greg is a milk stout that was originally intended to be a hard root beer, but in the end, the spicing didn’t quite work out. So, he ditched the root and kept the beer as is.

All in all, these beers (and wine) were quite tasty. The brew days for these were all fairly low key and didn’t require a whole lot of time and effort. Don’t diss the kit! As long as you keep everything that’s post-boil clean and sanitary, and pitch the proper amount of yeast while maintaining proper fermentation temperatures, you should be good to go and on your way to making a great kit beer or wine.

We conclude the show with a dive into the 4B mailbag, as well as another round of Going In Blind, hosted this time by John Holzer himself. Click on the blurred photo above to see the blind beers if you can’t handle the mystery and suspense…

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

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[S2/E52] Death By Xocoveza

Dec 28, 2015 01:11:52

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Season 2, Episode 52 – This week we conclude season 2 of Four Brewers with coconuts, stouts, barrels, and some good ol’ blind tasting, courtesy of Jason Harris.

Here we are. We made it! The final show of 2015, episode 52 of season 2. When I say “we made it”, I mean just that—all of us. Four Brewers wouldn’t be a thing without all of the support we get from beer geeks all over the world. We thank you all from from the bottom of our beer-soaked hearts. Thanks for listening and supporting the show. You’re all the best.

Barley Forge, Stone Brewing, and Oskar Blues BeersBarley Forge, Stone Brewing, and Oskar Blues Beers

We’re ending 2015 with a show that falls in line with classic 4B structure and fashion. We’re drinking a couple of whalez, blending some brews, doing some blind tasting, and having fun. That’s what this is all about, right? Having fun with friends and drinking great beer.

First up is a beer that’s making another appearance on the show, the coconut rye stout from our friends at Barley Forge Brewing Co., The Patsy. The first time we had this beer was on S2/E18 when we paid a visit to the Berly Ferge in Costa Mesa, California. We decided to bring it back because it’s Johns favorite beer of 2015, and Oskar Blues Brewery just released their coconut infused Irish porter named Death By Coconut. We wanted to compare the two beers side by side. 

Next up are three variants of Stone Brewing Co.’s 2015 Xocoveza For the Holidays & The New Year (yes, that’s the full name), two of which are barrel-aged (Xocoveza Extra Añejo, and Xocoveza Charred). This beer was a hit when it debuted last year and this year was no different. Beer geeks all over the country were buying this beer buy the case, and rightly so, since it’s such a delicious, chocolatey and spicy brew.

We wrap up the show with a round of Going In Blind, hosted by Jason Harris. There’s also some 4B Mailbag shenanigans and Untappd beer ratings discussion thrown in for good measure.

We wish everyone a safe and happy 2016. Drink something good to ring in the new year and give someone a hug.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT…and we’ll see you next year for season 3! 

Beers from this week’s episode:
Barley Forge Brewing Co. – The Patsy
Oskar Blues Brewery – Death By Coconut
Stone Brewing Co. – Xocoveza For The Holidays & The New Year
Stone Brewing Co. – Xocoveza Extra Añejo
Stone Brewing Co. – Xocoveza Charred

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[S2/E51] Citra Syndrome

Dec 21, 2015 58:53

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Season 2, Episode 51 – This week we’re doing kind of a grab bag episode with beers from The Good Beer Company, Side Project Brewing, El Segundo Brewing Company, and Kern River Brewing Company.

Hey, y’all. It’s a holiday week. I’m gonna level with you. I’m in the mood to holiday. I need to get my holiday (and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) on. Writing about this week’s Four Brewers episode just doesn’t seem to flow properly. There’s some fun stuff happening this week. Oh, and did I mention Star Wars? Yeah. Star Wars.

Star Wars: The Force AwakensStar Wars: The Force Awakens

This week’s show is a little random. We’ve got some hoppy stuff, some sour stuff, and some funky stuff, all of which is very good stuff, but let’s face it: they’re no match for a holiday week that also involves Star Wars: The Force Awakens, amirite?

The Good Beer Company is a fairly new brewery from the downtown Santa Ana area of California. We’re drinking three of their sour beers this week, all provided by Mr. Nagel, their biggest fanboy. But is Greg a Star Wars fanboy? To be honest, I really don’t know. Oh, and in case you didn’t hear, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened last Friday, and it was awesome. 

All in all, the beers from The Good Beer Company were in fact pretty damn good, just like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

Star Wars.

Next up is a whale of sorts for us, Side Project Brewing’s Saison du Blé (Batch 4). Matt brought this one, and it’s right up our collective alleys, much like Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

We end the show with two IPAs, Citra from Kern River Brewing, and Broken Skull from El Segundo Brewing Company, made in collaboration with Steve Austin. Yes, that Steve Austin. The “What?!” and “Hell Yeah” guy. He was a badass wrestler back in the day and it turns out that he loves craft beer. But, I didn’t see Steve Austin in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is Steve Austin a Star Wars fan? HELL YEAH, AND THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE.

…and Star Wars.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
The Good Beer Company – Sangrioro (blend 2)
The Good Beer Company – Blend 4
The Good Beer Company – Blend 3
Side Project Brewing – Saison du Blé (Batch 4)
El Segundo Brewing Company – Broken Skull
Kern River Brewing Company – Citra

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[S2/E50] Pineapple Brett and Mango Mark

Dec 15, 2015 01:07:14

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Season 2, Episode 50 – This week, beers from Destihl Brewery, Allagash Brewing Company, and the return of Going In Blind: Greg Nagel Edition!

This week, we’re diving into some more beers from Destihl Brewery’s Wild Sour Series, as well as some funky stuff from Allagash Brewing Company. Shows from session 27 (episodes 50, 51, and 52) were the first to be recorded in December, so this officially kicks off the 4B 2015 holiday season! It really is the best time of the year.

Destihl Brewery Wild Sour SeriesDestihl Brewery Wild Sour Series

We first learned of Destihl’s awesome sour beers way back in 2012 when John and Mattwere at the Great American Beer Festival. Destihl brought the pain with their awesome sours that made for huge lines during the festival. We had their gose from this same series on the show back in March. Friend and Patreoneer, Sandro Chiavaro recently sent us the other variants in this series, so of course we’re cracking ’em open on the show. Thanks, Sandro!

While drinking these beers, we discuss the recent nerd-rage drama surrounding Kane Brewing Company’s release of A Night To End All Dawns.

Allagash Brewing CompanyAllagash Brewing Company

Net up are some beers from Allagash Brewing Company that we don’t see too often here in southern California. During the tasting of these beers, we are introduced to the newest 4B contributing character, “Golden Brett”, the funky-gold-minin-hop-slingin beer drinker.

We wrap up with the return of Going In Blind, the Greg Nagel edition. Spoiler: We nailed it. BOOM!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
Destihl Brewery – Wild Sour Series: Wild Sour Series: Counter Clockweisse
Destihl Brewery – Wild Sour Series – Wild Sour Series: Lynnbrook
Destihl Brewery – Wild Sour Series – Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red
Allagash Brewing Company – Century Ale
Allagash Brewing Company – Golden Brett
Allagash Brewing Company – Midnight Brett Ale

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[S2/E49] The Bruery

Dec 8, 2015 01:12:07

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Season 2, Episode 49 – This week, we’re finally raiding our collective cellars for the best beers from The Bruery that we could gather.

This week, we’re drinking a lot of beer from The Bruery. On paper, four beers may not seem like a lot, but when it comes to The Bruery and their rich and usually higher ABV beers, it’s a lot, especially for John, ahem… 

Beers from The Bruery and Bruery TerreuxBeers from The Bruery and Bruery Terreux

While an epic event such as this would warrant an even more epic blog post, we’re going to let this episode speak for itself. Needless to say, The Bruery makes many stellar beers and they aren’t afraid to tread in water that others would normally not even dip a toe into. The Bruery is a local favorite for us for different reasons, and they’re really one of the best breweries in the world, and that’s not hyperbole, son.

Expect more from The Bruery in future episodes of Four Brewers. Between the four of us and our cellars, there’s much to be consumed.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
Bruery Terreux – Tonnellerie Rue
Bruery Terreux / Jester King Brewery – Imperial Cabinet
The Bruery – Bois (Rye Barrel Aged)
The Bruery – Mocha Wednesday

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[S2/E48] New English? What Happened to the Olde English?

Nov 30, 2015 01:10:39

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Season 2, Episode 48 – This week on the most awesomest beer podcast on the Internet as far as we’re concerned and more than confident is actually true according us, are some mostly local brews and one brew that some how snuck into the “locals only” party.

We’re drinking stoutish beers on the show this week. “Stoutish” according to the Four Brewers Dictionary (it isn’t a real dictionary) means “a dark beer that may not be a stout but has certain traits that would lead one to believe it is a stout, and it’s also part of a larger beer tasting that has actual stouts in it, therefore one could say that it’s a group of stouts that aren’t all stouts; also there’s an IPA thrown in for fun and good measure.” 

Yeah. We’re doing that this week. 

Beers from New English, Ritual Brewing, and Sierra NevadaBeers from New English, Ritual Brewing, and Sierra Nevada

First up are some stoutish beers from New English Brewing Co., the first of which is an IPA, which is obviously not a stout, but falls in line with the Four Brewers definition of stoutish, so it qualifies. 

Anyway, the beer is called Pure and Simple IPA, and it is in fact just that: pure and simple. New English is a fairly new San Diego area brewery, so it’s almost like they need to make a great IPA to even be considered as qualified for leasing brewing space in the area. This beer doesn’t disappoint. If you want a pure and simple IPA, then look no further…or look further and drink another great IPA from another great brewery after you drink this one. Tasty, San Diego IPA is fairly ubiquitous at this point. Damn, it feels good to be a beer geek in the golden age of craft beer. 

Next up, we get to the stoutish-er (do I *really* need to define this?) beers which we kick off with two more beers from New English Brewing Co., the Brewers Special Brown Ale and the Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown. These beers are once again very, very good. New English even won gold at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, but it wasn’t for these stoutish beers. It was for an actual stout, which (guess what?!) is up next. 

Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout is up next. This is not a stoutish beer. It’s a goddamn stout. This beer won gold at the Great American Beer Festival this year. It’s pretty rad and it was the inspiration for this weeks episode. Buy it. Drink it. High-five the brewer.

Ritual Brewing Co. is a local brewery to 3/4 Four Brewers, located in Redlands, California. They recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary, so congrats to them for that! Java Deluxecame out a few weeks before their anniversary party to much fanfare. It’s made with coffee from local coffee roaster Stell Coffee, and it’s great. Ritual also won gold this year at the GABF for an aged variant of Big Deluxe. 

Here’s something cool: we tasted a cuvée of Java Deluxe and Zumbar. (Did it disappoint? Well, since I said it was something cool that we did, probably not. If I said it was something lame that we did, that would be telling as well.)

We finish up with some “Guess That Brew!” and some 4B Patreon shout-outs while sipping on a beer included with this year’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company winter pack, Coffee Stout. 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
New English Brewing Co. – Pure & Simple IPA
New English Brewing Co. – Brewers Special Brown Ale
New English Brewing Co. – Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown Ale
New English Brewing Co. – Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout
Ritual Brewing Co. – Java Deluxe
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Coffee Stout

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[S2/E47] Sour Beer, Wine, and Whiskey with Almanac Beer Co.

Nov 23, 2015 01:06:01

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Season 2, Episode 47 – This week we’re hanging out with Jesse Friedman, co-owner and brewer at San Francisco’s Almanac Beer Co., and we’re drinking some really special stuff.

This week we are joined once again by our good friend Jesse Friedman, co-owner and brewer at Almanac Beer Co. in San Fransisco, California, and we’re drinking some really interesting stuff that encompasses the worlds of beer, wine, and spirits.

Almanac Beer Co. Beers with Seven Stills Dogpatch WhiskeyAlmanac Beer Co. Beers with Seven Stills Dogpatch Whiskey

First up is the Almanac Dogpatch Sour. This beer is made with dried Rainier cherries and aged in red wine barrels for a number of months. The beer has a nice lactic tartness to it with the cherries giving it an extra fruity kick. Here’s something interesting. There is an undetectable amount of acetic acid in the beer, which we learned from Jesse is a good thing. Having a beer that is entirely lactic makes for a somewhat boring and overwhelmingly tart and thin beer. Almanac is by no means in the business of making vinegar bombs, but they’ve learned from others in the industry that acetic acid can also be your friend when it comes to making delicious sours.

Almanac Beer Co. Dogpatch and Farmer's Reserve Grand CruAlmanac Beer Co. Dogpatch and Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru

The next couple of beers are really interesting. The Dogpatch Grand Cru is essentially a beefed up version the Dogpatch Sour, but with a couple of twists. Jesse walks us through exactly what goes into making this beer on the show, but we’ll try to sum it up here. It’s basically comprised of 30% red wine grapes, consisting of Zinfandel, Syrah, Tannat, Petite Syrah, and Tempranillo grapes. Two versions of the beer are aged in new French oak barrels and then blended back together to make the final product. This is not your typical sour ale. The red wine presence is quite big, making for a complex and satisfying experience. It’s pretty damn good.

The Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru goes through a similar production process, but instead of using a variety of red wine grapes, this beer uses Muscat grapes. This beer got a lot of different reactions from the room. In summary, it’s loaded with aromas of pineapple, lychee, mango, and even a hint of Nelson hops, even though Nelson wasn’t used to make this beer. The wine presence comes through really nice on the palate, just like the Dogpatch Grand Cru. Think of these beers as beer and wine hybrids. Almanac wasn’t subtle about it either. Jesse thinks the best thing about both of these beers is how they can divide a room and really get people talking about what they’re experiencing while drinking the beer. Mission accomplished. 

Seven Stills Dogpatch WhiskeySeven Stills Dogpatch Whiskey

We wrap up the show with a first for Four Brewers. We’re drinking some Dogpatch Whiskeyfrom Seven Stills, made in collaboration with Almanac. Seven Stills is known for making whiskey that is influenced by beer. Seven Stills is from the same neighborhood in San Fransisco as Almanac called “Dogpatch”, so this collaboration seemed natural. In order to make for a proper wash for distilling, Almanac brewed a version of Dogpatch Sour with wheat added to the grain bill and higher starting gravity that made for a higher post-fermentation alcohol level. After distillation, the whiskey was aged in used Dogpatch Sour barrels and then aged again in Dogpatch Sour Grand Cru barrels. This whiskey is cask strength, so you may want to add some water to cut down those fusel notes.

Wood, cinnamon, vanilla, cotton candy, taffy, black pepper, caramel, and honey characteristics all come through on the aroma and palate. At $45-$50, this isn’t a cheap whiskey, but it’s unique and delicious. Seven Stills is on to something, here…

So, thanks once again to Jesse for hanging out with us.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers (and whiskey) from this week’s episode:
Almanac Beer Co. – Dogpatch Sour
Almanac Beer Co. – Dogpatch Grand Cru
Almanac Beer Co. – Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru
Seven Stills Dogpatch Whiskey

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[S2/E46] A Fetish, a Cart, a Crux, and a Yard

Nov 16, 2015 44:49

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Season 2, Episode 46 – This week, beers from two of Los Angeles’ best breweries, Highland Park Brewery and Monkish Brewing Co..

We’re heading back to L.A. this week with two collaboration beers from Monkish Brewing Co. and Highland Park Brewery. These breweries are quickly becoming pillars of Los Angeles beer with their awesome farmhouse and sour ales. Highland Park Brewery and Monkish got together in what we consider a match made in beer heaven to make two collaboration beers, Cart Fetish and Pushin’ Carts.

Monkish and Highland Park BeersMonkish and Highland Park Beers

Keeping with the theme of the show, we’re also drinking Monkish Brewing’s first foudre fermented beer, Haiku de Saison and one of our all time favs, Crux. From Highland Park Brewery, we’re drinking Yard Beer, an early favorite of Jason’s that’s pretty great.

Exciting things are happening in Los Angeles beer. The beers that Monkish and Highland Park are brewing are nothing less than exceptional, varying from the classic SoCal hoppy IPA to funky and Belgian inspired sour beers. With breweries acquisitions becoming more commonplace, it’s nice to know that curious, innovative, and talented people will be there to keep craft beer going strong.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Monkish Brewing Co. / Highland Park Brewery Collaboration – Cart Fetish
Highland Park Brewery / Monkish Brewing Co. Collaboration – Pushin’ Carts
Monkish Brewing – Crux
Monkish Brewing Co. – Haiku de Saison
Highland Park Brewery – Yard Beer

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[S2/E45] Russian River: Pitch Please

Nov 9, 2015 01:17:39

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Season 2, Episode 45 – This week on the show, we’re drinking beers from Russian River Brewing Company. BOOM.

If you’re a craft beer drinker, you’ve heard of Russian River Brewing Company. Craft beer drinkers far and wide seem to adore Russian River and their beers, ranging from the somewhat hard to find and ever-so-hoppy Pliny The Elder, to the hard to get beers like the tart and acidic Beatification.

Russian River has roots in the Inland Empire of southern California, originally hailing from Temecula, California, but moved up the coast to Santa Rosa, California, which is where they call home today.

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

We’re kicking off the show with the legendary beer geek-hoppy-holy-grail, Pliny The Elder. Bottles of this beer tend to be hard to find outside of central California, so getting some bottles for the show this week was a bit of an endeavor for us. Luckily, we have a few friends in high places, and were able to score a couple bottles, one from La Bodega Wine & Spirits in Riverside, California, and at the last minute, El Cerrito Liquor in Corona, California.

Pliny The Elder is a beer that is best enjoyed fresh, due to the copious amount of dry hops used in secondary fermentation. IPA in general should always be consumed as fresh as possible, and Russian River goes out of their way to make sure you know this by plastering it all over the bottle’s label.

Russian River Brewing Company BeersRussian River Brewing Company Beers

We’re drinking A LOT of Russian River beers on the show this week, so we’re not going to get too in depth on the blog post about them. We tried to get as many as possible, going as far as San Diego the day before the show to pick up a bottle of 2013 Framboise for a Cure from the legendary cellar of “Dr. Bill” Sysak. We also got a bottle of Beatification from our good friend, Cougar Steve, which he brought back from a recent trip to Russian River Brewing Company. 

Huge thanks once again to Kim at La Bodega Wine & Spirits and Jazz at El Cerrito Liquorfor the Pliny, as well as Dr. Bill and Cougar Steve for the whalez hookups. It takes a village to do a bar podcast, you know…

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Russian River Brewing Company: Pliny The Elder
Russian River Brewing Company: Damnation
Russian River Brewing Company: Salvation
Russian River Brewing Company: Sanctification
Russian River Brewing Company: Framboise For A Cure 2013
Russian River Brewing Company: Supplication
Russian River Brewing Company: Consecration 
Russian River Brewing Company: Beatification 

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[S2/E44] The Blendery at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing

Nov 1, 2015 01:00:16

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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 BrewingThe 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 BrettanomycesPropagation 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 BeersPropagation 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.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

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

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[S2/E43] NagelBOOCH and Ironfire Brewing Company

Oct 27, 2015 51:35

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Season 2, Episode 43 – This week, our good friend John Ryti joins us and he brought some killer brew from Ironfire Brewing Company in Temecula, California.

This week’s episode is sort of a mixed bag. A little bit of homebrew, some macro beer, some kettle sours, and some IPA. Nothing wrong with mixing it up, right?

nagelBOOCH KombuchanagelBOOCH Kombucha

We’re kicking off the show with some home-brewed kombucha by Mr. Nagel. If you’ve never heard of kombucha, it’s basically fermented tea. It usually has a funky aroma with a sometimes fruity and tart taste. It’s very low in alcohol, and is loaded with many of the same microbial thingies you’d find in yogurt. I also hear it’s great for hangovers…just sayin’.

If you’re interested in making your own batch of ‘booch, Kombucha Brooklyn sells an inexpensive kit that comes with everything you need to get started.

Guinness Nitro IPAGuinness Nitro IPA

Next, we’re going to the dark side, or, the light side, in Guinness’ case. Guinness recently announced their Nitro IPA. Yep. IPA, in a can, on nitrogen gas. We’re fans of Guinness so we thought we’d give it a shot. Spoiler alert: The beer is a bit bland overall, but not bad, which is better than what we expected. Get it now while it’s fresh if you want to try it.

Ironfire Brewing CompanyIronfire Brewing Company

Our good friend, John Ryti is back on the show with us for the next few episodes, and he brought some beers from a great brewery based in Temecula, California, Ironfire Brewing Company. Ironfire just released their first two kettle-soured beers named, Sex and Violence, and Fast and Loose. Kettle-souring beers seems to be all the rage right now (kettle sours are the new session IPA…), and for good reason. They’re relatively easy to produce, and they won’t infect your brewhouse, since the wort is being boiled after the bacteria has “soured” it. Ironfire takes kettle souring to a new level by aging it in barrels and adding fruit. All the yums.

We finish up with a beer more in line with what Ironfire is known for, a tasty double IPA called Dead on Arrival.

Big thanks to Ryti for hanging out and bringing the brews!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Guiness Nitro IPA
IronFire Brewing Company: Sex and Violence
IronFire Brewing Company: Fast and Loose
IronFire Brewing Company: Dead on Arrival

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[S2/E42] Four Brewers Mess With Texas

Oct 19, 2015 01:03:34

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Season 2, Episode 42 – This week, the boys are headin’ to Texas.

Jason tends to travel quite a bit for work. One of the fringe benefits is that he’s able to explore the local beer scene in whatever town he’s visiting. Jason was cool enough to bring some beers back from his recent trip to Texas. San Antonio, Texas, to be exact.

Texas Craft BeersTexas Craft Beers

We’re starting with a classic Texas lager (which is now owned by Pabst Brewing Company) Lone Star Beer. While Jason brought this back as more of a gag, we find out that it’s actually pretty tasty.

One of the highlights of Jason’s trip was his visit to Jester King Brewery. Color Matt extremely jealous. Jason talks about the brewery and some of the beers he tried while he was there. He even brought back a bottle of Vulgar Affectation for us to try on the show.

Yo Soy Un BerliñerYo Soy Un Berliñer

Big thanks to Jason for bringing back the brew. A trip to Texas may be in order for all of us, soon…

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Pabst Brewing Company: Lone Star Beer
Freetail Brewing: Yo Soy Un Berliner
5 Stones Artisan Brewery: Barrel Reserve Spanish Monk
Lone Pint Brewery: Yellow Rose
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.: Figaro, Figaro Figaro Fiiigarrro!
Jester King Brewery: Vulgar Affectation

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[S2/E41] Sixpoint None The Richer

Oct 13, 2015 54:37

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Season 2, Episode 41 – This week, beers from Sixpoint Brewery, a super-yummy hoppy pale ale from our local friends, Wicks Brewing Company, sprinkles of Almanac Brewing Company’s Citra Sour, and some in-depth homebrew discussion on Quad recipe formulation.

This week on the show, we’re taking a trip to Brooklyn, New York (we’re not really there, duh) to get some of that sweet Sixpoint Brewery action!

Wicks Brewing Company - Paladin Pale AleWicks Brewing Company – Paladin Pale Ale

But first, we start with a new segment on the show, the 4B Mailbag! To accompany the Mailbag segment, we’re drinking a delicious beer from a local favorite of ours, and many in the Inland Empire of southern California, Wicks Brewing Company’s Paladin Pale Ale. This beer is Wicks’ first official bottle release that has made its way to shelves, and it’s superb. A super-hoppy and danky pale ale that has the punch of an IPA with the ABV of a pale ale. This is no session ale, folks…it’s a pale ale, and it’s delicious.

Sixpoint Brewery BeersSixpoint Brewery Beers

Next up are the Sixpoint Brewery beers. Thanks to 4B friend and Patreoneer, Scott McElhone, we were able to get our hands on three six-packs of Sixpoint brews that aren’t distributed in southern California. We’re trying to branch out, people! 

First is The Crisp. John thinks this is one of the coolest beer names for a lager, and the beer inside of this Sixpoint brew does not fall short of its name. It’s quite tasty and damn near perfect.

Next is Sweet Action. We didn’t quite figure out what this beer was, exactly (turns out it’s a cream ale), but it did spur some conversation regarding guitars, bands, and Wayne’s World.

Finally is the much sought after Resin. For an east coast IPA, this beer delivers. We beer drinkers in California often criticize east coast IPA for its over the top malt character and seemingly lackluster hop profile. This beer is not that. It quite good and unique for the style. The malts are definitely there, but they take a middle seat to the wonderful hop profile. It’s a solid IPA that’s worthy of the hype that precedes it.

We wrap up the show with Citra Sour from Almanac Beer Co. while discussing possible beer recipes for a Quad that Greg wants to age in a rye whiskey barrel he acquired from Re:Find Distillery. Quadruple style beers can be difficult to brew. Barrel aging can also be quite difficult. We try to put it all in perspective.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Wicks Brewing Co: Paladin Pale Ale
Sixpoint Brewery: The Crisp
Sixpoint Brewery: Sweet Action
Sixpoint Brewery: Resin
Almanac Beer Co.: Citra Sour

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[S2/E40] 2015 Great American Beer Festival

Oct 5, 2015 01:04:17

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Season 2, Episode 40 – This week we’re drinking some GABF medal-winning beers.

Every year, beer drinkers from all over the United States and the world descend upon Denver, Colorado for the Great American Beer Festival. It’s one of the biggest beer festival we know of, and two of the Four Brewers got to attend this year.

2015 GABF Medal-Winning Beers2015 GABF Medal-Winning Beers

While the draw and the allure of GABF is the seemingly endless beers available to sample, many people and breweries especially focus on the awards on Saturday morning. Winning a bronze, silver and/or gold medal at GABF is quite prestigious to say the least. The panel of judges at the festival is comprised of the best brewers, beer drinkers, beer writers, and beer enthusiasts from all over the country. Winning a medal at GABF can really catapult a brewery into the stratosphere. 

Southern California is no stranger to winning metal in Denver. Breweries like Pizza PortSociete Brewing CompanyBeachwood BBQ & Brewing, and countless others from SoCal have dominated in recent years. This year, SoCal took home many medals, even though the landscape of winners outside of California seemed to be much more diverse. This week, we’re focusing on some local breweries that took home some medals.

Taps Fish House and Brewery at GABF 2015Taps Fish House and Brewery at GABF 2015

First up are two beers from local Orange County and Inland Empire superheroes, Taps Fish House and Brewery. They took home four medals, and also won Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year for their brewery located in Corona, California. Today, we’re drinking the bronze medal-winning Amend This! and silver medal-winning TAPS Kellerbier.

Bottle Logic Brewing Company at GABF 2015Bottle Logic Brewing Company at GABF 2015

Next up is a brewery that’s fairly new to SoCal but is already a favorite of many local craft beer drinkers, Bottle Logic Brewing from Anaheim, California. Bottle Logic scored two gold medals this year for their dark lager named Lagerithm, and their Baltic porter, Cobaltic Porter, and we’ve got them BOTH on the show. Hells. Yes.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company at GABF 2015Firestone Walker Brewing Company at GABF 2015

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is definitely no stranger to the stage at GABF. FW really killed this year at the GABF awards, winning five medals and Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year. Thanks to Matt, we were able to get our hands on the bronze-medal winning Sour Opal.

21st Amendment Brewery at GABF21st Amendment Brewery at GABF

Next up is Toaster Pastry from 21st Amendment Brewery. This beer kinda took everyone by storm over the last month, and for good reason—it’s awesome! The hop aroma that comes from a freshly poured pint of this beer is just stellar. The whole room filled with the danky aroma that came from this beer as we opened them in the 4B studio. This beer won a silver medal at GABF, and now we know why. Damn, this is good! 21A took one more silver medal this year for their session beer, MCA. Well, done, 21A!

Ritual Brewing Company at GABF 2015Ritual Brewing Company at GABF 2015

Last, but certainly not least is the new jewel of Inland Empire breweries, Ritual Brewing Company from Redlands, California. Ritual has always kind of flown under the radar, but their beers have always been spot on. The brewery is beautiful, and the folks at Ritual couldn’t be cooler people. They really deserved to win some metal this year. Ritual took home TWO gold medals this year for their imperial stout, Big Deluxe, and for the beer we have on the show today, their barleywine-style ale, Fat Hog.

The Great American Beer Festival was great this year. The Brewers Association expanded the available floor space for breweries and attendees, which made for even more beer to choose from and guaranteed that every brewery that wanted to attend, could attend. Our hats are off to the Brewers Association. Really, they did a superb job this year.

The complete list of medal winners and award winners at GABF this year can be found here. Hope to you next year!

GABF THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:

• Taps Fish House and Brewery: Amend This! and Kellerbier
• Bottle Logic Brewing: Lagerithm and Cobaltic Porter
• Firestone Walker Brewing Co.: Sour Opal
• 21st Amendment Brewing Company: Toaster Pastry
• Ritual Brewing Company: Fat Hog

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[S2/E39] Raiders of John's Cellar

Sep 26, 2015 48:39

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Season 2, Episode 39 – Matt snuck into John’s cellar and helped himself to some great, and not-so-great cellar-aged beers.

If you’re a beer geek with a cellar, you’ve either been here, or will be here one day. You know what I’m talking about. You’re new to craft beer and you want to be able to break out a beer on a second’s notice to pair with food, bring to a bottle share, or simply enjoy with a friend while you Netflix and chill. Then it becomes more and more apparent that you either have a problem, are on to something awesome, or both.

Cellar Worthy? Perhaps Not...Cellar Worthy? Perhaps…

This is where John’s cellar is at this very moment. While most of his cellar is comprised of beers that could easily trade for some of the best midwest whalez, there are those few outliers that look like they don’t quite belong. On the other hand, there are beers that look ripe for the picking. That’s what we’re doing today—invading John’s cellar. It’s for his own good.

We’re kicking off the show with three beers that in their prime, were pretty great beers. These beers represent the young craft beer bottle collector’s naivety and ambition to get anything in their cellar that looks the least bit “rare” or is hyped as such. Buy one fresh, lay one down. But do you really know why this beer is headed for the cellar, or does the beer just end up there?

Cellar Worthy and Ready to Enjoy!Cellar Worthy and Ready to Enjoy!

The second part of the show reminds us these ultra-rare whalez that you’re storing in your cellar need to eventually be opened. While it’s fun to show off your six year-old bottles of beer, they may never fulfill their true destiny when they’re ready for consumption. Are you ever going to open that $25 bottle of beer, or are you just going to stare at it? Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Hopefully, you learned something from this week’s show. Build a cellar and stock it well, but don’t overindulge. Monitor your beers, and purge those that are needlessly suffering in their old age. 

(That was kind of creepy.)

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Moo Brew: Dark Ale
Mahr’s Bräu: Mastodon – The Hunter
De Struise Brouwers: Black Albert
Avery Brewing Company: Brabant
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: Surette Reserva (Chardonnay Barrel Aged)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: Surette Reserva (Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged)

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[S2/E38] IPA? Nope. It's a Pale Ale.

Sep 21, 2015 46:05

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Season 2, Episode 38 – This week, we’re still high on hops, but low on ABV. Hoppy pale ales are on deck.

While we all love IPA and their juicy hoppiness, drinking more than a couple can really take a toll on your soberness. Luckily, breweries everywhere are making hoppier-than-usual versions of pale ale, which by style are lower in alcohol than IPA. This week, we’re drinking some of the best hoppy pale ales we could get our hands on.

Off Color Brewing - TroublesomeOff Color Brewing – Troublesome

To break in our palates, we’re starting with a wheat gose from Off Color Brewing called Troublesome. We’re big fans of the artwork for this beer, as well as the contents inside. We were able to pick this up locally in Costa Mesa, California, which is rad because this beer is great! The salt presence is very much subdued while the beer is crisp and clean. Good stuff.

Now to the pales. First up is Pseudo Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewery. This beer has a lot of hype behind it, and for good reason. This beer divided the room, mostly because of the hop character and lack of proper bitterness. But, we are being a bit hypercritical (hey, we’re a beer podcast), and all agree that it’s a great beer overall.

Hoppy Pale AlesHoppy Pale Ales

Next up is the citra hopped Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Company. This beer is great, and very highly sought after. Greg is well known for not being a fan of the citra hop, but he love this beer. We all agree—it’s great.

Grunion from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits is up next. We’re quite partial to this local SoCal brewery, and this beer is simply excellent. Its massive hop nose and clean, dry finish is reminiscent of and IPA with the alcohol content of a pale ale. Grunion and Zombie Dust are pretty much on the same level as far as quality and overall tastiness, which is great for us in SoCal, since we can’t get Zombie Dust locally.

Over-hopped pale ales are nothing new, but they seem to be popping up more and more lately. Freshness of a hoppy pale is of great importance, more so than IPA, due to its lower hopping rate and alcohol. As with IPA, find the freshest possible batch before purchasing.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Off Color Brewing: Troublesome
Toppling Goliath Brewing: pseudo Sue
3 Floyds Brewing Company: Zombie Dust
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits: Grunion

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[S2/E37] Litres of Oktoberfest

Sep 14, 2015 53:36

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Season 2, Episode 37 – This week, we’re drinking a hell-of-a-lot of Oktoberfest and Märzen style beers. Prost!

It’s that time of year again…Oktoberfest! This year, we’re not fucking around. While there are many, many interpretations of “Octoberfest” beers out there, we decided to find as many as locally possible and just go for it.

Oktoberfest BeersOktoberfest Beers

This week, we’re drinking 14 different Oktoberfest and Märzen-style beers from around the country and from Germany itself. While not all of them can be considered official “Oktoberfest” labeled beers, they all are brewed to celebrate than annual German tradition that is Oktoberfest. This year, Oktoberfest runs from September 19 thru October 4 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

We’re not going to spend any time on this post…there are 14 friggin’ beers on the show this week. Grab your dimpled mug and drink along.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Gordon Biersch Brewing: Märzen
Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München: Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier
Paulaner Gruppe: Oktoberfest Märzen (USA Only)
Spaten-Franziskaner-Löwenbräu-Gruppe: Spaten Oktoberfestbier / Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.: Oktoberfest – Brauhaus Riegele (2015)
Abita Brewing Company: Octoberfest
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan: Weihenstephaner Festbier
Schlenkerla Heller-Bräu Trum: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier – Märzen
Warsteiner: Oktoberfest Special Edition
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery: Oktoberfest Fall Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams): Samuel Adams OctoberFest
Spoetzl Brewery: Shiner Oktoberfest
Left Hand Brewing Company: Oktoberfest
Ninkasi Brewing Company: Oktoberfest Festbier Lager

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[S2/E36] It's Another IPA Show!

Sep 8, 2015 58:44

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Season 2, Episode 36 – This week on the show, a plethora of IPA, and some tasty beers from our buddy, Phil.

This week, were drinking the OC Brew HAHA South County IPA, as well as IPA from SoCal and Athens, Georgia. And just for the fun of it, we’re throwing in a Berliner Weisse as well.

We kick off the show with with two beers from friend of the show and Patreoneer, Phil Lorezini. Phil is currently living in Florida, and was kind enough to send us some beer from Creature Comforts Brewing Company out of Athens, Georgia. To get things going, we open Athena, a delicious and spot-on Berliner Weisse. It’s tart and refreshing with just enough of that acidic bite to take it over the top. Berliner Weisse can be a complicated beer to make, even though it’s quite delicate and simple. Achieving the proper level of tart and funk is the sign of a great Berliner Weisse. Athena doesn’t disappoint. 

IPA and a Berliner Weisse.IPA and a Berliner Weisse.

Now to the IPA! Keeping with Creature Comforts, we open the Tropicália IPA. Creature Comforts aptly summarizes this beer as “a ripe and juicy balanced American IPA”. It’s brewed with Citra, Centennial, and Glaxay hops. The beer finishes dry enough to pass for a west coast IPA while having a malt profile similar to an east coast IPA. It really is a nice balance of malt and hops, and not an overpowering, bitter malt bomb like many east coast IPAs tend to be. The east coast is slowly coming around to that west coast-style IPA radness, y’all.

Next up is the OC Brew HAHA South County IPA. This beer was brewed in collaboration with Cameron Collins, founder of the OC Brew HAHALeft Coast Brewing Co.Artifex Brewing Company, and Pizza Port San Clemente. The “south county” part of the name refers to south Orange County, which is where these three breweries hail from. Nagel recently did a write up on the beer for Orange Coast Magazine that sums it up pretty well. One thing that stood out to him was a mouth numbing affect the hops seemed to have on him, which is kinda weird and hard to pinpoint why. It’s a deliciously hoppy beer that’s well executed. You can try it at the OC Brew HAHA which is this Saturday! Get your tickets before they sell out…

Speaking of Pizza Port San Clemente, the next beer up is their Mango IPA, Lono. This beer smells and tastes like a freakin’ mango. It’s delicious. Pizza Port San Clemente utilizes step mashing in their beers (which could be a reason why they’re beers are so great), leading us into a discussion on the importance of step mashing and if it’s something that actually makes a difference in certain styles of beer.

We wrap up the show with a beer from Barley Forge Brewing Company, One Louder. We’ve had this beer on the show before and it was great, so why not have it again? Barley Forge also utilizes step mashing, and their beers are awesome. Maybe we’re seeing a pattern here?

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Creature Comforts Brewing Company: Athena
Creature Comforts Brewing Company: Tropicália
Left Coast / Artifex / Pizza Port San Clemente: South County IPA
Pizza Port: Lono (Mango IPA) (San Clemente)
Barley Forge Brewing Co.: One Louder

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[S2/E35] The w00tstout Vertical

Aug 30, 2015 56:35

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Season 2, Episode 35 – This week, we’re drinking three vintages of the Stone Brewing Co. collaboration beer, w00tstout.

This week on the show, we’re drinking three vintages of the Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, or as it’s generally known, w00tstout. It’s origins were inspired by the touring variety show known as w00tstock, which was created by Wil WheatonAdam Savage, and the group Paul and Storm. w00tstout is a collaboration between Stone Brewing Co. CEO Greg Koch, Wil Wheaton, and Fark.com creator, Drew Curtis.

Stone Brewing Co. - w00tstoutStone Brewing Co. – w00tstout

Stone Brewing Co. releases the beer annually during Hop-Con, an event held during the San Diego International Comic-Con. Two of the three vintages were designed by the collaborators mentioned above, with the exception of Stone w00tstout 2.0, which was a collaboration between Wil Wheaton, Drew Curtis, and Aisha Tyler.

All three vintages of w00tstout were partially bourbon barrel-aged and made with pecans, flaked rye malt, and wheat malt, while the 2014 Stone w00tstout 2.0 was made with the same ingredients as the 2013 Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, but with the addition of cocoa. Whew!

Pizza Port Brewing Company - Pick Six PilsnerPizza Port Brewing Company – Pick Six Pilsner

We kick off the show with a warm up beer from Pizza Port Brewing Company named Pick Six, a hoppier-than-usual pilsner that has been a long time favorite of beer drinkers local to the San Diego beer scene. Pizza Port recently started canning some of their long-time legendary pub beers, and so far they’re all hits. This beer is deliciously perfect during these scorching SoCal summer days.

So, how did the two previous vintages w00tstout hold up in comparison the the latest 2015 release? Well, you’ll have to listen to the show to find out. 

w00t THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Pizza Port Brewing Company: Pick Six Pilsner
Stone Brewing Co.: Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout
Stone Brewing Co.: Stone w00tstout 2.0
Stone Brewing Co.: Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout (2015)

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[S2/E34] Breweries From Colorado

Aug 24, 2015 58:10

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Season 2, Episode 34 – Natalie DeNicholas joins us for another round as we drink a variety of beers for the great state of Colorado.

This week, we’re going full Colorado. Six beers from four great CO breweries. It’s no secret that Colorado is a mecca of craft beer, and this week we’re honing in on some of our favorites. 

Colorado BeersColorado Beers

We kick off the show with a couple of beers brought to us by friend of the show Enrique Leyva. He recently visited Colorado and brought some beers back for Matt. First up is Prost Brewing Company. Prost has only been on the scene for a few years, but their authentic German brews are spot on and delicious. If you’re ever in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, you’re sure to see some beer celebs throwing back Pils at Prost.

Next up is a Life’s Trade from TRVE Brewing Company, “the most metal fucking brewery ever,” according to Matt. It’s a saison fermented in Puncheons, and it’s awesome. TRVE is a very small operation and they’ve recently announced plans for expansion.

Great Divide Brewing Company is next on deck with their 21st Anniversary sour ale. TL;DR we all think it needs more time in the bottle, which will allow the tart character to develop a bit more.

We finish the show with two beers from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project that John has been storing in his cellar for a few years, Bourbon Barrel Cherry Origins, and Nightmare On Brett (Grand Cru). Our love for Crooked Stave runs deep, and these beers only reinforce our devotion.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Prost Brewing Company: Pils
Trve Brewing: Life’s Trade
Great Divide Brewing Company: 21st Anniversary
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: Bourbon Barrel Cherry Origins
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: Nightmare On Brett (Grand Cru)

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[S2/E33] Brewin' At Home With Nat n' Nagel

Aug 17, 2015 54:25

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Season 2, Episode 33 – This week, homebrew from Nagel and special guest Natalie DeNicholas.

Friend and fellow homebrewer, Natalie DeNicholas, joins us on the show this week with homebrew in hand. She’s been brewing for a few years now, and is a member of the famous southern California homebrew club, Maltose Falcons

Natalie DeNicholas (via Instagram)Natalie DeNicholas (via Instagram)

First up are two saisons that Natalie brewed early in her homebrewing career. While she doesn’t remember the details of the recipes, she does remember the basics of each of the beers. The first saison we try poured brilliantly clear in the glass and smelled wonderful. This beer was pretty basic as saison recipes go, and was fermented with a French farmhouse yeast strain (assumably Wyeast 3711). The carbonation and flavor on this beer was great and served as a perfect opener for the show. The second saison was more in line with a tradition Belgian saison, made with belgian malts and fermented with a Belgian White Labs yeast strain (WLP565, more than likely).

Next up is Natalie’s anti-oatmeal stout. The recipe originally called for oats to be used in the mash but Natalie, well, forgot to add them. Whoops. It happens to us all at one point or another. This beer had a big chocolate aroma, and even though it didn’t have oats to beef up the body, it maintained a nice mouthfeel with a pleasantly sweet body. Great stuff, indeed.

We finish up with a kölsch from Mr. Nagel. Prior to the show, Greg thought about filtering this beer to see how much it would affect certain aspects of it, but he ultimately couldn’t find the time to get it done. Since this brew was version 1.0, he thought he’d bring it by anyway to get our feedback on how it could be improved. Temperature during fermentation can have a big impact on the yeast character of a beer, especially a kölsch. We all conclude that the ester profile is a bit much in this beer and fermenting at a cooler temperature might help reduce it to an acceptable level.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

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[S2/E32] Settling The Green Flash Alpine Debate

Aug 10, 2015 01:00:22

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Season 2, Episode 32 – This week we find out if Green Flash Brewing Company’s versions of Alpine Beer Company beers are up to snuff with Alpine’s authentic brews.

These days, brewery buy-outs and partnerships are becoming more and more commonplace, not only in terms of macro breweries buying out smaller craft breweries, but also larger craft breweries partnering and purchasing smaller, well known craft breweries. One example as of late is the purchase of Alpine Beer Company by Green Flash Brewing Company. Whether a brewery is purchased by a macro or a fellow craft brewery, there is one question that most craft beer consumers and aficionados ask: What’s going to happen to the quality of the beer? Will it remain the same? Will it be brewed at the same brewery, or will it be shipped off to a massive brewhouse somewhere on the east coast, only to become a watered down, boring version of its former self?

Alpine Beer Company - Nelson and DuetAlpine Beer Company – Nelson and Duet

When it came to the purchase of Alpine Beer Company by Green Flash, most people thought it was a good thing for both companies. Alpine was a very small operation while Green Flash was cruising along with their brand new 50BBL brewhouse and making beer for the masses all over the country. With the help of Green Flash, Alpine could afford to pay its employees more money and provide benefits for them while at the same time getting their beer to more people. Green Flash is well versed in IPA, so replicating Alpine’s massively popular IPAs shouldn’t be too much for Green Flash to handle, right?

This brings us to where we are today, and this week’s episode. For quite some time, Green Flash has been brewing two of Alpine’s best core beers: Duet and Nelson. Hop heads all over SoCal and beyond know and cherish these beers. They’re legendary. So, when Jason heard that beer geeks were harshly questioning the quality of Green Flash’s versions of the hoppy Alpine classics compared to the Alpine versions (which Alpine still brews and bottles), he decided to take matters into his own hands. 

This week, we’re drinking Duet and Nelson from both Green Flash Brewing Company and Alpine Beer Company. Jason went to Alpine Beer Company to purchase fresh bottles of Duet and Nelson that were brewed at Alpine, then went to Green Flash Brewing Company to purchase two fresh growlers of the same beers brewed at Green Flash.

 

SPOILER ALERT: RESULTS AFTER THE PHOTO.

 

Alpine Beer Company Growler CapsAlpine Beer Company Growler Caps

Let’s cut to the chase. We were very surprised with the outcome of this experiment. Two tasters of each beer were brought to us blindly. We were told what the beers were by name, but didn’t know which brewery they came from. John’s girlfriend, Yvonne, helped us out with that. [Thanks, Yvonne!] As it turns out, the criticism of Green Flash’s versions of Alpine’s beers is justified.

Duet, brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops, was the real eye-opener. Drinking these beers side by side, you’d think they were completely different beers. Their colors were even quite different. Aromas were also different, and not just subtly. We even had to send Yvonne back to make sure she brought us Duet from each brewery. They were that different. The room was divided on which one of these was the better beer. In the end, we chose the Green Flash version as (what we thought was) the authentic version. Wrong.

Duet and Nelson Side by SideDuet and Nelson Side by Side

The two Nelson variations were actually much closer to one another. But just like Duet, their colors were wildly different. The room agreed the one of the beers stood head and shoulders above the other. We guessed this one correctly. The Alpine version was fantastic.

So, there you go. It seems the the criticism of Green Flash’s versions of the Alpine IPAs is somewhat warranted. That being said, Green Flash’s versions were still very good beers, but were different from the originals brewed by Alpine. Could batch scaling be the issue? Maybe each brewery had a different crop of hops? Then there’s the beer color issue. We kick around some ideas regarding why they were so different, but in the end, who knows. Maybe one day we’ll have Green Flash on the show and we’ll get an answer.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
Alpine Beer Company: Hoppy Birthday
Alpine Beer Company: Duet
Alpine Beer Company: Nelson
Alpine Beer Company: Pure Hoppiness

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[S2/E31] A Random Group of Belgians

Aug 3, 2015 49:39

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Season 2, Episode 31 – This week, we’re drinking a variety of Belgian-style ales because why the hell not.

It truly is a great time in craft beer. The beers are this week’s show exemplify it. Crooked Stave, Jester King, Highland Park Brewery…damn. 

We kick off the show with two beers from one of Los Angeles’ newest breweries, Highland Park Brewery. Highland Park is a local favorite of ours, and rightly so. They’re located near Eagle Rock Brewing and Golden Road Brewing Company, so making a trip so the somewhat out of the way brewery and tasting room at HP is well worthwhile. 

Assorted Dope-Ass BrewsAssorted Dope-Ass Brews

Next up is the 2015 LA Beer Week collaboration beer, Unity. Unity was brewed at Smog City Brewing in Torrance, CA in collaboration with other local Los Angeles breweries. We also spend a bit of time talking about LA Beer Week’s Kickoff Celebration that Jason and Matt attended back in June.

The final beer is a collaboration between Crooked Stave, Jester King, and Swiss brewery Brasserie Trois Dames. Matt randomly found this beer at a local shop near The Bruery, so of course, he bought it. I mean, you can’t go wrong, right?

Until next week…

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
Highland Park Brewery: Uncultured
Highland Park Brewery: Slow Moves
Smog City and LA Beer Week Breweries: Unity
Crooked Stave, Jester King, and Brasserie Trois Dames: Cerveza Sin Frontera

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[S2/E30] Kyle Sent Us Homebrew!

Jul 27, 2015 55:01

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Season 2, Episode 30 – This week’s episode is all about homebrew, more specifically, homebrew from 4B super-fan Kyle Wells!

Homebrew, homebrew, and more homebrew. This week it’s all about homebrew. We’ve got four on the show this week, three of which are from 4B Patron and super-fan Kyle Wells, and the from our very own Greg Nagel. Kyle gave us these brews a couple of months ago with the expectation that we’d try them on the show and give him some feedback. Spoiler alert: Kyle is a great brewer.

Kyle Wells' HomebrewKyle Wells’ Homebrew

Not too long ago, Greg brewed a batch of saison that was split up with the intent of making different beers from the same ten gallon batch. With this beer, he added some Anaheim chilies to the mix. Greg’s wife is a fan of chili beers, and this one was made just for her. Chili beers can be difficult to make. Getting the right balance of heat, chili aroma, and chili flavor is tricky. Getting it right takes a bit of trial and error. We all agree that this brew turned out well. 

Thanks for the brews, Kyle, and keep up the great work!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Mid World Brewing: Black Flagg
Mid World Brewing: Belgian Saison
Mid World Brewing: Scottish Red Ale, V1.1
Fort Awesome Brewing: Anaheim Chili Saison

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[S2/E29] Walt and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing

Jul 19, 2015 55:56

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Season 2, Episode 29 – This week, we’re hanging out with Walt and Luke Dickinson from Asheville, North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing.

So, this show is pretty rad. We’ve got Walt and Luke Dickinson from Wicked Weed Brewingon the show, at the same time, from two different locations, one of which is a car outside of a bar. Holy. Shit. 

Wicked Weed Brewing Canvas SeriesWicked Weed Brewing Canvas Series

We’re drinking six different beers from two different series from Wicked Weed. The first set of brews is from their Canvas Series, which are basically smaller batch, experimental brews, and the other three are from their special release series of beers (basically, beers that made it beyond the canvas series).

Wicked Weed Brewing - Medora, Black Angel, and GenesisWicked Weed Brewing – Medora, Black Angel, and Genesis

Wicked Weed has pretty limited distribution at the moment, but that’s all about to change with the installment of their new 50BBL brewhouse (again, Holy. Shit.). Their popularity among beer geeks has been soaring as of late, and over here in SoCal, it’s hard to get ahold of their brews. Luckily, Wicked Weed was kind enough to send some of their amazing creations to us. There wasn’t a bad beer in the bunch. Seriously, they were all very good, and each beer was better than the next. Hey, Wicked Weed, distro in SoCal soon? Yeah?! Please?!

Thanks again to Luke and Walt for hanging out with us!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

Beers from this week’s episode:
Brett Burglar
La Bonte (with Pear)
Genesis Blonde Sour
Medora
Recurrant
Black Angel Cherry Sour

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[S2/E28] pFour Brewers and pFriem pFresh

Jul 13, 2015 01:12:12

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Season 2, Episode 28 – This week we’re drinking Nagel’s vacation beers!

Before I (John) start this post, The guys and I just want to say thank you to everyone who came to our first anniversary party at Hamilton Family Brewery. It was really fun catching up with our friends and fans, and seeing some new faces. Josh (brewer and co-owner of HamFam) did an excellent job with the collaboration saison, and everyone seemed to be really impressed with it.

Four Brewers with Joshua HamiltonFour Brewers with Joshua Hamilton

Big, BIG thanks to Josh and Crysten for having us at their place and for being so accommodating. We can only hope 4B anniversary parties to follow are just as epic.

Now, to this week’s show!

We’re back with our first 4B-only in-studio show in quite a while, and we’re drinking some beers that Greg brought back from his recent trip to Oregon. 

Fort George and The Commons Brewery - PlazmFort George and The Commons Brewery – Plazm

We kick off the show with a beer from Fort George BrewingPlazm, a collaboration with The Commons Brewery. We’ve had Fort George on the show before, and we’re big fans of their IPA offerings. This time, we’re drinking their saison/farmhouse ale. Fort George never seems to be a let down, and this beer is no exception.

Pfriem BeersPfriem Beers

We move on from Fort George and try a few beers from pFriem Family Brewers. Our good friend, Mike Sardina, recommended to Greg that he stop by their place while he was in Oregon, and Greg did just that. All in all, we really liked their beers, and we were really digging on the bottle art and labels. pFriem is definitely a brewery we’ll be on the lookout for in the future…

Trinity Brewing - Damn, It Feels Good To Be a Gangsta!Trinity Brewing – Damn, It Feels Good To Be a Gangsta!

We wrap up with another round of “Guess That Brew”, and finish the show with Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta from Trinity Brewing out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Greg happened to see Trinity on the shelf while he was up north. We don’t really have access to Trinity in SoCal, so why not pick some stuff up, right?

Be sure listen next week, where we have Walt and Luke from Wicked Weed Brewing on the show! 

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT. 

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[S2/E27] Emma Christensen, Author of Brew Better Beer

Jul 6, 2015 41:59

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Season 2, Episode 27 – This week we’re hanging out with author Emma Christensen and we’re drinking homebrew.

We’re back in the studio! While the on-locations shows are quite a hoot for us to do, it sure is nice to be back on our home turf.

We’re joined this week by Emma Christensen via Google Hangouts. She wears variety of different hats, two of which are author and homebrewer. She’s also an editor at The Kitchn, which according many people (and more specifically Matt) is a super-rad web-based food magazine. 

Brew Better Beer - Emma ChristensenBrew Better Beer – Emma Christensen

Emma is the author of the home brewing how-to book, Brew Better Beer. She was kind enough to send us each a copy of the book, as well as four bottles of homebrew that she made from actually recipes in the book! Holy shit, how cool is that?!

We talk to Emma about the book, what inspired her to write it, and how it’s different from other home brewing books. It should be said that it’s a beautiful