#29 – La Cumbre Elevated IPA and Japandroids

4 Dec

Nothing like starting an episode with a 90-second correction. We reviewed Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Company in Albuquerque, NM under the assumption it won the Gold medal for American IPA at GABF this year. Well, it did win the Gold Medal for American IPA at GABF. Problem is, it won last year (2011). This year’s honors go to the IPA from Tap It Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Following the post-mortem investigation, I realized that if any of the “2011” indicators had been poisonous snakes, I would have been dead weeks before we recorded this. It’s written clearly in the email from beerjobber.com, it’s written all over the Elevated IPA beer can itself (see upper right corner of can label above), and it is all over the La Cumbre website. Apologies to both breweries. But rather than scrap the episode and re-record it, like even semi-professional, we have opted to make things complicated and awkward. ONWARD!


Speaking of beerjobber.com, I have enjoyed using their service so far. They first hooked me with an email right before the presidential election urging people to vote Republican by ordering the NOBAMA BREW from Huebert Brewing in Oklahoma, or vote Democratic by ordering the Entitlement Porter from Blue Point Brewing Company, or vote independent by ordering them both. I ordered them both. We recorded an episode and compared them. At this point, we have no plans to post said episode. If you don’t have anything nice to say, something something. Anyway, Beerjobber.com: Approved. We will continue to use them.

Following our theme of annual superlatives, we listen to the #1 song on Paste Magazine’s 50 Best Songs of 2012, which is “The House That Heaven Built” by Japandroids off their album Celebration Rock. I like Japandroids. I almost love them. But, as we discuss, there’s something about two-piece rock groups that I just cannot abide.

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