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#156 – Creature Comforts & Jester King & Yonah Mountain – The Curious 10

24 Feb

Blake from Creature Comforts and Eric from Yonah Mountain Vineyards joined us to talk about their collaboration, The Curious 10.

This was a really fun episode to record. It’s pretty loose and trying to wrangle four mics makes for a couple rough spots, so, basically, everything you’ve come to expect from us. Get in there!

#135 – 21st Amendment Toaster Pastry and Foo Fighters

18 Dec

21st Amendment - Toaster Pastry

We harken back to the brewery we reviewed on EPISODE NUMERO UNO (and, um, also episode 104) to commemorate the first beer to come out of 21st Amendment’s new brewery in San Leandro, California. That beer is called Toaster Pastry.

We recorded this episode a few weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris, which Foo Fighters [coincidentally] followed up with the release of a free EP and a message to their fans to donate the money they would have spent on the record to help the terror victims in Paris. You know all about the Foo Fighters, so I’m not going to waste any more words on them.

Nice hustle. See you next time.

Foo Fighters - Saint Cecilia EP


18 Feb

There’s no way to sugar coat it, so let’s get right to the dumb:

Until a listener named Michael pointed it out, I was not aware that Gueuze and Gose were separate styles, a fact that became glaringly obvious in episode 109 when I confidently stated that Gose is just the Americanization of the spelling/pronunciation of Gueuze. Garrett chuckled suspiciously and his instinct was correct, though, he does have an advantage in already being familiar with the fact that I’m an idiot.

This is particularly shameful because I am a BJCP certified judge, which by definition means I have amassed a certain amount of beer knowledge and should at the very least imply that I am familiar with, you know, the different kinds of beer that exist. If I had a defense, it would be that Gose is not included as a style in either the 2004 or 2008 BJCP style guidelines. It has been added to the draft 2014 guidelines under category 27: Historical Beer. I am not familiar with the updated 2014 guidelines because I don’t actually like the guidelines all that much, so I’m not going to use documentation as an excuse. Plain and simple: It was an honest gap in my knowledge that has now been closed.

We’ll address this in a future episode, but I wanted to go on the record and acknowledge the mistake. Fun!

#84 – AleSmith IPA and Dayroom

23 Jul

AleSmith IPA

Oh look, an IPA from San Diego. This time from Alesmith. Why yes, we HAVE enjoyed beer from Alesmith before. It was episode 63, thank you for asking. Unfortunately this one was bottled almost six months before we drank it. What happens next will [probably not] surprise you.

Russ brought the song this week! Insights into Russ’s musical heritage are normally a real treat and this one does not disappoint. Apparently a band called Dayroom was a thing when we were in college during the Clinton administration. They are reuniting for a couple shows so we spin one of their old hits. What happens next will [probably not] surprise you.

Dayroom - Contagious