Tag Archives: NOMEANSNO

#93 – Bell’s Black Note Stout and NOMEANSNO

19 Sep

Bell's Black Note

Another day, another barrel-aged imperial stout, this time from the gang at Bell’s in Michigan. Someday, I imagine we will tire of drinking all these amazing beers, but not today.

For the song, we get a little meta and play the entire version of our little transition snippet, “Stocktaking” from the venerable NOMEANSNO. Russ’s opinion of the song may or may not surprise you, because, deep down, Russ is not an idiot.


#56 – Grassroots Brewing Arctic Saison and Volcano Choir

12 Sep

Grassroots Brewing Arctic Saison

A critically acclaimed beer (well, brewer) and a critically acclaimed song. We drink Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing, which is actually a collaboration between Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead and Anchorage Brewing Company. If it seems like we’ve been drinking a lot of Saisons lately, it’s because we have, but there is a good reason: Saisons are awesome. If you disagree, you are probably Russ. Actually Russ has been a good sport considering I’ve been pummeling him with a style that is not his favorite.

We also listen to a track called Byegone from the recently released Volcano Choir album, Repave. Volcano Choir is relevant because it contains Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver (note to Russ: Bon Iver, not Gotye). I mention in the episode that Repave comes out on 9/3 and that this episode would be out before that. Just ignore that part. We also talk about Hanson and The Hanson Brothers and the movie Slap Shot.

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#40 – Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Bigfoot and NOMEANSNO

19 Feb

READ THIS WHOLE THING. It contains updated, post-recording information about the beer – Barrel-Aged Bigfoot Ale from Sierra Nevada.

This is a big episode. Big beer and big music. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale is on a short list of standard bearers for American Barley Wine, and it has been for 30 years. They recently released a barrel-aged version of the beer, and everyone lost their damn minds. Not that we blame them. We were lucky to snag a couple bottles.

We found some information Barrel-Aged Bigfoot from SN Product Development Manager, Bill Manley, on beeradvocate.com. We had some additional questions about the beer, so we reached out to Sierra Nevada directly. Manley responded directly, but, unfortunately, his response came in a couple days after we recorded, so we’ll have to incorporate the info in this here episode description.

At the 5:00 mark, in reference to the fact that regular Bigfoot is 9.6% ABV and Barrel-Aged Bigfoot is 12.2% ABV, I ask, “How is the barrel-aged version bigger?” I asked whether this was a special batch specifically for barrel aging. Manley responded:

    This was a special batch designed for barrels. The same recipe as our regular Bigfoot release, just brewed with the intention of barrel-aging. It was brewed in Spring, whereas the usual brewing period is in December. It was brewed in Feb-March 2011.

There were also rumors that there will be more of this beer released soon, possibly even this year. I asked if more details were available. Manley’s response:

    Definitely not this year. We’re planning to re-vamp and expand our barrel program, and ideally, would like to do several barrel-aged releases per year. Right now, we’re so tight with capacity that we don’t have the opportunity to expand the program much further. As the new North Carolina brewery comes online and we have a little bit of opportunity for expansion, we will build a better infrastructure for beer and barrel handling and will expand the releases after that point. We’re hoping to do another BA Bigfoot release in 2014, but no more for this year.

Also, I sarcastically refer to Manley as a dick because of his reference, on beeradvocate, to the existence of a Pappy-barrel-aged Tripel that never made it to market. Upon repeat listens, my sarcasm may or may not be obvious. SARCASM, you guys.

As for the music, it is hard for me to begin to capture the sheer magnitude of NOMEANSNO, so I’m not really going to try. They are, quite simply, one of the greatest bands that has ever picked up instruments. I opted for Rags and Bones off the Wrong record. The boys over at slewcast did an all NOMEANSNO episode way back in May, 2011 that does far greater justice to the band than we could ever do. Download the MP3 here.