Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 18, 2014 Show

This week we are returning to the pumpkin beer style because there are just too many with limited time to enjoy them to contain the topic to one show.  We are joined in studio this week by the wonderful Pat from Backyard Ale House in Scranton and Rich from the incredible NEPA Scene.

This weeks beer lineup:

Shipyard Brewing Company- Smashed Pumpkin: Shipyard is known for their Pumpkinhead ale, a light easy drinking pumpkin ale but this beefed up 9% ABV pumpkin ale takes their beer to a new area.  The rich notes of sweet malts and pumpkin spices are in balance with a touch of alcohol heat on the back end remind you that this is a beer to be respected!

Weyerbacher Brewing Company- Imperial Pumpkin Ale: If you live in PA you know and love this pumpkin ale.  This has long been the go to pumpkin ale for many in our immediate listening area.  If you are a fan of pumpkin beers, find this and drink it, you will LOVE it!

Southern Tier Brewing Company- Warlock: Fans of Pumking , you must try Warlock!  This imperial pumpkin stouts is a perfect blend of all that we love about Pumking but with delicious roasted malts characteristics of an imperial stout, easy description: pumpkin pie cheesecake drizzled with dark chocolate with a delicious Italian coffee.

Sam Adams- Fat Jack: Smooth, smooth, and smooth really sum up this beer.  It is an incredibly easy drinking beer with a rich balance of malt and spices but the incredibly smooth body of this beer is the absolute highlight, the 8.5% ABV is not apparent and makes for a beer that is am ust have during the fall season!

Elysian Brewing Company- The Great Pumpkin: Last week we enjoyed Night Owl from Elysian, this time around we take on the imperial pumpkin ale the Great Pumpkin!  This is actually the first pumpkin ale to have the tag of Imperial Pumpkin and it is a big that took the style first and still holds itself as one of the best.  The rich flavors of Night Owl are present in more abundance with a delicious balance of pumpkin pie, including the crust, a must try!

Cigar City Brewing- Good Gourd:  This in such an incredibly rich and delicious ale that truly has all the right flavors of fall in perfect balance with subtle touches of sweetness from the malt.  This might be one of the most difficult ones to find from today's show, but worth the effort.  It is an incredibly delicious offering from an incredible brewery!

This weeks giveaway featured another great coffin shaped wall mounted bottle opener from Grave Openers (email GraveOpeners@gmail.com for more info) along with some great Sam Adams schwag featuring glassware, coasters, and a keychain bottle opener!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 11, 2014 Show

This week we are examining a style that some find very divisive amongst beer drinkers, the pumpkin beer style!  While the pumpkin beer "style" ranges greatly, the idea of the pumpkin beer has made many turn their nose up to the style.  However, there is a wide range of great ones available now and we are drinking and discussing just a few this week, but they just may make you give pumpkin beers a second chance!

We are of course joined as always by the wonderful Billy from Backyard Ale House and this week also in studio with David from the Little Theater in Wilkes Barre who is putting on the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a feature that our own Fast Freddie will be making a special appearance in soon!

This weeks beer lineup:

New Belgium- Pumpkick:  The traditional pumpkin beer style is kicked up a notch with the additions of cranberries imparting a slight tart quality to the beer.  A great take on the style!

Two Roads Brewing- Roadsmary's Baby:  This pumpkin beer is aged in rum barrels which imparts a hint of rum to the beer, but does not overpower and the beer also remains at 6.8% ABV, so still a highly drinkable beer.  A must have for those who have it available at your local, absolutely textbook example of a great pumpkin beer!

Elysian Brewing- Night Owl Pumpkin Beer:  Elysian is undoubtedly the brewery that owns the pumpkin beer style with an almost uncountable amount of pumpkin beers brewed over the years.  However, they have completely nailed down the style with Night Owl and it is regarded as the quintessential pumpkin beer for a reason, its delicious!

Coronado Brewing- Punk'in Drublic:  The first imperial pumpkin ale of the day brings a bit more of a spice punch to the party, but that is expected a bit from an imperial, a must try for fans of pumpkin beers.  Plus the label and name is awesome!!

Harpoon Brewery- Imperial Pumpkin Stout:  Fans of imperial stouts will enjoy this 10.5% ABV monster.  Strong stout notes up front with hints of spicing dancing in the background.

Almanac Beer- Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine:  Hands down the favorite of the day.  The 12% ABV is not apparent at all with no heat detected.  The rye and brandy barrels impart deep layers of flavor and the sweetness of the barleywine is perfected completed by the pumpkin spices.  If you are lucky enough to have Almanac available in your area go buy as much of their beers as you possibly can they are all incredible!

This weeks giveaway featured a fantastic wall mounted bottle opener from Grave Openers, a brand new company and friend of the show, if you are interested in their products drop them a line at GraveOpeners@gmail.com  Also included was some beautiful glassware from Coronado Brewing and Duvel coasters for use in the man-cave!

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 4, 2014 Show

This week since October has rolled around, it is time to examine some of the many great fall seasonal beers that are now available.  The styles vary greatly, but all are very drinkable and perfect for the fall season.

This weeks beer lineup:

Brewery Ommegang- Scythe & Sickle:  A unique fall bear with a combination of rye, oats, wheat, and delicious Belgian yeast.  The 5.6% ABV make this a great beer to sit and enjoy during Sunday football games, but the complexities also make for a great beer to sit and sip.  Belgian beer fans now have a great fall seasonal beer to enjoy!

New Belgium- Tour De Fall:  An extremely juicy and fruit pale ale.  The hops impart delicate and decadent citrus fruit flavors that make the mouth water and the sweet malt bill makes for perfect balance.  This is an easy drinking pale ale any time of year, but the color and aroma is perfect for fall.

Sierra Nevada- Flipside Red IPA:  The sweet malt is balanced perfectly against the citrus whole cone hops.  A perfect IPA, but what else would you expect from Sierra Nevada?

Odell Brewing Company- Mountain Standard: Easily one of the best Black IPA's available on the market today,  The 9.5% ABV is completely hidden and the smooth creamy body is speckled with delicious hop notes that makes this a great beer for dark beer fans and IPA fans alike, a must try!

Clown Shoes Beer- Pecan Pie Porter:  A beer whose name perfectly summarizes the beer.  Rich creamy pecan pie flavors and aroma mix with the roasted malt and the smooth body makes this an extremely easy drinking beer that will be perfect to pair with a wide variety of foods, especially those often enjoyed during Thanksgiving!

This weeks giveaway features a fantastic cookbook, Brewery Ommegang coasters, New Belgium glassware, and 2 tickets to see Alter Bridge perform live, one luck winner gets all of this!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 27, 2014 Show

This week we are joined in studio by Fred Maier from Susquehanna Brewing Company located in Pittston, PA.  We discuss the long brewing history within the Maier family as well as the current and future happenings for SBC.  We are of course joined in studio by the always fantastic Billy from Backyard Ale House

This weeks SBC lineup:

HopFive IPA-  The delicious combination of 5 hops gives a wonderful bouquet that isn't overly bitter or aggressive and makes for an easy drinking IPA that is more in the English IPA tradition.  A great IPA to try if you are new to the style!

Southern Rye IPA-  Brewed for the wonderful Philly Beer Week events, this Rye IPA is absolutely incredible.  perfect balance between all the malts and hops to deliver a subtle spice from the rye that does not overpower and the great hop lineup will be a favorite for all hopheads!

So-Wheat- This Bavarian styled hefeweizen is very easy drinking and perfect to have on hand all year round.  We were treated to a wonderful combination of So Wheat and fresh apple cider for a great Apple Shandy that really helps to ring in the fall season!

Oktoberfest-  Brewed as a historical interpretation of the Märzen, a topic that we covered in last weeks show.  This is true to the German tradition and is more malt forward than many other American interpretations of the style.

Pumpkin Ale- A sessionable pumpkin ale!  While many pumpkin ales this time of the year lean more towards 8%-9% ABV, it is refreshing to see a take on the style that is more reserved and is only 4.8% ABV, but still packs a lot of the wonderful pumpkin spice aromas and flavors that we all love this time of year!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 20, 2014 Show

This week in honor of Oktoberfest officially kicking off in Munich, Germany we are talking and drinking all things Oktoberfest!  We have a great lineup of beers ranging from traditional German recipes to some great American takes on the style.  We were also joined in studio by the always wonderful Billy from Backyard Ale House in Scranton, PA and local German beer connoisseur Lee Burke! Prost!

This weeks beer lineup:

Ayinger- Oktoberfest - Märzen:  The quintessential example of a traditional German Oktoberfest beer.  The smooth malty character is in balance the hops for a highly drinkable beer, a must have for fans of all lagers!

Gordon Biersch- Festbier:  A great take on the style by the American based German experts at Gordon Biersch.  A slightly drier and hoppier version than the Ayinger, this is a brewery that knows how to brew great German beers!

Sierra Nevada:  The one that took many of us by surprise.  This is a bit hoppier than traditional versions, but the heftier malt backs it up nicely.  Also the highest ABV of the day at 6.2%, a fantastic beer, but one should expect nothing less from Sierra Nevada!  one not of warning, this beer is now only available in Sierra Nevada fall variety packs!

Firestone Walker- Oaktoberfest:  Smooth, easy drinking, perfect balance, and slight hop bite... this is a beer that ticks all the right boxes.  Firestone Walker is a brewery that can do no wrong in our eyes and that is certainly true with this beer!

Ninkasi Brewing Company- Oktoberfest: This is the first year Ninkasi is brewing this beer and they certainly got it right the first time out.  A fantastic take on the style that is highly drinkable with a delicious malt backbone, an absolute must have for all!

Ballast Point- Dead Ringer:  Ballst Point has been releasing this beer as draft only for a few years now and due to the popularity it is now available in bottles for the first time.  It is easy to see why so many loved this beer, the malt and hops play perfectly with one another.  Ballast Point has done it again with another world class beer!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 13, 2014

This week we examined the fantastic San Francisco based 21st Amendment Brewery through drinking of course and also talking with owner Shaun "Sully" O'Sullivan!  We were joined in studio by the always enjoyable and knowledgable Backyard Billy from Backyard Ale House and returning guest Jason Jerecki to partake in these wonderful beers.

This weeks beer lineup:

Bitter American: An unbelievably flavorful and balanced American Pale Ale that is also extremely sessionable at 4.4% ABV.  An incredible beer that should be a great go to anytime you are out for an evening!

He Said Pumpkin Belgian Tripel: A collaboration beer with the also great Elysian Brewing Company this Belgian styled Tripel is enhanced with delicate spices and pumpkin for a unique spin on the popular pumpkin beer craze.  A must try for pumpkin beer fans, also try the Baltic Porter with pumpkin that comes in the special 4 packs with this beer!

Brew Free or Die!: One of the best American IPA's on the market.  Very balanced with hop presence throughout but dried out perfectly and leaves you wanting more and more and more and more!

Back in Black: Another great take on a style this time the Black IPA.  If you have had a Black IPA in the past and were maybe a little put off by it than do yourself a favor and try this one.  The roasted malts are kept in check and the hop selection perfectly compliments the overall beer.

Hop Crisis: One of the best DIPA's on the market! (are you picking up on a theme here?)  This 9.7% ABV DIPA drinks like a session IPA and has a ton of flavor locked within and the oak stave adds even more depth to this beer.  The only knock to it is that it is WAY too drinkable for being 9.7% ABV... a MUSt try!

Lower De Boom: This 11.5% ABV American Barley wine pack a wallop and lives up to its names.  The hops dropped out a bit from this sample from 2013 and leaves behind a sweet malt backbone with a fair amount of booziness.  Barley wine fans rejoice your favorite style can be enjoyed in a can!

We also had another amazing giveaway this week from 21A!

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 6, 2014 Show

This week we drink and discuss all things Cleveland as we enjoy the great beers from Great Lakes Brewing Company!  This week we are joined by the wonderful Billy from Backyard Ale House in Scranton, PA and the all things Cleveland super fan Rocky Rhodes from 98.5 KRZ!  We also enjoy a great special beer brought back by Billy from his recent trek to Vermont!

This weeks beer lineup from Great lakes:

Elliot Ness- A super smooth and highly drinkable lager that features a deep amber color and imparts a slight sweetness in the beer.  Fans of lager will love this beer!

Burning River- A great example of a perfectly balanced pale ale.  The hops are present but do not dominate as some "pale ales" have been known to do in recent times.  Balance and drinkability are the highlights of this world class beer.

Commodore Perry- This English styled IPA features a strong hop presence but more reserved than the west coast IPA's many American craft beer drinkers have become accustomed to in recent years.  Very smooth and a great mouthfeel and maintains a great balance and is not dominate in hops or malt.

Edmund Fitzgerald- An absolute world class example of the porter style.  notes of chocolate and coffee dance throughout with a slight hop bitterness dancing on the tongue.  A porter than can be enjoyed long in to the night and a must try for all fans of dark beer.

Nosferatu- This seasonal imperial red features the wonderfully creepy and classic vampire Nosferatu.  The beer is a beautiful red amber with hop highlights balanced against a sweet malt, at 8% ABV no hint of alcohol heat which means this be careful because like Nosferatu, this beer can bite you!

This week we featured a fantastic giveaway from the Great Lakes Brewing Company, one lucky winner took home all of this!

More proof that is pays to listen live!!

Our super extra special beer this week was provided by Billy after a return trip from Vermont.  Billy brought us the unbelievable Abner Imperial IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery.  This beer is full of incredible IPA characteristics and a veritable hop bouquet in the aroma and nose.  It rivals some of the best IPA's available on the market, even the renowned Heady Topper from fellow Vermont brewer The Alchemist.