Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 22, 2014 Show

This week we are drinking and discussing the great PA brewery Saucony Creek Brewing Company with owner Matt Lindenmuth joining us via telephone from Colorado and in studio brewery rep Jeff O'Brien sits down with us.  Joining the show as always is Backyard Billy from Backyard Ale House!

This weeks beer lineup is slightly different than pictured, we enjoyed:

Roxie's Golden Bananas:  This delicious wheat beer has hints of bananas present but no way near as sweet as might be expected when one hears "fruit" beer.  A very refreshing wheat beer!

Schnickelfritz (not pictured):  A FANTASTIC imperial milk stout with sweet notes of chocolate and cherries with hints of coffee.  A fantastic stout that is perfect for winter!

Maple Mistress: Roasted butternut squash adds a smooth mouthfeel and makes an appearance on the back end in this spiced beer that will quickly take your number one spot on pumpkin beer lists.  Maple syrup is dominate in aroma and taste and balanced perfectly against the spices, not only great for a fall but should be enjoyed year round!

North Ramp Stout:  Fresh brewed coffee in a perfectly balanced American stout that leaves a semi-dry finish, textbook example of the style and a must try for fans of coffee and stouts!

We enjoyed all the beers but time did not permit us to get all of them on live, but rest assured Saucony Creek's beers are all fantastic!

We also gave away this great Saucony Creek T-Shirt and subscription to All About Beer Magazine

November 15, 2014

If there is a brewery that needs no introduction it is Stone Brewing Co. and if there is a brewmaster that also needs no introduction it's Stone's brewmaster Mitch Steele!  This week we are lucky enough to drink some of Stone's best beers and discuss the brewery with Mitch Steele himself.  Joining us in the studio is Backyard Billy from Backyard Ale House and our good friend Ed for a rousing conversation about this world class brewery that is slowly taking over the world!

This weeks beer lineup included:

Stone Stochasticity Hibiscusity: This Belgian ale is enhanced with flavors of hibiscus and orange peel.  Semi-tart notes are apparent which can make one think of a sour beer, but it is not nearly as puckering, but is very enjoyable and a unique take on  the style.

Stone Stochasticity Master of Disguise: A golden stout, yes a golden stout.  This beer pours a clear golden color with roasted coffee notes present that has strong aromatics of a perfectly brewed coffee stout with a mouthfeel to match.  Not only is it unique but it is FANTASTIC!

Enjoy By 12.05.14 IPA:  This DIPA has been dominating each time it is released.  The freshness of the hops is unmatched and the strong malt backbone gives this beer its heft.  Rivals any Pliny Heady, or (insert popular DIPA here) on the market now, but made even better by its availability!

Double Bastard: American Strong Ale is the beefed up brother to Arrogant Bastard, it was described on the show as a perfectly aged and balanced Barleywine, that seems very apt.  No matter what you want to call it, it is a world class beer!

This weeks giveaway featured a plethora of goodies from a Founder's Breakfast Stout cup, Backyard Ale House T-Shirt, a copy of The Brewer's Apprentice, and a subscription to All About Beer Magazine!

Click on the photo below to get a copy of Brewer's Apprentice for yourself, it is a phenomenal book with a lot of great information about your favorite breweries!

November 8, 2014 Show

This week we were fortunate enough to drink and discuss Lagunitas Brewing Company with owner Tony Magee!  We were joined in studio by the one and only Backyard Billy from Backyard Ale House and some surprise drop in guests from the soon to open Celestial Brewing Company from right here in NEPA!

This weeks beer lineup included:

Lagunitas IPA:  One of the first truly West coast IPA's that was done first and still may be the best!  Highly drinkable and enjoyable, if you have not had this IPA then you don't know IPA's!

Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale:  A brand new beer from the brewery that was bottled the previous Monday and sent out to store shelves throughout the West coast.  A very drinkable Pale Ale with tons of hop character and a solid malt backbone.  WORLD CLASS!

Lagunitas Sucks:  A DIPA with tons of hop flavors and a sticky sweet malt backbone, simply delicious!

Hop Stoopid:  As the name says, this is a hop punch to the palate boasting 102 IBU's!  A perfectly dry finish leaves you wanting more.  It rivals many of the top DIPA's that are on the market and in many ways surpasses, namely due to the availability throughout the country!

Imperial Red:  The sweet malts from this sit perfectly with the piney citrus hops.  Eay to see why many call this their true go to beer.

Imperial Stout:  The rich coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes prove that Lagunitas not only can brew world class IPA's but also know their way around great stouts as well!

This weeks giveaway featured a ton of great items from Lagunitas Brewing Company as well as a copy of Tony's amazing book So You Want to Start a Brewery?

The winner also received a subscription to the amazing All About Beer Magazine!

Click on the photo below to check out his book for yourself, it comes highly recommended for those who want to know more about the craft beer industry!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November 1, 2014 Show

This week we are drinking and talking all things Fegley's Brew Works with the wonderful Anthony Wardle from the brewery.  We are joined in studio by a slew of guests this week with the always enjoyable Backyard Billy on hand from the Backyard Ale House in Scranton, PA, Chef Gene Philbin from Peculiar Culinary, and Blaze from RC 14 in Wilkes Barre!

This weeks beer lineup:

Always Sunny Pale Ale:  A deliciously light and sweet pale ale with strong hop notes kept in check making for an extremely easy drinking pale ale with hints of citrus fruits, a great way to start!

Devious Imperial Pumpkin: While most of us are pumpkin beer'd out at this point Devious re-awoke our pumpkin senses with a deliciously smooth mouthfeel that makes this 9% ABV pumpkin beer perfect to transition into the colder winter months!

Rude Elf's Reserve: 10.5% ABV boasts a lot from a beer and can sometimes give off a bit of unwanted heat, but not in this beer.  Instead this delicious Belgian styled ale is so incredibly smooth and perfect for sipping during a cold winter night, a must try for all the popular holiday themed beers that overwhelm shelves in the winter!

Hop Explosion:  Now the hops are starting to get pumped up a bit with this 7% ABV American IPA, strong hop bouquet comes through with hints of pine and floral on the nose and palate.  A perfectly dry finish leaves you wanting more!

Hop'solutely: This is definitely a beer that can end your night fast if you aren't careful.  The 11.5% ABV is completely hidden in this Triple IPA has a huge hop punch with a strong malt backbone.  A must try for all hopheads!!

This week also had a GREAT giveaway!

Beautiful glassware, tons of coasters, and handy key-chain bottle openers courtesy of Fegley's Brew Works and if thats not enough a 6 month subscription to the amazing All About Beer Magazine if you are not a reader of this magazine click the link and subscribe Beer Geek alumni Garrett Oliver is even a contributor!