Episode 13 – Packs

blind taste test

The blind taste test presentation

Oh my goodness ladies and gentlmen, who is ready for a blind taste test? Vincent sure is in this episode.

Blake has Vincent do a blind comparison of two exceptional beers, Bell’s Hopslam and Lagunitas Sucks. If you don’t like spoilers then you shouldn’t read what is between the asterisks.

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Our combined Awesomeness by Volume rating for Hopslam is: 905.66%  and for Sucks: 946.18%
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The rest of this episode is extremely stressful as Blake awaits a call that will whisk him away at a moment’s notice to the airport. #drama  Sorry, this isn’t twitter and it wasn’t really that dramatic.

We also discuss what it means to be an Outdoorsman and when it is OK to be an Indoorsman.

Also, the episode recipe of the day is a Hobo-Oven.
Serves a lot
You’ll need the following:

  • 2 big pieces of foil
  • Sausage or chicken or beef (chopped kind of)
  • Squash
  • Potatoes (finely cut)
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Whatever you want
  • Sauce
  • Seasoning

Mix it up, put it in the foil, throw it in the fire til it’s done.

Finally, Minecraft is slowly sucking away the life of Blake, he just doesn’t know it yet.

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Episode 12 – Cats

disclaimer: while we may consume broken glass on a regular basis on our program, we do not recommend it.

This episode is back down to around the 20 minute mark, but boy oh boy did we fill it full of delicious informative content. Ok, informative is a stretch, but you may learn a thing or two about Fat Joe. When was the last time you learned something about Fat Joe?

Zoe by Maine Beer Company

Keeping it to the names ending in -oe, we drank Zoe by Maine Beer Company and the number one thing we agree on is we need more beer from this brewery. One of the best beers to date on ABV, scoring a whopping 967.1%, it sure was a treat to drink.

We do have a debut with this episode, the hashtag #awesomenessbyvolumedailytagaboutlifehacks. The debut tip being the use of Listerine after eating Captain Crunch to help with CCMS. It’s serious business.

Lastly, check out the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting coming up in a couple weeks. One of the best beer events in Atlanta every year, we’re really looking forward to it.

Enjoy the long weekend everyone! Cheers!

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Episode 11 – Roasted

Bellegems Bruin LabelThis was our last podcast of 2012. To celebrate we enjoy Bellegems Bruin from Bockus brewery.

Our combined Awesomeness By Volume rating for this fine beer was a 829.63%

We also have some discussions around Mrs. Buttersworth’s, Salute Your Shorts, and nuts.

As always, feel free to submit a suggestion to us for future shows.

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Episode 10 – Battery

Elevated IPA la cumbreThis week we enjoy the Elevated IPA by la cumbre brewery while snacking on some fine Norwegian cheese.

The combined Awesomeness By Volume rating for this beer was a 881.07%.

Our word of inspiration is battery. This leads us into discussions about Metallica, Styx, and pizza. We also discuss the Die Hard trilogy, bottles vs cans, and beer and cheese pairings.

We also give a couple of music suggestions from Sinkane and Lyrics Born. Take them and go forward to love and serve each other.

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Episode 9 – Magic (the Christmas Special)

Santa enjoying beer

We celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday by enjoying a Stone Brewing, Ken Schmidt, and Iron Fist Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout collaboration beer.

Our combined ABV% (awesomeness by volume) rating is: 887.26%

We also discuss Magic: The Gathering, Golden Girls, and a new way to celebrate the holidays with your family.

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2013 Craft Beer Predictions: What We’ll Be Drinking

Just last week we celebrated the beginning of the 80th year of uninterrupted beer consumption. Prohibition has been out of our lives for eight decades and the American craft beer scene has reached all time levels. Now with over 2,100 breweries in the U.S., the largest amount in U.S. History, we’re seeing more regional specialization, experimentation in American craft beer, and the rise of the nano brewer. It’s an exciting time to be a beer nerd. We saw flourishes of new ideas in 2012 and I believe they will really find a home in our pints in 2013. Here are my top four 2013 craft beer predictions for the new year in beer.

The American Session Ale 

Terrapin Easy Rider, Founders All Day IPA, Lagunitas DayTime IPA, and 21st Amendment Bitter American all either made their debut this year or at least scaled to full distribution for their respective breweries. This is just the beginning.

2013 craft beer predictions let there be lightFor years the American craft beer industry has seen rising alcohol levels throughout styles: India pale ales have risen from the 5% range to 7% or more. Lee Chase, brewing consultant and former brewer at Stone, recently mentioned on The Brewing Network that he felt he couldn’t call a beer an IPA unless it was at least 7% abv, “…at least not in San Diego.” Consumers in America love the big flavors, but aren’t necessarily married to the booze. Consequently, we’re seeing the birth of the American session ale–a robust malt forward bitter ale with a strong hop presence. Next year we’ll see more of the ESB-like American counterparts, most likely labeled as india pale ales, but with the booze bite of the traditionally lower bitters. When it starts warming up we’ll want ales that provide great flavor, but let us make it through the entire picnic, and for that reason look to late Spring for these to start filling the shelves at your local shop. 

White Whales Everywhere! 

Limited release hype machines reached all time highs in 2012. One-off, lottery ticket allocated, super ales proved quite profitable for a growing number of breweries this past year. There is no reason this trend shouldn’t continue into 2013. With astronomical profits per ounce and self imposed scarcity, why wouldn’t they? These white whales not only produce profits, but are amazing marketing tools that quickly elevate a brewery’s klout, internet hype, and trickle down elitism to even the more simple brand offerings. Unfortunately, it almost seems like a must marketing tool in the new brewery handbook. Hopefully it doesn’t just push brand value and continues to push brewers into complex brewing techniques and experimentation in 2013.

2013 craft beer predictions brettMo’ Betta Bretta… for real 

2012 was the year of brettanomyces for brewers… kind of. While we started seeing 100% brett beers in a much more prevelant light with releases from craft tycoons New Belgium and Sierra Nevada, and the addition of brett to nearly every style imaginable, not all of these turned out so well (I usually love Mikkeller but this one was a drain pour for me). I attribute this to our lack of understanding brett. 2012 initiated more studying under the microscope, smaller brewers getting their hands on big boy tools like a GC/MS, and pure dedication to understanding the strains of brettanomyces through brewing trials and failures. All that learning and practice is going to make 2013 the real year of brett. Well executed brett beers are going to saturate the market, most likely late summer to fall. The sour nut in me can’t wait. It’s gonna get funky.

Resurrection Ales 

Dogfish Head has been conjuring up hypothesized recipes for their ancient ale series for a few years now. The mind-bending blend of archaeology and zymurgy has proven entertaining and enlightening if nothing else. However, in 2013 we’re not just going to ancient pottery for recipes. Brewers in the U.S. have began digging up classic, nearly-forgotten regional styles from Europe and will continue to do so next year. Gose, gratzer, broyhan, kotbusser are all coming back.

John Laffler, brewer of Goose Island barrel aging program fame, left the AB-InBev “craft” house to start up his own brewery with a few buddies. Current launch beers: a gose and a kotbusser. Both are nearly-forgotten styles that saw a small comeback in 2012, but will certainly have more prevelance in 2013–and not just with Laffler’s help. Similarly to the american session ales, more educated consumers are excited about lower alcohol levels in increasingly complex ales. These old styles that include souring, interesting additions of adjuncts like molasses and honey, or rarely used malts like oak-smoked wheat provide the depth and character the industry is starting to demand without all of the abv punch. 2013 will be a dive forward into the past.

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Episode 8 – Boyscout

Creepy boyscout shakeWe review Oro De Calabaza by Jolly Pumpkin. We had an initial spill, but don’t worry though, we still had plenty to fill our glasses.

Our newly unveiled rating system of ABV% (awesomeness by volume) had us giving this beer an average rating of 904.7% ABV.

We also discuss LeVar Burton, our experiences with being a part of the boy scouts, creepy handshakes, and we drop a lot of names of people you don’t know.

Enjoy and send us a suggestion for a future episode.

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