Episode 7 – Lesbian Potluck

Happy first week of December! This week we taste Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse, and it’s phenomenal.

After some discussion on the brewing process for the beer, we realized the answer was right under our nose written on the bottle.

Taken directly from the label:
“The applied mashing regime is a single step decoction mash with 50 % wheat malt.The total amount of hops is added to the mash so that isomerisation takes place in the decocotion part of the mash. The wort is not boiled but only heated up to boiling temperature and then transferred to the open fermenters and pitched with yeast and lactic acid bacteria (isolated from malt) at 18 °C (64°F).” 

Robert Hovden from NYC sent in our suggestion for this week’s episode which is “Lesbian Potluck.” We also discuss a terrifying elevator prank and the web site Pates Tapes.

We apologize for the technical difficulties this week. We’ve traced the source of the issue to a loose mic cable and have dispatched the ABV technical support team to fix the issue.

Don’t forget to submit a suggestion for future episodes!

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Episode 6 – Crayons

a cat phone caseChris Luttrell joins us as our first special guest. He brings three beers to share including:

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black

We also discuss kids being naked and the cat phone pictured to your right.

Oh yeah, and we might also drink some glass.

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Fictional Beer Review: Schraderbräu (Breaking Bad)

Schraderbrau beer review

Hank Schrader is a cook in his own right. Oh snap that’s symbolism, folks.

I never really thought Hank Schrader would grow on me when I started watching Breaking Bad. He just seemed like an asshole. However, not only has he grown on me, but I think he’s one of the best characters on television right now.

We learn in the second season that Hank makes a homebrew and self-branded it Schraderbräu.

It’s a pretty safe bet that ScrhaderBräu is a damn fine beer. My biggest piece of evidence is based on what I know about the man. Hank has an obsessive personality. He’s obsessed with catching Heisenberg, studying rocks, and rehab. I believe beer is no exception for Hank.

He’s a pro about it too. Hank has his own custom labels and a shop devoted to it in his garage. He seems to be the only person ever who enjoys bottling, actually singing during the process. Brewing in his “mancave” is clearly his escape.

But Vincent, he over-carbonates the bottles!!!

Yes whatever, shut up. Just because you have a bottling mishap, doesn’t mean it is bad beer. Hank tells his wife Marie, “brewing is an art form.” He then reminds her of a great batch from Christmas of ’06. He called in sick the day after being promoted to brew Schraderbräu and ponder life.  He gives it out as gifts to people! Would you give terrible beer to people as gifts?

But Vincent, he could be a jerk that forces you to drink their homebrew all the time, but it isn’t really good.

Shut your mouth, people love it.

Schraderbrau labelBrew Snapshot
There are no signs of lagering equipment in his lab, so I’m guessing this is an ale. I’m putting my official guess in as Kölsch. I can’t be for certain how long it has been in production, but it sounds like a year-round offering.

I love sitting down with a big plate of fat ass German food and a giant German ale. This one sounds like a winner.

Most likely a German Kölsch.
Key Appearance
Season 2, Episode 5
The earlier discussed incident with Hank overdoing it on the priming sugar. He’s a hero, leave him alone.
Favorite Quote
Season 2, Episode 13
“Alright, some of you already know my brother-in-law. He’s a good man. The doctors are saying this operation has a real chance of helping him. Of course they’re also saying they want to be paid in private islands, so dig deep. Biggest donation gets a six-pack of my very own Schraderbraü. Home brewed to silky perfection.”
Would I buy it in real life?
Give me some schnitzel and a giant bootfull of Schraderbräu any day.
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Episode 5 – Coagulate (the new mic episode)

blake and vincent

This week we step our game up by using a new microphone. That image to your right was taken live during the recording to capture the moment.

We also review Bitches Brew by Dogfish Head Brewery and enjoy conversation around the suggestion of “Coagulate.”

Who knows, we might even discuss global politics.

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Episode 4 – FernGully

Sierra Nevada NarwhalWe review Narwhal, Sierra Nevada’s most recent beer offering. It’s a russian imperial stout that recently won silver medal at GABF and it inspires quite a discussion on Sierra Nevada. After the beer we talk about the beer industry in Georgia, cartoon bats and other fun things we watched as a kid, and Chomp and Stomp. Oh, and we appoint a secretary – Sarah. She also supplied the one word suggest for this week, Fern Gully… we realize it’s two words, just deal with it.

Additionally, now that we’re official and have a secretary we can move onto more important things, like finding microphones that give us credibility.

Thanks for listening and send in one word suggestions… oh, and send us beer. Thanks.

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Episode 3 – Remakes

Another week, another episode!

We review New Belgium’s Tart Lychee in the midst of halloween party aftermath and have our very first one word suggestion from twitter. Thanks Chris Luttrell for “remakes”! All of this does sound quite focused… don’t worry, we’re still all over the place. Also, all our love goes out to Brent Swords… he’s president of the ABV fanclub.

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Episode 2 – Beer

No better way to celebrate Autumn’s bounty than to crack open this episode’s beer and discuss Star Wars, strippers, and the sad state of Atlanta sports fans.

Enjoy episode 2, friends!

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