Wed, 27 March 2019
A sequel almost five years in the making, this episode reunites us with the beers of Sante Adairius Rustic Ales thanks to listener Mike Rousseau. Recognized by RateBeer as the 10th best brewery in the world, SARA may have built its legacy on oak-aged saisons, but here we get to sample some of their recent forays into IPA. Craig seeks out some dog walking advice, Ryan shares the smartest snack, we practice a little tantric sipping, and we explore themes of the next films in the Expendables franchise. Decanting suggested!
Woven (Oak-aged blonde ale - collaboration with Half Acre)
Tomorrow, Today (IPA)
Then Again (Blend of 1-, 2-, and 3-year old barrel-aged saisons)
Of This World (Triple IPA)
Cask 200: Batch 2 (Solera-style saison)
Wed, 20 March 2019
An ancient prophecy foretold of a legacy brewery that would make a baffling number of IPAs to be available all at the same time, and that those IPAs would remind two lowly podcasters about why they fell in love with beer in the first place. Yeah, the Sierra Nevada love is strong on this one, especially from Ryan, whose CostCo shopping made this show possible. But we do find a lot of interesting variation in the seven IPAs in this lineup. Craig tries not to lean too hard into the “tastes like a beer” angle, we explore the next frontier in cooking shows, and there’s a bunch of bizarre stuff about dinosaurs. Dig those whiffs!
Sierra Nevada Beers Reviewed
Torpedo Extra IPA
Tropical Torpedo IPA
Hop Solo IPA
Sidecar Orange IPA
Ruthless Rye IPA
Wed, 13 March 2019
To help push us through the last bits of this awful Chicago winter, we drink beers from paradise to tackle our 19th state show. This episode features five beers from five Hawaiian breweries, and they taste pretty great even without the tropical background. We also introduce our extremely on-brand Sweet 16 bracket challenge, give you Something Else to Complain About Ⓡ, and explain how Craig’s mom is awesome (and better than Ryan). You’d expect us to say “aloha” here, but we didn’t. Ha.
Lanikai Brewing Company (Kailua) - Route 70 (Saison w/ hibiscus and honey)
Waikiki Brewing Company (Honolulu) - Hana Hou Hefe (Hefeweizen w/ strawberry puree and orange peel)
Big Island Brewhaus (Kamuela) - Overboard IPA
Mehana Brewing Company (Hilo) - Volcano Red Ale
Maui Brewing Company (Kihei) - Imperial Coconut Porter (w/ toasted coconut and cacao nibs)
Wed, 6 March 2019
Like a lucky slot machine pull, we have a winning lineup of cherries on this show as we try five different styles of beer from five breweries, all featuring cherry. We learn quite a bit about these versatile drupes while we rank this group that has a few transcendent flavor experiences. This one is also ripe with diversions that include Zen gardens, Dairy Queen flagships, screaming lemons, the worst Sunday alibi, Al Borland Cosplay, hateful Hobby Lobby aromas, Dan Cortese’s filmography, and a BuzzBall the size of a baby’s skull. It’s certainly not…..the pits.
Casey Brewing & Blending - Casey Family Preserves: Golden Cherry (Oak-aged Saison)
Sketchbook Brewing Co. - Ripe Now Farmstand Porter w/ Cherries
Transient Artisan Ales - Cherry Anachronism (American Wild Ale)
Hop Butcher for the World - Circumpolar Cherry Cyclone (Milkshake Double IPA w/ lactose, vanilla, and cherry)
Pipeworks Brewing Co. - Barrel-aged Cherry Truffle Abduction (Imperial stout w/ cacao and cherry, aged in bourbon barrels)