Podcast: Style!

Imperial Golden...Stout?? Yup.

Imperial Golden…Stout?? Yup.

In this, the Style Show, The Scotsman and Drew enjoy a style-defying beer called the Master of Disguise by Stone Brewing Company. The MoD is labeled as an Imperial GOLDEN Stout. Yeah, the bottle said Golden. Hear their reaction to this tongue-befuddling concoction, as well as a discussion about beer styles. What is a beer style, and what is it good for? Isn’t it enough to know whether a beer is “good” or “bad”? Do I have to know that it’s a bad American Stout, or a good IPA? Well, they will go through the evolutions of styles, who defines them, and whether there’s still good reason to have styles today on this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show.

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Podcast: What is beer?

The name (and the beer) is a mouthful! Dried apricot, sparkling cider...not of one style,  but appropriating aspects of many!

The name (and the beer) is a mouthful! Dried apricot, sparkling cider…not of one style, but appropriating aspects of many!

The Scotsman and Drew discuss the ingredients of beer: Barley, Hops, Water, and Yeast. What are these simple-yet-Oh-So-Complex ingredients and how do brewers use them to make the liquid awesomeness of beer? In this podcast, we answer some questions: Is there really a beer purity law in Germany? What was the Reinheitsgabot instituted for? Are there any other ingredients used in the creation of this most wonderful beverage? In the midst of all of this, they enjoy a Rogue New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta. (Yeah, that’s the name. Leave it to Rogue.)

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Podcast: Beer Appreciation

Rich dark-red and brown highlights show off this caramel-y, lightly toasted American Brown Ale.

Rich dark-red and brown highlights show off this caramel-y, lightly toasted American Brown Ale.

The Scotsman and Drew enjoy a Kodiak Brown Ale while discussing how to properly appreciate beers. From the packaging of beer (cans or bottles?), to the 4 senses you can use while appreciating beer, to even some of the types of glassware available to you as a beer drinker, Drew and the Scotsman cover the basics of beer appreciation. Never thought you’d hear a discussion on how to drink? It’s here on show 2 of the Ale Evangelist Show.

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Podcast: The Maiden Voyage

Sierra Nevada's Hop Hunter is the beer we tasted on this show

Sierra Nevada’s Hop Hunter is the beer we tasted on this show

The Scotsman and Drew talk about why they like beer, how they got into beer, and what the Ale Evangelist Show will be about. They briefly touch on beer styles, and what their favorites are. St. Patrick’s Day gets a mention, as does the Great St. Patty’s Day Bash at P. Wexford’s in Modesto, AND Chris Ricci’s LuckyFest in downtown Modesto.

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What if Prohibition never happened?

One of the Big Ol’ Bad Guys in the beer geek scene, and one which I have specifically mentioned many times is the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, also known as Prohibition. We often point to it and imagine if we could have avoided the failed experiment. Would we have an even greater, booming craft beer scene? Maybe not… Continue reading