Podcast: Battle Royale

The lineup. Represented here, in no particular order is Firestone-Walker's Pivo Pils, Anchor Brewing's California Lager, Coors, and Budweiser. Can you tell by the colors? We had some guesses!

The lineup. Represented here, in no particular order, is Firestone-Walker’s Pivo Pils, Anchor Brewing’s California Lager, Coors, and Budweiser. Can you tell by the colors? We had some guesses!

In this, the Battle Royale, The Scotsman and Drew put their reputations as beer connoisseurs on the line as they taste Budweiser and Coors up against Anchor Brewing’s California Lager and Firestone-Walker’s Pivo Pils. Will they be taken in by Annheuser Busch’s slick marketing campaigns or beer that was brewed as cold as the rockies? Or will the Ale Evangelists be able to tell the difference between macro and craft? Ultimately, everyone wins, as The Scotsman and Drew show that craft beer alternatives to the big macro beers don’t have to be chewy beers which you can’t see through. In the Battle Royale, The Scotsman and Drew will explore the lighter side of craft beer. Join them, won’t you?

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On Beer Snobbery and Foot-In-Mouth Syndrome

Snobs tend to be...ah...unrealistic?

Snobs tend to be…ah…unrealistic?

As I sit on a warm spring afternoon, flipping through my old Beer Advocate magazines, sipping a Mama’s Little Yella Pils, I am musing on the nature of beer snobbery.  I was talking about a similar phenomenon with some friends last night called the Cage Stage. It applies to beer snobbery as well. The name refers to a set of religious doctrines to which I happen to subscribe, and the tendency of newly-enlightened believers to be…well…undiplomatic about their newly discovered beliefs. Actually, that was entirely too diplomatic of me. They’re freakin’ jerks, hammering their beliefs upon the heads of even their most ardent brothers and sisters in the Lord. The name implies (states outright?) that the new convert to this series of doctrines would be better served by being placed in a cage so they cannot harm relationships by acting in decidedly unloving ways. Beer connoisseurs tend to go through the same stage, which we refer to as Beer Snobbery.
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Reminder: Changes coming for subscribers! Important info below!

Good morning, friends and neighbors.  I wanted to drop a quick note reminding everyone, especially subscribers, that things are changing in the Ale Evangelist Show podcast subscription world.  In an effort to get some more analytics and statistics as to who is listening, etc., we are having to change up the feeds, which means that currently, everything is up in the air.

For those who don’t know a basic subscription is an anonymous, hidden process. I don’t know how many people are subscribed to the podcast, and how many people are listening online. I know how many people visit my podcast posts, but I can’t tell if they actually hit the MP3 and listened, etc. This includes iTunes…they don’t provide ANY stats to podcasters. There are services that are trying to fill this statistical gap, and we’re currently in the process of transitioning to one of these services. (Feedburner by Google, for those who are curious.)

iTunes not only doesn’t provide any information, they also don’t allow any customization once a show is accepted, which means we essentially have to completely clear out the show from iTunes before we can re-apply to be placed back on there. (They automatically deny any new show submission which matches an existing show too closely.) The “new” show may have the same URL, or (more likely, in my estimation) it will have a new URL with a new feed that won’t update existing subscribers.

What do I do, then?

Here’s what’s going to happen. Once I have finalized links, I will replace all the current links with these new, and improved links.  What you will need to do, whether you subscribed using iTunes, or the XML feed, is resubscribe using the new links I provide. I apologize for the hassle, but we’re only 6 shows into this ride. Once you resubscribe, you should be able to mark all the shows as read/listened, so that you get notifications for only new shows, etc.

I will mention this in the next show as well, so everyone is informed.  Thanks for your patience, and thanks VERY much for listening. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at scotsman (at) aleevangelistshow.com.

Some under-the-hood changes for subscribers

Hey listeners/readers. I wanted to let you know that in trying to get some better analytics of who is listening, clicking, etc., we’re having to change some things related to podcast subscription. The basics is that at some point the iTunes feed is going to stop updating, and you’ll need to re-subscribe. I will let you all know when this is coming, and I’ll make an announcement on the next show.

For now, keep enjoying, and please get the word out. This podcast becomes popular based on your interactions on Facebook, Twitter, and by word of mouth. Plus, we’d love to hear your feedback!

Keep drinking responsibly! Soli Deo Gloria!

Podcast: Local Beer

Sandude Double IPA: The Scotsman and Drew try this beer for the first time and give their impressions. Good, bad, ugly? Listen and find out!

Sandude Double IPA: The Scotsman and Drew try this beer for the first time and give their impressions. Good, bad, ugly? Listen and find out!

On the Local Beer show, The Scotsman and Drew give a non-exhaustive rundown of the local beer scene in the Central Valley. They talk about how craft beer started in Modesto back in 1984 with St. Stan’s, and exactly what kind of player they were in the budding craft beer scene of the 80’s and 90’s. They also go through several breweries that are local (within 100 miles) and talk about some of the good ones from all of them. And in this show, the Scotsman and Drew try the Imperial IPA from Sandude Brewing in Turlock.

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