The Battle For Who Could Care Less

Friend: What do you think of Alaskan?

A.E.: They’re a solid, venerable brewery. Worth visiting if you can, and worth drinking when you can.

Friend: Ah, I didn’t know if…well…not that I care all that much…but is it craft?

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An ancient woodcutting depicting the first beer snob.

Well, is it? As I had this discussion with a friend, I assured him that Alaskan was craft, even while I wondered why he expected me to…if he didn’t care all that much. Again, we struggle with the necessity of this definition, and is it any wonder? We really are a bunch of hipsters, aren’t we? We look askance at what others have in their glasses if what they are drinking is not truly “craft.” But what, again, is the definition of craft? Continue reading

Podcast – Another IPA???

On this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, a listener voicemail reveals the ultimate fate of the St. Stan’s Brewing building in downtown Modesto. The guys also try a couple of really awesome beers, one of which was provided by a local business!  Can you say “Corporate Sponsorship”??  Thanks to Solid Networks for the fantastic Last JedIPA from Tioga Sequoia! Cheers!

Rodbo and the Ale Evangelist also drank another amazing beer from New Glory (do they make any other kind?)  They completely lost their minds over the luscious and tart Key Lime Gose! Along with this, they discussed the gose style, and whether or not the Key Lime Gose fits. Edutainment at its finest on this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show!

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Podcast – When Selling Out Doesn’t Sell

Half Baked sounds like a gooey brownie, but does the beer live up? Does a bear fall in the forest? Am I mixing my metaphors? Whatever, this beer is rad.

On this Welcome Back episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, the Scotsman and Rodbo discuss the nature of selling out.  Is that what Wicked Weed of Asheville, North Carolina recently did when they were acquired by ABInBev, or is this all just a big misunderstanding? Join us as we talk about what happened with Wicked Weed’s festival, Funkatorium.  Decisions have consequences, and we get the feeling Wicked Weed is just beginning to feel theirs. And is this any different than what Lagunitas has done by selling out to Heineken?

The show beer this week is the fantastic Half Baked Brownie Porter from the amazing New Glory Brewing Company out of Sacramento. All this, and a couple new beer releases and the news that Speakeasy LIVES!  You don’t want to miss this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show!

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Podcast: The Scotsman Has Some ‘Splaining To Do

A malty, grainy, strong scotch ale!

On this show, the Scotsman and Rodbo play 4 voicemails(!), discuss Waldo’s Special Ale, the Scotsman mocks IPA-hating Rodbo for making his first Dust Bowl Brewing’s HOPS OF WRATH, and they are also introduced to Gigantic Brewing Company with a malty, grainy strong scotch ale. It’s a fun show, where the Scotsman defends his view of Dagny vs. Sandude, his rant about Dagny, and why he still drinks Lagunitas. Finally, the beer calendar gets a new event, which appears to be aimed at home brewers! We think you’ll quite enjoy the latest episode of the Ale Evangelist Show!

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Podcast: Craft Beer Grows Up

Faction makes an absolutely rockin’ IPA!

On this fantastic solo episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, we read an absolutely awesome review from iTunes, and the Scotsman pontificates angrily about craft brewers who send cease and desist letters, especially after they’ve complained about having it done to them not a decade ago. Is craft beer growing up, or is it just showing that it’s still a spoiled brat? The Scotsman also gets to enjoy a ROCKIN’ IPA from Faction brewing. Scotsman rants and great beer? Just another rockin’ episode of the Ale Evangelist Show.

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