Podcast: The Beer Fix

Nice and crisp IPA. I believe Patrick still has these, so go git some!

On this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, Whitey, Drew, and the Scotsman are joined once again by Hank Olson of the Food Fix Truck to talk food, flavors, koolickles (?) and beer.

The guys drink Crux’s Cast Out IPA, Mikkeller’s Hammerhead Corvette Double NE IPA, and Blaker Brewing’s absolutely delectable Pineapple Milkshake IPA. What do they think of these hop showcases? Well, you should listen and find out.

They talk what’s new at the Food Fix Truck, chat about the absolute best name for a sandwich EVER, and what Hank’s current favorite Fix is on the truck, the Food Fix Folks’ plan for a brick and mortar establishment, and whether or not you’ll ever see Koolickles on the truck. (You may hear them on the next show!)

Oh man. Luscious, juicy, yumminess. Not an IPA, sure, but an amazing beer.

Finally, on the beer side of the experience, the guys talk about IBU’s, whether they really describe anything, and why some of these new-fangled IPA’s aren’t nearly as bitter as they used to be. They talk about IPA’s of the past, and why these teeth-grinding hop bombs were so bitter, and what’s changed.

As always when Hank joins them, they have a lot of fun, so you definitely want to check out this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show!

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Podcast: The Return of Drew, now with Stale Beer!

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Drew is back! Ah, feels like the old show again! On this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, the Scotsman and Drew discuss and taste stale beer, and some of the results might actually surprise you.

In addition to Stone’s Cali-Belgique and Ruination of various ages, they got to try a Pecan Brown Ale from the Dudes’ Brewing Company.

All of this and a beer calendar which continued until the Scotsman almost had to turn Drew’s mic off. They had a great time, and we think you will too on this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show!

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Podcast: Bitterness and beer

The artfulness of the pre-pour. 120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head deserves it.

The artfulness of the pre-pour. 120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head deserves it.

The Scotsman and Drew are joined by Listener James to try the Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA. Folks, this is a rare beer for this area. And an expensive beer. This is neither local, nor reasonably priced, but it is a lovely treat. If you can find yourself a bottle of this, you’re going to pay at least $12/12 oz. bottle, and you’re going to be treated to what is basically a hard liquor of a beer. It’s a great tie in to the topic, however, which is bitterness in beer!

Then they move into a discussion of bitterness in beer and why that involves iso-alpha acids and other scientific chemical terms that are hard to pronounce after having a Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. We’re about to get geeky on The Ale Evangelist Show. Can Listener James bring the Scotsman back from the beer-geek land of unpronounceable terms? Tune in and find out!

A beautiful beer. We only wish we had more bottles of this lively offering.

A beautiful beer. We only wish we had more bottles of this lovely offering.

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From the Ale Evangelist’s desk – Sermon Snippets and Review Bits

Wow, I’ve been busy the last week or so.  We’ve been putting a new roof on the ol’ residence, and it seems like there’s been one thing after another to worry about lately, and I’ve not had a chance to write full reviews or posts since……WHOA!  Last week!  As William Wallace’s uncle said in Braveheart, “Well, that’s something we shall have to remedy, isn’t it?” Continue reading

Pastoral Counseling (Q&A): Why do you guys use the word “hoppy” instead of “bitter”

Hello, Congregants.  Welcome to the Pastoral Counseling feature of Ale Evangelism. In this feature, we will attempt to answer the questions asked by friends and readers to bring us all to a better understanding of beer appreciation.

Today’s question comes from several people over the years who wonder if the substitution of the word “hoppy” for “bitter” is just an attempt to make beer consumption seem more pretentious, or whether there’s a good reason for this word choice.

The short answer is that the words “hoppy” and “bitter” are not necessarily synonyms, and should not necessarily be used interchangeably.  After the jump is a bit more of an explanation.  Continue reading