Podcast: The Dangerous Climate of Craft Beer

Guys, New Glory is KILLING it these days. Go get yourself some.

On this episode of the Ale Evangelist show, Rodbo and The Scotsman get excited about Wakey Wakey Oatmeal Coffee Porter by New Glory Brewing. They talk about what goes into brewing a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, what it should taste like, and some considerations for making the best one possible.

They also had a frank discussion about the current dangerous climate of craft beer. Is it enough to just want to make money in the craft beer industry, or is there something more needed? They discuss some local breweries, as well as some breweries which are coming soon. You don’t want to miss this quintessential episode of the Ale Evangelist Show!

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Alaskan releases their coffee brown!

I hope this is as good as it was int he brewery. Easily the best coffee beer I've had.

I hope this is as good as it was int he brewery. Easily the best coffee beer I’ve had.

I’ve shared the story on the podcast, I believe, but I can’t believe this is happening.

In 2008, when I was on a cruise to Alaska, I had the opportunity to visit the Alaskan Brewing Company brewery in Juneau. While I was there, I had a sample of what they had on tap there. One of the beers they had on tap was a coffee brown ale. I had my doubts that it would be worth drinking, but it really was!  The rich, sweet brown melded perfectly with the warm, lightly roasty notes of the coffee.  I’ve tried several times to recreate it, and I do think I’ve found the proper recipe, but I’ve always wanted to try it again.

Sadly, they said it would never see the light of day. That tap was for experiments, and they’d never brew it. Well, apparently, they figured out a way to bottle it, because they have released their Heritage Coffee Brown ale, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a bottle. Here’s to hoping they didn’t have to modify the recipe too much to make it profitable!

Read the details here – http://www.brewbound.com/news/alaskan-brewing-releases-heritage-coffee-brown-ale

Podcast – 10 EAST Kitchen and Taphouse, Part 2

Midnight Lightning, barrel aged. Such an amazing beer! We hope they will release another one!

Midnight Lightning, barrel aged. Such an amazing beer! We hope they will release another one!

In this, part II of a most epic event for the Ale Evangelist Show at 10 EAST Kitchen and Taproom, the Scotsman and Drew get to taste Fieldwork Brewing’s fantastic lineup of beers, interview Mark Maigaard, East Bay Sales Manager for Fieldwork, and have a great time interviewing Forrest Miller from Tioga-Sequoia! In a special turn of events, Forrest brought a Bourbon Barrel Aged Midnight Lightning Imperial Stout for the guys to try!  You don’t want to miss the epic conclusion to an amazing evening!

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Missionary Work: Brewing this Saturday!

Most of my ale evangelism, it seems, has been focused on the brewing aspect of my life, lately. I’m ok with this. You see, if you’re willing to live the life and go through so much trouble to create something that you can go to the store and buy for less than $10 for a 6-pack, there must be something to this stuff that people just aren’t getting, right? After all, how many people do you know who would take 7 hours out of their Saturday, get a system for chilling their beer down to lagering termps, and work that hard to brew something like Budweiser? The answer? Not too many. Simply investing the time and money in the hobby is enough to tell someone how passionate you are about this beer. Some people will shake their head at you. Others will start to wonder if there’s something about this “beer” stuff that they’ve been missing for all this time.
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A most excellent brew day experience! – Covenantal Coffee Ale

Exterior shot of Alaskan Brewing Co., taken by Yours Truly back in July, 2008

I’ve mentioned several times on this blog that I’ve been working on a recipe for a coffee-infused brown ale. It’s a dream I’ve had for 4 or so years now; ever since I had a coffee brown ale in Juneau, Alaska at the Alaskan Brewing Company back in July of 2008. They have a tap at their brewhouse that is dedicated to experimental or employee-originated brews. Brews found on this tap will likely never make it into the wild, and the coffee brown I had there was one of those. I thought it sad that they would never release it, as it was easily the best coffee beer I’d ever had. I determined then that I would develop a recipe that was at least a close approximation of that coffee brown, and I am finally getting to the point where I can begin brewing this recipe. This last brew day was a fantastic experience, and I’d love to share it with you, my congregation.

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