Podcast: The Scotsman Loses It

The classic saison of saisons, Saison Dupont. It is worth it? Listen and find out!

On this rage-fueled episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, Rodbo and Drew meet for the first time, the guys all try Saison Dupont and talk about the Saison style.

On this episode, you can also find some local brewery news, discussion about the upcoming Central Valley BrewFest, and finally…the Scotsman has something of a meltdown when he discusses how he recently paid $10 for a highly mediocre bottle of “local” beer. He can’t stop talking about his experience and can barely even bring himself to close the show. You don’t want to miss his beer temper tantrum on this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show.

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Podcast: Hank Olson and the Food Fix Truck

The beauty of a 4-year-old Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada. Tasty, tasty beer.

The beauty of a 4-year-old Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada. Tasty, tasty beer.

On this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, the Ale Evangelists welcome special guest Hank Olson, owner of the Food Fix Truck. We talk food, beer, and the FOOD FIX SECRET MENU! Yup, it’s only a secret if you don’t listen.

Also on this extra-fun episode, Hank Olson does the Crappy Beer challenge…TWICE! How did he do? Give credit where credit is due, but you have to listen to find out. Put this episode on and head to the Food Fix Truck for a great experience! You don’t want to miss this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show.

While we missed Drew on this show, it was great to have Hank from the Food Fix here to talk about his amazing food...and beer!

While we missed Drew on this show, it was great to have Hank from the Food Fix here to talk about his amazing food…and beer!

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Podcast: AB Eats the World, Film at 11

Gose and Blood Orange Gose. Nice, refreshing beers for these hot, fall days.

Gose and Blood Orange Gose. Nice, refreshing beers for these hot, fall days.

These days, it seems like every other day is filled with the news of Annheuser Busch acquiring yet another entity. They are the Borg of Beer these days. No Craft Brewery or Massive Brewing Conglomerate is safe.

But is the sky really falling? Is the craft beer empire being taken over, brewery by brewery, never to rise again? Will BevMos carry nothing but fizzy, yellow swill. In this episode the Scotsman, flying solo, pontificates upon the nature of craft beer, and how we can never return to the “dark ages of beer.”

Today, in the information age, fine craft beer is at your fingertips, and you’ll never have to settle for less again. But has ABInBev gotten too big for its britches?

The Scotsman also covers a new story about the Justice Department investigating AB’s business practices. All that and the Scotsman tries some new Gose beers from Anderson Valley Brewing on the Ale Evangelist Show!

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Hey, it gets me drunk: A Rant

I have a couple of blog posts in the works, and I apologize for the lack of updates. As I said recently, I started a new job in November, which is taking a lot of my time during the day, and my wife and I had a baby somewhat prior to that, which takes a lot of my time during the evening.  Daytime and evening being spoken for, I have very little time left for much else.

That being said, I have been enjoying fine craft beer. What I have been neglecting to do is write about it.  To quote one of my favorite films, “Well, that’s something we shall have to remedy, isn’t it?”

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Does a flashy label mean a brewer is compensating for something?

As someone who could truthfully be classified as a serious beer snob, I find myself having to stifle some of my snobbier characteristics.  For one, I tend to make snap judgments, as I mentioned in my Karl Strauss Boardwalk Black Rye review. In that instance, I found myself with a preconceived notion about the quality, or lack thereof, of Karl Strauss beer. (It’s pretty darn tasty, so far.)

Another potential misconception I find I have is a perception of an inverse relationship between the flashiness of a beer’s label and the quality in the bottle or can.  But is this more often a correct or incorrect misconception? Hit the jump to find out!  Continue reading