Podcast – The Scotsman Flies Solo

One of the Scotsman's favorite beers these days. The Black House Coffee Stout from Modern Times!

One of the Scotsman’s favorite beers these days. The Black House Coffee Stout from Modern Times!

On this episode of the Ale Evangelist show, the Scotsman ranges outside of the Central Valley and discusses the beers of 927 Beer Company in Cambria, Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, and Central Coast Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo.

He talks about this week’s show beer, which is Black House Coffee Stout from Modern Times.

He also talks about the nature of brewing, automated brewing machinery (the Zymatic from Picobrew), and talks a bit about Patrick’s sausages over at the Market.

It’s a grab bag of topics on this solo episode of the Ale Evangelist Show!

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To download this podcast, right-click the mug, and click “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”

Podcast: Changing the Brewing Landscape

Oh man, the Scotsman loves this one.

Oh man, the Scotsman loves this one.

On this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, the guys talk about the very real possibility that everything is about to change. You see, there’s thisnew product on the market, which….well, which the guys are going to discuss the implication of in GREAT detail.

Is craft beer about to become something none of us recognize? To console themselves, the Scotsman and Drew drink a RimFire Red from Tap-It Brewing Company, and speculate about whether the process of brewing really matters.

Add to that a packed beer calendar, and you have a Ale Evangelist Show Extravaganza!

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To download this podcast, right-click the mug, and click “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”

Brew with the Scotsman and Drew Contest

The Scotsman Brew Rig in action!

The Scotsman Brew Rig in action!

Are you interested in the process of making beer? Want to drink some fine ales while enjoying fine sausage from Lockeford Meats? Free on September 26th? Enter your name, and if you are chosen, you will be cordially invited to brew with the Scotsman and Drew!

On Sept. 26th at about 10am, we will begin making a batch of strong scotch ale for Drew’s wedding. There will be good beer, good food, and a good time at the Scotsman Estate, and one listener will be invited to join us! Will it be you?

To enter, simply send me your name and preferred contact information (to notify you if chosen) through one of the following methods:

– via text to 800-ALES (800-2537)
– e-mail to scotsman@aleevangelistshow.com
– send me a private message through the Facebook Fan Page

**Enter by 11:59:59 PM on Tuesday, September 15th**. One submission per household, please!

If your name is chosen on Wednesday, September 16th, you will be invited to come brew with us! (Please don’t comment on this post to attempt to enter. It’s not a great idea to provide personally identifiable information on the Internet, Facebook, etc.)

And now for the annoying liability crap…

Terms and Conditions (By submitting your name, you agree that you have read these terms and conditions):
– Brew Day is Saturday, September 26th. This is non-negotiable. If you are not free that day, please don’t submit your name. If something comes up, we will apologize, and will try to invite you to a future brew day. No promises.

– Drunkenness will not be tolerated. The Scotsman is the sole arbiter for when you’ve had too much, and you will be thrown off the property if you can’t control your drinking/behavior.

– By submitting your name, you release Scotsman, Drew, and the Ale Evangelist show from all liability arising from the making of beer, and from any potential mental distress of seeing adults make and partake in the consumption of adult beverages. If you are selected, you’re being invited to come hang out with friends in a backyard…that’s all. You do so at your own risk and under your own care. If this sounds too risky to you, don’t submit your name.

– THIS EVENT IS OFFERED FOR FUN. IT IS OFFERED WITH NO WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE EVENT IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE EVENT NOT TAKE PLACE OR LIVE UP TO ANYONE’S STANDARDS (INCLUDING PROVIDING BEER OR FOOD OF ANY KIND), YOU ASSUME ALL LIABILITY.

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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In it to win it? Why A.E. isn’t a fan of homebrew competitions.

Put your money where your mouth is. Play to win. Fight for the right to party. Our culture is a very competitive one, is it not? Many brewers have made the switch from homebrewing to pro brewing to avoid the rat race. Fighting their way to the top of the corporate ladder wasn’t cutting it for our professional zymurgist friends, so they decided to get off at the next stop and start doing what they loved in order to live. And yet homebrew competitions are more popular than ever, with brewers submitting their concoctions in any number of style categories all to win money, prizes, and bragging rights among their fellow amateur competitors. But is it worth it? Ultimately, the answer is that it depends on what you are “in it” for. For me, the answer is a resounding “NO!” But allow me to explain.
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