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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Podcast: Hop Freshener and Listener Questions

Tropical and Juicy, indeed!

Tropical and Juicy, indeed!

In this show, the Scotsman and Drew try their first in the Hop Freshener series from the people behind Port Brewing.

They also answer a fan’s questions about beer can chicken and grilling and chilling beer recommendations.

Listen to this show and find out if the Scotsman really does know the difference between an avocado and an artichoke (hint, probably not).

Also, find out whether or not ABInBev is going to eat the world. All this and the latest beer calendar on the latest 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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Beer Review – Firestone-Walker Double Jack

The Double (and triple, or Imperial) IPA style is becoming more and more common out here on the West Coast of the U.S.A. Most of the big breweries have done or are doing limited editions of their tried-and-true IPA’s, and for good reason. While some commercial examples of the style are turning out to have little to offer except extreme bitterness, some gems stand out from the rest of the crowd, and Firestone-Walker’s Double Jack is one shining example of what the Imperial IPA can be. Continue reading

Beer Review: Lagunitas Brewing Co’s Imperial Red is like a liquid hop! HOW??

Listen up, congregants.  There is a beer out there (I found it at Sunflower Market), and you need to go get some…now…like, I would forgive you for finishing this post at a later time if only you were instead on the way to your favorite craft beer establishment to get some of this beer. Are you on your way?  Good.  You can read the rest of this when you come back.  If you already have your hands on some of this amazing stuff (Name’s in the title, guys), please, hit the jump to read more about it. Continue reading