Podcast: IPA Day

On this bitter, floral episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, the Scotsman and Drew are overwhelmed by the bitterness of IPA Day as the same the Yakima Express from Silva Brewing Company.  Even after a month in the can, this beer is almost too bitter for the both of them.

They talk about the history of IPA Day, which is a happy subject.

Then, they shift to the recent acquisition of Anchor Brewing Company by Sapporo.

A cool discussion of the history of both of these venerable organizations means you don’t want to miss the next episode of the Ale Evangelist Show.

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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: A New Brewery in Modesto?

On this faux-pas-prone episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, Rodbo and the Scotsman discuss a new Modesto brewery, Dagny Brewing Co. They drink City of the Sun IPA from Modern Times, and Beer for Breakfast Stout from Dogfish Head.

Much laughter ensues, while they discuss such varied subject as Patrick’s Sausage, the amateur videos that Rodbo and the Scotsman have starred in, and some great beer and breweries in the great Central Valley of California.

Rodbo makes some startling admissions (you’ve never drank WHAT?), and the Scotsman vows to get Tom Lucas from Blaker Brewing on the Show.

It’s a good time, and you don’t want to miss the latest episode of the Ale Evangelist show.

Why do we only want SOME companies to be successful?

Wolf Among Weeds is a stellar IPA, and is currently one of my favorite IPA's out there.

Wolf Among Weeds is a stellar IPA, and is currently one of my favorite IPA’s out there.

As I sit in my new-to-me home, drinking a Wolf Among Weeds by Golden Road Brewing, I ponder why we can’t just make across-the-board changes that help companies succeed.  You see, I had come across this article, and as the fantastic 8% alcohol by volume IPA soothed away the frustrations of a broken sprinkler head which I don’t have time to replace, I pondered why we always have to “help” tiny sections of the economy. The mere existence of these bills mean that we recognize that our system of taxes is burdensome and clearly does the opposite of what this bill is supposed to do. Namely, help companies succeed. Specifically, this sentence is bugging me:

“We wanna make sure that we are creating the environment that makes it easier for these companies to not only start but also to be very successful,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters.

First off, did Senator Peters just say “wanna?”  I expect people who think they can run this nation to speak using better grammar than that. I admit that perhaps UpNorthLive.com might be transcribing the Senator’s words, but since when is “wanna” a word used by journalists? In either case, it sort of (sorta?) set me off.

The second issue I have is that the existence of the “Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2015” shows that lawmakers believe there is a problem with the system. If the CBMaTRA is going to help breweries start and be successful, it stands to reason that it’s currently difficult for businesses to start and be successful. If that is the case, why not just create the MaTRA, and give ALL businesses the benefit of starting and being successful?

However, as the volume of beer in my glass dwindles, I realize that my railing against this issue isn’t going to do much to help Michiganders (Michiganians?) figure out that the problem with this bill is that it doesn’t go far enough. Why stop at one industry?

I know, I know…the tax system in place for Craft Breweries is weird and complex.  At least in Michigan.  According to one brewer:

“Right now the taxation system is so complex it’s based off carbonation level what type of fruit is in the product the alcohol level of the product and there’s a big flow chart on figuring out what tax you owe and no one really understands it,” said Scott Newman-Bale, President of Business Development with Short’s Brewing Company.

Punctuation aside, that has got to be incredibly frustrating. However, I’d venture to say that Craft Beer isn’t the only industry burdened with such stupid tax laws. Why not spend the time and effort to just fix them all? But hey, I just drained the last of my 8% ABV IPA, and am considering reaching for another…what do *I* know?

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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