Podcast: What is craft beer?

On this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, the Scotsman introduces a new host! Yes, the Amazing Rodbo shows us what a good sport he is and helps the Scotsman host the show for what we hope are the first of many appearances on the Ale Evangelist Show.

In the left corner, the Toaster Pastry! In the right corner, the Pico Pastry! Which reigns supreme? Listen and find out!

In the left corner, the Toaster Pastry! In the right corner, the Pico Pastry! Which reigns supreme? Listen and find out!

Also in this episode, the Scotsman and Rodbo do a side by side of the Toaster Pastry and the Scotsman’s homebrewed Pico Pastry. Whilst they ruminate on these tasty beverages, they existentially consider the question, “What is Craft Beer?” Is it something we should keep? What makes something craft, or maybe more importantly, what excludes something from this prestigious label? Is this something we should defend, or is it a distinction without a difference?

Find out what we think on this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show!

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Podcast: Central Valley Brewfest

A good turnout, tasty beer, and an overall well-run event is the Central Valley Brewfest!

A good turnout, tasty beer, and an overall well-run event is the Central Valley Brewfest!

On this very special CV BrewFest edition of the Ale Evangelist show, the guys try brews from High Water Brewing, Amador Brewing, Lost Coast Brewing, Blaker Brewing, and many more amazing breweries live at the 4th Annual Central Valley Brewfest at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds! The event was an absolute blast, and the guys really enjoyed the brews assembled,

The weather was great, and we had a great time trying some tasty local craft brews!

The weather was great, and we had a great time trying some tasty local craft brews!

the great people-watching, awesome Lockeford Sausages, and the chance to meet their listeners. From the guy dancing in the Giants shirt (and knocking over his girl’s beer), to the gal who was there to celebrate her 36th birthday, fun was had by all. The people who ran the festival did a GREAT job, and it’s definitely worth your time next year!

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Podcast – 10 EAST Kitchen and Taphouse, Part 1

This show was truly a special event. In part 1 of these interviews, the Scotsman and Drew interview Derek Walker and Titus Striplin, owners of 10 EAST Kitchen and Taphouse, one of the Ale Evangelists’ favorite places in the Central Valley for amazing food and amazing beer.

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A nice-looking lineup of beers at 10 EAST Kitchen and Taps

The Scotsman and Drew start by giving a couple of tips for how to enjoy your taphouse experience, talk beer with Derek and Titus, and sample some truly incredible bottles from Small Town Brewery, The Bruery, and the legendary Cantillon.

A once-in-a-lifetime tasting for the Ale Evangelists reveal a camaraderie with the owners of 10 EAST. Good beer, good food, and a great time was had by all. This is part 1 of the interviews for the evening.

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San Diego Beer Week @ 10 EAST Kitchen and Taphouse

Join us next week for Part 2, containing a tasting of Fieldwork Brewing Co’s fine beers, an interview with Mark Maigaard of Fieldwork, and a long-awaited interview and tasting with Forrest Miller of Tioga-Sequoia. That part of the evenings festivities will be released next week, so stay tuned!

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Visitation Ministry: Beer Care Packs

I had a thought today after conversing with a kind soul about making a beer trade for a beer I cannot get in this area. What if beer lovers everywhere put some thought into assembling a beer lover’s care pack that was localized to their area? It’s a vision I had of a world where every beer blogger had a pack of beers that were brewed or were only available in their immediate area available for trade to interested parties. It couldn’t be too formalized lest it be decided that we were selling beer, which we’re clearly not doing. It also got me to thinking about what I would include in my pack and why.

What do you think?  Good goal, or zealot’s obsession?

~A.E.