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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When evangelism pays off: A Convert!

I evangelize a great amount when I get right down to it, Congregants. My blog is but one facet of my evangelism, the Twitter another. I’ve begun to pay attention to the way I shape conversations, and the topics to which my conversations naturally gravitate towards. I’ve found that craft beer takes up much of my focus, and it’s interesting to see the way people react. Sometimes, people say, “Wow, you really like beer, don’t you?”  This is said in the same tone of voice as they might say, “Wow, you’re a raging drunk, aren’t you?” Sometimes, it’s more positive, such as, “Wow, I had no idea there was so much to beer.”  Etc. Because I evangelize in all I do, sort of a “pull the pin and chuck it” kind of approach, I savor the moments when it “clicks” for someone.  What, exactly does that mean? Hit the jump, and let’s talk about it. Continue reading

Beer Review: Old Stock Ale 2009 Cellar Reserve (Aged in Bourbon Barrels)

Old Stock Ale by North Coast Brewing is one of life’s great pleasures.  I know, I know, BEER is one of life’s great pleasures, but among those pleasures, Old Stock Ale ought to be placed on a high pedestal and enjoyed slowly and thoroughly.  But the Cellar Reserve variety? Well, it truly ought to be on a pedestal on top of a pedestal. Why does it deserve this precarious perch? Read on, my ale-loving reader…read on… Continue reading

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.