Beer

  1. Barrel to Bottle: Flavor-Blasted

    Barrel to Bottle: Flavor-Blasted

    Are you ready to get FLAVOR BLASTED?! If you like bolder flavors, if you only vacation in Flavor Country, if you like things turned up to 11, then this is the episode for you! The Barrel to Bottle crew blind tastes four flavor-blasted whiskies and then follows that up with six flavor-blasted beers. Plus, how do they fare on the vaunted Flavor-Blasted Scale? You'll have to listen to find out! The flavor-blasted whiskeys: Pennington's Strawberry Rye Whiskey, Ballotin Bourbon Ball Flavored Whiskey, William Wolf Coffee Whiskey and Jefferson's Barrel-aged Manhattan. The flavor-blasted beers: Hopewell Clover Club, Goose Island Lost Palate, Founders Mas Agave, Central Waters Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Porter, Odd Side Ales Hipster Brunch Stout and Jackie O's You're In the Jungle Now, Baby! Plus in the Customer Q&A, Top 3 Desert Island Beers from the Barrel to Bottle crew.

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  2. Barrel to Bottle: Gregory Hall, Man of Many Apple Tattoos

    Barrel to Bottle: Gregory Hall, Man of Many Apple Tattoos

    How do you follow up Bourbon County Stout? For Gregory Hall, son of Goose Island founder John Hall, it started nearly 20 years ago during a trip to England. Ciders became a passion, but they took a backseat to the barrel-aged beer phenomenon. After leaving Goose Island, Greg founded Virtue Cider in 2011 and began producing some of our bestselling ciders from the heart of Michigan apple country. Join the Barrel to Bottle crew as they taste Virtue Michigan Brut, and Virtue Rosé. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the Barrel to Bottle Team (and Greg Hall!) share their favorite beers ever.

     

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  3. Sour Styles II: Electric Boogaloo (aka Kettle Sours)

    Sour Styles II: Electric Boogaloo (aka Kettle Sours)

    Barrel Sours are where it's at, right? Think again! Roger walks the team through the difference and highlights some excellent examples in an absurd lineup of American sours: beers tasted include Dogfish Head Sea Quench and Super Eight (which not only contains eight super foods, but can also be used to develop film), Logsdon Spontane Wilde (which Pat calls "one of the best American made sour beers" he's ever tasted) and The Conversion Series 2, Firestone Walker Paw2 Prints, Off Color The One Percent, and finally, The Rare Barrel Wise Guise. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team shines light on the mysterious golden stout style.

     

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  4. Barrel to Bottle: I Say Saison

    Barrel to Bottle: I Say Saison

    Saison may be the easiest style of beer to brew - and the hardest to master. Roger walks the Barrel to Bottle team through this classic style, showcasing timeless examples including Saison DupontBrasserie Dupont Cuvee Dry Hop, Allagash Saison and Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. Then the rest of the team mutines, opening some additional American craft examples, and hilarity ensues. Stick around for the Q&A segment for your chance to win a $20 if your question is answered on the podcast. This week's question pits "micro brew" vs. "craft brew."

     

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  5. Hungry For Hops? Introducing Half Acre Rumble Grumble

    Hungry For Hops? Introducing Half Acre Rumble Grumble

    Whether it’s a bone-dry West Coast IPA, a big malty DIPA or a bright juicy IPA – Half Acre consistently brews some of the best IPAs on our shelves. We wanted to see this alchemy in action and our friends at Half Acre graciously obliged. What kind of beer were we looking for? The people are hungry for hops and their appetite knows no bounds! Juicy hops please and crank it to 11.  

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  6. Barrel to Bottle: Stone Brewing's Greg Koch is No Arrogant Bastard

    Barrel to Bottle: Stone Brewing's Greg Koch is No Arrogant Bastard

    Another industry giant joins the Barrel to Bottle podcast. This week, it's Stone Brewing Executive Chairman and Co-founder Greg Koch. Greg and the team taste Stone IPA, Arrogant Consortia's Arrogant Bastard and Enter Night, plus Courage Russian Imperial Stout (made by Wells &Young, not by Stone) and Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2014 (from Roger's personal stash). This episode marks Greg's first Malort experience. Other topics include hanging with Metallica, helping to make "Russian Imperial Stout" a thing, staying fresh in a beer scene that's always chasing what's new, and how PET is destroying the planet. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when Greg tackles the perennial listener question "bottles or cans?"

     
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  7. The Secret's Out: Brickstone Dark Secret Aged In Binny's Hand Selected Whiskey Barrels

    The Secret's Out: Brickstone Dark Secret Aged In Binny's Hand Selected Whiskey Barrels

    When it comes to imperial stout, we see a lot of pastry stouts these days. This category includes stouts modeled after all manner of desserts, and we’ve seen everything from cookies to whole chocolate cakes dumped into beer. When we approached Brickstone about doing a collaborative brew, we wanted to go back to basics. Their Dark Secret imperial stout is proof that an imperial stout can be dessert like and decadent, without being overly sweet.

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  8. Barrel to Bottle: It's All Tradition at Samuel Smith's Old Brewery

    Barrel to Bottle: It's All Tradition at Samuel Smith's Old Brewery

    In a beer scene dominated by all the hottest styles and latest releases, sometimes it's refreshing to take a look at the classics. On this week's episode of Barrel to Bottle, Master Brewer Gavin Scoreby shares all the ways Samuel Smith's Old Brewery keeps things traditional, from their centuries-old brewhouse to local delivery powered by horse. The team tastes Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Organic Lager, Oatmeal Stout, Organic Chocolate Stout, and Apple and Perry Ciders. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about gluten free and reduced beers.

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  9. Barrel to Bottle Episode 76: Sour Styles: Geuze and Lambic

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 76: Sour Styles: Geuze and Lambic

    Sour beers make up one of the most sought after styles around today. Sours are the ultimate beers for beer nerds, perfectly illustrating how beer is a combination of science and art. Roger walks the Barrel to Bottle team through a few favorite Lambic and Geuze examples, and he has a couple tricks up his sleeve, too. Beers tasted include Lindemans Framboise, Lindemans Cuvee Rene, Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait and Firestone Walker Paw Prints, a special collaboration with Binny's Beverage Depot. Plus a couple surprises tasted blind. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the Barrel to Bottle team list their favorite barleywines.

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  10. Barrel to Bottle Episode 72: Master Cicerone Jason Pratt

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 72: Master Cicerone Jason Pratt

    What does it take to persevere through the many trials and tribulations to reach the highest recognized level of education in the beer world? The Barrel to Bottle team is joined by the Golden Nose himself, Master Cicerone Jason Pratt, one of just eighteen in the world to reach Master Cicerone status. Jason shares his sensory perception techniques and encyclopedic knowledge, covering topics including the latest trends and classic styles, plus his favorite flaws in beer. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when Jason helps the team take on your question about the true shelf life of different IPA styles. This one is for the nerds.

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