LPBC 2011-08-13 Regionalism and Its Global Reach

This is an episode of the Living Proof Brew Cast.

To start things off, I opened a North Coast Old Rasputin finishing the four pack from the 4th of July where we tasted it against the Ayinger Celebrator. John poured a DuClaw Misery which he expected to be on the hoppier side for a wheat wine just like DuClaw’s take on a barley wine. Living up to this expectation, John theorized that making Misery involved a hopback, or a final hop addition made as the beer is piped from the brew kettle to the fermentation tank.

We spent a good amount of time talking about my upcoming travel, some of it international a new experience for me. I’ve been invited to an international DIY gathering, Transfabric, in Budapest, Hungary. The local hackerspace is Hungarian Autonomous Center for Knowledge or H.A.C.K. Soon after I return from Budapest, I’ll be heading to the Ohio Linux Fest. While there, I will be meeting up with Chris Miller to visit the Columbus Brewing Company. I will share more about my Brussels trip closer to November.

John just finished some travel, to Delaware. He visited the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth. While there he tried the Johny Cask, a cask condition version of the lovely Alehouse 75, and a stinky pils, the Johnny Rawton. He had a chance to try an anniversary beer from Heavy Seas that is now hard to come by, the Thank You, Thankyouverymuch, a double IPA.

We included the first of a series of segments Chooch record for us explaining cheers for beers from around the world. This time he explained how beer lovers toast in Argentina.

We had a healthy dose of feedback to share. Hank asked us if we had tried any Minensota beers. He recommended two year round beers in cans from Surly, Cynic and Furious; Summit Extra Pale Ale, Maibock and Great Northern Porter; and Grain Belt Nordeast. The talk of the last as a taste of Minneapolis made John think of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon and Dogfish Head Alehouse 75 as tastes the well represent the mid-atlantic.

David wrote in response to Evo recommending Pliny the Elder to recommend the much rarer Pliny the Younger. He recommended another local favorite, Drake’s Denogginizer.

Nathan Lowell was prompted to comment on the episode with Evo by the discussion of John recommending Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. While Nate enjoyed that beer despite it being big and challenging, he has found his go to beer from Oskar Blues is Old Chub. He has found quite a few local breweries in Colorado worth exploring including Crabtree, Avery, Left Hand, and Great Divide along with the better known New Belgium and Odell. Some of his favorites from those are the Crabtree Boxcar Brown, the Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale, and the New Belgium Abbey. His next beer on his beer quest will be either the Tommy Knocker Butthead or the Saranac Pomegranate Wheat.

We were mentioned by listener Fred Kiesche, of the Lensman’s Children, on SFSignal episode 70. John and I discussed his progress on assembling a promo for anyone else who wants to help spread the word.

Nate not only wrote a great comment but recorded some thoughts on his beer quest so far. He explained how our cider tasting with him at Balticon encouraged him to try some craft brews to see if they caused the same adverse reaction as the macros, the only beers he had tried before meeting us. He took good advantage of the build your own six pack option many stores offer once he realized he could enjoy microbrews without ill effect.

He recapped much of what he mentioned in his comment on the episode with Evo, from his success with Ten Fidy through the local breweries and favorites. He discussed more about his palate, from more accessible beers like Crabtree Ginger Bee to New Belgium Mighty Arrow that along with Oskar Blues have him thinking for now the maltier beers are more to his taste as opposed to the hoppy ones. He has enjoyed quite a few seemingly simple beers like Harp Lager but also ones with a bit more to them like Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat. Trying the Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale made him realize that he may have more of a taste for hops than he initially thought, maybe for particular kinds of hops.

He did try that Tommy Knocker bock lager after all. He tried their Tundra Beary too. He gave another hearty recommendation for Untappd though he uses it more for its journal capabilities than the social features.

In our final thoughts, I mentioned a Washington Post article about brewers’ experimentations with single hop beers. One example is how Sam Adams released a deconstruction in a sampler pack of their Laititude 48. We’ve talked about Growler’s single hop series before. Basic Brewing Radio has had some good episodes on the history of hops, along with other brewing ingredients and techniques.

John is reading The Art of Whisky Distilling out of his recent interesting in micro and craft distilling. Our open source fellowship project, The Libation Liberation Front, is intentionally broad to encompass distilling as well as brewing.

We have several great episodes planned for the near future. In addition to re-visiting some of our home brews on mic from the past year in preparation for getting back to brewing our own recipes as we wrap up work on Our Nation’s Attic we are going to interview a store owner, have a horizontal Chimay tasting with Chooch, taste some Belgians with John Cmar perhaps in preparation for my trip to Brussels, and welcome Nathan Lowell back for a one for all tasting.

You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

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