This is an episode of the Living Proof Brew Cast.
We skip over our usual intro and get right into our tasting of the Victory Golden Monkey with our special guest, Chris Miller of The Secret Lair podcast. While looking up the particulars of the Golden Monkey, John spots the Wild Devil a beer we are all now very curious to try. Its description puts me in mind of the wild ales available at Churchkey. Following on from some humorous jabs at John’s distinctive facial grooming, Chris mentions the charity with which he participates each year. John rewinds the conversation back to the discussion of wild ales to point out that Wyeast and White Labs offer cultivars of distinctive wild yeast strains and adjunct bacteria for home brewers. Daniel of Mountaineer Brewing Company is a friend of John’s well known to us for his taste for the funky, funky ales.
Chris poses a challenge to us and an offer of some audio for future shows in the from of trying to convert his fellow overlord, Kris Johnson, to beer drinking. I was reminded of how differently we can appreciate the same thing, that I can get chocolate out of a distinctive beer like the Harviestoun Ola Dubh 30 Year while a less experienced palate cannot get past the char. Bearing that in mind, there are certainly more accessible sweet chocolate beers like Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Heavy Seas Siren Noire which John found on tap at Elephant and Castle.
While we don’t have a brewing update (despite having new beers in the pipe), Chris brought some weighty brewing questions. In response to his interest in wheat free beers to share with his wife, I suggest the Crispin Ciders as they use beer yeasts to carry recognizable flavors into the realm of cider. Turning Chris on to Sam Calagione’s Extreme Brewing may ultimately prove to come back and bite us if he ever makes good on his idea of a squid beer. Cthulhu pthagn.
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