This is the thirteenth episode of the Blind Tiger Podcast, recorded on October 3rd, 2013.  In this episode Mike, Jesse, and I visited local gastropub and bottle house Hunger N Thirst to take part in their Octoberfest celebratory beer and food options.  In keeping with the theme and"> This is the thirteenth episode of the Blind Tiger Podcast, recorded on October 3rd, 2013.  In this episode Mike, Jesse, and I visited local gastropub and bottle house Hunger N Thirst to take part in their Octoberfest celebratory beer and food options.  In keeping with the theme and">

Episode 13: Rocktoberfest

IMG<em>20130612</em>233138This is the thirteenth episode of the Blind Tiger Podcast, recorded on October 3rd, 2013.  In this episode Mike, Jesse, and I visited local gastropub and bottle house Hunger N Thirst to take part in their Octoberfest celebratory beer and food options.  In keeping with the theme and time of year Mike and I have a battle of Octoberfests.  My authentic, Bavarian Octoberfest versus his domestic Octoberfest inspired offering.  Will tradition or interpretation win?

Mike and I attended our local version of the grand German traditional of the Octoberfest.  Lancaster has had a local German club called the Lancaster Liederkranz.  They host a fundraiser version of the massively popular German festival here in Lancaster county replete with traditional German foods, drinks, music, and dancing.  Mike and I give our thoughts about the experience, the good, the bad, and the drunken.

We also discuss how the recent government shutdown effects you, the craft beer enthusiast.  You might think that there is no way the federal government’s shutdown could come between you and delicious beer but you’d be surprised at how much of an effect the shutdown has on the craft beer industry.

This episode we start out with the following question to get our panel chatting.  The question is: If you could add one tradition to the traditional German Octoberfest what would it be and why?

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Show Notes:

Beer News:

  • Tröegs Fall Release Schedule/Beer:
  • New Brewpub to open in Columbia: 
  • Iron Hill to release Harry Potter themed beer: 
  • Dogfish Head Brews Beer with Exotic Ingredient: 
  • Victory Brewing Plans 250% Growth within five years: 
  • Kickstarted Alert! 
  • Leinenkugel shows explosive growth: 
  • Brewers Association Releases Best Craft Beer Bars in America: 

Beers From Around the World:

Those with a nose for drinking traditions know that the end of summer marks the Octoberfest season.  While traveling to Germany is the ideal way to celebrate this long-lived celebration of the fall harvest it isn’t always so practical.  Yet just because you don’t have a couple grand saved up for traveling to the heart of Bavaria doesn’t mean Bavaria can’t come to you.  Here is Lancaster our local German club, the Lancaster Liederkranz hosts their own Octoberfest replete with traditional, music, dance, food, and of course beer.  Mike and I attended this year’s three day festival on the second day of the festival.  While it was a soggy, rainy night the poor weather damped everything but our spirits.  In honor of Octoberfest Mike and I thought we’d share our thoughts on our local version of it.

Beer Versus Beer:

Mike’s Choice: Great Lakes Octoberfest

Rob’s Choice: Spatens Octoberfest

Government Shutdown Beerpocalypse:

On Monday the federal government in an act of sheer infantile stupidity shut down all non-essential services and sent home all non-essential personnel.  While the Republicans who drove us to this point are claiming that there is no noticeable negative effect of the shutdown their myopic view of “business as usual” has them blindly ignoring the real effect these changes have on normal people.

Since we aren’t a political podcast I will happily declare a pox on both the houses of our two-party system and leave the punditry to those with more fervent agendas.  Yet the shutdown does beg the question, “what does this shutdown mean for the American craft beer industry?”

Well the effect for consumers of craft beer may not seem drastic until you realize the consequences for brewers and the beers that they produce.

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