IMG_0178This is the fourteenth episode of the Blind Tiger Podcast, recorded on October 18th, 2013.  In this episode Mike, Jesse, and I get in the spirit of the season and celebrate Halloween in the best possible way, by drinking a bunch of beers.

We discuss a plethora of news items from the local to the international.  We discuss the very exciting and controversial sale of Boulevard Brewing to Duvel and whether Boulevard can still be considered a craft brewery.  We dive deep into the cultural zeitgeist and attempt to determine why beer is considered so blue collar in American to the point of being treated as a second class alcohol while wine is considered the beverage of the divinely élite.

This episode we start out with the following question to get our panel chatting.  The question is: If you could incorporate a particular beer in a horror film what would be the beer and the film and why choose that combination?

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Show Notes:

Beer News:

  • Yuengling to offer new flavors (of ice cream).
  • New York passes legislation legalizing farm cideries.
  • Boston Beer’s fastest growing beverage not beer. 
  • Boulevard Brewing sold to Duvel. 
  • Stone Brewing responds poorly to Boulevard Sellout. 

GABF 2013 Awards:

Mike, Jesse, and I discuss the local winners of the Great American Beer Festival as well as general results, themes and trends that appear to be happening in the American craft beer scene.

Beer vs Beer:

Mike’s Choice: Springhouse’s Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout

Rob’s Choice:Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Nosferatu

Beer vs Wine: The Social Stigma:

I recently watched an interview with renowned craft beer connoisseur, critic, and advocate Garrett Oliver. He spent a few moments discussing his thoughts of beer versus wine. He pointed out that when people think of drinking wine they imagine purchasing a bottle of fine wine with an excellent vintage from a cicerone at a fancy restaurant. The reality is that this is 10% of the wine market. The overwhelming majority of wine sales come in the form of a box or a large jug of mass-market wine. Conversely when people think of beer they think of drinking Bud Light to the point of being disorderly before a football game and not the around 10% of the market that is the growing craft beer market. In wondering why beer is considered lowbrow and wine the classiest of beverages Mike, Jesse, and I take a stab at why this is the case.

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