Episode 15: How Do You Like Dem Apple Ciders?

cidersThis is the fifteenth episode of the Blind Tiger Podcast, recorded on November 4th, 2013.  In this episode Mike, Jesse, and I embrace the quickly dwindling days of fall and explore the often overlooked world of hard ciders.

We discuss a new church attempting to increase their flock with the temptation of craft beer.  We discuss the harrowing Streisand effect when attempting to stifle criticism.  And we introduce a new segment for the snobbiest of craft beer drinkers.

This episode we start out with the following question to get our panel chatting.  The question is: The three most popular fermented fruits are the grape, the apple, and the pear. If you could popularize another fruit for fermentation what would be it and why?

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Show Notes:

Beer News:

  • Lancaster Homebrew Moves Locations.
  • Sixpoint Brewery Releases Global Warmer
  • Victory to Release New Hop Ranch IPA.
  • Brewery Ommegang announced next Game of Thrones Beer.
  • Uninta “discontinues” Hop Notch IPA.
  • Church Uses Craft Beer to Convert Heathen Masses
  • PedalPub shutdown critical Facebook Page.

Beer vs Beer:

Mike’s Choice: Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider

Rob’s Choice: Spire Mountain’s Dark and Dry

Rare Beer Snob Selection:

Noda Brewing Company’s Tart Attack:The Tart Attack takes the refreshing aspects of the Berliner Weisse style (a very rare style for beer novices and intermediates) – the lively carbonation, medum-light body plus a core lactic tartness – and carries them on a different path than usual, with the addition of blackberries.  There is of course a natural proclivity to combine syrup sweeteners to a Berliner Weisse to take the edge off of the style’s vibrant acidity.  In the case of Tart Attack this is done dramatically and automatically with the addition of the fruit.

This beer is designed to be an exceptionally refreshing offering; especially when served at cooler temperatures.  We chose this selection due to its pairing well with ciders and being in a somewhat similar tart and sweet vein as our cider offerings.  The Tart Attack comes in at a light 4.3% and was brewed to honor “Pints for Prostates” an prostate cancer awareness charity.  Proceedes from sales went to the charity.  But enough talk about the beer, lets see how she tastes.

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