IMG_1151This is the seventeenth episode of the Blind Tiger Podcast, recorded on December 9th, 2013.  In this episode Mike, Jesse and Rob are together again to discuss, rate, and enjoy two beers that inspired them to further explore the world of craft brewing.  These beers might not have been our first beers, they may not have even been our first craft beers but they are amongst the first brews we had that opened us up to a deeper world of delicious beers.

This week we gear up for our upcoming Christmas special as well as look into the darker side of craft brewing by looking into the underground economy of rare craft beers.  We also call on our resident sommelier, Jesse, to discuss a recent article about attempting to introduce the wine enthusiast to the world of craft brewing by offering similar beer styles to wine styles.  Make sure you listen to Jesse wax philosophic and rage about an obvious non-wine drinker’s thoughts on the subject.

This episode we start out with the following question to get our panel chatting.  The question is: “If beer were flammable, what beer would you toss on the fire to keep warm this winter and why?

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Show Notes:

Beer News:

  • Victory Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Second Brewpub
  • Victory expands distribution
  • Beer May be Good for Your Health?
  • 80th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition
  • People Go Nuts for Rare Beer
  • The Lil’ Wisconsin Accord of ‘13
  • Singapore Has Expensive Tastes

Beer vs Beer:

Rob’s Choice:Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA

Mike’s Choice:Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

Beer vs Wine: Style Transitions:

Jesse discusses tempting the wine palette with an equivalent beer style in an article linked on our site.  Listen as he gives his alternate version of how to introduce a wine drinker to the world of craft beer as well as his instructions on how to introduce the beer drinker to the world of wine.  See if you agree, disagree, or just want to hear Jesse rage.

The conversion matrix is:

    • Dry Red Wine -> Fruit Lambic
  • Champagne -> Lightly Flavored Wheat
  • Brandy -> Barleywine
  • Port -> Russian Imperial Stout

Look for a new episode next Thursday and daily updates at our website.  Thanks for listening and of course keep on drinking.

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