IMG_2104This is the twenty-sixth episode of the Blind Tiger Podcast, recorded April 9th, 2014.  In this episode Mike, Jesse, and I gathered in the studio to celebrate the coming of the Easter Bunny and the deliciously hoppy treats that he should bring with him when he comes.

Spring had sprung in all its glory when we recorded and we reveled in the warm weather, bright sun, clear skies, and life returning with color and freshness awareness of that winter was not quite done with us.  In honor of the warmer weather Mike and I decided to focus on sessionable beers.  We thought we might skip getting blitzed while drinking and instead see what the lighter side of craft beer had to offer.

We followed up with more Florida legislative tomfoolery and the FDA’s response to the huge amount of objection to their desire to tightly regulate spent grain disposal.  We also discuss the luckiest man alive who has won free beer for life!

We got a little rebellious with our opening questions seeking to stick it to our cause de jour with the opening question of: If you could create a protest beer what would it be and what cause would it support?

Show Notes:

Beer News:

  • Lancaster hosting HomeBrew & History Class
  • Starr Hill Releases New Seasonal
  • New Hop Varieties
  • Florida Bill Adds Red Tape
  • FDA responds to concerns over spent grain rules
  • Man Wins Beer for life

Top 10 Beers You’ve Never Heard Of:

Cicerone Certified Beer Experts, the beer equivalent of a sommelier, are becoming much more commonplace. Your local craft beer bar may even have one or two staffed at certain times. They usually display a certificate, I know I’ve seen it at the Bull’s Head, a local pub. These people complete a rigorous test to become proficient in all things beer, and can help you choose your next brew or describe the the dominant flavors of that wheat beer you just bought; and it should be more descriptive than “It’s like Blue Moon”. For craft beer week, ABC News interviewed Jon Richards, an employee at the Growler Station in Greenville, South Carolina, who completed the Cicerone Program and listed a top 10 set of beers that we probably never heard of. I only got three, though I have heard of most of the breweries, and now I pose the question to Rob and Jesse, have you heard of these beers?

  1. Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout (Boonville, California)
  2. Thirsty Dog Wulver (BBA, Akron, Ohio)
  3. Sierra Nevada/Russian River Brux (Wild Ale)
  4. Goose Island – Pepe Nero (Dark Saison, Chicago, IL)
  5. Caldera Hopportunity Knocks (100 IBU IPA, Ashland, Oregon)
  6. Avery Dugana (IPA, Boulder, Colorado)
  7. Dogfish Head Piercing Pils (Rehobeth, Delaware)
  8. Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus (Latin for The Double Dirty Monk, Greenville, SC)
  9. Brewery 85 Sweet Tea Sour (Greenville, SC)
  10. Quest Kermesse Pumpkin Saison (Greenville, SC)

Beer vs Beer

*Mike’s Choice: *Bikini Beer, Evil Twin

Rob’s Choice: *Southern Tier’s Farmer’s Tan*

Point/Counterpoint: Beware the Beer

Today’s Point/Counterpoint comes from Jesse. Our Facebook accounts this past week lit up with various posts from a spectrum of friends and acquaintances over the usage of ingredients in beer, specifically what else goes into mass production beers besides barley, hops, yeast, and water. Did you know that every time you drink a Guinness, you are consuming a beer made with Fish Bladders? How about the fact that many macro lagers, besides containing corn, use high fructose corn syrup and propylene glycol? Do you care if the barley or corn in your beer is genetically modified?  All of these ingredients serve some purpose in the final product, but many people, such as vegetarians and vegans, are upset that a product they thought coincided with their diet and principles turns out to clash instead. Should Breweries list ingredients, specifically GMO ingredients or other additives? Should certain beers using fish bladder come with a warning label to vegans?

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