This is the 39th episode of the Blind Tiger Podcast recorded on October 6th, 2014. In this episode Mike, Jesse, and myself were joined by very special guest Andrew Rothacker from the Lancaster Community Supported Beer. We had been curious about this community supported beer project since first hearing of it a few months ago, we had our questions and our reservations, and Andrew came on the show to belay our fears and when he left we were all supporters of his endeavor. Sales for a Spring 2015 membership are now open and you should get a spot ASAP. I regret not having gotten in on the ground floor.
Mike also takes us through the more major information coming out of the just ended Great American Beer Festival. There were a few local/regional winner who richly deserved their accolades. There were a few surprising victories, especially in the American Light Lager category. There were a few interesting trends and other announcements and Mike, acting as our guide, gives us the highlights.
And of course we end it all with a Belgian IPA beer vs beer which is one of the more one-sided decisions we’ve had of late. And Andrew hung around to have share a pint and opinion on this episode’s beer vs beer selections. It is a great episode.
- Great American Beer Fest Winners Announced!
Craft Beer Interview: Lancaster Community Supported Beer
Andrew Rothacker joined us to discuss his new project Lancaster Community Supported Beer. While Andrew’s interview speaks for itself I was initially skeptical as to why a local craft beer fan might want to join a club where they would buy beer. As a craft beer enthusiast I didn’t see the advantage having yet another excuse to go buy great local beer. Yet after just a brief discussion with Andrew it is obvious that he has a model for buying and enjoying beer that benefits everyone involved. Breweries know that they have essentially pre-sold a certain quantity of beer thus taking some risk and uncertainty out of their business. They know that Lancaster CSB members will show up to fill a growler and that money was given to them up front. The Lancaster CSB members get to buy beer on the cheap. They can get a special fancy growler. The get a good excuse to go to breweries that perhaps they wouldn’t go to otherwise. Local breweries that they should be visiting in part curated by Andrew and his partners/friends. They get the social experience of sharing that beer with others and seeing other Lancaster CSB members out and about at breweries. And Andrew alludes to future benefits for both brewers and members alike. Needless to say it sounds well worth the price of admission. Seriously, sign up now. Spots are limited!
Beer vs Beer
Mike’s Choice: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Trippel
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