Hello and welcome to the 49th episode of the Blind Tiger Podcast recorded on February 27th, 2015. In this episode Mike, Jesse, and myself gathered in our studio to celebrate the obvious end to craft beer! Well, despite many a blog post to the contrary, craft beer is an ever-growing behemoth with no signs of diminishing in neither quality or quantity.
We also spend some time discussing how the band 311 is hoping on the craft beer bandwagon by getting their own beer. Not a beer brewed in their honor but their own beer. We discuss the death and rebirth of Stone Pale Ale and whether breweries should indulge in the habit of rehabbing their older staples with a new flavor for new beer trends.
And we torture Jesse with our favorite segment Slummin’ It.
And to add a little levity to national multiple personality day we start with the question: “If you could invest the next beer combination, like a Black & Tan, what would it be and why?”
- 311 Getting Their Own Craft Beer
- Stone Pale Ale is dead. Long Live Stone Pale Ale 2.0
Slummin’ It: Steel Reserve Edition
I don’t want to spoil this segment for you. Jesse’s “love” of this beer is priceless. If you want more information on Steel Reserve you can find it here.
Point/Counterpoint: Death of Craft Beer
Joe Keohane writing for Thrillist, the online magazine dedicated to all things food, drink, and travel related. They have been big with the craft beer revolution and are usually pretty supportive of the explosive growth of craft beer in America. Yet Mr. Keohane recently sparked the Internet aflame after an extremely controversial post entitled, “Craft beer s dead. Gose killed it.”
I have never begrudged anyone their beer taste. I don’t love the palate-scorching high-IBU IPAs, but I’ll drink them on occasion and I understand why hopheads love them; same with lambics. Not my thing, a little treacly, but I can see the appeal. But this is the first time I’ve been completely unconvinced by people’s enthusiasm for a kind of beer. And what the rise of Gose says, at least to me, is that the craft beer revolution has run out of ideas. We’re 20 or 25 years into the Golden Age of Beer. If Gose was that worthy of so much excitement and attention from America’s world-class brewers and drinkers, we simply would have gotten to it by now.
But it’s not, and we didn’t. And the reason we’re getting to it now has to do with the fanboy ethos that dominates the world of beer geeks. Like any area of obsessive enthusiasm, novelty becomes more and more tightly equated with value, prized above nearly everything else. The more mainstream types begin to take an interest in craft beer, the more the cognoscenti are forced to seek out weirder, more challenging, more distasteful fare to retain their credentials and slake their curiosity.
Beer vs Beer: Imperial Edition
Mike’s Choice: South County Black Cowgirl
Rob’s Choice: Southern Tier’s Imperial Choklat Stout