Samplesode 10: 500 Years of Summer Brewing

IMG_1106There is just too much beer in the world to only taste twice a month. In the spirit of more is better the Blind Tiger podcast team has decided to add samplesodes to the podcast lineup. These mini-episodes will feature only tastings of hopefully unique or exotic beer, often on location to keep your Blind Tiger intake at a more regular interval.

This week the entire Blind Tiger crew assembled for some post-Thanksgiving tasting and to discuss the possible inclusion of the Reinheitsgebot or German beer purity law into the UNESCO list of things of “intangible cultural heritage.”

Mike, Jesse, special guest Emily and myself discuss the pros and cons of having a beer law that only allowed three ingredients; water, malts, and hops.  Did this beer quality and safety law help turn Germany into a country with an impressive cultural history of brewing top quality beers?  Or has it held them back from experimentation with beer style and ingredients.  The Blind Tiger crew attempts to unwrap this gordian knot to see how we feel about their possible indoctrination into the UNESCO list.

While we debate the various merits and flaws of the Reinheitsgebot (including the poor choice of purity law in the name, careful with that word Germany) we discuss and taste a few bomber bottles from Hoppin’ Frog brewery from Akron, Ohio.  I was luckily able to visit the brewery over the Thanksgiving holiday and managed to bring home a bunch of stuff to taste.  While at the brewery I managed to sample the following beers from Hoppin’ Frog.

  • Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink
  • Frosted Frog Christmas Ale
  • D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer Double Imperial Stout
  • B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout
  • Gangster Frog I.P.A.
  • Fresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale
  • Hop Heathen
  • Hopping’ To Heaven IPA
  • Karminator

What the crew ended up tasting were two amazing beers from Hoppin’ Frog.  The first was a barrel aged version of the Frost Frog Christmas ale.  The addition of having the beer barrel aged cut some of the fruity sweetness and nicely balanced this beer.  While I really like the normal Frosted Frog having it at the tasting room it turns out that barrel aging this beer made it a more balanced beer overall.  Proof that throwing almost anything into a barrel for a few months to ferment only makes it better.  We also sample Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Bairille Aois Stout Aged in Whiskey Barrels.  This was a heavy, thick beer made for sipping.  It is dark, whiskey flavored but mellow enough that it doesn’t feel like drinking soup or harsh enough your taste buds are wrecked for days.  Our consensus was that it was delicious and perfect for a beer float.  But give the episode a listen to see our full thoughts.

Keep an eye out for the next full episode scheduled for release next Thursday with the full Blind Tiger crew and of course the next samplesode.

Thanks for listening and of course, as always, keep on drinking!

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