There 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 Blind Tiger crew got together for a night of experimentation. After having several listeners sent in a link to an NPR article discussing the blending of the very disparate worlds of wine and beer Mike, Jesse, and myself thought that would take the simple, poor man’s approach to bridging the gap between beer and wine with an extremely experimental samplesode by mixing our own hybrid concoctions.
While the article discusses taking the lees (a wine making waste product made of bits of grape skin, seed fragments, and dead yeast cells) and adding it to the beer brewing process we had none of the materials, time, or inclination to try that process itself. Instead we had Jesse grab a great mid-level wine and we mixed it with a variety of beers.
- 2010: Baron de Rothschild Bordeaux
- Left Hand Brewing’s Black Jack Porter
- Starr Hill’s The Love Wheat Beer
- Jack’s Hard Cider Original
- Yards Brewing Co’s Philadelphia Pale Ale
- Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
- Tröeg’s Nugget Nectar
- Stone IPA
We hope you enjoyed listening to us soldier through a large unsuccessful attempt to bridge the worlds of wine and beer. It should come as no surprise that the dry, acidic flavor of a strong wine would not mix well with the strong bitter/sweet flavors of a beer. But we certainly weren’t about to let the prospect go by without at least attempting to find the next awesome mixed drink.
If you replicate this experiment with a certain amount of success greater than our own let us know in the comments. We would love to know if this experiment can work just with different wines/beers.