Samplesode 20: Splintered Dreams

IMG_2220There 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 made a trip to the land of milk and chocolate and milk chocolate, Hershey, Pa to enjoy the latest addition to the Tröegs Brewing Company‘s Splinter series; Splinter Brown.

Mike and I had traveled to Tröegs before about a year ago to sample Splinter Gold.  Both Mike and myself found that beer to be superb and were excited to try its spiritual successor.

The story of this beer is quite interesting.  It started its life as Scratch #34 a simple dubbel that refused to referment in the bottle.  Tröeg’s highly skilled brewers, refusing to scratch a scratch batch tossed a bunch of different yeast strains to help ferment without success.  They even bottled some of the beer hoping for positive results only to be foiled again.  This beer refused to cooperate.

Running out of options the brewers tossed this stubborn beer into wine barrels in the hopes of something magical happening.  Apparently their gambit paid off as earlier this year they sampled the beer, found it to have an amazing brett character, and began bottling it to become Splinter Brown.

This was Jesse’s first visit to Tröegs so we went through the self guided tour, enjoyed some vittles, and had a few drinks at the bar.

There were some surprising thoughts about the beer with a split on whether it was good or not down surprising lines.  Give it a listen and if you enjoyed a taste of Splinter Brown let us know in the comments.


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