Samplesode 24: Don't Mind the Smell

IMG_2732There 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 assembled to discuss last Saturday’s Sour and Stinky Festival hosted by the Fridge.  This, now annual, event combines an attentive love of fine soured craft beer with the odiferous love of potent cheeses.  The Fridge supplies the beer while local purveyor of fine import foods, Bill Mandros, supplied not only fine cheese but his extensive knowledge of cheese.

Mike had attended last year’s event as Jesse and I were unable to make it and provided a nice level of perspective compared to the year before.  Meanwhile Jesse and I went in without expectations (other than to be impressed) so we were able to offer our opinions to those perhaps interested in attending next year.

For those interested here were the beers and cheeses offered:

The Beers:

  • L’Abbaye de St. Bon-Chien (2012)
  • Bockor Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge
  • Leifmans Goudenband
  • Uinta Birthday Suit (2014)
  • The Lost Abbey Red Poppy
  • The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
  • Cisco Brewers Island Reserve Gose
  • Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire Beer 10 Saison
  • Weyerbacher 19 Mango Sour Wheat
  • Cantilion Gueuze

The Cheeses:

  • Epoisses de Bourgogne
  • Le Wavruemont (cow, sheep & goat)
  • Tilsit
  • Bethmale Cow
  • Red Witch
  • Appenzeller (extra-aged)
  • Aged Provolone
  • Pont L’Evenque
  • Cabrales
  • Temblaye Brie
  • Prima Donna

It should come as no surprise that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the event.  It was an amazing way to kick off a Saturday.  Being slightly buzzed on amazing sour beers and fine cheeses sets a pretty delightfully high bar for the rest of the day, if not weekend.  But if you want to hear our favorite beers, our favorite cheeses, and of course the general tomfoolery at and about the event you will just have to give the episode a listen.

And as always if you disagree with our opinion by all means feel free to call us out.


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