Samplesode 3: King of Beer

surlypentagramThere 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 tasting a single but hopefully unique or exotic beer, often on location to keep your Blind Tiger intake at a more regular interval.

In this week’s samplesode Mike and I watched the 2011 documentary Beer Hunter: the Movie.  Mike and I discuss this touching tribute to the craft beer industry’s favorite critic, Michael Jackson.  Michael Jackson was the beloved and extremely influential beer and whiskey journalist.  His books on beer shaped not only the American craft beer industry but defined the very definition of beer styles we know and enjoy today.  His efforts in the appreciation, critique, and enthusiasm for the world’s beer inspired countless brewers, resellers, and drinkers the world over.  In many ways he may be the most influential craft beer advocate ever.

John Richards’ kickstarter project allowed him to piece together, from years of clips of Michael Jackson a touching tribute of the final years of Michael Jackson with interviews with friends and those he inspired in the craft beer industry.

Sadly Michael Jackson passed away on August 27th, 2007 rocking the beer world as they collectively mourned the spiritual father of the craft brewing Renaissance.

While discussing the movie Mike and I had a sampling of the dark arts.  Starting with Brewery Ommegang’s Art of Darkness we enjoyed this dark and “magical” ale with champagne-like carbonation and a “rich maltiness from a complex recipe of multiple barley and wheat malts, as well as flacked oats.”  This strong ale is 8.9% ABV and only started being available this January.

We also sampled Surly’s Pentagram.  This American Wild Ale clocks in at a humble 6.66% ABV  This complicated sour had a unique flavor that split preferences amongst our samplers.  “Flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, oak, and classic ‘Brett’ barnyard funk balanced by dark Munich malt chewiness” rounded out this not so subtle beer.  A personal favorite of mine it is certainly an experience worth having if you can find a bottle.

Keep and eye out for the next full episode scheduled for release next Thursday and of course the next samplesode.

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

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