Samplesode 37: Atypical Nonconformist

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 Mike, Jesse, and myself returned to our roots of just trying some delicious craft beer.  But rather than settling for the usual stuff we love to chug we went with iconoclastic beers.  Two beers that defy description let alone classification.

We’ve discussed the difficulty of attempting to place some beers within the various craft beer styles.  The difficulty is when beers have strong characteristics of more than one style.  Are style guides outdated, should they be abandoned, or should brewers pay more attention to staying within guidelines.  That is what we discuss this samplesode.

During this episode we tried two beers.  The first was Alexander from Free Will Brewing Company.  It is a saison with Brett and cherries.  Clearly something that is difficult to define.  The next beer was Stone Brewing’s Master of Disguise which is an imperial golden stout.  Another “style” that defies logic.