In Episode 9, Warren and Matt discuss the impending grand opening of Czig Meister Brewing Company. Matt describes the beers he will be brewing, and he shares many of the highlights and frustrations of opening his own brewery.
Congratulations, Matt!!! It’s been a long time coming.
In Episode 8, Warren and Matt review the Skyland Regional Taste of the Town Homebrew Competition. They are joined by six winners to discuss the event, share stories, talk about their recipes and process, and, of course, enjoy the winning entries. Join us and you’ll learn a thing or two about brewing award-winning beer.
Congratulations to our guests:
As a prelude to our upcoming full episode on IPx (India Pale Ale and India Pale Lager), Warren, Matt, and company did a rapid taste test of the examples from the top 5 mass-market brewers in the US. And we threw in a femto-brew (smaller than micro, nano, or pico!) example just for fun. Follow along at home with:
We’ve noticed Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is becoming a thing. We’re not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, so we decided to put Warren and Matt’s taste buds to the test. In this shorter-format bonus episode (Bonusode!) we get their verdict. Follow along at home with:
What could be more delicious than sharing a fantastic chocolate brew with your Valentine? In Episode 5 Warren, Matt, and friends explore (a number of) cocoa-infused beers and recommend their favorites for your enjoyment on a romantic date. Follow along at home with:
With January nipping our noses outside, Warren and Matt stayed warm drinking barrel-aged beer at Gnarly Brews Tap Room and Bottle Shop in Phillipsburg, NJ. Gnarly Brews is a family-run business with a passion for serving the best craft beers around. Ray from Gnarly’s poured a flight of some superlative beers:
Freewill Bonesaw, pinot noir barrel barleywine Angry Erik Dragon Booty, bourbon barrel porter Angry Erik Vanagandr, bourbon barrel brown ale Clown Shoes Rexx, bourbon barrel imperial red
Also in this episode, Warren, Matt, and Ray explored the recent spate of craft brewery acquisitions by mainstream players like Anheuser Busch-Inbev, Heineken, Constellation, and MillerCoors. Ray conveyed his struggle to stay true to his vision of serving only “craft” beers given these market dynamics.
As we approach the Holidays, it’s time to start thinking about the brews we’ll drink cozied up to a warm fire, heater, or loved one. In episode 3, Warren and Matt explore the broad category of Winter Warmers. Follow along at home with any (or all) of these commercial examples: Great Divide Hibernation, Harpoon Winter Warmer, 21st Amendment Fireside Chat, Schlafly Christmas Ale, Corsendonk Christmas Ale, Tröegs Mad Elf, and Sierra Nevada Celebration.