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.
Autumn is upon us, and the apple harvest will be in full swing soon. It’s the perfect time to make your own hard cider. In episode 2, Warren and Matt share their knowledge and musings on cider, and the studio audience gets in on the fun. Follow along at home with any (or all) of these commercial brews: Ciderboys First Press, Doc’s Draft Hard Apple Cider, Magner’s Original, Magner’s Pear, Woodchuck Amber, and Woodchuck Pear.
The Coolship Podcast is dedicated to beer lovers, home brewers, and professionals alike. At the helm are Warren Wilson, owner of Homebrew University in Hackettstown, NJ, and Matt Czigler, owner and head brewer at Czig Meister Brewing in Hackettstown. In addition to being avid beer fans (and these boys know how to enjoy a beer!), they bring a combined 25+ years of home brewing and professional brewing skill to the show.
In Episode 1 Warren and Matt explore Oktoberfest and discuss the long history of the Märzen style, how it was made traditionally and today, and what to expect in a fine example of this beer. They sample three commercial brews: Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, and Shiner. Grab a bottle of your favorite (or all of them) and follow along at home.