Posts tagged ‘backwash’

Spilt Milk Stouts

Back in 2004 at the Stone 8th Anniversary Party/Beer Fest, I got to try my first milk stout.  People were stopping me as I walked by the Left Hand beer tent asking me if I tried the Milk Stout.  I hopped in line and tasted another beer that changed my attitude towards craft beer forever.  Chris and Mike were also at said event and had similar experiences.  So, this week, we go back to the Left Hand Milk Stout and see if it’s still as epic as it was seven years ago.  Cheers!

  – Beer Coaster Toby

Got Milk Stouts?

For this week’s edition of the Beer Coasters Podcast, the lactose intolerant need not apply.  We’ve done stouts on our craft beer review podcast before, but we haven’t featured stouts of the milky variety, until now.  Left Hand Brewing is our featured Milk Stout in our Fermentation Conversation.

Toby heads out to the barn, pails in hand and fills them up with some Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Co.  Chris returns to the show, cheats a little and goes with the Chocolate Ale from Boulevard.  Mike then firmly grasps the utter of the Wachusett Milk Stout.

Some small craft brewers in Texas may be getting wronged in our Hop Topic this week and our Backwash adds a little to the Evolution Of The Beer Geek.  Cheers!


Slam Dunkel!

As we hit Issue #101, we theme it with the Dunkelweizen style of American craft beer.  With a quick pick-up game of 21, all three Beer Coasters try out the Dunkel Weiss from Great Divide Brewing.  With all the hoop-la about A-B boycotting in Alabama, we use it as our Hop Topic and try to shed a little more light on the subject.  In the middle of the country, Chris pulls off an alley-oop with the Dunkelweiss from New Belgium’s Lips Of Faith Series.  In the Eastern region, Mike dribbles a little over Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series #34 Oak Aged Dunkel.  And finally, out West, Toby shoots from the free throw with Big Dog’s Doghouse Dunkel.

We spend a little extra time in our Backwash Segment – because it tastes so good!  Thanks to all our new(and old) listeners.  Cheers!

Spring Is In The Beer!

Spring is in the air – or should we say, Spring is in the BEER!  It’s feeling like it’s officially Springtime and we are drink special Spring release craft beers.  The time of year when the ice melts, the hops are in bloom and the lighter side of beer begins to flow.

We start off with the return of Beer Coaster Chris!  He’s back and sassy as ever!  His Spring release beer is the Colette from Great Divide Brewing Co.  Beer Coaster Mike tends to his flower garden with a glass of Berkshire’s Maibock Lager.  Out Westward, Beer Coaster Toby bows to Ninkasi with their Spring Reign.

Since Chris has been gone for so long, we decided to pile on thr Hop Topics this week, which include some very sad stories in the Craft Beer world.  A lot of great Backwash this week – as well as some very disturbing Backwash – and some silly banter to make Chris’ return that mucg more tolerable.  Thanks for stopping by, Cheers!

Spring Is In The Beer

Spring Cleaning – because the beer fridge is overflowing!

I know, it’s been a while…

Check out this week’s craft beer review podcast where we start cleaning out the beer fridge to make room for Spring.  Toby and Mike each try two beers and talk about them.  Toby sips The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas and the Hop Czar from Bridgeport Brewing.  Mike takes a shot at the Star Island Single from Smuttynose and the Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head.  We hope you enjoy the show and let us know what you think.  Cheers!

“Back In Black” – black beers, that is

Now that I think of it, it’s pretty funny that we decided to call the latest issue of the podcast, “Back In Black”.  Mainly because the last time we did a black beer show, it was the “Schwarzbier Issue”(#21) back in 2009.  It’s funny because there are other black beers styles that we have not officially created a whole show around, like the Black IPA’s and Black Ales.  Schwarzbiers are black Lagers, two of which we shared on the show.

Back to the real reason for this post:  The latest issue of the Beer Coasters Podcast is now circulating the web and ready for download.  Don’t get me wrong, “Back In Black” is a kick-ass show title and it still works beautifully.  For our Fermentation Conversation beer, we try Allagash Brewing Co.’s Black, which was rated #1 on Wine Enthusiasts Top 25 Beers Of 2010, and the topic of discussion in a recent Hop Topic.  Back in Boston, Mike gets his hands on Iniquity from Southern Tier, which is an Imperial Black Ale.  Out here in the West, I try out, what seems to be some sort of homeopathic remedy of a concoction, the Black Lager from Mate Veza.  Mate Veza is actually owned and operated by Mendocino Brewing out of Ukiah, California.  In the middle of the country, Chris steals from my region with the Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Brewing.

During our Hop Topic segment, we go over the Obama Super Bowl party.  Chris says that regardless of whether or not you think Obama is a bad president, he’s a craft beer drinker, so that’s cool.  So, please check out this week’s show and don’t forget to tell a friend and hit us up with some Backwash or sign the Guestbook to let us know you’re out there.  Cheers!

– Beer Coaster Toby