Posts tagged ‘Sierra Nevada’

You Some Kinda Weiss Guy?

So, you think you’re some kinda Weiss Guy? Just ’cause you’re brewed with wheat malts, that makes you some sorta tough guy? Chris won’t be joining us this week, due to him ratting out somebody from the middle of the country. He was sent to San Diego in the Witness Hoptection Program. Mike and Toby kiss the ring of Sierra Nevada and offer their assistance with the Kellerweis. Toby shoves Joseph James – the true Weize Guy – into the trunk of his car. Mike “takes care of” the Weiss Principal from Peak Organic. Mike then has a pint with Cape Ann Brewing Co.’s Dylan L’Abbe-Lindquist, chatting about his brewing past and future. Some interesting Hop Topics as well as some conversation-starting Backwash. Thanks for tuning in and don’t forget to tell a beer-loving friend. Cheers!

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Issue #99

As we approach our 100th issue of the Beer Coasters Podcast, we come together and share some tasty craft beer. But before we celebrate, we must collaborate.  All across this nation, we choose beers from an Eastern and Western destination that may or may not give us gratification.  Not just a sensation, but a Godly creation, with no litigation, we succeed in a collaboration.  In our Fermentation Conversation we enjoy a libation from Stone and Brewdog with the Bashah.

Along the wonderful Eastern seaboard, Mike joins Dogfish Head and Three Floyds with the Poppaskull.  Cruising out West, Toby finds himself on Highway 78 with Green Flash, Pizza Port Carlsbad and Stone Brewing.  In the middle, Chris borrows from some Californian monks with the Ovila from Sierra Nevada and the Abbey of New Clairvaux.

Thinking of a Swedish vacation, our Backwash is filled with appreciation.  To our listeners we have much adoration, and feel it is our obligation to say “Cheers”!

Barley wines

I know it’s getting close to the end of barley wine season, but I think I need to give them another shot. Those high ABV monsters-of-a-beer barley wines are one of my least favorite styles. Mostly because they tend to be pretty rough on the palette and I like to enjoy a couple beers at a time. They do have a great richness to them that I can appreciate.
The reason why I’d like to revisit this style is that I’ve heard a lot about them recently(the 2011 Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada was just released) and a lot of people seem to like them. Barley wines can age nicely over time and mellow out a bit. Of course the ABV is still there, but not as rough. I have a 2009 Old Foghorn from Anchor that I’ve been “cellaring” for that very purpose. Barley wines have a shelf life(if stored properly) of up to 5 years, so I’m curious to try the Foghorn. Now, the best way to compare is a vertical tasting, tasting an older beer next to a fresh one. Or, if you have good notes.
Has anyone done vertical tastings of barley wines? Do they age well? Which one should I look out for. Cheers!

– Beer Coaster Toby