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    Tuesday
    Aug062019

    Give It A Shot - Deschutes Brewery Only Slightly Exaggerated IPA

    It isn’t often that I have the opportunity to write these posts while traveling, but as I begin to let the words flow that will ultimately create this particular post, I realize that this is now the second entry created outside of my home state. The last one (for Gentle Reminder IPA) was written while on vacation in Playa del Carmen. This one is being crafted as I wait for my flight in the Burbank Airport. This trip was a quick one, and on the surface, it was a business trip for Trader Joe’s. If you dig a little deeper, which we at About Beverages usually do, you would realize that there was also fun involved as well. New people to meet, new beverages to be tried, and new experiences to learn from. Speaking of Trader Joe’s, this episode’s featured beverage was purchased there. Although it is not exclusively available there, as happens frequently, it was one of the new items available when I arrived for work last week. The beverage we will be trying this week is a new seasonal offering from Deschutes Brewery, the Only Slightly Exaggerated IPA. This beer was brewed in conjunction with Travel Oregon’s “Only Slightly Exaggerated” tourism advertising campaign using the Sabro hop, which is grown in the Northwest. FYI, when we recorded our podcast, we didn’t notice the word “only” in the title. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Monday
    Jul292019

    Give It A Shot - Pizza Port Brewing and Modern Times Beer Gentle Reminder IPA

    Life is full of surprises, both good and bad. You never know what kind might be around the corner, so one must always be ready. The beverage world is no different. When one of us encounters a beverage related surprise that happens to be a collaboration beer you can bet we are programmed to receive. That is exactly what happened a few weeks ago as we discovered the Gentle Reminder IPA from Pizza Port Brewing and Modern Times Beer. The label harkens to a legendary arcade game from the early 80’s and states that it is brewed with hefty doses of Motueka, Crystal, Simcoe and Nelson hops.  What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Wednesday
    Jul172019

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Espiral Vinho Rosé

    This episode brings us the latest installment in Keith’s attempt to find a rose wine that Andrew will truly enjoy. It was actually recommended by a Trader Joe’s regular who really knows what he is talking about when he is talking about wine. Another cool thing about this wine is that we have already had something from this winery that we enjoyed. The beverage we will be trying is the Espiral Vinho Rose, from Portugal. Like the Vinho Verde which we referenced before, it has a slight effervescence when you first pour it that quickly dissipates. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy! 

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    Thursday
    Jul112019

    Give It A Shot - Tombstone Brewing and Tap & Bottle Here Comes a Regular Hazy IPA

    Recently, Tap & Bottle celebrated the 6th Anniversary of their first location, located on 6th Avenue in downtown Tucson. Before going any further, we want to congratulate them on this achievement! Scott, Rebecca, and their staff do a first rate job at both of their locations (two years ago they opened a location in Oro Valley as well). Whether it’s the comprehensive selection in the bottle shop, the varied and unique offerings of beers on tap, or the friendly knowledgeable service, they have got it all covered. For their 6th Anniversary, they decided they wanted to brew a beer to commemorate the occasion and they got together with Tombstone Brewing Company to do just that. The beer that they came up with, Here Comes A Regular, is what we have for this episode. The style is a hazy IPA and it comes in at 6.6% (see what they did there?) ABV. The name of the beer is taken from a song by the Replacements and in case you don’t have a copy of them nearby, the lyrics are printed right on the can. With Scott and Rebecca being as good as they are at what they do, and Tombstone Brewing being one of our favorite breweries, it is safe to say our expectations are somewhat elevated. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy! 

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    Monday
    Jul082019

    Give It A Shot - Bottle Logic Brewing Hanamachi Rice Lager

    It is no secret that we love beer at About Beverages. We sometimes fall into the pattern of trying the same styles of beer, but we are aware of this growth area and are always on the lookout for something different. This particular selection enjoyed a serendipitous path to our show. A Friday afternoon conversation between Keith and a co-worker touched on the topic of rice lagers and obviously brought them into his consciousness. The following day, he was enjoying a Recursion IPA from Bottle Logic at our local Tap and Bottle as he perused the offerings chilling behind the glass doors. It was so good he inquired as to whether or not there was anything else there from Bottle Logic, and to our good fortune, there was! One of the choices was the Hanamachi Rice Lager which is what we have for this episode. As we said before, it is from Bottle Logic Brewing located in Anaheim, California. For this style, rice is added to the grain mix and they are generally referred to as crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy! 

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    Wednesday
    Jul032019

    Give It A Shot - Scapa Glansa Single Malt Scotch

    This week the good news is that we are excited to try a new Scotch. The bad news, unfortunately, is that with the discovery of this new (to us) Scotch, we learned that we have to begrudgingly say goodbye to one of our all-time favorites. Through a series of unfortunate events, we have come to learn that the Scapa 16 year Scotch is no longer being produced at the distillery. This was quite a shock to both of us as it has long been one of our favorites. There is even a podcast from 2010 that you can listen to in the archives at AboutBeverages.com to prove it. So we will bid a fond adieu to this spirit, who ironically is now only with us in spirit, and memory of course. You may have a hunch by now that the scotch we are trying may be connected in some way to Scapa and if that is your guess, then you are correct. The beverage that we are trying today is the Scapa Glansa. Glansa is an Old Norse word that means “shining storm-laden skies” and this scotch is the first peated single malt expression from the Orkney island based distillery. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy! 

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    Tuesday
    Jul022019

    Give It A Shot - Waterloo Grape Sparkling Water

    The impetus for this episode occurred during some of our live-streaming banter a couple of Thursday’s ago. As many of you know, we are on Twitch.TV/aboutbeverages most Thursday nights. We are usually chatting with each other, interacting with our viewers, recording a podcast or two, doing some gameplay, and in general having a great time. Often, we will discuss the various beverages we have had during the week and we always have something that we are trying as we open our show. A few weeks ago, we were trying a particular type of flavored sparkling water, with each of us enjoying a different flavor. While we were drinking them, we started looking at their website to see what other flavors they had to offer. Two of them in particular caught our attention and we have one of them for this episode. Today we are trying the Waterloo Sparkling Water Grape flavor. All of their flavors have no calories, sugar, or sodium, but we are very hopeful that this one will have plenty of deliciousness. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy! 

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    Wednesday
    Jun262019

    Give It A Shot - Cooper and Thief Tequila Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc

    We did not really plan it at the time, but we now realize that there is a common thread to the two items that we are trying this week. No, we are not trying another Metallica beverage collaboration or something from Stone Brewing. The theme, albeit a loose one, is that both of these beverage purveyors have made previous appearances on our show this year. Metallica made an appearance in March with their Blackened Whiskey and the winery that made this episode’s beverage was featured back in January. On this show we will be trying the Cooper and Thief Tequila Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc. This Sauvignon blanc, which also has some other white wines that comprise 22% of the blend, is aged for three months in Casa Noble anejo tequila barrels. Barrel aged anything intrigues us, and this will definitely be a new experience. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

     

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