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    Entries in Alaskan Brewing (4)

    Wednesday
    Sep302015

    Pumpkin Beers 2015 - Saranac, Alaskan, Jolly Pumpkin and Ballast Point

    Well, it is that time of year again. There is talk of leaves changing color, cooler weather is on the way, football games with meaning are finally being played, and the About Beverages Pumpkin Beer Podcast is here for your enjoyment. It is hard to believe, but this is the 6th year we have had a podcast devoted solely to pumpkin beer. We always enjoy trying and discussing beverages of all kinds with you, but one of us enjoys this particular podcast a little more than the other. You may already know who that is, but if you don’t, it won’t take you long to figure it out. That being said, we have a good time doing this seasonally themed podcast every year.

    This year, we have six new-to-us pumpkin beers that we will be trying. Since we are trying a cornucopia of beers this year, all made with pumpkin, we decided to split this into two podcasts. This week’s episode will cover the first four, while next weeks will be the remaining two plus discussion and the big reveal of this year’s winner. This year we did something a little different and decided not to bring back any of our champions from years past. This leaves one to wonder, “What has become of the previous year’s winners?” The choice we made was to officially “retire” the Punkin Ale from Dogfish (Champion in 2010 and 2011, runner-up 2012), and the Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard (Champion 2012, 2013, and 2014). They have become the inaugural members of our “Pumpkin Beer Hall of Fame.” If they were sports jerseys, they would hang from the rafters in the tasting room for all to see. As great as they are, we have decided to give six new beers a shot at our coveted pumpkin beer crown.

    The beers we will be trying this week are the Saranac Pumpkin Ale, Alaskan Pumpkin Ale, Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale, and Ballast Point Pumpkin Down Scotch Ale.  We invite you to listen or watch as we begin this journey to what we hope will be a new and delicious champion.

    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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    Tasting Notes - Pumpkin Beers 2015 - Saranac, Alaskan, Jolly Pumpkin and Ballast Point

     

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    Wednesday
    Jun182014

    Give It A Shot - Alaskan Brewing Hopothermia Double IPA

    We go bigger this week (we know we hate that cliche too) thanks to a beer from Alaskan Brewing at the tasting table.  The Hopothermia Double IPA is their latest year round release.  What makes something a double IPA you might ask?  If you go by BJCP guidelines, cause why not, the two most important things are the IBUs (international bittering unit) and the ABV (alcohol by volume).  The Hopothermia is on the low end of the IBUs, 70, for this style and almost exactly in the middle at 8.5% ABV.  The quintet of hops used to create the bitterness should be familiar to most:  Nugget, Apollo, Amarillo, Citra and Centennial.  Time now to taste and discover if this beer is a welcome option throughout the year or has simply left us out in the cold.  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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    Tasting Notes - Alaskan Brewing Hopothermia Double IPA

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    Wednesday
    Jun262013

    Give It A Shot - Alaskan Brewing Freeride APA

    Somehow in the "What's on tap" feature we neglected to tell everyone to "Come on and take a Freeride" APA from Alaskan Brewing.  How that musical connection with The Edgar Winter Group was missed is beyond us, but hey it happens.  The connection that we hope is not missed is between a great tasting beer and our palates.  The Freeride American Pale Ale is on the lower end of the ABV scale at 5.3% and uses a trio of hops (Cascade, Centennial and Citra) to showcase what the Pacific Northwest is all about.  The Summer beer options we have enjoyed over the last few weeks have been good, but on the mellower side.  We will be looking for this one to elevate the flavor.  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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    Tasting Notes - Alaskan Brewing Freeride APA

    The Edgar Winter Group - Free Ride

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    Tuesday
    Jan032012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Alaskan Brewing Perseverance Ale

    It is time once again for our "Give It A Shot" podcast where we share with you, our valued listener, something we discovered that needs to be shared immediately.  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.  Alaskan Brewing brings us our beverage of choice for the podcast today.  Perseverance Ale is named after a local mine in the are that closed over 6o years ago, but still holds strong in the hearts of all who live and work in the area.  Made with birch syrup, fireweed honey, and some of their alder-smoked malts, this Russian Imperial Stout should be a feast for the senses.

    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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    Tasting Notes - Alaskan Brewing Perseverance Ale

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