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    Entries in Almanac Beer Company (4)

    Wednesday
    Oct212015

    Pumpkin Beers 2015 - Wasatch, Almanac and We Choose This Year's Champion

    We hope you are ready for some more pumpkin, because this week brings part two of our world famous (famous in our world, and that's what really matters to us at About Beverages) pumpkin beer podcast.  Last weeks episode saw us make our way through the first four selections for this year, and this week we will complete our quest to crown the newest pumpkin beer winner and champion. This weeks podcast features the Black O' Lantern pumpkin stout from Wasatch and Almanac's Heirloom Pumpkin barleywine-style ale.  We will also have a re-cap of all six of the beers we tried and we will pick our favorite for this year. We were really happy with the variety of beers we brought to the table this year because we felt that they covered a very broad spectrum of flavor profiles. 

    We will reveal our favorite, but which pumpkin beer is your go-to at this time of the year? What should we try next year or try to get this year before it disappears? Please send us an e-mail, leave a comment, or hit us up on Twitter with your thoughts and suggestions. 

     

    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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    Here are the links to the things we talked about during the podcast. 

    Tasting Notes - Pumpkin Beers 2015 - Wasatch, Almanac and this year's champion

     

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    Wednesday
    Aug272014

    Give It A Shot - Almanac Beer Company Dogpatch Strawberry

    It's our last week in San Francisco and once again we have another beverage from Almanac Beer Company.  We decided that there was no better way to close things out than with a berry bang!  A strawberry bang to be exact.  (giggity)  We will pause as you either finish chuckling or shaking your head at the absurdity of those last two sentences.  Ok, moving on.  Today at the tasting table we have the Dogpatch Strawberry.  This is once again part of their Farm to Barrel Series that uses their "Dogpatch" blend of wild Belgian and American yeasts, including a San Francisco sourdough starter.  Aging in used wine barrels is also part of the process.  Where do the strawberries comes in?  Almanac uses berries from Swanton Berry Farm which is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  For their money they are the sweetest in all of California and perfect for adding to the beer before aging begins.  Time to taste and see if we saved the best for last.  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!

    Link Lounge

    Here are the links to the things we talked about during the podcast. 

    Tasting Notes - Almanac Beer Company Dogpatch Strawberry

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    Wednesday
    Aug202014

    Give It A Shot - Almanac Beer Company Farmer's Reserve Citrus

    We stay in San Francisco this week as we try another beverage from Almanac Beer Company.  The Farmer's Reserve Citrus is included in their immense lineup of Farm to Barrel Series beers.  Like the Sourdough Wild Ale we had last week, the Citrus uses the same "Dogpatch" sour culture.  This blend of wild Belgian and American yeasts also includes a local sourdough starter.  In addition to that Buddha’s Hand citrons and Bergamot oranges are added before being aged in wine barrels.  Like all of the beers in this series, they can be drank fresh or cellared.  Since this beer is still "alive" in the bottle, when you choose to drink will change the taste.  Ours was bottled a little over a month ago which is quite a difference from the Sourdough Wild Ale we had last week which was around 15 months old.  Time to taste and see if the citrus tart we are hoping for is "alive" and well in the bottle.  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!

    Link Lounge

    Here are the links to the things we talked about during the podcast. 

    Tasting Notes - Almanac Beer Company Farmer's Reserve Citrus

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    Wednesday
    Aug132014

    Give It A Shot - Almanac Beer Company Sourdough Wild Ale

    This is the beginning of a three week stop in San Francisco for the California Beer Train.  Almanac Beer Company is the reason for this prolonged stop as we will be featuring three beers.  First up this week is their Sourdough Wild Ale.  It brings together everything you look for in this style and then some:  Brettanomyces, Belgian and American yeasts with an addition of a local sourdough yeast from Marla Bakery.  To top it all off they throw some rye and lemon into the grain bill, dry hop with Mosaic and age it in wine barrels.  Time to taste and find out if this 6.5% ABV Wild Ale brings all of this complexity to our palates.  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!

    Link Lounge

    Here are the links to the things we talked about during the podcast. 

    Tasting Notes - Almanac Beer Company Sourdough Wild Ale

    Right click to download podcast