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December 2013

It’s Black Friday, or at least was, and we are trying Goose Island’s newly released 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout.

November 2013

Today, Mike and Shane are sampling Juliet which is fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with blackberries.

May 2013

Sour Devil is a 10% ABV American Imperial Stout that has been aged in previously used bourbon barrels with added lactobacillus.

April 2013

This massive 11% ABV Imperial Stout is barrel aged and infused with local organic/fair-trade coffee from Jobella Coffee Roasters.

One of Allagash’s annual releases, Interlude, combines a crisp Saison with red wine barrels. To top it all off, brettanomyces (brett) is added into the barrel too, giving the beer a tangy, funky edge.

March 2013

Ommegang has teamed up with HBO to release the first in their “Game of Thrones” series beers. Iron Throne is a Belgian-style Blonde Ale at 6.50% ABV in signature corked and caged 750 ml bottles.

Spring House Brewing Company out of Conestoga, PA makes their first appearance on the show with Big Gruesome, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Imperial Stout.

January 2013

Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) could very well be the first American beer ever put into bourbon barrels. Their newest one-off variant, Cherry Rye was aged in Rye Whiskey barrels with fresh whole Michigan cherries.

Lavery Brewing Company out of Erie, Pennsylvania is probably one brewery most of the USA (and world) are unfamiliar with. Their Devil Bird Holiday Ale, a winter release, is an 8.5% ABV Imperial Porter aged in fresh bourbon barrels.

The Stone Vertical Epic series is a series of beer released each year starting with the elusive 02.02.02. Through some purchases on the shelf and trading, we were able to gather six years to taste, 07.07.07 through 12.12.12 to open on the show.

December 2012

A new holiday beer for us this year is Southern Tier’s 2XMAS coming in at 8% ABV. 2XMAS has an interesting flavor profile that has characteristics from both the spiced Witbier holiday style, and the classic Winter Warmer style.

Perhaps one of our favorite breweries, The Bruery, is back on the show with their latest in barrel-aged innovation, White Chocolate. Starting with a Wheatwine base, this massive 14.25% ABV beer is aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.

October 2012

While in Connecticut, Shane picked up a bottle of the Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious; a Apple Brandy barrel aged Belgian-style Tripel. Coming in at a rather massive 12% ABV, expect notes of booze, brandy, apple skins, Belgian yeast and candied sugar.

Tart of Darkness from The Bruery comes in at only 5.60% ABV, a rather low ABV for these guys to bottle. It delivers many initial robust, malty stout/porter qualities with the fruity tartness you’ve come to love from sour American Wild Ales.

September 2012

Ozzy Ale comes to us from Baltimore, MD based The Brewer’s Art, although this one was bottled close to home in Royersford, PA. This is their take on the Belgian Strong Pale Ale, and their answer to the “devil” beers of Belgium.

The 2012 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp series is out, and today we’ve got the Snowed in Stout “Oatmeal Stout” #45. Classified as an Imperial Stout, this 9% ABV beer is the highest of the series this year.

August 2012

Shane and Nick are back with a beer from the Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago, IL. Sofie, their “Belgian-style Ale” noted as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale, is fermented with wild yeasts (brettanomyces?) and aged in wine barrels with orange peel.

June 2012

Epic Brewing Company from Salt Lake City, Utah makes its first appearance on the show this week with their Barley Wine, a 10.50% ABV American Barleywine. As Part of their “Exponential Series” this beer is released every few months.

May 2012

We take a look at the famous Westvleteren 12, a 10.20% ABV Quadrupel from The Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren. Regarded as one of the best beers in the world, Shane, Mike and Nick take a look at this rare Trappist beer straight from Belgium.

We generously received a bottle of Chocolate Rain from Scott Marcoly out in California, so first and foremost thank you so much for sending this! Chocolate Rain is a 19.50% ABV Imperial Stout aged on cocoa nibs and vanilla beans aged in bourbon barrels.

Each year Brooklyn Brewery releases their Black OPS, a bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. With around 1000 cases produced each year, this limited release beer can be found with some minor leg work.

April 2012

Nick is back from his trip to New Mexico with Saboteur, a Brett Barrel Brown Ale from Odell Brewing Company in Colorado. The classification for this one is hard, is it an American Wild Ale like some sources say, or simply Brown Ale with some brettanomyces added?

We’re back with a beer from the East Coast this week from Foothills Brewing Company out of North Carolina. Each year they release their anticipated Sexual Chocolate, and today we have their limited Bourbon Barrel aged version of the 2011 vintage.

Each year at the Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, California, Port Brewing Company releases their anticipated Churchill’s Finest Hour. This massive 11% ABV Imperial Stout is a blend of (we believe) Older Viscosity and Serpent’s Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

March 2012

If there’s another Double IPA to live up to what we experienced with Citra from Kern River, it would be another beer by the same guys! Their 5th Anniversary Ale is a Double IPA, and depending upon who you ask, is as good or better than Citra.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In this episode, we’re drinking green beer. But, this is no dyed beer, instead it’s the “naturally” green Saison brewed with green tea called Magic Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme in Soy, Belgium.

The third installment of Founders Backstage Series is Curmudgeon’s Better Half, an 11.9% ABV Old Ale. Formerly known as Kaiser’s Curmudgeon, this re-branding is their Curmudgeon beer aged in bourbon barrels that previously held Michigan maple syrup.

The Bruery recently released Mother Funker, a golden ale aged in oak barrels in their Provisions shop. Said to be their most sour beer yet, Shane and Nick open this one for Nick’s “Golden Birthday” – his 25th on February 25th.

February 2012

For Surly Brewing Company’s fifth anniversary they released a beer fittingly called, Five. This is a 100% brettanomyces-fermented Dark Ale, aged in red wine barrels. Mike joins Nick and Shane once again for this 7.5% “American Wild Ale.”

From the old microbrewery in New Mexico comes the Bourbon Barrel Aged State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company. Sent back to the East coast from Bryan (thank you!), we take a look at this limited release, barrel aged offering from one of their flagship beers, State Pen Porter.

January 2012

Three Floyds, the brewers of the famous Dark Lord Imperial Stout, have another yearly release that gets high marks – their Behemoth “Blonde” Barleywine. This citrusy, sweet and malty beer is one to be reckoned with.

December 2011

For the first time ever, the FiftyFifty Brewing Co. Eclipse series beers hit the Philadelphia market, and we were lucky enough to pick up a few varieties. Today, Shane and Nick take a look at the Four Roses Bourbon single barrel aged Eclipse.

Mike brings back a bottle of Avery’s Rumpkin from the DC area, which is their Imperial Pumpkin Ale aged in rum barrels. At 15.90% ABV this beer packs plenty of holiday flavor.

Once again Shane, Nick and Mike sit down to take a look at Victory’s latest, and final, release of Dark Intrigue. This is their Storm King Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels over the summer months of 2011.

Shane, Nick and Mike are back to tackle the famous bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout Black Tuesday from The Bruery. Not incredibly easy to obtain, this 18.3% ABV monster of a beer proves to be one worth seeking out.

November 2011

In celebration of Sierra Nevada’s 30th Anniversary, Shane and Nick open one of the Reserve series beers, Grand Cru. A blend of Oak Aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale and fresh hopped Pale Ale, this should make for a reason to celebrate.

To commemorate and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the debut album Ten by Pearl Jam, Dogfish Head brewed Faithfull Ale (Pearl Jam TWENTY) – a Belgian style golden ale brewed with currants.

Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale delivers just that: doughnuts, maple and bacon all in a beer! Sound intriguing? We open this up and give our thoughts on this unique and crazy beer.

October 2011

Southern Tier’s Pumking is regarded to be one of the best Imperial Pumpkin Ales out there. We open the 2010 and 2011 vintages side by side. Can it stand the test of time? Happy Halloween!

Voodoo Brewery’s Trapped Under Eisbock, a tribute to the Metallica song of the similar name is a big Eisbock aged on sour cherries. Shane and Nick crack into this beer that took over 18 months to release.

September 2011

Shane and Nick open the famous Kern River Citra DIPA this week. Sent to me by my buddy Scott in California, this Double IPA is easily regarded to be one of the world’s best.

August 2011

Mike joins the group this week and brings over Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. Aged on cacao nibs, chiles, cinnamon and vanilla beans we pair this with chile chocolate and 70% cocoa dark chocolate.

Nick and Shane open Cigar City’s Either and Or, two distinctly unique yet slightly similar American Black Ales. These robust, hoppy and malty beers are paired with a creamy blue cheese.

July 2011

Shane and Nick are back once again to open Mikkeller’s Chipotle Porter from Shane’s cellar. This week, we pair this spicy, bold beer with a medium brie cheese.

This week, Shane and Nick sit down in suburban Philadelphia to enjoy Brewery Ommegang’s Zuur, a collaborative Flanders Oud Bruin with Brouwerij Liefmans in Belgium.

June 2011

Mike is back in Philadelphia and sits down with us to take a look at The Bruery’s 3rd Anniversary beer, Cuir. This 14.50% Old Ale is a blending of previous years’ batches using the solera method.

May 2011

Nick returns from another great beer city Denver, CO with some great beer from Ska Brewing Company, their waxed Imperial IPA, Decadent and Local Series #16 Clancy’s Black Beer, a German-style Schwarzbier.

April 2011

We’re back from our winter hiatus with a collaboration beer from Dogfish Head and Beer Advocate’s Alström Brothers, Wrath of Pecant! This limited, one-time production of an American Brown Ale with a twist, is brewed with smoked pecans and carobs.

December 2010

In honor of our “Submit a Beer” contest, we have the winning suggestion, Firestone Walker 14. We pair this American Strong Ale, blended from six different barrels, with some homemade toffee/nut chocolate candy, courtesy of Mrs. Hoff.

November 2010

Mike joins us this week (yes, believe it) to take a look at the Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu, in light of the recent Brew Masters series. This 9000 year-old recipe boasts some pretty impressive flavors and techniques.

Join Shane and Nick this week in Philadelphia with special guest Jacob Young, as we sit down with two “fall” warming beers of the season,The Bruery’s Autumn Maple and the Ithaca TEN.

This week, Shane and Nick sit down for an episode packed with two Imperial IPAs: Ale Smith Yule Smith Holiday Ale (Summer) and the Avery Maharaja. Also, a new contest is announced – watch the full video for details.

After a brief hiatus, Shane and Nick are back on location in Philadelphia, PA to discuss the Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA. Happy Birthday Stone! Filmed in August 2010.

July 2010

Once again, Shane and Nick sit down in Philadelphia to sample the Flying Fish Exit 6, release during Philly Beer Week 2010 and the Fegley’s Brew Works Monkey Wrench.

Shane and Nick are back in lovely Philadelphia, PA and sit down to enjoy the Rogue Double Dead Guy and Stoudt’s Heifer-in-Wheat.

June 2010

Nick and Shane are in Arlington, Virginia this weekend visiting Mike, who is finally back on camera! We discuss the Victory V-12, a Quadrupel and our activities in the awesome beer city of Washington D.C.

May 2010

Shane and Nick are in Limerick, PA and sit down with owner Gary Fry of Craft Ale House, discuss the Founders Curmudgeon and announce our two winners for our “First Craft Beer Contest.” Watch the video to see who the winners are!

Shane and Nick pair the Voodoo Brewing Company’s 4 Season IPA with Grana Padano Italian cheese, aged 18 months. Also, we announce a new contest we’re running!

April 2010

Shane, Mike and Nick start the very first video with a review of the Great Divide Hercules Double IPA.

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