Archive | February 2012

Beyond the Pour Podcast Episode Two: When Can You Say You’ve “Had” A Beer?

A day late, but hopefully not a dollar short on this one. Ryan and I recorded this one late last week, and it took me a bit of extra time to get it edited and posted.

I’ve switched hosting sites, and if you’re looking for an RSS feed for the podcast itself you can find it here.

To those waiting for it, yes, I’m working diligently to get this onto iTunes. Hopefully by the time of the next episode we’ll be up and running.

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Show Notes

0:00 to 19:53 What we’ve been drinking lately. Ryan went to the “Brewbies” fundraiser and enjoyed Pliny the Younger among many other great things, and I’m drinking a Fuller’s ESB to break up all the hoppy beers and high-end specialty releases (like Bell’s Black Note) that I’ve been having lately. We digress a bit and also discuss some of the pitfalls of these sorts of super-rare releases and what it means for the industry.

19:53-26:45 Magic Hat founder says beer geeks “one of the industry’s problems.” Are beer geeks dismissive of sessionable, grocery-store type beers? Should we be?

26:45 to 35:33 Flying Dog rep in DC alleges draft line payola scandal on Twitter. Beer industry professionals and commentators respond on Twitter The ugly side of standard industry practice?

35:33 to 49:53 Our feature conversation: how do you know when you’ve “had” a beer? How many ounces is too few? Is “ticking” a reasonable thing?

Related: Beer Tickers free on Hulu.

Thanks as always for listening, and please comment if you’re so inclined. Cheers!


Platinum Rice? A Review of Bud Light Platinum

Yeah, I know this is a bit low-fidelity, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of effort on this one and so I just did a “one-take wonder” outside.

It’s a shame that they put this in a blue Zima-looking bottle and give it such a chintzy look, because I think this is pretty much what regular Bud Light should taste like. Watery, with an adjunct twang on the back end, but a nice, sweet, lager. I’d just call this one Budweiser Premium Lager and call it a day.

Beyond the Pour grade: C

Introducing… the Beyond the Pour Podcast Episode 1: The Ethics of Reviewing Beer

Yes, I know it’s been a hell of a long time since I’ve updated here. Life has been… hectic. Work has been crazy, I’m doing a tiny bit of effort to help my fiancee plan our wedding, and I just haven’t had a lot of time to post here. Oh, sure, I’ve still been posting videos on my Youtube channel, but I just haven’t been bothering to post stuff here.

Well, that’s about to change, because a project I’ve been trying to get off the ground for months now has finally found fruition, and if you read the title of this post, I think you already have a good idea what it is: The Beyond the Pour Podcast.

My buddy Ryan is joining me in this project. We’re going to be talking craft beer, but not doing reviews, but rather commentary on beer news, chat about events, and every episode will have some special topic near and dear to the hearts of beer nerds like us. This episode, we’re talking about the ethics of beer reviewing. Next week? Who knows! If you’ve got ideas for discussion, we’re definitely all ears.

Plans are to post these approximately biweekly, although that may change based on interest and availability.

I’m excited about getting to do this, and I hope my readers are as well.

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Show notes:
0:00 to 5:46 What’s we’re drinking now and what we’ve been drinking lately.
5:46 to 16:36 A recent BeerAdvocate thread blows up over beer news websites: which breweries are overrated? In particular, Dogfish Head and Sam Adams.

The original BeerAdvocate thread
Sam’s Calagione’s response
The official response of Jim Koch, as posted on the Boston Beer Company blog.

16:36 to 29:00 Sierra Nevada to open up a second location near Asheville, North Carolina in 2014.

The original BeerNews post
The official statement by Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada

29:00 to 46:46 The Ethics of Reviewing Beer

Thanks a lot for the support, guys, and if you like what I do here on the website and what I do on the Youtube channel, I hope you’ll give us a listen. Cheers!