Beyond the Pour Podcast Episode 4: Craft Beer in Alabama, Founders KBS, and Pouring Pliny the Younger Down the Drain
It’s time, once again, for another Beyond the Pour podcast. I know you guys have just been itching to hear what Ryan and I have been up to, haven’t you?
Apologies once again for the slightly rough feel. Allergies and cold-like symptoms struck me the day we needed to record this, so I ended up coughing quite a bit. I’ve edited out as much as I could. Also, eagle-eared listeners will hear my cats begging for attention once or twice towards the end.
0:00 to 24:04 What we’re drinking right now and what we’ve been drinking lately. Lightning Thunderweizen and Three Floyds Lord Admiral Nelson. Also: Stone’s AHA Homebrew Rally, and is Dark Lord is Three Floyds’ worst beer? The growing craft beer scene in Alabama since the passage of the Gourmet Beer Bill, and finally, melony IPAs as the wave of the future?
23:52 to 31:45 Listener email: stores not being able to get specialty beer releases unless the carry the standard line from that brewery. Fair or unfair? (If you have questions or comments for us at the podcast, please email email@example.com.)
31:45 to 33:22 Ryan opens another beer: the Sam Adams Cinder Bock. A bacon-barbecue kind of aroma.
33:22 to 39:45 San Diego beer bar “The Neighborhood” is fighting against another San Diego location because they want to start selling beer to-go in the area. This made the national beer news websites, so I asked Ryan to talk about it.
39:57 to 46:14 The shitshow that was this year’s KBS release.
46:02 to 59:03 Ryan’s visit to the Churchill’s Finest Hour Release, and nearly dumping a pour of Pliny the Younger down the drain.
Thanks as always for listening, and I am still working on getting us onto iTunes to make this more convenient for everyone. Cheers!
I start with an unboxing video of brew supplies purchased at Midwest Brewing Supplies with a gift card won in a contest put on back in July by Youtube channel BreweryShow. I know that sounds confusing, but I explain it a bit in the vid.
Then it’s on to the garage where I get on with mashing, boiling, and adding hops. I also try my most recent homebrew (the Black IPA, which turned out to be just a hoppy stout) on camera, and tease a future review to you guys.
By the way, this also counts as a Homebrew Wednesday vid!
I don’t know how many of these I’ll do, but since I’m not able to edit/upload videos at the moment (and I haven’t even had anything to shoot yet) I figure I might as well give you a quick vacation update.
About eight hours’ drive from Kalamazoo to the lakehouse near Scottsville, KY. Shana and I split the driving not quite in half, but I figure I’ll be doing enough later in the week to make up for it. The family members I’ve seen so far are doing well, and Shana’s looking forward to going dress shopping tomorrow.
On a more beer-related note, I tried another bottle of the Off-Kilter English IPA, and it’s still not carbonated. I’m worried that I waited too long to bottle, as fermentation was almost completely stopped before I added priming sugar and bottled. I’m treating it as essentially cask ale right now, but making the recipe again I’d definitely bottle a little sooner.
Full review of the homebrew to come once I have access to editing software again.
Hopefully more vacation updates to come. Cheers!
Sorry this vlog is so long, but I had a whole lot to talk about this time. As you can tell by how fast I talk in the vid.
First, I’m changing the brand I’m using for my beer reviews, to something that people can actually say. From now on instead of Zymurgical Explorations (which I rarely say in the vids anyway) it’ll be “Beyond the Pour.” To this end, I’ve also registered this domain. I’ll be doing text reviews and other beer-related content there as well as posting vids, so I welcome all to continue to check it out.
Second, I talk about Viewer Request Month and the various things that entailed. It was fun, but a lot of work, and I’m sorry I didn’t get to everyone’s request. If I missed your review and you’re not mentioned in text in the video, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see if I can get your beer done at some point. I’m always taking requests, so even if you didn’t email me during the project please feel free to send me a request even now.
I’ll be going on vacation from August 7-14, so this space will go dark during that period. I’ll be uploading the final four videos to get to #250 before I leave, and when I get back I’ll finally get around to doing all the beers I got in beer mails during the last couple of months. This includes all the beers sent by Chad and Lee.
Finally I give a shout-out to two new beer reviewers who have contacted me lately. Tommy actually game to visit me in the area (although unfortunately our schedules didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped) and Mr. Grim Viking has given me several shout-outs lately, so I figured I’d return the favor.
Whew! All that in thirteen minutes! I should have just shot two vlogs.
I actually brewed this a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t have the time to fit the video in given all the requests I was doing last month. I actually bottled this beer today before uploading the vid.
So I needed something that I could take with me on a trip to Kentucky this month and could share with people who may or may not be fans of craft beer. I thought a nice citrusy non-aggressive English-style IPA might be just what the doctor ordered. I’m calling this an “off-kilter” English IPA since I included one “weird” ingredient in the malt bill (the rye) and another “weird” ingredient in the hop schedule (late addition Citra).
You can view the final recipe here although I also have it listed in the video.
(I also taste the whiskey in which the oak for the whiskey wheatwine has been aging if you want to watch a really amusing bit of tasting.)