Four Brewers | A Pod of Whalez
Season 1, Episode 19 – This week on the show, we harpooned some whalez from the other side of the continent, Brooklyn Brewery.
Welcome to Four Brewers, the one-day-late edition. As many of you know, the Great American Beer Festival came to a close last Saturday (…it was AWESOME!), which means we were pretty much in recovery mode when we got home, and couldn’t get the show edited and out on time. Better late than never, right? RIGHT.
This week, Matt and his totally awesome rad wife hooked us up with some Brew from Brooklyn Brewery out of New York. We rarely see Brooklyn Brewery’s beer in this neck of the woods, so it goes without saying that these are quite a treat for us.
We kick off the show with the only beer made with the Sorachi Ace hop that Matt can stomach, Brooklyn’s Sorachi Ace. Sorachi Ace hops tend to have a very perfume-like nose to them, and can really dominate the overall experience of a beer, since they live somewhere in the neighborhood of 18% alpha acid. This beer both combats and compliments this hop with Brooklyn Brewery’s own in-house strain of Belgian ale yeast. It’s one of the best Sorachi Ace beers around, and definitely worth seeking out.
Silver Anniversary Lager is next up, which is essentially a doppelbock strength version of their Brooklyn Lager. We tangent for a bit (surprised?) and discuss gluten-free food stuffs, the Beer Wars documentary, and the history of Brooklyn Brewery’s iconic logo.
Last but not least is the Brooklyn Cuvée Noire, a 10.6% ABV bourbon barrel-aged, Belgian style stout made with sweet orange peel. This bottle happens to be blend #4, and it’s pretty fantastic.
As excited as we were to drink these bottles of radness, we got off topic quite a bit, and honestly, didn’t spend a whole lot of time discussing the beers. Hey, it happens.
If you’re missing the homebrew aspect of the show, next week’s episode will feature a brew from Mr. Nagel. Greg’s no slacker, yo.
Brew the shit out of it!
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