Four Brewers | Saisons, Smoked Porters, and Hite…Oh My!
Season 2, Episode 16 – We’re going back to the homebrew this week with beers from John and Greg. Also, Hite.
We’re going back a couple episodes into the past with this show as we pregame for the now released Saison Showdown. We kick off the show with a brettanomyces version of Greg’s saison from episode 9 of season 2 that was fermented with brett trois yeast.
Next, we’re drinking a beer muled by Mr. Carlos Granillo, Wicked Weed Brewing’s TakéTaké Saison. North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing is somewhat new to the craft beer scene and they’re already making waves with their well-crafted beers and recent success at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.
Next up is a very special beer brewed by John and Carlos, Big G’s BBQ Smoked Porter. This beer clocks in at a very low 5.0% ABV, which technically disqualifies it from the porter category, so think of it as a “session smoked porter”. Five percent of the grain bill was smoked for three hours in Carlos’ smoker, and it sat on the top rack above a trip tip steak that was also in the smoker. Apple wood and cherry wood chips were used in the smoker, and half of this batch was aged for seven days in a used, five gallon whiskey barrel. The beer was brewed in 2012, and everyone agrees that it held up really well.
Since this show was the precursor to the Saison Showdown, we decided to “cleanse” our palates with a tasty Korean treat of a beer known as Hite Ice Point. This sort of “Japanese-ish/American-ish hybrid light lager” is a favorite of Jason’s and suffice to say, opinions of the beer were polarized…
BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.
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