We at Beer America TV have been talking about it on and off for the past couple of years on our blogs, but it was time to put it to the test. The question, does beer taste better in a bottle or a can? We take two beers, Ranger IPA from New Belgium, and Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada, who both bottle and can the same beer, and do a simple blind taste test. One of us got both right, can you guess who?
This week on Beer America, we were invited to Beer for Breakfast on Dallas/Fort Worth radio KDGE 102.1 The Edge. Morning show host Vydra tries a new beer each week at 8:10am, but there was one beer no one could get her in the state of Texas, except us of course! They rank beers, many of them low in shows past, so be sure to watch and see what they give this one.
Okay, so we're breaking an unwritten rule by talking about a beer that is not an American Craft beer. There is a reason for this that we think most of you can relate to. Watch and let us know your thoughts! Distributed by Tubemogul.
Fruit in beer is not always a good thing, but if done correctly, there might be magic in a bottle. Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan has created a tremendous cherry ale they call Cerise, and it is special indeed! made with locally grown sour cherries, Cerise is mellow off the nose, but solid on the pallet. It's easy to drink with a relatively low ABV of 6.5%. Unfortunately it's a seasonal, so look for it around March in a store near you!! Distributed by Tubemogul.
We have yet another beer from the the Alaskan Brewing Company to talk about and this one has no shortage of flavor! Alaskan Baltic Porter Ale is dark in color with an intricate array of aromas and flavors that come from a a substantial amount of specialty malts, dark black cherries, and whole gourmet vanilla beans. It has been our pleasure here at Beer America TV to taste these beers from Alaskan, they all have been excellent! Distributed by Tubemogul.
We have quite a few faithful followers of Beer America TV and we appreciate everyone of you, trust me when I say that! As many of you know, we're hoping to turn this little hobby of ours into a real Beer TV travel series - we're still working out the details on that one. With that said, here are a couple of folks that know us and stopped by during our last taping. Distributed by Tubemogul.
As we continue our tasting of the Alaskan Breweries line up of beers, this week we try Alaskan White, a Belgian style witbeir. True to the style, Alaskan White is flavored with coriander, citrus, and a secret spice. Very refreshing, this beer is very easy to drink with a lower ABV of 5.3%. Once again, a special thank you goes out to Ashley Johnston and the entire Alaskan Brewing Company crew for sending us this beer and the many others we will be sharing with you in the coming weeks. Distributed by Tubemogul.
This week we take on a beer that many of you can't get your hands on unless you come to Georgia. It's Moon River Brewing's Swamp Fox IPA. Yes, it's about time we talked about a beer brewed by our own John Pinkerton! John talks about what goes into this hop explosion, where the name came from, and shares lots of great brewing info as always!! Savannah is a great tourist destination, so when you finally get here, be sure to stop by Moon River and sample the many great beers brewed there! Distributed by Tubemogul.
This week we dive into another beer from Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland Maine. For all you hop heads this one is a must try and another fine example of the diversity hops can bring to a beer.
Shipyard describes XXXX IPA as a non-traditional American IPA with a brilliant copper color and the classic citrus nose of Cascade Hops. This beer demonstrates a unique balance of malt-inspired, delicate red grapefruit sweetness and lingering hop dryness.
XXXX IPA is one of the selections in Shipyard's new Pugsley’s Signature Series. This series is named after Shipyard’s master brewer, Alan Pugsley. Pugsley’s career began in England where he worked under the tutelage of renowned brewer Peter Austin at the world-famous Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire. Distributed by Tubemogul.
From time to time we are fortunate enough to receive "samples" from various breweries across the country, this weeks beer came all the way from Juneau Alaska to Savannah, Georgia! I'm talking about Alaskan Winter from the Alaskan Brewing Company. Described as an Olde English Ale, this malty copper colored ale has a surprise flavor you don't find in many brews -Spruce Tips! We were certainly impressed with this one, so much so, that we have a few more Alaskan beers to review in the coming weeks. Distributed by Tubemogul.
The clever and extremely creative folks at Stone Brewing are continually raising the bar on what beer is and what it can be! This week we try Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale, a Belgian style Imperial Porter. Brewed with dark candi sugar, chocolate malt, tangerine peel, vanilla beans, and aged on French oak, this is one of those beers that packs huge flavor, but is nicely balanced at the same time.
Beginning with the first release in 02.02.02, the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series is an eleven-year endeavor with each new edition released one year, one month, and one day after the previous years, culminating in a truly Epic Vertical tasting on 12.12.12. If you happen to have any of the releases from years past, we'd love to hear from you!! Distributed by Tubemogul.
The fine folks at New England Brewing were kind enough to send us a few samples and we start with their Elm City Lager. Named after New Haven's historic nickname, this is true to a German Pilsner style. Crisp and golden, we found this beer to be refreshing, while distinctly tasting the pilsner malts and Hallertaur Hops. We sampled in the winter, but I bet it would be great on a warm summers day. Distributed by Tubemogul.
As a part of their Big Beer Series, Smuttynose Maibock is one that should be considered next time you're in the local beer aisle. If you're not familiar with the bock style, it's basically a German strong lager. Big and malty, this beer is easy to drink and not "boozy" in any way. It's also a beautiful color and crystal clear due to the lagering process. Maibock is brewed early and released in celebration of Spring. Distributed by Tubemogul.
American Craft beer in a can?? You bet, and Oskar Blues brings it in BIG with their seasonal Imperial Stout. Distributed by Tubemogul.
This week a classic APA from the largest American owned brewery in St. Louis, Schlafly Beer. This American Pale Ale is dry hopped directly into the finished beer boost the fresh fruity, flavor and aroma of American hops. Distributed by Tubemogul.
OK, so I'm walking down the beer aisle and I catch a glance at a six pack of cans with 2 pigs bumping bellies, so I say to myself, I gotta try this, it's either going to be really good or really bad right? The beer we're talking about this week is lovingly call Porkslap from Butternuts Beer and Ale in upstate New York! Brewed with Crystal hops and a touch of fresh ginger, it proves to be quite a nice session beer. Distributed by Tubemogul.
This week we sample an unusual beer to many: Left Hand Brewing Company's Smoke Jumper Imperial Smoked Porter! This is dark and nicely smoked off the nose. They use hot and cold smoked barley malt to give it it's incredible flavor. There is also a nice sweetness coming from molasses, and a nice hoppiness as well. It was a GABF gold medal winner in 2009 in the smoked beer category. Distributed by Tubemogul.
The fine folks at Redhook recently sent us a very limited edition of their barley wine called Treblehook. This is a very complex beer that was brewed over time and great care. It was actually dry hopped vigorously for six months, but don't be fooled, the malt flavors still shine through. This is another fine example of a beer that can be enjoyed now, or cellared for a few years and enjoyed later. Distributed by Tubemogul.