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Episode 89 – Vienna IPA

 

Oh VIENNAAAAAAAAAAA! (Sorry about that) This week we review the winner of the Thornbridge/Waitrose homebrew contest, Graham Nelson’s Vienna IPA (stockists here). We’re also joined by Graham and Thornbridge head brewer Rob Lovatt to chat about the beer, competition and brewing in general.

There’s hardly as news this week as Brewdog didn’t write anything for us, but we announce the winners of our Beer 52 competitions and there’s the #prizelessprize Instagram of the week.

All this plus updates about our Crimbo Crawl and all of the usual beery banter – it’s beer o’clock!

UK Top 10 Porters/Stouts (7.5% & higher)

 

Once again, only 4 votes seperated the top 2 beers in this poll…

1. Magic Rock Bourbon Barrel Bearded Lady 10.5% ABV

Normally we’d get a guest blogger to write the piece about the winner but I couldn’t think of a bigger Magic Rock fanboy than me! So here’s what I thought when I sampled the 2013 version last Christmas… After I got through the wax seal and cracked the top I was instantly greeted with sweet piney, roasted aromas. The pour is thick, black (even though it’s a brown stout) and leaves a lovely creamy brown head. There is a big boozy aroma from the glass and you get coffee laced with cream while at the same time almost getting a whiff of JD and coke. The taste is like nothing I have ever sampled before. It’s like a smooth espresso and the bourbon ageing is coming through in every gulp. But it’s not harsh, it’s smooth, it’s warming and it just makes you keep going in for more. Big piney aromas continue throughout the drink, there is a thick flavour and finish, but I just can’t get over how smooth it is. As I near the end of the glass the smoothness continues, but the roasted flavours begin to give way and there’s slight fruit tones in there. This is so well balanced and so well delivered.

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Episode 88 – KeTo Reporter

 

This week we dive into another of our Italian beers courtesy of Beers From Italy with a very interesting one indeed – KeTo RePorter. Joining us for this review is #SomeRandomBlokeOffTwitter and the Legendary Palate himself, Justin Mason.

In the news we bring you up to speed with what’s been happening at Brewdog and there are some new beer releases.

There’s also an exclusive interview that Steve and Justin did with Alex Troncoso, the Director of Brewing at Camden Town Brewery about the game-changing new beer, IHL.

History is made when we award the first ever joint #PrizelessPrize as we just couldn’t split the pictures from 2 of our regular contributors (Fantastic Film & Sparkyrite)

All this plus the usual beery news and chatter, it’s Beer O’Clock!

 

Episode 87 – Bad Kitty

 

This week we’re joined by YouTube megastar Rob from Hopzine to sample an interesting little beer in ‘ Bad Kitty’ from Brass Castle. Plus we have an interview with Phil and Ian talking about the beer and the brewery.

There’s our beery news, competitions and don’t forget to check out Ep 41 of 11pm Somewhere for an exclusive review of Galway Bay’s ‘Buried at Sea’ and a mega annoucement about season 6.

Our #PrizelessPrize goes to the ‘most Scottish beer picture ever’ and there’s the usual beery chatter.

It’s beer o’clock!

Episode 86 – Nazionale

 

We’re back with another of our beers from our Italian selection this season with Birra Baladin’s ‘Nazionale’ in a huge-ass bottle!

In the news we look at the launch of Brewhouse & Kitchen Islington and the Coming of IHL.

We take a look at beer subscription services from Beer Bods, Craft Rebellion, Desk Beers, Beers From Italy, Ales By Mail and Beer 52.

Plus we launch THREE Beer 52 competitions

 

Winners will be announced on the show that we’ll record on Monday 17 November and via Twitter. In addition to all this there’s this week’s amazing #PrizelessPrize, and interview with the current Beer Writer of the Year Will Hawkes AND we have our usual beery chatter!

It’s Beer O’Clock!

Episode 85 – Hibernation IPA

 

This week we get cuddly with a Bear Hug Brewing Hibernation IPA, take a little walk through an historical London beer story, and have plenty of beery news and chatter!

All this PLUS the #PrizelessPrize!

It’s Beer O’Clock!

UK Top 10 Porters/Stouts (7.4% or less)

 

This one was close, really close. In the end  only 4 votes separated the top 2 beers…

1. Kernel India Export Porter 5.9% ABV
Boak and Bailey are currently running their own series of porter tastings here and they have kindly taken some time out to write these words about the winning beer… If we had to pick a single beer to represent what has happened to London’s beer scene in the last decade, The Kernel’s Export India Porter might be the one. First brewed in 2011, and much-imitated since, it is a playful acknowledgement of the fact that hoppy dark beers didn’t arrive with the recent invention of black IPA, but back in the 19th century when porter was shipped to supply British troops in India. Brewed at various strengths and with various hops over the years, KEIP can vary widely from batch to batch — for some, a key part of its appeal. It is a beer that perhaps does more to explain what ‘craft beer’ means in the UK than any amount of wordy philosophising — bold, raw-edged, boozy, bitter, and bursting with character, as fruity hops pile up against intense roasted malt flavours. Honestly, we’re not fans, but this poll shows that a LOT of people are, and no-one could ever call it bland.

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Episode 84 – Isaac

 

It’s our Indy Man Beer Con special! Featuring an exclusive interview with Jonny Heyes the founder of Indy Man plus a host of assorted bloggers help Steve review some special beers…

Toccolmatto / IMBC ‘Delta Red Disorder’ with Justin Mason

Magic Rock ‘Pith Head’ with Connor Murphy

Against The Grain ‘Citra Ass Down’ with Rowan Molyneux

St Feuillien / Green Flash ‘Belgian Coast IPA’ with Roland Glew

Camden Town / Beavertown ‘One Hells Of A Beaver’ with Matt Curtis

In addition to all that we also have our main review thanks to the chaps at Beers From Italy – a beer from one of the founding fathers of the Italian craft beer, Baladin’s ‘Isaac’.

With all that, there’s just about room for the Indy Man themed #PrizelessPrize.

It’s Beer O’Clock!

Episode 83 – Halcyon

 

The poorest-kept secret in beer podcasting… this week, the boys review Thornbridge’s Halcyon (cue HALCYON KLAXON) with guest host, beer blogger and all-round hop monster Rowan Molyneux.

Also a round up of what is going to happen at the Indy Man Beer Con (hint: carnage), the #prizelessprize and all the news.

It’s Beer O’Clock!

Oh Vienna

A while back a chap by the name of Graham Nelson won a little competition run by Thornbridge and Waitrose. Graham’s ‘Vienna IPA’ (award winning) homebrew was to be brewed by Thornbridge and distributed in Waitrose.

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