Beer O'Clock Show

Month: September 2014

Episode 81 – Rodenbach Grand Cru

 

This week we’re joined by trouser-adverse beer blogger Matt Curtis to review a beer of much repute: Rodenbach’s Grand Cru.

In the news we look at the upcoming Winter Beer Fest, Pilsner Urquell’s lastest tankovna, the Good Beer Guide 2015 and the recent Indy Beer Can Competition.

We discuss Matt’s foray into blogging, look back at the recent Top 10 UK Pale Ales poll and there’s a double for someone in the Instagram of the Week.

If all that isn’t enough, we look forward to the Indy Man Beer Con with an interview with Claudia from the Indy Man team.

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A Bump In The Road

When we launched the UK Top 10 IPAs poll back in May it was as a result of some inspiration I found from a blog written by Andy Parker. It was part fun, part social experiment that actually ended up with an unexpected winner in Marble’s Dobber.

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UK Top 10 Pale Ales

 

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Unlike the recent UK Top 10 Lagers, this poll was a close run thing from beginning to end. 523 votes were cast and in the end one pale ale emerged victorious. Here are the results of the UK Top 10 Pale Ales…

1. Beavertown Gamma Ray 5.4% ABV
Friend of the show, beer writer and #SomeRandomBlokeOffTwitter Justin Mason has this to say about the winner. As soon as Beavertown unleashed their beers on an unsuspecting public they created a buzz. Gamma Ray, first released in October 2012, was originally part of their boundary-pushing experimental Alpha Series, however its in-your-face US hop character made it an instant favourite with drinkers craving big ballsy beers that left their lips tingling and their palate in tatters, and it soon became a best-seller. With its spicy pine, passion fruit and grapefruit aroma and its huge bitter tropical citrus caramel flavour, Gamma Ray has achieved an almost cult status amongst craft beer lovers on this side of the Atlantic searching for an American-style Pale Ale that delivers every time. It is a truly special beer, and now it is available in cans it is a near-fresh hop hit you can have straight from the fridge whenever you want it. You can check out the show that we did with Justin where we review Gamma Ray and all of the other Beavertown cans here.

2. Magic Rock High Wire 5.5% ABV

3. Brewdog Dead Pony (Club/Ale) 3.8% ABV

4. Oakham Citra 4.2% ABV

5. Pressure Drop Pale Fire 4.8% ABV

6. Kernel Pale Ale Simcoe 5.4% ABV

7. Thornbridge Kipling 5.2% ABV
Check out what we thought of this beer on the Lock In

8. Weird Beard Mariana Trench 5.3% ABV

9. Cromarty Rogue Wave 5.7% ABV

10. Moor Nor’Hop 4.1% ABV

Beavertown Gamma Ray, Magic Rock High Wire and Brewdog Dead Pony now join Camden Town Hells, Harviestoun Schiehallion, Fourpure Pils, Marble Dobber, Magic Rock Cannonball and The Kernel Citra IPA in the end of the year UK Top 10 Beers poll. Before that we have stouts, bitters and the next poll, Porters to get through.

You can nominate your favourite Porters in the comment box below or via Twitter using #UKTop10Porters until Friday 17 October. The poll will run from Thursday 23 – Monday 27 October and the top 3 will also be added to the UK Top 10 Beers poll at the end of the year.

In the meantime and/or for inspiration check out what Boak and Bailey are up to with their porter tasting at the moment.

Thanks to everyone who took time to cast a vote, we hope you enjoy giving these beers a try.

 

Episode 80 – My Antonia

We’re back with Season 5, and what better way to start it off than a continuously-hopped Imperial Pils? I know, right! Fresh from Italy courtesy of our friends at Beers from Italy, it’s My Antonia – a collaboration ale from Dogfish Head and Birra del Borgo.

Joining us, and kindly supplying this week’s bottle and others throughout the upcoming season, are Andy and Geremiah from Beers from Italy.

This week’s news is the biggest ever, with the best ever pips and covers most things that we missed while we were off air. The coveted #PrizelessPrize Instagram of the week is back and we look forward to the rest of season 5.

All this plus the normal banter and chatter! It’s Beer O’Clock!

Apologies for some of the sound quality on this weeks show, we think the gremlins are still in the system following the Lock In!

Episode 79 – Summer Special – Magic Stone Dog

It’s our summer special! Now an annual feature (funny that), and this week with have a double-helping of summer goodness – not only do we review the Magic Rock / Stone Brew Co / Brewdog collaboration ‘Magic Stone Dog’, but we also have the sunny presence of Ian from a funny little place called Ireland and the 11PM Somewhere podcast!

PLUS a special heaping helping of audio from Steve’s recent visit to Brewdog HQ* including an exclusive interview with the founders, James Watt and Martin Dickie.

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*This trip was enitrely funded by the guys at Brewdog for which we are grateful. A number of beer writers, bloggers, vloggers and podcasters were invited up to Aberdeen for the weekend – here’s a handy guide to other reviews currently available following this trip, just click on the links to go straight to the media.

Hopzine (video)

The Beer Cast (live blog from the day)

The Irish Beer Snob (podcast)

Diary of a Beer Girl (blog)

The Beer Diary (blog)

 

Breaking News [insert pips here]

PrintWe are pleased to announce a new collaboration with leading online Beer Retailer, Ales By Mail.

The partnership will see us providing mini-audio reviews of beers available exclusively on the ABM store, helping consumers get expert advice right from the online shop, while they buy. ABM are thanking show listeners with 10% off everything you buy on www.alesbymail.co.uk

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