[S3/E21] Reformation Brewery

Season 3, Episode 21 – This week on the show, 4B listener and super-fan, Mike Kirshner, is at it once again and sent us some really tasty brew from Woodstock, Georgia.

Before we start the show this week, it should be noted that Matt wasn’t able to make it to Session 35 of Four Brewers due to personal affairs, and thus will not be on this episode or the next two. See you at Session 36, Matt!

We begin by reading our (long overdue) thank you list of Four Brewers’ supporters and podcast reviewers on iTunes. We haven’t read thank-yous since November of 2015, so if you’ve left a review or supported the show since then, you’ll hear your name on this episode!

Reformation Brewery Beers
Reformation Brewery Beers

Today, we’re drinking beers from Woodstock, Georgia’s Reformation Brewery. Trends in the craft beer scene over the last decade or so have been what could mildly be described as “experimental” by many, many breweries. On one hand, that’s what craft beer is—innovation and experimentation. On the other hand, things can get out of control when it comes to adding ingredients to beer. Reformation’s stance is to make quality, classic beer styles, while at the same time throwing their own spin on it. It’s certainly a noble approach to beer. (Tap’s Fish House, anyone? They’re winning medals left and right…)

Mike sent us four Reformation beers: Union, Cadence, Atlas, and Stark. These beers basically cover the spectrum of classic craft beer, from Belgian witbier to Porter. These beers were pretty fantastic, overall.

Big thanks to Mike for once again hooking us up with some great east coast brew!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Reformation Brewery – Union
Reformation Brewery – Cadence
Reformation Brewery – Atlas
Reformation Brewery – Stark

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[S3/E20] Funky Beer and Sour IPA?

Season 3, Episode 20 – Sour IPA. It’s a thing apparently. But is it a good thing? We’re gonna find out this week on the show.

Sour IPA. I don’t know about this. I mean, IPA isn’t supposed to be sour. Sure, there are massively over-hopped sour beers out there that are deliciously awesome, but what exactly is a sour IPA? Is it a standard IPA recipe fermented with brettanomyces, or bacteria? It’s not that simple, right? WHAT’S HAPPENING?!

Not all of the beers on the show this week are sour IPAs. But, we’re gonna easy into this. A little bit of foreplay, if you will…

Monkish Brewing Co. - Soul Foudre
Monkish Brewing Co. – Soul Foudre

First up is a beer from a brewery that is always a safe bet in terms of quality and execution, Monkish Brewing Company’s Soul Foudre. While this beer has no place in a sour IPA show, it’s our way of telling our palates, “hey…this is what a good beer tastes like.” Not that we think the sour IPA will be bad, but it’s called SOUR IPA. Anyway, Soul Foudre is great. Monkish will have some fruit variants of Soul Foudre up for sale this week, so check that out. Monkish is 4B approved! *ding*

Epic Brewing Co. and Odd 13 Brewing
Epic Brewing Co. and Odd 13 Brewing

Alright, now to the nitty gritty. The first sour IPA on deck is Epic Brewing Co.’s Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA (marketing, anyone?). This is an unusual beer, to say the least. Without giving too much away, it’s tart…and juicy. Yep. It is definitely those things.

Next up is Odd 13 Brewing’s Vincent Van Couch. They call this a “session sour” and it’s made with Citra and Mosaic hops. So while technically not an IPA, it kinda is? This is so confusing…

The Rare Barrel and Prairie Artisan Ales
The Rare Barrel and Prairie Artisan Ales

We wrap up the show with two more beers that take us back to the funky side, Prairie Artisan Ales’ Funky Gold Simcoe, and first-timer to the 4B podcast, The Rare Barrel’s Forces Unseen.

Sour IPA has arrived, beer geeks, for good or bad. Godspeed.

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
Monkish Brewing Co. – Soul Foudre
Epic Brewing Co. – Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA
Odd 13 Brewing – Vincent Van Couch (Session Sour)
Prairie Artisan Ales – Funky Gold Simcoe
The Rare Barrel – Forces Unseen

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