Episode Nine | Oats, Bros, and Berlin

Season 1, Episode 9 - This week, we’re sippin’ on two delicious IPAs, both of which involve Beachwood Brewing, and then we’re going to the dark side with John’s black oatmeal IPA, Oats N’ Bros.

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Joined by our in-house special guests Sara and Yvonne, we kick off the show this week with Beachwood Brewing‘s third anniversary IPA, aptly named “Greenshift“, which is made with nearly every hop under the sun. Well, not really, but it’s got a butt-load of hops in it, and it’s surprisingly smooth for being a 10% ABV beer. Beachwood Brewing has really been kicking ass this last year, and we couldn’t be happier for them and to celebrate their third anniversary with them.

Stone Brewing Co./Beachwood Brewing/Heretic Brewing - Unapologetic IPA and Beachwood Brewing's Greenshift IPA
Stone Brewing Co./Beachwood Brewing/Heretic Brewing – Unapologetic IPA and Beachwood Brewing’s Greenshift IPA

Next up, we’re drinking another beer that Beachwood had a part in, called “Unapologetic IPA.” A collaboration between Stone Brewing Co., Beachwood Brewing, and Heretic Brewing Co., this IPA was brewed with all experimental hops, which give it a very unique and bright floral character. Really tasty, indeed. We don’t spend a lot of time talking about this beer, really. Rather, we devote a good amount of time talking about Stone’s recent expansion to Berlin, Germany, and their related IndieGoGo fundraising campaign. It’s been the buzz of the interwebs since July 19th, when Stone announced that they’re finally opening a brewing in Europe and on the east coast of the United States, garnering both positive and not-so-positive feedback from the beer community.

Feature: Homebrew – John’s black oatmeal IPA, “Oats N’ Bros”

Next up, we’re trying John’s latest creation, Oats N’ Bros. This is a black IPA made with two pounds of oats, similar in fashion to his standard oatmeal IPA, “Oats N’ Hoes.” It’s 7.3% ABV and made with Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops, coming in at 95 IBUs. The oats lend a smooth, silky mouthfeel to this IPA, giving it a similar feel to a milk stout without the added sweetness that comes with adding lactose to the beer.

Oats N' Bros Black Oatmeal IPA
Oats N’ Bros Black Oatmeal IPA

The other unique thing about this black IPA is the use of brown malt in the mash. Brown malt is an excellent choice for making a brown ale, due to its biscuity, toasty nature, and it seems to work pretty well in darker beers, too. Click here for John’s Oats N’ Bros recipe.

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Episode Eight | Pink Boots Society

Season 1, Episode 8 – This week, we’re once again joined by the lovely Denise Ratfield of Pink Boots Society and Stone Brewing Co., who (like the dope lady she is) brought #AllTheBeers. Robert French is also back in the studio with us. We try three varieties of Societe’s “The Bachelor”, learn more about Denise, and learn that Jason simply dominates during “Guess That Brew.”

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If you have yet to hear about Societe Brewing Company in San Diego, California, well…get in the know! They’re making killer beer in San Diego that’s uncompromising and true to their take on what craft beer should be.

Societe Brewing Company - The Bachelor
Societe Brewing Company – The Bachelor

Denise brought three varieties of Societe’s American IPA, The Bachelor, to share with us. These growlers were provided by our good bud, Mike Sardina, Societe’s “Ruler of the Underworld.” Mike is one of the most sincere craft beer geeks we’ve ever met, and he’s a perfect fit over at Societe.

The Bachelor is an ever-changing, single hop IPA. The hops in the beer vary from batch to batch, so you can really get the true essence of whatever hop was used in the beer pretty well.

The first variant of The Bachelor we’re drinking is made with Mosaic hops. Mosaic hops tend to come off very much like passion fruits, and this beer definitely delivers the fruit, perhaps even all over your face.

The second variant of The Bachelor is made with Amarillo hops. Amarillo is a great hop for IPA, especially when combined with Simcoe, so it’s really nice to see it used in The Bachelor as a single hop.

The third variant of The Bachelor is made with Citra. [Citra is so hot right now. So hot.] We all love its citrus-like characteristics and it really shines in this beer. Societe makes some of the cleanest beer you’ll ever drink, and Citra in The Bachelor is a match made in beer heaven.

Feature: “Guess That Brew!”

We’re back for another round of “Guess That Brew.” This time, we’re reading two reviews of two very different but much sought after brews. Jason proves once again that he is the master of this game. Don’t cross this dude—he’ll lay the smack down.

Feature: Denise Ratfield and “Unite Pale Ale.”

Denise Ratfield has been involved in the brewing industry since 1995 when she worked on the bottling line at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. She currently works at Stone Brewing Co.’s headquarters as their Brewceptionist.

Along with working at Stone, Denise has been an active member of the Pink Boots Society as the Social Media Committee Chair. She also recently organized the massive brewday that was International Women’s Collaborative Brew Day.

Pink Boots Society is comprised of women who work in the beer industry. Their main goal is to empower women in the brewing industry through an open exchange of ideas and scholarships. There are many women working behind the scenes in the beer industry, whether they be brewers, brewery owners, shop owners, or even beer writers. Their voices and advancement in the industry are important. Pink Boots Society is there to help them advance and thrive, and encourage even more women to get involved in the beer industry.

Mike Hess Brewing and Pink Boots Society Collaboration Beer - Unite Pale Ale
Mike Hess Brewing and Pink Boots Society Collaboration Beer – Unite Pale Ale

As mentioned earlier, Denise was the event organizer for International Women’s Collaborative Brew Day. The idea was originally brought to Denise and Pink Boots Society by Sophie de Ronde from Brentwood Brewery in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with Project Venus UK (think Pink Boots Society, but in the UK). The thought was to have women in the beer industry from all over the world unite for one day and brew a beer. In this case, it was a pale ale made with Cascade hops—a true classic. A recipe was posted online, and those who participated could tweak the recipe as needed and brew the beer. Over 70 breweries around the world participated. The beer was named “Unite Pale Ale.”

The variation of Unite that we are drinking this week was brewed at Mike Hess Brewing Company in San Diego, California, by two team members from Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA, Laura Mirsch (Brewer at Stone Brewing Co.) and Hollie Stephenson (Brewery Supervisor at Stone Brewing Co.). It’s a 4.9% pale ale that’s quite delicious.

Latitude 33 and Pink Boots Society Collaboration Beer Label
Latitude 33 and Pink Boots Collaboration Beer Label

Denise is all about the Pink Boots Collaborations these days, and her latest is with Latitude 33 Brewing Company out of San Diego, California. Denise and Kevin Buckley (Latitude 33’s Brewmaster and Head of Brewing Operations) made a 5.3% oatmeal pale ale (ah-hem, John…?) with Nugget, Nelson, Southern Cross, and Motueka hops named “Worldly Scholar.” It’s on draft and in bottles, and it’s available RIGHT NOW! Funds raised from the sale of the beer will benefit Pink Boots Society scholarships.

Denise will also be pouring this beer at Beervana, a two day celebration of craft beer in New Zealand.

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Episode Seven | Shaking Old Bandersnatch’s Tree

Season 1, Episode 7 - This week, we’re shaking trees and drinking something old and tasty with award-winning local homebrewer, Robert French. Denise Ratfield of Pink Boots Society and Stone Brewing Co. is also along for the ride.

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Fort George Brewery - Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale and 3-Way IPA
Fort George Brewery – Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale and 3-Way IPA

Jason is, once again, bringing the Fort George love with these two excellent offerings, Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale, and 3-Way IPA, which is a collaboration between Fort George, Block 15, and Boneyard Beer. Suffice to say, we’re all becoming huge fans of Fort George. The topics of the localization of breweries and prioritized markets also come up in the discussion.

Feature: Homebrew – Robert French’s “Old Bandersnatch” and “Shake Your Tree.”

Robert French is a long time friend of ours, and he’s been brewing for about 18 years. Recently, he built this super-dope single tier brewing stand that’s just beautiful. But he’s not just a pretty dude, with a pretty brewing stand—he makes excellent beer, too.

Robert French and His Brewing Stand
Robert French and His Brewing Stand

Robert’s first offering is his rye whiskey barrel-aged old age called, “Old Bandersnatch.” It was aged in an eight gallon rye whiskey barrel for two weeks. This bottle has about a year or so of age on it, and it’s tasting fantastic. It won gold in the first round of the National Homebrew Competition in San Diego, and it completely deserves it. This beer is also a testament to the wonderful grain that is Maris Otter. It’s silky, smooth, and has just the right amount of sweetness with a wonderful texture.

Robert French - Shake Your Tree
Robert French – Shake Your Tree

His second offering is a beer that he made for his daughter’s wedding, called “Shake Your Tree.” It’s a peach saison that was fermented with White Labs’ WLP670 American Farmhouse Blend. Whole, puréed peaches were added to the fermentor. This beer is about a year old and the peaches still shine through wonderfully and are complimented perfectly by the brettanomyces yeast present in the beer.

Feature: “Going In Blind.”

Going In Blind - Green Flash White IPA and St. Feuillien Saison
Going In Blind – Green Flash White IPA and St. Feuillien Saison

Sara‘s back and pouring the brews for another round of “Going In Blind,” but this time, she’s pouring some beers that Yvonne purchased. To be honest, both of these beers were zingers for all of us, but in the end, Matt narrows it down and ultimately gets the gold star for this round.

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