[S3/E26] Fat Tires and Mimosas

Season 3, Episode 26 – This week, the Fat Tire & Friends “collabeeration riff pack” and Going In Blind with Nagel.

As you may remember, a few weeks ago we sampled the Sierra Nevada collaboration Beer Camp 12-pack. We were marginally dissatisfied with most of the beers. It’s not that the beers outright sucked (there were a couple wins), but they just weren’t noteworthy. This week, we decided to try another collaboration mixer. New Belgium’s take on their collaboration “riff pack” differed from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp in that every beer is a take (riff, if you will) on New Belgium’s classic Fat Tire Amber Ale. This should be interesting…

New Belgium Collabeeration Riff Pack
New Belgium Collabeeration Riff Pack

Fat Tire is a well known beer. Its classic label, depicting red “retro” bicycle, can be spotted from a mile away (well, maybe not a mile…10 feet?). It’s safe to assume that even the most experienced beer geek among us has tasted Fat Tire at least once. Fat Tire is ubiquitous, but it also tends to get overlooked by beer geeks in search of something more, whatever that may be.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, New Belgium called upon their closest beer industry buds to take the classic Fat Tire recipe and mix it up. Maybe change the yeast, add MOAR HOPS, or throw in some apple juice? Rhinegeist, Firestone Walker, Allagash, Avery, and Hopworks all participated in the collaboration. Each beer in the Riff Pack is a unique take on Fat Tire.

Did the beers exceed our expectations? Did New Belgium play it safe or did they really try to brew outside the box and make an interesting group of beers? Listen and find out!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Beers from this week’s episode:
New Belgium Brewing Company – Fat Tire
New Belgium w/ Rhinegeist Brewery – Fat Pale Ale
New Belgium w/ Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Fat Hoppy Ale
New Belgium w/ Allagash Brewing Company – Fat Funk Ale
New Belgium w/ Avery Brewing Co. – Fat Wild Ale
New Belgium w/ Hopworks Urban Brewery – Fat Sour Apple Ale

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[S3/E25] L.A. Beer Week 2016

Season 3, Episode 25 – It’s L.A. Beer Week! Let’s drink some beer from Los Angeles breweries.

L.A. Beer Week is upon us! This yearly celebration of Los Angeles beer, bars, breweries, homebrewers, restaurants, eateries, food trucks, and beer drinkers has evolved into one of the best celebrations of beer culture in southern California. From Long Beach to Pomona to Gorman, the expansive and densely populated county of Los Angeles has become a destination for beer geeks far and wide. Today, we celebrate L.A. beer by drinking eight beers from L.A. breweries.

2016 LA Beer Week Kickoff
The Crowd at the 2016 LA Beer Week Kickoff – #LABW8

The 2016 #LABW8 Kickoff Festival was Saturday, June 18, and it was pretty amazing. Not only were Los Angeles breweries pouring, but breweries from Orange County, the Inland Empire, San Diego County, and even the Bay area and beyond were participating in the action. There were so many awesome breweries, and they brought their A-game. Fundamental Observation from Bottle Logic Brewing was “secretly” being poured, Beachwood Blendery brought bottles from their Propagation series of wild and farmhouse inspired ales, while newer breweries like Mumford Brewing impressed folks with their hoppy and juicy IPA. The entertainment was spot on, the lines were short for the most part, and the event overall was very well organized. Props to the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild for organizing such an awesome event!

Los Angeles Breweries
Los Angeles Breweries

L.A. Beer Week is this week! So many events are happening all over southern California that you’d be hard pressed to not find something that’s happening in your neck of the woods. A full listing of everything that’s going down this week can be found at the L.A. Beer Week website, or by downloading the DoStuff app [iOS | Android] and searching for “LA Beer Week”.

We’ll see you around and cheers to Los Angeles beer!

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT, LOS ANGELES.

Beers from this week’s episode:
King Harbor Brewing Company – The Swirly
Phantom Carriage Brewery – Muis
Beachwood Blendery – Propagation No. 128
Highland Park Brewery – Help Yourself
Monkish Brewing Company – Days of Underoos
Three Weav3rs Brewing Company – Unity 2016
El Segundo Brewing Company – Hop Plunge
Smog City Brewing Company – Infinite Wishes (2016)

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