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[S4/E41] Magnify, Carton, Bolero Snort…It’s New Jersey!

Season 4, Episode 41 – This week, more brew from New Jersey!

We’re going back to the east coast with a show dedicated entirely to craft breweries from New Jersey, by way of 4B super-fans Alex Greene and Caitlin Sibley.

New Jersey Beers

Being a podcaster can be fun and rewarding. If you’re a podcaster with a solid fan base that go above and beyond to contribute to your podcast, it’s the most rewarding feeling ever. Every time we get beers from listeners, we are both humbled and excited to be in the position we are in. This week, Caitlin and Alex brought fire with some fantastic New Jersey beers from their local breweries.

More and more, the beers we get from listeners include at least one (if not all) hazy, New England-style IPA. It’s all the rage right now in craft beer. What we find interesting and exciting is how the style is both evolving and growing from brewery to brewery. On the surface, it seems like hazy IPA would be simple to brew. Couldn’t a brewer just take a regular, west coast-style IPA, double dry-hop it, and then simply bypass the filter? The resulting beer would be cloudy, hoppy, and hazy, so, end of story, right? Well, no, that’s not all there is to it. Of all the beers we got from Alex and Caitlin, Magnify Brewing Company stood out head and shoulders above many recent New England-style hazy IPAs that we’ve had on the show.

Since we’re talking about hazy IPA, it only makes sense to talk about diacetyl and dissolved oxygen in regards to mobile canning lines. With the recent popularity of canned craft beer, diacetyl issues in beer have seemingly become a bigger problem than before with glass-bottled beer. We speculate as to why this is consistently a problem, and how it might be fixed.

Thanks, again, to Alex and Caitlin for the New Jersey beers. Tune in next week when we finish the rest of the beers from their care package!


Episode Chapters:
00:00:00: Support The Show On Patreon!
00:00:09: Theme Music
00:00:20: Begin Show
00:00:39: Beers From New Jersey
00:04:03: Huntsman – Czig Meister
00:09:17: Rabaska – Carton Brewing Company
00:13:53: Red Rye Returning – Carton Brewing Company
00:18:47: Sneakbox – Kane Brewing Company
00:23:42: A-Game – The Alementary Brewing Company
00:35:57: Cypress Love – Cypress Brewing Company
00:41:55: Cold Side – Magnify Brewing Company
00:49:31: Wrap Up
00:50:02: Four Brewers On YouTube

Beers from this week’s episode:
Huntsman – Czig Meister
Rabaska – Carton Brewing Company
Red Rye Returning – Carton Brewing Company
Sneakbox – Kane Brewing Company
A-Game – The Alementary Brewing Company
Cypress Love – Cypress Brewing Company
Cold Side – Magnify Brewing Company

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[S4/E29] Only Kolsch Can Save Us, Now…

Season 4, Episode 29 – Well, they can’t all be winners…This week, beers from The Libertine Brewing Company.

You know, these things happen. It’s perfectly normally. I mean, it’s unrealistic to think otherwise. Nobody’s perfect. IT’S OKAY. The beers on this week’s episode come to us by way of our good friend Robert French, and they’re from none other than The Libertine Brewing Company out of San Luis Obispo, California.

The Libertine Brewing Company
The Libertine Brewing Company

If you’re confused about what exactly is happening with this week’s episode, allow us to clear it up for you. The Libertine Brewing Company makes great beer, for the most part. The Libertine Pub is a well know spot in Morro Bay, California, known not only for their tasty house beers, but also for their epic selection of craft beer. It’s a really great spot to visit if you’re ever in the area.

The Libertine Brewing Company opened as a proper 9000 square foot brewing facility and restaurant in 2012. They specialize in wild ales and even have a coolship where the beers are exposed to the open air overnight to allow wild yeast and bacteria to inoculate the freshly-brewed wort. Their beers are pretty damn good, for the most part anyway, but the beers on this week’s episode are, well, not what we had hoped they’d be.

Two Faced Labels!
Two Faced Labels!

Just so we’re all on the same page here, this episode isn’t in any way meant to be disrespectful to The Libertine Brewing Company or anyone else, for that matter. We were excited to try these beers, but unfortunately, they all had issues that really turned us off. We are still big fans of what The Libertine Brewing Company is doing, and can only hope these beers were just a few bad apples in the bunch.

We wrap up the show with a refreshing, palate-cleansing beer from Boulevard Brewing Co, their Americanized kolsch called, well, American Kolsch. It’s downright delicious, especially in this crazy-hot Southern California summer weather (climate change is real—it’s really, really hot here).


Beers from this week’s episode:
The Libertine Brewing Company – Lost In The Shuffle
The Libertine Brewing Company – Boardroom Blend
The Libertine Brewing Company – Pepe Le Pluot
The Libertine Brewing Company – Summer Breeze
The Libertine Brewing Company – Exile On Broad
Boulevard Brewing Co. – American Kolsch

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