Tales From the Cask Craft Beer Podcast

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Caskers!  In episode 36 of Tales From the Cask we bring you the 2013 Christmas Extravaganza!!  Joined by Joe Zonin, owner and brewer from Carolina Brewing Company in Holly Springs NC, and fan fave Aubrey Herbert from Sierra Nevada Brewing, we taste some fantastic holiday themed brews.  On tap this episode are Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza 2012, CBC Old 392 Barleywine, Sierra Celebration Ale, Sierra Christmas Jam Ale, and an Anchor Christmas 2011!

In addition to Aubrey and Joe, we’re joined by our producer and fifth Beatle, Darrell Darnell from Golden Spiral Media, with special cameo audio bits from Tony Danza.  We all share favorite Christmas memories, New Year’s resolutions, what we want for Christmas, our favorite holiday beverages, and much more!

We also answer some listener questions about holiday brews, respond to some Tweets about various listeners favorite beers, and share some news stories from the recent passing of Graham MacKay, the 500 year old German beer law, trading an alligator for a 12-pack, and a proposed Ohio law that could raise ABV up to 21 percent.

And what holiday special would be complete without singing?

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com
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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 6:05pm EST

Greetings to all you wonderful Caskers!  It’s time to relax with a frosty malt beverage and enjoy episode 35 of Tales From the Cask.  We have a real treat on tap for this episode! We go on location to interview Jamie Bartholomaus, head brewer and co-owner of Foothills Brewing!  He shares his interesting story of how he got into the brewing business, tells us us about the inspiration behind Hoppyum IPA, how they choose their styles of beer, and gives us the down and dirty on Sexual Chocolate. Jamie also shares his delicious Battle Crye Rye IPA and Blendiculous Imperial Brown Ale! He even takes some time to answer listener  questions.

In our news segment we share a USA Today article about which beers Americans are drinking a lot less of, an AP article about the black market for craft beers, a very interesting New York Times article about alcoholics in Amsterdam getting paid in beer, and a story about a new beer can Festivus pole that is being erected at the Florida state capitol.

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:50am EST

Greetings from the Sunny Lands, Caskers!  In episode 34 of Tales From the Cask, we’re joined by off-premise expert Jim Bostic! We discuss the differences in on-premise and off-premise sales, changes in the beer landscape over the last 20 years, Jim’s career before and after he got into the beer business, and what he enjoys about being a part of the beer industry.

In our news segment we share stories about Sam Adams’ Utopias beer which has a 28% ABV and a $199 price tag for a 750ml bottle, a man in Massachusetts that drank a beer in every Connecticut town to raise money for cancer research, how to identify the perfect beer glass, and France’s craft beer revolution.

On tap this week are Bear Republic Brewing Company’s El Oso, Carolina Brewing Company’s Winter Porter, and Big Eddy’s Russian Imperial Stout.

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

Happy Thanksgiving, Caskers!  We have a great episode for you today as we look at beer and food pairings for Thanksgiving meals!  We are joined by Gadabout Food blogger extraordinaire, Kristen Baughman.  We sample parmesan and vegetable Latkes paired with Carolina Brewing Company’s Carolina Pale Ale, turkey and cranberry orange relish paired with B. Necktar’s Zombie Killer, green bean casserole with paired with Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye, scalloped potatoes paired with Bell’s Best Brown Ale, and pumpkin mousse pie paired with Sam Adams’ Merry Maker.  

We also have some great stories about the Sonic Foamer that blasts bubbles into your beer to enhance the flavor, research into why bottled beer bubbles when it’s tapped, a legal showdown that’s brewing over an Indiana beer temperature regulation, and a Florida movement to end a ban on beer growlers.

Since this is Kristen’s second time on Tales From the Cask, we have three NEW questions for her. She also helps us respond to listener questions and Tweets!

 

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Tales From the Cask Episode 32 is here and we have a special treat for you!  We are joined at the bar with Don Chartier and Ethan Boylan from Lagunitas Brewing Company!  Today they share stories about how they got started in the beer business, and the growth of Lagunitas.  They also discuss their famous labels, why they chose to open up a new brewery in Chicago, and the accidental discovery of their best seller, Brown Shugga’ ale.

On tap for this episode are Lagunitas’ Daytime, IPA, Brown Shugga’, Sucks, and Ruben and the Jets Imperial Stout!

We also share some interesting stories about Patagonia Beer, craft beer in Decatur, health benefits of drinking beer, a Huffington Post article about Beer and Wine options for Thanksgiving, , and a NY Daily News article about more women getting into craft beer!

 

The guys from Lagunitas stick around and help us answer some listener questions about Lagunitas Sucks, the best cities to visit multiple breweries and beer photos that came in from Tokyo, Guam, and more!

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 1:28pm EST

We knew you would listen to this episode, Caskers.  Today we are on location at the release of Foothills Brewing’s Hoppy Medium Imperial Brown Ale and we are joined by Mystical Awakenings’ Psychic Medium, Melissa Peil.  We enjoy the hoppy goodness of the Hoppy Medium, and Melissa shares some of the readings that she got about the classic old bar that we’re in, the future of Tales From the Cask, and the growth of Foothills Brewing!  Melissa also takes some time to answer some listener questions!

We share some very interesting news articles about a malt farm in Massachusetts, beer infused cigars, beer prices at NFL stadiums, a possible world record for craft beer, and a very interesting article about how drinking a beer after you run might just be the best thing you can do!

 

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:13am EST

Welcome back, Caskers!  In episode 30 of Tales From the Cask, we explore the sensational taste of Lagunitas Brewing Company’s limited release Daytime!  Daytime is a Fractional IPA made with cutting-edge experimental hops, and it finishes clean and refreshing.  It's very hard to find this beer, as it's only being released in just a few places around the country. If you can get your hands on Daytime, do it!

In our news segment we share a story about church groups that are attracting new members through craft beer, Japan's burgeoning craftbrew scene, how beer makes Canada's economy hop, India's taste for strong beer, and Scotland's Snake Venom beer, a new brew from Scotland’s Brewmeister brewery that has 67 percent ABV!

We also respond to listener feedback about Tony's Scottish accent, tasty haggis, and several comments about our Innis & Gunn episode and our thoughts on some of the new holiday brews.

 

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.  

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 10:59am EST

We’ve got a bagpiper with us in this episode of Tales From the Cask! Joined by Brian Collatos and Lauren Patwell from Innis & Gunn, we enjoy some great conversation and some tasty Scottish brews!  We talk about their barrel aging process for brewing and how they discovered their trademark brewing style.  We also ask Brian and Lauren about some new things coming from Innis & Gunn and we learn that their infamous clear bottle will be changing to an amber bottle soon.

In our news segment we share a couple of articles from the Huffington Post about why beer is even better than you thought and an infographic featuring 29 facts you should know about beer.  We also share an article from Johannesburg, South Africa about the country’s growing love for craft beers.

We and the fine folks from Innis & Gunn answer listener questions about haggis, Scottish brewing, clear bottles and more!

 

We’d love to hear your feedback and craft brew suggestions! Share your thoughts by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:46am EST

Bonjour Caskers!  The whole gang is back together for Episode 28 of Tales From the Cask and we’re doing a food pairing with European beers!  More specifically, we’re sampling food from John Holl’s book, “The American Craft Beer Cookbook” and pairing them with the French and Belgian beers Brasserie DuPont Avril Bière de Table, Castelain Blond Bière de Garde, and Rodenbach Caractère Rouge.  

In our feedback segment, we explain the Cicerone Program. We hear your comments on last week’s show with Aubrey from Sierra Nevada. We share thoughts on ice cream and beer, the purpose of honey in beer, and some interesting historical facts. 

In our news segment we discuss some good beers in Berlin, a new look at the beer vs. wine debate, how to use an iPhone to brew your beer, and genetically engineered yeast.

 

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Call in your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:32am EST

In celebration of the World Series, Sierra Nevada will pinch hit for us in this episode of Tales From the Cask!  Aubrey gives us an update on Sierra Nevada's new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina with insider information on when the public will start seeing beer that from that brewery.  She also amazes us with her charm and beer knowledge!  Plus, we sample some great Sierra Nevada brews!

In our news segment, we discuss the hot topic of how the government shutdown affected your beer and a new growler law in California. We share some stories about efforts being made to get Germans to try craft beers, keeping beer customers satisfied and premium brews. We got a lot of great questions from the Caskers for this episode.  We answer questions about pretzel necklaces, seasonal beer sales, cheap beer, food pairing, and an update on the Great American Beer Festival

 

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Call in your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:53am EST