Tales From the Cask Craft Beer Podcast (tales from the cask)

We are so lucky to be working with our friends from Sierra Nevada! Why so? Because as always, they are bringing us new treats for a new year! It’s our old buddies Tommy Gannon and Dave Kemper, and with them we are trying three all-new goodies: Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA, and the delectable Beer Camp Golden IPA!

How about news from the midwest this week? We start with Forbes in Philly telling us if you like your local beer week you're going to love beer year, followed by The Detroit Free Press showing us how top Michigan craft brewers aim to take over the country. Next up is The Chicago Tribune thinking that your next beer may taste like a cocktail, and we wind up with The USA Today teasing that the actual Keurig for beer is coming!

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It’s a Happy New Year from the three of us at the bar this week! We ring in 2017 with some beers from Allagash, Boon, Starpoint, and Foothills that were hidden in Tony & Jenn’s secret stashes! These treats include a 2012 Allagash Interlude, a 2013 Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait, a 2014 Starpoint Whiskeytown, and the amazing 2016 Foothills Simcoe Double IPA Hop of the Month!

New news for 2017 as we begin with Thrillist not Rickrolling by announcing that Rick Astley is launching his own beer, followed by Forbes revealing how your DNA can predict your beer preferences, then The Independent UK goes hunting for foraged beer. Next we have Daily Meal in Denver with brewers who have created a ‘Pussy Riot’ Beer for Inauguration Day, SmartAsset listing the best cities for beer drinkers – 2016 Edition, Business Insider is providing everything you need to know about beer, in one chart, and we close with Mashable showing us Australia's oldest living prime minister who really knows how to chug a beer!

For last week’s #caskquiz which we are continuing this week we want to know what predictions you have for beer in 2017!

We love hearing from you! Please send in feedback and beer suggestions by calling us at (919) 502-0280, Tweeting us @talescask, following our Instagram or friending on Untappd @talesfromthecask, posting on and liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TalesFromTheCask or emailing written or audio messages to talesfromthecask@gmail.com! And please rate & review us in iTunes or Stitcher if you haven’t done so!

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We survived another Holiday Spectacular, and it took us a week to clean the bar! To celebrate, we have some whales we have been holding from Anchor, Trinity, and Sam Adams! We start with a 2001 (that’s right, 2001!) Magnum of Anchor Christmas Ale, followed by Trinity Hopped Toddy, and then we go deep with the astounding 2011 Sam Adams Utopias!

You would think the news would slow down for the holidays. Nope! We start with The Chicago Tribune reporting that A-B InBev’s Goose Island is going global with pubs and brewhouses in 6 countries (and Philly), followed by The Wall Street Journal listening for  Anglican church bells ringing in beer o’clock, and Forbes telling you how to get a career in beer. Next we have Popular Mechanics showing how any food can be turned into beer, and then Paste has two for us, both the best beer and booze trends of 2016 and a tasting of 3 whiskeys distilled from craft beers, and we close with Thrillist delivering us a craft beer nerd getting owned by a legendary brewer.

For last week’s #caskquiz we wanted to know your favorite historically-themed beer and this week we are asking what your fave beer-related thing was from 2016!

We love hearing from you! Please send in feedback and beer suggestions by calling us at (919) 502-0280, Tweeting us @talescask, following our Instagram or friending on Untappd @talesfromthecask, posting on and liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TalesFromTheCask or emailing written or audio messages to talesfromthecask@gmail.com! And please rate & review us in iTunes or Stitcher if you haven’t done so!

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We are getting ready for our Festivus/Chrismukkah spectacular next week, so we have been decking the halls, trimming the tree, and relaxing with great brews from New Sarum, Sierra Nevada, and Wicked Weed + Jester King! The terrific brews are New Sarum Session IPA, Sierra Nevada Trip to the Woods Bière de Garde, and the Wicked Weed/Jester King Collaboration Red Atrial Barrel Aged Sour with Raspberries!

There is lots of holiday news for us this week, starting with The Mercury News’s holiday gift guide featuring 8 great beer books, followed by The Globe & Mail reporting that with clever craft-beer names running dry, brew makers are turning to song lyrics, and then The New York Times shows us that an Italian monastery is seeking salvation in beer after a devastating earthquake. Next Bloomberg believes that even beer snobs will love some Megabrewers' limited releases and we wind up with The BBC revealing why the Stone Age could be when Brits first brewed ale!
 
We recorded a little early this week so we are saving our feedback for a king-sized session during the Christmas party!
 
We love hearing from you! Please send in feedback and beer suggestions by calling us at (919) 502-0280, Tweeting us @talescask, following our Instagram or friending on Untappd @talesfromthecask, posting on and liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TalesFromTheCask or emailing written or audio messages to talesfromthecask@gmail.com! And please rate & review us in iTunes or Stitcher if you haven’t done so!
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You know we loves us some history, and this week our friends from New Sarum Brewing in Salisbury NC combine it with terrific beers! Our friends Edward Moscardini, brother Gian Moscardini, and their brewmaster Andy Maben join us at the bar to talk about their brewery, discuss the relation of the two Salisburys, and taste some awesome beers with us! Our lineup includes Hurley Park Blood Orange Wheat, Old Stone House IPA and the fourth quarter seasonal Horchata Milk Stout!

There is more in the way of fun news this week! First up is Fox News revealing that Belgian beer is getting special UN recognition, followed by The Pittsburgh City Paper’s seasonal primer on darker beers, and then The Observer gives us some historical schooling that Guinness is so old its original recipe didn’t include yeast! Next up is Brewbound reporting that beer volumes appear to be declining in markets where recreational cannabis is legal and we close this week with Paste’s terrific list of Star Wars beers!
 
Last week we wanted to know “what’s your go-to burger beer?” and for this week’s #caskquiz we are asking “what history-related beer name is your fave?”
 
We love hearing from you! Please send in feedback and beer suggestions by calling us at (919) 502-0280, Tweeting us @talescask, following our Instagram or friending on Untappd @talesfromthecask, posting on and liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TalesFromTheCask or emailing written or audio messages to talesfromthecask@gmail.com! And please rate & review us in iTunes or Stitcher if you haven’t done so!
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Can you believe it’s been almost a year since we visited Tim Reichert at Fainting Goat Brewing? Neither can we! They just celebrated their one-year anniversary so we head down to join the fun! Tim gives us the latest news from Fuquay-Varina, and we share a terrific sampler of Butthead Brown Ale, Dark Hoof Dunkelweizen, Brewquay Double IPA, and Red Ale with Serrano Habanero and Cacao Nibs!

To get into the festive Thanksgiving spirit, we zoom in on good beer news! First up is The Motley Fool revealing that Wendy's is jumping on the latest trend: beer burgers, followed by Lonely Planet (via our friend Kristen Baughman!) showing us an Australian man who travelled from Scotland to India swapping beer for accommodation and lifts, and then Phys.Org’s discovers that a barley dormancy mutation suggests beer motivated early farmers. Next up ViralSlot (via former producer Darrell!) revaels that you can rent an inflatable Irish pub for your next backyard party, and we finish up with The Sacramento Bee demonstrating Craft Beer: The Board Game!
 
Last week we wanted to know “what beers are you pairing with your Thanksgiving meal this year?” and for this week’s #caskquiz we are asking “what’s your go-to burger beer?”
 
We love hearing from you! Please send in feedback and beer suggestions by calling us at (919) 502-0280, Tweeting us @talescask, following our Instagram or friending on Untappd @talesfromthecask, posting on and liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TalesFromTheCask or emailing written or audio messages to talesfromthecask@gmail.com! And please rate & review us in iTunes or Stitcher if you haven’t done so!
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Thanksgiving is all about traditions, and ours is having our foodie friend Kristen Baughman share awesome Thanksgiving and beer pairings! Kristen discusses her return to the Triangle and her terrific new venture, Tabletop Media Group! Then we get down to business with our pairings, featuring:

Fortnight Blonde with Deviled Eggs
Foothills Frostbite with Chestnut Stuffing and Turkey
Bison Chocolate Stout with Maple Sweet Potatoes
Anchor Christmas Ale with Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins!

We are thankful for the news, well, some of it anyway! First up is the sad news via The New York Times that a Canadian brewery is cutting a retiree perk of free beer for life, followed by The Burlington Free Press featuring Jeff Baker's Thanksgiving beer picks, and then Fortune reporting that the maker of Corona is seeing its stock tumble after Trump’s victory. Next up via our friend Marvin Bahr is a story from Food and Wine revealing that Rodenbach is bringing its oldest and newest beers to America, then VinePair provides us a pair:  a study finding that a beer a day is good for your heart plus a primer on the difference between making beer, wine & spirits, and we wind up with ZDNET’s piece on researchers who claim a quantum computing breakthrough, and explain it using beer!

Last week we wanted to know “what’s your favorite beer-cheese pairing?” and for this week’s #caskquiz we are asking “what beers are you pairing with your Thanksgiving meal this year?”
We love hearing from you! Please send in feedback and beer suggestions by calling us at (919) 502-0280, Tweeting us @talescask, following our Instagram or friending on Untappd @talesfromthecask, posting on and liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TalesFromTheCask or emailing written or audio messages to talesfromthecask@gmail.com! And please rate & review us in iTunes or Stitcher if you haven’t done so!
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We score bigtime with the ultimate beer-food pairings this week - we have cheeses from France along with our craftbeers! Joining us are Charles Duke, the Director of the French Dairy Board of the Americas and his friends from some terrific French cheese producers: Dan Akhmetshin from Lactalis, Mathieu Quirin from Isigny Ste Mere, and Charlotte Rousseau from Savencia Fromage and Dairy! We talk about the great cheeses from France that are available in the US and get to pair many of them with outstanding craftbeers!

What a lineup they offered us! Here’s the list of our pairings:

Coronado Snowy Plover with Le Chatelain Brie

Sierra Nevada Estate President with Sea Salt Butter

AleSmith Private Stock with Madrigal

Bear Republic Double Aught with Mimolette

Trinity One Ear with Brie d’Isigny

La Bonte Pear with Isigny Ste-Mère Butter

Blake’s Flannel Mouth with Île-de-France Brie

Olde Ruby Lager with Saint André Triple Crème

Rodenbach Grand Cru with Saint Agur Bleu

Thank goodness we do the news first, or we would’ve been too full! We start this week with CNET demonstrating how to pack beer so it won't break in your luggage, followed by yet another MegaMergerMania event via Houstonia Magazine which asks did Karbach just make the entire city of Houston hoppin’ mad? Then we have Eater wondering if this man is the Dr. Frankenstein of beer, then there’s a follow up to a story from last week in Men’s Journal giving their opinion about what Anthony Bourdain gets wrong about craft beer and we wind up with The USA Today proclaiming that Valar Dohaeris is a ‘Thrones’ beer worth serving!
 
Last week we wanted to know “what music-themed beer do you love or are looking forward to getting,” and for this week’s #caskquiz we want to know “what’s your favorite beer-cheese pairing?”
 
We love hearing from you! Please send in feedback and beer suggestions by calling us at (919) 502-0280, Tweeting us @talescask, following our Instagram or friending on Untappd @talesfromthecask, posting on and liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TalesFromTheCask or emailing written or audio messages to talesfromthecask@gmail.com! And please rate & review us in iTunes or Stitcher if you haven’t done so!
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With the election so close, we kind of wish we were somewhere else til the ads stop, like say India, so we go all-IPA this week! We have awesome beers including Lawson’s Finest Liquids Super Session #2 IPA, Wicked Weed Metatropics Brett IPA, and two from Trinity: Passion Swing American Fruited IPA and Passion Red Swingline American Fruited IPA! Plus, Tony and Jenn take the Delorean to Winston-Salem, NC to chat with folks at the NC Craft Brewers’ Conference!

Newstime is next! We start with The Columbian (Vancouver, WA) reporting some experts are saying that the craft beer market is slowing, followed by The Motley Fool asking is Anheuser-Busch InBev doing an end run around craft beer restrictions? We follow with Popular Mechanics demonstrating a beer that’s basically an entire brunch in a bottle, then The LA Times revealing everything you need to know about the new Starbucks beer and coffee drink, including where to find it, The Independent (excerpting a huge interview in Thrillist) interviewing Anthony Bourdain, who says that craft beer fans have gone too far, and then NBC shows us that Innis & Gunn are unveiling a beer made from cloud water. We wind up with The Vinyl Factory spinning a new vinyl and craft beer subscription service, Forbes playing The Deftones as they expand into beer with a bang and PSFK pours us a beer brewed just for Scotch drinkers!
 
Last week we asked you to send us pictures of your Halloween/Samhain costumes to go along with our Samhain hops costume party, and for this week’s #caskquiz we want to know what music-themed beer do you love or are looking forward to getting?
We love hearing from you! Please send in feedback and beer suggestions by calling us at (919) 502-0280, Tweeting us @talescask, following our Instagram or friending on Untappd @talesfromthecask, posting on and liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TalesFromTheCask or emailing written or audio messages to talesfromthecask@gmail.com! And please rate & review us in iTunes or Stitcher if you haven’t done so!
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What a great time this week - it’s our first-ever costume party with Wil Cooper from Coronado Brewing! We are dressed up as our favorite hops, and Wil joins the fun - you will have to listen or check out our homepage or Facebook to find out which ones we are! Wil also brings along some special treats only available in San Diego at the Coronado brewpub: High Fideli-Tea Belgian Wit, Waste the Days IPA, Belgian Dark Strong, Rush of Hops IPA,  Snowy Plover Winter IPA, and Stupid Stout Imperial Stout!

There is too much news this week so we had to really cull to the core! We begin with Men’s Journal asking is the FDA trying to kill craft beer? followed by The Wall Street Journal reporting trouble brewing in the craft beer industry and then The New York Times shows us  a self-driving truck’s first mission: a 120-mile beer run. Next up is Yours for Good Fermentables (via @geistbear) revealing 'craft' beer spies of 1982, then Mashable reports that you can help save the Great Barrier Reef by drinking beer, and we wind up with VinePair’s list of the 10 best Reddit showerthoughts about beer!
This week and last week to go along with our Samhain hops costume party, for the #caskquiz we are asking you to send us pictures of your Halloween/Samhain costumes!
 
We love hearing from you! Please send in feedback and beer suggestions by calling us at (919) 502-0280, Tweeting us @talescask, following our Instagram or friending on Untappd @talesfromthecask, posting on and liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TalesFromTheCask or emailing written or audio messages to talesfromthecask@gmail.com! And please rate & review us in iTunes or Stitcher if you haven’t done so!
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