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September 2, 2019
Episode Notes Episode 57: Dust Bowl Brewing’s Buck Hazy DIPA It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure. This week we’re going to take a look at Buck Double IPA from Dust Bowl Brewing in Turlock, CA. Is this one destined to be a legend like its musical namesake? Let’s find out! Buck is the second in Dust Bowl’s Music Man series, celebrating some of the great musicians connected to California’s Central Valley region. For the first in the series, go back and listen to our previous episode on their Merle Hazy IPA. Buck smells exactly the way that you want a hazy IPA to smell. It’s nice and juicy with tons of grapefruit and apricot right at the front. There’s just a little dank stank in there to level things out as well. It pours a nice dark orangey brown color and the more you pour the hazier it gets. But what about the taste? Buck is very juicy up front with all that lovely fruit we smelled before but there’s no pounding bitterness to drive it home like you might expect in a double. It starts and stays balanced from sip to swallow and finishes just like it starts. It’s a consistent and delicious brew that will delight anyone who is a fan of the Hazy IPA trend. I can absolutely say that it is one of my personal favorites in the style. After tasting both Merle and Buck I am happy to say that I am eagerly anticipating the other beers that Dust Bowl will be introducing into this Music Man series. Both of the existing beers are winners in my opinion and continue with the Dust Bowl tradition of incredibly balanced and immaculately tasty IPAs. If you see a can of Buck or Merle sitting around on your store’s shelf, by all means snap it up! You won’t be disappointed. This one is Two Minute Beer Review approved, especially thanks to the healthy 8.5% Alcohol by Volume. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Buck Hazy Double IPA by Dust Bowl Brewing in Turlock, CA. Will this one make us say Hee Haw? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcast app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. You can also support us with a small donation on our Patreon—there’s a link in the show notes. That’s all for now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
August 27, 2019
Episode Notes It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure. This week we’re going to take a look at Trade Winds Belgian Style Tripel Ale from The Bruery in Placentia CA. Will these winds blow us toward our fortune? Let’s find out! Trade winds pours a hazy golden color like a classic Belgian should. It smells like a bit of dried fruit with maybe just a bit of menthol in the background? There’s a strange pungency there that for the life of me I just cannot place. It’s a scent profile that’s not out of line with what I would expect from a Belgian, but it is incredibly strong. But what about the taste? I can only say that it’s kind of a pedestrian Belgian ale. The label claims that the beer is brewed with Thai Basil and rice but I just can’t see any of that in the beer’s flavor. What I do get is a tremendous amount of that banana clove flavor that’s traditional for a Belgian. It begs for some bitterness that it just never gets. I am sure there are Belgian die-hards out there that would drink this and totally love it, but for me—admittedly not a fan of the style as I have said before—this beer is almost completely impenetrable. I really want to like it but I simply cannot find anything in there that’s for me, other than the 8.5% Alcohol by Volume. Take all that with as many grains of salt as you’d like, but I just can’t recommend Trade Winds. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Buck Hazy Double IPA by Dust Bowl Brewing in Turlock, CA. Will this one make us say Hee Haw? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcast app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. You can also support us with a small donation on our Patreon—there’s a link in the show notes. That’s all for now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
August 19, 2019
Episode Notes Episode 56: Amador Brewing Company’s Altbier It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure. This week we’re going to take a look at Altbier German Amber Ale from Amador Brewing Company in Plymouth, CA. Is this a traditional German delight? Let’s find out! Amador’s Altbier pours cloudy brown. It smells nutty with just a little bit of a savory hint in there somewhere. But what about the taste? The taste is full of nut—notably hazelnut--with just a tiny bit of coffee in there as well, but without any of the coffee bitterness that you would typically get from that flavor. The nut flavors are very good and developed, but I wish there was as much flavor on the end of the swallow as there is on the front of the sip. The beer feels a bit thin in the mouth as well. Sadly, I just don’t love this beer. It’s perfectly drinkable, but it simply didn’t have enough depth of flavor or staying power—and didn’t differentiate itself enough—for me to make it a recommendation. Having said that, this beer was a 2018 California State Fair Gold Medalist, so if it sounds like a style that you might like it might not hurt to track it down and give it a try. Altbier is 6.3% Alcohol by volume. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I Head back over to the Bruery in Placentia CA to try out their Trade Winds Belgian Style Tripel. Will the winds blow in something worth trading for with this one? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcast app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. You can also support us with a small donation on our Patreon—there’s a link in the show notes. That’s all for now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
August 12, 2019
Episode Notes Episode 55: The Bruery’s Mischief Hoppy Belgian Style Ale It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure. This week we’re going to take a look at Mischief Hoppy Belgian Style Ale from the Bruery in Placentia CA. Are we about to get into trouble with this one? Let’s find out! The front of the impressive-looking bottle that houses Mischief bears the Great American Beer Festival medal stamp. This beer was in fact the 2016 Gold Medalist for the American Belgian Style Ale. I don’t know about you, but that sets up all kinds of great expectations for me. The beer pours with a dark cloudy golden core and a bit of what I could almost describe as a halo on the outside. It’s definitely a looker. Smelling Mischief brings out fruity and bright notes but no discernible malt or hop aromas. But what about the taste? Well, it tastes a lot like it smells. I get the impression of dried apricot with a noticeable balancing bitterness around the edges. Maybe there’s even just a hint of pear in there, but it’s delicate and elusive. There’s some spice in there as well as you would expect from a Belgian, but the primary flavors are all coming from the lovely dried fruit. Now this is an excellent example of a style that is admittedly not my favorite. I don’t have anything against Belgians, they’re just never the first thing that I grab when I go to the store looking for a drinking beer. That being said, this is an excellent beer that is extremely well put together from a flavor and balance standpoint and I would have no hesitation recommending it to fans of the style or the Belgian-curious. And even if it’s not your cup of tea, the 8.5% ABV will make it worth the experiment. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Altbier German Amber Ale by Altamont Beer Works in Livermore, CA. Are the folks over there challenging the norm with this one? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcast app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. You can also support us with a small donation on our Patreon—there’s a link in the show notes. That’s all for now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
August 5, 2019
Episode Notes Episode 54: Lead Dog Brewing’s Raspberry Blonde It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure. This week we’re going to take a look at Raspberry Blonde by Lead Dog Brewing in Reno, NV. Will gentlemen prefer this blonde? Let’s find out! Raspberry Blonde is a deep gold to amber in color. The smell is almost completely and unmistakably that of raspberry jam. But what about the taste? It is very raspberry! No false advertising on the label of this one. Sadly, I don’t find a whole lot of depth behind that fruit flavor. You just get all that berry right up front and then it’s gone without leaving much of an impression behind. It’s not sweet, but it also doesn’t really develop at all. It’s just there and then gone. I was kind of hoping, to be honest, for something more complex out of this one. Raspberry blonde is a fine experiment in the combination of fruit and beer but at the end of the day I find it kind of a single note experience. On the upside it’s not too sweet, which could have taken it to some very bad places but honestly I’m having a hard time finding the beer in this one and as a beer lover first I sort of have a problem with that. For me it would not be a repeat experience. Raspberry Blonde is 5 percent alcohol by volume. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Mischief Hoppy Belgian Style Ale from the Bruery in Placentia CA. Will this one help us get up to no good? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcast app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. You can also support us with a small donation on our patreon—there’s a link in the show notes. That’s all for now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
July 29, 2019
Episode Notes Episode 53: Stillwater Artisanal’s On Fleek Imperial Stout It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure. This week we’re going to take a look at On Fleek Imperial Stout by Stillwater Artisanal in Stratford, Connecticut. Is this one as picture perfect as the name suggests? Let’s find out! On Fleek pours like any good stout should—black and opaque. It’s thick in the glass like motor oil. It smells of coffee and molasses with a little tang in the very background, barely noticeable at first. But what about the taste? The first thing I notice about on Fleek is that it seems to be rather aggressively carbonated for a stout. Where most stouts nowadays have soft, foamy bubbles this one is actually quite prickly to the tongue. The flavor is at once coffee bitter and toffee sweet, maybe just a little bit earthy on the end like the smell of the earth after a good hard rain. There’s just a bit of alcohol flavor in there but it’s not overwhelming and then, at the very end of the swallow a little bit of chocolate syrup right around the edges. I like On Fleek. It’s a tasty stout with decent flavor and a good mouthfeel. It’s thick but not unpleasant and that aggressive carbonation actually makes it more interesting rather than detracting from the flavors. If you’re a stout enthusiast, this is one that I think you will like. Just drink with caution—that 13% Alcohol by Volume will catch up with you quickly! Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Raspberry Blonde by Lead Dog Brewing in Reno, Nv. Is this one the fruit trip we’ve been waiting for or will it end up the butt of another blonde joke? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcast app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. You can also support us with a small donation on our patreon—there’s a link in the show notes. That’s all for now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
July 22, 2019
Episode Notes Episode 52: Happy Birthday to Us and SF On Tap Quickfire It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and this week I am bringing you a very special episode of the Two Minute Beer Review. That’s right—one year ago this week we published the very first episode of the show, featuring Amador Brewing Company’s Double Goat IPA. The idea was then, as it is now, that we would be a podcast showcasing a different craft beer each week and talking to the beer enthusiast about the experience of the beer—look, smell and above all taste—without getting bogged down in beer science or insider terminology. To honor the occasion, we have a little giveaway in store—stay tuned at the end of the show for more details! This week, to celebrate our birthday, we are going to bring you a report of a fabulous beer-tasting experience I got to experience recently in San Francisco. My wife and I had the great pleasure of taking a walking craft beer tour with SF on Tap Tours. SF On Tap offers multiple different tours, but ours took us to two different breweries where we were able to taste a curated selection of beers brewed onsite and then to a taproom where we were able to choose our own beer adventure. The perfect birthday present for the two minute beer review! We started our tour at Thirsty Bear Organic Brewery. Our fabulous tour guide, Mike Levinson, began by giving us a little bit of history about Thirsty Bear which is San Francisco’s second oldest operating brewery. Opened in 1996, Thirsty Bear is the only certified organic brewery in San Francisco and they are dedicated to using quality, sustainable and responsibly produced products only in their beer. Most interesting is their name, which comes from an article headline that the owner saw in a Ukranian Newspaper: “Thirsty Bear bites man for beer.” We began our tasting experience with Thirsty Bear’s Kolsch. This beautifully clear brew has little bits of spice on the nose. It tastes just a little sour with lots of grain flavor plenty of good center of the tongue bitterness to round it out. There is also some really nice fruit flavor, notably a little lemon and is incredibly well balanced and just nice to drink. This is one of my favorite Kolsch’s that I have ever tasted. At 4.7% ABV it was also a nice way to get warmed up for the rest of the day. Next up was Wander Bock, a 6.7% ABV brew that is a golden brown to red color. The scent is strong with the impression of fermented fruit. It has the flavor of caramel sugar with a chocolatey/fruity undertone. It’s a little bit candied on the palate but that’s evened out by a consistent bitterness. Toward the end of the swallow this one develops a nice, warm, nutty flavor that goes down smooth. Third at Thirsty Bear was Pershing’s Porter. It’s bready to the nose with just a little coffee. It’s deep, dark brown and opaque in the glass. In the mouth, there’s a very smoky flavor all the way up front. The beer is thinner in the mouth than I expected, but that’s not a bad thing. It goes down easy without completely coating the palate. It is very gently carbonated, which really helps the flavors develop in my mouth. After the swallow the smoke dissipates somewhat and I am left with chocolate and toffee. The rye that’s used in the beer shows up at this stage, giving it just a little spicy punch to get you ready for the next sip. This is a porter that subverts many expectations. Based on the scent and the color you would expect it to be thick and chewy but it manages instead to be smooth while still maintaining strong and interesting flavors. It’s 5.5% Alcohol by volume, and I liked it a lot. Last up at Thirsty Bear was their Chowdah New England IPA, a 6.3% standard these days. Cloudy and peachy gold, the beer smells of peach, grapefruit and pine with just a little sea salt to wake it all up. The beer hits right up front with bitterness, but resolves quickly into juicy fruit flavors. It’s refreshing and a great example of a New England IPA. Our time at Thirsty Bear ended with a tour of their brewing facilities, led by our tour guide, Mike. He was knowledgeable and approachable, giving us lots of information without talking down to us or way over our heads. We even had the opportunity to sample Thirsty Bear’s flatbreads. This isn’t a food show, but I don’t mind telling you these were delicious and paired perfectly with the beer selection. If you find yourself in San Francisco, don’t miss out on a visit to Thirsty Bear Brewery. All the beers we tasted there were consistent and delicious and I love their focus on quality and responsible ingredients. Next we headed on over to Bartlett Hall, home to Bartlett Brewing Company. Along the way we had the opportunity to stop and see many of the sights while Mike gave us some insight into the local history. This was fascinating and well presented and was a great way to walk off some of what we had just imbibed! At Bartlett, a beautiful space, by the way, with a dark, warm almost steampunk vibe, we started off by tasting their Bartlett Blond. This beer smells a little yeasty and very clean. It is super clear in the glass and tastes clear and crisp as well. There’s lots of cereal in the flavor of this one but the overall impression is just nice and clean. As Mike said, it’s an ideal fourth of July beer. It’s a 4.8% ABV as well, so it’s a good all-day choice. Next up was Bartlett’s Saison Chauncey. This has an unfiltered and cloudy look, so pale it’s almost a cloudy white. It’s spicy and interesting with plenty of lemon and banana flavors on top. It’s dry in the mouth and leaves an overall savory impression. The carbonation adds perfectly to this flavor profile, being just the correct amount of prickly to stimulate the tongue and let those flavors soak in. It’s a 4.6% ABV and is a great choice if you’re a saison fan. Third we tried Suenos Del Mar Unfiltered IPA, a 6.3% take on the popular style. True to promise, it’s golden and cloudy and smells of grapefruit and peach. It’s nice and juicy on the tongue with a characteristic center-tongue bitterness. Most interestingly, there’s just a pinch of a savory flavor in here that I found surprising but enjoyable Last up was the Powell Street Porter. It smells strongly of chocolate. It’s got a bit of a sour undertone, almost like that Guinness characteristic sourness but with a very powerful coffee chocolate backbone. It’s a little bit thin and a little bit smoky. It’s not my favorite beer of the day, but it’s definitely not one I would turn down were it offered to me. It comes in at a 6.3% Alcohol by Volume. The breweries were both amazing in terms of atmosphere and offerings and I cannot recommend SF On Tap enough. The tour was enjoyable for folks of all knowledge levels and was exactly the right ratio walking, talking and drinking. I hope you’ll check out SF On Tap if you ever get a chance to get to San Francisco with a few hours on your hands. I’ll link to them and both breweries in the show notes so you can check them out and pay them a visit. Well that’s all for this week, but before I go, here’s the details on our giveaway this week. I have a few pub coasters that are imprinted with the Two Minute Beer Review logo that I’d love to share. If you’d like to rep the review and maybe help us catch a new listener, just send an email with your name and address to 2minutebeer@gmail.com (as always, that’s the number two). We’ll find out next week. We’ll get them in the mail as soon as your emails roll in! Thanks so much for making our first year of the podcast a success and keep spreading the word! And of course don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcasting app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. That’s all for now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
July 15, 2019
Episode Notes Episode 51: XXII Anniversary Ale by Firestone Walker It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week we’re taking a look at Anniversary Ale 22 by Firestone Walker brewing in Paso Robles, CA. Is this one worthy of a pedigree of twenty two years? Let’s find out! This special release ale pours dark but not completely opaque with dark browns and ruby reds showing when light is placed behind the glass. There is very little carbonation, which means this one is likely very, very strong. The smell is immediately of molasses. The oak barrels in which the ale is aged are very far forward in the nose, along with plenty of brown sugar and pure malty goodness. Oddly enough, all the way in the background I detect something I can only describe as grape soda. No doubt this is a complex and intriguing beer. But what about the taste? 22 is powerfully sweet and keeps that molasses that I detected in the scent all the way up front. In fact, this concoction might actually be too sweet for someone who isn’t experienced in barrel aged strong ales. The prominent flavors, as the sip develops to swallow are caramel, malt, toffee and definitely some bourbon. There are multiple layers of sweetness here, but it’s like walking into a candy store and sampling one of each. My experience with the beer leaves me wanting just a bit more bitterness, overall. I’m not even getting ay grain character through all the sugar in my mouth. If I had to use this beer for something, I think I would reduce it down and make it into a nice sauce with which I could cook something desserty, like a bread pudding. But although it is a complex and intriguing blend of flavors at the end of the day it’s just too darn sweet for me to recommend it based on my own flavor preferences. This anniversary ale is sold in twelve ounce bottles and contained within a fancy box just like the Velvet Merkin that we tasted last week, and it even contains a nice lengthy writeup inside the box, talking about the creation of the beer and the different brews that were mixed to make it up. Again, this is a premium offering from Firestone Walker—that twelve ounce bottle will run you about thirteen dollars—and it’s available in limited supply, so if you’re intrigued enough to check it out I would hurry up and do so. And be aware that it’s a 12.7% ABV, so you’ll definitely want to sip and not guzzle when you sit down with this one. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I celebrate an anniversary of my own—the one year birthday of the Two Minute Beer Review! To mark the occasion, I’ll be doing a quickfire review of my experience and some brews from an interesting experience I had in San Francisco this last week, when I took a beer walking tour with a fine guide from SF On Tap. What happens when the tasting team walks to three different San Francisco hot spots to taste the latest and greatest that the City by the Bay has to offer? We’ll find out next week. Oh, and to celebrate our anniversary we’ll be doing a little giveaway too, just to show listeners how much we appreciate you. Stay tuned next week for details! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcasting app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. That’s all for now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
July 9, 2019
Episode Notes It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week we’re taking a look at Velvet Merkin Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout by Firestone Walker brewing in Paso Robles, CA. Does this one cover all the necessary. . .areas? Let’s find out! Velvet Merkin is a limited release from Firestone Walker—so fancy that it comes only in a 12-ounce bottle concealed within its own cardboard box. Removing it from the box and pouring it into the glass we find a black and creamy beer that swallows all light that attempts to pass through it. Sniffing the beer I smell charred wood and deep caramel with ton of malt backbone and a little bit of vanilla. The scent is complex, intriguing and makes me want to dive right in. But what about the taste? Velvet Merkin comes on a little less aggressively that I was expecting based on that powerful aroma. There is coffee and some nuttiness right up front. These two flavors resolve into something that resembles a dark toffee flavor with maybe just a little bit of chicory in the background. The beer drinks smooth and not overly thick, which is a pleasant surprise as well. The oatmeal keeps it nice and smooth so that it’s not dense, just mellow enough to drink the full twelve ounces without needing to stop for a rest break. It’s also not too sweet which is a nice surprise considering all of the candied notes that are present throughout. It’s also not acidic, though there is just enough coffee bitterness to keep the beer balanced throughout. Velvet Merkin is a luxury beer. Drinking it is like driving a really nice car—it’s going to be hard to go back to your old ride after this one. That being said, it also comes at a luxury price. It will run you about ten dollars for the twelve-ounce bottle. But if you’ve got a little extra coin to spend, this is hands down one of my favorite stouts of all time. There is a strange little discrepancy in terms of the ABV. Firestone Walker’s website lists it as 8.5% but the bottle I drank listed it as 7.8%. Either way, it’s exactly strong enough. It appears that this one is going to be around a bit longer, though the “vintage” will change as the batches are barrel aged for one year. Nonetheless, don’t sleep on it and grab yourself a bottle before it’s retired again! Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I stay with Firestone Walker to try out their XXII Anniversary ale. Does this one stand up to the pretention of being named with Roman numerals? We’ll find out next week. Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcasting app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. That’s all for now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
July 2, 2019
Episode Notes It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week we’re taking a look Maui Waui IPA by Altamont Beer Works in Livermore, CA. Is this one the Big Kahuna? Let’s find out! Maui Waui pours clean and clear, almost the color of one of those mass-produced American lagers that we don’t talk about. It smells fruity and tropical. And maybe just a little bit. . .dusty? There’s definitely an earthy undertone in there somewhere. But what about the taste? The aroma suggests a sweetness that is not present in the flavor of the beer. It does have lots of that earthiness that I detected in the scent, but none of the tropical flavors I was hoping for play into the taste at all so far as I can tell. The brewer’s website describes the hops used in this beer as giving “strong aromas and flavors of guava, pineapple and mango. I’m sorry, Altamont, but here at the Two Minute Beer Review we just aren’t tasting it. What is present is a very traditional beer bitterness that starts at the beginning of the sip and hangs around after the swallow. It’s not overpowering but is a very pleasant character if you’re a fan of IPAs. Going back to Altamont’s website, they state that Maui Waui is one of their more popular beers, so maybe this is one time that my tastes are out of line with the larger public. But although I love Altamont and have tasted many fine products from their catalog, Maui Waui is neither a recommend nor a repeat for me. It’s a 6.5% in the ABV category, so if you like it you’ll be able to enjoy more than one without needing a rest in between. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I try Velvet Merkin Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout by Firestone Walker brewing in Paso Robles, CA. Is this one . . . you know what, I can’t even come up with a clean joke about this one’s name. Just join me next week to find out more about it. Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcasting app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. That’s all for this now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
June 24, 2019
Episode Notes It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week we’re taking a look at Baggage Wagon Northeast Style Double IPA by Revision Brewing in Sparks, NV. Will this one get us down the road or will the wheels come off? Let’s find out! Baggage Wagon is a nice lemon yellow with a healthy amount of haze in the pour. It smells of grapefruit and lemon peel with no notable malt presence. All of the scent contribution from the hops is juicy—nothing floral in there at all. But what about the taste? Baggage wagon drinks as juicy as it smells—the fruit is very far forward in the taste. It has a very pleasant bitterness that is layered throughout bringing excellent balance to the beer from beginning to end. It’s nice and bright around the edges, but there’s a woodsiness that makes me think of the deep outdoors—but it’s not piney like what you might get from some other IPAs. The fruitiness that starts citrusy up front eventually resolves over time into more tropical flavors and I really like that. Baggage Wagon succeeds where so many other beers fail these days—that is in distinguishing itself in a seemingly-never ending parade of new IPA offerings. It’s a different spin and one that is one hundred percent Two Minute Beer Review recommended! It’s also 8.5% ABV, so it will keep you feeling happy all the way to the last drop. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I try Maui Waui IPA by Altamont Beer Works in Livermore, CA. Is this one an island paradise in a can or will it wipe out? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re drinking and what you’re thinking about the show. Tweet me @2minutebeer with the number two or drop me an email at 2minutebeer@gmail.com. And if you’re listening to the show on your favorite podcasting app, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and leave a review to help other people find the show. That’s all for this now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
June 17, 2019
Episode Notes It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week we’re taking a look at Colossus of Clout Red Ale by Strike Brewing Co. in San Jose, CA. Will this beer score a giant statue in its honor? Let’s find out! Colossus of Clout pours brownish red and just a little bit cloudy. The scent is nutty and brown—warm, with just a faint hint of caramel. But what about the taste? The beer is warm and earthy, but not dense in any way. In fact, it tastes almost exactly as it smells. No false advertising here! There’s just a tiny bit of sweetness up front and there’s really not any bitterness to be had anywhere here. The aftertaste comes on strong with that nice nutty, malty flavor. Colossus of Clout is a decent drink but don’t look for it to do anything particularly different for the style. There’s nothing in particular that really jumps out and sets it apart. That being said, if you’re a fan of this type of beer I can guarantee that this is one that you’re going to like! Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I try Baggage Wagon Northeast style Double IPA by Revision Brewing in Sparks, NV! Will we want to pack this one up and take it on the road? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Before I go, just a quick request. As many of you know I live in California’s Central Valley. That means I have access to a lot of beers from the hundreds of breweries around the area. But I know that lots of you who are listening are from all over the country—some of you from other parts of the world! I want to try and share your local favorites as well. If you have something that you think needs to be exposed to the world on the Two Minute Beer Review, would you do me a favor and contact me on twitter @2minutebeer (with the number of course) or email me @2minutebeer@gmail.com? I would love to hear from you and do my best to make sure that your local beers and breweries are represented as well as mine. That’s all for this now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
June 11, 2019
Episode Notes Episode 46: Unity Vibration’s Ginger Kombucha Beer It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week we’re taking a look at Ginger Kombucha Beer by Unity Vibration in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Is this beer good for the whole body—including the tongue? Let’s find out! This Kombucha Beer is supremely clear in the glass-having only the faintest yellow tinge as an accent. The smell is powerful ginger, although there may be just a little bit of a crisp vinegary edge to it as well somewhere in the background. Though the label mentions that this is in fact a beer—made with hops—I do not detect any hops presence in the nose. But what about the taste? Unity Vibrations Kombucha Beer is surprisingly sweet and mild—not sour at all. I have to admit that I was expecting a sour from the scent as well as from my previous experiences with non-alcoholic kombucha beverages. But there’s nothing of that here—sour haters are safe to give this one a shot. Just as in the scent, I don’t detect the specific flavor of hops anywhere in the brew, but that’s ok. I’m not sure a strong hop presence would work with this mild flavor profile. The ginger is definitely here, but it’s nowhere near as spicy on the tongue as it is in the scent. At the end of the swallow there is a very bready, yeast flavor that leaves just a bit of pleasant body hanging around before the next sip. So a Kombucha Beer. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about this at first, but as a dedicated beer explorer, I couldn’t resist it. And overall I will say that it’s a tremendous success. It’s a very pleasant beverage that somehow straddles the line between kombucha and beer, and I think it will be accessible to drinkers of both. If I had one wish for this one, it would be that that ginger in the flavor was a bit spicier, like it is advertised in the scent. This one little nitpick aside, I highly recommend that you search out a bottle of this brew and give it a try. It’s interesting, it’s innovative and it might just become a new favorite of yours. It also carries a nice 8% ABV, which will surely assist you on your search for a more harmonious state. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I try Colossus of Clout Red Ale by Strike Brewing Co. in San Jose, CA! Is this one worthy of the title of one of the wonders of the ancient world? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes. Before I go, just a quick request. As many of you know I live in California’s Central Valley. That means I have access to a lot of beers from the hundreds of breweries around the area. But I know that lots of you who are listening are from all over the country—some of you from other parts of the world! I want to try and share your local favorites as well. If you have something that you think needs to be exposed to the world on the Two Minute Beer Review, would you do me a favor and contact me on twitter @2minutebeer (with the number of course) or email me @2minutebeer@gmail.com? I would love to hear from you and do my best to make sure that your local beers and breweries are represented as well as mine. That’s all for this now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more at https://the-two-minute-beer-review.pinecast.co This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
June 3, 2019
Episode Notes It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week we’re taking a look at Shot Away IPA by Altamont Beer Works in Livermore, CA. Will this beer make us scream out a chorus of Gimme Shelter? Let’s find out! Shot Away is a nice clear yellow to slightly amber color in the glass. It’s a little juicy in the nose, but there’s not a whole bunch else going on in that area. But what about the taste? Shot Away is bitter and crisp at the front with a solid malt backbone. It also has a very nice bitterness that hangs around after the swallow. It pays off all of that juiciness that shows up in the smell as well. Altamont Beer Works describes the beer as a “True West Coast IPA,” and I think the label fits well. The bitterness is balancing, not overwhelming and the overall impression of the flavor is juicy and bold. Shot Away is a perfectly serviceable IPA. It’s neither the best nor the worst that I have tasted in the style, but it is absolutely a good choice if you just want to grab a nice, refreshing unpretentious IPA for the upcoming hot summer afternoons. As such, I’ll place it on the recommended list. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I taste another great craft beer! Hey! Do me a favor this week and follow the Two Minute Beer Review on Twitter. And be sure to tweet us and let us know you’re following. You can find us @2minutebeer, using the number! We would love to hear what you think of the show and what you’d like to hear next. And while you’re at it if you really like the show, head on over to the Patreon page for our parent company—that’s the Phoenix Creative Collective at patreon.com/phoenixccmerced (link is in the show notes) and maybe consider signing up for a regular monthly donation to help keep this and all of our other shows on the air! That’s all for this now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
June 3, 2019
Episode Notes In a special bonus episode, we have a crossover with Geeking Out: a steal this idea podcast, where we live taste High Water Brewing's Cucumber Kolsch with Geeking Out host, Noelle Chandler and 2MBR superfan, Sandy Hay! Tweet us @2minutebeer Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
May 27, 2019
Episode Notes Episode 44: Local Brewing Co Belgian Bump It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week we’re taking a look at Belgian Bump by Local Brewing Co in San Francisco, CA. Does this beer bump the Belgian style in the right direction? Let’s find out! Belgian Bump is a really nice color right out of the bottle. It’s a yellowish orange, deeper than a lot of beers and just very beautiful to look at. The smell is dark in comparison to the color and has a cool peppery overtone to it. It’s funny, but my brain can’t reconcile the color and the scent! If I were only smelling this one I would insist that I was sniffing a dark beer instead of this pretty coppery brew. But what about that taste? This beer is brewed with Philz Sooo Good Light Roast Coffee Blend, so I expected some coffee up front, but it actually shows up pretty late in the taste. Right up front this is definitely a Belgian spice beer. There is that very interesting fruity-clove flavor that I expect from a Belgian right up front, and that makes me happy. No sense brewing something that tastes like a stout and calling it a Belgian! Then, at the very end of the sip, right before the swallow, that coffee makes itself known. It gives the beer a different bitterness and a completely unique balance. I’ll admit that this beer challenges my beer-drinker’s brain just a little bit. My mind says that it should be way heavier than it is, but my mouth loves the lightness of the actual taste experience in contrast to the fun addition of that coffee. I am overall fascinated by this beer and if you like Belgian style beers, coffee beers or better yet both I am going to recommend that you track this one down and give it a try. It’s 8% ABV as well, so you’ll enjoy the experimentation all the way to the last drop! Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I taste Shotaway IPA from Altamont Beer Works in Livermore, CA. Should this one be kept for drinking or should it be shot. . .away? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes and as always, be sure to follow the Two Minute Beer Review on Facebook and twitter for information on upcoming episodes and events. Hey! Do me a favor this week and follow the Two Minute Beer Review on Twitter. And be sure to tweet us and let us know you’re following you can find us @2minutebeer, using the number! We would love to hear what you think of the show and what you’d like to hear next. And while you’re at it if you really like the show, head on over to the Patreon page for our parent company—that’s the Phoenix Creative Collective at patreon.com/phoenixccmerced (link is in the show notes) and maybe consider signing up for a regular monthly donation to help keep this and all of our other shows on the air! That’s all for this now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
May 20, 2019
Episode Notes It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week we’re taking a look at Pillars of Creation Double IPA by Hapa’s Brewing Company in San Jose, CA. Is this beer an astronomical wonder of the universe? Let’s find out! Pillars of Creation pours yellow and hazy, just the way it should be. The scent is surprisingly subdued, but has almost a savory note to it. From smell alone I don’t get any hints about what this beer will taste like. Exciting! But what about that taste? At first blush, Pillars of Creation is extremely mild with just a bit of bitterness right in the middle of my tongue. It’s neither particularly juicy nor piney, so we are kind of treading new ground here with the hops mixture that Hapa’s is using. Curiously, there’s just a little bit of what I would describe as an almost salty flavor that hangs around at the very end of the swallow. It’s a very different IPA, and to be honest I’m not entirely sure how to categorize it. This beer is fine. It’s not my favorite example of the style and to be honest, not my favorite brew from Hapa’s, but they are a company that I really like, so I still heartily recommend them and look forward to tasting my way through the rest of their catalog! In the end, I find this beer hits that magical word, drinkable,” but it’s not a repeat experience for me. It comes in at a 7.7% ABV, so if you do like it, it should be right in the pocket for a pleasant drinking experience. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I taste Belgian Bump from Local Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA. Is this an international speed bump of a beer? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes and as always, be sure to follow the Two Minute Beer Review on Facebook and twitter for information on upcoming episodes and events. The Two Minute Beer Review is produced by the Phoenix Podcast Network, an affiliate of the Phoenix Creative Collective. Have you had a chance to look at the new Patreon where you can lend your support and help keep our shows on the air? You can find it at patreon.com/phoenixccmerced or just click the link in the show notes. That’s all for this now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
May 13, 2019
Episode Notes Episode 42: 10th Anniversary Barrel Aged Blend It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week I have a very special episode for you. Dust Bowl Brewing, in Turlock, California, is one of my favorite breweries. They brew a ton of really great beers and do a great job of being tied to the community as well. If you’re a regular listener, you know that I’ve already reviewed several beers from Dust Bowl and got to sit down and chat live with some of the masterminds that keep the beer flowing. For that interview, just look up the episode we did on Dust Bowl’s Resilience IPA. All of this to say that this weekend Dust Bowl celebrated their 10th anniversary. So I am taking this moment to say thanks to the fine folks at Dust Bowl and a very happy anniversary from the Two Minute Beer Review. IN celebration, this week we’re going to take a look at Dust Bowl’s special edition 10th Anniversary Barrel Aged Blend. Does this wax-sealed wonder deliver on 10 years of experience? Let’s find out! The 10th anniversary blend pours a nice, inviting deep, dark brown. It’s crowned by a creamy tan head that hugs the surface of the brown depths. Immediately, there is a strong smell of molasses and brown sugar. The scent is deep and malty but there’s no hint of chocolate or coffee like you might expect out of a beer this dark. There is just a touch of bourbon in the nose—I’m sure that’s coming from the barrels in which the brew was aged. But what about the taste? This beer starts sweet and caramel up in the front of the mouth which immediately gives way to a wave of roasted malt flavor that washed over and through the entire mouth. There’s just a tiny bit of bitterness in the very back that’s balanced perfectly and keeps this strong beer from feeling too much like a dessert. There’s some fruit in there as well, deep and dark. The feeling of this beer in the mouth is very full and rich. It’s dense in both flavor and texture like a nice thick slice of dense cake would be. There’s the essence of the barrel there in the swallow as well, but it’s not overpowering the rich and complex flavors of the beer. This Barrel Aged Brew is complex, delicious and most importantly different from anything else that’s hanging around out there right now. The masters at Dust Bowl have put their experience to good use and have created a masterpiece. And at a 12% ABV you’ll only need one if you know what I mean! Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I rejoin our friends at Hapa’s brewing and try out their Pillars of Creation Double IPA. Does this one have all the energy necessary to give birth to a new star? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes and as always, be sure to follow the Two Minute Beer Review on Facebook and twitter for information on upcoming episodes and events. The Two Minute Beer Review is produced by the Phoenix Podcast Network, an affiliate of the Phoenix Creative Collective. Have you had a chance to look at the new Patreon where you can lend your support and help keep our shows on the air? You can find it at patreon.com/phoenixccmerced or just click the link in the show notes. That’s all for this now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
May 6, 2019
Episode Notes It’s the Two Minute Beer Review! I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along. This week we’re going to take a look at Amelia Coconut IPA from Moonraker Brewing in Auburn, CA. Is this one worth the climb up the palm tree? Let’s find out! Amelia pours a hazy straw yellow and looks quite a bit like pineapple juice. So far we’re definitely keeping to the tropical theme. It smells like juicy citrus mixed in with a soft wave of coconut cream. Actually, there’s a surprising amount of this coconut smell—the beer smells almost like a Pina colada! But what about the taste? This beer is instantly sugary on the palate, with only a tiny wash of bitterness right at the very end. The flavor carries that same creamy coconut character that I noticed in the scent—I’m guessing that the creamy nature is from the lactose that is listed on the label. It gives the beer a very milky finish that enhances the general feel of drinking a coconut cream pie. Amelia starts sweet and finishes sweet. I find that that little bit of bitterness in there isn’t enough to offset that impression. If you like your beers sweet then this is one for you, if not, not so much. Amelia is a very interesting brew and there are things about it that I like—especially that smooth and creamy mouth feel. But at the end of the day the overpowering sweetness keeps it out of the recommended column for me personally. Amelia is available in cans and on tap at Moonraker’s facility in Auburn, CA. It runs a 7.0% ABV and might be just your thing if you’re looking to substitute a nice, healthy beer for your usual dessert. Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Dust Bowl Brewing’s 10th Anniversary Barrel Aged Blend! I’m excited to be celebrating the birthday of one of my favorite breweries out there and thrilled to have gotten my hands on a bottle of this extra special brew for the occasion. Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes and as always, be sure to follow the Two Minute Beer Review on Facebook and twitter for information on upcoming episodes and events. The Two Minute Beer Review is produced by the Phoenix Podcast Network, an affiliate of the Phoenix Creative Collective. Have you had a chance to look at the new Patreon where you can lend your support and help keep our shows on the air? You can find it at patreon.com/phoenixccmerced or just click the link in the show notes. That’s all for this now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
April 29, 2019
Episode Notes Today's Beer is Merle Hazy IPA from Dust Bowl in Turlock, CA. It's a part of their new Music Man series of beers. Listen to see what Andrew thinks! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
April 22, 2019
Episode Notes Today Andrew takes on Ramble on Rose by High Water Brewing, soon to open a brand new taproom in Lodi, CA! Stop and smell the roses for two minutes. Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
April 15, 2019
Episode Notes This week Andrew goes toe to toe with Tank 7 American Saison by Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, MO. Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
April 8, 2019
Episode Notes This week Andrew features McCarthy's Bane Red Ale by Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn, CA. If you're in the Los Angeles area, be sure to check out Stout Burgers and Beers, which is where Andrew got to try this and other fantastic brews! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
April 2, 2019
Episode Notes If you're in the Bakersfield, CA area and need auto service, please check out Oscar's Towing & Service at 128 1/2 East 19th St in Bakersfield, CA. You can call them at 661-325-1400 or click here to check them out on Facebook. After today's episode, Producer Andrew tells the story of how Oscar and his staff saved him and his family from being stranded over the weekend! This week, Andrew takes on Espresso Totalitarian Russian Imperial Stout by Stone Brewing in Escondido, CA. See what he thinks of this powerful dictator of a beer! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
March 26, 2019
Episode Notes Today Andrew goes tubin' with Float the Day Away IPA from Sonoma Springs Brewing Company. Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
March 18, 2019
Episode Notes Today Andrew examines Summer Rose Hazy IPA by Hapa's Brewing in San Jose, CA. Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
March 11, 2019
Episode Notes This week Andrew adventures his way into Sonoma Farmhouse Brett Stout by Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, CA. What will he think about this Stout that has been aged in Sonoma County Red Wine Barrels? Listen to find out! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
March 4, 2019
Episode Notes This week Andrew gets a good look at Mint Chocolate Porter from Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, CA. Does this one have what it takes? Listen and find out! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
February 25, 2019
Episode Notes This week Andrew dives into Cave Raider Blonde Bock by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. Is it worth the potential spelunking? Listen to find out! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
February 19, 2019
Episode Notes This week Andrew takes on Blueberry Oatmeal Stout by Buffalo Bill's Brewery in Hayward, Ca. Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
February 11, 2019
Episode Notes This week Andrew goes wild and attempts to give a dam about Beaver's Milk Stout from Belching Beaver Brewery in Oceanside, CA. Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
February 5, 2019
Episode Notes This week Andrew takes a closer look at King Pin Double Red Ale from Bridgeport Brewing in Portland, OR. Do you have to be a daredevil to take this one on? Listen and find out! Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
January 28, 2019
Episode Notes This week Andrew faces down Highland Marauder Scotch Ale by Morgan Territory Brewing in Tracy, CA. Have you supported the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network through Patreon yet? It's easy, just click here Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
January 25, 2019
Episode Notes A personal message from Andrew. If you'd like to support the Phoenix Creative Collective and the Phoenix Podcast Network, please check out our Patreon at https://patreon.com/phoenixccmerced Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
January 21, 2019
Episode Notes This week Andrew looks at Night Pils by Lagunitas Brewing Co. If you'd like to find some Night Pils near you, use Lagunitas' Beer Finder Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
January 14, 2019
Episode Notes This week, Andrew takes on Hop Rod Rye Specialty Ale from Bear Republic Brewing in Cloverdale, CA. Find Hop Rod near you with Bear Republic's "Bear Tracker" The question of the week is: What is your favorite beer style and why? You can email your answer to 2minutebeer@gmail.com, tweet it to @2minutebeerrev1 or send it to our Facebook Page! Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
January 7, 2019
Episode Notes This week, Andrew's adventures in Oregon take him to Salem Ale Works where he had a chance to sample four of their delicious beers. This episode is a quickfire review of their Azimuth Amber, Misery Whip IPA, Sleeping Marmot Winter Ale and Hootenanny Honey Basil! Check out the reviews and then get on down there and check out their great beers! Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
January 1, 2019
Episode Notes Happy New Year! On the first episode of 2019 we feature a live visit to Silver Falls Brewery up in Silverton, Oregon, where Andrew got the chance to sit down for a bit and chat with Eric Druliner, the man who makes all the magic happen with their incredible lineup of beers. We get another visit from the Unfiltered Gentlemen at 14:44. Click the link to check out their show! Last but not least we feature quickfire reviews of Silver Falls' Winter Falls Stout and Cozy Cabin Winter Seasonal (Reviews begin at 15:55). We had a great time visiting the fine folks at Silver Falls Brewery. Visit them immediately if you're ever in the area--you won't be disappointed! Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
December 24, 2018
Episode Notes Just in time for Christmas, Andrew looks at three holiday themed beers. It's Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewing in Eureka, CA, Shortest Day Winter Ale from Full Sail Brewing in Hood River, OR and Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewing in Shiner, TX. What magic does the holiday season have in store for the Craft Brew world? Listen and find out! OH, and hey! While we were having a christmas party we invited our friends over at the Unfiltered Gentlemen! They're good people and kindred beer lovers, so check out their show! We're fans and you should be too! Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
December 17, 2018
Episode Notes This week, Andrew and the Tasting Team go live to Dust Bowl Brewing in Turlock, CA to sit down with Scott Chaffee, Dust Bowl's sales manager, and chat about Resilience IPA, brewed specifically to support the survivors of Northern California's Camp Fire. Along the way, Andrew gets to chat with 2MBR superfan, Sandra Hay, Tasting Team Members Courtney Clements and Patience Burkum, Geeking Out: A Steal This Idea Podcast host, Noelle Chandler and even his son, Steven Burkum about the Dust Bowl experience. It's a little longer than two minutes, but it's a great episode! Check it out!! Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
December 10, 2018
Episode Notes This week Andrew takes a look at Dust Bowl Brewing Co's Black Blizzard Find Black Blizzard with Dust Bowl's Beer Finder Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
December 3, 2018
Episode Notes This week, Andrew checks out The Facilitator Dopplebock from Temblor Brewing Co in Bakersfield, California. You can find great Temblor beers by using their beer finder Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
November 26, 2018
Episode Notes his week, Andrew checks out El Cerrito Mexican Style Lager from Temblor Brewing Co in Bakersfield, California. You can find El Cerrito and other great Temblor beers by using their beer finder Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
November 19, 2018
Episode Notes This week, Andrew takes on The Bay from CaliCraft Brewing Co in Walnut Creek, California. Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
November 14, 2018
Episode Notes It's a bonus episode of the Two Minute Beer Review! This week, we explore the ancient origins and some surprising facts about some of the first beer ever known to be made! Check out the list of beer gods and goddesses at the Brookston Beer Bulletin Ninkasi Brewing Co also gets a shout out--make sure you check them out! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
November 13, 2018
Episode Notes Check out our new friends over at the Opinions and Beer podcast! Adam Morgan drinks great beer and then puts on a great show. This week, Andrew takes on Brazilian Therapy from Dust Bowl Brewing Co in Turlock, California. Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
November 7, 2018
Episode Notes In this week's bonus episode, the tasting team concludes its celebration of National Drink Beer Day by livestreaming a tasting. Apologies in advance for the audio quality, it was captured from the live feed! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! ' Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
November 5, 2018
Episode Notes This week, Andrew takes on Super Cluster from Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
November 1, 2018
Episode Notes In this week's bonus episode, the tasting team continues to celebrate International Drink Beer Day by livestreaming a tasting. Apologies in advance for the audio quality, it was captured from the live feed! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! ' Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 29, 2018
Episode Notes This week, Andrew takes on Cold Brew Coffee Stout from Golden State Brewery in Santa Clara, CA . Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 24, 2018
Episode Notes n this week's bonus episode, the tasting team continues to celebrate International Drink Beer Day by livestreaming a tasting. Apologies in advance for the audio quality, it was captured from the live feed! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! ' Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 22, 2018
Episode Notes This week, Andrew takes on Mozango from Lagunitas in Novato, California. Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 17, 2018
Episode Notes In this week's bonus episode, the tasting team continues to celebrate International Drink Beer Day by livestreaming a tasting. Apologies in advance for the audio quality, it was captured from the live feed! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! ' Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 15, 2018
Episode Notes This week, Andrew takes on Moylan's Kilt Lifter from Moylan's Brewery in Novato, California. Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 10, 2018
Episode Notes In this week's bonus episode, the tasting team continues to celebrate International Drink Beer Day by livestreaming a tasting. Apologies in advance for the audio quality, it was captured from the live feed! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! ' Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 8, 2018
Episode Notes This week Andrew sets the timer for Dogfish Head Brewery's 90-Minute IPA. Send questions, comments and recommendations to 2minutebeer@gmail.com Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 3, 2018
In this week's bonus episode, the tasting team celebrates International Drink Beer Day by livestreaming a tasting. Apologies in advance for the audio quality, it was captured from the live feed! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! ' Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 1, 2018
Oh.....fudge! This week, Andrew checks out Son of a Baptist Stout from Epic Brewing in Denver, Colorado! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
September 27, 2018
It's a bonus episode of the Two Minute Beer Review! This week, we explore the ancient origins and some surprising facts about some of the first beer ever known to be made! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
September 24, 2018
This week we delve into the potentially mundane with 21st Amendment Brewery's Blah, Blah, Blah IPA *Check out 21st Amendment's Blah, Blah, Blah IPA here: http://21st-amendment.com/beers/blah-blah-blah/ Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
September 20, 2018
On this week's episode, we explore the past and the character of Saisons, or Farmhouse Ales! Tune in and drink up! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
September 17, 2018
This week we dig into the volcanic soil in search of Deschutes Brewery's Obsidian Stout! *Check out Deschutes' Obsidian Stout here: https://www.deschutesbrewery.com/beer/obsidian-stout/ Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
September 10, 2018
This week after news about a future meetup and a shout out to listener Debbie and awesome local business, Zane-It we test the waters with Lagunitas Brewing Co's Dark Swan Sour Ale! LINKS: *Listen to Debbie's Interview on Geeking Out: A Steal this Idea Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-birds-suck/id1434173577?i=1000419387667&mt=2 *Check out Zane-It for all your costuming, makeup and special effects needs: https://www.zane-it.com/ *Check out Lagunitas' Dark Swan Sour Ale here: https://lagunitas.com/beer/dark-swan Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
September 5, 2018
In this week's bonus episode, Andrew reads listener mail, featuring a review of Blast and Brew from listener, Grace! Check out Blast and Brew online at blastandbrew.com Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
September 3, 2018
Today we see if plain vanilla is maybe not so plain after all with Dust Bowl Brewing'sCalifornia Line Vanilla Blonde Ale! Send comments and questions to 2minutebeer@gmail.com and please subscribe and review to help keep us on our quest to taste all the beer! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
August 29, 2018
On today's episode we look at the wacky, wild world of Sour Beers! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
August 27, 2018
This week we dive into the California sun with SLO Brew's suprising Cali Squeeze Hefeweizen! Find SLO Brew's great beers online at slobrew.com or on Facebook and Twitter @slobrew. Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
August 22, 2018
In our third bonus episode we talk about the fabulous Stout, its origins, characteristics and manifestations! Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
August 20, 2018
This week we take on a surprising twist on the IPA formula--Rye IPA by Black Market Brewing in Temecula, CA. Is it love at first sip? Or should we leave the Rye to Reuben Sandwiches? https://blackmarketbrew.com/beer/ https://www.facebook.com/blackmarketbrew/ Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
August 15, 2018
In our second giant-sized bonus episode we attack the question of what it means to be a lager! Additional reading on Lager styles: http://www.beertutor.com/styles/lagerstyles.shtml Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/JasonShaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
August 13, 2018
This week we review the deep, dark Aphotic Imperial Porter from High Water Brewing in San Jose, CA. http://www.highwaterbrewing.com/aphotic-imperial-porter/ https://www.facebook.com/HighWaterBrewing/ Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
August 8, 2018
In this bonus episode, we take on a question from one of our listeners: What does it mean to be an IPA? Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
August 4, 2018
In this episode we take a look at Portland Oregon's Breakside Brewery's Salted Caramel Stout, brewed in partnership with Salt and Straw Ice Cream. http://breakside.com/ https://saltandstraw.com/ https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/22843/93118/ Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
July 27, 2018
This week we take a look at our first beer! It's Amador Brewing Company's Double Goat Double IPA! https://www.amadorbrewing.com/beers https://www.taphunter.com/beer/amador-double-goat-double-ipa/5749357735575552 Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
July 26, 2018
Teaser for the Two Minute Beer Review Podcast Music: River Meditation by Jason Shaw used under Creative Commons License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ Support The Two Minute Beer Review by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-two-minute-beer-review Find out more on the The Two Minute Beer Review website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
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