Friday Night Hangout – Celebrating Lagunitas Brewing

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Friday Night Hangout – Celebrating Lagunitas Brewing

Episode 171 of the #FridayNightHangout is going to be a hopping time as we crack open a bunch of Lagunitas Brewing goodness.

Lagunitas

For the uninitiated Lagunitas is pronounced LAH GOO KNEE TUSS

Hops Take Center Stage

Known for their hoppy beers, Lagunitas first opened its doors back in 1993 and has since grown into one of the largest craft breweries in the US.

Lagunitas IPA

IPA-Tap-Sticker_smallTheir Lagunitas IPA is the quintessential west coast style IPA with its grapefruit hoppy signature. Add in beers like Hop Stoopid and the world class Lagunitas Sucks and it’s easy to see why Lagunitas has a reputation for hoppy beers.

Mistakes Lead To Greatness

Some of Lagunitas most beloved beers were born out of mistakes in either the brewing process or scheduling.

Brown-Shugga-Tap-Sticker-smallBrown Shugga’ Was a failed attempt at their Olde GrarlyWine. Brewed with loads of actual brown sugar this is a big sweet malty craft beer with a generous amount of hops to perfectly balance it our.  Our own Gil Melo’s favorite.

When last we celebrated Lagunitas on our Friday Night Hangout it took a whole 37 seconds into our show before some Brown Shugga’ was on display.

Sucks-Tap-Sticker_smallLagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga’ Substitute Ale came about after a scheduling mishap caused them to miss brewing that year’s batch of Brown Shugga’. This is a big tropical beast of a beer.  Loaded with barley, rye, wheat and malt, and dry hopped to perfection, Lagunitas Sucks is full of tropical fruits and resin on the nose and the taste buds. And we love those 32oz. bottles!

USA-Tap-Sticker_smallUndercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale is craft beer commemorating that time back in 2005 when they were shut down for 20 days for some extracurricular activities.  This is a malty sweet beer with an earthy and citrusy hoppiness to balance it out.

For the story behind this:

Overall there’s a lot to explore when it comes to Lagunitas. They are one of the best and most consistent breweries out there. Whenever we see a new Lagunitas craft beer hit the market it is very quickly in our fridges soon to be opened and savored. Is it Friday Night yet?

Friday Night Hangout

Join us Friday, August 14, 2015 for #FridayNightHangout Episode 171.

Share Your Thoughts

Have you explored all the amazing Lagunitas beers yet? Have you been fortunate enough to find yourself in California and stopped in and had any at their source?

Share with us your Lagunitas experiences. Drop us a comment below or head on over to our Google Plus Event Page or our YouTube Page and comment there and look for us to share your comments on air.

We love sharing our new craft beer experiences and love to hear from others.

#FNHBeer Style: LAGUNITAS BREWING


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Friday Night Hangout – #IPAday

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Friday Night Hangout – #IPAday – We’re Still Celebrating

Thursday, August 6, 2015 is #IPAday and we are in celebration mode on our #FridayNightHangout episode 170.

Back in late March through early April we explored the Ale, from Pale Ale all the way up to the big Imperial IPAs.  And now it’s looking like that was just a homework assignment, a training session for #IPAday 2015.

IPA is always a great style of craft beer to dive into and we’re super happy #IPAday is here so we can dive right back into the style.

For a breakdown of the India Pale Ale you can click the links below to our previous shows.

Friday Night Hangout

Join us Friday, August 7, 2015 for #FridayNightHangout Episode 170.

Share Your Thoughts

Are you an IPA fan?  Are you newer to craft beer and haven’t yet made the leap into hoppy gloriousness?

Share with us your IPA experiences. Drop us a comment below or head on over to our Google Plus Event Page or our YouTube Page and comment there and look for us to share your comments on air.

We love sharing our new craft beer experiences and love to hear from others.

#FNHBeer Style: #IPAday

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Friday Night Hangout Posts:
http://craftbeernation.org/blog/category/friday-night-hangout/

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Craft Beer Nation Ale Series

 

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Foothills Brewing on Pints and Quarts

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Foothills Brewing | Pints and Quarts – Ep.054

Pints and Quarts Episode 054 welcomes Foothills Brewing to our show.  We have the pleasure of interviewing Jamie Bartholomaus, the President and Brewmaster at Foothills.

About Foothills Brewing

Starting in 2005 with just 800 barrels Jaimie has grown Foothills into a multimillion dollar regional brewery approaching 40,000 barrels a year.

Sexual Chocolate

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Sexual Chocolate – Foothills Brewing

While Foothills makes a slew of great beers they are perhaps best well known for the buzz surrounding Sexual Chocolate.  A cocoa infused Imperial Stout coming in at 9.75% ABV, this is one powerhouse craft beer.

Here’s the description from their website:

A cocoa infused Imperial Stout. Opaque black in color with a dark brown head. Big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit.

As if that wasn’t enough they also seasonally brew a bourbon barrel aged version.

Foothills Beer List
http://www.foothillsbrewing.com/beer/

We’re excited to talk with Jamie to hear what Foothills has been up to.


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE8QhrydfC8

Craft Beer Nation Pints and Quarts Playlist
https://goo.gl/xxLmLh


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http://www.foothillsbrewing.com/
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Friday Night Hangout – Lambic

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It’s time to take a virtual visit to the Pajottenland region of Belgium and explore the Lambic.

Brewing Process

Lambic is produced by spontaneous fermentation, by exposing the beer to wild yeast and bacteria.  This unpredictable process gives the Lambic its distinctive flavors.

Lambic runs the gambit from dry and cidery to funky and sour and might be a good and interesting way to introduce your red wine drinkers to beer.

Lambic is mostly wheat, a combination of malted barley and unmalted wheat (approx. 60-40 percent).  The wort is cooled overnight in a flat pan and left exposed to the elements so all of those wonderful microorganisms can perform their magic. Here you will find, amongst a horde of other microorganisms the wonderful Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces pastorianus and Brettanomyces bruxellensis.

You can find Lambic being brewed and fermented in the colder parts of the year.

Where are the Hops?

The Lambic is interesting is how hops play a role.  Unlike many other beer styles where the hop can be an aromatic or flavor star, here they are used mainly for their natural preservative qualities.  The bittering, aroma and flavors imparted are still there but in the background.

Blending

One key component of the Lambic that makes it into the bottle is it is a blend of multiple Lambic beers.

There are currently 9 breweries brewing the Lambic wort within the Senne Valley and four lambic blenders who buy the wort from breweries to age in their own barrels and then make their custom blends.

The brewers take their various Lambic batches and blend them to get just the flavor they want and that is what goes into the bottle.

Lambic comes in a few different variations these days.

Gueuze

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Cantillon_Classic_Gueuze – photo by Doug Nolan

A mixture of a young and an old Lambic.  The younger Lambic undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle.  A gueuze can ferment up to a year before being shipped out for sale.  This version of the Lambic can often have a shelf life of up to 20 years.  The gueuze is also carbinated and champagne like.  Expect something dry and musty and barnyard with some acidic sour thrown in for good meausure.

 

Popular versions of the style

Faro

Lindemans Faro - photo by Gil Melo

Lindemans Faro – photo by Gil Melo

A sweetened beer featuring a blend of Lambic and a young beer with brown sugar added in, this low-alcohol beer is meant as an easy day drinker.

Kriek

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Lambicx_2011_2013 – photo by Charles Dunkley

This a Belgian beer was traditionally created by fermenting Lambic with sour Morello cherries. These days many breweries will use different cherries or even things like cherry juice and sugar.

Popular versions of the style:

There is a debate amongst some regarding the Kriek and the turning away of some brewers from cherries to fruit juice.  This is to be expected whenever time honored brewing traditions come face to face with market realities.  An interesting experiment might be to gather up a group of Kriek Lambic and divide them into the various categories of real fruit vs. juice and do a taste test to see if there is any discernable difference.

Even better, do a blind taste test and then see which ones came out on top.

Either way, finding interesting ways to go out and try more beers sounds like a science experiment just waiting.

Friday Night Hangout

Join us Friday, July 31, 2015 for #FridayNightHangout Episode 169.

 

Share Your Thoughts

Have you explored the Lambic yet? Have you been fortunate enough to find yourself in that region and stopped in and had any at their source?

Share with us your Lambic experiences. Drop us a comment below or head on over to our Google Plus Event Page or our YouTube Page and comment there and look for us to share your comments on air.

We love sharing our new craft beer experiences and love to hear from others.

#FNHBeer Style: LAMBIC


What To Watch

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DuClaw on Pints and Quarts

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DuClaw Brewing | Pints and Quarts – Ep.053

For Pints and Quarts Episode 053 we will be interviewing Dave Benfield, Founder and Jim Wagner, Brewmaster of DuClaw Brewing out of Maryland.

About DuClaw

DuClaw opened its doors in its original location way back in 1996 and has continued to grow and expand to a state of the art facility on the outskirts of Baltimore.  You can read more about how Dave went from homebrewer to DuClaw’s “grand poo-bah” here.

With beer names like Sweet Baby Jesus, Dirty Little Freak and Hellrazer DuClaw doesn’t shy away from being creative and different.

DuClaw Beer List
http://duclaw.com/beer-main/


 

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Google Plus Event Page
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YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_PA-YYGM-U

Craft Beer Nation Pints and Quarts Playlist
https://goo.gl/xxLmLh


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Friday Night Hangout – Something New

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Friday Night Hangout Episode 167 – Something New – Beers You’ve Never Had Before

This week on Episode 167 of #FridayNightHangout we are doing a variation of Drinkers Choice with Something New – Beers You’ve Never Had Before

Besides bringing out our favorites, one of the fun parts of our Friday Night Hangouts is the chance to experiment and try something new.  So that’s what we’re doing this week. Whether it’s something we’ve been cellaring for a while and just haven’t gotten around to, or that beer we’ve been eyeing on the store shelves, it’s time to crack open a brand new craft beer experience.

What new craft beer have you had lately or have lined up to try this week?  Drop us a comment below or head on over to our Google Plus Event Page or our YouTube Page and comment there,

We love sharing our new craft beer experiences and love to hear from others.

#FNHBeer style: Something New

 


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Brew Dog on Pints and Quarts

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Drop whatever plans you might have for Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 9:3o0PM Eastern and tune into Craft Beer Nation Pints and Quarts Ep. 051 for a live interview with Stewart Bowman, Head Brewer of Brew Dog, all the way from Scotland.  We’re super excited to be able to talk to Stewart.  Between the upcoming Brew Dog expansion into the US and what it’s like to work with James Watt and Martin Dickie there’s sure to be plenty to discuss.

 

RealAleCraftBeerAlso joining in as a special guest will be our friend, and prolific craft beer reviewer, Simon Martin, Real Ale Craft Beer, all the way from Cardiff.  Simon reviews multiple beers a day and uploads them to his YouTube channel .  You can also find him on Periscope where you get the behind the scenes live look at his review process.  Simon is a man who loves craft beer and that really shines through in his reviews.  They are always entertaining and sometimes epic.

It’s an international edition of PnQ.  And since it will be 2:30AM over there we greatly appreciate them both going out of their way to join us on our show.


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Google Plus Event Page
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YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAVLbOPHEKs

Craft Beer Nation Pints and Quarts Playlist
https://goo.gl/xxLmLh


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Brew Dog
https://www.brewdog.com/

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https://www.youtube.com/user/realaleguide

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Friday Night Hangout – Dogfish Head

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This week on Ep. 166 of #FridayNightHangout we are celebrating Dogfish Head Beers.  In the 20 years since its founding Dogfish Head has become known for it willingness to experiment.   They produce one of the widest varieties of beer styles of any craft brewery. From their “minute” series to reviving ancient recipes to all sorts of things in between there is always something new to find and taste with this brewery.

So go to your local craft beer shop and pick a few Dogfish Head beers and join us this Friday night.

And while you wait for Friday to roll around you can check out our interview with Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione at Savor 2015:

If you have a favorite or an opinion on Dogfish Head beers drop us a comment below or join us Friday, July 10, 2015 at 10:00PM Eastern for our live Hangout On Air, hosted on our Google+ Event Page and on our YouTube Page. Drop us a note here or G+ or YouTube letting us know your thoughts on DFH. Do you have a favorite? Or do you walk right past them on the shelves?  We will be keeping an eye over there to share comments live on air.

We want to hear from you.

#FNHBeer style: Dogfish Head

Here’s a few Dogfish Head beers I’ve enjoyed with Craft Beer Nation.

 

 

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Friday Night Hangout – Hybrid Beers

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For episode 165 of our Friday Night Hangout we are exploring the Hybrid Beer Category, which consists of the following:

  • Kolsch
  • Altbier
  • California Common

Hybrid beers are just that, a hybrid of Ale and Lager.  Sometimes these are Lagers with Ale yeast or Ales with Lager yeast.  Either way, they provide flavor profiles and brewing techniques from both sides of the fermentation spectrum.

If you have a favorite or an opinion on the style drop us a comment below or join us Friday, July 03, 2015 at 10:00PM Eastern for our live Hangout On Air, hosted on our Google+ Event Page and on our YouTube Page. Drop us a note here or G+ or YouTube letting us know your thoughts on the HYBRID. Do you have a favorite? Or do you walk right past them on the shelves?  We will be keeping an eye there to share comments live on air.

We want to hear from you.

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We’ll see which selections show up for tonight’s show.  And if you’re wondering what would be a prime example of a Hybrid Beer?

Perhaps one of the most famous Hyrbids falls under the California Common. style: Anchor Steam Beer:

http://www.anchorbrewing.com/beer/anchor_steam

Anchor Steam Beer (linked from Anchor’s website)

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Friday Night Hangout – Saison

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Friday, May 29, 2015 we are drinking and celebrating the Saison / Farmhouse Ale.

Saison or Farmhouse Ale gets its name from its origins in the French speaking southern Belgian region of Wallonia. Brewed in the colder months to be stored away till the Summer, the Saison was brewed for the seasonal farmhands who works the fields.

Saison is known for its bottle conditioning and for a nice dry tartness. Fruits and spices can also be found in some more modern Saisons. And while the traditional malt bill brings a hazy golden hue, experiments with various darker malts have expanded the style in recent years.

Saison Dupont is considered the standard bearer of the style and has helped to bring the Saison from nearly forgotten to its current renaissance as a style growing in popularity.

Many American Breweries have added their own great brews to this style.

Some examples:

Hennepin – Brewery Ommegang

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Hennepin – Brewery Ommegang – photo by Charles Dunkley

Tank 7 – Boulevard Brewing

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Tank 7 – Boulevard Brewing – photo by Charles Dunkley

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer

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Crooked Stave Saison Ales – photo by Charles Dunkley

 

And for the Game Of Thrones Fans the newest beer from Brewery Ommegang is their Three Eyed Raven Dark Saison

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Three Eyed Raven – Brewery Ommegang – photo by Charles Dunkley

 

If you haven’t explored this corner of the craft beer world now is a great time to head to your local craft beer shop and take a few home.

If you have a favorite or an opinion on the style drop us a comment below or join us Friday, May 29, 2015 at 10:00PM Eastern for our live Hangout On Air, hosted on our Google+ Event Page and on our YouTube Page. Drop us a note here or G+ or YouTube letting us know your thoughts on the SAISON. Do you have a favorite? Or do you walk right past them on the shelves?  We will be keeping an eye there to share comments live on air.

We want to hear from you.

#FNHBeer style: Saison / Farmhouse

 

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