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 – 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.
For Pints and Quarts Episode 053 we will be interviewing Dave Benfield, Founder and Jim Wagner, Brewmaster of DuClaw Brewing out of Maryland.
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.
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.
Also 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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Jeremy Danner started at Boulevard back in 2008 as a full time brewer and spent a few years being the brewing face of the brewery, developing the skills that developed into his current role, since 2013 as Boulevard’s Ambassador Brewer.
So just what is an Ambassador Brewer? According to Jeremy:
“I do our social media. I also am kind of involved with recipe formulation, and cuz of all of the travel I get to see what’s happening in a lot of different beer scenes around the country and try to bring back that information to kind of help us be informed on what’s happening, what sorts of beers we should make and what’s going on.”
As our host Matthew Miller jokingly summed up: “So, you’re a spy. Your Ambassador duties include spying.”
Having never homebrewed Jeremy made his first batch of beer professionally in 2006 in a neighborhood brew pub where he bartended. He brewed 7 barrels and hasn’t looked back since.
For our full conversation with Jeremy Danner, Boulevard’s Ambassador Brewer watch here
-Jeremy Danner’s road to Ambassador Brewer
-Ommegang Nirvana IPA brewed at Boulevard
-On Boulevard Being purchased by Duvel
-Imperial Stout X Series
-The Calling IPA – Boulevard’s new super hopped IPA or, as Jeremy says: “The Beer of Destiny”
Live on Thursday (1/22/15) night at 9:30pm EST (and available anytime afterwards right here too), we will spend some time with Rob Tarves of Spring House Brewing Co. in Lancaster, PA Area. Rob is the Head Brewer of Spring House and we will be talking about their history, their beers, and their plans for the future. We interviewed them a few years back, and are excited to see what delicious concoctions they have come up with since.
Pints and Quarts | Craft Beer Nation (Ep.017) goes live on location at George Bowers Grocery in Staunton, Virginia on Thursday, October 2nd at 9:30PM Eastern. George Brewers Grocery is the best little sandwich and craft beer place in the Shenandoah Valley (and that is saying something). We will pair some sandwiches with beer, and talk about how […]
In this episode, we run down some headlines and are then joined by Joshua Willett. Joshua is the Head Brewer at Wonderland Brewing in Bloomfield, CO. We talk about the breweries early days (that they are still in), and we talk about some of their future releases. In fact, their first lacto sour is coming out on August, 30th. If that isn’t a reason to fly to Colorado…I don’t know one.
Washington DC was late into the brewery game, but that is not stopping it from being a hot bed for brewing today. One of the most well known breweries in the area and in the District is DC Brau. Their well known and widely popular flagship beer is On The Wings of Armageddon. Released in 2012 for the Mayan Apocalypse, this is a single hopped beer made using the Falconer’s Flight hop that clocks in at 9.2% ABV that packs a pungent aroma and blistering bitterness, but manages to remain quite balanced. It has been said by some, mainly myself, that this beer can stand toe to toe with Heady Topper. With a highly sought after beer that can legitimately be compared to Heady, you would think the echelon on brewing in DC would end there, but not so fast.
Right Proper Brewing Company:
Located the Shaw Community of Washington, DC, Right Proper is the relatively new kid on the block, but they are making plenty noise with their beer. According to their website, their purpose is to make good beer, but also to fill a void that the District has been missing. From their website:
“We built Right Proper to be a brewery with heart and soul, a neighborhood gathering place that makes and serves fresh beer alongside delicious food that won’t break the bank. The brew pub is the creation of DC beer guru Thor Cheston, head brewer Nathan Zeender and John Snedden, founder and owner of Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company.
We picked a location that would be part of a community, where those who live nearby will stop in to meet friends for a beer and a bite. Established on the spot where Frank Holiday’s Pool Hall once stood — and where Duke Ellington learned how to play jazz as a teenager – Right Proper next to the Howard Theater stands proud as part of the real Washington.”
Right Proper seems to lean more towards Belgian styles such as Saisons and Farmhouse and they are doing a fantastic job with it. They brew classic styles via classic methods and brew using various fermentation techniques along with secondary and tertiary fermenting. With no beers that lean toward being too big, everything at Right Proper is very approachable and is true to the style in which they were intended. Refreshing and appropriate is the name of the game with these guys.
Along with great beer, they are serving up killer food. According to them:
“Right Proper’s kitchen turns out comfort food with a Southern accent. Led by Head Chef Robert Cain, the kitchen crew focuses on the marriage of food and beer. Some dishes are made with beer; some dishes are made for beer. All are made for your enjoyment.”
I can speak from first hand experience that their grilled cheese sandwich is absolutely KILLER, not only in taste, but also in looks. If you want yours dripping with cheese down the sides and would make grilled cheeses in every elementary school from Portland, ME to San Diego, CA jealous, then this is your place. Being from South Carolina, I did not think that finding good chicken livers in Washington, DC would be possible, but to my chagrin, Right Proper proved me wrong. Great beer being served up with great food in a neighborhood that provides the quintessential “just hanging out with friends this evening drinking beer” feel is where Right Proper seems to be excelling. If you find yourself in Washington, DC, make it a point to check out this brewery and you will not be disappointed.
Tune in to watch some Certified BJCPs of various ranks hangout with some +Craft Beer Nation folks as they review a category of the style guidelines. There will be drinking and conversation, but we will be keeping more to the subject at hand for these than we traditionally do for our Friday Night Hangout.
These sessions are a way to review and prepare for the BJCP exams. Ask questions here in this event.