Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 13 – “Whale” Tasting with Robbie

For this episode, Joel enlisted the talents of his friend Robbie, who has a fairly selective palate and tends to use concise, superlative language to describe a beer he tastes. To that end, we lined up a small selection of hard-to-find beers (sometimes referred to as “whales” depending on the relative level of demand and rarity) and foisted them upon his tastebuds.

Show Notes:

Guest: Robbie Fernandez
Robbie on Instagram: @rfeternal

Beers:

 

Fridge Full of "Whales" LOL

Allagash Brewing Company – Portland, ME

Allagash Farm to Face

Farm to Face – An American Wild Ale originally brewed as a pale ale and then fermented for ten months in stainless tanks with Allagash’s house yeast. After primary fermentation, they add Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, and a whole lot of peaches. For every gallon of beer they add three pounds of peaches from Applecrest Farm in New Hampshire.

Founders Brewing Company – Grand Rapids, MI

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) – An Imperial Stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year.

Mikkeller San Diego & 3 Sons Brewing Co. – San Diego, CA & Dania Beach, FL

Mikkeller San Diego / 3 Sons Brewing Co. Power Smoove

Power Smoove – An Imperial Stout brewed with blackberries and spices.

Bruery Terreux – Placentia, CA

Bruery Terreux Rueuze (2012)

Rueuze (2012) – Terreux’s take on the traditional Belgian-style blend of lambics of different ages. They carefully select a number of oak barrels from their warehouse that have been aging our sour blonde ale for anywhere from several months to several years and blend the beers together to what they find to be the ideal flavor.

Monkish Brewing Co. & Omnipollo – Torrance, CA & Stockholm, Sweden

Monkish Brewing Co. / Omnipollo Space Cookie

Space Cookie – A Double IPA brewed with Cookies, Milk Sugar, & Vanilla Beans.

Abnormal Beer Co. & Superstition Meadery – Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA & Prescott, AZ

Abnormal Beer Co. / Superstition Meadery Goodbye Tomorrow

Goodbye Tomorrow – An Imperial Honey Stout with Dates, Vanilla and Mostra Coffee.

Bottle Logic Brewing & Superstition Meadery – Anaheim, CA & Prescott, AZ

Bottle Logic / Superstition Meadery Iridium Flare

Iridium Flare – A Strong Ale brewed with honey and marionberries and aged in bourbon barrels.

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Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 12 Bonus – Abnormal Makaveli, Cafe Dino, & 9Five ’til Infinity Preview Tastings

In this little bonus episode, Joel tested out some new gear at the preview tapping event for three of Abnormal Beer Co’s forthcoming bottle releases. Several familiar voices weighed in with their thoughts on the new beers.

Show Notes:

Guests: Nick Guy, Justin Dailey, Sean Hanlon, Curtis Fjelstad, & Magic Muncie
Nick on Instagram: @beershirecat
Justin on Instagram: @jdayzzz
Sean on Instagram: @smallpoursean
Curtis on Instagram: @bigcurt19x8
Magic on Instagram: @magicbrews

Beers:

Abnormal Beer Co. – Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA

Abnormal Beer Co. Cafe Dino
Cafe Dino – An Imperial Milk Porter with Cinnamon, Espresso, & Blood Orange. Brewed for the 3rd Anniversary of Native Son Alehouse in Downtown Santa Ana, CA.

Abnormal Beer Co. Makaveli
Makaveli – An Imperial stout made in collaboration with Mostra Coffee, with coconut,  vanilla beans, and of course… coffee!


95 ‘Til Infinity
– An Imperial Stout aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels for one year and treated with cassia (cinnamon) and Ghanaian cacao nibs. This will be the very first barrel-aged beer released in bottles by Abnormal Beer Co. Look for it soon!

Abnormal Beer Co. All of the Lights
All of the Lights – An Imperial Milk Porter with coffee and Nutella, made in collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing and Mostra Coffee.

Abnormal Beer Co. M3
M3 – An Imperial Stout with Ghanian cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans and Costa Rican coffee made in collaboration with 3 Sons Brewing and Mostra Coffee. Brewed for Mostra Coffee’s 3rd Anniversary.

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Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 12 – Stone RuinTen Variants

In this episode, Joel decided to get his faithful camera man a tidbit buzzed on some gnarly Triple IPAs from Stone and Mikkeller San Diego. They tasted both 2017 variants of the storied RuinTen “Triple” IPA and discuss future podcast plans.

Show Notes:

Guest: Aaron Oquendo
Aaron on Instagram: mr_illectric
Email: djillectric@gmail.com
SoundCloud: illectric
Aaron’s Portfolio

Beers:

Mikkeller San Diego – Miramar, San Diego, CA

Big Hazy – an Imperial IPA brewed with Lupulin powder.

Stone Brewing Company – Escondido, CA

RuinTen Triple IPA with Orange Peel & Vanilla Bean

RuinTen Triple IPA Double Dry-Hopped with Centennial & Citra

Stone RuinTen Variants & Mikkeller SD Big Hazy

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Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 11 – Berry Fruited Wild Ale Tasting

Joel, Matt and Sean taste a trio of berry-fruited sour beers without the aid of antacids! We all shared microphones and the result is less-than-spectacular… learn something new every day! This was a fun, free-ranging discussion with some incredibly tasty beer. Listen to us imbibe.

Show Notes:

Guests: Sean Hanlon & Matt Fireazzi
Sean on Instagram: @smallpoursean
Matt on Instagram: @judge_dregs

Beers:

Kent Falls Brewing Co. - Blue Berry Vs. Black Berry

Kent Falls Brewing Co. – Kent, CT

Blueberry Vs. Blackberry – An American wild ale. Fermented with a blend of wild cultures from fruit skins, 1200 lbs of blueberries and 300 lbs of blackberries were added to 700 gallons of beer.

The Rare Barrel - Supermassive (Blend 2)

The Rare Barrel – Berkeley, CA

Supermassive (Blend 2) – a dark sour beer aged in oak barrels with blackberries and black currants. Fermented with Brettanomyces and Abbey Ale yeast and soured with Lactobacillus bacteria.

Smog City Brewing - Snugglebug batch 2

Smog City Brewing – Torrance, CA

Snugglebug (batch 2) – A sour Blonde with Raspberry and Boysenberry.

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Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 10 – Interview with Matt Fireazzi

In this week’s episode, Joel is joined by Matt Fireazzi, otherwise known as “Judge Dregs” on Instagram. Matt is a Boston native with a deep, abiding love for all things craft beer. Sean also popped by.

Show Notes:

Guest: Matt Fireazzi
Matt on Instagram: @judge_dregs

Beers:

Treehouse Doppelgänger

Treehouse Brewing – Monson, MA

Doppelgänger – an Imperial version of their Alter Ego IPA with extra kettle and dry hop additions.

Haze – a Double IPA.

Mike Hess Brewing – San Diego, CA

Ordeum Rex – an American style Barleywine made with 100% barley (no adjunct sugars)

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Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 09 – Burgeon Beer Co. Can Release Two

It’s been a minute! Apologies for the mini hiatus. The show is back in action now!

In this episode, Joel and Curtis returned to Burgeon Beer Co. in Carlsbad, CA for their second-ever can release! Along the way, they discuss a miniature myriad of topics, from bottle shares (which you can read about in greater detail on Curtis’ new blog) to Gentlemen Broncos & beer photography.

Show Notes:

Guest: Curtis Fjelstad
Curtis on Instagram: @bigcurt19x8
Between Beers & Other Bullshit

Beer:

New Glarus - R&D Sour - Champ du Blanc

New Glarus Brewing – New Glarus, WI

R&D Champ du Blanc –  a blend of aged sour blonde ale and Chardonnay grapes. Spontaneously fermented in New Glarus’ Wildfruit Cave through the cool winters of 2015 and 2016.

Side Project - Merci (Blend #3)

Side Project Brewing – St. Louis, MO

Merci (Blend #3) – a blend of wild ales:

14% – Saison du Fermier aged in a light toast American Oak Foedre for 6 months.

31% – Saison du Fermier aged in a heavy toast American Oak Foedre for 4 months.

46% – Missouri Wild Blond Ale aged a French Oak Foedre that they have been pulling solera-style pieces from for the past 4 years.

9% – Missouri Wild Ale that was aged in Missouri Oak Chardonnay barrels for 3 years.

Burgeon Beer Co. - Universal Secret & Mixed Greens
Photo by @mr_illectric

Burgeon Beer Co. – Carlsbad, CA

Universal Secret – a “zero IBU” IPA dry-hopped with Nelson, Galaxy and Vic Secret.

Mixed Greens – a West Coast style Double IPA brewed with a rotating selection of six different hop varieties.

Extras ~ Amazing Beer Photographers:

Beer Friends on Instagram: @beerfriends_
Craft Cult on Instagram: @craft_cult
Ozzie Sandoval on Instagram: @ozziesandoval

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