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Monday, June 15th, 2009

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5:00a
#17: A Geekbeer Soured: Allagash Confluence; New Belgium Bottleworks 10, La Folie, and Dark Kriek

Originally published at GeekBeer. Please leave any comments there.

It foiled us once, but episode 17 is finally here!

number 17

We jump on the Sour Beer Bandwagon (as heard on Twitter: Sour beer is the new Barrel Aged; Barrel Aged was the new Imperial Stout; Imperial Stout was the new Imperial IPA; and Imperial IPA was the new IPA).

I’m sorry for all the weird blips and bloops between some of the transitions. I can’t understand what was going on there — GarageBand was being stupid with caching some of the sounds and I couldn’t figure out how to avoid it. Very odd. I’ll explore more next time.

0:00 Intro
1:23 Allagash Confluence - in which we drink it too cold
3:55 On The Brettanomyces Flavor
6:44 New Belgium Bottleworks 10 - in which we enjoy this extremely sour beer (the best of the four according to Tom and Adam)
8:10 On Sours, their state in the current beer world, online beer ratings, and general tasting
12:00 On Beer Ratings
15:50 Lips of Faith La Folie (the best of the four according to Ethan)
18:03 GeekBeer News
21:16 Quick Hits
24:03 Lips of Faith Dark Kriek - in which this doesn’t do it for us

For those that listen in browser, the direct link is here.

5:00a
#17: A Geekbeer Soured: Allagash Confluence; New Belgium Bottleworks 10, La Folie, and Dark Kriek

Originally published at GeekBeer. Please leave any comments there.

It foiled us once, but episode 17 is finally here!

number 17

We jump on the Sour Beer Bandwagon (as heard on Twitter: Sour beer is the new Barrel Aged; Barrel Aged was the new Imperial Stout; Imperial Stout was the new Imperial IPA; and Imperial IPA was the new IPA).

I’m sorry for all the weird blips and bloops between some of the transitions. I can’t understand what was going on there — GarageBand was being stupid with caching some of the sounds and I couldn’t figure out how to avoid it. Very odd. I’ll explore more next time.

0:00 Intro
1:23 Allagash Confluence - in which we drink it too cold
3:55 On The Brettanomyces Flavor
6:44 New Belgium Bottleworks 10 - in which we enjoy this extremely sour beer (the best of the four according to Tom and Adam)
8:10 On Sours, their state in the current beer world, online beer ratings, and general tasting
12:00 On Beer Ratings
15:50 Lips of Faith La Folie (the best of the four according to Ethan)
18:03 GeekBeer News
21:16 Quick Hits
24:03 Lips of Faith Dark Kriek - in which this doesn’t do it for us

For those that listen in browser, the direct link is here.

5:09p
Thanks @StoneGreg! (aka The Magic Of Twitter)

Originally published at GeekBeer. Please leave any comments there.

Part of me doesn’t want to post this because I’m afraid that Greg and other brewers will be inundated with similar requests, but part of me just really wants to share this because it’s awesome, and I didn’t really ask for this, it was sheer generosity. That second part of me is winning, both because of the degree of awesome and the desire to share some of this guy’s fantastic awesomeness.

In my Real Life, I dog on Twitter a lot. Twitter is kind of like a blog and kind of a like a conversation… which sounds great. But in practice, there are far fewer consumers than producers on Twitter. Everyone uses Twitter as a way to be heard, not a way to hear. Lots of talking, not a lot of listening. Which makes it… kind of annoying a lot of the time. And I still think that. Hell, I’m guilty of it.

But there is another use of Twitter that I am just now understanding: Twitter facilitates egalitarian connections between people of all types.

For example, I saw Greg Koch of Stone Brewing give the CBC Keynote this year. It was a great speech about the American Dream, about how to Play Nice and still have a business, and about setting (or maintaining) the “spirit” that has pushed the craft brewing industry into a successful market.

I’m not quite as idealistic as Mr. Koch, and I’m pretty sure that craft brewing is still just a market like any other. (I might be guilty of listening to too much Planet Money lately.) But that doesn’t stop me from buying the beer that I love, appreciating the effort that craft brewers exercise in order to remain local, use organic ingredients, and brew what people want rather than what they will merely tolerate.

In any case, during that keynote, greg showed off a sticker that said, “Fizzie yellow beer is for wussies.” I immediately needed to have one for the back of my laptop.

I looked around online for about half an hour, including ebay.com and the Stone Brewing store, but couldn’t find this sticker for sale.

Hrm. Well, I thought, Greg’s on Twitter. Maybe he’ll tell me where to buy them.

So I asked.

He responded with his email address and a short statement: It’s no problem to send you a few. Just send me your address.

Today, this envelope arrived. I apologize for the blurriness of the photos, but I think they speak for themselves.

envelope please

holy shit

O.o

The astute observer will notice that I received much more than merely one “fizzie yellow beer” sticker. Yes, that’s a handwritten note from the man himself.

Thanks, Greg! I think I’ll go open a Stone IPA!

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