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Episode 147 – Sam Adams – Chocolate Bock vs Russian River – Blind Pig

Coverage of the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers (fobab). John Hall steps down from Goose Island. Strange Brew mess. Future of Marijuana beer? Beer sales on Amazon? Alesmith special releases.

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Fobab 2012 Results

These are the results of the 2012 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers competition, the 10th anniversary of the event, held on November 17th, 2012. The event is run by the Illinois Craft Brewer’s Guild and held this year at the Bridgeport art Center – Skyline Loft in Chicago. The National Wood Aged Beer Competition is judged by a panel of industry experts prior to the public sessions. Each beer is judged on the basis of how that underlying style reflects the expression of wood and/or barrel character. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded in 10 categories as well as “best of show.”

Category 1: Classic Porter/Stout – 12 entries

#1 – Oakshire Brewing – Bourbon Stout
#2 – Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub - Pretty Brown Eyes
#3 – Lakefront Brewery – Rye Barrel Aged Fuel Coffee Stout

Category 2: Strong porter/Stout – 21 entries

#1 – Goose Island Brewing Company – Bourbon County Stout
#2 – Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Indignant
#3 – Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Acrimonious

Category 3: Barleywine/Wheatwine – 16 entries

#1 – Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub – Fertile Crescent
#2 – Goose Island – King Henry
#3 – Central Waters Brewing Company – Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

Category 4: Classic Styles (not higher than 7% abv) – 11 entries

#1 – Sun King Brewing Company – Afternoon Delight
#2 – Grand Teton Brewing Company – Barrel-Aged Grand Saison
#3 – Atlas Brewing Company – Oak-Aged Monadnock Rye Ale

Category 5: Strong/Double/Imperial pale Beer – 21 entries

#1 – Cigar City – Humidor IPA
#2 – Solemn Oath Brewery – Ultramegahighfrequency
#3 – Shoreline Brewery – Rillo Rye P.A.

Category 6: Strong/Double/Imperial Dark Beer – 24 entries

#1 – Flossmoor Station Brewing Company – Imperial Schwartz
#2 – Sun King Brewing Company – Pappy Fog
#3 – New Holland Brewing Company – Charkoota Rye

Category 7: Fruit Beer – 14 entries

#1 – Goose Island Brewing Company – Cherry Rye Bourbon County Stout
#2 – Three Floyds Brewing Company – Ronaldo
#3 – Solemn Oath Brewery – Radth

Category 8: Experimental Beer – 18 entries

#1 – The Lost Abbey – Track #8
#2 – Perennial Artisan Ales – Barrel Aged Abraxas
#3 – The Lost Abbey – track #10

Category 9:  Wild Beer – 9 entries

#1 – Flossmoor Station – .357 Brett
#2 – New Belgium Brewing Company – Biere de Peach Barrel
#3 – Goose Island Brewing Company – Madam rose

Category 10: Wild Acidic Beer – 27 entries

#1 – The Lost Abbey – Track#9
#2 – Bear Republic Brewing Company – Cuvee de Bubba
#3 – New Belgium Brewing Company – Eric’s Ale

Best Of Show

#1 – Goose Island Brewing Company – Cherry Rye Bourbon County Stout
#2 – The Lost Abbey – Track #8

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Episode 146 – Green Flash – Le Freak vs Port Brewing – Wipe Out IPA

Complete run down of the Beer Hoptacular. Four More Beers! Beer Auctions go big time?

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Episode 145 – AleSmith Ipa vs Speakeasy Prohibition Ale

5 Rabbit now at Chipotle. Half Acre tap room officially open. BCS bramble rye drinking well. River North Wine and Bourbon barrel saisons head to head.

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Episode 144 – Anchor – Old Forghorn vs Dogfish Head – Punkin Ale

Buffalo Trace coming clean. Springfield Brewpub Obed and Isaacs. Barley Genome project. DDBA vs Sucaba.

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Episode 143 – Founders – Harvest Ale vs New Belgium – (Red) Hoptober

Big beer boxes and brewery memberships. Cellar math. Trunk beers.

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Episode 142 – Two Brothers – Resistance IPA vs Great Divide – Barrel Aged Old Ruffian

Special Guest: Steve Kadlec. We talk with Steve about his recent trip to Michigan, as well as GABF weekend.

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Episode 141 – Ale Asylum – Hopalicious vs Stone – Russian Imperial Stout

Sour tastings, atom bombs and Budweiser.

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Online Beer Retail Innovations Part 3

This is the third part in a 3 part series (Part 1, Part 2) detailing experiences with using new and innovative online beer retailers. Many physical retailers have sold beer via an online presence for years, but only recently has the model been updated and focused directly on online sales, and sometimes without an affiliated retail location.


Craftbeerconnect.com

I was referred to this site by Adam Nason over at BeerPulse. This site is a blend of Netflix and a beer of the month club. Basically you queue up beers you would like to buy and each month they send you a box of 6 (2 of each) of the beers in your queue. (If you have nothing in your queue, will they choose for you? This part is unclear and I did not test.) It is fairly easy to browse their limited selection of mostly California breweries. They were “out” of some things like Russian River stuff, though I am not sure why as that should be plentiful in CA. I am also not sure how they can be “out” of something if they only do shipments once a month?

Setting up your queue of beers is easy enough. The hard part is the waiting. You know what beers will come, but there is no instant gratification as with other online shipping experiences.

In a single simple comparison to bineandvine.com – pricing is somewhat cheaper – $66 total for a case of 6 bottles with CraftBeerConnect, or $90-100 for the same 6 bottles including shipping at BineandVine (pricing is similar if you were able to pickup in person in California at a retail location).

Selection doesn’t seem to change very much, and there aren’t many higher end options. Additionally, you might not appreciate getting 2 of each beer if you like to try a lot of things or end up disliking something.

As for the website itself, you can’t browse within your selected tier, rather you can only browse by brewery or style. There are some additional slight bugs in the website such as adding dealers choice won’t add the proper tier beers and you can’t see what beers were sent to you on in previous months. No order/shipment history is a major flaw.

I ended up cancelling this service after two months (when you do cancel, it completely locks you out of the service – no records, no going back). This service is not worth it for a more experienced craft drinker – but perhaps good for someone looking to easily try new things with little effort. 2 out of 5 stars.

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Episode 140 – Nectar Ales (Firestone Walker) – Black Xantus vs New Belgium – Belgo

Decade episode recap. Plan for the end of the BeerDownload tournament? Fobab planning.                                                                          -

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