Geeks on Beer : Big Daddy Vlady’s RIS : Terrapin Beer Co. : with special guest Spike


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This week we go back in time a bit, all the way back to the CBC in San Francisco where we had the opportunity to sit with Spike, the founder and Brew Master, of Terrapin Beer Co.

We pop a one off beer from Terrapin’s side project series, called Big Daddy Vlady’s, a robust Russian Imperial Stout, coming in at about 10.5% ABV.

We talk about the beer trading community with Spike, and get his opinion on how that affects the viewpoint of his beers.

This week on Master Pairings, Bill and Stephen, grab a couple of Dogfish Head Brewery’s Palo Santo Marron, and pair that with a “wagu” filet mignon. “The American version of the Kobi Steak”. It’s quite delicious.

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Geeks on Beer : National Homebrewers Conference 2011 : with Paul Sangster & Loren Miraglia


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Excited about the #NHC2011? So are we! What’s the NHC2011 you ask? It’s the National Homebrewers Conference, held by the American Homebrewers Association being held in 2 weeks in San Diego.

Two thousand homebrewers from all over the nation will be converging on San Diego to learn, collaborate and celebrate the fine art of homebrewing.

We get together with Paul Sangster and Loren Miraglia, two of the fine fellows that helped organize the amazing event.

We talk about the conference, and what to expect and what to be excited about, and of course we talk about homebrew .. and drink a few of the beers that these two amazing homebrewers made.

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Geeks on Beer : The NBT / Bison Brewing Homebrew Competition – Round 2

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This week we announce the round 2 winners of the NBT / Bison Brew Homebrew competition. To help us do that we have a special guest join us, Andrew Bell, winner of round 2, and aspiring BJCP judge.

We start off with a delicious session ale, brewed by Ross Macumber, called Endless Summer. It’s a 4% Pineapple Wheat Ale, made with Citra Hops, and 100% real Pineapple. Say hi to Ross on Twitter at @Rossthefireman.

Next we enjoy a double IPA, from Matthew Humphries (not Hughes). The Dos Tres Doble IPA, is a phenomenal double IPA with a nice bitterness, and fantastic aroma.

Our third beer is a Belgian Tripel, called Tripel Lindy, from a great brewer named Jamey Barlow, whom you can follow at @BarlowBrewing. John likes this beer so much he tries to finger our beer.

Lastly, we dive into Andrews submission, which is a black IPA with Rye, called Camp Brian. An amazing beer .. you can watch the show to see how much we love it. You can follow Andrew online at @BMan1113VR

Thanks to everyone who submitted beers this round. The last round is 5 days away, so run run run .. get your beer to us.

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Geeks on Drinking : Session Beer

This week we, due to popular request, drop into Session Beers. We talk about what constitutes a session beer, is it an actual style, where the name come from, and does darker always mean stronger.

We try out a few delicious examples of Session beers, including Stone / Ballast Point / Kelsy McNair collaboration called San Diego Session, a cellared Bayerischer Bahnhof Liepzig Berliner Weisse from Germany, and Stone’s Levitation.

We also discuss cellaring options for session beers, especially the Berliner Weisse, since the general rule for cellaring beer is about 8% ABV or higher. Dr. Bill let’s you know his rules for cellaring, and what the exceptions to those rules are.

We also shamelessly plug New Brew Thursday & Master Pairings where we pair Stone Levitation with food and Cigars, giving you an all around fabulous set of pairings for this particular beer, which then leads us into a brief discussion of cigars.

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Geeks on Drinking : Single Malt Scotch

This week on Expert Drinking Dr. Bill, Stephen & John delve back into the realm of Whiskey, specifically Single Malt Scotch .. Scothy Scotch Scotch.. We love Scotch.

We talk a bit about what makes a Single Malt Scotch, where they are created, and what the differences of some of these different Scotch’s are.

We taste three different regions, Highland, Islay, and Speyside and spend some time talking about the best way to nose, taste and enjoy this amazing beverage.

Until next week, know what you drink!

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Geeks on Beer : Tripel Perfection : Ommegang Brewery with special guest Yvonne England

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This week, Brad’s gone, but we get an extra special guest to join us .. Producer Yvonne!

We pop open a bottle of Ommegang Tripel Perfection .. that we enjoy with an awesome Peach Cobbler home made by our very own Producer Yvonne.

We talk Belgian Styles, Stephen threatens to go topless, and Yvonne brings the questions, and the ultimate question is discussed, did Jesus make our Peach Cobbler or just some random awesome dude that broke into John’s house?

On Master Pairings with Dr. Bill, John heads down to Dr. Bill’s kitchen and they enjoy a Meantime London Scotch Ale which Dr. Bill pairs with little lamb chops.

We also talk about the homebrew competition again .. so if that is of interest to you .. check that out.

Oh .. and this weeks B-roll is dedicated to our brother in podcasting from HopCast …. Brad Chmielewski

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Geeks on Beer : Off Hand : Iron Fist Brewing with special guest Brandon Sieminski


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This week we head down to Vista, CA and visit Iron Fist Brewery. We hang out in the brewery and talk with Head Brewer Brandon Sieminski.

A young brewery with a young brewer, Iron Fist is brewing up some of the best beers that are on the market right now. After only 7 months, Iron Fist has taken the local San Diego scene by storm. Even Dr. Bill can barely contain his gushing over how much he loves this brewery.

On Master Pairings with Dr. Bill, we keep the theme going with Iron Fist’s Spice of Life paired with roasted pork, mashed potatoes, & green beans.

Brandon also brings out a unique treat for us to try out … a growler full of Gauntlet ( Iron Fist’s double IPA ) infused with Cherimoya. Cherimoya is a fruit that stays ripe for a brief moment.

Big thanks to Brandon and the whole brewery team for letting us invade and drink beer!

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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 6.50% ABV

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Geeks on Doctor Who : Season 6 : The Curse of the Black Spot

This week we talk about episode 3 of season 6, The Curse of the Black Spot.

Stephen declares it filler, Aric loves it as much as a day at Disneyland, and Janet just hates pirates.

We all bemoan the lack of continuation with the over-arching story of the Silence, and the small child.

We all deal with our realization that Doctor Who is really a family style show, and therefore won’t ever really meet our wildest expectations, but still makes us very giddy each week!

We also speculate about next weeks episode The Doctor’s Wife, and how the title doesn’t mean what we think it means.

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Geeks on Beer : Boneyard Red : Newport Beach Brewing CO with special guest Taphunter

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This week we’re back in Newport, at the Newport Beach Brewing Company, to hang out with Mel & Flash Gordon, the founders of TapHunter, a really cool application that allows you to find out what’s on tap at you’re local bar, providing the most up to date information as possible.

We drink Boneyard Red, a Double Dry Hopped Red Ale, with over a pound of East Kent Goldings in each keg with a nice caramel maltiness balance.

TapHunter is launching into the Orange County area, and are currently support 8 major areas in the United States.

Mel & Flash are strong supporters of the Craft Beer revolution in the San Diego area, and are overall just awesome people, so check out the app, and always know what’s on tap!

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Geeks on Doctor Who : Day of the Moon : Season 6

This week, we welcome Janet back, talk Plurk speculation, and round out our discussion of the two-part season premier of Doctor Who with Day of the Moon.

We start off with Janet telling us about her recent trip to London and the Doctor Who Experience, while Stephen and Aric just sit jealously plotting her demise.

Stephen is full of complicated wild theories, Aric & Janet swoon over Rory in a suit and we all ponder the question .. who really shot JR? Oh wait, not that quesiton .. This question, who did River really kill?

We do discuss the Silence and how quickly they fell, Canton and his progressiveness, all things Amy, including the pregnancy, her true feelings for Rory and the Doctor.

We also pontificate on who this little girl is, and what part she has yet to play in the unfolding season, and if the doctor has figured out that he sent himself the invitation ..

So sit back, enjoy the show, and don’t blink!

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