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My visit with the ALEHEADS podcast

ALEHEADS. Slouch sits down for a chat about sour and wild beers with Brandon Jones from the excellent blog Embrace the Funk. The guys tackle a number of subjects from a homebrewer and commercial beer fan perspective, including: how to get started brewing beers with wild yeast, common fears and misconceptions regarding contamination and process,…

Upland Brewing’s Gilgamesh: The Epic Sour Ale

Continuing our adventure into the realm of sour ale brewing, we designed a recipe to create an Upland version of a traditional Flanders Red. Melding flaked maize into a turbid mash and adding Belgian candi sugar during a long kettle boil, we prepared this ale for epic proportions. We then incorporated wild yeasts and other…

Cantillon Amphoras (AKA when Jean experiments we all win)

It’s not very often that we see old meeting older to create something new. Today was one of those days when Jean Van Roy of Cantillon let the world know about a unique batch of Lambic he is fermenting. In the official message below he tells us why it’s unique and how the idea came about, but…

Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave Q & A

One of the great things about craft beer is most brewers will take a moment to talk about their products or just talk about brewing in general with people. You have those great people… then you get a chance to speak with Crooked Stave owner Chad Yakobson who takes all that a step further. You…

Big Brother wants to limit sales of high-alc beer

My fellow friends in Tennessee please click this link to read about the newest piece of legislation aimed at limiting our beer choices.  Click here to read the summary on SB 2167 Click here to read the summary on HB 2783 You can make a difference by contacting your legislator via this link.

Think Spring! Think Saison!

I am not a fan of cold weather (I honestly think I could sip Berliner Weisse at the beach everyday).  So my latest brew session I was thinking Springtime for 2 reasons: I needed something dry/crisp on tap to enjoy outside when the weather warms up and I needed to brew something wild or funky…

Russian River Talks a New Beer, Their Coolship, “Sonambic” and Future Beatification Blends

Just about a month ago Russian River Brewing hit us with these 2 huge bits of news. First was the releases of Beatification batches 4 and 5…but I thought the neatest news was the installation of a “Coolship” (a shallow pan used to cool wort while inoculating the wort with natural yeasts and other microbes). So on…

Chris White On The New Funky and Sour offerings from White Labs in 2012

2012 is about to get even funkier! White Labs released their revised seasonal strain “Platinum Series” schedule and it includes 2 NEW funky offerings PLUS 2 funky fan favorites (say that 10 times fast) are going year round. (You already know one from this post last month) I love news like this. Changing their release…

A Message From Cantillon About The Brussels Gueuze Museum

A few days ago this message hit my inbox from Jean Van Roy of Cantillon  in regards to The Brussels Gueuze Museum … I thought I would pass it along. He asks that you contact him at this link with any questions.  Message to our loyal members and to all fans of Cantillon Brewery!  Like every year…

Yazoo “Fortuitous”…A Conversation With Linus Hall

It’s kind of a convoluted story About 9 years ago when I was first learning to brew I remember hearing about this new brewery planning to open in Nashville. A guy I worked with knew I liked good beer so he told me about his buddy Linus who also knew how to brew beer. Well…