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Beer Review 122: Cape Cod Beer Stock Stout

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! In between the Cape Cod Interviews (Part 1 - Part 2) we've placed a few reviews, some of the stuff you can get most of the time (IPA - Red) but a lot is rare stuff (Bourbon Aged Red - 1000th Batch Imperial Red - Stargazer Stout) because we like to show off (we've very insecure).  Today's review falls into the latter category with Stock Stout.  Stout Stock is a milk stout created with coffee beans from Beanstock Coffee, another Cape business promoting all things good that are "The Cape."  This delicious pour is made with Bali Blue Moon Organic Coffee and, as you'll see in the video, creates a really unique smooth flavor.  Coffee!  Beer!  Cape Cod!

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Beer Review 77: Sierra Nevada Fritz and Ken's 30th Anniversary Stout

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Remember when Sierra Nevada had their 30th Anniversary?  They produced some amazing beers and today (or whatever day you read/watch this) the Beer Friends review the Fritz and Ken 30th Anniversary Ale.  Fritz is Fritz Maytag, the owner and brewer of San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company and joined with Ken to produce a brew "as a nod to the dark ales and stouts that seduced both in the early years."  Birthday's are the best when the guest get gifts...  Beer!  Anniversaries! Collaboration!

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BFF4 - Phil's Bracket: First Round

Phil Foleen

What's up everyone time to get the Western Bracket for the 2011 Beer Friends Final 4 up and running! This year Phil's bracket has contenders from Oregon(of course), California, Hawaii, and a surprise showing from Mexico!  Make sure your vote counts, check back often and get your friends to support your favorite beers in all four brackets all the way to the Final Round!

The first match up is our 1 vs 16 with Sierra Nevada's Torpedo going head to head with Kona Brewery's Fire Rock Pale Ale.  A good showing from both, but I'd have to side with the Torpedo, alot more flavor even with the Hops kick has enough in my opinion to unseat the standard flavored Fire Rock.  But who am I to tell you that?  Click on through to the rest of the article and get all 8 of your votes in!

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The 8 vs 9 match has Lagunitas Hop Stoopid going up against this Beer Friend's personal fav Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter!  Hop Stoopid was a pretty delicious beer, but for my 2 cents I'm throwing in with the Black Butte, there's just something about the overall taste the eeks it out over the other one's hops.

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For the 5 vs 12 1st rounder we have Stone Brewing Collaboration Saison vs Widmer Brother's Drop Top Amber.  My pick is the Drop Top, mostly because i have a special place for that beer(being one of my gateway brews) but mostly because I am not a fan of the Saison.  Even if it was a team effort with Victory and Dogfish Head.

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Rounding out the first half of the Western Bracket at 4 vs 13 we have Rogue Brewery's Mocha Porter vs Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA.  Mocha Porter is the pick from the BF's here, Big Daddy is an all around well-flavored IPA, but the Porter really takes the taste of the beer to a whole new level.  But vote for the one you want!

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Top of the bottom half of the bracket at 6 vs 11 we've got Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale vs Stone's Arrogant Bastard.  Alright, alright, I'll go with popular opinion here: Arrogant Bastard is the pick.  definitely has the intense flavor that helps the fans out, pulls ahead of a good but less arrogant(get it?) flavor from Anchor.

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Next we have the 3 vs 14 match: Dos Equis Amber vs Sierra Nevada Estate Ale.  I choose the Estate ale from Sierra Nevada, mostly for political reasons, I think having a beer brewed completely from ingredients that are grown on your brewery's grounds is an admirable achievement.  And it tastes better.  But who am I to judge?!  Vote for your fav!

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Coming up towards the end of our bracket we have the 7 vs 10 match with Rogue Brewing's Shakespeare Stout vs Green Flash's West Coast IPA.  I'm gonna have to go with Rogue again, the Oatmeal Stout has a much better overall flavor than the Green Flash, despite being on opposite ends of the drinking spectrum.

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And last, but certainly not least, we have the 2 vs 15 match! Lagunitas Censored Red vs Kona Brewing's Pipeling Porter. I'm siding with the Hawaiians on this one.  Pipeline Porter delivers a much more substantial and enjoyable flavor profile than the Censored, it's much more enjoyable to have on a cold day or a hot day.

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Thanks for voting!  But don't forget this is just the FIRST ROUND!  Come back for the next round to make sure your favorite beer makes it to NUMBER 1!

Daily Beer Calendar - January 16

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today's poll is Alaskan Oatmeal Stout from Alaskan Brewing Company.  While their Alaskan Amber is the brew we most often see, Alaskan Brewing Company is an excellent brewery and now that you've broken all your previous new years resolutions, make a new one - drink more Alaskan Brews!

Alaskan Oatmeal Stout

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The Beer Friends Final Four: Round 2

Corporate Kerouac

An exciting round of voting yesterday to get us to the round of 16.  Brooklyn and Sixpoint were the big winners in the first round, both coming through with three wins.  The biggest upset was Troegs Hop Back Amber Ale over the Harpoon Celtic Ale.  Not so big but still significant was Sixpoint Sweet Action also over the slightly favored Magic Hat Vinyl, and the West came out strong and sent New Belgium Fat Tire on to the next round.  Ithaca Flower Power surged late but ultimately it was not enough to beat the lower seeded, but nationally popular Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Now, on to the second round.

No Surprises in the Stout/Porter Bracket despite Beer Friend Brad's best efforts. The Cinderella story stopped Dostal Alley Stout stopped before it had a chance to begin when it lost out to the heavily favored Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Round 2 pits two New York favorites against each other in Game 1 and two rarer, but still well regarded, brews against each other in Game 2.

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The Wild Card Bracket brought us some surprises. Sixpoint Sweet Action had a strong showing against Magic Hat Vinyl to move on to the next round. Also, Bud Light Lime scored no points even though their coach had promised that they would be able to keep it close in hopes to be able to steal a tournament win.

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The IPA Bracket was the most fun to watch throughout the first round. Three of the four games were back and fourth late into the evening and into this morning. It's West coast versus East coast in both match ups today featuring Sixpoint against Stone and Brooklyn against Sierra Nevada.

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The R.A.B. Bracket holds true to its name today with one of each style moving on to the second round along with the surly underdog. Troegs Hop Back Amber takes its unorthodox approach into the round full of traditional styles.

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Beer for Brunch?

Brad

A burger for breakfast?  No way.  A burger for lunch?  Of course, but it’s only 10am I don’t think I can have lunch this early.  A burger for brunch?  Absolutely.  Brunch is a favorite past time of a lot of New Yorkers on the weekend.  While it’s usually an excuse to drink early in the day, it also helps fill in that awkward grazing time between the early AM and the early afternoon.  At 10 in the morning I don’t think I could usually, but it’s not actually breakfast, its brunch.   There’s that wonderful culinary loophole and while the two famous brunch drinks are Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, this Beer Friend asks why not a beer?

While food pairing is popular in wine, food pairing in beer is gaining ground even in some top rated restaurants.  More and more brewery websites are including beer/food pairing recommendations as well - take Brooklyn Breweries for instance. Homebrew books and beer dictionaries are also including advice and sections on pairing, so if you want to start thinking down these lines the information is readily available.

Thinking about a typical brunch menu – eggs, pancakes, French toast – nothing makes you want to reach for the stout.  With beer pairing, as with its brother disciplines, it’s not necessarily about the food specifically, but about how each of the items in the meal compliments the other flavors as a whole.  In a few Beer Friends video reviews we’ve mentioned what kind of meal we’d have the beer with.  One episode that comes to mind is a Christmas Ale with a stronger nutmeg and cinnamon finish, pairing with a ham and sweet potatoes is perfect.  So, keeping in mind the taste of the food – what to have with brunch?

With eggs, the basic breakfast food, try a simple Lager or Ale.  Avoid anything with a strong taste that’s going to overpower the taste of the food, a good rule of thumb.  Eggs typically have a simple taste, spiced with what salt, pepper or Tabasco you put on it.  Keep the beer choice simple – lager or ale.

Pancakes are typically a sweeter taste.  Pancakes can be made very plain but usually involve a little butter and sugary syrup.  Reach for the sweeter beer to compliment the sweetness of the syrup.  However, if you’re the type to order chocolate chip pancakes – who isn’t? – perhaps a lighter stout will compliment the chocolate flavor in the pancakes.  Speaking of the stout why not replace that run of the mill, daily work commute cup o’ joe with a Coffee Stout or a Gorilla Warfare American porter from Sixpoint which is brewed with coffee from Park Slopes’ own Gorilla Coffee.

A French toast recipe usually includes cinnamon and a few even include nutmeg.  This one can be more difficult because you don’t always know how powerful the cinnamon/nutmeg flavor is.  Fortunately this can be a seasonal pairing with a winter or Christmas type brew.

Looking for a lighter pairing?  Try a general wheat or Hefeweizen beer that will compare to a mimosa or glass of orange juice.

Overall beer with brunch is a great idea – as long as you have the right beer, and as long as it doesn’t have the word “Light” in the title.

Beer Review 04: Flying Dog Gonzo Porter

Phil Foleen

Hello again all Friends of Beer!  This week's review features the Gonzo Porter from Flying Dog Breweries.  The audio is a little soft during the program so be careful with the intro and outro(we're working on solving the audio part, we'll have it fixed real soon).  Enjoy! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he-EzxAIg7w]