In this episode we go international for the first time ever by welcoming Nick Smith from Steam Machine Brewing in County Durham for an in-depth look at the birth and evolution of the India Pale Ale. In the first of a two-part episode we explore the history of the IPA from its inception up through the 1980s. As a lifelong resident of the UK and an amateur beer historian, Nick provides a wonderful perspective on the birth and evolution of the IPA in its homeland - starting from it's origins as a refined tipple for the British Raj up through its long, slow decline in the 20th century.
In this episode we are joined by Columbus sour beer aficionado Dan Reeve for a virtual voyage to Pajotenland. Join us as we take an in depth look at a style that many feel represents the pinnacle of brewing art, blended lambic gueuze. We crack open gueuzes from Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen and Lindemans and share stories from our separate visits to the lambic breweries near Brussels.
In the second half of our interview with Sean White, co-owner and head brewer at Little Fish Brewing, we continue our exploration of the fascinating world of sour beers. The episode kicks off with with a candid discussion of the challenges of spontaneous fermentation. As the pod progresses we talk about the flavor contributions of aged hops, blending, adding fruit and Sean’s love of using homegrown and local ingredients in his beers. The episode finishes with tips for homebrewers who want to take up the challenge of brewing sours.
In this episode we sit down (virtually) with Sean White, co-owner and head brewer at Little Fish Brewing in Athens, Ohio, for an expansive discussion of sour beers and wild ale brewing. With two World Beer Cup medals for their barrel-aged sours (a bronze for Petit Poisson in 2018 and a gold for Barrel Aged Woodthrush in 2016) Sean and the team at Little Fish are one of Ohio’s leading practitioners of this artistic form of brewing. The discussion covered so many topics we had to split it into two separate episodes. In Part 1 we discuss the meaning of terms like sour beer and wild ale, capturing yeasts from the wild, Brett beers, sabering bottles, mixed fermentation saisons, alternative grains, Little Fish’s takes on oud bruins and Flemish reds, and what might be an entirely new style, farmhouse malt liquors. Look for Part 2 to be released in mid-May.
In this episode we connect (remotely) with Dan Eaton who covers the beer and food industries for Columbus Business First. Dan shares his thoughts on the impact of the corona virus on the business of beer in Ohio, while Mark gives a first hand account of its impact on Land Grant Brewing. We also touch on topics that include acceptable work attire and flattening the weekly beer consumption curve in these unprecedented times. Those who listen to the end will be treated with timely beer recommendations should the end times be upon us.
We pull a previously unreleased episode on Czech Pilsners from the archive and give it an update. Mark adds his perspective on Pilsner Urquell, Mliko pours and other notable beer spots in the Czech capital. We finish with some thoughts on where to get a good pilsner in Central Ohio.