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.
Hans joins us again as we hop across the English channel to drink Belgian Tripels and Golden Strongs. Join us for tastes and tales of some of the most influential Belgian ales, including Duvel, Westmalle Tripel and Dupont Moinette (July 2018).
Mark and I are joined by our friend Hans Gorsuch to drink some British Beers (bitters, IPAs, Imperial Stouts) that I brought back from England. We dissect metal-themed beers, discuss cask ale, and try some beers from smaller scale breweries like Steam Machine and Durham Brewing (March 2018).