This week I go way outside my comfort zone and have Dovetail’s Rauchbier. Dovetail makes world class lagers and this one was no exception. I’ll have a conversation with Curt from the Half Hour Bros podcast plus you know there are Jagoffs this week!
Great show this week as I have part 1 of my conversation with Lauren from the Beer’d Al Podcast! That was a great talk and I think you’ll enjoy it and the Beer’d Al Podcast as well! The Beer In Front is the classic Saison DuPont, what a wonderful beer! It’s been far too long since I’ve had that. This is a normal size show and Friday Part 2 will come out with the rest of the interview and MORE Jagoffs!
I know I said that I was going to stop the Hazy IPA’s for a while, but one of my favorite breweries, Casa Humilde released their Mangazo one with Mango so my arm was twisted….
Mangazo is a Hazy IPA with Citra and Amarillo hops with added Mango. This is a 7.5% beer that is another solid effort from Casa Humilde! It looks like an orange juice pouring with a very hazy orange/golden color. The aroma for me is all mango but the taste is excellent. Really nice mango flavor along with the citrus from the Citra and Amarillo hops, there is a nice bitterness to this that I wasn’t expecting in a Hazy IPA. For me, this drinks more like an IPA than a Hazy, which isn’t always a bad thing. Casa Humilde keeps making solid beers and like I mentioned before, they are one of my favorite Chicago breweries. Whatever they release, I’m going to try it!
New episode of the podcast will drop Wednesday with Part 1 of my interview with Lauren from the Beer’d Al Podcast. This was so much fun, we had a great time talking for both of our shows! Part 2 will come out Friday!
To catch up on past episodes, you can always search most podcast directories and you’ll find me!
The latest episode of Beer In Front is out now. I’ll have part 1 of my interview with Rob from the Fat, Drunk, and Stupid podcast. I’ll have a great beer from Rhinegeist as my Beer In Front as well. I’m trying something different this week where I’ll break down the interviews into 2 shows so each show is a length more like my normal shows. Part 2 of my chat with Rob will be out by Friday!
Tonight I’m having K.I.S.S. from More out in Huntley, Illinois. This is a Double Dry Hopped IPA with Citra and El Dorado hops. Like everything More puts out, K.I.S.S. is really good beer. You get a great citrus/fruit flavor profile from the hops, the aroma for me was a little lacking but that could and is probably just me. If you enjoy the Hazy/NE Style of IPA, this will be up your alley and is a fine beer. Control Tammie stopped there and grabbed me a mix pack of 4 different selections from them and I’m looking forward to the others in this pack.
I think I’m going to jump off the hazy train for a while. There are so many out there now that for me, it’s hard to stand out above the crowd when most are so similar. The K.I.S.S. is a really good beer, but maybe it’s time for me to step back and recalibrate the taste buds so I could appreciate this one more than I did.
This week, I’ll be talking with Rob from the Fat, Drunk, and Stupid podcast. He’s a good listen and is worth your time! For past shows, you can always check out the podcast wherever mediocre podcasts are available.
Tonight I’m having a great stout from Alarmist in Chicago. The Percolator is an Imperial Coffee Stout and this is a good one! This has a great aroma of the malt and coffee and for me, the sweetness of the malt is stronger. The taste is great, nice balance here with a good coffee aftertaste. The Percolator weighs in at 9% so you get a little boozy taste here but not enough that it overpowers anything else. I really enjoy this one and will pick it up again when i see it.
Episode 49 of the podcast is available now! This week I talked to Jeremy Banas author of the new book Celis Beer Born in Belgium, Brewed in Texas. This a great book for anyone interested in the legend of Pierre Celis or anyone interested in craft beer. http://ruinationpress.com/
I also enjoyed Harold’s ’83 Honey Ale from Haymarket in collaboration with Jay West and Sam Ross. This was an excellent beer that is a nice change of pace from all the Hazy IPA’s out there.
Wow! I’m really enjoying the beer I’m having tonight! Saison De Lis comes from Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis and I’m sold on this one. This has Chamomile as an adjunct and that adds a nice touch to this Saison. This has a lovely gold color to it and nice aroma. The Chamomile with the Saison yeast blends well together and has a slightly tart taste to it. This is really a light, delicious beer. Saison De Lis is a 5% ABV and I could see myself having more than one of these. I like Saisons, but honestly I usually find other beers to grab when I’m out so I miss out on these. This style and beer from Perennial needs to be added to the rotation. I liked this so much from the aroma and pour I didn’t even grab a picture of it!
If you haven’t already, check out the latest episode of the podcast featuring an interview with Liz from The Beer And The Baker!
Tonight I’m having the last of the 4 pack I picked up in the Summer from Revolution. This is aging nicely, it seems to have mellowed out a bit and is very smooth for a 10% Imperial Stout. It’s funny, after so many barrel aged stouts and stouts with different adjuncts I almost had to recalibrate my taste buds at first since it’s been a while that I’ve had just a regular stout. Their version of Black Is Beautiful has a really nice aroma and flavors from the malts and oats and really is a good stout. The carbonation was a bit thin for me but overall I’m a fan of this one. Black Is Beautiful is hosted by Weathered Souls in San Antonio, Texas and 100% of the proceeds from Revolution’s version goes to the great My Block My Hood My City group.
In case you missed it last night, the latest episode of the podcast is out and is a great one featuring a chat with Liz from The Beer And The Baker
Tonight I’m having Permanent Waves. This is a Mexican Style Lager from Chapman Crafted Beer out in Orange, California. Oscar from The Everything Show sent this one out to me as I have enjoyed the others from Chapman I’ve had from him. Permanent Waves is a classic lager, it has a great pale golden color, nice aroma, wonderful taste and is well balanced. This has a nice smooth finish to it and is everything you’d want a lager to be. I’d much rather have this outside in the summer having a BBQ than in 12 degree Chicago weather in February so I’d imagine this would be a great summer beer! Permanent Waves is listed at 4.8% ABV with 11 IBU’s. I’d grab this one if it was available here in Chicago like I would all their beers! Thanks Oscar!
In case you missed it, on Twitter I’m running a contest to give away some Beer In Front Swag. Follow me on Twitter @beerinfront and tag me in a photo of your Beer In Front with the hashtag #BeerInFront and Tuesday the 2/16 I’ll randomly draw a winner and send out a pint glass and stickers, etc.