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MZ004: Vintage Bourbon County Brand Stout and w00t Stout

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On this episode of Malted Zen, I talk about my love of stouts and stout season. For my beer reviews, I reach into my beer cellar and do quick reviews of Goose Island's 2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout and 2015 w00t Stout from Stone Brewing Co.

BCBS 2014
Brewed By:
Goose Island Brewing Co.
Chicago, IL
Style | ABV
Barrel Aged Stout | 13.8%







w00t Stout 2015
Brewed By:
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA
Style | ABV
American Stout | 13%






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Beer Cellaring or Beer Hoarding

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As craft beer enthusiasts we know that, like wine, some beers become better with age; mostly beer with higher ABV counts. Some of us have simple means of cellaring that entail extra space in a China cabinet while others have elaborate climate controlled spaces for their rare beers. No matter which of these spaces you have, aging your beer is a great way to study how beer changes characteristics over time. What happens when it comes time to drink these bottles of aged goodness, but you just can't bring yourself to let them go? You, like myself, have crossed that thin line between cellaring and hoarding. 
The first time I decided I wanted to cellar a beer was in 2014 when that year's Bourbon County Brand Stout was released by Goose Island. This was also the first year it was available in Georgia thanks/no-thanks to AB-InBev. I bought a four pack and drank all but one and decided I wanted to save it for later. About two weeks later I was back at my usual bottle shop and, to my s…

Homebrew Log: Brooklyn Brew Shop Chocolate Maple Porter

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Homebrewing isn’t a hobby to which I’ve fully committed, but it is something I’d like to do on a more serious level. I’ve brewed a few batches now and each time I was a nervous wreck, which is probably why I didn’t brew much. Every other book and article I’ve read on the subject made me feel like everything needed to be done exactly right or else; until I got “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing” by Charlie Papazian. No, this isn’t a book review but, the first thing he says is, “Relax. Don’t worry. Have a homebrew,” and that statement changed everything. This latest batch I brewed went so much more smoothly and with less stress because of those three sentences. It reminded me that the reason I homebrew is because it’s fun and it helps me relax. So, that’s what I did; I relaxed and brewed the beer without stressing if my equipment was sanitized enough, or if my mash temperature wasn’t exactly where it was supposed to be. As it turns out, all was well.

My wife bought me a Brewdemon Conical …

MZ003: Here Comes Irma

This is just a quick little update regarding myself and the podcast. Hurricane Irma is headed our way so, we're headed out of South Florida. I'll be posting regularly on Instagram so be sure to follow me there. Be safe everyone.

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MZ002: Purchases Were Made

On this episode of Malted Zen I share my thoughts on some local beers I've had this week, update you on my homebrew porter, and cover some major purchases in the craft beer industry.

News:
Brooklyn Brewery buys stake in 21st Amendment and Funkworks and Sixpoint didn't have any kind words to say.

Sixpoints Comments
Brooklyn Brewery's Response
Funky Buddha is purchased by Constellation Brands
I forgot to mention it on the show, but Anchor Steam was also purchased this week by Sopporo!
Nielson data shows that craft beer sales slowed in 2016, but what does that really mean?
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MZ001: First Pour

Welcome to first episode of Malted Zen. This is a show all about finding inner peace through craft beer and craft beer culture, sort of. It's mainly an excuse for me to talk about my favorite subject, beer, with all of you. This is a departure from my normal 'beer review' style of show so, I hope you enjoy it.
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