The web has been abuzz this week with accusations that “Big Beer” threatened to pull ads from the Discovery Channel if Brew Masters was kept on the air. Brew Masters stars Dogfish Head’s Sam Caligione, who takes viewers across the globe in search of exotic ingredients for his beers.
Other sources have since confirmed the cancellation. Five episodes have aired, though a sixth episode of Brew Masters focusing on a New York rooftop brewpub involving Caligione, may still air when the eatery opens this summer.
Anyway, if you got hooked on Brew Masters, you’ll appreciate Brew Minions, a parody from the guys at Ska Brewing.
It’s 22-minutes long, which is too damn long. It could use a good edit. But Caligione, who is the butt of many of the jokes, was good-natured enough to make a cameo in the video, and it’s worth checking out.
If you’ve been paying attention, you are well aware of our fondness for Ska Brewing‘s Modus Hoperandi. I first discovered it last summer on a trip out to Colorado, and Mike and Jeff have since become quite the fans.
The brewery tweeted this video a coupla days ago and I thought I better share. Lots of great beer porn here.
Unfortunately, the closest you can get Modus Hoperandi is about 4-and-a-half hours away.
If you find yourself passing through St. Louis and buying beer, we’d sure appreciate a sixer or three.
After checking out all the end-of-year beer lists for 2010, we thought it would be cool to share each of our top five favorite beers of the year. We drank a lot of good beer in 2010, so this was a fun trip down memory lane.
1. Estate Homegrown Ale – Sierra Nevada. This beer explodes with resiny, grapefruity, wet-hopped goodness. The well-balanced, smooth malt backbone makes this a beer I could drink all night.
2. Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale – Stone Brewing. Whatever you want to call it – Black IPA, Cascadian Dark ale – it doesn’t matter. Roasted, chocolatey grains that you would expect in a stout or porter combined with the pine forest, citrus hop flavor of an IPA, resulting in a beer that is bad ass and unique.
3. Sorachi Ace – Brooklyn Brewery. The Sorachi hops are front and center for a lemony take on a Siason, a style known for bracing bitterness, spicy notes and a crisp dry finish. This beer was killer.
4. 30th Anniversary Brewers Reserve: Oak-Aged Ale - Sierra Nevada. Weirdly enough, of the four anniversary beers released this year, I was least excited to try this one. That’s why I’m learning not to trust my instincts. This beer is a blend of their Oak-aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale and Pale Ale. They combine to make a tasty blend of oak, malt and hoppy goodness.
Honorable mention: Odell IPA – Odell Brewing. Thank you for saving me my own bottle, Mr. Erskine.
1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale – Bell’s Brewery. A really well-balanced AIPA that would be my everyday ale if I could buy it in Memphis.
2. Sweet Water IPA – Sweetwater Brewing. An explosion of grapefruit taste and floral aroma packed in a beer that goes down easy.
3. Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter – Flying Dog Brewery. The late Hunter S. Thompson graces the bottle’s label and proclaims, “Good people drink good beer.” And this is a really good Baltic porter: rich, roasted malt flavors with hints of molasses and a hell of a kick from the 9.2 ABV.
4. Odell IPA - Odell Brewing. A mix of citrus and piny hop flavor and aroma with a decent dose of malts. It does not disappoint.
5. Schafly Coffee Stout – The Saint Louis Brewery. First coffee stout I’ve ever tried and loved the smoky, rich coffee flavor with notes of sweetness from the oatmeal stout base.
1. Modus Hoperandi – Ska Brewing. Fantastic IPA I found on a trip to Colorado this past summer. The closest it’s available to Memphis is St. Louis. I made a decent clone, which started me on my quest to brew the perfect IPA. This is where the bar is set.
2. #9 – Magic Hat. I don’t actually remember when I had my first one of these, but it quickly became one of my favorites during this past summer’s ridiculous heat wave. It’s a tasty and crisp craft brew you can drink no matter how high the mercury rises. I made a pretty good clone a few months ago and have another in secondary fermentation right now.
3. Old Glory American Pale Ale – Great Dane Pub. Malty, hoppy totally drinkable brew from Madison, Wisconsin. It’s a British-style pale ale with American hops, whatever that means. Wish I could get it around here.
4. St. Vincent’s Dubbel – Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. Jeff gave Mike and I each one of these. Loved the crisp and sour taste. Luckily Mike cracked his open first to share so I still have one.
5. Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale – Lazy Magnolia. Really tasty brew from Mississippi (where homebrewing and over-5% ABV is illegal. WTF?) Also, fun to give people with nut allergies. This is why there is now an Epipen in the kitchen cabinet.
Honorable mention: Dry-hopped APA – Schlafly Beer. The first couple I had were fantastically hoppy but not too overwhelming. Unfortunately, sixers I’ve bought since indicate it doesn’t have a great shelf life, as the hop taste is muted. This is something we’ve noticed with our homebrewed IPAs, too.
What were the best beers you tried in 2010? Leave a comment below.