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Episode #197 – “Talking Beer Blends”

Prompted by a discussion that started off podcast, Carlin and Jason Evans discuss an interesting pack of beer New Belgium Brewing is releasing. This then leads to a discussion about beer blending, as pertains to a few specific breweries.

Gunpowder Falls Pilsner (infected) – 4.5

Southern Tier Cinnamon Roll imperial ale w/cinnamon & caramel flavors – 1


Episode #196 – “The Independent Brewing Wort Challenge”

The second episode in Jason Evans’ recording session brings a conversation about the Independent Brewing wort challenge, which Jason regularly competes in. Two examples of his entries are sampled during the discussion.

Devils Backbone Cran-Gose tart cranberry ale – 3

Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale w/cinnamon & long-grain rice – 2.5

Episode #195 – “Jason Evans, AKA Breadhead Brewing”

Welcoming a new guest to the podcast, Carlin has the pleasure of learning the craft beer background of Jason Evans, while trying his latest homebrew. Jason goes in depth about how he brews before he gets a crack at blind tasting for the first time.

Goose Island Juliet wild ale aged in cabernet barrels w/blackberries – 2.5

New Holland Lost Dune golden ale w/blueberries & coriander – 2.5

Burley Oak Brewing Showcase Episode – “Big Flavors, Small Town Focus”

Carlin and Rebecca tackle one of the hottest breweries in Maryland with this brewery showcase episode. Carlin breaks down the small town focus of the brewery while he and Rebecca taste four of their special release beers.

Carlin’s favorite – Double Blueberry Peach J.R.E.A.M. sour w/lactose & fruit

Rebecca’s favorite – Citralaxy New England Style IPA

On The Shelf Episode #2 – “One Of These Killed It”

Another recent trip to the local liquor store yields four recent releases for this episode that evaluates what is currently sitting on the shelf. This particular episode packs a punch for Carlin and Rebecca, in a few different ways.

Unanimous favorite – Epic Brewing Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout aged in whiskey & rum barrels w/cacao nibs, barrel-aged coffee beans & barrel-aged coconut added

Episode #194 – “The State Of The Podcast Episode”

Carlin tries going solo in this state of the podcast episode. He discusses where the podcast has been, where it is now, and what could help develop things in the future. This is no dry affair, as Carlin does a warm-up beer and two mystery beers on his own.

Captain Lawrence 6th Borough Pilsner – 4

Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout – 2

Firestone Walker Brewing Showcase Episode – “A Lion, A Bear And Their Beers”

Carlin and Rebecca head back to the West Coast for a showcase of a highly respected brewery founded by brothers-in-law who argue often, but collaborate well. Possibly the most solid line-up of beers are tasted as information about the brewery gets a fair share of airtime.

Carlin’s favorite – Bretta Weisse Berliner style wheat ale

Rebecca’s favorite – Pivo hoppy pilsner

Boston Vacation Episode – “Great Beers And Beyond”

Carlin and Rebecca took another vacation recently and, not surprisingly, craft beer was a main focus. Grab a beer, sit back and listen to an evaluation of Boston from both beer and tourist perspectives. And, as always, hear Carlin and Rebecca evaluate some beers they brought back from the trip.

Carlin’s favorite – Springdale Barrel Room Pearly Wit wild fermentation witbier

Rebecca’s favorite – Aeronaut & Finback Improbability Drive IPA w/orange & vanilla

Cellar Dive Episode #6 – “Expectations Are High, And Low”

With this dive into the cellar, Carlin pulls out one of the most sought after trade beers and another he’s been dying to try. Rebecca selects one that sounds intriguing, but she thinks will be a dud, and another that promises to be great, based on past experiences.

Unanimous favorite – DuClaw Espresso Vanilla Retribution Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels w/coffee & vanilla

Episode #193 – “The Many Faces Of The IPA”

Josh kicks things off by introducing a topic that delves into the evolution of the IPA and its many iterations. This then leads to a discussion of special beer releases at breweries and the many positive and negative aspects of those releases.

Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown Imperial Brown Ale w/Sumatra coffee – 3.5

Terrapin Smoke On The Porter Baltic Porter – 1.5

Episode #192 – “The Cans And The Bottles”

In Josh’s second episode of the recording session, he and Carlin discuss beer bottle and can formats. The guys make their preferences known, while thoughtfully analyzing the subject and allowing it to morph into other topics.

Peabody Heights Sir Barton Saison – 5

Fordham The 11th Sour Berliner Weisse w/concord grapes – 4.5

Episode #191 – “Craft Beer Perception”

Wine World’s resident beer guy, Josh Rodriguez, makes a return to the show for a few episodes. He provides an aged warm-up beer, which serves as a great sipper to enjoy while he and Carlin talk about craft beer and what is perceived as being craft. When the mystery beers happen, Josh gets his shot to wax analytical.

Monument City Battle IPA – 4.5

Antietam Brewery Otto’s Orchard Raspberry Ale – 4

Episode #190 – “Doing The Big One In A New Way”

Another deca-sode, but this time it’s a new blind tournament style. Hoppy is the criteria and Maryland breweries are the focus. See how this one shakes out as Carlin and Rebecca tackle 12 beers to see which hits top marks.

Oliver Forearm Smash Dry Hopped Double IPA – 5

Manor Hill IPA – 5

DC Brau On The Wings of Armageddon Imperial IPA – 5

DuClaw Never Tell Me The Odds Double IPA – 4.5

RAR Nanticoke Nectar – 4.5

Evolution Lot No. 6 Double IPA – 4

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA – 4

Manor Hill Citra Splendor Imperial IPA – 3.5

Flying Dog The Truth Imperial IPA – 3.5

Heavy Seas Double Cannon Double IPA – 3.5

Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA – 3

Jailbreak Poor Righteous IPA – 3

Blend It Yourself Episode – “When Two Become One”

Plenty of breweries blend beer to fine-tune their final product. So, why can’t you do the same with beers from the store in the comfort of your own home? Wanna know what two beers mixed together would taste like? Carlin and Rebecca explore this exact question with a few experiments.

Unanimous favorite – Dogfish Head Seaquench Ale session sour ale

On The Shelf Episode – “Tasting A Few New Releases”

Yet another foray into a new episode format, Carlin and Rebecca take a look at a few beers that recently hit stores. This format aims to evaluate beers that listeners may have been eyeing up, but need some advice on whether or not to make the purchase.

Carlin’s favorite – Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin Coffee Oatmeal Stout

Rebecca’s favorite – Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA unfiltered IPA w/juicy pineapple & mandarin orange

Episode #189 – “Learning About Fall Seasonals”

More Dan Kim in this episode as he and Carlin discuss an article Carlin found about the origins of fall seasonal beer styles. The discussion kicks off a tirade about things Dan hates. Then, the mystery beers offer some interesting aromas.

Troegs Troegenator Doublebock – 3

Smuttynose Cherry Short Weisse – 3

Episode #188 – “Of Brewers And Brand”

Dan Kim stops in for a warm-up beer, an impromptu topic and some mystery beers. The warm-up beer is a good one, the topic keeps the guys engaged, but how do the mystery beers go over? Find out…

RAR Brewing 10 Layers Dessert Stout – 5

New Glarus Oud Bruin – 4

Wicked Weed Brewing Showcase Episode – “Family, Friends & Funk”

Long overdue, Carlin and Rebecca finally tackle this brewery showcase episode that has been promised for many months. Wonderful sours, amazing blending and a family history sum up the most important aspects of this Asheville, North Carolina darling.

Carlin’s favorite – Medora American Sour Ale fermented w/blackberries & raspberries

Rebecca’s favorite – Barrel Aged Xibalba Imperial Pumpkin Ale w/cacao nibs, chiles & spices

Cellar Dive Episode #5 – “Possibly The Most Solid Line-Up”

It’s another quick and dirty episode of Carlin and Rebecca drinking what they want out of their cellar. Rebecca goes light and heavy with her two picks, while both of Carlin’s are close to medium with polar opposite flavors.

Unanimous favorite – Sixpoint 5Beans Imperial Porter w/cacao, vanilla, coffee and cardamom

Episode #187 – “The Offensive Label Rule”

In the wrap-up episode for Rebecca’s recording session, she and Carlin talk again about the Brewer’s Association. This time it’s about cracking down on inappropriate beer names and what one particular brewery decided to do as a result.

Brauerei C&A Veltins Grevensteiner Original Mild – 3.5

Weyerbacher Sexy Motherpucker Sour Ale – 2.5

Episode #186 – “The Independent Craft Beer Label Discussion”

Carlin and Rebecca start with a fun warm-up beer that highlights an under-utilized style, and also references a pastry. They then discuss the Brewer’s Association, it’s independent craft beer label, and the reaction to it. And, of course, mystery beers happen.

Morland Old Speckled Hen English Fine Ale – 2

Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious Ale aged in apple brandy barrels – 1.5

Episode #185 – “A Place Rich With Beer”

This episode starts a stint of regular episodes for Rebecca, the first of which focuses on a recap of a beer trip to Richmond, Virginia. A craft beer hot-spot, she and Carlin go into their likes, dislikes and highest recommendations for anyone traveling to that area.

Firestone Walker Adversus Unfiltered Double IPA – 5.5

Yards Sons of Ben Pale Ale w/Belgian yeast – 2.5

Beer & Food Episode #6 – “A Salty Request”

Longtime listener Kyle Norman made a request for the next beer and food pairing episode. The Brewtal Battle folks heard him loud and clear. See how all the flavors of this one come together with suggested pairings from Wine World’s own Josh Rodriguez.

Carlin’s favorite – Bayerischer Bahnhof Leipziger Gose

Rebecca’s favorite – The Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier

Two Roads Brewing Showcase Episode – “The Road Less Traveled”

For the first time, Carlin and Rebecca tackle a brewery they know nothing about and that just showed up in the Maryland market. A little bit of brewery information, paired with tasting of three staple beers and two seasonals, comprise this brewery showcase episode.

Unanimous favorite – Persian Lime Gose

Episode #184 – “Dogfish, RateBeer & Sam’s Stand On Ethics”

Kyle Norman is back for one more episode as he and Carlin talk about their visit to the new Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Then, the guys transition to the AB InBev purchase of a portion of RateBeer and the subsequent response to it by Sam Calagione.

Avery Tangerine Quad Belgian Quad w/tangerine peel aged in bourbon barrels – 2.5

Way Beer Amburana Barley Wine aged in amburana barrels – 2.5

Episode #183 – “The Highball, Lowbrow Game”

Kyle Norman unveils a new beer game in this episode. The game is called Highball, Lowbrow, and contains stats for craft beer and the overall beer market. During the game, Kyle professes his love for Chris Pratt and his hopes that one day they can go to prom together.

Oskar Blues Priscilla White Wit Wheat – 4

Anheuser Busch InBev Natural Light – 2

Episode #182 – “Beer Me Bro 4, Pt. 2”

Beer Me Bro comes to a close with more punishments and rewards being doled out. Does Carlin make any semblance of a comeback, or is it just downhill? And after the game, how do the mystery beers strike the guys?

Union Balt Altbier – 5

Calvert Cream Ale – 2.5

Episode #181 – “Beer Me Bro 4, Pt. 1”

Carlin takes a trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which means one thing, more Kyle Norman. It also means another round of Kyle’s craft beer name game, Beer Me Bro. In part one of the game, who gets the lead? What’s the reward beer, and what’s the punishment?

RAR Groove City Hefeweizen – 3

Rogue Hot Tub Scholarship Lager – 2

Cellar Dive Episode #4 – “The Light And The Robust”

Carlin and Rebecca drink what they want in another installment of Cellar Dive episode. The first two shouldn’t be aged, but the last two can, have been, and truly are cellar worthy.

Unanimous favorite – Westbrook 5th Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout

Pack Attack Episode #4 – “Getting To The Core”

Another pack is ready to be attacked, and this time Mark Zervas joins Carlin for a thorough evaluation of a set of beers. The guys know what they smell and taste, but does that mean they can guess the styles correctly?

Avery IPA – 5

White Rascal Belgian Style Ale w/spices – 3.5

Ellie’s Brown Ale – 3.5

El Gose German Sour w/lime & sea salt – 3

Episode #180 – “Brewtal Battle Royale, Off The Beaten Path”

For the first time, the Brewtal Battle Royale episode goes on the road. Hear what exotic location Carlin ends up visiting and what guests end up throwing down for the latest beer tournament.

Winner – Smog City Snugglebug Sour Blonde w/ raspberries & boysenberries

First Beer Out – Southern Tier Tangier Session IPA w/tangerine peel

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 Episode – “Collabs Near And Far”

It’s two consecutive fun-filled episodes. Coming off of the amazing Savor event, Carlin and Rebecca tear into Sierra Nevada’s latest pack of 13 collaboration beers. Does this one knock it out of the park? Or is it a big let down? Find out…

Unanimous favorite – West Coast-Style DIPA by Boneyard Beer

Savor 2017 Episode – “The Best Batch Of Beers Yet”

Savor just happened for the tenth time and it was outstanding. Hear Carlin and Rebecca recount their experience, rank their top beers, and sip some offerings from participating breweries.

Carlin’s favorite – Dogfish Sea Quench Ale session sour

Rebecca’s favorite – Hardywood & New Belgium Savor X Baltic Porter w/cacao husks

Episode #179 – “Westy, St Bernardus, And The Normans”

To open the episode, Carlin and Rebecca do a much talked about beer comparison. Then, they recount their trip to Pennsylvania to visit veteran listeners, Kyle and Kelli Norman. Plenty of beer adventures transpired.

Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect Hazy IPA – 4.5

Stone Pataskala Red IPA – 4

Episode #178 – “A Few Columbia, Maryland Beer Destinations”

Carlin and Rebecca get a warm-up beer going to sip while they talk about a few beer destinations they recently visited. Then, Rebecca gets her best pairing of mystery beers. Thanks Mike!

Union Old Pro Gose – 5

Oliver Brewing Vae Victis Double IPA – 4

Episode #177 – “The Beer Event Debriefing”

Carlin and Rebecca crack open a warm-up beer and discuss how their blind tasting event went and what they learned from it. They also give a shout-out to Jason Evans for some awesome home brews he shared with them.

Ballast Point Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale w/pomegranate – 3

Key Brewing Rye Porter – 1

Wicked Weed Acquisition Episode – “Many Sides To The Debate”

Unable to ignore the repercussions, opinions and emotions following the recent Wicked Weed purchase by AB InBev, Carlin and Rebecca sit down to talk it out. Both sides of the coin are examined, but strong personal opinions are made clear and long-term possibilities are explored.

Cellar Dive Episode #3 – “Third Time’s A Charm, We Hope”

Carlin believes another shot at the cellar dive episode format is in order, since the last one disappointed a bit. Will this one do better at meeting expectation? Or will Carlin and Rebecca need to continue trying to get it right?

Unanimous favorite – Blackberry Farm Brewery Blackberry Rye brett farmhouse ale aged in whiskey barrels with blackberries

Stone Brewing Showcase Episode – “In Your Face Brewing”

It’s time to learn about one of the breweries that put aggressive hopping on the map and embodies the spirit of brewery growth. And, of course, Carlin and Rebecca will taste some of these unapologetic beers.

Unanimous favorite – Imperial Russian Stout

Episode #176 – “Tell Us About Shelfies”

In his second episode, Curtis Ferguson tells Carlin all about his Shelfies video series, which focuses on beers sometimes known as shelf turds. Curtis also discusses his co-host for the show, The Beah Guy, Rob Goss. Then flavor is abound when it comes to the mystery beers, leading to happy tasting for the guys.

Jailbreak White Russian Cream Ale w/coffee & vanilla beans – 6.5

Ballast Point Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale w/pomegranate – 5

Episode #175 – “Who Is Curt Ferg?”

A kind of new guest stops by to talk about his job and passion for craft beer. Curtis Ferguson, who works for Charm City Meadworks, brings by a few treats for Carlin to indulge in. After learning a good deal about Curtis, he tries his hand at figuring out some mystery beers, which proves a bit tricky.

DuClaw Midnight Due Dark Sour Aged in Retribution Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrels – 5

Troegs First Cut IPA w/mango – 4

Episode #174 – “How Do You Like Your Liquor Store Layout?”

It’s craft beer neighbor time on the podcast, as Shaun Finn stops by for one episode. After a ridiculous Beer Googles, the guys talk about liquor store beer categorization layout and what their preferences are.

Rodenbach Vintage 2014 Barrel No. 192 – 5

Devils Backbone Vienna Lager – 1.5

Cellar Dive Episode #2 – “Just Because They’re Cellar Beers…”

Carlin and Rebecca dive back into the beer cellar for the second installment of this new episode format. Everything looks like it should be awesome, until a few unexpected things happen. Carlin then has to act fast to save the episode.

Unanimous favorite – Union Brewing Mango Older Pro gose aged in white wine barrels w/mangoes

Episode #173 – “How Breweries Should Release Hoppy Beers”

After a somewhat interesting Beer Googles, Carlin raises a theory on what breweries should do about their hoppy beer releases, citing the practice of one local brewery. Some great conversation ensues, leading right up to the interesting mystery beers.

5 Rabbit Cervezeria 5 Lizard Wheat beer w/coriander, lime peel and passionfruit – 5

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron Imperial Brown Ale Aged in Palo Santo wood (infected) – 1.5

Episode #172 – “There Are Always Winners And Losers”

This episode starts with Beer Googles, which addresses bathroom impacts from beer drinking. Then, Carlin and Dan finish their discussion on local beer laws from the last episode. The mystery beers present some good dark flavors as the guys pick them apart.

Smuttynose Rocky Road Stout w/cocoa nibs, marshmallow creme & aged on oak chips – 5.5

Ommegang Lovely, Dark and Deep Oatmeal Stout – 4

Episode #171 – “The Baltimore Guinness Effect”

Feeling like he just didn’t have enough air-time last recording session, Carlin brings Dan Kim back. After sharing a very complex warm-up beer, the guys discuss a few aspects of Guinness building a brewery in Baltimore, including legal impacts for the local beer community.

Maui Pineapple Mana Wheat Ale w/gold pineapple – 6

Evil Twin Aun Mas Todo Jesus Imperial Stout w/cinnamon, cocoa nibs, chili peppers and coffee beans – 4.5

4 Hands Brewing Showcase Episode – “Business In The Front, Party In The Back”

Carlin and Rebecca came across a brewery they know little about and have tried barely any of their beers. Seems fitting that a whole episode would then be dedicated to find out what this midwest brewery is all about.

Carlin’s favorite – Absence of Light Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout

Rebecca’s favorite – Cuvee Ange sour ale w/raspberries & blackberries aged in wine barrels

Beer & Food Pairing Episode – “Creamy, Hoppy, Malty Goodness”

Having worked the sweet angle a few times already for the beer and food pairing episodes, Carlin and Rebecca opt for savory this time. A range of beer and a range of this salty creamy treat converge for a fun look at how these flavors mingle in the mouth.

Unanimous favorite – Marz Community Brewing Jungle Boogie American Pale Wheat Ale w/rooibos tea

Event Announcement – Ronnie’s Blind Tasting

A Brewtal Battle mystery beer tasting will be held Friday, March 10 from 5 to 7 at Ronnie’s Beverage Warehouse in Forest Hill, Maryland. If you can make it, come on out.

Episode #170 – “Taking A Dive For This One”

This Brewtal Battle Royale was teased as being special, and now it’s time to dive right in. Two of the most popular guests help Carlin evaluate the beers in this tournament with a few twists.

Winner – Evolution Brewing RIS Russian Imperial Stout w/coffee

First Beer Out – Russian River & Avery Brewing Collaboration Not Litigation Ale Belgian Strong Dark Ale

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