Today I’m gonna briefly get into the difference between wet and dry hopping, talk about clowns smashing cake in your kid’s face on their birthday, and Founder’s Harvest Ale, a wet-hopped IPA. What makes wet-hopping so great, and where can you find that clown? Watch to find out!
Founders has released their beer commemorating Art Prize for 2018 and this time around, it’s Trigo – a hoppy american lager. I know 2017’s Green Zebra was a really big favorite of mine last year – it basically opened the door to the world of sours for me. Will Trigo do the same thing with lagers for you? Stay tuned to find out!
I feel like there aren’t that many more firsts, style wise, for this channel, but today I have a brand spanking new beer style, and it’s the Brut IPA. Today’s Brut IPA comes to us from Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, Michigan – and it’s Champion Brut. Brut’s are more known in the champagne world, but in the IPA world, they’re known for having a very dry finish due to the yeasts that are being used. So sit back, relax, have a brut IPA and watch this review!
Well friends, Founders 5th release in their 2018 Barrel Aged Series is upon us, and this time it’s an old friend – Curmudgeons Better Half – the maple barrel aged version of their traditional Old Ale, Curmudgeon. where does it fall in the order of best to worst? Is it better than KBS or Backwoods Bastard?! Watch and find out!
Since the heat of summer has been upon us for a while now, you’re probably looking for a good summer Michigan Lager to quench that thirst – and today I’m looking at two lagers that were both released this year and putting them “Head 2 Head” against each other. It’s time to look at Founder’s Solid Gold, and Odd Side Ale’s Beer Me!
Bokonon is the first beer I’ve had from Creston Brewery in Grand Rapids. I have had a can of their Czech style Pilsner in my fridge for a month or so now, but I felt like an NE IPA might be the more interesting choice. A 7% NE IPA brewed with Mosaic and Citra hops sounds like it could hit the spot. So do I flip, or does it flop? Watch to see!
Barrel Runner is the 4th of Founder’s Barrel Aged series of beers in 2018, and this time it’s not a stout (KBS), a scotch ale (Backwoods Bastard), or a Red IPA (Dank Wood), but it is another IPA – and it’s not bourbon barrel aged either. This time they went all out with a mosaic hopped IPA aged in rum barrels to give it a bit of a tropical, spiced taste. Will Barrel Runner make you want to hide your treasure? Is the eye patch included with the 4 pack or bomber? Watch and see!
In it’s first appearance since 2014, Double Trouble is a limited release Imperial IPA from Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I’ve got it here for you today!
Founders describes it as “An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops will get you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front pair with a malt-balanced backbone and a smooth, bitter finish.”
Well I’ll just have to see about that for myself, won’t I?
Founder’s Dank Wood is the 3rd in their Barrel Aged series for 2018, and for that third release, they went with a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Red IPA. It’s a bourbon barrel aged version of their 2017 release – reDANKulous, which as a red IPA, it should be right in my wheel house, as far as IPAs go.
Founder’s commercial description for Dank Wood is: “What do you get when a big, bold imperial red IPA meets an oak bourbon barrel? A palate stunner that’ll send your senses spinning or, as we like to call it, Dankwood. Rich caramel notes emerge from the depths of the IPA, highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity. A dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper, Dankwood is the perfect alchemy of wood and hops.”
Where does it fall in the series so far? Watch and see.
Links to the other barrel aged releases for 2018:
Backwoods Bastard: http://bit.ly/Backwoods-Bastard2018
The Barrel Aged 2018 Playlist: http://bit.ly/FoundersBarrelAged-2018
Continuing part of their art of the tart series, Lost Minds is their take on the Tart IPA, following in the footsteps of Pumpkin Tart and Tart Side of the Moon (a tart stout – catch my review here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyixYrgilfs )
I loved how upended those two styles, so what do I think of their tart IPA? Watch and find out!