San Francisco and Anchor Brewing

San Francisco and Anchor Brewing

Great Intentions The story of Anchor Brewing is unlike any other in the United States. It has survived a tremendous amount of change and misfortune since it began as a beer and billiards saloon in 1871. If you want to tell the history of beer in California, this is the only place to start. We already covered a great variety pack in podcast episode 13, so it was a good time to schedule an official History of Hops tour to…

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History of Hops Episode 16 – Cider House Rules

History of Hops Episode 16 – Cider House Rules

Welcome to The History of Hops Podcast. We decided to do something a bit different this week and crack open some ciders. Ciders straddle the line between wine and beer a bit. They are easy to ferment, but they have less sugar and so don’t pack the same punch as a wine. We talk a bit about the history of the drink, enjoy a couple that are easy to find anywhere, and compare them to some more artisanal versions. Ciders…

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History of Hops Episode 15 – Girl Scout Cookie Pairing

History of Hops Episode 15 – Girl Scout Cookie Pairing

Welcome to The History of Hops Podcast. We have a bunch of boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the house, so we put them to use and tried to find the best beer to compliment the flavor. We also tried a new rubric system and now will assign the beers letter grades instead of rankings. I probably graded too easy and Missy was tough, so we are still ironing out the kinks. Some of the cookie pairings worked better than…

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History of Hops Episode 14 – Pairing Red Ales with Gall Bladders

History of Hops Episode 14 – Pairing Red Ales with Gall Bladders

Welcome to The History of Hops Podcast. This week we tried some Red Ales. They all turned out being fairly different, two were a bit hoppy, one was more of a Marzen, and one was just a caramel bomb. We recorded this a few days early because of an impending surgery, so cheers to Missy’s Gall Bladder. It went well and she is recovering nicely. Beers included in this podcast: Fort Point Westfalia Nuremberg Inspired Red Ale El Chivo Grunon…

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Bonus Episode – Deftones Phantom Bride

Bonus Episode – Deftones Phantom Bride

Welcome to our first bonus Episode. I had a few friends over to try a unique beer, and we decided to hit the record button. It was a great tasting beer and a good time out. We’ve got a bit of extra background noise and we are still working out how to speak into the mic, but it was a good start and hopefully we can do a few more in the future. Thanks to Ozzy for bring the Belching…

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History of Hops Episode 13 – Anchor Brewing

History of Hops Episode 13 – Anchor Brewing

Welcome to The History of Hops Podcast. This week we grabbed the California Craft Pack from Anchor Brewing. It might sound like a bit of conceit to claim to represent the whole state with their variety pack, but they can back it up with the history. We talk about the amazing story of the oldest surviving brewery in California, explain where the name Steam Beer came from, and enjoy some beer recipes that date back to the 19th century. Beers…

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History of Hops Episode 12 – Ensenada Craft Beer

History of Hops Episode 12 – Ensenada Craft Beer

Welcome to The History of Hops Podcast. This last weekend I went on a 3-day Carnival cruise to Ensenada, and I’m giving a trip report. I talked about my quest for decent beers in the middle of the ocean, and the growing craft beer scene in Mexico. These aren’t Tecate and Modelo’s, there are stouts and IPA’s. Beers included in this podcast: El Chivo Grunon Vanilla Honey Cream Ale El Chivo Grunon Grapefruit Pale Ale Wendlandt Hann Zomer Saison Wendlandt…

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History of Hops Episode 11 – The Fruit Edition

History of Hops Episode 11 – The Fruit Edition

Welcome to The History of Hops Podcast. Today we do a bit of cleaning and end up with a lot of different fruit-based beers. We’ve got green apples, blood oranges, mangos, and figs. There is also a bit about the rich history of Japanese Brewery Kirin and some flashbacks about the California Mission project that every student who attended Elementary in the state will remember. Beers included in this podcast: Kirin Green Apple Beer Hermitage Blood Orange Sour Barrelhouse Mango…

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History of Hops Episode 10 – Firestone Walker Wonderment

History of Hops Episode 10 – Firestone Walker Wonderment

Welcome to the History of Hops Podcast. This week we received a variety of Firestone Walker beers thanks to friend of the show Michelle C. We talked a bit about the history of the popular California brewery and their future plans. It was tough to choose a favorite among these offerings! Beers included in this podcast: Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA Firestone Walker Opal Farmhouse Saison Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA Thanks for listening! Attributes: Intro – Drink…

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21st Amendment Brewery Tour

21st Amendment Brewery Tour

It has always been my belief that to fully understand a beer, you have to visit the place that it was created. We had recently done a podcast on a fantastic variety pack offered by 21st Amendment, so it seemed like a perfect time to arrange a tour of their impressive new Brewery in San Leandro, CA. This facility opened in June of 2015 and has allowed 21st Amendment to grow their operations considerably. The Podcast team loaded into the…

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