Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout has finally come to Sweden. It's doing a roadshow of Bishops Arms pubs before it finally debuts in Systembolaget. We got to Bishops Arm Savoy early to be sure not to miss it. It was servered in a special barrel aged Founders snifter glass. Of course, every episode features two beer reviews so we also grabbed a black IPA from Vibrant Forest Brewery called Metropolis. And it's our first bar episode in a long time. It's all coming together.
Mathias couldn't be here for this episode, which is a shame. Adrian and Stefan step out to Beer Ditch and try what will probably be one of the best IPA's we review this year. It's a collaboration between Left Handed Giant, Magic Rock and DEYA called Compulsory Fun. We follow that up with Rocket Brewing Sour Escape with buckthorn. We don't know what a buckthorn is or what is should taste like but this is one tasty escape to sour town.
As we finish our first calendar year, we look back at the best and worst beers of the year, discuss our favorite moments on the show, pick our favorite festival and interviews. Plus we talk about the year ahead and what we look forward to. And, of course, we review two beers, Lervig Supersonic and Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee. All that and more in our Year in Review!
Happy New Year! We celebrate the end of the year by toasting with beers you can enjoy over boring old champagne. We picked two fun bubbly beers that will please your family and friends as you celebrate the end of the year and welcome in the new possiblities of the next year. First is the Rodenbach Alexander, a return of a legendary beer last brewed 20 years ago. That's followe by Mikkeller Oude Geuze, a geuze aged in calvados barrels.
Thanks to everyone for listening this year. We can't...
This is it. It all leads up to this. Day 24! ToØl ends the calendar on a surprise note with Yeastus Christus, a farmhouse IPA. Yeasty, funky with a hoppy aroma. Brewdog makes a political statement with an imperial saison called Make Earth Great Again. Something about mecha-Trump vs a gigantic polar bear brings out the politics at the table. Plus we wrap up our feelings about the past 24 days and who had the better box.
Day 23 features a return to milk stout country with ToØl Sweet Chai 'O Mine Based on our past experience with chai stouts on the show, we are a little nervous. It's up against the third Abstrkt in the box, Brewdog Abstrakt 20, a rum barrel aged old ale. It's time to board the bus to Flavortown.
Day 22 gives us a unique chance to compare two low abv beers. ToØl Sur Tangerine is a tangerine kissed sour dream. Brewdog Santa Paws brings the caramel sweetness of a winter ale in a sessionable package.
Day 21 is a real suprise. ToØl Slap Yourself Silly is an American wheat IPA. Adrian has really mixed feelings about it. Brewdog Dead Pony Club is a session IPA. The word session is a cuss word around these parts.
Day 20 brings two very different stouts and shows just how much variety there is to the style. ToØl By Udder Mean is a milk stout coming in at the lower end of the ABV spectre. Brewdog Paradox Rye is a big bold impressive imperial stout aged in rye whisky barrels.
Day 18 has us trying to figure out what a nettle is and why you would want to make a beer out of it thanks to ToØl Nettles in the Kettles. Brewdog makes us wonder where Vienna is and what makes their lager so special with the Prototype Vienna Lager.
Day 17 gives us ToØl's flagship IPA, Final Frontier, boldly going to new frontiers of hops. Brewdog teams up with Beavertown to create one of the worse named beers ever, Coffee and Cigarettes, a peat smoked imperial stout.
Day 16...what can we say about this day. I mean, how do two breweries end up having basically the same beer but done in two completely different ways on the same day? ToØl Mr. Orange is an orange extra special bitter, while BrewDog Tangerine Session IPA is a light IPA. How do these two orange beers stack up next to each other with their orangey goodness?
Day 15 feels like ToØl and BrewDog synched up a little on their picks. Mochaccino Messiah is a delicious coffee brown ale full of coffee and sweetness. Cocoa Psycho is a chocolatey Russian imperial stout worthy of the Czars. But who will win this epic showdown is anyones guess.
Day 14 brings us two very middle of the road beers. Both worthy in their own right but treading familiar grounds. First up is ToØl LikeWeisse, which is exactly what the name implies and that#s followed by the beer that launched a brewing empire, BrewDog Punk IPA.
Day 13 is the wildest day so far. We get a ToØl classic with Bath Malts and Body Salts, a black IPA (or maybe a porter) and BrewDog Hop Shot, a 20% abv shot of pure hoppy madness (think concentrated Jackhammer, an espresso shot of beer).
Day 11 - ToØl Fuck Art Winter Is Coming, Belgian Tripel with cardamom, orange peel and coriander versus BrewDog Clean Water Lager is a great idea with maybe not the best results. It's one of the more controverisal episodes.