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Firestone Walker/Alexander Murray Pollys Cask Scotch (Double DBA Barrel Aged) | BGN Reviews

Alexander Murray & Co are proud to announce our first collaboration with Firestone Walker Brewing Co, thus being, Polly’s Casks, an extraordinary Limited Edition Scotch whisky. On a balmy California evening, Alexander Murray founder Steve Lipp was enjoying a typically noisy dinner with David Walker and Polly Firestone Walker of the Central Coast brewery when the conversation turned to rare whiskies and craft beer. Like whisky distillers in Scotland, the Firestone Walker Brewing Company ages their Proprietor’s Vintage beers in oak bourbon barrels, so the question was posed: what would happen if old world met new, and the cycle extended? What would happen if fine single malt Scotch whisky was finished in the same bourbon barrels used to age those beautiful Californian barley wines, stouts and special Imperial bitters? The question deserved an answer, so 60 barrels were shipped across the Atlantic from Firestone ... Read More »

Lagunitas One Hitter Series: Bitter Oats | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

A Big Boozy Blonde was brewed with a boatload of oats, giving it a creamy sweet mouthfeel with a hoppy blast. It’s like a powdered sugar donut topped with deliciously dank resinous hops. Chow down! Read More »

Samuel Adams Rebel IPA – Cascade | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Heavy doses of Cascade hops bring notes of citrus and spicy pine with just enough bitterness to draw you back for another sip. Read More »

Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis IPA (Best of 2016?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Okay fine, we admit it, you can’t see the Northern Lights this far south. But San Diego has its own version of Aurora Borealis, and ours has cast a hoppy spell over this city. What the rest of the world calls an IPA, San Diego locals consider pale in comparison. Aurora Hoppyalis is our San Diego-style IPA brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Citra hops. Robust flavors and aromas of tropical fruit, pine, and tangerine linger through a dry, crisp finish. Tonight’s forecast: clear hoppy skies. Read More »

Is Pliny the Elder a Perfect Beer? | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Is Pliny the Elder the perfect beer? I discuss what makes a beer perfect in this video. Cheers! Read More »

Brewing a Quad on the PicoBrew Zymatic System | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Buy A BGN Shirt/Glass Here – http://www.beergeeknation.com/store http://facebook.com/beergeeknation http://www.beergeeknation.com http://www.twitter.com/beergeeknation Today on BGN I brewed a Belgian Quad on the PicoBrew Zymatic brewing system. Cheers! MALTS Type Amount (lb) Gravity (pts) Color (pts) Belgian Pils 8 lbs 68.5 5.7 Wheat Malt 8 oz 4.76 0.3 Belgian CaraMunich 8 oz 4.04 13.9 Belgian Candi Sugar Amber 1 lbs 11.01 27.8 HOPS Type Amount (oz) Alpha Acid % Time Nugget 0.43 13 60 Hallertau 0.21 3.1 20 MASH Type Temp (F) Time Style Dough In 102 20 Infusion Mash 1 152 30 Infusion Mash 2 154 60 Infusion Mash Out 175 10 Infusion YEAST Name Expected AA% Range Temp (F) Pitch Temp (F) Fermentis Safbrew T-58 75 59 – 68 63 Read More »