In this episode, we have the guys from the Collective Brewing Project back in studio after just over a year since their last visit to update us on what’s been happening at the brewery, tell us about their new barrel program, and help us develop and discuss a recipe that’d be good for putting in your own barrels or perhaps to start your own solera project with beers you already have at home.
In this episode, we discuss a recent hot topic in beer: East Coast IPAs vs West Coast IPAs. The IPA originated in England and was first updated into an American version on the East Coast, when American hops were used with English ale yeasts. Then, brewers on the West Coast grabbed it and took it to another level with hop character and bitterness and that became the generally accepted standard when anyone mentioned “an IPA”. But then the East Coast made a comeback that blended their original version with characteristics of the West Coast to create hazy, golden, malt-driven hop bombs that beer lovers fell in love with. And that’s when the battle began over which type was better. Here, we discuss both styles and brewing methods to get what you want out of them.
In this episode, we keep it style specific and spend the evening talking about one of our all-time favorites, the Imperial Stout. A favorite beverage for winter everywhere, even in Texas where it was 78 degrees the day before we recorded on the 28th of December and 60 on the day of the recording. Mainly because it’s a big, bold heavy hitter of a beer, whether it’s the American or English version. Which makes it the perfect accompaniment to any holiday gatherings with or without the family. So, we try to give it the praise it deserves while we try a variety of samples.