Jesse's a beer guy, Nick loves his wine and spirits.  That doesn't mean they don't mix it up once in a while.  Here's what the fellas are drinking during the podcasts.  Check out what they think of their various alco-bevs!

episode 57 - 03.22.2017

Ballatore Gran Spumante - Ballatore Cellars, Modesto, CA

Ballatore Gran Spumante is flawlessly sweet and combines robust flavors of ripe apricots and melons. Styled after the traditional Spumantes of Italy’s Asti region, Ballatore Gran Spumante carries a delicate balance and crisp, clean finish. Delightfully refreshing and incredibly versatile, it can be enjoyed on its own or as part of any sparkling wine beverage.

ABV: 9%

http://www.ballatore.com/

episode 46 - 12.14.2016

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Not Your Father's Root Beer - Hard Root Beer - Small Town Brewery, Wauconda, IL

Tasting Notes: Silky, smooth and satisfying finish is unmatched in flavor. It appeals to craft beer aficionados as well as those who don’t typically drink beer but crave something unique.

Not Your Father’s Root Beer is a category-defining craft specialty ale brewed with unique spices. Brewer Tim Kovac’s creativity and painstaking commitment to flavor complexity results in an unmistakable offering that masterfully blends hints of sarsaparilla, wintergreen, anise, and vanilla. A smooth and balanced Ale, NYFRB has broad appeal – from discerning craft beer drinkers to non-beer drinkers.

Description: Ale with the Taste of Spices
ABV: 5.9%
Profile: Bold, Sweet, Smooth, SpicyServing Temperature: 38°-50°F
Availability: Year Round

http://smalltownbrewery.com/

CHOCOLATE MILK STOUT - 4 Hands Brewery, St. Louis, MO

Our Chocolate Milk Stout pours black as the night sky with aromas of dark chocolate, chocolate malt, and more chocolate. With a firm tan head and a rich velvety mouthfeel our Chocolate Milk Stout is a perfect complement to the change of seasons.

Months Available: January, February, March, October, November, December

ABV: 5.5%

http://4handsbrewery.com/

Episode 45 - 12.07.2016

Bogel Vineyards Pinot Noir, Clarksburg, CA

Bogle winemakers have sourced fruit from the best growing regions in California for the varietal.  The terroirs of the cool Russian River Valley, coastal Monterey hills and the unique Clarksburg Delta all grow fruit of character and distinction.  Combined, the resulting wine is and elegant, classic Pinot Noir.  Heady scents of ripe summer strawberries make a lovely first impression, while hints of crushed violets and sweet dried herbs resonate on the nose.  Refined and nuanced, the mouthfeel softens as layers of cherry fruit are wrapped in a comforting blanket of pipe tobacco and worn leather.   The firm, yet lingering finish is perfectly balanced with touches of baking spices, fragrant fruit and earth tones

A Few of Our Favorite Pairings

• Swiss Chard Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce
• Mushrooms sautéed with Garlic and Wine
• Teleme Cheese with Cherry Preserves

Barrel Program: 11 months in French and American Oak

Alcohol: 13.5%

http://www.boglewinery.com/

Episode 44 - 11.30.2016

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Sir Moch-A-Lot - Imperial Mocha Stout - Exile Brewing Company, Des Moines, IA

I like big stouts and I cannot lie, all other beers you'll deny, after you decide to try my mocha stout, you will have no doubt, its flavors are truly fly.

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout 
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50% 
Availability: Limited (brewed once) 

http://exilebrewing.com/

episode 43 - 11.22.2016

GLEN MORAY 12 YEARS OLD SINGLE MALT WHISKY - Speyside, Scotland

COLOUR:  Mid-golden

NOSE:  At full strength, the aroma is sweet, fruity and floral, exceptionally well-rounded and balanced in flavour, characteristic of this classic Speyside single malt. The first impression is of Highland toffee and candy floss with honeycomb and sweet malt notes. Herbal top notes are discovered with heather and brambles.

With water, honeycomb changes to beeswax and rich fruity notes emerge with blackcurrants, dried apricots and figs. In the background are enticing spices with cloves and ginger marmalade.

TASTE:  As befits a classic Speyside malt, the taste is smooth, warming and rounded with a good firm body. Lots of sweet, soft malty flavours evolve in the centre of the palate, surrounded by toffee and mouth watering fruits (blackcurrants and dried apricots). Boiling sweets reach the roof of the mouth before the emergence of liquorice, tea and nut oil.

FINISH:  Toffee, blackcurrants and a hint of liquorice remains into the finish which is medium in length.

http://www.glenmoray.com

Episode 40 - 11.02.2016

Cherry Crush - Wilson's Orchard, Iowa City, IA

A Very Cherry Hard Cider

ONE OF THE FRUIT WORLD’S UNSUNG HEROS IS THE HUMBLE TART CHERRY. NOT A STAND-ALONE SHOWBOAT, THEY INSTEAD COMBINE WITH OTHER FOODS TO BRING MAGIC TO ALL KINDS OF FINE DINING. OUR CHERRY CRUSH CIDER MIXES THE RICH FLAVORS OF TART CHERRIES WITH THE MILDLY SWEET BACKGROUND OF HARD APPLE CIDER. JUST ENOUGH CHERRY TO THINK SUMMER, JUST ENOUGH HARD APPLE CIDER TO KEEP IT INTERESTING GLASS AFTER GLASS.

ALC 4.5% BY VOL

http://www.wilsonshardcider.com/

Red Dog - Plank Road Brewing (MillerCoors), Milwaukee, WI

Introduced in 1994 and brewed with two barley malts and five varieties of American hops, Red Dog is a bold, yet uncommonly smooth beer. Golden in color, Red Dog is a full-flavored lager with medium body and crisp, refreshing finish.

http://www.millercoors.com

 

 

Episode 39 - 10.26.2016

PUMPKIN DOWN - Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA

SCOTTISH ALE WITH PUMPKIN

A pumpkin ale that bucks the trend.
Some might think we’re out of our gourd for making a pumpkin ale, but our Pumpkin Down is not like the others.  The caramel and toffee maltiness of our Piper Down Scottish ale is the perfect backdrop for a boatload of roasted pumpkin. Just before bottling, we add a subtle amount of spice to complement, but not overwhelm, the earthy flavor. It was a smash at the brewery, and we think you’ll agree.

Availability limited in: 12oz. Bottles & Draft

ALC. BY VOL.: 5.8%

BITTERNESS: 22 IBUs

FOOD PAIRINGS

Truffle risotto with butternut squash
Sage gnocchi
Jalapeño cornbread

http://www.ballastpoint.com

DEAD RINGER - Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA

OKTOBERFEST LAGER

A fresh take on a traditional festival beer.
Our Dead Ringer Oktoberfest lager is inspired by old-style Märzen brews customarily enjoyed during Bavaria’s world-famous beer festival. Thanks to an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle; no lederhosen required.

Availability limited in 12oz. bottles & Draft

ALC. BY VOL.: 6%

BITTERNESS: 26 IBUs

FOOD PAIRINGS

Bratwurst
Butternut Squash Soup w/ Linguica
Beer Cheese

http://www.ballastpoint.com

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VICTORY AT SEA - Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA

IMPERIAL PORTER WITH COFFEE AND VANILLA

A big porter crafted to weather any storm.
Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with vanilla and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.

Available year-round in:
12oz. Bottles, 22oz. Bottles, & Draft

ALC. BY VOL: 10%

BITTERNESS: 60 IBUs

FOOD PAIRINGS

Pulled Pork Sandwich
Chicken Mole
German Chocolate Cake

http://www.ballastpoint.com

episode 38 - 10.18.2016

John's Generations 1948 Sour Wit - Peace Tree Brewing Company, Knoxville, IA

Peace Tree has teamed up with our friends at Iowa City’s iconic John’s Grocery to create this kettle-soured witbier.

John’s Grocery has been an institution in Iowa City for generations, first opening their doors in 1948.  They were one of the pioneering wine & spirits shops in the Midwest for carrying imported beers from Germany and Belgium, as well as American craft beers and sours.

This brew starts with pale malted barley, wheat and oats and is kettle-soured before finishing fermentation with a Belgian yeast.  Coriander and orange peel complement the yeast esters with a spicy, citrus character.

Here’s a toast to all the generations who’ve paved the way for beer!

http://www.peacetreebrewing.com/

 

Power Jam! Barrel - Madhouse Brewing Company, Des Moines, IA

New Pi private label beer this Friday, September 23! **POWER JAM ** is a private label beer from New Pioneer Co-op.  It's a strawberry-rhubarb barrel-aged sour beer made by the beer wizards at Madhouse Brewery in Des Moines and features locally-grown organic strawberries from our friends at Grinnell Heritage Farm.

https://www.newpi.coop

http://madhousebeer.com/

http://grinnellheritagefarm.com/

episode 36 - 10.05.2016

DANKENSTEIN IMPERIAL IPA - Pearl Street Brewery, La Crosse, WI

It's ALIVE!  This freak of a beer is brewed with a monster mix of pure barley malts stitched together with a hodgepodge of the stinkiest hops we could find. This beer is determined to be quite dank with a starting gravity of 19.2 and colossal quadruple-hoppings in the brewkettle. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated for the freshest flavor.

9.5% ABV &

109 IBUs

http://pearlstreetbrewery.com

ME, MYSELF AND IPA - Pearl Street Brewery, La Crosse, WI

Whether it’s just you and yourself or yourself and others, there’s no better company than this IPA. This beer is brewed for the hop lover, with more than two pounds of our favorite hops per barrel. There’s something to be said when they say there must be something in the water. Besides using the best malts and hops we could find, La Crosse’s award-winning artesian water makes this beer even more delicious.

Style: American IPA 

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50% 

http://pearlstreetbrewery.com

APPLEFEST APPLEWEIZEN - Pearl Street Brewery, La Crosse, WI

For this fall seasonal, we partner our hefeweizen wheat ale with local, organic Honeycrisp Apple Juice from our friends in La Crescent, the "Apple Capital of Minnesota." This creates a one-of-a-kind, tangy salute to the Autumn apple harvest! The locals enjoy it so much, it became the official beer of Applefest.

5.0% ABV.

http://pearlstreetbrewery.com

episode 35 - 09.28.2016

Longboard Lager - Kona Brewing Company, Kona, HI

Longboard Island Lager is a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor. A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer.

BITTERNESS:  20 IBU

ALCOHOL BY VOLUME:  4.6%

ORIGINAL GRAVITY:  10.95° P

MALTS:  PALE (PREMIUM 2-ROW)

HOPS:  MT. HOOD, HALLERTAU, STERLING, MILLENIUM

http://konabrewingco.com/

Episode 34 - 09.21.2016

Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company, Elk Rapids, MI

Soft Parade is a Fruit Rye Ale brewed with rye flakes and loaded with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. This rose-colored ale has aromas of ripe strawberries and grain. With flavors of fresh berries and rye, Soft Parade finishes dry and eminently drinkable.

 

Soft Parade was originally developed because Joe Short wanted to create a beer that incorporated a medley of berries, had a great color, and appealed to wine drinkers. The name Soft Parade stemmed from two moments in Joe Short’s life. First, because Joe worked as a brewer at the Traverse Brewing Company and The Doors album, The Soft Parade, played every day at the end of the brew shift. The second moment occurred when Joe was driving by himself, flipping through CD’s in his car, and came across The Soft Parade album again. At the time, The Soft Parade beer had not been named and it dawned on Joe that the medley of fruit infusing into the golden beer reminded him of a soft parade. That day the beer was named!

7.5% ABV

15 IBU

https://www.shortsbrewing.com/

Beatnik Sour - Exile Brewing Company, Des Moines, IA

Berliner-style Weisse

Tart and acidic, Beatnik Sour is everything your conventional beer isn't. Unfiltered and extra pale with a pure white crown, we kettle soured the wort with Lactobacillus, leaving a refreshing lactic tartness that puckers your palate.

5.6% ABV

2 IBUs

http://exilebrewing.com

Raspberry Berliner - Pipeworks Brewing Company, Chicago, IL

"There's a very fine line between "Kettle-Soured" and our Raspberry Berliner is it!  This incredibly refreshing berliner weisse was soured with lactobacillus and brewed with tart raspberries.  It's light, effervescent, and delicious.  Cheers from your friends at Pipeworks!"

Berliner Style Wiesse beer with raspberry puree added.

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00% 

Availability: Rotating

http://pdubs.net

Episode 33 - 09.14.2016

Mega Milk Oatmeal Stout - Arcade Brewing, Chicago, IL

From the depths of space arrives the Mega Milk Stout™. An oatmeal milk stout, brewed with debittered black malt, delivers a wonderfully light and sessionable beer with outstanding mouthfeel. Even the most devout pale ale drinkers should take a trip to the dark-side with this one.

 

For The Beer Geek:

Malt: Pale Malt, Debittered Black Malt, Roasted Barley
Hops: Fuggle
Adjuncts: Lactose, Flaked Oats

About the Artist:

Matthew Skiff is one of the best up and coming designers out there right now. He has worked with some amazing clients including: Paramore, Panic At The Disco, 410 BC, Vagrant Records, Fueled By Ramen, Family Force 5, 8-bit Zombie and Threadless.  His illustrations play off of parody and nostalgic childhood themes.  Or, as Skiff puts it, he "draws stupid things."  We think they are pretty awesome!

www.ithew.com

http://www.arcadebrewery.com/

The Glenlivet 12 Single Malt Scotch Whiskey - George & J.G. Smith Ltd., Speyside, Scotland

CASK: TRADITIONAL AND AMERICAN OAK

FLAVOUR: DELICATELY BALANCED WITH STRONG PINEAPPLE NOTES

Smooth, balanced, fruity… an invitation to indulgence in liquid form

This whisky has been called a lot of things in its time: smooth, fruity, complex, sophisticated, entertaining, classic. The Original Malt Whisky Almanac says: “A first-class malt. One of the most popular malts in the world – deservedly so.”

Representing The Glenlivet’s signature style, this classic malt is matured primarily ex-American Oak casks. These impart notes of vanilla and give the whisky its distinctive smoothness. The mineral-rich water that comes from Josie’s Well helps form the flavours during mashing and fermentation, whilst the specific height and width of the copper stills add a delicate yet complex character.

Keep a bottle on hand for every occasion.

https://www.theglenlivet.com/

Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte - Breckenridge Brewery, Breckenridge, CO

Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte is a stout made with dark roasted malts and carefully roasted, cold pressed coffee beans. Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves delicately complement the taste of rich pumpkin. These well-balanced fall flavors presented with the velvety texture of nitrogen create a truly distinctive and delicious beer.

IBU: 11 | ABV: 5.5%

http://www.breckbrew.com/

Episode 32 - 09.07.2016

Hop Nosh Tangerine - Uinta Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, Utah

TANGERINE IPA

Your new main squeeze

A play on our flagship IPA, this beer features an aromatic menagerie of tropical hops and tangerine zest. Wraps up with a crisp, bitter finish.

7.3% ABV

82 IBU

Serve in a Tulip glass

http://www.uintabrewing.com

Ready Set Gose - Uinta Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, Utah

ORGANIC GOSE

This tart and salty ale smells of fresh lemon rind and coastal sea breeze. Wheat malts give this beer flavors of freshly baked bread and coriander.

4.0% ABV

20 IBU

Serve in a wheat glass

http://www.uintabrewing.com

Episode 32 - 09.07.2016

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY

Ancient buffalo carved paths through the wilderness that led American pioneers and explorers to new frontiers. One such trail led to the banks of the Kentucky River where Buffalo Trace Distillery has been making bourbon whiskey the same way for more than 200 years. In tribute to the mighty buffalo and the rugged, independent spirit of the pioneers who followed them, we created our signature Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

TASTING NOTES: 

This deep amber whiskey has a complex aroma of vanilla, mint and molasses. Pleasantly sweet to the taste with notes of brown sugar and spice that give way to oak,  toffee, dark fruit and anise. This whiskey finishes long and smooth with serious depth.

http://www.buffalotrace.com/

Episode 30 - 08.24.2016

Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, Wisconsin

Moon Man is a seriously cool cat. Always comfortable in his own skin, he never tries too hard. So cool we named our "no coast" pale ale after him. 

You hold a session beer with a bright bold blend of five hops that flirt obligingly with the smooth malty backside. Don't let this one lay around it is brewed to be enjoyed today. Bold and engaging without pretense, because in Wisconsin you do not have to be extreme to be real. 

ABV: 5%

Type: No Coast Pale Ale

http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/

Fat Wild Ale - A New Belgium Brewing and Avery Brewing Company Collaboration

For our new Fat Tire & Friends CollaBEERation Pack, we teamed up with Avery Brewing from Boulder, Colo. 

Go wild for Fat. Thanks to Boulder’s finest for this unabashedly tropic take on Fat Tire. Avery took a healthy dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Drie to create a Fat Tire spin with a sturdy malt backbone, fruity hop aroma and a tropical pineapple layer. Heed the call of the wild Fat Tire.

ABV: 6.2%

http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/avery-fat-wild

EPisode 29 - 08.17.2016

Redd's Blueberry Ale

Holy Geez Louise!  Do you like Blueberry and also like intoxication?  Well then this is your bag of marbles that you can play with inside of your mouth!  Hey you! Take a load off and quench all of your thirsts with this refreshing and slightly tart bit o' blueberry bidness.  Talk a walk with me...  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to squeeze a blueberry into a bottle then infuse it with the alcohol that drives your life?  Well then I have a secret that I will share with you thusly.  REDD"S BLUEBERRY ALE!

(Honestly there is no official review on this so I just winged it...tasted to me like Blueberry Frooties - Love, Jesse)

ABV: 5%

https://www.reddsapple.com

Peach Berry Bohemian - Exile Brewing Company, Des Moines, Iowa

The Peach-Berry Bohemian is the 3rd release of our Bohemian Fruit Revue, an on-going series of off-beat sours with fruit. Tart, crisp and
full of fresh strawberry and Peach aromas and flavor. This Berliner-style Weisse will have your Midwest pride at full throttle.

5.4 % ABV

http://exilebrewing.com/

 

Episode 28 - 08.10.2016

HOP FLOOD

On a beautiful summer night in July while peaceful Danes rocked at Roskilde Festival and others sipped wine in their picturesque summer retreats, an apocalyptic tidal surge flooded the famous Ølbutikken in Copenhagen and drowned thousands of precious beer - Hop Flood is a bitter tribute to the heroic bottles that didn’t make it.

Style: Amber Ale
Brewed: Two Roads Brewing Co, CT 
ABV: 7

http://eviltwin.dk/Hop-Flood

EPISODE 27 - 07.27.2016

Brewery Ommegang - Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven:

Push through the thick brambles and present yourself to the Three-Eyed Raven. Abiding in the shadows of the Three-Eyed Raven lies this deceptive Dark Saison. The ominous Three-Eyed Raven inspired us to brew a Dark Saison ale, a hybrid style open to brewer’s imagination. In the end it is neither a pure saison nor your typical dark beer, but instead a delectable blend that both deceives and thrills the senses.

Three-Eyed Raven makes for perfect season premiere pairing.

On sale April 2015, available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.

Brewed by:  Brewery Ommegang 
New YorkUnited States
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale 
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20% 
Availability: Limited (brewed once) 

http://www.ommegang.com/got/three_eyed_raven.php

Hi-C Ecto Cooler

Hi-C Ecto Cooler became a cultural mainstay in 1987 as a tie-in with the original Ghostbusters franchise. Then much to the dismay of people around the world, Ecto Cooler vanished. POOF. There was mass hysteria without the sweet, green goodness of Ecto. Following on the heels of the new Ghostbusters release, there will be a limited time resurgence of the slime-inspired, green cult-classic. The fans have begged for it, and we have answered their call.

http://www.ecto.cool/

Fleischmann's Royal Vodka

The origins of Fleischmann's Royal vodka date back to 1870. Fleischmann Distilling Company was born out of the same family as the famous Fleischmann's yeast. The success of the yeast business allowed the family to expand their distilling operations and offerings to later include Eastern Rye Whiskey, cordials, bourbon and gin.

http://www.sazerac.com/BrandPortfolio.aspx?parent=FS99&PCID=2&FID=72&NBid=6

EPISODE 26 - 07.01.2016

Evil Twin Brewing - Soft DK

This stout looks like soft dookie and some will say it smells and tastes like it too. If you like a thick, creamy and utterly vanillalicious stout you’ll like this one. If you don’t, get yourself something else instead.

Style: Imperial Stout
Brewed:Two Roads Brewing Co, CT
ABV: 10.4

http://eviltwin.dk/Soft-DK

Jesse Rating: 8/10

 

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THE RED BULL ORANGE EDITION

Same wings - Different taste. The Red Bull Orange Edition is a functional beverage that combines the functionality of a

Red Bull Energy Drink with the taste of tangerine.

Enjoyed on the 'Juice by Nick with Tito's Handmade Vodka

http://energydrink-us.redbull.com/en/red-bull-orange-edition

http://www.titosvodka.com/

Episode 25 - 06.10.2016

Avery Brewing - Liliko'i Kepolo

BELGIAN-STYLE WHITE ALE WITH PASSIONFRUIT
5.4% ABV

Adding a tropical island flair to a spicy traditional witbier, Liliko'i erupts with monumental passionfruit aroma and acidity along with a sublimely succulent finish.

https://www.averybrewing.com/beers/liliko-i-kepolo

Jesse Rating: 9/10

Evil Twin Brewing - From Amager With Love

Amager is an island south of picturesque Copenhagen, mostly notable as the home of the airport, the place you go to get high and the common colloquial name for Amager is Lorteøen (Shit Island). But Amager has much more to offer than you might think. Like these two dedicated brewers from Amager Bryghus, who traveled all the way from Amager to the states to brew a pitch-black and troublesome Imperial Stout infused with the cutest blueberries. It might look shitty, but once you let it sink in you can feel the love within. 

Style: Imperial Stout with Blueberries
Brewed: Westbrook Brewing Co
ABV: 12%

http://eviltwin.dk/From-amager-With-Love

Jesse Rating: 8/10

Templeton Rye Whiskey

AN UNMISTAKABLE RYE WHISKEY, TEMPLETON RYE IS A SPIRIT UNLIKE ANY OTHER. SMOOTH AND SPICY WITH A CLEAN FINISH, THERE’S A REASON PEOPLE CALL IT THE GOOD STUFF. RISE UP AND TASTE IOWA’S MOST NOTORIOUS WHISKEY.

http://www.templetonrye.com/

Alcohol Content: 80 Proof

Nick Rating: 7/10

 

Boone's Farm Fuzzy Navel 

Deeply colored and powerful, with a rich, fruity peach aroma and layers of peach, fuzziness, and navel. Immense structure. 

Alcohol Content: 4.4%

Nick Rating: 3/10