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In this episode it’s the 3 GBS OG’s or the Three Amigos or the Original Recipe Podcast. Either way Carrie, Leigh and Lauren carry the show. Lauren and Leigh talk about their weekend trips to the Henderson Brewing Company and Asheville North Carolina respectively. We extensively discuss the third season of Last Change U, the GBS news of the weird encounters an interesting yeast strain that is turned into a beer a takes us down innuendo road. We have a heartfelt RIP for Mrs. Garrett and play an interesting round of Take It or Leave It. If you want to know where the title of this episode comes from, you’re just gonna hafta listen.
A “Wicked” and “SparkLing” Weekend Adventure
This weekend I was excited to celebrate one of my dear friends pending nuptials in Asheville, NC. As much as I was pumped to celebrate her bachelorette weekend, we visited some amazing places that all included alcohol 😉 Here is a recap of my fabulous weekend!
Asheville is a very happening city and THIS was my first trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Driving in to the city, there was the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival happening along with the Village Art and Craft Fair. So many people were playing music on street corners and vendors were set up downtown. With all of this going on, and it being a Friday night, we did finally chose to visit Wicked Weed Brewing Company on its rave reviews of its craft beer selection AND the fact they have a cidery as well! The brewery had a great patio with plenty of long benches and table tops for all different sized groups. Our group of 11 was easily seated inside after just a short wait. While we waited, we explored the bar a bit. The downstairs opened up to another large patio area that had a great view of the actual brewing operation. Tours were available as well.
The Wicked Weed started in 2012 and in 2017 became part of the Anheuser-Busch family of craft breweries. They want to be known for forward-thinking, ingredient-focused, and a direct reflection of their need to create craft beer. There were many options as you can see from their menu, but they also had mixed drinks available for those that may not be completely on the craft beer train. As for this gluten free, cider lover there was an Oak Fermented Cider available from the Wicked Weed Cidery. There was even a Gluten Freek, Double India Pale Ale that I unfortunately didn’t get to try. At 7% this cider was fruity, tart, and dry and everything I love in a cider. You can order a glass or a bottle. It was reasonably priced for a craft cider at $11.95 a bottle. Our group selected many options, like the Manna (7% Golden Honey Ale) to the Pineapple Sage-On (5.6% Blonde Saison). Their food was an interesting as there the traditional bar fare like beer cheese and pretzels and chips and homemade French onion dip, but there was some more sophisticated offerings that included an artisanal cheese assortment and grilled quail as well as salmon, shrimp, and Italian sausage. My favorite part of this adventure was that the large portrait of King Henry VIII on the wall and on their merchandise area that has a quote from him from 1519, “Hops are a wicked and pernicious weed”. LOVED my experience at the Wicked Weed Brewing Company.
On Saturday we were treated to a self-guided and a special roof-top tour of the Biltmore (also known as the American Castle). This was an experience I will not forget. I want to go back as we weren’t able to spend as much time on the actual grounds of the house because we then had a sparkling wine tour scheduled. But first, let me tell you that the 8,000 acre property (down from the original 165,000 that George Vanderbilt originally bought) is so expansive and gorgeous I cannot describe it properly. There were 250 rooms, most of which we didn’t get to see, but there was a 70,000 gallon pool, 2 bowling lanes, 65 fire places, statues of Joan of Arc and King Henry sculpted by the entrance, a slate roof that is guaranteed for 500 years. The limestone house is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. The grounds were designed by the gentleman that put together Central Park. Chiluly’s large-scale glass sculptures were on display in many of the rooms and grounds of Biltmore, most I didn’t get to see because of our tours being so close together. I had no idea this artist’s work was on display here, but was an awesome surprise.
After our tour and many photos later, we rushed to get to our Sparkling Wine tasting at the Antler Hill Village. Antler Hill is the farm and outdoors area on the grounds, it does house the Winery as well. The Winery used to be the cattle milking station on the estate and there is even photos depicting its former roots as you walk to the tasting room. The first vines were planted in the early 1970’s by Vanderbilt’s grandson, William Cecil. The Biltmore Wine Company as established in 1983 and bottled its first bottle in 1984. It is to be known that this is the most visited winery in the country and I can see why. We were shown to a special room where it was set up to taste ‘sparkling wine’ which is a type of wine all by itself. Our guide’s name was Kim and the knowledge and love for sparkling wine he has is vast and so appreciated.
As Kim explained there is a whole different process to making sparkling wine, which is named methode champenoise, and yes that is French for the traditional method of making champagne or sparkling wine. The best way to know a good champagne or sparkling wine is by the size of the bubbles, the smaller the bubbles (and subsequent increase in number of bubbles) all make sure a fantastic sparkling wine. There was a tour of the facility and machinery that they use to make each bottle of Biltmore Estate Sparkling Wines. I’d like for you to visit the Sparkling Wines page on their website to a detailed explanation on their process: https://www.biltmore.com/wine/wine-101/wine-t. We were paired different accompaniments with all 5 different wines we were able to taste. The photo here shows each bottle we were able to taste. ALL of them were amazing. I do not consider myself a champagne or sparkling wine person, but as Kim told us, “All of us are sparkling and need sparkling wine in our lives.”
There was so many different things to take away from this experience, but I purchased a bottle of their Century Sweet Red wine and I just don’t know if I will ever open it, because of what my trip represented and what I was able to do. All of their souvenirs and knick-knacks were very reasonably priced and I was just floored by the beauty and expanse of the Biltmore Estate. I will definitely be making a trip back and will make sure to plan to stay multiple days because there is just so much to see, just at the estate, not to mention the actual town. Maybe a GBS trip is in our future and I would definitely love to experience this with my GBS family!
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Leigh and Carrie are back at Fort Lewis Studios in this episode with special guest play by play guy and the voice of Louisville City FC Clay Ables! We talk to Clay about how he got into play by play announcing, what his dream game to call would be and who he would love to broadcast with. We grade the overall World Cup and Carrie declares that Croatia’s President is the ultimate soccer mom. The GBS news of the weird this week is a bit of a call back to the last episode and Carrie delivers an extra special GBS PSA. Of course we play Take It or Leave It! Oh and we drink a couple of beverages from breweries we’ve never heard of.
This is one we’ve never heard of before, thanks to whoever left it at Fort Lewis last weekend. If you like IPA’s highly recommend. For a double IPA its surprisingly smooth and not too bitter or grapefruity on the back-end. It has a nice amber color and at 8.4% its not a lawn mower beer, but it is deceptively quick drinking.
Leigh also got to join in the we’ve never had anything from this brewery train this week with Argus Fermentables out of Austin Texas. Their Ginger Perry cider is a very complex interesting cider with ginger up front and pear on the back. It’s also fairly dry with very limited sweetness. It is a little pricey at $11 for a four pack, but definitely worth it if you’re looking for a new cider that would fit into that craft category.
In this episode we are joined by New York friend of the show Elle and wow is the conversation lit! We talk a ridiculous amount of topics this week, including two GBS PSA’s, we shout out to Retro Cinema and Gidgit Von La Rue for their love of 80’s movies especially Adventures in Babysitting, we have several RIP’s this week including the Jerry Springer Show and we talk to Elle about her journey to Kentucky fandom and what it’s like to live in not only a college sports desert but also a bourbon desert. Finally Leigh and Elle talk about what it’s like to try and date in 2018. We play a great game of Take It or Leave It, of course we can’t cover everything in the description, you’ll just have to listen
Our guest this week Elle, raided her friend’s refrigerator and came up with several bottles of the alcoholic summer drink Twisted Tea. If definitely treated her right, she had more than one during the recording. This is a great beverage if you’re looking for something that’s the totally opposite of beer or cider. They drink pretty quick too!
Leigh took a break from cider this week and instead went with Greens Gluten Free Tripel Ale. If you are looking for a gluten free beer that actually tastes like beer check out all of the Greens products. This one absolutely has everything that you’d expect from a tripel, slightly dark, carmel flavor, with a hint of sweetness and non of the gluten!
A collaboration beer between Two Roads Brewing and Evil Twin Brewing was Carrie’s pick this week. Their Geyser Gose made with Icelandic Moss, Herbs, Sea Salt and Kale Carrie still isn’t sure what Icelandic Moss is or what it is supposed to taste like, but it whatever it is, she’s pretty sure it didn’t come through in the beer. The beer itself was a fine example of a Gose, fairly light and sour with a hint of the salt at the end. It just didn’t seem like the other ingredients added very much to the overall flavor. If you like Goses and are curious though pick this one up. Maybe someone out there who knows what Icelandic Moss is supposed to taste like can tell us and then tell us if they can actually taste it in this beer.
In this episode Lauren is on a summer hiatus, but Leigh and Carrie are holding things down at Fort Lewis studios! They welcome Kristin Ray who runs the FAB podcast and blog that supports Females in Athletic Business. We have a great discussion on all the options that are out there for women who are interested in the sports industry and how FAB is working to support that. The GBS fact of the week is all about a World Cup soccer match you’ve probably never heard of, Carrie talks her way around her upcoming appearance on a very popular cooking show and of course we play Take It or Leave It. If you want the number to the Hall and Oates emergency hotline you’re just gonna hafta listen.
Carrie’s beer this week comes from Lost Coast Brewery in California. Thier, Great White was purchased on label and name alone, but turned out to be a pretty good summer beer. At only 4.8% this is a back porch day drinker you could easily have more than one of. It’s pretty light in flavor and went down very quickly over the course of the show. Interestingly it was brewed by a female brewer (Barbara), which made us like it even more. The label (although not pictured here) states that the beer should have flavors of coriander and spice, although Carrie didn’t get either. We still recommend adding this your cooler though, especially if you like beer that drinks quickly.
Leigh had an interesting pick this week from the Fort Lewis beer fridge. Maeloc’s Sidra Pera, a pear cider from Spain. Leigh definitely had never had this brand before and thought the cider was good. At only 4.4% and not too sweet it’s absolutely a must buy if you are looking for something different. And while the cider was tasty, the biggest reason to make this purchase is for the bottle cap. It’s a great design and as you can see in the above picture, it has a built in bottle opener, which also makes the cap fit back on the bottle very nicely. It’s almost like the fidget spinners of bottle caps, highly recommend!
In this episode Leigh and Carrie are joined by Brett from independent film makers Wine &Pop Tarts and Bevin the Director of Social Media from Pivot. It’s a rare Monday remote from Pivot cidery. Carrie has her first beer in a week and talks about the final divorce from her wisdom teeth, Brett talks about Sleep Away Camp the movie, Bevin talks everything that’s going on at Pivot, Leigh drops the first ever GBS F bomb and there is plenty of sports and nonsports topics on Take It or Leave It. Did I mention Leigh drops the F bomb!
Stacey is in and Leigh is out, but we’re joined by Rebecca and Ben from lovemebrew.com to talk all things craft beer. It’s Lexington Craft Beer Week and Ben and Rebecca discuss their love of craft beer and why they probably won’t go back to the Derby! We have one RIP this week, and Carrie can’t believe that Lauren didn’t know who it was. We learn some things about Wikipedia in the fact of the week. And Rambo, Bill & Ted, the Royals and pretzel necklaces make an appearance in Take It or Leave It! Grab a beer and drink along with us!
In honor of the derby last week our guests from lovemebrew.com Rebecca and Ben shared Braxton Brewing’s Kentucky Home Mint Julep Style Beer. At 9.5% they agreed that this was a beer that was made for sharin’. Rebecca wasn’t a big fan of this one, she didn’t get much mint off of it and found it a bit too sweet and wasn’t sure what the base beer was. Ben enjoyed it, but again said that he probably couldn’t drink the whole thing by himself.
Stacey had left another beer from Golden Road at the Stanley Manor studios, but Lauren drank it, so she had to go with another choice from Golden Road, Hazelnut Hills brown ale with hazelnut flavor. Overall this is a good beer, but it’s one you would want to drink during the fall because of it’s rich brown flavor. Lauren drank the lawnmower beer becasue Stacey left it at her house and it was hot outside.
Lauren got a gift from the Ft. Lewis Derby party last week and that came in the form of a special release Country Boy Brewing bomber, Constant Sorrow a Double India Pale Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels. Full disclosure, this beer had been sitting on top of the Ft. Lewis Beer fridge for about 2 years. Surprisingly the beer had not turned and was actually still drinkable. For being aged in bourbon barrels it wasn’t too boozy, and maintained it’s grassy IPA flavor. This was a special release, so you might not be able to find it, unless you make a visit to Ft. Lewis who still may have a few bottles left.
It’s 91 degrees here in Lexington and nothing beats the heat like a lighter easy drinking beer. Carrie’s pick this week fits the bill. Lagunitas’s 12th of Never Ale. This is a crisp, light, hop forward beer that delivers what it promises. This is a tall boy can and at 5.5% there is not reason you can’t enjoy more than one this summer. Also we can’t wait to call the number on the side of the can on the show and see what happens! Stay tuned for that!
It’s the third annual Derby episode, recorded in the heart of the Ft. Lewis Derby party! It’s a free for all crossover as Carrie and Lauren are joined by Shawn, Chad and John from Bourbon and Bad Opinions. We talk derby topics, Kentucky topics and lots of general nonsense. John talks about his first job at Kmart, Carrie explains why she will never go back to Churchill Downs and of course we play some Take It or Leave It. There are plenty of beverages consumed in this one, keep the party going and give it a listen!
Lauren picked from the Derby Party beer roulette cooler and ended up with Shiner Bock’s Oktoberfest. It’s definitely not even close to being Oktoberfest, but that’s the chance you take when playing beer roulette. Since this is a seasonal beer, it’s been at Ft. Lewis for a while, surprisingly it was still drinkable. Lauren didn’t hate it and would absolutely drink it when September rolls around.
Since it was Cinco de Mayo in edition to the Kentucky Derby, Carrie doubled down and went with local Lexington brewers West Sixth Cerveza. This is a light, crisp, refreshing beer. It’s everything you want in a beer for this time of year for the back porch. It’s available in 6 pack cans, if you can find it in your local grocery or liquor store pick some up!