We’re back after a week off we don’t have Leigh or Stacey, but we’ve got a great show and some great beers. Don’t forget to check us out anytime on wblzsports.com, WBLZ, We’ve Got Ballz…..
Episode 73 Football or Futbol…Brian from The Louisville Tottenham HotSpur Supporters club (follow them on twitter @lvillespurs) joins us on this brand new episode. We talk about the impending eclipse, learn why Americans call it soccer in our GBS Fact of the week and play a new segment called GBS Debates where we discuss the Football or Futbol?
Before we get to the beer reviews Leigh did send us a speical message this week from her “specail assignment”…..Leigh…..
I decided to give a special assignment report since I know you missed my voice on this week’s episode (Episode 73: Football or Futbol) 😉 I had the pleasure of having some dental work done that caused me to be unable to talk and have quite an attractive droopy smile. While under some good drugs, provided by my dentist, a few thoughts and a few things I am super grateful for, hit me like a ton of bricks almost literally as I came close to hitting the side of my house after all of this.
First, I want to say that I am super grateful to these women that I have gotten to know over this journey and to Carrie for bringing us together. The events I’ve experienced and people I’ve met through this amazing thing we have started is something I cannot even begin to explain in words. Never would I think that people would want to know our opinion about stuff, let alone even read the words I type!
Next, a special shout to WBLZSports is in order! These folks sought out this podcast and reached out to us about putting us on their airways. Even if a few people hear us, this is something Carrie and I only dreamed about in a small room in a place that shall remain nameless 😉 If you are reading this because you heard us on WBLZSports, please send us a line on any of our platforms and let us know you are with us, and topics you would like us to cover. We love to hear from our listeners!
FOOTBALL is upon us (praise hands emoji, heart emoji, football emoji)!!!! I wanted to be a part of this episode because as much as I love American football, I can get behind some futbol. I went to a very small school in college, but the sport that ruled the school was soccer (aka: futbol). The men’s and women’s teams won NATIONAL Championships while I was a student there. The knowledge I gained about EPL and all the various leagues and national teams while I was there really gave me a newfound respect and love of the sport. However, I do follow our national teams more than I am a fan of any WSL or MLS or EPL team, I do love the Crew (Columbus).
Lastly, I am grateful because it may be preseason, but the Browns WON a game! I know people can laugh at me all you want, but hey, we’re undefeated! LOL Even I know how ridiculous that sounds 😉 However, this football season (college & professional) is probably going to be crazy, exciting, and frustrating for all us that love the sport and those that partake in fantasy (stay tuned 😉 we will have some great convo about all that later on in the very near future)!
Again, as I have regained some semblance of feeling back in my face, I just wanted to thank all of our loyal listeners and avid fans that frequent our site. This adventure has taken us on some great trips, met some amazing people, and of course…..BEER (cider in my case J). Looking forward to a great fall and new shenanigans with some awesome women that I get to call friends!
Thanks Leigh!!!!! We look forward to having you back next week, Now on to the beer selections…..
Since we knew we were gonna talk a lot of EPL (soccer) on this week’s show the sharin’ beer had to be from England. Samuel Smith is a solid brewery out of the U.K. (the country not the University of Kentucky) and they offer a variety of good beer. The Pure Organic Lager was no exception. We aren’t sure what the organic added to the beer, as Lauren pointed out, it didn’t taste like leaves, twigs or grass, but it was a pretty tasty Lager. If you’ve never tried a Samuel Smith beer this would be a good starting point. Not a whole lot else to say about it other than that it was a good English lager that Brian, Carrie and Lauren all said they would drink again.
Since our guest Brian this week is from Louisville he and Carrie decided to drink some beer from Against the Grain, a great brewery in the city. Louisville has a ton of breweries and Against the Grain is probably in the top two or three in our opinion. Their can art work is defintely some of the best not only in Kentucky, but possibly the world. The beer inside the can is just as good as the art work on the outside. Brian went with Bloody Show a Lager with Blood Orange. Blood Orange can be a tricky fruit to put in a beer because the orange flavor can be subtle and overpowered by hops or sour. Against the Grain gets it right with this beer, however, Brian really liked how the orange flavor cut through the lager just enough for him to taste the orange, but not over power the beer and vice versa. If you’re looking for a solid beer with a slight fruit flavor you can actually taste and some awesome can art pick this one up.
Lauren also went with a fruit beer this week and unfortunately had the opposite experience that Brian did. Crooked Stave’s Petite Sour Raspberry is part of their Artisan Beer Project. This mixed fermentation ale is aged in oak with raspberries and much to Lauren’s disappointment was more sour than anything else. Raspberry can usually cut through any style of beer and at times can be an over powering flavor, but this wasn’t the case with this particular beer. Instead of a nice raspberry/sour balance Lauren got all sour and little to no raspberry flavor. If you like a sour beer with little to no fruit flavor then by all means check this out, if you’re looking for some raspberry flavor you might try a Founders Rubaeus Raspberry Ale instead.
Carrie also went with an Against the Grain product this week. Night Visions is a Kolsch style ale and at 4.5% you could stay up late drinking more than one of these. Again the art work on the can makes it worth picking up. It’s hard to screw up a Kolsch and Against the Grain made a perfectly drinkable beer, but the art work on the can is what really makes this stand out. If you’re looking for a beer that you can drink more than one of pick up Night Visions, who knows what you’ll see in the can after about 5 or 6.