This week we welcome friend of the show Matt to talk all about his adventures as an amateur race car driver in Formula First racing. We talk tons on college football including getting into week 2 or our CFB pick’em, plus find out how much money it would take for Carrie to do a garbage bag shot.
Since the calendar has finally turned over to September it is now time to drink all the German Beers, so this week’s sharin’ beer is a german style Maibock from Ft. Collins Brewery in Ft. Collins Colorado. Technically this beer is supposed to be enjoyed in the spring, hence the name, but since it is now officially Oktoberfest season, we said it’s German and it counts. This just also happened to be guest Matt’s favorite style of beer, which was a plus. This was a great beer that delivered exactly what it promised. It had a nice body to it, wasn’t too bitter and really did deliver on the toffee notes. Again Liquor Barn had this available now, so tis the season. If you see this pick it up as a complement to all of the Oktoberfest you’ll be drinking for the rest of the month.
We had a great craft beer from Mexico last week, and not to be left out of the great offerings from outside of the U.S., Leigh picked up a cider from New Zealand to try this week. Peckham’s Traditional cider with elderflower. Leigh has actually had several ciders the last couple of weeks with this particular ingredient and we learned thanks to @ChrisScoutTeam on the twitter elderflower makes you invisible, at least according to The Lord of the Rings. The floral notes were definitely there in this cider, unlike other ciders that Leigh has had that have claimed to have elderflower but didn’t have any floral taste at all. This cider wasn’t too sweet either, it’s price point was a little high at $11, but if you are interested in floral ciders or even ciders from outside the U.S. that aren’t English pick this one up. Also let us know how it works for invisibility.
(Please note that the above picture is for the Sixfold Six Wild Sour with Tart Cherry, Matt’s was made with Plums). Guest Matt went local this week with his choice of West 6th brewing’s Sixfold Six Wild Sour. This is a sour with plenty of Brett and a cask finish. Unlike a lot of cask finish beers this one comes in on the low end of the AVB spectrum at around 6%. This made it very drinkable, not too boozy and not too sour. You can only get this at the West 6th tap-room here in Lexington, but if you’re in the area it is defintely worth stopping by to pick up.
Lauren’s been on the IPA train for so long that we almost forgot who she was for a second. She jumped off that train this week with Faro Lambic, a Belgian Faro Beer with brown sugar. If you like fruit beers then the lambic is always a good choice. Lauren was curious about what the brown sugar would do to this one and was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t make this beverage too sweet. Technically this is a malt beverage, but if you’re looking for something different with a low alcohol percentage and some sweetness to it that’s not a cider, we highly recommend picking this up.
Now that it is no longer August, Carrie is all in on the Oktoberfest beers, the first one out of the gate came from a twitter recommendation @meisterbuerger and did not disappoint. Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest 2017, brewed in collaboration with Brauhuas Miltenberger. This is a great Oktoberfest style beer and you can absolutely have more than one of these. It’s very smooth and actually lighter than many Oktoberfest style beers out there, some of which can get a little malty/heavy after two or three (and who wants to just have two or three oktoberfest beers). This will definitely make its way into our tailgate cooler, highly recommend picking this up, even if you aren’t a fan of the style.