Episode 85 with Wine & Pop-Tarts. We talk about their upcoming fundraiser for Toys for Tots on December 2nd at Al’s Bar. We discuss what happened to Trick or Treating, Carrie talks Guns n Roses, we fall down the GBS fact hole and find out what the hell the World Cup of Vocational Skills is, Carrie floats her conspiracy theory as to why the Houston Astros really won the World Series, Week 11 college football pick’em and more! Once again we don’t even get to sports until like 30 minutes into this one. #wedowhatwewant #WBLZ #12ozSportsRadio
The Sharin’ Beer and the guest beer are kind of a combination this week. Bret from Wine & Pop-Tarts was “kind” enough to bring us a six-pack of Zima. Carrie didn’t have a sharin’ beer picked out so when she heard this she immediately decided that her and Lauren were going to be sharing some Zima. We did have Zima on a previous show, but we never turn down free drinks, even if they do come in the form of a clearmalt beverage. We didn’t have a jolly rancher with them this time, however, surprisingly or maybe not, this did not change our review of this particular beverage. Bret thought it was “refreshing”! Lauren and Carrie did finish their glasses, that’s all we are going to really say about Zima, other than the fact that they should call either us or Wine & Pop-Tarts because we’d love to discuss a sponsorship deal.
Leigh got back on the New Day Brewing train this week with ReThinker. We’ve probably had three or four New Day products on the show in the last couple of months and have enjoyed them all. The ReThinker is a Blueberry Honey Mead with Hops added. Leigh was not completely on board with this one after the first few sips. Since she really can’t drink beer any more so the hops threw her for a little bit of a loop. There was a nice fruity sweetness to this one, but there was just a slight bitter finish from the hops. The little bitterness from the hops came through more for Leigh and gave the ReThinker a bit of an odd taste. As the show went on, however, the mead opened up and the hops taste lessened a bit. We definitely recommend picking this one up, especially if you are looking for something that has a good balance of a little bitterness of hops to cut through the sweetness of fruit.
Lauren’s pick this week comes from Lazy Magnolia Brewing in Mississippi. Lauren had another beer from Lazy Magnolia on a previous show (their sweet potato offering). Depending on how you pronounce it Pecan or Pecan (if you want to know how Lauren pronounces it you’ll just have to listen to the show) Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Pecan is a great nut-brown ale. Lauren didn’t get a lot of pecan flavor from this one, but it did have a nice subtle sweetness to it, which is what you want in a brown ale. This is a great beer for this time of year, and would go great with the upcoming holiday feast and we don’t mean Christmas, the one before that.
Carrie’s pick this week comes from Avery Brewing. Avery Brewing makes a lot of great beer, their Dictator Series was a big hit with Carrie. The Reverend is a Belgian Style Quadrupel Ale. The can art is what really drew Carrie to this beer though (very reminiscent of the comic book Preacher). The beer itself is a really good Quad style beer. Often times this kind of beer comes out too boozy, but The Rev had a nice balance of sweet to not so much booziness, which again is exactly what you want in this style of beer. Quad Ales are great for this time of year, if you like this style you will probably like this one. If you haven’t had this style of beer or have had it and didn’t like it, we would encourage you to give The Reverend a try, remember it’s “Not Just for Sundays”.