In this episode Leigh has risen from the ashes of the Brunch Phoenix and we also welcome stand up comic and local TV personality Lee Cruse to the 4th chair! We have our first GBS movie review, where we talk about The Cutting Edge. Of course we talk the Super Bowl and we tell how we really feel about Philly fans. Ever hear of Skijoring? Well find out all about it in the GBS fact of the week. Of course we play a new round of Take It or Leave It and Lee Cruse gives some great advice to anyone who has ever thought about being a stand up comic!
Our guest Lee Cruse stuck to water this week, but that didn’t stop Lauren and Carrie from sharin’ Oskar Blues Brewing’s Ten Fidy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. This is one of those beers that is high gravity and could sneak up on you if you aren’t careful. We were surprised that it was 13%, because unlike many barrel aged beers this one was not boozy at all. It was super smooth and extremely drinkable, hints of coffee, vanilla and roasty goodness really came through. The groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter so there is still time to enjoy what we would consider cold weather beer.
Leigh was on the Ciderboys train again this week with their Cranberry Road, an apple cranberry hard cider. Ciderboys does many ciders very well, unfortunately for Leigh she thought this one was just too sweet. It definitely had a lot of cranberry flavor, but the sweetness was just too much for Leigh to overcome. If you like sweet ciders then check this one out.
Lauren picked a standard brewery this week, going with Samuel Adams’s Cold Snap. Again 6 more weeks of winter equals our continued foray into cold weather style beers. The Cold Snap is a pretty solid white ale brewed with spices. This style of beer is pretty standard for a winter warmer type of beer. Lauren likened it heavily to a Heffe style beer very similar in flavor to Blue Moon. If you like Blue Moon, winter warmers or a good heffe then pick this one up.
Carrie’s beer this week was purchased on name only. Braxton Brewing’s Dead Blow, a Tropical Stout with Starter Coffee. Located in Covington Kentucky Braxton likes to make experimental beers, some we’ve had like the Grater’s Black Raspberry Chip stout work really well and others like their Blueberry Pie beer just didn’t do it for us. The Dead Blow is a good coffee stout. It wasn’t clear based on flavor where the tropical came into play, Carrie didn’t get any coconut or other tropical flavors from it, but the coffee flavor was really nice. If you like coffee stouts with cool names, then definitely pick up some Braxton Brewing’s Dead Blow.