What We’re Drinkin’ This Week….

Leigh’s in Mexico and we still have no idea where Stacey is, but Lauren and Carrie are still here and they are joined by guest Jillian Waitkus Executive Assistant to the Lexington Legends President. We talk Minor League baseball, give you a dose of culture with Carrie’s short review of the movie The Death of Stalin, find out that soil science is a major part of professional baseball with the fact of the week, find out who we would like to fill in for and play a jumbo Take It or Leave It with some MLB Stadium Food. There’s probably more, but you’ll just have to listen to find out what we left out in the description.

Listen to “Episode 106 Happier than a Pig at Home Plate” on Spreaker.

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The sharin’ beer this week comes from EvilTwin Brewing.  Their Half & Half Lemonade Iced Tea IPA is a highly recommend, especially as the weather gets warmer.  Our guest this week, Jillian liked it so much, she finished it about a minute into the show.  Lauren wasn’t super high on it, she thought it was a little too tannic and artificial tasting.  Carrie, like Jillian also really enjoyed it.  It’s a lighter beer and the lemonade definitely masks any IPA bitterness, in fact if you didn’t know it was an IPA, you probably wouldn’t have guessed.  We couldn’t figure out where the tea came in, in terms of flavor, but if you like a fruit beer that’s pretty drinkable and not too sweet, pick this up.  Also check out their pink lemonade and regular lemonade offerings.

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Our guest Jillian came prepared this week with local Lexington favorite, Country Boy Brewing’s Cougar Bait.  We always love supporting the local breweries in the area and Country Boy is one of our favorites.  Their Cougar Bait Blonde Ale is a standard Blonde Ale, easy to drink, but with a lot of flavor.  It’s got a slightly creamy mouth feel and is almost a little on the heavy side, but we definitely recommend it, especially for someone who is just getting into the craft beer scene.  Country Boy’s Nacho Bait is the Habanero form of Cougar Bait and we highly recommend that too!

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Lauren went dark this week with Founder’s KBS.  This is a special release every year from Founder’s brewing and it’s one that people stand in line for.  An ale brewed with chocolate and coffee and aged in oak bourbon barrels, it’s a must try if you can find it.  It’s no wonder people stand in line for it, it’s a great beer that has an amazing balance of chocolate and coffee without out the boozy finish even though it’s been aged in bourbon barrels.  Lauren declared it to be a bit dangerous because it was so easy to drink.  It’s only released in March, but definitely pick this up if you see it at your local liquor store.

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Carrie doubled down on EvilTwin this week with the sharin’ beer and the Stanley Cup cup beer with their It’s Like I’m Having The Most Beautiful IPA and the most Terrible Nightmare At Once double hopped IPA.  The name of the beer is much more interesting than the beer itself.  That’s not to say that it was bad, it wasn’t, it was a pretty standard IPA.  If you like IPA’s then this is one you should probably try.  For it being double hopped it wasn’t super bitter or grapefruity and at 10.5% it wasn’t boozy and was super drinkable.  It’s a special release so it’s a little higher priced than other beers in the IPA category.  The bottom line is that in the world of IPA’s this is definitely one of them.

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In this episode we are joined by Mary Struckhoff Transylvania University’s Senior Associate Athletic Director, but before she was that she spent 20 years as a D I,II and III basketball official, in addition to working as a the National Coordinator for NCAA Women’s Basketball Officiating. In other words, she knows a lot about NCAA basketball officiating and how it works and we have a great conversation about it. Also she brought Jell-O shots, which just makes her even more amazing. Find out how Carrie got completely punked by Taco Bell on April Fools Day, we make our picks for the NCAA tournament final and play a very sports light game of Take It or Leave It. If you wanted to know how officiating in college basketball works, this is the episode for you! Even if you didn’t you should still listen, you just might learn something.

Listen to “Episode 105 April Fish and Fireballtinis” on Spreaker.

 

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The Sharin’ beer this week’s comes from local Lexington brewery, Blue Stallion.  Blue Stallion makes Ya Damn Skippy the most delicious peanut butter porter on the planet, but until they start bottling that we tried their Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout Long Time Lurker.  Carrie decided to experiment a little bit with this one and serve it room temperature.   This definitely changed the flavor/complexity of the beer as opposed to pouring it cold and letting it open it up.  Drinking it a room temperature brought out the chocolate and vanilla notes, but also brought out the booziness a bit more.  At 1 liter and 10.5% you’ll also want to share this one, unless you don’t.

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In addition to bringing us Jell-O shots our guest Mary got to choose a beer from the Stanley Manor Studio’s beer fridge.  She went with Tennessee BrewWorks Southern Wit.  It’s a classic WitBier that’s very drinkable.  Not to wheaty, it’s got a nice orange flavor to it and Mary who is a big fruit beer fan really enjoyed it.  We’re not saying it’s a fruit beer, but it checks all the boxes of a Wit, so there is some orange flavor to it.

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Leigh really enjoys the White Claw spiked seltzer, so when Carrie saw this she thought Leigh might also enjoy it.  Truly makes a variety of flavors of their Spiked & Sparkling water, the one Leigh had this week was the pomegranate flavor.  Leigh was not a huge fan of this one, it smelled like an alcopop beverage that you probably drank at high school parties.  Despite the smell the flavor actually wasn’t sweet, but Leigh’s biggest complaint was that it was too carbonated.  She may be open to trying other flavors, but in our opinion if you want spiked seltzer go with White Claw.

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Everyone is super excited that we can now buy Yuengling in Kentucky, so Lauren decided to check out their Black & Tan.  Traditionally a black and tan is a layered beer so there was some skepticism as to whether or not it being mixed in a bottle would actually effect the overall black & tan flavor or experience.  Even though we all love Yuengling and Yuengling Light, Lauren was not a fan of the black & tan.  It’s flavor just wasn’t distinct nor similar to a black & tan.  If you are going to drink a black & tan you probably want to get it on draft in a bar that serves them.

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Carrie’s pick this week was chosen strictly for the label.  Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger.  The name and the bottle art work alone makes you want to buy this beer.  Luckily it’s not just the name and the art work that is awesome, the beer an American Pale Ale is really pretty delicious.  Not hoppy or bitter, this beer has a very smooth, refreshing almost hint of orange flavor on the backend.  Buy it for the name and the label but stay for the beer.

 

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In this episode we welcome Mary from A Sip of Sports as our first ever full show phone guest. We find out what A Sip of Sports is all about, talk surviving St. Patrick’s Day, recap our visit to Lemons Mill Brewery, let you know what you should be watching on TV right now, talk the insane weekend that was the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament, try to find out what makes a Cinderella at this point and play a new round of Take It or Leave It.

Listen to “Episode 104 Even Geoffrey Giraffe Couldn’t Make it Out of March” on Spreaker.

 

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Lauren and Carrie split a can of EvilTwin Brewing’s Imperial Doughnut Break this week.  Doughnut Break is an Imperial Porter with coffee, vanilla, almonds and doughnuts added.  This beer was fine for an imperial porter, it poured slightly thick and was rich and dark in color.  Even after letting it warm up, however, neither Lauren or Carrie got much vanilla, almonds or doughnuts from it.  It had a decent coffee flavor to it, but beyond that we didn’t get much from it.  At 11.5%, however, it wasn’t super boozy, we just aren’t sure that the price point of over $9 a can it warrants picking it up.

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Leigh was super excited about her beverage of choice this week, Angry Orchard’s Rose’ is a cider that she has been looking for and wanting to try for a while.  She was in luck this week because the Liquor Barn in Hamburg here in Lexington Kentucky finally had some in stock.  She was not disappointed in this one at all.  It was very drinkable and slightly dry.  Many times when you see a beverage with a pink color, you think it’s going to be on the sweet side.  Leigh was definitely happy that this wasn’t the case, which is a good thing because they only came in 6 packs, so Carrie still has 5 more at her house.

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We are all ready for spring to begin and Smarch to go away and Lauren definitely brought that sentiment to the table with her choice of Taft Brewing’s Nellie’s a Key Lime Caribbean style ale.  Taft Brewing is right up the road from us in Cincinnati and we were happy to see that they are canning and distributing in our neck of the woods.  Lauren stole this from Stacey’s beer fridge stash, but it was absolutely worth it.  This is a very light, refreshing beer that isn’t overpowered with key lime flavor.  It definitely avoids any kind of artificial or chemically flavor and at 4.8% is a beer you could have more than one of.  This would be a great patio/lawnmower beer.  We highly recommend looking for this one in your area when the weather finally lets us sit on the patio without the threat of snow.

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Carrie is also done with winter and it showed with her pick of New Belgium’s Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale.  This is again is a nice refreshing fruit beer, that has a great balance of fruit and tart.  The raspberry and lime aren’t overpowering or chemically tasting and the sour adds to the flavor rather than distracting from it.  Add this to your list of porch sitting/lawnmower drinking beers when the winter finally takes a hike.

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In this episode we are joined by Chandler and Jen from Lyle’s BBQ in Lexington Kentucky. We talk all about bbq, their podcast Behind the Bluegrass and what constitutes Kentucky Burgoo. We also discuss if the stache or the beard is greater, based on Carrie’s appearance on Scout Team Sports Radio, we shout out to USA Rugby 7s for winning the World championship, and of course play an awesome round of Take It or Leave It. Want to know what the hell Chicken Mull is, you’re just gonna hafta listen.

Listen to “Episode 102 WTF Chicken Mull” on Spreaker.

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Lauren and Carrie split the sharin’ beer this week, which both were actually very excited about.  We always love finding imports from Craft Breweries outside of the United States and we were thrilled when we came across Colorado’s (Brazil’s Craftiest Brewery) Bertho.  This import from Brazil is a Dark Ale brewed with Brazil Nuts.  Lauren and Carrie thought the complexity of the favors was very interesting.  It started out very sweet and malty, but as it warmed up that sweetness went away and a more nutty flavor came through.  It was a very nice beer and if you can find it we highly recommend picking it up.  We also recommend drinking it at room temperature, it definitely got better as it warmed up.

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Our guest this week Chandler was all about LandShark Lager.  Landshark Lager is a Jimmy Buffet beer and actually we’d agree with Chandler’s assessment that it’s better than Corona.  Even though it’s still technically winter here in Lexington, Kentucky Chandler was trying to call the gods of summer with the LandShark.  We can’t disagree with his reasoning and again this is a solid beer to test that theory with.  It’s a great patio beer even if the patio you’re sitting on is still 30 degrees.

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Leigh was very excited this week to venture out to the Stanley Studio beer fridge and find that Lauren had been collecting cider for her in a special cider drawer.  She was also excited to find that one of those offerings was something she had never had before from a place we had no idea existed.  Over the Rhine Cider Company in Cincinnati Ohio, which again we didn’t know was a thing.  Leigh tried their Crisp Hard Cider and found it to be pretty good, not too sweet and what you want in a standard cider.  She felt like she could definitely have more than one without being overpowered with sweetness or feeling too full.  We’re excited to find more of their products.  A visit to Cincinnati might also be in order.

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Lauren’s pick this week comes from Prairie Artisan Ales and was picked mainly on label artwork.  Their Brett C. is a farmhouse ale brewed with cascade and citra hops with a touch of sea salt.  Surprisingly this was a very well-balanced beer.  Sometimes the addition of Brett, especially to a farmhouse style ale can make it too sour.  This wasn’t the case here, however, the citra and cascade hops helped to balance out the sour and the allowed the Brett to give the ale a more earthy flavor.  If you’re looking for something with a complex earthy flavor that isn’t too sour definitely check this one out.

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Carrie decided to stay in state with her pick this week (sorry we couldn’t find a picture of the exact can, but it does have a picture of a cow on it if that helps) with MileWide Beer Company’s McPolye Milk Stout.  MileWide is based in Louisville Kentucky, and they produce a variety of different styles.  We highly recommend their Barstow, which is a super easy drinking American Pale Ale.  Their Milk Stout is also pretty easy drinking.  With  nice balance of light and dark, there is some sweetness but it does a nice job of balancing out the heaviness of the stout.  Definitely a good representation of that style of beer.  Of course we recommend picking it up and supporting Kentucky Breweries.

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In this episode Brunch Phoenix aka Stacey is in the house for her second episode in a row and Coach Clay from UK Hockey joins us in the 5th seat. We wrap up the UK Hockey season by talking about their trip to the SEC Hockey Tournament, the future of the program and when we might be able to buy UK Hockey Jerseys. We also talk the mess that is the FBI/NCAA basketball investigation, wrap up the Olympics and play Take It or Leave It where Leigh gets fired up about a possible MLB rules change.

Listen to “Episode 101 Flip My Olympic Stadium” on Spreaker.

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The Sharin’ beer this week, is an import from Belgium called Lucifer.  Lucifer is a Belgian style golden ale, even though the artwork and the name would lead you to believe that this beer may have some heat it doesn’t.  We were actually hoping for some heat or maybe a little darkness to the beer, unfortunately it had neither.  Not that it was a bad beer, it definitely delivered what it promised in terms of the style, sweet, fruity and light.  It was good for a belgian golden ale, the artwork and the name was far edgier than the beer.

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Our guest this week opted for a non-alcohlic beverage, going for the Kentucky produced and favorite beverage of Central Kentuckians everywhere, Ale 8 One.  Ale 8 One is produced in Winchester Kentucky and is a staple beverage in this area.  It’s taste is similar to ginger ale and there are caffiene free and diet versions available.  If you’re in the Central Kentucky area, this is a must try beverage.  GBS pro-tip it makes a great mixer for your favorite bourbon.

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Our guest Coach Clay was kind enough to bring us some Braxton Grater’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout.  Now, we’ve had this beer on the show, but he suggested that we drink it warm/ at room temperature.  Lauren decided to make this her beer of the week and of course Carrie wasn’t going to say no.  Don’t get us wrong it’s great on draft and in a cold can, but drinking it at room temperature definitely changed the flavor.  Both Lauren and Carrie agreed that you could taste a more complex chocolate/raspberry flavor at room temperature.  We highly recommend picking some up and trying it for yourself!

 

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Leigh got into some Shacksbury Pet Nat Farmhouse Cider this week.  This was a buy from Pivot in Lexington.  It’s a dry not to fruity cider that Leigh really enjoyed.  Very little sweetness on this one, which in Leigh’s opinion was a good thing.  Very drinkable, highly recommend.

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Two shows in a row for the Brunch Phoenix meant that she was back on the Gose train with Victory Brewing’s Kirsch Gose.  *Please note that even though a bottle is pictured here, she very much had it in the can*  This beer is brewed with coriander seeds (yes that’s cilantro) and is a great representation of th gose style.  Like Goses?  Pick this one up, you really can’t go wrong with Victory.

 

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Carrie’s beer this week comes from White Squirrel Brewery in Bowling Green Kentucky.  We love our Kentucky produced beers and White Squirrel’s Pale Ale is a great lighter beer with some great flavor.  Not much more to say about this beer other than it’s a pretty standard Pale Ale, but we highly recommend it because, well Kentucky!

 

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What better way to celebrate turning 100 than with your own beer!  Thanks again to Derek and Mirror Twin for making it happen!

Its episode 100 y’all! Recorded live at Mirror Twin Brewing! The four OGBS members are in the house. Find out how GBS started, what are favorite moments/episodes have been and also learn some fun facts about each of us. We also talk some Olympics and of course play a brand new round of Take it or Leave it. Thanks to everyone who came out to Mirror Twin, thanks to Derek for making us an awesome beer and thanks to everyone who listens! We’re just getting started!

Listen to “Episode 100 GBS 100 We Do What We Want” on Spreaker.

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100 never looked so good!
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Cheers to 100 more!

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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!

Listen to “Episode 97 Powered By Corgis and Lee Cruse” on Spreaker.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.