A weekly round up from Beer Jerk's Luke and Matt discussing beer in New Zealand and around the world: industry news, history, new releases, events and more.
16. Volstead. Mr. Ombibulous
Auckland’s still in lockdown but there’s lots of international beer news to discuss this week as BrewDog enter partnerships to take over Japan and India, and Stone & Wood (Australia’s 2nd largest independent brewery) is purchased by Mitsubishi. We also chat about ingredient homogenisation, thick adjunct imperial stouts, homebrewing, cooking with beer and new releases. We’re drinking a brilliant classic West Coast IPA from Christchurch’s Volstead and remembering the man who inspired the name, Mr Ombibulous.
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Some New Yorker articles by the Ombibulous HL Mencken
Stone & Wood bought by Lion (Kirin/Mitsubishi)
Article from one of Black Hops’ founders with an inside view on the challenges of growing a beer business
BrewDog Asahi partnership
The Cooking With Beer book Matt was reading
15. The Theoretical Brewer. First Finch
We are still in Level 4 lockdown as chat about perfectly the evolved Pale Ale from The Theoretical Brewer, lots about Small Gods labels and concepts, home brew dip hopping, Boak & Bailey’s book Brew Britannia, CAMRA members saving beer, cask vs keg, poorly canned beers, shipping beer during lockdown and creating TextBeer to compete with the supermarkets.
14. Whistling Sisters in Lockdown
In this episode we chatted about a couple of delicious beers from Whistling Sisters, amateur enthusiasm, beer label art, 1964 beer trends, bottle caps vs corks, lavender saison, old books, pirate themed rum bars, exporting Dark Mild to England, Master Brewers, candi sugar, Goldings terroir and cuddling Logan.
13. Reflection of Narcissus. Double Vision & Small Gods
It’s the Beer Jerk Zest Cast! We are zesting a wheelbarrow-load of grapefruits, finally drinking Matt’s home-brewed Table Beer and talking about the Mumme we (Small Gods) made with Double Vision, dip hopping, biotransformation of hop oils, i of the Zombier, meeting the new owner of Ballast Point, new releases, supporting independent brewers, delicious sage and disgusting wormwood tea.
12. Interview with Søren from 8 Wired
Søren and I took time out of our brew day to chat about his background in biochemistry, the early days of 8 Wired, barrel ecosystems, freezing Bumaye, art vs science, coaching yeast, getting feijoas out of a barrel bunghole and brewing a 16% low carb beer.
11. Urbanaut. Miami Twice
This week we discuss Brut IPAs, Riverhead pioneers, packaging innovation, Bananaweizen, shoddy offices, bottom fermentation love, an update on Matt’s Table beer, craft beer's influence on wine, WCIPA Challenge, if sponsoring the Olympics pays off, accidentally ordering sangria and how to get 5,000+ likes on an Instagram post in an hour.