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We're here to help you and your friends learn to like more than one kind of beer. There's lots of different beers to like. Some are made right down the street from where you live and others have to travel half way around the world to get to you. Learn why beer tastes like it does, how other styles came about, and all the verbs you might use to describe what you are tasting. The best part is the home work is beer!Beer School topics include: beer, culture, brewing, stories, guides to styles and much, much, more. You don't have to like every beer but don't drink the same beer day after day.

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We're here to help you and your friends learn to like more than one kind of beer. There's lots of different beers to like. Some are made right down the street from where you live and others have to travel half way around the world to get to you. Learn why beer tastes like it does, how other styles came about, and all the verbs you might use to describe what you are tasting. The best part is the home work is beer!Beer School topics include: beer, culture, brewing, stories, guides to styles and much, much, more. You don't have to like every beer but don't drink the same beer day after day.

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By Hobblefish - Jun 29 2010
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Very entertaining. After a few episodes these guys feel like old pals.

Just found the School.

By R diggity - Aug 05 2009
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I am the target audiance. I love the show and love the topics. You guys are great keep it coming!!!

iTunes Ratings

67 Ratings
Average Ratings
21
11
11
9
15

Sweet

By Hobblefish - Jun 29 2010
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Very entertaining. After a few episodes these guys feel like old pals.

Just found the School.

By R diggity - Aug 05 2009
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I am the target audiance. I love the show and love the topics. You guys are great keep it coming!!!
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Beer School

Latest release on Sep 12, 2011

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Class Reunion

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Class Reunion

Host: John Foster, Motor and Rosie the Intern

Looks for us in San Francisco, CA.
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon!
Not recorded at the Rat Pad. Recorded in San Francisco on 01/18/2007.

BeerSchool and BeerSchool.com are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Jan 18 2008

1hr 53mins

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Rank #2: Imperial Irish Coffee Chocolate Milk Oatmeal Oyster Stout

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Imperial Irish Coffee Chocolate Milk Oatmeal Oyster Stout

Stout is a very old style of beer. It's been around since 1700's at least. The style has always been loved but it's not always been popular. The running joke is "want a knife and fork to go with your beer" is unfounded. Stout, while thick and creamy, is often lighter, smoother and more flavorful then some icky American lagers. There are many different recipes for Stout including: Irish, Imperial, Milk, Oatmeal, Chocolate, Coffee and Oyster. Some consider the Porter style to be a Stout as well as the Stout style grew out of Porter beer. Today most breweries consider the styles to be distinct.

Beers on the show:
Almost every kind of stout. See the class photo.

Listen to: ksdt.ucsd.edu

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Host: John Foster and Motor
Guest: None

Be sure to visit City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
Email us at info@beerschool.com

See you next year!
Not recorded at the Rat Pad. Recorded in San Francisco on 02/28/2008.

BeerSchool and BeerSchool.com are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Mar 09 2008

2hr 10mins

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Rank #3: Fruit Beer

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Fruit Beer

Lots of people have the impression that fruit beer is "girly beer." That it tastes like sugared up soda pop. Fact is, fruit beer has been made for centuries. While some beers are made for a specific market and in fact do taste like sugar water some fruit beer can be more complex than wine. Exploring these wonderful beers can be lots of fun. We've chosen some of our favorites for the show.

Beers on the show:
Marin Brewing Blueberry
Pyrimid Apricot
Leinenkugel Brewing
Berry Weiss
Honey Weiss
Coconut Porter Maui Brewing
New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red
New Glarus Raspberry Tart
McMenamins Ruby
21st Amendment Water Melon Wheat

Homework: try some fruit beers with your friends. report about what you like and don't like.

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster on Twitter.com

Host: John Foster and Motor
Guests: Melissa, Katherine, Stephan, Melissa (aka the rookie), Brandy, & Jaime

Thanks to everyone that got us the beer for this show. We could not have done it without you!

Be sure to visit 21st Amendment in San Francisco, CA
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 07/13/2008.

BeerSchool, BeerSchool.com, "the homework is beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Jul 15 2008

2hr 14mins

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Rank #4: Back to School

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call the Beer School Robot!
424-242-3375

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/beerschool http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster and BeerSchool on Twitter.com

Be sure to visit City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on August 16, 2010.

Beer School and "The Homework is Beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2010 Ayer Media, Inc.

Aug 22 2010

1hr 55mins

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Rank #5: Closet Cleaning

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Closet Cleaning

There were a bunch of beers in boxes that we needed to drink to make more room for 2009. We hang out with Thomas and geek about beer, the difference engine, Apple IIs, 80's pop and the local beer scene.

Mime School coming soon.

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster on Twitter.com

Hosts: John Foster and Motor
Special Guest: Thomas

Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 12/20/2008.

BeerSchool, BeerSchool.com, and "the homework is beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc. © 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Dec 20 2008

2hr 48mins

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Rank #6: Root Beer

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Root Beer

Root Beer is the invention of Charles E. Hires. As legend has it he discovered, developed, stumbled upon or borrowed (aka stole) the recipe while on his honeymoon. Charles trained as a pharmacist so he was probably keen to tastes and smells. He also was aware of what people liked of didn't like as they were sure to complain while picking up the stuff to end what ailed them. Hires become the tycoon of root beer overseeing it's production until 1925 when his son's took over the business. He died in 1937.

There is no right way to make root beer. Brewers from around the world are up to the task of developing their own take. Several things is consistent though: it should have bite, it should feel creamy, adn the head should be big for this sassy drink to be considered classic.

links:
High Fructose Corn Syrup is okay to eat "fact" site.
http://www.hfcsfacts.com/

Barq's podcast about root beer.
http://www.barqs.com/

homework:
Get a bunch of different Root Beers from your market and have a tasting party. everyone, especially the kids, are welcome to join in. be sure to get some awesome ice cream to make floats.

Root Beer on the show:

Dad's Old Fashioned
Sioux City Sarsaparilla
Boylan
Henry Weinhard's
Rat Bastard
Sea Dog
Thomas Kemper
Virgil's
Hansen (in a can)

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster on Twitter.com

Host: John Foster,
Guests: Tom, Kyle and Jordon

Be sure to visit 21st Amendment, Thirsty Bear or Magnolia in San Francisco, CA
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 08/27/2008.

BeerSchool, BeerSchool.com, "the homework is beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Aug 28 2008

1hr 7mins

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Rank #7: One Beer One Hundred Days

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One Beer One Hundred Days

The homework is what defined this show which was to buy two cases of something fresh then drink a beer every three days for 100 days. You have to take notes as you go noted that "nothing changed" or "it's changing" or "I like/don't like it anymore." It's the freshness experiment.

Part of idea of doing this homework comes from us noting how beer changes over time at breweries that we visit. Sometimes beer changes for the better as it ages. We've also noticed that beer peaks. It gets really good at some point in it's life but from then on it's never as good.

There are many factors that make a beer change over time some of these things act in tandem. Heat, light, cold, varying temperature, and time.

Homework
See above. Be sure to report back what you find at the end of your two cases!

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster on Twitter.com

Hosts: John Foster and Motor

Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 10/26/2008.

BeerSchool, BeerSchool.com, and "the homework is beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc. © 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Oct 26 2008

1hr 36mins

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Rank #8: Repeal Day

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Repeal Day

Prohibition was repealed earlier in 1933 but the change to the amendement did not come into affect until December the 5th. On this day beer was delivered to President Roosevelt  who exclaimed "I think this would be a good time for a beer."

2008 resembles 1933 in lots of different ways. Bank bailouts, financial ruin, people losing their homes and different groups trying to force their views onto the people. Prop 8 passing in California is a good example of this. Do a search for 1933 to see for yourself.

Homework
Enjoy a beer, wine or something mixed on December 5th. it's your constitutional right.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-first_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homebrewing_beer http://www.albany.edu/~wm731882/21st_amendment_final.html

Repeal Day as a party
http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/category/repeal-day/?order=asc

History of Prohibition
http://www.prohibitionrepeal.com/history/ http://standarddrinks.com/tool.asp

Jay Brooks on taxes
http://www.brookstonbeerbulletin.com/who-watches-the-watchdog/

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster on Twitter.com

Hosts: John Foster and Motor

Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 11/30/2008.

BeerSchool, BeerSchool.com, and "the homework is beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc. © 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Dec 01 2008

1hr 38mins

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Rank #9: Pre NHC

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Pre NHC

1,100 home brewers are converging in Oakland to talk about beer, drink beer and recycle beer that they made and brought to share. the conference moves around from city to city so we feel lucky that it's in our backyard.

Homework
find a Home Brew Club in your area and make plans to attend a session. look for a club in your area using this link: http://beertown.org/homebrewing/listings.asp

Links:
http://www.beertown.org/events/hbc/ http://morebeer.com http://www.brookstonbeerbulletin.com/

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster on Twitter.com

Hosts: John Foster and Motor

Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 06/16/2009.

BeerSchool, BeerSchool.com, and "the homework is beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc. © 2009 Ayer Media, Inc.

Jun 17 2009

1hr 26mins

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Rank #10: Love Beer

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Love Beer

The Craft Brewers Conference is held in different places around the country once a year. Brewers from all of the world attend. During the week its talks about beer, sessions about beer, judging beer and of course drinking. This year it was held in San Diego allowing us to tour local beer such as Stone Brewery, Avery, Green Flash, Karl Strauss and San Deigo Brewing Company.

Along with the CBC is the World Beer Cup. It lands in the US either other year.

Who is Richard Guidelines?

Pink Boots Society
http://hop-talk.com/tag/pink-boots-society/

Beers on the show:
Coors Lite

Homework:
Drink the freshest beer you can find at your local, brew pub or brewery.

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Host: John Foster and Motor

Be sure to visit City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA. See you at the 21st Amendment, Magnolia or Toronado.

Email us at info@beerschool.com

See you next year!
Not recorded at the Rat Pad. Recorded in San Francisco on 04/20/2008.

BeerSchool and BeerSchool.com are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Apr 20 2008

1hr 10mins

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Rank #11: 75 years of Beer

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Beer has been shipping as beer for 75 years.

Apr 07 2008

1hr 20mins

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Rank #12: Rob Widmer at the Oregon Brewers Festival

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see the show notes and pictures at http://BeerSchool.com/widmer

May 30 2009

45mins

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Rank #13: Pumpkin

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Pumpkin

You’re kidding right? Drinking a beer made with parts of pumpkin? Serious? Yessir. This time of year is when the pumpkin beers appear. And as weird as you might think that is the beer is actually pretty good. Okay, we admit that pumpkin isn’t something that we’re going to seek out. It’s not going to become our go to beer any time soon. But it is an interesting thing to take to the football or costume party. While you might only have one you’ll be a braver person because of it.

Beers on the show:
Buffalo Bill’s Brewing Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Brewing Pumpkin Head, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Brewery Ommegand Chocolate Indulgence and Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin.

Homework:
Seek out a local pumpkin beer that might be at your brewery or from your bottle shop.

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster on Twitter.com

Host: John Foster and Motor.
Guests: Chris White (not from White Labs) and Tom Mahady from the Beer and Salad show.

Be sure to visit Magnolia in San Francisco for the best pumpkin beer ever.
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 10/12/2008.

BeerSchool, BeerSchool.com, and "the homework is beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc. © 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Oct 19 2008

1hr 47mins

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Rank #14: Rock & Roll

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Rock & Roll

Beer has always included music. For centuries in fact. Whether it was live music played by professionals in the club, sung by everyone sitting around the campfire or the locals at their local breaking out instruments and voice just because. 

if you want a particular song removed you must 1) invite yourself onto a future show. 2) explain why you really hate your fans, that you didn't write it for the money in the first place, complain about not getting paid by your label, play the song for us live. 3) if you do all that and it's still gone we won't listen to you anymore. we promise!
played on the show:

Party at Ground Zero Fishbone
Cleveland Rocks Presidents of the United States of a America
Drunken Lullabies Flogging Molly
Working Man Rush
California Man (With Roy Wood) Cheap Trick
Ruby Soho Rancid
Land Down Under Men at Work
Beer Live! Reel Big Fish
Beer Reel Big Fish
Zoot Suit Riot LSJUMB
Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Poppin' Daddies
All I Wanna Do Sheryl Crow
Piano Man Billy Joel
In A Little While U2

One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer Amos Milburn
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer George Thorogood
Take Your Whiskey Home Van Halen
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers ZZ Top
Polkas on 45 Weird Al Yankovic
Hell or High Water Y & T
Titties and Beer unknown
American Pie Don McLean
Beer Beer Beer (YOB mix) Youth of Britain
Beer Beer Beer (Jonti mix) Rob Manuel
beer song Lloyd Knight and Devils Slide
Every Dog Has Its Day Flogging Molly
Are You Drinkin' With Me Jesus The Beat Farmers
I Drink Alone George Thorogood
Margaritaville Lung Cookie
Titties `N' Beer Frank Zappa

links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amos_Milburn http://www.floggingmolly.com/
the band that played Zoot Suit Riot
http://bwitz.com/lsjumb/ http://bwitz.com/lsjumb/Ultrasound/
homework:
Tell us what beer songs we missed. tell us your beer song stories. and go hear or play local music.  

Beer on the show:
Green Lake (organic) Deschutes Brewery
We're only in it for the Money Lagunitus
Lucky 13 Lagunitus
Stone Vertical Epic 08-08-08

music used on the show under Fair Use under education, critique and news:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster on Twitter.com

Hosts: John Foster and Motor

Be sure to visit Lagunitus in Petaluma, CA
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 08/17/2008.

BeerSchool, BeerSchool.com, "the homework is beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2008 Ayer Media, Inc. other copyrights belong to whoever owns them and we lay no claim in any way.

Aug 18 2008

2hr 14mins

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Rank #15: Octoberfest with MacorMcQue

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Octoberfest with MacorMcQue

In the USofA Octoberfest is celebrated in October. Mostly because the people here would get confused if it started in September like it does in Munich. No matter because any excuse to drink beer and have great food is a good excuse. MacorMcQue a brewer from Gordon Biersch joins us with samples of three different Octoberfest beers made from the same recipe. Oh yeah, it should be spelled with a K.

Stats on 2008
http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,582509,00.html">

History of the event.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest

Patrick Stewart is a pervert.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5204529628282350389

1941
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdUCu-A7tgg
Beers on the show:
Gordon Biersch from three different breweries. All made from the same recipe.

Homework:
Experience Octoberfest in your local where ever that is. Or plan a trip to Munich for 2009.

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6351328213 http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster on Twitter.com

Host: John Foster,
Guests: MacorMcQue from GB

Be sure to visit Gordon Biersch in Hawaii or Burbank.
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 10/05/2008.

BeerSchool, BeerSchool.com, "the homework is beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Oct 05 2008

2hr 51mins

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Rank #16: Touring Belgium

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Touring Belgium

Instead of a vacation to the surfing safari or a snow riding in the mountains consider something different: a vacation to beer. Not just any beer but Belgium beer right from the country itself. Think the ultimate beer run. There are 500 different varieties of beer made by 100 different breweries.

Homework: Gather your friends around six different Belgium beers. Pair it with random cheese and share what you discover.

Hosts: John Foster and Motor
Guests: Stu Stuart

Check out beerschool.com and http://belgianbeerme.com/
Be sure to visit Belgium

Email us at info@beerschool.com

Drunk dial the robot at 206 666 5338.

Good noon!
Recorded in San Francisco on 02/19/2008.

BeerSchool and BeerSchool.com are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2008 Ayer Media, Inc.

Feb 20 2008

1hr 49mins

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Rank #17: Boonville

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the Firkin Tappers can be found here: http://firkintappers.com/

call the Beer School Robot!
424-242-3375

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/beerschool http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster and BeerSchool on Twitter.com

Be sure to visit City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in Boonville on May 7-8 2010.

Beer School and "The Homework is Beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2010 Ayer Media, Inc.

Jun 16 2010

2hr 27mins

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Rank #18: Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby

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Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby
Motor has two favorite beers that he will defend to the end. one of them is Ruby from McMenamins. the McMenamins have made an empire of interesting old buildings around Washington and Oregon. we counted 65 places from there list. it's possile that there were some duplicates. but anything over 10 is a lot of places from a property point of view. okay so we got the fruit wrong because we didn't look it up. it's raspberries not blackberries. same thing if you ask me. one is just darker and they look the same.

beer on the show:
Ruby
Hammer Head (IPA)
http://www.mcmenamins.com

call the Beer School Robot!
424-242-3375

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/beerschool http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster and BeerSchool on Twitter.com

Be sure to visit City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 5/29/2010.

Beer School and "The Homework is Beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2010 Ayer Media, Inc.

May 31 2010

1hr 44mins

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Rank #19: Anchor's Away

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Anchor's Away

beer on the show:
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary aka Fritz & Ken
Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing

Note: these are all local beers for us. and it's why we choose them for the show.

call the Beer School Robot!
424-242-3375

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/beerschool http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster and BeerSchool on Twitter.com

Be sure to visit City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 5/16/2010.

Beer School and "The Homework is Beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2010 Ayer Media, Inc.

May 19 2010

2hr 17mins

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Rank #20: IPA

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IPA - this is the long though lost IPA show. it was recorded last fall on August 23.

there are a few things that continuously bug me about IPA.

1) none of it is going to India. so there's no reason to call it this anymore.
2) if you look up the recipe for IPA from the books publish 150 years ago you will find something not that much more then the Pale ale of the time.
3) these beers were aged in barrels of unknown conditions for at least 120 before they were consumed. this is very different from the out of the fermenter and into the serving tank in 14 days repeat that the local breweries have to maintain.
4) lots of people order IPA because it's the simplest thing to order on the beer list. having clever names doesn't help the knob buying beer.
5) or they are ordering the beer because its the highest ABV on the list. they aren't drinking it for the hops, balance or aroma. it might as well be Colt 45.

Black IPA is very interesting to me as an evolutionary style. when done correctly it makes a very drinkable beer. however the trend I'm bugged about is using the malt as color not for adding another flavor. the Windmer BIPA tasted like this. don't take that as me not liking that beer. it was very good. but it'd doesn't look like it tastes.

beer on the show:
Pliney the Elder from Russian River
Racer 5 from Bear Republic
Stone IPA from Stone Brewing
Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley
Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing

Note: these are all local beers for us. and it's why we choose them for the show.

call the Beer School Robot!
424-242-3375

Beer School everywhere:
http://www.facebook.com/beerschool http://youtube.com/beerschool

Follow JohnFoster and BeerSchool on Twitter.com

Be sure to visit City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
Email us at info@beerschool.com

Good noon! Recorded in San Francisco on 8/23/2009.

Beer School and "The Homework is Beer" are a trademarks of Ayer Media, Inc.
© 2010 Ayer Media, Inc.

Apr 18 2010

2hr 33mins

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