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By admin, 15 years and 3 months ago

Show 124 - Port Brewing

We get all up in the hops with our selections from Port Brewing on this latest installment. Musical pairings and selections by Fab T-Birds, Blondie, Jethro Tull, and Wynonie Johnson, and the ever-popular What's Bugging Mike. Rick shares a seasonal dose of Class and Culture with «Twas the night before brewing», by 'Chipper' Dave Butler, Northern Colorado Beer Examiner. Full length version can be found here. 

Beers consumed on this show:

  • Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red
  • Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hopped IPA
  • Port Brewing Old Viscosity

Download this hopped up bit of fluff here.

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By admin, 15 years and 4 months ago

Show 123 - Post GABF Beer Show

Okay, what do you do after 3 days at the Great American Beer Festival followed by a downtown Denver pub crawl?  Go home, drink some more beer and record a podcast.  This is a rare show recorded at the BigFoamyHead Studio West.   We are a little incoherent, somewhat obnoxious.  but generally funny.  At least we amused ourselves!

We introduce a «new to us» feature - beer and music pairings. 

Beers we sampled during this show...

Best when served with a beer.  Click here to flashback to early Bock/Rock/October!

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By admin, 15 years and 5 months ago

Show 122 - MBAA/ASBC Meeting

BigFoamyHead was invited to attend a legitimate beer industry event - the Master Brewers Association of the Americas Rocky Mountain District held a joint technical meeting with the American Society of Brewing Chemists (website) at the MillerCoors brewery in Golden, CO.  The highlight of the evening was a keynote presentation «The Bitter, Twisted Truth of the Hop» by Dr. David S. Ryder, Vice President, Brewing & Research, MillerCoors.

Rick is joined by Dana Johnson (Brewery Technical Representative BIRKO Corporation) as we speak with Troy Casey, Toby Eppard and Dr. Ryder from MillerCoors.  There are excellent conversations regarding the Pilot Brewery in Golden CO, a homebrewers dream - an $80K steam fired nano brewery, and the Sand Lot brewery at Coors field.  The pilot brewery team brewed the Pre-Prohibition Pilsner that was on tap for the meeting based on a 1913 recipe.

In the second segment, Dr. Ryder who is based out of Milwaukee, WI goes into depth regarding hops as we discuss new varieties of hops, hop utilization, hop oils and extracts as well as the ever controversial International Bittering Unit measure.

Steve Presley joins us during the third segment.  Steve is the Senior Assistant Brewmaster for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Steve created Michelob Dunkel Weiss, he discusses taking the beer from concept to commercial distribution.

This show is dedicated to the memory of  Matt Luhr, Head Brewer, The DAM Brewery, Dillon CO.  A passionate brewer that was taken from us too soon.

Errata: during the first segment, Rick said a lambic was a 3 year blend.  It is actually a Gueuze that is a blend of Lambics from 3 different years.

Click here to hear from the Big Boys of Brewing!

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Extra credit for anyone who can identify the transition music!

By admin, 15 years and 5 months ago

Show 121 - GABF 2008 WBF 14

This is a great show.  Join us at the World Brewers Forum - the Keg Ran Out Clubs KROC annual fund raiser.  Interviews with notables such as James Spencer Basic Brewing Radio/Video with Andy Sparks in tow, Gary Glass AHA, Randy Mosher author of «Tasting Beer», Tony Simmons President and Head Brewer of Pagosa Springs Brewery, CO, Greg Koch Stone Brewing Company with James Watt Brew Dog Brewery, Scotland followed by Dana and Dev of KROC.

Background music courtesy of Ram Jam - «Black Betty».   Beers provided by many anonymous but dedicated brewers - all downright tasty, and alcoholic.

Click here and get your wbf on...

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By admin, 15 years and 6 months ago

Show 120 - Not So Beer Show

We stopped drinking beer. Sweet! At least for this show anyway. Zaccman hooked us up with some outstanding berry mead (cause I can't say melluh, memel, uh mel-o-mel), Mike's prison-like hooch (courtesy of Johnny Max) is ready, and Rick has a few other bottles he pilfered, so we get to drinking! Some beer news marking the passing of the head of Leinenkugel, Beer Haiku and more...

Not beers consumed this show:

  • Zaccman's Very Berry Melomel
  • Mike's/Johnny Max' Purple Panty Dropper
  • Sweet Melissa
  • Some dude's entry #1855

Download this honey of a show here.

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By admin, 15 years and 6 months ago

Show 119 - The Bittersweet Beer Show

This show was recorded weeks ago and some of the topics are dated.  Actually, you should skip the third segment all together if you're easily offended by language, race or politics.  Hey, that means you easily offended person - skip the third segment!  Don't say you weren't warned!

We show our friends from Illinois, Groucho and CHUD from some long over due love.  Then we discuss the Olympics in great detail.  Beer Haiku and great blues from Big Mama Thornton and Stevie Ray round up this bittersweet beer show.

Beers we sampled this show:

  • Boulevard Double Wide IPA
  • Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA
  • Stone Brewing Company 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (thanks Phil!)
  • Left Hand Brewing Company Imperial Stout
  • Albert Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout

If you're bitter, listen here... if you're sweet, well same show, same place.

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By admin, 15 years and 7 months ago

Show 118 - Down Under Beer

Join us as BigFoamyHead hosts a VIP guest - friend of show Joe Galea ( visits us from Down Under.  It's an Australian-American collaboration.  Joe visits Graceland, STAX records, and performs on Beale Street - then we drink beer and talk about it.  Imagine that?!

Beers we sampled on this show:

  • Ommegang Abbey Ale
  • Unibroue Fin Du Monde
  • Boulevarde Pale Ale
  • Left Hand Brewing Co. Twin Sisters Double IPA
  • Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale
  • Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
  • Stone Brewing Company Vertical Epic 08.08.08
  • Avery Brewing Company Ale to the Chief
  • Steamworks Conductor Double IPA
  • Many other undocumented cold frosty adult beverages...

Get your Aussie on by clicking here - no pooftahs!  Right Bruce.

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By admin, 15 years and 8 months ago

22nd Annual Great Taste of the Midwest

Join Rick as he wanders around the 22nd Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, WI.  The weather was perfect, the beers were fantastic!  Interviews include the MHTG Club Mom Judy, Christine and Jeremy from the live event webcast, Isaac from New Holland Brewing, Dean Coffee from Ale Asylum, Mike from Dark Horse, Steve from the Livery, Lincoln from 3 Floyds, Mike Spears from Kuhnhenns tent, Mike from, Mike Stevens from Founders and last but not least a rib recipe from one of attendees.

Special thanks go to Craig Belanger of (and for our brewery tours on Friday.

Enjoy the listen here.

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By admin, 15 years and 8 months ago

Show 117 - Chicken and Beer

Yum. Although no chickens were harmed in the production of this show, we did kill a few quality beers as well as do permanent liver damage. Join us as we get a live-from-the-field report from Rick about Great Taste of the Midwest and several other events. We also do a Rufus Thomas (Mister Funky Chicken) retrospective of sorts, catch up on the latest Memphis celebrity news, throw in a dash of Armenian vengeance, and have some awesome beverages! If you aren't chicken, why don't you join us?

Beers pounded down and thoroughly enjoyed this show:

  • Schmaltz Brewing Rejewvenator
  • Steamworks Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Mendocino Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Sante Fe Brewing Chicken Killer Barley Wine
  • Ricks beers from that restaurant...

Download this chicken-hearted podcast here.

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By admin, 15 years and 8 months ago

Show 116 - Odds and Ends Beer Show

Yet another show where we clean out the beer cooler. Mike and Dick lean towards IPA while Rick cruises all over the place, we do a clone taste test to see how close Mike's homebrew gets to a Bells classic, and discuss merchandising opportunities for Women's Volleyball. Cool tunes by Michael Hill Blues Mob and possible satan worshipper Robert Johnson. On a serious note, we do our turn at promoting a beer-related cancer effort sponsored by our friend Rick Lyke at, the Pints for Prostates. Listen up and send your donation in. And, what do you know, Beer News returns!

Beers swallered during this show:

  • Clarkehead Brewery Black Cat Stout
  • Mikes Three-Hearted Ale
  • Bells Two-Hearted Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale
  • Boulder Brewery Titan IPA

Download this not so gay (inside joke) oddended show here.

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