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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 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 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 9 months ago

Show 113 - THE END IS NEAR... so lets drink a beer!

WARNING: Not Safe For Work (NSFW) due to explicit language.  Send the kiddies out of the room.

BigFoamyHead goes emo and adds to the national hysteria.  If you watch CNN, even casually, you'll start to notice that the reporting is formulaic - disaster and financial ruin, pretty much in that order.  Can you hear the rythmic beating of hooves as the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride on the Highway to Hell?  Earthquakes, fire, famine, floods and pestilence are all at hand.  We're flirtin with disaster, but we say crack a cold beer and watch it go up in flames!  You may as well get a good buzz on the eve of destruction.

Beers sampled on this emo episode:

  • Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (8.3% ABV)
  • Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine (9.7% ABV)
  • Steinhaus Fat Weasel (preshow beer) (7.1%)
  • Baron's Black Wattle Superior
  • Breckenridge Brewery 471 Small Batch Double IPA (9.2%)

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By admin, 15 years and 10 months ago

Show 110 - The Spare Beer Show

You might think, to paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, that «this is a show about nothing.» 

Au Contraire mon cheri - this show is about the things we love - beer, blues and BBQ!  I know, you are stunned.  It's our «wrap up» show from the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival '08.   Dick and Rick sitting around by the lake on a warm Monday afternoon cleaning out the beer fridge «spares», cooking some BBQ chicken. listening to tunes and shooting the breeze.  Self serving and gratuitous? You betcha.  So?  Music samplings from Backdoor Slam, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carl Simms and Hot Monkey Love.  In the words of Ace Ventura, pet detective... «Alrighty then!» - let's get to it!

Beers we sampled:

  • Full Sail Vesuvius (8.5%)
  • Bison Reunion '08 Organic Red Rye Ale (6.5%)
  • Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu (9%)
  • Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier (4.3%)
  • Asahi Sparks Energy Drink (7%)
  • Avery Brewing Company 2008 Samael (15.53%)
  • Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren Buronator Doppelbock (7.5%)
  • Oskar Blues Old CHUB Scottish Style Ale (8%)

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By admin, 15 years and 10 months ago

Show 112 - The Boulder Beer Show

We had so much fun recording this show, we decided to just jump to it and defer the editting nightmares of our last two shows.  Boulder Beer Co is one of the oldest micro breweries out there (43rd to be precise) and the first in Colorado.  Nestled in Boulder Valley in a building known as the «goat shed» in view of the ever present «flat irons» rock formation at the foot of the Rockies.

We honor the passing of another influential musician - Bo Diddley passed away on June 2nd, 2008.  Bo was instrumental in bridging the Blues and the beginning of Rock-n-Roll with his signature rectangular guitar.

Join us as we explore our latent thespian talent - the BigFoamyHead interpretive dance theatre gives you not one, but two pieces of audio class and culture... a brilliant bit of acting in ModernDrunkardMagazines «Drunks in Space» and a haiku from BeerHaikuDaily.  It can't get any better then that. But wait - it does! Theres more! Whoa.  Mike goes varment huntin and we all express opinions on polygamy. 

Beers we sampled

  • Boulder Beer Company Never Summer Ale (5.9%)
  • Boulder Beer Company Hazed and Infused (4.85%)
  • Boulder Beer Company Sweaty Betty (5.9%)
  • Boulder Beer Company Obovoid (7.5%)

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By admin, 15 years and 11 months ago

Show 108 - Drinking to Forget show

It was just one of those days. Time to drink to forget your blues. We have some great music this session from Chris Thomas King live on Beale St, Omar and the Howlers and some Tab Benoit. Listen in as we do a mini rants on actors and earth week, the state of health care and gubment run health care. Discussion of world wide rice shortages and our «final solution» to help that situation out... hint, it has something to do with buttweiser. We even do some barbeque discussion - winter must be over!

Beers we sampled on this show...

  • Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet (8.0% ABV)
  • Avery Brewing Company The Reverend (10.0% ABV)
  • Avery Brewing Company Samael Oak Aged English Strong Ale (14.5 ABV)
  • Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster (8.0% ABV) brewed in Frederick, MD (not Delaware!)

Troubled? Got the blues? Crack a beer and forget about it here.

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By admin, 16 years and 2 months ago

Show 101 - Big Beer Show

Okay, we don't have a theme for the beers this time, except they are all big high alcohol beverages. Several of them are Brewers reserves. Yum.

Join us for a discussion of the Big Beer, Belgians and Barleywine festival in Vail, CO. It's bockalicious©!

Music from Little Johnny Taylor, who's talkin'bout a part-time love. We're all about the monkey-love this show. Beer news regarding release parties from Avery and Boulder Beer Company and nanny-state oppression down-under.

We have a heartfelt touching moment during the show where Dick graciously accepts the «Douche of the Year» award from the fine folks over at the BN. He did not thank Jesus or his mother, but it will bring moisture to your eyes - it makes you proud to be an American. Just think - we win «Man of the Year» from Time Magazine and now this, «Douche of the Year!» We get some of the BN Army guys to comment on this momentous occassion - thanks to the guys from the Liquid Poets Homebrew Club in Ft. Collins, CO for playing along!

We announce the winner of the «Sexiest Beer Alive»... Listen in to find out who wins!!

Beer Haiku from Captain Hops at

Mike raises questions regarding an American legend - the Duke. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

New Holland Brewing Company - Moxie Sour Ale
Bluegrass Brewing Company Jefferson Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout
Unibroue 16 (10% abv)
Left Hand Brewing Company Twin Sisters Imperial/Double IPA (9.6% abv)
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout
Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels(10.5%)

Loose your reservations and listen to this feature packed show here.

By admin, 16 years and 11 months ago

Show 76 - Belgium Ale Beer Show

Trophy Mo' good times from the guys at BigFoamyHead! We're fresh off of our first barbeque competition - The Southaven Springfest BBQ. The team we were on, B3 (beer, blues and bbq), took third place in the shoulder competition for the division we were in. Hey, thats a pretty good accomplishment for a new team using a borrowed smoker. Enough to make us downright giddy.

We have a full beer studio for this show. We're joined by our neighbor Claire, who has a lovely British accent. It's very nice on the ears. Of course it's also a good excuse for us to be juvenile!

Photo bucket pictures - The Test Cook and Competition Cook.

More promotion of the MIM Music Fest, which has come and gone. Lots of music from our featured artist, Popa Chubby and we close out with some Iggy Pop.

We do a listener contributed Beer Haiku to add a bit of class and culture to your lives.

Beers we sampled this show...

  • Brewery Ommegang Abbey Ale
  • Delirium Noel
  • Victory Twelve

You know the drill, click and listen here.

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