The Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Imperial Oatmeal Stout

So this is what it says on the label:

This imperial oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees. Made from droppings of weasel like Civet cats the fussy southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean containing droppings for Civet or Weasel coffee. The exceedingly rare civet coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.

So obviously I bought it.

Maybe I made the mistake of looking up what a Civet cat looks like just before my first sip. The nose is sharp and smoky at the same time (the beer, not the cat), and this pitch black beer pours with a thin orange head. The first impression you get is that it is a smooth imperial stout until all of a sudden you are hit by strong hickory spice. It is a sharp flavor that lasts with thick viscosity.

In the end, I didn’t really enjoy it, and didn’t even finish my pint (which has happened maybe twice in my life). The smokey, odd bitterness just took away too much of the beer and left me with a thick, sticky aftertaste I needed to wash down with—well, a different beer. I will say my buddy Chad drank the rest, saying it was okay because it was so different. If you’re looking for something different, and I mean different, this certainly is it.

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Hop Talk Podcast #6 – Dirty Blondes and Missing Dons

In this episode we talk about

  • MolsonCoors goes “craft” in Canada
  • Economy down, alcohol sales up
  • Rating beer
  • Finding beer festivals
  • and, listener mail

Download it here: Hop Talk Podcast ep. 6

…or subscribe with iTunes

Show notes:

Beer News

MolsonCoors has launched Six Pints Specialty Beer Co to target the “craft and specialty beer market”. Haven’t we seen this before?

In spite of the sluggish economy, alcohol sales are doing well.

We also ran across an opinion piece from Ashley Routson, aka “The Beer Wench”, about Craft Beer and the “Restaurant Hypocrisy”.

Beer Rating – does it make sense?

We discuss the origins of the Unofficial Hop Talk Beer Rating System. Does rating beer make sense? Isn’t beer too personal to try to put an objective measure on it?

Beer 2.0

Looking for something to do this weekend, or maybe next? You owe it to yourself to check out BeerFestivals.org. It has the best and biggest listing of beer festivals I’ve ever seen.

What we drank:

Spot a discrepancy? Something missing? Let us know. contact@hop-talk.com

Follow us on Twitter: @hoptalk and @hoptalkron

Music credits:

Background music at bar during intro:
Artist: Gnappy
Song: Best Not FUnck Around

Main intro:
Artist: A Thousand Knives of Fire
Song: She’s Yours

Outro Music:
Artist: Aphasia
Song: Metal Tank

Transition Music:
Artist: Devil In A Woodpile
Song: Beer Ticket Rag

 

Send a beer for Father’s Day

From the T.G.I. Friday’s® press release:

Facebook Fans Give the Gift of a Cold Brew with T.G.I. Friday’s® Buy Your Friend A Beer App
Custom Facebook Tab Can Treat Dad to a Cold Brew for Father’s Day
CARROLLTON, Texas, June 10, 2011 – Unofficially dubbed the “summer of beer” by Friday’s® and its Better with Brew menu, Facebook users can help their friends cool down during the hot months via the new Buy Your Friend A Beer application. And, just in time for Father’s Day, sons and daughters can finally move on from the go-to gifts of socks or a tie and buy dad a beer for his special day.

Any Facebook user 21 years and older can buy their Facebook friends up to five beers simply by “liking” the Friday’s fan page and placing an order through the custom tab. Recipients receive an electronic gift card to redeem in restaurant. The purchase price is set at $5, regardless of the recipient’s regional location, and is redeemable for any beer of choice, non-alcoholic beverage or food item at any local T.G.I. Friday’s.

Well, that’s nice! I mean, I’m not really a big fan of Facebook. Or T.G.I. Friday’s. And, while the sample list of craft brews they provide later on in the press release are a break from industrial-brewed American lagers, they’re not all that interesting either. And, of course, it’s a transparent attempt to get more followers on Facebook (and market to them), get more press coverage, and get a few more people in their restaurants.

On the other hand, who wouldn’t like a free beer or two? And, even better, if beer’s not your thing, you can use the $5 on a non-alcoholic beverage or a food item.

Not that there isn’t any controversy. In the USA Today article about this, the main chucklehead at the Neo-Prohibitionist Marin Institute calls it “horrifying” because it is “part of a growing trend to use Facebook and other social media to promote alcohol sales to youth.”

Oh, give me a break. As if some sixteen-year-old is actually going to be able to redeem one of these. I give the servers at T.G.I. Friday’s more credit than that.

I tell you what, though. I wasn’t planning on participating in this, but since the Marin Institute wants to tell me what beverages I, an adult, can or can’t enjoy, I’m going to send out a couple of beers to some Dads I know and maybe redeem one or two myself. If you’d like to send one to me, I’ll toast in your honor.

Wisconsin legislation to prevent craft brewers from getting into distribution

The news coming out of Wisconsin regarding craft beer has been a bit disconcerting lately.

The latest is an amendment to the proposed budget that, while it would allow craft brewers to sell directly to retailers, it would also prohibit them from owning beer distributors.

Microbreweries Hopping Mad Over Legislation

The proposal supported by MillerCoors and the Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association combines the brewer’s permit and wholesale and retail licenses given out by municipalities into one permit under state control.

It would ban brewers from purchasing distributors — something craft brewers say they might need later to avoid getting squeezed out of the market by large corporate brewers.

There are many reasons to hate the three-tier system, but if Anheuser-Busch can own a network of distributors, why couldn’t a consortium of craft brewers?

Hop Talk Podcast #5 – The Beer Smith Empire!

In this episode we talk to Brad Smith of BeerSmith.

Download it here: Hop Talk Podcast ep. 5

…or subscribe with iTunes

Show notes:

Brad Smith leads a small homebrewing media empire, with software, a blog, a wiki, a social news site, a podcast, and a book. He talks to us about homebrewing, the new version of BeerSmith, and snowballing projects.

What we drank:

Spot a discrepancy? Something missing? Let us know. contact@hop-talk.com

Follow us on Twitter: @hoptalk and @hoptalkron

Music credits:

Background music at bar during intro:
Artist: Gnappy
Song: Best Not FUnck Around

Main intro:
Artist: A Thousand Knives of Fire
Song: She’s Yours

Outro Music:
Artist: Aphasia
Song: Metal Tank

Transition Music:
Artist: Devil In A Woodpile
Song: Beer Ticket Rag