Hop Talk Podcast #9 – Shut up and drink your damn beer!

In this episode we talk about

  • Wine ties beer for most popular booze
  • Anheuser-Busch fakes local beer
  • Craft brewers sell in fewer places to sell more beer
  • and, Hop Talk’s Anniversary!

Download it here: Hop Talk Podcast ep. 9

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Show notes:

Beer News

In a Gallup poll, beer and wine tied as the most popular alcoholic beverage among Americans. We wonder why women so overwhelmingly declare wine as their preference.

Anheuser-Busch is seeking trademarks of three-digit numbers that match up to iconic area codes, like ”303″ (Denver), “713″ (Houston), and “702″ (Las Vegas). Is this related to the newly-acquired Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale? What is A-B up to?

Some craft brewers are pulling back from expanding and are in fact contracting in order to meet local demand. Good idea?

Five Years of Hop Talk!

Can you believe we’ve been blogging for five years? Neither can we. We talk a bit about our origins.

Bottle vs. Cans

We’re looking for more craft beer that is available both bottled and canned. If you know of any drop us a line.

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

Five years and counting

Our fifth anniversary at Hop Talk kinda snuck by us a couple of days ago.

Holy crap! Five years?!

I guess I have to believe it, because the calendar says so.

It’s been a bit of a rough year at Hop Talk HQ. Both Ron and I have been pulled in different directions because of other responsibilities and haven’t had as much time to devote to writing and ranting about beer-y topics.

On the other hand, we did add Matt to the team and started hosting HomeBrood.

We also started doing a podcast.

So it’s not like we’ve been doing nothing.

We’ve changed the look-and-feel of the site to celebrate the start of our sixth year. (Obviously you RSS subscribers won’t notice a difference.) We also hope to see more stuff in print from our Hop Talk Advisory Panel, because they add yet another great perspective on life and beer.

Anyway, thanks for coming along for the ride. Since we’re not out of things to say, it looks like we’ll keep going at least another year.


Happy Beeroversary

It was four years ago today that Ron kicked off Hop Talk by musing whether he was qualified to talk—or, rather, write—about beer. Along the way we’ve learned that when it comes to beer you can’t be wrong (though you can be misinformed), hosted The Session, and that having a beer every day is harder than you’d think. And more!

Here are some statistics (as of yesterday):

  • 1,313 articles
  • 1,552 comments and trackbacks
  • 186,852 unique visitors
  • 306,697 page views
  • 7,300+ RSS subscribers

Thanks to everyone for coming along. Hop Talk wouldn’t be here without you.

Wherever you are this evening (or afternoon, or whatever) tip a glass with us to celebrate this milestone.

p.s., I re-upped hosting for another year, so we’ll be here well into 2011. We’ve also got some surprises coming up soon.

Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout

Guinness 250 Anniversary StoutBeer-a-Day #220

To mark the 250 year anniversary of the signing of the lease on St. James’s Gate Brewery by Arthur Guinness, we introduce a special commemorative stout. This premium recipe provides a refreshing taste, which underlies the complex flavor of stout.

I guess I’m a little behind the times on this. Better late than never I suppose.

Dark, dark brown tending to black with ruby highlights. Thick tan head. Smells sweet. Cherries and chocolate is the impression I get. Light body with some roastiness and a dry finish. It’s pretty good, but I’m left…wanting. Something’s missing but I can’t put my finger (or my tongue, more precisely) on it. It’s not bad at all; I suppose I was expecting something more.

Guinness 250

Flying Dog’s 20th Anniversary beer

I noticed that Flying Dog was having a beer tasting local to my place of business, so I decided to pop in and check it out. When I got over to Cork 57 in Bethesda (nice place, by the way, with a fairly decent craft beer selection) who should be there but JT, who also worked the Red, White and Brew event in Brunswick.

He remembered my wife, Naomi, from the event, and me from my picture here. We chatted about beer and stuff and he offered samples of the Woody Creek White, In-Heat Wheat, Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, and Snake Dog IPA. Even Flying Dog Doggie Stylebetter, JT scored a six-pack of the just-bottled-yesterday Dogtoberfest. I’ve enjoyed all of these before and did so again. The Dogtoberfest was a nice surprise, and as soon as I had my first sip I wanted to grill up some bratwurst. (It’s not yet for sale, though. Soon.)

JT also shared some details of a beer Flying Dog will be releasing at the end of the year to celebrate their 20th year in business.

It’s made from an augmented Snake Dog wort with an exclusive Belgian yeast strain (called Diablo) and dry-hopped with a load of Amarillo hops. It’ll be the first Flying Dog beer sold in 22 ounce “bombers”. It is 8% alcohol by volume and, according to Gwen Conley (Flying Dog “QC Goddess”), is “dangerously” drinkable.

The name (for now) is: Ragin’ Bitch.

I can’t wait to try it.

(Thanks JT!)

Session #18: Happy Anniversary

The Session logoI still have a day job. This past month has been incredibly busy, not to mention a couple of trips with the family and lawn maintenance. Needless to say, I did not write a contribution for the August Session. Heck, I was so busy I didn’t even get a chance to post an announcement as I usually do.


Yeah, I know. There’s no excuse. I need to adjust my priorities, Mister.

Anyway, Number 18 was themed “Happy Anniversary” and hosted by The Barley Blog.

Use this as an excuse to celebrate. Open a limited release anniversary beer from your favorite brewer. Enjoy that special beer you normally only open on your wedding anniversary or birthday. Either way, tell us about it. Why is it a beer you may only drink once a year? Why is that brewery’s annual release the one you selected?

Upwards of thirty people participated in this edition of the Session. Interesting reads.

Jim at lootcorp is the next host.

Hop Talk turns two!

Today marks the two year anniversary of the launch of Hop Talk. Two years! Can you believe it?

We’re not much for navel-gazing around here. We’d rather talk about beer. And drink it. Preferably in conjunction with each other.

For those of you who are interested in such things, here are some statistics (as of yesterday):

  • 314 posts
  • 508 comments and trackbacks
  • 48,312 unique visitors
  • 79,136 page views
  • 350+ RSS subscribers
  • Most popular article: How to Pour a Black and Tan
  • Busiest day: March 17, 2008

View the stats from the first anniversary

I’ve renewed the domain and web hosting for another year, so it looks like we’ll be doing this again next July.

Of course, it’s the readers that make a blog worthwhile. So thank you for staying with us another year. I am humbled by the fact that people have added us to their daily reading regimen.

We’ve had a great time this past year. Raise a glass with us.

Happy Birthday to us!

Today marks the one year anniversary of the launch of Hop Talk. It was Ron who started us off, wondering if he was qualified to even talk about beer.

We’ve had a great time. Let me tell you, it’s almost addicting this blogging thing. Being able to use it as an excuse to drink beer is almost too good to be true. More than once in this past year, when I mentioned to my wife that I needed to come up with something to write about, she invariably said “okay, let’s go to the beer store”. (She also came up with the name. I love her.)

That’s not to say it hasn’t been work.

Here are some statistics (as of yesterday):

  • 360 posts
  • 20,290 unique visitors
  • 37,185 page views
  • 125+ RSS subscribers

Wow! Usually it’s only my friends who are interested in what I have to say, and even then not all of the time. That so many other people are interested is, like, the coolest thing ever.

Of course, if it wasn’t for your interest, your thoughtful comments, and your pingbacks, we’d feel like we were talking to a wall. Not that we wouldn’t anyway, but it’s definitely not as interesting and we may not have made it this far.

We’ve had a great time this past year. Thank you for coming along.