James Knott: Hi I’m James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority. This is a very special episode. Our fourth episode from the Columbus Beerfest at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Today we are sending our reviewers out and finding beers that stand out to them. Chad, what beer is standing out to you right now?
Chad Wortman: Well, with all the beers here, a lot of them are standing out. But what I want to know is why Pabst Blue Ribbon’s here. You know, I go by there and see PBR and I’m like “really?” I guess it was recently purchased by a smaller brewery (it was actually purchased by food investor C. Dean Metropoulos) and that’s why they’re trying to get more exposure, but it really made me question why PBR is here.
James: Yeah, there’s definitely a big craft brew ethic to this event and you don’t feel that craft brew…
Adam Harms: You can’t argue Pabst Blue Ribbon for a session beer. They have good flavor for a session beer.
Chad: Yeah, I mean it’s an American legend. You see PBR and you’re excited. Whether you don’t like the beer or whether you do like the beer you know PBR is going to be (???).
Adam: Any time I go out and PBR is on tap. I’m drinking it.
James: Joby, what’s sticking out to you?
Joby Johnston: Well James, I found a pretty good American Brown Ale. It’s called Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale and man this beer is pretty good. It’s a dark beer. It’s a brown ale and its got that nutty flavor that really hits you right when you drink it and it just stays with you. It’s like… I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s just like you got that nut…
Adam: In your mouth.
Joby: Yeah, in your mouth feel. I know it’s weird to say.
Chad: Does that excite you?
Joby: It’s a actually a stronger, hoppy brown ale – more than normal brown ales are. Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale is my choice for this episode.
Adam: I got Stone Arrogant Bastard. I know this is a touchy subject with the rest of the BBAers…
James: Yeah, Frase settle down.
Chad: I’m not going to bash it this time. I’m not Jeremy Frase by the way.
Adam: Stone Arrogant Bastard. It’s very interesting. It has a very complex flavor. It has a lot of hops, but you’ve got fruit, you’ve got honey. It has some vanilla. Just tons of flavor with it. It’s a really, really, really complex beer and every time you drink it you pull out different notes. It’s pretty impressive.
James: Alright. Just as my footnote, I’m throwing out Founder’s Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale and that goes along with my whole smoke theme for day 2.
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James: The beerfest is shutting down we just wanted to get the final thoughts. Chad, what are your final thoughts? Are there any beers left behind here that you would like to mention?
Chad: There’s one I had late in the show called Kentucky Bourbon (Barrel) Ale. I thought if I can be honest it’s trying to be the hottest thing to come out of Kentucky since Ashley Judd, and you know what, I agree. Thumbs up.
James: Joby, how would you sum up the festival?
Joby: You know James I had a great time here. This is a great idea, a great atmosphere, a great all around event. I have to give it up to Founder’s because I feel like, the most beers we did here, we talked about Founder’s a lot. I look forward to going back to Founder’s and trying all of their beers.
James: Ok. Adam, what’s your summary of the festival here?
Adam: You know what. This was an awesome festival. It was sold out last night. It was sold out tonight. They stopped selling tickets around 7:30 tonight. We had an awesome turnout for volunteers. Some of our BBA fans turned out to be volunteers to pour some of the Great Lakes brewing and Samuel Adams beers. Really, really awesome. I’m looking forward to next year. I’m looking forward to Cleveland. I’m looking forward to everything.
James: Any last thoughts?
Chad: You know what. As you look at the crowd behind us. This feels like a College Gameday atmosphere. You might be Chris Fowler. You might be Lee Corso. You might be Kurt Curbstreet. I’m Desmond Howard. This is great. We reviewed the Buckeye beer. I just want to say O-H!
Chad: I mean this is great. We’re in Columbus. We’re at the beerfest. We’re at the Columbus Convention Center. It can’t get any better than this.
James: Alright. I think that just about says it all. I’m James Knott. Tune in next year for the Columbus Beerfest. This is your Better Beer Authority.