Monday, January 24, 2011

Founders Breakfast Stout - Beer Review


Are you a coffee person? If you like coffee, then this might be the beer for you. Founders is one of the best breweries in the world and this beer fits nicely into their lineup. However, the strong coffee flavor is sure to make some people love it and some people hate it. Where do you fall? Does the BBA like it? Watch and find out!

Monday, January 17, 2011

1554 Enlightened Black Ale - Beer Review


New Belgium Brewing Company is an employee-owned brewery that takes their social responsibility very seriously to their employees and the environment. Luckily they also take brewing very seriously. 1554 has been revived from an old Belgian beer recipe. They brew it with lager yeast at ale temperatures and have come up with a very drinkable brew. Find out when and where the BBA would drink this beer in our first beer review of 2011.

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Hi, I'm James Knott and this is the Better Beer Authority. Today we are sipping on 1554 Enlightened Black Ale from the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. New Belgium's beers are now for sale in 26 states -- mostly west of the Mississippi River.

1554 is a dark beer based on an old Belgian recipe that they reconstructed from "antiquated script and outdated units of measurement."

It is 5.6% ABV, 21 IBUs and 200 calories for a 12 oz serving. They use five different malts in the beer -- pale, carapils, black, munich and chocolate.

Even though the name says "ale", this beer is actually a lager. It is brewed with lager yeast at ale temperatures. According to reps from New Belgium, there is an antiquated law in Texas where all beer below 5 percent ABV is called "beer", while beer above that level is called "ale". To keep distribution simple and cost-effective, they call it "ale" in every other state they sell it in.

Q&A

1554 Enlightened Black Ale gets a (???) on the BBA scale. Are New Belgium beers available where you live? What's your favorite New Belgium beer? Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2010 Beer Year-in-Review - Better Beer Authority


In 2010 we went from Miller swiling fools to producing a show about rating beers - mostly high-end craft beers. This video looks back at some of our favorite and not-so-favorite moments of 2010. What will 2011 look like for the Better Beer Authority? This video will catch you up-to-date with what has happened on the show and give you insight on where we are heading. Enjoy!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Top 10 Beers Of 2010 - Better Beer Authority

Our first year has come to a close and the cast and crew of the Better Beer Authority has voted on their Top 10 beers of the 2010. We tasted a lot of great beers and the cream rises to the top. This is a great list of beers and I recommend that you try all of them. Happy New Year!

Partial Transcript:
Hi I'm James Knott and this is the Better Beer Authority's Top 10 Beers of 2010. This year we released 55 episodes. We reviewed 46 beers, learned about mead, visited the Columbus Beerfest and had a great time exploring new beers.

I asked the cast and crew -- 8 people in total - to each submit their top 10 list from the beers we reviewed in 2010. We added up the points and this is what we came up with.

First up... We've been given a little grief for not being big hopheads, but two IPAs made it into our top 10. At #10 We have Hopdevil Ale from the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

I had never tasted a Baltic Porter and I was very impressed when Mark Smith brought us our #9 beer -- Okocim Porter from Poland. Since then I've tried to sample every Baltic Porter I can find.

Our social media director, David Hartogs, brought this beer with him when he visited us from Arlington, Virginia. He wanted to share this unique beer with us because he was so excited about it. At #8, we have Dogfish Head Sah'tea.

Retired BBA member, Jeremy Frase, went from behind the camera to a comfy seat on the BBA set. He appeared in 4 episodes this year and was good at drumming up a lot of fireworks in the comment sections. He sums up our #7 beer -- Rogue Dead Guy Ale -- very nicely.

So far, stouts tend to do well on our show and one of our top stouts was a thick brew from Bedford, England. #6 on our list is Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

This next beer is also a stout, even though it got a lower rating than Young's Double on-screen. It was helped in the voting by our crewmembers, who thought it tasted amazing. It is our most viewed episode of 2010 and even though this beer has a huge following, it still gets lost in the shadow of Guinness -- Our #5 beer is Murphy's Irish Stout.

Our first Belgian beer was a big hit. Almost everyone who voted had it in their Top 10 beers. It was one of only three beers to receive a 9.0 -- the highest overall score given to date on the Better Beer Authority. #4 is a devil of a drink -- beware of Duvel.

Even though we are based out of Ohio, we were able to get a hold of a beer that is only available in Wisconsin. This was the first beer where everyone in the studio was ready to recommend it to their friends. From New Glarus Brewing company, the light refreshing flavor of Spotted Cow lands at #3.

This next beer was a big hit. It's a Belgian style beer from Quebec, Canada. I wasn't sure how to pronounce it, so I contacted the brewery for the correct pronunciation. Then, I proceeded to butcher the pronunciation throughout the show. Our #2 beer for 2010 is La Fin du Monde.

Finally, this beer generated the most pre-show excitement. Most of us had tasted it before and were eager to tape a show for it. 3 out of our 8 voters listed it as their top beer for 2010. Scott only gave out one 10 this year and it went to our top beer of the year -- Our #1 beer for 2010 is Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.

That's it for our top 10 list for 2010. We look forward to bringing you more great reviews -- and a couple mediocre ones -- in 2011. Let us know what your favorite beer of 2010 was in the comment section. I feel like we've come along way in the first year of the BBA. I think we came up with a solid list of beers and I can only imagine what great beers we will stumble upon in 2011. Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott. This is your Better Beer Authority.