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Thursday, July 09, 2015

For Your Listening Pleasure: Latest Podcast Live

The latest Beervana Podcast is live. This week, we delve into the netherworld of "malternatives" (aka "progressive adult beverages" and "flavored malt beverages")--those weird quasi-beer products on the fringes of the beer world. We discuss what they are and how they're made; why even products like Twisted Tea, Smirnoff Ice, and Hard Lemonade are malt-based; and how the category bleeds over into products like shandies, radlers and, lately, hard root beer made by craft brewers. You don't have to like these products (and you won't) to find their presence a curious quirk of the beer world, and I think you will find our discussion of them interesting.

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  1. Hey Jeff and Patrick,
    Yes, Kurt and I are paying attention! I check in at Beervana on a daily basis to find out what's up. I like the idea of a Lemon Drop Hefe but meanwhile, Hefe is pronounced 'Hay-fa'!!!

    Thanks guys!

  2. Rob, I do my best to say Widmer Brothers and not Widmer and Hayfavitzen and not heffavitzen, but, well, mistakes were made. Thanks for listening!

  3. Good podcast. Any chance you could post these on Stitcher? Thanks!

  4. The audio levels are better but still lower than almost all the other podcasts (a decent sample size, around 50) I listen to on a regular basis. I could hear the show this time but I still had the volume up to 11.