E04 HOP’N with BLAKE APER – New England IPA Tasting



New England IPA, Maplewood, Heist, Pig Minds, Billy Gibbons and more w/guest brewer Blake Aper

IMG_4872Follow Brent and Mike during an exclusive “get-toknow” with BLAKE APER (Forest City Brewers) to explore his #homebrew process on the PICOBrew Zymatic system (also used by Denny Conn and many other home-brew rock stars), as well as other insights from Blake as we prod his head on just how he creates his award-winning beers.

Along with sidekick Kent Runte, this episode also features a tasting of some New England IPA-like styles including Death Grip IPA from our sponsor, Pig Minds Brewing, a tasty NEIPA called Blurred from Heist Brewing (Charlotte) and a mouth watering finale with Maplewood Son of Juice, the oat-soaked hoppy little brother to their infamous Juicy Pants.

Our popular “Real or Fake?” segment tests Mike and Blake on HOP names (not as easy as you think!), this week’s “Drunk “non” Debate” discusses New England IPAs…and we take some closure from “what ya been listening to” with news on Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), a Chuck Berry legacy and a peek into Rockford’s own The White Shape and their new EP (check out this video of Space Reaper shot by Aaron Hall or listen/buy on Bandcamp).

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Brent Shelton
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Brent is a home brewer with a passion for brewing lagers and continually modifying his recipes, a podcaster, dog lover, lead guitarist for Mana Kintorso, HeadTechie for Forest City Brewers [Rockford, IL] and PR dude for @BosparPR {San Francisco]. Follow him on Twitter via @BrentSheltonNow.
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