Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 9 Afterword

Old Man Metal updates the ninth episode of his solo podcast: Heist Brewery and New Anthem Beer Project have started code dating their beer cans! OMM celebrates this change with a quick review of his top 5 favorite hazy Northeast IPAs from each brewery, and a look at Julian code dating… all while drinking a 2020 Founders KBS barrel aged imperial stout.

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 9

Old Man Metal combines beer and metal on the ninth episode of his solo podcast, taking a look at the state of North Carolina craft beer during COVID by breaking down his latest beer haul, featuring beer from New Anthem Beer Project, Edmund’s Oast, Foothills Brewing Company, Trophy Brewing Company and more, including an in-depth look at the fifteen different flavor-bomb hops they use— like Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and El Dorado— and an impassioned discussion of hop fade and the importance of fresh beer and code dating, closing out with a pair of new metal video clips from Red Dead and AJ Nemesis... all while drinking a pint of Blair’s Breakfast Stout, a great coffee-oats-and-lactose stout ale from Wilmington Brewing Company.

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 8

Old Man Metal tackles spicy food and great beer on the eighth episode of his solo podcast with a dive into the 2019 release of Ten FIDY barrel aged Russian imperial stout from Oskar Blues, including a discussion of the imperial stout style and bourbon barrel aging, with a look at barrel notes like oak lactones, followed by a full ASTMO hot sauce review of Advanced Tactical Weaponized Star Fruit Death Star OG from Spicy Ninja, replete with a discussion of the unholy triumvirate of capsaicin-bomb peppers it contains: the habanero, the ghost pepper and the Trinidad Scorpion.

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 7

Old Man Metal commixes spicy food, metal and beer on the seventh episode of his solo podcast with a full ASTMO hot sauce review of Burns and McCoy's Exhorresco hot sauce, including a look at the 7-pot primo chile pepper— the infernal capsaicin-gorged hybrid offspring of a 7 Pot pepper and the infamous Naga Morich— followed by a new metal video for the track Nephilim, from black metal collaborators My Grief and Ol'Cracker, built using Winamp, the MilkDrop visualizer and OBS Studio... all while drinking Hellstar Dark Lager, a great craft beer lager from Burial Beer Company in Asheville.

A Look At Two Warrior Beers

A Viking and a Ninja walk into a bar... There's no telling where that one's going to go, but you just know somebody's going to die. Craft breweries choose all sorts of motifs when naming their creations, and martial-themed beers are far from rare; see Ballast Point's Victory at Sea, Great Lakes Brewing Company's Commodore... Continue Reading →

Two Great IPAs From New Anthem

In 2003, Pop The Cap began lobbying efforts to raise the ABV limit on beer in North Carolina from a stodgy 6%, promising the state legislature that if the ABV limit was raised to a reasonable level, North Carolina would become a craft beer mecca. The state legislature passed a bill raising the ABV cap... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 2

Old Man Metal combines beer and metal on the second episode of his solo podcast, with an ASTMO beer review of 2016 Founders KBS barrel aged imperial stout and a quick look at barrel aging and cellaring big stouts, followed by a survey of the top 5 new metal albums in the running for Metal Album of the Year 2019: Ravenous Death (black/death), Warfist (black/thrash), Okkultist (death metal), Legion of the Damned (death/thrash) and Usurper (black/thrash). Includes an update on new podcast gear and the upcoming Benchmade Nakamura episode.

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 1: Afterword

Pulpit of Doom co-host Old Man Metal drinks a beer and looks back at the first episode of his solo podcast: how it came to be (and why), the good and the bad of it, and what the future looks like for Old Man Metal's Musings. Includes a look at video resolution and laptop limitations, future improvements, public and personal response to the episode, and a preview of Episode 3: a deep dive into the Benchmade Nakamura 484S folding-blade knife.

Xocoveza – Stone Brewing – Escondido, CA

A slightly viscous pour of this seasonal spiced Milk Stout yields a medium, slightly rocky brown head on an enthusiastically effervescent black body with sullen orange highlights; head retention is brief but lacing is excellent, consisting of thick sheets and bands. The nose is medium in intensity, leading with bitter coffee notes backed by a nicely complex blend of rich cocoa and more subtle molasses, milk chocolate and exotic cinnamon-like spice; modest alcohol overtones top things off.

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