Key West Beer Tales – The Sum Of All Beers
We’ve been doing both a beer show podcast and a music show podcast since last summer and we’ve had a blast doing them! We’ve had the beer show available on the Spreaker site for a while. These are shows that have already aired. We’re also picking up new stations!
The beer show is very unique and frankly, I see it as far superior to anything else out there as far as a beer podcast goes.
In most cases when a consumer is investigating a beer of any sort, they’ll look on line naturally. There are a good deal of web sites that rate beer. Rate Beer, Beer Advocate, Yelp, Untapped, Beer-Universe, Beer Of The Month Club, and there are most likely others that I don’t know about. Of course, this shows what a healthy state of interest beer is enjoying today.
Ours is different however. To start with the place we get our information on the beers is from the brewery itself. Now and then a brewery has a website that has little or no information on a beer. When this would happen I looked at these sites to see if they had any information. Many times in doing this, with one particular beer I found alcohol content (ABV – alcohol by volume) to be 3.7 on one site, 4.2 on another, and 5.0 on another. Obviously, none of these could be trusted, because it appeared that they were pulling numbers out of a hat. So, with us, if it’s not from the brewery, we don’t state it without a disclaimer that it’s an educated guess. We don’t arbitrarily stick a number that we pulled out of the air. Draft beer can vary. If the brewery lists a beer as 5.0 on line, a keg may arrive which has a sticker on it showing 5.2. It will never be more than .2 over/under, and we’ll state the particular keg’s brewery rating. Again, it’s the rating from the brewery that we go by.
Our panel is unique and covers a wide range, giving the listener a good foundation to work from. Our standard panel is five, although sometimes one or more may have other commitments and can’t make the show.
However, here’s our roster and how we all fit in. I’ll start with myself and name the crew in the order that we sit at the show.
Key West Chris: I’m the old school beer guy. I started drinking quality beer when I was eighteen (legal age back then) and became intrigued with it from the beginning. I bought the book The World Guide To Beer by English author and patron saint of beer, Michael Jackson just after it was was first released and proceeded to buy over forty books on beer. The beer in my refrigerator today, is never the same beer that is there tomorrow, nor has it been my whole adult life.There is no beer that is my favorite, or favorite style. Every beer has it’s place.
Dani Hoy: Dani is new (but getting more and more a veteran) to quality beer and therefore a vital part of the show. She’ll often ask questions that I, or some of the other crew, would never cross our minds. Everyone is new to beer at one point or another. We all were. So it’s very important to address that side of things and cultivate those with new interests. Dani is the gateway for that side of the show! Additionally, Dani is a marvelous chef in the kitchen!
Cowboy Mark Straiton: Mark is a fascinating individual who’s traveled the world and happened to be a major beer enthusiastic while doing so. He’s also right on the money as to exactly what is trending in the beer world, at this exact minute, as well as when it changes five minutes from now. While I’m the old school beer guy, Mark is the new school beer guy. He’s extremely well versed on beer and funny enough, his and my pallets are quite similar in many circumstances. Mark is also a very well versed bartender and an accomplished chef.
Diamond Dave: Dave is our lighthearted member who keeps us laughing. After all, laughing is essential when drinking beer. Hell, if we were too serious the show would be boring! We all have great senses of humor and Dave is often the catalyst who gets us laughing, of throws gas on the fire, when we already are! Dave is quite knowledgeable on beer as well and has been a major IPA fan for over fifteen years.
Dave Senior: Dave Senior is the owner of The Cork and Stogie, here in Key West where we record the shows. One of the greatest attributes here is having a bar owner on the panel! Dave sees things from a totally different angle than anyone else. Dave sees what people are buying on a day to day basis and orders his beer accordingly. Dave is also an expert on both cigars and wine, which again brings things to the table not found elsewhere.
Key West Beer Tales reviews beers, we don’t rate them. Rating beer is B/S. I recall doing a show where we featured Pilsner Urquell. Now, Pilsner Urquell has always been regarded as one of the finest beers in the world. One of the on line beer websites had it rated by their subscribers, in the seventies out of one hundred. Seriously? What many highly respected beer experts over the years have called Pilsner Urquell as the finest pilsner available, or inthe top three at worst, these people are rating in the seventies? I’d love to see the woodwork they’re crawling out of! Another rating had an opinion of Stella Artois as “tasting like Budweiser”. did that individual burn their tongue with a blow torch or something? What kind of people do they have rating anyway?
Those are but two examples that lead me to believe that there was not only a call for our show, but also a need for it as well.
So, we comment on the beer and note what flavor impressions each one of us pick up. Everyone in our group has a very educated pallet. Some may not be routed in beer. Dani’s stems from cooking. Dave Senior’s comes from wine and cigars. Interestingly enough, when anyone expresses a taste, everyone else picks up on it. I can’t say how many times one of our panel says they taste something I did not detect. From that point on, I notice it, however had they not brought it up, I may never have noticed it on my own.
This is a beer show. In being a beer show, it’s different than many other shows in one particular regard. Yes, you’ll get a very good variety of opinions and in puts. Yes, you’ll pick up all sorts of fascinating facts about beer that you never knew. Yes, our stats come from the brewery itself, we don’t invent it on the fly, Yes, our panel is quite diverse which without doubt is our strongest point featuring traditional opinions, the new and trending opinions, new quality beer drinker ‘s questions and opinions, the pub owner’s viewpoint, however we’re different in one other very important aspect and this is a vital aspect which separates beer drinking from so many other subjects:
We know how to laugh!
We’re beer lovers, we’re not beer snobs.
We know how to laugh! We know how to have fun! We don’t hold ourselves above anyone and we love to educate those who want to know more and everyone has a blast doing it! The antithesis of any type off snob.
So come join us! Be sure to grab a beer before you tune in and have your laughing pants on and pad and pencil ready!
We do out show from our benevolent sponsor’s bar:
The Cork and Stogie
1218 Duval St.
Key West, Fl. 33040
To hear any of our past shows check out our Spreaker account!
It works the same as Youtube or Soundcloud!
For all of our current shows airing, here’s the weekly schedules!
KW Beer Show Schedule (all times are EST)
KWOM – 10am and 10pm Daily
Trop Rock Radio – 6pm Friday
Radio A1A – 10am Tuesday
The Shore – noon on Saturday
Tiki Beach Shop – 2pm Monday, Wednesday Friday
Permanent Vacation Radio – 10pm Monday 8pm Friday
Islandradio.net 6pm Saturday
Beach Life Radio Monday – Friday 7PM
Palm Tree Radio –
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