Hop Talk #44: Cinnamon Facts!


I sure love cinnamon! I haven’t had too many cinnamon beers lately that struck me as much as that Abnormal Beer I referred to on the show, but there are definitely a lot of good ones out there! Take Abraxas for example, which you definitely should take if you’ve never had it before!

We mention Other Half’s upcoming event Pastry Town early on in the episode, it’s sure to be a fun time so you might want to consider getting a ticket if you’re in NYC in March!

Blake goes into the origin of the Russian Imperial Stout briefly, but it you want to know a bit more about the history behind this style this piece is a nice little summary of that particular story. On a related note, the word Tovarish is actually roughly translated to comrade!


We talk a good amount about the spiciness of cinnamon, and of other peppers in general. This website has a nice little chart showing where different peppers sit on the Scoville Scale. Turns out poblano peppers and ancho peppers are the same thing - that’s news to me!

Of course, this episode wouldn’t be called cinnamon facts if there were no cinnamon facts! This article touches on the differences between the two types of cinnamon most commonly used. Additionally, I went through this ingredient study as a bit of reading before the show. There’s also this nice Brew Cabin page about how to add cinnamon and other spices into your brews.

We could probably do a whole episode on gruit, so for now I’m just going to leave this Growler Mag article here for your reading. While I’m at it, here’s a little bit about what a Randall is. Hopefully we can do something like that for a future episode!

I’m going to end this post with another photo of Tovarish with it’s packaging. I love the design of this beer, and it’s even better seeing it with the box side by side!

Our favorites this week:

Blake - Barrel-Aged bad Decisions

Forrest - Barrel-Aged bad Decisions

See y’all next week!

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