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Happy Monday, everyone! This week, Ryan and Alex are trying Rodenbach Grand Cru by Brouweij Rodenbach. In 1821, the four Rodenbach brothers (Pedro, Alexander, Ferdinand and Constantijn) invested in a small brewery in Roeselare, in the West Flanders province of Belgium. The brothers agreed to a partnership for fifteen years. At the end of this period, Pedro and his wife, Regina Wauters, bought the brewery from the others and Regina ran the business while Pedro served in the military. Their son Edward later took over the brewery (1864), and it was during his directorship that the brewery saw great growth. Edward's son, Eugene, took over in 1878 and, in preparation for this position, travelled to England where he learned how to ripen beer in oak barrels and then mix old and young beers. It was this that became the method of producing beer that Rodenbach became famous for. As Eugene produced no male offspring, a public limited liability corporation was created and most shares remained in the hands of descendants of the Rodenbachs until 1998 when the brewery was sold to Palm Brewery. Matured in oak foeders, Rodenbach Grand Cru is complex with a fruity, tart taste. This week on FDB - we learn of one man’s technique in stealing a chainsaw, fan over the smallest Battle of the Bands winner, discuss how badly we’d really want the internet, and more! Now please kick back, and enjoy another sit down with Friends Drink Beer. To support Brouweij Rodenbach and find out more about their beers, visit: Website: cheers.rodenbach.be Instagram: @rodenbachbeer Facebook: rodenbachbeer BEER EVENT OF THE WEEK EVENT: Smog City Anniversary Party WHERE: Smog City Brewing in Torrance, CA WHEN: April 20th, 2019 WHAT: Join them for another epic anniversary party, complete with over 25 exceptional and limited beers on tap, as well as VIP tickets and VIP tours of the facility. Those VIP tickets include early entrance to the brewery and early access to their extra limited beers, beer cocktails, beer garden, game play and some quality one on one time with the owners, Laurie and Porter. This also includes 5 tasters, 2 full pours and 1 bottle each of the two anniversary beers they’re releasing this year; a farmhouse ale brewed with Riesling Juice and a sticky, dank IPA called the 4.20 Juice Juice. They’ve also been hoarding kegs of super limited cellar beers for events just like this! Rest assured, this year, they’re bringing out the big guns! You can check out more about it at smogcitybrewing.com Have a question for Ryan & Alex? Submit it today at www.friendsdrinkbeer.com, and we will answer it on the next episode! Lastly if you like the show, donate to us and show your support: www.patreon.com/friendsdrinkbeer CREDITS Alex Hobbs - Executive Producer Ryan Roope - Executive Producer Episode Written By - Jared Brody & Alexis Ashjian

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