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Greg M. takes you on a journey through craft beer and shares stories behind the people and companies that make beer so loved around the world. Greg will educate you on the many different styles of beer including pilsners, lagers, IPAs, porters, and stouts. By sharing Greg’s experience working in the food and beverage industry, you will discover and learn new things about beer, including food pairings, similarities with wine, and cooking with beer. You will discover a new appreciation for the ...
 
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Snafu Brewing Company is your new favorite dive bar If you love a taplist full of classic beer styles then this episode is not for you. However, if you're intrigued by the R&D department of a brewery including a NutriBullet, beer, fruit, and cereal you're in the right place. Snafu Brewing Company has been called a "dive brewery." Koon that's fair, …
 
Kros Strain Brewing Co. shows us what's happening in Nebraska beer We met the crew from Kros Strain Brewing Co. when they visited Atlanta for The Juice Strikes Back festival in 2019. This invitational beer fest brought some amazing beers to Georgia and introduce a lot of new breweries to the Peach State. We chatted at the time about getting togethe…
 
The Original 40 Brewing Company is a new OG We caught Cosimo Sorrentino just in time to talk about San Diego's The Original 40 Brewing Co. before he heads for Lazarus Brewing in Austin, TX. Cosmo's a San Diego native and spent time brewing in Europe before returning home. When asked about the departure he shares that he likes where the beer scene i…
 
Hanging out with Cherry Street Brewing and The Real DJ Jelly Cherry Street Brewing's original location in Cumming, GA isn't far from Atlanta. But city folk aren't big on leaving their circle so Cherry Street was somewhat of a hidden treasure in Georgia beer for a while. Us folks out here in the 'burbs can be scary, ya know. The opening of a 2nd loc…
 
Teamwork makes the dream work at Bevana It's not easy to build and grow a brewery. Starting small can make expansion hard, and costly. Distribution adds it's own challenges and even just getting your name out there is a struggle amidst 9,000+ breweries. That's where Bevana comes in. Originally founded as Community Brewing Ventures, the company rebr…
 
All the cool kids are drinking Little Beers Braving the snowy (yes, snowy) April weather in Georgia, 100s of beer lovers gathered in Duluth, GA recently to celebrated their love of low ABV beers. Little Beer Fest II brought brewers together from across the country for this invitation-only event. Brewers shared their best beers under (or close to it…
 
Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. makes big beer in small batches What do you talk about when you get one of America's most legendary breweries on your show. Mushroom hunting, of course. As we chatted with Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.'s founder Clark Lewey and brewmaster Mike Saboe before the show we discovered we shared a love of mushrooms. We want to …
 
FlyteCo Brewing is cleared for takeoff Denver's FlyteCo Brewing opened their first location in 2019. Although Colorado has no shortage of breweries, owners Morgan O'Sullivan and Jason Slingsby knows there's always room for more great places to grab a beer. Their second location will open soon, in a decommissioned air control tower. O'Sullivan and S…
 
Enjoy the classics at Ironshield Brewing We're bringing you one from our backyard this week! If you're a Georgia beer nerd you may know the name Glen Sprouse. If you don't know his name then you probably know some of his breweries. The old timers may recall Phoenix Brewing which opened in Atlanta at The Prado in 1996, slightly less older timers lik…
 
Prison Pals Brewing makes a break for it in Miami In 2018 Argentinian businessman and race car driver Juan Pipkin was dreaming of starting a business in America. He'd grown tired of the challenges in his home country and feeling like a prisoner in his own land. After some consideration he decided craft beer was the goal. Pipkin admits he had zero b…
 
We're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day Are there any better holiday than drinking holidays? Oktoberfest, Cinco de Mayo, and St. Patrick's Day are all pretty much excuses (at least in America) to drink like we'll never drink again. In our constant quest for knowledge, and beer, we dug into the history of St. Patrick's Day as we sample some Irish beers…
 
There's a lotta beer in Michigan Author Patti Smith joins us this week to talk about her book, Michigan Beer: A Heady History. If you've been with for a while, you may remember our episode with Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle discussing their book, Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South. This is like that, but with much more M…
 
TRU Colors Brewing is on a mission to end gang violence When a shooting took the life of a young man in Wilmington, NC local businessman George Taylor wanted to do something about it. You likely know some of Taylor's other businesses, like Untappd or National Speed. Rather than just talking about making a change, Taylor contacted the local gang tas…
 
Our first Arkansas brewery on the show! The crew from Fossil Cove Brewing Co. joined us this week to shed some light on what's happening in Arkansas craft beer. If they're a good example, AR is doing OK. Tyler, Ben, and Andrew tell us about the growing beer scene in their state where a lot of folks still enjoy their light lagers. No matter, there a…
 
The crew from Atlanta’s Fire Maker Brewing Co. joins us in the studio this week to talk sweet tea, dragons, winning awards, and beer laws, Brewery founder Elliott Hall has worked across all three tiers of beer - wholesale, retail, and now as a brewery owner. This experience gives him unique insight into what it takes to be successful in today’s com…
 
Cheers to American Beer Around the world there are still plenty of people that see American beer as watery lagers with no real character. We may have taken a while to catch up, but today American beer offers a huge variety of top notch styles in every state. Jason Murphy, staff writer for PorchDrinking.com, wanted to explore the map of American bee…
 
Silver Bluff Brewing is passionate about Mexican Lager Jeff Coyle loves Mexican lagers. So much so that he wrote a detailed article to help others understand the style. If you think Corona when you think of Mexican beers, you should definitely read the article. But first, make sure to listen to our interview with Jeff and his brother Kevin Coyle. T…
 
Who's ready for some hot, flat beer? For most breweries a review saying a beer was "hot and flat" would be an insult. Not so much for Primitive Beer. If you attended their recent Hot Bierfest in Colorado then you had a choice of a few beers to try, with one being flat ("still" sounds better, let's go with that) and... hot. Glühbier, literally "mull…
 
American craft sake is creeping on a come up This isn't the first time we've talked about sake on the show, but it is the first time we've talked to a sake brewer. Josh Hembree of Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. is one of a small handful of American craft sake brewers. A few short years ago there were only 5ish in the states but that number has grown …
 
Sam Calagione talks 26 years of of Dogfish Head Many people consider Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione to be one of the pioneers of modern American craft beer. Sam is quick to clarify he's part of the 2nd wave of craft and others, like Sierra Nevada's Ken Grossman, paved the way for his off-centered ales. Calagione's method of continuously hopping his b…
 
Why are Shiner bottles twist-off? So you can get the beer out! We had a blast talking with Brewmaster Jimmy Mauric and Brand Manager Nick Weiland about the long history of Shiner Beer. We don't talk with many 100+ year old breweries, so we had plenty to talk about. Jimmy's been with the brewery for 44 years so he knows a thing or two about the hist…
 
Harpoon Brewery is an East Coast IPA OG In 1986 Harpoon Brewery received brewery permit #001 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The first brewery in the state since Prohibition, only 35 years ago. IPAs were more of a West Coast thing at the time and the launch of Harpoon IPA in 1993 was a bold move for an East Coast brewery. Fans to took these c…
 
Best Christmas Beers of 2021 Christmas, the most wonderful time to drink beer Ahhh, who am I kidding? It's ALWAYS the most wonderful time to drink beer. But, Christmas is a great time for beer. Beautiful Belgian ales, spiced Winter Warmers, maybe some glühkriek? Christmas beers are some of our favorites and we look forward to this show each year. W…
 
When Dokkaebier founder Youngwon Lee attended craft beer festivals he noticed he was one of the few (or only) Asian people at the events. He said everyone was friendly and welcoming, he just wanted to find a way to attract more diversity to craft. Bring on the Dokkaebier. Many of their beers are both familiar and unique. A Pilsner with bamboo tea, …
 
If you brew it, will they drink? Textile Brewing is just a few miles from the Field of Dreams. My clever mind thought of the "if you brew it" line as soon as I heard this fact. Of course, it's the same line that everyone thinks of. Great minds, right? I managed to hold off for most of the show on making the "joke," but it is a fun fact about the br…
 
There's a lot more to lager than just Pilsner We all have a friend that has made a statement like, "I don't like lagers," or, "I don't like dark beer." It's likely the lager-hater is thinking of something like a Pilsner when they think lager, and the dark beer-averse has a thick and boozy stout on their mind. Dark Lagers are here to change those op…
 
This week we have RockSolid Brewing head brewer Bryan Crass joining us in the studio! Plenty of places offer up craft beer pairing suggestions for your favorite Halloween candy, Reese's Cups, Skittles, Snickers. We've got some pairings as well, but our suggestions are for that bottom-of-the-bag candy as we pick the Top 5 most hated candies to pair …
 
About a month ago Jason Murphy from porchdrinking.com hit me up on Instagram and said, "You gotta check out Covert Artisan Ales." So I did. Covert founders Dan and Stacey Berry joined us this week to talk about their Sioux Falls, South Dakota brewery. SD was a holdout on jumping on the BGR train. Back in 2018 we even did a Sucking up to South Dakot…
 
Partake Brewing takes their non-alcoholic brews from the Dragon's Den to distribution Partake Brewing founder Ted Fleming was (is) a huge craft beer fan. He loves hanging out with friends and sharing a brew. Unfortunately, after a visit to the doctor diagnosed him with Crohn's Disease he had to ease off the alcohol, and eventually give it up all to…
 
Big Draft Brewing is helping to bring small town West Virginia back to life Big Draft Brewing is located in the tiny town of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Population 3,000, give or take. The town, and the larger Greenbrier Valley community, has faced some hard times in recent years. The opioid epidemic chipped away at the community and the …
 
Dead Low Brewing co-founder Kyle Havens and investor and member of the board Yvan Demosthenes join us this week to talk shop! We discuss the many faces of dark lager and how a lot of people have misconceptions about lager beers PLUS the wonders of a Country Lager. We learn what Dead Low means and how that ties in with the brewery, rocking concerts …
 
It's Oktoberfest, time for some blind beer tasting For the second year in a row, the famed Oktoberfest in Munich has been cancelled. Sad. But, the beers are still flowing and there are pretty of great offerings available across the States. We gathered up with a couple friends and fellow beer lovers recently for our annual Oktoberfest Blind Beer Tas…
 
A few years ago the Braves made a controversial move to Cobb County, GA... but that's a story for another time. Attached to the ballpark is The Battery. A live-work-play complex with restaurants and shops and condos, and the Terrapin Atlanta Taproom. Terrapin's Taproom sits just beside the main gate to the Brave's stadium. You can even get a beer f…
 
Cask Ales and camaraderie in Athens, GA A lot has changed in craft beer in the last 25 years, and Classic City Brew Fest has been there through it all. Organizer Owen Ogletree tells us about the changes over the years and the great cause the fest supports. We've been attending this event for several years now. We always grab a few of the brewers an…
 
Neutral Ground Brewing Co. lets you have your cake and drink it, too Ft. Worth... Funkytown, a great place for a brewery. Friends Stan Hudson and Sean Doublet definitely think so. When they originally met Sean wasn't even into craft beer. He noted that Stan came around with growlers pouring 4 oz samples for everyone. We know this to be likely as we…
 
Bespoken Spirits says they can make a delicious whiskey in days instead of years, while using a fraction of the wood and water of traditional methods. Sounds like voodoo to me, but founders Stu Aaron and Martin Janousek claim their spirits are voodoo-free. They've taken the art of distilling and aging spirits and added some science to it. Instead o…
 
In beautiful Jackson Hole, WY sits Roadhouse Brewing. They're one of several breweries in a town of about 10,000. Although the full-time population may be small, the city welcomes as many as 55,000 visitors every day. Vacationers enjoying Jackson Hole or on their way to one of the West's amazing National Parks. And when you're on vacation, you're g…
 
Exhibit 'A' Brewing with Kelsey Roth Exhibit 'A' Brewing was voted the most underrated brewery in Massachusetts by Thrillist. When we asked General Manager Kelsey Roth if agreed with the distinction we got a hesitant shrug. Their Goody Two Shoes Kölsch earned a 96 from Wine Enthusiast and landed in their top spot. Do these two "awards" go hand-in-h…
 
Did you know you can turn your shed into a brewery in Massachusetts? Wandering Soul Beer Co. founder Matt Smith is a gypsy brewer. Well, he has his own brewery, a small setup in the shed behind his house. Local laws allow Matt to sell beer from his shed brewery... brewery shed? He recently held a bottle release and had folks lining up in his neighb…
 
NA beer is here to stay, and Athletic Brewing Co. is leading the way We last talked with Athletic Brewing Co. in 2019. They were just getting their roots set and spreading the word of their non-alcoholic craft beer. The last two years of seen explosive growth for them, and the NA beer sector, so we decided to catch up with them for an update. Bill …
 
Cannabis in a can with CERIA Brewing's Dr. Keith Villa As state's legalize the casual consumption of marijuana I think we knew a time would come when it found it's way into a beer. No doubt that homebrewers have tried this combination out a time or two, but for CERIA Brewing THC and CBD is the focus of their brews. Dr. Keith Villa is best known as …
 
Collaboration makes the (craft beer) world go 'round The pandemic may have made beer collaborations more difficult, but it didn't stop great brewers from coming together to make tasty beers. Like most things in our lives these days, collaborations have gone virtual with Zoom meetings and emails and text messages getting the job done. We're thankful…
 
July 4, 1776. America is born. There are high fives all around. Samuel Adams breaks out his homebrew to celebrate. Life is good. This week we take a look at some classic American craft beers. American craft is fairly young in the grand scheme of things. Where many European countries have hundreds of years of tradition, we've got 40ish years - with …
 
How many Peets does it take to run a brewery? Kettlerock Brewing in Peachtree Corners, GA is a family affair. When patriarch Stephen Peet retired in 2019 he figured the easiest way to relax was to build a brewery, and bring the whole crew with him. Stephen and Sterling Peet joined us on the show this week with Diana, Christa, Taylor, and Devon Peet…
 
Beers don't have to be big to be beautiful Last weekend we headed over to Duluth, GA to party with our friends from Good Word Brewing as they celebrated the beauty of small beers. The festival had brewers from all over the country offering up beers under 5% ABV. There were plenty of lagers as well as some saisons and grisettes, sours, and even some…
 
How much beer do you need to brew to serve 200 restaurants? Alex Puchner has been with BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse since they started brewing 25 years ago. It's a unique setup they have there at BJ's, with a group of breweries across the country supplying beer to the 200+ restaurants in their chain. A lot of beer. Alex joined us this week to talk…
 
Philly Beer Week... It's Essential Living in Atlanta I can tell you it's not an easy task to host a great beer week, but Philly Beer Week has it down pretty good. A lot of this is thanks to Philly Loves Beer and the efforts of Executive Director Christina Dowd. She works with local brewers and bars to promote beer across Philadelphia and much of he…
 
R&D makes the world go 'round at Oskar Blues Oskar Blues Head Brewer Juice Drapeau loves to brew experimental beers. These R&D batches give them the chance to try out new hops, malt, and yeasts, and ultimately impacts the beers we see brewed in huge quantities to be distributed across the country. Their Guava Rodeo uses a very cool yeast known as S…
 
Hoplark with Hot Talk on Hop Tea and Hop Water You know we love our beer, but we do dabble in alternative beverages. This week we're getting all fancy and sipping tea... with plenty of hops. Hoplark co-founder Dean Eberhardt joins us on the show this week to talk about his Hop Tea and Hop Water. We learn what got the ball rolling on Hoplark, and we…
 
Victory founder Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet talk 25 years of Victory Beers After 25 years, Victory Brewing isn't slowing down. They're goal to Brew Forward means they're doubling down on quality, commitment, and community. As we talk with founder Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet we discovered what it means to be a successful brewer. Barchet is onc…
 
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