Listen to the podcast for those who make and drink great beer. Every week we talk to professional brewers and industry experts about practical brewing advice, in-depth coverage of brewing trends that matter to you, and tips for getting the most out of your homebrew.
July 11th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
brewing, dry hopping, hazy ipa, hops, ipa
New Anthem earned a 2019 Craft Beer & Brewing Beer of the Year honor with two IPAs scoring a perfect 100, and followed up with another perfect 100 in the 2020 IPA issue. How do they do it? Cofounder Aaron Skiles walks through their process of building consistency through constant change.
Episode 142: Drekker's Mark Bjornstad on Balancing Tart, Thick, Envelope-Pushing Fruit-Smoothie Ales
July 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
brewing, fruit, sour
Mark Bjornstad, cofounder of Drekker Brewing in Fargo, North Dakota, talks about the ingredients, process, and approach behind their thick, jammy, fruit-smoothie-like beers.
June 26th, 2020 | 47 mins 26 secs
brewing, brown ale, malt, porter
Chris Harris, founder and brewer at Black Frog Brewing in Holland, Ohio, embraces malty depth, seems impervious to the latest craft trends, and wants everyone to feel welcome.
Episode 140: Jeff Herbert of Superstition Meadery on Envisioning and Making Best-in-Class Craft Beverages
June 21st, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
craft beverage, honey, mead, meadmaking
The cofounder of Superstition Meadery has always been driven to explore what makes something the best—whether beer, mead, wine, food, or anything else. In this episode, he walks through the development of their vision, and the process of innovation they’ve built to support that aspiration to be among the best.
Episode 139: Andy Farrell, Brewing Innovation Manager for Bell's Brewery, on the Delicate Design of Low-Cal IPAs
June 16th, 2020 | 1 hr 3 mins
bell's, brewing, ipa, low-cal, low-calorie
The longtime Bell’s brewer dives into the minutiae that make this evolving style of highly hopped low calorie beer so compelling, and discusses the particulars behind one of their biggest releases in recent history— Light Hearted Ale.
June 6th, 2020 | 1 hr 17 mins
brewing, ipa, melvin, wyoming
The last few years have been the best of times, and the worst of times, for Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing. While the beer has never been better, a series of unforced errors rocked the party atmosphere the brewery has always striven to project.
May 30th, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
brewing, colorado, hops, ipa, wine
The Fort Collins, Colorado brewery is notoriously tight-lipped about brewing recipes and processes, but in this hops-forward conversation, McGivney discusses their slow but consistent approach to helping their flagship IPA change, just to stay the same.
Episode 136: Doug Constantiner of Societe Brewing on Aroma-Forward West Coast IPA and a Methodical Approach to Funky and Wild Beer
May 24th, 2020 | 1 hr 37 mins
ipa, san diego, sour beer, west coast, wild ale
San Diego’s Societe Brewing has long had a reputation for being brewers’ brewers, with dual core IPAs expressing different sides of the West Coast coin, and a wild beer program designed around drinkable, funk-forward, lower-acidity beers. In this episode, CEO Doug Constantiner shares their approach to both.
May 17th, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
brewing, hazy ipa, ipa, mixed fermentation, new england ipa
Today’s brewing world is baroque in its embrace of excess—bigger hop loads, new hop varieties, an endless parade of new beer brands, and giant fruity flavors—but for Portland, Maine’s Bissell Brothers, the not-so-secret strategy is a deep desire to perfect their existing beers rather than creating a stream of new ones.
Episode 134: Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Co. Shares Perspective and Advice for Brewers Navigating the COVID-19 Shutdown
May 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
business, pandemic, stout
The Cofounder and President of Left Hand Brewing Co. shares the current challenges his brewery is facing, along with perspective and advice learned while navigating the first craft beer shakeout of the late 90’s.
May 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 20 mins
biotransformation, cannabis, dry hopping, hazy ipa
Biotransformation is not just real, it’s measurable, says the hops-focused innovation brewer in this deep dive into the mechanics of hops.
Episode 132: Dino Funari of Vitamin Sea Brewing on Creating Trendy Styles That Stand Out From the Crowd
April 25th, 2020 | 58 mins 58 secs
boston, hazy ipa, line culture, new england-style ipa, pastry stout
The metro Boston market offers a remarkable concentration of top breweries, but Vitamin Sea has carved out a niche with their own viewpoint on the New England IPA style influenced by beers from both coasts and a dedication to nonstop pilot brewing and testing.
April 17th, 2020 | 1 hr 8 mins
beer, beer tasting, brewing, sensory
We all taste beer, but do you really taste it? Developing a disciplined and analytical approach to honing your palate is a key skill for every brewer and beer lover, and Barr’s thoughtful approach to connecting language with sense inputs will make a difference in how you taste.
April 10th, 2020 | 57 mins 49 secs
barrel-aged stout, brewing, hazy ipa, kettle sour
Destihl Brewery started as a small-town brewpub, but it was sour beer that put them on the map in the late 2000’s, despite no real local market for the style. In this episode, Founder Matt Potts discusses how they’ve developed these different beers, from traditional to kettle sours, and then taken what they’ve learned to inform their dive into hazy and hoppy beers.
April 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
brewing, ipa, lager, spices, stout
The heads of brewing and quality for Hardywood Park in Richmond, Virginia, explore the challenges of brewing their flagship Gingerbread Stout, Pils, Richmond Lager, hazy IPAs, and more.
March 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 31 mins
adjunct, brewing, ipa, spontaneous, virginia
The head brewer and cofounder of Richmond, Virginia’s The Veil Brewing Co. is known for both his hyperfocus on traditional spontaneous lambic-style brewing, and for pushing the boundaries of beer itself with a commitment to experimentation, challenge, and learning.