Podcast - Good Beer Hunting
About This Show
In the midst of a sea-change, you don't just build a boat. You make the wave. Good Beer Hunting is how industry strategist, writer, and photographer Michael Kiser is crafting the story of beer around the world — not from the outside looking in, rather, from the center of the movement. GBH is the chronicle of the most compelling people, places and products he encounters on his travels. In addition to the website, the podcast is devoted to using craft beer as a bridge between other types of businesses, craft-oriented cultures, and what we eat and drink. Interviews with brewers, aficionados, and makers of all types with one thing in common — a fascination with what's happening in craft beer. Recorded at GBH Studios in Chicago, Illinois. Join him on the hunt.
Most Recent Episode
EP-095 Shaun Hill of Hill Famstead
6 days ago
For long-time readers of the GBH site, you may recall the article I wrote about Hill Farmstead back in January 2014. For GBH, and myself as a beer writer, it was a bit of a turning point. That article remains our most-read brewery profile ever - and now that it has two years running on it, I doubt that will ever change. The reach it’s created for GBH opened a lot of doors for me and the team, as it was shortly after that the I first began brining other writers into the fold under the banner of GBH. And the entire reason many of those writers sought me out, was because of that article. It changed something for them. It gave them a reason to think about beer writing very very differently — their words not mine. But I can attest that even for me, it changed things. I’ve written about many many breweries over the years, almost a decade now. And most breweries have a sense of place and personality. But until that visit to Hill Farmstead, no brewery I’d visited had THAT sense of place. Or THAT kind of personality. Indeed, it took me almost a year to gather my feelings on the subject, and share that story with my readers. It’s a bit ironic for me that so much of my thesis was focused on the story beyond the hype for Hill Farmstead at the time. Don’t get me wrong, his reputation was warranted and the beautiful setting of the place certainly told an accurate story. But it was ironic because my experience actually made me value Hill Farmstead even more, but for very different reasons. I was attracted to the focus of Shaun Hill, the simple but expressive beers being made at a time when there was no real vocabulary for a mixed ferm saison in our typical craft parlance. The beers harkened back to my first and enduring loves, like Saison Dupont, for which I’d not found anything comparable in the states. And something about the place reminded me so much of upbringing I had in rural Pennsylvania. The terrain, the isolation, the struggle to produce something valuable so far away from where those things are typically valued. After reading the article himself, Shaun admitted to not remembering my visit much that day. In fact, he reluctantly gave me about ten minutes of his time and went back to work. And most of the piece came not from the things that Shaun said, but the things that he did. I witnessed not just the beauty and rare quality of it, but the work, frustration, and anxiety of it all — and it stuck with me. It was mostly a portrait built on obser