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Beer with Strangers
31 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Fort Lauderdale Beer with Sam Phanor
Sam Phanor wears a lot of hats, from police officer to entrepreneur, but recently he's been interested in helping homebrewers and pro-brewers better get their brand. He takes us on a tour of Fort Lauderdale's emerging craft beer culture.
43 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Lee Graves on Richmond Beer
Lee Graves, a graduate of the College of William & Mary and former career journalist, has been writing about beer since 1996, when he started a weekly beer column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He has written for numerous publications and has authored three books: “Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City,” “Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson’s Shadow,” and, most recently, “Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft’s Golden Age.” In addition to writing, Graves is involved in beer history efforts and serves as president of the non-profit group Richmond Beeristoric. Graves has two daughters and lives in Richmond with his wife, Margaret.
32 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
DC Beer with Garrett Peck
Public historian Garrett Peck traces Washington DC beer culture from colonial days through prohibition, sharing stories of bootleggers, Tories, and how Scotland's beer culture jumpstarted American brewing in Alexandria. About the Guest: Garrett Peck is an author, public historian and tour guide in the nation's capital. He leads tours through The Smithsonian Associates, and his Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV and the History Channel program "Ten Things You Didn't Know About" with punk rock legend Henry Rollins. He was featured on a two-hour documentary about Prohibition by the Smithsonian Channel. His eighth book, A Decade of Disruption: America in the New Millennium, was published in spring 2020. Peck was involved with the DC Craft Bartenders Guild in lobbying the DC City Council to have the Rickey declared Washington's native cocktail in 2011. He researched and pinpointed the Washington Brewery site at Navy Yard, and is particularly proud that Green Hat Gin is named after a character Peck wrote about in Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: congressional bootlegger George Cassiday. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Smithsonian Institution, and often speaks at historical societies, literary clubs and trade associations. Peck is on the board of the Woodrow Wilson House and is a member of the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C. A native Californian and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and George Washington University and U.S. Army veteran, he lives in Arlington, Virginia. His books include: Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. His biography of Andrew Wales can be read for free online on the Alexandria Historical Society website. The rest of his work can be found at www.garrettpeck.com ⛪ 🔯 📖 📚
26 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Louisville Beer With Kevin Gibson
For decades, Louisville was up there with St. Louis and Milwaukee as a beer city. This micro-history episode traces the rise, fall and return of craft beer in Louisville. Guest bio: Kevin Gibson is a Louisville, Kentucky-based author and freelance writer who writes about everything from food to beer to the great city he calls home. In his three-plus decades as a writer, he has won numerous awards but doesn’t know where most of them are now. He is author of Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft, Secret Louisville and several other books. He currently lives in Louisville's historic Clifton neighborhood with his dog, Atticus.
1 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Micro-Histories Begin in August
Host Tony Russo announces a minor format change and an exciting new feature slated for an August release.
33 minutes | May 28, 2020
Turning the Tables
Beer writer Kimberly Bowker interviews the host of Beer With Strangers, Tony Russo, about his entry into podcasting and the show's new arc.
33 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Bend Beer With Kimberly Bowker
Kimberly Bowker talks up the Bend beer scene from quarantine and how to treat yourself to new beers even when you can't try them out. About the guest: Kimberly Bowker loves writing about craft beer - and how it brings us all together. She lives in Bend, Oregon, and previously served at Deschutes Brewery and Sunriver Brewing Co. Her pieces about beer have appeared in Craftbeer.com, Oregon Beer Growler, Beer West Magazine, Cascade Journal, and The Bulletin. Please visit www.kimberlybowker.com for more information. Cheers to you all!
32 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
New England Beer with Matt Osgood
Matt Osgood is a New England-based journalist whose byline has appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Vice, Slate, and many more. He firmly believes in the Jimmy Buffett line, "Give me oysters and beer for dinner every day of the year." Follow him on Twitter @matthewmosgood or Instagram @mattosgoodwrites.
20 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Rob Beers in Philly
By now, we're dealing with the realization that beercations and craft beer excursions are off for a while, but that doesn't mean we can't plan.
32 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
A Glimpse into Victoria's Craft Beer Culture with Joe Wiebe
About the Guest: Joe Wiebe, the “Thirsty Writer,” is the author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries, the definitive guidebook to British Columbia’s burgeoning craft beer industry, currently in its second edition. The first edition of Craft Beer Revolution was a B.C. bestseller for 2013 and won the Gourmand Award for Best Beer Book in Canada. The completely revised and updated second edition released in March 2015 includes profiles of 90 breweries compared to 50 in the version that came out just two years earlier. Joe has been a freelance writer for 20 years, writing hundreds of articles on a wide range of subjects including arts and culture, sports, business and travel, but since 2008 he has mainly written about craft beer in publications including British Columbia magazine, Sip Northwest, BeerAdvocate, BCBusiness, The Growler, WestWorld, Beer West, Taps, Publican, NUVO, Taste, Alive, Westjet magazine and Boulevard. Joe is a co-founder and Beer Director of Victoria Beer Week, which takes place annually in early March, and the BC Ale Trail project, for which he is the Content Manager. He produced the Victoria Beer Map and is the beer columnist for CBC Radio’s All Points West program and often appears on other radio and TV shows as a craft beer expert. He emceed the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2016 and the Business of Craft Beer conference several times, and regularly hosts panel discussions on craft beer. Joe presents beer seminars in venues throughout British Columbia and leads a monthly beer tasting session in Victoria. He acts as a beer judge for the Okanagan Fest of Ale and the BC Beer Awards, and hosts visiting media on tours of the craft beer scene in British Columbia. Follow him on Twitter, and on Facebook.
34 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
A Beer Thriller in Hershey
Ben Kline on the breweries, festivals and other non-chocolate experiences in Hershey, Pa. About the Guest: Benjamin Kline is the head writer, operator, and creator of The Beer Thrillers. A blog he started in May 2019. A life long beer fan (well, since he was 21), Ben loves craft beer. A former writer for his high school newspaper, as well as having gone to school (for a little bit) for Philosophy and Journalism, Ben has spent his adult years, productively writing for various things (on top of maintaining a real job). He writes for his blog - The Beer Thrillers - with new posts nearly daily, as well as for Let Us Drink Beer Blog, Breweries in PA, and various other outlets (for philosophy as well). He also does pop culture podcasts with his friends at So A Mexican and a Scot Walk Into a Bar. He has also volunteered when he was able to (and when they needed him) at Tattered Flag for their canning run. Sometime home brewer as well, as hops grower (Nugget, Chinook, Cascade, and Saaz). He lives in Central PA among great breweries like Boneshire Brew Works, Troegs Independent Craft Brewing, Tattered Flag, Newfangled Brew Works, and the soon to be reopened Rubber Soul Brewing in his hometown. The Beer Thrillers Twitter The Beer Thrillers Facebook
31 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Kelsey Drinks Beer in Atlanta
Getting to talk to the brewer gives this nightlife reporter a better insight into the beers that make the Atlanta craft beer scene thrive. About the Guest: Kelsey Podo is the education and features reporter for The Gainesville Times in Gainesville, Georgia. She makes a weekly sacrifice for the newspaper by drinking tasty beer from around Georgia and writing about it in her column, Kelsey Drinks Beer. She enjoys interviewing brewmasters and divulging the magic behind each beer.
28 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Long Island Beer Guide Bernie Kilkelly
LI Beer Guide editor and publisher Bernie Kilkelly talks about how craft beer has changed the face of small Long Island towns. About the guest: Bernie Kilkelly is the editor and publisher of LIBeerGuide.com, the authoritative online guide to Long Island's beer scene. LIBeerGuide.com includes listings of craft breweries, beer bars, gastropubs, Irish and German pubs, and bottle shops, as well as information on beer festivals, beer destinations and homebrew clubs and shops. Bernie also publishes the free monthly email LIBeerGuide Brewsletter, with the latest Long Island beer news and event information. He has been a beer journalist for over 25 years, contributing to publications including Long Island Press, Ale Street News and Beer & Tavern Chronicle, and has won awards for Food & Beverage Writing from the Press Club of Long Island and the North American Guild of Beer Writers.
31 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
Craft Beer Is Transforming Phoenix
The Arizona Republic's nightlife reporter Tirion Morris talks about craft beer's transformative presence in Phoenix and what makes it such a great beer destination.
32 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
A Closer Look at Utah Beer with Mike Riedel
Owner of the Utah Beer Blog, Mike Riedel talks about how the craft beer scene has exploded in Salt Lake and beyond in the last few years. About the Guest: A Salt Lake City native that blames his wife for his craft beer spiral. He began writing about the Utah Craft Beer scene in 2005 as a therapeutic way of spreading the word of the good and bad in Utah’s burgeoning beer culture. Since then Mike has enjoyed writing for multiple local publications; including his current gig as the Beer Nerd for the Salt Lake City Weekly, a weekly craft beer radio segment and of course the Utah Beer Blog. It’s good work... if you can get it.
27 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Breweries Near the Finger Lakes
There's too much going on in the Upstate N.Y. beer scene to fit into one show. Instead, beer writer Don Cazentre focuses on the Finger Lakes as a destination and talks about how the Empire State re-invigorated its craft beer boom. About the Guest: Don Cazentre is a veteran journalist who has been writing about beer and the alcoholic beverage industry since the mid-1990s. He is the craft beer, wine and spirits writer for NYup.com, syracuse.com and The (Syracuse) Post-Standard. He is the co-author of New York Breweries, 2nd ed. (Stackpole; 2014) and Spirits & Cocktails of Upstate New York (The History Press/American Palate; 2017). He lives in Syracuse, N.Y.
27 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
Drinking Your Way Around Alaska
When you're a travel writer and a beer drinker, there's always an opportunity for a story. When Karen Asp travels for fun or on assignment, she makes it a point to add the brewing scene to enhance her experience. In this episode, she talks about navigating the Alaskan beer scene. About the guest: Karen Asp is an Indiana-based journalist who writes for numerous leading publications, including All About Beer, Craftbeer.com, Delta Sky, Better Homes and Gardens, VegNews, Real Simple Woman’s Day, O, Martha Stewart Living, USA Today, Women’s Health and Prevention. She’s also an author whose most recent book is Anti-Aging Hacks. Along with her fitness endeavors, volunteer work with animal shelters and sanctuaries, and vegan coaching she does, craft beer is one of her biggest passions (beer makes her smile!). She’s fortunate that her career allows her to travel the world, and she not only seeks out breweries wherever she is but also counts beer as her favorite travel souvenir. Her favorite style? IPAs, especially hazy IPAs that are citrus-forward.
34 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
San Antonio Breweries You Need to Hit
Plugging into a beer scene also tends to mean having a handle on food and other attractions, and SA Beer Magazine founder, Harrison Civick has been doing both for years. In this episode, he talks about the best ways to approach the San Antonio craft beer scene. About the guest: Harrison Civick is the Founder & Creative Director of SA Beer Magazine, a print and digital news source based out of San Antonio, Texas. With a focus on cultivating, illuminating, and educating the community, his projects usually find him meandering the city and collaborating with anyone and everyone around. You can find more of Harrison's work here: sabeermag.com fantomkitchen.com sabeerweek.org
30 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
Lehigh Valley Craft Beer and Festivals
Beer writer Craig Larimer on the top beer experiences in the Lehigh Valley, starting with the festivals. About the Guest Craig is a 26-year Morning Call journalism vet and pop culture junkie. He is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at the newspaper, where he directs and manages coverage of Lehigh Valley music, nightlife, museums, movies, exhibits, food, dining, festivals, beer, theatre and other assorted amazing stuff. He is also the craft beer writer at the newspaper. Therefore, he has the very best job in the newsroom. He lives happily in Bethlehem, Penn. with his lovely/hospitable wife Pamela and has two amazing boys Ian (24) and Evan (20). Craig enjoys sunshine, green things, all sports (especially soccer, running and cycling) and relaxing with good friends, music and quality brews at assorted and fantastic Lehigh Valley pubs. To get on his good side, ask a few things about Liverpool FC. Follow him (@cklarimer) on Twitter
33 minutes | Jan 25, 2020
Andy Calimano on Running Beer Festivals
Founder and president of Starfish Junction, which owns and runs the Great Beer Expo among other beverage events, talks about getting into the beer festival business and how much it has changed since the early days of the craft beer revolution.
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