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It Starts With Beer
43 minutes | 6 days ago
'Beer With Strangers' Host Tony Russo
In ep 43, I got a chance to chat with experienced podcaster, writer, and fellow New Jersey native Tony Russo. We talked about his excellent podcast, Beer With Strangers, and his ventures into podcasts about veterans, writers, and true crime. We chatted in the virtual, "Pub Strange."You can follow Tony on Twitter: @ByTonyRusso.Music: "Rock Angel" by Joakim Karud
50 minutes | 13 days ago
Writer Tara Nurin
In ep 42, I had the privilege to talk to Tara Nurin, an independent journalist who writes for Forbes and other publications. We talked about her book about the role women have played in the history of brewing, set for publication by the Chicago Review Press in the fall of 2021. We also discussed the world of beer writing, and I got some highlights of her intriguing career. Tara is also a speaker and has great upcoming events, so if you’d like to sign up, here are some links:Virtual Beer Tasting Class: https://bonbeer.com/tasting-classes/Craft Beverage Expo Forum: https://www.craftbeverageexpo.com/Craft Beer Professionals Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/5182876978396534This episode was sponsored by Labyrinth Brewing in Manchester, Connecticut.Background music: “Dreams” by Joaquim Kanud, “Bossa Nova Mix” by FreeSound Music, both copyright free.
53 minutes | 20 days ago
Firefly Hollow Brewing: Chat and tasting
For episode 41 I hung out on location with Dana Bourque and Justin Dawley of Firefly Hollow Brewing on their beautiful loading dock in Bristol, Connecticut. We chatted about the brewery’s history, what makes their beer stand out, and how they fit into the overall landscape of Connecticut and American beer. I also got to sample several of their beers and you can join me on my flight of fancy. This episode is sponsored by Labyrinth Brewing of Manchester, Connecticut.Send any correspondence to email@example.com.Background music: “& Kites” by Kavi and “I Can’t Get Started” by Bud Powell
53 minutes | a month ago
'Beer and Racism' coauthor Nathaniel Chapman
In ep 40, cohost Jamal Robinson and I interviewed Nathaniel Chapman, a professor of sociology and co-author of “Beer and Racism: How Beer Became White, Why It Matters, and the Movements to Change It.” Chapman said that he and his co-author David L. Brunsma have faced backlash for the book, including death threats, from parts of the web well known for white supremacists. We discuss why he wrote it, what it uncovered, and how we can overcome white fragility and make some honest change in the beer industry when it comes to diversity.This episode is sponsored by Labyrinth Brewing in Manchester, Connecticut.Mentioned in this episode: Ale Sharpton, Craft Crew, NEBCO, and the Chicago Newseum.Background music: “Misha, Monma” by Spiral, “Cafe Music from BGM Channel.”
33 minutes | a month ago
Julia Herz, beer educator and consultant
Julia Herz has shaped the rise of American craft beer for over 10 years, primarily as the program director of the Brewers Association. In episode 39, this author/speaker/educator/consultant talks about how the beer scene has changed since she joined the association and how being laid off in June has shifted her focus, prompting a vision quest.After the interview is the Afterparty, when I talk about joining the Hopped Up Network..Background music: “Encounter with a Mech Patrol Unit” by Ibrahim, “Roundabout” by The Jaguars, and “Uh Oh” by The Imps.Photo: Brewers Association
62 minutes | 2 months ago
Beer quality expert Mary Pellettieri
What do breweries need to do to ensure quality? My guest Mary Pellettieri in ep 38 of It Starts With Beer knows. Join special cohost Chris Sayer of Brewery Legitimus and I for an informative conversation that covers material from her book, "Quality Management," advice for small breweries, and gems of wisdom from Mary, who has taught at the Siebel Institute; worked with Goose Island, Miller, and many other breweries; and written extensively on many beer quality topics. Background music: “Lofi Hiphop Mix 2020” and “Piano Bar: Smooth Jazz Club at Midnight Buddha Café”
42 minutes | 2 months ago
Athletic Brewing's John Walker
How do you feel about non-alcoholic beer? Why do folks drink it and why is becoming more popular? In ep 37, we meet John Walker, the head brewer at Athletic Brewing Company of Stratford, Connecticut. He explains why his beer tastes unlike any other n/a beer on the market and talks about his journey from New England restaurant kid to Western U.S. blacksmith to seeing his beer being distributed all over the country. This episode is sponsored by Brass Works Brewing in Waterbury, Connecticut.Background Music: “Lullaby” by Joakim Karud, “Joan’s Red Dress” by David Luong
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Artist Kat Manning
In episode 36, we meet Kat Manning, the marketing director for the Connecticut Brewers Guild, a photographer with her own Hello Studio, and a label designer for Connecticut breweries. We talk about what makes for effective marketing for breweries online and on cans, how she brings her design aesthetic to breweries like Armada Brewing, Marlowe Ales, and Alvarium Beer.This episode is sponsored by Nod Hill Brewery in Ridgefield, Connecticut.Copyright free background music: “Rock Angel” by Joakim Karud, “Not Too Cray” by Huma-Huma, and “The Lounge” by bensound.com.Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
The Craft Crew
In ep 35, we meet the Craft Crew: James, Jamel, and Antron, who are determined to "widen the demographic" and introduce beer to Black and Latinx drinkers in Connecticut while supporting minority-owned businesses and organizations. They brew, they throw mixers, they make review videos, and they are a lot of fun to hang out with. Episode 35 is sponsored by Nod Hill Brewery of Ridgefield, Connecticut and Brass Works Brewing of Waterbury, ConnecticutMentioned: Blue Moon, Knee Deep Brewing, Samuel Adams, Tree House, NE Video, Unknown Clothing (New Britain), Fishy Tails, My Wife Didn’t Cook, Hog River Brewing, Hanging Hills Brewing, Jamal Robinson, Beer Kulture, New England Brewing Company, 16 Ounce Canvas podcast, The Hops Company, "This Ain’t the Beer That You’re Used To" by Dom "Doochie" Cook, The Sampler in Brooklyn,, Rhythm Brewing, Lady Lager, Urban League of Greater Hartford, and more.Music: “The Craft Crew Show” theme song by Born(IE), produced by GovMag.Reach out! I'm at email@example.com and at beersnobwrites.com
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Allan Heida of I Know Nothing About Beer Podcast
Ep 34: Allan Heida is a busy guy, what with his I Know Nothing About Beer podcast and Dad Domesticus, a look at the Stay At Home Dad (SAHD) life on YouTube. We talk about beer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, how best to take a kid to a brewery, and why he’s still hopeful. You can follow him as @AlTheBrewer on Instagram and Twitter.This episode is sponsored by Nod Hill Brewery of Ridgefield, Connecticut.Music in episode: Chill Lo-Fi Hip Hop Mix, “Coast to Coast” by Ducks Deluxe, “I Can Tell” by Dr. Feelgood, “Laid Off” by Cyanide Pills, “One Je Ta” by Optimal Problem, “Mr. Bartender” by Lew Lewis & Reformer, “Get Out of Denver” by Eddie & the Hotrods, “War Zone” by the Vibrators, “No No No” by T.U.S.H., and “Sally’s Dream” from the Lewis Luong Relaxation Cafe.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Beer Talk Now Podcast's Daryl Neal
Daryl Neal is the insightful host of Beer Talk Now who knows his Bay Area beer. In episode 33, I talk to D. Neal about the beer scene in and around the 'Sco, why pilsners are great, the myth of racial harmony in Northern California and more. Join us in my virtual creation -- The Bay Area Pub -- then stay for the Afterparty. This episode is sponsored by Back East Brewing in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Discussed in the ep: East Brother Beer, Counterweight Brewing Company, Oakland United Beer Works, E-40, and more!
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Package store life with Bottle Stop's Girish and Kevin
In ep 32 we get to hear about life behind the counter at the liquor store, or as we in New England call them, package stores. Girish Patel and Kevin Thomas of Bottle Stop in Torrington, Conn., are our guides. My on-site interview includes a tasting of Alvarium Beer Company and Firefly Hollow Brewing beer. Don’t forget to hang out at the Afterparty following the on-site interview. This episode is sponsored by Back East Brewing of Bloomfield, Connecticut.Intro music: “Heat It Up” by Willy Georgia. Background music: “Good for Nothing” by Otis McDonald, “Wet Martini”.Subscribe to and rate It Starts With Beer podcast on your favorite platform app, please. For comments or advertising rates, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Pilsner with author Tom Acitelli
Ep 31: Tom Acitelli has a lot of experience in writing about alcohol, and when it comes to writing about beer, he’s one of the best. His recent book, “Pilsner,” (Chicago Review Press) is an informative, entertaining look at how this style of beer interacted with history and dominated the world. Enjoy my interview with Tom and then stick around for the Afterparty.Episode sponsored by Back East Brewing.Intro music: “Heat It Up” by Will & the GeorgeBackground music: “German Music and German Folk Music,” “Manhattan Sky”Questions? Comments? Just want to unburden yourself? Email me at email@example.com.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Farm Brewing with Barry Labendz of Kent Falls
Ep 30! Interested in farm breweries and farmhouse ale? Enjoy my talk with Barry Labendz, co-founder of Kent Falls Brewing in Kent, Connecticut, which in 2015 opened as the first modern farm brewery in the state.Barry and his team started out with a farmhouse beer focus, and Barry and I talk about just what that means. We talk about his dedication to local ingredients, from the hops that come from their own farm and nearby Smokedown Farm (subject of ISWB Ep 29), to the grain that comes from local maltsters. When you’re done listening, get reading some of Barry's recommendations for books that focus on food and the food cycle:Third Plate by Dan BarberTaste of Place by Amy B. TrubekHungry City by Carolyn SteelStay tuned after the interview for The Afterparty.This episode was sponsored by Back East Brewing in Bloomfield, Conn. Intro music: “Heat It Up” by The Will-George ExperienceBackground music: “Picking Banjo,” “Action People #9,” and “Action People #7”
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Hops! With Ally Hughes and James Shepherd of Smokedown Farm
It’s almost hop harvesting time, so in ep 29 learn about hop growing from those who get their hands dirty in this episode, featuring Dr. James Shepherd, owner of Smokedown Farm in Sharon, Connecticut, and farm manager Ally Hughes. Shepherd -- an epidemiologist on the front lines of dealing with COVID-19 -- provides some unexpected insight into the connection between virus control and hops, and Hughes discusses how their hops make local beers extra special. This episode is sponsored by Back East Brewing in Bloomfield, Connecticut.Opening/closing music: “Heat It Up” by Will and GeorgeBackground music: “Eternal Flame” by Lahar
21 minutes | 4 months ago
Phantom Brewing's Jon Patrei
Ep 28: Phantom Brewing in Hartford, Connecticut, opened in April of this tumultuous year. My guest Jon Patrei and his business partner Bo Kolcio previously ran Beer & Wine Makers Warehouse, and continue to run a similar enterprise in their brewery. Jon and I talk about his background in beer and how opening during a pandemic works when you are prepared and make wise decisions. Information on the Phantom Ship in the intro comes from “The Ghost Ship of New Haven Sets Sail Shrouded in Mystery” by Michael Hoberman, from ConnecticutHistory.org. Background music: "Chill Lo-fi Hip-Hop Mix [No Copyright]." This episode was sponsored by Back East Brewing and Witchdoctor Brewing. [Aired 8/4/2020]
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Author and historian Gregg Smith
Ep 27: In this special history episode, author/historian Gregg Smith discusses topics including taverns during the colonial era, his favorite early brewery stories, the history of beer advertising, the hard life of a brewer in the early 20th century, historical methods, Prohibition, the role of women in beer history, and more. Warning: You will learn something! His books are available on Amazon and BrewersPublications.com. This episode is sponsored by Back East Brewing, Brewery Legitimus, and Little Red Barn Brewers. For more episodes, go to beersnobwrites.com/podcast.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
The hosts of 512 Brewed podcast
Ep 26: In their 512 Brewed podcast, Melanie Demi and Caitlin Johnson entertain and inform. Based in Austin, Texas (with its 512 area code), these media-savvy beer lovers bring a fun, well-researched approach to beer styles, beer tasting, and a bunch of other beer-adjacent topics. In this episode we step into my shoddily created hologram world, the latest virtual pub that I've called "The Great Outdoors." We talk podcasting, Austin beer, and get served by a lion. In other words, we keep it weird. I invite you to listen to 512 Brewed, and check out the hosts' blogs: Melanie's Three Dogs One Bar and Caitlin's Big World, Small Girl. Thanks for listening to It Starts With Beer. Please follow and subscribe on your favorite podcast platform. You can support this podcast by dropping a Venmo tip for william-siss. My website is beersnobwrites.com.
53 minutes | 5 months ago
Jamal Robinson of New England Brewing
Ep 25: When Jamal Robinson, director of sales at New England Brewing of Woodbridge, Conn., put up some simple videos in his greenhouse in June, he was doing more than letting off some steam about race relations in America. He was setting down some wisdom that I couldn't get out of my head. In this episode, Jamal talks about his career in beer, how he's dealt with racism, and what a brewery can do to affect change.To watch Jamal's videos, check them out on his YouTube channel linked here. You can follow him on Instagram at @nebcojammy.Follow "It Starts With Beer" on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean, or wherever you find podcasts!
32 minutes | 5 months ago
Beer writer Jay C. Williams
Ep 24: Writer Jay C. Williams is Connecticut-based with a background in copywriting. His love of beer has propelled him into freelance opportunities, including writing for Wine Enthusiast, Cuisine Noir, October, and other publications. Listen in as we talk writing for multiple audiences, the expanding "beer scene," and Williams' straight-edge punk past.Here are some links to Jay's work: October, Cuisine Noir, Wine Enthusiast.Background music from Saiki Beats and Relax Music Meditation.Follow "It Starts With Beer" on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean, or wherever you find podcasts!
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