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April 16, 2019
Episode 476: Kindred Spirits and Common Roots
Description: This week, Jimmy sits down with Jon Kielty from Big Alice Brewing, Christian Weber from Common Roots Brewing, and Melanie Fronhofer from brew system design company Fronhofer Design. In late March, a fire destroyed much of Common Roots’ father-son brewery in South Glens Falls, New York. Right away, Jon and others from the craft brewing community got together to figure out to help Christian and his father rebuild. Jon, Christian, and Melanie talk with Jimmy about the Big Alice-Common Roots collab beer, brewing on the three-barrel system that survived the fire, and the benefits of working with a small, local design company. To donate to Common Roots’ rebuilding effort, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/ywac3-common-roots-brewing-company
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52 min
April 9, 2019
Episode 475: Brisket King NYC 2019 Preview
What do you drink when you smoke...brisket? Tune in for a preview of Jimmy’s annual Brisket King NYC competition! Three of this year’s competitors, John Gower, John Patterson, and Matt Abdoo, join Jimmy to talk about spice rubs, pig breeds, HACCP plans, and what drinks pair best with BBQ.
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60 min
April 2, 2019
Episode 474: Lagers, Lyons, Lindbaek, and Lengyel
Jimmy talks (and drinks) lagers with Svend Lindbaek from Millerton’s Svendale Brewing Co., Pete Lengyel from Bushwick’s KCBC Brewing, and Jeff Lyons and Alex Biedermann of Greenpoint’s Keg & Lantern Brewing. They cover New York state malts and hops, secret German brewing methods, the virtues and vices of Rolling Rock, Danish beer culture, and who’s putting lagers in barrels.
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55 min
March 26, 2019
Episode 473: The State of New York Cider
Hear about what makes New York cider special, the question of canning, the truth about dryness, and the definition of endangered apples while Jimmy checks in on the state of New York cider.
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56 min
March 19, 2019
Episode 472: Péché Mortel Day and Shelton Brothers European Vacation
This week on Beer Sessions, Jimmy checks in with beer importers BR Rolya and Joel Shelton to talk about their latest venture, Shelton Brothers Insider Tours. Alex Zolli, general manager of Spuyten Duyvil bar in Williamsburg, also joined them to talk about Péché Mortel (French for “mortal sin”), the Imperial Coffee Stout from venerable Montreal brewpub, Dieu du Ciel!
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54 min
March 12, 2019
Episode 471: The Cult of Rothaus Pilsner
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy explores the phenomenon sweeping Brooklyn: Rothaus Pilsner. He is joined by Tobias Holler of Black Forest Brooklyn, Josh Van Horn of Gold Star Brewing, Kim Mercado from Brouwerij Lane, and Aaron Goldfarb, a writer from Punch. Rothaus Pilsner is an unpasteurized beer imported fresh and cold from Germany. Tobias is originally from the Black Forest region in which this beer is made and explains why he wanted to share his culture with New Yorkers. From the beer’s iconic logo to it’s short shelf life, these guests talk about why Rothaus Pilsner is good enough to compete with local brews. Beer List Rothaus Pilsner Andechser Vollbier Hell, Klosterbrauerei Andechs Palatime Pils, Suarez Family Brewery Homespun, Suarez Family Brewery Purple Haze, Abita Brewing Co.
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59 min
March 5, 2019
Episode 470: Shipwreck Yeast
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51 min
February 27, 2019
Mini Episode: NYC Beer Week, Coney Island Beer + Cheese Tasting
Beer Sessions assistant producer Dylan Heuer attended Coney Island Brewery’s Beer + Cheese Tasting for NYC Beer Week. An interview with Coney Island’s head brewer Matt McCall and cheese expert Christine Clark delves into their process for finding complementary pairs, why they believe beer pairs better with cheese than wine, and how you can create tastings like this at home.
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16 min
February 26, 2019
Episode 469: The Arc of NYC Breweries
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined by leaders in the New York beer scene who started small but expanded rapidly. Kyle Hurst from Big Alice Brewing is in the studio; along with the head brewer at Coney Island Brewing, Matt McCall; and the founders of Island to Island Brewery, Danii Oliver and Kevin Braithwait. These brewers recall their first brews and the initial challenges they faced in small spaces. As their businesses grew, they had the freedom to host more guests and hold events. Plus these guests discussed the ability to become more adventurous with their craft over time. They round out the show with a conversation of NYC Beer Week and the NY SMASH (state malt and state hops) beers these breweries are excited to showcase.
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54 min
February 20, 2019
Episode 468: A Preview of NYC Beer Week
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined by Matt McCall of Coney Island Brewing Company, Pat Fondiller of Alewife Brewing Company, and James Tai, a beer consultant. NYC Beer Week is around the corner, and more breweries from upstate and out of state will be attending than ever before. These guests provide insight on what to expect and how to navigate the bounty of breweries attending. Their best advice: try out a lager, kolsh, or pilsner before moving to an IPA. These styles aren’t masked with additional flavor so Pat and Matt agree they serve as a good test for new breweries. Danii Oliver of Island to Island Brewery stops by as well to share her thoughts on the differences between social media culture, and what customers actually want. Tune to hear what events and beers these guests are most excited about as NYC Beer Week approaches. Beer List Alewife Brewing Company, Death to Ego Alewife Brewing Company & Equilibrium Brewery, Entente Double IPA Coney Island Brewing Company, Cream of the Cropsey Coney Island Brewing Company, Midnight Troller Milk Stout Coney Island Brewing Company, Chocolate Ryezome
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53 min
February 13, 2019
Episode 467: Local to Locals: Supporting New York Breweries and Retailers
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy focuses on what it really means to be ‘local.’ Joining him is Andrew Preston the owner of Hicksville Beer & Soda and the founder of the Local to Locals Program. Local to Locals is a certification mark that affirms both a product and its retailer are locally owned. Andrew founded the enterprise to help consumers invest 100% of their money into local businesses, rather than shopping for local products in big-box stores. Right now Andrew’s priority is expanding his network and some of his partners join the conversation as well. Ken Landin, the owner of Crossroads Brewing, Anthony Tartaglia and Joseph Mele from Coastal Kitchen & Daiquiri Bar, and Matt Archambault from Brewed in New York are all in the studio. Together they discuss educational efforts, collaborations, and where they like to eat and drink locally. Beer List Crossroads, Black Rock Stout Crossroads, New Normal Unfiltered IPA Destination Unknown, Milkshake IPA Fifth Hammer, Cashmere Kid Fifth Hammer, Iron Orchid Imperial Stout Fifth Hammer, Pineappledactyl Fifth Hammer Solar Lemur Spider Bite, Chocolate Coconut Porter
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55 min
February 5, 2019
Episode 466: Rafael Espinal on the Politics of Brewing in New York
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined by Rafael Espinal, a New York City Council member running for Public Advocate in the upcoming special election. Danii Oliver of Island to Island Brewery, Heather Rush of Pine Box Rock Shop, and Chris O’Leary of Brew York, New York also join the conversation about how New York politics are affecting brewers. Danii and Heather talk about the strong role local government plays in the management of their breweries and taprooms. They discuss the difficulty of being labeled as “vice” businesses and argue breweries should be valued for providing manufacturing jobs, creating a local product, and supporting other local businesses in the process. The conversation ultimately comes down to the question: Why should breweries do business in NYC? Beer List Boulevard Brewery Space Camper Cosmic IPA Sixpoint Party Hat New England IPA Big Alice Boisonberry Current Sour Hudson Valley Brewery Pilsner
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46 min
January 29, 2019
Episode 465: Wastewater: Reducing Excess and Moving Towards Sustainable Brewing
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy is dedicating the show to an issue that affects all breweries, but is rarely discussed: wastewater. Water is integral to making beer but a lot is wasted. Typically one pint of beer requires seven pints of water. For this conversation, Jimmy is joined by John Bedard of Kushner Studios, a brewery architect; Paul Mankiewicz, a biologist from the Gaia Institute; and Evan Bowles, a wastewater engineer. These experts discuss various policies surrounding the issue and the diverse challenges brewers face from New York to California. They divulge to talk about the importance of environmentally conscious design from green roofs to solar panels and imagine how they would construct a sustainable brewery from the ground up.
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54 min
January 22, 2019
Episode 464: On-Air Tasting of Smoked Malt Beers with the Beer Table Team
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy hosts Justin Phillips and his team from Beer Table for a special tasting. Jimmy and Justin along with Megan Saxelby, Noah Levin, and Gavin Murphy taste a handful of distinct beers, which all share one ingredient: smoked malts. The origin of the beers ranges: from Bamberg, Germany, the world’s largest supplier of malts; to Scandinavian countries like Norway and Finland; all the way to Vermont where one beer was made by the Von Trapp family of the Sound of Music. The conversation covered the delicacy of smoky flavors, which varied from rich and meaty to the woodiness one might recognize in a scotch. As everyone tried to pinpoint the evocative sensation a smoked malt beer can provide, some suggested that looking to writing on cocktails, wine, and even perfumes can help anyone working to train their palette. Tasting List: Threes Short Fuse Von Trapp Trösten Lager Schlenkera Urbock Haandbryggeriet Bestefar Prykmestar Savu Kataja Hair of the Dog Adam Del Ducato Verdi Anniversario 200
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58 min
January 15, 2019
Episode 463: Matthias Neidhart and B. United International: Importing Historic Czech Lagers
This week on Beer Sessions Radio Jimmy welcomes Matthias Neidhart, the founder and owner of B. United International Inc. along with George Flickinger and Michael Opalenski, who manage sales for the company here in New York. They talk about the innovation that finally allowed B. United to import traditional lagers from the Czech Republic without interfering with the flavor or freshness of the beer. Their temperature-controlled containers convinced some of the most historic breweries in the world to ship their beer across the Atlantic Ocean. Matthias believes the market for traditional lagers will continue to grow in the US, recalling how dramatically attitudes have shifted over the past few years. Chris McClelland, founder of the Brew Enthusiast joins the conversation as well, contributing his passion for the culture, history, and high quality of Czech Lagers.
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60 min
January 8, 2019
Episode 462: Beer Bar Owners of Color: Collaborations and Representation
This week on Beer Sessions Radio the bar owners and brewers behind popular beers, El Pres Pilsner and Dead Pres Lager come together to discuss this collaboration and their stories as bar owners of color. To create these beers individuals from Bar 177, Bar 180, BierWax, The Bronx Beer Hall, The Sampler, and Uptown Beer Society worked with Interboro Spirits and Drafts. This group talks about the desire to create a beer that would resonate with the Latinx community. They express that their passion for creating and selling beer goes beyond making money, these men strive to represent the local businesses and culture of their neighborhoods. Many of these bars were the first to sell craft beer in their community and the conversation covers how they continue to thrive as New York City changes around them.
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52 min
January 1, 2019
Episode 461: A Conversation at the Cornelia St Cafe
In this very special New Year's episode we went into the archives, way back to 2015 for a conversation recorded at the Cornelia St Cafe. Sadly, due to rent increases, the Cornelia St Cafe - a West Village institution - will be closing soon. Joining Jimmy on this evening were: Robin Hirsch, co-owner and co-founder of Cornelia st cafe; Daric Schlesselman, the Founder of Van Brunt Stillhouse in Brooklyn; Allison Patel of Brenne Whiskey; and Liz stretch, from Slow Food NYC and NYU's Food Studies Program. Together they discuss the history of Cornelia St Cafe, the local distilling movement, huge change in American palates over the past four decades, and much much more.
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40 min
December 24, 2018
Episode 460: All the way from Norway: Haand Brewery. Homebrewing, and Kveik
Jimmy greets Stefan Hansen all the way from Norway this week on Beer Sessions Radio. Stefan manages domestic and international sales for Haanbryggiert Brewery. BR Rolya and Bib W join in too. They are both NY sales representatives for Shelton Brothers Inc., an importer of Haand beers. Haand Brewery specializes in sours, stouts, and farmhouse ales, but what really sets them apart is Kveik, a strain of yeast unique to Norwegian brews. Homebrewing in Norway has regained popularity over the last decade but we learn the practice is rooted in the country’s history. Stefan shares about his tour of the NYC beer scene. By combining his own knowledge with what he's learned, Stefan hopes the partnerships he has formed will bring him back to the city in the near future.
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44 min
December 18, 2018
Episode 459: New York State Sourcing and Ken Grossman’s Resilience IPA
This week on Beer Sessions Radio Jimmy is joined by Jason Sahler of Strong Rope Brewing, Chad Zimar of Steuben Brewing, Kara Johnston from Chimney Bluffs Hoppery and Chris Holden of Crooked Creek Hops.
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60 min
December 11, 2018
Episode 458: The Brewery at the CIA: Food & Beverage in NY
The marriage of food and beer is at the heart of Beer Sessions Radio this week. Jimmy welcomes Hutch Kugeman and Waldy Malouf from the Culinary Institute of America.
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52 min
December 4, 2018
Episode 457: A Brew Grows in Brooklyn: Wild East Brewing and Keg & Lantern
Wild East Brewing is coming soon to Gowanus, Brooklyn and the whole team joins Jimmy on Beer Sessions Radio this week. Brett Taylor, Lindsay Steen, Tyler March have taken on this project as founding partners. Jeff Lyons is in the studio as well talking about his experience brewing at Keg & Lantern in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is also currently assisting with the opening of their new location. Everyone talks about the decision-making required by the process of opening a brewery, from recipes to logistics and self-image. The founders of Wild East discuss their inspiration and share how their conception for the brewery has changed. One lesson they’ve carried with them is the importance of thinking big! It’s clear that these guests’ dedication to the beer industry stems from the genuine joy that arises from collaboration, learning, and creation.
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54 min
November 27, 2018
Episode 456: Evil Twin Brewing and Brewed in New York: New Endeavors for NY Craft Beer
This week Jimmy welcomes Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso back to Beer Sessions. Jeppe has made many memorable beers over the years, but today’s discussion is focused on his newest project: opening Evil Twin Brewery in Queens.
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52 min
November 20, 2018
Episode 455: Upstate and Downstate Collaborations with New York Ingredients
It’s a full house this week on Beer Sessions Radio! Brewers from Interboro, KCBC, Indian Ladder Farms, Greenpoint Beer & Ale, Cerveceria Rancho Humo, and Just Add Beer are here to talk about collaborations while they enjoy the products that have resulted from them. Partnerships stretch across New York State connecting brewers with the farmers growing hops and malts. But the local market is still developing and the brewers and farmers around the table discuss the challenges they currently face in working together. As they continue to taste, these brewers take us through the process, ingredients, and inspiration behind their beers. Everyone shares about the events, travels, and coincidences that have led to exciting collaborations in craft brewing.
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60 min
November 14, 2018
Episode 454: Great Pils, Magic Yeast, and International Collaborations from KCBC, LineUp
"This week on Beer Sessions Radio Jimmy welcomes Pete Lengyel of Kings Country Brewers Collective and Katarina Martinez of LineUp Brewing. Recently, both Pete and Katarina travelled to experience the beer scene in Europe and they have lots to share! Pete attended the Gothenburg Beer festival in Sweden and tells us what he learned about Kveik, which Jimmy calls the “magic yeast” from Scandinavia. Katarina was just in Germany on a scholarship through the Pink Boots Society. She talks about the German Purity Law, the only brewing nun in the world, and the support she witnessed for local brewers. Alexander Korobkov from Zagovor Brewery stops by to chime in on the discussion as well! Everyone shares how an international perspective will impact their brewing back home.
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58 min
November 8, 2018
Episode 453: The State of Cider: Part 2
The excitement of Cider Week NYC continues. Jenn Smith, Eleanor Leger, Kyle Sherrer, Gidon Coll, and Ron Sansone stay in the studio to continue their conversation about the trajectory of the cider industry, cider’s variation across regions, and cider’s role in the food and agriculture sector. Reverend Nat calls in from Portland Oregon. He recognizes how unique Portland’s cider scene is but has a clear message for the industry at large: ‘Educate, educate, educate!’ This will be made possible by new organizations like CINA: the Cider Institute of North America. Nick Gunn, the co-founder of Cider Con calls in to tell us more about it. In the meantime the question remains: what is the market ready for and what path will this developing industry follow? Check out “The State of Cider” Parts 1 and 2 on Beer Sessions Radio.
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59 min
November 8, 2018
Episode 452: The State of Cider: Part 1
It’s Cider Week in NYC and Jimmy talks to a number of industry experts. Jenn Smith from the NY Cider Association, Eleanor Leger of Eden Cider, Kyle Sherrer from Graft Cider, Gidon Coll from Original Sin, and Ron Sansone of Spoke and Spy Cider gather around in the studio. They have lots to say about celebrating orchards, pairing cider with food, and the relationship between cider, beer, and wine. Michelle McGrath, the Executive Director of the US Cider Association, calls to talk about the support cider needs to grow as an industry. Mike Beck from Uncle John’s Cider Mill in Michigan dials in next to discuss what styles and marketing strategies are gaining traction. When people think cider, usually one style comes to mind and that’s what these industry leaders want to change. Tune in to The State of Cider: Part 2 to learn more about cider’s diversity.
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53 min
October 31, 2018
Episode 451: European Beers and Brews Tour
This week Jimmy and his guests went on a 11-country European tasting tour with Miguel Rivas, the Beer Trekker who documents his world travels on Instagram. They were joined in the studio by international and domestic beer importers BR Rolya, Joel Shelton, and Lars Dahlhaus. The conversation got deep.
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56 min
October 23, 2018
Episode 450: Anchor Brewmaster and NYC Good Beer Seal Bars
Scott Ungermann the Brewmaster for Anchor Brewing in San Francisco joins Jimmy on Beer Sessions this week. Jen Maslank from Spring Lounge, Kirk Struble of 4th Ave Pub, and Bobby Gagnon from The Gate also take a seat around the table. A sequence of tastings from Anchor Brewing commences with the Anchor Steam, followed by Anchor’s 2018 Christmas Ale, and then the Fog Breaker IPA.
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55 min
October 16, 2018
Episode 449: Mead with Enlightenment Wines & Honey's
New York Rye Week inspired Beer Sessions to look to another unique New York State farm beverage: mead! Jimmy hosts Raphael Lyon and Patrick Dacy. Lyon is the founder of Enlightenment Wines Meadery and Honey’s Brooklyn. Dacy is the owner of Duke’s Liquor Box, an early retailer of Lyon’s meads. Although mead is often associated with ‘dungeons and dragons’ given its roots with vikings in Northern Europe, meads are made around the world and range in flavor from bitter to sweet, floral to herbal. Some meads resemble table wine whiles others mix well in cocktails. Lyon and Dacy delve deep into how meads are made and discuss the pull between tradition and experimentation. Dacy has always valued the story behind the products he sells and his partnership with Lyon came naturally. The two have plans to collaborate on mead cocktails in the near future. If you want more background on NY State Grains & Rye, make sure to check out Beer Sessions Episode 409, wherever you get your podcasts!
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54 min
October 9, 2018
Episode 448: Beer Quality: On a Scale from "More-ish" to "Eh"
Jimmy is joined by Chris McClelland, founder of The Brew Enthusiast, Angela Steil, manager of education at Murray’s Cheese, and Anthony Malone, a partner at Swift and director of operations at Pier A. They start the show off with a pint of Half Acre, Oktoberfest and discuss what makes a beer high quality. One word that’s thrown around is “more-ish” which describes the feeling of instantly wanting more of something. Jimmy wants to know how to find more great beers and less that are just “eh.” Given beer’s finicky nature, these experts—two of whom are Advanced Cicerones—delve into the rabbit hole that is the draft system and emphasize the importance of cleanliness, cool temperature, and correct carbonation. While everyone desires a clear industry standard, in the meantime these guests strive to make the draft beers they serve taste like the brewers intended.
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61 min
October 3, 2018
Episode 447: Women in Beer NYC
Women in New York’s beer scene dominate this week’s discussion on Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy is joined by Kat Martinez, the founder of LineUp Brewing, Katherine Kyle, managing partner at the Blind Tiger, Ann Reilly from 5 Boroughs Brewing, and Lindsey Ronchi of Fool’s Gold. As they sipped on a raspberry sour they talked about the need to further categorize this broadly defined type of beer, among other things. Community was a recurring theme in the conversation, from social media networks, to the New York Brewers Guild, and the Pink Boots Society. Everyone dwelled on the many connections between beer and art as well. A strong argument was made for greater diversity in the beer industry and many believed local businesses, especially in New York City presented a good opportunity for this. Any one who listens to this episode will walk away with new events on their calendar like Beer without Beards and Blocktoberfest.
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55 min
September 26, 2018
Episode 446: From Branding to Beer Cheese: Retailers on the Golden Age of Beer
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone hosts a group of New York Beer Retailers including Kevin Heald from Malt & Mold, Zach Mack from ABC Beer Company, and John O’Donnell from Radegast Beer Hall, in addition to Vince Turse and Mike Semenec from DSSOLVR, a brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. This group of guys talks about everything that goes into owning a beer shop: from the beer itself, to the food served, and the atmosphere. Many discuss their journey from positions as bartenders, home-brewers, or sales representatives to opening their own beer shop. And Vince and Mike tell us about their current journey across the east coast collaborating with various breweries. Everyone chimes on difficult questions about how to seek out sustainable business and the ways in which breweries and retailers influence each other. Growing beer scenes like that in Asheville and subcultures like oat beer, excite the whole group, who agree we are really witnessing the golden age of beer.
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53 min
September 19, 2018
Episode 445: Drink Beer, Think Beer
"This week on Beer Sessions, Jimmy Carbone makes a long awaited return to the studio! He is joined by John Holl, an award-winning journalist covering the beer industry and author of the newly published book, Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint. We also hear from Justin Phillips, Megan Saxelby and Noah Levin who make up the team at Beer Table, a specialty beer shop in New York City. Jimmy and his guests discuss trends in the beer industry, trying to get to the bottom of which are meaningful and which may be fleeting. John Hull argues we should step away from modifiers like ‘craft’ and ‘independent.’ Everyone is interested in the ways the local food movement is impacting breweries as many begin to grow their own grain and malt. What seems to matter most, is how consumers are making personal connections with the beer they drink.
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53 min
August 14, 2018
CHSWFF17: Cameron Read, Timmons Pettigrew, and Randall Goldman with Jimmy Carbone
In the first hour of Beer Sessions Radio broadcast from the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, host Jimmy Carbone cracks into four special brews with Cameron Read and Timmons Pettigrew of Edmund's Oast. Lucky audience members have the chance to sample Gilded, their Belgian-style table beer, and learn about local oyster seasons, Charleston history, and of course, brewing. Special guest Randall Goldenberg, Chairman of the Festival, jumps in for a history lesson and a bit of trivia.
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53 min
August 7, 2018
CHSWFF17: Morgan Westbrook, Edward Westbrook, and Adam Sappington with Jimmy Carbone
In the third hour of Beer Sessions Radio broadcast from the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, host Jimmy Carbone welcomes Morgan and Edward Westbrook from Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, SC and Chef Adam Sappington from The Country Cat in Portland, OR to talk beer and butchery. For the Westbrooks, brewing is a family affair (their kids very patiently hung out for their interview). Morgan shares stories about taste-testing local donuts before using them in their collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing: Imperial Donut Break. Adam Sappington is known for his whole hog butchery and American craft cooking. His passion for food dates back to his upbringing on the central Missouri farmlands, where he spent hours with his mother in the kitchen and attended the local farmers markets with his grandmother.
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42 min
July 31, 2018
On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio: Back to the Roots
In the final episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio Season One, host Jimmy Carbone travels to the Finger Lakes. He visits The Farmhouse Brewery in Owego, the first malting house in New York State in over a decade and one of only a handful also brews in-house. You’ll hear from a top grains farmer about the challenges he faces to produce and distribute unique, artisanal grains to brewers. You’ll also meet the experts who support him in his work. Up in Ovid, Jimmy visits Blackduck Cidery and meets the whole family behind some of the best cider in the state. Plus, meet the community behind New York cider at Finger Lakes Cider House.
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58 min
July 24, 2018
On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio: License to Brew
In this episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone travels to the Capital region near Albany, New York. You’ll hear from the farmers of Indian Ladder Farms about how they became leaders in the region for growing hops, and about how the farm brewery license, created by lawmakers in the nearby capital, has enhanced their business and made their farm more viable. The license to brew and serve beer on site has allowed local beverage producers to prosper. In the nearby town of Rensselaerville, you’ll meet the people behind a brewery that is primarily dedicated to learning the best ways to use New York State grains and hops in beer. Finally, we visit the capitol building in Albany and a nearby brewer who has chosen not to source completely locally-- for some unexpected reasons. Carey Institute / Helderberg Brewery Helderberg Brewery is a project of the Carey Institute’s Sustainable Communities Program, located on the Carey Institute’s 100-acre estate in Rensselaerville. It is a fully operational farm brewery and brewery incubator led by Rebecca Platel, the Sustainable Communities Program and Brewery Manager, and Greg Hostash, the Head brewer. Helderberg works to build a farm-to-glass supply chain connecting farmers, malt houses and craft beverage producers in the Capital Region. They've hosted workshops since 2013 for farmers interested in growing hops and small grains, and provide frequent hands-on learning and technical workshops for the region’s many craft beverage producers. Indian Ladder Farms Laura Ten Eyck, the great granddaughter of Indian Ladder Farms founder, Peter Ten Eyck, and her husband, Dietrich Gehrig, are continuing their family’s century-old tradition of living close to the land. What began in 1916 as a dairy farm with Guernsey cattle has developed over four generations to become a prolific apple orchard that yields delicious cider. Indian Ladder Farms now grows its own hops and barley, much to the delight of those who have a passion for the beer they brew. Their vision is to stay “hyper-local,” growing ingredients and making their own products for the Albany community while preserving the pristine landscape via a land trust. Laura and Dietrich recently published The Hop Grower’s Handbook, which provides an inspiring account of the history of hop cultivation on the land surrounding their farm as well as practical guidance for those who would like to join the ‘farm to glass’ movement. C.H. Evans Brewing Co. / Albany Pump Station Now located in the original water pumping station for the Albany Water Works, C. H. Evans Brewing Co. has been the work of the Evans family for three generations. Their original brewery was built in Hudson, NY in 1786 and it continued production until prohibition in 1920. In 1999, Neil Evans decided to revive his family’s historic brewery. Today, Neil and Head Brewer Scott Veltman, formerly of Brewery Ommegang, are rebuilding the Evans' beer legacy by sourcing ingredients from local farmers as frequently as possible and recreating historic early 19th century recipes like Albany Ale. C.H. Evans also has developed new classics; such as their Award-winning English style Kick-Ass Brown Ale, a real crowd pleaser.
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56 min
July 17, 2018
On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio: Edge of the Wild!
In the second episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, travel with host Jimmy Carbone to the Edge of the Wild! In the Catskills region of New York State, you'll meet a former racetrack veterinarian who uses his chemistry background to distill unique buckwheat liquor and whole wheat vodka, a cider maker who takes his cues from texts written about apples in the 1800s, a brewery owner who was part of saving New York City’s water through anti-fracking advocacy, and one of the first (legal) absinthe producers in the United States. photos by Miguel Rivas, the Beer Trekker Aaron Burr Cider Andy Brennan, the visionary behind Aaron Burr Cider, makes bold moves - much like those of his cidery's historic namesake. Also a painter and architectural draftsman, Andy uprooted his life in Brooklyn and traded it for the quiet sanctuary of Wurtsboro, New York. Just as his cidery is situated on a homestead that dates back to the early 19th century, Andy draws inspiration and practical guidance from old farming almanacs, citing the wisdom that was recorded 100 years ago about apple cultivation to be the most trustworthy. There is no comparing apples to apples when it comes to ciders: The variety of apples required to make delicious cider are not the apples typically available to consumers. Aaron Burr Cider specializes in foraging wild apples for its ciders, creating heavenly blends of Golden Russet, Empire, Idared and crab-apple varieties. The Catskill Distilling Company The Catskill Distilling Company is a labor of love for Monte Sachs, its founder. Distilling and fermentation had long been a hobby for Monte. While studying to be a equine veterinarian in Italy, he became fascinated by the art of making traditional grappa. After many years pursuing his passion for working with horses at the Monticello Raceway, Monte again pursued distilling as a pastime, bringing The Catskill Distilling Company to life. His full-bodied, delectable buckwheat liquor is the only liquor of its type produced in the United States. Fascinatingly, buckwheat liquor is a special variety of "whisky" made from buckwheat malt, a non-grain plant of the sorrel and rhubarb family. Catskill Brewery Catskill Brewery is a thriving example of what is possible when four friends have a dream and work together to achieve it. The founders live by the "leave no trace" principle of outdoor exploring and aspired to build a green brewery - an operation that is completely energy-efficient, community-centered and environmentally friendly. In 2014, they accomplished their goal: The internal temperature of the brewery is maintained by geothermal energy and the entire facility is powered by solar energy. Visitors to the Catskill Brewery will also notice its green roof, permeable driveway pavers and electric car charging stations. Locals love Catskill's beers, their ongoing partnerships with local farmers and the recently-established food co-op. All of these sustainability-minded contributions make Catskill Brewery a valued presence in the Hudson Valley community. Delaware Phoenix Distillery When the United States Department of the Treasury relaxed their position on the sale of absinthe in 2007, Cheryl Lins, a former computer programmer and water colorist, was the first distiller in New York State to make two versions of the spirit at Delaware Phoenix, her micro-distillery. After receiving several orders for the green fairy liquid from European enthusiasts, Cheryl procured a distilling copper-pot from Portugal and Pierre Duplais Bible of 19th-century distillation techniques book and began to experiment. Cheryl cherishes the mindful pace of Delaware County life as she distills, designs the labels and delivers her exquisite absinthe to local markets and to her customers. This episode featured music by The Hollows, Lobo Loco, Doctor Turtle, Chris Zabriskie, Bad Citizen, James Beaudreau, and Mary Lattimore
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58 min
July 10, 2018
On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio: The New Primitives
In the first episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, you will travel with us to the Hudson Valley region. Although it’s only about an hour’s drive from New York City, you feel like you’re in a different world. The Hudson Valley is an historic beer-making region, but with the rise of industrialization and cheap transportation, breweries virtually disappeared for most of the 20th century. Then, in the last few years, locals again began to appreciate and demand craft, local beer, which attracted experienced brewers to the region to open their first ever breweries. The brewers wanted to make their beer in a traditional ways with ties to the community and local products, like it was made in the region over 100 years ago. Thus, Beer Sessions host Jimmy Carbone dubbed them “the new primitives.”
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54 min
June 12, 2018
Episode 438: Six Most Metal Breweries
Keeping it metal, one brewery at a time. Craft beer and heavy metal fans are two of the most passionate audiences in the world, two distinct industries with the same rebel spirit; our goal is to connect those working on each side. Both homebrewers and guitar heroes start in the garage with dreams of turning pro – we’ll tour cross country to the six most hardcore breweries expressing themselves like rock stars, pairing craft beer with heavy metal today. Follow Advanced Cicerone® Adam Zuniga (look it up), along with a creative team of hopheads and metalheads, as we visit every region in America where brewers raise their horns. We’ll go behind the scenes at metal breweries, drink a beer; join for brew day, drink a beer; launch exclusive beers with local bands and venues, then of course, drink a beer. Taking pit stops along the way, let’s tap the heavy metal culture in your hometown. 'The Six Most Metal Breweries' is a lifestyle series made for TV that puts you in the band, on the bus. Cheers!
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53 min
June 5, 2018
Episode 437: Black Project Wild & Spontaneous Ales
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight, including Sarah Howat from Denver’s Black Project Wild & Spontaneous Ales, Cat Brackett from Ivan Ramen, and BR Rolya from Shelton Brothers.
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48 min
May 29, 2018
Episode 436: Decicco's and Friends
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Chris and Joe DeCicco from DeCicco & Sons in Westchester, Joe Turco from Sloop Brewing, and Yvon Pasquarello from Bells. Mike Amidei and Ralph Perrazzo will also be joining us later in the show to talk about an exciting new project they’re working on in Las Vegas.
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50 min
May 22, 2018
Episode 435: Beer Quiz for the Master Cicerones
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight to talk about the Cicerone program and more specifically the Master Cicerone level. Master Cicerone is the fourth and highest level of the Cicerone Certification Program. It recognizes an exceptional understanding of brewing, beer, and pairing — combining outstanding tasting abilities with an encyclopedic knowledge of commercial beers. The Master Cicerone exam challenges individuals to master every technical and aesthetic aspect of beer. Candidates must converse with professional brewers and chefs as a peer, demonstrate the tasting ability of a seasoned quality control panel member and yet also speak with consumers using easy-to-understand but vividly descriptive language. Those who possess these skills serve the industry as consultants, educators, and knowledge leaders in various organizations. We have two Master Cicerones from AB InBev’s The High End division, Max Bakker and Ryan Daley.
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53 min
May 15, 2018
Episode 434: Long Island Beer Week: Sand City Brewing & Destination Unknown!
It’s Long Island Beer Week! We’re celebrating with two of the best breweries on the Island, Sand City and Destination Unknown. We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight, including Kevin Sihler and Bill Kiernan of Sand City Brewing, Chris Candiano of Destination Unknown Brewing, and beer writer Niko Krommydas.
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56 min
May 8, 2018
Episode 433: Getting Weird with Lactose Beers, from Milk Stouts to Milkshake Ale
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight to talk about brewing with lactose including Matt McCall from Coney Island Brewing, Jesse Ferguson from Interboro Brewing in Brooklyn, and Sean Torres from Kills Boro Brewing in Staten Island. Lactose/milk sugar is wholly unfermentable by brewer's yeast. Because of this, a lactose addition lends additional sweetness and body to a beer. Although lactose can be used with many beer styles, it turns out that the flavors in a stout (roast, chocolate, coffee, toffee) pair incredibly well with a heightened level of sweetness.
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52 min
May 1, 2018
Episode 432: Craft Beer Exports and the New Gypsy Brewery
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Qurban and Peter from Crafted Exports and Patrick, Patrick, and Keir from Alewife Brewing!
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50 min
April 24, 2018
Episode 431: Brewers Association Pregame
For this special episode, Jimmy sat down at Haven's Kitchen with chefs Adam Dulte, co-author (along with HRN host Michael Harlan Turkell) of The Beer Pantry, Gavin Fine of Fine Dining Restaurant Group in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Steve Redzikowski, chef/owner of OAK at Fourteenth in Boulder, Colorado. talking food and beer, favorite recipes from the cookbook. The chefs were in NYC prepping for the annual Brewers Association Press Dinner.
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47 min
April 17, 2018
Episode 430: Homebrew World with Josh Bernstein
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Josh Bernstein who has a brand new book out today as well as Jason Sahler from Strong Rope Brewery in Brooklyn and Svend Lindbaek from Svendale Brewing.
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50 min
April 12, 2018
Episode 429: Cicerone Talk & Evil Twin Brewing, Ridgewood
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsoe from Evil Twin Brewing and a bunch of Cicerones too!
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56 min
April 3, 2018
Episode 428: Crooked Stave: Sour, Wild, Brett
Alex from Spuyten Duyvil invited Crooked Stave founder Chad Yakobsonto host a tasting event. From Colorado to Williamsburg...Beer Sessions Radio tagged along... We met up at The Well in Brooklyn, where Chad was making a sales call with Ian Ljundquist. We talked deep about sour, brett, and wild ale beers. Chad is "the brett whisperer," according to Jimmy.
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52 min
March 28, 2018
Episode 427: PRODUCTION by Stillwater Artisanal
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Brian Strumke from Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Master Cicerone Rich Higgins, and Dan Lamonaca from Beer Karma in Williamsburg.
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61 min
March 22, 2018
Episode 426: Brooklyn Cider House
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight from Brooklyn Cider House including co-owner Susan Yi and cidermaker Lindsey Storm. Also sitting in is David Cascione, president and founder of Barrika Basque Country Cider.
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60 min
March 13, 2018
Episode 425: Bushwick Nightlife Show
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight to talk about nightlife and culture here in Bushwick, including Rafael Espinal, NYC Council member for Bushwick; Brandon Hoy, Roberta’s co-founder/owner; Bim Lafontaine of Godspeed Brewery; and Tony Bellis, Pete Lengyel, and Zack Kinney of KCBC Brewing.
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52 min
March 6, 2018
Episode 424: To Øl Beer, Denmark
We're coming down from Beer Week 2018, and we’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Jens Reimer from To Øl Beer in Denmark, Mike Amidei from Torst, and BR Rolya from Shelton Brothers.
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51 min
February 27, 2018
Episode 423: Class of 2017 Breweries
We've got some great guests joining us this week to talk about 2018 NYC Beer Week, including most of the new breweries that opened in NYC in 2017. We'll be tasting the collaboration beer they made, and discussing the changing beer scene and culture in NYC, the challenges of opening a brewery within the five boroughs, getting beer in the right bars and retail locations, and much more!
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55 min
February 20, 2018
Episode 422: 2018 NYC Beer Week Preview
This week, we talk about the upcoming TRVE Brewing Launch Crawl and 2018 NYC Beer Week with our guests Cory Bonfiglio from Beer Street, Ian Ljungquist from The Well, Anthony Accardi and Rob Kolb from Transmitter, and Joel Ford, Matt Levy, and Justin Israelson from Threes Brewing.
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54 min
February 13, 2018
Episode 421: E9 Brewing
We’ve got some great guests joining us this week, including BR Rolya from Shelton Brothers, Alex Zolli from Spuyten Duyvil, and Donovan Stewart from E9 Brewing in Tacoma, Washington.
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52 min
February 8, 2018
Episode 420: Brown Ale
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Clay Risen of the New York Times, Sean Torres of Kills Boro Brewing, John Lapolla of Bitter & amp; Esters, and Brian Kulbacki of Departed Soles Brewing.
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50 min
February 7, 2018
Episode 419: Hitachino Nest Beer & Kiuchi Brewery
On this special episode, Jimmy sits down with Toshiyuki Kiuchi of Hitachino Nest Beer and Kiuchi Brewery, as well as George Flickinger and Michael Opalinski of B. United International importers.
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53 min
January 30, 2018
Episode 418: Crossroads and Two Roads
This week on Beer Sessions Radio we’ve got some great guests including our friends Ken Landin, owner of Crossroads Brewing, Phil Markowski, Master Brewer at Two Roads Brewing, and Em Sauter, Communications Director at Two Roads. Ken discusses what it's been like to be one of the first New York craft breweries on the scene, Phil share some details from the pre-History of Two Roads, and Em talks about upcoming Two Roads releases. They also talk ingredients, souring techniques and the rise and fall of certain beer styles.
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59 min
January 23, 2018
Episode 417: Draft Systems Show
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including our friends Zach Mack from ABC Beer Co., Mike Amidei from Torst, Brad Kesler from Clinton Hall, and Master Cicerone Rich Higgins all the way from San Francisco. Tune in to hear everyone discuss the importance of clean draft lines!
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54 min
January 16, 2018
Episode 416: Fox ’N’ Hare Brewing & Hotel Fauchere
It's our first show of 2018! Joining Jimmy and producer Justin Kennedy in the studio are chef Brandon Grimila from Hotel Fauchere in Pennsylvania, and Sean Donnelly of Port Jervis’s Fox 'N' Hare Brewing.
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52 min
December 19, 2017
Episode 415: Chief & John Segal – Beer & Hops
It's the season finale, and we’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including our friends Jeff “Chief” O’Neil from Industrial Arts Brewing and John Segal from Segal Hop Ranch, plus Leslie Vinyard from Blanca with the industry perspective.
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52 min
December 12, 2017
Episode 414: Ale Street News Holiday Party & Island to Island Brewing
We’ve got some special guests joining us tonight including our friends Tony Forder and the crew from Ale Street News! We’ve also got Danii Oliver and Kevin Braithwaite from Brooklyn’s Island to Island Brewing/House of Juice.
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49 min
December 5, 2017
Episode 413: Farmhouse Breweries (Wolves & People + Plan Bee) & Josh Bernstein
We’ve got some special guests joining us tonight including our old friends Christian DeBenedetti from Oregon’s Wolves & People and Evan Watson from Plan Bee Farm Brewery in the Hudson Valley. Beer writer Josh Bernstein is here as well!
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60 min
November 29, 2017
Episode 412: NYC Brewers Guild
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some special guests joining us from the New York City Brewers Guild including its president, Basil Lee of Finback, vice president Kyle Hurst of Big Alice, and events and marketing committee members Kaitie Lynch and Gabe Barry of Brooklyn Brewery. Also sitting in is beer rep Grace Weitz.
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51 min
November 22, 2017
Episode 411: Pizza + Italian Beer, plus Juicy Brews & Hop Culture
This week on Beer Sessions Radio we’ve got some special guests joining us including pizza chef of Ribalta and author of The Pizza Diet, Pasquale Cozzolino, Robert Michael Jones of Ribalta and Birra Antoniana, and Kenny Gould of Hop Culture, who will be telling us about his upcoming NYC beer festival.
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59 min
November 14, 2017
Episode 410: Barrel-Aged Beers with Beer Table & Jeff Cioletti
This week on Beer Sessions Radio we’ve got some special guests joining us, including author Jeff Cioletti, and our good pal Justin Philips from Beer Table, who’s brought the entire Beer Table crew with him!
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52 min
November 7, 2017
Episode 409: NY State Grains & Rye
It's a big show this week on Beer Sessions Radio, and we’ve got some special guests joining us to talk about New York State rye, including farmer Thor Oeschner, author Amy Halloran, June Russell from Grow NYC, distiller Chris Williams from Coppersea Distilling, Chris Murillo from NY Distilling, Daric Schlesselman from Van Brunt Stillhouse, and Steven Baird from Cardiff Giant.
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55 min
October 31, 2017
Episode 408: Halloween Cider Show with Oliver’s & Angry Orchard!
It’s Halloween! We’ve got some special guests joining us tonight on Beer Sessions Radio, including Tom Oliver of Oliver’s Cider, Perry and Ryan Burk of Angry Orchard, and Francesca Slattery of The Five Points Brewing Company in the U.K.
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52 min
October 26, 2017
Episode 407: Cider Week 2017 Special
On this special Cider Week NYC edition of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined in studio by Jen Smith, the Executive Director of the New York Cider Association, Ezra Sherman, owner of Eve's Cidery, and Dan Wilson from Slyboro Cider House in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Tune in to hear them talk about the impact of apple varieties and terroir on the cider being produced in New York state.
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51 min
October 24, 2017
Episode 406: Still Cider & Cider Week NYC!
Tonight we’re celebrating Cider Week NYC and we’ve got some great guests joining us including Steve Selin from South Hill Cider in the Finger Lakes, Maria Kennedy from The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, and Peter Li from Brooklyn Cider House. Our good pal Brendan Palfreyman is also joining us today all the way from Syracuse.
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54 min
October 17, 2017
Episode 405: Pete Brown & Miracle Brew!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we have a special guest joining us today all the way from London, beer writer Pete Brown! We’ll be talking about Pete’s new book, Miracle Brew, and we also have Jason Sahler from Strong Rope Brewery in the studio.
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54 min
October 10, 2017
Episode 404: Cheese and Cider
On this special episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy sits down with Bronwen and Francis Percival, authors of the new book Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese. Also joining them are Greg Blais, host of Heritage Radio Network's Cutting the Curd, Steve Millard of Murray's Cheese, and Nina Stein White of Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse. Tune in to hear them talk milk, microbes, and the fight for real cheese.
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49 min
October 3, 2017
Episode 403: Cider Week Preview!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’re talking about the upcoming Cider Week and we’ve got some great guests joining us in the studio. including Dan Pucci from Wallabout Hospitality and Ariel Lauren Wilson from Edible Manhattan.
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50 min
September 26, 2017
Episode 402: More Oktoberfest, More Brewery Expansion
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we've got a rowdy bunch in the studio with us, including Sylvester Schneider from Zum Schneider, Katarina Martinez from Line Up Brewing, and Lars Dahlhaus from Reinheits Boten.
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51 min
September 19, 2017
Episode 401: Oktoberfest in NYC
This week on Beer Sessions Radio we’ve got some great guests joining us, including Lars Dahlhaus from Reinheits Boten & The Porterhouse, Danny Bruckert from Circa Brewing, and Marco from Paulaner NYC.
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52 min
September 12, 2017
Episode 400: Episode 400! Anne Becerra & NYC Breweries
It's the 400th episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Joining Jimmy in the studio are Nick, Kevin, and Blake from the brand new Five Boroughs Brewing, as well as Merlin Ward from Wartega Brewing, also in Industry City. And our good friend Anne Becerra is back in the co-host chair tonight!
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49 min
September 5, 2017
Episode 399: Transatlantic Collaboration: NYC Brews in Germany
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Ethan Long of Rockaway Brewing, Pete Lengyel of KCBC Brewing, and Joel Shelton of Shelton Brothers Imports. And later on the the show, we’ll be taking a call-in from Jacob Gram Alsin, Operations Manager of Mikkeller in Denmark, about the upcoming Copenhagen Beer Celebration happening in Boson later this month.
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46 min
August 29, 2017
Episode 398: Washington County, NY
On this special episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy travels to Washington County, New York, northeast of Albany on the Vermont border. The county is largely agricultural in nature, and has no cities within its borders. The New York state farm brewery and cider license programs have had a positive impact on this community. Tune in to hear Jimmy speak with Matt Stewart of Argyle Brewing, Nate and Eric Darrow of Saratoga Hard Cider, Chef Adam Bigelow, congressional candidate, Don Boyajian, Michael Yezzi of Fllying Pigs Farm, Ashley Bridge of Fortunate Ewe Farm, and farmer & educator Jared Woodcock.
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69 min
August 22, 2017
Episode 397: Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider
On this week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio, we present a special recording with Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider in Virginia. As a part of the American fine cider movement, Foggy Ridge aims to revive the artisan cider-making tradition, and improve on that model with modern cider-making tools. We first met Diane at the first Cider Week NYC in 2011, and the event has since expanded to Virginia. This interview was recorded at Jimmy's No. 43 in 2015.
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50 min
August 8, 2017
Episode 396: Farm Breweries
On the season finale of Beer Sessions Radio, we've got Evan Watson from Plan Bee Farm Brewery, Barry Labendz and Derek Dellinger from Kent Falls Brewing, and Blake Arrowood, Jacob Meglio, and from Arrowood Farms Brewery. Tune in to hear us talk about working on farms, the Hudson Valley being hailed by some as "the new Sonoma," terroir for beer, and more!
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52 min
August 1, 2017
Episode 395: Allagash Brewery Founder, Rob Tod
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we've got a special episode featuring Allagash Brewery Founder and Brewers Association chair, Rob Tod. We talked about important, timely issues relevant to all independent craft breweries in the country, including the importance of local breweries, their impact in their communities via local jobs and support of local charities, building community, and independent craft beer seal initiative, and how consumers really do identify with the term "independently owned."
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56 min
July 25, 2017
Episode 394: Pine Box Rock Shop & Interboro
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we're joined in the studio by Heather and Jeff Rush of Pine Box Rock Shop, Jesse Ferguson and Jay Steinhauer of Interboro Spirits & Ales, and Gage Siegel of BeerMenus.
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50 min
July 18, 2017
Episode 393: July Good Beer Month - Revisiting Good Beer Seal Bars
It's July Good Beer Month here in NYC, and we’ve got some great guests joining us today on Beer Sessions Radio, including Dan McLaughlin (Pony Bar), Robert Sherrill-Moss (Covenhoven), Alicia Mekelburg (Mekelburgs), and Kyle Kensrue (Randolph Beer).
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48 min
July 11, 2017
Episode 392: HAVEN Festival (Copenhagen) & Mikkeller NYC
On this episode of Beer Sessions Radio, we're joined by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (Mikkeller), Jim Raras (Mikkeller), Hannah Goldman (Mikkeller), and BR Rolya (Shelton Brothers) to talk about Mikkeller opening a brewery at Citi Field – the home of the New York Mets – the Haven Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, and more!
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50 min
June 27, 2017
Episode 391: Long Island Breweries
This week on Beer Sessions, we have Steve Pominski (Barrage Brewing Company), Mike Descarfino (Barrier Brewing Company), Paul Komsic (BrickHouse Brewery), and Luke Schmuecker (Shacksbury Cider) to talk about Long Island breweries and much more!
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48 min
June 20, 2017
Episode 390: AB-InBev Supply Chain
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we've got Lew Bryson (Beer Writer), Rich Castagna (Bridge & Tunnel), and Pete Tripp (Homebrews & Handgrenades) in the studio to talk about AB InBev (aka "The Evil Empire") and the beer supply chain, home-brewing, and more!
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50 min
June 16, 2017
Episode 389: Beer Manufacturing and Zoning in NYC
This week we’re recording a very special live show with our friend Steve Hindy of the Brooklyn Brewery to discuss beer manufacturing and zoning issues in New York City. We’ve also got some great guests including Steve, John Bedard from Kushner Studios architecture, and Dutch Fox and Shinobu Kato of Sake Brooklyn who are currently searching for a space for their very own sake brewery.
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53 min
June 13, 2017
Episode 388: NYC Beer Reps in da House
It’s officially HOT and time for Summer Beers! We’d like to welcome to the show Jay Steinhauer (Interboro Ales & Spirits), Thomas Desrochers (LIC Beer Project), and Kaitlyn LeLoup (LIC Beer Project).
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50 min
June 6, 2017
Episode 387: East Coast vs. West Coast Cider
That’s right, it’s a special episode on CIDER! And we’ve got some great guests joining us today on Heritage Radio Network. We’d like to welcome to the show Nat West (Rev Nat cider), Dan Pucci (Wassail), Gidon Coll (Original Sin cider), and Matt Molletta (Crux Fermentation Brewery).
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50 min
May 30, 2017
Episode 386: Green Flash at The Gate
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we've got a special show that was recorded live at The Gate in Brooklyn, celebrating the brewery's 20th anniversary! We're joined by Mike Hinkley, owner of Green Flash Brewery, as well as Green Flash reps Mera Bray and Ally Centonze.
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54 min
May 23, 2017
Episode 385: Craft Industry
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we're talking unity in craft beer, consuming local craft beers vs. craft beers from other states, and what's brewing in Oklahoma. We’d like to welcome to the show Paul Leone (NY State Brewers), Steven Baird (The Owl Farm & Cardiff Giant), Cody Wilson (Prairie Artisan Ales), and Ethan Fixell (The Beer Necessities).
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49 min
May 16, 2017
Episode 384: What’s Brewing
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we're talking summer beer cocktails! We’d like to welcome to the show Kyle Hurst (Big Alice Brewing), Jeff Lyons & Brett Taylor (Keg & Lantern Brewing), and Megan Moore, Maria Littlefield, & Amy Yakuboff (Owl’s Brew).
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47 min
May 9, 2017
Episode 383: Jake's Handcrafted and Queens Beer Week
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’d like to welcome to the show Jake Klein (Jake’s Handcrafted), Rich Castagna (Bridge & Tunnel Brewery), and Kaitlyn Leloup (LIC Beer Project) to talk about (and eat) Jake's Handcrafted sausages, as well as Queens Beer Week.
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47 min
May 2, 2017
Episode 382: Spring Lounge Anniversary
It’s the first week of May and it’s time for some Flower Power and more! We’d like to welcome to the show Jen Maslanka (Spring Lounge), Bobby Gagnon (The Gate), and Kirk Struble (4th Avenue Pub).
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51 min
April 25, 2017
Episode 381: April Sours
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’ll chat about some of the best Spring craft beers brewing out there to into your home brewery! We’d like to welcome to the show Iain Kyle (Jolly Pumpkin Event Coordinator), Daniel Ohly (JP Brand Manager), Brian Strumke (Stillwater Artisanal), Stephen Valand (Brooklyn Brew Shop), and Erica Shea.
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50 min
April 18, 2017
Episode 380: Beer Week at The Well
On this special episode of Beer Sessions Radio, we present a panel discussion recorded live at The Well during NYC Beer Week. The panel includes Jesse Ferguson of Interboro, Peter Salmond of Other Half, Joe Grimm of Grimm, Tony Bellis of KCBC, Mike Schallau and Kate Brankin of Pipeworks, and of course your host, Jimmy Carbone!
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62 min
April 11, 2017
Episode 379: NYC International! Beer in a Cultural Context
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight to celebrate Spring and talk about German beer. Joining us is Lars Dahlhaus from Liquid Projects and Eddie Travers of Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern. We’ve also got Justin Meyers from Paulaner NYC here and later Gabe Barry and Claire Moyle from Brooklyn Brewery will be talking about the Brooklyn Mansion, which kicks off next week right here in Brooklyn!
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50 min
April 4, 2017
Episode 378: Going Up on a Tuesday, Gotcha Whisky’s to Choose-ay
Some of the best beer brewers and whisky tasters are here with us this week on Beer Sessions Radio! We’d like to welcome to the show Lew Bryson (whiskey writer), Gabby Gjonaj (Kings County Distillery), Harold Simoneau (Noorman's Kil), and Paul Jones (Cloudwater Brewing).
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53 min
March 28, 2017
Episode 377: Fruits, Spices, & Herbs
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’ll talk about the flavors behind some of our beloved craft beers! And we’ve got some great guests joining us today in the studio. We’d like to welcome to the show Eric Hernandez (Coney Island), Merlin Ward (Wartega), John LaPolla (Bitter & Esters), and Danii Oliver (House of Juice).
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48 min
March 21, 2017
Episode 376: Spring Beer Art Show
That’s right, it’s the first week of SPRING! And we’ve got some great guests joining us today on Heritage Radio Network. We’d like to welcome to the show Ann Reilly (Social Media/Photographer), Libby Vader Ploeg (Greenpoint Cans/Illustrator), Daniel Birch (Illustrator), Bruno Daddi (Iconyc), and Robert Sherrill (Covenhoven).
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56 min
March 7, 2017
Episode 375: Cicerone vs. Sommelier
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’d like to welcome to the show Chris McClellan (Guinness, Brew Enthusiast), Chad Walsh (Sommelier @ Agern Restaurant), and Daniel Delaney (Delaney BBQ). Tune in to hear them chat about food and beer pairings, fried chicken, Brisket King NYC, and more!
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52 min
February 28, 2017
Episode 374: NYC Beer Week 2017
That’s right, NYC Beer Week is this week! And we’ve got some great guests joining us today on Beer Sessions Radio. We’d like to welcome to the show Jason Sahler (Strong Rope Brewery), Sean McCain (Greenport Harbor), Pat Alfred (Greenport Harbor), Kelly Taylor (Kelso), Justin "Squigs" Roberston (Happy Hour Guys) and Mark Aldrich (Happy Hour Guys).
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52 min
February 24, 2017
Episode 373: Can Jam BK
We're kicking off NYC Beer Week with the Can Jam episode, recorded last Sunday at Three’s Brewing, and we’ve got some great guests joining us! We’d like to welcome from Threes Brewing and their Winter Can Jam event Greg Doroski and Josh Bernstein (the Can Jam man), as well as Jeremy Tofte and Tim Whitney from Melvin Brewery in Jackson Hole, WY.
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52 min
February 21, 2017
Episode 372: Breweries Hopping Up
That’s right, NYC Beer Week is starting this week! And we’ve got some great guests joining us today at Heritage Radio Network. We’d like to welcome to the show Sam Richardson, Andrew Burman, and Matt Monahan from Other Half, as well as Sean Torres of Kills Boro Brewing, Vincent Lima of The Craft House, and Kyle Kensrue of Randolph Beer.
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50 min
February 14, 2017
Episode 371: Beer ❤’s Chocolate NYC
That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day! And we’ve got some great guests joining us tonight to celebrate… We’d like to welcome back to the show Justin Philips of Beer Table (spelled with an “L”), Dan McLaughlin of Pony Bar Upper East Side, and Andy Laird of NuNu Chocolates in Brooklyn. We’ve also got a special guest all the way from St. Louis, Stephen Hale from Schlafly Beer.
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51 min
February 7, 2017
Episode 370: Beer Bar Owners Spectacular!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some new and old friends from New York’s beer bar scene joining us! Our pal Zach Mack from ABC Beer Co is back, as well as Ralph Perazzo from Long Island’s BBD’s and Josh from the Well. And a couple of the new guys in town Josh Van Horn from Gold Star Beer and Brian Fisher from The Wilky in Bed-Stuy! Our friend Sophia Del Gigante is here too to talk about beer and yoga and fitness a little later in the show.
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51 min
January 31, 2017
Episode 369: New Jersey Newcomers!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some new friends from the Garden State in the studio today! Joining us today to talk about the new New Jersey beer scene are Brian Casse from I Drink Good Beer, Blake from The Alementary Brewing, Eric and Erich from Magnify, Pete and Joe from Brix City, and Brian from Departed Soles in Jersey City!
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45 min
January 24, 2017
Episode 368: Arcane Distilling, Lineup Brewing, & KCBC
Joining us on Beer Sessions Radio this week are Dave Kyrejko from Arcane Distilling, Kat Martinez from Lineup Brewing, and Zack, Tony, and Pete from KCBC!
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49 min
January 17, 2017
Episode 367: Burial Beer Co.
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some special friends from Asheville, NC on the show! We’d like to welcome Doug and Jess Reiser, Tim Gormely, and JT Murrett of Burial Beer Co. Our pal Josh Bernstein is also back in the studio joining us today!
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50 min
January 10, 2017
Episode 366: Beer + Photography = Beertography
On the season premiere of Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some special guests joining us in the studio to talk about beer photography, including our friends Matt Coats, Matt Furman, Miguel Rivas, and Cory Smith!
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51 min
January 3, 2017
Episode 365: Notch Brewery & Tap Room
On the first Beer Sessions Radio of 2017, we bring you a special segment recorded at Notch Brewery in Salem, Massachusetts. Jimmy and crew are joined by Chris Lohring, brewer and owner of Notch, and Mark Zappasodi and Jay Bullen of the soon-to-open Brewery Silvaticus in Amesbury. Tune in to hear them discuss the state of craft beer in Massachusetts, Notch's unique focus on session beers with a Czech influence, and how Massachusetts breweries with tap rooms are the go-to places for craft beer in the state.
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55 min
December 20, 2016
Episode 364: Battle of the Belgians & Belgian Beer Show
On the season finale of Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some special guests joining us to talk about Belgian beer, including Tony Forder of Ale Street News, Michael Opalenski and George Flickinger of B. United, and Dan Lamonaca of the forthcoming Beer Karma shop in Brooklyn.
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55 min
December 13, 2016
Episode 363: When Did Rarity Start to Equal Greatness in Beer?
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some special guests joining us to talk about an article that our friend Aaron Goldfarb wrote for PUNCH called “When Did Rarity Start to Equal Greatness in Beer?” So joining us is Aaron himself, as well as Greg Doroski from Threes Brewing, Gage Moody-Siegel from BeerMenus, and our buddy Chris Balla is back again from Grand Army Bar.
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51 min
December 6, 2016
Episode 362: Norway’s Nøgne Ø
We’ve got some special guests joining us tonight on Beer Sessions Radio, including Tore Malmedal from Nøgne Ø, and BR Rolya from Shelton Brothers. And our friend Stephen Valand from Brooklyn Brew Shop is also back in the studio tonight!
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51 min
November 29, 2016
Episode 361: Dr. Paul Matthews & Hopsteiner
We’ve got some special guests joining us tonight on Beer Sessions Radio, including Dieter and Stuart from Indian Ladder Farms who have brought a special guest with them tonight – Dr. Paul Matthews of Hopsteiner as well as a couple of his assistants. We’ve also got Scott Veltman from CH Evans Brewery and the Albany Pump Station with us too.
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52 min
November 22, 2016
Episode 360: Oregon Cider with Kevin Zielinski
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we present a special episode with Kevin Zielinski of E.Z. Orchards Cider in Salem, Oregon. The "E.Z." stands for Edward Zielinski, Kevin's grandfather, who started the family agriculture business about 150 years ago. Today, they grow a wide variety of heirloom cider apples including French and English bittersweets, and American semi-sharps. Also joining in this episode is Gay Howard of The United States of Cider.
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54 min
November 15, 2016
Episode 359: Sebastian Sauer – Freigeist & The Monarchy!
We’ve got some special guests joining us on Beer Sessions Radio tonight, including Sebastian Sauer from Freigeist and The Monarchy! And our friends Pete Lengyel from KCBC and Erik Olsen from Greenpoint Beer & Ale are also joining us…
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53 min
November 8, 2016
Episode 358: Long Island Cheese Pumpkin!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some special guests joining us to talk about a special pumpkin from Long Island, including Laura Luciano of Slow Food East End, Cheryl Frey from Salt of the Earth Seeds, and Jim Richards, master brewer at Blue Point Brewery.
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52 min
November 1, 2016
Episode 357: On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio (Ep 4): Back to the Roots
In the final episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio Season One, host Jimmy Carbone travels to the Finger Lakes. He visits The Farmhouse Brewery in Owego, the first malting house in New York State in over a decade and one of only a handful also brews in-house. You’ll hear from a top grains farmer about the challenges he faces to produce and distribute unique, artisanal grains to brewers. You’ll also meet the experts who support him in his work. Up in Ovid, Jimmy visits Blackduck Cidery and meets the whole family behind some of the best cider in the state. Plus, meet the community behind New York cider at Finger Lakes Cider House.
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57 min
October 26, 2016
Episode 356: Cider Week NYC – Steve Selin of South Hill Cider
In this special Cider Week NYC episode of Beer Sessions Radio, we feature Steve Selin of South Hill Cider. At South Hill Cider, the apples come from wild trees, abandoned orchards and orchards of high quality cider apples. Using traditional cider-making techniques, they create timeless well-balanced ciders. Their orchard is on a peaceful hilltop as part of a harmonious ecosystem that relies on diversity and fertility as its foundation. South Hill Cider produces ciders with individuality, quality, and elegance reflecting the terroir of the Finger Lakes region.
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52 min
October 25, 2016
Episode 355: Beer FAQ, Saisons, and German Lagers!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio we’ve got some special guests joining us, including Jeff Cioletti, author of the new book Beer FAQ. We’ve also got some brewers in the studio today, including Daniel Thiriez from Brasserie Thiriez in France, and Justin Meyers from the Paulaner brewpub here in NYC.
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48 min
October 21, 2016
Episode 354: Cider Week NYC – Shea Comfort, The Yeast Whisperer
In this special Cider Week NYC episode of Beer Sessions Radio, we feature Shea Comfort, The Yeast Whisperer. Earlier this year, Shea spoke at a special conference of the New York Cider Association. Shea is based in California, and is a home brewer, and expert on winemaking yeasts. Now, he is advising cider-makers about yeast as well. Shea is joined in this episode by Jenn Smith, director of the New York Cider Association and Cider Week NYC. We are proud to air this special episode that has relevance for brewers and cider-makers during this year's Cider Week NYC.
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50 min
October 18, 2016
Episode 353: Beer & BBQ!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some special guests joining us, including Daniel Delaney from Delaney Barbecue. Also joining in are Beer Sessions Radio producers Justin Kennedy and Maggie Sidun!
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51 min
October 11, 2016
Episode 352: Fresh Hop Beer
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we are getting an insight into the science and taste of fresh hop and wet hop brewing via a wide array of guests – from the world of home brewing, to large scale production, and everything in between. Host Jimmy Carbone is joined by Jessie Ferguson of Interboro Spirits and Ales, one of New York’s newest up and coming distilleries and tap rooms. Also on the show are Travis Kauffman of Folksbier in Carroll Gardens, who who is making a harvest pilsner from fresh hops from his parents' farm in Northwest Michigan, and Dan Jansen, former assistant brewmaster of Anheuser-Busch and current brewmaster of Blue Point in Patchogue NY.
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49 min
October 5, 2016
Episode 351: Tristram Stuart and Toast Ale
This week, we bring you a very special live Wednesday edition of Beer Sessions Radio featuring Tristram Stuart, an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food waste. His books have been described as "a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” (The Times) and his TED talk has been watched over a million times. National Geographic featured Tristram's food waste activism on the cover of their May 2016 issue. The environmental campaigning organization he founded, Feedback, has spread its work into dozens of countries worldwide to change society's attitude towards wasting food. He is also the founder of Toast Ale, a beer launched in the UK in 2016 that is made using fresh, surplus bread.
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54 min
October 4, 2016
Episode 350: CBC 2016: Philadelphia
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we present a special episode recorded at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia during the Craft Brewers Conference in May. Featured guests include Michael Roper of Hop Leaf in Chicago, Anne Becerra, and more!
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50 min
September 27, 2016
Episode 349: Josh Bernstein’s Complete IPA and North Carolina’s Fonta Flora!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Josh Bernstein who has a new book out called Complete IPA, and Erik Olsen from Greenpoint Beer & Ale, which just released their first canned IPA's! Sara Maya from North Carolina’s Fonta Flora Brewery is joining us as well!
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49 min
September 20, 2016
Episode 348: Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin - Danish Cherry Wine!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Anne-Marie Skriver and Michael Moeller of the Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin winery in Denmark. At Frederiksdal, rather than producing wine working against the Danish climate, they use the advantages offered by nature and the Danish weather. The basis is the unique ingredient, the Stevnsbær cherry, which has the very best conditions for growth in Denmark. They use the cherry’s high levels of sugar, acid and antioxidants, allowing the berries to ferment naturally for a few days following harvest to obtain maximum complexity. Also in the studio this week are B.R. Royla from Shelton Brothers, Chad Walsh, sommelier at Agern Restaurant, and Damon Boelte and Chris Balla from Grand Army.
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48 min
September 13, 2016
Episode 347: Power To The Cider
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Ryan Burk, Tom Oliver, John Reynolds and BR Rolya to talk about all things cider. Ryan Burk currently heads up Angry Orchard's new experimental orchard-cidery-visitor center in Walden, NY. There, he's crafting small batch ciders to test out new recipes, ingredients and techniques, and to push the boundaries of barrel aging and wild fermentation. His encounter with Tom Oliver’s Herefordshire Dry Cider, a dry barrel-fermented cider, opened his eyes to what cider could be. Nine years later and with Tom’s mentorship, Ryan is experimenting with growing bittersweet varieties, blending, aging, and wild fermentation - enhancing the quality of cider that may be associated with Angry Orchard. Tom Oliver and BR Rolya both represent Shelton Brothers, while John Reynolds is in on behalf of Blackduck Cidery in Finger Lakes, New York. The consensus in this group: cider deserves a spot at the food and drink pairing table, no matter where you're drinking.
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51 min
September 6, 2016
Episode 346: Beyond Session IPAs
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone and Justin Kennedy are joined in the studio by James Tai of Guiness/Diageo and Tony Forder of Ale Street News to talk session IPAs, extra pale ales, and more. The term session IPA describes a category of beers marketed for their hop-dominant flavor profiles at "sessionable" levels of alcohol. While this is typically 3.2-4.6% ABV, a few have stretched the definition. Last year’s 2015 GABF was the first to include Session IPA as an official style category, and it had 161 entries. That was exactly one more than American Pale Ale had in its first year. Obviously in only a couple years Session IPA has become huge. The Session IPA category is often contentious. Some have argued that many session IPAs are simply American Pale Ales with “IPA” slapped on for marketing purposes. But a definition has slowly emerged that at least codifies somewhat how they are meant to differ.
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47 min
August 30, 2016
Episode 345: On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio (Ep 3): License to Brew
In this episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone travels to the Capital region near Albany, New York. You’ll hear from the farmers of Indian Ladder Farms about how they became leaders in the region for growing hops, and about how the farm brewery license, created by lawmakers in the nearby capital, has enhanced their business and made their farm more viable. The license to brew and serve beer on site has allowed local beverage producers to prosper. In the nearby town of Rensselaerville, you’ll meet the people behind a brewery that is primarily dedicated to learning the best ways to use New York State grains and hops in beer. Finally, we visit the capitol building in Albany and a nearby brewer who has chosen not to source completely locally-- for some unexpected reasons. Carey Institute / Helderberg Brewery Helderberg Brewery is a project of the Carey Institute’s Sustainable Communities Program, located on the Carey Institute’s 100-acre estate in Rensselaerville. It is a fully operational farm brewery and brewery incubator led by Rebecca Platel, the Sustainable Communities Program and Brewery Manager, and Greg Hostash, the Head brewer. Helderberg works to build a farm-to-glass supply chain connecting farmers, malt houses and craft beverage producers in the Capital Region. They've hosted workshops since 2013 for farmers interested in growing hops and small grains, and provide frequent hands-on learning and technical workshops for the region’s many craft beverage producers. Indian Ladder Farms Laura Ten Eyck, the great granddaughter of Indian Ladder Farms founder, Peter Ten Eyck, and her husband, Dietrich Gehrig, are continuing their family’s century-old tradition of living close to the land. What began in 1916 as a dairy farm with Guernsey cattle has developed over four generations to become a prolific apple orchard that yields delicious cider. Indian Ladder Farms now grows its own hops and barley, much to the delight of those who have a passion for the beer they brew. Their vision is to stay “hyper-local,” growing ingredients and making their own products for the Albany community while preserving the pristine landscape via a land trust. Laura and Dietrich recently published The Hop Grower’s Handbook, which provides an inspiring account of the history of hop cultivation on the land surrounding their farm as well as practical guidance for those who would like to join the ‘farm to glass’ movement. C.H. Evans Brewing Co. / Albany Pump Station Now located in the original water pumping station for the Albany Water Works, C. H. Evans Brewing Co. has been the work of the Evans family for three generations. Their original brewery was built in Hudson, NY in 1786 and it continued production until prohibition in 1920. In 1999, Neil Evans decided to revive his family’s historic brewery. Today, Neil and Head Brewer Scott Veltman, formerly of Brewery Ommegang, are rebuilding the Evans' beer legacy by sourcing ingredients from local farmers as frequently as possible and recreating historic early 19th century recipes like Albany Ale. C.H. Evans also has developed new classics; such as their Award-winning English style Kick-Ass Brown Ale, a real crowd pleaser.
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56 min
August 23, 2016
Episode 344: Millstone & Anxo Ciders
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we travel back in time to last fall, when the cider-makers from D.C.'s Millstone Cidery visited NYC, with the Anxo cider bar crew in tow...
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54 min
August 16, 2016
Episode 343: Massachusetts Beer and Cider
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we go back in time for a winter trip to Jimmy Carbone's hometown of Haverhill, Massachusetts. The episode features Staten Island home brewer Mark Zappasodi, who moved to that region a few years ago – to a farm in Merrimac, MA. Mark is a part time farmer, home brewer, and home cider maker, with dreams of opening a Massachusetts-farm-brewery-licensed brewery. We're also joined by Chef Patrick Soucy, a chef in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire area. Turns out, he was born in Haverhill as well! We bond over a fire, home cider made by Mark, and talk New England beer and food.
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52 min
August 9, 2016
Episode 342: Alvinne Brewery
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we're joined by the Alvinne Brewery team to talk about the role of yeast in brewing, Belgian beer traditions, and more!
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52 min
August 2, 2016
Episode 341: Industrial Arts Brewing
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Jeff “Chief” O’Neil and Sofia Barbaresco from the Hudson Valley’s newest brewery, Industrial Arts! Also joining us is Will Stephens from BeerMenus.
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48 min
July 26, 2016
Episode 340: On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio (Ep 2): Edge of the Wild!
In the second episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, travel with host Jimmy Carbone to the Edge of the Wild! In the Catskills region of New York State, you'll meet a former racetrack veterinarian who uses his chemistry background to distill unique buckwheat liquor and whole wheat vodka, a cider maker who takes his cues from texts written about apples in the 1800s, a brewery owner who was part of saving New York City’s water through anti-fracking advocacy, and one of the first (legal) absinthe producers in the United States. photos by Miguel Rivas, the Beer Trekker Aaron Burr Cider Andy Brennan, the visionary behind Aaron Burr Cider, makes bold moves - much like those of his cidery's historic namesake. Also a painter and architectural draftsman, Andy uprooted his life in Brooklyn and traded it for the quiet sanctuary of Wurtsboro, New York. Just as his cidery is situated on a homestead that dates back to the early 19th century, Andy draws inspiration and practical guidance from old farming almanacs, citing the wisdom that was recorded 100 years ago about apple cultivation to be the most trustworthy. There is no comparing apples to apples when it comes to ciders: The variety of apples required to make delicious cider are not the apples typically available to consumers. Aaron Burr Cider specializes in foraging wild apples for its ciders, creating heavenly blends of Golden Russet, Empire, Idared and crab-apple varieties. The Catskill Distilling Company The Catskill Distilling Company is a labor of love for Monte Sachs, its founder. Distilling and fermentation had long been a hobby for Monte. While studying to be a equine veterinarian in Italy, he became fascinated by the art of making traditional grappa. After many years pursuing his passion for working with horses at the Monticello Raceway, Monte again pursued distilling as a pastime, bringing The Catskill Distilling Company to life. His full-bodied, delectable buckwheat liquor is the only liquor of its type produced in the United States. Fascinatingly, buckwheat liquor is a special variety of "whisky" made from buckwheat malt, a non-grain plant of the sorrel and rhubarb family. Catskill Brewery Catskill Brewery is a thriving example of what is possible when four friends have a dream and work together to achieve it. The founders live by the "leave no trace" principle of outdoor exploring and aspired to build a green brewery - an operation that is completely energy-efficient, community-centered and environmentally friendly. In 2014, they accomplished their goal: The internal temperature of the brewery is maintained by geothermal energy and the entire facility is powered by solar energy. Visitors to the Catskill Brewery will also notice its green roof, permeable driveway pavers and electric car charging stations. Locals love Catskill's beers, their ongoing partnerships with local farmers and the recently-established food co-op. All of these sustainability-minded contributions make Catskill Brewery a valued presence in the Hudson Valley community. Delaware Phoenix Distillery When the United States Department of the Treasury relaxed their position on the sale of absinthe in 2007, Cheryl Lins, a former computer programmer and water colorist, was the first distiller in New York State to make two versions of the spirit at Delaware Phoenix, her micro-distillery. After receiving several orders for the green fairy liquid from European enthusiasts, Cheryl procured a distilling copper-pot from Portugal and Pierre Duplais Bible of 19th-century distillation techniques book and began to experiment. Cheryl cherishes the mindful pace of Delaware County life as she distills, designs the labels and delivers her exquisite absinthe to local markets and to her customers. This episode featured music by The Hollows, Lobo Loco, Doctor Turtle, Chris Zabriskie, Bad Citizen, James Beaudreau, and Mary Lattimore
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57 min
July 19, 2016
Episode 339: Deux Amis
This week's special episode of Beer Sessions Radio was recorded in front of a live audience at Treadwell Park in Manhattan, and features Olivier Dedeycker, fourth generation Master Brewer at Brasserie Dupont, and Tomme Arthur, acclaimed Brew Master of Lost Abbey. The two have recently collaborated the produce an American-Belgian Saison called Deux Amis. French for “Two Friends,” Deux Amis commemorates the landmark collaboration between two brewing giants who have long admired each other’s work.
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45 min
July 12, 2016
Episode 338: Fermented Man
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we're celebrating July Good Beer Month with guests Derek Dellinger, author of the new book, The Fermented Man, and Will Stephens, creator of BeerMenus.com. Dellinger is also the brewmaster at Kent Falls Brewing Company, and author of the brewing blog Bear Flavored.
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47 min
July 5, 2016
Episode 337: Chad Rich and Prohibition Pig Brewery
This week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio features a conversation with Chad Rich and crew from Prohibition Pig Brewery in Vermont, recorded live at the Blind Tiger during this year's Beer Week NYC. Also joining them from Worthy Kitchen in Vermont (as well as legendary co-owner of the Blind Tiger) is Dave Brodrick.
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51 min
June 28, 2016
Episode 336: Beer Lawyers
This week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio is all about trademark issues in the beer industry. Joining Jimmy and Anne in the studio are lawyers Brendan Palfreyman from Syracuse and Jordan Greenberger from right here in Brooklyn. Later, Doug Reise from Burial Beer and Reiser Legal calls in to share his own legal expertise.
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49 min
June 21, 2016
Episode 335: On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio (Ep 1): The New Primitives
In the first episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, you will travel with us to the Hudson Valley region. Although it’s only about an hour’s drive from New York City, you feel like you’re in a different world. The Hudson Valley is an historic beer-making region, but with the rise of industrialization and cheap transportation, breweries virtually disappeared for most of the 20th century. Then, in the last few years, locals again began to appreciate and demand craft, local beer, which attracted experienced brewers to the region to open their first ever breweries. The brewers wanted to make their beer in a traditional ways with ties to the community and local products, like it was made in the region over 100 years ago. Thus, Beer Sessions host Jimmy Carbone dubbed them “the new primitives.”
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54 min
June 14, 2016
Episode 334: NYC Beer Scene
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’re talking to some of New York’s craft beer entrepreneurs. In the studio are co-owner and founder of Crossroads Brewing, Ken Landin, Matt Gebhard of Beer Culture, and new bar owners, Ben Pratt and Brandon Duff from As Is in Hell’s Kitchen.
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50 min
June 7, 2016
Episode 333: Brewed Food
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, hosts Jimmy and Anne are joined in the studio by Andrew Gerson, Head of Culinary Programming at the Brooklyn Brewery, Jensen Cummings of the Brewed Food blog, and filmmaker Eric Schleyer. Tune in for a show that's all about foods with brews, not to mention Jack Inslee's last time running the board!
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50 min
May 31, 2016
Episode 332: David Dolginaw of Shacksbury Cider
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is talking apples, cider styles, world cider culture and the re-emerging American cider culture today with author Ben Watson and David Dolginaw of Shacksbury Cider on this special Breakfast Cider Edition of Beer Sessions on Heritage Radio Network.
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52 min
May 24, 2016
Episode 331: Copenhagen Beer Celebration
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we have BR Royla of Shelton Brothers, Bob Weyersberg of the Beer Hear podcast on WFMU, Phil Ebel and Chip Newell of New Belgium Brewing in the studio. Also joining in by phone is Todd Boera of Fonta Flora Brewing. Tune in to hear about the Copenhagen Beer Celebration of 2016, a beer festival bringing together the most epic brewers from around the world, paired with incredible live music. CBC has been held for years in its hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark, and is coming to the U.S. for the first time ever this September 23rd and 24th in Boston, MA.
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48 min
May 17, 2016
Episode 330: Food & Beer (the book!)
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of the bar Tørst, and Canadian chef Daniel Burns of the Michelin-starred restaurant Luksus. They are also co-authors of the new book Food & Beer, which aims to elevate beer to the level of wine in fine dining. With a dialogue running throughout the book, Food & Beer examines the vision and philosophy of this duo at the forefront of a new gastronomic movement, and highlights the dual visions of the authors and the spaces — Tørst, which is more rustic and relaxed, and Luksus, which is more sleek and refined.
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47 min
May 10, 2016
Episode 329: Sam Calagione and Pallet Magazine
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, the crew catches up with Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, at the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia! Sam is also the co-o founder and executive editor of a new lifestyle magazine, Pallet, that brings together culture and craft beer. Pallet editors Nadia Saccardo and Rick Bannister also join in on the fun.
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51 min
May 3, 2016
Episode 328: Hamilton & Gun Hill Brewing
This week, it's a star-studded episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Not only do we have Dave Lopez and Chris Prout from Gun Hill Brewing, but Mark Aldrich and Jimmy Ludwig join in to chat about Rise Up Rye, the official beer of the musical Hamilton! The new brew is a collaboration between Gun Hill and the two Broadway actors, who also host a booze-themed web series under the name Happy Hour Guys. Plus, Javier Muñoz, the alternate for the role of Alexander Hamilton, calls in to the show! You want to be in the room where it happens!
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48 min
April 26, 2016
Episode 327: Barrel-Conditioned Beer
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy and Anne are joined in the studio by Mike Siegel and Brendan Woodcock of Goose Island Brewery, Alejandro Winocur of Waybeer in Brazil, and B.R. Royla of Shelton Brothers. Tune in to hear from brewers based in both North and South America!
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52 min
April 19, 2016
Episode 326: Reinheitsgebot 500th!
On this week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the German Reinheitsgebot, also known as the German Purity Law! Joining Jimmy and Anne in the studio are Travis Kauffman of Folksbier and Sylvester Schneider of Zum Schneider, with Sebastian Sauer of Freigeist Bierkultur calling in from Germany!
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49 min
April 12, 2016
Episode 325: Jack's Abby & KCBC
Welcome to a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jack's Abby is finally available in NYC! Sam Hendler, Founding brother of Jack's Abby, MA joins the show to talk about the journey the brewery has taken over the years and what it means to be in the NYC marketplace. Also on the show, the team behind the Kings County Brewing Collective, a production brewery-in-planning, coming soon to a Brooklyn neighborhood near you.
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48 min
April 5, 2016
Episode 324: Saison Day
This week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio takes a look back at Saison Day. Recorded in March at Threes Brewery, and featuring interviews with Cory McNutt and Eric Meader of Allagash, Greg Doroski and Joel Ford of Threes, John Lapolla of Bitter and Esters, and winner of the saison home-brew competition Alex Biederman.
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March 29, 2016
Episode 323: Orval Day!
On this week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy and Anne have a belated celebration of last Saturday’s Orval Day. Local importers of Orval, Dave Rodriguez and Scott Kowalski from Merchant du Vin join them in the studio, along with Michael Opalenski from B. United, Tony Forder of Ale Street News, and the “Beer Sensai” himself, Warren Monteiro.
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49 min
March 22, 2016
Episode 322: Stillwater Ales & Pico Brew
On this week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy and Anne are joined in the studio by Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Cory Bonfiglio of Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Beer Street, and Donald Brewer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Pico Brew.
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46 min
March 15, 2016
Episode 321: Victory Brewing Company's 20th Anniversary
For this week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy and Anne traveled to Philadelphia to celebrate Victory's Brewing Company's 20th anniversary. Little did they know that, the next morning, Victory would announce that it had merged with Southern Tier Brewing Company of western New York state. Tune in to hear their conversation with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Will Stephens of BeerMenus.
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53 min
March 8, 2016
Episode 320: Nitro Beer and the Irish
On this week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio, the topics of discussion are nitrogen ("the good beer gas") and Irish beers. Jimmy and Anne are joined in the studio by John Holl, editor of All About Beer magazine, James Tai of Guinness, Lars Dahlhaus of Liquid Projects, Barry Smyth and Richard Stokes of The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern NYC, and brewmaster Matt Brophy of Flying Dog Brewery.
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47 min
March 3, 2016
Episode 319: Beer Week Special: Brew Dogs
On this special Beer Week edition of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy catches up with BrewDogs founder James Watt, who was in New York promoting his new book Business for Punks. Also on this episode are Stephen Valand of Brooklyn Brew Shop, who was recently featured on Watt's Brew Dogs TV show, and winter co-host Anne Becerra, aka Anne Likes Beer.
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March 1, 2016
Episode 318: Tørst and Jopen
Mike Amidei, Tørst Mike Amidei came by his passion for the world of beverages honestly. Mike's father (a life long lover of all things food & beverage) bought a bottle of each of the Bordeaux First Growth wines for the year Mike was born and on his 21st birthday the family opened, and shared, a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild. From there, he was hooked. Mike received his BS from Florida International University in Hotel & Restaurant Management and has held nearly every position on offer in that field from busboy to line cook to hotel management. Mike has been passionate about beer, and all of it's distinct styles & flavors for longer than he'd care publish. He is currently the Beverage Manager at Tørst / Luksus, the global beer destination and Michelin-starred Restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he is responsible for curating the 21 rotating draft lines and an extensive bottle menu of around around 200 beers. http://punchdrink.com/articles/beer-cultures-second-wave-beer-bars-nyc/ http://food52.com/blog/13837-what-we-learned-during-a-shift-at-a-brooklyn-bar Erwin Klijn, Jopen Jopen is a beer brand from Haarlem, Netherlands. Jopen beer is a result of the work of Stichting Haarlems Biergenootschap, which was founded in 1992. The mission of the Biergenootschap is to re-create traditional Haarlem beers and bring them to the commercial market. Two recipes were found in the Haarlem city archives that were used as a foundation for 2 initial beers. The first one was a recipe from 1407 and the recreation of this was named Koyt. In December 1996 the commercial company Jopen BV acquired the beer. The name Jopen refers to the 112 litre beer barrels that were used in early times to transport the Haarlem beer. Until the end of 1996 Jopen beer was brewed in the Halve Maan brewery in Hulst, after that it was made in the La Trappe brewery in Berkel-Enschot. Since 2001 the Jopen beer brands were brewed in Ertvelde, Belgium, in brewery Van Steenberge. The current brewer is Chris Wisse. At the end of 2005 it was announced that the old Jacobskerk, in the Raaks area in the city centre of Haarlem, would be transformed into a brewery. In November 11, 2010, the "Jopenkerk" (Jopen church) opened its doors for the public. This former church is not only the home of the Jopen brewery but also hosts a café and restaurant. http://www.jopenbier.nl/en/discover-jopen/historie/ Anne Becerra – winter co-host, bartender, etc. Anne Becerra is still shocked that she's been able to turn her love for craft beer into a career. She was the first female Certified Cicerone in New York City and has been at the helm of some of the best craft beer bars in Manhattan for the last seven years, most recently at The Blind Tiger, The Ginger Man and as Beer Director for Taproom 307. Anne is a beer writer for Serious Eats and Martha Stewart Living, and has been featured multiple times on NBC, Fox and Friends and CNN as well as contributed to TIME Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Wall Street Journal, Sirius XM, USA Today and more. She was the only speaker at both Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and the Women’s Chef and Restaurateur Conference in NYC to represent the beer industry, and believes the best part about craft beer is sharing it. You can catch her teaching classes, judging beer competitions, hosting beer dinners and weekly tasting events, and curating beer pairings throughout the tri-state area.
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February 23, 2016
Episode 317: From Grain to Glass
On this week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio, along with our winter co-host Anne Becerra, we’re excited to reunite with Thor Oechsner, and chat all grains with author Amy Halloran, Strong Rope Brewery's Jason Sahler, Germantown Malt’s Dennis Nelson, and Valley Malt’s intern, Dustin!
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50 min
February 19, 2016
New York City Beer Week 2016!
Celebrate NYC Beer Week 2016 on a special episode of Beer Sessions Radio! New York City Beer Week is the main focus of the NYCBG and NYSBA, and will be February 19 - February 28, 2016. The annual ten day celebration of craft beer throughout New York City will have events including festivals, tastings, menu pairings, and beer dinners.
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44 min
February 16, 2016
Episode 315: From Pint to Farm, Beer and Cheese
On today’s episode of Beer Sessions Radio, we welcome guests Andy Marcelli of Eataly and Marcelli’s Formaggi, and Jamie Adams of the St. James Brewery, as well as winter co-host Anne Becerra. Tune in to hear about some mouth-watering beer and cheese pairings. Also, we’re kicking off New York City Beer Week on Friday!
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45 min
February 9, 2016
Episode 314: LIC Beer Project & Mekelburg’s Fine Food and Craft Beers
On today’s episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone and winter co-host Anne Becerra welcome Alicia Mekelburg, owner of Mekelburg’s Fine Food and Craft Beers and their beer director, Eric Hall along with Damon Oscarson and Daniel Acosta from LIC Beer Project.
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47 min
February 2, 2016
Episode 313: Sixpoint Show
Beer Sessions Radio is in studio with all stars from Sixpoint and Southern Tier, both breweries notably taking part in the upcoming NYC Beer Week and NYC Brewer's Choice. Danny Bruckert from the Sixpoint camp shares his path through the brewery as well as the evolution of Sixpoint's oldest to newest brews, plus some great brewer insight. Shane Henderson from Southern Tier contributes to the discussion as well, while hosts Jimmy Carbone and Anne Becerra sip on a few brews throughout!
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49 min
January 26, 2016
Episode 312: Gänstaller Bräu & Tinyfield Roofhop Farm
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone's got some great guests joining him tonight including Joel Shelton from Shelton Brothers and Andy Ganstaller from Ganstaller Brau! He's also happy to welcome Katrina and Keely from Tinyfield Roofhop Farm, and his winter co-host, Anne Becerra!
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44 min
January 22, 2016
Episode 311: Cider Sessions: Greg Hall / Virtue Ciders
On a special Cider Sessions episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined by Greg Hall. Greg hall co-founded Virtue Cider in Michigan several years ago after being the brewer at Goose Island in Chicago. He ran a successful barrel aging program at Goose Island, and is now barrel aging his Virtue Ciders.
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51 min
January 19, 2016
Episode 310: DeCicco Family Markets & Fentimen's
Tune in to this week's Beer Sessions Radio as host Jimmy Carbone and winter co-host Anne Becerra welcome Joe and Chris DeCicco of DeCicco Family Markets as well as Lars Dahlhaus, Eastern Sales Manager at Fentiman’s Inc, plus special guests from NYC's Fraunces Tavern.
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48 min
January 13, 2016
Episode 309: BBD’s & Beer Menus
This week's Beer Sessions Radio features a great pair of guests - BBD's and Beer Menus! Ralph Perrazzo & Tim Irvin, BBD Eats, Rocky Point, Long Island Ralph is the owners of BBD Eats on Long Island. Tim is his sous chef. Perrazzo attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park earning a Culinary Degree. During school, Perrazzo packed his knife kit for weekend excursions to volunteer in some of the city’s top kitchens, including Jean Georges underthen chef de cuisine Gabriel Kreuther. Perrazzo donated his time to this esteemed kitchen to hone his skills and learn all he could from some of the best around. Ralph worked hard and earned a job offer after graduation in the pastry department. Perrazzo then met and worked with Chef Eric Hubert, who fostered Perrazzo’s creativity over the next three years. He was encouraged to use his mind as vigorously as his hands. After leaving Jean George, Ralph came back to Long Island and worked at the East Hampton's beloved, Nick and Toni’s with Chef Joe Realmuto. This is where he fell in love with the east end of Long Island with all of its amazing produce and agriculture. An interest was sparked soon after to learn more about high volume catering. Perrazzo then distorted his experience to land a cook position at East Winds Hotel so he could learn a new side of the business. He achieved his aim and gained valuable knowledge during his stint back on Long Island. Will Stephens, Beer Menus In late 2008, Brothers Will and Eric were drinking beers and debating their favorites before heading out for the night. Eric backed Arrogant Bastard and Will was pushing Dogfish Head 90 Minute. They searched for a bar serving their favorite beers on google. They came up empty handed, but their disappointment faded when they saw their destiny. As avid beer lovers who started homebrewing at ages 4 and 7, they had to create a website where people could browse and search beer menus. Today BeerMenus.com has 20427 Beer Menus, including 94846 Beers.
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49 min
January 5, 2016
Episode 308: Boston Beer!
Tune in to a special episode of Beer Sessions Radio recorded in Somerville, Massachusetts ! Jimmy is joined by Andy Crouch of Beer Scribe, Suzanne Schalow of Craft Beer Cellars, beer writer Will Gordon and Dan Rassi of Aeronaut Brewing. Together they all chat about the Boston craft beer scene, regional specialties, draft line cleanliness and more!
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55 min
December 29, 2015
Episode 307: Cider Sessions: John Bunker
Tune in for a very special conversation with apple expert John Bunker. John grew up in Massachusetts and California, but on his first visit to Maine at age 11, he knew that Maine is where he would make his home. He moved to Super Chilly Farm with a bunch of friends on the day he graduated from Colby College and has never left. Over the years he has tried his hand at many different ventures- teaching high school English, managing the Belfast Co-op Store, selling salads and cider at the Common Ground Fair, teaching shop at Pine Island Camp, building houses and purchasing for the Federation of Maine Co-ops. Yet none of these things grabbed his attention like the the old apple trees growing in the fields around Palermo. As he picked the fruits from these neglected trees each fall, he began to notices the differences in the apples – to his surprise they were not all Macs. Through seasons of observation and hours of discussions with the old timers around town, he learned to identify the different varieties and appreciate their stories. His interest grew into a passion that became his life’s work. p1050589In 1984 John started Fedco Trees ostensibly to encourage others to plant trees, but really it was a way to fund his insatiable habit of tracking down heirloom fruit varieties in all corners of Maine. You can read about his adventures each year in the Fedco Trees Catalog and also in his book, “Not Far From the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo, Maine.” John has done such a good job spreading the word about the pleasures of heirloom apples, that now people line up at the Common Ground Fair to view his apple display and bring him old apples to identify. John’s most recent project is creating the Maine Heritage Orchard at MOFGA. This orchard which is located in a renovated gravel pit adjacent to the MOFGA fairgrounds will be home to 500 or more historic pears and apples. When he is not thinking about apples, he….ok, he is always thinking about apples.
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52 min
December 22, 2015
Episode 306: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Tune in for a very special holiday episode of Beer Sessions Radio as Jimmy Carbone is joined by the legendary Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada, and his son Brian Grossman. Recorded off-site at Jimmy's No. 43, the conversation illuminates the origin story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and sheds some light on the history of craft beer in America.
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58 min
December 16, 2015
Episode 305: Even More Breweries!!
More and more breweries are popping up by the minute and we're covering more of them today on Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy Carbone is joined by Hutch Kugeman, brewer, The Brewery at the CIA, CIA-Brooklyn Brewery Outpost, Jesse Ferguson, founder/head of production, Interboro Spirits & Ales, Laura Dierks, co-founder, Interboro Spirits & Ales and Anne Becerra – winter co-host, bartender, etc. Tune in and hear about some new trends, tastes and thoughts from an esteemed panel of beer experts!
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47 min
December 8, 2015
Episode 304: Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing Company in NYC
Jimmy Carbone is on location at Jimmy’s 43 with a team from Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing Co. for a special edition of Beer Sessions Radio. Steve Farace, the Minister of Propaganda, Kit Blanchard, a Brewery Buddy, and Tucker Sarkisian, PR Director, join Lisa Wichowski, a leading East Coast Cicerone, and Jimmy Carbone to talk about the genesis of Sweetwater. With their laid back, brightly-colored style and their complex, creatively-named beers, Sweetwater brewery is bringing their brand of Southern charm to New York City for the first time! Listen as the team discusses the almost-accidental choice of Atlanta as home, and the stories behind their thoughtfully-titled brews.
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51 min
December 1, 2015
Episode 303: Garrett Oliver's Greatest Beer Hits
Take a tour through Garrett Oliver’s greatest hits on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver is widely known for his debonair personal style, his elegant lectures on the history of beer and the art of brewing, his extensive knowledge of movies and literature and his two hats. He is also the brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, author of The Brewmaster’s Table and winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for Excellent Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional. Jimmy is also joined by Anne Becerra, Stephen Valand and Kyle Kensrue.
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52 min
November 25, 2015
Episode 302: Special Rodenbach Recording
Today's broadcast of Beer Sessions Radio is a special show recorded on March 26 in the morning at Jimmy's No 43. Jimmy chats with Rudi Ghequire of Rodenbach in Belgium plus his importer, David van Wees, Co-Founder of Latis Imports. He's also joined by Sam Barbieri of NYC's Waterfront Ale House who brings some pork pate's to pair with the Belgian sours.
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52 min
November 17, 2015
Episode 301: The Year of Drinking Adventurously: 52 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
From trucking to trappist breweries, this episode of Beer Sessions Radio has a little bit of everything! Jimmy Carbone is joined by Jeff Cioletti, Author of The Year of Drinking Adventurously, John Holl, Editor of All About Beer Magazine and author of the forthcoming Dishing Up New Jersey and Stephen Valand, fall co-host and owner of Brooklyn Brew Shop. andnbsp; All the major truck manufacturers all do specifically tailored trucks for the beverage market. Most of the time they have people on their sales team directly selling to beverage distributors. [08:00] -- Jeff Cioletti How do you make a really good beer thats not just a novelty that people will just try once? [19:00] - John Holl
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47 min
November 11, 2015
Episode 300: Cider Cocktails!
The cider celebrations continue on Beer Sessions Radio! This in-studio show is all about cider cocktails, as Jimmy Carbone is joined by an all-star panel of guests. Hear from Eric West of Cider Guide, Yoni Rabino of Neversink Spirits, Jade Brown-Godfrey of Wassail, Bianca Miraglia of Uncouth Vermouth, Darlene Hayes of All Into Cider and author Cider Cocktails andamp; Stephen Valand, co-host and co-founder of Brooklyn Brew Shop. Hear what makes cider such a great cocktail ingredient, why the cider movement is like the cocktail movement 15 years ago and what the future holds for cider! andnbsp; Theres a spirit for every cider. [14:00] I think cider is at a point where cocktails were in 2001/2002. People werent necessarily comfortable with cocktails at that point either, it was a new thing to have a cocktail bar. Ciders are in that area right now. [22:00] --Jade Brown-Godfrey Craft beer has primed people to be look for more flavor and subtleties. people are willing to try new stuff. [19:00] --Eric West
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50 min
November 10, 2015
Episode 299: Cider Week Special: Tilted Shed Ciderworks of Sonoma, California
Tune in to a special Cider Week Special episode of Beer Sessions Radio as Jimmy Carbone is joined by Ellen Cavalli of Tilted Shed Ciderworks Sonoma, California, Polly Giragosian from Aaron Burr Cidery in Wutsboro, New York Gay Howard & Kay Michaels of United States of Cider. Ellen Cavalli and Scott Heath are the duo behind CA's Tilted Shed Ciderworks. Polly Giragsoian and Andy Brennan are the team behind NY's Aaron Burr Cidery. Ellen & Polly talk about East Cost vs. West Coast terroir, and the art and craft of small batch, homestead, orchard-based cider making.
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34 min
November 10, 2015
Episode 298: Cider Week Special: Edible Good Cider
On this special Beer Sessions Radio Cider special recording, Jimmy sits down at the Spring 2015 Edible Magazine's "Good Cider" event in Manhattan. Cider guests include - Sara Grady of Glynwood, Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr and several others!
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54 min
November 10, 2015
Episode 297: Cider Week Special: New Holland Brewing & Artisan Spirits
This week, host Jimmy Carbone is on location at Jimmy’s 43 in the East Village for a special Cider Week edition of Beer Sessions Radio. On this episode, Jimmy is joined by Stephen Valland (Founder/Owner of Brooklyn Brew Shop), Rich Blair (National Sales Manager of New Holland Brewing andamp; Artisan Spirits), Adam Dickerson (Midwest Sales Manager of New Holland Brewing andamp; Artisan Spirits) and Joe Stelmark (MidAtlantic Regional Sales, New Holland Brewing andamp; Artisan Spirits). The experts share their thoughts about various aspects of the beer and spirits business.
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52 min
November 10, 2015
Episode 296: Cider Week Special: Wassail NYC and the Ciders of the Finger Lakes
This week Jimmy Carbone is on location at the Lower East Side’s Wassail for a special Cider Week edition of Beer Sessions Radio. Wassail’s Ben Sandler, Sabine Hrechdakian, and Dan Pucci with Blackduck Cidery’s John Reynolds pour out their expertise, insights, and questions about all things cider. Located on the “new” Orchard Street, Wassail is a neighborhood restaurant and bar serving area ciders to a variety of palates. John Reynolds of Blackduck Cidery, “one of the most exciting things happening in American cider today,” discusses his choice of fruit and the variety of styles he uses in fermentation. From the perry pear to Pegasus, ice ciders to terroir, you can’t miss this Cider Week special served cold on Beer Sessions Radio.
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55 min
November 3, 2015
Episode 295: Bridge & Tunnel Brewery!
Tune in to a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by Rich Castagna of Bridge andamp; Tunnel Brewery, Dan McLaughlin of The Pony Bar, writer Niko Krommydas andamp; Stephen Valand, co-host, co-founder of Brooklyn Brew Shop. What happens when you go from garage brewer to legit? Rich, from Bridge and Tunnel Brewery knows. Bridge and Tunnel Brewery is a Queens based nano-scale micro-brewery, launched by brewer/ proprietor, Rich Castagna. Rich has been brewing for over 11 years, and enjoys brewing and drinking darker beers, and beers with a flavorful kick. So the current line leans toward beers that are colorful both in the glass and on the palate. Rich was born and raised in Queens, and spent most of his life in the New York area, short of about 8 years living and traveling around the U.S. and overseas. Over the past 15 years, hes lived in the Ridgewood/Bushwick area, Long Island City, Astoria, and Maspeth. He has 3 kids, 3 cats, a dog, a fish, a large amount of brewing equipment, and a very patient wife. Im so stretched thin, its ridiculous. Its always only been me. [08:00]
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51 min
October 27, 2015
Episode 294: Beer Destinations with the Happy Hour Guys
This week Beer Sessions Radio is in studio highlighting beer destinations with the Happy Hour Guys!  Host Jimmy Carbone welcomes Jimmy Ludwig, Mark Aldrich, and Justin Squigs Robertson for a discussion about the greatest beers they have found from their travels - from Maine to Michigan and places in between! After the break, Fred Bueltmann, Vice President of Brand andamp; Lifestyle of New Holland Brewing Co. calls in and shares the exciting and delicious things that are coming out of their brewery in Michigan as well as their new relationship with Carhartt!  Tune in for more! Weve had the ability to watch craft beer change whole swaths of our country, and its really exciting, and its really only continuing. [47:10] --Happy Hour Guys on Beer Sessions Radio andnbsp;
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50 min
October 20, 2015
Episode 293: From Home Brew to Pro Brew!
From Home Brew to Pro Brew! Tune in to a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio as Jimmy Carbone and friends John LaPolla and Stephen Valland are joined by Jason Sahler, an award-winning homebrewer taking the next step and starting his own brewery. Strong Rope Brewery will create handcrafted local and organic ales featuring seasonal offerings that will use the freshest vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. While serving many of the ales on draft, the brewery will also feature living ales: cask and bottle-conditioned beers where live yeast remains in the beer, which continues to condition and evolve in its serving vessel, showcasing the subtle natural flavors that this unique conditioned environment creates.
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49 min
October 13, 2015
Episode 292: Christian DeBenedetti & Oregon Brewers!
Beer Sessions Radio is on scene at Jimmys No. 43 as host Jimmy Carbone sits down with a great crew from Portland Oregon featuring Christian DeBenedetti and Andrea Slonecker, authors of the new book Beer Bites.  As beer lovers well know, there has never been a better time to be a beer drinker. But all that beer begs for the right food to go with it! Christian and Andrea chat up their publication that serves up 65 globe-roaming and simple recipes from appetizers to snacks and main courses that go beyond typical pub grub with recommendations of beer styles and widely available must-try brews for each dish. Beer Bites is ideal for the growing cadre of craft beer lovers eager to explore the basics and nuances of beer and food pairings, whether they are hosting tasting nights or just enjoying one good brew at a time.  Additional brewing all stars join in the conversation, including Mike Wright of The Commons, Van Havig of Gigantic Brewing, as well as Dan Angler of Occidental Brewing, each talking about their paths in brewing and the importance of craft brews in the Pacific Northwest!
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51 min
October 6, 2015
Episode 291: The Beer Bible
Hear from Jeff Alworth, author of The Beer Bible this week on Beer Sessions Radio. No other book of this depth and scope approaches the subject of beer in the same way that beer lovers do—by style, just as a perfect pub menu is organized—and gets right to the pleasure of discovery, knowledge, and connoisseurship. Divided into four major families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and tart and wild ales—there’s everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of different authentic types of brews, from bitters, bocks, and IPAs to weisses, milk stouts, lambics, and more. Each style is a chapter unto itself, delving into origins, ingredients, description and characteristics, substyles, and tasting notes, and ending with a recommended list of the beers to know in each category. Hip infographics throughout make the explanation of beer’s flavors, brewing methods, ingredients, labeling, serving, and more as immediate as it is lively. Also hear from Ralph Perrazzo, owner BBD and Ed Berestecki, owner of Mugs Alehouse. Its terrible if all you ever do is drink the new thing. You want to go back to your favs! I have probably 20 beers that I absolutely love and every time I see them on a list I want to drink them. [25:00] andnbsp;
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45 min
September 29, 2015
Episode 290: Cider Sessions: Ben Watson
Cider is everywhere these days, and Jimmy Carbone continues to explore the buzzing beverage on Beer Sessions Radio. This week, hes joined off-site by acclaimed author Ben Waton, who is the man responsible for the seminal text Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own. Tune in to this special Cider Sessions episode for an in-depth conversation on cider production, history, tasting notes and more. From apple varieties to cider styles - theres a wealth of knowledge in this show! Cider is shockingly easy to make. You can make it in the most primitive of ways. [17:00] -- Ben Watson
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57 min
September 22, 2015
Episode 289: Hops, Hops, Hops!
It’s hard to think about beer these days without thinking about hops. Thats why Jimmy Carbone is dedicating an entire episode of Beer Sessions Radio to hops! Hes joined by Laura Ten Eyck andamp; Deitrich Gehring of Indian Ladder Farms/Helderberg Hop Farm, co-authors The Hop Growers Handbook, Stuart Morris of Indian Ladder Farms, Joel Ford, assistant brewer at Threes Brewing andamp; Stephen Valand of Brooklyn Brew Shop. Theres a difference between vines and bines. Grapes are considered vines and they have tendrils and thats how they pull themselves up. Hops are bines, they dont have tendrils they have tri-combs and thats how they pull themselves up. [10:00] --Deitrich Gehring on Beer Sessions Radio Hops have great antibacterial properties and theyre good for treating infections. When you make beer with hops, the hops act as a preservative. This made beer last long and expanded the trade of beer. [40:00] -- Laura Ten Eyck on Beer Sessions Radio andnbsp;
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51 min
September 15, 2015
Episode 288: The Sour Beer Show
Drink a sour beer and tune into a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio!. Jimmys got a big group of guests including guest co-host Stephen Valand of Brooklyn Brew Shop, BR Royla of Shelton Brothers Imports, Kerry McLean, events manager at Jolly Pumpkin/Northern United Brewing Co, Crimson Krier-Glading and Steven Baird of Mission Dolores andamp; The Owl Farm and Robert Sherrill of Brewminaries Homebrew Club. Theyre talking sour, imports and more on a jam-packed episode of the best beer podcast in the world! This program was brought to you by Union Beer Its incredible to see how far sour beer has come and how people have accepted it. [09:00] --Stephen Valand on Beer Sessions Radio Education is going a really long way as far as sour beers are concerned. [17:00] --Crimson Krier-Glading on Beer Sessions Radio
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51 min
September 12, 2015
Episode 287: Greenpoint Beer Show!
Its the Greenpoint beer show! Tune in to a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radioas Jimmy Carbone and fall co-host Stephen Valand of Brooklyn Brew Shop are joined by a room full of people making their mark on Greenpoint, Brooklyn. hear Chris Prout and Erik Olsen of Greenpoint Beer andamp; Ale Co./Dirck the Norseman and Patrick Allen of Keg andamp; Lantern as they talk about brewing trends, neighborhood growth and cultural traditions. This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. andnbsp; Home brewers are the most creative brewers around. As a home brewer, you have the opportunity to experiment with a whole bunch of different ingredients. [21:00] --Chris Prout on Beer Sessions Radio Maybe in 50 years people will look back on the 2010s as the time people were making really tropical IPAs and they will find historical recipes with citrusy hops. [26:00] --Stephan Valand on Beer Sessions Radio
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49 min
August 13, 2015
Episode 286: Cider Sessions: American Fine Cider
This week on a special Cider Sessions edition of Beer Sessions Radio: Louisa D. Spencer and Stephen M. Wood are founders of Farnum Hill Cider. Field Maloney is 2nd generation cider maker at West County Cider, his parents Terry and Judith Malone founded West County Cider (and CiderDays, now its 21st year). The Woods and Maloneys are key founding families of American Cider revival, establishing commercial winery/cideries and developing cider orchards in the late 1970s-80s. This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors.
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53 min
August 12, 2015
Episode 285: Hudson Valley!
Explore the beer scene in the Hudson Valley on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone and guest co-host Ben Keene are joined by Jakob Cirell of From the Ground Brewery, Dan Suarez, Suarez Family Brewery, Evan Watson of Plan Bee Farm Brewery and Mike Renganeschi of Bacchus Brewing Company. Patrick Allen of Keg and Lantern Brewpub also joins the show. This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. Grain and hops are like giant building blocks. The yeast is the mortar. [25:00] --Evan Watsonon on Beer Sessions Radio What Im trying to do now is not choose the beers I want to make but let the ingredients available dictate. [32:00] --Jakob Cirell on Beer Sessions Radio
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50 min
August 4, 2015
Episode 284: All About Hops
Tune in to a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio as Jimmy Carbone and guest co-host Ben Keene are talking all about hops! They are joined by John Segal, proprietor of Segal Hop Ranch in Yakima Valley, Washington, and Jeff ONeil, former brewer at Peekskill Brewery who is currently launching his own project, Industrial Arts Brewing. This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. Farming is really a challenge and I always make sure our friends support local farmers for any produce they buy because its a very challenging business. Were subject to so many variables. [13:00] aAs my father taught me - all beers are good and some are better. [46:00] --John Segal on Beer Sessions Radio The intention [at Industrial Arts Brewingis to make really hoppy beers while controlling the bitterness and keeping bitterness low. [26:00] Jeff ONeil on Beer Sessions Radio
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49 min
July 28, 2015
Episode 283: Cask Beer Explained
Cask beer is demystified this week on Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone and summer co-host Ben Keene are joined by Jason Hicks, chef at The Shakespeare and Jones Wood Foundry, Alex Hall of Cask Marque and Dave Lopez of Gun Hill Brewery. Tune in to hear what works and doesnt when it comes to cask conditioned beer and what it takes to do it the right way! This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. The difference between having cask beer in a bar or not is the ability for it to turn over in 3-4 days. [29:00] --Alex Hall on Beer Sessions Radio If you find yourself at a beer that has cask on tap - ask questions, give it a try and learn something. There can be delicious results. [44:00] --Jason Hicks on Beer Sessions Radio
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48 min
July 21, 2015
Episode 282: Lagunitas Chicago & American Homebrewers Association Winners!
Join Jimmy Carbone for another full glass of Beer Sessions Radio!. This week, hes profiling Lagunitas Chicago and the American Homebrewers Association Winners. Hes joined by Mary Bauer and Mark Sljukic of Laguintas and a group of homebrewers - Peter Salmond, Oskar Norlander and Erik Norlander. Hear them discuss brewing trends, goses and lambics the growth of homebrewing organizations and more! This program was brought to you by Union Beer. Ive seen these homebrew competitions that used to have 100-200 entires are now climbing to 500-600 entires! --Oskar Norlander on Beer Sessions Radio
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48 min
July 14, 2015
Episode 281: Ale Sharpton, Anne Likes Beer and Threes Brewing
Its a perfect summer session on Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by a great group of friends and guests including summer co-host Ben Keene from Beer Advocate, Threes Brewings head brewer, Greg Doroski, Anne Becerra aka Anne Likes Beer and the one and only Ale Sharpton. Together, the group talks about everything from beer cocktails to festivals and tasting events. This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. The whole point of using beer in a cocktail is to enhance those flavors, not mask them. [12:00] --Anne Becerra on Beer Sessions Radio One of the big things I push is trying to find ways to take people who think they dont like beer and help [them like it]. [25:00] --Ale Sharpton on Beer Sessions Radio
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49 min
July 7, 2015
Episode 280: Feeding the Fire
Beer and BBQ - what could be better? This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined by Ben Keene, editor of Beer Advocate, Kelly Taylor of Kelso and Joe Carroll, the man behind Fette Sau, St. Anselm, Spuyten Duyvil and author of the new book Feeding the Fire. In Feeding the Fire, Carroll gives readers his top 20 lessons and more than 75 recipes to make incredible fire-cooked foods at home, proving that you dont need to have fancy equipment or long-held regional traditions to make succulent barbecue and grilled meats. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers. Beer is easily paired with most food and most food is easily paired with food. [12:00] If you grow up drinking commercial American lager or crap wine, then I think youre immediately drawn towards the really intense high gravity over the top stuff right way because youre looking for something so radically different than the lame insipid stuff you grew up drinking. Over time that fades and you appreciate those lighter lower gravity beers again. [25:00] --Joe Carroll on Beer Sessions Radio
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50 min
June 30, 2015
Episode 279: European Brewers
Its the European Brewers show! Recorded live at Jimmys No. 43, this episode of Beer Sessions Radio includes Dr. Garth Cambray of Makana Meadery, Giovanni Campariof of Birrificio Del Ducato, Leonardo Di Vincenzo of Birra Del Borgo and Jerome Dupont of Domaine Dupont. This program was brought to you by Union Beer.
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59 min
June 23, 2015
Episode 278: From Red Hook to New Zealand
Jimmy Carbone has a cavalcade of beer stars in the studio this week for Beer Sessions Radio!. Tune in and hear from Jake Cirelli of From the Ground Brewery, Steve Ben Middlemiss of Ben Middlemiss Brewing, Lauren and Joe Grimm of Grimm Artisanal Ales, beer writer Josh Bernstein, Ben Keene of Beer Advocate and Joel Shelton of Shelton Brothers Imports. The crew chats about beer festivals, brewing styles and trends in the industry! This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributers. We obviously cant compete in price with anybody so we have to make something thats more compelling [34:00] --Jake Cirelli on Beer Sessions Radio The biggest pressure gypsy brewers are facing today are brewing space. [38:00] Steve Ben Middlemiss on Beer Sessions Radio
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52 min
June 16, 2015
Episode 277: Bushwick Beer Show
Its the Bushwick Beer show! Join a packed studio for a lively conversation on the beer scene in a blossoming and burgeoning Bushwick. Jimmy Carbone is joined by Tyson Ho of Arrogant Swine, Blake Jordan of Hops and Hocks, Raphael Martinez of The Sampler and Jeff and Heather of Pine Box Rock Shop. This program was brought to you by Union Beer. We are serious about our beer. Its hard to communicate when we first opened because were a BBQ joint! [14:00] --Tyson Ho on Beer Sessions Radio Theres now a backlash against session IPAs. [21:00] --Blake Jordan on Beer Sessions Radio There are a lot of schools that sit on former brewery locations. [38:00] --Chris OLeary on Beer Sessions Radio
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49 min
June 9, 2015
Episode 276: Old World Beer: Chief O’Neil & Beanery Brewery!
This weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio: Old World Beer: Chief ONeil and Beanery Brewery! Tune in for a special peek into the unique world of coffee beers! Jimmy is joined by Chris Balla of Mile End Deli/Grand Army, Dave Brodrick and Luke of Beanery Brewing, Chief ONeil, former Peekskill brewer and Jimmy Ludwig of Happy Hour Guys. This program was brought to you by Union Beer
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49 min
June 2, 2015
Episode 275: Long Island!
Its a Long Island takeover of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by an all-star cast of guests including Niko Krommydas, beer writer and editor of Craft Beer New York, Sean McCain and John Liegey of Greenport Harbor and Ralph Perrazzo of BBD Eats and Rocky Point LI. Kris Nelson of Citizen Cider and Jamie Griffith of Lost Nation Brewing also join the show later to alk about Citizen Cider! This program was brought to you by Union Beer It tastes better when you work hard! [34:00] --John Liegey on Beer Sessions Radio
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52 min
May 29, 2015
Episode 274: Beer Sessions Ep.274 – Hops Hill Brewers
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51 min
May 26, 2015
Episode 273: Baclav Berka, Head Brewer of Pilsner Urquell
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined by beer royalty - Baclav Berka, Head Brewer of Pilsner Urquell! Pilsner Urquell is a 173-year old Czech brewery. Hes only the sixth man in Urquells history to hold this title. His father worked in the Urquell fermentation department so its somewhat of a family business for him. Learn about the history of the brewery, Belgian brewers and pilsners as Baclav tells some incredible stories on-air. Jimmy is also joined by John LaPolla of Bitter and Esters and Paul Walsh of Belgian Beer and Food Magazine. This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. Fresh beer and freshness is very important for us. [22:00] --Baclav Berka on Beer Sessions Radio
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May 19, 2015
Episode 272: Erica Shea & Stephen Valand of Brooklyn Brew Shop
Tune in for a special show with the Brooklyn Brew Shop this week on Beer Sessions Radio! Host Jimmy Carbone and producer Justin Kennedy are joined by Erica Shea and Stephen Valand, the owners and founders of Brooklyn Brew Shop. They started the Brooklyn Brew Shop out of the Brooklyn Flea in the summer of 2009 to get space-strapped New Yorkers brewing. With the idea that making beer (real beer from real ingredients) can be simple, tasty, and most important, fun, they created stylish, easy-to-use Beer Making Kits designed especially for stove-top brewing and ingredient mixes for seasonally inspired beers. This program was brought to you by Union Beer. We dont sell beer - we sell the promise of it! [11:00] --Erica Shea on Beer Sessions Radio Were working on helping a whole new generation of brewers in China and Taiwan [31:00] --Steve Alano on Beer Sessions Radio The quality of home brewers has gone up drastically in New York City recently [49:00] --Justin Kennedy on Beer Sessions Radio
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51 min
May 16, 2015
Episode 271: Irish Cider Sessions
Tune in for a special Irish Cider Sessions edition of Beer Sessions Radio! Learn about Irish craft cider on a special off-site recording.
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51 min
May 12, 2015
Episode 270: Vermont Beer Show from Blind Tiger
Tune in for a special off-site recording of Beer Sessions Radio at the Blind Tiger! Jimmy Carbone is joined by Dave Brodrick, Ian Campbell, Tom Harder and Chad Rich. The gang talks about the Vermont beer scene, coffee bears and brewing trends. This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. At beanery our main focus is coffee beers. For us - the beer is important but also the bean. We try to focus the bean as much as the beer. [18:00] --Dave Brodrick
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May 5, 2015
Episode 269: Cinco de Mayo Mead!
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with mead, saison and a room full of great beer people! Jimmy Carbone is joined by Garth Cambray of Makana Meadery, Jerome Rebetez of Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes (BFM), Chresten Sorensen and Joe Watt of Bunker Brewing and others. Tune in for an in-depth discussion on mead, small batch brewing and more! This program was brought to you by Union Beer.
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April 28, 2015
Episode 268: Queens Beer Week
Attention, Queens! Celebrate one of New Yorks greatest beer scenes: your neighborhood! Queens Beer Week is a community driven and supported celebration of that most wonderful of liquids. QBW is a 100% non-profit organization, brought to you by the great bars and breweries in Queens. Join us this May 8th-17th, as we cheers the Spring and the great brews Queens has to offer. This weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio is dedicated to the awesomeness of Queens Beer Week! Tune in and learn more! This program was brought to you by Union Beer . The diversity in our borough is the diversity in our brew scene - its awesome. [05:00] Queens beer wee --Daniel Bronson on Beer Sessions Radio Anybody anywhere who wants a good craft beer - thats where well go! [22:00]
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April 27, 2015
Episode 267: Live from Two Roads!
Check out a bonus episode of Beer Sessions Radio recorded live at Two Roads Brewing Co in Stratford, CT!
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51 min
April 21, 2015
Episode 266: Beer & Hot Sauce
Hot sauce and craft beer are one hell of a pairing! Tune in to this episode of Beer Sessions Radio as Jimmy Carbone is joined by Graham Connolly of World Famous Hot Sauce and Anne Becerra of AnneLikesBeer.com. They chat about food and beer festival culture, the interesting ways hot sauce and beer can pair and whats in store for the NYC Hot Sauce Expo! This program was brought to you by Union Beer Were not here to hurt people, we want to make nice accessible flavors of hot sauce. [11:00] -Graham Connolly on Beer Sessions Radio I cant explain how many people Ive converted to good beer with Lagunitas Pilsner. [08:00] --Anne Becerra on Beer Sessions Radio
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April 14, 2015
Episode 265: Chocolate & Beer
Today on Beer Sessions Radio, were talking beer and chocolates. Host Jimmy Carbone interviews some top NY masters of beer and chocolate. Cicerone James Tai, Tess Rose of Astor Wines, Mike Descarfino of Barrier Brewing, Daniel Sklaar of Fine and Raw and Rich Castanga of Bridge and Tunnel talk to Jimmy about their views on various beer-chocolate combinations. This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors
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April 11, 2015
Episode 264: Eric Asimov
Today on a very special Beer Sessions, host Jimmy Carbone talks with famous wine and food critic of the New York Times, Eric Asimov. Join them as they discuss some fine examples of american lager, sent over by Union Beer Distributors I have to say I love this beer. I think you should persuade the Yankees to bring it up to the big leagues [8:30] ------ Eric Asimov on Beer Sessions Radio
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51 min
April 7, 2015
Episode 263: Rob Todd
Tune in for a special off-site recording of Beer Sessions Radio as Jimmy Carbone and Justin Kennedy are at Threes Brewing joined by some of their team, a group of home brewers and VIP guest Rob Todd, founder of Allagash Brewing! Tune in for a lively conversation about home brew, yeast strains, brewing techniques and more! This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. Some of these newer brewers have become involved in the industry, politically - its great. [30:00] --Rob Todd on Beer Sessions Radio
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54 min
March 31, 2015
Episode 262: Beer & High End Dining
Tune in for a conversation on what happens when fine dining and beer combine on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by Alex Pfaffenbach, NoMad Dining Room Manager, Augie Carton, owner Carton Brewing and John La Polla, owner Bitter and Esters. The group discusses what makes beer a great fit for high end dining and spotlight different beers and recipes that are relevant to the conversation! This program was brought to you by Union Beer. With beer you can go super hardcore, super good quality and it wont be $100, more like $10. [09:00] --John LaPolla on Beer Sessions Radio
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50 min
March 31, 2015
Episode 261: Food & Enterprise
Join Jimmy Carbone for a special show at The Food and Enterprise Conference in Industry City in Brooklyn. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com
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53 min
March 24, 2015
Episode 260: New York Malt
Celebrate New York malt on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by an all-star panel of guests including Chris Balla, Beverage Director of Mile End Deli, Adamo Fillipetti of Pioneer Malting, Andrea Stanley of Valley Malt and Chris Sheena of Gun Hill Brewing Co. Malt is the building block of beer, tune in for a lively discussion about brewing practices, malt variations and all things beer! This program was brought to you by Union Beer.
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March 17, 2015
Episode 259: Beer & Cheese for St. Patrick’s Day!
Celebrate St. Patricks Day with a great show about beer and cheese on Beer Sessions Radio. Host Jimmy Carbone is joined by Lauren McDowell of Cheese Rank, Chris George of Cheese Journeys, Phoebe Connel of Lois, Alex Foschi of Im Fuchschen and Joel Shelton of Shelton Brothers Imports. They discuss the various ways to pair beer and cheese and why beer is superior to other beverages when joining forces with cheese! This program was brought toy ou by Union Beer Distributors. Its cheaper to buy a bottle of beer than a bottle of wine. If you find something that doesnt work - you can always buy another one. [18:00] If you look for three cheeses that look dramatically different, youll get three dramatically different flavor profiles. [20:00] --Chris George on Beer Sessions Radio
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46 min
March 11, 2015
Episode 258: Clean Beer
What does it mean to have clean beer? Find out this week on Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by an awesome crew of guests including Sean Lynch of Clean Beer Project, Ben Samuel, author of Mens Journal article about Bar Pet Peeves, Lindsey Ronchi, Bartender and Patrick Donagher of Fools Gold, The Jeffrey, Alewife, etc. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. When you dont have a clean beer line [it can taste like] butter, popcorn -- it just has a terrible stench. [6:00] We need more sites where they are talking about the quality of the beer...Making sure your lines are clean. [12:00]
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March 4, 2015
Episode 257: The Food & Beer Pairing Show
Tune in for a special episode of Beer Sessions Radio dedicated to food and beer pairings! Jimmy Carbone is joined by Julia Herz of The Brewers Association, Master Cicerone candidates James Tai and Brendan Woodcock and Jimmy Ludwig of the Happy Hour Guys. Listen as the crew discusses the science behind pairings, why every palate is different and why weve only reached the tip of the iceberg when it comes to beer and food pairings. This program was brought to you by Union Beer. Pairing is personal, perception is personal. [09:00] I think beer cuisine will have its day - were not there yet. [17:00] --Julia Herz on Beer Sessions Radio
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February 24, 2015
Episode 256: The Bronx for NYC Beer Week!
Jimmy and the gang recorded a special off-site show in the Bronx for a celebration of NYC Beer Week ! Tune in and hear from The Bronx Brewery, Gun Hill Brewing, Bronx Beer Hall and Bronx Ale House.
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February 17, 2015
Episode 255: SMASH Beer Preview
Todays episode of Beer Sessions Radio is a NYC Beer Week Smash beer preview! 10+ nyc breweries are making beers with all State Malt And State Hops, thus the smash name. Joining Jimmy on the show this week is Kyle Hurst of Big Alice Brewing, Chris Cuzme of Cuzett Libations, Marcus Burnett of Rockaway Brewing Company and John LaPolla of Bitter and Esters. This program was brought to you by Union Beer. New York malts are hard to get as home brewers. [07:00] When you use honey in brewing, the better quality honey you use the better beer youll get. [22:00] --John La Polla on Beer Sessions Radio Wisconsin is a huge beer state. It wasnt a huge craft beer state, but theyve come a long way. [24:00] --Kyle Hurst on Beer Sessions Radio
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February 14, 2015
Episode 254: Lammin Sahti Oy!
Tune in for a special episode of Beer Sessions Radio as Jimmy Carbone chats with a Finnish brewer about Lammin Sahti Oy! Finnish Sahti, along with Belgian Lambic, is one of the truly old and unusual or , better, one of the last original beer styles in the world. Dating back to the 1500s it is still mostly produced near Helsinki in traditional sahti brewing equipment like open wooden mash tuns and troughlike wooden lauter tuns {“kuurnas”} with a filter bed made of juniper twigs. The juniper acts as the main preservative and balanging agent. Only very little hops (if at all) is used to accentuate the aroma. Sahti is an all-malt beer (Pilsener or Pale malt, Crystal barley malt and dark rye malt). The Finnish Baker’s yeast employed in Sahti produces phenols and esters similar to those produced by the classic Bavarian wheat beer yeast.
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53 min
February 11, 2015
Episode 253: The Local Beer Show
Celebrate local New York beer on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger and Worthy Burger/Kitchen in Vermont, Dan McLaughlin of Pony Bar/Kiabacca and Anthony Accardi, co-owner/brewer of Transmitter Brewing Co. Tune in as everybody revs up for NYC Beer Week and talks about the many advantages of local brews in the craft beer scene. This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. I think Vermont pioneered the whole idea of beer tourism - people going to one state and one city for just the local beer. [13:00] --Dave Brodrick on Beer Sessions Radio Wine is delicious but when you want to quench your thirst you need beer! [44:00] --Anthony Accardi on Beer Sessions Radio
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51 min
February 3, 2015
Episode 252: Beer, Agriculture & NYC Beer Week Preview
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, were gearing up for New York City Beer Week 2015 in February! Tune in and hear from Jimmy Ludwig of The Happy Hour Guys, Dietrich Gehring of Helderberg Hops Farm/Indian Ladder Farms, Dave Katleski of Empire Brewing, Anne Becerra of Anne Likes Beer, Linsey Ronchi of George Keeleys and Olivia Cerio of Empire Brewing! The crew chats about everything from collaborative beers to estate breweries and beer education. Tune in and get revved up for a celebration of beer in New York City! This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. I think every month should be dedicated to New York beer! [19:00] --Dave Katleski on Beer Sessions Radio Brewers barley has to be harvested at between 22% and 18% moisture, which means you cant leave it in the field to dry. [39:00] You wont encourage farmers to grow a high value crop unless they have somewhere to take it. [41:00] --Dietrich Gehring on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 20, 2015
Episode 251: Matthias Neidhart, founder of B. United International
Hear the story of B United on a special episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy Carbone is joined by one of his heros, Matthias Neidhart, who started B. United International in 1994 and focused on importing specialty beers to fill an unmet niche market. B. Uniteds portfolio includes some of the worlds classic beers, including offerings from George Gale, J.W. Lees, Brasserie dAchouffe, and Brauerei Heller Trum. Aside from offering classic beers from Malta, Italy, Belgium, and beyond, B. United also imports a range of meads, ciders, and sakes. Jimmys also joined by Justin Philips of Beer Table Pantry, Michael Opalenski, B. United Rep and Zack Kinney, Homebrew Alley IX 2015. This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. What Im looking for [in a beer] is overall balance. It has got to be pleasing to me. Im very open to things that taste ... very unusual, that I might not have tasted before. [13:00] --Matthias Neidhart on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 13, 2015
Episode 250: New Breweries in Brooklyn!
Every good town has a good brewery and Brooklyn is no different! On a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone welcomes a few new breweries to the borough of Brooklyn. Hear from Marshall Thompson and Eric Feldman of Braven Brewing in Bushwick, Greg Doroski and Andrew Unterberg of Threes Brewing in Gowanus and Travis Kauffman of Folksbier Brewery in Carroll Gardens. They talk about their respective breweries, what it takes to open something new in Brooklyn and what they hope to accomplish in the future! This program was brought to you by Union Beer Distributing. Easy drinking is the way to go for us. We like having a couple, hanging out and socializing with friends. [26:00] --Eric Feldman on Beer Sessions Radio We believe in this idea of residency - that people spend time in our world and inhabit it. [32:00] --Andrew Unterberg on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 9, 2015
Episode 249: Tod Mott & Horst Dornbusch
On a special off-site recording of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is hanging out with beer legends Tod Mott and Horst Horst Dornbusch. Tod is a legendary New England-based brewer who created the Harpoon IPA amongst other iconic brews. Hes also the head brewer at Portsmouth Brewing and just opened Tributary Brewing in Kittery Maine. Horst is the co-author of the The Oxford Companion to Beer. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. I was able to hone my skills on other peoples equipment - thats basically what it comes down to! 06:00 --Tod Mott on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 6, 2015
Episode 248: Beer Technology!
Jimmy Carbone rings in the new year with a forward thinking episode of Beer Sessions Radio! He and the gang are talking beer apps and technology and how it will affect the industry in 2015. Jimmy is joined by Ed Berestecki of Mugs Alehouse, Augie Carton of Carton Brewing, Greg Avola, co-founder, CTO and lead developer at Untappd, Regan and Eric Stephens of BeerMenus and Mark Young of BeerBoard and BevManager. Tune in and get some great tips on how technology can be a perfect match for craft beer! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. What untapped is best at is what people are thinking while theyre drinking. [05:00] --Augie Carton on Beer Sessions Radio Technology to me is real tough as far as trying to keep everything updated. [12:00] --Ed Berestecki on Beer Sessions Radio
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December 23, 2014
Episode 247: Relax! Don’t Worry, Have a Home Brew
Hear from the man who literally wrote the book on homebrewing on a very special episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Charlie Papazian is the author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, the founder of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the Association of Brewers and the current president of the Brewers Association. The creator of the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, he is the founding publisher of the magazines Zymurgy (for homebrewers) and The New Brewer (for professional craftbrewers). Tune in as he tells his story and paints a picture of the world before home brewing and craft beers became popular. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. The expectation these days is that if youre gonna make beer, youre gonna make beer thats as good as you can buy. [18:30] If youve been brewing as long as I have, it gets to a point where it seems nothing is new. [21:30] Moderation is a real key to enjoying beer for a long time. [33:00] --Charlie Papazian on Beer Sessions Radio
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December 16, 2014
Episode 246: The Spirits Show
What do spirits have to do with beer? Find out this week on Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by Nicole Austin of Kings Co. Distillery, Bianca Miraglia of Uncouth Vermouth, Steven Baird of The Owl Farm, Spirits Writer Brad Japhe, Daric Schlesselman of Van Brunt Stillhouse and Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger. The gang discusses the use of hops in spirits, the art of beer distillates and what has changed for local distilleries in the past few years! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Im particularly excited by some of the recent intersections between beers and spirits in New York state. [09:00] Using hops in the whiskey making process is not a new thing. Hops are a natural anti-bacterial. Its a way of controlling wild yeast and bacteria that you dont want. [14:00] --Nicole Austin on Beer Sessions Radio Im obsessed with smoke lately - Id lick a chimney if I could! [34:00] --Brad Japhe on Beer Sessions Radio Its great that craft beer did its thing and now craft distilling is taking off. [43:00] --Dave Brodrick on Beer Sessions Radio Most of my job is plant composition and what does what and what to add when. [45:00] --Brianca Miraglia on Beer Sessions Radio
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December 9, 2014
Episode 245: Spain, Canada and Beyond!
Its another jam-packed episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Host Jimmy Carbone is joined by Jessica García-Agulló of Iberian Beer United, Matt Hartman of Remarkable Liquids and Chris Balla, beverage director at Mile End Deli. The conversation touches on everything from distribution to pairings. Learn about the beer scene in Spain, how self distributing works, what pairs best with Mile End cuisine and more! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Im really interested yeast and wild fermentation Saisons. [22:00] --Chris Balla on Beer Sessions Radio The world is a fusion place. We dont have to pair Spanish beers with Spanish cured meats, they can pair with all sorts of things. 25:00 --Jessica García-Agulló on Beer Sessions Radio At Remarkable Liquids we dont pigeonhole anybody. The beer scene in NYC over the past few years has been evolving quickly. [42:00] --Matt Hartman on Beer Sessions Radio
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December 5, 2014
Episode 244: Spiegelau & Bell’s Brewery
Tune in to a special episode of Beer Sessions Radio recorded at the Spiegelau Showroom in NYC! Hear from Laura Bell and John Mallett of Bells Brewer, Matt Rutkowski of Spiegelau and Beer Experts James Tai, Brendan Woodcock and Justin Phillips. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
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December 2, 2014
Episode 243: The Rhode Island Show
Take a trip to Rhode Island this week on Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is yet again joined with an amazing room full of beer professionals. Hear from Chris OLeary, Rhode Island Native and blogger behind Brew York New York, Zach Mack, Rhode Island Beer enthusiast and owner of ABC Beer Co, Niko Krommydas, beer writer and editor of Craft Beer New York app, Lamel Moore, Rhode Island based home brewer and Dammy Olsson of Food Proof Brewing. They all discuss the rising scene of craft beer in Rhode Island the general landscape of the small state! Later in the show, Sarah Annese and Giancarlo Annese stop by to promote the 2014 Holiday Book Market. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Rhode Island is having a booming impact right now. Fortunately a lot of politicians and lawmakers are realizing beer jobs are great manufacturing jobs that they can bring to the state. [26:00] --Lamel Moore on Beer Sessions Radio The fact that everybody knows each other once removed in Rhode Island is unique. Its a small state. [30:00] --Chris OLeary on Beer Sessions Radio Were innately proud people the growth of this industry. Rhode Island will be supported by the people who live there. [38:00] --Zach Mack on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 26, 2014
Episode 242: The Westchester Show
Take a trip all the way to Westchester for this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is on location at Portchester Hall in Westchester. Hes Chatting with Jon Bloostein of Heartland Brewery, Joe Ciccidomini of Craftsman Ale House, Tim Reinke of Birdsall House and Chris and Joe Decicco of Deciccos Supermarkets! This show is all about beer outside of NYC - learn about the bar scene, the breweries, the trends and the community as the group talks about everything from holiday beer sales to serving families beer. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com The noble thing about being up here in Westchester is that its very different than Manhattan. Up here youll have three generations come in at the same time -- all coming for a meal. Thats just not what were used to. [27:00] Joe Viccidomini on Beer Sessions Radio We sell incredible amounts of beer during Christmas because people now buy beer as gifts. Its a new thing! [45:00] --Jon Bloostein on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 19, 2014
Episode 241: Hops & Alaska
Tonights themes on Beer Sessions Radio are hops and Alaska??? Yep - thats right! Hear from a hop farmer, an Alaskan brewer and an expert group of beverage professionals on another jam-packed episode of the worlds best beer show. Jimmy Carbone is joined by Amy Zavatto of Imbibe Magaine, Mark Zappasodi ofThe Malt Shed, Jason Bullen of 49th State Brewing Company, Cory Bonfiglio of Proletariat and Beer Street and Josh Richholt of The Well. Find out what it takes to grow great hops, what the brewery scene in Alaska is like, how to introduce beer to non-beer drinkers and what some of the trends in craft beer are right now! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. All brewers have access to the best ingredients in the world, so Mark has to make sure his product is pristine. [08:00] --Jason Bullen on Beer Sessions Radio I love to hear people say they dont like beer. I always say no you just havent had the right beer! [15:00] --Mark Zappasodi on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 14, 2014
Episode 240: Cider Sessions! Past, Present and Future of Cider
Welcome to a bonus cider-themed episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is on location with Henry Chevallier Guild of Aspall, Eric West of Cider Guide, Anthony Bellevue-Flores of Rowan Imports and Alex Forbes of Artisanal Imports. Tune in for a candid, in-depth discussion on cider making styles, cider fruit availability, what makes cider drunk different than other drunks, and the future of cider making in America! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Cider drunk is different than other drunks - its a bright drunk. It gives yo ua fresh versty upbeat feel whereas sometimes you can feel heavier or weighted down - thi smakes you smarter and invincible and happier! [11:30] In the Untied States, its really hard to get cider fruit. There are a lot of producers in the US, but theyre struggling. [18:45] --Alex Forbes on Beer Sessions Radio Some of the most interesting ciders Ive drunk over the past 18 months have come out of America. [19:00] --Henry Chevallier Guild on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 11, 2014
Episode 239: The International Rainbow Project & Gunhill Brewing
Take a trip to the UK and back to the Bronx on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! First - hear from some of the brewers involved in The International Rainbow Project 2014. This years project sees 7 UK breweries, each paired with a different European brewery, randomly assigned a colour of the rainbow and together challenged to create a beer inspired by that colour, whether it be abstract or not. Later, hear from the team behind Gunhill Brewing in the Bronx! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
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November 4, 2014
Episode 238: The Lagunitas Story
Hear about one of the breweries that put American craft beer on the map, Lagunitas, on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy Carbone is joined by Tony Magee, founder and CEO of the Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mark Sljukic of Lagunitas Jimmy Ludwig of Happy Hour Guys, Joe Carroll of Spuyten Duyvil, Fette Sau and St. Anselm and Tony Forder of Ale Street News. Learn about the origins of Lagunitas, the IPA explosion in domestic craft beer and the California beer scene in the 90s! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. No other breweries make beer the way American craft brewers make beer. We invented some of the ways craft beers are made...the entire global beer industry is causally being handed over to another generation of brewers. [10:00] --Tony Magee on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 28, 2014
Episode 237: Serious Cider
The Cider party continues! Tune in to another cider-themed episode of Beer Sessions Radio as Jimmy Carbone is joined by Chris Lehault, Serious Eats cider writer, Michael McAvena of Virtue Cider, Josh Bernstein, author/journalist and George Motz, founder of the Food Film Festival. This weeks cider chat is about the seriousness of the category. Do big brands help or hurt craft cider? What makes a cider artisanal? This is guaranteed to be one of the more interesting cider conversations out there right now! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com Cider is such a small community, everybody is still excited about everybody else. [03:00] --Chris Lehault on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 21, 2014
Episode 236: Beer Sessions Radio – Cider Sessions 2014 / Cider Week NYC Preview
Its that time of year again! Tune into Beer Sessions Radio as it once again transforms into Cider Sessions Radio for Cider Week NYC 2014! Theres an incredible panel of guests in the studio tasting a bevy of different ciders - all made from the Kingston Black varietal. Tune in and hear from Steve Wood of Farnum Hill Cider, Rowan Jacobsen, author of Apples of Uncommon Character, Dan Wilson of Slyboro Cider, Gay Howard of United States of Cider, Sabine Hrechdakian and Sascha Anderson, Producers of Cider Week NYC and Kay Michaels, cheesemonger at Eataly. Go beyond the glass and learn about all that goes into producing one of the hottest beverages around these days! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Kingston black is one of the few apple varieties that by itself has all of the qualities that can make an interesting cider. [30:00] --Dan Wilson on Beer Sessions Radio If people start growing these varietals across the country, real regional differences will start to occur. [34:00] --Steve Wood on Beer Sessions Radio Theres a kind of double standard on the top wines vs the top ciders. hopefully that will even out over the years. [35:00] Rowan Jacobsen on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 14, 2014
Episode 235: The Beer Freshness Episode
What does it mean to drink fresh beer? Find out on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by an expert panel of guests to discuss freshness in craft beer. Hear from Dave Brodrick, author John Holl, writer Jake Davis and Sam Richardson of Other Half Brewing. They discuss sell-by dates, labeling on bottles, shelving trends and more! Tune in and get a better idea on the best time to enjoy your favorite craft beer. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. There are so many new breweries on the shelves piling up. It puts a lot of onus on the customers to pay attention to whos doing it the right way and get to know where they buy their beer. There are so many brands and you just dont know how long theyve been sitting there. [03:00] --Dave Brodrick on Beer Sessions Radio If you flood a market, youre going to have beers on shelves somewhere [16:00] The great thing about the explosion of craft beer in this country is more people have more access to more brewers. [28:00] --Sam Richardson on Beer Sessions Radio I try to drink fresh beer and avoid the stale stuff, just like milk or anything else. [45:00] --John Holl on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 7, 2014
Episode 234: Beer Trademarks
Jimmy Carbone kicks off another episode of Beer Sessions Radio by talking Queens-based brewing, the Great American Beer Festival, and beer trademarks! Tony Forder from Ale Street News talks about the events of this years GABF. Basil Lee and Kevin Stafford from Queens Finback Brewery talk about their self-distribution model, and how their brewerys name had to change due copyright law. Brendan Palfreyman, a trademark lawyer, joins the discussion to lend his advice to brewers having similiar problems to Basil and Kevin. Learn about Finbacks roots in homebrewing, and how farm brewery licensing has been benefiting brewers upstate. Has beer nomenclature gotten out of control? Find out on this weeks edition of Beer Sessions Radio! This program has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Whats the most important piece of equipment that a brewery can have? ...Id say its the trademark because if something happens... people need to be able to recognize your beer on the tap. [8:55] In the craft beer world, if a brewer has a problem with another, they call each other. And thats what I recommend. [28:45] -- Brendan Palfreyman on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 30, 2014
Episode 233: The NoMad, Evil Twin, Victory!
Weve got some great guests in the studio today on Beer Sessions Radio including friends from Victory, Evil Twin, and The NoMad! Tune in as Jimmy Carbone chats with Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso of Evil Twin Brewing and Luksus. Alex Pfaffenbach of The NoMad Restaurant and RJ Ober, Victory Sales Manager. Together they chat about everything beer styles to beer prices, examining the steps along the chain that make sure delicious beer is available to consumers everywhere! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. We want to show that you can go all the way with only beer and I think we feel that a little more today [after getting a Michelin Star]. [07:00] --Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso on Beer Sessions Radio After the market correction of 2007 when we hit rock bottom and people were being turned away from their hop contracts -- we corrected the marketplace so hop growers are now getting a fair price and putting in new vines. [23:00] --Bill Covaleski on Beer Sessions Radio Even within a collaboration you can almost taste from the yeast whos brew house they used. [32:00] --Alex Pfaffenbach on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 23, 2014
Episode 232: Jef van der Steen of Brouwerij de Glazen Toren
Its literally a packed house for Beer Sessions Radio this week, as Jimmy is joined by a room full of incredible beer professionals. Regular guest Jon Lundbom has brought Jef van der Steen of Brouwerij de Glazen Toren with him! Brouwerij de Glazen Toren. Jef is an authority in the brewing world - and shares tons of insight on Belgian beer. Also hear from Andreas Heidenreich of Paulaner NYC and Joe Najem and Kenny Leeper of Hops Hill. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. The number of Breweries in Belgian are growing pretty dramatically - were seeing the same thing happening there as is happening in New York. [03:00] --Jon Lundbom on Beer Sessions Radio I dont try to invent new things - only the Belgian classics... but my way. [21:00] --Jef van der Steen on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 16, 2014
Episode 231: The Bruery and Beer Advocate Magazine
Its another jam packed edition of Beer Sessions Radio! Tune in as Jimmy Carbone is joined by Patrick Rue of The Bruery, Ben Keene, author and editor of Beer Advocate Magazine, Ben Granger and Andy Laird Nunu Chocolate. Together they talk about everything from their love of off-track beers to their hate of pumpkin brews. They taste a few things on air, pair beers and chocolates and generally have a great time! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. I am of the opinion that pumpkins beers are not about the beer, its about marketing it for the season and an ingredient that people understand. Even people who arent adventerous drinkers will buy a pumpkin beer. [27:00] --Ben Keene on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 9, 2014
Episode 230: Vermont Beer!
Take a tour of Vermont beer on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is in studio with Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger, Worthy Burger and Worthy Kitchen, Sean Lawson of Lawsons Finest Liquids, Aaron Goldfarb, beer writer and author and Augie Carton of Carton Brewing. The crew reflects on Vermonts prohibition past and current role as a craft beer trendsetting region. The guys taste some beer on air, share some favorite brew styles and discuss recent and upcoming beer events. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Whatevers near you and fresh is always going to be better than those old bottles. It infuriates me if somebody has an old bottle and says its not good. 43:00 --Aaron Goldfarb on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 2, 2014
Episode 229: Cider Sessions
Welcome to Cider Sessions on Beer Sessions Radio!. Recorded on-site at Jimmys No 43 a few months ago, this episode features an in-depth discussion on cider and some on-air tastings. Tune in and learn all about cider and the process it takes to make it. Find out why all apples arent cider apples and why ugly banged up apples are sometimes the best for cider making. From the orchard to the glass - get the full scoop on all things cider. Hear from Eleanor Leger of Eden Ice Cider, John Holl, author of Tasting Cider, Kevin Heald, owner of Malt Shop and Dan Kochakian of Ale Street News. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com If youre a grower in the United States, the best value you can get for your fruit is to sell it to the grocery store. This is makes it tough for cider makers. [04:00] --Eleanor Leger on Beer Sessions Radio People who make cider are farmers. Theyre not like brewers who are more like chefs. Its the complete opposite. [06:00] The cider industry is just starting to hit its stride. [37:00] --John Holl on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 26, 2014
Episode 228: Secret Engine Brewing & Friends
Get a look behind the world of gyspy brewing with the guys from Secret Engine Brewing on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is hanging out with Ray Darmstadt of St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe, Mike Mare of Secret Engine Brewing, Mike Voigt of Rocky Point Brewing and Sam Barbieri of Waterfront Ale House. The guys taste a few brews on air, discuss brewing techniques and trends in the industry. Younger people seem to be looking towards more summer beers with less hops and collaborative beers are on the rise! Tune in to another fun and awesome episode of Beer Sessions Radio!. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. I brew the beer that I like to drink and if theres extra, I sell it. [08:00] --Mike Mare on Beer Sessions Radio I really think cask ale should be pushed because it really is so good. [15:00] --Ray Darmstadt on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 19, 2014
Episode 227: Beer in North Fork, Long Island
Take a trip to the North Fork of Long Island with Jimmy Carbone this week on Beer Sessions Radio as hes on location chatting with some of the best brewers in Long Island. Hear from the guys behind Greenport Brewing Company, Long Ireland Brewing and Moustache Brewing Co. Find out how the scene in Long Island has evolved over the years and what the brewery movement has meant for wineries in the area. From brewing technology to tastings notes - get an inside look at craft beer in an overlooked part of New York! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. When we first opened our doors there was a push back from some of the wineries. I think in the past couple of years the started realizing if they served beer alongside the wine you might capture more fans and some people might stay longer. Weve had great success and built a lot of great relationships with wineries on the North Fork. --Richard Vandenburgh on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 12, 2014
Episode 226: Best of New York IPA’s
What are the best IPAs in New York? Find out on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by Mike Conklin, Brooklyn Magazine editor in chief of Brooklyn Magazine, Jeff ONeil of Peekskill Brewery, Mike Philbrick of Port Jeff Brewery and Os Cruz and Gene Reda II of TalkBeer.Com. Find out how different online sites rate beers, how Brooklyn Magazine judged the IPAs in their feature and most importantly -- the results! Get an inside look at the New York craft beer scene and the beautiful IPAs being produced in this region. How do ratings affect a beers success in the marketplace? What are some successful tasting techniques? Find out on Beer Sessions Radio!. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Photo: Brooklyn Magazine A lot of people rush through beer tastings. They want to tick off beers like achievements in a video game. Once youve done that a few thousand times you forget whats important about beer - which is sitting down and enjoying it over time. [20:00] Gene Reda II on Beer Sessions Radio As far as ratings go, I try to keep my staff away from rating sites. [25:00] --Mike Philbrick on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 5, 2014
Episode 225: History of Shelton Brothers Imports
The Shelton Brothers were an early powerhouse in the craft beer world. Focusing on imported Belgian, they were pushing boundaries before the current craft beer explosion we know today. On a historical episode of Beer Sessions Radio, hear the Shelton Brothers story from Joel Shelton himself, BR Rolya of Shelton Brothers Imports and Joe Carroll of Spuyten Duyvil - one of the first accounts Shelton Brothers sold to. Tune in and get a glimpse into the early days of the craft beer movement! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. The guys who are recreating Belgian beers now are bringing back the stuff they grew up with. [06:00] Its not about taking notes - its about chugging as many pints as possible and enjoying your beer like a real man or woman. [29:00] --Joel Shelton on Beer Sessions Radio I never forget when we first opened guys were walking in with the Jackson guides and looking up beers they hadnt tasted before and geeking out over it. --Joe Carroll on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 29, 2014
Episode 224: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp! New York Pro
Grab a beer and enjoy another jam-packed episode of Beer Sessions Radio! This week - Jimmy and the crew are checking in on the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp! This summer, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is inviting every craft brewery in the country (count ‘em: more than 2,700) along for Beer Camp Across America, the largest collaboration the craft brewing world has ever seen. Beer Camp Across America is a multi-weekend path of beer festivals, a rolling tour that will cover 4,800 miles, celebrating the collaborative spirit of the craft brewing community with the fans that have buoyed its success. Therell be seven stops—in cities with thriving craft beer cultures—moving geographically west to east, much like the craft movement has historically spread. Tune in and hear from some of the brewers involved as Jimmy tastes through the collection on-air! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. The market for [these collaborative beers] is anybody whos adventurous as the brewers themselves - people looking for something off the beaten path. [12:00] --Zach Mack on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 22, 2014
Episode 223: Brooklyn Vs. Queens
Get ready for the Brooklyn vs Queens battle on Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy is joined by a great crew of guests to discuss the rise of craft beer in the outer boroughs of New York City. Hear from Sam Richardson of Other Half, Rich Castanga of Bridge and Tunnel, Rachel Wharton of Edible Brooklyn, Alia Akkam of Edible Queens, Jon Lundbom of B United and Matthias Richter of Bayrischer Bahnof. Learn more about the new breweries popping up and some of the brewing trends happening in NYC right now. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. For Queens its been exciting because the number 1 reason people come out has been ethnic food and now people are broadening their reasons and a lot of that has to do with beer. [03:00] --Alia Akkam on Beer Sessions Radio I hope and expect that there are more breweries in Staten Island and the Bronx that pop up in the next few years. [17:00] --Rachel Wharton on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 15, 2014
Episode 222: NYC Craft Beer Scene
Find out just how thriving the NYC Craft Beer Scene is on a jam-packed episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined by a bevy of beer guests including Andrew Gerson, chef at Brooklyn Brewery, Ken Tirado of Old Killmeyers Inn, Chris Sheehan of Gun Hill Brewery, Katherine Kyle of Blind Tiger, Simon Tepas and Andrew Said Thomas of Knights of Bruklyn Homebrewers and Marcus Burnett of Rockaway Brewing Co.. Tune in for a conversation on craft beer trends, home brewing and new breweries in NYC. Find out how the craft beer scene has evolved over the years and whats going on in the beer community right now! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com I couldnt give pumpkin beer away 15 years ago, but now I sell out pumpkin beer! [02:00] Ken Tirado on Beer Sessions Radio Canning is a great way to keep beer fresh and distribute it locally. [04:00] --Marcus Burnett on Beer Sessions Radio Europe grows great malt but we make great barley too. [25:00] --Andrew Gerson on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 8, 2014
Episode 221: Great South Bay Brewery
Take a trip to Long Island with the guys from Great South Bay Brewery on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy is hanging with Phil Ebel and Mike Peterson of Great South Bay Brewery and they taste some beers on air, including Great South Bay: Niko Weisse - inspired by Niko Krommydas, talk about the brewing scene in Long Island and the philosophy behind some of their brews. Find out how they use things like cucumber and blood oranges in their beers and why its ultimately about the resulting quality of the beer - not just the ingredients. Also on the show -- Ed Berestecki of Mugs Ale House and beer writer Niko Krommydas. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. I think people are really trying to push the envelope with what they put in beer, but at the end of the day it still has to taste good. [12:00] --Phil Ebel on Beer Sessions Radio Every IPA my wife tastes she calls poison. [29:00] --Ed Berestecki on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 2, 2014
Episode 220: On Loaction @ B.United & OEC
Beer Sessions Radioâ„¢ host Jimmy Cabone recently traveled to Oxford, CT, for a personal tour of B. Uniteds latest venture: a brewery called OEC (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores). Joined by Jon Lundbom, B.United mastermind Matthias Neidhart, and OECs brewmaster Ben Neidhart, the Beer Sessions team samples some of the brewerys best offerings, plus discusses the nearly-inevitable evolution of B. United from pure importer into craft brewery. Todays special program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
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June 24, 2014
Episode 219: Dirck the Norseman/Greenpoint Beer & Ale and The Coney Island On Tap Beer Festival
Grab a beer and join the party on Beer Sessions Radio, as Jimmy Carbone is joined by Chris Prout and Erik Olsen, the guys behind Dirck the Norseman/Greenpoint Beer and Ale and AJ Bodden and Ray Payne of Coney Island On Tap Beer Festival. Find out how Dirck the Norseman/Greenpoint Beer and Ale got started and how the neighborhood of Greenpoint in Brooklyn has changed over the years and get a great preview of beers and activities that will take place at the Coney Island on Tap Beer Festival! Cheers! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. What we do - we do it well and we keep it about the beer and using a cool location. Were really fired up about it. [26:00] New York state has a tremendous fraternity of brewers and beer professionals. There are more and more every day! Its exciting - theres room for everybody in craft beer. We see it as a privilege to be able to go out there and spread the word. [29:00] --AJ Bodden on Beer Sessions Radio Saisons and farmhouse beers are a loose category - so you get a lot of ABV ranges. [32:00] --Chris Proust on Beer Sessions Radio
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June 17, 2014
Episode 218: Hoppy Belgians & Bitter Old Fecker
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is talking hoppy Belgian beers with a bunch of guests! Dan Leeman and Shahan Stepanian join the program to talk about the influences on modern Belgian beers. Nathan Hukill from Bitter Old Fecker stops by to talk about his high gravity, rustic beers. How does barrel-aging change the characteristics of Nathans herbaceous beers? Later, famed New York bar owner Patrick Donagher pops in to discuss the opening of his newest beer bar, Fools Gold. Brendan Woodcock talks about his upcoming Cicerone test. Learn more about hops, their aromatic qualities, and how different stages of hopping alter bitterness. Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Music by Dead Stars. I think there are two kinds of hoppy beers that are coming out of Belgium... there are the ones that are influenced by the American IPAs, but then, the Belgians are always about balance... [12:00] -- Dan Leeman on Beer Sessions Radio The brewery is set up in a way that it could literally run without electricity. [23:50] -- Nathan Hukill on Beer Sessions Radio
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June 10, 2014
Episode 217: Vermont, Toronto & South Carolina
Come sit at the most welcoming digital beer table in the world on Beer Sessions Radio! This week on the show, Jimmy Carbone is joined by a bevy of friends and industry pals - Dave Broderick of Blind Tiger in NYC and Worthy Kitchen/Burger in Vermont, Tomas Morana of Bar Volo in Toronto and Brandon Carter, Executive Chef of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. Get up to date on the craft beer scene across three unique places - Vemont, Toronto and South Carolina. Its always a tour through new trends old tastes and awesome vibes on Beer Sessions Radio!. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. When I moved up to Vermont I wasnt thinking of doing anything commercially. It took me 45 minutes to get a good beer so we decided to do something there. [06:00] --Dave Broderick on Beer Sessions Radio Finally Toronto is starting to feel the craft beer movement. [12:00] --Tomas Morana on Beer Sessions Radio Cook what you like to eat. If youre not a fat kid - you probably cant be a chef. [36:00] --Brandon Carter on Beer Sessions Radio
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June 4, 2014
Episode 216: Belgian Beer & The Carnivore’s Manifesto
Belgian beer and heritage meat - is there a better pairing for a Tuesday afternoon on radio? Tune into an especially fun episode of Beer Sessions Radio as host Jimmy Carbone is joined by Dominique Friart of Brasserie St. Feuillien, a brewery in Le Roeulx, Belgium, and Patrick Martins and Mike Edison, authors of The Carnivores Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat. The book features fifty ways to be an enlightened carnivore, while taking better care of our planet and ourselves. The crew pairs meat with Belgian beers, discusses the true meaning of taste and drink a whole bunch of delicious Belgian beers on air. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com
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May 28, 2014
Episode 215: Jason Perkins
Its always time for beer on Beer Sessions Radio! This week, host Jimmy Carbone is joined by Jason Perkins, Brewmaster at Allagash, Niko Krommydas, beer writer and Craft Beer New York editor, Juan Rodriguez and Sven Bosch of Naparbier and BR Royla of Shelton Brothers Imports. Tune in as they chat about everything from wild beer to international flavor. Find out what Juan and Sven are up to at Naparbier and how Shelton Brothers has been able to bring the beer to the US. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. If youre following good sanitary practice youll be in really good shape [brewing wild beers]. [15:00] --Jason Perkins on Beer Sessions Radio It can be hard to make the transition from wine to beer in a culture where wine has been dominating for so many years. [36:00] --BR Royla on Beer Sessions Radio
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May 20, 2014
Episode 214: Blind IPA Tasting
What makes the blind IPA tasting so unique? Tune in to this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio and find out! Jimmys joined by a bevy of guests including Southern Craft Beer is alive and well - and tonights episode of Beer Sessions Radio proves it! Tune in and hear from a bevy of guests - including first place blind IPA tasting winner, brewmaster Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing. Other guests are Whitney Wright of Southern Living Magazine, Rich Blair of New Holland Brewing and Distillery, Michael Cafaro and Dru Nichols, IPA Blind Tasting Judges and Ally Centonze of Green Flash Brewing. Tune in for insights into blind tastings, southern craft beer and everything in between! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. One of the challenges [in blind tasting] is trying to identify the off flavors. I dont think people fully appreciate how alive a beer is - its a live product made from agricultural products. Its a very perishable item - these beers change a lot with time. If you can recognize the off-flavors - you can understand the mistake in the [brewing] process. [07:00] --Dru Nichols on Beer Sessions Radio Alabama is the fastest growing craft beer state in the country! [13:00] --Whitney Wright on Beer Sessions Radio The first steps in making great spirits is making great beer. [40:00] --Rich Blair on Beer Sessions Radio
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May 14, 2014
Episode 213: Flagship
Get ready for some on-air beer drinking! Its a packed house once again on Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy Carbone is joined by Patrick Morse of Flagship Brewery, Zach Mack of Alphabet City Beer Co, Natalie and Mart Mattrazzo of The Farmhouse Brewery and Tess Rose Lampert, wine and beer educator. Hear how Flagship Brewery, Staten Islands first brewery since the 1960s got its start, what goes into the malting process and what makes beer and wine not so dissimilar. From specialty brews to retail trends - get the latest and greatest in the world of craft beer on Beer Sessions Radio. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Its all about the marketing approach. If you dont have enough barrels to meet demands, you have to take a non traditional approach to introduce your beer to the masses. [10:00] --Zach Mack on Beer Sessions Radio I love to make things available to the public. theres a stigma around wine that its snoody or you need to know a lot about it to enjoy it - thats just not true. [16:00] -- Tess Rose Lampert on Beer Sessions Radio
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May 6, 2014
Episode 212: Growlers & Kombucha
Not everybody can sell growlers. Who can and who cant? Well - find out on another jam-packed episode of Beer Sessions Radio. The guys sippin kombucha, talking about distribution and government regulations and having a great time doing it. Todays guets are Joe Callender, owner of Beyond Kombucha, Spiro Theofalatos, brewer of Beyond Kombucha, Michael Brooks, owner of Bed Vyne Brooklyn, Jimmy Ludwig of the Happy Hour Guys, Justin Clark of Cigar City Brewing and Father Bill Miller. Thats a lot of beer guys! Tune in and hang out with the crew on Beer Sessions Radio. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Beer and kombucha are some of the best recovery drinks on the planet. [36:00] --Jimmy Ludwig of Happy Hour Guys on Beer Sessions Radio I love god and I love beer - sometimes in that order and sometimes not so much...I look forward to having a cold one with our lord. [40:00] --Father Bill Miller on Beer Sessions Radio
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April 29, 2014
Episode 211: Ohio Beer
Theres a healthy beer scene in Ohio - one that many New Yorkers might not be aware of. Take a trip to Lancaster this week on Beer Sessions Radio, as Jimmy Carbone and the gang are joined by Matthew Barbee of Rockmill Brewery in Ohio. Find out what the scene is like out there, hear about some of the interesting beers Rockmill is brewing and tune in as the guys talk about why beer and cheese pairings knock beer and wine out of the park. Also on the show -- Josh Bernstein, Jimmy Ludwig and Mark Muecke. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Its been said beer and wine is like arm wrestling as wine and cheese is like holding hands. [31:00] --Matthew Barbee of Rockmill Brewery on Beer Sessions Radio
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April 23, 2014
Episode 210: New York Agriculture and Beer Show
Its the New York Agriculture and Beer Show! Grains, hops, water - you name it - beer is full of agricultural products. This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmys got a studio full of beer/ag professionals. Hear from Justin Riccobono of Dutchess Hops, Jennifer Grossman of the National Resources Defense Council, June Russell of GrowNYC/Greenmarket, Paul Leone of the New York State Brewers Association and Kelley Taylor of Kelso Brewing. Later in the show, Chris Schyer aka the Liquid Lent Guy calls into the show. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. We have an incredible governor and administration right now that totally gets it - if you support this industry, good things happen. [05:00] --Paul Leone of NY State Brewers Association
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April 15, 2014
Episode 209: Steve Hindy & Queens Beer Week
Beer royalty is in the house this week on Beer Sessions Radio as Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy joins the program to chat about his new book, The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the Worlds Favorite Drink. Steve isnt the only guest this week, Jimmy is joined by Tommy Ortega, owner of Sunswick 35/35, Dan Bronson, organizer of Queens Beer Week, Ben Sandler, co-owner, Queens kickshaw and Anthony Accardi, co-owner/brewer Transmitter Brewing Co., LIC. The theme of the week is craft beer in New York, specifically, Queens. Were gearing up to celebrate Queens Beer Week, which is happening this Friday. Tune in and get some great beer insight from real pros. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. We started out peddling Brooklyn Lager door to door in 1988 and in retrospect, I cant believe anybody bought anything from us. We were selling at a rice right above Heineken we had no money for marketing, nobody had ever heard of the beer and we couldnt give anybody credit - we wanted to be paid cash for something nobody ever heard of. [10:00] --Steve Hindy on Beer Sessions Radio
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April 8, 2014
Episode 208: Glassware
This week on Beer Sessions, Jimmy meets up with Justin Phillips from Beer Table, Eric Wallace, founder of Left Hand Brewing Company, Brett Joyce from Rogue Ales and Spirits, and Matthew Rutkowski of Spiegelau Glassware. Todays guests discuss the importance of matching the perfect type of glass for your beer. This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Todays music provided by Brothers NYC. I just think its really important to use good glassware and to be conscious of it. [1:45] --Brett Joyce on Beer Sessions Radio We had no idea that a stout would grow to become 1/2 of our total sales. [5:00] --Eric Wallace on Beer Sessions Radio
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April 1, 2014
Episode 207: Two Roads Brewing and Brasserie Trois Dames
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmys hanging out with the crew from Two Roads Brewing (Phil Markowski, John Kleinchester, Paul Sullivan, Brand Ambassador and Brad Hittle), Raphael Mettler of Brasserie Trois Dames and BR Royla from Shelton Brothers. Theres a lot to cover this week - everything from craft brewing, beer imports, brewery expansions and everything in between. Tune in for a great overview of domestic and international craft beer and the people making it happen in the brewery, on the ground and behind the scenes. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. At Two Roads, wed like to put our own stamp on everything. [08:00] --Phil Markowski on Beer Sessions Radio I feel more [like] a chef than a technical brewer. [34:00] --Raphael Mettler on Beer Sessions Radio
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March 25, 2014
Episode 206: Beer History with Ron Pattinson
Dive deep into beer history this week on a special episode of Beer Sessions Radio with Jimmy Carbone and friends. Jimmys joined by special guest Ron Pattinson, who writes the Shut up about Barclay Perkins blog and is the author of The Home Brewers Guide to Vintage Beer: Rediscovered Recipes for Classic Brews Dating from 1800 to 1965. Tune in and learn about the origins of beers like East India Porter and India Pale Ale and get some great historical anecdotes along the way. Also hear from Dan Paquette of Pretty Things and author Jon Holl. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. The name East India Porter pre-dates India Pale Ale. IPA wasnt used until the 1820s, whereas India Porter dates back to 1804. Its a beer with a pretty long history - and probably fits in very well with modern tastes. -- Ron Pattinson on Beer Sessions Radio If a beer was crappy in 1950 - it should be crappy today! -- Dan Paquette on Beer Ssssions Radio
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March 18, 2014
Episode 205: NYC Brewery Tour
Take a tour NYC Breweries on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy Carbone invites Basil Lee and Kevin Stafford, founders of Finback Brewery, David Naczycz, co-founder of Urban Oysters and chocolate expert Clay Gordon to chat about the bubbling brewery scene in NYC. Find out about awesome tours, beer and chocolate pairings and brewing trends. Hear about the battle between Queens and Brooklyn for top brewing borough and find out what trends are emerging locally in NYC. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. New York is a huge untapped market and what were seeing now with these breweries open is the realization of that untapped market. There are 8.5 million people living in the city of New York, a lot of them are beer drinkers. [44:00] -- Dave Naczycz on Beer Sessions Radio
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March 11, 2014
Episode 204: Wild Beer & Sweet Fire
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmys hanging out with the crew from Wild Beer Company and the ladies of Sweet Fire, a collaborative brew from Empire Brewing Company specially made for Beer Week. Tune in and catch some infectious energy from a room full of beer pros. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Photo: EmpireBrew.com If I put on a beer before its ready, Im going to hear about it...so theres not much room for error at the Blind Tiger because youre serving to people to know beer. [13:50] --Katherine Kyle on Beer Sessions Radio
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March 4, 2014
Episode 203: New York, Portland, and North Carolina Beers
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy invites authors Giancarlo and Sarah Annese in to discuss their new book Beer Lovers New York. After the break, we hear from Chresten Sorensen from Bunker Brewing Co. in Portland, Maine, Luke and Walte Dickson from Wicked Weed Brewing, as well as beer journalist and author Josh Bernstein and author Niko Krommydas. This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Todays music provided by Hardbodies. Its always good to have a story behind what youre drinking. [41:30] Josh Bernstein on Beer Sessions Radio
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February 25, 2014
Episode 202: NYC Brewer’s Choice 2014
Its a packed house on Beer Sessions Radio this week as Jimmy and his crew preview the 2014 NYC Brewers Choice event. The marquee event of the annual NYC Beer Week (February 21-March 1, 2014), this years NYC Brewers Choice has an all NY State focus. Greenmarkets Regional Grain Project and Valley Malt will provide locally grown and roasted malt that will be featured in many of the beers on offer. Hear from Jeff ONeil of Peeksill Brewery, Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger, Haley and Meredith aka The Beerded Ladies, June Russell of GrowNYC, Augie Carton of Carton Brewing, Tony Forder of Ale Street News , Andrea Staley of Valley Malt and more! Cheers! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. [Comparing brewing beer to cooking] Malts are your protein or your main, yeast is your regional stamp and your hops are your herbs [26:00] --Augie Carton of Carton Brewing on Beer Sessions Radio Its amazing how many breweries have opened in New York State over the past few years. [18:00] --Jimmy Carbone on Beer Sessions Radio
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February 18, 2014
Episode 201: The New York State of Beer
Jimmy Carbone is discussing the state of beer in New York State! Jimmy is joined in the studio by the Beer Czar of New York, Sam Filler. Sam helps facilitate local beer production using regional grains and hops. Laurel Greyson of NYU and the Urban Farm Lab drops by to talk about her plans to open a local malting facility and distillery, and what that means for local drinkers. Davey Lopez of Gun Hill Brewery talks about his brewery, and how he started the first farm brewery in New York City. Later, Jimmy calls Pat Hooker, Deputy Secretary of New York State, to talk about the economic benefits of promoting local beer, wine, cider, and spirits. Paul Leone, the Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association, joins the program to talk about the boom in Craft New York Beer Fests. Steve Miller calls in to talk about the proper way to grow hops in New York! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Music by Hardbodies. Farmers have to feel comfortable growing these grains. A lot of these farmers are growing soybeans or corn, but we have to provide a market for them so they feel secure growing these products. [8:45] -- Sam Filler on Beer Sessions Radio
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February 11, 2014
Episode 200: Bell’s Brewery
On the 200th episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Larry Bell, Paul Kermizian, Josh Bernstein, Jimmy Ludwig, and Matthew Lefkowitz. Larry tells us about how the word spread so much about his home brewery that his business exploded and led him to start Bells Brewery. Then they talk about expanding Bells and the process of introducing it to New York. Later, Paul Kermizian from Barcade tells us about making his documentary, American Beer, as well as his experience opening Barcade. This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Todays music provided by Four Lincolns. Image from Bells Beer A lot of the explosion around the country is from nanobreweries. [6:15] Larry Bell on Beer Sessions Radio The upper peninsula is discovering beer in a way that we thought they never would. [15:00] Jimmy Ludwig on Beer Sessions Radio
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February 4, 2014
Episode 199: Contract Brewing
What is craft beer? Will contract brewing be the death of craft beer? This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy brings in Rich Buceta from Single Cut Brewery, Greg Dorowski from Greenport Harbor Brewing, Augie Carton from Carton Brewing, and producer Justin Kennedy to discuss these questions and more! This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Todays music provided by Idgy Dean. This industry modeled itself under the word craft. [5:45] We dont just buy beer off the shelf, it has meaning to us. [7:35] Rich Buceta on Beer Sessions Radio [In Astoria] were really seeing the influences that a brewery can have, and its all about community. [37:30] Augie Carton on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 28, 2014
Episode 198: What Does Beer Mean to You?
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy brings in David Rius and Ben Kruthanooch from Barcelona, as well as Augie Carton from Carton Brewing and Jon Lundbom from B United International. First we hear from David Rius from Art Cervesers. David tells us about his experience brewing beer in Spain, and his commitment to using local ingredients. Later on, we hear about the role that beer plays in Catalonian culture. Tune in to this weeks episode to hear everyone tell us what beer means to them! This program has been sponsored by Great Brewers.com. Thanks to Dead Stars. There are many bigger breweries in the rest of spain, but all of the smaller, more interesting breweries are in Catalonia. [29:20] David Rius on Beer Sessions Radio The fundamental difference between beer and wine is that wine is agriculture and beer is cooking. [10:30] Jon Lundbom on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 21, 2014
Episode 197: Other Half NYC
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone welcomes Matt Monahan and Sam Richardson from Other Half NYC, as well as Niko Krommydas to the studio. Sam and Mike tell us about how they got into craft beer and what led them to start Other Half Brewing Company. After the break, Brady Lowe calls in and tells us about the Cochon 555 tour, which is coming to NYC next Sunday, January 26th. Later on, the group discusses the classifications of a Cascadian Dark Ale and a Black IPA. Are they in fact different beers, or rather different names for the same thing? Tune in to find out! This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. We like lots of hops. Hops are good. [11:45] I would rather run out of IPA than have old IPA around. [42:30] Sam Richardson on Beer Sessions Radio If I can walk from Clinton Hill where I live to Carrol Gardons to get a beer to support somebody thats paying rent and working hard in that neighborhood to make it better, Im gonna choose that. [41:30] Niko Krommydas on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 14, 2014
Episode 196: Great New & Old Breweries
Weve got a full house tonight on Beer Sessions Radio. Host Jimmy Carbone brings in representatives from a number of breweries. Ben Keene, author of The Great Northeast Brewery Tour, draws us into his book as the gang reads a few passages. Tune in to find out which other beer aficionados have contributed some of their words to the book! Later on, Kelly Taylor describes the difficulties of moving a brewery to a new locations. Finally, Jimmy and his guests discuss the rise of using local ingredients. This program has been sponsored by Great Brewers. Music provided by Dead Stars. Image from Amazon In the northeast there are probably 400 breweries or more. [10:45] --Ben Keene on Beer Sessions Radio In my opinion, most craft brewers are underfunded when they start. [27:45] --Bob Fauteux on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 9, 2014
Episode 195: Michigan Beer & Kelso
Beer Sessions Radio is back in action for 2014 with Ben Wiley of Glorietta Baldy, Kelly Taylor of Kelso, and Jimmy Ludwig of the Happy Hour Guys! Jimmy Carbone chats with Kelly about his brewing roots on the West Coast, and how he learned to make beer with a few kettles and a heater! Hear about Bens past as a Japanese interpreter; how has the Japanese craft beer scene evolved since Bens time living in the country? Jimmy Ludwig talks about small breweries in Michigan and calls up Andy Langloy and Dave Manson of his favorite new Michigan brewery, Black Rocks Brewing Co.! Hear about their quick progress in the Michigan market, and the secret hop in their 51K IPA! Tune in to hear more about homebrewing and local Brooklyn hops! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Music by Dead Stars. Nuance is incredibly important in beer. I think thats the direction the industry is headed... You need to focus on the core. Its needs to be flavorful and sessionable. [15:20] -- Kelly Taylor on Beer Sessions Radio
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December 17, 2013
Episode 194: Craft Beer Legends
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy invites a big crew of craft beer legends into the studio in anticipation of the Union Beer portfolio tasting! Dick Cantwell of Elysian Brewing Co. in Seattle stops by the studio to talk about beer writing, pumpkin ales, and experimental hop varieties. Find out why Dick believes that beer is all about balance, even when using odd or uncommon ingredients. Irene Firmat and Jamie Emmerson of Full Sail in Hood River, Oregon join the program to talk about their dedication to local ingredients and water efficiency. Hear about Full Sails twenty years in the craft beer game, and how the industry has evolved since their start. Dave Brodrick and Bobby Gagnon of legendary NYC craft beer bars The Blind Tiger and The Gate talk about the beers they served in the mid-90s, and what the shift towards American craft beer meant to their draft lines in those days. Ray Darmstadt of St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe shares his experiences from opening his beer store in the heart of Brooklyn. Finally, hear from Union Beers Tim Stendahl! What beers are getting Tim excited for the Union Beer portfolio tasting? Find out on this weeks edition of Beer Sessions Radio! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Music by Hardbodies. Every decision is a branding decision... people think that one or two beers are going to sell themselves. These days, theres a new brewery popping up everyday... theres a limited attention span. [14:25] -- Dick Cantwell on Beer Sessions Radio I think for many of us who started craft beer in the 1980s... it was about quality of life more than anything. [24:00] -- Irene Firmat on Beer Sessions Radio
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December 11, 2013
Episode 193: The British Beer Invasion
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone brings in a few brewers from across the Atlantic to defend British breweries. Representatives from Wandering Star Brewery, Samuel Smith Brewing, and Sixpoint gather to discuss the specific qualities of certain British beers as well as British beer culture. This program has been sponsored by Great Brewers. Music provided by Pamela Royal. The UK is the only place where cask beer wasnt extinct. [13:00] --Alex Hall on Beer Sessions Radio Beer is a long term relationship, its not a one night stand. [26:30] --Chris Post on Beer Sessions Radio
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December 3, 2013
Episode 192: Canning, Craft & Carbonation
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone brings in guests Kelly Taylor, James Tai, and Michael J Malone to discuss the beer scene in various parts of New York City. Kelly then describes for us the process in which beer gets canned. Jimmy then brings up holiday beers, and the group discusses their opinions on Christmas beers. This program has been sponsored by Great Brewers. Music provided by Dead Stars. Its supposed to taste like a beer, its not supposed to taste like punch. [30:00] -- Kelly Taylor on Beer Sessions Radio The brewer has a certain level of intention that he or she has when putting out a product, and as a curator of a beer program, you really want to express that to its fullest and maintain some sense of integrity [44:30] -- James Tai on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 26, 2013
Episode 191: Luksus, Eleven Madison Park, & Wicked Weed
Jimmy Carbone is talking beer and food pairings with Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso of Torst and Luksus, and Sarah Monroe, Beer Director at Eleven Madison Park! Tune into this episode to hear how the beer pairing program is run at Greenpoints Luksus. Find out how Sarahs food studies at NYU inspires her work at Eleven Madison Park. Why does Sarah think that beer certification programs need to include more information about brewing science and service? Hear Jimmy, Jeppe, and Sarah talk about beers place in fine dining. Later, Luke and Walt Dickinson from Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina join the program. Hear about the new brewery, and their ambitious brewing start. This program has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Music by Dead Stars. If youre really into something, you can learn it. If you put a lot of time and energy into it, that will get you a long way. [12:35] The beer has to look like the meat that youre eating. If the meat is dark, have a dark beer, and if its light, try a light beer. [21:00] -- Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso on Beer Sessions Radio Many people like to think, What can the beer do for the food? But I like to say, What can the food do for the beer? [22:45] -- Sarah Monroe on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 19, 2013
Episode 190: German vs American
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone brings in some beer experts from Germany to talk about a number of breweries in Germany, and subsequently the world. They explore the differences between traditional German beer and the ever-changing world of American craft beer. Then, Jenn Litz from Girls Pint out gives us some analytics regarding how much of beer sold in American supermarkets is considered craft. This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Music provided by Four Lincolns. It says on all the bottles Enjoyment for Body and Soul, which is what this is really all about. [5:25] -- Lars Dalhaus on Beer Sessions Radio We brew the beer that we want to drink. Were a small brewery, so we have the luxury of doing that. [38:35] -- Nikki Cavanugh on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 12, 2013
Episode 189: Bree O’Connor & Steve Wood
Its Bree OConnors last episode as Beer Sessions Radios producer! This week, Jimmy Carbone, Ed Berestecki, and Bree reminisce and talk about their favorite episodes of Beer Sessions Radio. What guests were their favorites, and what beers really impressed them in the studio? Later, Steve Wood talks about his childhood in the apple orchard, and how he came to start Farnum Hill Ciders. Why does Steve prefer still to sparkling ciders? Find out what differentiates industrial cider production from the techniques and methods used by Farnum Hill Ciders. Find out how Steve uses tannic apples to produce elegant cider! Tune into this program to hear Steve diagnose the problems with Eds apple trees, and listen to Steve talk about pruning practices and his distaste for pesticides. This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Music has been provided by Dead Stars. I love the product even more after I meet the person, because after I meet the person, I understand the product. You understand why that guy made that beer. [3:50] -- Bree OConnor on Beer Sessions Radio I didnt know that cider was going to be our business; I was just fooling around! [22:10] -- Steve Wood on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 5, 2013
Episode 188: Beer Writing & The Coast to Coast Toast
Jimmy Carbone is talking beer writing on this weeks edition of Beer Sessions Radio! This week, Jimmys sidekick is Jimmy Ludwig from The Happy Hour Guys; tune in to hear about some of The Happy Hour Guys recent travels, and some of Jimmys favorite food and beer pairings. Tony Forder of the Ale Street News stops by to talk about his recent European beer tour. John Holl drops by to talk about his new book, The American Craft Beer Cookbook, and the recipes hes collected from some of the countrys best beer bars and restaurants. Why are so many people introduced to the craft beer movement through food? Later, Wendy Littlefield calls in to talk about the upcoming Coast to Coast Toast, and how the nationwide event hopes to promote craft beer and quality food. Tune in to hear Anne Likes Beer talk about the growth of craft beer, and why it needs to stay authentic. This program has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Music has been provided by Pamela Royal. Talking with people about how beer can mimic food can help draw them out of their shells. [8:50] Its fun to find commonalities in beers that would go well with food! [13:15] -- John Holl on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 29, 2013
Episode 187: Beer Conditioning with Schlafly, Carton, & More
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is talking big and small craft breweries. Dan Kopman and Stephen Hale of Schlafly stop by the show to talk about their start in St. Louis, and how they were able to compete with the local giant- Anheuser-Busch. What did the sale of Anheuser-Busch mean for the city of St. Louis and Schlafly? Ben Granger stops by to talk about the Schlafly tasting at Bierkraft tonight, and how craft beer in New York City has changed since Bierkrafts birth twelve years ago. Ed Berestecki of Mugs Ale House joins Beer Sessions Radio to share a vintage Schlafly Imperial Stout from 2008! Tune in to learn about aging beers, and why dating bottle-conditioned beers can be so controversial. Find out how the cast feels about vintage beers and the perception of oxidation in beer. Augie Carton of Carton Brewing stops by to talk about beer collecting, and why vintage collectors can learn a thing or two from wine geeks. Cask evangelist Alex Hall drops by to talk about the Cask Marque accreditation program! You dont want to miss this weeks edition of Beer Sessions Radio! Thanks to GreatBrewers.com for sponsoring todays program. Music has been provided by Hardbodies. We set out to be a great small brewer, serve our local market, and make all of the great European styles that Anheuser-Busch didnt make. They only made light American lagers... We just hoped to find people who wanted something different. [5:15] -- Dan Kopman on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 22, 2013
Episode 186: The Culture of Cider
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbon is in the studio with a full house of beer enthusiasts to talk cider! Todays guests include Sean McCain of Bronx Brewery, Sam Smith of Samuel Smith Brewery, Ben Sandler of QUeens Kickshaw, John and Begonia of Rowan Imports, and David Spies of Angry Orchard. Tune-in to learn more about different ways to produce cider, what to look for when trying cider, and which cider breweries to look out for during the continuing Cider Week New York. How does cider making differ from traditional brewing methods? How has ciders popularity changed recently in todays food and drink industry? This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com Its all about having the best, natural ingredients - no adjuncts, chemicals, nothing like that. [46:31] -- Begonia on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 15, 2013
Episode 185: Iberian Beer United, BrewYork, Beer Distributors, Guilty Goose, Stillwater Ales
Its a full house today in the studio on Beer Sessions Radio! We have a diverse group of beer enthusiasts in the studio today, including Ken Fisherman (owner at The Guilty Goose), Mike Lovullo (Beer Distributors/GreatBrewers), Chris O Leary (editor at Brew York), and Jessica Agullo and Johnny Brilliant (Iberian Beer United). Later, Brian Strumpke of Stillwater Ales, joins the group via phone to talk about his latest beers, the current trends in the beer industry today, and even tells us a hilarious story about a run-in with the police when hanging out with Johnny Brilliant. Finally, Chris O Leary talks about his time at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO, and tells us more about his local favorites that received awards in their categories. This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com The VSK program allows us to bring in one-offs - unusual and extreme. Weve been able to bring in one of my favorite beers, the Guinea Pig. [13:45] --Johnny Brilliant on Beer Sessions Radio Theres a lot of coffee beer on the floor this year. A lot of breweries are exploring coffee-milds - another direction in more sessionable beer. [39:20] -- Chris O Leary on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 9, 2013
Episode 184: Beer Bars & Shops
This week on Beers Sessions Radio, Jimmy is talking beer bars and shops with Ed Berestecki, Lea Rumbolo, Zach Mack, and the Beerded Ladies: Haley Karl and Meredith Heil. Ed is about to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Mugs Alehouse; find out why Ed keeps legacy beers on tap at all times. Lea Rumbolo is the brewer at The Ship Inn brewpub in Millford, New Jersey. Learn about Leas brewing style, and why she focuses on English styles at The Ship Inn. Why is Ringwood yeast so difficult to use for brewing? Zach Mack talks about his move from the wine industry to the beer business, and hear why he finds bottle shops important to beer culture. Later, the Beerded Ladies talk about their foray into event-hosting, and why they banded together in their beer writing adventures. You dont want to miss this weeks installment of Beer Sessions Radio; tune in! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Music has been provided by Dead Stars. Bottle shops are the answer to the wine store, but theyre even better because you can enjoy a pint there. [28:00] -- Meredith Heil on Beer Sessions Radio If you go outside the temperature limits for the Ringwood yeast, you start to get off-flavors. [43:00] -- Lea Rumbolo on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 1, 2013
Episode 183: Heather McReynolds & The Exley
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined by guest co-host Ed Berestecki of Mugs Alehouse to talk about the evolution of beer bars in New York City. Heather McReynolds, brewer at Sixpoint Craft Ales, joins Jimmy and Ed to talk about her beginnings in beer, and why women are getting involved with the craft beer scene. Whats it like being a woman brewer in a male-dominated field? Later, Brandon Chamberlin and Matthew Ricke of The Exley in Williamsburg talk about opening a bar, and where they stand a year later. Hear Ed talk with Brandon and Matthew about the difficulties with opening a bar, and why so many bar owners have second jobs during their first few years. Heather shares a bunch of Sixpoint brews, and Ed digs into the vault and brings several vintage beers into the HRN studios! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Music has been provided by Sleepies. You can learn how to make beer, but you get really good at it when you learn the science behind. Theres a lot of science and math that most people dont ever think about. [5:15] -- Heather McReynolds on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 24, 2013
Episode 182: Keegan Ales, Yonkers Brewing, & Prairie Artisan Ales
Jimmy Carbone is talking local brews on this weeks Beer Sessions Radio! Frequent co-host Dave Brodrick makes the trip from Vermont to talk beer and talk about his new restaurant, Worthy Kitchen. Tommy Keegan of Keegan Ales is in the studio talking about his roots in brewing, and how he came to run a brewery in Kingston, NY. Hear about the explosion of food businesses in the Hudson Valley, and why consistency is of utmost importance in Keegan Ales recipes. Chase Healey of Prairie Artisan Ales calls in to talk about the Oklahoma craft beer scene. Are Oklahoma residents thirsty for creative saison beers? Find out how Chase has been able to distribute his beer widely. John Rubbo, Nick Califano, and Sharif Taleb from Yonkers Brewing stop by to talk about their focus on lagers, contract brewing, and their beginnings in winemaking. Dont miss this weeks edition of Beer Sessions Radio! Todays show has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to Idgy Dean for todays music. The whole Hudson Valley food industry is growing. Its not just about the restaurants, but the whole farm-to-table movement. Its taking a big hold in the area. [7:50] -- Tommy Keegan on Beer Sessions Radio Look at how many successful breweries started as contracts. Look at Brooklyn Brewery! [39:00] -- John Rubbo on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 17, 2013
Episode 181: American Heritage Beers & Brew Dog
Were celebrating America and heritage breweries on this weeks edition of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Sam Barbieri, owner of Waterfront Ale House. Sam brings some vintage beers on the show to taste, and talks about the upcoming beer festival on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. James Watt and Martin Dickie of Brew Dog stop by to talk about the Scottish beer scene, their love of American craft brews, and how their beers challenge people in the U.K. to rethink beer. Will Gordon stops by to promote the classic Massachusetts lager, and Don Russell (better known as Joe Sixpack) calls in to talk about classic American breweries who have defined beer in the U.S.A. for centuries. You dont want to miss this episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Music provided by The Hollows. We got a lot of inspiration from America, and a lot of inspiration the sour Belgian beers. The only way we could drink the beer that we liked was to make it ourselves. [7:15] -- Martin Dickie on Beer Sessions Radio Were talking about history here, and these heritage breweries are what laid the groundwork for the beer were drinking today. [19:10] -- Don Russell on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 10, 2013
Episode 180: Big, Small, Old, & New
Weve got breweries big and small, and old and new on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone welcomes the small-batch Long Island City brewers from Big Alice Brewing to join the Czech masters from Pilsner Urquell. Meet Robbie Crafton, Kyle Hurst, and Scott Berger of Big Alice Brewing; find out why they have brewed fifty-three different beers this year, and how they are constantly inspired by drinking myriads of unique beers. Pilsner Urquells Václav Berka and Zee Bartos bring Master Bartender Frantisek Stastka to talk about traditional pouring techniques and quality control. Ben Sandler from The Queens Kickshaw drops by to support his fellow Queens brewers, and Thad Fisco from Portland Kettleworks joins to show to talk about supplying brewing equipment to small breweries in the Pacific Northwest! Is there a future for the neighborhood brewery? Find out all of this and more on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Todays show has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Music has been provided by Dead Stars. Its not just about pouring- its also about washing every glass is washed by hand so that its suited for the beer. [8:35] -- Václav Berka on Beer Sessions Radio Our beer is constantly evolving depending on the produce of the season or the available spices from around the world. [11:45] -- Robbie Crafton on Beer Sessions Radio We brew like we drink... Even if my favorite beer is on a beer list, Ill skip it to try something new. [20:45] -- Kyle Hurst on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 3, 2013
Episode 179: The Complete Beer Course & Enlightenment Wines
Jimmy Carbone is wrapping up the summer with author Joshua M. Bernstein, writer and Beer Sessions intern Justin Kennedy, and winemaker Raphael Lyon! Tune into this episode to hear the gang recap some of their favorite brewery visits this season. Hear about Joshuas new book, The Complete Beer Course, and how the book aims to delve deeper into the craft beer world than his previous. Raphael shares some of his esoteric Enlightenment Wines, and speaks to the idea of innovation within meads and wines. What are some of the drinkable styles that the crew hopes to see in craft beers future? Find out all of this and more on this weeks edition of Beer Sessions Radio! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Todays music has been provided by The Hollows. People are realizing that they can make a really solid business if they can just serve their local community... I tend to think of these local breweries as local sports team, and everyone wants to support their own craft breweries. [11:00] A pilsner or a lager is not going to be as good as it warms up on a ninety-degree day in North Carolina. [13:15] -- Joshua M. Bernstein on Beer Sessions Radio I love the CSA model. My customers trust me; if Im going to make something, theyre going to drink it [27:15] -- Raphael Lyon on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 27, 2013
Episode 178: Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2013, Pt. 2
Jimmy Carbone is back at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown at the Ommegang Brewery. On this weeks episode, Jimmy gets serious about local beer. Jimmy talks with Simon Thorpe, Larry Bennett, and the brewers from Peekskill and Ommegang - Jeff ONeill and Phil Leinhart, respectively- about water quality, hops, grains, and more. Tune in to hear Jimmy, Jeff, Phil, and others discuss the threat of hydrofracking to New York State craft beer. Learn about the resurgence of hop-growing in New York State, and how so many brewers can implement regional grains. What yeast strains do Ommegang use, and how can homebrewers replicate Ommegang beers? Tune into this episode to learn how soil affects hop aroma, how the same hop varieties differ depending on location, and so much more! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Todays music has been brought to you by Pamela Royal. Water is the most important ingredient in beer. Beer is water! [3:50] -- Phil Leinhart on Beer Sessions Radio Were not like California; we have all the water that we need right here, but a tiny bit of nasty chemicals can contaminate an enormous amount of water. Its a huge problem. [6:30] -- Larry Bennett on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 20, 2013
Episode 177: Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2013, Pt. 1
Tune in to this weeks Beer Sessions Radio to hear the first set of Jimmy Carbones recordings from the annual Belgium Comes to Cooperstown presented by Ommegang Brewery! Hear from Ommegangs Simon Thorpe and Phil Leinhart; hear about the brewerys Game of Thrones beers, and the resurgence of hop growers in Upstate New York. Find out what small breweries and brewpubs made it up to the festival! Later, Bill Herlicka of New Hampshires White Birch Brewing Company talks about his hop and yeast selections and the growing craft beer scene in New Hampshire. Tune in to hear more from beer all-stars like Jonathan Moxley, Mike Lovullo, Tommy Ortega, John Langley, and the Radiant Pig team! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Todays music has been provided by Pamela Royal. If we can pioneer varietals that are resistant to downy mildew, we can get indigenous hops back Upstate. [9:50] -- Simon Thorpe on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 13, 2013
Episode 176: Local Grains!
Jimmy and the gang are back from Belgium Comes to Cooperstown and joined in studio to talk local grains with Maia Raposo, spokesperson for Brooklyn Brewery, June Russell, Manager of Farm Inspections and Strategic Development for Greenmarket/GrowNYC and Andrea Stanley from Valley Malt. Tune in and learn about the collaborative effort between Brooklyn Brewery and Greenmarket - the Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat a beer brewed from 70% New York State-grown wheat and barley. Drinking this lovely beer helps reinvigorate the states grain industry and benefit GrowNYCs mission to support family farms, farmers markets, gardens, recycling and education. June Russell elaborates on the state of local grains and how the Greenmarket is pushing their bakers to use local flour. Get an update on the state of grains in New York State and the creative ways in which they are being used. Andrea Stanley chats about some of the interesting things happening at Valley Malt. Find out why Rye is in such high demand these days and how grains are being used in new and innovative ways in the food and beverage communities. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. We dont make a lot of special beers at Brooklyn Brewery - so we have to believe int he mission of the beer and what its all about. Weve been supporters of the Greenmarket both as individuals and a company for a long time. For a beer like this the big issue is dealing with the yields of the grain and wondering how the grains will work with our system. [09:00] --Maia Raposo, spokesperson for Brooklyn Brewery on Beer Sessions Radio Greenmarket bakers are using on average, 50% local flour in their baked goods. [24:00] --June Russell on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 6, 2013
Episode 175: Sloop, The Owl Farm, & the Craft Beer Coach
Jimmy Carbone brings Sloop Brewing to Brooklyn for their debut Kings County pour! Tune into this episode of Beer Sessions Radio to hear Jimmy talk with Adam Watson and Justin Taylor of Sloop to talk about their start as microbrewers in Poughkeepsie, NY. Find out how their brews made Sloop the stars of the farmers market! Joe Callender, also known as the Craft Beer Coach, stops by to talk about his interviews with craft brewers and his new beer tasting app. Ben Wiley and Steven Baird of The Owl Farm come by to give a bar owners perspective. Hear the cast give their craft beer advice to a couple looking to curate the beer selection at their wedding. What local brews should make the beer list? Learn more about the history of the Berliner Weisse style on this weeks installment of Beer Sessions Radio! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to Pamela Royal for todays music. We see these people as rock stars of craft beer, but they have these struggles outside of the world just like everybody else. [12:20] -- Joe Callender on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 30, 2013
Episode 174: Peekskill, Saveur, The Barman’s Fund, & Joe Carroll
Were wrapping up July Good Beer Month on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone invites a bunch of beer and bar guests into the studio, including restauranteur and bar owner Joe Carroll. Hear about Spuyten Duyvils upcoming Midsummer Sour event featuring several awesome sours! Betsy Andrews from Saveur stops by the show to share some of her favorite beers, including some kolschs and the Almanac red ale. IPA master Jeff ONeill of Peekskill Brewery joins the crew to talk about his move from Ithaca to Peekskill, and some of the IPA trends hes seeing on the market. Sean McCain of the Bronx Brewery is in the house proclaiming his love for pale ales. Hilary Krishnan talks about her involvement with The Barmans Fund, an organization that allows bartenders to donate a days worth of tips to worthy local causes. Todays show has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to Four Lincolns for todays music. The Hudson Valley is always one step behind the city, but were making good headway. There are two very different approaches with Peekskill and Captain Lawrence, but were doing a good job educating people about beer in Westchester and points north. [37:00] -- Jeff ONeill on Beer Session Radio
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July 24, 2013
Episode 173: Wide World of Beer
Jimmy Carbone is exploring all sorts of beer possibilities on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Did you know that Pilsner Urquell pours beer out of the back of a van? Tune into this episode to hear from Pilsner Urquells Bryan L. Panzica. Bryan explains how different pouring techniques can alter the flavor of a pilsner. Cara Tallon from Tavern 29 is whipping up some beer cocktails with Tony Pontius and Heather Rush from Pine Box Rock Shop! Ken Tirado from Killmeyers Old Bavaria Inn joins Jimmy from Staten Island to talk about beer history in Staten Island. Learn more about Czech culture, pouring techniques, and why all of todays guests work in the beer industry. This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to Pamela Royal for todays music. How a beer is drafted matters to how a beer tastes. [14:00] -- Bryan L. Panzica on Beer Sessions Radio New Yorkers love doing weird and strange things...The premise of mixing a shot and a beer is such an innate thing to me and so normal to me...its such a New York thing. [29:05] -- Cara Tallon on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 16, 2013
Episode 172: Old Brew, New Brew
Jimmy Carbone is revisiting craft beer history and ushering in new good beers on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy is joined by two bar owners, James Langstine of Bronx Ale House and Chris Genua of The Double Windsor, to talk about the revolving draft lists and the consumer demand for new beers and flavors. Joe Grimm and Lauren Carter Grimm of Grimm Artisanal Ales. Find out about their nomadic brewing style, and why they choose not to brew a flagship beer. Tom Acitelli, author of The Audacity of Hops, drops by to talk about the history of craft in America. Tom also pops a twenty-eight year old New Amsterdam beer for Wynkoops Beer Drinker of the Year, Warren Monteiro. Tune into this episode to hear about some of the awesome upcoming July Good Beer Month events! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Music has been provided by Pamela Royal. Theres a huge demand at the Bronx Ale House for whats new... They want to try a new style or a new ingredient that they have never considered in beer before. Theres a huge market for that. [18:20] -- James Langstine on Beer Sessions Radio As the consumer becomes more educated, theres more room for growth and experimentation. [19:20] -- Lauren Carter Grimm on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 9, 2013
Episode 171: Craft and Cask with Brooklyn Brewery, Heavy Seas, & Pine Box Rock Shop
How to define craft beer? Are casks viable in the United States beer market? This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone has packed the studio with craft beer all-starts to answer these questions and more! Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery stops by to talk about the importance of knowing your brewer and keeping up with cask systems. Dave Brodrick comes down from Vermont and discusses casks at Blind Tiger. Hugh Sisson from Heavy Seas in Baltimore, Maryland to talk about caskerators, and the rising popularity of cask beers. Jeff and Heather from The Pine Box Rock Shop are debuting their cask system that they got from Hugh at the bar tonight! How do cask systems in the States differ from those across the pond? July is Good Beer Month! Tune in to hear Garrett Oliver read Mayor Bloombergs Good Beer Month proclamation! This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to The Raunch Hands for todays music! If you look what the macros are doing, theyre making a beer that offends the least amount of people. When youre making craft beer, its not necessarily for everybody. [7:30] -- Hugh Sisson on Beer Sessions Radio Cask beer is very easy to do- its actually pretty simple- but it does take some work. People arent necessarily willing to do that work. [12:00] -- Garrett Oliver on Beer Sessions Radio I dont think you can have a genuine beer bar without a cask. [20:15] -- Heather Rush on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 2, 2013
Episode 170: A Day with Green Flash Brewing Company
Green Flash Brewing Company joins Jimmy Carbone at Jimmys No. 43 for a beer and food tasting extravaganza! Tune into this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio to hear Jimmy talk with brewer Chuck Silva about the different seasonal offerings from Green Flash. Dave Adams, Manager at Green Flashs Tasting Room, talks about the connection between West Coast styles and San Diego cuisine. What foods go well with Green Flash brews? Tune into this episode to learn about the events at the Green Flash Tasting Room, and the reasons for their beer and food pairings. Tune in to hear Dave Adams lead an expert beer crash course! Learn how Green Flash and St. Feuillien came to collaborate on a beer! This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to Pamela Royal for todays music. West Coast-style beers go well with food... they lend themselves to the types of food we have in San Diego - Mexican food, spicy food. But we have such a variety of styles that we can pair with any type of food. [5:35] -- Dave Adams on Beer Sessions Radio
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June 25, 2013
Episode 169: The European Beer Tour
Weve got brewers from the Czech Republic, Belgium, and Germany on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Meet Jan Skala from Kout na Sumave, Lionel Van De Haegen from Brasserie de Silly, and Alexander Reiss of Kloster Andechs, and Sebastian Sauer of Freigeist. Hear how these brewers are continuing hundred-year-old traditions, and updating them with their unique eye for quality and passion. Hear why all of these European brewers convened in Portland, Maine for the Shelton Brothers event, The Festival. Tune in to hear from Jen Schwertman before she moves to San Diego; what beer destinations did she recently visit in New England? Tune into this episode to find out more about these dedicated European brewers, and famous historical beers from their respective locations! This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to Four Lincolns for todays break music. We wanted to brew the beer we want. We arent just trying to sell it, were brewing it for taste. [35:20] -- Sebastian Sauer on Beer Sessions Radio
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June 18, 2013
Episode 168: Summer Beer Festivals
Jimmy Carbones talking summer beer festivals on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! The Happy Hour Guys, Jimmy Ludwig and Squigs, are back in the studio talking about their upcoming beer tour of Michigan. Find out what breweries and bars The Happy Hour guys plan to visit! BR Rolya comes by to talk about Portland, Maines The Festival, presented by 12 Percent Imports and the Shelton Brothers. Tim Lynch drops by to talk about his ten favorite bars and restaurants in Portland, Maine! Later, Bill Herlicka of White Birch Brewing calls in to talk about the history of his brewery and the upcoming Southern New Hampshire Brewers Festival. Brazilian homebrewer and beer sommelier Pedro Paolo Alipezzi comes by to talk about the burgeoning Brazilian craft beer scene. Tune into this episode to learn what beers to drink during the upcoming hot summer days, and how to get tickets to all of the great summer beer festivals! This program has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to Pamela Royal for todays music. Now youre finding bocks that are ranging from a deep amber color to a light blonde... The double bocks are of course darker. [44:35] -- BR Rolya on Beer Sessions Radio
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June 11, 2013
Episode 167: Beer Hunter, Sierra Nevada, & Italian Craft Beer
From Italy to Chico, CA, were talking great craft beer on Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone welcomes back Dave Brodrick, and calls filmmaker John R. Richards of Beer Hunter the Movie to talk about what made beer writer Michael Jackson so special. Find out where you can see the film in New York City! Jan Apanich and Jerry Clum of Sierra Nevada are in the studio talking about their brands role in the craft beer movement, and how their East Coast expansion will affect their carbon footprint. Hear from food writer, historian, and sommelier Katie Parla about the unique craft beers being produced in Italy. Jon Lundbom of B. United talks about the cost of importing Italian brews, and how Italian beer history allows for creativity. You dont want to miss this episode; tune into Beer Sessions Radio! This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to Dead Stars for todays music. He was more about people, history, geography, and music than about beer. But he had an amazing palate, and no one could describe the flavors in beer better than Michael Jackson... He was a journalist; he really captured the stories of people. [9:10] -- John R. Richards on Beer Sessions Radio People are realizing that the number of flavor profiles of beer pair with food so well. [12:00] -- Jerry Clum on Beer Sessions Radio These Piedmont-based brewers are doing a lot of beers with fruit, and to great effect. [22:25] -- Katie Parla on Beer Sessions Radio
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June 4, 2013
Episode 166: Michael Jackson & American Craft Beer
Were celebrating beer writer Michael Jackson and the American beer scene on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by guest co-host Jen Schwertman, and honored specialty beer rep Mike Lovullo. Tune in to hear how Michael Jackson defined beer styles, and how contemporary American craft brewers have built upon those definitions. The cast tries some hoppy sessionable beers via White Birch. Hear from Lanny Hoff of Artisanal imports; what beers does Lanny bring into the country? Hear what beer cities Lanny visits regularly, and why Cleveland is pioneering American beer culture. Later, hear the cast talk about some of their favorite German beers! Tune into this episode to hear about the beer festivals you should attend this summer! This program has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to The California Honeydrops for todays music. For us to be successful selling high-end beer, we must remember that we cant leave out any beer drinkers. [20:15] -- Lanny Hoff on Beer Sessions Radio
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May 28, 2013
Episode 165: Beer Sessions Radio – Philly Beer Week
This weeks jam-packed episode of Beer Sessions Radio joins us with Josh Bernstein and Jen Schwertman, and together along with Jimmy Carbone they talk about the latest in the craft beer scene. Josh talks about his latest app, Craft Beer New York, designed to introduce the community to the latest craft beer bars, breweries, and shops in New York City. Chris Wilson of Weyberbacher Brewing Co. also calls in to talk about his latest brews such as the Belgian Style Double IPA, and the history behind getting into the beer brewing industry from a science background. Excited about the upcoming Philly Beer Week, Chris talks about various brews that he hopes to unveil soon. Lastly, Adam Dyle of Eater SF talks about Savor NYC, an upcoming craft beer and food experience coming June 14-15th to the Altman Building and MET Pavilion in Manhattan, NY featuring great craft beer and food pairings. Tune in to get your weekly dose of the craft beer community! This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to Dead Stars for todays break music. We took inspiration from a shoefly pie, to mimic that we took molasses, and we put in a good bit of oats to create that crusty flavor [19:02] --Chris Wilson on Beer Sessions Radio Listen to everyones story of how they got there and theyre all different, but the common thread is that they are in love with the process, and they realize that this [beer brewing] is whats motivating me. [24:05] --Jen Schwertman on Beer Sessions Radio
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May 21, 2013
Episode 164: NYC Mead Week
Its Mead Week in New York City, and Jimmy Carbone is celebrating the occasion on this weeks Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy is joined in the studio by Michael Fairbrother and Berniece Van Der Berg of Moonlight Meadery. Tune in to hear Michael and Bernice talk about their love affair with mead, and how Michael changed his life to focus on Moonlight Meaderys fruition. Raphael Lyon joins Jimmy to talk about Enlightenment Wines, and what constitutes a mead in the eyes of the government. Chris Cuzme of HRNs Fuhmentaboudit! and 508 Gastrobrewery stops by to promote the newly-dubbed NYC Mead Week! Learn some mead-making history, and how mead in the past used to have psychotropic qualities. How has the modern food landscape prepared the way for mead? Learn more about bee populations, and how their decline affects local economies. Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com, and thanks to Four Lincolns for todays music. If you look at the history of New York State and what it produces, a lot of it is apples and honey. [3:50] Its not about if its good necessarily, but whether or not its interesting. [38:10] -- Raphael Lyon on Beer Sessions Radio Weve taken an ancient beverage and refined it. [11:00] -- Berniece Van Der Berg on Beer Sessions Radio
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May 14, 2013
Episode 163: Newburgh Brewing Company, Epicurean, & Mugs Alehouse
Jimmy Carbone is representing the Hudson Valley on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy invites Chris Basso and Paul Halayko of Newburgh Brewing Co. into the studio to share some of their new brews. Tune in to hear Chris talk about his past work at Brooklyn Brewery under Garrett Oliver, and why he believes that the farm-to-table movement should encompass both food and beverages. Kevin Garry of the Epicurean Restaurant Group is in the house talking about his time at Gramercy Tavern, and how he assembled the vintage beer list at that NYC institution. How has beer evolved in restaurants since Kevin began in the industry? Ed Berestecki of Mugs Alehouse joins Jimmy again to talk about the draft system at Mugs, and the importance of storing kegs at proper temperatures. Hear about some of Newburghs wild beers, and why they try to keep their brews sessionable. This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to Pamela Royal for her tracks, Quitn Time and Favorite Flower.
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May 7, 2013
Episode 162: International Beer
Jimmy Carbone has an international crew in the studio for this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jon Lundbom brings some of his favorite brewers on to the show to talk about importing with B. United. Paolo Fontana of Birra Baladin is in the studio sharing some of his Italian beers, and talking about his love for New York City. Michael Brogaard is talking about mead in Denmark, and why Dansk Mjod differs from so many other mead companies in the field of brewing technology. Later, Greg Engert and Megan Parisi call in to talk about importing laws in Washington D.C. and their upcoming brewery, Bluejacket. Listen in to hear the crew taste some beers from Simon Webster and Rob Lovatts Thornbridge Brewery in the United Kingdom. Michael Brooks and Bryan Lindner from Bed-Vyne Brews come into the studio to talk about starting a beer retail outlet in the Bed Stuy neighborhood in Brooklyn! This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Thanks to The Hollows for todays music. The bar for bringing a beer into the market into the States is getting very high. [6:50] -- Jon Lundbom on Beer Sessions Radio You have a lot of technology for making beer, and you can use it to make good beer. But for mead, there is nothing. We are developing that technology for ourselves. [8:45] -- Michael Brogaard on Beer Sessions Radio
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April 30, 2013
Episode 161: Beer Sessions Radio
Cask ales and beer and cheese pairings are todays topics on Beer Session Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by cask expert Alex Hall of Wandering Star and Anne Likes Beer. Kevin Heald of Malt and Mold brings by some bold beers and cheeses for the cast to taste. Tune into this episode to hear Alex explain the best way to serve and preserve cask ales. Steve Wildy, beverage director for Vetri Family Restaurants, calls in to talk about Philly Beer Week and his Italian beer bar, Alla Spina. What beer and cheese pairing was revolutionary for Steves palate? Later, Anne talks about the importance of connecting the flavors of a beer to its hometown and history. Learn about Alexs upcoming Glastonwick cask ale festival! Find out what breweries Alex will be featuring, and how cask IPAs fared in last years installment. Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com, and thanks to Pamela Royal for todays music. You have to drink cask ale at cellar temperature for the best effect. So fill up your growler, and drink it the same night. [7:00] -- Alex Hall on Beer Sessions Radio The intense on intense food pairing has a lot of risks. But iff it works out, it can be great. [26:15] -- Steve Wildy on Beer Sessions Radio
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April 23, 2013
Episode 160: Local Grains & Water
Jimmy Carbone is keeping it local on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio. June Russell of GrowNYC is in the studio talking about Greenmarkets Regional Grains program, and how she promotes the products from local farmers for brewing. Jennifer Grossman of the Natural Resources Defense Council is talking about New York States water supply, and how protecting and securing clean water ensures quality beer in the future. Kelly Taylor, brewer at Kelso, joins the crew to talk about brewing with local malt! What kinds of grains does Kelly use from locals like Valley Malt? How do regional malting facilities create jobs and promote sustainability? What types of grains are suitable for the Northeast climate? Later, Kate Stamps from Ommegang calls in to talk about the Hop Chef competition, which involves celebrity chefs cooking with Ommegang beers. Also, hear from Michael Kinstlick of Coppersea Distilling about his upcoming line of spirits that uses local grain! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com, and thanks to Pamela Royal for todays music. The number one ingredient in beer is water. New York State is blessed with the largest source of unfiltered, natural water in the world. [9:20] -- Jennifer Grossman on Beer Sessions Radio
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April 16, 2013
Episode 159: Shiner Beer & Hot Sauce
Were celebrating Texas on this weeks Beer Sessions Radio with Shiner Beer and hot sauce! Jimmy Carbone invites Eric Webber from Shiner Beer into the studio to talk about Shiners expansion to the New York City market. Learn about Shiners storied history in Texas, and how Austin embraced the beer and promoted its small-town ethic. Learn about some of Shiners flagship beers, as well as some of their newer craft offerings. Lina Kulchinsky from Sigmunds Pretzels joins Jimmy and Eric to share her new sourdough recipe! Jimmy breaks out the hot sauce for the second segment; learn about the upcoming New York City Hot Sauce Expo, and what sauces will be featured at the event. Marc Stroobrandt of The Belgian Beer Café calls in to offer some beer and food pairing suggestions. What is the job of a beer sommelier? Later, Jared Stutts calls in to talk about the funding for his documentary about the history of San Francisco beer, Brewers by the Bay. You dont want to miss out on this weeks installment of Beer Sessions Radio! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com, and thanks to Pamela Royal for todays music! You can hear a little bit of German spoken in each of our beers. [10:45] -- Eric Webber on Beer Sessions Radio The proper glassware has an affect on the aroma and taste of the beer. [24:00] -- Marc Stroobrandt on Beer Sessions Radio
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April 9, 2013
Episode 158: Cider & Perry with Tom Oliver
The topic of the day: English cider and perry! This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Tom Oliver of Olivers Perry and Cider House. Learn about Toms family history in the cider, perry, and winemaking business, as well as some common misconceptions about cider and perry in the United States. BR Royla and Joel Shelton of Shelton Brothers Importing are in the studio to explain why they import Toms product, and how they hope that cider gains a wider audience in this country. Tony Forder of Ale Street News plays the flute and talks about his upcoming European beer tour, while Clint Carter of Mens Health Magazine talks about the nutritional benefits of a good brew. Listen in to learn more about some awesome, rare Belgian beers, as well as signature characteristics of wild yeast! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com, and thanks to Pamela Royal for todays musical selections. At this time, I see cider with the brightest future its ever had because its not just the die-hard cider drinkers who are enthusiastic, but the younger drinkers are showing interest. [3:30] Wild yeast are so interesting, and I admire every beer-maker who dabbles in that world. [27:30] -- Tom Oliver on Beer Sessions Radio
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April 2, 2013
Episode 157: Craft Brewer’s Conference & Atlanta Beer
Beer Sessions Radio recaps the Craft Brewers Conference and talks Atlanta brews on this weeks episode! Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger, and beer journalist of Crusin for a Brewsin, Ale Sharpton, from Atlanta, Georgia. Tune in to hear Jimmy, Dave, and Ale chat about some of their favorite beers and bars in Washington, D.C. at the Craft Brewers Conference. Learn about the Atlanta beer scene, and why Atlanta residents can expect more growler stations soon. Later, Jimmy calls up Chuck Silva: brewer at Green Flash Brewing Company. Jimmy, Dave, and Ale taste and comment on Green Flashs Friendship Brew. Hear Chuck talk about Green Flashs upcoming expansion to Virginia Beach! To wrap up the show, Ale shares some of his favorite beers from Atlanta. Eric Johnson of Wild Heaven Craft Beers calls in to talk about his Southern brewing processes and the Georgia craft beer scene! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com, and thanks to Pamela Royal for todays music! I love being the ambassador for Atlanta, but when Im out of town, its good to feel the love of different cities. [34:10] -- Ale Sharpton on Beer Sessions Radio Theres something of an art to brewing a sweet beer that has a balanced flavor. [40:05] -- Eric Johnson on Beer Sessions Radio
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March 26, 2013
Episode 156: Heavy Seas & Jeff O’Neill
Heavy Seas Beer and Peekskill Brewery are the stars of todays Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is live at Jimmys No. 43 with Hugh Sisson and Ken Zuckerman of Heavy Seas Beer in Baltimore, Maryland. Tune in to hear how Hugh got involved in the bar business after theater school. Hugh talks about beer and food pairings, and why Heavy Seas focuses on beers that go well with food. Hugh also talks about his love for cask conditioning, and how he learned to drink cask ales in London. Learn about Hughs caskerator, and how it keeps cask beer drinkable for up to ten days! Later, Jimmy talks with Jeff ONeill of Peekskill Brewery at New York City Beer Weeks Brewers Choice. Tune in to hear Jimmy, Jeff, and Tim Stendahl (Union Beer) talk about some of the best beer events at New York City Beer Week! Learn why Jeff started brewing sour beers, and how Peekskill uses a coolship to make extremely clean beers! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Too many IPAs are focused on the bitterness. If an IPA doesnt want to you have another beer, than its not a good proposition. [3:20] Cask beer is the finest possible expression of draft beer. [10:25] -- Hugh Sisson on Beer Sessions Radio
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March 19, 2013
Episode 155: Mead and Mississippi Homebrew
Learn how to make mead on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by 2nd place Beer Drinker of the Year, Jen Schwertman! Also in the studio are Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin Brewing, and Roger Repohl, beekeeper and mead homebrewer. Is mead wine? Or is it beer? Listen in to hear how Roger got involved in beekeeping, and how legal beekeeping has changed New York City. Michael Fairbrother of Moonlight Meadery calls in and talks about sweetness and dryness in mead, and why he has to source honey from all over the country to make mead in New Hampshire. How does season affect the flavor of honey? Hear about Michaels experience judging Homebrew Alley VII, Jeppe shares some strong Evil Twin brews, talks about the popularity of mead in Denmark, and talks about complex draft systems. Learn about the legality of homebrewing in Mississippi! This episode has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. I do small-batch harvesting of honey. During the honey season, Ill harvest it as its ready. Its sort of like boutique honey. [41:00] -- Roger Repohl on Beer Sessions Radio
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March 12, 2013
Episode 154: The Queens Craft Beer Show
Its the Queens Craft Beer Show on Beer Sessions Radio! Tune in as Jimmy is joined by an awesome crew of Queens beer people including Gloria Dawson of Time Out New York, Rich Castagna of Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim of Queens Kickshaw, Juan Cruz of Sunswick 35/35 and Gus Anton of Inwood Local. Tune in and get an inside look at the beer scene in Queens and some of the interesting bars and breweries in the area. Find out about some awesome publications to check out for Queens beer spots and listen as the crew tastes some great beers and kombucha made in Queens! This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com I never bought more than two kegs of anything except Richs beer (Bridge and Tunnel Brewery)! [11:00] Astoria is awesome - theres so many great things happening these days [22:00] --Ben Sandler of Queens Kickshaw on Beer Sessions Radio
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March 5, 2013
Episode 153: Beer in India
NYC Beer week is over and were here for a whole new show with guests James Tai, Ben Granger from Beirkraft, Avanish Vellanki of Independence Brewing Company and a pre-recorded interview with Norman Sinclair of Orkney Brewery. Tune in for everything from pork and beer pairings to anecdotes about beer in India. Discover how Independence Brewing Company is working hard to change the way beer is enjoyed in India and acting as a true advocate for craft beer worldwide. Later in the show, learn about the work Norman Sinclair is doing with Orkney Brewery in Scotland. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com The drinking culture [in India] is not one where people casually sit down to savor a beer. If youre drinking a beer, youre gonna pound it down. The strong beer category has taken off in India for that reason. Were trying to [...] show people that craft beer and the varieties that go along with it are so tremendous, complex and varied that they deserve to be savored like any gourmet food. [22:00] --Avanish Vallenki of Independence Brewing Company on Beer Sessions Radio
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February 26, 2013
Episode 152: New York City Beer Week 2013
New York City Beer Week is finally here! This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by several guests to talk about the brew celebration. Ed Berestecki from Mugs Ale House is talking about some of the upcoming events at his bar, including Split Thy Skull- a celebration of strong beers. Dave Brodrick from Blind Tiger is featuring New York beers on tap and in bottles all week long! Founding Director of New York City Beer Week, Josh Schaffner, is talking about his inspiration for the festivity, and the future of beer in New York. James Tai talks about his new brewery in India, and the gang tastes some awesome beers from Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Other brewers are looking at the States, and they want to be where we are. Thats the goal. [8:00] What most interesting to me is seeing the breweries in the States that are taking from the breweries overseas that originally were learning from over here. [28:15] -- Josh Schaffner on Beer Sessions Radio
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February 19, 2013
Episode 151: Gearin’ Up for New York City Beer Week
Were anticipating New York City Beer Week on Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Jonathan White of Bobolink Farm and Dairy to talk cheesemaking, and cows affinity for beer. Shane Welch and Jeff Gorlechen of Sixpoint Craft Ales stop by to talk about some of their new beers, fermentation, and the upcoming Beer for Beasts event. Learn about New York hop growers and hop history with John Condzella of Condzella Farms. Why did John decide to grow hops in New York state? Carolin Pincus of Stags Head bar in Midtown talks about some of the bars upcoming events for New York City Beer Week. Later, Augie Carton and Jesse Ferguson from Carton Brewing stop by with some beers and talk about the growing beer scene in New York and New Jersey. You dont want to miss this one; tune your Internet browser to Beer Sessions Radio! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. The new frontier of fermentation. Aspergillus is a type of mold that you use to make miso- its pretty much koji. [12:30] -- Shane Welch on Beer Sessions Radio
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February 12, 2013
Episode 150: Kings County Brewer’s Collective & Pints 4 Prostates
New York City has a strong homebrewing scene! This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is chatting with John Kleinchester of Beertography, as well as Jason Sahler and Kyler Serfass of the new Kings County Brewers Collective. Tune in to hear the crew talk about Homebrew Alley VII, and find out who took awards home from the homebrewing competition. Why did Jason and Kyler decide to go the professional brewing route, and how much more room is there in New York City for new breweries? Later, Rick Lyke, founder of Pints 4 Prostates calls in to talk about connecting about prostate cancer over beer. Later, Jimmy revisits the devastation of Hurricane Sandy on the beer community with surprise caller Gene Muller of Flying Fish. Learn why Gene keeps Flying Fishs beers local, and hear about their benefit beer, Forever Unloved Sandy. Thanks to Beer Session Radios sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Theres tons of people in New York City, and more and more of them are wanting to drink craft beer. [6:15] -- Kyler Serfass on Beer Sessions Radio Beers heavy, and it costs a lot of money to ship it. It puts out a lot of CO2... we want to keep it as local as we can. [42:30] -- Gene Muller on Beer Sessions Radio
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February 5, 2013
Episode 149: Beer Food & Rodger Davis
What goes together better than good food and good beer? This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by some of the gang over at Blind Tiger: Jen Schwertman and Tommy Harder. Tommy is the chef at the iconic NYC craft beer bar, and hes in the studio talking about beer and food pairings. Find out where to use beer in your home cooking in place of wine! Tommy also offers some culinary suggestions about beer styles and their flavor profiles. How do they heighten the taste of food? Rodger Davis calls in to chat about opening his brewery for Faction Brewing in California. Hear how Rodger connected with Captain Lawrences Scott Vacaro, and learn about the legal difficulties that come with opening a new brewery. Tune in to hear the gang talk about the beer scene out in California; why are so many restaurants in California turning into multi-tap bars? Find out on this episode of Beer Sessions Radio! This program has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Ommegang is kind of crazy because they will add other flavors during the brewing process- coriander seeds, spices, etc. [46:00] -- Tommy Harder on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 29, 2013
Episode 148: Five Boroughs of Beer
Weve got local New York City beer bars and breweries this week on Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Ryan Barker of Adobe Blues, who talks about the beers on tap at his bar in Staten Island, and the recent beer dinner for The Coast to Coast Toast! Heather and Jeffrey Rush from The Pine Box Rock Shop are in the house to talk about the beer crowd in Bushwick, and why they decided to open in the neighborhood. Brian Dwyer and Rich Buceta from Singlecut Beersmiths are also joining the crew! Hear Brian talk about his days repping Sierra Nevada, and listen to Rich talk about his brew history. How does a homebrewer go about opening a brewery in Queens? Sean McCain is representing the Boogie Down Bronx and the Bronx Brewery by sharing the Bronx Black Pale Ale! Weve got all five boroughs on this weeks Beer Sessions Radio; tune in! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. We think that lagers are one of the last frontiers of craft beer... Lagers have been neglected by craft beer because of the association with macro beers. [5:05] -- Rich Buceta on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 22, 2013
Episode 147: Spain & Maine
From Spain to Maine, from cider to beer, Jimmy Carbones covering it all on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Joined by Jen Schwertman of Blind Tiger, Jimmys chatting it up with John and Anthony Belliveau-Flores of Rowan Imports. Learn about Northern Spains cider culture, and why sour and lambic lovers will appreciate cider from Northern Spain. Jason Perkins calls in from Allagash to talk about some upcoming brews, and Joe and Dennis Fisher share some tips from the second edition of their book, Brewing Made Easy. Later, Jessica Garcia Agullo and John Collins from Iberian Beer United share some special Spanish beers, and Spains fascination with blonde beers. Learn about Spanish beer and cider blends! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. You dont have anywhere to hid in a pilsner-style beer. Its a much trickier proposition to brew a pilsner/lager than a big stout. [21:40] -- Dennis Fisher on Beer Sessions Radio Spain is the place to watch because they dont have any brewing tradition to reference. [33:50] -- Jessica Garcia Agullo on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 15, 2013
Episode 146: From Lebanon to Belgium to Long Island
Curious about the craft beer scene in Middle East? This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Mazen Hajjar, the brewer behind Lebanons 961 Beer. Hear what the typical Lebanese beer enthusiast drinks, and learn why Mazen decided to grow 961 Beer and distribute internationally. Jimmy is also talking with a wide variety of Long Island Brewers. Mike Philporick of Port Jeff, Greg Martin of Long Ireland, and Curt Potter of Blue Point Brewing Company are in the house talking about a Long Island collaboration beer, Surge Protector IPA. Surge Protector is a benefit beer for victims of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island, and for Barrier Brewing based in New York. Wendy Littlefield from Vanberg and DeWulf calls in to talk about New Yorks Coast to Coast Toast! Craig Flymark also calls in to talk about Barriers brews post-Hurricane Sandy. The studios packed on this weeks Beer Sessions Radio; tune in! This program has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Sometimes we get to the point where we try to push the IBUs and do all this crazy stuff, but we forget the basics. If we dont make drinkable beers, were failing the consumer. [35:00] The more beers out there, good beers- the more converts we will get. [42:00] -- Mazen Hajjar on Beer Sessions Radio
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January 8, 2013
Episode 145: Evil Twin & Gruits
Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by a bunch of great beer guests for 2013s first installment of Beer Sessions Radio! Ryan Barker of Adobe Blues is in the house talking about the beers at Adobe Blues. Ben Granger from Bierkraft and Josh Bernstein of Craft Beer New York are cracking some beers in the studio and chatting it up! Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso, Brewer of Evil Twin, talks about gypsy brewing, the American craft beer market, and aging beer. Alex McDonald of Eagle Earth Brewing and A and G Homebrewing Supplies calls in to talk about gruits and bittering herbs, and some of the beers that hes been making up in New Hampshire. What are some of the weirdest ingredients that have been put into beers? Tune in to hear what hops sell the best at Alexs homebrew shop, A and G Homebrewing Supplies. Josh Bernstein talks about his new beer app through Craft Beer New York! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Gypsy brewing give you the freedom to do one-off batches, and if it doesnt turn out well or doesnt sell, we dont have to do it again. [4:00] -- Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso on Beer Sessions Radio We do a spin on historical brews, and find different herbs that we can brew with. [19:30] -- Alex McDonald on Beer Sessions Radio
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December 18, 2012
Episode 144: Lagunitas Brewing Company
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone sits down with Tony Magee, the founder of Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Mark Slujkic, the New York Marketing Manager for Lagunitas. Tony talks about how he founded Lagunitas at a low point in his life- with his marriage on the rocks and his job down the tubes. Hear how Tonys musical background influences the way he runs his brand. Tony, Mark, and Jimmy also discuss Lagunitas labels, and why they had to alter some of their famous seasonal beers. Tune in for discussions about canning, and why craft beer should be viewed as a local product more often. This episode has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. When you get a thing going, if its authentic, people see that reflection in it and gravitate towards it. You become a little black hole for people who have interesting points of view... youre not looking for hired guns. [12:50] A brand is a twenty-year-long symphony. There are themes, there are restatements of the themes, there are developments, there are introductions of new themes. You might bring back the old theme in a new key, a different meter... thats a brand, and we just tell the story long and slow over time. [14:10] -- Tony Magee on Beer Sessions Radio
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December 11, 2012
Episode 143: Beer Scenes: Home & Abroad
Welcome to another beer-soaked installment of Beer Sessions Radio! This week, Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Leonardo DiVicecenzo and Luciana Squadrill from Italian craft brewery Birra Del Borgo. Tune in to hear Jimmy and the studio crew taste one of Birra Del Borgos brews, the Re Ale. Chris Shonberger and Ross Scarano from Complex.com and First We Feast chime in about their favorite beers from all of the fifty states. Later, Jimmy calls up Patrick Rue and Tyler King from The Bruery to talk about their roots in Orange County, California, and to hear them weigh in on the Italian beer scene. Hear more from Tony Forder of Ale Street News and Chris Saxman of Private Tap. Its a packed house this week on Beer Sessions Radio, so make sure to listen in! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. The goal with the United States of Beer was to see what the beer heritage of each individual state was all about. [7:20] -- Chris Shonberger on Beer Sessions Radio Terracotta is usually used for wine. Its an ancient vessel, but it gives a great character for beer. [22:00] -- Leonardo DiVecenzo on Beer Sessions Radio
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December 4, 2012
Episode 142: Contract Brewing
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone, Jen Schwertman, and Chris OLeary are talking about contract brewing with a studio full of guests! Jeremy Cowan joins from Shmaltz to talk about his thirteen years of contract brewing experience, as well as some upcoming Hurricane Sandy relief events. Greg Doroski joins from Greenport Harbor to share his opinion on contract brewing as a brewer. What is the difference between contract and gypsy brewing? Dann Paquette calls in to talk about his experiences with gypsy brewing, and how it was the only viable option for him to brew beer. John Liegey also calls up Jimmy and the crew to talk about Greenport Harbors expansion, and what it means in terms of expanding their beer portfolio. Jimmy wraps up the show by surveying everyones favorite weekend beers! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
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November 27, 2012
Episode 141: The World Atlas of Beer & Chimay
This weeks Beer Sessions Radio is live from Jimmy Carbones bar, Jimmys No. 43! Guests on todays show include the authors of The World Atlas of Beer, Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont, and Chimay ambassador, Luc Bobo Van Mechelen. Tune in to hear about Bobos storied history in the beer world, and why Chimay has been so successful in the United States. Tim and Stephen discuss their reverence for famed beer writer, Michael Jackson, and how their book was influenced by his writings. Bobo and Tim talk about lambics, and what beers can be officially labeled with the title. Hear the gangs opinions on Italian beers, and listen in to hear about some European countries with burgeoning beer scenes! Learn more about beer in South America, Asia, and Africa! This episode has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. By the time we came out of it [writing the book] over a year later, the both of us were reeling that we really hadnt had any idea of exactly how big the beer thing was globally, and is only getting bigger. [12:00] -- Stephen Beaumont on Beer Sessions Radio As there are brewers all around the world that are trying to make spontaneously fermented, wild-fermented beers- should lambic become the genuine... from Belgium? And the other revitalized types of beers using wild yeast should just be called something else? [20:30] -- Tim Webb on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 20, 2012
Episode 140: Brew Like a Pro
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, and Ken Landin of Crossroads Brewing Company. Tune into this episode to hear Jimmy, Garrett, and Ken talk about beer nomenclature. How do beer names communicate styles, and why is it important for American breweries to be creative and transparent when naming their beers? Later, author and brewer Dave Miller calls in to talk about his new book, Brew Like a Pro. Hear how Daves professional brewing career did not prepare him for the trials of homebrewing; how does Daves book help out the average homebrewer? Learn the differences between homebrewing and professional brewing! Why are beer recipes so difficult to scale up? Listen in to this episode to hear more about brew pubs, beer equipment, and self-distribution. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. If you call everything thats hoppy an IPA, then IPA doesnt mean anything anymore. [7:20] -- Garrett Oliver on Beer Sessions Radio You can call something made from malt extract beer, but you wont get the same flavor. [21:30] -- Dave Miller on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 14, 2012
Episode 139: Spanish Beer & Wendy Littlefield
On this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is talking about Vanberg and Dewulfs Coast to Coast Toast 2012 and Spanish beer! Jimmys joined in the studio by beer enthusiast Julie Barnard and Jen Schwertman of Blind Tiger! Wendy Littlefield, co-owner of Vanberg and Dewulf, calls in to talk about the postponing of the Coast to Coast Toast in New York City due to Superstorm Sandy. Wendy gives some tips on how you can help all of the small business that were negatively impacted by the storm. For the next segment, Johnny Brilliant of Iberian Beer United stops by to talk about some of the Spanish beers that hes importing. What does the Barcelona beer scene have to offer? The second half of Iberian Beer United, Jessica Garcia Agullo, drops by for the third segment to offer some wonderful porters from Gisberga Brewing and the Juliet from Lanjub! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. In order to help the individual business owners, patronized their businesses or buy gift certificates for a friend as a holiday gift so theres cash on hand for the businesses as they are rebuilding. [11:00] -- Wendy Littlefield on Beer Sessions Radio
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November 6, 2012
Episode 138: Craft Beer Politics
Its election night, and Jimmy Carbones talking beer and politics on this evenings Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmys joined in the studio by Chris OLeary, the editor of the blog Brew York, New York to talk about craft beer politics and Hurricane Sandy. Jimmy and Chris call up Win Basset of the North Carolina Brewers Guild to talk about the boom of breweries opening in North Carolina, and the states role in the Presidential Election. Later, Jimmy and Chris talk about various Sandy relief efforts in New York to help communities such as Red Hook, the Rockaways, Staten Island, and Long Island. How are New York state breweries dealing with the aftermath of the storm? Tune in to hear how local politics have bolstered the craft brewing movement! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. One of the things I said when the power came back on in the East Village was, Go to your bars. Go to your restaurants. Tip your bartenders, and tip them well... [26:50] -- Chris OLeary on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 23, 2012
Episode 137: Blue Point Brewing Company & 12 Percent Imports
Jimmy Carbone is joined by some familiar faces this week on Beer Sessions Radio! Jen Schwertman of The Blind Tiger is back in the studio after her trip to Denver, Colorado for the Great American Beer Festival. Jen reports back from the festival, and tastes the Danny Williams memorial porter that was distributed at the event. Brian Ewing from 12 Percent Imports joins the crew to talk about bringing small, European brews to the New World. Mark Burford and Curt Potter from Blue Point Brewing Company are also in the house to share their Toxic Sludge Black IPA and their White IPA. Hear about the burgeoning IPA variations, and listen in to hear some of Marks signature wild adolescent stories. Tune into this episode to learn more about canned beer: mobile canning, the benefits of canning, and the future of canning for craft breweries. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. There are so many young, talented brewers that have a global perspective. Theyve got access to all the great things that are going on in America, theyve got access to all the stuff thats going on Europe, and theyre pushing boundaries just like breweries in the United States are. [9:05] -- Brian Ewing on Beer Sessions Radio Every beer that you try as a brewery, you learn something about what the brewers were trying to do. Theres something there that you can really put in your brain that becomes the whole matrix of your recipes and where your new beers come from. [20:00] -- Mark Burford on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 16, 2012
Episode 136: Cider Week NY
On todays episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is celebrating New Yorks Cider Week! Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger and Worthy Burger joins Jimmy to share some of his cider-making experiences. Joy Doumis and Jeremy Hammond of Proper Cider are in the studio talking about making cider at home with apples from the GrowNYC Greenmarket. Sara Grady is in the house from Glynwood, and shes talking about The Apple Project, the Cider Week initiative, and the differences between French and American ciders. Later, Jimmy calls up Steve Wood from Farnum Hill to talk about some of his ciders (including the Extra Dry and the Kingston Black), carbonation, grafting, and the numerous varieties in his orchard. Also on the phone is Dan Wilson of Hicks Orchard. Tune in to hear him talk about the importance are experimenting with different apple varieties in cider-making. This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. There are elements that I really enjoy in champagne that are intrusive in cider. [15:00] Grafting is a process of vegetative propagation... Everything from the point of the graft is genetically identifiable to the parent tree. [27:40] -- Steve Wood on Beer Sessions Radio You can blend different varieties to learn what their strengths and weaknesses are. [44:15] -- Dan Wilson on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 9, 2012
Episode 135: Spider Bite Brewing Co., Idle Hands, & The Happy Hour Guys
Its a crisp fall evening in Brooklyn, and Jimmy Carbones packed the house for another installment of Beer Sessions Radio. Tonight, Jimmys joined by Justin Robertson, Brian Strumke, and a wealth of other awesome beer guests! In the studio is Rev. David Ciancio, owner of beer and bourbon bar, Idle Hands. Also, Larry Goldstein and Paul Kretzer from Spider Bite Brewing Co. bring by two awesome brews- the Boris Russian Imperial Stout and the Eight-Legged RyePA. Jimmy Ludwig from The Happy Hour Guys is in the house talking about a potential network television debut for his show. Hear the cast talk about the San Diego beer scene, their favorite beer cities, and the holiday beer phenomenon. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Owning a beer bar is a little egotistical. Youre tasting what I like, and Ill admit it. [25:20] -- Rev. David Ciancio on Beer Sessions Radio There are so many traditional styles of beer that fit the winter and fall, but hardly anybody is making a good porter, which is what I want to drink now. [33:00] -- Jimmy Carbone on Beer Sessions Radio
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October 2, 2012
Episode 134: From Maine to Washington
Welcome to another jam-packed episode of Beer Sessions Radio with Jimmy Carbone! New York City Lagunitas representative Jimmy Lyons joins the studio for the first time. Ed Berestecki is back, and hes chatting with your host, Jimmy Carbone, about the original eight taps at Mugs Ale House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tessa and Enrica Malfucci make the trip down from Maine to represent their family beer brand, The Atlantic Brewing Company. Learn about the history of the company in Bar Harbor, and Brandon Moore from American Beer cracks open some Atlantic Brewing beers with Jimmy and guests. Jim Jamison calls in from Washington to talk about his brewery, Foggy Noggin. Hear Jim talk about the small-scale production of English-style ales, and the beer scene in the Pacific Northwest. Everyones tasting beers from across the country! You dont want to miss this episode of beer sessions radio! This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. You cant promise a brewery a line, you just cant. There are so many breweries - nanos, micros, macros! [6:39] -- Ed Berestecki on Beer Sessions Radio Pre-IPA days, the burton ale was the go-to beer for people. [20:40] -- Jim Jamison on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 25, 2012
Episode 133: Bruce Williams, Worthy Burger, & Mike Edison
On this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined by a few familiar faces. Jen Schwertman and Dave Brodrick from Blind Tiger are in the house, along with Scottish beer guru Bruce Williams of William Bros. Beer Co. Tune in to hear Dave talk about Worthy Burger- his new burger and beer joint in Vermont. Stop in to get some craft beer, and the best grass-fed burger that $5.50 can buy. Tune in to hear Bruce discuss some of the traditional herbs that Williams Bros. uses in some of their brews, and why cask ales are generally served improperly in the United States. Later, Mike Edison of The Mike and Judy Show stops by to talk about his new book, Bye Bye, Miss American Pie, and his love for shower beers. This episode has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Its a nice to have a light beer, but its always been a challenge for a brewer to have a low alcohol beer that has a lot of flavor. Some of your heartier beers- like 10% beers- will actually hold up in a cask. -- Bruce Williams on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 18, 2012
Episode 132: What Does it Take to Run a Bar?
This week on Beer Sessions Radio the house is packed with bar owners and brewers and host Jimmy Carbone moderates a conversation on collaborative brewing, bar management and the increased access to good beers across New York City. Tune in and hear from Carolyn Pincus of The Stags Head, Ben, Mike and Seth Wiley of The Owl Farm, Bar Great Harry and Mission Dolores, Kirk Struble, owner of 4th Ave Pub and Washington Commons and Marcus Burnett and Ethan Long of Rockaway Brewing Company! Find out what it takes to find success through beer and listen in as they taste a great selection of brews live on-air! This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Ive always told people that finding out what new beers are out there is 0% of the job, making sure they show up is the other 90% --Kirk Struble, owner of Fourth Ave Pub and Washington Commons on Beer Sessions Radio We try to always have a few weirdo beers on tap. --Ben Wiley, owner of Bar Great Harry, Mission Delores and Owl Farm on Beer Sessions Radio Sierra Nevada is like the Disneyland of breweries. --Carolyn Pincus of The Stags Head on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 11, 2012
Episode 131: Freaktoberfest 2012
Jimmy Carbone is talking about the Freaktoberfest beer festival with a room full of guests on this weeks Beer Sessions Radio. Pat Fondiller, one of the founders of Freaktoberfest and Field Sales Manager for Smuttynose Brewing Company, is in the house talking about the origins of the New York City beer festival. Pat brings some great Smuttynose brews to share with the gang; hear about some great seasonals from Smuttynose! Albert Antonucci, owner of Greenwood Park, is also in the studio and talking about hosting Freaktoberfest at his bar and beer garden. Hear from Tim Traynor, the Brand Manager for Founders Brewery. Founders is launching its Breakfast Stout on September 21st, so make sure to try it when it becomes available! Tim also talks about beer and food pairings, as well as the Founders beers at Freaktoberfest. Finally, hear from Matt Polacheck, the man behind all of Shmaltz Brewings crazy designs. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. We wanted to make it a party with a beer festival attached to it, rather than a beer festival with some entertainment in the background. Over the years, I think weve really honed in on what weve wanted to do, and its become a blast. -- Matt Polacheck on Beer Sessions Radio
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September 4, 2012
Episode 130: Pils & Pair
This weeks Beer Sessions Radio starts off with a great discussion about canned pilsners. Jimmy Carbone is joined by Chris OLeary of Brew York, New York and Sean McCain of The Bronx Brewery to talk about some of their favorite American pilsners. How do they stack up against their European counterparts? Later, John Richards phones in to talk about his upcoming film, Beer Hunter the Movie. John shot hours of footage of beer legend Michael Jackson, and is currently editing it into a full-length craft beer movie. Tune in to hear more about Michael Jacksons life, and how he saved beer. HRNs own Straight From the Source host Clay Gordon drops by the studio to talk about building a chocolate factory, beer and chocolate pairings, and the importance of taste memory. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. It takes a really talented brewer to make a good pilsner. Theres nothing you can hide in a pilsner. -- Chris OLeary on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 28, 2012
Episode 129: Malt, Hop, & Hunt
Jimmy Carbone is back from Belgium Comes to Cooperstown for another episode of Beer Sessions Radio. This week, Jimmy is joined by former co-host Sam Merritt, now of Civilization of Beer. Also in the studio is homebrewer extraordinaire, Chris Cuzme. Chris also is working with Wandering Star to create some unique beers, such as the Mild At Heart. Jackson Landers, author of Eating Aliens, is in the house to talk about his lifelong homebrewing obsession and his experiences eating solely invasive species. Hear the gang talk about trends in American brewing, tasting different malts and hops, as well as incorporating unique spices into beer. Check out some awesome beer pairings for game such as venison and wild pig! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. I think there are some narrow things going on in the industry... Theres too much IPA, bro. There are going to be too many breweries, too. Its just too big of an influx. -- Sam Merritt on Beer Sessions Radio When you find common wisdom that says something in the wild isnt worth eating, but you cant find anyone who has actually done it, then maybe its time to try and do something with it. I think its that time with hops. -- Jackson Landers on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 21, 2012
Episode 128: Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, Part 2
Welcome to the second installment of Beer Sessions Radio at Brewery Ommegangs Belgium Comes to Cooperstown beer festival! Jimmy Carbone kicks off the episode with some of the folks behind Brewery Ommegang, President Simon Thorpe and Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. Tune in to hear discussions about the anti-fracking movement in Upstate New York, why New York state water is perfect for making beer, and the rapid expansion of Brewery Ommegang. Jimmy checks in with Bill Herlicka of White Birch Brewing to talk about some of White Birchs new beers, consistent brewing, and how a deal large retailer can completely change a companys brewing process. Later, Jimmys talking with Sean Lawson of Lawsons Finest Liquids about meeting demand, and collaborating on beers with brewpubs across the country. Jimmy chows down on some of Scott Vaccaros roasted pig, and talks about Captain Lawrence Brewings new brewery expansion. Finally, Jimmy chats with Tommy Harder of the Blind Tiger Alehouse. Tommy entered the Hop Chef competition at the festival; tune in to hear about Tommys approach to beer and food pairings, as well as the dish he cooked for the contest. This episode has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Underneath the Marcellus shale here there are huge reserves of gas that need to be developed. The basic issue that weve got with it is not that you shouldnt develop it, but right now the technology pollutes the water... You cant make world-class beer with polluted water. -- Simon Thorpe on Beer Sessions Radio
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August 14, 2012
Episode 127: Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, Part 1
Todays episode of Beer Sessions Radio is live from the Belgium Comes to Cooperstown beer festival in Cooperstown, New York. Tune in to get a feel for the atmosphere of the festival, and check it out next year! First up, Jimmy Carbone talks with Michael Saklad, the Eastern Regional Sales Manager for Stone Brewery. Hear about the beers that Stone brought to the festival, and what goes down in the Stone tent in Cooperstown. Next, Jimmys chatting with Chad Rich, the owner of a new brew pub in Waterbury, Vermont called Prohibition Pig. Tune in to learn the rich history of Vermont craft beer, and hear about how Hurricane Irene affected the old Alchemist brew pub. Daniel Lanigan, a Massachusetts beer bar pioneer, talks with Jimmy about his introduction to craft beer. Hear about how Daniel started the iconic beer bar in Amherst, The Moan and Dove. He expanded to Northampton with another bar, The Dirty Truth, and finally settled in Boston with his new bar, Lord Hobo. Tune in to hear more antics from Belgium Comes to Cooperstown on this weeks Beer Sessions Radio! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. The Heady Topper is a very drinkable IPA. For an 8 percent beer, it goes down smooth. Its so easy to drink, just like a lot of the Stone beers. -- Chad Rich on Beer Sessions Radio I knew I was going to lost 100% of the clientele [of the previous bar]. When you have a clientele with a fairly successful small-scale business, its tough to go in and wipe out your entire clientele and start from scratch. -- Daniel Lanigan on starting The Moan and Dove, Beer Sessions Radio
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August 8, 2012
Episode 126: Specialty Beer Tasting Session
Jimmy Carbone returns from the Belgium Comes to Cooperstown Festival for another week of Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmys joined by Mike Lovullo, the Specialty Brands Manager from Union Beer, to talk about some of their favorite beers from Cooperstown. Later, resident hophead Ed Berestecki of Mugs Ale House joins the conversation, along with Dennis Flynn, of Stone Brewery. Tune in to hear the crew taste and comment on beers such as the Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination, the Stone/Dogfish Head Saison Du BUFF, and the Alchemist/Ninkasi More Brown Than Black IPA. Hear about hops from Down Under, aging kegs, and Norwegian brewing. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. With aging beer, I like to experiment. And I have to be honest, I dont think Ive had anything come out bad. -- Ed Berestecki on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 31, 2012
Episode 125: What’s on Tap?
How does a microbrewery get on tap at beer bars across New York City? Were here to find out on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Our host Jimmy Carbone is joined by guests from all across the craft beer spectrum. Sarah and Giancarlo Annese are co-founders of BeerUnion.net, and they recently visited all of the Good Beer Seal bars in New York City. Hear about how Sarah and Giancarlo learned a new appreciation for the city through their experience. Ryan Barker, manager of Adobe Blues in Staten Island, is also in the studio talking about the beer on tap at his bar and some of his local favorites. Ed Bevostecki is the owner of Mugs Ale House, and hes in the house to share his thoughts on contract brewing and beer distribution. Finally, weve got Ethan Long and Marcus Burnett of Rockaway Brewing Company sharing two of their very new beers with Jimmy and company. Tune in to hear about how an upstart like Rockaway Brewing can get their beer into bars without a huge distributor. Other topics include the seasonality of beer, and the prices of some of the equipment needed to start a brewery. This program has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. It was a really great way to see the city... just going to the outer boroughs and seeing whats going on there in the craft beer scene. -- Sarah Annese on Beer Sessions Radio As a bar manager, thats a lot of what its about- getting people to keep brewing, support local breweries, getting people to drink the new breweries and know where theyre from. A new local brewery- thats awesome, thats something I can talk about in the bar. -- Ryan Barker on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 24, 2012
Episode 124: Coppersea, Stills, and Mash
What is the overlap between brewing and distilling? Were here to find out on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Our host Jimmy Carbone is joined once again by Jen Schwertman of Blind Tiger, and by a bunch of awesome booze guests. Michael Kinstlick of Coppersea Distillery is in the studio to talk about his recently licensed distillery, as well as the spirit-making process. Hear Michael talk about the progress of the craft spirit movement, and how he believes that home-distilling will one day no longer be associated with illegal moonshine. Matt Barclay and Justin Israelson from Sycamore Bar and Flowershop are also in the house to talk about some of their favorite craft spirits, as well as some of the artisanal liquors in their bar. Gregg Glaser briefly calls in to talk about some of his favorite brewery/distillery combinations, and the gang talks about some of their favorite craft beer from Green Flash, Captain Lawrence, and Firestone Walker! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. So if youre going to make any kind of grain-based distilled product - vodka, gin, whiskey - you have to make a beer first. So you make a fermented grain at about 5% alcohol, and that goes into your stills. -- Michael Kinstlick on Beer Sessions Radio Being a brewery and a distillery- once you start making all of these products, you get to start aging your beers. Theres a lot more you can play around with. -- Justin Israelson on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 18, 2012
Episode 123: Beer in the U.K. and China
On this weeks Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is talking about beer in the U.K. and in China. Beer writer John Holl is in the studio, talking about the culture of low ABV beers in the U.K. Jeff Cioletti, Editor-In-Chief at Beverage World, is also in the studio to talk about the stigma associated with cask ales across the pond. Patrick Donagher of GetRealPresents.com and Alewife NYC discusses his recent cask festival, and how beer lovers of all ages were enjoying cask beer. Later, Jimmy and company talk with Teddy Gowan of Dr. Beer in Shanghai, China. Teddy talks about beer trends in Shanghai and Beijing, and how the beer scene there resembles that of the United States before the craft brew movement. The studio guests talk about their favorite English and Scottish beers, and why so many beer bars in NYC tend feature macrobrews on tap and leave their lines dirty. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
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July 10, 2012
Episode 122: Beer Books and Blogs
On this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is talking beer books and blogs with a handful of awesome guests. Christian DeBenedetti is in the house, talking about his beer travels for The Great American Ale Trail, as well as his new venture, The Weekly Pint. The Weekly Pint is an e-newsletter that goes out to inform beer-drinkers around the country about amazing craft beer and events. Erica Shea and Stephen Valand from the Brooklyn Brew Shop are in the studio promoting their new book called the Beer Making Book. Hear about some of their wild recipes, including the Peach Cobbler Ale, the Lobster Saison, and the Jalapeño Saison Spicy! Seth Wright of Beer Nation joins the crew to talk about beer on TV, macrobeer and Anthony Bourdain, as well as a little bit of history of alcohol on television. To learn more about all of these wonderful guests, tune in to this weeks Beer Sessions Radio! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. We focus on flavors more than production. This beer [jalapeño saison] has fresh jalapeños, agave, candy sugar- things that if you were doing it on a brewery level are going to cost you a whole lot, but if youre doing it on a one gallon scale, a little agave from your kitchen isnt going to increase costs by that much. -- Erica Shea on Beer Sessions Radio I think making craft beer at home influence is taking on more inspiration from food by using real ingredients. -- Stephen Valand on Beer Sessions Radio Beer drinking is about community, and theres a certain soulfulness that isnt present in everything that you can do with your time. -- Christian DeBenedetti on Beer Sessions Radio
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July 3, 2012
Episode 121: New York State Beer and Beer Laws
On this weeks Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone and company are talking about the future of New York State beer, and legislation surrounding beer. Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewerys brewmaster, is in the studio along with Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales. Also, Dave Katleski and Olivia Cerio from Empire Brewing are in the house, along with Jen Schwertman of Blind Tiger. First, Jimmy asks Garrett and Brian about their beer collaborations and where they draw their inspiration. Later, Dave, who is also the President of the New York State Brewers Association, talks about some legislation that will hopefully improve the market for New York beer within the state and beyond. Topics include the excise tax, the Shelton Bros. lawsuit, and brand label registration fees. Finally, tune in to hear about hop and barley production within New York State. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. I started looking at a brewery as a studio because I was using [recording] studios all over the world to make remixes and original productions. Thats just a bunch of gadgets and synthesizers, and the brewery is a bunch of stainless steel and equipment, as well. -- Brian Strumke on Beer Sessions Radio As long as New York State is focused on local, and they certainly are, I think New York State beer is going to continue to thrive. As long as we continue making great award-winning beer, I think the future is bright. -- Dave Katleski on Beer Sessions Radio We have an opportunity to reconnect beer to the land in the mind of the public. Things that have always been true will simply be apparent to everyone: beer is grown, and does not just come out of a factory made by machines. -- Garrett Oliver on Beer Sessions Radio
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June 26, 2012
Episode 120: From The Lower East Side to Germany
Weve got another packed house this week on Beer Sessions Radio. Host Jimmy Carbone is joined by frequent guests Dave Brodrick and Jen Schwertman from Blind Tiger. Also in the studio is David Yarrington, director of brewing operations from Smuttynose. The Shelton Bros. importers are represented by Joel Shelton and BR Royla, and Sebastian Sauer and Peter Essel are here from Germany for Freigeist. Finally, weve got Ted Kenny, owner of Top Hops bottle shop in the Lower East Side. Tune in to hear discussions about the state of German beer. Freigeist has been experimenting with all sorts of styles, from Belgian to American, creating something completely unique. David Yarrington talks about his start in the beer industry, as well as the upcoming move for Smuttynoses brewery. Weve got call-in questions and inquiries from Twitter, so tune in! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Theres a lot of dying out of the breweries in Germany. Germany used to have a lot of breweries, and nowadays they all produce less than they did years ago. But they dont understand why theyre losing so much. They see themselves as the victim. -- Sebastian Sauer on Beer Sessions Radio The brewers in Germany dont seem to get that people want something different, something thats not being offered to them. We were just talking about how the same thing happened here [in the U.S.]. It had boiled down to a few suppliers that were brewing basically the same beer. -- Ted Kenny on Beer Sessions Radio You can be creative and be unique and people will respond. -- David Yarrington on Beer Sessions Radio
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June 20, 2012
Episode 119: New Jersey Craft Beer
Welcome to another week of Beer Sessions Radio with your host, Jimmy Carbone. Today, Jimmys got some New Jersey craft brewers and beer connoisseurs in the house. Michael Kane from Kane Brewing is in the studio with Kanes Single Fin and the Head High IPA. Augie Carton and Jesse Ferguson from Carton bring by their 0077XX and Boat Beer for some beer sessions. Os Cruz from NewJerseryCraftBeer.com is also in the studio, while Mike Kivowitz calls in to the show. Finally, John Kleinchester of Beertography.com is in the studio, and talking about taking photos of beer. Everyone is drinking New Jersey craft beer! Tune in to hear about the burgeoning beer scene in Northern New Jersey, as well as some of the upcoming beer events that are being organized by NewJerseyCraftBeer.com. Hear about how Kane and Carton blend styles to create unique beers that cannot be categorized. All this and more on this weeks Beer Sessions Radio! This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. You dont necessarily have to go to New York to find good beer, we have great brewers and great beer bars here [in New Jersey], and we want to be at the forefront of it all. -- Os Cruz on Beer Sessions Radio Its the right of America, being the great melting pot, to steal inspiration from the entire world, and thats what we do with our beer. If youre holding to the strictures of definition, you cant. -- Augie Carton on Beer Sessions Radio
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48 min
June 12, 2012
Episode 118: Ale Street News and Waterfront Ale House
Welcome to another episode of Beer Sessions Radio, hosted by Jimmy Carbone. Tony Forder and Jack Babbin from Ale Street News are here to celebrate the beer magazines 20th Anniversary. Tune in to hear about the first few issues of Ale Street News, some of the events they have covered over the years, and the role of homebrewing in the success of their publication. Sam Barbieri of Waterfront Ale House is also in the studio talking about some of the beers on tap at Waterfront and the capacity of California craft brewers. The guys from Ale Street News bring over a biodegradable Crafty Carton, an alternative to a growler for bringing craft beer home from the bar. Tune in as everyone tastes some delicious pilsners and IPAs! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. This whole beer movement started because of homebrewers. There were so many cookie-cutter beers that tasted the same, and these guys were making beer that tasted great. -- Sam Barbieri on Beer Sessions Radio Quality has to be the focus, but passion is the main ingredient. -- Jack Babbin on Beer Sessions Radio
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44 min
June 5, 2012
Episode 117: Beer Here, Lucy Saunders, and Lagunitas
On this episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined in the studio by Mark Sljukic of Lagunitas and Brandon Moore of American Beer Distributors. Hear about the Lagunitas expansion and their new brewery in Chicago, as well as some of the craft breweries that work with American Beer. Also in the studio is Lucy Saunders, author of The Best of American Beer and Food. Hear Lucys thoughts on beer education, brewery specialties, and the homogenization of lagers in the 1950s. Nina Nazionale of the New York Historical society is also on the show talking about Beer Here, an exhibition about New York beer history. Tune in to learn about New Yorks rich history of breweries and home brewing. Everyones drinking and eating, discussing beer and food pairings, so tune in and have a beer! This episode has been brought to you by Great Brewers.com. Theres a real need for standardized education, training palettes, and also helping people to promote beer in the most civilized way, which is to enjoy it at the table and have it with a meal and understand that beer is food. Having a basic understanding of all beer styles is a really good starting point, but I dont think any brewer should be locked in. -- Lucy Saunders on Beer Sessions Radio
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50 min
May 29, 2012
Episode 116: An Inside Look at Beer
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone has a tasting of all sorts of people from the beer industry. Andrew McLeod, Assistant Sales Manager at Union Beer is in the studio talking about getting great craft beer from all over the country into New York City bars, restaurants, and grocery stores. Cory Bonfiglio is here to tell us about the craft brew selection on tap and in bottles at his bar called Proletariat on St. Marks Place. Harris Damashek of Underground Eats and Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. is sharing some of his favorite Sonoma beers. Tune in to hear some of our guests favorite beer books and first beers. This program has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
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47 min
May 22, 2012
Episode 115: Pair and Ferment!
On this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone and guests are talking about beer pairings and fermentation. Matt Bean of Mens Health is in the studio with some sour beers that he is pairing with a rhubarb crisp. Tune in to hear what beer fairs the best! Herbalist Claudia Keel and Claire Hartten are also joining us to discuss fermentation not only in beer, but in yogurt, kombucha, and cheese. Hear about some of the health benefits of eating and drinking fermented products. Candice Santaferraro calls in from Frogs Leap Farm and Winery to discuss some of the homemade mead that shes been fermenting. Finally, Jimmy and the rest talk about cult beers, and whether theyre really worth the hunt. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Its also interesting because acidity plays such a role [in sour beer], and of course in wine acidity plays a role. It sets it up for some nice pairings that are reminiscent of what wine can do. -- Jen Schwertman on Beer Sessions Radio Beers were all originally made with wild yeasts that eventually became cultured. -- Claudia Keel on Beer Sessions Radio Weve lost so much of our notion of what fermentation does to our guts and how its really health beneficial. -- Claire Hartten on Beer Sessions Radio
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47 min
May 15, 2012
Episode 114: Taverns and U.S. History
Jimmy Carbones talking about taverns on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Christine Sismondo, author of America Walks into a Bar, is in the studio to offer s perspective on the importance of taverns as gathering places throughout history. Also in the studio are Ken Tirado of Killmeyers Old Bavarian Inn and Barry Smyth of Fraunces Tavern, two of the oldest taverns in New York City. Tune in to hear about some of the beers at Killmeyers and Fraunces Tavern, the importance of owner involvement in bars, the consequences of Prohibition in the United States, and why its important to keep old tavern traditions alive. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. I dont see the American Revolution happening without taverns. One interesting thing about Prohibition is that people are really invested in the story as something that created more problems than it solved. To some degree, its true, but if you look at the beginning of Prohibition, people really did drink less. For the first half of it, it really was successful at curbing peoples over-consumption. -- Christine Sismondo on Beer Sessions Radio Taverns were the first libraries, the first art galleries, and the first cinemas. -- Barry Smyth
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50 min
May 8, 2012
Episode 113: The New York City Brewer’s Guild
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone is joined by a bunch of guests from all sorts of breweries. Weve got Dave Broderick and Jen Schwertman from Blind Tiger, Damien Brown and Chris Gallant from The Bronx Brewery, and Rich Bucheta from SingleCut Beersmiths. Also in the studio is Maia Raposo, secretary and representative from the New York City Brewers Guild. Tune in to hear about the New York City Brewers Guild, and their mission to organize the craft brewing community. Hear about The Bronx Brewerys mission to create a flagship pale ale, and the first brewery opening up in Queens thanks to Singlecut Beersmiths. Jen and Dave talk about their trip to the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego, and some of their favorite beers from the West Coast. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Our mission for the New York City Brewers Guild is to promote the New York City brewing industry which is rapidly growing. Theres a lot more breweries opening up every year, and theres been a real need to get the community into one room. -- Maia Raposo on Beer Sessions Radio That was sort of the approach to launching with a pale ale. Everybody has one, but very few people actually focus on it as a flagship beer. -- Damien Brown on Beer Sessions Radio What the word craft means has gotten a little diffused, and it doesnt make me happy. -- Rich Bucheta on Beer Sessions Radio
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50 min
May 1, 2012
Episode 112: Hops and Bitter Beer
On this weeks Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone is talking about hops and alternative bittering agents in brewing. Ben Grainger of Bierkraft and Peter Kennedy of SimplyBeer.com are in the studio, talking about the hops that they grow at home, and how they incorporate them into their brewing processes. Joe and Dennis Fisher are also on the show discussing their book, The Homebrewers Garden. Tune in to hear about bittering herbs that you can grow right in your yard. Are you interested in brewing botanicals? Then this is the show for you! This show was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. [Gruits and grodziskies] are brewed without hops; theyre brewed with other bittering spices. Classic gruit is horehound, mugwort, heather- there can be sorts of stuff inside of it. -- Ben Grainger on Beer Sessions Radio When hops came over, they were not universally embraced immediately. The was kind of a culture war, and the ones who favored hops ultimately won. -- Joe and Dennis Fisher on Beer Sessions Radio
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49 min
April 24, 2012
Episode 111: Long Island Brewing
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined by several Long Island brewers. Weve got Mark Burford of Blue Point Brewing Co., John Liegey and Greg Soroski and of Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Paul Dlugokencky from Blind Bat Brewery, and beer blogger Niko Krommydas. Hear Marks wild start in brewing- hiding from the ice mob and killing hundreds of Long Island trout. Hear about some famous Long Island beers, from Blue Points Toasted Lager to Greenport Harbors Maibock. Listen to these Long Islanders local beer pride, and the difficulties starting a brewery of any size on Long Island. Tune in to hear about these different brewing companies deal with their brewing waste- spent grain and gray water. This episode has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. So as soon as the shotgun goes off at ten thousand feet, Ive got this ringing and explosion going around my head with the nitrous and everything...and I said to myself, I have to recreate this in a beer. Breweries are green by nature...everything that goes in, goes out. -- Mark Burford on Beer Sessions Radio Were in a space now where were able to make the beers we want, were making them where we want to make them, and Long Island is the place we choose. --John Liegey on Beer Sessions Radio
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59 min
April 17, 2012
Episode 110: Craft Brewer’s Conference, The Queens Kickshaw, and Peekskill Brewery
This week on, Beer Sessions Radio, our host Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Dave Broderick of Blind Tiger. Also joining Beer Sessions is Jeff ONeill of Peekskill Brewery, and Ben Sandler and Jen Lim of The Queens Kickshaw. Tune in to hear Jeff talk about Peekskills expansion, and Ben and Jens thoughts on running a combination beer and coffee bar. Bradley Latham joins the show via the phone to talk about the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference, and what it offers for people that are interested in brewing. This program has been brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. No recipe is set in stone in my world. Theres no perfect beer. I brew by feel...its a lot more like cooking as opposed to science for me. -- Jeff ONeill on Beer Sessions Radio Craft brewers were up 13% by volume in 2011, and were seeing the same growth in 2012. Were seeing a lot of breweries opening, as well. -- Bradley Latham on Beer Sessons Radio
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51 min
April 10, 2012
Episode 109: Yeast
Toadays Beer Sessions Radio is all about yeast. Our host Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewery), Tony Forder (Ale Street News), Jason Rodriguez (Columbia University), B. R. Rolya (The Shelton Brothers), and Charlie Bamforth (UC Davis) joins us over the phone. Tune in to hear about wild yeast, and yeasts importance in adding to flavor and head retention. This episode was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Theres a lot of different ways to find a yeast that works for you, but the best way is pure serendipity. The more bitterness in the beer, the more stable the beer will be. -- Charlie Bamforth on Beer Sessions Radio
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52 min
April 3, 2012
Episode 108: North Carolina Beer!
This week on Beer Sessions, Jimmy Carbone welcomes frequent co-host Jen Scwertman back to the studio who tells listeners about her Belgian trip and the Brasserie Cantillon Brouwerij. Tune in to learn more about the process of making lambics and what makes them so unique. Later on, beer writer Win Bassett calls in to teach listeners all about beer culture in North Carolina. Learn about some of the regional breweries both old and new in the area and hear about B Uniteds incredible tank beer program! Also hear from Tim Stendhal of Union Beer, Will Stephens from BeerMenus.com and Carolyn Pincus from The Stags Head in Midtown NYC. Beer Sessions Radio is brought to you by our friends at GreatBrewers.com
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55 min
March 27, 2012
Episode 107: Weekly Pint, Sycamore, & Brooklyn Homebrew
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone and Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger sit down with a bunch of awesome beer guests. Christian DeBennedetti, author of the book The Great American Ale Trail and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Pint discusses some of his favorite brews and his love of beer traveling. Justin Israelson from Sycamore joins Jimmy to talk about his unique flower shop/beer heaven, Sycamore. Also in the studio are Danielle Cefaro and Benjamin Stutz of Brooklyn Homebrew. Tune in to hear about their homebrewing roots in their apartment, and the upcoming Brooklyn Wort beer festival. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Were covering everything in beer culture...from homebrew culture on up to craft beer and all its iterations. Its an incredibly diverse world- its beer travels and beer dinners. --Christian DeBennedetti on Beer Sessions Radio
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45 min
March 20, 2012
Episode 106: Ohio Beer
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone discusses beer trends, new brews and craft breweries in Ohio with an esteemed panel of beer industry player including writer/author Josh Bernstein, Seth Wright of Beer Nation TV, Jeff Cioletti of Beverage World and Justin Phillips of Beer Table. Tune in to learn about The Pantry, a new beer shop founded by Justin Phillips and how they plan on bringing table wine in beer form to the consumer. Learn more about beer in the Midwest and how local beer will really take over in 2012! This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com 2012 is gonna be the year when things finally really turn local. I dont mean everybody using their own grain and hops because thats not feasible. But you can rely upon locally sourced ingredients and also become the best small brewery in town. --Josh Bernstein on Beer Session Radio Whats the point of traveling for beer if youre having stuff you could just have at home? --Jeff Cioletti of Beverage World on Beer Sessions Radio After a few years of operating Beer Table and only pouring wacky stuff, I got to a point where Im now interested in seeing brewers present classic simple drinks. --Justin Phillips of Beer Table on Beer Sessions Radio
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58 min
March 13, 2012
Episode 105: Beer for Dummies!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone has a great group of NYC beer guys including Jim Barnes from Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, Jay Steinhauer of American Beer Distributing and Chris OLeary from Brew York, New York. The crew is also joined by the authors of Beer for Dummies, Steve Ettlinger and Marty Nachel. Tune in as they chat about everything from extreme beer to historic beer and reflect on some of their favorite brews at the moment. Learn more about beer tastings, kosher beer, home brewing and more on the best beer radio show in the world! This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. When you do a reference book in the dummies format, your job is largely to ask questions and wonder. Im a completly befuddled consumer, so Im a good guy for that job. We also have an obligation to teach the history of beer in this format. It opened up a whole new world for me, I wasnt too familiar with the world on beer when I started this book. --Steve Ettlinger, co-author of Beer for Dummies on Beer Sessions Radio Just because you have a few tables and a concrete patio, that doesnt make you a beer garden. --Chris OLeary of Brew York, New York on Beer Sessions Radio
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49 min
March 6, 2012
Episode 104: Japanese Beer, Aged Beer & Cheese Pairings
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone sits down with Garret Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery and Chris Cuzme of Wandering Star to chat about Japanese beer, cheese pairings and some of Brooklyn Brewerys most recent special offerings. Tune in to learn why beer is much more widely consumed in Japan than sake and why Japanese beer is set to take the states by storm. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. The history of brewing in Japan is fascinating...The first European style breweries there catered largely to Europeans and Americans that were working in Japan. It took a long time for beer to take off in Japan. Most people dont know this, but now in Japan the main drink by far is beer, not sake. So far, Americans dont know the Japanese beer scene very well. We know a few breweries, but not many of the Japanese beers end up coming here. It will probably be the next cool wave. --Garret Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery on Beer Sessions Radio
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55 min
February 29, 2012
Episode 103: Chocolate & Beer
This week on The Beer Sessions, host Jimmy Carbone sits down with brewmaster Garrett Oliver of the Brooklyn Brewery and Clay Gordon of The Chocolate Life. Tune in to learn how to pair different beers and chocolates, some chocolate history, and how Garrett Oliver flavors his chocolate Brooklyn brews. Also, home-brewer Mark Zap sits in and shares some of his unique beers. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. You can create chocolate-ly characters that are not from chocolate... but weve done a number of beers that are aged on cacao nibs. --Garret Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery on Beer Sessions Radio [Chocolate] plays extremely well [with beer]. Its important to think about the texture...youre looking to compliment in flavor and compliment in texture...the warmth and creaminess of the beer should go with the warmth and creaminess of the chocolate The challenge for me has been to find recipes that break away from port and chocolate...now there are chocolates that have chili powder that compliment an IPA quite well. --Clay Gordon of The Chocolate Life on Beer Sessions Radio
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50 min
February 21, 2012
Episode 102: How Beer Can Save The World
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) investigates that one ingredient that, though oft overlooked, without which beer could not exist: water. Joined by regulars Jen Schwertman and Dave Brodrick of The Blind Tiger and along with water researcher Kai Olson-Sawyer and sustainability expert Caleb Stratton this episode investigates the water footprint it takes to run a brewery, what theyre doing to become sustainable, and how and why water is so important in creating the flavor profile of a good beer. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Beer is probably one of those things that people dont think about in terms of water but it is the body of beer. --Dave Brodrick on Beer Sessions Radio(TM) Vermont a water rich state...but even in water rich places you need to be concerned with the amount of water you draw. It can never be out of your mind. If youre doing things right, regardless of your business, it needs to be something you consider. --Caleb Stratton on Beer Sessions Radio(TM) People dont realize that brewers dont make a lot of money. This is a passionate industry. You dont go into this business with [profit] in mind. These guys just want to make their beer, do it the way they want, make their customers happy and make enough of a living to keep their family going and be successful on a small scale. --Jen Schwertman on Beer Sessions Radio(TM)
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56 min
February 14, 2012
Episode 101: NYC Beer
Celebrate Valentines Day on Beer Sessions Radio with Jimmy Carbone and Jen Schwertman with guests Chris Schonberger of Time Out New York, Josh Schaffner of NY Craft Beer Week and Adam Levy of the International Beer Competition. Tune in as they talk about some new and exciting craft beers and beer bars and discuss some of the recent trends in the world of brews. Want to plan a trip to check out some under the radar beer bars? This is the show for you. Also hear about the NYC American Craft Beer Festival and what it means to be a judge. This program was sponsored by Great Brewers. One of the great things about covering all these bars is seeing places pop up in neighborhoods that have had nothing before. --Chris Schonberger of Time Out New York My philosophy is basically that all of our judges are trade buyers, because a trade buyer truly has a chance to interact on a day to day basis with the consumer. They know what the consumer wants. Im a beer freak. Ill say this openly, my dogs name is Garrett Oliver. --Adam Levy of the International Beer Competition
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60 min
February 7, 2012
Episode 100: THE 100th EPISODE
Beer Sessions has done it! 100 Episodes! On this milestone episode of Beer Sessions Radio (TM) host Jimmy Carbone welcomes a huge gang to the Robertas studio. From the trio of Joe, Eric, and Vaughan of the new Montauk Brewing Co. to Patrick Donagher of GetRealNY, to Lina Kulchinsky of the delicious Sigmunds Pretzels, and show regular Chris Cuzme, this episode is literally packed with good beer and good food. Tune in for talks and tastes from around New York, the city where the show started started, test your beer IQ with some GreatBrewers trivia, and learn about the basics for pairing your beers (pretzels are an excellent choice!). This 100th episode is sponsored proudly by GreatBrewers.com. Weve started a culture of hop-heads but we kinda wanted to move away from that. --Eric Moss of Montauk Brewing Co. on Beer Sessions Radio.
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50 min
January 31, 2012
Episode 99: 49th State Brewing
This week Beer Sessions Radio (TM) takes a trip to the North Pole, or at least Alaska, with Jason Bullen of 49th State Brewing who describes what its like running a super small brewery way up north. Next, Tony Forder of Ale Street News and Andrea Stanley of Valley Malt join the conversation to talk about malt varieties, the importance of water in beer, and beer trends. Is Belgian beer over the hill? How big of a production system should beer startups use? How in the heck do you ship beer supplies to Alaska? All this and more are answered on this episode of Beer Sessions Radio. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. If youre making good beer its gonna sell . . you really need to start at big as possible. --Jason Bullen on Beer Sessions Radio(TM)
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48 min
January 24, 2012
Episode 98: Heartland Brewery, Snipes Mountain Brewery & 508 GastroBrewery
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone welcomes back co-host Jen Schwertman and sits down to chat with Kelly Taylor of Heartland Brewery. They talk about the current state of brew pubs and whats going on right now with Heartland Brewery. Later in the show, Chad Roberts from Snipes Mountain Brewery in Sunnyside, Washington calls in to join the conversation and tell listeners about brewing in the Yakima Valley. Finally, Anderson DeLima of 508 GastroBrewery talks about his establishment and what it takes to run a small brew pub in New York. Beer Sessions Radio is brought to you by GreatBrewers.com. Im having a lot of fun with the barrel aging stuff right now. Thats where the new Heartland Imperial Stout came from. --Kelly Taylor of Heartland Brewery on Beer Sessions Radio
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50 min
January 17, 2012
Episode 97: Women In Beer, Kelso, and Jason Baldacci
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) get ready to take a walk down Homebrew Alley and learn all about the great homebrew clubs in New York. Then listen in as Jason Baldacci of Bluebird calls in to fill us in on beer trends in Chicago. Later on, Emily Garland of Tapped Craft Brewing Events and Sonya Giacobbe of Kelso Brewery talk about how they are trying to get more inspired women into the craft brewing scene with their Women In Beer event. Ever wonder when your palatte is the most acute for tasting beer? Find out by visiting our sponsor GreatBrewers.com and taking your Beer IQ test today! To me, its exciting seeing all these core craft brews like Lagunitas and Stone making it into all the corner bars and making it onto the draught line --Jason Baldacci on Beer Sessions Radio (TM)
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53 min
January 10, 2012
Episode 96: Bronx Brewery
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) host Jimmy Carbone brings you the guys who are making craft beer big in the Bronx: Chris Gallant and Damien Brown of Bronx Brewery. Along with Tony Forder of Ale Street News and Jeff Cioletti of Beverage World Magazine, the gang talks about the importance of malt and malt profile-- from Breiss to Weyermann-- and why the malt blend in beer is so essential, especially in these times when people are favoring hop-heavy beers. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. I think malt is the most under-appreciated ingredient in beer and Id like to see it get the appreciation it deserves. --Jeff Cioletti on Beer Sessions Radio
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105 min
January 3, 2012
Episode 95: Vermont Beers
This week on Beer Sessions Radio its all about Vermont beers. Joining host Jimmy Carbone in the studio is Jay Steinhauer of American Beer and Todd Hardie of Caledonia Spirits. They talk about the rise of Vermont as a state that has become dominant in the craft beer world by being home to breweries such as Lawsons Finest, Shelton Brothers, Captain Lawrence, and McNeills, all of whom are putting out award winning beers. Tune in as the Vermont brewmaster himself, Sam McNeill, calls in to talk about his very careful research and development in crafting his beers as well as enlightening us to what exactly a decoction mash is. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com I would try to educate myself on beer styles as well as I could before I tried to make something --Ray McNeill on Beer Sessions Radio
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53 min
December 20, 2011
Episode 94: American Style Belgians
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) theres a battle going on between Belgian beers made in the homeland and American-style Belgians. Tune in as guests B.R. Rolya from Shelton Brothers as well as Greg Curley and Chris Genua from Double Windsor debate what are some of the best brews coming from both ares. Later on Scotlands own Bruce Williams of Williams Brothers Brewery talks all about Scottish beer and why he wants a cask-beer accreditation system in place in the US for bars. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. People arent drinking cask beer properly. [I would love] to get some certification program in the USA to make sure people who know what theyre doing with [casks] so theyre not abusing it. --Bruce Williams on Beer Sessions Radio
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55 min
December 13, 2011
Episode 93: Peekskill Brewery
This week on Beer Session Radio, Jimmy and Jen are joined by the guys of Peekskill Brewery in the Hudson Valley. Jeff The Chief ONeil, Sean Corcoran and Keith Berardi. Learn more about their American craft brewery and some of the interesting beers they have introduced to the market including the popular Zeitgeist Berliner Weisse. Also hear from Chuck Silva of Green Flash Brewing in San Diego as he explains the story of his brewery. What does it take to be a professional brewer? Tune in and find out! This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Anything we do is American by default. We consider ourselves an American craft brewery - Jeff ONeil of Peekskill Brewery
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56 min
December 6, 2011
Episode 92: All About Sake
This week on Beer Sessions Radio its all about Japanese beers and sakes. Joined by a venerable panel of Japanese culture and sake experts, including importer George Kao, Philip Gilmour of Momo Sushi Shack, and Kaori Eda, this episode uncovers the rich history of of this Japanese rice spirit, from the traditional brewing and fermenting techniques, the different types rice species, and some of the best sake breweries and bars. Learn what exactly makes a premium sake premium, how to properly serve a warm sake, and how developing a sake palate is like developing a musical palate-- if you dont like it at first, you probably just havent tried the right one! This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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54 min
November 29, 2011
Episode 91: From Italy to Alaska
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Garret Oliver returns and hes got Italian beers on his mind. Tune in to learn about the beer scene in Italy and find out how their food friendly beers fare against their global counterparts. Later on the show, Gabe Fletcher of Anchorage Brewing Company calls in to talk about his hard-to find beers and Alaska based brewery. Also hear from Seth Wright, of Beer Nation Show. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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60 min
November 22, 2011
Episode 90: Old Guys, Old Beers
Beer Sessions gets into the holiday spirit by breaking into some vintage beers, including beers from friend and late co-host, Ray Deters collection. Joined by Tom Peters (Monks Cafe), Mike Battaglia (Total Beverage Solutions), and Ed Berestecki (Mugs Ale House), Jimmy Carbone breaks into old school Thomas Hardy, Traquarhouse and George Gale beers. Later on the show, a friend from across the pond calls in; Jon Bexon, head brewer at Green King Brewers in Suffolk, England whose Old Crafty Hen won the 2010 Grande Monde Medal. The group talks vintaging techniques, blending and aging, and the criteria for a good session beer. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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51 min
November 15, 2011
Episode 89: Celebrate Belgian Beer!
Today marks Belgiums Kings Day holiday and Beer Sessions Radio celebrates the country and its beer with a Coast 2 Coast Toast with Wendy Littlefield and Don Feinberg of Vanberg and DeWulf, the premier Belgian importers. They talk about bringing Belgium beer, such as the Saison, back from near extinction as well importing Duvel, lambics, and trappist beers. But first, the couple behind Brooklyn Brew Shop, Erica Shea and Stephen Valand, join in at the studio to explain how they came up with their book The Beer Making Book, which contains over 52 different varieties of DIY small batch brews anyone can make in the comfort of their home or even small apartment. Tune in later as Lew Bryson calls in to share his Belgian beer stories from back in the day. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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50 min
November 8, 2011
Episode 88: Wandering Star Brewery
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) the studio is packed with Blind Tiger regulars Dave Brodrick and Jen Schwertman. The gang welcomes the British Invasion of Alex Hall and Chris Post who hail from England but are owners and brewmasters of the Western Massachussetts brewery, Wandering Star Brewing. Chris Cuzme, also of Wandering Star, who is the head of the New York City Homebrewers Guild joins the conversation as well. Learn about the beginnings of both institutions as well as leveling up your beer geek cred as the gang comes of up with beer words that youve probably never heard of (hint: think zymurgy and Pediococcus). Learn about how one moves from the world of home to craft brewing and how sometimes starting your own outfit is as easy as buying it off eBay! This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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57 min
November 1, 2011
Episode 87: Crossroads Brewing Co. & Brewed Awakening
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM), Jimmy is joined by co-host Jen Schwerman and a lively group of guests including Eric Steen, Joshua M Bernstein, Kenny Landin, Janine Bennett and Brandon Moore. Tune in for a discussion on everything from pub culture to home brewing and learn more about how art and beer are connected, what to expect from Crossroads Brewing, why you should buy Brewed Awakening, and how American Beer Distribution helps bring you your favorite craft beers. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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47 min
October 18, 2011
Episode 86: Massachusetts Beer
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) the gang starts off strong with guests Emily and Matt Garland of Tapped Craft Beer Events and John Kleinchester of Beertography join Jimmy and special co-host Dave Brodrick. From spreading the gospel of craft brewing to beer photographs this episode will have you reaching for another one. Tune later for tastings from Clown Shoes Beer as well as the lowdown on Massachussets beer seen from Gregg Berman. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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52 min
October 11, 2011
Episode 85: Cider Week!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM), Jimmy Carbone celebrates Cider Week! Tune in as he talks to cider expert Christian Drouin , Greg Hall of Virtue Cider and Steve Wood of Farnum Hill Ciders. Learn more about varieties, production and what it takes to turn apples to delicious cider. Fall is the perfect season for cider, so tune in and learn everything you need to know to appreciate one of the best beverages on the market right now! This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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61 min
October 4, 2011
Episode 84: The First Beer Sessions #Tweetup!
This week Beer Sessions Radio host its very fist beer tasting Tweetup. Join Jimmy Carbone and returning guest Tony Fordner of Ale Street News as well as Tim Besecker of PrivateTap.com, and Paul Dlugokencky of Blind Bat Brewery. Tony fills us in on the goings on at the Great American Beer Festival while Paul tells us how he managed to get a commercial beer license to run a brewery out of his garage. Later on in the show Jimmy and Joey Redner, founder, and Wayne Wambles, head brewer, of Cigar City Brewing take your questions on Twitter from hop profiles to cigar-beer pairings. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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56 min
September 27, 2011
Episode 83: Home Brewing & Latona Pub
This week on Beer Sessions Radio Jimmy and company, homebrewer John LaPolla and Mary Izett of Ale Street News, get to the heart of homebrewing. From the best places to get homebrew supplies, to beer-making classes, to communal places to ferment your brews, theyve got you covered. Tune in as Ben Brenlin and Elliot Ryan of Latona Pub in Seattle call in to talk about how theyve kept fire for over 25 years and the beer renaissance that is happening not only there but across the country. Later on Rosemary Raposo of The Village Voice gives you the scoop on the 1st annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer event and how you can get discounted tickets, only on Beer Sessions Radio! This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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50 min
September 20, 2011
Episode 82: The Oxford Companion to Beer
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) marks a special landmark in beer literature: the launch of Garret Olivers Oxford Companion to Beer. To supplement the celebration Horst Dornbusch, also a contributor to The Companion, Jen Schwertman (Blind Tiger), Peter Kennedy (SimplyBeer.com), and Christian DeBenedetti (beer author) join the conversation. They talk about other essential beer reads, from homebrewing classics such as Charlie Papazian and Michael Jackson to Christians new book The Great American Ale Trail. Later on in the shows Rob Tod from Allagash Brewery calls in to join the revelry and to about how craft brewers deal with expansion and the science behind beer microbes. Tune for a special listing of NYC Craft Beer Events and where you can catch all your favorite brewers! This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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60 min
September 13, 2011
Episode 81: Chilean Beers & Craft Beer Week
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) Jimmy kicks off Craft Beer Week with Sam Barbieri of Waterfront Ale House, Kirk Struble of 4th Avenue Pub, John Holl of Beer Briefing, as well Beer Sessions regular Dave Brodrick. Sam talks about being one of the first beer pubs in Brooklyn back in the 80s while Dave talks about his recent harvest. Tune in to hear about Johns recent trip to Chile to moderate at the Copa Cervezas de America 2011, Latin Americas most important beer competition and learn about new and emerging international beer scenes. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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53 min
September 6, 2011
Episode 80: Bierkraft and Kelso Brewery
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) Jimmy expands his beer knowledge with the help of Ben Granger of Bierkraft and Kelly Taylor of Kelso Brewery. From the difference between CO2 to Guinness Gas to the different types of aging barrels to home brewing how-tos this episode is packed with beer information. Tune in to get the scoop on New York Craft Beer Week and other brew news on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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54 min
August 30, 2011
Episode 79: B.C.T.C. Part. 2
Coverage of the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown festival returns this week on Beer Sessions Radio broadcasting from Ommegang Brewery. Jimmy is joined by Dave Broderick (Blind Tiger), Scott Ficaro (Capt. Lawrence), Sean Lawson (Lawsons Finest), and Garet Livermore, Vice President of the Farmers Museum there. The show goes sweet for maple and Vermont beers and then delves into the history of hops. Did you know that hops in America came almost exclusively from central New York until its great hop blight? Tune if for this and more news on upcoming beer events on Beer Sessions Radio (TM). This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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44 min
August 23, 2011
Episode 78: Live From Ommegang Part 1
This weeks Beer Sessions was recorded LIVE at the Belgium Comes to Cooperstown Festival at Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY. Jimmy Carbone is joined by a panel of guests including Simon Thorpe, Phil Leinart, Dave Brodrick, Dan Paquette and Naomi Neville. Find out what goes down at the festival, how breweries can come together as kindred spirits and help each other and learn more about Belgian beer and its journey to America. This episode was sponsored by Great Brewers.
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45 min
August 16, 2011
Episode 77: BeerMenus.com and Beer Ice Cream
This week Beer Session Radio (TM) regulars Jen Schwertman, Garrett Oliver, and Julie Barnard join Jimmy on the show with guest Will Stephens of BeerMenus.com . They talk about how BeerMenus came to be, best West Coast beers, and Maine breweries. Later on in the show, Julie breaks out a special ice cream treat: first, a Brooklyn Brewery Chocolate Stout and then a Raspberry Lambic. Cooking with beer has never been more delicious. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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56 min
August 9, 2011
Episode 76: Ale Street News, Civilization of Beer, and the Eataly Birreria
This week Beer Sessionss soundtrack is set to the smooth flute sounds of Ale Street Newss Tony Fordner. Joining them is Sam Merritt of Civilization of Beer and Brooks Carretta the founder of the Birreria at the roof of Eataly. Brooks expounds on building a cask-only brew pub on a Manhattan rooftop. Later tune for beer haikus, and Ashley Routson or, better known as The Beer Wench. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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54 min
August 2, 2011
Episode 75: Atlantic Hops, Great Lakes Brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths
This week the Session is packed with special guest co-host Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery joining Jimmy as well as Mike Roffman of Atlantic Hops, Peter Bulut Jr. of Great Lakes Brewery, and Rich Buceta of newcomers SingleCut Beersmiths. They talk about Mikes local hop growing initiative, Canadian craft beer and IPAs with Peter, and craft brewing marketing strategy with Rich. Are you a brewer and want to know what will set your beer apart from everyone elses? Garrett Oliver shares his secret key to brewing so tune in this week to Beer Sessions Radio (TM). This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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57 min
July 26, 2011
Episode 74: Greenport Harbor Brewing & the Oxford Companion to Beer
This week sees returning guest Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery joining Jimmy as well as newcomers to the show DJ Swanson and Greg Doroski of Greenport Harbor Brewing. Tune in for a surprise telephone guest, Horst Dornbusch who talks about his and Olivers upcoming comprehensive beer Bible, The Oxford Companion to Beer. Ever wonder where Kellebier gets its name? What kind of beer they make in Sri Lanka? Find out on this weeks Beer Sessions Radio (TM). This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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53 min
July 19, 2011
Episode 73: Philosphy On Tap
This week Beer Sessions Radio is loaded with great guests and discussion. On the first part of the show Jimmy is joined by Jen Shwertman of Blind Tiger, Jay Steinhauer of American Beer Distributing, and Sean McCain of Victory Brewing Co who discuss both Green Flash beer and the green flash phenomena. Later on Matt Lawrence, philosophy teacher and writer of Philosphy On Tap calls in to talk about his book and the age-old human pastime of drinking and musing. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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53 min
July 12, 2011
Episode 72: Ron Lindenbusch, Ben Granger, The Happy Hour Guys & July Good Beer Month
Jimmy is joined this week by Mark Aldrich, Ben Granger, Jimmy Ludwig, Dave Brodrick, Ron Lindenbusch to discuss new beers they are developing, as well as different breweries and bars around the country. Jimmy also talks about Good Beer Month, officially deemed for July 2011 by Mayor Mike Bloomberg in New York City.
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64 min
July 5, 2011
Episode 71: Ray Deter Tribute & Barrier Brewing
On an emotional episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone says goodbye to his good friend and co-host Ray Deter who passed away this weekend after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle. Also on the show, Craig Finemark and Evan Klein of Barrier Brewing fresh off their victory at the TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival. Beer Sessions Radio is brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
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51 min
June 28, 2011
Episode 70: Cider, Brewpubs, and Hops
This week on Beer Sessions Radio Jimmy is joined by Jen Schwertman of Blind Tiger and Dave Broderick. The session begins with a discussion of cider, artisanal hard cider to be exact. Then Penny Pink from Portneuf Valley Brewing who recounts how she began and built her own brewpub out in Idaho and describes what exactly grog is. Later the conversation gets hoppin with Michael Roffman from Atlantic Hops who talks everything from growing to drying. And dont forget about Cookout NYC happening this July 10th!
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55 min
June 21, 2011
Episode 69: Charlie Papazian and Grape Hops Tours
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) Jimmy and Ray are joined by beer legend and luminary Charlie Papazian, author of the seminal Joy of Home Brewing. They discuss favorite world beer and session beers. Late on in the show Kim Riemann and Shannon Essa of GrapeHops Tours who share their insight on taking beer tours at home and abroad. Tune at the end for a group discussion on American pilsners and where theyre coming from as well as homebrewing competitions. This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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47 min
June 14, 2011
Episode 68: Good Beer Seal Awards
Lane, This week on Beer Sessions Rasio (TM) Jimmy Carbone and Ray Deter talk about July Good Beer Month. They are joined by Juan Cruz of Sunswick, Ben of Mission Dolores and blogger/beer enthusiast Julie Barnard. The conversation ranges from excellent Belgian beers to newcomers Single Cut Beer Smiths. Then, ever wonder what makes a good bartender or how to train? Tune in for this and more and dont forget check out the Good Beer Seal Awards tonight at Barcade! This episode is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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50 min
June 7, 2011
Episode 67: Beer, Cheese & Tom Peters
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM), Jimmy, Ray and Sam pair beer and cheese on-air with the help of Martin Johnson of The Joy of Cheese and Jonathan White of Bobolink Farms. Tune in to learn more about how beer and cheese are related and what makes a truly great pairing. Also on the show, the infamous god-like Tom Peters finally makes an appearance to get ready for Philadelphia Craft Beer Week. Find out why Philly is THE place for beer in the US and why you truly dont want to miss craft beer week! Beer Sessions Radio (TM) is brought to you by GreatBrewers.com - the number one beer resource on the internet.
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54 min
May 31, 2011
Episode 66: The Cask Republic
The team from The Cask Republic visits this week to talk about the newly opened American tavern in New Haven, Connecticut. Following their success as a new business, the team discusses the reasoning behind their beer selection and the current restaurant and bar market in southern Connecticut.
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52 min
May 24, 2011
Episode 65: Philadelphia Craft Beer Week Preview
Its almost time for Philly Craft Beer Week and Jimmy Carbone and Ray Deter gear up with some great guests on this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Tune in to hear about what to expect from the countries first and largest beer week from Don Russell, Executive Director of Philly Beer Week, Tom Kehoe of The Yards Brewery, Curt Dekker of Nodding Head Brewery, and Hagan Blount of ITasteYourBeer.com. Also on the show, food cyclist John Suscovich. Beer Sessions Radio (TM) is brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
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51 min
May 17, 2011
Episode 64: Julia Herz, Nick Meyer, Lisa LaCorte & Vlad Kowalyk
Where do food and beer intersect? How are architecture and home brewing related? Whats the deal with beer-can chicken? All of these questions and more are answered on another fun episode of Beer Sessions Radio with hosts Jimmy Carbone and Ray Deter. Jimmy and Ray are joined by Julia Herz, Nick Meyer, Lisa LaCorte and Vlad Kowalyk. Tune in to learn more about American Craft Beer Week, the new Brooklyn Brewery and beer at the French Culinary Institute. Beer Sessions Radio (TM) is brought to you by GreatBrewers.com - the best beer resource on the internet.
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53 min
May 10, 2011
Episode 63: Hops & Homebrewers
This weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio (TM) with Jimmy Carbone and Ray Deter is all about Hops and Homebrewers. Tune in as they talk with hop grower John Segal who breaks down the ins and outs of growing the essential beer crop including varieties and freshness. William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill, authors of Beer Craft stop by the show to talk about home brewing and DIY culture. Also on the show, Chris OLeary of Brew York, New York. Beer Sessions Radio (TM) is brought to you by GreatBrewers.com
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52 min
May 3, 2011
Episode 62: Steve Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined by beer legend and founder of Brooklyn Brewery, Steve Hindy. Steve tells the story of Brooklyn Brewery and previews some of the future plans of one of the biggest institutions in craft beer today. Find out how it all started and trace the journey of craft beer from its humble beginnings to its all encompassing present. Beer Sessions Radio is brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
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50 min
April 26, 2011
Episode 61: Vanberg & DeWulf and 124 Rabbit Club
Tune in to this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio (TM), as Jimmy and Ray are joined by Wendy Littlefield and Don Feinberg of Vanberg and DeWulf to celebrate the importing companies 30th anniversary! Find out how they saved the Saison Du Pont from being discontinued and what plan lie ahead for Belgian imports. Also on the show, the guys from 124 Rabbit Club. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com - the number one beer resource on the internet.
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48 min
April 19, 2011
Episode 60: Bronx Ale House & Real AleWives of NY
Tune into this weeks episode of Beer Sessions Radio (TM) as Jimmy Carbone and Ray Deter are joined by James Langstine of Bronx Ale House, Josh Bernstein, freelance writer for Imbibe Magazine and NY Presss and Ruth Smirsky and Carolyn Edgecomb, aka The Real AleWives of New York. The gang discusses hidden beer gems across the country, beer judge certification, home brewing and many more topics on a lively show. Beer Sessions Radio (TM) is brought to you by
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52 min
April 12, 2011
Episode 59: Fluffy White Rabbit
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy and the guys get ready for Easter by talking about....yup, you guessed it - beer! Tune in to hear from Jim Barnes and Dann Paquette of gypsy brewery Pretty Things. They talk about their latest creation, the Fluffy White Rabbit, and discuss the Easter Beer tradition in Belgian. Also on the show, Robert Hodson of Union Beer and GreatBrewers.com. Tune in to hear the crew share their favorite Bock beers, defend sour beers and pay tribute to the late Pierre Celis. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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53 min
April 5, 2011
Episode 58: Peak Organic Brewing & Pacific Standard
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM), Jimmy and Ray are joined by the guys from Peak Organic Brewing, Pacific Standard and show regular Jen Schwertman of Blind Tiger. They talk about how organic beer has found a niche in the craft beer market while remembering some classic forgotten craft beers. This episode was sponsored by www.GreatBrewers.com, the number one beer resource on the internet.
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49 min
March 29, 2011
Episode 57: Italian Beer & Thornbridge Brewery
Tune into another informative and entertaining episode of Beer Sessions Radio (TM) as Jimmy and Ray are joined by Kim Reimann and Shannon Essa of Grape Hops Tours and the guys from Thornbridge Brewery. Find out more about Italian craft beer, why its so delicious and what makes it so expensive. Also hear Jim Harrison and Alex Buchanan of Thornbridge Brewery talk about the growth of UK Breweries and why they want to take the IPA back from Americans! *Special Offer for Beer Sessions Radio listeners! 10% off the Fall Grapehops tour if you mention that youre a fan of the show! For more information visit www.GrapeHops.com. This episode was sponsored by www.GreatBrewers.com, the #1 beer resource on the internet.
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51 min
March 22, 2011
Episode 56: Craft Beer Think Tank Show
This week on Beer Sessions, Jimmy and Ray are joined by Joe Carrol and George Vitray of Spuyten Duyvil and Sean McCain of Victory Brewing Company. The guys discuss topics such as the rising trend of cask ales and sour beers, the Craft Brewers Conference, and the tragedy in Japan as it relates to breweries. Tune in for another healthy dose of the best weekly beer show on the planet. Beer Sessions Radio (TM) is brought to you by GreatBrewers.com - the best beer resource on the net.
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56 min
March 15, 2011
Episode 55: Craft Brewer’s Conference Pregame Show
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy and the guys pregame for the 2011 Craft Brewerss Conference. The studio is packed with guests and the show is jam packed with beer goodness. Hear from Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association, Mark Szmadai of Chelsea Brewing Co, Mary Izett of Ale Street News, the guys from Get Real NY and the Stone Brewing Company team. This episode was sponsored by www.GreatBrewers.com, the ultimate beer resource on the internet.
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56 min
March 8, 2011
Episode 54: Barrier Brewing Co & Sixpoint Craft Ales
This week on Beer Sessions, Jimmy and Ray host a loosely themed Mardi Gras show. Ray talks a bit about the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans and what made him open a bar down there and explains why craft beer and Mardi Gras are not a match made in heaven. Later on the show, Shane Welch and Jeff Gorlechen from Sixpoint Craft Ales stop by to preview the upcoming Beer For Beasts event. The Barrier Brewing Company guys also stopped by to explain why their garage brewery in Long Island isnt so different from the big guys. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com = the #1 beer site on the internet.
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54 min
March 1, 2011
Episode 53: Mugs Alehouse & Homemade Cider
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) sees Jimmy, Ray and Sam finally getting a chance to talk to Ed Berestecki of Mugs Ale House. Ed recalls the days when Ray was applying to bar tend at his bar and the guys discuss how things have changed in the meantime. Later on the show, the focus is shifted to homemade cider. Tune in and learn the nuts and bolts from Joy Doumis and Jeremy Hammond and find out how you too can learn how to make cider from home. Beer Sessions Radio (TM) is brought to you by GreatBrewers.com
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52 min
February 22, 2011
Episode 52: White Birch Brewing
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM) Jimmy and Ray are joined by regulars Dave Brodrick and Jen Schwertman of Blind Tiger and special guest Bill Herlicka of White Birch Brewing. They discuss everything from spontaneous fermentation to bottle conditioned beer as they taste some of Bills best beers on-air. Tune in for their weekly favorite beer lists and find out more about White Birch Brewing and the unique projects they have embarked on. This episode was sponsored by www.GreatBrewers.com - the # resource for beer online.
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51 min
February 15, 2011
Episode 51: Musical Chairs!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM), its a packed house as Jimmy and Ray are joined by a room full of the most important people in beer! Brooklyn Home Brew, Sycamore, Valley Malt, Time Out New York, Sixpoint Craft Ales and Chelsea Brewing Company are all in the house to talk about beer trends, collaborations, local ingredients and malting. Tune in for a very special episode and hear every guests beer pick of the week! This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. For more information visit www.greatbrewers.com. Andrea and Christian Stanley of Valley Malt
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46 min
February 8, 2011
Episode 50: Shaun Hill, Joe Lipa & Robert Hodson
On a very special milestone episode, Jimmy Carbone, Ray Deter and Beer Sessions Radio (TM) regular Dave Brodrick celebrate in style with some excellent guests. They are joined by Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead Brewing, Joe Lipa of Merchant du Vin and Robert Hodson of Union Beer. Together they explore the traditions of Sam Smith Beer, the brilliance of Union Beer and the life of small batch brewing in Vermont. Tune in and learn more about open fermenters, what happens if theres a female heir to the Smith throne and what makes fresh Orval beer so damn good. Beer Sessions Radio (TM) is brought to you by GreatBrewers.com Photo: Hill Farmstead Brewery
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53 min
February 1, 2011
Episode 48: Beer Goggins & White Birch Brewing
This week on Beer Sessions Radio (TM), official Beer Sessions Sommelier Sam Merritt is pouring the beers and boy are there many. Jimmy, Ray and Sam are joined by the folks at BeerGoggin.com and Bill Herlicka of White Birch Brewing. They talk about the use of fruit in Belgian style beers, nano breweries, cask aged beer and Super Bowl pairings. Tune in and learn some dirty latin, find out what inspired the guys to get into beer in the first place, and witness Ray Deter unknowingly enjoy a barrel aged beer on air! This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com - the #1 beer site on the internet.
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48 min
January 25, 2011
Episode 47: Brett Thompson, Dave Brodrick & Jen Schwertman
Today on Beer Sessions Jimmy sits down with Dave Brodrick, Jen Schwertman, and experimental home brewer Brett Thompson to discuss the tastes, fads, and possibilities of infused beers. Home brewer Brett Thompson plays with bourbon barrels, hops, and vanilla flavors to bring his beers to the next level. The team discusses the ins and outs of such methods and their geographical movements of such techniques from the west coast to the east.
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43 min
January 18, 2011
Episode 46: Philly Beer
This week on Beer Sessions, the guys focus on beer culture and breweries in Philadelphia. The show starts with an exclusive interview between Ray Deter and Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing Company. Later on, Jimmy and Ray are joined by Curt Decker of Nodding Head Brewery and Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing Company. The guys chat about East Coast (specifically, Pennsylvania) styles of beer, and the craft beer week in Philly. Tune in to hear some great stories on the mythical Tom Peters, and learn more about how cultivating your home markets can help expand your reach. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com - the #1 beer website on the internet. Restaurant and bar at Victory Brewing Company
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46 min
January 12, 2011
Episode 45: Belgian Beer
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy, Ray and company focus entirely on Belgian Beer. They are joined, as always, by an esteemed panel of guests including Wendy Littlefield of Vanberg and Dewulf and Tony Forder of Ale Street News. The gang discusses everything about beer made in Belgium, including brewing techniques, the tradition of bottling and how Americans found inspiration in the old methods of the Belgians. Tune in and learn about everything from the lack of drafts in Belgium to the food and drink making traditions of monks and nuns. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com - the #1 beer site on the internet!
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53 min
January 4, 2011
Episode 44: New Beer Resolutions
Happy New Beers! Jimmy and Ray are back and stronger than ever on a vibrant and fun episode of Beer Sessions Radio (TM). The guys are joined by Dan McLaughin of The Pony Bar and Jen Schwertman and Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger. Official Beer Sessions Radio Beer Sommelier Sam Merrit also joins the show. The gang discusses how draft lines affect the quality of beer, Daves near death experience, the notion of bad beer pairings and hipster angst against craft beer. Tune in and learn the REAL story of how Blue Moon came to be. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com - the best beer site on the internet.
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52 min
December 21, 2010
Episode 43: Beer Travel Show
Tune into this weeks edition of Beer Sessions as Jimmy and Ray close 2010 with a bang. They are joined by a great group of guests in studio including Kim Reimann of Grapehops Tours, BR Royla of Shelton Brothers Imports, Will Cass of Tuatara and Hagan Blount of I Taste Your Beer. The group discusses their take on glassware for craft beers, beer aging properties, New Zealand beer culture and how tourism can help a cities beer scene. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com: the #1 beer website on the internet.
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42 min
December 14, 2010
Episode 42: Winter Holiday Beer Show
Its a Winter Holiday Beer special on Beer Sessions Radio(tm) this week! Jimmy and Ray are joined by Sam Merritt, the official Beer Sessions Radio Sommelier, Tommy Ortega, Paul Kermizian and Ben Wood. The guys enjoy a great selection of winter beers and have a lively conversation on everything from craft beer in New Jersey to alleged make-out sessions with Carol Stoudt! Tune in and learn what beer to give wine lovers for the holiday and why even the smartest guys in the room can fail sometimes. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com - the best beer website on the internet.
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54 min
December 7, 2010
Episode 41: Warren Monteiro, John Holl & Shmaltz Brewing Company
This week on Beer Sessions tune in as Jimmy and Ray are joined by three very lively personalities in the studio. Warren Monteiro, known to some as the beer sensai, discusses some of the trends hes seeing in craft beer and John Holl explains what made him write a book about beer in Indiana! Later on the show, Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz Brewing Company joins the conversation as everybody in studio comments on big industrial beers, athe Burger King beer bar, and growlers at Duane Reade. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com the best beer site on the internet.
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55 min
November 30, 2010
Episode 40: Dieu du Ciel!
This week on Beer Sessions, Jimmy and Ray are joined by the guys from Dieu du Ciel! They discuss beer culture in Canada, traditional pairings and the growing trend of microbreweries and craft beer. The guys also share stories of poutine, Expo 67 Montreal and harsh laws that forces some bars to close at 2:00AM. This episode, as always, was graciously sponsored by GreatBrewers.com, the best and most comprehensive beer site on the internet.
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58 min
November 23, 2010
Episode 39: Beer Media, Kelso Brewing Company & Jen Schwertman
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy and Ray sit down with some new players in the wide world of Beer Media. First Will Stephens, creator of the blog Wandering Foodie and writer at Huffington Post, discusses his new ideas for a beer website and how he got in the blogosphere. Next Hagan Blount, creator of Beer Menu.com (an interactive list of beer menus and draught lists that has taken off in popularity as of late) discusses the inspiration and impetus for his new site. Bartender Jen Schwertman weighs in on NYC bar tipping habits, and Kelly Taylor and Sonya Giaccobe of Kelso Brewing Company talk about local beer and the evolution of the craft beer scene. Great Brewers.com: a favorite source for beer information and education and one of the internets most popular beer destinations. Kelly and Sonya of Kelso
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51 min
November 16, 2010
Episode 38: Schlenkerla & B United
This week on Beer Sessions an unprecedented combination of Jimmy, Sam, and Ray had a fascinating discussion with Matthias Trum and Matthias Neidhart of Aecht Schlenkerla about German beer. Dont miss this chance to learn about how beer fits into German culture (perhaps a bit better than in America), how the German Purity Law limits or inspires German brewers, and the 6 generation, 500+ year tradition of Aecht Schlenkerla and smoked brewing. This episode was sponsored by Great Brewers.com: a favorite source for beer information and education and one of the internets most popular beer destinations.
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47 min
November 9, 2010
Episode 37: Innis & Gunn & Climax Brewing Company
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy and Ray hosted two very talented beer makers with very different backgrounds. New Jerseys Dave Hoffman of Climax Brewing Company came by to describe how he literally hand forged his brewery from steel and old English brewing tubs. Next learn from Dougal Gunn Sharp how he and Neil Innis Sharp perfected the process of barrel aging Scottish beer, used hops grown within 100 miles, and createdr a dark, sweet flavor that is unmatchable. This episode was sponsored by Great Brewers.com
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57 min
November 2, 2010
Episode 36: New American Beer
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy and Ray sit down with veteran NYC bartender and beer geek Jen Schwertman, plus her fellow Blind Tiger associate Dave Brodrick, to talk about beer and American beer trends. The gang discuss the very healthy beer movement in Vermont and what it means to live there, plus what makes a good bartender good and why it helps to love where you bartend. All this plus tips on gluten free beer and a salute to well-balanced beer making. This episode was sponsored by Great Brewers.com: a favorite source for beer information and education and one of the internets most popular beer destinations. Photo: Blind Tiger Ale House
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42 min
October 26, 2010
Episode 35: Seth Wright, Mike Winn, David Urbanos & Carolyn Steel
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy and Ray sat down with Seth Wright and Mike Winn of BeerNation.com, a weekly video-based beer blog packed with interviews and a general visual chronicling of the craft beer movement. They were joined by David Urbanos of the iconic The Ginger Man beer bar where, from the birth of the American craft beer movement through present day, many a Beer Sessions host or guest has explored the monster 70 draught lines. The group was joined by Carolyn Steel, author of Hungry City and an expert on food and architecture whose lauded Food and the City class at Cambridge combines both. Carolyn, a central London native, expounded on the role of the pub in England today and 200+ years ago, and explained why small beer was more popular than water. This episode was sponsored by Great Brewers.com: a favorite source for beer information and education.
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53 min
October 19, 2010
Episode 34: Justin Phillips & Joel Shelton
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy and Ray strapped on their llederhosen for a special episode about Germany, Oktoberfest, and fall beers. The guys discuss the pumpkin beer gamut including the pie-like and the spice-less, the history of Oktoberfest, why Oktoberfest beer isnt REALLY Oktoberfest beer, and why American beer drinkers often abandon their Oktoberfest beers after one bottle. They also speak about Germany as a beer-producing country in general, and why the freshness of a German beer makes all the difference. This episode was brought to you by Great Brewers.com: a favorite source for beer information and education and one of the internets most popular beer destinations.
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42 min
October 12, 2010
Episode 33: Samuel Smith VII, Joe Lipa, BR Royla, Sonja Giacobbe & Audrey Saint
On this weeks Beer Sessions, Jimmy and Ray pack the studio to celebrate women in beer, traditional English brewing, and the burgeoning craft beer movement. Join Kelso Brewery co-founder Sonja Giacobbe, french beer distributor Audrey Saint-Leger, Shelton Brothers BR Royla, Joe Lipa of Merchand du Vin, and Samuel Smith VII, heir to the Samuel Smith Brewery, and listen as Ray works his hardest to get d.b.a. a Samuel Smith cask. Brought to you by GreatBrewers.com Samuel Smith Brewery
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54 min
October 5, 2010
Episode 32: Sam Barbieri, Jay Steinhauer & Benjamin Stutz
This week on Beer Sessions, Jimmy and Ray explore the oft-overlooked item that is absolutely necessary for yeast to create alcohol: malt. Jay Steinhauer of American Beer Distributing and Benjamin Stutz of Brooklyn Homebrew talk about base yeast, specialty yeast, and making beer, plus Sam Barbieri of Waterfront Ale House talks about his career in the bar (and ice cream) biz. Christan and Andrea of Valley Malts discuss their exceedingly rare project to create their own, local version of a Malt House. Finally the guys discuss aged beers, barley wine, and this years pumpkin shortage (yes, there was a pumpkin shortage). This episode was sponsored by Great Brewers.com: a favorite source for beer information and education and one of the internets most popular beer destinations. Photo: Sam Barbieri, owner of Waterfront Ale House and organizer of Fuhgetaboutit BBQ
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51 min
September 28, 2010
Episode 31: Dave Brodrick, David Geary, Dann Paquette, Martha Paquette & Jim Barnes
This week on Beer Sessions Ray and Jimmy (plus the multi-talented Dave Broderick of Blind Tiger) sit down with an all-star cast of beer aficionados and creators. David Geary, the dean of American craft beer, comes through the studio to talk about brewing in Scottish castles and accessing the most secretive spots of the craft beer universe. Dann Paquette and Martha Paquette talk about being nomad brewers: borrowing other brewers facilities late in the eve to mash and brew...plus they discuss their heavily-researched historical reproduction beers and what beer making was like in the 19th century. Photo 1: The famous Geary London Porter, Photo 2: Dann Paquette and Martha Paquette of Pretty Things
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60 min
September 21, 2010
Episode 30: Scott Vacarro, Chuck Dufney, Cesa Kobe
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy, Ray, and Sam sat down with Scott Vacarro of Captain Lawrence to talk about some of his new creations, including his Golden Delicious, which spends 7-8 months aging in apple brandy barrels. Home brewer Chuck Dufney describes a potential entry in a homebrewing contest, and blogger Cesa Kobe-Smith laments the lack of NYC brew pubs. Plus Andy Crouch of Whole Foods Market calls in to give the guys a sneak peak at what Whole Foods has planned for NYC Craft Beer Week. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com: a favorite source for beer information and education and one of the internets most popular beer destinations. Photo 1: Scott Vacarro, Brewmaster of Captain Lawrence, Photo 2: Great American Craft Beer, written by Andy Crouch
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44 min
September 14, 2010
Episode 29: Rob Hodson, Alex Hall, Joel Shelton, Patrick Donagher & Chris Cuzme
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy hosts a special on traditional cask ale. First he goes on the road to speak to Rob Hodson of Union Beer Distributors, who showed an early interest in cask ale and gave it a big boost in NYC. Next cask ale guy Alex Hall (of Gotham Imbiber et al.) discussed the finicky specifics of serving and storing cask ale along with Joel Shelton of Shelton Brothers Imports. Finally Patrick Donagher of Rattle n Hum discussed his upcoming Get Real NY event along w/Chris Cuzme of NYC Craft Beer Week. German gravity or English Traditional? Whats a CamRA? Tune in for this meeting of the minds to learn about this complex, storied ale. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
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46 min
September 7, 2010
Episode 28: Paul Kermizian & Omar Ansari
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy and Ray sat down with Paul Kermizian, owner of the incredible field of flashing lights and frothy pints known as Barcade and now director of the documentary American Beer, plus roving reporter Dave Brodrick. The guys talked about the flyover states, aka Middle America, and the breweries and beer varieties nestled between our coasts. Omar Ansari of Surly Brewing Company also called in to talk about putting craft beer in cans and how he changed his local laws to become a brewer. This episode was sponsored by Great Brewers.com: a favorite source for beer information and education and one of the internets most popular beer destinations. Photo: Craft beer bar and vintage arcade Barcade in Williamsbug
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48 min