Episode 75: Sacramento Pink Boots Society at Final Gravity (Roseville, CA)

June 12, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Final Gravity in Roseville, CA, for a very special episode with the Sacramento chapter of the Pink Boots Society during their tap takeover. Ben sits down with special guest Lindsey Nelson, co-owner of The Art of Beer, as well as four PBS members: Amy Mahoney, beer buyer at The Brass Tap (Rocklin, CA); Heidi Wilder, partner at Fort Rock Brewing (Rancho Cordova, CA); Teresa Psuty, head brewer/co-owner of Crooked Lane Brewing (Auburn, CA); and Amy Ruthnick, co-owner of Final Gravity (Roseville, CA), to talk about their National Women's Day Collaboration brews, being a woman in the brewing industry, first beer loves, climbing the beer industry corporate ladder, and the triumphs and tribulations of the industry itself (including GABF medals - that's right, medals, plural - badass!), and so, so much more.

This episode was also filmed by Nick Larson (@nicklarsonphotography) and the video version is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=0gfrNBu4rSY

It's our 3rd video episode, so be sure to check out the past 2: Episode 25 w/ Shaun O'Sullivan of 21st Amendment and comedian/pot activitist Ngaio Bealum and Episode 50 with Rodger Davis of Faction Brewing and comedian DJ Sandhu.

Find out more about the Pink Boots Society at www.pinkbootssociety.org or follow them on social media @pinkbootssociety

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Episode 74: Daniel Moffatt and Mark Bojescu of Fountainhead Brewing & Justin Chechourka, Author of Sacramento Beer Book

May 30, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Fountainhead Brewing in Sacramento, CA, to speak with brewer Daniel Moffatt and operations manager Mark Bojescu, with special guest Justin Chechourka, author of the recently-released Sacramento Beer Book. We discuss the random happenstance that occurred at Fountainhead that led him to penning the Sacramento Beer Book, the tribulations of the free market economy, as well as other strange coincidences in the brewery's rise. This episode features several running themes, including 80s nostalgia and the current state of Sacramento beer (now with questionable infiltrators!), plus Ben tries to turn every ending into a sad one, and so much more, on this wild ride we call Episode 74 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Find out more about Fountainhead Brewing by following them on social media @sacfountainhead

Get more info on the Sacramento Beer Book at www.sacramentobeerbook.com or @sacbeerbook

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Episode 73: Peter Hoey & Rob Archie of Urban Roots Brewing

May 14, 2018

Host Ben Rice visits Empress Tavern to sit down with brewer Peter Hoey and owner Rob Archie of Urban Roots Brewing to discuss the upcoming opening of their brewery and smokehouse in Sacramento (set for May 19, 2018). We talk what to expect when you're expecting (to open a brewery), Rob's history in the restaurant world, Peter's brewing history, and the beers that made them the men they are today. Plus! The biggest BBQ this side of the Mississipp', appreciating the classics while still pushing beer forward, and how art influences artists. All this and more, on Episode 73 of Barley & Me! Enjoy!

Find out more about Urban Roots Brewing @urbanrootsbeer

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Thanks again to Empress Tavern (@empresstavern) for the space to record.

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Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

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We're just two episodes away from another video episode of Barley & Me, so be on the lookout on YouTube!

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Episode 72: Tobias Zollo and Marcus Englet of Weihenstephan

April 30, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to San Francisco, CA, to sit down with Tobias Zollo, head brewer, and Marcus Englet, Sales Director, of Bayerische Staatsbraurei Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world, to discuss their new collaboration beer with Sierra Nevada, Braupakt! It's a beautiful blend of old and new world brews, with a bold citrus up front, with a classic Hefe finish. But we can't just discuss that beer, which took almost a year of conversation to perfect, we have to talk about the Bavarian and German brewing industry, Weihenstephan's history (which goes back farther than anyone's), and how the craft beer movement is affecting Europe. Plus! A sneak peak at Weihenstephan and Sierra Nevada's next collaboration, how Weihenstephan is navigating the craft beer boom, and a discussion of what makes a perfect FestBier. All this and more, on Episode 72 of Barley & Me! Enjoy!

Happy 502nd birthday to Reinheitsgebot!

Thank you to Royal Exchange, in San Francisco, CA, for hosting this fine beer release event. Follow them on Instagram @royalexchange

Also, thank you to Blaze PR for setting this all up.

Learn more about Weihenstephan at weihenstephaner.com and more about BrauPakt at www.weihenstephaner.de/en/our-beers/braupakt

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Email questions, comments, concerns to barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com

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Episode 71: Van Havig & Ben Love of Gigantic Brewing & George Dimeo of Maletis Beverage

April 17, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Portland, OR, to sit down with Van Havig and Ben Love of Gigantic Brewing, along with guest George Dimeo of beer distribution company Maletis Beverage, to talk about beer. And 80s SoCal Punk. And 90s London House. And why death metal is dumb, but awesome. Plus! Why greatest hits albums are vanity projects, brewer faces ending up on the bottles of other brewers' beers, what sets Gigantic apart from other breweries, and the epic battles between cans and bottles, between American and English beers, and between Van and literally anyone and anything. Plus why Flat Earther believers are wrong and brewers generally aren't scientists, and so much more! This conversational spectrum is vast like the universe and frantic like Dame Lillard, so give it a spin and see what grabs ya! Enjoy!

Learn more about Gigantic Brewing @giganticbrewing

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Episode 70: Paul Reiter of Great Notion Brewing and Comedian Nathan Hart

April 2, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Portland, Oregon, to sit down with Great Notion Brewing's Paul Reiter and comedian Nathan Hart. We talk about Great Notion's upcoming second location, their recent win at the Extreme Beer Festival, brewer James Dugan pops on to discuss beer names and lamps, plus we delve into the Portland comedy scene, the vibrant night life around Great Notion, food trucks, Philly cheesesteaks, the Eagles' Super Bowl win, and GOATS and goats. All that and more, on episode 70 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

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Episode 69: St. Baldrick’s at Claimstake Brewing, with Rancho Cordova Councilmember Donald Terry

March 19, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Claimstake Brewing to talk to Rancho Cordova city councilmember Donald Terry about two events on a very busy Claimstake calendar. On March 28, at 6pm, they will be hosting a St. Baldrick's event for the City of Rancho Cordova (and with Sacramento Beer Enthusiasts) with yours truly, Ben Rice, hosting. Also, on March 24 and 25, Claimstake will be celebrating their two-year anniversary with some pretty great collaboration beers. Donald & Ben talk about the St. Baldrick's children's cancer research charity, what it does, and how it has affected their friends and family. We also talk about the influence of local politics. And of course, the great beers at Claimstake. As you know, we would normally speak with a brewery representative, but due to the demands of these two events, they just could not spare the time. Thank you so much to Brian Palmer and the rest of the Claimstake crew for allowing us the space and for putting these events together. Please enjoy the show and, if you can, please donate to St. Baldrick's, whether for this event or any other.

Learn more about St. Baldrick's, or donate, at www.stbaldricks.org

Follow the City of Rancho Cordova at www.cityofranchocordova.gov

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Intro music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)

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Episode 68: Jordan Wilson of Old Town Brewing & Comedian Alex Falcone

March 12, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Old Town Brewing (Portland, OR) to sit down with their social media manager Jordan Wilson and Portland-area comedian Alex Falcone. We talk about Old Town's recent victory over the City of Portland in a trademark dispute over their White Stag logo and the events that led to the suit. We also chat about why beer tap lists might change during the winter months, adult abductions, haunted breweries, and the three commonalities between Ben, Jordan, and Alex. Plus we talk about Alex's appearances, plural, on esteemed sketch show Portlandia and his work with the Portland Trailblazers and the Portland Mercury News. We also discuss casino comedy nightmares, Ben's day job, and how to make breweries and restaurants more vegetarian-friendly. And what podcast with three chubby white dudes with glasses would be complete without discussing our sad celebrity lookalikes? All this and more, on episode 68 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

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Episode 67: Elan Walsky & Phil Boyle of Coalition Brewing and Comedians Molly Smithson & Amanda Martin-Tully

February 26, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Portland, Oregon, to sit down with Coalition Brewing's Elan Walsky and Portland comedians Molly Smithson and Amanda Martin-Tully to discuss CBD-infused beers. While helping you learn how to mellow out over a pint of beer, we also delve into helpful hints on street drinking, drinking at work, proper keg stand etiquette, and a thorough breakdown of Jello Shots. Amongst these tips and tricks are conversations about tip-snipping, making salad dressing with beer (or just using beer as salad dressing), plus putting the finishing touches on a dessert with Whipahol, which is a real thing. But it's not all booze and loose morals, no! We also tak about sealife suicides, spent grain donations, and figuring out how you're related to people when you have a large extended family. Plus Coalition has some exciting news for 4/19 (and yes, 4/20) and their taproom opening on March 3. All this and so, so much more, on Episode 66 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Find out more about Coalition Brewing at www.coalitionbrewing.com

Follow Molly Smithson at @molligolightly

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Episode 66: Conrad Andrus of Culmination Brewing

February 21, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Portland, OR, to sit down with brewer Conrad Andrus of Culmination Brewing. We talk Culmination's history, Conrad's first beer love - a barrel aged Scotch ale, which might be a Barley & Me first!, plus delicious, delicious tacos. We also discuss having an expansive tap list despite a tiny brewing area and how to get into the brewing industry. Enjoy!

Don't forget about Zwickelmania, going on at breweries all over Oregon this Saturday, February 24.

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