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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Episode 65: Colin Patrick Rath of Migration Brewing

February 16, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Portland, OR, to sit down with Migration Brewing's owner Colin Patrick Rath to discuss their upcoming 8th anniversary (taking place Saturday, February 17, 2018, which is also during Zwickelmania, a crazy free beer event happening Portland-wide - get beer straight from the tanks at participating breweries), as well as the trials, tribulations, and successes of the past 8 years, as well as what the future holds for Migration and the industry in general. We break down the absurdity of one-off beer styles, what hot new trends we see coming down the pike in beer, and, of course, in America. Plus we delve into hockey, soccer, hooliganism, and why none of us can be president. All this and more on a very special anniversary/Zwickelmania edition of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

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Find out more about Zwickelmania, happening February 17, 2018 throughout Portland and February 24, 2018 throughout the entire state of Oregon, at www.oregoncraftbeer.org/zwickelmania-2018-10th-annual/

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Episode 64: Moksa Brewing Opening w/ Derek Gallanosa, Cory Meyer, and Scott Williams

February 12, 2018

Host Ben Rice re-visits Rocklin, CA's Moksa Brewing during their opening week. Brewers Derek Gallanosa and Cory Meyer and co-owner Scott Williams talk about the brewery's first week in business, the unforeseen issues in opening, and their hopes and dreams for the brewery moving forward.

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Episode 63: Kenny Gowan of Loomis Basin Brewing

February 7, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Loomis, CA, to meet with Kenny Gowan, owner and head brewer of Loomis Basin Brewery, at the Loomis Basin Brewing Gastropub & Smokehouse, to discuss the beer business. Kenny and Ben delve deep on this episode, getting into Kenny's history as a restauranteur in San Diego and his family's ties to the beer and restaurant industry. We also talk about the overlooked business side of the industry, including expansion, employee wages and benefits, and healthcare. And of course, BBQ. Gotta talk some BBQ. Plus! Kenny discusses his excitement over the upcoming additions to the Sacramento beer scene and how Moksa, even if only for a moment, brought the region's brewers closer together. All that and much, much more, on episode 63 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

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Episode 62: Barri & Steve Altimari of High Water Brewing & Comedian Rhoda Ramone

January 31, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Stockton, CA to sit down with area comedian Rhoda Ramone and Barri & Steve Altimari of High Water Brewing at their unofficial taproom, Taps. Barri & Steve have been brewing under the High Water name for over 20 years and made a big splash in the beer world with their Campfire Stout, which tastes exactly like S'mores. But their experimentation goes back to day one. One of the few remaining "gypsy" breweries in California, High Water is pleased to announce that they'll be opening their own facility in Lodi later this year. So sit down and enjoy the tales of some of the friendliest people in the beer business as they tell you of their triumphs and failures. It's a joy. This episode is dedicated to the memory of beer connoisseur Mike Long, a long-time friend of the Altimaris and beer lovers everywhere. RIP, Mike.

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Episode 61: Duncan Alexander & Jack Alexander of Burning Barrel Brewing and Peter Wisham of Beers In Sac

January 23, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Rancho Cordova, CA, to speak with father-and-son team Jack and Duncan Alexander of forthcoming Burning Barrel Brewing, with special guest Peter Wisham of Beers In Sac, a mobile beer tracking app that has expanded to get into the personal, corporate, and beerfest events game. Be sure to check out their first annual Hazy IPA Fest in Sacramento this Friday. Peter also assisted SacTown Union when they were opening, so we talk about the trials and tribulations of brewery openings and ownership, the Oregon and California beer scenes, plus bad beer memories. Duncan turns the tables on Ben, forcing him to talk about this podcast you're listening to. And it is simply the worst. But everything else is great! Plus! Jack talks about beer in the 80s and 90s and Barley & Me gets its first chance to hear what beers got a 23-year-old excited about entering the beer industry. All this and more on Episode 61 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

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Episode 60: Brennan of Dunloe Brewing (Davis, CA) and Dr. Charlie Bamforth

January 16, 2018

For the first episode of 2018, host Ben Rice travels to Davis, CA, to sit down with Brennan Fleming (Dunloe??) of Dunloe Brewing and the esteemed Dr. Charlie Bamforth for a Barley & Me first! A professor and pupil sit down to see just how much the student has learned and discuss how far beer has come in the last 40 years. Dr. Bamforth holds forth on what happened to the British beer business under Margaret Thatcher and the ramifications that could befall American beer. Plus we talk about how beer has changed in the last few years and how taste and industry standards evolve. Brennan shares some beer memories and the joys of small business onwnership and Dr. Bamforth drops his first-ever on-air cuss. It's another action-packed episode of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

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Episode 59: White Christmas Battle of Wits (W/ Lea Gibson, Andy Armstrong, Emma Haney, Garrett Boatman, and Stephen Furey)

December 28, 2017

For the last episode of 2017, host Ben Rice invites some of his favorite people over for a riveting BATTLE OF WITS! Comedians Emma Haney and Stephen Furey return, having appeared on last year's Christmas Bottle Share episode AND the 40s episode, Garrett Boatman of that same previous Christmas episode also appears, plus Andy Armstrong (formerly of American River Brewing) and his wife Lea Gibson (both of whom you may recognize from the Lil Sumpin Sumpin to Talk About episode) as well! We break down 13 wits, whites, and weisses while discussing the year 2017 and relentlessly smack-talking each other as host Ben Rice gets progressively drunker and seemingly no one else does. For those who like to spoil Christmas, here are the final rankings of the white ales we tasted: 13) Einstok Icelandic White Ale 12) Hoegaarden 11) Blue Moon 10) Lost Coast Great White 9) Franziskaner Weissbier 8) Erdinger Weissbier 7) Allagash White 6) Moylan's White Christmas Spiced Winter Ale 5) Urban Roots/Alvarado Street Hoeygaarden 4) St. Archer White 3) Bruery 7 Lords a-Leapin 2) Monk's Cellar Biere Blanche 1) Hacker Pschorr Weiss

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Episode 58: Scott Ungermann of Anchor Brewing

December 11, 2017

Host Ben Rice travels to San Francisco to sit down with Anchor Brewing's brewmaster, Scott Ungermann, about Anchor's lauded history and the lovely Our Special Ale, AKA Anchor Christmas. We also get into Sapporo's recent purchase of Anchor, Scott's unique intersectional history with Anchor Brewing, and whether or not the buyout affects Anchor's "craft beer" status. The answer may surprise you. Also, we chat about how Anchor's brewing methods stand out against the typical methods you see at breweries today, Scott's favorite winter activities. and get a tad profound. Enjoy!

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Episode 57: David Weiss of Yolo Brewing & Comedian/Musician Alfonso Portela

December 4, 2017

Host Ben Rice travels to Yolo Brewing (West Sacramento) to chat with director of brewing operations David Weiss. His guest this week is comedian and musician Alfonso Portela. We discuss Yolo ownership's previous endeavors, coffee, death, and drums. Alfonso learns about the brewing process and David talks about what he's excited about in the Sacramento beer scene. All this and more, on Episode 57 of Barley & Me!

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