Episode 50: Rodger Davis of Faction Brewing & Comedian DJ Sandhu

July 21, 2017

Host Ben Rice travels to Alameda, CA, to sip on suds and take in the gorgeous scenery of Faction Brewing, along with their owner/head brewer Rodger Davis and special guest, comedian DJ Sandhu. We talk about the trials of surviving in the Bay Area given the tech boom, start-up brewery costs, the band Tool, how The Grateful Dead got Rodger into brewing, and Ales for ALS, which is taking place at Faction Brewing on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

This episode was also filmed and is available to view on YouTube at https://youtu.be/t8DIAsL0vog

Thank you to Rodger and DJ for taking part and to Brandon Morgan (of Shitty Food Blog) for filming. Thanks as always to Breez for the intro music. The track is called "JamRoc." Artwork is by Jessica DiMesio. And thank YOU for listening.

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This episode is brought to you by Lyft - get $5 off your first ride using promo code BarleyAndMe - and by the California Craft Beer Summit, taking place September 7-9. Get more info and buy tickets at californiacraftbeer.com.

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Episode 49: Nu Boonkham, Scott Williams & Corey Meyer of Moksa Brewing and Rebecca Steele-Wilkie of Cuvee Marketing

July 18, 2017

On this episode of Barley & Me, host Ben Rice visits upcoming Rocklin, CA, brewery Moksa Brewing and speaks with owners Nu Boonkham and Scott Williams, as well as head brewer Corey Meyer (previously of New Glory Brewing) and also with special guest Rebecca Steele-Wilkie, owner of Cuvee Marketing and creator of the Instagram account Art of the Jockey Box, to talk about the expectations for Moksa, the surprising difficulties in opening a brewery at a location where another brewery used to exist, barrel aging, and marketing. We look forward to seeing what Moksa has in store when they open later in 2017. Be sure to check out Art of the Jockey Box on Instagram and visit www.cuveemarketing.com for all your beer and wine marketing needs.

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Intro music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@livingclicheart)

This episode is brought to you by Lyft. Download the Lyft app and get $5 off your first ride by using promo code BarleyAndMe

This episode is also brought to you by the California Craft Beer Summit, taking place at the Sacramento Convention Center September 7th and 8th, with the Summit Beer Festival taking place September 9th. Get your tickets now at californiacraftbeer.com.

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Episode 48: Jim & Simon of Ol’ Republic Brewing (Nevada City, CA) and Beer Judge “Big Mike” Moore

July 3, 2017

Host Ben Rice travels to Nevada City with guest and renowned beer judge "Big Mike" Moore to talk shop with Jim & Simon of Ol' Republic Brewing. Ol' Republic specializes in European style ales and lagers. We talk about their early years, as they grew their brand in a world dominated by hop-heavy beer. Plus they let us know how they came up with the name for their award-winning Dortmunder Export Lager, "Dead Canary." Jim & Simon regale us for over an hour with successes both anticipated and unforeseen as they attempt to get a foothold into the California beer scene while brewing beers that are not typically made by smaller breweries. Ever wondered how beer prices are determined or what challenges beer judges face? You'll find out! Plus they'll drop a surprise announcement at the end, something that I am very excited about. Enjoy!

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Intro music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (Instagram: @livingclicheart)

Also, congratulations to "BarLeddy & Me" co-host Kyle Leddy on becoming the new head brewer at New Glory Brewing.

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Thanks for listening!

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Episode 47: A Little Sumpin Sumpin to Talk About (w/ Andy Armstrong of American River Brewing, Kyle Leddy of Moonraker Brewing, and Chris Guthrie of Sacramento Beer Group)

June 2, 2017

On episode 47, host Ben Rice visits an undisclosed location to talk about the state of the beer union. With him are Andy Armstrong of American River Brewing, his wife Lea, Kyle Leddy of Moonraker Brewing, his wife Claire, his daughter Olive, and Sacramento Beer Group founder Chris Guthrie. We talk about the Lagunitas and Wicked Weed buyouts, AB InBev's purchase of the entirety of the South African hop crop, and the future of the beleaguered 12 Rounds Brewing in Sacramento. PLUS Ben sings some metal, Kyle puts on a snazzy child's jacket, Chris does his best Olive impersonations, muchos chugs, and more!

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Artwork by Jessica DiMesio

Intro Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@mr4proaudio)

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Episode 46: Tom Fuquay of Fort Rock Brewing & Joyce Tayag of Tommy T’s Comedy Club

May 11, 2017

Host Ben Rice travels to Rancho Cordova, CA, to visit its newest brewery, Fort Rock Brewing, to chat with owner/head brewer Tom Fuquay and special guest Joyce Tayag of Tommy T's Comedy Club (located in the same building, what a tie in!). We'll discuss the trials and tribulations of an upstart brewery with no commercial brewing experience, plus the resurrection of Tommy T's. Listen up as we talk beer history, as well as what beer really is, when you break it down in scientific terms (the answer...may surprise you). And for any listeners out there who have not yet dabbled in homebrewing or have tried unsuccessfully, Tom gives his tips and tricks to better homebrewing. And of course, Ben can't help but try to get Joyce to convince Tommy T's ownership to start carrying some Fort Rock brews. All this and more, on episode 46 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

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Intro Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio

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Episode 45: John Gillooly of Drake’s Brewing & Comedian Jason Cole

April 13, 2017

We're back! Episode 45 finds host Ben Rice at Drake's Brewing in San Leandro, chatting with comedian Jason Cole and head brewer John Gillooly. This episode is a dream, as we spin off on frenzied tangents for nearly two hours, imparting opinions, stories, history lessons, and a metric ton of brewing facts and tips. Plus we talk about Drake's recent expansion into Oakland and their upcoming expansion into Sacramento. To quote a review of Drake's food selections, "it's better than it needs to be." So grab a Jolly Rodger and relish in the tales spun, from copyright and trademarking shenanigans, including some rad Star Trek cease and desist letters; to malt liquor history and tips n tricks; to Jimmy Carter. Hell, there's even some fine and dandy Star Wars talk for those who listen to the very end. It's one hell of a good time. Enjoy!

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Intro Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio

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Episode 44: Sactown Union’s “State of the Union” Address

March 4, 2017

Sactown Union's Quinn Gardner leads a panel discussion on Opening Night of Sacramento Beer Week 2017. featuring a panel of some of the greatest pioneers of the Northern California beer scene. Listen, as Dr. Charlie Bamforth (UC Davis), Barbara Groom (Lost Coast Brewery), Judy Ashworth (Lyons Brewery Depot), Shaun O'Sullivan (21st Amendment Brewing), John Martin (Triple Rock, Drake's Brewing), and Michael Barker (Sactown Union) discuss what craft brewing is (and isn't), what role craft beer plays in the community, and just how far we've come in the last decade and where beer is going next. And all completely unedited. I'd like to thank Quinn for inviting me to record this event for posterity. Please enjoy not technically an episode of Barley & Me!

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Episode Zero: Equipment Test w/ Comedian Dorian Foster

February 22, 2017

Host Ben Rice sits down with comedian Dorian Foster to test out his sound equipment, nearly 6 months before recording the first ever episode of a beer podcast that would come to be known as Barley & Me. Never intended for release, we bring this to you, because SF and Sacramento Beer Week make all brewers way too busy to take some time to talk to me about beer. So here it is: the unreleased, demo tracks you never knew you wanted! We do a bottle share in host Ben Rice's apartment and talk BUI's (not IBUs), cicerone tests, comedy,  randomAdam Sandler appearances, and how not to pet a cat. Plus we spitball potential names for the podcast! It was a weird experience, re-listening to life 2.5 years ago, not knowing what this podcast was even going to be. I laughed out loud a few times and I hope you do too. We'll be back soon with all new episodes! In the meantime, enjoy all those beautiful beer weeks and be sure to follow Barley & Me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @barleyandmepod, and subscribe on iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, or Podbean!

Find Dorian Foster @doriantfoster on Twitter

Intro music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio

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Episode 43: The Art of Beer Invitational, 2017

February 7, 2017

Host Ben Rice makes his second appearance at the Art of Beer Invitational. This will be either episode 43 of Barley & Me or Episode 1 of BarLeddy & Me, as Moonraker's Kyle Leddy takes over co-hosting duties midway through. Join us as we chat with Serious Talk Seriously's Johnny Flores (with Kyle and his wife Claire acting as co-guests!), then we speak with Elisia Gonzales and Delayna Fitzgerald of Eat Farm To Fork, before creating an impromptu beer roundtable with Kyle and Claire (again!), Jeff Broaddus of Karl Strauss, and Casey Carhart of Deschutes. Then we'll close out with some sage words from a few Art of Beer patrons. Plus Becky Lynn sneaks in some words of her own. We have an incredibly deep conversation about the recent brewery buy-outs, plus distribution talk, and we try to remember all the Wayans Brothers. Plus so much more! On Episode 1 of BarLeddy and Me. Enjoy!

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Learn more about Eat Farm To Fork at eatfarm2fork.com

I forgot to give a shout-out to Sol Collective, for whom funds were being raised, so please donate if you can. They are doing wonderful things for art and art education. Solcollective.org

Theme song: "JamRoc" by Breez (Twitter @4proaudio / Instagram @mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio

Thank you so much to all of my guests. If you haven't had their beers yet, how is that even possible?

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Episode 42: Jennifer Land Irwin (Art of Beer) & Kate Whelan (Sacramento Beer Week) at Hideaway Bar & Grill

January 24, 2017

Host Ben Rice sits down with event directors Jennifer Land Irwin (Art of Beer, January 27) and Kate Whelan (Sacramento Beer Week, March 2-March 12) to discuss the ins and outs of planning major beer events, while sipping on Christmas ales at Sacramento's Hideaway Bar & Grill, a lovely dive bar on Franklin Blvd. We get into the nitty gritty of event planning, the triumphs and tribulations, plus the differences in a one-night only event at one location versus a week-and-a-half long excursion at dozens of venues. We'll also chat about the Women's March, Stranger Things, classic and new musicals, and how to add an exciting game show element to up the ante at beer events. Plus Gilmore Girls! And politics. Also, Kate's beer group, Hop Broads, and their Beer Week beer design. And everything under the sun, until we get forced to shut up because of inclement weather because I chose to record this outside. Thank you to Hideaway's owner Mariah York-Carr for giving us the space to do this. Enjoy!

Find tickets to Art of Beer at artofbeerinvitational.com

Learn more about Sol Collective on Twitter @solcollective_

Find out about Sacramento Beer Week events at sacramentobeerweek.com

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Intro music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio

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