Episode 32: Ryan & Jeff of Track 7 Brewing and Capitol Taproom’s Kenny Hotchkiss

September 17, 2016

Host Ben Rice stands up with Ryan and Jeff of Track 7 Brewing (Sacramento, CA) and Kenny Hotchkiss, owner of Capitol Taproom (Sacramento). We talk about Track 7's recent expansion, plus their brand new canning line. We also delve deeply into the history, past, present, and future, of the NE IPA Haze Craze while sipping on Track 7 Sukahop. Kenny tells us about his own expansion plans, as he prepares to open a second location closer to the new Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento. Naturally, we talk about what the new arena holds for the future of Sacramento, not just in the beer and food world, but for its population and its much-maligned transit system. But mostly! Haze! IPA! and the slow, creeping death of classic styles. And if that isn't enough to draw you in, late in the episode, Ryan spits out the worst/best pun I have ever heard. Enjoy!
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Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (@4proaudio)
Artwork: Jessica DiMesio (@a_living_cliche)

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Episode 3.1: Crooked Lane & Nu Boonkham of Auburn Thai Garden (The Return)

September 5, 2016

Host Ben Rice returns for the grand opening of Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA, to catch up with his episode 3 guests, founders Paul Schilling, Kirt Braun, Adrian Psuty, and Teresa Psuty, along with Nu Boonkham of Auburn Thai Garden. When we first spoke with this crew, the building had recently been determined and they were, hopefully, a year away from opening. We sipped on some of their soon-to-be mainstays, made on a small garage kit, and talked of hopes and dreams. And now we're back to discuss the overwhelming reality of that vision, three years in the making. We discuss the trials and tribulations faced in the last year, gathering a local following, forming a work unit, the feeling of selling out a beer on opening night, plus women in the brewing industry (featuring a special guest appearance by bar manager Sierra Smith) and what the future holds after this strong open. Enjoy!
Also, don't forget to go to Crooked Lane's Beer Dump Party, featuring food, beer, and dunk tanks, as they dump an English brown not fit for human consumption. That will be Sunday, Sept. 11.
This episode is brought to you by the California Craft Beer Summit, taking place in Sacramento September 8 through 10. Find more information at califoriacraftbeer.com and buy tickets at eventbrite.com.
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Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (@4proaudio)
Logo by Jessica DiMesio @a_living_cliche)

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Episode 30: Zack Frasher & Kyle Leddy of Moonraker Brewing & Comedian Becky Lynn

August 30, 2016

Host Ben Rice travels to Auburn, CA, to visit with Zack Frasher & Kyle Leddy of Moonraker Brewing, a fast-rising brewery in Auburn, CA. In tow this week is Ben's best gal, better half, and better comedian, Becky Lynn. We'll talk the haze craze, coffee porters, beer generations, and how chicken wings nearly derailed Ben & Becky's relationship. Plus a lot of talk about breweries and beers that are not Moonraker. Not to mention Ben's first foray into exhausted advertising. Enjoy!
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Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (@4proaudio)
Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@a_living_cliche)

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Episode 29: Sean & Andrew Mohsenzadegan of Flatland Brewing and Dave Ross of Specialized Exhaust & Automotive

August 16, 2016

Host Ben Rice travels to Flatland Brewing in Elk Grove, California, to talk to brothers-from-the-same-mother/brewers/owners Sean & Andrew Mohsenzadegan, along with special guest Dave Ross, manager of Elk Grove's Specialized Exhaust and Automotive. We talk brotherhood, cars, beer, and other specialities. The Mohsenzadegans get into their brewing history and creating a professional brewery from spare parts, plus we compare current beer fads to classic beer styles. Dave starts a discussion of his favorite cars and repairs, plus gives us an insane Internet history lesson. And if there are any entrepreneurs or Uber reps listening, this episode is chock-full of great business ideas none of us will use. Plus we get into the specialty meat game and discuss how we'd like our humans prepared. Barley & Me, available on iTunes, Stitcher, Podbean, and GooglePlay. Now with more cannibalism!
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Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (@4proaudio)
Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@a_living_cliche)

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Episode 28: Brian Palmer of Claimstake Brewing & Sacramento Beer Enthusiasts Founders Russell Kay and Steve Hayer

August 2, 2016

Host Ben Rice visits Claimstake Brewing in Rancho Cordova, to talk with owner/brewer Brian Palmer, as well as founders of the Sacramento Beer Enthusiasts Facebook Group, Russell Kay and Steve Hayer. If there's one thing this episode has, it's a bunch of wonderful people sauced to the gills talking things they love. If there's two things this episode has, it's that and layers (layers). We discuss the road from home brewer to micro brewer, as well as what is needed to start your own brewery, and the items you foresaw and couldn't have seen coming. Plus Brian announces some big things. Ben describes his first home brewing experience and never, ever lives it down. It's chock full of information, callbacks, name calling, parenting tips, and experimental beer style suggestions. I hope you have as much fun listening as we did recording. Enjoy!
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Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (@4proaudio)
Artwork: Jessica DiMesio (@a_living_cliche)
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Episode 27: JJ Anderson of Black Vinyl Ale Project & Paul Burke, Owner of Blacktop Comedy

July 25, 2016

On Episode 27 of Barley & Me, host Ben Rice turns it up to 11 with JJ Anderson of Black Vinyl Ale Project (Rocklin, CA) and Paul Burke, owner of Blacktop Comedy (Rocklin, CA). Prepare for the three of them to wax philosophical about music, beer, comedy, business, and life, as they take trips down Memory Lane, only to find out everything has changed. Plus Paul teachs us about the different formats of improv comedy while JJ gives insight into obtaining hops when there's a hop crisis. Ben announces a new comedy show he's doing, which is impressive, but not as impressive as Black Vinyl's freshly-announced second location in Sacramento. It might get weird, and it totally gets weird, as we pinpoint our own little quirks that make us borderline unbearable. But if you love hip hop, David Duchovny, driving in the dark, or Tea Leoni, you'll love this episode. Enjoy!
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Intro music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@4proaudio)
Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@a_living_cliche)

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Episode 26: Ed Mason of River Rock Brewing (Galt, CA) & Tricia and Tim Bowden

July 3, 2016

Host Ben Rice sits down with Ed Mason of River Rock Brewing (formerly the controversial Special Ed's Brewing), as well as Tricia and Tim Bowden, the parties who brought the name to media attention, to discuss the thought process behind the previous brewery name as well as its beer names and catchphrases (which include "Take the short bus to great beer" and "Back of the Bus Brown"). It gets a bit heated, but we eventually find common ground in discussing the importance of family, as well as who is and is not the best Beatle and which comedians are best. Plus we find out a lot about Galt celebrities (Levar Burton! Doug Martin! More!) and things to do in small town California. While we may not have reached an amicable agreement moving forward, we did find that even people from completely different world views can find some common ground. And I found out I should never record anywhere near a fan. Oops. Enjoy!
Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (@4proaudio)
Logo: Jessica DiMesio (@a_living_cliche)
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Episode 25: Shaun O’Sullivan of 21st Amendment & Comedian/Marijuana Activist Ngaio Bealum

June 20, 2016

Host Ben Rice sits down with 21st Amendment's co-founder/head brewer Shaun O'Sullivan and comedian/pot activitist Ngaio Bealum, in episode 25 of Barley & Me. Recorded at 21st Amendment's new(ish) San Leandro location, we discuss the new location's previous history as a Kellogg's Pop Tart production facility, judging beer and weed, the slow and steady growth and expansion of 21st Amendment, plus first beer experiences and much, much more! Look for this episode on YouTube in the coming weeks, because we bothered to film it. So thanks to those debonair fellas for being themselves and making for some gorgeous video. As usual, host Ben Rice ruins everything. But it still turns out okay! Enjoy!
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Title track: "JamRoc" by Breez (@4proaudio)
Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@a_living_cliche)

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Episode 24: Comedian Johnny Taylor and a Bucket O Hamm’s at Tank House BBQ

June 6, 2016

Host Ben Rice sits down with Sacramento comedian Johnny Taylor (Stand Up! Records) over a Bucket O' Hamm's at Sacramento's Tank House BBQ. We sit down to discuss Johnny's upcoming second live album recording (taking place at Harlow's on June 18). We discuss the art and business of stand-up, Ben poorly masks his disappointment in his own shortcomings, and we talk about family, moving, early drinking experiences, and much, much more. Plus we encounter the post-Happy Hour crowd and argue over whether dirty mac or dirty tots are better. Seriously, if you haven't gone to Tank House, do it.
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Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (@4proaudio)
Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@a_living_cliche)

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Episode 23: AJ Tendick of Bike Dog Brewing & Entrepreneur Clay Nutting

May 30, 2016

Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento's Bike Dog Brewing to chat with co-founder/brewer AJ Tendick and entrepreneur/restauranteur/revitalizer Clay Nutting. It's not an understatement to say that Clay has played a major role in the re-branding and revitalization of midtown Sacramento, helping push change with the advent of live street music, the beloved German bier haus LowBrau, upscale Block Butcher Bar, and the yearly music festival TBD! And he'll sit down to talk (vaguely) about projects in the pipeline. And it's no secret that Bike Dog has taken the Sacramento beer scene by storm, pumping out celebrated, balanced, multi-faceted IPAs and the best damn stout in town. We'll talk about the trials and errors in starting and maintaining your own business, leading to one of my least-informed questions ever! Listen as we discuss Bike Dog's expansion plans, then juxtapose those against the general craft beer marketing and distribution trends. Chuckle silently to yourself as we consistently speak hypocritically about what craft breweries should do to combat the bigger brewers. We'll also talk beer family trees, local sports!, camping, bottle shares, accidental successes, and taking advantage of gaps in city event planning. That and so much more, and we even avoiding making any infantile comments about my guests' last names!, on episode 23 of Barley & Me!
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