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


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!

Follow Drake's on all social media at @drakesbeer

Follow Jason Cole on Twitter at @thatsnotgravy

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio


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!


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


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!

Follow Barley & Me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @barleyandmepod

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?


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

Follow Art of Beer on Twitter & Instagram @artofbeerca

Follow Sacramento Beer Week on Twitter @sacbeerweek_

Follow Barley & Me everywhere @barleyandmepod

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio


Episode 41: Christmas Bottle Share at Sail Inn Grotto w/ Comedians Stephen Furey, Garrett Boatman, Luke Soin, Emma Haney & Becky Lynn

January 10, 2017

Host Ben Rice conducts a Christmas bottle share with some comedian friends at West Sacramento restaurant Sail Inn Grotto. Guests Stephen Furey (The Comedy Store), Garrett Boatman (retired), Luke Soin (Epic Tiki and The Sexy Podcast), Emma Haney (Fem Dom Com), and Becky Lynn (Hot Drunk Sets) join us, with Stephen Furey leading the charge as we rate the best and worst of: Candy! Cookies! White Elephant Gifts! Beer! Plus Garrett and Ben beef with BevMo, Luke explains how he learned to be intolerant of gluten (the answer might surprise you), and why everyone in comedy hates the word "skit." Plus a look back at the surprising oeuvre of Dane Cook and made-up facts about your favorite young adult novelists. Enjoy episode 41 of Barley & Me!

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio

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

Follow our guests on Instagram! Stephen Furey @scubastevefurey Garrett Boatman @garrettboatman Luke Soin @epictiki Emma Haney @ehaneycomedy Becky Lynn @ohthatsbecky

Thank you so much for listening. Tell your friends.

Episode 41 has been brought to you by the Art Of Beer, occurring Friday, January 27, 2017, at the McClellan Conference Center, in Sacramento. Find tickets at artofbeerinvitational.com.

Barley & Me is brought to you by Comedy Night at Crooked Lane Brewing, in Auburn, CA. The first and third Thursday of every month, see national and regional headliners w/ the best up and coming comics in the area for just $10. Upcoming: Myles Webber, winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, on January 19. Then we have Jason Resler of Comedy Central, BET, Sirius XM, and more on February 2. On February 16, Mike E. Winfield (The Office, Off Beat, Letterman, Showtime) will be headlining. And March 2, from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we have DJ Sandhu. Tickets available at crookedlanebrewing.com


Episode 40: Grant Ritchie, Kevin Martin & Mike Mathis of Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR) & Comedian Becky Lynn

December 28, 2016

Host Ben Rice and guest Becky Lynn celebrate their anniver-soury by traveling to Portland, Oregon, and visiting world-renowned sour beer brewery Cascade Brewing. So why not do a podcast? We chat with brewery manager Grant Ritchie, blender Kevin Martin, and head brewer Mike Mathis about what separates sour brewing from typical beer brewing. Plus! Beers that got us into beer, making friends through beer, and beer enthusiasm versus beer snobbery. Plus even more (sour) beer puns and we even go in depth on some horror stories from Cascade's "Tap It Tuesday," in which pre-selected guests get to tap the barrel on their "Live from the Barrel" series. It's a gusher of fruity sticky goodness and this episode is a gusher of information and joy. So grab your lactobacillis and a few dozen of your favorite barrels and enjoy Episode 40 of Barley & Me!

Find Cascade Brewing online at cascadebrewing.com, cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com, and on Instagram/Twitter @cascadebrewing

Find Becky Lynn on social media at @ohthatsbecky

Find Barley & Me at @barleyandmepod

Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (IG: @mr4proaudio, Twitter: @4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio

Brought to you by Art of Beer - www.artofbeerinvitational.com


Episode 39: Non-Alcoholic Beers at Sacramento’s THE SHACK with Comedians Melissa McGillicuddy, Robert Omoto, and Kim Martel

December 13, 2016

Host Ben Rice vists East Sacramento sandwich shop The Shack with comedians Melissa McGillicuddy, Robert Omoto, and Kim Martel to discuss the art, taste, and reasons behind several non-alcoholic beers. We break down their (lack of) flavor and aroma, plus hypothesize why people would imbibe these concoctions in the first place. Plus! Melissa's diet secrets, Kim's discovery of a medical shortcut to dieting, and why certain regions of America don't have access to mangos. And if that wasn't enough, we discover what makes something "artisan" and that even cats love horoscopes. All of this and so much more, on Episode 39 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!


Episode 38: Cathy & Michael Johnson of GoatHouse Brewing and John Marcotte (Heroic Girls, more)

November 20, 2016

Host Ben Rice sits down with Cathy Johnson (owner) and Michael Johnson (brewer) of Lincoln, CA, based nano-brewery, GoatHouse Brewing, along with guest John Marcotte (Heroic Girls, The Cookie Project, #MoreThanCute, and much much more) to get political, philosphical, nerdy, funny, weird, and informative. As John sips on a honey blonde and Ben quaffs a delectable Dark Side stout, we touch on myriad topics beer-adjacent: farming, education, sustainability, community outreach, regulations and restrictions... So many things! Plus John tells us about many of the small things he's done to help the community, as well as his biggest project to date, Heroic Girls, which takes "princess culture" head on. So if you love information, hate pumpkin beers, and wanted to know how a nano-brewery that is located at the owner's house can possibly expand, check out Episode 38 of Barley & Me. It's so good.

Go to www.cookieproject.org and www.heroicgirls.com for more info on those wonderful programs.

Find John Marcotte on Twitter at @heroic_girls

Find GoatHouse Brewing at www.goathousebrewing.com or Facebook @goathousebrewing or on Instagram @goathouse_brewing

You can find Barley & Me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @barleyandmepod

Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (Twitter: @4proaudio, Instagram: @mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (Instagram: @a_living_cliche)