Episode 96: Sexism, Racism & Homophobia in the Beer Industry

March 18, 2019

Host Ben Rice discusses the recent lawsuits filed against Sacramento, CA's Track 7 Brewing and Grand Rapids, Michigan's Founders Brewing, as well as the Great Lakes Brewing News "satire" and delves into the sadly-still existent racism, sexism, and homophobia in and around the beer industry. Recently, Barley & Me created a Google Form where parties can submit stories about these issues anonymously. On this episode, he has seven of these stories read by women appearing in the first annual Femme Fest, taking place at the Sacramento Comedy Spot March 29th through the 31st. The saddest part will be how familiar many of these stories sound. Barley & Me is committed to giving voice to these stories, so this Google Form will remain open and anonymous and stories will continue to be shared during "ad breaks" in future episodes. Thank you so much for listening. Enjoy!

If you have a story to share, submit anonymously at https://goo.gl/forms/i5aR6ipMUgVzO6Ll1 or submit to us via email (see below).

Be sure to follow/like/subscribe to Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

This episode is brought to you by ABV Magazine, the Bay Area's best beverage and music magazine. Check it out for just a buck a month at www.abvmagazine.com

This episode is also brought to you by Sacramento Beer Week, starting April 26 and ending May 7. Get more ino on events, breweries, and more, at www.sacbeerweek.com!

This episode is also brought to you by FEMME FEST, an all-female comedy festival taking place March 29 through March 31 at the Sacramento Comedy Spot. Sketch, improv, and stand-up. Find out more and get tickets at www.saccomedyspot.com

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

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Got questions, comments, concerns, guest ideas? Email host Ben Rice at barleyandmepod@gmail.com

Episode 95: Mike Mraz & Lauren Zehnder of Mraz Brewing Company and Beer Judge Melissa McCann

March 4, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to El Dorado Hills to talk to Mike Mraz and Lauren Zehnder of Mraz Brewing Company, with guest Melissa McCann, a nationally recognized beer judge, to talk about Mraz's upcoming 6th anniversary (taking place Saturday, March 9, 2019). We dive into Mike's award-winning homebrews, and how that led him to opening his award-winning brewery. We figure out why he chose El Dorado Hills of all places, and sort out sour beers, sports bike racing, and saving space in a brewery and taproom. Plus! How trendy beer affects beer judging, breweries we all look up to, and some European vacation recommendations from people who haven't actually been to the places they're recommending. All this and more, on episode 95 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Be sure to check out Mraz at their 6th anniversary party and also on social media @mrazbrewingco (Instagram) and @mrazbrewingcompany (Twitter) or at their website, www.mrazbrewingcompany.com. Also, Lauren misspoke during the end: their All Sour Day will be Saturday, April 27, not April 26.

Follow the adventures of Melissa McCann on Instagram @obeer1kenobe

Be sure to like, subscribe, whatever, to Barley & Me's social media accounts @barleyandmepod

This episode is brought to you by ABV Magazine, the Bay Area's best beverage and bands magazine. Check it out for just a buck a month at www.abvmagazine.com

This episode is also brought to you by Sacramento Beer Week, starting April 26 and ending May 7. Get info on events, breweries, and more at www.sacbeerweek.com!

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

You can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at Zen-Threads.com (https://bit.ly/BarleyZen)

Got questions, comments, concerns, guest ideas? Email host Ben Rice at barleyandmepod@gmail.com

 

Episode 94: Bill Shufelt of Athletic Brewing & Danny and Katrina Le Sage of NA Beer Aficionados

February 18, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to NA Beer Aficionados headquarters in Carmichael, CA, to conduct his first phone interview ever, with Bill Shufelt, founder of Athletic Brewing, the first NA brewery and taprooms in America, and NA Beer Aficionados founders Danny & Katrina Le Sage. We talk about fighting the stigma of NA in the beer world, designing recipes that can appeal to craft enthusiasts and people looking for a non-alcoholic beverage alike, and some surprising statistics about who's entering the NA world, as well as the do's, don't's, can't's, and musts of NA. Plus! Athletic's ability to defeat blind taste tests, festival goers, and brewing competitions alike. Danny & Katrina talk about their formation of the Facebook group NA Beer Aficionados, why it was done and how response has been, as well as discuss their letter-writing campaign to get more craft brewers to release NA options. It's an enlighting and enjoyable conversation that crackles with electricity! Enjoy!

Find out more about Athletic Brewing at www.athleticbrewing.com or on social media @athleticbrewing

You can find the NA Beer Aficionados on Facebook by searching in Facebook groups.

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

This episode was brought to you by ABV Magazine (www.abvmagazine.com). Get the best in Bay Area brews and tunes, for just $1 a month.

This episode was also brought to you by Sac Beer Week, celebrating its 10th year beginning April 26 and ending May 7. Find out more at www.sacbeerweek.com

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

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

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Episode 93: Art of Beer 2019

February 5, 2019

Host Ben Rice attends the Art of Beer 2019 at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. In three short interview segments, he sits down with Daniel Barnes, a beer writer for the Sacramento News and Review and host of the Dare Daniel Podcast. We talk movies, beer, eating competitions, and one-up-manship. Then in segment two, Ben sits down with friend of the podcast Johnny Flores of Serious Talk Seriously, to talk the Art of Beer's return, podcast tech and materials, plus heartburn and hackysack. Then in segment three, we visit with Nick Vellanoweth of Nitty's Cider (with a special appearance by Burning Barrel's Duncan Alexander) to discuss the legal rigamarole of starting your own brewery or cidery, before trying to end racism in America, and how beer history is coming full circle. All this and more, on Episode 93 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Listen to Dare Daniel Podcast wherever you get your podcasts and submit dares at their website, www.daredaniel.com

Check out Serious Talk, Seriously, wherever you get your podcasts and learn more about Flores Podcast Consulting at www.florespodcastconsulting.com

Be on the lookout for Nitty's Cider and find them across social media @nittyscider

And of course, get your butts down to Burning Barrel Brewing if you haven't already, and give em a follow @burningbarrelbrewco

Follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

Email questions, comments, concerns, and guest/brewery ideas to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com

This episode is brought to you by ABV Magazine, the Bay Area's best music and beer pairing magazine. Subscribe for just $1 a month at www.abvmagazine.com

This episode was also brought to you by the Art of Beer Invitational. Returning in 2020! Look out for updates later this year at www.artofbeerinvitational.com

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

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Episode 92: Joe Vida of Super Owl Brewing (Davis, CA) and Comedienne Cheryl “The Soccer Mom” Anderson

January 22, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Davis, CA, to talk to Joe Vida, co-owner and head brewer of Super Owl Brewing, and comedienne Cheryl "The Soccer Mom" Anderson. We talk about Joe's homebrewing roots and how they've influenced his transition to the commercial realm, as well as Cheryl's climb to success in the comedy world and her influence on our host's career in all respects, including how he eats his dinner. We try to figure out what is and isn't a fox, the ups and downs of football fandom, and how to do a podcast in the midst of a child's birthday party. Plus! Neighborhood breweries making a comeback, the quirks of the Midwestern vernacular, and how Super Owl got (and didn't get) its name. All this and more, on episode 92 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Find Super Owl Brewing on Facebook or follow them on Instagram @superowlbrewing

Get the latest on Cheryl the Soccer Mom @cherylsoccermom

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

This episode is brought to you by the Art of Beer, happening this Friday, January 25, at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento. Find out more or get tickets at www.artofbeerinvitational.com

This episode is also brought you by ABV Magazine, the Bay Area's pre-eminent beer and music pairing magazine. Subscribe or get more info at www.abvmagazine.com

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

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Thanks for listening. Get home safe.

Episode 91: Queen of Beer Competition w/ Beer Judges Tracy Bethune, Melissa McCann, Cynthia Lee (Dark Heart Brewing) and Heidi Wilder of Fort Rock Brewing

January 7, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Fort Rock Brewing in Rancho Cordova, CA, to sit in on the judging at the 22nd Annual Queen of Beer homebrewing competition. He is joined by national beer jduges Tracy Bethune, Melissa McCann, and Cynthia Lee, as well as Fort Rock Brewing co-owner Heidi Wilder. We chat about the life and times of the beer judge, opening your own brewery, how the Internet and information availability have affected beer competitions, and Canadian kid brewers, plus how the world of beer is just one big dysfunctional family. Stick around at the end, for the full list of 2018 winners, including Best in Show. All this and more, on episode 91 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Find out more about Queen of Beer, including how to register, at www.queenofbeer.beer. And look out for the upcoming collab between Fort Rock Brewing and winner Jess Finlay-Schultz at next year's Great American Beer Festival!

This episode was recorded at Fort Rock Brewing. Follow them at @fortrockbrewing. Our follow-up with Melissa McCann, to get the winners on the record, was recording at the world's most wonderful beer bar, Samuel Horne's Tavern. So sorry I forgot to mention it. Visit them in Old Folsom, CA, and check their wonderful taplist at @samuelhornes on Twitter. Thanks to Dylan and crew for having me, every time I stop in. Just great people, beer, and food, all around.

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

This episode was brought to you by the Art of Beer Invitational, happening Friday, January 25, 2019, at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. Get your tickets today at www.artofbeerinvitational.com!

This episode was also brought to you by ABV Magazine, the Bay Area's foremost beer, food, and music pairing magazine. Subscribe for just a dollar a month at ABVmagazine.com!

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

 

Episode 90: Barley & Friendship, Seriously / Raised in a Barn w/ Delayna Fitzgerald, Johnny Flores, and CJ

December 25, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Drake's: The Barn in West Sacramento to bring together a rag tag team of podcasters to create the ultimate Holiday Podcast. Joining Ben on this adventure is CJ of The Friendship Podcast, Johnny Flores of Serious Talk, Seriously, and Delayna Fitzgerald, the event and community coordinator for Drake's: The Barn. In a world where three podcast hosts and a civilian try to make the perfect episode, Delayna actually takes the reins to guide us to the ultimate Holiday Podcast episode. We try out Drake's De-Egg-Nog-inizer (two ways), talk about The Barn's recent successful Camp Fire Benefit Concert, re-imagine the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic "Kindergarten Cop," learn that Johnny was a horrendous child and a filthy liar about where he went to school, find the ideal Couple's Costumes, and play a rousing game of Never Have I Ever, Holiday Edition! All this and more, on episode 90 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Check out Serious Talk, Seriously and everything else Johnny Flores has going on at stspodcast.com or follow him on Twitter @serioustalktwit

Learn more about The Friendship Podcast at www.thefriendshippodcast.com or follow them @hellafriendship

Get updates on Drake's: The Barn and its upcoming events @drakesthebarn

Follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

This episode is brought to you by ABV Magazine, the Bay Area's premier beer and music pairing mag. Subscribe for just $1 a month at abvmagazine.com

This episode is also brought to you by the Art of Beer Invitational, returning to the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento on Friday, January 29, 2019. Get tickets now at www.artofbeerinvitational.com

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

Logo: Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Also, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at Zen-Threads.com (www.bit.ly/BarleyZen)

Episode 89: Chris Keeton and Chef Jason Azevedo of Alaro Brewing

December 10, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to speak with head brewer Chris Keeton and head chef Jason Azevedo of Alaro Brewing. We talk about Alaro's gold medal in IPA at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, in just their third month of existence, honoring their brewery location's history, and the ideal BBQ sauce. Plus! how UC Davis is trying to save the malt world, old-school brewery sytem quirks, food and beer pairing and how beer pushes food and vice versa, underground meat sales, Alaro's beer naming conventions, and keeping chefs on their toes. All this and more, on episode 89 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Find out more about Alaro's history, their beers, and their seasonal menus by following them on social media @alarobrewing

Follow Barley & Me @barleyandmepod

This episode is brought to you by the Art of Beer Invitational, returning to the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento on January 25, 2019. Get tickets at www.artofbeerinvitational.com

This episode is also brought to you by ABV Magazine, the Bay Area's premier beer and music pairing mag. Subscribe for just $1 a month at abvmagazine.com

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

You can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at Zen-Threads.com (www.bit.ly/BarleyZen)

Episode 88: Let’s Taco Bout It: Thanksgiving Man-on-the-Street Interviews with BruCo’s Justin MacClanahan

November 26, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento's Bru Co Taproom to chat with owner Justin MacClanahan, compete in a modified version of Edward 40 Hands, and conduct unscripted man-on-the-street interviews with passersby over short rib tacos.

We'll talk about business ownership, family, beer discovery, and social media promotions, while also talking to complete strangers about The Queen of Beer competition (December 8 at Fort Rock Brewing), internet love affairs, discovering people and places, starting podcasts, conspiracy theories, pursuing your dreams, recovering from failure, running and drinking for charity (with the Hash House Harriers and the Red Dress Run) and so so much more. Enjoy!

Visit BruCo at 902 K St, Sacramento, CA, or online at brucotaproom.com. Follow them on social media @brucotaproom

Learn more about the Queen of Beer, or enter your brew, at queenofbeer.beer. Registration ends December 1, 2018, with the competition taking place at Fort Rock Brewing in Rancho Cordova, CA, on December 8, 2018 at 10am.

You can find the Bat & Cat Podcast on iTunes.

Find your local Hash House Harriers club at gthhh.com or sign up for future Red Dress Runs at www.reddressruns.org

You can follow Barley & Me (and host Ben Rice) across social media @barleyandmepod

This episode was brought to you by the Art of Beer Invitational, taking place at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, Friday, January 25, 2019. Find tickets and brewery lists at www.artofbeerinvitational.com

This episode is also brought to you by ABV Magazine, the Bay Area's premier beer and music pairing mag. Subscribe for just $1 a month at abvmagazine.com

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

You can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at Zen-Threads.com / www.bit.ly/BarleyZen

 

Episode 87: Alex Larrabee of Big Stump Brewing & Comedian Dejan Tyler

November 12, 2018

Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA to sit down with Alex Larrabee, co-owner and brewer at Big Stump Brewing Company, and comedian Dejan Tyler, to discuss beer creativity and other things. Dejan discusses his approach to comedy, which has led to the release of his first comedy album, "Get Rich or Diabetes," on Uproar Comedy, and the path Alex took to go from beer drinker to award-winning homebrewer to brewery owner. We take a deep dive into the creative process of brewers and comedians, including how to create a good product, how to grow as a creator, and how to expand your brand. Plus! A discussion of the various souring processes, malt liquors, beer naming issues, retro video games, and that old chestnut - the can vs bottle debate. All this and so much more, on this episode of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Learn more about Big Stump Brewing on social media @bigstumpbrewco

Follow Dejan Tyler's exploits @dtyler916

Follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

You can find Dejan's debut album, "Get Rich or Diabetes," on www.uproarcomedycd.com, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.

This episode has been brought to you by ABV Magazine, bringing you the best in Bay Area beer and music. Find out more at www.abvmagazine.com.

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)