Barley & Me
Episode 120: Mike Ungerbuhler, Micah Ochej & Calvin Crawford of Tower Brewing & Producer Cindy Baker

Episode 120: Mike Ungerbuhler, Micah Ochej & Calvin Crawford of Tower Brewing & Producer Cindy Baker

February 17, 2020

Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA's Tower Brewing to talk to TV/radio/podcast producer Cindy Baker, plus Tower Brewing crew Mike Ungerbuhler (head brewer), Micah Ochej (brewer), and Calvin Crawford (taproom manager) about creativity, commitment to passions, and how your backgrounds help you build to your present and future. Plus! Buying Rubicon IP(A), rum varieties, why it feels worse when someone is disappointed in you instead of mad at you, the rise and fall of Brut IPA, and an odd first/fourth anniversary. All this and more, on episode 120 of Barley & Me. Enjoy

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. You can email questions/comments/concerns to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com. New website! www.barleyandmepod.com! And, of course, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com.

Find out more about our guests today by following them on Instagram:

Tower Brewing: @towerbrewingco

Cindy Baker: @sindeevicious

This episode is brought to you by:

-Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, February 20, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone (530) 878-5232. February’s headliner is Chelsea Bearce (YouTube’s “Street Comic”), featuring Chad Opitz and hosted by Roman Spinale.

Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757

Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)

Alternate Intro Music (not featured in this episode): “JamRoc” by Breez (@breeztheartist)

Background Music for this episode provided by: Nipper Brothers (@nipperbrothers)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 119: Art of Beer Invitational 2020: DarkHeart/Almanac & South Lake/Burning Barrel, Hops & Props, Jared Long

Episode 119: Art of Beer Invitational 2020: DarkHeart/Almanac & South Lake/Burning Barrel, Hops & Props, Jared Long

February 3, 2020

Host Ben Rice travels to the Art of Beer Invitational 2020 to conduct a handful of mini-interviews!

In segment one, Ben sits down with Cynthia Lee and Trish Showen of DarkHeart Brewing (Sacramento) plus beer volunteer and secret Barley & Me MVP Scott Mills to talk the art and influence of Art of Beer, designing a pirate-themed brewery, releasing the Kraken, and the sunken costs and buried treasures of the beer business.

In segment two, Ben is joined by Laine Ruona of Almanac Brewing (Alameda) and Chris Smith of South Lake Brewing (South Lake Tahoe) to talk family ties, our strange and winding paths through the beer industry, and the difficulty of establishing a new brewing identity and crafting beers for beer fans and tourists alike. Plus upcoming Almanac collabs and South Lake’s TAMBA fundraisers.

And in our final segment, Ben has an earnest conversation with brewer Jared Long, Jack Alexander of Burning Barrel Brewing (Rancho Cordova), and Tom Jones of the California Aerospace Museum (and creator of the Hops & Props Invitational beer event). We talk about the best music of 2019, before diving headlong into the realities facing craft brewers in 2020 vs the realities as we entered the 2010s. As more talent has entered the industry, the beer drinker’s expectations and demands have increased, resulting in a world where there is a lot of excitement, but no one is excited by an individual beer. We (Ben) pontificates on why heroin is in heavy rotation in the rock industry, while Jared and Jack discuss what separates the craft beer industry from other career paths and the challenge of pleasing customers while maintaining your integrity. One of the best conversations we’ve had on Barley & Me. Do not miss it.

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. You can email questions/comments/concerns to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com. New website! www.barleyandmepod.com! And, of course, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com.

Find out more about our guests today by following them on Instagram:

DarkHeart: @darkheartbrewing

Almanac: @almanacbeer

South Lake Brewing: @southlakebrewco

Burning Barrel Brewing: @burningbarrelbrewco

Hops & Props: @aerospaceca (get tickets to Hops & Props, happening April 25, 2020, at the Aerospace Museum of California, at www.aerospaceca.org/events)

This episode is brought to you by:

-Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, February 20, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone (530) 878-5232. February’s headliner is Chelsea Bearce (YouTube’s “Street Comic”), featuring Chad Opitz and hosted by Roman Spinale.

Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757

Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)

Alternate Intro Music: “JamRoc” by Breez (@breeztheartist)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 118: Rob Moreno of Jackrabbit Brewing & Improvisor Justine Lopez

Episode 118: Rob Moreno of Jackrabbit Brewing & Improvisor Justine Lopez

January 20, 2020

Host Ben Rice travels to West Sacramento, CA, to chat with Jackrabbit Brewing's head brewer Rob Moreno and Sacramento-based improvisor Justine Lopez. We kick off 2020 with conversations about secondary businesses to drive success, Sacramento's growing arts and comedy communities, what 2020 holds for craft beer (and Jackrabbit in particular), plus brand management and business planning, marriage and child-raising pros and cons, and how dogs can tell if you're a good person or not. Also! How improv is like sports, Ben's bad decision making, and the drawbacks of capitalism. All this and more, on episode 118 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. You can email questions/comments/concerns to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com. New website! www.barleyandmepod.com! And, of course, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com.

Find out more about Jackrabbit’s goals and progress, plus can releases on Instagram @jackrabbitbrewingcompany

If you’re lucky, you can follow guest Justine Lopez on Instagram @justine____

This episode is brought to you by:

-The Art of Beer, happening January 24, 2020, at McClelland Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. Get your tickets online at www.artofbeerinvitational.com

Barley & Me listeners can get 10% off their purchase of tickets and packages by using promo code Barley10

-Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, February 20, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone (530) 878-5232. February’s headliner is Chelsea Bearce (YouTube’s “Street Comic”), featuring Chad Opitz and hosted by Roman Spinale.

Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757

Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)

Alternate Intro Music (not included in this particular episode): “JamRoc” by Breez (@breeztheartist)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 117: Happy New Beer at New Helvetia (w/ comedians Stephen Furey, Emma Haney, and Becky Lynn)

Episode 117: Happy New Beer at New Helvetia (w/ comedians Stephen Furey, Emma Haney, and Becky Lynn)

January 6, 2020

Host Ben Rice travels to New Helvetia Brewing in Sacramento, CA, to sit down with friends of the pod and truly terrific comedians Stephen Furey, Emma Haney, and Becky Lynn, to talk about their accomplishments in 2019, their hopes and aspirations for 2020, and drink some beers we've never had before. We also all realize that to make a living in the arts, you have to be a corporate shill, so we rave about our favorite things (please send us money) and rant about Ben's dictatorial hosting style. In this episode, we tackle beers from Little Beast, Sierra Nevada, North Coast, and Ruhstaller, bookended by known quantities from Asahi and New Helvetia. Thank you to New Helvetia for giving us a place to record and crafting some tasty stuff. Cheers to you all in the year 2020, and thank you for listening. Enjoy!

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. You can email questions/comments/concerns to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com. New website! www.barleyandmepod.com! And, of course, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com.

You can follow our guests’ career paths (and their social media) here:

Stephen Furey @scubastevefurey

Emma Haney IG @ehaneycomedy Twitter @emmaiscool69

Becky Lynn @ohthatsbecky

This episode is brought to you by:

-The Art of Beer, happening January 24, 2020, at McClelland Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. Get your tickets online at www.artofbeerinvitational.com

Barley & Me listeners can get 10% off their purchase of tickets and packages by using promo code Barley10

Congratulations to Joel McLemore for winning our contest from last episode and winning two (2) VIP tickets to Art of Beer!

-“Drink Better Beer” by Joshua Bernstein, available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and www.joshuambernstein.com. Makes a great gift for any beer lover this holiday season!

-Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, January 16, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone (530) 878-5232. January’s headliner, Caitlin Weierhauser, recently made her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and will be featured in the upcoming Disney film Timmy Failure, was Portland’s Funniest Person 2017, and has performed at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Also appearing are Nick Sahoyah of popular YouTube series “Cool Moms” and Chazz Hawkins, who has opened for such acts as Hannibal Burress, Ali Wong, and Craig Robinson.

Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757

Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)

Alternate Intro Music (not included in this particular episode): “JamRoc” by Breez (@breeztheartist)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 116: Collabapalooza 2019, Part 2: Abnormal/Resident, Lost Abbey, and Stave & Nail/Fall Brewing

Episode 116: Collabapalooza 2019, Part 2: Abnormal/Resident, Lost Abbey, and Stave & Nail/Fall Brewing

December 23, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to San Diego, CA, to conduct mini-interviews during Karl Strauss’s Collabapalooza 2019! This is the second episode in that series of mini’s. In segment one, Ben sits down with Craig Nelson of Resident Brewing and Nyle Molina of Abnormal Brewing, to discuss their strange shared history, lager collaborations, POGs, tribal tattoos, the brewpub model, and the similarities (and surprising differences) between the San Diego and Florida craft beer markets. In segment two, Lost Abbey’s Chase Michaels and Nick Tretow go in-depth on the sour/wild ale process, as well as the fairy new offshoot brewery model (Lost Abbey is itself an offshoot of Port Brewing, as is The Hop Concept), and why anyone would ever want to live in the Midwest. And finally, in segment three, Ben chats with Larry Monasakanian of Fall Brewing and Justin Stambaugh of Stave & Nail, to learn about the exciting world of small-scale craft brewing, mass-produced craft Mexican lagers, Fall’s involvement with Who Cares, and the difference between a beer nerd and a beer douchebag. All this and more, on episode 116 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

And if you missed the first part of this series, recorded at Collabapalooza 2019, I encourage you to listen to episode 115, featuring interviews with Societe, Burning Beard, White Labs, Melvin, and Latchkey.

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. You can email questions/comments/concerns to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com. New website! www.barleyandmepod.com! And, of course, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com.

You can find our guests online as well, and they pretty much all agree Instagram is the best place to get news on upcoming events, tap lists, and new products, so follow them!

Abnormal Beer @abnormalbeerco

Resident Brewing @residentbrewing

Lost Abbey @lostabbey / @portbrewing @thehopconcept

Stave & Nail @staveandnailbeer

Fall Brewing @fallbrewingcompany

Thank you to Karl Strauss (@karlstraussbeer) and Rad Craft Beer (@radcraftbeer) for the invite and opportunity. Thank you to Jay Jones of Thorn Brewing (@thornbeer) and Emily Hutto and Chea Franz of Rad Craft Beer for helping connect me with brewers on-site at Collabapalooza and for refilling my glass as needed.

This episode is brought to you by:

-The Art of Beer, happening January 24, 2020, at McClelland Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. Get your tickets online at www.artofbeerinvitational.com

Barley & Me listeners can get 10% off their purchase of tickets and packages by using promo code Barley10

Attentive listeners (and readers), Barley & Me is giving away two (2) VIP tickets to the upcoming Art of Beer. There are two (2!) ways to enter: review the podcast on your favorite podcast app (then take a screenshot and email it to me or slide in those DMs) OR come up with a catchy name for our upcoming New Year’s episode (by email or those wet DMs). Host Ben Rice will pick his favorite review or favorite episode name idea and that listener will get two (2) free tickets. IF you submit a killer review and name idea (so killer they’re Ben’s favorite in each category), you can win FOUR (4!!!) VIP tickets to Art of Beer. So get those reviews and names in!

-“Drink Better Beer” by Joshua Bernstein, available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and www.joshuambernstein.com. Makes a great gift for any beer lover this holiday season!

-Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, January 16, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone (530) 878-5232. January’s headliner, Caitlin Weierhauser, recently made her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and will be featured in the upcoming Disney film Timmy Failure, was Portland’s Funniest Person 2017, and has performed at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Also appearing are Nick Sahoyah of popular YouTube series “Cool Moms” and Chazz Hawkins, who has opened for such acts as Hannibal Burress, Ali Wong, and Craig Robinson.

Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757

Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)

Additional Music: “JamRoc” by Breez (@breeztheartist)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 115: Collabapalooza 2019, Part I: Societe/Burning Beard, White Labs/Melvin/Latchkey

Episode 115: Collabapalooza 2019, Part I: Societe/Burning Beard, White Labs/Melvin/Latchkey

December 9, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to San Diego, CA, to attend Karl Strauss's Collabapalooza 2019, voted the best beer fest in West Coaster Magazine. This episode contains 2 mini-interviews and episode 116 will feature 3 more, recorded at Collabapalooza! In segment one, Ben talks to Doug Constantiner of Societe Brewing and Jeff Wiederkehr of Burning Beard Brewing. We talk friendship, collaboration, education, and tin foil hats, plus the inevitability of the band Tool. In segment 2, Ben sits down with Joe Kurowski of White Labs, Paul Heaverly of Melvin Brewing, and Anthony Beach of Latchkey Brewing. We talk about the White Labs/Latchkey collab Pigtail IPA and the surprising story of its name (what a twist!), plus the underappreciation of yeast's effects on beer taste, camaraderie in the beer industry, and a prescient conversation about the Ballast Point buyout. And Anthony asks probably the most important question in craft beer, "In reality, what's the liquids?" All this and more, on episode 115 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod or on our new website, www.barleyandmepod.com

Learn more about today's breweries by checking out their websites:

www.societebrewing.com (@societebrewing)

www.burningbeardbrewing.com (@beardofflame)

www.whitelabs.com (@whitelabsyeast @whitelabstastingroom)

www.melvinbrewing.com @melvinbrewing @melvinbrewing_sandiego)

www.latchkeybrew.com (@latchkeybrewing)

Thank you to Karl Strauss Brewing and Rad Craft Beer for the invite and opportunity. Thank you to Jay Jones of Thorn Brewing for helping connect me with brewers on-site at Collabapalooza.

As a reminder, you can now buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com

This episode is brought to you by:

-The Art of Beer, happening on January 24, 2020 at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. Barley & Me listeners can get 10% off tickets by using promo code Barley10 Just go to www.artofbeerinvitational.com for tickets.

-"Drink Better Beer" by Joshua Bernstein, available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and www.joshuambernstein.com. Makes a great gift for any beer lover this holiday season!

-Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on eventbrite.com, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA), or by phone at (530) 878-5232. This month's headliner, Billy Anderson, can be seen on AmazonPrime or heard about in an anti-marijuana rant by Joe Biden.

Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757

Intro Music: "Functional Alcoholism" by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

 

Episode 114: Melissa McCann, Rebecca Steele-Wilkie, and Vickie Olson of Queen of Beer & Teresa Psuty of Crooked Lane Brewing

Episode 114: Melissa McCann, Rebecca Steele-Wilkie, and Vickie Olson of Queen of Beer & Teresa Psuty of Crooked Lane Brewing

November 25, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Auburn, CA's Crooked Lane Brewing to sit down with brewmaster Teresa Psuty, plus Queen of Beer Competition coordinators Melissa McCann, Rebecca Steele-Wilkie, and Vickie Olson, to discuss the upcoming 26th annual Queen of Beer homebrewing competition, as well as Crooked Lane's humble beginnings to their current status as California's Craft Brewery of the Year. The Queen of Beer crew lays out their history, including their early adoption of the HAZE craze, plus their ever-expanding supporters and sponsors, new prizes/awards (including for first-time submitters and the champion earning a brew day with Drake's Brewing!), and their collection of world-class beer judges to help female brewers get the feedback they need to become professionals. They have even expanded their entry date to December 6, 2019, so, if you're a female-identifying homebrewer in the US, you can enter for just $10 at www.queenofbeer.beer. The competition is December 12 at Fort Rock Brewing. Get all this info and more, on the latest episode of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

You can find out everything you need to know about Queen of Beer at www.queenofbeer.beer of by following them on social media! IG: @queenofbeercomp FB @queenofbeercompetition

Follow Crooked Lane @crookedlanebrewingco and check out Teresa on Brewing Network's The Session!

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

You can now buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com

This episode was brought to you by:

-The Art of Beer, taking place at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento on January 24, 2020. Tickets are available at www.artofbeerinvitational.com - Barley & Me listeners can get $5 off their tickets by using promo code Barley5

-"Drink Better Beer" by Joshua Bernstein, available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and www.joshuambernstein.com. Makes a great gift for any beer lover this holiday season!

-And by Comedy Night at Crooked Lane, returning Thursday, November 21, 2019, to Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA and continuing every 3rd Thursday through March 2020. Enjoy performances from AmazonPrime, Netflix, Disney, late night talk shows, and more, for just $10. Tickets are limited, so get them soon! Available on EventBrite.com or at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone at (530) 878-5232.

 

Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 113: John Prather of Porchlight Brewing & Maya Wallace, Vice Chair of the Sacramento Arts Commission

Episode 113: John Prather of Porchlight Brewing & Maya Wallace, Vice Chair of the Sacramento Arts Commission

November 11, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to sit down with Porchlight Brewing's brewer John Prather, plus the Vice Chair of the Sacramento Arts Commission, Maya Wallace. We discuss everyone's history with Sacramento, plus their observations on the city's growth economically, socially, artistically, and beer-centrically, and how all of those intertwine. Plus! The housing crisis! The hidden morality of beer regulations! Bill Buckner and the 1986 Red Sox! And how the internet has changed our ability to measure popularity. We also break down Belgian vs German brewing methods, fix the broken beer festival model, and solve palate fatigue. All this and more, on episode 113 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Follow Porchlight Brewing @porchlightbrewingco

Find out more about all of Maya Wallace's projects and interests by following her on Instagram @sactomaya

Follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod and check out the brand-new still-in-progress website www.barleyandmepod.com

You can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com

Don't forget to check out that sweet, sweet beer dinner at Sac City Brews on November 16 and, if you're interested, there are currently positions open at the Sacramento Arts Commission!

This episode is brought to you by:

-The Art of Beer, taking place at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento on January 24, 2020. Tickets are available at www.artofbeerinvitational.com. Use the promo code "Barley5" to get $5 off tickets!

-"Drink Better Beer" by Joshua Bernstein, available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and www.joshuambernstein.com. Makes a great gift for any beer lover this holiday season!

-And by Comedy Night at Crooked Lane, returning Thursday, November 21, 2019, to Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA and continuing every 3rd Thursday through March 2020. Enjoy performances from AmazonPrime, Netflix, Disney, late night talk shows, and more, for just $10. Tickets are limited, so get them soon! Available on EventBrite.com or at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone at (530) 878-5232.

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 112: Paul Segura of Karl Strauss Brewing & Doug Pominville and Jay Jones of Thorn Brewing

Episode 112: Paul Segura of Karl Strauss Brewing & Doug Pominville and Jay Jones of Thorn Brewing

October 28, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to San Diego, CA, to Karl Strauss Brewing's Pacific Beach location to sit down with Karl Strauss Brewing's brewmaster of research & development Paul Segura and Thorn Brewing's head brewer Doug Pominville Jr. and tasting room manager Jay Jones. We talk Collabapalooza 2019, their collab Countess Sparkula (a breakfast pastry stout made with Count Chocula and edible sparkles), the history and progression of San Diego craft beer, and the invention of Collabapalooza! Plus! Ben forgets recent craft beer regulations and history, the excitement of Kveik yeasts (plural? Plural!), the learning curve in transitioning from home brewing to professional brewing, craft lager growth, proper show design for safe shower beer enjoyment, and we break the code of silence on how collaboration beers are made. All this and more, on episode 112 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

I would like to give a big thank you to Emily Hutto, Chea Franz, and the entire Rad Craft Beer crew for making this episode possible. Find out more about Rad Craft Beer by following them @radcraftbeer

You can keep an eye out for info on Collabapalooza 2020, new beers, and old trustworthies from Karl Strauss Brewing by following them @karlstraussbeer

You can follow Thorn Brewing and their ever-expanding roster of taprooms and taps at @thornbeer

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

This episode was brought to you by the Art of Beer, taking place at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento on January 24, 2020. Tickets are available at www.artofbeerinvitational.com - Barley & Me listeners can get $5 off their tickets by using promo code Barley5

This episode is also brought to you by Comedy Night at Crooked Lane, returning to Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA, for the fourth year on Thursday, November 21st and every 3rd Thursday until March. Comedy Night at Crooked Lane brings you tomorrow's comedy stars today, with past guests appearing on HBO, Netflix, AmazonPrime, late night talk shows, and more. This year is no different, as we welcome headliners Ellis Rodriguez (San Diego Comedy Competition winner, San Francisco International Comedy Competition champion), Billy Anderson (AmazonPrime, Dry Bar Comedy, Sirius XM), Caitlin Weierhauser (past winner of Portland's Funniest Person, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, AmazonPrime's "The Benefits of Gusbandry"), Chelsea Bearce (New York's Gotham Comedy Club, Punch Line Sacramento & San Francisco, Cobb's Comedy Club), and Anthony K (finalist at Big Sky Comedy Festival, multiple finalist at San Francisco International Comedy Competition, back by popular demand). Tickets are $10 and are available on EventBrite or at Crooked Lane Brewing. Give them a call at (530) 878-5232 or pay them a visit at 536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA.

Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 111: Andy Klein, Bryan Crass, and Lewis McGeorge of Monk’s Cellar & Julian Shrago of Beachwood Brewing

Episode 111: Andy Klein, Bryan Crass, and Lewis McGeorge of Monk’s Cellar & Julian Shrago of Beachwood Brewing

October 14, 2019

Host Ben Rice sits down with Andy Klein, owner and brewmaster at Monk's Cellar in Roseville, CA, as well as brewer Bryan Crass and sales rep Lewis McGeorge, to talk about their upcoming 5th anniversary (Friday, October 18/Saturday, October 19), including their collaboration beers with over TWENTY breweries. Once of those is Huntington Beach's Beachwood Brewing, and their owner/brewmaster Julian Shrago was kind enough to make an appearance. Together, Julian and Andy walk down memory lane, from trips to Europe to the Great IBU Wars of the early 2010s. Julian also breaks down his scientific study of Cantillon and how to use that information to impart proper sour/funk to your beers. Plus! The importance of yeast! Someone at this table loves pumpkin beers! And Julian has Bryan's latest creation, Pie Curious, for the first time ever. All this and so much more, on episode 111 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Be sure to check out Monk's Cellar's fantastic lineup of events this week, and follow them on social media @themonkscellar

Thank you to ulian Shrago for taking the time to appear on this episode. You can follow Beachwood Brewing @beachwoodbrewing

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. Email questions, comments, concerns, guest ideas, brewery ideas, to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com

This episode has been brought to you by Karl Strauss's Collabapalooza, occuring October 19 in San Diego. Get tickets at www.karlstrauss.com

Do you have a story about racism/sexism/homophobia/transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)