Barley & Me
Episode 109: Geoff Scott of Oak Park Brewing and Digital Marketer Shane Barker

Episode 109: Geoff Scott of Oak Park Brewing and Digital Marketer Shane Barker

September 16, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA's Oak Park community to talk to brewer Geoff Scott of Oak Park Brewing Company and PR/marketing consultant Shane Barker. We talk about the re-invigoration of Oak Park, as well as the grand re-opening/reimagining of Oak Park Brewing Company, which has new ownership, new brewers, new chefs, but is trying to maintain and build on its ties to the Oak Park community. We talk food, community, the changing beer marketing scene, America's litigiousness (literally the American government's litigiousness in one case), the homlessness epidemic, and we try to determine what reality really is. Plus! We try to find out if Ben's girlfriend is a bully, if malt liquor has a place in craft beer, what makes for a good beard, and if the earth is flat. Really. All this and much more, on episode 109 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Find out more about events, food, and beer at Oak Park Brewing by following them on social media @opbrewco

Get info on marketing, PR, and more from www.shanebarker.com or by following Shane on social media: Twitter @shane_barker, IG @shanebarker. Want in on his real estate business? Check out www.randsrei.com.

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

Do you have a story about racism, sexism, and/or homophobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously to be read on a future episode of the show at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ57

This episode was brought to you by the Creative Women Mini-Con, taking place Saturday, September 28, at Empire's Comics Vault, 1120 Fulton Ave, Sacramento, CA. Get more info at www.empirescomics.com!

This episode is also brought to you by a smorgasbord of comedy shows that host Ben Rice produces. Quick list: Tilted Mashterpiece Theatre at Tilted Mash Brewing in Elk Grove, every 4th Thursday at 7:30. The next show, Sept 26, is the TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the show, starring past guest Alfonso Portela. Plus! Cutthroat Comedy at Husick's Taphouse in Clarksburg every 1st Wednesday at 7pm. The next show is a CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION, featuring only past winners, on October 2. On October 9 at 8pm will be the debut of SacYardigans at SacYard Community Taphouse, with headliner Dejan Tyler.

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 108: Peter August & Jeff Broaddus of Karl Strauss Brewing and Emily Hutto of Rad Craft Beer

Episode 108: Peter August & Jeff Broaddus of Karl Strauss Brewing and Emily Hutto of Rad Craft Beer

September 2, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to SacYard Community Taphouse to meet with San Diego's original craft brewery Karl Strauss, via their Northern California sales reps Peter August & Jeff Broaddus, as well as beer marketer Emily Hutto of Rad Craft Beer. We chat about Karl Strauss Brewing's history in America's craft beer scene, how they've stayed relevent and even managed to expand their brand, as well as their slew of recent collabs, including the New California IPA brewed with the legendary Russian River Brewing. Emily tells us how she got her start in PR/marketing/brand management through a career in journalism and the importance of building a network. We delve into adorable pets (please see the Barley & Me Instagram for proof), re-connecting with old friends through beer, and the actual Karl Strauss's many exploits, including but not limited to his dabbling in a macro beer you might know and love. All this and more, on episode 108 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Check out the New California IPA wherever fine independent California craft beers are sold.

Follow Karl Strauss to see what they have planned for their upcoming collaborations and their dreams for their second 30 years in the business @karlstraussbeer

Interested in learning more about Rad Craft Beer? It's as easy as popping on Instagram and following @radcraftbeer

And don't forget to follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod (pics of all the adorable animals mentioned in this episode can be found there NOW in quite possibly the world's first podcast and pets pairing)

Thanks to SacYard Community Tap House (@sacyard.beer) for hosting us! Truly a wonderful spot to gather, as evidenced by the numerous pauses to talk to people we adore.

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

Have a story about racism, sexism, and/or homophobia while working in/trying to enter the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ57

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

Additional Music: "Functional Alcoholism (Barley & Me Theme)" by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

 

Episode 107: Peter Hoey & Rob Archie of Urban Roots Brewing & Comedian/Podcaster Alyssa Cowan

Episode 107: Peter Hoey & Rob Archie of Urban Roots Brewing & Comedian/Podcaster Alyssa Cowan

August 19, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to speak with Urban Roots Brewing's Peter Hoey (brewer/owner) and Rob Archie (owner) and host of the Letter Talk Podcast Alyssa Cowan. We tackle the tough topics, like time management, adapting your business plan to your intended audience, learning from failures, and the mystery of Dippin' Dots. Plus! Which type of wrestling is real and which is fake, Rob's astonishing lost and found moment, Netflix obsessions, and international tales of mystery. All this and more, on episode 107 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Follow Urban Roots, its ever-expanding taplist, and its Sunday movie list @urbanrootsbeer

Check out Letter Talk Podcast wherever you get your podcasts and follow Alyssa Cowan across social media @alyssapants

You can also follow host Ben Rice and Barley & Me @barleyandmepod

Email questions, comments, concerns, guest ideas, etc., to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com

Have a story about racism, sexism, and/or homophobia while working in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously to be read on a future episode at https://goo.gl/forms/i5aR6ipMUgVzO6Ll1

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 106: Dan Littlefield of Hop Dogma & Comedians Alex Love, Krista Fatka & Phil Griffiths

Episode 106: Dan Littlefield of Hop Dogma & Comedians Alex Love, Krista Fatka & Phil Griffiths

August 5, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Half Moon Bay, CA, to speak with Hop Dogma's owner and head brewer Dan Littlefield during their monthly Comedy Sharks comedy show, along with performing comedians Alex Love, Krista Fatka, and Phil Griffiths. We talk Hop Dogma's rocky transition to their new location, how Dan is leaving an impact on the world, running a proper bar show, a little bit of social commentary and historical facts, and why gluten-free beers can be a pain. Plus! Smoked lagers, the best coffee stout in America, quirky beer licensing restrictions, and manual labor near-catastrophes. All this and more, on episode 106 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Find out more about Hop Dogma and their beers and goings-ons, including Comedy Sharks (every 2nd Thursday and last Friday) at www.hopdogma.com or on Instagram @hopdogma. If you have the time, be sure to swing by and grab a pint of their new Ales for ALS release. $1 for every pint goes to ALS research.

Follow Alex Love on Instagram @rialoveftw

Check out Krista Fatka @kristafatka

Peruse the portfolio of Phil Griffiths @philgriffiths

And don't forget to like, subscribe, follow, rate/review Barley & Me wherever you get your podcasts or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @barleyandmepod

Email questions, comments, concerns, guest ideas, etc., to barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com or barleyandmepod@gmail.com

This episode is brought to you by JoAnn Schinderle's debut comedy album, Dark Jeans, from Comedy Dynamics. Find it wherever you get your downloads: iTunes, GooglePlay, Pandora, Spotify, etc. It's already hit #1 on the iTunes Comedy charts and a portion of proceed from album and ticket sales goes to help fund feminine hygiene products for homeless women. Check out the album at orcd.co/darkjeansjoannschinderle or find her upcoming shows by following JoAnn @joannlizabeth on Instragram or by visiting her website www.joannschinderle.com.

If you're in the Los Angeles area, her official CD release show is Tuesday, August 6, at Comedy Central Stage at 8pm. It's free and features brand-new winner of Portland's Funniest Person Adam Pasi, plus Dom Gelin, Will Miles and Becky Robinson.

Also, we are still accepting anonymous submissions about racism, sexism, and homophobia in the beer industry via https://goo.gl/forms/i5aR6ipMUgVzO6LI1

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

 

Episode 105: Jim Furman of Black Hammer Brewing

Episode 105: Jim Furman of Black Hammer Brewing

July 22, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to San Francisco, CA, to sit down with Jim Furman, owner of Black Hammer Brewing, to talk classic beer styles, their new beer garden Willkommen SF, and nuclear physics. You know, cuz beer! We also talk about pursuing your passion, Untappd's inconsistent reviews, and how to properly quit/obtain a job. Plus! Conspiracy theories, Area 51 before it was cool again, alien life, and Burning Man! Enjoy!

Find out more about Black Hammer Brewing at www.blackhammerbrewing.com or follow them on Instagram @blackhammerbrewing

Get your beers n sausage at Willkommen SF by checking for specials and tap lists @willkommensf

Follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

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

This episode is brought to you by I Think I'd Be Good at That, a comedy show featuring 5 seasoned veteran comedians and headlined by 1 overly-confident first-timer, taking place July 31 at the historic San Francisco Punchline. This month's newcomer is Newark city councilman Mike Bucci. Tickets available at punchlinecomedyclub.com or on GoldStar!

We are still accepting anonymous stories about racism, sexism, and homophobia in the beer industry via https://goo.gl/forms/i5aR6ipMUgVzO6LI1

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 104: Jeremy Warren & Jeb Taylor of Revision Brewing and Andy Zuker of Thundervision

Episode 104: Jeremy Warren & Jeb Taylor of Revision Brewing and Andy Zuker of Thundervision

July 8, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Sparks, NV, to sit down with Revision Brewing's owner Jeremy Warren and head brewer Jeb Taylor, as well as musician Andy Zuker of Thundervision, to talk Revision's meteoric rise in the craft beer landscape and what it means to be RENO AS FUCK. From Jeremy and Jeb's early homebrew dalliances, to Jeremy winning his biggest homebrewing prize, which led to his first professional brewing career with Knee Deep Brewing, to striking out on his own with Revision. We talk Jeb and Andy's intertwining of music and entrepreneurial spirit and how being in a band prepared them for running a business, and vice versa. Plus! We break down Revision's second BBA bottle release ever, Separation Stout, and discover the secret to what craft beer is all about and why we drink it. From learning curves to naming rights to exceeding your reputation, it's all here, in all its profane dankness, in episode 104 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Follow Revision Brewing and their new expansion online @revisionbrewing

Check out Andy Zuker and his solo project ThunderVision on social media @thundervisionaz

Need a mover? Andy also owns The Moving Crew. Find out more at www.calmovingcrew.com.

And of course, follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

You can email questions, comments, concerns, guest/brewery ideas to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com

We are still accepting anonymous stories about racism, sexism, and homophobia in the beer industry via https://goo.gl/forms/i5aR6ipMUgVzO6LI1

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 103: Ska Brewing’s Arlo Grammatica & Musician/Journalist Aaron Carnes

Episode 103: Ska Brewing’s Arlo Grammatica & Musician/Journalist Aaron Carnes

June 24, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to The Bash Festival's Sacramento stop to talk ska, punk, and beer with Arlo Grammatica of Durango, Colorado's Ska Brewing and Sacramento-based musician and rock journalist Aaron Carnes. We break down what is and is not ska (with samples provided by the sound techs of the festival!), Ska Brewing's 24 years in existence and how craft has changed, plus we chat about Aaron's upcoming debut book, In Defense of Ska, and Ska Brewing's collaboration with Rancid, Brewstomper Golden Ale. We also share road dog stories, the canning revolution, and Ska's international appeal (and ska's international appeal). Plus! Ska Brewing's fight against the Big Three on their home ground, artificial intelligence, and how the beer boom has affected sales and distribution. All this and more, on Episode 103 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Follow Ska Brewing @skabrewing and find Arlo Grammatica @skabrewarlo

Be on the lookout for Aaron Carnes's book, In Defense of Ska, on Clash Books later this year and see what he's up to by following him on Instagram @_aaron_cee. In the meantime, be sure to check out his band Gnarboots at any of their live shows, which are truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Find their calendar at www.weareallgnarboots.com

And as always, you can follow Barley & Me and host Ben Rice across social media @barleyandmepod

You can email questions, comments, concerns, guest/brewery ideas to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com

We are still accepting anonymous stories of racism, homophobia, and sexism via https://goo.gl/forms/i5aR6ipMUgVzO6LI1

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 102: Sage Smith of Bike Dog Brewing & Alejandro Farias of Mutts & Mugs Park Pub

Episode 102: Sage Smith of Bike Dog Brewing & Alejandro Farias of Mutts & Mugs Park Pub

June 10, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to sit down with Bike Dog Brewing owner Sage Smith at their Broadway location, with guest Alejandro Farias of Mutts & Mugs Park Pub, which hopes to be the first dog park-pub hybrid in California very shortly. We talk pups, pints, and the politics of business ownership. Plus! Can art demand, consumer fickleness, childhood naivete, Kveik yeast, and the culinary accomplishments of some local restaurants (Michelin came to town and handed out some hardware!). Oh, and Ben talks about the time he met a man who was later tied to some very suspicious activity, Sage becomes best friends with his barber, and Alejandro gets some intel on his business plans and connections. All this and more, on episode 102 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Check out what's going on at Bike Dog Brewing by following them on social media @bikedogbrewing

Track Mutts & Mugs Park Pub's progress @muttsandmugsparkpub

Follow Barley & Me Podcast on social media @barleyandmepod

We are still accepting stories about racism, sexism, and homophobia through an anonymous submission document at https://goo.gl/forms/i5aR6ipMUgVzO6LI1

You can email questions/comments/concerns/guest ideas to barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com or barleyandmepod@gmail.com

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

Additional Music: "Functional Alcoholism (Barley & Me Theme)" by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 101: Ed Mason of River Rock Brewery & Comedian Jason Sohm

Episode 101: Ed Mason of River Rock Brewery & Comedian Jason Sohm

May 27, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Galt, CA, to talk to owner/brewer Ed Mason of River Rock Brewery, Galt's only brewery, and comedian Jason Sohm. We talk small-town living and expectations, bucking trends, and forging your own path, with or without support. We also discuss River Rock's upcoming third anniversary party (Saturday, June 8), their expansion over the years and their plans for the future, plus performing comedy in rural America vs. metropolitan areas (spoiler: River Rock will be hosting its first comedy show this Friday, May 31, at 7pm). Plus! Fishing nightmares, deaf dogs, and marital bliss. All this and more, on episode 101 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!Follow

Find out more about River Rock Brewery at www.riverrockbrewery.com or follow them on Instagram/Facebook @riverrockbrewery

Follow Jason Sohm's absurd adventures across social media @jasonsohm

And, of course, follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

Email questions, comments, concerns, guest ideas, etc., to barleyandmepodcast[at]gmail[dot]com or barleyandmepod[at]gmail[dot]com

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Episode 100: Terence Sullivan of Sierra Nevada Brewing & Judy Ashworth of Lyons Brewery Depot

Episode 100: Terence Sullivan of Sierra Nevada Brewing & Judy Ashworth of Lyons Brewery Depot

May 13, 2019

We did it! Episode 100! Host Ben Rice goes big instead of going home, and visits THE California craft brewery, Chico's Sierra Nevada, to talk to brand manager Terence Sullivan and the first lady of craft beer, Judy Ashworth, owner of the historic Lyons Brewery Depot, one of the first craft beer bars in America, whose history is intimately tied to Sierra Nevada's history. We talk about craft beer's past, present, and future, where beer has been, where it's going, how it got there, and what Sierra Nevada has done to continue to push beer forward. We even have a surprise guest for that "future" talk. This is truly a joy of an episode, which we also filmed for posterity, so you can find it on YouTube as well. Enjoy!

Find out more about Sierra Nevada Brewing by drinking any craft beer at all, or talking about how people got into it, or by visiting www.sierranevada.com or the brewery itself, or by following them on social media @sierranevada

You can find Judy Ashworth, who was recently inducted into the California Hall of Fame, traveling all over the region trying out new beers and talking with brewers.

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

You can get this episode in parts or in whole in a video format on YouTube @barleyandmepod (video parts will release every three days)

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

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

This episode was filmed by Jason Anderson (@anderstorms) and the video was edited by Luke Soin (@epictiki).

Thank you to Kevin Mitchell, Meghan Peltz, Dr. Charlie Bamforth, Scott Mills, and Lori Marshall for helping me get in contact with these guests and possibly suggesting this podcast is worth their time.

Thank you so much for listening and thank you to all the people who have made this episode and this podcast possible.