Barley & Me
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.

Episode 99: Tim Daniel of Outbreak Brewing & Al Griffen of Placerville Public House

Episode 99: Tim Daniel of Outbreak Brewing & Al Griffen of Placerville Public House

April 29, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Placerville, CA, to chat with Outbreak Brewing's owner and head brewer Tim Daniel, as well as Placerville Public House owner "Bossman" Al Griffen about all things craft beer. Tim discusses his beer background, from his lifelong friendship with a business partner, to his incredibly useful career in construction, to his ownership of a local home brew supply business, and how that all coalesced into the creation of Outbreak Brewing, which is getting ready to go viral any day now. Plus Al Griffen wields his tangled yarn of how he came from the brewing community to the publican community. We talk about beer trends, the blurring of style lines, and the peaceful serenity of small town living. All this and more, on episode 99 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Follow Outbreak Brewing and check out their latest releases at @outbreakbrewing

Want to know what's on tap at Placerville Public House? Follow them on Instagram @placervillepublichouse

And don't forget to follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

Placerville Beer Fest is on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 5-9pm. Get your tickets at www.placervillebrewfest.com

Also: If you are a woman, minority, or LGBTQIA+ industry member, or have faced discrimination trying to enter the industry, you can have your story shared anonymously on Barley & Me by going to https://goo.gl/forms/i5aR6ipMUgVzO6Ll1

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

Email question, comments, concerns, guest/brewery ideas to barleyandmepodcast [at] gmail [dot] com or barleyandmepod [at] gmail [dot] com

Episode 98: Sacramento Pink Boots Society at Capital Hop Shop

Episode 98: Sacramento Pink Boots Society at Capital Hop Shop

April 15, 2019

Ben Rice sits down with Angel Sepulveda (Flatland), Ashley Schafer (Sufferfest/Sierra Nevada), Alyssa Steger (Crooked Lane), and Rebecca Steele-Wilkie (Cuvee Marketing) of the Sacramento chapter of the Pink Boots Society to discuss Pink Boots, their collaboration beers and subsequent tap takeovers, entering the beer industry, and favorite starter beers. Plus we dig deep on ingredient selection, AB-InBev/MillerCoors pettiness, how beer names and colors can affect opinions, and what your dreams can tell you about your feelings about your jobs. Plus! How to survive UC Davis Picnic Day, Prohibition's chances in a social media world, and the worst (and best) Thanksgiving pies, with a little mob boss talk sprinkled in. All this and more, on episode 98 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Find out more about Pink Boots Society, including registration, at www.pinkbootssociety.org

Follow Pink Boots Sacramento @pinkbootssacramento

With daily food specials and a constantly rotating beer lineup, follow Capital Hop Shop @caphopshop on Twitter and @capitalhopshop on Instagram, for their latest offerings.

You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod

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

Share your story about being a minority, woman, and/or LGBTQIA+ member of the beer industry by submitting anonymously at https://goo.gl/forms/i5aR6ipMUgVzO6Ll1

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

This episode is brought to you by Sacramento Beer Week, celebrating its 10th anniversary staring April 26, ending May 5, featuring a smorgasbord of events from your favorite breweries and beer venues in the greater Sacramento region. Find out more at www.sacbeerweek.com.

You can enter to win two (2) free tickets to the opening day event, Sac Mac N Brew (Friday April 26, from 6pm to 9pm), by sending me proof of a Barley & Me Podcast review to any of my social media handles or emails. The winner will be picked Monday, April 22!

 

Episode 97: John Anaya and George Murray of King Cong Brewing & Dean Haakenson of Be Brave Bold Robot

Episode 97: John Anaya and George Murray of King Cong Brewing & Dean Haakenson of Be Brave Bold Robot

April 1, 2019

Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to talk to brewers John Anaya and George Murray of King Cong Brewing, and musician Dean Haakenson of Be Brave Bold Robot. We talk about bringing renewed vigor back to the Del Paso Boulevard community, the importance of community in beer, and some proprietary yeast strains that could help put King Cong on the map. We discuss old school vs new school brewing techniques, John's brewing background (from the UK to Fairfield to here), how to be creative, and the musicans making waves in the Sacramento underground. Plus Dean tries to get John, George, and Ben to freestyle rap. Does he succeed? Only one way to find out, on episode 97 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

Find out more about King Cong Brewing at www.kingcongbrewing.com or follow them on social media @kingcongbrewing

Check out Be Brave Bold Robot @bebraveboldrobot and find their music wherever you get it.

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

Share your story about being a minority, woman, and/or LGBTQIA+ in the beer industry by submitting anonymously at https://goo.gl/forms/i5aR6ipMUgVzO6Ll1

Music: "Barley & Me Theme" by Be Brave Bold Robot

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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)

You can now buy Barley & Me tees at Sacramento-based Zen Threads (https:///bit.ly/BarleyZen)

 

 

 

Episode 93: Art of Beer 2019

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)

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

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

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)

You can now buy Barley & Me t-shirts via @zenthreads (https://bit.ly/BarleyZen)

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

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!

Barley & Me t-shirts are available at Zen-Threads.com! (https://bit.ly/BarleyZen)

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)