Barley & Me

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

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