Barley & Me

Episode 121: Bill Weller of Farmers Brewing

March 2, 2020

Host Ben Rice travels to PRINCETON!, California, to sit down with Farmers Brewing's Bill Weller. We talk about the humble beginnings of Farmers Brewing and how random happenstance changed their initial trajectory tremendously. Plus! Rice in beer? What happens when a craft brewery makes that their grain of focus and what does it take to make medium grain japonica rice amplify the profile of a craft beer? Trial, error, more trials, and importing equipment from Spain! All with the goal of reclaiming American light lagers from large multinational conglomerates while giving the people what they want! From their Core Fore, to seasonal brews, to how life as a farmer influenced Bill's plans and techniques, there's a lot to learn, on episode 121 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!

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