Barley & Me

Episode 53: California Craft Beer Summit 2017

September 20, 2017

Host Ben Rice travels to the 2017 California Craft Beer Summit to suss out interviews from attendees. In this episode, there are 5 separate interview segments. In segment 1, he speaks with Naiche Minor & John Hutchings from Fall River Brewing and Kyle Leddy from New Glory Brewing about their recent collaboration and their review of the first day on the expo floor for the summit, as well as the Fall River airplane. In segment 2, Ben sits down with Pat Fahey, the content director for the Cicerone Certification Program, and master cicerone & beer educator Nicole Erny, to discuss what a cicerone is, the differences between cicerone levels, and how to get into it, plus Nicole lets you know what classes she will be teaching in the coming months and how to register. In segment 3, Ben chats with Adam Hunt & Brian Vermont of Solano Brewing Company and ABM Equipment's John Hilgendorf, and they discuss starting a brewery from the owner's perspective, as well as that of a brewery designer, plus we get a sneak peek at one of Solano's first beers. In segment 4, Ben pontificates with Kevin Hopkins, the vice president of Mother Earth Brewing, and Everard Strong, the publisher of the upcoming Bay Area quarterly ABV Magazine about the combination of beer and music, as well as what led Mother Earth to make a cream ale their flagship when IPAs were at their peak. And in the fifth and final segment, Ben gets a rare one-on-one with The Brewing Network's beloved personality Tasty McDole to talk about his history with beer, his favorite beers, and, of course, his new collaboration with 21st Amendment, Tasty IPA.

Before I forget, I will be participating in an all-male bikini car wash to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey Saturday, September 23, from noon to 5 at Deja Vu Showgirls, located at 11252 Trade Center Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA. Come get your car cleaned and help those in need. Barf bags not available on site.

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Intro music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio @alivingclicheart