Episode 42: Jennifer Land Irwin (Art of Beer) & Kate Whelan (Sacramento Beer Week) at Hideaway Bar & Grill

January 24, 2017

Host Ben Rice sits down with event directors Jennifer Land Irwin (Art of Beer, January 27) and Kate Whelan (Sacramento Beer Week, March 2-March 12) to discuss the ins and outs of planning major beer events, while sipping on Christmas ales at Sacramento's Hideaway Bar & Grill, a lovely dive bar on Franklin Blvd. We get into the nitty gritty of event planning, the triumphs and tribulations, plus the differences in a one-night only event at one location versus a week-and-a-half long excursion at dozens of venues. We'll also chat about the Women's March, Stranger Things, classic and new musicals, and how to add an exciting game show element to up the ante at beer events. Plus Gilmore Girls! And politics. Also, Kate's beer group, Hop Broads, and their Beer Week beer design. And everything under the sun, until we get forced to shut up because of inclement weather because I chose to record this outside. Thank you to Hideaway's owner Mariah York-Carr for giving us the space to do this. Enjoy!

Find tickets to Art of Beer at artofbeerinvitational.com

Learn more about Sol Collective on Twitter @solcollective_

Find out about Sacramento Beer Week events at sacramentobeerweek.com

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

Logo by Jessica DiMesio


Episode 41: Christmas Bottle Share at Sail Inn Grotto w/ Comedians Stephen Furey, Garrett Boatman, Luke Soin, Emma Haney & Becky Lynn

January 10, 2017

Host Ben Rice conducts a Christmas bottle share with some comedian friends at West Sacramento restaurant Sail Inn Grotto. Guests Stephen Furey (The Comedy Store), Garrett Boatman (retired), Luke Soin (Epic Tiki and The Sexy Podcast), Emma Haney (Fem Dom Com), and Becky Lynn (Hot Drunk Sets) join us, with Stephen Furey leading the charge as we rate the best and worst of: Candy! Cookies! White Elephant Gifts! Beer! Plus Garrett and Ben beef with BevMo, Luke explains how he learned to be intolerant of gluten (the answer might surprise you), and why everyone in comedy hates the word "skit." Plus a look back at the surprising oeuvre of Dane Cook and made-up facts about your favorite young adult novelists. Enjoy episode 41 of Barley & Me!

Theme Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio

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Episode 41 has been brought to you by the Art Of Beer, occurring Friday, January 27, 2017, at the McClellan Conference Center, in Sacramento. Find tickets at artofbeerinvitational.com.

Barley & Me is brought to you by Comedy Night at Crooked Lane Brewing, in Auburn, CA. The first and third Thursday of every month, see national and regional headliners w/ the best up and coming comics in the area for just $10. Upcoming: Myles Webber, winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, on January 19. Then we have Jason Resler of Comedy Central, BET, Sirius XM, and more on February 2. On February 16, Mike E. Winfield (The Office, Off Beat, Letterman, Showtime) will be headlining. And March 2, from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we have DJ Sandhu. Tickets available at crookedlanebrewing.com


Episode 40: Grant Ritchie, Kevin Martin & Mike Mathis of Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR) & Comedian Becky Lynn

December 28, 2016

Host Ben Rice and guest Becky Lynn celebrate their anniver-soury by traveling to Portland, Oregon, and visiting world-renowned sour beer brewery Cascade Brewing. So why not do a podcast? We chat with brewery manager Grant Ritchie, blender Kevin Martin, and head brewer Mike Mathis about what separates sour brewing from typical beer brewing. Plus! Beers that got us into beer, making friends through beer, and beer enthusiasm versus beer snobbery. Plus even more (sour) beer puns and we even go in depth on some horror stories from Cascade's "Tap It Tuesday," in which pre-selected guests get to tap the barrel on their "Live from the Barrel" series. It's a gusher of fruity sticky goodness and this episode is a gusher of information and joy. So grab your lactobacillis and a few dozen of your favorite barrels and enjoy Episode 40 of Barley & Me!

Find Cascade Brewing online at cascadebrewing.com, cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com, and on Instagram/Twitter @cascadebrewing

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Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (IG: @mr4proaudio, Twitter: @4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio

Brought to you by Art of Beer - www.artofbeerinvitational.com


Episode 39: Non-Alcoholic Beers at Sacramento’s THE SHACK with Comedians Melissa McGillicuddy, Robert Omoto, and Kim Martel

December 13, 2016

Host Ben Rice vists East Sacramento sandwich shop The Shack with comedians Melissa McGillicuddy, Robert Omoto, and Kim Martel to discuss the art, taste, and reasons behind several non-alcoholic beers. We break down their (lack of) flavor and aroma, plus hypothesize why people would imbibe these concoctions in the first place. Plus! Melissa's diet secrets, Kim's discovery of a medical shortcut to dieting, and why certain regions of America don't have access to mangos. And if that wasn't enough, we discover what makes something "artisan" and that even cats love horoscopes. All of this and so much more, on Episode 39 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!


Episode 38: Cathy & Michael Johnson of GoatHouse Brewing and John Marcotte (Heroic Girls, more)

November 20, 2016

Host Ben Rice sits down with Cathy Johnson (owner) and Michael Johnson (brewer) of Lincoln, CA, based nano-brewery, GoatHouse Brewing, along with guest John Marcotte (Heroic Girls, The Cookie Project, #MoreThanCute, and much much more) to get political, philosphical, nerdy, funny, weird, and informative. As John sips on a honey blonde and Ben quaffs a delectable Dark Side stout, we touch on myriad topics beer-adjacent: farming, education, sustainability, community outreach, regulations and restrictions... So many things! Plus John tells us about many of the small things he's done to help the community, as well as his biggest project to date, Heroic Girls, which takes "princess culture" head on. So if you love information, hate pumpkin beers, and wanted to know how a nano-brewery that is located at the owner's house can possibly expand, check out Episode 38 of Barley & Me. It's so good.

Go to www.cookieproject.org and www.heroicgirls.com for more info on those wonderful programs.

Find John Marcotte on Twitter at @heroic_girls

Find GoatHouse Brewing at www.goathousebrewing.com or Facebook @goathousebrewing or on Instagram @goathouse_brewing

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Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (Twitter: @4proaudio, Instagram: @mr4proaudio)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (Instagram: @a_living_cliche)


Episode 37: Bryan Crass of Out of Bounds Brewing Co. & Abel Gomez and Chris Guthrie of Sacramento Beer Group

November 8, 2016

Host Ben Rice sits down with Bryan Crass, brewery manager of Out of Bounds Brewing, in Rocklin, CA, along with Abel Gomez and Chris Guthrie, founders of the Sacramento Beer Group Facebook group. We talk about Out of Bounds's new Powdered Toast Man and their slowly-growing barrel program, before diving into long-winded diatribes about the evolution of the beer world and drunk adults at breweries being worse than dogs or children. This podcast also seamlessly mobilizes itself to record in a few different locations. Gotta spot em all! I hope you enjoy our wonderful dissection of all things Sacramento beer.
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Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (Twitter @4proaudio Instagram @mr4proaudio)
Logo by Jessica DiMesio (Instagram @a_living_cliche)


Episode 36: Derrick Prasad & Jonathan Martinez of Tilted Mash and Shane Dakan & Autumn Sky-Hall of Backyard Brews & Reviews

October 25, 2016

Host Ben Rice travels to Elk Grove, CA, to visit with Derrick Prasad and Jonathan Martinez of Tilted Mash Brewing, along with Shane Dakan and Autumn Sky-Hall of Backyard Brews and Reviews, a beer and music videocast available on YouTube. We talk Shane and Autumn's love of music and their dabbling in the craft brew world. We also discuss Jonathan's official position as the Pimp Of Foam and all that that entails. Plus: How Tilted Mash's beers get their name - is it name first, beer second, or the other way around? The answer MIGHT SURPRISE YOU. Plus Ben forgets his charger, resulting in the episode being cut short and yet another garbage foray into the post-recording outro business. I apologize for all the sound issues. They shouldn't keep happening in future episodes. And of course, look for Tilted Mash's new triple IPA the AS3ASSIN, coming soon to the brewery near you! And that brewery's new location, also coming soon. Thanks for listening.


Episode 35: Patrick Rue of The Bruery/Bruery Terreux, Herlinda Heras of Brew HaHa Drive Time, and Joe Tucker of RateBeer.com

October 9, 2016

Host Ben Rice spends yet another day at the California Craft Beer Summit, with the full intent of recording another mini-episode during the actual beer festival, featuring Herlinda Heras of the Brew HaHa Drive Time Radio Show and Patrick Rue of the Bruery/Bruery Terreux, only to have Herlinda bring along her co-host Joe Tucker, who also just happens to be the founder of the very popular RateBeer.com. Instead of 15 minutes, we spend 40 minutes discussing the Craft Beer Summit, as well as upcoming RateBeer.com festivals the Funk N Dank Fest and Rate Beer Best Fest. Plus Patrick discusses his humble beginnings, the split-up of The Bruery into two separate entities, and how collaboration beers come about and get brewed. Plus we talk about our first beer loves and Herlinda gives some insight into how dating a non-craft drinker can go terribly wrong. Enjoy!
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The Bruery/Bruery Terreux: @thebruery @brueryterreux
Herlinda Heras: @beergolfgirl
Joe Tucker: @ratebeer
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Get tickets to the Rate Beer Best Fest at ratebeerbest.com
Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (Twitter: @4proaudio, Instagram: @mr4proaudio)
Logo: Jessica DiMesio (@a_living_cliche)
Thanks for listening!


Episode 34: California Craft Beer Summit, Part Two

October 6, 2016

Host Ben Rice once again sits down in the middle of a massive beer conference to talk to whoever sits down! In Part Two of Three of his adventures at the Craft Beer Summit. At 5:40, Ben sits down with Kevin Cox and Bert Aguilar of Fresno's Tioga-Sequoia Brewing, to discuss Kevin's long and winding career in the beer industry (over 25 years!), plus we touch on the arduous task of brewery management and moving from contract brewing to brewing for yourself. And we close out by talking about FresYES, their annual pro-Fresno party. Then, at 25:25, I chat with Kern River Brewing's owner Eric Giddens, Kern River Brewing's head brewer Adrian Barrera (formerly of Tioga-Sequoia, Track 7, and Prairie Artisan Ales), and Beers in Sac App's Josh Elder, to talk about starting a brewery in the middle of nowhere before the craft beer boom, linking up with breweries across Sacramento to cross-promote events, and, of course, beers even the experience beer drinker can't stomach. Then we close it out, starting at the 43:20 mark, with brewer Shane Aldrich from Oakland's Linden Street Brewery, along with Robert Bolch of John Fearless Co. and Shawn Zizzo of EZ Plan, an operations software program he designed. We'll talk about their strangely intertwined yet divided history with one another as Ben quickly collapses into delerium after 6 straight hours of setup, pandering, side conversations, hustling, interviews, explanations, preparations, and everything else gets the better of him. Plus we learn a lot about the surprising history of the names of all these companies. Even EZ Plan's name isn't as EZ as it seems. Enjoy!
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Tioga-Sequoia Brewing: www.tioga-sequoia.com
Beers In Sac: www.beersinsac.com / @beersinsac
Kern River Brewing: www.kernriverbrewing.com
Linden Street Brewery: www.lindenstreetbrewery.com
John Fearless Craft Hops & Provisions: www.johnfearless.com
EZ Plan: www.ezplan.co
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Intro: "JamRoc" by Breez (Twitter: @4proaudio / Instagram: @mr4proaudio)
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Episode 33: California Craft Beer Summit, Part One

October 3, 2016

Host Ben Rice sits down in the middle of a massive beer conference to talk to whoever sits down! In Part One of Three of his adventures at the Craft Beer Summit. At 5:25, Ben sits down with Kevin Rhodes of Groundswell Brewing in San Diego and Ty Stevenson of Carneros Brewing in Sonoma. With a combined 25.25 years of commercial brewing experience (Rhodes 25, Stevenson 0.25), they delve into the importance of water in our beers. Then, at 15:20, Elliot Hoffman of Camino Brewing in San Jose sits across from beer blogger Eric Gibson of Brew Hoppin' to delve into being a small-timer at a massive statewide beer conference and Camino's plans to move from contract brewing to full-time, self-focused brewing, expansion, and canning. After that, at 31:30, we have a Barley & Me first! No brewers! We'll chat with Joshua Cody of Colorado Malting Company and Daniel Hicks of TTB Tamer. Joshua's job seems self-explanatory, but he's one of the few who grows, harvests, germinates, kilns, AND distributes his own malted grains, while Daniel is the creator of TTB Tamer, a computer program that makes it easier for brewers to keep tabs on what taxes may be owed each day, week, month, and year, depending on their brewing and sales quantities. And then, at 48:25, our final interview of this portion contains beer heavyweights "Big Mike" Moore (beer judge, world traveler, food pairing expert, and friend of brewers everywhere) and Rob Fullmer, Executive Director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. They'll get into their job duties before delving delicately into the positives, negatives, wishes, hopes, and fears of the growing trend of craft beer buy-outs, in particular that of Bosteels, makers of the popular Tripel Karmeliet. It's a lot to digest, so clear your calendar and dig in.
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California Craft Brewers Association: californiacraftbeer.com
Groundswell: groundswellbrew.com
Carneros: carnerosbrewing.com
Ty's Water Products: watersbrewer.com
Camino: caminobr.com
Brew Hoppin': brewhoppin.com
Colorado Malting Co.: coloradomaltingcompany.com
TTB Tamer: ttbtamer.com
Arizona Craft Brewers Guild: craftbeeraz.com
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Intro music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@4proaudio)
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