What you missed on Beer Sessions Radio™: Our 300th Episode!

RevNatCiderIn the words of the late Jerry Garcia, what a long strange trip it’s been! Beer Sessions Radio™ is the longest running show on Heritage Radio Network and we’re celebrating cider on our 300th episode. Host Jimmy Carbone welcomes a full studio, including guest co-host Stephen Valand (as co-founder of Brooklyn Brew Shop, Stephen has included a cider-making kit in his lineup of beer making kits).

Eric West of Cider Guide starts the Cider Session with perry from Farnum Hill (one of our favorite cider makers!) and discusses his national newsletter and annual cider festival in Grand Rapids, MI.

Also in the studio are Yoni Rabino of Neversink Spirits, Jade Brown-Godfrey of Wassail, Bianca Miraglia of Uncouth Vermouth, and Darlene Hayes of All Into Cider.

Darlene is in town as part of her book tour for Cider Cocktails: Another Bite of the Apple, and the panel is sampling cider cocktails on the show. Fruit-based spirits are a new entry to the potent potables world.

The panel talks about the great new and emerging ciders in Massachusetts, Finger Lakes and the Pacific Northwest. Hear about the latest cider trends (all-crab-apple cider!) and the small-batch ciders that are tempting us this week! Listen to the full episode here.

And be sure to check out all the cider-related programming on Heritage Radio Network celebrating Cider Week NYC 2015.

The Good Beer Seal Welcomes Cider Week NYC

smCiderApplesBeer Sessions Radio™ loves cider almost as much as we love beer. Now that Cider Week NYC is upon us, we’re in the mood for real cider featured on some of our recent shows. We regularly have cider makers on the show as part of our on-going Cider Sessions series. In the past few months we’ve featured the following cider-related guests and topics:

On Episode #271, we hosted a St. Patrick’s Day get-together with two of Ireland’s best cider makers, along with guest from the United States of Cider and Rowan Imports in a lively discussion about how terroir and tradition affect the uniquely Irish spin on the traditional apple beverage.

On Episode #286, we welcomed Louisa (Loulou) Spencer of Farnum Hill Ciders and Field Maloney, a second-generation cider maker at West County Cider.

Episode #287 welcomed back the United States of Cider team and a cider maker we’ve come to know and love over the years, Polly Giragosian from Aaron Burr Cidery (Wutsboro, NY), who is joined by Ellen Cavalli of Tilted Shed Ciderworks (Sonoma, CA).

Most recently, on Episode #292, we welcomed author Ben Watson for an in-depth conversation on cider production, history, tasting notes and more.

And if you are interested in taking your listening pleasure the text step and doing some actual drinking of great real ciders during Cider Week NY, Good Beer Seal bar Jimmy’s No. 43 will be celebrating all week long with a full line-up of programming to include:

We hope you’ll join a Good Beer Seal bar during Cider Week NYC, and enjoy all the Cider Sessions on Beer Sessions Radio™.

What you missed on Beer Sessions Radio™: From Home Brew to Pro Brew

BitterEstersTrainingThis week on Beer Sessions Radio™, host Jimmy Carbone once again welcomes back fall co-host Stephen Valland, who is right in his wheelhouse as they discuss going from homebrewer to pro-brewer. Bitter & Esters owner John LaPolla discusses his class offerings that range everything from how to make beer to how to brand your brewery.

The homebrew to pro-brew route is distinctly American. The brewing education curve is very different in America as opposed to Europe, where you have a more structured path to becoming a brewer. In America, you start out by cleaning kegs and one day you just get thrown in to a professional situation. American homebrewers tend to learn the ins and outs of making beer on their own before launching a business in the hopes of “making it big.”

New brewery owner Jason Sahler, an award-winning homebrewer, is getting ready to launch his two-barrel enterprise, Strong Rope Brewery, a Brooklyn-based brewery that will create handcrafted local and organic ales featuring seasonal offerings that will use the freshest vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. While serving many of the ales on draft, the brewery will also feature living ales: cask and bottle-conditioned beers where live yeast remains in the beer, which continues to condition and evolve in its serving vessel, showcasing the subtle natural flavors that this unique conditioned environment creates.

If you’re interested in trying some homebrew, Bitter & Esters is hosting a fundraiser for Ales for ALS on October 29th featuring an experimental hop (tickets here).

You can listen to the full episode here.

What you missed on Beer Sessions Radio™: The Beer Bible with Jeff Alworth

Photo courtesy of All About Beer Magazine.

Photo courtesy of All About Beer Magazine.

This week on Beer Sessions Radio™, host Jimmy Carbone welcomes back one of the nation’s premier beer writers, Jeff Alworth, whose newest book, The Beer Bible, is on sale now. Hear how “every beer tells a story,” as Jeff talks about the depth and scope on the subject of beer. The book is aimed at audiences seeking an in-depth analysis of beer delving into the pleasure of discovery, knowledge, and connoisseurship. Divided into four major families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and tart and wild ales—there’s everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of different authentic types of brews, from bitters, bocks, and IPAs to weisses, milk stouts, lambics, and more.

Co-hosting this week’s epsiode is Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Stephen Valand, who discusses the nuances of creating a British mild ale. Also hear from Mugs Alehouse owner Ed Berestecki who discusses the challenges of meeting the demands of a “promiscuous” craft beer drinking market.

Hear how history affects beer making, including special beers made during a coronation in England. Drinking historical beers is an experience, even if the beers tend to taste more like sherry than the original recipe. Learn which beers can be sampled even 100 years later!

You can listen to the full episode here.


SUMMERofGOSEBeer Sessions Radio™ host Jimmy Carbone has been celebrating the Summer of Gose, so what better way to wrap up the season than with a Sour Beer Show! It’s the official new season of Heritage Radio Network as Jimmy welcomes guest co-host Stephen Valand of Brooklyn Brew Shop.

Kerry McLean (events manager at Jolly Pumpkin/Northern United Brewing Co) is in the studio to help celebrate Sour Beer Month as one of the original American sour beer houses. Joining them are Crimson Krier-Glading and Steven Baird of Mission Dolores and The Owl Farm, B.R. Royla of Shelton Brothers Imports, and Robert Sherrill of Brewminaries (Prospect Park’s homebrew club) and Bitter & Esters.

The world of “wild and tart” has grown considerably in the NYC beer world as more brewers make this interesting style of beer. Jolly Pumpkin was one of the first sour beers to be made in the US, but hear from our panel how much the open fermentation scene has expanded.

They’re talking sour, imports and more on a jam-packed episode of the best beer podcast in the world!

Listen to the full episode here.


It’s the dog days of summer and we’re winding down with a great series of shows about cider! These pre-records of Beer Sessions Radio™ took place over a series of “breakfast cider” talks with host Jimmy Carbone at Jimmy’s No. 43.

FieldMaloneyFirst up, we’re visiting with two great cider makers, Louisa (Lulu) Spencer of Farnum Hill Ciders and Field Maloney, a second-generation cider maker at West County Cider. Back in April they were doing a special pairing with Murray’s Cheese and speaking out about “fine cider” or “orchard cider” as apple people. These cider makers were in town to spread the word about CiderDays (now in its 21st year and taking place in Franklin County, Massachusetts, on November 7th and 8th). Lulu along with her husband (and frequent Beer Sessions Radio™ guest) Steve Wood and Field (his parents founded the orchard and cidery) are key founding families of American Cider revival, establishing commercial winery/cideries and developing cider orchards in the late 1970′s-80′s. Field talks about the history, challenges and new awareness of making and enjoying this traditional American drink (Field claims John Quincy Adams drank two tankards of cider every morning for breakfast!). You can listen to the full episode here.

Next up was a May visit with The United States of Cider team of Gay Howard and Kay Michaels who co-host alongside Jimmy. They have brought both a west coast–Ellen Cavalli of Tilted Shed Ciderworks (Sonoma, CA)–and an east coast–Polly Giragosian from Aaron Burr Cidery (Wutsboro, NY)–to discuss terroir and the art and craft of small batch, homestead, orchard-based cider making. Listen to the full episode here.

Finally, Gay and Kay are once again sitting alongside Jimmy from a show recorded in spring at Edible’s Good Cider event. It’s a snapshot of the great world of NY State ciders with Cider Week NYC founder Sara Grady of Glynwood and Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr. Listen in here.

We’ll be back with live shows starting September 8th! Happy Labor Day and looking forward to the fall batches of cider.