What you missed on Beer Sessions Radio™: Kevin Zielinski and Oregon Ciders

Cider112216This week on Beer Sessions Radio™, we’re not talking turkey but we are sipping cider from a show we taped last June with E.Z. Orchard’s Kevin Zielinski. He talks about his family’s background in Willemette Valley (Oregon) orchards and heirloom variety apples in ciders. Started by his grandfather in 1929, the orchard today is run by Kevin and his brothers.

It was his interest in Pinot Noir that sent him down a path of making ciders, and he walks through the life of an orchard famer from planting to pruning to blooming to hand pinning to harvesting to fruit gathering and cider making.

West Coast ciders tend to be different styles than what we typically get in the north east, and Kevin breaks down many of the French- and English-style ciders he makes.

So pull up a chair, pour a glass of everyone’s favorite fall beverage and listen to the full episode here.

What you missed on Beer Sessions Radio™: Our Final Stop in the On the Road Series

Photo by Miguel Rivas

Photo by Miguel Rivas

This week on Beer Sessions Radio™, its our final episode of our acclaimed series, On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio™.  This week, host Jimmy Carbone travels to the Finger Lakes to visit The Farmhouse Brewery in Owego, NY, the first malting house in New York State in over a decade and one of only a handful that also brews in-house. You’ll hear from a top grains farmer about the challenges he faces to produce and distribute unique, artisanal grains to brewers. You’ll also meet the experts who support him in his work.

Next up, Jimmy visits Blackduck Cidery in Ovid, NY, and meets the whole family behind some of the best cider in the state. Plus, meet the community behind New York cider at Finger Lakes Cider House.

Listen to the full episode here.

Cider Week Brings Tastings, Radio Shows & Cider Salon

Beer Sessions Radio™ and The Good Beer Seal welcome Cider Week NYC with some great meet-ups at Jimmy’s No. 43 with cider makers from around the region. Over the years, we’ve recorded many cider episodes on Beer Sessions Radio™ on the Heritage Radio Network, and the station’s staff recently chose their favorite shows (of which we made the list several times!) in celebration of all things cider.

We’re celebrating ourselves this week, with visits from cider makers and the Second Annual Cider Salon. Among the features this week (all at Jimmy’s No. 43):

  • Guided Cider Tasting with Indian Ladder Farmstead Ciders’ Dietrich Gehring and Stuart Morrison Tuesday, October 25th
  • A casual late afternoon hang out on Thursday, October 27th, with Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr Ciders
  • very special cask from Eden Cidery at 5PM Friday, October 28th, with Eleanor Leger also hanging out with us
  • 2nd Annual Cider Salon from 12-4PM Saturday, October 29th with various panels, tastings and cider experts

More details on Saturday’s Cider Salon, which runs from 12-3PM at Jimmy’s No. 43:

Session 1 – Heritage Apples @1PM

Gidon Coll of Original Sin Cider will be teaching us about heritage apples used in cider making, and participants can see and taste these apples. Several single apple ciders will be presented allowing comparison of the apple taste to the fermented apple cider. We will also be tasting some of these apples in pastry tarts allowing comparisons of cooked apples.

Discussion of taste will proceed with the presentation ofDarlene Garvey, author of Cider Cocktails – Another Bite of the Apple, and her extensive knowledge of cider apples grown in California.

Session 2 – Cider Fermentation

We’ll welcome Eli Cayer of Urban Farm Fermentory  (Portland, Maine), who will share his expertise in approaches to fermentation, focusing on adding flavors during conditioning of his ciders.  We hope to taste ciders conditioned on sumac and on seaweed; the latter is expected to be a potentially unique pairing for Japanese food.  An overview of fermentation with tasting will be provided by Ryan Burk from his position heading the experimental arm of Angry Orchard Ciders which is doing small batch fermentation at its Innovation Cidery in Walden, NY.

A ticket ($15) is required for admission (buy here); includes limited samples with additional food/drink available for purchase including ciders from Farnum Hill, South Hill, Eden, Black Duck, Original Sin,  Embark, Urban Farm Fermentory, more…

We hope to see you during Cider Week, and be sure to tune in to Beer Sessions Radio every Tuesday at 5PM!

What you missed on Beer Sessions Radio™: Danish Cherry Wine

CherryWineThis week on Beer Sessions Radio™, host Jimmy Carbone welcomes a great panel of experts and a bit of cherry wine (is it sweet and rare?)! It’s a robust discussion on terroir (Danish cherries have a larger pit with more concentrated flavors… it’s not a cherry you would eat) and a reinvention of wine tradition in Denmark. Fellow Heritage Radio Network host Damon Boelte (The Speakeasy), Agern Restaurant sommelier Chad Walsh, Chris Ball from Grand Army are chatting about wine alongside B.R. Royla of Shelton Brothers, who introduces Anne-Marie Skriver and Michael Moeller, the winemakers of the Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin winery in Denmark.

At Frederiksdal, rather than producing wine working against the Danish climate, they use the advantages offered by nature and the Danish weather. The basis is the unique ingredient, the Stevnsbær cherry, which has the very best conditions for growth in Denmark. They use the cherry’s high levels of sugar, acid and antioxidants, allowing the berries to ferment naturally for a few days following harvest to create a complex fortified wine.

So raise a glass, and enjoy this episode of Beer (and Wine) Sessions!

What you missed on Beer Sessions Radio™: Belgian’s Picobrouwerij Alvinne

AlvinneIt may be hot as Hades out there, but we’re cooling things off a bit with this pre-record of Beer Sessions Radio™ featuring the Belgian brewing team from Picobrouwerij Alvinne. Back in April, host Jimmy Carbone gathered with Alvinne Barrel Manager Glenn Castelein, Brewmaster Davy Spiessens and Marc De Keukeleire , “the yeast whisperer,” who clutivated the brewery’s house yeast strain called “Morpheus.”

Also in the room is George Flickinger from B. United, who is helping to bring their beers to NYC.

So pour yourself a cold one and imagine it’s spring again and listen to the full episode here.

Beer Sessions Radio™ Reaches a Milestone

Podcast5We’re very excited that our On the Road with  Beer Sessions Radio™ episodes (two of which have already aired) are reaching major milestones. Our first episode (episode 335 – listen here) which featured “The New Primitives” of the Hudson Valley Region, has been downloaded more than 55,000 times in six weeks, making it the most downloaded episode of Beer Sessions Radio™ ever! Places we visited:

  • From the Ground Brewery, Red Hook, NY
  • Hudson Valley Malt, Germantown, NY
  • Plan Bee Farm Brewery, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Suarez Family Brewery, Livingston, NY

And now our second episode, “Edge of the Wild,” is trending on iTunes. This latest episode ranking 5th in food-related podcasts as of time of writing found us in the Catskills region of New York State, where we hang out with Beer Sessions Radio™ favorite Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr Cidery and he reflects on the text written about apples in the 1800s that give him inspiration. Listen in and meet Andy along with a former racetrack veterinarian who uses his chemistry background to distill unique buckwheat liquor and whole wheat vodka, a brewery owner who was part of saving New York City’s water through anti-fracking advocacy, and one of the first (legal) absinthe producers in the United States.

Thank you for being a huge part of this successful series. Our third episode airs soon!