What You Missed On Beer Sessions Radio™: Beer Agriculture and the Return of NYC Beer Week

NYCBeerWeek2015This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’re gearing up for New York City Beer Week 2015 in February! Tune in and hear from Jimmy Ludwig of The Happy Hour Guys, Dietrich Gehring of Helderberg Hops Farm/Indian Ladder Farms, Dave Katleski of Empire Brewing, Anne Becerra of Anne Likes Beer, Linsey Ronchi of George Keeleys and Olivia Cerio of Empire Brewing! The crew chats about everything from collaborative beers to estate breweries and beer education. Tune in and get revved up for a celebration of beer in New York City!

Listen to the full episode here.

What You Missed On Beer Sessions Radio™: The New Breweries of Brooklyn

BravenBreweryWe’re living it up like Kings (County residents), as host Jimmy Carbone welcomes not one, not two, but three (as in Threes!) new Brooklyn-based breweries to this week’s episode of Beer Sessions Radio™. In the studio are Marshall Thompson and Eric Feldman (co-founders/contract brewers of Braven Brewing in Bushwick who just launched their beer on January 4th), Greg Doroski (formerly of Greenport Harbor) and Andrew Unterberg of Threes Brewing in Gowanus (333 Douglas Street) and Travis Kauffman of Folksbier Brewery (nano-brewery in Carroll Gardens).

How did Greg go from consulting to head brewer at Threes? What does it mean to be a community-based brewer? What are the unique challenges of brewing in Brooklyn?

Listen to the full episode here, and learn all about these new breweries, what it takes to open something new in Brooklyn, and what these brewers hope to accomplish in the future!

[Photo courtesy DNAInfo]

What You Missed On Beer Sessions Radio™: The New England Episode

TributaryBrewingIt’s another bonus session Beer Sessions Radio™, host Jimmy Carbone is taking the show on the road and hanging out with beer legends Tod Mott (legendary New England-based brewer who created the Harpoon IPA amongst other iconic brews) and Horst Dornbusch (an associate editor of the The Oxford Companion to Beer).

Tod is talking about his latest venture, Tributary Brewing, which recently opened in Kittery, Maine. Hear about what’s happening in the northeastern-most beer scene on this pre-recorded episode here.

What You Missed On Beer Sessions Radio™: The Technology of Beer

BSR_Logo_2015Think that making beer is just about the water, malt, yeast and hops? Think again! On Beer Sessions Radio™’s  first episode of 2015, host Jimmy Carbone greets the new year with a panel focused on how technology factors into the craft beer world. Jimmy is joined by Ed Berestecki of Mugs Alehouse, Augie Carton of Carton Brewing, Greg Avola (co-founder, CTO and lead developer at Untappd), Regan and Eric Stephens of Beer Menus, and Mark Young of BeerBoard and Bev Manager.

The app and website developers are providing a direct-to-consumer conduit for brewers who are using technology as part of a greater strategy to give customers what they want.

Augie Carton, for example, was an early adopter of Untappd (he started using the beer check-in ap in early 2011, before Carton Brewing opened). He says that as a brewer/owner, he uses Untappd to track where his beers are being served and how well (or poorly) a new beer is being received. If he notices that one of his beers is getting particularly poor reviews (“stars”) at a certain bar, he knows to investigate. Maybe it’s something to do with the draft lines, how the beer is being served, or how it’s being handled.

Listen in on all the latest technology in beer news here.

And with a new year comes a new logo (plus our sponsor is now going by their nom de guerre: UnionBeerDist.com). Enjoy!

A Good Year for Good Beer! Our Favorite Beer Sessions Radio™ Episodes from 2014

JimmyCharliePSo many great guests, so hard to choose our favorites! That pretty much sums up Beer Sessions Radio™ for 2014. From brewers Larry Bell (Bell’s Brewery), Steve Hindy (Brooklyn Brewery) and Tony Magee (Lagunitas) to craft beer heavyweights like Charlie Papazian, we’ve welcomed an amazing group of guests to our fourth year of podcasting our “audio ale salon” and bringing the best beer news the world has to offer.

This year (courtesy of a new portable recording device) we were able to air 53 episodes of Beer Sessions Radio™, the most we’ve ever produced in a calendar year. Choosing our favorite moments was damn near impossible (and as with any list, open to debate), but we came up with 10 shows we felt best encompassed not only the state of craft beer (along with real cider and artisanal spirits) but also the breadth of variety our weekly (sometimes twice-weekly!) broadcast has come to represent in the larger world of potent potables.

We invite you to revisit our favorite shows from 2014:

Episode #200 – Larry Bell and Bell’s Brewing

This episode was a watershed moment for us: Our 200th episode and scoring an in-studio visit with Larry Bell, who was visiting NYC for the 10th time while bringing his outstanding beers to the city for the first time. Without a doubt a great start to our year!

Episode #201 – NY State of Beer with “Beer Czar” Sam Fuller

This was the year that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo formed the first-ever NY Craft Brewer Workgroup, which will put forth recommendations on ways to continue spurring the rapid expansion of the states craft beer sector. Looking into the NY State beer scene, we welcomed some of the more official members of this delegation, including “Beer Czar” Sam Fuller to give us a State of the Craft update.

Episode #206 – Beer History with Ron Pattison

Why would we ever want to Shut Up About Barclay Perkins when one of the brightest and funniest guest of the year, Ron Pattinson, comes to visit? We learn about the origins of beer and how it was made traditionally, along with getting to taste some brews made from early beer recipes by modern brewers.

Episode #209 – Steve Hindy & Queens Beer Week

This was an amazing year for beer in two of the city’s boroughs (read on for more), and by far one of our favorite episodes was bringing the old guard (Brooklyn Brewery) to sit in with the new Turks (Transmitter Brewing, making Farmhouse Ales in Queens). This episode was loaded with nuggets from the dawn of America’s craft beer scene to what is happening today in NYC (or going to happen in the near future).

Episode #210 – NY Agriculture and Beer Show 

What does craft beer mean to the greater NY agricultural industry? In a year that saw fracking finally banned (several months after this episode aired), we discuss the need for more local grains (and malt houses) along with hops and other beer additives being grown in our region. Find out how the state that was once the world’s leading hop grower is gearing up its return to greatness!

Episode #220 – On Location at B. United

As already mentioned, host Jimmy Carbone was one of Heritage Radio Network’s hosts to receive a top-notch portable recorder this year, meaning Beer Sessions Radio is expanding (in addition to having extra episodes airing on specific Fridays, we also have plans to visit the U.K. this spring [with help from you, please donate and get great rewards]). Episode 220 where we travel to Connecticut to check in on B. United and their new brewery was our first foray into “guerilla broadcasting.”

Episode #222 – NYC Craft Beer Scene

While we pride ourselves on being as global as possible, we are true to our roots, and this episode is quintessential Beer Sessions Radio™, as we welcome a veritable Who’s Who from the NYC craft beer world (including Andrew Gerson, chef at Brooklyn Brewery, Ken Tirado of Old Killmeyers Inn, Chris Sheehan of Gun Hill Brewery, Katherine Kyle of Blind Tiger, Simon Tepas and Andrew Said Thomas of Knights of Bruklyn Homebrewers and Marcus Burnett of Rockaway Brewing Co.).

Episode #223 – Brooklyn v. Queens

Nowhere in NYC has seen more rapid growth in the craft beer world than Queens County. In a year that named Brooklyn the most expensive city in the U.S. and Queens the best place to visit in the U.S., we decided to pit the two boroughs against each other (in the nicest of ways). Who came out on top during our podcast/pub crawl? Tune in to find out.

Episode #229 – Cider Sessions 

This year, we launched “The Real Cider Manifesto” in honor of the growing craft cider movement (with juice made from cider apples as opposed to concentrate/additives). As part of Ciderwick, we gathered a diverse group of cider makers/writers from across the country who weighed in on the challenges and delights of making America’s original “beer.” (And for more on Cider, check out our two Cider Week Preview episodes here/here and our Cider Sessions follow-up episode here.)

Episode #238 – Lagunitas Story with Tony Magee
So you think you want to open a brewery? One of the country’s craft beer founding fathers, Tony Magee of Lagunitas, wrote a book all about that and he joins us in the studio to talk about the origins of the original American IPA.

And there they are, our top 10 for 2014. We can’t wait to see what 2015 holds in store for us. Thanks to all our listeners and GreatBrewers.com for their support of our program.

Happy New Year!

What You Missed On Beer Sessions Radio™: The Homebrew Show with Charlie Papazian

JoyofHomebrewingWe’re going out of 2014 on a high note, as we welcome the King of Homebrew himself, Charlie Papazian, to this week’s episode of Beer Sessions Radio™. Hear from the man who literally wrote the book on homebrewing, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. For over 30 years, Charlie has been inspiring beer lovers to make their own brews, leading some to create some of the most renowned breweries in America (Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman credits Charlie’s book as a source for becoming a brewer).

From creating the world’s biggest beer festival to founding the organization currently known as the Brewer’s Association, Charlie has been there, done that, and now he’s hanging with host Jimmy Carbone on Beer Sessions Radio!

So relax, don’t worry, and have a homebrew while you listen to 2014′s final episode here.