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!

Eighth Annual July Good Beer Month™ Celebrates Good Beer Seal Awards with 15 New Entries

GoodBeerSeal2016Beer Sessions Radio™ and The Good Beer Seal are delighted to announce the recipients of the Eighth Annual Good Beer Seal Awards. This year’s inductees will join 64 of their peers from NYC, northeastern New Jersey and Long Island. This year The Good Beer Seal expands to Westchester County, in recognition of great beer venues that stand out from the competition in terms of superior beer quality and selection as well as commitment to their communities. The Awards are the culmination of July Good Beer Month, which features specialty events across the city with a focus on craft beer, the brewers who make them, and the local establishments that sell craft beer. The Good Beer Seal nominees are gathered by a select group of beer journalists, industry professionals and existing Good Beer Seal bar owners.

This year’s 15 inductees are:

For eight years, July has been declared “Good Beer Month,” and we celebrate the dedicated, community-oriented bars and bar owners who are on the front lines of the country’s continuing craft beer revolution.

Congratulations to the class of 2016!

What you missed on Beer Sessions Radio™: Derek Dellinger and July Good Beer Month

071216This week on Beer Sessions Radio™, we’re celebrating July Good Beer Month with guests Derek Dellinger, author of the new book, The Fermented Man, and Will Stephens, creator of BeerMenus.com. Dellinger is also the brewmaster at Kent Falls Brewing Company and author of the brewing blog Bear Flavored.

Listen to the full episode here.

“The New Primitives” to debut today, 5PM, with On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio™

PlanBeeHeritage Radio Network and Beer Sessions Radio™ today (Tuesday, 6/21) will launch a special four-part series, On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio.  In each episode, Beer Sessions Radio™ host Jimmy Carbone goes behind the scenes to learn about the creative production process of the best craft beer, cider, and spirits from the ground to the glass.  This series will support the promotion of over thirty craft beverage businesses across five regions of New York State.

The first episode, “The New Primitives,” featuring Suarez Family Brewery, Hudson Valley Malt, Plan Bee Farm Brewery, From the Ground Brewery, Migliorelli Farm, and Daughters Fare & Ale, will debut today, Tuesday June 21st at 5PM, on Heritage Radio Network.  Listeners can tune in to the live stream, or find the podcasts on iTunes.

The series is funded in part by a $35,296 Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant from Empire State Development (ESD) and is sponsored by Taste NY.  Listeners can take part in craft beverage tour packages of these regions offered by EscapeMaker.com

“Thanks to generous funding from Empire State Development we can bring these stories to the airwaves like never before. Heritage Radio Network has listeners in over 200 countries and we cannot wait to share the amazing work of our fellow New Yorkers with the world.” said Erin Fairbanks, Executive Director, HRN