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Brought to you by Tim Dennis and Aaron Williams (the Beer Guys), on Drink This Beer, we drink craft beer and have great conversations with some of the most important and influential voices in the craft beer industry.
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Oct 17, 2017

This week's Drink This Beer checks in with Chicagoland's Mikerphone Brewing. 

Founded by, Mike Pallen, a small town kid with a passion for craft beer and hip hop music, the small brewery is known for cranking out big beers. 

The nanobrewery opened its tap room in 2017, and continues to grow. Check out our interview with Pallen now! 

 

Oct 3, 2017

Drivin' n Cryin' has been a fixture on the rock scene for decades. 

Probably best known for its 1991 hit, "Fly Me Courageous," DnC is still touring, making albums and generally kicking ass. 

But their latest project isn't an album. It's a beer. 

Collaborating with Kennesaw's Burnt Hickory Brewery, DnC created "Mystery Road / Straight to Hell IPA," an aromatic and juicy 5.5 beer that's....dare we say...crushable. 

We talked to DnC founding member Tim Nielsen and Burnt Hickory owner Scott Hedeen about the collaboration and what' coming up next for the both of them. 

*Mystery Road / Straight to Hell IPA is currently available for sale at Burnt Hickory Brewery's taproom.

Sep 19, 2017

With the possible exception of Lazy Magnolia, most craft beer fans would be hard pressed to name a brewery in Mississippi. 

But thanks to relaxed laws and better education, the industry is growing. 

We talked to Lucas Simmons, owner and brewmaster of Jackson, Mississippi's Lucky Town Brewery. The second-oldest brewery in the state, he's seen a slow growth and is looking forward to the future. Oh yeah, we talk about beers too! 

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Sep 5, 2017

At Moody Tongue's Chicago taproom, you have two food choices: 

Oysters, or German Chocolate Cake. 

As strange as that may sound, brewmaster and owner Jared Rouben says those are the perfect pairings of his company's beers. 

After starting his career in fine dining, Rouben joined Goose Island where he was able to fine tune his craft beers.

Now, he works with fine ingredients (truffle beer, anyone?) to create his drinkable, flavorful beers that are designed to pair specifically with food. 

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Aug 31, 2017

What exactly is "local"? 

Is it in your home town? Your home state? Your home region? 

Perhaps it's in the eye of the beholder. Regardless, we talked to Eric Kugler, rep for Bluffton (SC)'s Southern Barrel about their beers, what constitutes local beer...and how a rep stays sober after a long day making calls! 

 

Aug 29, 2017
Shelton Fest. 
 
A bucket list event for any craft beer fan. We were fortunate enough to have this year's Shelton Fest (2017) in our home city, Atlanta. 
 
We were able to talk to numerous great brewers from around the country...and around the world! 
 
In part 3, we talk to two southeastern breweries - 7venth Sun Brewing (Florida) and Bearded Iris (Tennessee)
 
Be sure to check out parts 1 and 2 for more coverage.
Aug 24, 2017

Shelton Fest. 

A bucket list event for any craft beer fan. We were fortunate enough to have this year's Shelton Fest (2017) in our home city, Atlanta. 

We were able to talk to numerous great brewers from around the country...and around the world! 

In part 2, we talk to Jackie O's, an Ohio brewery that's well known to beer nerds....and an Estonian (yes, Estonian) brewery that caused a huge buzz at Shelton Fest - Pohjala.

Be sure to check out parts 1 and 3 for more coverage.

Aug 22, 2017

Shelton Fest. 

A bucket list event for any craft beer fan. We were fortunate enough to have this year's Shelton Fest (2017) in our home city, Atlanta. 

We were able to talk to numerous great brewers from around the country...and around the world! 

In part 1, we talk to two newer breweries known for their sour programs. Carolina Bauernhaus (South Carolina) and Hourglass Brewery (Florida). 

Be sure to check out parts 2 and 3 for more coverage - coming soon! 

 

Aug 15, 2017

It's Shelton Fest week, and in advance of this great beer fest debut in Atlanta, we talked to one of the Shelton Brothers - Dan. 

In this wide-ranging interview, we talked about how the Shelton Brothers got their start, the reason behind their initial departure from Georgia, and a recent article about them in Beer Advocate. 

Get tickets, details and more for Shelton Fest 2017 here

Don't forget to listen to Part 1!

Aug 15, 2017

It's Shelton Fest week, and in advance of this great beer fest debut in Atlanta, we talked to one of the Shelton Brothers - Dan. 

In this wide-ranging interview, we talked about how the Shelton Brothers got their start, the reason behind their initial departure from Georgia, and a recent article about them in Beer Advocate. 

Get tickets, details and more for Shelton Fest 2017 here

Don't forget to listen to Part 2!

Aug 8, 2017

Jacksonville probably isn't the top of your list when it comes to craft beer cities. However, the northeast Florida city has a small, but growing list of breweries. Bold City Brewing Company was the first. 

We talk to CEO Susan Miller and Brewmaster Jeremy ("Big Jerm") Baker about their start and their styles.

Jul 25, 2017

Just ahead of their Atlanta stop on their 40th Anniversary Tour, Foreigner guitarist, craft beer enthusiast, and Cicerone Certified Beer Server Bruce Watson chats with the Beer Guys about craft beer and their "VIB" meet and greet craft beer tastings he hosts along with bandmate Michael Bluestein.

Jul 25, 2017
Southern Prohibition
Southern Prohibition (or SoPro if you're a cool kid) is one of the hottest breweries in the south. (Photos courtesy Southern Prohibition)

When you think of craft beer, Mississippi may not be the first state that comes to mind.

However, with new laws that went into effect on July 1, breweries now have the amazing opportunity to actually sell their product directly to consumers. Experts are predicting the Magnolia state's craft brewery footprint will only get bigger. But any brewery that opens up will have a hard time competing with the quality of Hattiesburg's Southern Prohibition.

A revamp of a few of their recipes paid off, and they are becoming one of the hottest breweries in the south. In fact, they recently won Paste Magazine's best Session IPA for Devil's Harvest. A big honor, especially considering they beat out some huge breweries.

We talked to head brewer Ben Green about brewing in Mississippi, their recipes, and what's coming up next for them.

 

Jul 11, 2017

Dave McLean is one of the originators of the San Francisco craft beer scene. After following the Grateful Dead from Boston to the Bay Area, Dave started getting more into the craft beer scene. After drinking beers from great breweries like Anchor and Sierra Nevada, Dave got into the game himself. 

Inspired by Alice Waters and the farm to table movement, Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery became one of the first brewpubs to really take food seriously. 

Most recently, McLean opened Smokestack, a "San Francisco" barbecue brewpub in the Dogpatch district. And they are also just starting to can their beers. 

We sampled two of their classics - the Kalifornia Kolsch and Proving Ground IPA. 

 

Jun 27, 2017

D9 makes clean beers, but they are definitely known for their sours.

In fact, their gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival for its Systema Naturae 2nd Edition – Scuppernong & Lily wild sour ale. As Tim and Aaron are both big sour fans (especially Tim), we wanted to get them in studio. 

We crossed paths with Modern Hops, and fortunately they made that happen. Andrew Durstewitz and Aaron Burton, two of the co-founders, traveled from North Carolina to be in our studios this week.

We talked about the development and blending of their sours, the vagaries of brew styles, and their plans for bringing their beers to the southeast. 

Jun 13, 2017

On this episode, we're talking to Ohio's Rivertown Brewing and Barrel House. Founder and owner Jason Roeper joins us as we talk shop, and drink their beers!

May 30, 2017

The crew from Belgium's Brouwerij t'Verzet were in the United States over the month of May. During their whirlwind East Coast tour, they stopped by Decatur, Georgia's Three Taverns Craft Beer to brew. We grabbed them for a quick chat about the Belgian Beer scene, the meaning behind Verzet (The Resistance), and why they changed the name of one of their IPAs to something we can't repeat on a PG podcast!

May 16, 2017

For this week's Drink This Beer, we talked to Kevin Martin, head blender at Oregon's Cascade Brewing. Check out some tips on aging your sour beers, as well as the connection wine has to beers, especially sour and barrel aged ones! 

Apr 4, 2017

We went across the pond for this one. 

Ok, not literally. But sacrifices were made. Tim had to brave traffic and Aaron had to drink a soda rather than a craft beer for this show. 

Wil Avery and Tom Delaney joined us on this week's show. Wil's the new head brewer for Galway Bay Brewery, one of the largest craft beer brewers in Ireland. 

We talked about Wil's background, the transition from working in the United States as opposed to Ireland, and what styles are popular over there. 

New England Style IPAs were also discussed, and some new releases from Galway Bay too! 

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Also, check out our Beer Guys Radio Show (also available on iTunes). Covering craft beer from the southeast every week! 

 

Mar 21, 2017

On this episode of Drink This Beer, we're talking to co-founder of Melvin Brewing, Jeremy Tofte. We talked about how he got started in beer, why they emphasize on IPAs, and what happens when you shoot yogurt cups out of a t-shirt cannon. It's a very entertaining interview....trust us!

Mar 7, 2017

For our 20th episode of Drink This Beer, we went on the road, to Atlanta's SweetWater Brewing Company. 

Most craft beer fans know SweetWater for its iconic 420 pale ale, its IPA, or one of its many other "clean" beers.

But recently, they decided to expand their sour and barrel aging program. Dubbed "The Woodlands Project," the new building is dedicated to those types of beers. Troy Montrone, barrel aging facility manager and brewer Chris Meadows joined us on the show. 

We talked all kinds of sour beers, their love of Brettanomyces yeast, and how they got this project up and running. We also tried out their first ever bottled product, Through The Brambles, an American wild ale with raspberries. 

Thanks for listening, and we'll talk to you next time. Be sure to check out our older episodes of Drink This Beer, and look for us (Beer Guys Radio) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

On Drink This Beer we talk to craft beer creators and innovators across the US and around the world.  Want to hear your favorite brewery on an episode?  Just drop us a line and we'll check them out.

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Feb 21, 2017
In addition to the classic Chicago Pilsener, Baderbrau now makes several other "crushable" beers.
In addition to the classic Chicago Pilsener, Baderbrau now makes several other "crushable" beers.

For Chicagoans back in the late 80s/early 90s, Baderbrau Pilsener was the go-to brew.

It was the area's original craft beer, but unfortunately, the Pavichevich Brewing Company wasn't able to make it, going under in the '90s.

After a brief resurfacing of the brew by Goose Island, the recipe became lost over time.

Enter Rob Sama. A homebrewer and a Baderbrau fan from his college days, he wanted to make a fan site about the beer. While doing research, he realized that the trademark and recipe were up for grabs.

And a new business was born, called Baderbrau Brewery.

Fast forward to today, and Baderbrau is a staple on Chicago's southside.

They focus on drinkable ("crushable") beers, and while Baderbrau's Chicago Pilsener is the flagship, they make several other styles.

Listen in to this week's Drink This Beer. It's a great story.

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Feb 7, 2017
Jim Matt is the head brewer for Cincinnati's Rhinegeist Brewery. (Photo courtesy Rhinegeist)
Jim Matt is the head brewer for Cincinnati's Rhinegeist Brewery. (Photo courtesy Rhinegeist)

We sat down with Rhinegeist Brewery's Jim Matt for this week's Project BGR. 

Matt, originally from upstate New York, develops many of the recipes and is in charge of quality control for the award-winning Cincinnati brewery. We talked with him during the Great American Beer fest, and chatted about his background and his brewing philosophy.

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Jan 24, 2017

This week's Project BGR goes west. 

We talked to Preston Hartman, founder of Colorado's Good River Beer Company. Tim and Aaron talked to Preston about how he got his start in home brewing. After winning over 100 medals in competition, he decided to "go pro" the environmental reasons behind the founding of Good River, plus his "real" job as an attorney for the state of Colorado.

Good River Beer Company is committed to donating at least 2% of its profits to non-profit organizations dedicated to river conservation. 

 

Jan 10, 2017

On this week's Project BGR, perhaps appropriately enough, we're talking to Funky Buddha. Brand Manager John Linn joins us on this show. And since it's winter in the South, we're talking about First Snow, the brewery's popular coconut coffee porter. 

We also get talking about beer laws in the South, and how Florida has opened up to craft. Also, how Funky Buddha got its name, and why legendary coach Don Shula is a fan. 

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Cheers, and we'll talk to you next time.

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