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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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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.

Dec 27, 2016

Time for another Project BGR. 

This time, we're talking to Jason Kidwell, Sales Director, along with Andrew Dixon. We talked all things Troegs. 

This interview was recorded at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. 

Cheers!

Dec 13, 2016

On this week's Project BGR, we're talking Houston beer with Eric Warner. He's the brewmaster for Karbach. 

The popular Texas brewery/brewpub sits in a 19,000 square foot building with a 30-tap taproom. 

We talk to Eric about the craft beer scene in Houston, the relaxing of the beer laws in Texas that's allowing more and more growth. We also talk pumpkin beers, and why they scaled back on their production this year.

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

Note: This interview took place at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. It happened prior to the announcement in November 2016 that Karbach was acquired by ABInbev

Nov 29, 2016

On this week's Project BGR, we're talking to legendary brewer Wayne Wambles, from Tampa's Cigar City Brewing. He was brewing up a collaboration with Decatur (Georgia's) Wild Heaven, and took a break to talk to us about his start in craft beer, his thinking behind Cigar City's creations, and a little bit about Hunahpu! 

 

 

Nov 15, 2016

Black Friday is more than just a day for all the insane shoppers to wake up early in the morning to stand in line or fight over the toy-du-jour. For beer nerds, it's become a special day - Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) Release Day! 

In honor of that, this week's Project BGR Craft Beer Podcast highlights Goose Island Beer Company. Tim and Aaron sat down with Jesse Valenciana, National Activation Manager and Paul Cade, Brewer during the 2016 Great American Beer Festival. 

They talked about BCBS, how they keep up with the popularity and how they solved the strange infection issue. Plus, Goose Island's other brands. Jesse is a grilling expert and cookbook author, so we got into some food talk as well! 

Thanks for listening to Project BGR. Stay tuned and subscribe - we've got more great interviews coming soon! Cheers.

Note: Jesse's grilling information can be found on his website, ManBQue.com

Oct 31, 2016

What happens when your small brewpub wins a major national award? A lot of long days and nights trying to catch up to demand! 

Of course, that's a good problem to have, and we caught up with the brewmaster of Prison City Pub and Brewery, Ben Maeso. 

They were pouring at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, weeks after Paste Magazine named their Mass Riot IPA the best American IPA, blind tasted with 246 others. They beat out some of the biggest names in the business to take home that award. 

We talked to Ben about his start, the expansion of the brewery, and helping to make Auburn, New York a craft beer destination.

Oct 31, 2016

Project BGR gets a hold of Burial Beer Company on the cusp of their Atlanta debut. We talk to one of the owners of this Asheville brewery, Jess Reiser. She talks about the company's founding, their craft, and all about their unique can art.

Oct 31, 2016

Continuing our coverage of the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, Project BGR talks tp Alex Wallash, one of the founders of Berkeley, California's all sour beer company, The Rare Barrel.

Oct 31, 2016

Fresh off their silver medal win at the 2016 Great American Beer Fest, Project BGR sat down with Almanac Beer Company Founder Jesse Friedman and brewer/blender Phil Emerson.

 

Oct 31, 2016

We interview Tyler Nelson, the Southeast Sales Manager for California's Green Flash Brewing Company and Alpine Beer Company

We talk about the craft beer scene in the southeast, along with Green Flash's growth nationally, culminating with their east coast expansion to Virginia Beach. 

 

Oct 31, 2016

On this episode, Tim and Aaron talk to a small Tampa brewery making some big beers. Angry Chair's Ryan Dowdle, Ben Romano and Jordan Cooper join us on Project BGR....and we try their amazing beers, including the German Chocolate Cupcake Stout, which we all need more of in our lives. 

Plus, we talk about what exactly is an Angry Chair (note: it's not the Alice in Chains song), and how they escaped it.

Oct 31, 2016

We caught up to one of the biggest names in homebrewing at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. 

Jamil Zainasheff, author of "Brewing Classic Styles" and "Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation," broadcaster and now professional brewer, sat down to talk (mainly to Tim) about all things hombrewing...and making the transition to owning and operating Heretic Brewing Company.

Oct 31, 2016

In this episode of Project BGR, we talk to James Murray, Vice President of Brewing and Ryan Glenn, Vice President of Operations from San Diego's Ballast Point Brewing Company. 

We talk to them at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival on the heels of their billion-dollar acquisition, and the announcement of their new East coast based brewery expansion in Virginia. 

 

Oct 28, 2016

On this episode of Project BGR, we talk to Jennifer Glanville, Brewery Manager for Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). 

We talk to her about her start in the craft beer business, working for one of the largest craft breweries in the country, and whether Sam Adams is still "cool." 

For more information and content, check out beerguysradio.com!

Oct 28, 2016

Jeffrey Stuffings is the Founder/Owner of Jester King Brewery in Austin, Texas. After a brief stint in law, Jeff began working on opening a brewery in 2007. He worked at Austin Homebrew Supply from 2008-09 before opening Jester King in late 2010.

Today, Jeff oversees the company and guides its future as an authentic farmhouse brewery. He and his wife Amber have two kids and live in Dripping Springs, Texas nearby Jester King.

Oct 28, 2016

Michael Tonsmeire (aka The Mad Fermentationist) is an award-winning homebrewer, certified beer judge, and all-around sour beer nerd.  

He blogs as The Mad Fermentationist, writes the Brew Your Own Advanced Brewing column, and authored American Sour Beers (Brewers Publications, 2014).

Tonsmeire has consulted and collaborated with a dozen of America’s best craft breweries including Modern Times Beer Co., and Commonwealth Brewing Co. He has presented at the last three American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conferences, as well as homebrewing conferences in Norway and Brazil. Tonsmeire resides in Washington, D.C.

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