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EP-176 Natalya Watson of Duvel Mootgat

Today’s guest is Natalya Watson of Duvel Moortgat. Watson’s upbringing was something of an adventure, born to Northern Irish parents in Canada, then living back in Northern Ireland before growing up in California. Watson would then go on to live in New York, before eventually putting her British passport to good use, and moving to London in 2015. The start of her new adventure in beer here in the UK began behind the bar at Mother Kelly’s—an East London bar and bottle shop that’s become...


EP-175 Brian and Mary Rooney of BKS Artisan Ales

To some, vacation prep can feel almost as time consuming as act of being away itself, sorting through an endless number of online suggestions and guides with what you simply can’t miss in whatever location you may be visiting. And like so many other beer lovers, I’ve got the process down to a science. When I’m off to visit someplace new, I love tips of where to and what to drink. On a recent stop in Kansas City, I was thrilled to have seen one small up-and-comer pop up several times over....


EP-174 Nick Cho of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

Today’s guest is basically one of my personal hobbies. He’s one of my windows into coffee culture, and following him on twitter has given me insight into so many of the social, business, product, and values issues within coffee that I find highly relevant to beer. It’s not always a straight-forward translation - of course - and much of what we talk about today is about the gaps between the two. Coffee and beer, and craft-oriented niches, has so much in common, but the differences are...


EP-173 Jez Galaun and Xochitl Benjamin of Brixton Brewery

On today’s episode I’m joined by Jez Galaun and Xochitl Benjamin, two of the four founders behind South London’s Brixton Brewery. Six months previously, I had sat down for a brief chat with the same pair, before GBH broke the news that the brewery had sold a minority stake of 49% to Heineken. Now that the dust kicked up by that announcement has had the chance to settle I wanted to catch up with Galaun and Benjamin to find out how things had been going for the brewery post investment....


EP-172 Jason Perkins of Allagash Brewing Company

This week’s episode is with one of the country’s best, and most-loved brewers. But unless you follow the industry closely, you probably don’t know him. He’s the winner of the Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing in 2016 in recognition of his outstanding work at Allagash as their brewmaster, as well as the many committees and teams he serves on for the association itself. So much of what makes the Brewers Association a progressive, impactful part of...


EP-171 Alex Tweet of Fieldwork Brewing Co.

This week’s guest is a fascinating one for me. I first came to know Alex Tweet, one of the founders of Fieldwork in Berkeley, California, during his run-in with Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead over the use of the word Vermont to describe one of Fieldwork’s farmhouse style beers. The argument that followed between the two resulted in a Sightlines story on GBH, not so much because there was a disagreement, but because it brought up really interesting thoughts about what constitutes an...


EP-170 Georgia Roundtable with Nancy Palmer, Brian Purcell, Bob Sandage, and Nick Purdy

As some of you know, our editorial director, Austin Ray, lives in Atlanta - so I’ve had a great reason to spend some time down there over the past few years getting to know the city through his perspective - it’s food, music, and of course its beer. Recently watched a Austin’s life as a beer drinker in the state of Georgia was dramatically changed with the passage of a new law that enabled breweries to sell their beer directly to drinkers in their own taprooms, over their own bars, and out...


CTA-01 Matthew Dick of Boundary Brewing

Welcome to this special edition of the GBH podcast, which forms part of our Coming to America series, brought to you in collaboration with Guinness. Before we get started today, I want to tell you how excited I am about bringing our Uppers and Downers festival of coffee, beer and coffee beers to London this May. It takes place at Mick’s Garage in Hackney Wick on Saturday May 19th and will feature over 30 exceptional brewers and roasters—including today’s guests, Boundary—each collaborating...


EP-169 Devon Kreps of 7venth Sun Brewery

I didn't expect to talk about a serial killer when I sat down with Devon Kreps recently, but sometimes life can be full of surprises. For a while, that was a recurring theme for Devon and her brewery, 7venth Sun, which she co-owns with Justin Stange. As you'll hear in our discussion, natural disasters and local tragedies played an unexpected and unfortunate role in the early story of their brewery's new production space in Tampa, Florida. But when we got together, it was in the cozy...


FF-013 Jim Plachy is a value brand, and members tell us about lagers and travel-planning

Welcome to another episode of The Fervent Few podcast. Every few weeks we present you with this bonus episode of the GBH podcast where we chat with members of our subscriber community. The Fervent Few subscribe to GBH like a magazine making a monthly contribution via Patreon. Members join us in a forum to talk about a wide range of topics that doesn’t just stop at beer. And every week we pick one of these topics and present the community’s answers to readers in the form of an article...


EP-168 Sayre Piotrkowski of HenHouse Brewing

This is our second interview recorded during San Francisco beer week - and it happened to be our second interview with someone who works at HenHouse Brewing up in the north bay. When I first contacted Sayre to come on the podcast, I didn’t even know he worked for Henhouse, which becomes part and parcel of the conversation. Sayre Piotrkowski is a great example of someone who’s hustled their way through a variety of jobs in the beer world, from door man, to bartender to beer buyer and sales...


EP-167 Collin McDonnell of HenHouse Brewing

I was lucky enough to get to the San Francisco and Bay Area for beer week this year, and for the first time I stayed on the Oakland side. Not only did this give me an entirely different perspective on the evolving scene of the East Bay, but it gave me quick access to the North Bay - and I took full advantage of it. I needed to get up to Santa Rosa for a shoot at Russian River for the Pliny release which was just published as part of Alyssa Pereira’s first GBH story. Check that out when you...


FFT-001 State of sour/wild beer in Florida

At this year's Foeder for Thought, the festival of wild and sour beers hosted by Green Bench Brewing Co. in St. Petersburg, Florida, the GBH team co-hosted panels and discussions that help us all dig in to the future of this loosely-defined, but highly-sought-after category of beers. WATCH THE ENTIRE SERIES ON VIDEO HERE. This podcast series includes: // State of sour/wild beer in Florida, featuring: Bob Sylvester of Saint Somewhere Brewing Co. Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing Matt...


EP-166 Mike Benner of the Society of Independent Brewers

This week’s guest is Mike Benner, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers, or SIBA for short. SIBA is the largest UK trade body representing the independent arm of the British brewing industry. Founded in 1980 as the Small Independent Brewers Association, SIBA currently represents around 830 brewer members as well as around 300 or so non-brewing supplier associates. Its equivalent in the US would be the Brewers Association, and Benner’s equivalent at the BA would be its CEO...


EP-165 Arianna Auber of Austin American-Statesman

Texas continues to receive plenty of attention from the beer world, and here on the GBH podcast, this episode rounds out a trio of recent opportunities to hear about what's going on in the Lone Star State. Jester King's Jeff Stuffings and a whole crew from Austin Beerworks have offered some context of what's going on with them in their corner of the beer world, and now we turn to someone sitting just outside the industry for extra perspective. Arianna Auber has worked as a journalist...