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Against the Grain and Nappy Roots

What's luck if you ain't from Kentucky? The founders of Louisville, Kentucky's Against the Grain Brewery got their start because they weren't satisfied with the way beer was being represented in their town. After a disappointing visit to a local brewpub, whose brewhouse sat unused in a dark and dusty corner, they hunted down the owner and offered to buy the place. Today, Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse is nestled in that spot at Louisville Slugger Field, home to baseball's minor...


IPA Talk with Tim and Brian

Tim and Brian pontificate on the many styles of IPA We had a guest lined up for this week, we were all set up and ready to go, but we weren't able to connect with them. We're all about making lemonade (or maybe a nice lemon Gose) out of lemons so we fired up the mics and freestyled a short show. We're sampling some IPAs so we discuss the many styles of IPA and if all IPAs are really IPAs. We also introduce a fairly new team member, Sam Kempe. Sam's been behind the scenes for a while, he's...


Arcadia Ales

Arcadia Ales are British Inspired, American Brewed Michigan has a thriving craft beer scene and Arcadia Ales has been a part of it for over 20 years. Originally based in Battle Creek, an expansion brought them to Kalamazoo where their brewery sits on 400' of riverfront allowing visitors to launch their kayaks and canoes, or just relax and have a beer. For most of their history, Arcadia brewed exclusively via a process unique to most American breweries. All of their beers were fermented in...


Reformation Brewery

Reformation Brewery prepares to 'Set Beer Free' at their second location Woodstock, GA is a fairly small community about 30 miles north of Atlanta. It's been my home for 14 years and Reformation Brewery's home for nearly five. When I moved here the "big" news/controversy in town was the opening of a new Super Wal-Mart. Many of the city's elder residents didn't think we needed that kind of growth, the old Wal-Mart was just fine (it wasn't). Now, the Downtown Woodstock area is lined with...


Two Tides Brewing Co.

Two Tides owner James Massey talks about the journey from CPA to IPA Savannah, Georgia's Two Tides Brewing Co. is only four months old but they're already making waves with their IPAs and sour beers. While getting his accounting degree, Owner and Head Brewer James Massey started homebrewing. After college, he became a CPA and spent several years shuffling numbers before deciding it was time to start his brewery. Savannah already had a few breweries but James wanted to build in an area...


Hop Soul Brewery - The 5th Segment

The 5th Segment with Hop Soul Brewery Hop Soul founders Justin and Elizabeth Crandall were in Atlanta over the 4th of July holiday and joined us in the studio last week. Our featured guest was Chris Meadows of Elkmont Exchange, but we wanted to give a bit of info on Hop Soul as well. I mean, they did take time out to come visit us, it's the least we could do. After the regular taping we kept chatting and we realized we still had some good info to share so we turned the mics back on and......


Elkmont Exchange and Hop Soul Brewery

Elkmont Exchange brings craft beer and charcuterie to Knoxville, TN Above Photo: Elkmont Exchange You may be surprised to find out that a brewpub in Tennessee was founded by a team whose first brewing venture was in Saigon (or is that Ho Chi Minh City?) Vietnam. Alex Violette started his boozy career at Upslope Brewing in Boulder, CO where he met Bethany Lovato, a craft beer industry veteran. After falling head over heels for each other they had the opportunity to move to Vietnam and open...


Beer and BBQ Pairing

Get ready for the 4th of July with Beer & BBQ pairing tips Just in time for the mid-week (don't you hate that?) holiday, The Beer Sommelier Matt Simpson and Smyrna Beer Market owner Brandon King join us to offer up tips on pairing your backyard BBQ with some tasty brews. Simpson is Siemens/Doemens Bier Sommelier Certified, a Kansas City Barbecue Society certified judge, former instructor of Beer Education at Atlanta's Emory University, and craft beer consultant. His expertise has been...


Old Nation Brewing Co. and NE IPA

When Travis Fritts and Nate Rykse started Old Nation Brewing Co. they brought 14+ years of brewing education and experience with them. They'd dedicated their lives to learning the technical aspects of brewing as well as the differences in brewing methods and ingredients across different cultures. The result is a brewery that blends these different methods and ingredients to produce unique beers. Initially, the beer they offered was "very traditional and technically accurate." Director of...


New Realm Brewing Co.

New Realm Brewing Co. is booming on the Beltline In early 2018, New Realm Brewing Co. opened on the Beltline in the heart of Atlanta. Co-founders Carey Falcone, Bob Powers, and Mitch Steele aren't new to the beer business. Falcone and Powers have worked various roles in the industry for over 25 years. Steele managed fermentation for three breweries as well as new beer development at Anheuser-Busch, and prior to starting New Realm, he was the Brewmaster for Stone Brewing in California....


Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Hardywood Park is determined to 'Brew With Purpose' Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's founders Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh have known each other most of their lives. After sampling some homebrew on a farm in Australia the stage was set. After many years working in the craft beer industry, they were destined to open their own brewery. McKay became Richmond, Virginia's first Certified Cicerone and while attending brewing school Murtaugh found out his family's brewing history goes back...


von Trapp Brewing

In the land of hazy IPAs, von Trapp loves their lagers von Trapp brewing in Stowe, Vermont is smack in the middle of NE IPA country, but they're all about lagers. Founder Johannes von Trapp was inspired by the lagers her sampled while visiting the countryside of his ancestral home on Austria. With a goal to brew an American version of these beers, von Trapp Brewing opened in the lower level of Trapp Family Lodge's DeliBakery. Today, they're brewing 50,000 gallons of beer each year and...


Terrapin ATL Brew Lab

What's better than beer and baseball? On this Memorial Day weekend, we celebrate these two great things. Terrapin's ATL Brew Lab is located in the Battery, home of SunTrust Park and the Atlanta Braves. We talk to the crew from the Brew Lab about brewing beer for ballparks, creative brewing at a smaller facility vs. a larger production brewery, and the sheer joy of Fox Brothers country fried ribs. TRUCK AND TAP'S BEERS OF THE WEEK: A bevy of Terrapin ATL Taproom beers, including an English...


Savannah River Brewing Company

When you think about Augusta, you probably think about that big golf tournament. You likely don't think about craft beer. And up until a couple years ago, you'd be right. Georgia's second largest city had been a beer desert. But some pioneers are starting to change that. From beer bars like the Hive to breweries like Riverwatch and Savannah River Brewing Company, it's now possible to get some great craft beer in the city. On this episode, we talk to Savannah River Brewing Company owner...


TrimTab Brewing

Harris Stewart used to procrastinate studying law in college by brewing beer. Until one day, he realized that he should probably brew for a living. TrimTab was born out of that desire. We talk to Harris about the Alabama brewing scene, running a business and managing a family, expansion into Georgia and of course the beer. Plus, with the summer months coming, we'll learn why it's not a great idea to leave your beer in the car. Truck and Tap's Beers of the Week: Trim Tab Paradise Waits...


Wrecking Bar Brewpub

It's no secret that Atlanta is a great food town. But it's also becoming a fantastic beer town as well. So if you're a brewpub, you have to keep up with both. Wrecking Bar Brewpub has been able to do that. From crafting amazing beers (that are now being canned, thanks to new law changes) to providing fine fare, the Atlanta brewpub has managed to thrive in this busy and competitive market. We talk to owner and brewer emeritus Bob Sandage about his brewpub, new Georgia laws, and whether or...


Belgian Beers with Kraig Torres and Jen Price

We're talking all things Belgian. Beers, that is. Kraig Torres, owner of Hop City and Barleygarden, got into craft beer thanks to Belgian brewers. We talk dubbels, trippels, quads and what it actually means to be a Trappist brewery. Plus, Jen Price, author of "The Chick's Guide To Beer," talks beer and her new project, the Atlanta Beer Boutique. Truck and Tap's Beers of the Week: SweetWater 21st Oud Bruin Straffe Hendrick Wild 2014 & 2015 Three Taverns Dubbel Shot Jailhouse 2 Year Sentence...


Akademia Brewing Company

Where's a better place to start a brewpub than in a college town? When we last spoke to Akademia, they were a brewpub in planning. Today? They're distributing their beers around the area, cranking up a barrel aged program....and they have a prime rib night. Done. We talk to co-founders Matt Casey and Morgan Wireman live from the Classic City Brew Fest in Athens, Ga. Plus, we'll reveal the winner of our SweetWater Woodlands contest! Headlines: Brewer’s Association Releases List of 50...


420 Fest and the SweetWater Experience

420 Fest descends on Atlanta this week and we sat down with brewers Nick Nock and Nick Burgoyne to talk about the SweetWater Experience tent. They share info on the beers available - from collaboration brews to barrel-aged offerings, and wild and funky stuff from SweetWater's Woodlands. If you only know SweetWater for their hoppy beers (like 420) then the SweetWater Experience is a great way to explore more of what they can do. SweetWater's pilot brewery, dubbed The Hatchery, allows...


Stan Hieronymus Talks Hops

Beer journalist, author and homebrewer Stan Hieronymus joined us this week. If you have an interest in hops, this is the show for you. Stan talks about the modern evolution of hops, and whether there is really a hop shortage. Plus, we learn about why you shouldn't use the term "noble hops." It's great information for homebrewers and pros alike. Plus, we talk about the 2nd annual Columbus Beer Bash, how to win a membership in the SweetWater Woodlands Circle. And, we completely suck up to an...