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Brewing outside the lines with Mountain Brew and Scratch Brewing (Episode 75)

We talk with Tim Matson, the author of Mountain Brew a guide to illegal homebrewing in 1970s Vermont. We also talk with the owners of Scratch Brewing, a brewery in the middle of a Southern Illinois forest obsessed with foraged ingredients. We discuss the first craft beer cruise and the results of the #dirtylines movement in Boston. We also hear calls from listeners and celebrate winning the Best Beer Podcast for a second year from the North American Guild of Beer Writers. To find out about...


Is Not Your Father's Root Beer actually beer? (Episode 72)

We try to figure out what's going on with the alcoholic root beer taking the craft beer world by storm- Small Town Brewery's Not Your Father's Root Beer.


Noble Brewer helps homebrews go pro (Episode 71)

We talk with the founder of Noble Brewer, a subscription service that makes award-winning homebrew available to the masses. We're joined by Monica Eng to discuss the conflict between 5 Rabbit Brewery and Donald Trump. We also discuss the urine-collection truck at a European music festival that promises to turn piss into beer. We sample Noble Brewer's Dudeling Farmhouse Ale and Yerba Buena Cascadian Dark Ale. We listen to "Dude Beach" by The Walters.


Liz Garibay shares history through beer (Episode 70)

We talk with historian Liz Garibay about her recent trip through Europe tracing the impact of different beer styles on their place of origin. (Read about her exploits at #StoryofBeer on Twitter). We drink Summit Pilsener and Ommegang Fleur de Houblon. We also discuss ABInBev's new $1.7 billion investment in U.S. production and new claims that breweries are the hottest startups around.


60 - Guide to cider with Eric West of Cider Guide podcast

Recorded live at Cider Summit Chicago, we talk cider with Eric West of Cider Guide podcast. We sample Uncle John’s Cider Rosé, Worley’s Special Reserve Keeved Cider, Guzmán Riestra Sidra Brut, Les Vergers de la Colline Api-Hop Cider and Eden Ice Cider Co. Heirloom Blend.


55 - Dan Kenary of Harpoon Brewery on Employee Ownership

We talk with Dan Kenary, co-founder of Harpoon Brewery (also known as MassBay Brewery) about the decision to transition into being employee-owned. We also discuss the recent news that Founders Brewery sold 30% of their company to Spain's Mahou San Miguel Brewery. We also induct Marketplace's Adriene Hill into our Society of Two Growlers and a Microphone and sample Founders' Big Lushious chocolate raspberry stout.


53 - Craft Beer Distribution with Jeremy Walker and Cynthia Roberson of Kno

We talk with beer distributors on a "mission from God" to recruit new breweries to sign on with their Knoxville, Tennessee company, Eagle Distributing. Jeremy Walker and Cynthia Roberson share insights as well as great beer from Sweetwater Brewing. We also drink Founder's Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA and discuss Miller Lite's branding efforts and a YMCA's beer fundraiser getting stolen.


51 - Learn to Homebrew Day with Steve Parr of the American Homebrewers Asso

We preview Learn to Homebrew Day coming up on November 1 by interviewing the Assistant Director of the American Homebrewers Association, Steve Parr. We also induct Liz Reid of WESA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the Society of Two Growlers and a Microphone. We talk about the brewery that bought all the Count Chocula at one store in Colorado and the truck full of Miller High Life that was stolen in Florida.

50 - Great American Beer Festival with Karl Klockars

We talk with Karl Klockars of about his experiences at the Great American Beer Festival. We also gloat shamelessly about winning Best Beer Podcast from the North American Guild of Beer Writers, which was awarded at GABF. We also talk about new beer laws in Vietnam, the end of Small Bar and Stone's break-up beer for Columbus, Ohio. We drink Naked Rabbit from 5 Rabbit Brewery and Nøgne Ø.

48 - Colonial Homebrewing with Alison Kelly of the Library of Congress

We talk with the Library of Congress' Alison Kelly about the true origins of pumpkin beer- and other colonial homebrewing habits. We also induct Michell Eloy of WABE in Atlanta, GA into the Society of Two Growlers and a Microphone. We talk about the memory-aiding properties of hops and the troubling drinking habits of the top ten percent of American imbibers. We sample Founders' Mosaic Promise American IPA.


47 - Forbidden Root with BJ Pichman Plus Josh Noel and Juana Summers

We talk botanical brewing with BJ Pichman, brewer at Forbidden Root. We sample their Sublime Ginger, Shady Character, Forbidden Root and new Pipeworks collaboration beer. We also talk with NPR's Juana Summers and the Chicago Tribune's Josh Noel. We also provide instructions to get tickets to our live taping on October 9th in Chicago.


46 - The Beer Temple and San Diego scene report

We talk with Chris Quinn, the host of The Beer Temple video podcast and owner of the store of the same name. He's also a Cicerone and explains his unique reason for getting certified. We also hear from Andrew Keatts of Voice of San Diego about subsidies keeping Ballast Point and Alesmith in town. We drink Hose from De Garde Brewing courtesy of Aaron Ellis and Spiteful Brewing's 10-9 Bike Messenger Appreciation IPA courtesy of Chris Quinn. Tim shares an unfresh homebrewed IPA in his new IPA...


45 - Seven Brides Brewing with Josiah Kelly

We talk with Josiah Kelly of Seven Brides Brewing in Silverton, Oregon. We also check in with Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting for the Society of Two Growlers and a Microphone. We discuss dog beer, Bud Light's Whatever campaign and waterlogged barley in Montana. We drink Frankenlou IPA by Seven Brides and Three Floyds' Chevalier Bertrand du Guesclin blueberry sour.


44 - Minnesota beer scene survey with Daniel Mays

We talk with Daniel Mays of Stinson Wine, Beer and Spirits in Minneapolis, Minnesota about the craft beer scene there. We also discuss the new homebrew law in California, craft beer in Lebanon and an armed robbery of the craft beer tent at the Minnesota State Fair. We drink LSD Honey Ale from Indeed Brewing.


43 - Brews Travelers plus Columbus, Ohio beer scene report

We talk with two guys from Texas who've devoted 2014 to visiting breweries all across the United States. They call themselves the Brews Travelers ( We also hear from a member of the Society of Two Growlers and a Microphone, Michael De Bonis of WOSU in Columbus, Ohio. We discuss the New Belgium PAC and Thrillist's ranking of all 50 states by the beers they produce.


42 - Perennial Artisan Ales, Bent River Brewing and Pipeworks at the Oak Pa

We visit the Oak Park Microbrew Review for the second time and catch up with Perennial Artisan Ales, Bent River Brewing and Pipeworks Brewing. In our news segment we question Deschutes Brewing about printing a "Best After" date on their barleywine bottles and talk Hobbit beer. All that, plus we out Peter Sagal's secret love of fancy beer.


41 - Homemade Stories at 18th Street Brewing

Shannon Cason of Homemade Stories (and The Moth and Snap Judgment) joined us in Gary, Indiana to chat with Drew Fox of 18th Street Brewing. This episode we also drink Pipeworks Simcoe Ninja Imperial IPA and Pipeworks Grillz Golden Strong Ale with grilled pineapple. News stories discussed include the growth of chain brewpubs, bicoastal brewers' water woes and sexist beer labels. Give us


40 - Strange Brews with

Strange Brews hosts Tim Akimoff and Alison Cuddy sat down and had a beer with J.R. Shirt and Eno Sarris, the guys behind They talk beer data and how technology can help craft beer consumers.


39 - Food & Beer pairings with Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Jared Rouben (brewmaster, Moody Tongue), Josh Noel (travel, beer & spirits writer, Chicago Tribune)and WBEZ's Monica Eng (Chewing the Fat) join Strange Brews co-host Tim Akimoff on this episode to talk about food and beer pairings, beer as food and food as beer.


38 – Lost Abbey with Tomme Arthur

Nerdette podcast co-host Tricia Bobeda fills in for Andrew Gill and Alison Cuddy in this episode. Tim and Tricia talk new Star Trek beer and the changing definition of craft beer while drinking seriously futuristic beer from Giant Brewing Co. And our feature this week is an interview with Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur. He’s a well-known figure in the craft beer scene and one of the world’s top brewers. Support Strange Brews – donate at