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Taking a Wild Leap in LaGrange

Now that SB85 is law, it's a lot more feasable for breweries to stake their claim in Georgia. And one of the more impressive trends we've seen is breweries opening up in smaller communities. LaGrange's Wild Leap Brewing is one of those. Rob Goldstein and Chris Elliott join us in studio this week to talk about the process. Plus, we'll talk Thanksgiving beer pairings, and we'll have news of breweries opening...and closing. Truck and Tap’s Beers of the Week: Wild Leap's Chance IPA, Local Gold...

Duration: 00:46:39

Local Cider with Treehorn

You know that we love craft beer. But sometimes, it’s good to take a little break. So in the studios with us are two co-founders of Treehorn Cider, Justin Pierce and Andrew Wheeler. Plus, we recap of a busy week in beer, including a Creature Comforts collaboration, a preview of Roswell’s newest brewpub, and homebrew talk with Gary Glass, the director of the American Homebrewer’s Association! Truck and Tap’s Beers of the Week: Treehorn Ciders Steady Hand Flower Business Cherry Street...

Duration: 00:44:56

Distributing With Modern Hops

Phillip Barnes and Eric Levin were beer traders at first. One day, they realized that the distribution system in Georgia was broken, and worked to find a better way to do it. That idea is now Modern Hops. We talk to Philip, Eric and Michael Lowenberg about the craft beer scene in Georgia, what they are doing to change it, and what's been different since SB85. We also get a chance to talk to Jekyll Brewing's Josh Rachel about Southern Juicy Juice, and Field Hoperative Brian Hewitt reviews a...

Duration: 00:41:51

Georgia Beer Laws with Senator Hunter Hill

Georgia Senator Hunter Hill joined us on the show this week. He was instrumental in passing SB 63 - which led to this year's passage of SB 85. We talk small business, sensible laws, and why he's running for governor. We also talk to Chris Morley, owner of Mason's Brewing in Brewer, Maine. He got an interesting letter from ABInbev's legal department. Truck and Tap’s Beers of the Week: Foolproof Shakolad Wild Heaven Mavis Mason’s Hipster Apocalypse DIPA (see news below) Sole Brewing Koji-Mon...

Duration: 00:46:08

Beer Cockails with Jason Santamaria

To some, making a cocktail out of beer is a sin. But it's a delicious sin! Jason Santamaria, one of the founders of Second Self, started experimenting with beer cocktails in college as a way to make cheap beer taste better. Today? You could call him a mixologist. He regularly crafts cocktails for friends and family, and they dabble a little bit in (non-alcoholic) mixers at Second Self's taproom. We also talked about what's happening in the Atlanta brewery's world, including the new release...

Duration: 00:48:36

Floatin' Down the Chattabrewchee

Chattabrewchee Southern Brewhouse is making history. It's West Point (Georgia)'s first brewery It's the first brewery in the state to have self-serve taps It's the first brewery in the country to have a female, active duty military owner. We talked to co-owner Mike Denehy and brewmaster Barry Stevens this week. With a grand opening, some delays from Irma, it's been an eventful first month of operation. But now they are stepping up production, ready to go and are dedicated on becoming a...

Duration: 00:43:35

Prost! to Oktoberfest

For the Beer Guys, every season is beer drinking season. But Oktoberfest is another level entirely. Plates of sausages and spaetzle, liters of's a great celebration to mark fall. Atlanta's Der Biergarten is the closest you can get to Munich. With an authentic experience, traditional German fare and a great German beer list, it's the home of Bayern Munich soccer fans, so there you go. We talked to Jeff Sime, Director of Operations and Matt Yuhasz, Executive General Manager of...

Duration: 00:45:52

"Pie"-nt Night With Eventide

As it does so often, Geoffrey Williams' craft beer journey started with a Mr. Beer Kit. As students at Georgia Southern, Williams and friends Haley and Nathan Cowan, they brewed beer and experimented with fermentation. Fast forward, and Eventide Brewery is now Grant Park's brewery of choice. With a core brand of "Drinking Beers" (Kolsch, Pale Ale, IPA) on bottle shop shelves and a rotating tap of seasonals and one-offs in the tap room, Eventide has become a gathering place for locals in...

Duration: 00:49:50

Keepin' it Local with Green Bus

Green Bus doesn't distribute, rarely sells its beer outside its taproom, and they're OK with that. When Jason Sledd named his homebrewery (Green Bus Brewing), many people joked that it was just a matter of time before he went "pro." But to Jason, that sounded like a great way to turn his hobby into drudgery. Learn more about Huntsville's "first neighborhood brewery" this week! Plus, we'll talk about how we survived Irma and Tim regales us with tales from his trip to Arkansas. Truck and...

Duration: 00:46:39

Farm to Table Beer and Bites with From the Earth

Is there a more overused term than "farm to table"? Probably not. But the meaning is still important - bringing fresh, local ingredients into a restaurant has been a big trend in dining. Tim Stevens, owner of From the Earth Brewing Company, is bringing that to Roswell. With an amazing menu, the veteran of fine dining establishments in Atlanta and Birmingham is bringing his love of beer along as well. Truck and Tap’s Beers of the Week: From the Earth Stout and IPA Sweetwater Pit and...

Duration: 00:45:03

Welcome to Georgia's New Age

A historic show this week. Finally, direct sales are here. That's right, you can actually go into a Georgia brewery and actually buy their product! To celebrate, we talked to Nancy Palmer, Executive Director of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild and Taylor Harper of Taylor, Feil, Harper, Lumsden & Hess (aka “The Georgia Craft Beer Lawyer”). They joined us in studio to talk about the fight to get to this point and what’s in store for the future. Truck and Tap's Beers of the week: Some amazing...

Duration: 00:45:16

Nappy Roots and Monday Night

Them Country Boyz from Nappy Roots talk collaboration, creativity, and independence There are a lot of similarities between the craft beer world and making music. Creativity, self-expression, and the fight to stay (or become) independent. Atlanta/ Kentucky rap legends Nappy Roots and Monday Night Brewing had an immediate connection over these common themes. Their first collaboration, Front Porch Pale Ale, was brewed and served up for their album release party at Monday Night for Another 40...

Duration: 00:29:17

An Intoxicating History

Take a trip down memory lane Sarah Belanger and Kamara Davis, authors of the brand new book "North Alabama Beer: An Intoxicating History" joined us this episode. The early residents of North Alabama had a love-hate relationship with alcohol over the years. We talked about: The brothers who opened the first brewery in Alabama who had a "Badlun" of bad luck The city of Cullman, founded by German immigrants, became famous for its alcohol-free Ocktoberfest The time noted abolitionist Carrie...

Duration: 00:45:19

Good Beer Hunting and Piedmont

It's Shelton Fest week in Atlanta And we took advantage of it! Michael Kiser, founder of Good Beer Hunting and writer Austin Louis Ray joined us in the studio. We had a great conversation about branding, what "selling out" really means and more! Meanwhile, Brian Whitley from Macon's Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen also joined us in the studio. He brought a couple of samples, and we took advantage. Have a great week. If you'll be at Shelton Fest, make sure to stop by our booth and say hi!...

Duration: 00:53:02

Good Food, Good Beer and Good Times

What goes better with good beer than good food and good times? How about some good people too. We welcomed Michael Goot from Ormsby's and Billy Streck from Hampton & Hudson to the studios this week. We talked about the competitive Atlanta restaurant scene, the importance of staying loyal to local brewers, and how a great craft beer list can make or break your business these days. Truck and Tap's Beers of the Week: A veritable smorgasbord of brews, including: Orpheus Serpent Bite Bissell...

Duration: 00:44:30

Mashing Wort and Pitching Yeast....It's Home Brewing Time!

Episode 84 By popular demand, we're talking home brewing this week! Homebrewers Andrew Cooper and Michael Rothlisberger joined us in the studio to talk about the joys of brewing. We talked about extracts getting a bad rap, tips for entering contests, and the importance of having a brewing community around you. Plus, we recapped Aaron's trip to Maine and our tour of Monday Night Brewing's newest facility, The Garage. Truck and Tap’s Beers of the Week: Orono Brewing Company Lightning Tree NE...

Duration: 00:46:36

Beer for Wine Lovers - Episode 83 - 7/29/17

Do you have friends who love wine, but turn their nose up at beer? Listen to this episode. We've got: Dan Pernice, the General Manager at Osteria Mattone. Beverage Director for OM, Table & Main, and new restaurant in Alpharetta - Coalition Food & Beverage. Peter Kiley, Head Brewer at Monday Night Brewing and former winemaker Heddy Proctor, Craft beer and wine fan, attended the Culinary Institute of America in NAPA for wine studies We talk about beers that will work with the wine palate....

Duration: 00:49:01

Foreigner's Bruce Watson Talks Craft Beer

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.

Duration: 00:20:12

Talking Breweriana with Lee Dickson and Ken Jones - Episode 82 - 7/22/17

Beer has a long history in the United States and the world. In America, we have had thousands of breweries through the ages. And when you've got history, you've got collectors. We talked to two dedicated collectors of "breweriana," Lee Dickson and Ken Jones. We were privileged to get a look of just a tiny portion of their collections, and talk about how you get started in collecting breweriana. Even if it's just for fun - and no, that can of Billy Beer your uncle gave you 10 years ago...

Duration: 00:47:31

Sour beers and distilling and more with Avondale Brewing

This week, the Beer Guys talk to Birmingham's second-oldest brewery, Avondale. Head brewer Nate Darnell joins us to talk about the Alabama brewery's busy schedule and more!

Duration: 00:48:58

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