86 episodes

Join award-winning beer writer Ben Johnson (”The Globe and Mail” ”The Growler” ”Toronto Life”) for a weekly podcast blending interviews with personalities from the craft beer industry and conversations over beers with assorted people who just happen to show up in his garage.

Beer and Bullsh*t Ben Johnson

    • Comedy
    • 4.3 • 51 Ratings

Join award-winning beer writer Ben Johnson (”The Globe and Mail” ”The Growler” ”Toronto Life”) for a weekly podcast blending interviews with personalities from the craft beer industry and conversations over beers with assorted people who just happen to show up in his garage.

    #85 - The Secret Goldfish

    #85 - The Secret Goldfish

    Ben welcomes back Ontario craft beer veteran Sam Corbeil and chats about Sawdust City celebrating 10 years of their brewery, the importance of beer awards, why non-alcoholic beer sucks, and complicated, silly beer names — plus they chat John Irving, death row pizza, and Ben pitches his lawn mowing TV show. 

    • 1 hr 25 min
    #84 - Marzipan stout vs. jalapeño kolsch

    #84 - Marzipan stout vs. jalapeño kolsch

    Ben and Chris chat with Beer Guy, Jordan St. John, author of many beer books, some of which he'll tell you the name of, editor of The Growler beer guide, beer instructor at George Brown College, and rent-controlled midtown Toronto resident. The guys chat beer criticism, free beer, erotic fiction, and awards -- plus a Pell's Corner for the ages. 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #83 - Hump and dump

    #83 - Hump and dump

    Ben and Chris are back for a poolside episode to discuss the return of Canadian Beer News, help a listener with a chalkboard dilemma, and Chris samples a new THC-infused beverage. We investigate the inflated claims that NA beer is our lord and saviour, and Ben makes his pitch for a live version of the podcast at the Canadian Brewing Awards. Plus Chris previews his one man show about his mom, people get carved, and the guys are ATTACKED BY WILD RACCOONS!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #82 - The surface is the best part

    #82 - The surface is the best part

    Ben and Chris chat with Matt Giffen, owner and founder of Bench Brewing in Lincoln, Ontario, about the importance of sustainability, irrigating their eight acre farm/brewery, using Niagara fruits in the brewing process, and embracing old world brewing techniques -- plus the three former South Lions get into high school trivia and try to make this already-niche podcast even more niche. Iron 'em out!

    • 51 min
    #81 - The 81ers

    #81 - The 81ers

    When Ben and Chris are ghosted by this week’s guest, they opt to discuss the breweries they’d like to own, the province’s most underrated breweries, dad hats, and their most hated beer styles -- plus they start a blood feud with Great Lakes Brewery.

    • 57 min
    #80 -A crafty fox

    #80 -A crafty fox

    Ben and Chris chat with Todd Lewin of Muskoka Brewery about Mad Tom IPA as a game changer (that’s making a comeback), staying on top of trends vs trying to court macro drinkers, and the reality check that the pandemic brought on — plus nitro canned cocktails, convenience store beer, the NA market and a philosophical instalment of Pell’s Corner.  

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Hatts- ,

Burrito

Bens the type of host who’s not afraid to eat a burrito mid show, and this is the exact energy I’m looking for in a podcast about Ontario craft beer. Just the right amount of discussion of untapped (none)

MisterH242 ,

Venn diagrams

I always assumed the Venn diagram of craft beer lovers and social justice/equity minded people was fairly small - me and my friends - but it turns out there’s a fair few, including Ben. It’s great to have someone championing inclusion and diversity in a meaningful way. It’s also a fun way to learn about the industry, a unique take on the Ontario craft beer scene and I dig the pot shots on Toronto, even though I’m a resident and former Londoner. Keep up the good work!

Nicknamewastaken1 ,

The title says it all (in a good way)

A show that makes me rethink the concept of Toronto being the centre of the universe.

Maybe London is where it’s at?

Great guests, and honest industry perspective that doesn’t always focus on the non stop fun time we have working.

Real talk. And then all that other stuff.

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