Celebrated NYC publican Jimmy Carbone hosts a convivial audio ale salon celebrating the world of craft beer. Through discussions with beer industry insiders and knowledgeable beer fans from across the country, Jimmy and his friends explore every aspect of the brewer's craft from grains to pint glass and tasting to toasting. For 10 years and more than 500 episodes, Beer Sessions Radio has witnessed and recorded the craft beer revolution in real time. With each episode, Jimmy continues to follow emerging trends and exciting collaborations that stretch across New York’s five boroughs and around the world.
Our theme song, ""Tonight is the Night"" was written and performed by We're All Just Passing Through whose co-founding member, Travis Johnides, co-hosts the Long Island craft beer podcast The Beer Amigos. Contact Jimmy directly at Jimmypotsandpans@gmail.com
Bowl of ‘Zole: Celebrating the Spirit of Agave
Season 14 rolls on with a spirited episode on Bowl of ‘Zole fest! Jimmy is one-on-one with Arik Greenleaf Torren, AKA the Cater Waiter-turned-Hospitality Maestro, for a chat about mezcal, bartending, and having a good cocktail.
Listen in to this deep dive on Arik’s journey through the hospitality industry as he recalls the experiences that brought him to Jimmy, and how they helped get Bowl of ‘Zole off the ground. Plus, get a crash course on Mexico’s history with the agave plant, known for its complex flavor compounds, and how they make for a fine spirit.
This festival was crafted by mezcal aficionados and Mexican chefs. This ever-expanding phenomenon is a celebration of pozole and agave spirits, and will be coming to Denver and Boston soon! Grab tickets and get all the details on the chefs, mezcals, and events at bowlofzole.com.
“We’ve Reached a New Level”: 10 Years of the Craft Maltsters Guild
It looks like 2023 is going to be another big year for Craft Malt! The Craft Malt Conference is back in Portland, Maine, from March 16 to March 18, 2023. Preview the great lineup of speakers and other participants right here.
Joining Jimmy today is Jesse Bussard, Executive Director of the Craft Maltsters Guild; Hillary Barile of Rabbit Hill Farms and Malthouse, and member of the Board of Directors for the Craft Maltsters Guild; Joshua Buck, one of the owners of the Maine Malt House; Sean Towers, one of the founders and brewers of The Seed, a living Beer project in Atlantic City.
The Craft Malt Conference is always an exciting time for Jimmy and all craft malt appreciators, but this year is special: It’s the 10th anniversary of the Guild, and the 6th anniversary of the Conference! This is the only conference of its kind that offers workshops and seminars on all topics craft malt. Register now for both in-person and virtual options!
The Drinks Capital of Brooklyn With Barrow’s, Gun Hill, and Fort Hamilton
Welcome back to BSR! Jimmy is hitting the ground running with season 14, on location at the ‘drinks capital of Brooklyn’ - Industry City. Jimmy hangs out with a group of drinks producers, including Josh Morton of Barrow’s Intense Ginger liqueur; James Tai, advanced cicerone; Dave Lopez of Gun Hill Brewing Co and Gun Hill Publick House; and Alex Clark and Amy Grindeland of Fort Hamilton Distillery.
Why is Industry City the drinks capital of Brooklyn? Learn the history of this special spot, including “distillery row”, with its wide range of drink producers, and how it gets better every week!
Want to warm up your Winter? Grab some Intense Ginger Liqueur, a pint of Gun Hill’s Brewing Rise Up Rye, or a glass of Fort Hamilton’s Single Barrel Rye. Can’t go wrong with any of them!
Get cozy, grab some headphones, and join the conversation with BSR!
Veggie Haggis and Christmas Ales: The BSR Holiday Show
Rejoice and be merry! It’s the 2022 BSR Holiday Show!
Join Jimmy to celebrate with some of his favorite beer people: Joel Shelton, former Shelton Brother and current big honcho at Inner Circle Beer Tours; BR Rolya, consulting pro at Beer Bier Biere; Kevin Brooks, owner, producer, and more at Oasthouse Creative; and Chris DeCicco, head of the beer program at DeCicco & Sons.
Catch up with the Shelton Bros alum (plus Chris!) as they recount the special places they helped to put on the American Craft Beer scene map over the years, and how that led to the Inner Circle Beer Tours.
Want to try some winter time beers? Try out St. Bernardus’s Christmas Ale, Brasserie Thiriez’s Bière De Noël, and Fyne Ales’s Mills & Hills to bring some spice to your holiday beverage lists.
Strap in for this boozy sleigh ride as it takes you on tours to Europe with fun holiday drinks, and more!!
RadCraft and Dolores River Brewing: Vendors Who Speak Beer
This week Em Hutto, founder of RadCraft Beer, is back, and she brought company! She joins Jimmy with Mark Youngquist, founder and owner of Dolores River Brewery, all the way from the Western Slope of Colorado.
Today our merry gang comes together to talk about something a little bit different: the RadCraft Industry Relief Coloring Book! This rad and crafty book features logos from RadCraft’s partner breweries, distilleries, and malting companies. It was developed by the folks at RadCraft as a fun way to give back to our industry after the 2020 Pandemic brought hard times on us all.
The project supports the James Beard Foundation’s Open For Good effort to help independent restaurants thrive, and for the cost of a craft beer on draft, you can give back, too! Get your copy today at radcraftbeer.com/industryrelief.
Also on this episode, Mark Youngquist, a self-proclaimed “seasoned veteran” (Jimmy prefers the term “legend”), regales us with the lessons he’s learned brewing since the ‘80s. Spoiler alert: the longer Mark does this, the more he realizes he has no idea what he’s doing!
Grab some headphones, some colored pencils, and get lost in the process of creation with BSR!
What Makes a Great Lager? With Resolute and Lone Tree Brewing
This week, Jimmy welcomes Kyle Larkin, head brewer at Resolute Brewing Company in Centennial, Co, and Jerry Siote, co-owner and director of brewing operations at Lone Tree Brewing Company in Lone Tree, CO, to discuss their recent collaboration. The gang get cozy as the weather cools to talk about everything from the tradition and function of rice in lagers to malted sunflower seeds.
First and foremost, the gang dives into Kyle and Jerry’s collaboration: It started loosely, with seasonal, experimental intentions: new malts, new hop, new technique. Called Abundant Forest, this dark lager is made from Leopold Bros. pilsner malt, flaked rice, and chocolate malt, along with Ariana and Callista German hop varietals. The duo are proud of how much of a fluid and collaborative process the project was.
Also, Em Hutto, founder of RadCraft Beer and co-organizer of the episode, pops in to give her perspective on Kyle and Jerry’s collab. Grab a cozy lager and warm up with BSR!
I have been listening for a few years now and love this show. I look forward to it every week. I love hearing the back stories behind how brewers and bar owners got started. As a home brewer, I have learned a lot as well. Keep up the great work!!!
Joe - Brooklyn, NY
Rest in peace Ray Deter. All who listen to this podcast lost a friend. You will be missed. Raise a glass of Saison for Ray. Cheers
I Like Beer...Sessions
Great informative show, especially the guests.