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Sacramento's Ben Rice travels to breweries and has conversations with the makers of your favorite beers and the people who drink them. Spoiler Alert: The beer dies at the end.

Barley & Me Ben Rice

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    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Sacramento's Ben Rice travels to breweries and has conversations with the makers of your favorite beers and the people who drink them. Spoiler Alert: The beer dies at the end.

    Episode 156: Jim Noss & Matt Risse of LogOff Brewing

    Episode 156: Jim Noss & Matt Risse of LogOff Brewing

    Host Ben Rice travels to Rancho Cordova, CA, to talk to owners Jim Noss & Matt Risse about opening a brewery during a global pandemic, celebrating an anniversary and even expanding during said pandemic, and fighting for space in the craft beer market as things start to return to normal. We also discuss the need for more alcohol in professional sports, their upcoming collabs with Slugfest Games and Thick Vatos, perfect pop punk albums, and their new comedy nights starring Joey "Joseph" Stults! Plus! Jim's tie to a controversial World Series moment! Wart Hog Road Trips! And a bold new trivia championship belt! All this and more, on episode 156 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Find out more about the beers and events at LogOff Brewing, and their LogOff tips, @logoffbrewing
    Barley & Me can be found across social media @barleyandmepod. Email questions/comments/concerns/guest ideas/brewery ideas to barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com or barleyandmepod@gmail.com
    And be sure to learn more about the Black Is Beautiful Initiative, as featured in Episode 129 with Marcus Baskerville of Weathered Souls Brewing, at www.blackisbeautiful.beer
    Get your merch or make donations at www.customink.com/fundraising/black-is-beautiful-initiative
    Also, during this crisis, 100% of profits from sales of Barley & Me shirts via Zen-Threads.com will go to Another Round, Another Rally, a charity that supports front- and back-of-house members of the service industry whose wages and benefits may be affected. So grab a shirt and help a good cause and people you love! https://zen-threads.com/collections/beer-wine/products/barley-and-me-podcast-mens-crew-tee?fbclid=IwAR1G_5HJ3NCoWTRgmG6Q2PVALEiJsb1KtHClCaDli0NhsjZsc4KPmWCp_os
    Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos semi-daily on Instagram (@barleyandmepod), to help raise funds for those affected by this shutdown. You can Venmo Ben ($comedianbenrice) or hit his PayPal (@barleyandmepod) and all money will go to support the NAACP, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and other civil rights helpers. Charities will change with the times and as emergencies arise. But the point is: all donations will go to help those who need it.
    Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757
    Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)
    Interstitial Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alchemistqueen)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 155: People's Harvest Time Jubilee/Brew Your Story w/ Rodg Little & Geoff Scott of Oak Park Brewing/People's Beer Co.

    Episode 155: People's Harvest Time Jubilee/Brew Your Story w/ Rodg Little & Geoff Scott of Oak Park Brewing/People's Beer Co.

    Host Ben Rice travels to the Oak Park area of Sacramento to talk to Oak Park Brewing/People's Beer Co. brewers Rodg Little and Geoff Scott about the first annual People's Harvest Time Jubilee, taking place at 30 black-owned breweries across the world, with the kickoff at OPB on Saturday, October 2. Plus! Brew Your Story, an event inside the event, and the beers they're brewing for this, including a collaboration with past guest D Neal of Beer Talk Now. We also tell our own stories, about finding beer, getting into the craft beer industry, and even finding love. Which of course leads to a very important question: what kind of beer education do you give your children and how? Plus! Coffee education! Accidental IPA! And catchphrase creation! All this and more, on episode 155 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Find out more about People's Beer Co. at www.peoplesbeerco.com
    Check out the People's Harvest Time Jubilee kickoff at Oak Park Brewing in Sacramento on Saturday, October 2. Get tickets at the venue or on eventbrite.com!
    Get more info about the event and Brew Your Story @brewyourstory on IG
    Follow Oak Park Brewing across social media @opbrewco and People's Beer @peoplesbeerco
    Barley & Me can be found across social media @barleyandmepod. Email questions/comments/concerns/guest ideas/brewery ideas to barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com or barleyandmepod@gmail.com
    And be sure to learn more about the Black Is Beautiful Initiative, as featured in Episode 129 with Marcus Baskerville of Weathered Souls Brewing, at www.blackisbeautiful.beer
    Get your merch or make donations at www.customink.com/fundraising/black-is-beautiful-initiative
    Also, during this crisis, 100% of profits from sales of Barley & Me shirts via Zen-Threads.com will go to Another Round, Another Rally, a charity that supports front- and back-of-house members of the service industry whose wages and benefits may be affected. So grab a shirt and help a good cause and people you love! https://zen-threads.com/collections/beer-wine/products/barley-and-me-podcast-mens-crew-tee?fbclid=IwAR1G_5HJ3NCoWTRgmG6Q2PVALEiJsb1KtHClCaDli0NhsjZsc4KPmWCp_os
    Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos semi-daily on Instagram (@barleyandmepod), to help raise funds for those affected by this shutdown. You can Venmo Ben ($comedianbenrice) or hit his PayPal (@barleyandmepod) and all money will go to support the NAACP, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and other civil rights helpers. Charities will change with the times and as emergencies arise. But the point is: all donations will go to help those who need it.
    Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757
    Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)
    Interstitial Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alchemistqueen)

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 154: Author Tara Nurin + Herlinda Heras (Brew HaHa) & Melissa McCann (Women's International Beer Summit)

    Episode 154: Author Tara Nurin + Herlinda Heras (Brew HaHa) & Melissa McCann (Women's International Beer Summit)

    Host Ben Rice travels to Urban Roots Brewing in Sacramento, CA, to speak with beer journalist and author Tara Nurin about her new book (out now on Chicago Review Press - use promo code BarleyAndMe25 to receive 25% off) A Woman's Place Is In the Brewhouse: A Forgotten History of Alewives, Brewsters, Witches and CEOs, as well as co-host of KRSO's Brew HaHa drive time radio show, Herlinda Heras, and the founder of the Women's International Beer Summit, Melissa McCann. We talk Tara's exhaustive research and travel for this book, the shockingly overlooked and underreported number of women involved in the founding of the modern American craft beer movement, Brienne Allan's hard push for equality in the craft brew space, and some interesting beer history. Plus! Herlinda's tremendous resume outside of beer, Melissa downplays her involvement AGAIN, and Tara tracks down the unfindable. All this and more, on episode 154 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Go to www.chicagoreviewpress.com/ to purchase A Woman's Place Is In the Brewhouse. Use promo code BarleyAndMe25 to receive 25% off!
    Follow Tara Nurin @taranurin or go to the newly-revamped taranurin.com for more info!
    Check out Herlinda Heras @beergolfgirl or check out her radio show Brew Ha Ha wherever you get your podcasts or at brewhaharadio.com
    Melissa McCann is @obeer1kenobe on Instagram, but would probably prefer you check out www.wcfa.beer or follow @womensintlbeersummit for more info on that illustrious home brew competition and beer summit.
    Barley & Me can be found across social media @barleyandmepod. Email questions/comments/concerns/guest ideas/brewery ideas to barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com or barleyandmepod@gmail.com
    And be sure to learn more about the Black Is Beautiful Initiative, as featured in Episode 129 with Marcus Baskerville of Weathered Souls Brewing, at www.blackisbeautiful.beer
    Get your merch or make donations at www.customink.com/fundraising/black-is-beautiful-initiative
    Also, during this crisis, 100% of profits from sales of Barley & Me shirts via Zen-Threads.com will go to Another Round, Another Rally, a charity that supports front- and back-of-house members of the service industry whose wages and benefits may be affected. So grab a shirt and help a good cause and people you love! https://zen-threads.com/collections/beer-wine/products/barley-and-me-podcast-mens-crew-tee?fbclid=IwAR1G_5HJ3NCoWTRgmG6Q2PVALEiJsb1KtHClCaDli0NhsjZsc4KPmWCp_os
    Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos semi-daily on Instagram (@barleyandmepod), to help raise funds for those affected by this shutdown. You can Venmo Ben ($comedianbenrice) or hit his PayPal (@barleyandmepod) and all money will go to support the NAACP, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and other civil rights helpers. Charities will change with the times and as emergencies arise. But the point is: all donations will go to help those who need it.
    Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757
    Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)
    Interstitial Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alchemistqueen)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 153: Erik Schmid of Red Bus Brewing & Comedian Shahera Hyatt

    Episode 153: Erik Schmid of Red Bus Brewing & Comedian Shahera Hyatt

    Host Ben Rice travels to Folsom, CA, to sit down with Red Bus Brewing owner/brewer/minibus enthusiast Erik Schmidt and comedian/activist/Moving Van Show host/co-creator Shahera Hyatt to discuss the intricacies of beer and wine, Oktoberfest, and the 5th anniversary of Shahera's roaming outdoor Moving Van Show. Plus! Running a home brew supply shop and a brewery at the same time, the art of macro lager vs the excitement of craft beer, a letter from a beloved smoothie company, and Erik's favorite local haunts. All this and more, on episode 153 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Find out more about Red Bus Brewing @redbusbrew
    Follow Shahera Hyatt @shaherazhad and find the Moving Van Show monthly @movingvanshow
    Barley & Me can be found across social media @barleyandmepod. Email questions/comments/concerns/guest ideas/brewery ideas to barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com or barleyandmepod@gmail.com
    And be sure to learn more about the Black Is Beautiful Initiative, as featured in Episode 129 with Marcus Baskerville of Weathered Souls Brewing, at www.blackisbeautiful.beer
    Get your merch or make donations at www.customink.com/fundraising/black-is-beautiful-initiative
    Also, during this crisis, 100% of profits from sales of Barley & Me shirts via Zen-Threads.com will go to Another Round, Another Rally, a charity that supports front- and back-of-house members of the service industry whose wages and benefits may be affected. So grab a shirt and help a good cause and people you love! https://zen-threads.com/collections/beer-wine/products/barley-and-me-podcast-mens-crew-tee?fbclid=IwAR1G_5HJ3NCoWTRgmG6Q2PVALEiJsb1KtHClCaDli0NhsjZsc4KPmWCp_os
    Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos semi-daily on Instagram (@barleyandmepod), to help raise funds for those affected by this shutdown. You can Venmo Ben ($comedianbenrice) or hit his PayPal (@barleyandmepod) and all money will go to support the NAACP, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and other civil rights helpers. Charities will change with the times and as emergencies arise. But the point is: all donations will go to help those who need it.
    Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757
    Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)
    Interstitial Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alchemistqueen)

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Episode 152: Kelly Meyer of New Braunfels Brewing & Music Journalist Aaron Carnes

    Episode 152: Kelly Meyer of New Braunfels Brewing & Music Journalist Aaron Carnes

    Host Ben Rice travels (digitally) to New Braunfels, Texas, and Sacramento, CA to interview Kelly Meyer of New Braunfels Brewing and music journalist Aaron Carnes. We talk about their approaches to their new books (Kelly is the author of "How NOT To Start a Damn Brewery," which just released an updated version, while Aaron recently released his first book "In Defense of Ska"). We also talk about their podcasts, which share the name of their books, respectively. Plus! Ska history! The challenges of entering the craft beer industry in 2021! Comfort levels! And who's really buying books right now? Plus! Beer swears, national distribution, and the desperate search for more beer/book/podcast customers. All this and more, on episode 153 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Follow New Braunfels Brewing @nbbrew
    Follow Kelly's book/podcast "How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery" wherever you get your podcasts or on IG @hownottostartadamnbrewery
    BUY THAT BOOK at https://www.amazon.com/How-NOT-start-Brewery-Business-ebook/dp/B0848VRW18
    Check out Aaron Carnes at aaroncarnes.substack.com
    Follow Aaron's book/podcast/Spotify playlist "In Defense of Ska" @indefenseofska
    BUY THAT BOOK at https://www.clashbooks.com/new-products-2/aaron-carnes-in-defense-of-ska
    Barley & Me can be found across social media @barleyandmepod. Email questions/comments/concerns/guest ideas/brewery ideas to barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com or barleyandmepod@gmail.com
    And be sure to learn more about the Black Is Beautiful Initiative, as featured in Episode 129 with Marcus Baskerville of Weathered Souls Brewing, at www.blackisbeautiful.beer
    Get your merch or make donations at www.customink.com/fundraising/black-is-beautiful-initiative
    Also, during this crisis, 100% of profits from sales of Barley & Me shirts via Zen-Threads.com will go to Another Round, Another Rally, a charity that supports front- and back-of-house members of the service industry whose wages and benefits may be affected. So grab a shirt and help a good cause and people you love! https://zen-threads.com/collections/beer-wine/products/barley-and-me-podcast-mens-crew-tee?fbclid=IwAR1G_5HJ3NCoWTRgmG6Q2PVALEiJsb1KtHClCaDli0NhsjZsc4KPmWCp_os
    Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos semi-daily on Instagram (@barleyandmepod), to help raise funds for those affected by this shutdown. You can Venmo Ben ($comedianbenrice) or hit his PayPal (@barleyandmepod) and all money will go to support the NAACP, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and other civil rights helpers. Charities will change with the times and as emergencies arise. But the point is: all donations will go to help those who need it.
    Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757
    Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)
    Interstitial Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alchemistqueen)

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 151: David Lin of Comrade Brewing & Jake Weber of Seafood Landing

    Episode 151: David Lin of Comrade Brewing & Jake Weber of Seafood Landing

    Host Ben Rice travels to Denver, CO, to sit down with David Lin, co-founder of Comrade Brewing, and Jake Weber, co-owner of Denver's Seafood Landing. We talk about Comrade's creation, being named the 2019 Small Brewer of the Year at GABF, and stumbling into new opportunities. Plus! Growlers and crowlers galore! Food service and safety! Meeting and adapting to the demands of COVID! And tales of intrigue on the high seas and desert plains! All this and more, on the latest episode of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Learn more about the beers and events at Comrade Brewing by following them on Instagram @comradebrewing
    In search for some of the best seafood in Denver? Check out guest Jake Weber's Seafood Landing at 3457 West 32nd Avenue or visit them online at www.seafoodlanding.business.site
    Barley & Me can be found across social media @barleyandmepod. Email questions/comments/concerns/guest ideas/brewery ideas to barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com or barleyandmepod@gmail.com
    Episode 135 guest Tara Nurin's new book "A Woman's Place Is In The Brewhouse: A Forgotten History of Alewives, Brewsters, Witches, and CEO's" is available for pre-order RIGHT NOW from Chicago Review Press. Go to www.chicagoreviewpress.com/brewhouse and use promo code "BarleyAndMe25" to receive 25% off!
    And be sure to learn more about the Black Is Beautiful Initiative, as featured in Episode 129 with Marcus Baskerville of Weathered Souls Brewing, at www.blackisbeautiful.beer
    Get your merch or make donations at www.customink.com/fundraising/black-is-beautiful-initiative
    Also, during this crisis, 100% of profits from sales of Barley & Me shirts via Zen-Threads.com will go to Another Round, Another Rally, a charity that supports front- and back-of-house members of the service industry whose wages and benefits may be affected. So grab a shirt and help a good cause and people you love! https://zen-threads.com/collections/beer-wine/products/barley-and-me-podcast-mens-crew-tee?fbclid=IwAR1G_5HJ3NCoWTRgmG6Q2PVALEiJsb1KtHClCaDli0NhsjZsc4KPmWCp_os
    Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos semi-daily on Instagram (@barleyandmepod), to help raise funds for those affected by this shutdown. You can Venmo Ben ($comedianbenrice) or hit his PayPal (@barleyandmepod) and all money will go to support the NAACP, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and other civil rights helpers. Charities will change with the times and as emergencies arise. But the point is: all donations will go to help those who need it.
    Do you have a story about racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia in the beer industry? You can submit your story anonymously, to be read on a future episode of Barley & Me at https://forms.gle/SmDuBT3zGKxNCVZ757
    Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)
    Interstitial Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alchemistqueen)

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Gamefreakgeekgirl ,

A great time

One of these days is want to go on a tour of my favorite brewer episodes. I live the host and the interviews always seem like they are a lot of fun. Great conversations, lots of humor and insight.
Highly recommended.

DWLthe2nd ,

Ben is a pro

Very good podcast for any beer lover. Fun conversation and very insightful.

PMojado ,

Like hanging at your favorite brewery.

This podcast gives you the experience of sitting in on a great conversation over a couple of pints. I’m new to the world of beer podcasts and am interested in learning more about the people behind the beers I enjoy without getting overly technical. Barley & Me is a great entryway. Ben keeps the conversation going and lets his guests do most of the talking while asking great questions. I’m looking forward to exploring more episodes and hearing more stories from our great craft beer community.

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