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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 • 20 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 172: Sacramento Beer Week 2023 w/ Mai-Sam Baumann

    Episode 172: Sacramento Beer Week 2023 w/ Mai-Sam Baumann

    Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to sit down with the Sacramento Area Brewer's Guild's executive administrator Mai-Sam Baumann, to discuss Sacramento Beer Week 2023, kicking off April 22 and ending April 30. We discuss the transition to local focus, how the pandemic affected the craft industry, and adapting to changes in the general craft beer culture. Plus! Logistics! Communication pitfalls! The Rising Together collaboration effort! Instant feedback! And so much more. On episode 172 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Learn more about Sacramento Beer Week 2023 @sacramentobeerweek on IG or at sacramentobeerweek.com
    Check out the inner workings of the SABG at sacramentoareabrewersguild.org
    And definitely give SacYard Community Taphouse a follow @sacyard.beer
    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
    Don't forget to check out the all-new barleyandmepod.com for information on this podcast, Ben's comedy, and other projects.
    Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos semi-regularly on Instagram (@barleyandmepod), to help raise funds for various local and national charities with goals of making our world a better place. 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.
    It's now been over a year since Brienne Allen's revelations about the beer industry's treatment of women and minorities. If you have stories about change (or lack thereof), please submit them (anonymously if you wish) and your story may be featured on a future episode. Simply go to https://forms.gle/2QNebCn7NHHjsEbg6
    Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)
    Interstitial Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alchemistqueen)

    • 22 min
    Episode 171: Ryan Campagna of Touchstone Brewing & Jess Lemos of WEAVE, Inc.

    Episode 171: Ryan Campagna of Touchstone Brewing & Jess Lemos of WEAVE, Inc.

    Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA to talk to Touchstone Brewing owner/brewery & Sacramento Area Brewers Guild president Ryan Campagna and WEAVE Inc. community educator Jess Lemos about WEAVE's Safe Night Out campaign, Touchstone's mission statement and growth plan, and fashion. Make it make sense? We'll try!
    Ryan got his start with San Jose's Strike Brewing and has carried their passion for low ABV beers to his latest endeavor, in part due to his ties to the exercise/climbing community, and teamed up with WEAVE to provide education to the greater Sacramento brewing community about what to look for when it comes to signifiers of potential sexual assault and abuse.
    Jess joins us to discuss her work with WEAVE, to dispel some myths about assault, and to find the points of joy in the work she does and the moments we share as individuals.
    So, get ready for a robust conversation of some serious topics and some shocking 80s music trivia, plus hot takes on frozen beer glasses, slushee beers, and Vanilla Ice (it was cold when we recorded, so we apparently had a focus), and so, so much more, on episode 171 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Follow Touchstone Brewing @touchstonebrewingcompany on IG
    Learn more about WEAVE's mission and Safe Night Out at weaveinc.org
    Check out Barley & Me's new site barleyandmepod.com for past episodes, comedy shows, other related podcasts and so much more, or just follow us across social media @barleyandmepod for our latest and greatest.
    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)

    • 55 min
    Episode 170: Courtney Edwards of KC Kombucha and Director Preston Allen of Unhoused Neighbors

    Episode 170: Courtney Edwards of KC Kombucha and Director Preston Allen of Unhoused Neighbors

    Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to visit KC Kombucha in Oak Park to talk with owner Courtney Edwards and filmmaker/director Preston Allen about kombucha's place in the fermentation world, as well as Preston's upcoming documentary Unhoused Neighbors. We explore kombucha as az preferred nightcap beverage, how to de-funk the typically odorous beverage, and the US's combative relationship with the unhoused and why a documentary like Unhoused Neighbors could help with that. Plus! Experimentation in the kombucha world (what does Cherry Chai Kombucha even taste like?), the many health aspects of the drink in question, some of the outreach programs available via Loaves & Fishes, and Ben's tech metal/societal ideology crossover theory for DEI. All this and more, on episode 170 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Preston is set to film for an entire year, following different individuals through each season of the year. You can find out more at unhousedneighbors.com. Follow their journey on IG @unhousedneighbors_
    Find out what offerings, in house and to go, KC Kombucha has by visiting kc-kombucha.com or on IG @kckombucha
    Barley & Me can be found across social media @barleyandmepod. Check out the website, which includes the rest of his podcast production, comedy, and comedy show production, at barleyandmepod.com
    Email questions/comments/concerns/guest ideas/brewery ideas to barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com or barleyandmepod@gmail.com
    Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos semi-regularly on Instagram (@barleyandmepod), to help raise funds for various local and national charities with goals of making our world a better place. 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.
    It's now been almost two years since Brienne Allen's revelations about the beer industry's treatment of women and minorities. If you have stories about change (or lack thereof), please submit them (anonymously if you wish) and your story may be featured on a future episode. Simply go to https://forms.gle/2QNebCn7NHHjsEbg6
    Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)
    Interstitial Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alchemistqueen)

    • 38 min
    Episode 169: Amanda Brincat & Kathryn Altman of The Teetotalist and Grace Loescher of The Creation District

    Episode 169: Amanda Brincat & Kathryn Altman of The Teetotalist and Grace Loescher of The Creation District

    Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento to discuss the world of NA craft beverages (not just beer!) with the owners of the hottest new Alcohol-Free bar in town, Amanda Brincat and Kathryn Altman of The Teetotalist! Joining the conversation is artist, performer, activist, and all around badass Grace Loescher. Over cans of Best Days beverages, we discuss the current movement to a less alcohol-centric social life, creating space for everyone, and showing up as yourself in difficult situations. Plus! Cold press filtration! The healing arts and the art of healing! Accidental research! And so much more, including what a teetotalist even is, how you can help the less-privileged gain access to creative spaces, and my first adaptogenic beverage experience. All this and more, on episode 169 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Find out more about The Teetotalist (830 K St, Sacramento, CA until the end of March 2023, when they may locate a more permanent space) on IG @theteetotalistsac
    Check out Grace Loescher's work with The Creation Distric (and make donations!) at www.thecreationdistrict.com
    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
    Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos semi-regularly on Instagram (@barleyandmepod), to help raise funds for various local and national charities with goals of making our world a better place. 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.
    It's now been over a year since Brienne Allen's revelations about the beer industry's treatment of women and minorities. If you have stories about change (or lack thereof), please submit them (anonymously if you wish) and your story may be featured on a future episode. Simply go to https://forms.gle/2QNebCn7NHHjsEbg6
    Intro Music: “Functional Alcoholism” by Be Brave Bold Robot (@bebraveboldrobot)
    Interstitial Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alchemistqueen)

    • 36 min
    Episode 168: Saison's Greetings w/ Comedians Stephen Furey, Emma Haney & Becky Lynn

    Episode 168: Saison's Greetings w/ Comedians Stephen Furey, Emma Haney & Becky Lynn

    Host Ben Rice invites his favorite comedy friends (and lover oh my) Stephen Furey (@scubastevefurey), Emma Haney (@ehaneycomedy), and Becky Lynn (@ohthatsbecky) into his (their) home for his/their yearly winter recap. This year, we're tackling saisons for our year-end Saison's Greetings episode! We go from THE definitive saison, to clones of that saison, to slight variations to wild experimentations, while recapping our years, bickering like old friends, praising the Sacramento comedy scene as being unlike any other in the world (and why that seemingly self-important stance is provably true), and getting, well, let's face it, progressively drunker, as this episode carries on. All told, we drink, discuss, and review ten, count em, 10, different saisons from around the world (but mostly the California area, with a HEAVY emphasis on Peter Hoey/Urban Roots Brewery & Smokehouse creations). Barbers! Brussel sprouts! Ballpark Hot Dogs! Ben's Condiment Bindle! Biscuits and Gravy! Bleu Cheese! Ben's Infamous Blackout! Being banned from comedy clubs (and Bars!)!(unrelated to previously-mentioned blackouts) Bullying! Beer! Beer donations! Things that don't start with B! (In case things like ASMR, alarm clock harmonies, apricots, ah crap that's all A's, ok, take 2 - in case things like parking tickets, favorite cereals, secondary fermentations, the fickle fortune of fame, disrespectful comics and booking requests (ah crap, booking starts with B), and global domination tickle your fancy)
    Look, there's a lot to unpack here and maybe we resolve some stuff and maybe we don't. Do some of us have multiple 3rd favorite saisons? Probably. Do we appreciate the art and science of it all? Mostly. Do we do this for us? No! We do it for you. So give it a spin and enjoy episode 168 of Barley & Me.
    Spoiler Alert: The Beer Dies at the End
    Follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod and be on the lookout for the pending revamping of barleyandmepod.com
    You can find Emma Haney on IG @ehaneycomedy or on Twitter @emmaiscool69
    Follow Becky Lynn across social media (and Venmo) @ohthatsbecky
    Check out Stephen Furey on IG @scubastevefurey
    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 Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos infrequently 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 53 min
    Episode 167: Lauren Houston, Lauren Price, and Charlotte Crott of Mindscape Fermentations

    Episode 167: Lauren Houston, Lauren Price, and Charlotte Crott of Mindscape Fermentations

    Host Ben Rice travels to Rocklin, CA to talk with the mind(scapes) behind Mindscape Fermentations, Lauren Houston (data director), Lauren Price (microbe manager), and Charlotte Crott (enzyme executive) in the long-awaited(?) episode 167. Not solely a microbrewery, Mindscape instead, as the name implies, focuses on fermentation in all its wonder, as they tackle cider, wine, seltzer, hard kombucha, regular kombucha, probiotic sodas, hot sauces, charcuterie, salsas, and more. With a focus on locally-sourced, environmental-friendly ingredients and materials, these wunderkinds pack a punch in a tiny package, having carved out a small corner space at the Rocklin Crossings shopping center.
    In this episode, we discuss long sleepless nights, parental pressure to make this a sports bar, and which is the best human meat (part two!). Plus! A LIVE salsa tasting, Lauren confusion, and making your hometown proud.
    All this and more, on episode 167 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Get more information on Mindscape Fermentations, their beverage options, and their community-focused events at www.mindscape-fermentations.com or by following them across social media @mindscapefermentations
    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
    Ben is also posting #Chugs4Charity videos semi-regularly on Instagram (@barleyandmepod), to help raise funds for various local and national charities with goals of making our world a better place. 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.
    It's now been over a year since Brienne Allen's revelations about the beer industry's treatment of women and minorities. If you have stories about change (or lack thereof), please submit them (anonymously if you wish) and your story may be featured on a future episode. Simply go to https://forms.gle/2QNebCn7NHHjsEbg6
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 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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