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Host Ben Rice travels to breweries with a guest in tow and reviews beers, then discusses the art and business of beer with brewery owners and master brewers.

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Host Ben Rice travels to breweries with a guest in tow and reviews beers, then discusses the art and business of beer with brewery owners and master brewers.

    Episode 120: Mike Ungerbuhler, Micah Ochej & Calvin Crawford of Tower Brewing & Producer Cindy Baker

    Episode 120: Mike Ungerbuhler, Micah Ochej & Calvin Crawford of Tower Brewing & Producer Cindy Baker

    Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA's Tower Brewing to talk to TV/radio/podcast producer Cindy Baker, plus Tower Brewing crew Mike Ungerbuhler (head brewer), Micah Ochej (brewer), and Calvin Crawford (taproom manager) about creativity, commitment to passions, and how your backgrounds help you build to your present and future. Plus! Buying Rubicon IP(A), rum varieties, why it feels worse when someone is disappointed in you instead of mad at you, the rise and fall of Brut IPA, and an odd first/fourth anniversary. All this and more, on episode 120 of Barley & Me. Enjoy
    You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. You can email questions/comments/concerns to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com. New website! www.barleyandmepod.com! And, of course, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com.
    Find out more about our guests today by following them on Instagram:
    Tower Brewing: @towerbrewingco
    Cindy Baker: @sindeevicious
    This episode is brought to you by:
    -Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, February 20, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone (530) 878-5232. February’s headliner is Chelsea Bearce (YouTube’s “Street Comic”), featuring Chad Opitz and hosted by Roman Spinale.
    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)
    Alternate Intro Music (not featured in this episode): “JamRoc” by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Background Music for this episode provided by: Nipper Brothers (@nipperbrothers)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

    • 56 min
    Episode 119: Art of Beer Invitational 2020: DarkHeart/Almanac & South Lake/Burning Barrel, Hops & Props, Jared Long

    Episode 119: Art of Beer Invitational 2020: DarkHeart/Almanac & South Lake/Burning Barrel, Hops & Props, Jared Long

    Host Ben Rice travels to the Art of Beer Invitational 2020 to conduct a handful of mini-interviews!
    In segment one, Ben sits down with Cynthia Lee and Trish Showen of DarkHeart Brewing (Sacramento) plus beer volunteer and secret Barley & Me MVP Scott Mills to talk the art and influence of Art of Beer, designing a pirate-themed brewery, releasing the Kraken, and the sunken costs and buried treasures of the beer business.
    In segment two, Ben is joined by Laine Ruona of Almanac Brewing (Alameda) and Chris Smith of South Lake Brewing (South Lake Tahoe) to talk family ties, our strange and winding paths through the beer industry, and the difficulty of establishing a new brewing identity and crafting beers for beer fans and tourists alike. Plus upcoming Almanac collabs and South Lake’s TAMBA fundraisers.
    And in our final segment, Ben has an earnest conversation with brewer Jared Long, Jack Alexander of Burning Barrel Brewing (Rancho Cordova), and Tom Jones of the California Aerospace Museum (and creator of the Hops & Props Invitational beer event). We talk about the best music of 2019, before diving headlong into the realities facing craft brewers in 2020 vs the realities as we entered the 2010s. As more talent has entered the industry, the beer drinker’s expectations and demands have increased, resulting in a world where there is a lot of excitement, but no one is excited by an individual beer. We (Ben) pontificates on why heroin is in heavy rotation in the rock industry, while Jared and Jack discuss what separates the craft beer industry from other career paths and the challenge of pleasing customers while maintaining your integrity. One of the best conversations we’ve had on Barley & Me. Do not miss it.
    You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. You can email questions/comments/concerns to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com. New website! www.barleyandmepod.com! And, of course, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com.
    Find out more about our guests today by following them on Instagram:
    DarkHeart: @darkheartbrewing
    Almanac: @almanacbeer
    South Lake Brewing: @southlakebrewco
    Burning Barrel Brewing: @burningbarrelbrewco
    Hops & Props: @aerospaceca (get tickets to Hops & Props, happening April 25, 2020, at the Aerospace Museum of California, at www.aerospaceca.org/events)
    This episode is brought to you by:
    -Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, February 20, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone (530) 878-5232. February’s headliner is Chelsea Bearce (YouTube’s “Street Comic”), featuring Chad Opitz and hosted by Roman Spinale.
    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)
    Alternate Intro Music: “JamRoc” by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 118: Rob Moreno of Jackrabbit Brewing & Improvisor Justine Lopez

    Episode 118: Rob Moreno of Jackrabbit Brewing & Improvisor Justine Lopez

    Host Ben Rice travels to West Sacramento, CA, to chat with Jackrabbit Brewing's head brewer Rob Moreno and Sacramento-based improvisor Justine Lopez. We kick off 2020 with conversations about secondary businesses to drive success, Sacramento's growing arts and comedy communities, what 2020 holds for craft beer (and Jackrabbit in particular), plus brand management and business planning, marriage and child-raising pros and cons, and how dogs can tell if you're a good person or not. Also! How improv is like sports, Ben's bad decision making, and the drawbacks of capitalism. All this and more, on episode 118 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. You can email questions/comments/concerns to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com. New website! www.barleyandmepod.com! And, of course, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com.
    Find out more about Jackrabbit’s goals and progress, plus can releases on Instagram @jackrabbitbrewingcompany
    If you’re lucky, you can follow guest Justine Lopez on Instagram @justine____
    This episode is brought to you by:
    -The Art of Beer, happening January 24, 2020, at McClelland Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. Get your tickets online at www.artofbeerinvitational.com
    Barley & Me listeners can get 10% off their purchase of tickets and packages by using promo code Barley10
    -Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, February 20, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone (530) 878-5232. February’s headliner is Chelsea Bearce (YouTube’s “Street Comic”), featuring Chad Opitz and hosted by Roman Spinale.
    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)
    Alternate Intro Music (not included in this particular episode): “JamRoc” by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 117: Happy New Beer at New Helvetia (w/ comedians Stephen Furey, Emma Haney, and Becky Lynn)

    Episode 117: Happy New Beer at New Helvetia (w/ comedians Stephen Furey, Emma Haney, and Becky Lynn)

    Host Ben Rice travels to New Helvetia Brewing in Sacramento, CA, to sit down with friends of the pod and truly terrific comedians Stephen Furey, Emma Haney, and Becky Lynn, to talk about their accomplishments in 2019, their hopes and aspirations for 2020, and drink some beers we've never had before. We also all realize that to make a living in the arts, you have to be a corporate shill, so we rave about our favorite things (please send us money) and rant about Ben's dictatorial hosting style. In this episode, we tackle beers from Little Beast, Sierra Nevada, North Coast, and Ruhstaller, bookended by known quantities from Asahi and New Helvetia. Thank you to New Helvetia for giving us a place to record and crafting some tasty stuff. Cheers to you all in the year 2020, and thank you for listening. Enjoy!
    You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. You can email questions/comments/concerns to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com. New website! www.barleyandmepod.com! And, of course, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com.
    You can follow our guests’ career paths (and their social media) here:
    Stephen Furey @scubastevefurey
    Emma Haney IG @ehaneycomedy Twitter @emmaiscool69
    Becky Lynn @ohthatsbecky
    This episode is brought to you by:
    -The Art of Beer, happening January 24, 2020, at McClelland Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. Get your tickets online at www.artofbeerinvitational.com
    Barley & Me listeners can get 10% off their purchase of tickets and packages by using promo code Barley10
    Congratulations to Joel McLemore for winning our contest from last episode and winning two (2) VIP tickets to Art of Beer!
    -“Drink Better Beer” by Joshua Bernstein, available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and www.joshuambernstein.com. Makes a great gift for any beer lover this holiday season!
    -Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, January 16, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone (530) 878-5232. January’s headliner, Caitlin Weierhauser, recently made her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and will be featured in the upcoming Disney film Timmy Failure, was Portland’s Funniest Person 2017, and has performed at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Also appearing are Nick Sahoyah of popular YouTube series “Cool Moms” and Chazz Hawkins, who has opened for such acts as Hannibal Burress, Ali Wong, and Craig Robinson.
    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)
    Alternate Intro Music (not included in this particular episode): “JamRoc” by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 116: Collabapalooza 2019, Part 2: Abnormal/Resident, Lost Abbey, and Stave & Nail/Fall Brewing

    Episode 116: Collabapalooza 2019, Part 2: Abnormal/Resident, Lost Abbey, and Stave & Nail/Fall Brewing

    Host Ben Rice travels to San Diego, CA, to conduct mini-interviews during Karl Strauss’s Collabapalooza 2019! This is the second episode in that series of mini’s. In segment one, Ben sits down with Craig Nelson of Resident Brewing and Nyle Molina of Abnormal Brewing, to discuss their strange shared history, lager collaborations, POGs, tribal tattoos, the brewpub model, and the similarities (and surprising differences) between the San Diego and Florida craft beer markets. In segment two, Lost Abbey’s Chase Michaels and Nick Tretow go in-depth on the sour/wild ale process, as well as the fairy new offshoot brewery model (Lost Abbey is itself an offshoot of Port Brewing, as is The Hop Concept), and why anyone would ever want to live in the Midwest. And finally, in segment three, Ben chats with Larry Monasakanian of Fall Brewing and Justin Stambaugh of Stave & Nail, to learn about the exciting world of small-scale craft brewing, mass-produced craft Mexican lagers, Fall’s involvement with Who Cares, and the difference between a beer nerd and a beer douchebag. All this and more, on episode 116 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    And if you missed the first part of this series, recorded at Collabapalooza 2019, I encourage you to listen to episode 115, featuring interviews with Societe, Burning Beard, White Labs, Melvin, and Latchkey.
    You can follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod. You can email questions/comments/concerns to barleyandmepod@gmail.com or barleyandmepodcast@gmail.com. New website! www.barleyandmepod.com! And, of course, you can buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com.
    You can find our guests online as well, and they pretty much all agree Instagram is the best place to get news on upcoming events, tap lists, and new products, so follow them!
    Abnormal Beer @abnormalbeerco
    Resident Brewing @residentbrewing
    Lost Abbey @lostabbey / @portbrewing @thehopconcept
    Stave & Nail @staveandnailbeer
    Fall Brewing @fallbrewingcompany
    Thank you to Karl Strauss (@karlstraussbeer) and Rad Craft Beer (@radcraftbeer) for the invite and opportunity. Thank you to Jay Jones of Thorn Brewing (@thornbeer) and Emily Hutto and Chea Franz of Rad Craft Beer for helping connect me with brewers on-site at Collabapalooza and for refilling my glass as needed.
    This episode is brought to you by:
    -The Art of Beer, happening January 24, 2020, at McClelland Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. Get your tickets online at www.artofbeerinvitational.com
    Barley & Me listeners can get 10% off their purchase of tickets and packages by using promo code Barley10
    Attentive listeners (and readers), Barley & Me is giving away two (2) VIP tickets to the upcoming Art of Beer. There are two (2!) ways to enter: review the podcast on your favorite podcast app (then take a screenshot and email it to me or slide in those DMs) OR come up with a catchy name for our upcoming New Year’s episode (by email or those wet DMs). Host Ben Rice will pick his favorite review or favorite episode name idea and that listener will get two (2) free tickets. IF you submit a killer review and name idea (so killer they’re Ben’s favorite in each category), you can win FOUR (4!!!) VIP tickets to Art of Beer. So get those reviews and names in!
    -“Drink Better Beer” by Joshua Bernstein, available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and www.joshuambernstein.com. Makes a great gift for any beer lover this holiday season!
    -Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, January 16, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) or by phone (530) 878-5232. January’s headliner, Caitlin Weierhauser, recently made her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and will be featured in the upcoming Disney film Timmy Failure, was Portland’s Funniest Person 2017,

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Episode 115: Collabapalooza 2019, Part I: Societe/Burning Beard, White Labs/Melvin/Latchkey

    Episode 115: Collabapalooza 2019, Part I: Societe/Burning Beard, White Labs/Melvin/Latchkey

    Host Ben Rice travels to San Diego, CA, to attend Karl Strauss's Collabapalooza 2019, voted the best beer fest in West Coaster Magazine. This episode contains 2 mini-interviews and episode 116 will feature 3 more, recorded at Collabapalooza! In segment one, Ben talks to Doug Constantiner of Societe Brewing and Jeff Wiederkehr of Burning Beard Brewing. We talk friendship, collaboration, education, and tin foil hats, plus the inevitability of the band Tool. In segment 2, Ben sits down with Joe Kurowski of White Labs, Paul Heaverly of Melvin Brewing, and Anthony Beach of Latchkey Brewing. We talk about the White Labs/Latchkey collab Pigtail IPA and the surprising story of its name (what a twist!), plus the underappreciation of yeast's effects on beer taste, camaraderie in the beer industry, and a prescient conversation about the Ballast Point buyout. And Anthony asks probably the most important question in craft beer, "In reality, what's the liquids?" All this and more, on episode 115 of Barley & Me. Enjoy!
    Follow Barley & Me across social media @barleyandmepod or on our new website, www.barleyandmepod.com
    Learn more about today's breweries by checking out their websites:
    www.societebrewing.com (@societebrewing)
    www.burningbeardbrewing.com (@beardofflame)
    www.whitelabs.com (@whitelabsyeast @whitelabstastingroom)
    www.melvinbrewing.com @melvinbrewing @melvinbrewing_sandiego)
    www.latchkeybrew.com (@latchkeybrewing)
    Thank you to Karl Strauss Brewing and Rad Craft Beer for the invite and opportunity. Thank you to Jay Jones of Thorn Brewing for helping connect me with brewers on-site at Collabapalooza.
    As a reminder, you can now buy Barley & Me t-shirts at www.zen-threads.com
    This episode is brought to you by:
    -The Art of Beer, happening on January 24, 2020 at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. Barley & Me listeners can get 10% off tickets by using promo code Barley10 Just go to www.artofbeerinvitational.com for tickets.
    -"Drink Better Beer" by Joshua Bernstein, available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and www.joshuambernstein.com. Makes a great gift for any beer lover this holiday season!
    -Comedy Night at Crooked Lane! The next show is Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn, CA. Tickets are $10 and are available on eventbrite.com, at the brewery (536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA), or by phone at (530) 878-5232. This month's headliner, Billy Anderson, can be seen on AmazonPrime or heard about in an anti-marijuana rant by Joe Biden.
    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)
    Supplemental Music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)
    Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)
     

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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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