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Brew Ha Ha with Steve Jaxon & Mark Carpenter is a weekly one-hour radio show and podcast where we interview the leading craft brewers and we taste and describe the beers we talk about. The conversation is always lively, entertaining and informative. Beer expert Mark Carpenter was for decades the brewmaster of Anchor Brewing in San Francisco and brings a unique perspective with his vast experience.

Brew Ha Ha Podcast Steve Jaxon & Mark Carpenter

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Brew Ha Ha with Steve Jaxon & Mark Carpenter is a weekly one-hour radio show and podcast where we interview the leading craft brewers and we taste and describe the beers we talk about. The conversation is always lively, entertaining and informative. Beer expert Mark Carpenter was for decades the brewmaster of Anchor Brewing in San Francisco and brings a unique perspective with his vast experience.

    Falling Rock Tap House Closing

    Falling Rock Tap House Closing

    Falling Rock Tap House in Denver is closing its doors and going out of business. Chris Black, owner of Falling Rock Tap House in Denver is our first guest today on Brew Ha Ha, today with Herlinda Heras, with Harry Duke sitting in for Steve Jaxon. Sadly for the beer world Chris Black is on a farewell tour. Falling Rock Tap House has been the most popular tap house in the country for many years. Now he has a set of several four-foot-by-six-foot signs that depict the logos of beers they sold. A former bartender who worked for him painted them. Now, he is visiting the breweries to give them their signs. He just visited Lost Abbey in San Diego and now he is up in Northern Caifornia to deliver some others at Anchor, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada and Deschutes.







    Jeremy Cohen is on the phone from Schmaltz Brewing. Jeremy Cohen is wrapping up 25 years of brewing. He started at age 26 in 1996 in San Francisco. He grew the brand and sold beer all over the country. Now instead of trying to sell a regional brand, he is focussing on a new brand to serve just the New York City area with an exclusive wholesaler. He also has a new taproom in Troy, upstate New York. He is also doing consulting in the beer industry. He says he never thought it would get a far as it did.



    Brew Ha Ha "Brews News with Herlinda" is sponsored by Russian River Brewing Co. and by The Beverage People / Fermenter's Warehouse.









     



    Herlinda describes how Falling Rock was located near the Colorado Rockies stadium. During the World Beer Cup in Denver, Falling Rock was the place to go. He still has a beer truck with 22 taps that can go to events.



    Bob Brewer is the legendary sales guy for Lagunitas. He met Chris Black a long time before Falling Rock. They met in Houston when Chris was a rep for a German brewery and Bob worked for Lagunitas. There was a tap house in Houston called The Ginger Man. Later he found that Chris had a taproom. Bob Brewer’s role at Lagunitas included troubleshooting taps, sales and marketing. He always had a table at Beerfest and would go to Falling Rock in the off hours.



    Once there was an All-Star game at Coors Field and the rep from a large American brand put their signature product in every single bar, except for Falling Rock. They festooned the town with their logo, but only gave a case of beer to Chris, who proceeded to smash it with a large hammer, and then turned it into a sign outside the store saying something like “no crap on tap.”

    • 30 min
    Tara Nurin, author of A Woman’s Place Is In The Brewhouse

    Tara Nurin, author of A Woman’s Place Is In The Brewhouse

    Tara Nurin, author of A Woman's Place Is In The Brewhouse, joins Herlinda Heras and Harry Duke on Brew Ha Ha today. Mark Carpenter is away this week and Harry Duke is sitting in for Steve Jaxon. Tara Nurin is the Forbes magazine beer and spirits business writer. She has been working on this book for four years and she is finally on book tour!



    She has a book signing event at Russian River Brewing Co. on December 16, 2021. Herlinda suggests she could do a special label beer for the occasion.  Tara describes the book, the first to document the rich history of women in brewing. The book looks at economic, political and religious factors and there are interviews with all the prominent women in the brewing business over the last several decades, such as Natalie Cilurzo, CEO of Russian River Brewing Co.



    Most people do not know the whole story about the first new ground-up craft brewery in the US after Prohibition, founded in 1976 in the town of Sonoma, called New Albion. There were two women who worked with the founder Jack McAuliffe, and they did the funding and the accounting. They were hard to get for interviews but Tara met one of them, Susie, and features her story in the book.



    Tara Nurin will be at Russian River Brewing Co. on December 16, for a book signing of "A Woman's Place Is In The Brewhouse: A forgotten history of alewives, brewsters, witches and CEOs."











    Brew Ha Ha is sponsored by the Santa Rosa branch of Yoga Six located in Coddingtown Center.

    • 12 min
    Stone Brewing and Seismic Brewing

    Stone Brewing and Seismic Brewing

    Stone Brewing brewer Steve Gonzales and Seismic Brewing Company brewer Andy Hooper are both on Brew HaHa Craft Beer Radio on the Drive today w/ Mark Carpenter and Herlinda Heras. Harry Duke is sitting in for Steve Jaxon. Steve Gonzales is up in Sonoma County from San Diego, since he also brews at the Napa Stone Brewery. Andy Hooper is the head brewer for Seismic, and also for Tremor, a brewer that won a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival.



    Brew Ha Ha is sponsored by the Santa Rosa branch of Yoga Six located in Coddingtown Center.







    Herlinda attended the keg un-tapping of a special Seismic beer, that is the most local beer probably ever done in Sonoma County. Andy tells that Sonoma County grows barley and hops, and in a 12 mile radius there is also a malting facility. So they can do it all in Sonoma County. They brought their entire team to harvest the hops for this beer. It was a fun event in the taproom on Oct 1. They finished off a barrel of that beer.



    Their hop harvesting machine at Scott Bice’s Capricopia, is an amazing machine. It’s imported and needs a converter to run on local power. The vines bite, they can give you a rash. There is a Sonoma County company that invented a hop harvester. The company moved to Yakima decades ago, following the growers.



    Seismic is a relatively young company dedicated to local sustainably sourced ingredients and water conservation practices. They are the first place you see when you enter the Barlow in Sebastopol. They can’t operate a restaurant in their own facility, but people can order food from any restaurants right nearby, and have the food delivered right to the taproom.







    Andy Hooper brought a taste of a limited edition beer. It uses fresh hops, but in order to optimize the flavoring process, instead of using them fresh, they froze them with liquid nitrogen, then shattered them, to break them up and get more surface area on the pieces, to get more of the flavor out. It also didn’t clog the equipment as whole hops can. Then they did half the maturation in Sauvignon Blanc barrels. It’s a beer they can only make once a year.



    Herlinda just brought a Seismic beer into a restaurant in Napa, called Tremor. It’s all organic, made with California ingredients, it’s 120 calories a can and sells for $12.99 a 12-pack. It won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival.



    To do an organic beer, you have to get the whole facility certified organic. It was 200 pages of application materials. They look into the origin of all ingredients. They used to make this beer just for themselves, not it is catching on. Tremor California Light Lager.



    Stone Brewing’s beer cans are all upside down. Leave no Stone unturned! Stone has been around for 25 years. It has its origins in the music business. One founder was in a band, and was recording in the studio with one of the other founders. They took a class together and recognized each other from the music business. Their headquarters is in San Diego. They have the big brewery in Escondido in north San Diego County, the place in Napa and a brewery in Richmond, VA.



    Stone and Seismic also have done a second collaboration. The second one is called Seismic Stone “Ain’t That A Kick In The Red” Red India Pale Lager. Stone makes lots of other beers, like Zubin Pils named after his friend Dan Zubin.



    He also brought Enjoy By 10-31. It was supposed to be a one-off, when they had some extra hops. So they make a beer so hoppy that it would only last 35 days.



    Tbe Napa Stone brewery is in an old stone mill house right on the river. It’s a BBQ themed restaurant. He also brought Hop Engineer, they are located near a train depot. This uses South African hops, called Southern Star. Southern Tropic and Southern Sublime are two other new ones that are "really awesome" and every ...

    • 28 min
    Hen House Brewing Co. Acquiring Iron Springs

    Hen House Brewing Co. Acquiring Iron Springs

    Collin McDonald joins Herlinda Heras and Harry Duke on Brew Ha Ha today with news that Hen House Brewing Co. is acquiring Iron Springs. The last time Collin was on the Brew Ha Ha show and podcast was this episode on August 22, 2019.



    Collin McDonald, Hen House Brewing Co. CEO, says that Iron Springs has been an awesome institution for 17 years and their plans are to keep all the staff and continue to grow. Iron Springs was a leader in the development of craft beer, as well as demonstrating how a brewery can make a town stronger, be a good emplyer and be something that every community wants. It is Hen House’s first restaurant and they are making plans or food that matches the way they do beer, with fresh ingredients and seasonal rotations.



    He takes the responsibility seriously to continue to have a brewery that is engaged with the community. Iron Springs is also known for music shows and they will continue that.



    They will be brewing there, in a 10-barrel brewery, as opposed to their Santa Rosa brewery, a 30 barrel capacity. Mike and Anne, the founders who are selling Iron Springs, are going to keep the name Iron Springs, except for beer branding, although they may do some collaborations. They will do some rebranding over the holidays and expect to be open in January.



    Brew Ha Ha is sponsored by the Santa Rosa branch of Yoga Six located in Coddingtown Center.







    Ha Ha "Brews News with Herlinda" is sponsored by Russian River Brewing Co. and by The Beverage People / Fermenter's Warehouse.











    Harry asks Collin to tell some of the back story of Hen House Brewing Company. He has brought a 3-day-old can of Double IPA with Citra, Simcoe and Wakatu hops.



    Their graphic designer Josh Staples does their labels, which are a lot of fun. Look for some Easter eggs on their labels.



    They are an investor and family owned business, and they include his parents, some local Rotarians, friends and family. That kind of community is supportive and also knowledgeable. They were a "nano brewery" at first, then they were renting time in another brew house. In 2016 they moved up to their current brew room in Santa Rosa. The Petaluma location opened in 2018. There they do their barrel aging and hopping, in Petaluma.



    The Santa Rosa location is on Bellvue Ave. and Petaluma on North McDowell. They have food trucks come in to serve people to come for tasting. See their website for the food truck schedule. Opening a restaurant now in Fairfax will be a big job and his priority is to so that with the same attention to quality as their beers. Their beers are in tap rooms, at Oliver's market, and the tasting room. Collin says it's a tasting room, not a bar or a pub. The purpose is to taste beer in an educational atmosphere, so they serve mainly flights. Their servers are titled Flight Attendant.

    • 31 min
    Fresh Hops with Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo from Russian River BC

    Fresh Hops with Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo from Russian River BC

    Fresh Hops are front and center today on Brew Ha Ha with Steve Jaxon and Mark Carpenter, as we welcome Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo from Russian River Brewing Company. Vinnie and Natalie are the co-owners of Russian River Brewing Co. and they have brought a pack of fresh hops into the studio today. Now is a busy time, the hops are being harvested and there are special hoppy beers being made and enjoyed.



    The Russian River Brewing Co. Winds0r location and the Santa Rosa pub are both open. They have been using the parklette on 4th Street, which was done to allow social distancing for Covid precautions, and while they won't be there forever, they are using it and enjoying it for as long as possible. They also have some longer term construction plans to expand in Santa Rosa.



    Vinnie says that RRBC has brought in a lot of fruit lately, peaches and grape pumice, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc, which they use in various fruity beers with some sour tartness. They have one called Hop Time, which is on tap and in cans in their brew pubs only. It's the only way to get it. They made a double batch in Santa Rosa. It uses wet hops so it is a bulky job, using locally grown hops from the Crane ranch. RRBC has a sour beer club, only for fans of that style, no hoppy beers.



    "Next year, we will make Hop Time with barley that Ron and Erica Crane have grown, also. So that will make it a complete local beer," says Vinnie.



     

    • 6 min
    Crooked Goat Brewing + Valley Ford Cheese

    Crooked Goat Brewing + Valley Ford Cheese

    Crooked Goat Brewing and Valley Ford Cheese make up the beer and food pairing on this week's podcast episode of Brew Ha Ha. Brew Ha Ha today features Karen Bianchi from Valley Ford Cheese Company and Paul Vianello of Crooked Goat Brewing, who both join Herlinda Heras and Harry Duke who is sitting in for Steve Jaxon. Curtis Bedford is also in the studio, staying through from the previous segment live on The Drive on KSRO. (This podcast episode, published Sept. 30, 2021, was recorded live on the air on Sept. 23, 2021.)







    Vinnie and Natalie from Russian River Brewing Co. were just recently on a trip to Washington to choose hops for Russian River Brewing Company. Right now they are making two seasonal beers, Dribble Belt and Happy Hops. They will be in the studio next week with their fresh wet hopped beer and some fresh hops too.



    Paul Vianello has brought a variety of beers from Crooked Goat Brewery. The beer is in massive 32-ounce cans, Vanilla Bean, Blackberry Ale and a honey beer. Blackberry Ale is popular on warm days. It’s a light easy-drinking beer with a hint of raspberry. Born to Run and uses hops from the Alexander Valley. They even ran into Vinnie from RRBC when they were up there hop hunting.

    “We survived the flood, we survived the pandemic, we survived the fires.” -Paul Vianello

    Their new brewer Ilya and assistant brewmaster Rich make a good team. They are hoping to open a second location in Petaluma by next year.

    Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery

    Karen Bianchi from Valley Ford Cheese has brought three cheeses: Highway One, Estero Gold extra aged, and some Gorgonzola, which is young and not piquant.



    They have a new location, a marketplace and restaurant on Hwy 1, between Petaluma and Bodega, about 6 miles in from Bodega Bay. They opened their new space two years ago and managed to survive the pandemic.



    Karen has brought in one of their signature sandwiches too. They also make their own home made potato chips, daily. They also make Pastrami, and the sandwich from it. The Honey Ale goes with the Rueben sandwich. Its sister beer is the Blackberry Beer, called Bramble. Crooked Goat has no kitchen of its own but offers access to food from various food vendors at the Barlow. There is a great core group of adjacent restaurants, so you can order food from any of them.



    The Beet Beer is the beer for someone who doesn’t love IPA. It’s a honey ale. They add the honey during a boil in the brewing. The Blackberry is made by adding a puree of the fruit.







    Brew Ha Ha "Brews News with Herlinda" is sponsored by Russian River Brewing Co. and by The Beverage People / Fermenter's Warehouse.







     







    Brew Ha Ha is sponsored by the Santa Rosa branch of Yoga Six located in Coddingtown Center.











     

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