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D9 Brewing Wins Second GABF
Community comes first, before the beer, at D9 Brewing Company.
“The only way I will ever do this is if our primary focus is the community. Beer is a modality for me. I love beer. I’m an engineer. I can engineer the shit out of beer, but I have to have a reason to do something,” states D9 owner Andrew Durstewitz in episode #0067 of Drink Local Now.
D9 Brewing Company, in Lake Norman, N.C., was started by two engineers and a doctor, with a mission to inspire and support community through the creation of exciting and original crafted ales. Since their inception in late 2014, they have invested in the scientific exploration of the natural world to produce the highest quality, and unquestionably original, crafted ales.
Listen in on D9’s 4th anniversary party podcast hosted by D9 owner Andrew Durstewitz, Mark Durstewitz (Andrew’s dad), Brewpon’s Tommy Green, and Tyler “Jarraffe” Green.
Joining the gang are Muddy River Distillery Owner Robbie Delaney, D9 Quality Control Chemist Rachel Higgins, D9 Director of Finance Brett Zabek, and Allie from Huntersville.
Go Daiva Nude!
Tommy Green and Daiva McCandless share their nude modeling experiences with co-hosts Ben Wiggins and Chris Power. Daiva also shared some Event Horizon brew from her Great American Beer Festival award winning Olde Hickory Brewery. Father (Brad Rodgers) and son (Cam Rodgers), owners of The Casual Pint in South Asheville, welcomed us for yet another zany and intoxicated episode (#0066) of Drink Local Now.
Couple of Extraordinary Candidates
“We are trying to change the mindset from that of warriors to that of guardians, from that of intimidators to that of protectors, and change the mindset of us versus them, to a community of we, ” declares Buncombe County Sheriff candidate Quentin Miller. A verbose cast of characters has this episode exceeding the 100 minute mark. If you feel you need to smoke a big fat joint to make it through, you’ll be pleased to hear county commission candidate Taylon Breeden and celebrated local broadcaster Jeff Messer tout legalization of marijuana. No arrests were made!
GranPappy Marshall Pyle
“Everyone thinks this guy is a genius because he spent all of his billions of dollars shooting a sports car into space that nobody can afford to buy. It is stupid,” expounds Marshall Pyle. Back again at Catawba Brewing, we are joined by the son of the great Artemis Pyle, the only surviving member of Lynyrd Skynyrd who walked away from the band’s tragic plane crash. We talked to Marshall about the time their family spent living in Israel, various odd jobs we have all had, and Elon Musk. The rest of the cast included Facebook agitator Ben Wiggins of Catawba Brewing, and Kieth Laguna of Rumors fame and Tonic Market. Chris Power and Tommy Green adeptly host episode #0064 of Drink Local Now.
Ween & Spivey Found First Music Rehearsal Facility in Asheville
“It’s very difficult for black music artists to play around, and try different genres and styles of art, because they are very regimented into one kind of close minded idea… especially for musicians. There is only a handful of black guys playing guitar that you can think of who are popular,” states Ween’s Claude Coleman, jr. in this incredible conversation featuring two local music legends, who are now business partners. Brett Spivey of Inspected by 13 and Claude are seeking funding and donations, opening the first music rehearsal facility ever in Asheville. Once the mission is complete, Brett plans to open Holy Spirits Brewing, converting an old church into a nano brewery. At the 38:53 mark, Ben Survant of Natural Born Leaders can be heard artfully singing and playing his acoustic, saving our listeners from complete and utterly boring chat. Alas, Rick Rice and Keith Laguna keep the conversation spirited, as Tommy Green stumbles his way through hosting the 63rd installment of Drink Local Now.
MALT Meeting Sierra Nevada
Mountain Ale and Lager Tasters (MALT) meets at Sierra Nevada’s upstairs play room for good times and really good home brew drinking. Founded in the late 20th century, the group exudes the essence of our vibrant and often weird Western North Carolina community. Discussed in yet another scintillating podcast hosted by Crowler Chris Power and Tommy Green, is the fine art of making home brewed craft elixirs. Guests include pharmacist Joe Rafferty, Trevor Gwillim of CARZ, sour brewer Justin Breitzke, and international welder Erich Seigler. And…… (drum roll) least we not forget Ted Clevenger of Asheville Brewers Supply? He’s become a regular! Our theme song is by Electric Gremlin, featuring Jay Armant, jr. of Fishbone fame.
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These folks know their stuff...and really funny, too!