19 episodes

Entrepreneurs / The Hustle / Craft Brews. Join me as I sit down with Local Entrepreneurs and Business Owners to talk about how they got to where they are today. Learn about the hustle it took to get there, the grind you never get to see, and how they turned a vision into reality.

Hustle & Brews Matt DeMaris - The Cincy Brews Traveler

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    • 5.0 • 41 Ratings

Entrepreneurs / The Hustle / Craft Brews. Join me as I sit down with Local Entrepreneurs and Business Owners to talk about how they got to where they are today. Learn about the hustle it took to get there, the grind you never get to see, and how they turned a vision into reality.

    Ep 18 - Cincinnati Watch Company - Rick Bell

    Ep 18 - Cincinnati Watch Company - Rick Bell

    I sit down w/ Cincinnati Watch Company's Rick Bell at Brink Brewing Company in College Hill, OH.
     
    Rick Bell is one of the owners of Cincinnati Watch Company in Cincinnati, OH.
     
    Listen to how a passion for timepieces & a deep love for his city & community, in general, lead Rick to co-creating the first watch company to assemble watches in Cincinnati since 1958!
     
    We are also joined by Brink founder, Andrew McCleese, to talk about some of the beer we drank during the podcast.
     
     Podcast Production: John Bl@ze
     Theme Music: "Farmers Name" by Highly Likely
     Sponsor Music: "Bankrupt" by Cory Christopher Beats 

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Ep 17 - Del Gardo's Cannoli Bar - Steve Del Gardo

    Ep 17 - Del Gardo's Cannoli Bar - Steve Del Gardo

    I sit down w/ Cincinnati's own..."The Cannoli Guy" at Third Eye Brewing Company in Sharonville, OH!

    Steve Del Gardo is the owner of Del Gardo's Cannoli Bar in Covington, KY.

    Hear how Steve's lifelong dream of being a business owner was realized after a winning  battle with breast cancer shifted his mind state to go for it.

    We are also joined by Third Eye brewer, Chloe Schaefer, to talk about some of the beer we drank during the podcast & the upcoming collaboration they are working on w/ The Cannoli Guy.

    Podcast Production: John Bl@ze
    Theme Music: "Farmers Name" by Highly Likely
    Sponsor Music: "Street Runner" by Cory Christopher Beats 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep 16 - Hot Sauce For Mortals - Nathan Hanks

    Ep 16 - Hot Sauce For Mortals - Nathan Hanks

    I sat down on the stage at Fretboard Brewing w/ Nathan Hanks to record my first ever LIVE episode (recorded on 8/9/21).

    Nathan is the owner/creator/chef of "Hot Sauce For Mortals", a young local hot sauce company that creates an eclectic variety of delicious hot sauces that focuses on flavor over heat.

    We handed out Face Murder Chocolates...we talked about his company...& we had a hot wing challenge.

    Absolutely under 1000 characters, Marco & Julia!!!!

    Podcast Production: John Bl@ze
    Theme Music: "Farmers Name" by Highly Likely

    • 40 min
    Ep 15 - Gorilla Cinema - Jacob Trevino & Otto Baum

    Ep 15 - Gorilla Cinema - Jacob Trevino & Otto Baum

    On this episode, we joined the Gorilla Cinema power team of Jacob Trevino & Otto Baum at the beautiful Overlook Lodge in Pleasant Ridge, Ohio. If you’re unfamiliar w/ these two creative geniuses, you’re probably hip to their amazing & unique bars & restaurant as they are the minds behind Tiki Tiki Bang Bang in Walnut Hills (formerly The Video Archive), The Lonely Pine Steak House in Pleasant Ridge, Tokyo Kitty downtown, La Ofrenda in OTR, & the OG venue of The Overlook Lodge, which is where this podcast was recorded. These two hustlers joined forces to make, what I consider, one of the most powerful partnerships in the Nati.
    This is the first time I’ve ever recorded partners like this, in terms of them both being separate entrepreneurs successful in their own lanes...who didn’t even know each other...met...believed in the other’s abilities & vision…& teamed up to become a thriving partnership. I’ve been following both of these guys for quite a while & they have consistently blown me away w/ what they’ve come up w/ over the years.  Their spaces are always so creative, well thought out, unique, the attention to detail is impeccable, & they really DO take you to another place for an experience you won’t forget.  I appreciate them as a patron, I respect them as a hustler, & I admire them as Cincinnatian who loves his city. 
    The takeaway is easy on this one & is right in line w/ what I’m trying to do w/ this podcast.  It’s two-fold too.  The first is that they’re telling stories.  Jacob has elaborate visions of venues that tell a story.  That story is one of the most important parts of what is ultimately created too. The second is that they are supporting local. Otto has an amazing ability to create physical spaces that match Jacob’s vision but he also has pride in the workmanship he puts into them because he loves the areas they are investing in & he is well-aware of the positive impact he is having on those communities.  I record this podcast to hear & record people’s stories & to support local businesses, so this was a great duo to have on as guests. I genuinely encourage you to make it a point to support these guys. 

    Podcast Production: John Bl@ze
    Theme Music: "Farmers Name" by Highly Likely
    Sponsor Music: "Grow" by Cory Christopher Beats 

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode #14 - Adena Distributing - Michael Amann

    Episode #14 - Adena Distributing - Michael Amann

    This ep features Michael Amann of Adena Distributing.  I had the pleasure of sitting down w/ Michael at Darkness Brewing in Bellevue, Kentucky as we talked about his journey into the distribution game.  Adena Distributing is the premier craft beer distribution company in Ohio & is responsible for bringing in some of the best craft beer our bottle shops, tap houses, & local craft brew spots have to offer! They are the newest local distributor in the state & are already making big moves in the short time they have been around.
    I’d heard of Adena before but this was my first time meeting Michael & I really didn’t have too much insight into his back story.  The thing that impressed me the most is the factors that pushed him to create a distribution company.  Michael created this company because he needed to make a career move…he didn’t see anything available for him…so he created his position by starting his own company. He had the industry experience, he saw an opportunity for innovation in a space that was lacking it, & he knew he could create a service that provided value to the local craft beer scene.
    I love this interview. I met a really cool guy & we fell right into a comfortable & casual conversation that felt like we were old buddies just catching up, & he taught me a lot about an industry I didn’t know too much about. 

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Episode #13 - Corporate - Matt Tomamichel

    Episode #13 - Corporate - Matt Tomamichel

    On this episode, I sit down at Streetside Brewery in historic Columbia Tusculum w/ Matt Tomamichel, the Owner of Corporate – Cincinnati’s premier sneaker & clothing shop. Not only is Matt the owner of Corporate, but he is also an accomplished designer, a giving philanthropist w/ his Bigger Than Sneakers non-profit, & just a helluva guy w/ some just inspiring & positive vibes.  It was a pleasure to talk to Matt & listen to his come-up story while enjoying some cold Streetside brews.
     Corporate is located in Hyde Park & is known by sneakerheads across the country.  However, creating such a successful business wasn’t the only goal for Matt.  Although his 2nd store recently opened w/ immediate hype & success in Indianapolis…that didn’t seem to be what made him tick.  Throughout our conversation you could see how excited he got when he talked about seeing people come up, or mentioning the pride he has in his team, or describing BTS – his Bigger Than Sneakers non-profit. It was those things, or the mentioning of his family, supporters, coaches, & mentors who were by his side & encouraging him & teaching him game along his journey to success that really lit him up. I could feel his energy when he described these people & things & it was obvious he was genuinely grateful for all of them.
     Like all real hustlers, he ‘s been humbled by failures & learned to embrace the lessons they leave in their wake. He respects the game, too, as he gets excited to see others shine & shows love to his community & empathy & compassion to those less fortunate. His climb to his current level of success makes perfect sense when he lays it out, but it was a grind the whole way & he deserves every ounce of success that he’s earned.  This dude is the truth & I’m excited for you to hear this interview. I hope you finish this & are as fired up as I was. 

    • 2 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Mish419 ,

Love it!

I love all the episodes! Matt is amazing!

83meowj ,

Amazing 🍻

I can’t say enough good things about the podcast. It’s such a fantastic format. You get to learn about the folks that are behind our brew scene in Cincy while also hearing their stories about their hustle. I’m a big fan! 🍻🍻

Yeet821 ,

Dope

I’m chillin with friends rn, bout to pop open a brew and listen.. toooo goood

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