Every Tuesday at 5:00 PM EST, New York City publican Jimmy Carbone plays host to an audio ale salon celebrating the world of craft beer. Through discussions with beer industry insiders and knowledgeable beer fans from across the country, Jimmy and his friends explore every aspect of the brewer's craft from grains to pint glass and tasting to toasting. Beer Sessions Radio is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com, your online source for craft beer information, and supported by The Good Beer Seal, an association of independently owned and operated bars in New York City that serve, promote and support good craft beer.
Cider Days with Ragged Hill and Headwater
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy talks all things Cider Days with Anne and Steve Garwood of Ragged Hill Cider, Peter Mitchell of Headwater Cider, and Ben Watson of Chelsea Green Publishing. They discuss seasonal blends and suggest holidays pairings, while also diving into cider apples. Steve highlights some of his favorite apple varieties and Peter shares how he has grown 40 varieties at his orchard after starting out with only two. Plus they talk about terroir, ice cider, and the reasons why they believe cider should be included in the wine category, as opposed to beer.
The Czech Side Pour and Lagers
This week Beer Sessions is all about the Czech side pour. Jimmy welcomes Chris Lohring of Notch Brewing in Salem, MA; Todd DiMatteo of Good Word Brewing in Duluth, GA; and Ben Middlemiss of Ben Middlemiss Brewing in New Zealand. Chris and Todd talk about when they got their side-pull faucets installed as well as the learning curve that comes with using one. Chris has his staff do quarterly competitions to see how well (and how fast) they can pour a lager and both brewers give a big shout out to Pilsner Urquell’s training videos. The group talks about the benefits of a side-pull for carbonation, mouthfeel and more, plus they dive deep into techniques like spunding and triple decoction.
Beer Makes Barbecue Sauce Better
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy welcomes participants from Sauce King NYC, a virtual sauce competition he founded to determine the best barbecue sauces, hot sauces, marinades and more. Together they hone in on the intersection of beer and barbecue, sharing ideas for cooking with beer and pairing it with meals. Hear from Sauce King NYC Champion, Ray Sheehan of BBQ Buddha, Fubz of Just Add Beer Sauce and Marinade Mix, Brad Jungles of Rufus Teague, and Sauce King judge Alyssa Levine of Totally Forked. Brad shares the hurdles and rewards of creating a canned barbecue sauce in partnership with Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing, while Fubz talks about why the complexity of flavor found in craft beer can lead to endless culinary combinations. The group also discusses beer can chicken, the differences between Memphis and Kansas City sauces, marketing strategies and more.
Good Word Brewing, Drink Time
Lone Pine Brewing, Brightside IPA
Lone Pine Brewing, Oh-J
18th Ward and Bridge and Tunnel
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy catches up with NYC Breweries, 18th Ward and Bridge and Tunnel. Jordan Beldner talks about how he transitioned from being a bar owner to opening 18th Ward, while his new brewer Will Arnaiz shares his vision for future styles and flavors. They also discuss their transition to delivery during Covid-19 and Rich Castagna of Bridge and Tunnel shares how he used the space in his taproom to build a canning system. Together they talk about what equipment they wish they had, how much they subscribe to seasonal beer trends, and they swap stories including one from Rich about how Putin ended up next to a shark on a recent Bridge and Tunnel can.
Tired Hands and Interboro: I Voted Today IPA
This week on Beer Sessions Radio Jimmy talks with Jean Broilet of Tired Hands Brewing, Jesse Ferguson of Interboro Spirits and Ales and Ryan Witter-Marithew of Casita Brewing Company about the I Voted Today IPA. This collaborative beer project was started at Tired Hands and has spread to about 45 breweries who are helping to raise awareness about the information people need to vote and donate money to nonprofits like the ACLU and Democracy Works. These guests talk about their spin on Tired Hands’ recipe, why voting matters, and the laws that impact breweries from taxes to shipping regulations. They also talk about what it’s like working with artists on can graphics and share stories about some of their craziest beers - including a quintuple IPA, a tomato basil ale, and a beer made with fresh oysters.
Interboro Sprits and Ales, I Voted Today IPA
Jester King Brewery, I Voted Today IPA
Sparkling Artisanal, Ritual Pineapple Hard Seltzer
Celebrating Oktoberfest with Sierra Nevada
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy welcomes Terence Sullivan, who has worked for Sierra Nevada for 26 years, to talk about this year’s Oktoberfest Lager and their Dankful IPA. Sierra Nevada has been hosting virtual Oktoberfest celebrations that include sharing recipes online, providing party kits, and even offering yodeling lessons. They are joined by Zach Mack of Alphabet City Beer Co. and Ted Kenny of Top Hops Beer Shop, who share what fall beers they are enjoying right now. The group also dives deep into e-commerce, discussing how they’ve each expanded to offer subscription services, shipping across states and more. Lastly, they talk about german hops, what beer descriptors like dank really mean, and the charitable causes Sierra Nevada is raising money for.
Sierra Nevada, Oktoberfest
Sierra Nevada, Dankful IPA
Customer ReviewsSee All
I have been listening for a few years now and love this show. I look forward to it every week. I love hearing the back stories behind how brewers and bar owners got started. As a home brewer, I have learned a lot as well. Keep up the great work!!!
Joe - Brooklyn, NY
Rest in peace Ray Deter. All who listen to this podcast lost a friend. You will be missed. Raise a glass of Saison for Ray. Cheers
I Like Beer...Sessions
Great informative show, especially the guests.