47 episodes

It’s modern American history, one beer at a time! Join VinePair contributing editor and columnist Dave Infante for Taplines, a weekly interview series with brewing icons, industry insiders, and outspoken experts about the United States’ most beloved and best-selling beers. Bros discussing their favorite IPAs, this ain’t. Taplines is a mix of journalism, history, and beer that you won’t find anywhere else but the VinePair Podcast Network.
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    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 35 Ratings

It’s modern American history, one beer at a time! Join VinePair contributing editor and columnist Dave Infante for Taplines, a weekly interview series with brewing icons, industry insiders, and outspoken experts about the United States’ most beloved and best-selling beers. Bros discussing their favorite IPAs, this ain’t. Taplines is a mix of journalism, history, and beer that you won’t find anywhere else but the VinePair Podcast Network.
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    The Controversial Rise of Big, Honkin' Pastry Stouts

    The Controversial Rise of Big, Honkin' Pastry Stouts

    Pastry stouts — sweet, saccharine, indulgent beers built on flavors more common to a bakery than a brewery — emerged towards the end of last decade as a coveted, if occasionally maligned, pseudo-style of craft beer. Many trace their rise to a southern California brewer named Derek Gallanosa (currently: GOAL. Brewing, previously Moksa Brewing and Abnormal Beer Co.), who joins Taplines today to to recount the pastry stout’s humble beginnings and reflect on its sweet, surprising success with the American drinking public since. Don't forget to like, review, and subscribe!
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    • 53 min
    The Inside Story of "Black Is Beautiful" Stout, One of the Biggest Cause Beers Ever Brewed

    The Inside Story of "Black Is Beautiful" Stout, One of the Biggest Cause Beers Ever Brewed

    In the early months of the pandemic, Marcus Baskerville was working as the head brewer at Weathered Souls Brewing Company, the brewery he co-founded in San Antonio, when a police officer five states away murdered George Floyd. Marcus, who would go on to become a founding member of the National Black Brewers Association, had an idea to galvanize the industry and raise money for police brutality reform. What emerged was Black Is Beautiful, a stout recipe that would eventually be brewed by more than 1,600 breweries across the country (and 22 countries around the world.) The beer raised millions of dollars for charity, and provided a blueprint for cause beers to come. This is its story—and Marcus's story, too. Don't forget to like, review, and subscribe!
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    • 56 min
    How Budweiser's Iconic 'Whassup!' Ad Went Down

    How Budweiser's Iconic 'Whassup!' Ad Went Down

    In 1999, Vinny Warren was working at Chicago ad firm DDB and on the hunt for a hit idea for a Super Bowl spot for his client, Budweiser. The King of Beers was still selling better than Bud Light at that point, but just barely, and August Busch IV had been handed the reigns to rejuvenate the flagging flagship with a fresh new creative vision. As it turned out, Warren had just the thing. The short comedy sketch he stumbled across would eventually become the basis for "Whassup!", one of the most celebrated and successful beer ads of all time. It didn’t stanch Bud’s slide, because nothing could. But the ad and its follow-ups entered the phrase firmly into the American cultural vocabulary and was elected to the advertising industry’s Hall of Fame a few short years later. Here's how it all went down. Don't forget to like, review, and subscribe!
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    • 50 min
    Angry Orchard and the Fight for Hard Cider's Soul

    Angry Orchard and the Fight for Hard Cider's Soul

    Joining Taplines today is Ryan Burk, the former head cider maker of Angry Orchard Hard Cider. These days, he’s making cider under his own label in upstate New York, working as a co-founder of the beverage innovation firm Feel Goods Company, and serving the Cider Institute of North America as a founding board member. But midway through last decade, Ryan was working at Michigan’s Virtue Cider when Boston Beer Company tapped him to lead production on its in-house hard cider brand, which was then making one out of every two barrels of cider sold in the US. Angry Orchard's legacy in the category is contentious: is it a vital gateway that led to broader hard cider acceptance, or a millstone holding back what cider could be in the American drinking imagination? Both? Neither? Listen on, listener. Don't forget to like, review, and subscribe!
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    • 55 min
    How Beer Boosted the First Wine Cooler Boom

    How Beer Boosted the First Wine Cooler Boom

    Nothing exists in a vacuum, Taplines listener, and beer certainly doesn’t. When Stuart Bewley and his cofounder dreamed up the idea for California Cooler, single-serve fermented-fruit-based ready-to-drink in the mid-70s, they couldn't have known that it would inspire knockoffs from heavyweights in the wine industry (e.g., E. & J. Gallo’s Bartles and Jaymes) and the beer industry, too (Miller’s Matilda Bay, for example.) And get this: Bewley says the long-running boycott of a certain big-on-the-west-coast brewer was instrumental in getting California Cooler onto the trucks of distributors who otherwise might’ve not had anything to do with it. Nothing exists in a vacuum, after all. Don't forget to like, review, and subscribe!
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Craft Brewing's "White Dudes with Beards" Dilemma

    Craft Brewing's "White Dudes with Beards" Dilemma

    In the mid-2010s, J Jackson-Beckham, PhD was an academic with a homebrewing habit, blogging incisively about what she called “the unbearable whiteness of brewing.” Her deep expertise and singular voice eventually caught the eye of the Brewers Association, which tapped her to serve as the trade group’s first-ever “Diversity Ambassador” in 2018. Today, "Dr. J" joins Taplines to reflect on that moment — not only a pivotal one in her own career but also in the trajectory of the craft beer industry writ large as brewers big and small began trying to square their professed values with their business practices (and ideally, bring more paying customers to their taprooms, too.) That work is ongoing: shortly after we recorded this episode in late 2023, she joined the BA full-time as its director of social impact. Don't forget to like, review, and subscribe!
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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

speakin for all my homies too ,

Well done

Real glad this exists.

RobJDay ,

Top Notch Taps

This very quickly became my favorite beer podcast. I love the historical angle and how each story colors in some of the blurry lines of the past.

The guests have been incredible as well. Any one of them would be phenomenal but this lineup is all star.

Dave keeps the pace moving and helps build a really strong narrative.

Definitely listen

boods ,

Dave/guest air time ratio

Very informative podcast with good informative exploration of beer topics. I just listened to the ABI Super Bowl commercial episode, it felt like Dave was speaking about 90% of the time. Questions (musings, ramblings?) take way to long to wrap up before the guest has a chance to respond. He seems to be aware of this, acknowledges it occasionally, and still takes another 90 seconds to land on the final question. Land the plane bro. Get in, get out, and give the guest time to expound on the topic you have them on for in the first place.

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