Tales From the Cask Craft Beer Podcast (tales from the cask)

Hello again from the snowy lands, it’s Tales From the Cask Episode 42!  This week we are excited to bring you an interview with the Vice President of Sales for Boston Beer Company, John Geist!  John tells us about how he came to join the team at Boston Beer, some of the exciting things happening with the company this year, his vision for the future of craft beer, and insights on the Angry Orchard apple cider business.  John is also gracious enough to answer questions submitted from the Cask Nation.

In our news segment, we share stories about Sierra Nevada winning the hops war, craft beers thriving even when overall beer consumption is down slightly, members of the Canadian Olympic team getting all the beer they can drink, and Yuengling’s return to ice cream after a 30 year break.

We also get try try two great new beers from Sam Adams - Rebel IPA and the new seasonal Cold Snap.

This week’s cask quiz question is, “What beers are you drinking while you watch the Olympics?”

 We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 6:44pm EDT

Get those taste buds ready, cask nation! Episode 41 of Tales From the Cask is a tasty one! In this episode we are sampling Foothills Sexual Chocolate 2014 and Evil Twin Mini Dingo Imperial Stout with Habaneros

Joined by Greg Hirsh, beer maverick for a Chapel Hill NC specialty food and beer retailer, we have a great time at the bar sipping on some rare brews.  Greg has a unique approach to selling beer, interweaving his love for history and his love for beer to create a learning experience.  Greg tells us about his journey into the beer business, his approach to selling beers, books that he recommends, his involvement with Fullsteam Brewery, his home brewing experiences, and more!

In our news segment this week we share stories about a lawsuit over the use of the word Champagne and how "the Champagne of Beers” avoids any trouble, electronic tongues being used to taste beer, Anheuser-Busch InBev’s acquisition of Blue Point Brewing, and an update to the beer drone story we brought you last week.

In our feedback segment we share your responses to last week’s cask quiz question, talk about Jenn’s snack stadium that she made for the big football game, and answer a call from the Caskline!

This week’s cask quiz question is, “What spring beer are you most excited about?”

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

Greetings from the snowy lands, Casklovers!  We may be snowed in here in North Carolina, but we’re still enjoying some frosty malt beverages and podcasting!  In episode 40 of Tales From the Cask we meet Jenn’s significant other and beer aficionado, Sheldon Simonds.  

As you all know, there is a really big football game taking place in East Rutherford, New Jersey this Sunday between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.  We’ll be predicting the winner of the big game by performing a taste test challenge between three Washington State beers and three Colorado beers: No-Li Crystal Bitter ESB, American Brewing Breakaway IPA, and No-Li Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout from Washington, versus Ska Brewing Special ESB, Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey, and Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout from Colorado.

We also share some super news with you about a Wisconsin brewery that uses drones to make deliveries, how a Chicago brew crew keeps a train full of beer from freezing, an article from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that helps pair the best beer or wine with your favorite super game foods, and an article from Accuweather about how cold it has to be at an outdoor sporting event for the beer to freeze in your cup.

We also share some excellent responses to last week’s #caskquiz question and we toss out a new question for you this week, “What is your go to snow day beer?”

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

Hey y’all!  Greetings from the sunny yet chilly lands of North Carolina!  In episode 39 of Tales From the Cask we are serving up a fun interview with warehouse/ops manager Mike Turner as he gives us his expert insight into the operations side of beer.  He shares with us the many changes in the beer and wine industries during his time in the business over the last 30+ years, regales us with interesting stories, tells us about an average day in the beer warehouse, and answers some listener questions.

On tap this week is Anchor Zymaster Harvest One, Stone Enjoy By 2.14.14 IPA, and Foothills IPA of the month for January "Ginger".  In our news segment, we share a really cool story about a cruise line that has a beer-themed voyage, the Super (Beer) Bowl, 5 beers that aren’t considered craft beers but maybe should be, and a really interesting article that talks about why beer can act like a nuclear explosion

We share some great feedback and questions from the listeners, and share responses to our first #CaskQuiz!

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

Greetings, Caskers!  In episode 38 we are visited by Ted Gross, owner of a specialty beer shop in Raleigh, NC!  Ted gives us all the details about how he broke into the beer business and started a unique style of beer retail.  He shares his views on the issues facing retailers, dealing with the public, and what he loves most about selling beer.  He also answers some listener questions about the Pittsburgh Steelers, the perfect mustache,  Russian RiverHill Farmstead, and more! We also try some killer brews including Gigantic Brewing's Beer #14 The Future is NowFirestone Walker Wookey Jack, and Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Doughnut.

In the news this week, we have some great articles about German beer’s existential crisisa funny video for people who love craft beer but hate silly craft beer namesAmerica’s first Trappist beer, and a very cool story about Peyton Manning receiving a special gift from Left Hand Brewing Company.

In our feedback section section we share listener responses to our question about Carolina Brewing’s 9th version of Wiggo, and we reveal a NEW Twitter feature!

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

Welcome back, Caskers!  We hope that you had a wonderful holiday break and we’re back with another fun filled episode of Tales From the Cask.  In this episode we catch up on all the great feedback we received during the break.  We learn what your favorite Tales From the Cask Episode is, your thoughts about Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal Imperial Stout, what you did for New Year’s Eve, your first beer memories, new brews you’re drinking and MORE!

We also share some interesting news articles about what your beer says about your politics, an unfortunate competition brewing between a couple of beer brewers, a grandma who called 911 for a beerNew Year’s resolutions for beer snobs7 steps to becoming a better beer drinker, and a city celebrating the craft beer boom in 2014.

On tap for this episode are Maui Brewing Company’s Big Swell IPAFirestone Walker’s Union Jack IPA, and Cascade Lakes Brewing Cyclops IPA.

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Caskers!  In episode 36 of Tales From the Cask we bring you the 2013 Christmas Extravaganza!!  Joined by Joe Zonin, owner and brewer from Carolina Brewing Company in Holly Springs NC, and fan fave Aubrey Herbert from Sierra Nevada Brewing, we taste some fantastic holiday themed brews.  On tap this episode are Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza 2012, CBC Old 392 Barleywine, Sierra Celebration Ale, Sierra Christmas Jam Ale, and an Anchor Christmas 2011!

In addition to Aubrey and Joe, we’re joined by our producer and fifth Beatle, Darrell Darnell from Golden Spiral Media, with special cameo audio bits from Tony Danza.  We all share favorite Christmas memories, New Year’s resolutions, what we want for Christmas, our favorite holiday beverages, and much more!

We also answer some listener questions about holiday brews, respond to some Tweets about various listeners favorite beers, and share some news stories from the recent passing of Graham MacKay, the 500 year old German beer law, trading an alligator for a 12-pack, and a proposed Ohio law that could raise ABV up to 21 percent.

And what holiday special would be complete without singing?

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com
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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

Greetings to all you wonderful Caskers!  It’s time to relax with a frosty malt beverage and enjoy episode 35 of Tales From the Cask.  We have a real treat on tap for this episode! We go on location to interview Jamie Bartholomaus, head brewer and co-owner of Foothills Brewing!  He shares his interesting story of how he got into the brewing business, tells us us about the inspiration behind Hoppyum IPA, how they choose their styles of beer, and gives us the down and dirty on Sexual Chocolate. Jamie also shares his delicious Battle Crye Rye IPA and Blendiculous Imperial Brown Ale! He even takes some time to answer listener  questions.

In our news segment we share a USA Today article about which beers Americans are drinking a lot less of, an AP article about the black market for craft beers, a very interesting New York Times article about alcoholics in Amsterdam getting paid in beer, and a story about a new beer can Festivus pole that is being erected at the Florida state capitol.

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Greetings from the Sunny Lands, Caskers!  In episode 34 of Tales From the Cask, we’re joined by off-premise expert Jim Bostic! We discuss the differences in on-premise and off-premise sales, changes in the beer landscape over the last 20 years, Jim’s career before and after he got into the beer business, and what he enjoys about being a part of the beer industry.

In our news segment we share stories about Sam Adams’ Utopias beer which has a 28% ABV and a $199 price tag for a 750ml bottle, a man in Massachusetts that drank a beer in every Connecticut town to raise money for cancer research, how to identify the perfect beer glass, and France’s craft beer revolution.

On tap this week are Bear Republic Brewing Company’s El Oso, Carolina Brewing Company’s Winter Porter, and Big Eddy’s Russian Imperial Stout.

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

Happy Thanksgiving, Caskers!  We have a great episode for you today as we look at beer and food pairings for Thanksgiving meals!  We are joined by Gadabout Food blogger extraordinaire, Kristen Baughman.  We sample parmesan and vegetable Latkes paired with Carolina Brewing Company’s Carolina Pale Ale, turkey and cranberry orange relish paired with B. Necktar’s Zombie Killer, green bean casserole with paired with Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye, scalloped potatoes paired with Bell’s Best Brown Ale, and pumpkin mousse pie paired with Sam Adams’ Merry Maker.  

We also have some great stories about the Sonic Foamer that blasts bubbles into your beer to enhance the flavor, research into why bottled beer bubbles when it’s tapped, a legal showdown that’s brewing over an Indiana beer temperature regulation, and a Florida movement to end a ban on beer growlers.

Since this is Kristen’s second time on Tales From the Cask, we have three NEW questions for her. She also helps us respond to listener questions and Tweets!

 

We’d love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Share your feedback by calling (919) 502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com

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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:57am EDT