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

Welcome back, Caskers! In episode 16 of Tales From the Cask we have an in-depth, exclusive interview with John Gittins, Sr. VP Sales for Ancher Brewing! John tells us his story about how he came to work for Anchor Brewing and what he did before his Anchor Brewing days.  He shares some of the things that make Anchor Brewing unique and how they've developed their beers over many years.  We discuss Steam Beer, California Lager, Anchor Christmas and so much more!  On tap this week is the Anchor Autumn Maple.

John even takes time to answer a few listener questions about Liberty Ale, making an imperial stout, the difference between a double IPA and an imperial IPA, the role of Fritz Maytag at Anchor, Anchor Bock, and the possibility of opening up an east coast brewery.

We also answer some listener questions about the history and importance of the 3-tier system, pumpkin beers, and Leinies bottles and cans uncovered during an archaeological dig!

In our news segment we share a Brewers Association article about the growth of craft brewers, a fascinating story about a beer can house, and a New Yorker story about the history of sour beer

We'd love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions!  Call in your feedback by calling 919-502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

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Greetings, Caskers!  We have another special treat for you in this episode!  We're bringing you an exclusive interview with Dick Leinenkugel.  Dick shares the story of how the Leinenkugel family started brewing beers in the upper midwest 5 generations ago!  He talks about how they made it through prohibition, they've adapted their beer offerings as tastes have changed, and how they've stayed true to his great-great grandfather's recipe.

In our news segment we share news sales numbers for beer sales through the first half of 2013, share a cool story about how Dodger's Stadium is keeping their beers cold, and celebrate the birth of Prince George with info on Heir Raiser, a beer celebrating the royal birth.

In our feedback segment we talk about coffee infused beers, Sam Adams' Imperial Stout alternatives, good non-alcoholic options for those who are pregnant, and we share some corrections to a previous episode.

On tap for this episode is Leinenkugel's Big Eddy, Double IPA, Ryewine Ale, and  Anchor Autumn Maple!

We'd love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions!  Call in your feedback by calling 919-502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

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This week on Tales From the Cask we have an exclusive interview with Jon Hall!  John has worked as a reporter for the New York Times, the Newark Star-Ledger, and the Indianapolis Star. In 2007 he dedicated his efforts to the full-time pursuit of covering the ever-growing American craft beer scene.  Currently, John is the host of The Beer Briefing on iHeart Radio and the editor of All About Beer Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Beverage World Magazine, Craftbeer.com and TAPS. He is also the author of several books, including The American Craft Beer Cookbook, Massachusetts Breweries, and Indiana Breweries.

John tells us about his how he got into journalism and writing specifically about beer, and he tells us about his new book, The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes From Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries.  We also discuss his favorite brews and food pairings.

On tap this week is a great selection of wheat beers!  We sample the Weinstephaner Hefe Weiss, Weinstephaner Hefe Weiss Dark, Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss, and the Flying Dog In Heat Wheat Hefeweizen.

In our news segment we share a story from Oak Park MI about new beer and wine laws, an LA Time article about light beers, a consumer reports study on the best craft beers, and an interesting study about how drinking beer might attract more mosquitoes. 

In our feedback segment we talk about Sam Adams' $1million can design, where breweries get their water, brewers' specialty glasses, which beers have the highest alcohol content, the best beer for making onion rings, the myth of ice cold beer, and the best beer for a newbie.

We'd love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions!  Call in your feedback by calling 919-502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

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Greetings from the sunny lands of Raleigh, NC!  In episode 13 of Tales From the Cask we bring you another exclusive interview!  This time we're bringing you a conversation from a retailer's perspective as we share some brews and chat with David Eddlemon.  We talk about how he got in to the business, talk about some of the challenges that retailers face, his love of selling beer, and we even get a cool story about dealing with the public!

David also shares an interesting bit of beer history with us and recommends the book, "A History of the World in 6 Glasses."

We have some incredible beers on tap for this episode!  We sample Bear Republic's Black Racer IPA, Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid, and Lagunitas' Lucky 13!

In our news segment we discuss Kroger's purchase of Harris Teeter, Prevention Magazine's article on the hearty benefits of beer, and Mexico's beer duopoly. 

In our feedback segment we talk about the possibilities of doing our show on live video, wheat beers, and several tweets about our previous episodes!

We'd love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions!  Call in your feedback by calling 919-502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

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From the soggy lands of Raleigh, North Carolina, we bring you episode 12 of Tales From the Cask.  In this episode we have a beer and food paring session with Raleigh food blogger extraordinaire, Kristen Baughman.  We look at a whole food course and sample a salad, cheese, main course, and dessert with beers specifically selected to compliment the food ingredients.  We sample Carolina Blonde, Foothills Torch Pilsner, Carolina Nut Brown Ale, Foothills Jade IPA, and Foothills Barrel Aged People's Porter.

Kristen shares her story of how she became a foodie and became a food blogger.  She also shares her story of a 43 day challenge of only eating food and drink raised and produced locally.

In our news segment we share info about beers and breweries in North Korea and South Korea, new laws about home brewing in Mississippi, and some great info from The Beer Institute about the state of beer.

In our feedback segment we talk about mead, hear some appreciation for the IPA history lesson that we had in the last episode, and we talk about taking our show on the road!

We'd love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions!  Call in your feedback by calling 919-502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

 

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From the sunny lands of North Carolina, it's episode 11 of Tales From the Cask!  In this episode we bring you the owner and founder of Carolina Brewing Company, Joe Zonin!  Joe shares his story of getting into the brewing industry and the special ingredients that make up Carolina Brewing Company beers.  Joe also shares some very interesting history on some of the world's most popular styles of beer.  We sample Carolina Pale Ale, Carolina Nut Brown, Carolina Summer Seasonal, and the Carolina IPA.  Also on tap is the Leinenkugel Rye Wine, Carolina Brewing Anniversary Ale, Anchor Liberty, and Noble Pils.

We also bring you some intersting news on Canadian beer sales, a new Game of Thrones beer, and a Beer Traveler Kickstarter campaign.  In our feedback segment we talk about fruit beers, whiskey, and why we don't see more bocks.

We'd love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions!  Call in your feedback by calling 919-502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

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In this refreshing episode of Tales From the Cask we bring you the sours!  Joined by sour aficionado, Jake Smith, we share some of the best sour beers produced today.  Sour beers have a rich and deep history in the world of beer and we share some of that history with you as we sample Liefmans Goudenbad, Rodenbach Vintage, and Sam Adams Stoneybrook Red.  We also still have some Narragansett Summer, People's Porter, Hoptimum, and Sam Adams Noble Pils on tap from our previous episodes.

We answer several listener feedback questions about dry hopping, beer history, and environmentally-friendly brewing practices in use by various breweries.  In our news section we talk about beer tax, getting a special wedding beer for your nuptials, and a very interesting study that reveals the beer gut might just be a myth!

We's love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Call in your feedback by calling 919-502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

 

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Tasty brews abound in this episode of Tales From the Cask!  Joined by Scott Mizerak from Foothills Brewing, we sample their Torch Pilsner, People's Porter, Hoppyum, and Seeing Double brews.  Scott tells us all about what makes their beers special, how he got started in the beer business, and he shares an interesting story about their brewing equipment.  We also sample Narragansett Summer Ale and Lagunitas Dog Town Pale.

In our news segment we share some really interesting stories about the trouble caused by a faulty backyard beer refrigerator, beer nutrition labels, and why Anheuser-Busch InBev is buying up so many brewers.  We also give out info about an upcoming craft beer event in High Street Kensington, London, England.

In our feedback segment we give advise on home brewing, good craft beers in North Carolina, recommended beers in San Luis Obispo, gluten free beers, and which beers go best with different types of food.

We'd love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Call in your feedback by calling 919-502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

 

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We have a tasty episode for you this week at Tales From the Cask!  In this episode we feature several great brews from our friends at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company along with an exclusive interview with Sierra Nevada's, Aubrey Herbert!  Aubrey not only tells us abou the fantastic beers that Sierra Nevada produces, she also tells us about their Wild Rivers program and their new brewing location opening later this year in North Carolina.  During this episode we sample Bear Republic's Hop Rod Red, Lagunita's Dog Town Pale Ale, Pilsner Urquell, Still Cottonwood Lowdown, Ovila Saison, Southern Hemi, and Hoptimum!  In our news segment we talk about the impact fracking has on beer production and a robot that can pour you the perfect beer.  

We'd love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Call in your feedback by calling 919-502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

 

 
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We have a special treat for you in Episode 7 of Tales From the Cask!  Not only to we sample Sam Adams Summer Ale, Bear Rebulic Hop Rod Rye, Lagunitas DogTown Pale Ale, Angry Orchard Strawman Cider, and Cottonwood Low Down Brown Ale, but we also bring you an exclusive interview with the founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch!  Jim tells us all about the process in making their brand new beer can and why they felt like a new can was necessary.  He also talks about how he got in to beer and why he started his own beer company.  In our news segment we talk about a creative beer dispensor, a beer thief with a conscience, and some exciting news about new home brewing laws!  In our feedback segment we answer a question about the impact craft brewing is having on larger brewing companies. 

We'd love to hear your feedback and brew suggestions! Call in your feedback by calling 919-502-0280 or email us at talesfromthecask@gmail.com.

 

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