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

We have a great episode for you this week where we celebrate reaching the quarter century mark!  Joined by Foothills Brewing Company Director of Marketing, Ray Goodrich, we are enjoying some fantastic Foothills brews!  On tap for this episode are Foothills’ Oktoberfest, Cottonwood Pumpkin and Cottonwood Endo IPA!  Not only does Ray share some tasty brews with us, he tells the tale about how he came to make his home in North Carolina and getting into the beer business, his experience training dolphins, and gives a few hints at the future of Foothills Brewing.  He also answers some questions from our loyal listeners and shares information about the fan favorite beer, Sexual Chocolate.

We share some amazing beer news about a beer that is literally out of this world, signs that the craft beer craze has gone mainstream, an exciting announcement from MillerCoors about a new brand they have coming out next year, and a new build-a-beer concept featured on the Today Show.

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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We're taking the show on the road this week as we visit the great folks at Trophy Brewing Company!  We interview Trophy Brewing Company owners Chris Powers and woody Lockwood, and head brewer, Les Stewart.  They tell us about how they each got started int he beer business, how they got the name of the company, their biggest brewing influences, and they talk a bit about home brewing.  They were also kind enough to answer listener questions about their tap handles, their $10,000 kickstarted beer, why growlers are better, and some of their naming choices.

On tap for this episode are some of Trophy Brewing's finest selections.  We have Yard of the Month, Trophy Wife, Biggest Flirt, Next Best in Show, Participant, and Trophinator.

In our news segment we share an article that breaks down craft brewing state-by-state, strong beers in India, and a man whose friends plumed his entire house with beer kegs.

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're taking it to the rooftops in episode 23 of Tales From the Cask and we have a great show for you!  Football season is upon us so we're brining you Tailgating with Craft Brews!  On tap for this episode is Avery Joe’s Pilsner, Founders All Day IPA, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo.  

We also share some news stories about California Beer Festival at Sea, The best NFL stadiums for craft beer, and hops farmers in Raleigh, NC.  In our feedback segment we have some listener comments about last week's episode, input on some of our beer recommendations, and more!

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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It's episode 22 of Tales From the Cask and we have a great show for you!  In this episode we have a very insightful interview with Jess Petrosky!  Jess has been involved in the beer industry for over 10 years and he's a draft beer expert!  He shares some great stories and helpful tips to make sure you're getting the best draft beer experience.

On tap for this episode is the Sierra Nevada Flipside, Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild, and Bear Republic Cafe Racer!  Our news segment is filled with stories Sam Adams' founder Jim Koch becoming a billionaire, a lawsuit over the name MechHopzilla, the lack of diversity in craft brewing, where to find Europe's best beer, and a discussion on what might be the most inspiration beer ad you've seen in a long time.

In this episode we answer listener feedback about beer temperature, recommendations for a new craft beer, and more!

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 episode 21 of Tales From the Cask, we’re celebrating the fact that we’ve reached the episode number corresponding to the legal drinking age! We have more beer and food pairings for you as we couple Guinness Red Harvest Stout with Chapel Hill Creamery's Hickory Grove cheese and plum paste, Evil Twin Brewing’s Hipster Ale with Italian roast beef and horseradish aioli, and Evil Twin Brewing’s Spicy Nachos Jalapeño Ale with spicy pimento cheese!

In our news segment, we share some interesting stories about the seasonal creep of pumpkin beer and water challenges on the North Coast that are impacting Russian River Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mendocino Brewing Company and Bear Republic Brewing Company. We also have stories about how MillerCoors is improving its water efficiency, why the Tampa Rays manager buying beer for fans, and what beers to match each NFL football team. Believe it or not, there is a Hello Kitty beer available now, and we will definitely discuss what that means!

We answer listener questions about the US three-tier alcohol distribution system, British cask beer, and how breweries and distributors hook up, as well as respond to several listener comments about last week’s unusual episode!

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, it's Tales From the Cask Episode 20!  In this milestone episode we are pleased to have our first returning guest, Eric McCrory from Boston Beer Company.  We share some great stories with Eric and have a great time as always.  We discuss a study that predicts the craft beer boom may be slowing, share or thoughts on Alchemy & Science's acquisition of Coney Island Craft Beer Brands, and share an interesting news story about Purdue University opening up a new craft brew bar on campus.

Eric tells us some of the perks and insights from working inside Boston Beer Company, tells us about his new role as he relocates to Chicago, and talks about the people and beers he'll miss most from North Carolina.  In our feedback segment we answer questions about beer freshness, fun ways to celebrate Raleigh Beer Week, and share a listener's Tweet about Angry Orchards Crisp Apple and Apple Ginger Ciders.

On tap for this episode is some crazzzzzzzy stuff from Tony and Eric's cellars!  We taste Westvleteren XII and Three Floyd's Dark Lord!

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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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:32pm EST

Greetings Caskers! From the sunny lands of North Carolina, it’s episode 19 of Tales From the Cask. In this episode, we have an exclusive interview with beer industry legend, Mike Mazzoni!  Mike gives us a very insightful look at the beer industry, how tastes and business have changed over the last 40 years, where he thinks things are headed, and what is impacting the industry in today’s market.

In our news segment we talk about a German beer price fixing investigation as well as a possible way to avoid getting a beer hangover, and we share an interesting story about how a father and son were kicked out of an Arizona Cardinals game because the son was holding his father’s beer.

We answer some great listener questions in this episode! We share our opinion on the qualities that make a good distributor and the qualities of a good brewery. We also discuss the percentage growth of craft beers, the Top 10 Beers Based on FindTheBest's User Ratings and even some listener suggestions for German beers.

On tap for this episode is the Sierra Beer Camp sample pack, which includes Sierra Beer Camp IPA, Belgian Black IPA and Imperial Red.

 

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!  In this episode of Tales From the Cask, we have a very insightful and in-depth interview with beer salesman (and recovering brewer) Devin Singley. Devin tells us how he became involved with the beer world, why he has chosen to sell rather than create beer, what he loves about selling and what an average day is like for him.  Our conversation with Devin includes fascinating historical and technical information about several aspects of the brewing process.

 

We answer listener questions about anticipating summer demand, playing a “Find the Beer” game in France and exploring our new talesfromthecask.com website, and we get a shout out from Harry Schuhmacher!

 

In our news segment, we look at another article about why beer sales are declining, a new pending patent on a “just add water” beer, and a great story about craft beer hitting the Vegas strip!

 

On tap for this episode are Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest, Augustiner Maximator, and Spaten Oktoberfest.

 

 

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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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 9:01pm EST

From the sunny lands of Raleigh, NC, it's Tales From the Cask! In this episode, we have an exclusive interview with the founder and publisher of Beer Business Daily, Craft Business Daily and Wine & Spirits Daily, Harry Schuhmacher. Harry shares his story of becoming a beer fan and his unexpected journey into journalism. He also shares some of his favorite industry stories and most interesting and crazy interviews, and he tells us about his favorite brews.

Harry answers some listener questions about Beer Summit, the future of fruit beers and issues facing the beer industry today.

We share news stories about younger drinkers being divided between beer and wine, the death of beer being greatly exaggerated, a local beer hitting the scene at Nationals baseball games and an interesting article about whether or not Blue Moon is a craft beer.

On tap for this episode are Foothills Brewery’s Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale, Foothills’ Oktoberfest, and Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Uber Oktoberfest.

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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Category:Tales From the Cask -- posted at: 11:54am EST

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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