Tales From the Cask Craft Beer Podcast

In celebration of the World Series, Sierra Nevada will pinch hit for us in this episode of Tales From the Cask!  Aubrey gives us an update on Sierra Nevada's new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina with insider information on when the public will start seeing beer that from that brewery.  She also amazes us with her charm and beer knowledge!  Plus, we sample some great Sierra Nevada brews!

In our news segment, we discuss the hot topic of how the government shutdown affected your beer and a new growler law in California. We share some stories about efforts being made to get Germans to try craft beers, keeping beer customers satisfied and premium brews. We got a lot of great questions from the Caskers for this episode.  We answer questions about pretzel necklaces, seasonal beer sales, cheap beer, food pairing, and an update on the Great American Beer Festival

 

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 the show on the road to visit the great folks at Double Barley Brewing! Joined by Double Barley Brewing owner Larry Lane, we get a unique perspective on craft brewing as he tells us how he got started, he sets goals and gets noticed in a highly competitive beer market, and he shares what makes Double Barley brews special. We sample a couple of Double Barley Brewing's flagship beers, Thrilla in Vanilla Porter, and SteakCake Stout! Larry also answers listener questions about the brewery’s plans to bring in some lower ABV beers, yam-based beers and how he views the competition.

We talk about the upcoming Chicago Beer Festival, the Great American Beer Festival, legislation that would require all beer pints to have 16 ounces, a Colorado 6th grader's beer experiment in space, the creation of a vaporized beer inspired by San Francisco fog, and how beer gives your body the vitamin B that it needs. Cheers!

 

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 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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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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