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Cascade Brewing’s Barrel House features 12 barrel aged sour beers, and 4 exceptional, quafable ales. The fruity sours are made with 150 pounds of fruit per barrel. Doug gives us the scoop on the Barrel room and reveals plans for the all Oregon kitchen menus, while Cody gives us a tour of the 300 barrels of ale aging in the barrel room.This is the first in Craft Brew Cast’s Quickies series.
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Brewmaster Alan Sprints founded Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in 1992. Inspired by Winter Ales Alan’s brewing focuses on robust, complex beers.
This small batch brewery produced roughly 700 barrels of beer in 2009. These extraordinary, rare brews are bottle conditioned, and are therefore ideal for aging. Described in Malt Advocate magazine as having , “the best aging potential of any American-Brewed beer”, this brewery has found it’s niche. Not only among those who appreciate Vintaged beer, but in American Micro Brewing history.
During our interview this veteran Brew Master shares strategies for new brewers, unique features of his brewery and exposes tough decisions that one must make with regard to profitability and craft.
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Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Brewing Scholarship 2008 winners Patrick Miller and Vasilios Glestos brewed the latest collaboration ale for the Sasquatch Legacy Project early in 2009. I was there with my recorder capturing conversations with the brewing team at Walking Man Brewery. We discuss the style that they are making and the characteristics that they intend to brew into the beer as well as the techniques employed to achieve those results.
I put Walking Man’s owner Bob Craig on the spot when I ask why he offers up his brewery and resources for this project. In a rare interview he shares his passion for brewing and brewers education. Bob has rallied suppliers, labs, distributors and pubs behind the Legacy Project that funds the GHF Foundation scholarships to the Seibel institute in Chicago Illinois.
Vasilios is currently a brewer with Rock Bottom. He once brewed at BJ’s in Jensen Beach, Portland Oregon. There he maintained a Barrel Aging program by which they served Barrel Aged Ale every day! In these interviews he reveals how he managed to accomplish it in that very small brewery.
Patrick is the first home brewer to be awarded this prestigious scholarship. He humbly contributes to Craft Beer awareness in his community and is an officer with the Oregon Brew Crew. He offers pointers and insights for those of you that are considering applying for this Scholarship.
Pictured above Jeremy Landers clearly enjoys the 2009 Sasquatch Legacy Ale at the release party held at the world famous Horse Brass Pub in Portland, Oregon. Horse Brass owner Don Younger donates 100% of the moneys collected from the sale of this beer to the Foundation.
Enough of my babble. Listen to these brewers tell the story.
Jeremy’s Photo by Isaiah Jump © 2009.
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Drew Cluley invited me to The Pike Brewing Company for their Vertical Barley Wine Tasting and was a fabulous host. They served six vintages of the Old Bawdy side by side to a packed house in the Museum and restaurant in Seattle Washington.
It is remarkable how well those beers have each aged. Fal Allen had brewed the three oldest ones, and Drew the three latest ones. If you haven’t tried Old Bawdy, get ahold of a few bottles, enjoy some of them fresh and let the rest age!
In this show you will hear co-owner Charles Finkel along with Drew Cluley, and Fal Allen each address the crowd with stories from the risqué beginnings of the brewery through its evolution to its current location. Later, you’ll join us in a lively round table discussion on the topic of Beer vs. Wine and more with Pike’s alumni of brewers including Dick Cantwell now with Elysian Brewing Company, Fal Allen now at Archipelago Brewing of Singapore, Kevin Forhan now at Ram Restaurant and Brewery, and Janelle Pritchard now at Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company.
The Pike Brewing Company is a must see location in Seattle. The staff makes you feel as though you’ve come home, and the breweriana collections in the museum are unbelievable. Add to the experience the fabulous beer, and just you can’t go wrong.
HopValley Brewing Co. had been open for about a week when I stopped by. They have done a remarkable job of opening this beautiful restaurant and brewery in very short order. Lot’s of light and warm wood, not only is the decor inviting, but the beers are outstanding. This is a worthwhile destination just a block or so off of the beaten path in Springfield, Oregon.
Brewmaster and part owner Trevor Howard has already proven himself to be a world class brewer with several medals in his portfolio. Now he will have the freedom to create and experiment with beer styles and processes. This is the type of brewer that will always have something new and exciting to try. Like the Vanilla Porter, which definitely made my “favorites” list.
Trevor and I just fired up the recorder and proceeded to chat about HopValley, opening a restaurant and brewery, the proposed 1900% Oregon beer tax increase, brews to expect, and more. All more interesting to hear Trevor share, than for me to list here.
General Manager Scott Trotter tells us the history behind the stunning wooden bar. Marty Tremaine reveals some of the rhyme and reasoning behind HopValley’s theme and the historic images throughout the restaurant. Make the pilgrimage to beervana, and spend and afternoon at HopValley brewing Co. Discover world class beers, spectacular food, and stimulating conversation.These kind folks have donated a couple of t-shirts. Send me an email with HopValley Brewing Co. in the subject field for your chance to win one. I have one men’s and one woman’s styles. You’ll find my email link at craftbrewcast.com, and I’ll pick the winners 30 days from the date of this post.
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Cambridge Brewing’s head brewster Megan Parisi and member of the Pink Boots Society of women in the brewing industry speaks about their seasonal and award winning beers, exactly how she got her foot in the door as a professional brewer, a bit of the history of women in the brewing industry and some of the not so glamorous work that goes into specialty ales.
Teri Fahrendorf, international beer judge, Road Brewer and founder of the Pink Boots Society gives a very sensual description of her beer tasting technique.
Jeanine Marois, founder and President of Mondial de la Biere festival provides a bit of history and happenings of this fantastic international festival held in Montreal around the end of May and Early June. She also announces a new festival that will debut in France in 2009!
[Photo right: Mondial de la BiËre – Christophe Antoine International development consultant of the International chamber of commerce of Strasbourg-Bas Rhin, Marie-JosÈe Lefebvre general manager of Mondial de la biËre, Oleg Dergachov MA, Jury President fo cartoon beer contest, cartoonist and sculptor, Jeannine Marois President of Mondial de la biËre, Deborah Wood, Representative of sales, Gilbertson & Page (canada) Inc. and judge of cartoon beer contest, Olivier Epp International assistant director of the International chamber of commerce of Strasbourg-Bas Rhin.]
Wrapping up the show with “Drinking Alone” by Becky Bishop. A tune that I found at podsafeaudio.com. [Photo left: Becky Bishop, photographer Michael McCans]
This show is sponsored by ROGUE Ales, Stouts, Lagers, Porters and Spirits. Brewed and distilled in Newport Oregon. And is part of the GABF Interviews series here at CraftBrewCast.com.
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Road Brewer: Teri Fahrendorf
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Jim Koch presents the Longshot Homebrew Contest finalists of both the nation-wide side and the Employee side of the competition. Expressing his passion for homebrewing and the relevance it continues to have in the Craft Brewing movement Jim reveals the winners of this years competition. Interestingly one of the beers that won last year will be included in the upcoming release of the Longshot mixed case. You’ll have to listen to the show to find out why. These winning recipes will be brewed and released early in of 2009. Don’t miss them, they are outstanding flavorful, beers.
Then Jim and I chat about the Great American Brewers Festival’s roots in homebrewing, his family history in professional brewing, and take a walk down memory lane of breweries past. He also explains the special conditions for pouring Utopias at the GABF.
Rob Driscoll gives us the deadlines for the next Longshot Homebrew Contest -get ready. I understand that Samuel Adams treats finalists VERY well when they come to the GABF.
I wrap up the show with a little beer diddy that was sang by Matt Swihart as we closed the GABF weekend at Falling Rock Tap House. Matt is the brew master at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River, Oregon.
This show is sponsored by ROGUE Ales, Stouts, Lagers, Porters and Spirits. Brewed and distilled in Newport Oregon.
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This episodes kicks of my Green Series with the Beer Institute’s President Jeff Becker. Jeff provides a history of ecologically sound practices in the brewing industry as well as discussing current technologies and breweries raising the bar in this area. Jeff also offers up resources for those of you seeking to minimize your brewery’s footprint.
Ben Love with Portland Oregon’s Eco-Pub Hopworks Urban Brewery touches on the myriad of building and brewing steps they have taken. A tremendous move for a small local brewery demonstrating their commitment to the environment and their community. It has paid of in a big way. I join him on the eve of their opening night.
The Local Brew is a production company producing in depth coverage of breweries and what’s behind them. The host is entertaining, and the camera work is outstanding. Their first release features Stone Brewing Co. and I have a brief review of this wonderful DVD for you.
Finally, the music featured on this show is a performance by the VB Stubby Symphony playing Victoria Bitter’s jingle, but get this – all the instruments are VB beer bottles!
Special thanks to Rolling Boil Blues Band for allowing me to use their music for the Craft Brew Cast intro.
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Rogue Ales master brewer John Maier, founder Jack Joyce, and John Young from the newest Rogue outpost each join us in this show.
John Maier tells us about the latest in his John’s Locker Stock series – Love and Hoppiness. This is a lagered strong ale that has sentimental roots and John tells of its evolution and annual occasion.
Jack Joyce discusses how the hops and barley shortages has effected the industry as a whole, changing the way breweries plan and collaborate. He introduces no less than 7 new products that will begin appearing in 2008. Rogue will begin joining the “wood” styles of beer, with a twist as only Rogue can.
Shortly after these interviews were taken Rogue revealed that they’re growing their own hops in a heritage farm near Independence, Oregon. More details are posted on the Craft Brew Cast Blog page.
Rogue has opened an outpost inside the concourse at the Portland International Airport! So you can now take great food with you on your flight. I talked with John and was surprised to learn of another service that they provide travelers. Ill have to let hear him tell it.
I wrap the show up with a song called “Beer Toast” by Bobby Chitwood. He’s got some nice slide guitar and fiddle going, and yuks it up with a beery-country twang.
As always, a big thank you to Rolling Boil Blues Band for letting me use their music with our intro. Check their website for upcoming concert dates.