Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.’s Alan Sprints

Hair of the Dog, Alan Sprints w/ Christine Jump, Barrels aging

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.In the brewery

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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HopValley Brewing Co.’s Trevor Howard


View from the siloHopValley 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 HopValley entryalready 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, and I’ll pick the winners 30 days from the date of this post.

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Rogue Ales: Hops, Barley, Beer and Spirits.

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 Rogue Hop Farmthe 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.

Rogue's new 100bbl system 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.

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Sasquatch Legacy Beer and Walking Man Brewery

2008 Legacy BrewersWalking Man Brewing is a warm and inviting place with a range of beers that has literally something for everyone with the most discerning of taste for Craft Brews. In keeping with that standard it is also a place where the Legacy of Glen Falconer continues, as each year the latest recipients of the Glen Hay Falconer Memorial Foundation’s professional brewing scholarships, brew a collaboration beer.

This Legacy Project is the brain child of Bob Craig, owner ofWalkingman Stool Walking Man Brewing in Stevenson Washington and raises funds for the scholarship. In the past the Legacy Project has raised over $6,000 for the foundation. An amount that covers the Foundation’s portion for one of the annual scholarships that are awarded each year. If you haven’t submitted an application and are reading this before April 21st then there is still time to do so.

Sasquatch LogoThis beer exemplifies the unity of the Craft Brew Industry. Bob has rallied the industry behind the cause. From Great Western’s donation of the malts, to the pub owners who contribute for each pint sold and everyone in between.

Jacob Leanard and Corey Blodget’s collaboration for 2008 is an Imperial Vienna style. The release will be at Don Younger’s Horsebrass Pub in Portland Oregon. The date is yet to be announced and will be posted on the Craft Brew Cast Calendar.

Brewers and press gathered on the day of the brew. We were Christine Jump w/ John Foystonhosted by Walking Man with tremendous big beers and fine foods.

If there is any truth to the idea that the energy in which food is cooked might be passed into the food, then this beer will imbue one with a zest for life. It is my hope that the interviews in this podcast transport you to Walking Man where creative brewing freedom and warm company fuel a Legacy.

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Roots Organic Brewery’s Craig Nichols: Festivals, Organics, Beer…

Roots LogoCraig Nichols sat down over a beer with me and we talked about the North American Organic Brewers Festival and so much more: Roots surprising answer to the hop and barley shortages and pricing issues. Thier upcoming Belgium Festival, Great American Beer Festival experiences Important details to successfully age ales. Their outstanding brewers and upcoming ales. They’re North American Organic Brewers Festivaldoing some experimental things including wood aging, imperials, gruets, the epic ales. Roots pub expansion and serving organic produce.

Craig is an energetic, outgoing, longtime brewer and his passion and enthusiasm makes for an entertaining and infromative interview. Rolling Boil Blues Band rounds out the show with Hip This Town.

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Roots Brewery releases 2007 Epic Ale

Roots logoRoots Organic Brewing Co. will release it’s 2007 epic ale on 12/21/07 in Portland Oregon. I visited this evening and met masterbrewer Jason McAdam. Jason explained that there will be bottles of the 2002 epic available and a vintage 2006 on draught. This is a big beer and he tells us what went into making it. You’d be suprised what you can do with Scotch, Cognac and Cherry wood.

The bottle artwork was done by a local artist that goes by Ezra. Check out some of his work on myspace!

Root’s will be expanding and adding a bottling line so look for it in your favorite bottle stores.

The show raps up with Rolling Boil Blues Bands “Goin’ to Berkeley City.

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Bier Stein – Over 950 Beers!

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The Bier Stein Bottle Store and Pub carries over 950 different bottled beers and 10 constantly changing taps, in addition to delicious well made pub fair.This remarkable little gem in Eugene, Oregon was opened in July of 2005 by Chip and Christina Hardy. Chip is an award winning professional brewer in the Pacific North West and in this interview he tells us how he went from not liking beer at all to becoming the proprietor of a premium bottle store in

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Oregon. His journey of discovery is a fascinating tale and he now aids others along a similar path by his offerings and tastings.Always unusual beers on tap, and the microbrews that line almost every wall and shelve offer something for everyone. Do you like sweet malty Belgium ales? Bitter or aromatic hoppy beers? Flavored Lambics? Experimental or smoked stouts and porters. How about a vintage ale? There is something for you at the Bier Stein. The collage above is just one of the coolers at this extraordinary pub (-by Christine Jump).Bier Stein Bottleshop and Pub

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Vintage Brews

This episode has music! It was so much fun putting together too. Even though I’m in between Microbrew fests, the beer still flowed freely. You’ll hear Jamie Floyd, Brewmaster/Partner at Ninkasi Brewing Company at a brewer’s wedding giving us an update on new and seasonal beers to look for and what’s behind some of the names of their beers – fascinating. We are working on a way to make their T shirts available thru the Craft Brew Cast. I’ve also got a GREAT interview with Jim Parker about the soon to be open Green Dragon Bistro and Brewpub in SW Portland Oregon. Jim’s a very entertaining guy, and a natural at this interview stuff. They have some ingenious plans for the Green Dragon that I think will put them on the map. Another topic included is “the care and feeding of a vintage collections”, and discussing a vertical tasting and how to put one together. And as always, events thru September and news tidbits.

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