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 craftbrewcast.com, and I’ll pick the winners 30 days from the date of this post.

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Cambridge Brewing’s Megan Parisi, Brewsters and Women in the Industry

 


Cambridge beerCambridge 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 w/ judges 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.]

Becky BishopWrapping up the show with “Drinking Alone” by Becky Bishop. A tune that I found at podsafeaudio.com. [Photo left: Becky Bishop, photographer Michael McCans] 

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Stone Brewing

Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch-GABF 2008

 

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It is rare to see a business commit so completely to environmental and socially responsible practices. Despite higher operating costs and logistical challenges that those very practices present, Stone Brewing Company World Bistro and Gardens is a model to that end. Greg reveals Stone’s unwavering focus to conscientiously invest in responsible, sustainable business practices, as well as safe and healthy choices for their guests while supporting local agriculture. For example; there are bans of certain ingredients at Stone, and a fleet of hybrid vehicles for their sales team.

Greg Koch and co-owner/master brewer Steve Wagner demonstrate that sustainability means business success. They have taken the risk, made the investments and are realizing overwhelming growth. This brewery and restaurant is a model of how business can thrive.

“Going Green” and being a “Socially Responsible” business is not a black and white proposition. Equipment required to minimize the businesses environmental impact, may incur increased energy usage. Hence, tough choices and consequences to balance.

Stone Brewing Company is putting their money where their hearts are with the beers and the Bistro. And it’s working for the business.

Listen to Greg’s passionate interview. Follow the leader – Stone Brewing CoStarboard Green

Music this episode is generously provided by Starboard Green under the pseudonym Bob Dystilan, performing The Beers They are A-Changin’. Band members Brad Paxton and Josh Nichols co-wrote these lyrics to the tune of Bob Dylan’s classic, The Times They Are A-Changin’.

Brad sent this tidbit of background for you:

 

The 2006 Dogfish Head Bocce Ball Tournament required four people to a team. The teams competed in two events – the actual Bocce Ball game (where we didn’t exactly excel) and a team theme/originality contest.

We decided to go as ‘the Beerniks,’ and basically took key icons in the Beatnik world and gave them beer related names, such as ‘Bob Dystilan,’ ‘Ale’n Ginsbeerg’ and ‘Dr. Timothy Beery’ (who, instead of LSD, distributed bags of hops to people).

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Samuel Adams’ Jim Koch & Longshot-GABF 2008

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Longshot winners w/Jim KochJim 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.

 Crowd awaiting Utopias

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.

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21st Amendment

GABF 2008: Falling Rock, 21st Amendment, Michelob Experimentals

Day one of the Great American Beer Festival and I started off with a beer at Falling Rock Tap House. They are the unofficial hub during GABF week. You’ll hear owner Chris Black discuss the GABF and what is behind this pub making the “top 10″ list.

Then I attended a food and beer tasting featuring some wonderful craft styles from none other than Michelob. Nathaniel Davis, Master Brewer at their 10 bbl experimental brewery in St Louis talk with me about their beers, Michelob’s roots as a premier brewer and very interesting insights on glassware.

21st Amendment’s Shaun O’Sullivan shares his passion for canning craft beer and elaborates on his partnership with a friend and brewer to can his signature beers.

I wrap the show with Rolling Boil Blues Band’s Brew Right for the Blind

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Green Brewing: Hopworks Urban Brewery, Beer Institute and “Bottle Music”

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 w. Mark MarionThe 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!

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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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Sasquatch Brew Festival 2007

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In this premiere episode you’ll hear interviews recorded live at the Sasquatch Brew Festival with Quentin Falconer, Glen Hay Falconer Memorial Foundation‘s Brewing Scholarship recipients Jacob Leanard and Corey Blodget, and Wakonda Brewing‘s Juanita Kirkham. I also discuss Rogue ales YouTube videos, Oregon Brewers Festival, brewing news, and events.

This episode is reposted because it dropped off of the feed about a month after it was released. It has important information about the Glen Hay Falconer Memorial Foundation Brewing Scholarships at the Siebel Institute and the deadline for applications approaches, April 20th. Besides, this episode has very sentimental value to me, and it should be available to subscribers.

I have a follow up interview with Corey Blodget, one of the 2007 winners that I’m about to post. So, first things first. 

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