Breakside Flight

Breakside Brewery’s Ben Edmunds

 

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At the beautiful Breakside Brewery in Portland, Oregon I interviewed Brew Master Ben Edmunds  over 7 tasters of his fine craft beer. Each beer was an exquisite representation of it’s style. The quality of these brews is evidenced by the 2011 Great American Brew Festival medal awarded the Dry Irish Stout.  This was no doubt one of many awards to come for this innovative brewery.

In this interview Ben tells us about Breakside from it’s beginnings through today’s expansion plans. He also shares the surprising fruits of collaborations with award winning chefs. Together they’ve created unique beers that subtly merge culinary flavors in complex layers. The teacher in him peeks out as he discloses “how to” details, tricks and tips including use of alternative ingredients. Chestnuts anyone?

His journey to becoming a professional craft brewer is surprising yet the approach he has taken may be a necessary one for those wishing to succeed in today’s Craft Brewing community.

Finally we wrap up the the program with a tour of this modest brewery, where the real magic begins.

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Maui Brewing Co.’s Garrett Marrero and Scott Freitas

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Maui Brewing Company’s owner Garrett Marrero and Brewmaster Scott Freitas volley off one another in this very entertaining and informative interview taken at Kelly’s Olympian in Portland Oregon.They spill details about the new canning line, why cans, the 30+ beers that they make, who’s spending the brewery resources and what those expenditures mean to us Maui fans, the brewpub, local sourcing, poo-poos, and job opportunities all the while teasing and ­­bantering with each other.Maui WallpaperSpecial thanks to Wammo of the The Asylum Street Spankers for bringing music to this episode with “Beer, Beer, Beer”. Members of the band used to stay with Scott when they performed in town. It seems fitting to bring them all together in this episode… Download: maui072010.mp3This episode features Maui Brewing Co wallpaper for your iPhone shown at right. Available through Craft Brew Cast iPhone App. LINKS:Maui Brewing Co | Kelly’s Olympian | “Beer” by Asylum Street Spankers Craft Brew Cast:Subscribe | Home Page | Store |iTunes | iPhone app | Facebook | Twitter |Stream this episode

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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.

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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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