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A Handful of Craft Beer Podcasts

I recently had the brilliant idea of spending a few weeks listening to as many craft beer podcasts as I could find and ranking the best ones. Well, turns out there are eleventy thousand craft beer podcasts out there. To further complicate things many of them specialize in topics in addition to craft beer: various regions, brewing, homebrewing, movies, etc.. So, instead here are a few craft beer podcasts that I enjoyed, without trying to rank them or be even remotely exhaustive. I listened to at least three episodes of each of these.

The Session (Brewing Network)

The Brewing Network has been around for a long time and they produce very professional and entertaining podcasts. If you want the most polished podcast covering craft beer and brewing skip the rest of this article and just go subscribe to The Brewing Network’s podcasts. The Session is the original Brewing Network show. ​Their top notch hosts interview beer industry professionals and the best homebrewers. The Session is a great mix of entertainment and great craft beer and brewing information.

Fresh Hop Cinema

Max and Jonny are local to me in Chico, California but I’ve yet to meet them. They stick to a formula of reviewing two beers and a movie in each episode. They review a variety of beers, but usually at least one of them is local(ish). The movies are recently viewed in the theater and they’re not shy about spoilers. Max and Jonny are charming guys and their banter is entertaining. Conversational, on the spot, reviews like theirs are of course subjective, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to disagree with at least one of them about one of the beers and/or the movie, which is part of the charm of the podcast for me. The hosts are both musicians so there is also some great music included in their podcast.

What Ales Ya

Hosts Brian Quain and Jeff Brennan travel Florida chatting with brewers across the state. I don’t think I’ve actually had beer from any of the breweries they visited in the episodes I listened to, but their interviews are so entertaining I still enjoyed the podcast. You get a lot of insight about the local beer scene and brewing from their chats.

Beers and other Shit (BAOS)

Another regional podcast, BAOS is mostly focused on the Canadian brewing scene. In the episodes I listened to they has some insightful conversions with some really interesting brewers.

 

Beer Smith

This podcast is definitely geared towards brewers. The host is Brad Smith, author of BeerSmith software. Each episode includes a knowledgeable guest. Recent guests include a Grandmaster beer judgde, a brewery owner/brewer, brewery Director of Operations, and author Stan Hieronymus. Brad does not shy away from the technical details of brewing, which is a bit dry at times, but probably the most informative of all of these podcasts.

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Holiday Gift Guide

We are certain the craft beer enthusiast in your life will love one of these great gifts. We’ve tracked down the best brewing equipment, books, shirts, and more to make your holiday shopping extra tasty! Cheers!

 

Pretty Pennie Jewellery

Jewellery designer & metalsmith Hilary Pennie hand crafts these beautiful hop pendants, rings, and earrings.

Pair of Hops Earrings. Available in brass, sterling silver, and rose gold plated.
Hug from a Hop Ring. Available in silver, and brass/silver combo.
Heavy on the Hops 10 grams of solid metal. Available in brass, silver, and rose gold plated.

Bullets 2 Bandages

These bottle openers are made from American, once-fired, .50 caliber ammunition. They donate at least 15% of profits to veteran charities. They have a variety of holiday, event, and armed forces themed openers. Each opener can be custom engraved.

War Against Warm

The Craft’r insulated cup is perfect for camping, BBQing, or a picnic. It will hold your beer’s temperature for as long as needed.

  • Double-walled vacuum insulation
  • BPA FREE, 18/8 food grade stainless steel
  • 20 oz capacity

I Prefer Craft Beer Glassware

Proper glassware is essential for fully enjoying your craft beer. I Prefer Craft Beer’s glassware designs are hand-crafted in house and released in limited quantities.

teku

The Drink Local Teku Glass for IPA is durable, stylish, and sensory refining. The stemmed beer glass incorporates a large angled bowl and flared top lip, which promotes better head retention and enhances the flavor and aroma profiles of your craft beer. The large base of the beer glass provides stability.

I Prefer Craft Beer Silhouette Snifter Glass

The Silhouette Series Stout Glass is a unique craft beer glass that is designed to enhance the olfactory senses (sense of smell), which influence the different types of flavors we taste in craft beer, bourbon whiskey, and other fine spirits.

The Snifter Stout glass boasts a wide-bowl that narrows towards the mouth of the beer glass. The stout beer glass design enhances the subtle differences of the beer by opening up and funneling the aromatics toward your nose.

Brewtiful Apparel

Are you Craft Beer AF? Brewtiful Apparel has you covered with their craft beer themed shirts! Use code “BEERSELFIE” at checkout for a discount!

Earn Your Booze

Earn Your Booze is a fitness apparel brand for those who play hard, and work harder. Your excuse to enjoy your drink, and your reminder to earn it.

Kegerator.com

If you really love the craft beer enthusiast in your life you’ll buy them a kegerator. Kegerator.com has some great deals on Edgestar kegerators for the holidays. They also have some big discounts on brewing equipment right now.

American Homebrewers Association

Buy an American Homebrewers Association gift membership for your favorite homebrewer! A membership includes a subscription to Zymurgy magazine and discounts at hundreds of breweries and homebrew shops.

 

How to Brew

How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time is the definitive guide to making great beer at home. It’s great for reading cover to cover, or as a reference when you need some info on brew day. The fully revised and updated fourth edition was recently published with even more great information.

Tasting Beer

This book by Randy Mosher covers a bit of everything: beer styles, flavor profiles, sensory evaluation guidelines, craft beer trends, food and beer pairings, and draft beer systems. The second edition just came out and it’s even more comprehensive. This is an enjoyable read, and the perfect study companion for the Cicerone exams.

Tavour

This is our only repeat from last year’s gift guide. They have continued to impress over the past year. Let’s see, we’ve scored Dark Star, Abraxas, Pseudo Sue, Yeti, RU55, Boom Sauce, and so many other fantastic beers. They also find amazing beer from breweries across the country that you have probably never heard of. Their unique store/club hybrid model works perfectly for us. You only buy the beers you want, and there is a flat shipping rate for as many beers as you want. Their gift cards make an excellent gift!

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Rhinegeist Streaker Rye IPA

Rhinegeist Streaker IPA is an interesting beer, and the result of a unique “crowd sourced” brewing process. The Cincinnati based brewery let fans decide the hops, malts and name of the beer. The result is an IPA with 17% rye malt and tropical fruit hop flavors. It was dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops that blend nicely with the spiciness of the rye.

Rhinegeist only distributes to Ohio, Kentucky and Massachusetts but I’ve been able to get my hands on a few of their great beers through Tavour. You haven’t checked out Tavour you should get on it. They carefully select beers from all over the country (and sometimes internationally), you pick the ones that you want,  and they deliver them to you at really reasonable prices. They really know craft beer, and their customer service is fantastic.

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Tasty IPA

21st Amendment teamed up with Mike “Tasty” McDole of the Brewing Network for Tasty IPA. You can hear McDole discuss brewing the beer on this episode of the Brewing Network’s The Session podcast. The beer is a take on McDole’s homebrew IPA. It’s a pale, clear IPA that uses citra, mosaic, and ekuanot lupulin powder. The malts consist of two-row pale, munich, and pilsner. This makes for a floral, dry beer, with a big hoppy aroma. For me, really floral IPAs run the risk of becoming too perfumey. Tasty IPA rides that line without going over it. To the last sip it maintains a crisp floral hop flavor without getting perfumey. The beer is being distributed to twenty-five states.

As good as the beer is, the can art might be the star here. It’s a cartoon depiction of McDole’s intepretation of the famous American Beauty movie poster, drawn by Tasty’s son Mark. Tasty’s curvy form is clad only in green hops and his usual hat.

“If you like hops, and you love IPA, you’ll definitely enjoy this beer… even in spite of the naked guy swimming in hops on the front of the can. In all seriousness, this beer is delicious. The lupulin powder is made from the “heart of the hop,” where the hop resins and oils reside, giving this beer bright, fresh flavors and aromas of tropical stone fruits and pine, with a hint of spiciness.” – Shaun O’Sullivan, co-founder, and Brewmaster

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@BeerSelfie Instagram Poll

The @BeerSelfie Instagram account gets tagged on more posts each day than we can reasonably repost. That is a fantastic problem to have and we deeply appreciate everyone’s support and enthusiasm! It becomes a balancing act though between sharing the amazing content you share with us and not overwhelming you with posts.

Help us out and let us know what you think:

 

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Breweries of Instagram

Which breweries are winning Instagram? Craft beer is a great fit for Instagram. Breweries can show off their brewery and latest brews, and keep fans updated on what they’re up to. Only the larger breweries tend to have much of a marketing budget, but others can compensate by taking some time to engage with their followers.

Here are the top 18 craft breweries ranked by number of followers (let us know if we missed anyone!):

Brewery Followers
stonebrewingco 311000
newglarusbrewing 305000
dogfishhead 285000
sierranevada 261000
foundersbrewing 243000
newbelgium 220000
firestonewalker 169000
bellsbrewery 153000
rogueales 134000
brooklynbrewery 133000
deschutesbeer 132000
lefthandbrewing 117000
cigarcitybrewing 117000
greenflashbeer 115000
mikkellerbeer 112000
oskarblues 109000
moderntimesbeer 104000
allagashbrewing 102000

No big surprises on this list. Most of these breweries are also in the top 50 craft breweries by volume. Exceptions include Firestone Walker, Cigar City, Mikeller, and Modern Times. Firestone Walker and Modern Times are growing very quickly, so it makes sense that they have a large presence on Instagram.

It’s not all about the follower count though. Some relatively small breweries have outsized buzz among beer geeks. Others are just really good at social media and make engaging with their fans a priority. Making excellent beer also helps. We did a super scientific poll on Instagram with a post asking people to “tag a brewery whose Instagram game is on point.”

Here are the craft breweries that got at least two mentions:

Brewery Mentions
jwakefieldbeer 21
foundersbrewing 4
troegsbeer 3
wynwoodbrewing 2
theveilbrewing 2
angrychairbrewing 2

I think we have a clear people’s choice winner with J. Wakefield Brewing.

Personally I’ve noticed them and Troegs being very active engaging with people on Instagram, and both have excellent content.

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Custom Paracord Tumbler Handle Giveaway

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Brewtiful Apparel Shirt Giveaway

NEW 50K GIVEAWAY PRIZE! WIN some BREWtiful threads from our friends @BREWtifulApparel! Straight outta Miami, they have an array of craft beer inspired apparel that ranges from onesies to muscle tees. You can win this or one of the other great prizes by following the directions below! If you already entered THANK YOU! Enter again today for another chance to win! — Help @Beerselfie get to 50K followers and WIN one of these great prizes! When we get to 50K we’ll select one winner for each of these prizes: #1 @beercapmaps USA 48 Piece Puzzle Map, 8 Feet Wide (USA & Canada only) #2 @tavour A Box of Craft Beer (8-12 beers!) (WA CA CO AZ NV NM OH WI NY NE DC CT MA Only) #3 @craftin_ca Custom Beer Selfie Coasters (USA Only) #4 @brewershirts Shirt & Glass from BrewerShirts.com of winner’s choosing (USA Only) #5 @smartideas4life Stainless Steel Beer Bottle Koozie (USA Only) #6 @BeerSelfie 12 BeerSelfie.com Stickers (Earth Only) #7 @MillerRopeWorks Custom Paracord Tumbler Handle (USA Only) #8 @brewtifulapparel Item of winner’s choosing (USA Only) You can enter as many times as you want for additional chances to win, limit 1 entry per day. There are 2 ways to enter: 1) Follow the prize sponsors & Tag 3 friends in a comment on this pic (they can also enter) OR 2) Follow the prize sponsors & Repost this pic and tag @BeerSelfie Enter now, then come back tomorrow and enter again for another chance to win! We’ll announce a winner for each prize as soon as we reach 50K followers! #CraftBeer #Giveaway #BeerCapMaps #Tavour #Craftin_ca #BrewerShirts #SmartIdeas4Life #BeerSelfie #Beer #Beerstagram #Instabeer #50K #50KGiveaway #BeerShirt #Koozie #Stickers #BeerGiveaway #Begforjuno #brewtifulapparel

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Tavour Beer Giveaway

Win a whole box of craft beer from @tavour! It won’t be those specific beers from the photo but trust us on this, @tavour knows their beer! They will send you some excellent brews if you win! You can win this or one of the other great prizes by following the directions below! If you already entered THANK YOU! Enter again today for another chance to win! — Help @Beerselfie get to 50K followers and WIN one of these great prizes! When we get to 50K we’ll select one winner for each of these prizes: #1 @beercapmaps USA 48 Piece Puzzle Map, 8 Feet Wide (USA & Canada only) #2 @tavour A Box of Craft Beer (8-12 beers!) (WA CA CO AZ NV NM OH WI NY NE DC CT MA Only) #3 @craftin_ca Custom Beer Selfie Coasters (USA Only) #4 @brewershirts Shirt & Glass from BrewerShirts.com of winners choosing (USA Only) #5 @smartideas4life Stainless Steel Beer Bottle Koozie (USA Only) #6 @BeerSelfie 12 BeerSelfie.com Stickers (Earth Only) #7 @MillerRopeWorks Custom Paracord Tumbler Handle (USA Only) You can enter as many times as you want for additional chances to win, limit 1 entry per day. There are 2 ways to enter: 1) Follow the prize sponsors & Tag 3 friends in a comment on this pic (they can also enter) OR 2) Follow the prize sponsors & Repost this pic and tag @BeerSelfie Enter now, then come back tomorrow and enter again for another chance to win! We’ll announce a winner for each prize as soon as we reach 50K followers! Want to promote your product? Contact us if you have a prize you would like to add to this giveaway and help us get to 50K! #CraftBeer #Giveaway #BeerCapMaps #Tavour #Craftin_ca #BrewerShirts #SmartIdeas4Life #BeerSelfie #Beer #Beerstagram #Instabeer #50K #50KGiveaway #BeerShirt #Koozie #Stickers #Glassware #ProperGlassware #BeerGeek #BeerNerd #BeerMail #BeerGiveaway #begforjuno

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Tavour brings the best craft beer to your door. Get over to this @BeerSelfie Instagram post for your chance to win!

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Custom Craftin California Coaster Giveaway

Win these gorgeous @craftin_ca custom coasters! You can win this or one of the other great prizes by following the directions below! If you already entered THANK YOU! Enter again today for another chance to win! — Help @Beerselfie get to 50K followers and WIN one of these great prizes! When we get to 50K we’ll select one winner for each of these prizes: #1 @beercapmaps USA 48 Piece Puzzle Map, 8 Feet Wide (USA & Canada only) #2 @tavour A Box of Craft Beer (8-12 beers!) (WA CA CO AZ NV NM OH WI NY NE DC CT MA Only) #3 @craftin_ca Custom Beer Selfie Coasters (USA Only) #4 @brewershirts Shirt & Glass from BrewerShirts.com of winners choosing (USA Only) #5 @smartideas4life Stainless Steel Beer Bottle Koozie (USA Only) #6 @BeerSelfie 12 BeerSelfie.com Stickers (Earth Only) #7 @MillerRopeWorks Custom Paracord Tumbler Handle (USA Only) You can enter as many times as you want for additional chances to win, limit 1 entry per day. There are 2 ways to enter: 1) Follow the prize sponsors & Tag 3 friends in a comment on this pic (they can also enter) OR 2) Follow the prize sponsors & Repost this pic and tag @BeerSelfie Enter now, then come back tomorrow and enter again for another chance to win! We’ll announce a winner for each prize as soon as we reach 50K followers! Want to promote your product? Contact us if you have a prize you would like to add to this giveaway and help us get to 50K! #CraftBeer #Giveaway #BeerCapMaps #Tavour #Craftin_ca #BrewerShirts #SmartIdeas4Life #BeerSelfie #Beer #Beerstagram #Instabeer #50K #50KGiveaway #BeerShirt #Koozie #Stickers #Glassware #ProperGlassware #BeerGeek #BeerNerd #BeerMail #BeerGiveaway #Begforcraft

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Craftin California made these great custom coasters for the BeerSelfie Instagram 50K Giveaway! Head over to the giveaway post for your chance to win!

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