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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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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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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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BeerSelfie 50K Giveaway

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The @BeerSelfie instagram account recently passed 40,000 followers! We’re not stopping there though. Today we’re kicking off this huge giveaway to get us to 50K! Go to the @BeerSelfie instagram giveaway post to enter. You can enter once a day, so come back again tomorrow and enter again. Help us spread the word and get @BeerSelfie to 50K!

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  • @beercapmaps USA 48 Piece Puzzle Map, 8 Feet Wide (USA & Canada only)
  • @tavour A Box of Craft Beer (8-12 beers!) (WA CA CO AZ NV NM OH WI NY NE DC CT MA only)
  • @craftin_ca Custom Beer Selfie Coasters (USA Only)
  • @brewershirts Shirt & Glass from BrewerShirts.com of winners choosing (USA Only)
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  • @BeerSelfie 12 BeerSelfie.com Stickers

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!

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Stainless Steel Beer Bottle Koozie

Click on the bio link for the BeerSelfie.com @smartideas4life Stainless Steel Beer Bottle Koozie review!

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I recently got this Stainless Steel Beer Bottle Koozie from Smart Ideas for Life. I’ve used it once, on the beach, and it worked great. I wanted to really test it out by bringing it on a hike. I wondered how it hold up bouncing along on rough trails. I was honestly a bit skeptical of the “beer savers” silicone cap preventing leaks.

I loaded the koozie up and off I went down the trail.

After hiking for a bit I used the bottle opener attached to the koozie’s cap to open my beer. There was a resounding hiss from the bottle when opened, but no spillage.

After a few sips, on goes the silicone cap, and back to the trail I went.

After some more hiking, including a bit of a stumble that I was sure would knock the koozie’s silicone cap lose, I checked on the state of my beer. The cap was firmly in place, and no beer had leaked!

I finished my hike, and my beer, without spilling a drop before heading home. The beer bottle koozie turned out to be perfect for a hike!

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Beer Geek Interview: Taylor Brady

Please introduce yourself.

Hello Beer World!! My name is Taylor Brady and I live in Orange County, NY, an up-and-coming craft beer destination with tons of breweries to be excited about. I work in construction which is all fine and dandy; however, my biggest passion in life is, of course, beer. My love for craft beer began almost 10 years ago, but I recently began homebrewing which is slowly becoming an addiction rather than a hobby.

What’s your relationship to craft beer?

I am, along with hundreds of thousands of other beer drinkers, a beer enthusiast. As I previously mentioned, I began my craft beer journey almost 10 years ago during my final year in college. My relationship with craft beer most recently hit marriage-like status when I decided to take up homebrewing. Beer tourism and beer trading quickly followed. I’m miles into this beer journey, but there’s no end in sight!

Tell us about your instagram/blog/website/etc.

Since becoming more entrenched in the beer world, I have decided to share my journey with the beer enthusiasts that reside here. I created an Instagram account, @youmeandbrew. It’s initial purpose was to keep somewhat of a journal for my homebrewing experience; however, it has quickly grew into a display for my love of everything craft beer. I like to think my page is best known for the #crushingcans photos. With my IG account came a blog so I can write about my experiences along the way. You can follow me at www.youmeandbrew.com.

What’s the coolest thing to happen to you as a result of your instagram/blog/website?

In all honesty, the coolest thing to happen to me has been the amazing people that I have met. To be able to share my experience with homebrewing and just craft beer in general with thousands of craft beer enthusiasts has been such an amazing experience in itself. I look forward to the many more I will meet as I continue on this path.

Favorite beer style?

I love all styles, but give me a choice and I’ll usually go with an IPA. The hazy/juicy IPA’s are good, but if you hand me both a traditional, clear IPA and a hazy IPA, I’ll go for the traditional 100% of the time. More recently, I have gotten extremely into sours and berliner weisse’s. Beer’s that are completely opposite from an IPA, but are excellent nonetheless.

What are your top 3 favorite breweries?

My three favorite breweries are all local breweries that I think everyone should know about: Equilibrium Brewery, Rushing Duck, and Glenmere Brewery.

Equilibrium Brewery is located in Middletown, NY and was first started by MIT grads. According to their site, Equilibrium Brewery applies scientific principles and a passion for craft brewing to balance drinkability and massive flavor. Although I have never had Treehouse beers, I have even heard a number of people compare their beers to Treehouse.

Rushing Duck is a small family owned and operated brewery located in Chester, NY. They have brewed some of my favorite beers to date: War Elephant, Imperial Beanhead, Divided by Zero, and Brux IPA. They are arguably one of the best breweries in New York State in my honest opinion.

Glenmere Brewery is located in Florida, NY, a hop, skip, and a jump from my living quarters. A very recent startup, they were one of the first breweries I featured on my IG account. If you ever get a chance to stop in and they have Wicked Witch on tap, try it! A black raspberry/dark chocolate stout, it has become arguably my favorite stout.

What was the first beer that turned you onto craft beer?

Funny story (which can be read on my blog), my first ever craft was the beer that didn’t necessarily turn me on to craft beer, but it was a beer that nearly turned me off: Victory’s Hop Devil. You can read the longer version on my blog, but long story short, in college I was heavily into drinking the likes of Bud Light and Keystone, so you can only imagine how my first sip of Hop Devil went. Flash forward to today and I have a completely new appreciation for Hop Devil.

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Beer Geek Interview: Doug McCarthy

Tell us about your instagram/blog/website/etc.

My beer blog is called Beer-enity Now! (a not so average beer blog). The not so average comes in by that’s it’s not just a craft beer blog where I review, it’s everything beer related. I talk about beers but not in a stiff way, and it’s to have fun and include other subjects I enjoy. I do have an IG that’s under the same name.

What are your personal goals with your instagram/blog/website?

Beer is my passion and favorite kind of beverage so my goal is to make a living out of it. Traveling around to different breweries and really spreading the beer gospel while hopefully making you laugh in the process.

Favorite beer style?

Sours are right up there but #1 has to be IPAs. Regular, double (imperial), triple and everything in between.

Tell us about your favorite drinking buddy.

Buddy may not be the right wording but it’s my girlfriend. A huge beer enthusiast in her own right, really turned me back on to trying as many different beers as possible. While I was slacking I had about 75 unique beers on Untappd. A year and a half later after we met, I’m up to 901.

What beer are you drinking right now?

At the moment I’m drinking a Guinness Rye Pale Ale that I found. I’m always down for Rye related beer so I had to pick it up. Pretty delicious.

Best craft beer city?

I’d have to say Boston with one of the true originators in Sam Adams and now with Treehouse and Trillium.

Do you drink macros?

Yes I drink macros. A lot. My main message is #allbeersmatter. I love beer and that means all types of beer. I prefer craft but I’ll drink a sixer of Bud Lights with no questions asked. Love them.

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