Washington Beer Talk is a podcast where the Cycling Cicerone sits down with brewers and talks shop about beer, their brewery, and the industry at large. If you ever wanted a peek inside the minds of your favorite brewers and breweries, then give it a listen. New episodes every week!
Flycaster Brewery is a tiny little brewery out in Kirkland. They’ll be showcased in East Side Beer Week on one of my bike routes (TBA). Jeremy Eubanks and his wife co founded the fly-fishing themed brewery in May of 2014, making it one the oldest breweries in Washington and the first in Kirkland. It’s managed to stay small because Jeremy runs this brewery as his side hustle, still maintaining his day job in the tech world. He has some warnings for those that want to follow in his footsteps.
Post Doc is over in Redmond. It started with a joke - the obvious answer to what you do with your life when you are post doc is open a brewery. That is just what Tom and Debbie, along with their respective partners, decided to do. The post docs expertise in chemistry helps give capital P Post Doc the upper hand. But what do you do when your landlord tells you they plan on demoing your building when the light rail comes to town. Get the answer in this two part series. Episode 1 of 2
Spindletap is an interesting Houston phenomenon. Their hazy IPA catapulted them to the spotlight and they have been living the high life ever since. Rushing from release to release, with their IIPAs making up for their non IPAs, they feature on average at least one “I” per beer. They use their giant space to their advantage to throw big events. They even used their huge warehouse, shared with a friendly neighborhood oil logistics company, to stage relief supplies for hurricane Ike. True Houston super stars.
Back in Texas, we chat with JJ and Paul of Under the Radar Brewery. This brewery is right in the middle of Houston and is a little special. With the founders and owners taking a step away from the brewery, Head Brewer JJ and Manager Paul, seamlessly step in to keep the beer flowing strong!
Matt, Head of Brewing Operations, switches off with Sara to continue the conversation about Fremont Brewery. He shares details about breaking into the beer world without having to found a brewery all on your own
Sara Nelson, champion of the environment, fierce guardian of brewery independence, and co-founder of Fremont Brewery tells the compelling tale of creating Washington’s 3rd largest brewery I acknowledge
Jennifer from No Label last week pointed me towards her old homebrewing buddy, Aaron, who now runs beer operations at Saint Arnold Brewery. Saint Arnold is the oldest craft brewery in Texas, an order of magnitude larger than No Label, and a Houston cultural staple. Aaron has been in the beer business for years shares what it is like climbing the beer ladder.
I hate making excuses, but the mic Aaron was wearing was picking up some interesting background music from a totally unknown source (if I had to guess, earbuds playing softly in his pocket) and as a result, his audio is pretty doctored to have the music removed. I figured I’d get ahead of that one now so you can know of my shame.
This week is my first favorite brewery and the star of my home town, No Label Brewery out in Katy (a suburb of Houston). It’s the only brewery this far out west of and is the 3rd oldest in H-town. Jennifer Royo, co founder, joins me today while I wax nostalgic about Texas and gives us her take on the industry. She and husband Brian started a family around the same time as they started they brewery, so she also talks a bit about the juggling act of raising a young family and a young brewery at the same time.
Dave joins the Cycling Cicerone and talks about open Peddler Brewery over in Ballard. We talk about lager beers, wholesaling, and combining passions! Bikes and beers? For some reason that one sounds familiar!
Populuxe is a killer brewery that has grown a ton since it’s start in 2013, but despite that, it’s still the smallest brewery in Ballard and certainly close to the smallest in Seattle! Peter Charbonnier shares.
Outlander is going through a time of turmoil! We caught them right after the founders sold the brewery to a pair of enterprising first time entrepreneurs. An experienced assistant brewer rises to the top. With the founders out of the picture, the new owners Angela and Johnny have to figure out how to run a brewery with Jason’s help
I bop down to Greely, Colorado and try out a mainstay brewery of the ranching town. WeldWorks talks about ABinBev stealing hop contracts, barrel aged beers, hazy IPAs, and more!
Back to Minneapolis for a bit. Ryan Petz, co founder and CEO of Fulton Brewery talks about contract brewing
Time for a Bellingham staple: Chuckanut. Will and Mari show off what a legacy of brewing can do to make killer lagers
Continuing the Bellingham Washington Series is Illuminati. A winery turned brewery that took some serious lobbying to make possible. Bill answers Marry Bang Kill: Sierra Nevada, Fullers, and Reuben’s?
The family that brews together, stays together… that’s how that phrase goes right? Chad and Coleen are a brewing family. Wander is their 20 barrel brew house that is several steps larger than others just starting out. Wander was designed from the get go to be a production scale brewery. Chad tells us how he and Coleen juggle their growing family while their brewery grows into it’s bones.
Wander was an especially noisy brewery and I experimented with some new noise removal processes. Like what you hear? Leave a comment!
Aslan Brewery is an organic brewery and a B Corporation focused on their triple bottom line - People and Planet then finally Profit. Jack Lamb and his co-founders started Aslan much like any other brewery, but despite the self-imposed, margin-slashing decision to go certified organic, they grew quickly to be one of Washington’s top 25 largest breweries. Lamb is on a mission to make beer be the first thing when you hear Aslan, not a lion from the other side of a wardrobe. And yes, I ask him right off the bat how a guy named Lamb went straight for the lion themed brewery.
Surly Brewery is the last brewery on the Minneapolis tour and the biggest brewery I’ve talked to yet. At well over a 100,000 barrels, they smash most of the other small breweries and blast through the legal barrel limits for selling growlers and self distribution. What’s insane though is that Surly is really only 12 years old. What sets them apart from other breweries? Let’s listen to Ben Smith, Head Brewer at their massive production facility and tourist attracting brewpub to find out
We’re nearing the end of the Minneapolis journey. This week we have Head Flyer, a new brewery at only about a year and a half old. Neil is a straight shooter who plays it by the books. I see if, after a couple of beers, I can goad some real talk out of him, like how his young brewery pulled together funding for their beautiful tap room or how he manages juggling his young children, running the brewery, working his day job, and keeping up with his Netflix queue. Sweat on his brow, I’m sure he was ready for a nice chance to breath, sit down with a beer, and to have an easy little chat about brews. Sorry, not today. Let’s see if we can sweat some answers out of him.
Tom and Dane are the Burning Brothers, ex flame swallowers turned gluten free beer brewers. Dane missed the day, but standing in for him is Dominic, the sales manager and together with Tom we here about the advantages and disadvantages of being a gluten free brewery
Mark and Holly talk about growing a brewery to production scale and who they would marry, bang, and kill along the way!
Matt and Matt share some seriously good advice and banter their way through telling me all about Lake Monster Brewery back in Minneapolis
Geoff Middleton gives us the small brewery scoop and lets us play with the dogos.
Lakes and Legends is a brewery almost as big as a city block. They specialize in farmhouse Belgian Styles. Jason Glowinski tells us all about it in this weeks Washington Beer Talk
Franco, joined by Hannah, tells us all about Flat Earth Brewery in St Paul. Built out in the old Hamm’s brewery, this place has quite the story.
Casey Neill talks about the journey to stardom in this special episode of Washington Beer Talk. Join Casey Neill and The Norway Rats at the Gigantic Bicycle Fest August 24-26!
Glen and Paul talk about mountain biking, rock climbing, and grape growing in this episode where we compare and contrast beer and wine. Join them at the Gigantic Bicycle Fest August 24-26!
Shawn and Dick give us the tale of two besties gone into business together. There's laughter, there's tears, and in the end there's beers
Indeed is brewery two on the Minnesota Bike Tour. We chat with Kelly Moritz about women in the brewery, and what it takes to head up the marketing department at this well developed brewery!