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In the not-so-distant past, a cold beer was something to drink after a long, hard day while wine dominated fine dining. But, that’s all changing. My next guest is a chef who teaches us, not only how to pair good beer and food, but how to put good beer into our food. The Good Beer Matters Podcast comes to you with support from BreweryDB.com, your di…
 
You know how sometimes people refer to beer as liquid bread? This is because beer and bread are made with similar ingredients, grain, yeast, seasoning, etc. But what if bread actually was an ingredient? My next guest shares an old innovation that is quenching a global problem, as well as our thirst. The Good Beer Matters Podcast comes to you with s…
 
Recycle, Reduce and Reuse. These were the solutions to environmental problems banged into my head from school, and Captain Planet. But, as technology and creativity progress, new solutions are now available to us. My next guest teaches us about a new solution and how beer can protect our planet, even during snack time. The Good Beer Matters Podcast…
 
In this episode, we face the cold, hard reality that some parents have to hear the words, “Your child has cancer.” I’m not willing to look the other way on this either. But, instead of running another 5K, we can drink beer to fight pediatric cancer. My next guest will show us how. The Good Beer Matters Podcast comes to you with support from Brewery…
 
If I had a magic potion that promised a great life, would you buy it? You likely already have. Beer is a doorway to different cultures, science, technology, history and the pure hedonism of aroma and flavor. My next guest is responsible for opening this door and leading the way for many of today’s leaders and educators in beer. The Good Beer Matter…
 
Every year the Brewer’s Association puts together the Craft Beer Conference, or CBC, as a means for industry professionals to continue their education, network with peers and improve quality and performance. I attended this year’s CBC as a member of the media, and because there are plenty of beer pros that didn’t make it, I wanted to share a few of…
 
Every year the Brewer’s Association puts together the Craft Beer Conference, or CBC, as a means for industry professionals to continue their education, network with peers and improve quality and performance. I attended this year’s CBC as a member of the media, and because there are plenty of beer pros that didn’t make it, I wanted to share a few of…
 
Every year the Brewer’s Association puts together the Craft Beer Conference, or CBC, as a means for industry professionals to continue their education, network with peers and improve quality and performance. I attended this year’s CBC as a member of the media, and because there are plenty of beer pros that didn’t make it, I wanted to share a few of…
 
Every year the Brewer’s Association puts together the Craft Beer Conference, or CBC, as a means for industry professionals to continue their education, network with peers and improve quality and performance. I attended this year’s CBC as a member of the media, and because there are plenty of beer pros that didn’t make it, I wanted to share a few of…
 
Every year the Brewer’s Association puts together the Craft Beer Conference, or CBC, as a means for industry professionals to continue their education, network with peers and improve quality and performance. I attended this year’s CBC as a member of the media, and because there are plenty of beer pros that didn’t make it, I wanted to share a few of…
 
Every year the Brewer’s Association puts together the Craft Beer Conference, or CBC, as a means for industry professionals to continue their education, network with peers and improve quality and performance. I attended this year’s CBC as a member of the media, and because there are plenty of beer pros that didn’t make it, I wanted to share a few of…
 
Every year the Brewer’s Association puts together the Craft Beer Conference, or CBC, as a means for industry professionals to continue their education, network with peers and improve quality and performance. I attended this year’s CBC as a member of the media, and because there are plenty of beer pros that didn’t make it, I wanted to share a few of…
 
Every year the Brewer’s Association puts together the Craft Beer Conference, or CBC, as a means for industry professionals to continue their education, network with peers and improve quality and performance. I attended this year’s CBC as a member of the media, and because there are plenty of beer pros that didn’t make it, I wanted to share a few of…
 
Every year the Brewer’s Association puts together the Craft Beer Conference, or CBC, as a means for industry professionals to continue their education, network with peers and improve quality and performance. I attended this year’s CBC as a member of the media, and because there are plenty of beer pros that didn’t make it, I wanted to share a few of…
 
Brewing beer at home used to be a way of life, even a way of survival. It’s also the foundation upon which the craft beer renaissance is laid. These days it’s a hobby that millions of men and women around the world enjoy. My next guest is a home brewing educator and she wants to help you brew at home too. The Good Beer Matters Podcast comes to you …
 
Once upon a time in America, you could have any beer you wanted, so long as it was pale yellow and mass-produced. Then some revolutionaries challenged the status quo. My next guest led this charge and forever changed not just a nation, but the world of beer as we know it. The Good Beer Matters Podcast comes to you with support from BreweryDB.com, y…
 
Despite having only four basic ingredients, there is incredible diversity and complexity in the liquid in your glass. This complexity becomes less confusing due to a common language that helps differentiate one beer from another. My next guest is an Advanced Cicerone, Author and Podcast host, and she’s here to discuss Beer Evolution in 50 Styles. T…
 
There are bars, breweries and staff… and then there are great bars, great breweries and great staff. So what’s the difference? I say Education! Employees are the primary representatives for any beer business. The better educated they are, the better the reputation, and the greater the profits. My next guest is a beer educator who will help you leve…
 
American craft beer, originally built on passion and dreams, is now a legitimate business. It requires hard work to keep up with competition and stay relevant to the consumers. Yet, a number of our legacy breweries have recently closed or lost significant ground due to complacency or some other vice. My next guest has literally written the Bible on…
 
One of the things I love about people in the beer industry is the Can-Do attitude. To face a new challenge knowing you’ll just figure it out takes an unwavering swagger. That being said, there are times when we all need to seek wise counsel. My next guest is an expert who helps her beer clients stay out of legal hot water. The Good Beer Matters Pod…
 
One of the things we all love about beer is, it’s inherently diverse with styles coming from a wealth of cultures. Yet, somehow we have difficulty extending the same ideology to other people. This problem has risen to the surface lately, but honestly, it’s always been there. Like a weed, it’s time to eradicate the root and sow the seeds of a better…
 
Learning to evaluate our beer like a professional goes way beyond whether we simply like it or not. Our senses of taste and smell, and a growing vocabulary, will help us detect flavors that don’t belong in our glass. My next guest is an industry leader who teaches us how to detect and decode the off-flavors of beer like a pro. The Good Beer Matters…
 
We all explore our world using sight, sound, touch, taste and smell whether we’re conscious of it or not. We take for granted the ability to identify garlic simmering in marinara or chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven. But what is the full impact of taste and smell on our lives? And, what if we lost them? My next guest studies the science …
 
In the old days of marketing, luck was a significant aspect of a successful campaign filled with jingles and interruptions. Now, we’ve learned to ad value in the form of branded content that works better for your beer business. My next guest is a coach and a guide who navigates us through the world of content marketing. Opening a brewery or taproom…
 
Opening a brewery or taproom is hard work that requires money, time, blood, sweat, and tears. And then there’s no guarantee that what you created will actually work. My next guest comes back to the Good Beer Matters Podcast to teach you how to stack the deck in favor of your success. As we emerge from the pandemic, there are opportunities for peopl…
 
A rich culinary tradition is worth traveling to in order to experience the craft. But when that tradition stretches back thousands of years, it’s likely to influence the culture, and yes, even the beer of a region. My next guest not only studies these traditions but helped implement the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the United States. The Good…
 
Once upon a time, a caveman stumbled upon a pool of bubbling barley. He tasted it, smiled, and began writing the story of beer. My next guest has spent his career contributing to the story of yeast and humankind. In this episode, he takes us deeper to explain the serendipitous story of these tiny microbes. Yeast is often shrouded by mystery due to …
 
Strategies for selling draft beer range from constantly rotating good and bad sellers to keeping the same lineup for decades. One thing most pubs have in common though is that very few can tell you exactly how well each draft line is moving. My next guest has a multi-layered solution to help pub owners pay their bills, educate their staff and delig…
 
If you know, then you know. And, anyone who has ever worked in the restaurant industry knows that it’s hard work that takes knowledge and skill. My next guest is a leader who helps those in the hospitality industry improve their skills and leverage them for the better. This episode is sponsored by BreweryDB.com, the most complete database for the b…
 
If you’re like me, you’re not a data collector by nature. But when we back our experience and knowledge with precise information, we can make well-educated decisions for our beer business. My next guest is an expert who helps us learn to interpret and utilize this data to help us plan our next step. This episode is sponsored by BreweryDB.com, the m…
 
In a world of fusions, collaborations and collisions of flavor, few are as exciting as that of beer and chocolate. My next guest made a name for himself in the world of beer as a writer and educator. But, one day he discovered bean to bar chocolate and now takes us on a journey as he explores both. This episode is sponsored by BreweryDB.com, the mo…
 
Craft beer may be big business, but it also employs art, design, and stories. Every year we celebrate home and commercial brew with awards. But, what about the artists and the storytellers? My next guest is one of these designers and storytellers who set out to honor the people who make our beer look so good. This episode is sponsored by BreweryDB.…
 
Fresh on the heels of taking the Advanced Cicerone written test online, I thought why am I working so hard to learn more about beer when, on some level, it’s just beer? My next guest is not only an Advanced Cicerone, but has also taken the Master test. Together we discuss prepping for and challenging these tests, and why you should too. This episod…
 
Breast cancer is one of the most common, yet treatable forms of cancer that affects women, and some men. If you are in a group of 8 women, at least one of you will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This may sound intimidating. But there are many organizations that help promote coping with, and curing this disease. My next guest founded one of these …
 
This is a short series called Beer With Benefits. Armed with a smile and a tasty beer in their hand, these guests are changing the world for the better, one sip at a time. This one goes out to all the men. I know… I get it… I’m one of you. We feel the burden of the world on our shoulders. We may even have learned to just toughen up, to walk it off …
 
My next guest began with a passion for the environment and sustainability, then he discovered beer. He managed to put the two together when he founded his Portland, Oregon brewhouse in 2007. Eventually his brewery would become one of the only breweries in the world with B-Corp status, Salmon Safe Certification, and 1% For The Planet membership. In …
 
Times have been tough this year for many of us. For those who are normally accustomed to life’s grand adventure, we’re probably ready for some stability. For those unprepared for uncertainty, we’ve been shaken to our core. If there was a time to come together, to share best practices and to build a community as well as a business, I’d say now is a …
 
There are many things that influence our decisions as beer drinkers, branding, advertisements, flavor, etc. Most of us take for granted the wealth of beers available to us everywhere we go. But, what about those things that influence our decisions that are completely outside our control? What about the nefarious business practices such as price und…
 
I want you to think back to that one perfect night you replay in your head over and over. You know the one. It’s the night that if you could go back in time, you wouldn’t change anything. Instead, you’d just sit back and relive the magic. It was the night where the food was amazing, the beer pairing sung like angels and the conversation flowed like…
 
There are men so devoted to their faith, they sequester themselves from the outside world. In order to sustain themselves and give to charity, they make a variety of products. Luckily for us, some of these products are the best beers in the world. Trappist beers, as we know them, have been around for close to a hundred years. They have become a hal…
 
Learning to pair beer with food is a lifelong pursuit that is all about the journey, not the destination. A great pairing has a way of elevating the experience, the discussion, the memory, and with some luck, the relationships with those around us. I’ve spent a fair amount of time learning, thinking about and experimenting with food and beer pairin…
 
Beer culture is nearly as diverse and as rich as our human culture throughout the world. But, while it pains me to say this out loud, there really is more to life than just beer. When we look at all of fermentation, we can see how interconnected, yet diverse the world truly is. As we have learned from previous episodes, the craft beer movement is n…
 
The Beer Judge Certification Program, or BJCP, works to categorize the world’s beer styles so that homebrewers can submit their brews for feedback on how well they hit the targets. These same beer style guidelines have become widely accepted as the go-to style authority because they are specific and also give us a way to communicate about beer. How…
 
Defining farmhouse beers is a bit like trying to explain jazz or comfort food to someone who’s never experienced them. It usually requires a conversation because there is no single, simple definition we can all agree on. We tend to look to Belgium or France to bail us out of this pickle since Lambics, Saisons and Biers de Garde are the best known e…
 
What do you get if you cross the mindset of a winemaker and the talented hands of a brewer to create a perfect blend of single-origin beers? You get a style-defying, exceptional brewery set deep in the heart of Californian wine country. The beers produced from this farm-style brewery are easy on the palate, but with enough character and nuance to b…
 
For a travel writer who has lived in different parts of the world, settling down in one place for a length of time makes a statement. When that person becomes both a beer writer and educator in South Africa’s emerging beer culture, she makes yet a different and even more profound statement. I’ve never been to South Africa, but when I consider it, I…
 
Julia Herz is the craft beer program director at the Brewer’s Association and publisher of CraftBeer.com. In her role at the BA she serves as an educator and as a spokesperson for the association. She also co-authored an excellent Book, simply called, “Beer Pairing”. Shout Outs: Upslope Lager Haywire Pig Sty Red Rye IPA Brewer’s Association City St…
 
For me, the term Mexican Beer conjures great memories of tacos, the beach and delicious pale or dark, malty, crisp lagers brewed south of the border. Although it is not native to Mexico, the style is well known throughout the world to be refreshing and easy drinking. As the craft beer movement expands like a wave throughout the world, Mexico’s craf…
 
Chris Farmand is the Founder and CEO of Small Batch Standard, the leading financial, tax, and growth consulting option for the Head of The Class breweries. Chris and the SBS team have spent the better part of the past decade working with more than 100 craft breweries across the U.S., all with one singular aim: helping craft breweries grow profits. …
 
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