East End Brewing Company’s head brewer Brendan Benson joins the Drinking Partners and Black Brew Culture’s Mike Potter in this lead up interview to Fresh Fest Beer Festival. From a discussion on how Mr. Benson got his start on as a college student working for Rolling Rock to how Mike Potter first linked up with East End, the opening conversation is full of interest and information. Craft drinkers will be particularly interested in Mr. Benson’s take on the rise of IPAs and the evolution of brewing to the currently popular hazy variation. After an analysis of the waves and trends of brewing, the men discuss what might be the next big thing. East End will be producing a dry, “anti-haze” beer for Fresh Fest in their attempts at a Brut IPA. When Mike chimes in his dislike for Session Ales, Ed reminds him, “With all your facial hair, of course you don’t.” To wrap up the interview, Ed asks Brendan about their Bigger Hop. “How did you bigger the big?” In the true Drinking Partners spirit, Ed pauses himself. Listen until the end to hear spoilers for Fresh Fest as Mike explains the festival and hints at his beer collaboration with East End. For tickets to Fresh Fest, visit https://freshfestbeerfest.com.
Doug Foster, co-owner of Aurochs Brewing Company, visits the Drinking Partners with his gluten-free offerings and a lesson in the ways of ancient brewing that do not rely on barley, rye, and wheat. The mission of Aurochs has been to provide a flavorful, great-tasting beer, and both Ed and Day deem it a success after expressing some early reservations about the gluten-free process. Curious as to what ingredients make up an Aurochs brew? Listen in as Mr. Foster discusses quinoa and millet and other wild oats. There’s even an exercise in how to correctly pronounce quinoa. As the interview progresses and more beer is drank, the Drinking Partners transition from talking about how clean the Aurochs beer is to their views on karaoke. Mr. Foster’s admission of his favorite song to sing surprises Ed and Day and leads Ed to reminisce. A fun listen that highlights a new, yet age-old process of craft beer brewing. Catch Aurochs at Fresh Fest on August 11 at Threadbare Cider House and at http://www.aurochsbrewing.com.
Hitchhiker Brewing owner Gary Olden and head brewer Andy Kwiatkowski return to the Drinking Partners Podcast following their late 2017 opening of their new Sharpsburg brewery and taproom. Beer lovers will be pleased from the opening moments as the men jump right into shop talk, even divulging what might be the next big trend in brewing: A Brut IPA, a “hoppy champagne” with a low bitterness and minimal sugar. Keep listening to hear a detailed, ingredient-specific explanation of the process to produce the new trend; one that Ed admits he could not understand. From the importance of a water filtration system to enzymatic processes, the early half of the interview is brimming with the science of brewing. A conversation about the dynamics of partnerships, both business and personal, will have listeners laughing and empathizing. Make sure to check out Hitchhiker’s new beer garden and their upcoming beers. For more info, check out their website: http://hitchhiker.beer.
Dave Cerminara, owner of Apis Mead and Winery in Carnegie, has the Drinking Partners nostalgic and amazed with his peanut butter and jelly-tasting mead as their latest podcast opens. Back for his second visit, Dave stops by to talk about the opening of his new building, a few blocks from his current spot in Carnegie and an upgrade in both space and brewing equipment. Of course, Ed and Day amusingly force Dave off-topic as they describe him as a “good time in a bottle.” (They might be Apis fanboys.) The evolution of Apis since its early days is the heart of the episode, and listeners will enjoy hearing what Dave and his team have planned for their expansion. Spoilers: The new space will have thirty taps and Apis will soon be available in cans! Visit Apis Mead and Winery in their new location (206 Mary Street, Carnegie) for their grand opening event on August 4, 2018. For more info, check out Apis at www.apismead.com.