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Building Breweries: A Beer Podcast

Building Breweries: A Beer Podcast

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Building Breweries: A Beer Podcast is an interview-based podcast about the beer industry's leaders, their stories, and the issues that they face.
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54: Continuum Distilling (Waterbury, CT) - distilling spirits with craft beer
Brandon Collins, head distiller and founder of Continuum Distilling (Waterbury, CT) joins the show to discuss how his new business helps bridge the gap between craft brewing and craft distilling. For more information, visit
July 7, 2020
53: Weathered Souls Brewing Co. & Black Is Beautiful (San Antonio, TX)
Marcus Baskerville from Weathered Souls Brewing Co. (San Antonio, TX) joins the show and talks about the Black is Beautiful Beer Project and how he hopes those efforts will help breweries connect with their local communities in different ways than maybe they have before.
June 26, 2020
52: Fehr's XL + Some Louisville, KY History
Jeff Faith joins the show at Akasha Brewing Co. in Louisville, KY to talk about his role in bringing a legacy beer brand back to life - Fehr's XL: An American Extra Lager.
March 4, 2020
51: The Homebrewing Years
A lot of ground is covered in this homebrew-centric episode featuring John Ronayne (Brewgrass Homebrew Supply, Boy Meets Wort,) and Greg Butorin (LAGERS Homebrew Club). Just listen, relax, and have a homebrew. Want to support the podcast: Twitter: @michaeldmoeller Instagram: @buildingbreweries Facebook: @buildingbreweries
January 7, 2020
50: KC City Bier Co. (Kansas City, MO)
On the 50th episode of Building Breweries: A Beer Podcast, Steve Holle from KC Bier Co. joins the show to talk about German Purity Laws and why his brewery in Kansas City adheres to it. Prost and Happy Oktoberfest! Want to support the podcast: Twitter: @michaeldmoeller Instagram: @buildingbreweries Facebook: @buildingbreweries
September 20, 2019
49: Non-Alcoholic Craft Beer?! Athletic Brewing Co. (Stratford, CT)
In certain parts of the country, non-alcoholic craft beer is on the rise. Bill Shufelt of Athletic Brewing Co. has the only non-alcoholic brewery taproom in the country. He joins the show to talk about that taproom atmosphere, the non-alcoholic trends, and how e-commerce has allowed his business to grow. Want to support the podcast? Visit:  Connect with Michael:  Twitter: @michaeldmoeller  Instagram: @buildingbreweries  Facebook: @buildingbreweries
July 23, 2019
48: Colorado Native (Golden, CO)
This episode of Building Breweries is sponsored by New Air Appliances. In the belly of the Coors is AC Golden Brewing - the craft arm of MillerCoors where they test batch products on a 30-barrel system. Most notably, Colorado Native (a brand which only contains CO ingredients). In an episode originally recorded for my other podcast (Eat. Drink. Social), we speak with David Coors about all things Colorado Native, how they stand separate from MillerCoors, and how they fit into the world of craft beer.  Want to support the podcast? Visit:  Connect with Michael:  Twitter: @michaeldmoeller  Instagram: @buildingbreweries  Facebook: @buildingbreweries
July 21, 2019
47: Nicaragua Craft Beer Company (Nicaragua)
Matt Greenberg joins the show to discuss how he and his friend Brendan DeBlois brought craft beer to the country of Nicaragua in 2013 (and where you can find their beer in the United States now). To learn more about their operation, visit Want to support the podcast? Visit: Connect with Michael: Twitter: @michaeldmoeller Instagram: @buildingbreweries Facebook: @buildingbreweries
June 15, 2019
46: Ray Daniels - Cicerone Certification Program
Ray Daniels, lifelong beer educator and founder of the Cicerone Certification Program, joins the podcast to tell us all about the early days of the Cicerone Certification Program, what the levels mean, and what it takes to become a Master Cicerone (aka somebody that really knows their beer). The Cicerone Certification Program certifies and educates beer professionals in order to elevate the beer experience for consumers.  To learn more, visit Want to support the podcast? Visit: Connect with Michael: Twitter: @michaeldmoeller Instagram: @buildingbreweries Facebook: @buildingbreweries
January 29, 2019
45: Governor John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
Governor Hickenlooper joins the show to talk about Wynkoop Brewing, the economic impact of beer, New Belgium, and a potential 2020 presidential campaign. This episode is sponsored by Stith Family Farms: Want to support the podcast? Visit: Connect with Michael: Twitter: @michaeldmoeller Instagram: @michaeldmoeller Facebook: @buildingbreweries
December 24, 2018
44: Joel Shelton - Shelton Brothers Inc.
Joel Shelton joins the show to share stories about the early days of Shelton Brothers Inc., Cantillon, and the future of American beer. View the Shelton Brothers Inc. distribution portfolio: This episode is sponsored by Stith Family Farms:  Want to support the podcast? Visit: Connect with Michael:  Twitter: @michaeldmoeller  Instagram: @michaeldmoeller  Facebook: @buildingbreweries
December 18, 2018
43: OPA Design Studio - Architecture & Brewery Planning (Austin, TX)
Steve Oliver of OPA Design Studio (Austin, TX) joins Michael to discuss all about brewery design, planning, building, and red tape headaches. E-mail Michael: Want to support the podcast? Visit:
December 5, 2018
42: Kentucky Craft Bash
Ever wonder what goes into a beer festival? Derek Selznick of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers breaks it down for us when discussing the plans behind Kentucky Craft Bash 2018. Interested in other great independent beer podcasts? Check out the Hopped Up Network: Facebook: Building Breweries Twitter: MoellerMD IG: BuildingBreweries
April 23, 2018
41: Wolf Hills Brewing Co. (Abingdon, VA)
A former PhD left a tenure-track professor job in academia and opened a brewery in rural Abindgon, VA. Wolf Hills Brewing's Chris Burcher shares his thoughts on business and brewing in Appalachia. If you have questions about opening a brewery, feel free to reach out to Chris Burcher at Interested in other great independent beer podcasts? Check out the Hopped Up Network:
March 26, 2018
40: White House Homebrewing With Chef Sam Kass
President Obama likes to enjoy the occasional beer. But did you know he bought a homebrew kit? White House Chef Sam Kass joins the Podcast to share the story.
January 22, 2018
39: Gravely Brewing Co. (Louisville, KY)
What's a Music Brewery? Nathaniel Gravely and Cory Buenning explain it and how their Louisville, KY brewery might be one of the first. Gravely Brewing. Co. opened in August 2017 and has plans to collaborate with bands from across the nation to make some beers that pair well with live shows.
December 18, 2017
38: Factotum Brewhouse (Denver, CO)
fac·to·tum: noun: an employee who does all kinds of work. This Denver brewery was built by homebrewers for homebrewers and might even allow you to craft the beer recipes of your dreams.
December 11, 2017
37: Avery Brewing (Boulder, CO)
Live in Boulder, Colorado. Michael visits Dan Strevey at Avery Brewing.
December 4, 2017
36: Braxton Brewing Co. (Covington, KY)
Evan Rouse ordered a homebrew kit immediately after visiting Upland Brewing Company. Since then, he has founded his own brewery in Northern Kentucky. At Braxton Brewing Company, you'll find hot coffee and cold beer.
November 27, 2017
35: Rock House Brewing (Lexington, KY)
Michael visits Lexington's Rock House Brewing to discuss the brewery's beginnings, craft beer fandom mentality, and SB 1 1 regulatory events.
October 20, 2017
34: Listermann + Madtree
Michael goes to Cincinnati, OH to speak with Listermann and Madtree Brewing.
June 15, 2017
33: Craft Automation + Uinta Brewing
Talking about Automation in Beverage with Ryan Stockinger of Craft Automation. After, Mikenzie Hardman guest hosts and interviews Will Hamill of Uinta Brewing in Salt Lake City, Utah.
April 26, 2017
32: Floyd County Brewing Co. + Falls City
Talking about medieval-themed Floyd County Brewing Co. (New Albany, IN) and historic Falls City (Louisville, KY) Instagram & Facebook: @BuildingBreweries Twitter: @MoellerMD
March 27, 2017
31: Country Boy + West Sixth Brewing Co.
Michael drives down to Lexington, KY and speaks with Country Boy and West Sixth.
February 21, 2017
30: Oak Highlands Brewery + Peticolas Brewing Co.
Michael's hanging out in Dallas, TX with OHB and Peticolas.
February 4, 2017
29: Asheville Breweries! + Senator Ron Wyden
Michael visits Asheville, NC for the first time and speaks with Wicked Weed and Asheville Brewing Company about tourism and the growing beverage scene. Later, Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon) discusses the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act and how it affects breweries nationwide.
December 26, 2016
28: Against The Grain + Great Central
Michael visits Sam Cruz at Against The Grain to discuss international sales, can art, and baseball fans. After, David Avram and Conor McFerran of Great Central Brewing phone in to discuss contract brewing in Chicago. Edit: Looking back, this episode features some poor audio. Ah, growing pains of a young beer podcaster.
December 8, 2016
27: Kentucky Guild of Brewers + Mile Wide Beer Co.
Local to Louisville, Michael meets up with The Kentucky Guild of Brewers' Executive Director and then gets a sneak peek at Louisville's newest brewery Mile Wide Beer Co.
November 18, 2016
26: Hopkinsville Brewing + Brooklyn Brewery
Michael visits Hopkinsville, Kentucky's first brewery. Later, beverage industry veteran and founder of Brooklyn Brewery, Steve Hindy, phones in.
October 24, 2016
25: Upland Brewing Co.
Building Breweries is on location in Bloomington, Indiana - where Michael is touring and tasting beers at Upland Brewing Co. talking about sour ales and Parks & Recreation with Upland's President, Doug Dayhoff.
October 12, 2016
24: Veering Creek Farm + Holsopple Brewing
After a hiatus, Building Breweries is back with some updates. This episode features Purna Veer's new hop farm, Veering Creek Farm, located in Oldham County, KY and Louisville's newest brewery - Holsopple Brewing (coming soon!)
October 3, 2016
23: Great Flood Brewing Co.
So, Great Flood Brewing Co. (Louisville, KY) is expanding. By kind of a lot. Listen as owners Matt Fuller and Vince Cain discuss their experience gained from opening up small taproom in their early twenties to a opening a canning facility in only 2.5 years. This new brewery is coming soon and you will like it. Not heard: Zach Barnes (he was hard at work cleaning the old taproom)
August 8, 2016
22: HopCat - Mark Sellers
New to the Louisville scene, HopCat is opening their 9th location in the Highlands neighborhood. If you're unfamiliar with HopCat's incredible beer selection (132 lines in Louisville), listen in as Mark Sellers (Founder) explains to Michael his love for craft beer, Louisville, and Muhammad Ali.
July 29, 2016
21: Old Louisville Brewery + The Catholic Drinkie
Michael speaks with a brand new brewery in Old Louisville about opening woes while playing a version of Match Game and then is joined by author Sarah Vabulas (The Catholic Drinkie) to discuss beer, Catholicism, and Home Brewed Evangelism.
July 13, 2016
20: New Oberpfalz + New Belgium
We made it to Episode 20! To celebrate, Michael speaks with "new" guests - New Oberpfalz (Griffith, IN) and New Belgium (Fort Collins, CO). 
June 23, 2016
19: Backroom Brewery + Three Floyds
In Ep. 19, Michael is first joined by BIllie Clifton. Originally an herb farmer, Clifton began growing hops with the intent to eventually open a brewery in the Shenandoah Rivery Valley in Virginia. After, Nick Floyd discusses the history of Three Floyds, Dark Lord Day, and gives his picks for the most underrated Indiana breweries.
June 9, 2016
18: Harpoon
Jaime Schier joins Michael to talk about Harpoon (Boston, MA) and its origins beginning on a Navy Dry Dock. We talk about the founders, label changes, distribution problems, and Michael's own experience with Harpoon's Customer Service.
June 3, 2016
17: Monnik + Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer
In this packed episode of The Building Breweries Podcast, Michael is recording live from Monnik Brewing Co. and is joined by co-founder Brian Holton and then later Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville.
May 27, 2016
16: Brew Law 101 - The Craft Beer Attorney
Candace Moon, Esq., founder of "The Craft Beer Attorney" law firm (San Diego, CA) is responsible for the building of breweries in her own way. She joins Michael to talk about her firm, the legal issues of the industry, trademark law, unique cases, and her book "Brew Law 101."
May 24, 2016
15: Apocalypse Brew Works
Leah Dienes, co-founder of Apocalypse Brew Works (Louisville, KY) and Certified Beer Judge, speaks with Michael about beer, zombies, homebrew competitions, and the history of the Kentucky Common.
May 19, 2016
14: Goodwood
Phil Dearner of Goodwood Brewing Co. (Louisville, KY) joins Michael to talk about his beer that is touched by wood and brewed with limestone water. He has some insight about how millennials affect the craft beer scene, job creation within the beverage industry, and explains why The Kentucky Guild of Brewers is now the gold standard of brewer associations.
May 17, 2016
13: Dry Ground Brewing
Andy Wiggins of Dry Ground Brewing (Paducah, KY) tells Michael how Dry Ground found wild success so quickly. We talk Coca-Cola, Wet/Dry counties, and Star Wars.
May 12, 2016
12: Abbey Brewing Co. (The Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
The Monastery of Christ in the Desert is home to Benedictine monks and beer. Michael speaks with Berkeley Merchant of Abbey Brewing (Abiquiú, New Mexico) about the life of a Monastic Brewer and how beer developed as far back as the 6th Century throughout Europe under the supervision of Monks.
May 10, 2016
11: Bloody Monday Riots - Louisville, KY
While no specific brewery or beer is necessarily talked about in this episode, Michael describes Louisville's Bloody Monday Riots of 1855 and how they relate to that time period's beer culture.
May 5, 2016
10: Foolproof
Nick Garrison, Founder of Foolproof, talks experience-based brewing, name changes, and hot weiners.
May 3, 2016
09: Sun King Brewing
Dave Colt and Clay Robinson, co-founders, talk beer names, their work with 3 Floyds, wacky Indiana laws, cold v. warm beer, and Matthew McConaughey.
April 28, 2016
08: Tin Man
Michael speaks with Nick Davidson, founder and president of this Evansville brewery. Tin Man, as it turns out, is not a Wizard of Oz themed brewery. We talk Indiana beer, Star Trek, and...Brain Sandwiches.
April 26, 2016
07: Founders Brewing Co.
Dave Engbers, Co-Founder of Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI), joins Michael to discuss bankruptcy and bolt cutters, Kentucky Breakfast Stout and price gouging, and the Brewers Association. For Prince.
April 22, 2016
06: Maui Brewing Co.
Michael speaks with Garrett Marerro about his past as a financial advisor, the origins of Maui Brewing Company, his work done in the state legislature, and the rise of the craft beer industry on the Islands of Hawaii.
April 20, 2016
05: Hill Farmstead
A microbrewery in the middle of nowhere, Phil Young describes to Michael how Hill Farmstead Brewery (Greensboro, VT) has managed to become known as a mecca for the beer nerd community in only six years after receiving's World's Best Beer Award.
April 18, 2016
04: Rivertown
Michael spoke with Lindsey Roeper, Dream Facilitator of Rivertown Brewery (Cincinnati, OH), about Sours, wholesaling, liquor laws, and much more. Michael is still somewhat awkward in these episodes but he feels like the audio has gotten better. If you agree or disagree, be sure to subscribe to The Building Breweries Podcast on iTunes and rate/review!
April 12, 2016
03: New Glarus Brewing Company
Dan Carey, co-founder and Brewmaster of New Glarus Brewing Co. (Wisconsin) shares with us the history and culture of New Glarus, in addition to his opinions on some of the current business models of the beverage industry.
April 2, 2016
02: Rhinegeist
In Episode 2 of Building Breweries, Michael speaks with Bryant Goulding, Founder and VP of Rhinegeist (Cincinnati), about "The Ghost of the Rhine." Better audio, but we are still working on this podcasting thing so we appreciate your patience!
March 31, 2016