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EP-075: Drinking Pilsners, AmLams and Lambics with Jeffrey Airman
We talk with Jeff Airman from Paradox about a slew of things that are happening in the beer industry...listen in. Beers in this episode: Rockcut Galactic Portal IPA  Odd13 Superfly Keller Pilsner  Stillwater Artisanal Rhinestones & Sequins Sour Brut DIPA  Jester King Spon 4  Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio
July 5, 2019
EP-074: COS Craft Beer Mods and the Citra Tsunami
This week, we talk with the COS Craft Beer Facebook group moderators about herding cats, drinking beers and popularity contests.  Featuring beer from: Other Half Brewing New Belgium Steamworks Brewing Storybook Brewing Get the podcasts before anyone else! Join our Patreon!
June 14, 2019
EP-073: The Plum is in Play and other musings from Resolute Brewing's International Man of Marketing
Happy American Craft Beer Week!  We brought Resolute Brewing's Sam Sly into the studio for a little chat about all the changes in their neck of the woods and more! Thanks to Sam for making the drive and sharing some delicious beers! Also, go check out Resolute Brewing's second location opening up May 24! Beers this episode: Other Half Feels Like Outer Space Weldwerks Fake Item Box Resolute Brewing Tangential Resolute Brewing Cape of Good Hop Resolute Brewing/Something Brewing ESP10N4GE Support Focus on the Beer on Patreon: Thanks for listening!
May 15, 2019
EP-072: Winning the Weldwerks Lottery and Other CBC News
In this episode, Josh and Ryan breakdown the news about Weldwerks joining the Colorado Springs craft beer landscape and other oddities about CBC and beer news in general. 
April 29, 2019
EP-071: Collaboration Fest Recap and On-Air Bottle Share
Join Ryan, Josh and Katie as they recap the Collab fest experience! Don't take notice of the crew breaking the cardinal rule of podcasting and mentioning the exact date this episode had been recorded. Cheers!
March 28, 2019
EP-070: Talking Traditional Styles with Brass Brewing
In our Seventieth episode, we sit down with Woody and Michael from Brass Brewing to talk about the ups and downs they've encountered in their first year and learn a bit more about the path ahead for their Downtown Colorado Springs brewery. Traditional Styles reign supreme with Michael Johnson, the head brewer at Brass, and we taste through a few of his creations on the show. Try them for yourself at their One Year Anniversary on March 22!
March 19, 2019
EP-069: André from JAKs and Boozy Sparkling Water
This episode features JAKs Brewing's Head Brewer, André Blyth, as well as some pretty interesting sparkling water... Get your hands on episodes early by joining the Focus on the Beer Patreon at
February 23, 2019
EP-068: Chef Brother Luck & Fossil Collabeeration
We sit down with Chef Brother Luck and Fossil Craft Beer to talk about their collaboration beer that's on tap at IV by Brother Luck! Listen in!
January 7, 2019
EP-067: The Jeffisode
We welcome two Jeffs to the show for this Thanksgiving-week episode! Please enjoy the friendly banter from Jeff Eckles, famous for his role on the award-winning We Like Drinking podcast, and Jeffrey Airman, tastemaker at the wildly-popular Paradox Beer Company.
November 22, 2018
EP-066: Betcha Can't Taste Banana
Does candy pair with beer? We go all Thrillist-style this episode and we probably now have Diabetes. Thanks to Kevin from Wild Westendorf for joining us for this Halloween-themed candy and beer pairing. Candy for this episode: Skittles, KitKat, Swedish Fish, Almond Joy, and Candy Corn Beers include: Boulevard Jam Band, Oskar Blues Fugli, Mike Hess Grazias, High Hops Habanero Hunny, Upland/Cascade Pearpawsterous, Avery Plank'd, Odell Eugene Whiskey Barrel Aged, and New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Banana Coconut And yes, you can taste the banana.
October 14, 2018
EP-065: After Fermentation in Hazy IPAs
We're back and recording in the brand new R&D Studios! In this episode, we talk about how sometimes you can get after-fermentation in beers when dry hopping after terminal gravity, plus we drink some mighty fine beers in the process.
October 3, 2018
EP-064: Strawberry Milk Ales
Both Goat Patch and Fossil have respectively produced beers that mimic the flavor of strawberry milk, and we're here to find out which one takes the cake. Also featured on this show is Wiley Roots' Citra Funk Yo Couch, a can conditioned mixed culture beer that is freaking delicious.
August 1, 2018
EP-063: Old Nation M43 Tasting with Aaron
EP-063: Old Nation M43 Tasting with Aaron by Focus on the Beer
July 16, 2018
EP-062: That Episode about Brewer's Republic where we talk about Cerberus too
This podcast is in no way brought to you by Brewer's Republic, even if Carrie wants it to be that way. Listen in as we talk about the Independent's Day IPA with Carrie Simison and Josh Adams.
June 22, 2018
EP-061: FH Beerworks is Expanding!
In this episode we breakdown FH Beerworks' latest announcement of their 4 acre expansion to the East side of Colorado Springs.
June 7, 2018
EP-060: How to Survive a Beer Festival
It's our 60th episode! This week, we brought on Darcie from The Little London Show to talk about survival this Beer Festival season. We run down the 6 top tips to make sure you make it out alive. Check out The Little London Show here: Focus on the Beer on iTunes:
May 31, 2018
EP-059: Celebrating American Craft Beer Week with Irish Craft Beer
In this late-to-come out episode, we drink some Irish Craft Beer while talking about upcoming beer festivals and other news. Oh and we drink a few American beers too.
May 23, 2018
EP-058: Meet Atrevida Beer Co
In this week's episode, we talk with Jess and Rich Fierro about everything from Beerland to buying Great Storm. Listen in!
May 1, 2018
EP-057: A Fruitful Recap of Past Happenings
EP-057: A Fruitful Recap of Past Happenings by Focus on the Beer
April 13, 2018
EP-056: Malt Liquor Taste Test
EP-056: Malt Liquor Taste Test by Focus on the Beer
March 15, 2018
EP-055: Big Beers, Buyouts and Closures
Welcome to Focus on the Beer's first podcast of 2018. It's been awhile since we've talked beer, so we cover a bunch of information...a ton. For the next year of podcasts, we're hoping to give a little outline of topics so you know what to expect. In this episode: Smuttynose Brewing put up for auction Green Flash cutting 15% of its workforce and reducing its distribution Mendocino/Olde Saratoga breweries abruptly closed Great Storm Brewing changing hands Dueces Wild Brewing set to open Brass Brewing nearing opening, starting a kickstarter Brewers Republic closing, then miraculously reopening as a part of Cerberus Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines recap The Little London Show's Dryanuary Party and More! Beer in this episode: Smiling Toad Brewery Tangerine Hazy IPA
January 23, 2018
EP-054: Meet Metric Brewing
This episode, we sit down with Mike Centanne and Chase Perry from Metric Brewing. Listen in as we catch up with the two on the progress in opening a brewery and drink some good beer in the process...
December 14, 2017
EP-053: Taylor Donner, Advanced Cicerone
Our latest episode features Taylor Donner of Cerberus Brewing. Taylor recently became an Advanced Cicerone, so we decided to have him on to talk about how that works and what he's got planned for the future. Also, we drink through some beer memberships and talk about those in case you're looking for a good holiday gift for the beer lover in your life.
November 21, 2017
EP-052: Coming out of the Post-GABF Haze...
EP-052: Coming out of the Post-GABF Haze... by Focus on the Beer
October 27, 2017
EP-051: Blindly Tasting Belgian White Beers
This episode we see if we can discern between New Belgium's new Fat Tire Belgian White and Blue doesn't go well—for us.
September 14, 2017
EP-050: Punching Charlie Papazian with Phantom Canyon, but not really.
Don't take that title to heart. We sat down and talked beer with Phantom Canyon's brewers Alan Stiles and Troy Johnson and learned a thing or two about them and had some laughs along the way.
August 26, 2017
EP-049: Happy IPA Day
We've overdone the IPA drinking on this show, so we're definitely ready for some imperial stouts and belgian beers. Bring it on! As for Café Craft, here's the pairings for the fest! We'll be announcing them on Facebook every week coming soon, but you get the heads up. Storybook Brewing / Story Coffee Co. Goat Patch Brewing / Building 3 Roasters Paradox Beer Company / Loyal Coffee Fossil Craft Beer / Switchback Coffee Roasters Bristol Brewing / R n R Coffee Cafe Fieldhouse Brewing / Hold Fast Coffee Local Relic / Switchback Coffee Roasters Smiling Toad Brewery / Mission Coffee Roasters Cerberus Brewing Co. / Loyal Coffee
August 2, 2017
EP-048: Exploding Cans and Arizona Beer
Josh and Ryan narrowly survive the exploding cans, as they talk through all the upcoming and recently passed beer festivals. Beer in this episode includes Bell's Two Hearted, Pueblo Vida Circuitous and Microburst, as well as some other fun stuff.
July 8, 2017
EP-047: Cerberus and the Independent's Alternative IPA
To help celebrate Independent's Day (yes it's spelled that way in this case) Josh Adamski from Cerberus Brewing and Carrie Simison from The Independent came on the show to talk about their collaboration beer that will be released the weekend before July 4. The collaboration is brewed with British Maris Otter and Caramel malts, then "liberally hopped" with American hops. It'll release at Cerberus June 30 at 4pm. In this episode: July 15: Cerberus is doing a Pale Ale collaboration beer release with All Breeds Rescue and The Misfits Dog Rescue named Buddy Up. July 22: Look out for Jamaican Weekend at Cerberus September 9: Cerberus' Anniversary. Josh tells us that Paradise Lost, their Heaven Hill barrel-aged Black Plague Imperial Stout, will be released. Coming in at around 11.3%, it's sure to be a doozy. Beers in this episode: The Alchemist Crusher Cerberus Elysium IPA Cerberus Tiny Umbrella Party IPA
June 21, 2017
EP-046: The Smoke Alarm Session
We had some technical difficulties this week, but we're back with another long rambling podcast. You should really take away two things: Go to Feast of Saint Arnold and go to Paradox. Both will be great times. Beers in this episode: Alchemist Farmer's Daughter, Barrel Aged Myrcenary, and some other we can't remember.
June 9, 2017
EP-045: Building a Malt Foundation for your Hop House
In this special American Craft Beer Week edition of the podcast, Josh and Ryan taste through some Ninkasi seasonal beers, Pikes Peak Brewing's newest Incline release, and finally try put the hazy IPA trend on this show to rest. Also in this extra-long episode, Josh coins a new term(malt foundation for a hop house) beer nerds can use instead of "malty backbone" for describing a balanced beer, there's talk of South African hops and the guys discuss the fun things happening this week in Colorado Springs for American Craft Beer Week. Beers in this episode: Ninkasi Brewing Maiden the Shade Ninkasi Brewing Pacific Rain Pikes Peak Brewing Incline Firestone Walker Leo vs Ursus Fortem
May 16, 2017
EP-044: Blindly Tasting through the Haze
Thanks to Jacen for joining us on another Blind Taste Test. NE IPAs are all the rage, but can you tell them apart just by taste? We tried and failed. Beers in this episode: The Alchemist Focal Banger Weldwerks Juicy Bits Odd13 Noob Tree House Alter Ego Destihl Mango IPA Destihl Blueberry Gose
May 9, 2017
EP-043: East Coast IPA Drinking Sesh.
Catch Ryan and Josh as they taste their way through a panel of East coast IPAs...what started as an East vs West got quickly out of hand.
April 26, 2017
EP-042: On Air Bottle Share with Darcie and Jeff
No, not Jeff Mohrmann from The Little London Show, but Jeff Airman from Paradox. We also get to try two versions of Jameson's Caskmates beer barrel-aged whiskey.
March 20, 2017
EP-041: For the Love of the Game featuring Lost Friend Brewing
Join Focus on the Beer as they talk with Alyssa and Andy France from Lost Friend Brewing, a new brewery set to open up in 2017 in Colorado Springs.
February 17, 2017
EP-040: Tasting Speck Private Reserve and More
EP-040: Tasting Speck Private Reserve and More by Focus on the Beer
February 8, 2017
EP-039: On Air Bottle Share
EP-039: On Air Bottle Share by Focus on the Beer
January 25, 2017
EP-038: Starting off the New Year with Big Beers
Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Focus on the Beer podcast! We'll officially call this one Vol. 2, Ep. 1, but for all of you who have been fans since the beginning, it's really just EP-038. Look for 2 podcasts every month this year, as we'll talk to new breweries set to open as well as established breweries who are having fun brewing beer in Colorado Springs. In this Episode, we talked about the move to Breckenridge for Big Beers, some upcoming events and we discussed Red Leg's new partnership with the Broadmoor for their Prospector's Pick Kölsch-style ale. As always, listen in for more fun episodes this year as we've got more blind taste tests, interviews and On Air Bottleshares in the works!
January 14, 2017
EP-037: Big Beers in Breck This Year
In our last episode for 2016, Josh and Ryan talk Big Beers and the move from Vail to Breck. Get your tickets before they sell out!
December 15, 2016
EP-036: News Roundup
Josh and Ryan breakdown some of the latest beer news in this latest episode of Focus on the Beer.
December 6, 2016
EP-035: Blind Tasting Porters with Cully and Airman
EP-035: Blind Tasting Porters with Cully and Airman by Focus on the Beer
November 28, 2016
FreshCast: Live Podcast at Bristol Brewing
This episode is co-hosted by The Little London Show. Follow them here: If you missed our LIVE broadcast at Bristol Brewing, we've got all the juicy bits for you now! We sat down with multiple people involved in the history of the Venetucci Pumpkin Ale. A huge thanks goes out to Bristol Brewing for hosting us!
November 1, 2016
EP-034: The Lowdown on Bar Rescue
This week, we talk with Josh's old friend John Nicholls about his experience with the TV Show Bar Rescue and everything that went into transforming the Brickhouse into the Garrison Tavern.
October 31, 2016
EP-033: All Colorado Beer Fest, Venetucci Pumpkin Ale and more
Sam from Beer n' Loathing is back for another episode! In this one we talk about some expansions happening locally, as well as the upcoming 10th annual All Colorado Beer Fest. Also, Venetucci Pumpkin Ale, because everyone loves a good community ale.
October 26, 2016
EP-032: GABF Recap
Our GABF hangover has just about subsided, so we invited Sam from Beer n' Loathing to join us to talk about it. He then stole all of our content for his Weekly Chug... Episode recorded on Sunday October 16, 2016
October 20, 2016
EP-031: Blind Tasting Imperial Stouts with Airman
In this week's episode, we're blind tasting imperial and barrel aged stouts with Jeff Airman of Paradox Beer Company. After we get through the thick and amazing tasting portion of the show, we find out what Paradox's GABF plans was a fun episode! Music in this episode comes from Brendan Hannigan. Listen to more of his work here:
September 24, 2016
EP-030: Talking Ska with Scott and Dane in Durango
We've been slacking putting this podcast up, but here it is! Thanks to Scott Davidson from the Fermentologists, Dustin Hall from the Brewtography Project and Dane Skousen our Denver collaborator for sitting in on an impromptu podcast. Please excuse the audio quality, we did this with one microphone in the middle of a table.
September 16, 2016
EP-029: Blind Tasting Pumpkin Beers
It's pumpkin beer season! We welcomed Bryce Crawford onto the show to blind taste some pumpkin beers...some were good—some not so much.
September 4, 2016
The Aftershow Part 1
The Aftershow Part 1 by Focus on the Beer
August 31, 2016
EP-028: On Air Bottleshare Part 1
Introducing our new podcast show: On Air Bottle Share. We drink the beer, tell you about it, and talk a lot about other things in the process. Welcome to episode one.
August 29, 2016
EP-027: Mixing it up with the Manitou Springs Heritage Beer Festival
Thanks to Mike Maio and David Walker of the Manitou Springs Heritage Center for coming in and talking with us about their upcoming beer festival! If you're wondering when and where it will be, September 24th is the day, and the Manitou Springs Memorial Park is the place. Thanks for listening!
August 25, 2016
EP-026: Primetime with Bryce and Dionne
This week we welcome back Bryce Crawford to the show. No, he's not back for good, but he and Dionne Roberts both helped us talk through some heated exchanges about beer fests, beer fest etiquette and the likes...Ryan was lazy, so this episode is explicit bleeps.
August 19, 2016
EP-025: The Next Saga for Paradox Beer Company
This week's episode features our good friend Jeff Airman of Paradox Beer Company. It's been a hot minute since we've had him on the show, as they've been cranking out pint after pint up in Divide, CO. Jeff walks us through the next steps for Paradox's expansion to keep up with their taproom demand and the demand of drinkers in nearly 15 states.
August 3, 2016
EP-024: News News and More News...
News News and more News! In this week's episode, Josh and Ryan talk about the latest beer news, from mergers to overturned semis. Also we give a little recap of our experience with 719Day...
July 28, 2016
Fan Forum Full Episode
We had so much stuff to talk with Carrie and Korm, so here's the full episode! Skip ahead to 58 minutes to pick up where last week's episode left off!
July 21, 2016
EP-023: 719Day Brew Fest with Jon Eddy
This week, we sit down with Jon Eddy from Jon Eddy Productions and talk all about the 719Day Brew Fest. We go over what makes a festival great and talk about the challenges in putting on a second year festival.
July 17, 2016
EP-022: Fan Forum with Carrie and James
In our latest Fan Forum, we invited Carrie Simison and James Kormanik to come talk beer with us. We talked about starting a new cellar, beer festivals and much more! Look for the extended cut online this week!
July 14, 2016
EP-021: Summer Sixpack
Josh and Ryan sit down and discuss their picks for beers you can find in and around Colorado Springs as we head into the holiday weekend. From easy drinking mexican-style lagers to locally made cider, they cover every flavor your friends and family may want. Oh and there's a few IPAs...
June 30, 2016
EP-020: Cider and Whiskey
Fermentation is Fermentation. This week, we sit down with a crew made up of Axe and the Oak Distillery, Ice Cave Cider House and Colorado Common Hard Cider.
June 22, 2016
EP-019: Nano 108 and Some News from the Colorado Brewers Guild
This week's episode features Chris Wright, founder of Pikes Peak Brewing, and Keith Altemose of Nano 108 Brewing. We brought Chris on at the last minute to talk about the split between the Colorado Brewers Guild and Craft Beer Colorado, a new venture by 14 current Guild members. Then, after we finish with the somber-talk, we get down to business with Keith and Nano 108—tasting some excellent beers and talking a little shop.
June 14, 2016
EP-018: What are all these Festivals?
This week, Josh and Ryan talk about a bunch of the upcoming festivals thanks to the event pages from PorchDrinking and Two Parts.
June 9, 2016
EP-017: Cerberus' transformation from an animal hospital to brewpub
In this week's episode, we talk with Josh Adamski and Mark LeFebvre, head brewer and head chef, respectively of Cerberus Brewing Co. Cerberus is in the middle of their buildout of the old Animal Hospital in the 700 block of West Colorado Ave. Listen in and find out a little more about the new brewery's plans for the Westside.
June 2, 2016
EP-016: The Brewtography Project Kickstarter Reboot
In this week's episode, we talk with Dustin Hall of the Brewtography Project about his already funded Kickstarter and learn a little bit more about the man behind the lens.
May 26, 2016
EP-015: Storybook Time
This week we talk Pints and Plates, Saint Arnold's Feast and all things Storybook with Pete Kilman, owner and head brewer. Check it out!
May 19, 2016
EP-014: Pints & Plates and ACBW with Hot Chic Cold Beer
This week, we sit down with Carrie Simison, publisher of the Colorado Springs Independent and talk all things Pints and Plates, as well as delving into her online persona—Hot Chic Cold Beer.
May 12, 2016
EP-013: Talking with Todd from Red Leg Brewing
We got the chance to catch up with Todd from Red Leg Brewing to talk about their growth, what's coming up for the Southern Colorado Brewers Alliance, and how his military background has helped him be successful as a brewery owner.
April 21, 2016
EP-012: We fear no beer featuring Beer n' Loathing
This week's episode features Sam Sly from Beer n' Loathing. You should listen to it.
April 14, 2016
EP-011: IPAs for Days
EP-011: IPAs for Days by Focus on the Beer
April 7, 2016
EP-010: We drink Coors
We made it to ten episodes! In our tenth episode, we're joined by Ben Wilder of Gold Camp Brewing and Josh Howard of Brew Brothers/Focus on the Beer. Things get a little weird when we try out Mad Hops' Brew Drops. Who knew that a room of craft beer junkies could down a six-pack of Coors Banquet with the help of some concentrated beer drops? So how do they make the beer taste? Find out!
April 1, 2016
EP-009: Talking with a Toad
This week we sit down with Fred from Smiling Toad! Bonus special guest: Edie Crawford!
March 23, 2016
EP-008: Local Relic
We sit down and talk with Grant, Melissa and Brian from Local Relic.
March 17, 2016
EP-007: Occasionally JAKs
We talk with JAKs brewing and The Occasional Brew about their upcoming collaboration and how the first year of business has gone for JAKs out in Peyton.
March 10, 2016
EP-006: Brewchat with Gold Camp and Brew Bros
Talking beer with Ben Wilder, of Gold Camp Brewing as well as Nick Mueller from the Brew Brothers of Pikes Peak Homebrew club! Look for the Unedited version up soon!
March 8, 2016
EP-005: We go gluten free ... with Fieldhouse Brewing Co.
This week's episode features Travis and Niki Fields from Fieldhouse brewing. We explore the ins and outs of gluten free brewing and more!
February 24, 2016
EP-004: Talking Marmots: Whistle Pig Brewing talks beer, food and more
We're joined by Whistle Pig Brewing's Rob Beers (yes, that's his real name), Eric Merrell, and Bobby Couch to talk about their brewery startup.
February 16, 2016
Smiling Toad Brewery
Smiling Toad Brewery by Focus on the Beer
February 12, 2016
Fieldhouse Brewing
Fieldhouse Brewing by Focus on the Beer
February 12, 2016
Storybook Brewing
Storybook Brewing by Focus on the Beer
February 12, 2016
EP-003: Community chat with Airman and Uncle Korm
Episode 3 has us chatting beer, cooking and more with Jeff Airman of Paradox Beer Company and James "Uncle Korm" Kormanik.
February 11, 2016
EP-002: Steve Stowell from Triple S Brewing UNEDITED
We had to cut out so much of our conversation with Steve from Triple S, we decided to put it all up online.
February 4, 2016
EP-001: Fossil Craft Beer Company
EP-001: Rich and Katrina Benson of Fossil Craft Beer Company join Focus on the Beer's first episode on KCMJ 93.9FM.
January 27, 2016
RedLegBrewing by Focus on the Beer
February 12, 2015
Vail Big Beers: Experimental Brewing Seminar
This is the Experimental Brewing Session from Vail Big Beers with Cory King, John Mallett, Brian Dunn, and Jeremy Gobien. We had a recording issue at the very beginning, so it starts off a few minutes into the seminar with John Mallett's talk.
January 12, 2015
Southern Colorado collaboration - About the beer with Alan Stiles
Southern Colorado collaboration - About the beer with Alan Stiles by Focus on the Beer
February 10, 2014
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