Good Beer Matters Podcast

GBM 32 - How US Politics and Policy Affect Our Beer with President & CEO of The Beer Institute, Jim McGreevy

An episode of Good Beer Matters Podcast

By Jeremy Storton
Good Beer Matters is a show about great beer, great friends and the experiences we create together. We seek to educate people on the art, science and cultural impact of beer on our world and to tell the stories of those who are leading the charge. This is a show for beer professionals who work in the industry, who are training to obtain their BJCP, Cicerone and more. It is also for the beer enthusiasts who seek to understand beer culture better.
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Good Beer Matters is a show about great beer, great friends and the experiences we create together. We seek to educate people on the art, science and cultural impact of beer on our world and to tell the stories of those who are leading the charge. This is a show for beer professionals who work in the industry, who are training to obtain their BJCP, Cicerone and more. It is also for the beer enthusiasts who seek to understand beer culture better.

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GBM 41 - Understanding The Complex World Of Yeast And Fermentation With Erik Fowler Of White Labs
Many of us consume fermented food items on a daily basis and don’t even realize it. It’s surprising to think about how poorly most of us understand the fermentation process despite the impact it has on our culture. My next guest is our guide into the mysterious and tiny world of yeast and fermentation. Check out White Labs.
November 6, 2019
GBM 40 - Exploring The Frontier of Hop Terroir with Liz & John Coleman of Coleman Hop Farms
For years brewers, hop growers and maltsters have claimed that terroir influences the ingredients in our beer, but surprisingly there was no real data, no real evidence to prove what we’ve suspected for a long time. That is until my next guest asked the question and put together a team to empirically prove the world of hop terroir. This is Good Beer Matters. These are the stories of us, of great food and the beer that brings it all together. I hope you enjoy episode 40 of Good Beer Matters with Liz and John Coleman of Coleman agriculture and Coleman Hops.
October 23, 2019
GBM 39 - How to Become a Professional Beer Writer and Educator with Cicerone, David Nilsen
Behind every beer is a story of how and why it came to be. My next guest is a writer and an educator who helps people understand the stories beer has to tell.
October 9, 2019
GBM 38 - The Secret World Of Gypsy Brewing With Daniel Fernandez of Bean Curd Turtle
What are Gypsy Brewers? They are the rogues, the mercenaries, the A-Team of the brewing world. And, my next guest is one of the best brewers you’ve never heard of. Visit me at Good Beer Matters
September 25, 2019
GBM 37 - Crafting The Dream with Jordan Gardenhire of Baja Brewing Company
An American Brewer pursues his dream of living in board shorts and brewing craft beer in Mexico. But like all good stories, this adventure brings loss, disaster and making a choice to continue when the challenges seem far too daunting.
September 11, 2019
GBM 36 - How a Brewery in Hawaii is Trying To Save The World with Ola Brewing
A small brewery in Hawaii is taking the challenges of isolation and high cost of raw goods and turning it into an environmental experiment that, if successful, could change the way the world makes beer, wine and spirits. Check out Ola Brewing.
August 28, 2019
GBM 35 - How Overcoming Challenges Continues To Shape Craft Beer With Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing
 I read a quote online recently that goes, “Challenges are what makes life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” It made me think back to the early days before the craft beer movement was a thing. In the 60s and 70s home brewing was illegal, ingredients were hard to come by, equipment was built by hand, information was scarce and nobody drank dark, flavorful beer. To say that our early craft beer pioneers surmounted some steep challenges is a bit watered down. I had the opportunity to talk to one of those early pioneers, Ken Grossman, who is a brewing icon, founder, and owner of Sierra Nevada Brewing. Join us as he shares his thoughts on how overcoming challenges has shaped the past, the present and will even shape the future of Craft Beer.  
August 14, 2019
GBM 34 - Exploring The World Through Beer and Story with Professional Author, Editor & Podcast Host, John Holl
 Beer writers have the semi-glamorous and sometimes inglorious honor of traveling to various places to taste a lot of really good and really bad beer. This is all to inform and entertain the rest of us. They’re responsible for mundane beer reviews, technical essays on the next industry changing gadget, as well as inspiring stories of travel, adventure and flavor. But, every once in a while a beer writer takes a swig and then puts pen to paper, which truly opens the reader’s world view. My next guest is a beer writer, editor and podcast host who not only informs his readers, but takes them on a journey through the experiences and the philosophical realm of what beer can be. In this episode, he explores the “What” and the “Why” of beer and even discusses the three most dangerous words found in beer writing.  In his book “Drink Beer, Think Beer,” John Holl not only provides an insider’s view into the beer industry, but opens up a window to the world and to ourselves. I urge every professional and enthusiast to read it and explore what beer can teach us.
July 31, 2019
GBM 33 - Improve Your Beer Palate and Your QA Program with Draught Lab Co-Founder, Lindsay Barr
 Decades ago, when craft beer was the wild west of flavor and ingredients were hard to come by, assuming someone knew what to do with them, studying the quality of beer was unheard of. Sure, the big breweries probably had food scientists in their employ, but I’ll bet you a beer that was to ensure consistency for the sake of revenue. The small brewer’s who tinkered in their garages with salvaged dairy equipment back then couldn’t afford labs and likely relied on tasting alone to evaluate new beer. This school of hard knocks approach helped later generations brew smarter and to finally learn what beer could taste like.  Every brewery, no matter how small, needs a sensory program so that bar patrons won’t become the QA team by default. Thanks to Draughtlab, the education and tools are far more accessible to small breweries and aficionados than they have ever been.  Our next guest is a sensory scientist who spent nearly a decade at New Belgium Brewing. She now helps breweries large and small set up sensory programs and to taste all the bad beer so we consumers won’t have to.   I hope you enjoy episode 33 of Good Beer Matters with Sensory Scientist and Co-Founder of Draughtlab, Lindsay Barr
July 17, 2019
GBM 32 - How US Politics and Policy Affect Our Beer with President & CEO of The Beer Institute, Jim McGreevy
 The pilgrims on the Mayflower may have been the first Americans to create beer policy when the beer supplies, which was their only source of hydration, ran low and forced them to land short of warmer lattitudes. During the US Civil War, immigrant and first-generation American brewers demonstrated their patriotism by forming one of the first trade organizations, the US Brewer’s Association. Since then, beer policy has influenced American culture from World Wars, prohibition, a three tier system, legalization of homebrewing, trade tariffs and more. In the mid 80s, the US Brewer’s Assocation evolved into the Beer Institute and has been advocating for sound policy for the three hundred billion dollar industry ever since.    Love it or hate it, policy and politics affects our daily lives in very complicated, even subtle ways. I recommend that the next time you go to Washington D.C. and meet with your representative, meet them at a bar and offer them a beer.  
July 3, 2019
GBM 31 - Beer Bubbles, Saturations, Competition and Niching Down with Brewer’s Association’s Chief Economist, Bart Watson
The Brewer’s Association crunches numbers and stats for the benefit of independent breweries in the US. Today’s guest helps us understand these stats and gives a little insight as to how these breweries can differentiate themselves despite the crowd.  
June 19, 2019
GBM 30 - What Consumers Bars and Restaurants Need to Know About Draft Beer with Master Cicerone®, Neil Witte
A poorly maintained draft system can cost bars and restaurants money and lost customers. Master Cicerone®, Neil Witte, is a man with a plan when it comes to keeping beer fresh and delicious.
June 5, 2019
GBM 29 - Getting Schooled on Beer Education with Advanced Cicerone and Brew-Ed Founder Cliff Mori
In this episode, Advanced Cicerone® Cliff Mori and I discuss beer education as a business, the sophisticated beer scene in Asheville NC, and how restaurants and bars can easily differentiate themselves and improve sales through better beer education.
May 22, 2019
GBM 28 - The Origin The Mission and The Man Behind Cicerone with Ray Daniels
With so many choices, beer can be overwhelming. Ray Daniels created to make sense of all the noise and facilitate a great drinking experience for those who seek something better.
May 8, 2019
GBM 27 - Why Czech Beer Matters with International Beer Writer, Evan Rail
My next guest is an American expatriate and professional writer who has since become the authority and unofficial ambassador between Eastern Europe and the U.S. for beer. We talk about why we should enjoy Czech beer and, why it matters.
April 24, 2019
GBM 26 - The Original Craft Beer Movement with Nick Boley of CAMRA
CAMRA, or Campaign for Real Ale, began in 1971in response to industrial beer. Since then it has become one of the most successful consumer and political campaigns… ever.
April 10, 2019
GBM 25 - A French Twist on the Beer Experience with Lysanne Desroches of Ninkasi Brewing in Lyon, France
With 1,000 plus breweries, France is on its way to becoming an influencer in world beer culture. Ninkasi Brewery in Lyon has become an American inspired, Belgian influenced French brewery in the heart of the gastronomic capital of France for two decades.
March 27, 2019
GBM 24 - How to Find World Class Beer in Barcelona with Joan Villari-Marti
Barcelona is making its way into the world beer community due, in part, to the Barcelona Beer Festival, but especially to one of its organizers, beer writer Joan Villari-Martí.
March 13, 2019
GBM 23 - Pioneering the World of Craft Beer in The Netherlands with Chef & Brewer, Nic Veenstra
My next guest is a young man caught between two countries who found adventure by becoming an accidental ambassador to the Netherlands for craft beer and, ironically, American BBQ.
February 27, 2019
GBM 22 - Seven Ways to Mix Beer Into Your Cocktails with Author Jacob Grier
My next guest literally wrote the book on the artful world of beer cocktails. He speaks to us about the 7 ways to use beer in drinks, and that boiler makers aren’t even the half of it.
February 13, 2019
GBM 21 - The Bitter Truth with Dr. Tom Shellhammer
Bitterness in beer is complex and poorly understood. Judging a beer’s bitterness by IBUs is similar to gauging one’s fitness level by looking at his weight on a scale. I discuss all of this with global expert and hop researcher, Dr. Tom Shellhammer.
January 30, 2019
GBM 20 - Life After Disease and Gluten Free Beer with Blogger Lindsi Kay
What would you do if drinking one beer sent you to the hospital? In this episode of Good Beer Matters, we talk to a woman who endured this experience and ended up with a beer in her hand and a worldwide blog that helps others with similar problems.
January 16, 2019
GBM 19 - The Past, Present and Future of Beer with Larry Sidor
Age old wisdom tells us to not let our past define us, but instead, let it be our guide. If Sidor’s story tells us anything, it is that the future of beer will be decided by the beer each of us chooses.
January 2, 2019
GBM 18 - Beer Appreciation Education and Food Pairings with Master Cicerone, Ryan Daley
Exploring the world of beer appreciation and food pairings with Master Cicerone®, Ryan Daley.
August 27, 2018
GBM 17 - Raising Families Amidst Drinking Cultures Around the World with Elio Keller
Alcohol in our American society sometimes becomes contentious. When it comes to raising our children around alcohol, which would be more effective, teaching responsibility or promoting abstinence?
August 13, 2018
GBM 16 - Athleticism, Gluten and Beer with Caitlin Landesberg of Sufferfest Beer Co.
Gluten is a naturally occurring protein in cereal grains that gives dough its elasticity. It is also responsible for putting many people in the fetal position, if not the hospital. In this episode, we talk to one woman who pursued a better beer option.
July 30, 2018
GBM 15 - The Art and Craft of Beer and Barrels with Rogue Cooperage
People have been making barrels out of wood in order to store, age and transport alcohol for over 2,000 years. In this episode, we learn the painstaking steps taken to create a drink that is both nuanced and wonderful.
July 16, 2018
GBM 14 - Whiskey Terroir and Fabulous Flavors Behind the Booze with Rogue Distillery
Start with beer, skip the hops addition, then add distillation and barrel aging and, voila!…. Whiskey. In this episode we go to Rogue Distillery in Newport Oregon where we will learn about whiskey, terroir and the fabulous flavors behind the booze.
July 2, 2018
GBM 13 - Rogue Farms on Challenge, Triumph and The Terroir of Hops
For many brewers, a hop shortage posed a challenge, but for Rogue, it posed an opportunity. If it weren’t for Rogue’s penchant for daring, risk and dreaming of better beer, they wouldn’t be the creative force they have become.
June 18, 2018
GBM 12 - Better Beer & the Terroir of Malt with Seth Klann of Mecca Grade Malt
In this episode we talk to a 7th generation farmer to discuss how better farming begets better beer and how to taste terroir in the amazing barley malt from his family farm in Central Oregon.
June 4, 2018
GBM 011 - The Art of Pairing with Alesong Brewing and Blending
The Crew at Alesong Brewing and Blending south of Eugene, OR draw inspiration from the culinary world, music, nature and, especially their next door neighbor who just happens to be one of the largest biodynamic/ organic wineries in the world.
May 21, 2018
GBM 010 - Getting Squiffy on Real Ale with Ted Sobel of Brewers Union Local 180
Decades ago, Americans returning from England, having discovered the concept of the "Third Place", began building the foundation of the Craft Beer movement. Brewer's Union, in Oakridge, Oregon, is a pub that pays homage to what inspired it all.
May 6, 2018
GBM 09 - The Rise Of A Small Brewer with Robert Masterson of Resident Brewing
Homebrewers and small breweries often make very good beer. In this episode of Good Beer Matters we continue exploring the world of small breweries, their evolution and their challenges with Resident Brewing in San Diego, CA.
April 23, 2018
GBM 08 - Nano Brewing with Steve Anderson of Kobold Brewing
In this episode of Good Beer Matters we continue our focus on small breweries to answer the questions, with so much good beer and competition out there, how and why do they step into such a competitive world.
April 9, 2018
GBM 007 - Creating Community through Good Beer with Alesation Brewing
Alesation Brewing crafts stories through the beer they brew from their tiny second-story nano brewery in Winchester, VA. They have fused history, culture and wonderful flavors into a glass for every patron willing to sip and listen.
March 26, 2018
GBM 006 - Learn To Be a Better Beer Taster from Master, Randy Scorby
In this episode we talk to Randy Scorby who was the 2011 American Homebrewer Association Brewer of the year and a Grand Master level 3 BJCP judge. He shares his experience with beer and travel as well as walks us through how to taste beer like a Master judge.
March 12, 2018
GBM 005 - Building Beertopia with Roger Worthington of Worthy Brewing
We all have been to pubs and breweries where a beer is just a beer.  We’ve also been to these places that try to create something special, where the beer is elevated.  But there is one brewery where the exceptional beer is only one small part of a larger story. I’m talking about Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oregon.
February 26, 2018
GBM 004 - John Maier - The Wizard of Rogue Brewery
John Maier is the wizard behind the brew at Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR and has been the head brewer since nearly the beginning in 1988.  Still a homebrewer at heart, he has been a brewing innovator and somewhat of a godfather to the Northwest brewing community, and therefore the country, and even the world.  Some of the topics we discussed are his impressive plans for his eventual retirement, his surprising source of inspiration and how it felt to have brewed more than 20,000 beers.
February 10, 2018
GBM 003 - Globe Trotting and Beer with the Gambers
Dan and Sarah Gamber are insatiable travelers having visited more than 60 countries and have literally spent years of their lives abroad.  They recently traveled for a year with their children.  Then, after returning to Portland, they started planning to move to Spain to continue feeding their wanderlust.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to ask them to share their experiences and their stories of good beer abroad.
January 14, 2018
GBM 002 - Mauricio Mata of Portland Ale House and Stonecastle Brewing in Valencia, Spain
Mauricio Mata, an American from Oregon, opened Stone Castle Brewing and Portland Ale House in Valencia Spain.  He is a part of a craft beer movement by brewing and serving NW American style beers with a distinct Mediterranean influence in the coastal city.  In this conversation, Mata shares his story of origin and execution as we explore craft beer in Spain. I hope you enjoy episode 2 of Good Beer Matters with Mauricio Mata from Valencia, Spain. Thank you for listening. ¡Salud!
January 14, 2018
GBM 001- Beer, Whiskey, Flavor and the Future of Beer with Gary Fish of Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes Brewery in Bend Oregon was founded in 1988 by Gary Fish and is now one of the top 10 Craft Breweries in the U.S.  It shares the honor of the top ten with breweries such as Yuengling, Boston Beer Company, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium.  But there is more to Deschutes than just amazing beer.  Good Beer Matters is a show about great beer, great friends and the experiences we create together.  It serves as a training hub for beer professionals and enthusiasts.
December 11, 2017
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