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The podcast for those who make and drink great beer.

Podcast Episode 312: Pure Project’s Winslow Sawyer Brews with Style, Not to Style

Rather than focusing on established beer styles, this San Diego brewery lets inspired ingredients drive the beers they make, with a loose, local, and at times even rustic approach.

Podcast Episode 311: Shawn McIlhenney is Rebrewing the Family Legacy

The McIlhenney family put Alpine, California, and New Zealand hops on American beer lovers’ maps with their innovative forays into IPA and reverent takes on classic styles. Now, they’re back and brewing in the original brewhouse and taproom, and Shawn McIlhenney is focused on what he loves the most—designing and brewing groundbreaking beers.

Podcast Episode 310: Ghost Town’s Justin Burdt Boosts Hop Contrast in West Coast IPA and Pils

Oakland, California’s Ghost Town made a splash in 2021 and 2022, winning back-to-back GABF gold medals for their Nose Goblin Imperial IPA, along with notable 2022 medals in the strong pale ale and India pale lager categories. One of their secrets, of course, is hop quality—but the qualities that head brewer Justin Burdt seeks out aren’t exactly the ones you might think.

Podcast Episode 309: Firestone Walker, Lawson’s, and Breakside Discuss Brewing Modern West Coast–Style IPAs

Recorded at the recent Brewer’s Retreat at Russian River Brewing, this panel discussion with Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker, Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest, and Ben Edmunds of Breakside explores how each are defining and brewing compelling and modern interpretations of West Coast IPA.

Podcast Episode 308: Brewer’s Retreat Panel on Wine-Beer Hybrids with Russian River, Side Project, and Hanabi

Recorded at the recent Brewer’s Retreat at Russian River Brewing, this panel discussion with Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River, Cory King of Side Project, and Nick Gislason of Hanabi Lager is a deep dive into the most effective ways to blend beer and wine grape fermentations for compelling beers.

Podcast Episode 307: Brewer’s Retreat Panel on Hazy IPA with Monkish, Trillium, and Weldwerks

Recorded at the recent Brewer’s Retreat at Russian River Brewing, this panel discussion with Henry Nguyen of Monkish, J.C. Tetreault of Trillium, and Neil Fisher of Weldwerks explores their evolving approaches to brewing hazy IPAs.

Podcast Episode 306: Celebrated Hop Breeder Ron Beatson Discusses the Unique Characteristics of New Zealand Hops

The scientist behind storied varieties such as Nelson Sauvin and up-and-comers like Nectaron shares insights into the process of developing impactful hops.

Podcast Episode 305: Matthias Trum of Schlenkerla Isn't Preserving the Ashes, He's Keeping the Rauchbier Fire Burning

Recorded among the wood-paneled walls of the centuries-old Schlenkerla pub in Bamberg, Germany, sixth-generation brewmaster Matthias Trum shares his deep insights into smoke, balance, and history.

Podcast Episode 304: Adam Brož of Budějovický Budvar Loves Talking About and Brewing Great Lager

From the famously soft water to whole-cone hops and extraordinarily long maturation, the brewmaster at Budvar delights in all the details that shape one of Czechia’s most popular beers.

Podcast Episode 303: Peter Kiley of Monday Night Is Creating A Framework That Supports Innovation

From high-gravity brewing to pushing new techniques in quick-soured fruit beer, Monday Night brewmaster Peter Kiley isn’t afraid to tackle difficult projects that make life easier on his team of brewers—as long as quality remains the number-one focus.