Oskar Blues joins New Belgium and Sierra Nevada in North Carolina.
The boys are back on a historic day in the craft beer revolution as New Belgium finally commits to North Carolina. Then they get drunk and talk about a bunch of really interesting stuff. If you like beer, that is. Stuff like:
☞ New Belgium cements Asheville’s reputation as Beer City USA
☞ Austin Beer Fest is the worst beer fest since Jay Chandrasekhar’s ’06 vehicle Beerfest
☞ Boston Beer Company drops a shandy (not a euphemism)
☞ Heineken officially out of ideas; Launches “Ideas Brewery”
☞ Lagunitas founder Tony Magee has a 250 bbl brewhouse in the pipeline, and possibly some sticky-icky-icky in his pipe
☞ Was Brewmasters really so bad that we can’t have a decent beer show on TV??? WTF, people?
When last we spoke with Win Bassett, he was but a simple beer blogger like any other Alehead… now he’s the new Director of the North Carolina Brewers Guild with a mandate to spread NC craft beer across our great nation. We talk about how he plans to accomplish this, some exciting new breweries opening in his state like Mystery Brewing and Haw River Farmhouse Ales, and updates to some current beer news events like the impending Sierra Nevada expansion to the greater Asheville area.
Unofficial (for now) North Carolina Craft Beer Goodwill Ambassador Win Bassett of ncbrewing.org stops by to discuss the monumental announcement that Sierra Nevada Brewing will be building an east coast production facility just south of Asheville, NC. We discuss the incentive package, the practical and philosophical implications the development might have on local brewing culture, the impending New Belgium announcement, the economic benefits to the region, and more.
Slouch sits down with Erik Lars Myers of Mystery Brewing Company to talk about the invasive tactics of some larger craft breweries, transitioning from homebrewer to pro, successfully funding a brewery on Kickstarter, equal representation at the Brewers Association for small breweries, his upcoming book North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries, and a heck of a lot more. Listen in and share a pint with us.
Brother Barley visits Asheville, North Carolina to see what the fuss is all about.