On the heels of all the Green Flash Brewing controversy, we are joined by legendary brewer, founder and former owner of Alpine Beer Co., Pat McIlhenny. We rundown the entire timeline of the relationship between Pat, his company Alpine Beer Co. and Green Flash from 2013 all the way to the present. Items of discussion include:
- Preliminary talks with Cold Springs Brewing out of Minnesota in 2013.
- Limited distribution and relationship with Artisan Distribution.
- 2013 contract brewing relationship with Green Flash.
- The outright acquisition of Alpine Beer Co. to Green Flash Brewing.
- The initial batches of Alpine beer brewed at Green Flash.
- Green Flash Brewing's tactic for selling Alpine Beer.
- Pat's new role post merger.
- Controversy surrounding two different facilities producing Alpine Beer Co. and the Asterisk.
- The lengthy process on attempting to scale up Alpine recipies.
- Thoughts on Green Flash announcing East Coast expansion, including the Alpine brand.
- Chuck Silva leaving Green Flash.
- Why Duet never returned to its original form?
- What happened with Nelson?
- Green Flash putting 120 day date codes on Alpine Beers.
- Green Flash changing West Coast IPA.
- Thoughts on the two beers Green Flash decided to can from the Alpine portfolio.
- Green Flash Brewing layoffs in 2017.
- And much more.
This week we are joined by owner and head brewer James Long of Barbarian Brewing out of Boise, ID. Items of discussion include:
- James transition from being an ER nurse to brewery owner and operator.
- Finding a name for a new brewery.
-Running a business alongside his family
- Picking Boise to start a brewery
- Starting off with a barrel aged sour program.
- Procuring barrels.
- Finding the balance in a sour ale.
And much more!
Derek Gallanosa returns to the show to talk about his latest venture as the head brewer of Moksa Brewing in Rocklin, CA. We talk about many things including:
- Derek's transition from Abnormal Beer Co. to Moksa Brewing.
- Why Derek's stouts are the cornerstone of his portfolio.
- The trend of quick turn pilsners and pliner-style ales.
- The underserved Sacramento market and the shift from old guard to new.
- The H-Word.
- Debate on secondary and trade markets.
- Balancing a stout so it's not deemed 'Beetus.'
- Strong relationship with Wakefield and Mostra Coffee.
- Collaborating around the country.
- Approach to IPAs.
And much more.
This week, we are joined by well known pub owner and brewery owner from San Diego county, Grant Tondro. Grant is the owner of Urge Gastropub, Brother's Provisions, Mason AleWorks and much more.
We talk about the following:
- Balancing dad life while being in the beer industry.
- The rundown of all of Grant's restaurants and breweries.
- Starting out in the unchartered territory of North County San Diego.
- How Stone and Lost Abbey helped Grant grow his businesses.
- The change in gastropub landscape over the years.
- Has Sculpin changed?
- The birth of Mason Ale Works.
- The Mexican Lager trend.
- A look at San Diego beer culture.
- A look at the Green Flash situation.
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