October 17, 2019
Jimmy sits down with Joe Grimm of Grimm Artisanal Ales, Sebastian Sauer of Freigeist, and Joel Shelton of Shelton Brothers.  Hear them discuss carbonic maceration, a hat called a bollenhut, and how they use labels to market their beer.
October 10, 2019
This week, Jimmy talks all things cider with Ron Sansone of Spoke + Spy Ciderworks; Gidon Coll of Original Sin Cider; Paige Flori of Boutique Wines, Spirits and Cider; Tyler Graham of Kings Highway; Petra Paredez of Petee's Pie; and apple photographer William Mullan. Hear them discuss the market for single varietal ciders, the unidentified apple varieties living in the Hudson Valley, and the founding fathers' love of cider.
October 3, 2019
Jimmy sits with visiting guests 2 days before the 10th annual Pig Island NYC event in red hook, brooklyn. He is joined by Heritage pig farmer Tank Jackson, from Holy City Hogs; Phil Wingo, from Pork Mafia; & Mauro Chiefari, the reigning brisket king of NYC, from Juicy Lucy BBQ in Staten Island. Together they discuss how BBQ is collaborative and how low and slow wood smoking is like baking. Plus, Heritage Pigs.
October 1, 2019
In a crowded studio, Jimmy talks about the Shelton Brothers' upcoming festival in Buffalo, NY with Joel Shelton and BR Royla of Shelton Brothers, Peeter Keek of Põhjala Brewery, Bobby Carlo of Barrier Brewing Company, Yvan De Baets of Brasserie De La Senne, and Jamie Cruickshank of Naparbier. Hear them discuss the brewing culture in Belgium, Estonia, and Spain; what The Festival means to them; and treating yeast as human being.
September 24, 2019
For the 500th episode of Beer Sessions, Jimmy discusses the business of food and beverage with Matt Archambault of Fifth Hammer Brewing and Brewed in New York, brothers Danny and Luke Bruckert of Groundlings Pizza, and Shinobu Kato of Kato Sake Works. Hear them talk about pairing food with beer and sake, how the food truck culture in New York compares to Portland, and the state of sake in America. Beer List: Kato Sake Works' Pilot Batch 60% Calrose Fifth Hammer Brewing Company's Sonic Architecture Sixpoint Brewery's Spritzer
September 10, 2019
On the heels of the tenth annual Pig Island Festival, Jimmy sits down with chefs Danny Mena of La Lonchería and Cenobio Canalizo of Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue, and spirits importer Arik Torren of Fidencio Mezcal. They talk about what inspired their Pig Island dishes, Danny’s new book, Made in Mexico: The Cookbook, the challenges of importing authentic Mexican ingredients, the unique subtleties of Mexico City’s cuisine unique among Mexican food, and how different agave varietals and different regional origins create unique mezcal flavors.
September 3, 2019
Long Island City is home to six breweries, all in a two-mile radius. Five of them joined Jimmy in the studio: Kaitlyn Acosta of LIC Beer Project, Pat Fondiller of Alewife Brewing, Mark Hirst of Big aLICe Brewing, Laszlo Fodor of ICONYC, and Matt Archambault of Fifth Hammer Brewing and the Emmy Award-winning TV series Brewed in New York. They shout out their fellow LIC brewery, Rockaway Brewing Company, talk about local yeast strains, and take Jimmy on a virtual tour of the trail, including tips on where to eat—and bowl—along the way. Beer List: Fifth Hammer’s Sonic Architecture IPA Big aLICE’s Brunch Crusher Tangerine Pineapple Sour ICONYC’s Cucumber Saison Alewife’s Dimensional Observer #2 IPA Alewife’s Alien Technology, Russian Imperial Stout LIC Beer Project’s Back Back to Cali IPA LIC Beer Project’s Radiant Peach Vanilla Sour
August 29, 2019
Sara Hagerty of Origin Malt in Columbus, Ohio and Ivan Dedek of LIC Beer Project join Jimmy to talk about the annual Beers With(out) Beards event, LIC Beer Project’s American craft lager made with Origin’s two-row barley malt, how specialty crops like barley can revive agricultural communities, and why they predict that beer lovers will one day say “I can’t wait for Marden season!”
August 27, 2019
The day after the 9th Annual NYC Brewers Choice, a.k.a. the Slow Grains edition, Jimmy sat down with some of the Northeast’s leaders in the regional grain market. Maltster Andrea Stanley of Valley Malt, June Russell of GrowNYC Grains, Barry Labendz of working-farm brewery Kent Falls, and Evan Watson of Plan Bee Farm Brewery tell the backstory on reviving regional grains in the Northeast with malt and beer, their work getting regional malt into New York City-area breweries, and the power of integrating grains into our understanding of a local food system. Beer List: Kent Falls Brewing’s The Hollow, Pilsner made with Endeavor barley from Valley Malt
August 20, 2019
Jimmy’s got a full studio, with seven guests from across New York City’s craft beer scene: Mickey Alexander of Taproom 307, Kaitlyn LeLoup of Interboro, Chris Maestro of Bier Wax, Alex Munoz of Harlem Hops, Matt Negron of Uptown Beer Society, Juan Perez of Bar 180 and Bar 177, and Joel Suarez of The Sampler. They talk with Jimmy about Not My Pres, the third in their Pres series collaboration, which brings the flavors of popular beers like Presidente and Dos Equis to local craft beer. They talk about how they started collaborating to make beer celebrating the flavors of popular Carribbean beers, working with bars and businesses owned and run by people of color, the value of good beer bars and shops, and reclaiming fruits like guava, chinola, and tamarind.
August 13, 2019
Joel Shelton of Shelton Brothers Imports, Pete Lengyel of KCBC brewing, and brewer Ulrike Genz of Berlin’s Brauerei Schneeeule (Snowy Owl Brewery) join Jimmy to compare notes. Tune in to hear their conversation about American versus German beers, kettle versus slow sours, ugly fruit versus fruit puree, and Ulrike’s work reviving traditional 200-year-old methods for making Berliner Weißes or, as Napoleon called it, “the champagne of the north.” Beer List: Brauerei Schneeeule’s Kennedy Brauerei Schneeeule’s Irmgard Brauerei Schneeeule’s Yasmin Brauerei Schneeeule’s Marlene
August 6, 2019
This week, Jimmy turns from the art of brewing to the art He’s joined by author and writer Joshua M. Bernstein, AJ Keirans of the 16 Oz. Canvas podcast, and graphic designers Earl Holloway of KCBC and Daniel Birch of Barrier and Alewife Brewing. They talk about the expanding market for beer label art, the difference between designing for 750 ml bottles and for cans, their artistic inspirations, Easter eggs hidden in beer can art, and Can Jam. Beer List: KCBC’s Purgatorio Pilsner KCBC’s Strap Lite Lime Lager KCBC’s Strap Lite Lager KCBC’s Superhero Sidekicks IPA KCBC’s Penguins in Paradise Session IPA
July 30, 2019
This week, Jimmy checks in with two of New York’s new breweries. Co-founder John Dantzler and sales director Keith Sansone of Torch & Crown Brewing Company join Jimmy to talk about how they got started. John explains how he and his co-founder went from childhood friends to homebrewers to business partners, their flagship beers, and learning the skills (chemistry know-how, business savvy) they needed to succeed. They’re also joined by Cortlandt Toczylowski, owner and head brewer of King’s Court Brewing Company, who tells the story of serendipitously discovering his brewery site in Poughkeepsie. Beer List: Torch and Crown’s Slightly Sour Torch and Crown’s Almost Famous IPA Torch and Crown’s Sub Rosa Lager Torch and Crown’s Intersect: Simcoe + Idaho 7, Session IPA It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to
July 24, 2019
This week, Jimmy crunches the numbers with Ted Kenny of Top Hops, Gage Siegel of Beer Menus and Nonsequitur Brewing Project, David Steinman of Craft Brew News, and Ethan Siegler, author of a recent study on Los Angeles beer consumer choice. They talk about what kind of beer data they’re interested in, the dominance of the “hazy IPA,” the geographic differences in craft beer offerings, highlights from Ethan’s thesis study, and what exactly the “mobility gap” is. Beer List: Flora’s Tiki, Pineapple Wine Spritzer Industrial Arts’ Tools of the Trade, Pale Ale
July 16, 2019
Jimmy talks malt with Jeff Lyons of Keg and Lantern and Max Ocean and Zane Coffey, co-founders of Catskill, NY’s Subversive Malting and Brewing. Tune in for a preview of NYC Brewer’s Choice 2019 and to learn more about the rise of New York’s malt industry, brewing tasty ingredient-driven beers, sourcing up-and-coming hop varieties, and the surprising smells of malting. Beer List: Subversive’s Drinkenbier Keller Lager Subversive’s Body Double IPA Keg and Lantern’s White Noise Pilsner Keg and Lantern’s Longer Days Saison
July 9, 2019
This, week, Jimmy talks about the Good Beer Seal all-stars with the owners of three NYC beer bars: Kyle Radzyminski of The Baroness Bar + Kitchen in Long Island City, Chris Maestro of BierWax in Prospect Heights, and Joel Suarez of The Sampler in Bushwick. They talk about bar and brewery collaboration, the important role of Good Beer retailers and bars in the craft scene, and taste a special early sneak peak of Sierra Nevada’s fall seasonal Octoberfest. Beer List: Sierra Nevada’s Octoberfest, Fall Seasonal 2019 KCBC / Roberta's Collab, Pizzagate Margherita's Revenge
July 2, 2019
The teams behind Marz Community Brewing in Chicago and Mash Tun journal stopped by the studio on June 20 to talk with Jimmy before heading off to Mash Tun’s Issue #13 release party at KCBC. Joining Jimmy on air were founder of Marz Brewing and Mash Tun journal Ed Marszewski, Marz head brewer Tim Lange, former editor of BeerAdvocate and summer 2015 Beer Sessions co-host Ben Keene, KCBC’s Pete Lengyel, and photographer Miguel Rivas, who guest edited the latest issue of Mash Tun. They crack open some Gay IPAs for Pride while talking about community brewing, their creative heroes, the Marz monthly drink and draw event, and the Chicago craft beer scene. Beer List: Marz’s Gay IPA, Double Dry Hopped India Pale Ale with Lactose, a Pride special Marz’s Chela Negra, Black Lager KCBC’s Strap Lite, Rice Lager It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to
June 25, 2019
Jimmy finds out more new beer and cider distributors in town with Lars Dahlhaus of Baldor Specialty Goods, Brown's Brewery of Troy, NY, Lisa and Rich Costagna from Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, and Jahil from Descendant Cider. It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to Beer and Cider List: Bronx Brewery's Strobe Light - Gose w/ Straberry & Rhubarb Bridge and Tunnel's Bagel IPA Descendant Cider's - Pomme w/ Pomegranate & Hibiscus Descendant Cider's - New World Heritage Cider Descendant Cider's - Wilderness - Wild Pippin & Forgotten Orchards Brown's Brewing Nice to Meet Me - Revolving IPA Brown's Brewing Strobe Light - Gose Brown's Krush Golden Lager Brown's IPA Brown's Brewing Cherry Razz - Brown's Carla IPA La Parisienne Rouse La Parisienne Blonde Beer Sessions Radio is powered by Simplecast.
June 18, 2019
A few months ago, the experts from Beer Table made their way down into the cellar at Jimmy’s No. 43—Jimmy’s old East Village bar, which closed almost two years ago—to unearth the bottles that were left behind. In this episode, the team—Justin Philips, Megan Saxelby, Noah Levin, Gavin Murphy, and Evan Rose—join Jimmy to uncork the bottles and talk about what they found.
June 11, 2019
Aaron Burr Cidery’s founder, farmer, and fermenter Andy Brennan joins Jimmy to talk about his new book, Uncultivated: Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living. Also in the studio are the book’s editor Ben Watson of Chelsea Green Publishing and the annual CiderDays celebration in Franklin County, Massachusetts, and Ron Sansone of Connecticut’s Spoke and Spy Ciderworks. They talk basement brewing, place-based apples, the history of Andy’s homestead farm—including how Aaron Burr was involved—and the true meaning of “Scrumpy.” Cider List: Spoke and Spy Ciderworks’ Kingston Black, a single varietal cider Spoke and Spy Ciderworks’ Pink Lady cider, made with blood orange and pomegranate
June 4, 2019
For farmers in New York State, how does hemp stack up against hops? Laura Ten Eyck of Indian Ladder Farms and Dietrich Gehring of Indian Ladder Farms Cidery and Brewery—who grow hemps and hops are co-authors of The Hop Grower’s Handbook—join Jimmy to weigh in. Attorney Max Bookman tells the story of New York state’s slow trek towards adult-use marijuana legalization, and whether we might . They talk about annual hemp versus perennial hops, CBD, the role of the gubernatorial primary in marijuana legalization, the multitude of uses of hemp, and, if hemp is so useful, why it’s been illegal for so long. Beers: Indian Ladder’s Homie Haulers, India Pale Lager Indian Ladder’s Golden Boy, Golden Russet Cider
May 28, 2019
Tonight Jimmy uses the upcoming Rib King (May 30th) to talk BBQ! With guests including Blake Crawford of New Jersey’s The Alementary, Rob Cho of Kimchi Smoke in NJ, and Cenobio, Eric, and Penny from Morgan’s BBQ right here in Brooklyn. Together they tackle the supremacy of Texas-style BBQ, the value of "burnt ends," the New Jersey brewing scene, and how smoke affects beer / food pairings. Beer List: The Alementary's Island Life, Gose w/ Calamansi The Alementary's Random Placement of Things, Extra Pale Ale The Alementary's Seoul Brothers, Blonde Rice Ale w/ Korean Pears
May 21, 2019
Tonight on Beer Sessions Jimmy talks about exporting New York State beer with guests Qurban Walia and Peter McNulty of Crafted Exports, Dave Lopez of Gun Hill, Kelly Taylor of KelSo, and Keith Fekete of Captain Lawrence. They discuss the separation of duties between exporters and brewers, the intricacies of exporting to particular countries, and how to care for the quality of beer shipped overseas. Beers: Gun Hill's Spreadsheet Mafia, Helles Lager Gun Hill's Buena Onda, Mexican Lager Gun Hill's Broadway Boogie, American Amber Ale KelSo Brewing w/ Queens Brewery's , Belgian Session Brut IPA
May 14, 2019
Jeff Alworth, author of The Beer Bible and the Beer Tasting Tool Kit, joins Jimmy to talk about craft brewing in Portland, Oregon. His latest book, The Widmer Way: How Two Brothers Led Portland’s Craft Beer Revolution, chronicles Kurt and Rob Widmer’s journey from humble homebrewers to craft beer pioneers and purveyors of the iconic Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen. Jeff and Jimmy also talk with New York brewers Jeff Lyons of Keg & Lantern and Brett Taylor of Wild East Brewing about the satisfaction of a simple beer, whether bread or beer came first, and what ancient beer history can tell us about being human.
May 7, 2019
Jimmy checks in on the future of beer in the state of New York with Paul Leone of the New York State Brewers Association, Stefan Fleming of Empire State Development, and Jason Sahler of Brooklyn’s Strong Rope Brewery. They talk about the challenges and benefits of owning a brewery in New York City, how fast the industry has grown in recent decades, the long-term outlook for craft in New York, and how New York’s beer fans compare to other states’. Beers: Strong Rope Brewery’s Seeds of Love and Outrage, IPA Strong Rope Brewery’s Field Drinker, IPA Strong Rope Brewery’s Young Lion of the West, Cream Ale
April 30, 2019
This week, Jimmy and his guests talk about the pernicious Instagram phenomenon known as the #BossPour, where a glass is filled to the rim without any head, at the expense of taste and aromatics, and all for the sake of a good pic. In the studio weighing in are Dan Lamonaca of bar and bottle shop Beer Karma in Williamsburg, James Tai of Beer Acolyte, and Joel Suarez and Matt Negron of The Sampler and Uptown Beer Society. Mirella Amato, Master Cicerone and author of the award-winning book Beerology calls in to talk about the many obstacles to excellent beer photography and later in the show, Julia Herz from the Brewers Association breaks down best practices for pouring and keeping draft lines clean. Tune in to find out how experts are thinking about beer presentation, helping customers find a beer they will love, and what a real boss pour would look like.
April 23, 2019
On this special episode of Beer Sessions Radio, recorded during NYC Beer Week 2019 at Brooklyn craft beer stronghold The Gate, Jimmy and Curator of Beer Sean McCain sat down with some of the earliest brewers, bar owners and beer shop founders in New York’s craft beer scene. They talk about their hidden talents, their communities, old-school beer bars, and how and why how why they got into craft beer, from camaraderie to chemistry. Guests, in order of appearance: Sean McCain, Curator Of Beer Dave Gardell, Owner, The Ruck in Troy, NY Kevin Mullen, Owner and Head Brewer, Rare Form Brewing Company James Langstine, Owner, Bronx Alehouse and Kingsbridge Social Club Patrick Donagher, Founder, Alewife Brewing Company Pat Fondiller, Alewife Brewing Company Bobby Gagnon, Owner, The Gate Alan Rice, Manager and Owner, City Swiggers Marianna Ruth Torres, Social Media and Press Manager, Covenhoven Adam Fletcher, Head of Sales, Finback Brewery Beer List: Rare Form’s Raisin In the Dark – Schwarzbier, with smoked raisins, caraway, and urfa-biber chile Thin Man’s Minkey Boodle – Sour Ale, aged on raspberries Alewife’s Alien Technology – Imperial Stout Finback’s BQE – Brooklyn Queens Espresso Imperial Stout, aged in tequila barrels Alewife’s Death to Ego – IPA Equilibrium’s and Alewife’s Entente – Double IPA
April 16, 2019
Description: This week, Jimmy sits down with Jon Kielty from Big Alice Brewing, Christian Weber from Common Roots Brewing, and Melanie Fronhofer from brew system design company Fronhofer Design. In late March, a fire destroyed much of Common Roots’ father-son brewery in South Glens Falls, New York. Right away, Jon and others from the craft brewing community got together to figure out to help Christian and his father rebuild. Jon, Christian, and Melanie talk with Jimmy about the Big Alice-Common Roots collab beer, brewing on the three-barrel system that survived the fire, and the benefits of working with a small, local design company. To donate to Common Roots’ rebuilding effort, visit:
April 9, 2019
What do you drink when you smoke...brisket? Tune in for a preview of Jimmy’s annual Brisket King NYC competition! Three of this year’s competitors, John Gower, John Patterson, and Matt Abdoo, join Jimmy to talk about spice rubs, pig breeds, HACCP plans, and what drinks pair best with BBQ.
April 2, 2019
Jimmy talks (and drinks) lagers with Svend Lindbaek from Millerton’s Svendale Brewing Co., Pete Lengyel from Bushwick’s KCBC Brewing, and Jeff Lyons and Alex Biedermann of Greenpoint’s Keg & Lantern Brewing. They cover New York state malts and hops, secret German brewing methods, the virtues and vices of Rolling Rock, Danish beer culture, and who’s putting lagers in barrels.
March 26, 2019
Hear about what makes New York cider special, the question of canning, the truth about dryness, and the definition of endangered apples while Jimmy checks in on the state of New York cider.
March 19, 2019
This week on Beer Sessions, Jimmy checks in with beer importers BR Rolya and Joel Shelton to talk about their latest venture, Shelton Brothers Insider Tours. Alex Zolli, general manager of Spuyten Duyvil bar in Williamsburg, also joined them to talk about Péché Mortel (French for “mortal sin”), the Imperial Coffee Stout from venerable Montreal brewpub, Dieu du Ciel!
March 12, 2019
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy explores the phenomenon sweeping Brooklyn: Rothaus Pilsner. He is joined by Tobias Holler of Black Forest Brooklyn, Josh Van Horn of Gold Star Brewing, Kim Mercado from Brouwerij Lane, and Aaron Goldfarb, a writer from Punch. Rothaus Pilsner is an unpasteurized beer imported fresh and cold from Germany. Tobias is originally from the Black Forest region in which this beer is made and explains why he wanted to share his culture with New Yorkers. From the beer’s iconic logo to it’s short shelf life, these guests talk about why Rothaus Pilsner is good enough to compete with local brews. Beer List Rothaus Pilsner Andechser Vollbier Hell, Klosterbrauerei Andechs Palatime Pils, Suarez Family Brewery Homespun, Suarez Family Brewery Purple Haze, Abita Brewing Co.
February 27, 2019
Beer Sessions assistant producer Dylan Heuer attended Coney Island Brewery’s Beer + Cheese Tasting for NYC Beer Week. An interview with Coney Island’s head brewer Matt McCall and cheese expert Christine Clark delves into their process for finding complementary pairs, why they believe beer pairs better with cheese than wine, and how you can create tastings like this at home.
February 26, 2019
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined by leaders in the New York beer scene who started small but expanded rapidly. Kyle Hurst from Big Alice Brewing is in the studio; along with the head brewer at Coney Island Brewing, Matt McCall; and the founders of Island to Island Brewery, Danii Oliver and Kevin Braithwait. These brewers recall their first brews and the initial challenges they faced in small spaces. As their businesses grew, they had the freedom to host more guests and hold events. Plus these guests discussed the ability to become more adventurous with their craft over time. They round out the show with a conversation of NYC Beer Week and the NY SMASH (state malt and state hops) beers these breweries are excited to showcase.
February 20, 2019
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined by Matt McCall of Coney Island Brewing Company, Pat Fondiller of Alewife Brewing Company, and James Tai, a beer consultant. NYC Beer Week is around the corner, and more breweries from upstate and out of state will be attending than ever before. These guests provide insight on what to expect and how to navigate the bounty of breweries attending. Their best advice: try out a lager, kolsh, or pilsner before moving to an IPA. These styles aren’t masked with additional flavor so Pat and Matt agree they serve as a good test for new breweries. Danii Oliver of Island to Island Brewery stops by as well to share her thoughts on the differences between social media culture, and what customers actually want. Tune to hear what events and beers these guests are most excited about as NYC Beer Week approaches. Beer List Alewife Brewing Company, Death to Ego Alewife Brewing Company & Equilibrium Brewery, Entente Double IPA Coney Island Brewing Company, Cream of the Cropsey Coney Island Brewing Company, Midnight Troller Milk Stout Coney Island Brewing Company, Chocolate Ryezome
February 13, 2019
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy focuses on what it really means to be ‘local.’ Joining him is Andrew Preston the owner of Hicksville Beer & Soda and the founder of the Local to Locals Program. Local to Locals is a certification mark that affirms both a product and its retailer are locally owned. Andrew founded the enterprise to help consumers invest 100% of their money into local businesses, rather than shopping for local products in big-box stores. Right now Andrew’s priority is expanding his network and some of his partners join the conversation as well. Ken Landin, the owner of Crossroads Brewing, Anthony Tartaglia and Joseph Mele from Coastal Kitchen & Daiquiri Bar, and Matt Archambault from Brewed in New York are all in the studio. Together they discuss educational efforts, collaborations, and where they like to eat and drink locally. Beer List Crossroads, Black Rock Stout Crossroads, New Normal Unfiltered IPA Destination Unknown, Milkshake IPA Fifth Hammer, Cashmere Kid Fifth Hammer, Iron Orchid Imperial Stout Fifth Hammer, Pineappledactyl Fifth Hammer Solar Lemur Spider Bite, Chocolate Coconut Porter
February 5, 2019
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined by Rafael Espinal, a New York City Council member running for Public Advocate in the upcoming special election. Danii Oliver of Island to Island Brewery, Heather Rush of Pine Box Rock Shop, and Chris O’Leary of Brew York, New York also join the conversation about how New York politics are affecting brewers. Danii and Heather talk about the strong role local government plays in the management of their breweries and taprooms. They discuss the difficulty of being labeled as “vice” businesses and argue breweries should be valued for providing manufacturing jobs, creating a local product, and supporting other local businesses in the process. The conversation ultimately comes down to the question: Why should breweries do business in NYC? Beer List Boulevard Brewery Space Camper Cosmic IPA Sixpoint Party Hat New England IPA Big Alice Boisonberry Current Sour Hudson Valley Brewery Pilsner
January 29, 2019
This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy is dedicating the show to an issue that affects all breweries, but is rarely discussed: wastewater. Water is integral to making beer but a lot is wasted. Typically one pint of beer requires seven pints of water. For this conversation, Jimmy is joined by John Bedard of Kushner Studios, a brewery architect; Paul Mankiewicz, a biologist from the Gaia Institute; and Evan Bowles, a wastewater engineer. These experts discuss various policies surrounding the issue and the diverse challenges brewers face from New York to California. They divulge to talk about the importance of environmentally conscious design from green roofs to solar panels and imagine how they would construct a sustainable brewery from the ground up.
January 22, 2019
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy hosts Justin Phillips and his team from Beer Table for a special tasting. Jimmy and Justin along with Megan Saxelby, Noah Levin, and Gavin Murphy taste a handful of distinct beers, which all share one ingredient: smoked malts. The origin of the beers ranges: from Bamberg, Germany, the world’s largest supplier of malts; to Scandinavian countries like Norway and Finland; all the way to Vermont where one beer was made by the Von Trapp family of the Sound of Music. The conversation covered the delicacy of smoky flavors, which varied from rich and meaty to the woodiness one might recognize in a scotch. As everyone tried to pinpoint the evocative sensation a smoked malt beer can provide, some suggested that looking to writing on cocktails, wine, and even perfumes can help anyone working to train their palette. Tasting List: Threes Short Fuse Von Trapp Trösten Lager Schlenkera Urbock Haandbryggeriet Bestefar Prykmestar Savu Kataja Hair of the Dog Adam Del Ducato Verdi Anniversario 200
January 15, 2019
This week on Beer Sessions Radio Jimmy welcomes Matthias Neidhart, the founder and owner of B. United International Inc. along with George Flickinger and Michael Opalenski, who manage sales for the company here in New York. They talk about the innovation that finally allowed B. United to import traditional lagers from the Czech Republic without interfering with the flavor or freshness of the beer. Their temperature-controlled containers convinced some of the most historic breweries in the world to ship their beer across the Atlantic Ocean. Matthias believes the market for traditional lagers will continue to grow in the US, recalling how dramatically attitudes have shifted over the past few years. Chris McClelland, founder of the Brew Enthusiast joins the conversation as well, contributing his passion for the culture, history, and high quality of Czech Lagers.
January 8, 2019
This week on Beer Sessions Radio the bar owners and brewers behind popular beers, El Pres Pilsner and Dead Pres Lager come together to discuss this collaboration and their stories as bar owners of color. To create these beers individuals from Bar 177, Bar 180, BierWax, The Bronx Beer Hall, The Sampler, and Uptown Beer Society worked with Interboro Spirits and Drafts. This group talks about the desire to create a beer that would resonate with the Latinx community. They express that their passion for creating and selling beer goes beyond making money, these men strive to represent the local businesses and culture of their neighborhoods. Many of these bars were the first to sell craft beer in their community and the conversation covers how they continue to thrive as New York City changes around them.
January 1, 2019
In this very special New Year's episode we went into the archives, way back to 2015 for a conversation recorded at the Cornelia St Cafe. Sadly, due to rent increases, the Cornelia St Cafe - a West Village institution - will be closing soon. Joining Jimmy on this evening were: Robin Hirsch, co-owner and co-founder of Cornelia st cafe; Daric Schlesselman, the Founder of Van Brunt Stillhouse in Brooklyn; Allison Patel of Brenne Whiskey; and Liz stretch, from Slow Food NYC and NYU's Food Studies Program. Together they discuss the history of Cornelia St Cafe, the local distilling movement, huge change in American palates over the past four decades, and much much more.
December 24, 2018
Jimmy greets Stefan Hansen all the way from Norway this week on Beer Sessions Radio. Stefan manages domestic and international sales for Haanbryggiert Brewery. BR Rolya and Bib W join in too. They are both NY sales representatives for Shelton Brothers Inc., an importer of Haand beers. Haand Brewery specializes in sours, stouts, and farmhouse ales, but what really sets them apart is Kveik, a strain of yeast unique to Norwegian brews. Homebrewing in Norway has regained popularity over the last decade but we learn the practice is rooted in the country’s history. Stefan shares about his tour of the NYC beer scene. By combining his own knowledge with what he's learned, Stefan hopes the partnerships he has formed will bring him back to the city in the near future.
December 18, 2018
This week on Beer Sessions Radio Jimmy is joined by Jason Sahler of Strong Rope Brewing, Chad Zimar of Steuben Brewing, Kara Johnston from Chimney Bluffs Hoppery and Chris Holden of Crooked Creek Hops.
December 11, 2018
The marriage of food and beer is at the heart of Beer Sessions Radio this week. Jimmy welcomes Hutch Kugeman and Waldy Malouf from the Culinary Institute of America.
December 4, 2018
Wild East Brewing is coming soon to Gowanus, Brooklyn and the whole team joins Jimmy on Beer Sessions Radio this week. Brett Taylor, Lindsay Steen, Tyler March have taken on this project as founding partners. Jeff Lyons is in the studio as well talking about his experience brewing at Keg & Lantern in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is also currently assisting with the opening of their new location. Everyone talks about the decision-making required by the process of opening a brewery, from recipes to logistics and self-image. The founders of Wild East discuss their inspiration and share how their conception for the brewery has changed. One lesson they’ve carried with them is the importance of thinking big! It’s clear that these guests’ dedication to the beer industry stems from the genuine joy that arises from collaboration, learning, and creation.
November 27, 2018
This week Jimmy welcomes Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso back to Beer Sessions. Jeppe has made many memorable beers over the years, but today’s discussion is focused on his newest project: opening Evil Twin Brewery in Queens.
November 20, 2018
It’s a full house this week on Beer Sessions Radio! Brewers from Interboro, KCBC, Indian Ladder Farms, Greenpoint Beer & Ale, Cerveceria Rancho Humo, and Just Add Beer are here to talk about collaborations while they enjoy the products that have resulted from them. Partnerships stretch across New York State connecting brewers with the farmers growing hops and malts. But the local market is still developing and the brewers and farmers around the table discuss the challenges they currently face in working together. As they continue to taste, these brewers take us through the process, ingredients, and inspiration behind their beers. Everyone shares about the events, travels, and coincidences that have led to exciting collaborations in craft brewing.
November 14, 2018
"This week on Beer Sessions Radio Jimmy welcomes Pete Lengyel of Kings Country Brewers Collective and Katarina Martinez of LineUp Brewing. Recently, both Pete and Katarina travelled to experience the beer scene in Europe and they have lots to share! Pete attended the Gothenburg Beer festival in Sweden and tells us what he learned about Kveik, which Jimmy calls the “magic yeast” from Scandinavia. Katarina was just in Germany on a scholarship through the Pink Boots Society. She talks about the German Purity Law, the only brewing nun in the world, and the support she witnessed for local brewers. Alexander Korobkov from Zagovor Brewery stops by to chime in on the discussion as well! Everyone shares how an international perspective will impact their brewing back home.
November 8, 2018
The excitement of Cider Week NYC continues. Jenn Smith, Eleanor Leger, Kyle Sherrer, Gidon Coll, and Ron Sansone stay in the studio to continue their conversation about the trajectory of the cider industry, cider’s variation across regions, and cider’s role in the food and agriculture sector. Reverend Nat calls in from Portland Oregon. He recognizes how unique Portland’s cider scene is but has a clear message for the industry at large: ‘Educate, educate, educate!’ This will be made possible by new organizations like CINA: the Cider Institute of North America. Nick Gunn, the co-founder of Cider Con calls in to tell us more about it. In the meantime the question remains: what is the market ready for and what path will this developing industry follow? Check out “The State of Cider” Parts 1 and 2 on Beer Sessions Radio.
November 8, 2018
It’s Cider Week in NYC and Jimmy talks to a number of industry experts. Jenn Smith from the NY Cider Association, Eleanor Leger of Eden Cider, Kyle Sherrer from Graft Cider, Gidon Coll from Original Sin, and Ron Sansone of Spoke and Spy Cider gather around in the studio. They have lots to say about celebrating orchards, pairing cider with food, and the relationship between cider, beer, and wine. Michelle McGrath, the Executive Director of the US Cider Association, calls to talk about the support cider needs to grow as an industry. Mike Beck from Uncle John’s Cider Mill in Michigan dials in next to discuss what styles and marketing strategies are gaining traction. When people think cider, usually one style comes to mind and that’s what these industry leaders want to change. Tune in to The State of Cider: Part 2 to learn more about cider’s diversity.
October 31, 2018
This week Jimmy and his guests went on a 11-country European tasting tour with Miguel Rivas, the Beer Trekker who documents his world travels on Instagram. They were joined in the studio by international and domestic beer importers BR Rolya, Joel Shelton, and Lars Dahlhaus. The conversation got deep.
October 23, 2018
Scott Ungermann the Brewmaster for Anchor Brewing in San Francisco joins Jimmy on Beer Sessions this week. Jen Maslank from Spring Lounge, Kirk Struble of 4th Ave Pub, and Bobby Gagnon from The Gate also take a seat around the table. A sequence of tastings from Anchor Brewing commences with the Anchor Steam, followed by Anchor’s 2018 Christmas Ale, and then the Fog Breaker IPA.
October 16, 2018
New York Rye Week inspired Beer Sessions to look to another unique New York State farm beverage: mead! Jimmy hosts Raphael Lyon and Patrick Dacy. Lyon is the founder of Enlightenment Wines Meadery and Honey’s Brooklyn. Dacy is the owner of Duke’s Liquor Box, an early retailer of Lyon’s meads. Although mead is often associated with ‘dungeons and dragons’ given its roots with vikings in Northern Europe, meads are made around the world and range in flavor from bitter to sweet, floral to herbal. Some meads resemble table wine whiles others mix well in cocktails. Lyon and Dacy delve deep into how meads are made and discuss the pull between tradition and experimentation. Dacy has always valued the story behind the products he sells and his partnership with Lyon came naturally. The two have plans to collaborate on mead cocktails in the near future. If you want more background on NY State Grains & Rye, make sure to check out Beer Sessions Episode 409, wherever you get your podcasts!
October 9, 2018
Jimmy is joined by Chris McClelland, founder of The Brew Enthusiast, Angela Steil, manager of education at Murray’s Cheese, and Anthony Malone, a partner at Swift and director of operations at Pier A. They start the show off with a pint of Half Acre, Oktoberfest and discuss what makes a beer high quality. One word that’s thrown around is “more-ish” which describes the feeling of instantly wanting more of something. Jimmy wants to know how to find more great beers and less that are just “eh.” Given beer’s finicky nature, these experts—two of whom are Advanced Cicerones—delve into the rabbit hole that is the draft system and emphasize the importance of cleanliness, cool temperature, and correct carbonation. While everyone desires a clear industry standard, in the meantime these guests strive to make the draft beers they serve taste like the brewers intended.
October 3, 2018
Women in New York’s beer scene dominate this week’s discussion on Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy is joined by Kat Martinez, the founder of LineUp Brewing, Katherine Kyle, managing partner at the Blind Tiger, Ann Reilly from 5 Boroughs Brewing, and Lindsey Ronchi of Fool’s Gold. As they sipped on a raspberry sour they talked about the need to further categorize this broadly defined type of beer, among other things. Community was a recurring theme in the conversation, from social media networks, to the New York Brewers Guild, and the Pink Boots Society. Everyone dwelled on the many connections between beer and art as well. A strong argument was made for greater diversity in the beer industry and many believed local businesses, especially in New York City presented a good opportunity for this. Any one who listens to this episode will walk away with new events on their calendar like Beer without Beards and Blocktoberfest.
September 26, 2018
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone hosts a group of New York Beer Retailers including Kevin Heald from Malt & Mold, Zach Mack from ABC Beer Company, and John O’Donnell from Radegast Beer Hall, in addition to Vince Turse and Mike Semenec from DSSOLVR, a brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. This group of guys talks about everything that goes into owning a beer shop: from the beer itself, to the food served, and the atmosphere. Many discuss their journey from positions as bartenders, home-brewers, or sales representatives to opening their own beer shop. And Vince and Mike tell us about their current journey across the east coast collaborating with various breweries. Everyone chimes on difficult questions about how to seek out sustainable business and the ways in which breweries and retailers influence each other. Growing beer scenes like that in Asheville and subcultures like oat beer, excite the whole group, who agree we are really witnessing the golden age of beer.
September 19, 2018
"This week on Beer Sessions, Jimmy Carbone makes a long awaited return to the studio! He is joined by John Holl, an award-winning journalist covering the beer industry and author of the newly published book, Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint. We also hear from Justin Phillips, Megan Saxelby and Noah Levin who make up the team at Beer Table, a specialty beer shop in New York City. Jimmy and his guests discuss trends in the beer industry, trying to get to the bottom of which are meaningful and which may be fleeting. John Hull argues we should step away from modifiers like ‘craft’ and ‘independent.’ Everyone is interested in the ways the local food movement is impacting breweries as many begin to grow their own grain and malt. What seems to matter most, is how consumers are making personal connections with the beer they drink.
August 14, 2018
In the first hour of Beer Sessions Radio broadcast from the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, host Jimmy Carbone cracks into four special brews with Cameron Read and Timmons Pettigrew of Edmund's Oast. Lucky audience members have the chance to sample Gilded, their Belgian-style table beer, and learn about local oyster seasons, Charleston history, and of course, brewing. Special guest Randall Goldenberg, Chairman of the Festival, jumps in for a history lesson and a bit of trivia.
August 7, 2018
In the third hour of Beer Sessions Radio broadcast from the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, host Jimmy Carbone welcomes Morgan and Edward Westbrook from Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, SC and Chef Adam Sappington from The Country Cat in Portland, OR to talk beer and butchery. For the Westbrooks, brewing is a family affair (their kids very patiently hung out for their interview). Morgan shares stories about taste-testing local donuts before using them in their collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing: Imperial Donut Break. Adam Sappington is known for his whole hog butchery and American craft cooking. His passion for food dates back to his upbringing on the central Missouri farmlands, where he spent hours with his mother in the kitchen and attended the local farmers markets with his grandmother.
July 31, 2018
In the final episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio Season One, host Jimmy Carbone travels to the Finger Lakes. He visits The Farmhouse Brewery in Owego, the first malting house in New York State in over a decade and one of only a handful also brews in-house. You’ll hear from a top grains farmer about the challenges he faces to produce and distribute unique, artisanal grains to brewers. You’ll also meet the experts who support him in his work. Up in Ovid, Jimmy visits Blackduck Cidery and meets the whole family behind some of the best cider in the state. Plus, meet the community behind New York cider at Finger Lakes Cider House.
July 24, 2018
In this episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone travels to the Capital region near Albany, New York. You’ll hear from the farmers of Indian Ladder Farms about how they became leaders in the region for growing hops, and about how the farm brewery license, created by lawmakers in the nearby capital, has enhanced their business and made their farm more viable. The license to brew and serve beer on site has allowed local beverage producers to prosper. In the nearby town of Rensselaerville, you’ll meet the people behind a brewery that is primarily dedicated to learning the best ways to use New York State grains and hops in beer. Finally, we visit the capitol building in Albany and a nearby brewer who has chosen not to source completely locally-- for some unexpected reasons. Carey Institute / Helderberg Brewery Helderberg Brewery is a project of the Carey Institute’s Sustainable Communities Program, located on the Carey Institute’s 100-acre estate in Rensselaerville. It is a fully operational farm brewery and brewery incubator led by Rebecca Platel, the Sustainable Communities Program and Brewery Manager, and Greg Hostash, the Head brewer. Helderberg works to build a farm-to-glass supply chain connecting farmers, malt houses and craft beverage producers in the Capital Region. They've hosted workshops since 2013 for farmers interested in growing hops and small grains, and provide frequent hands-on learning and technical workshops for the region’s many craft beverage producers. Indian Ladder Farms Laura Ten Eyck, the great granddaughter of Indian Ladder Farms founder, Peter Ten Eyck, and her husband, Dietrich Gehrig, are continuing their family’s century-old tradition of living close to the land. What began in 1916 as a dairy farm with Guernsey cattle has developed over four generations to become a prolific apple orchard that yields delicious cider. Indian Ladder Farms now grows its own hops and barley, much to the delight of those who have a passion for the beer they brew. Their vision is to stay “hyper-local,” growing ingredients and making their own products for the Albany community while preserving the pristine landscape via a land trust. Laura and Dietrich recently published The Hop Grower’s Handbook, which provides an inspiring account of the history of hop cultivation on the land surrounding their farm as well as practical guidance for those who would like to join the ‘farm to glass’ movement. C.H. Evans Brewing Co. / Albany Pump Station Now located in the original water pumping station for the Albany Water Works, C. H. Evans Brewing Co. has been the work of the Evans family for three generations. Their original brewery was built in Hudson, NY in 1786 and it continued production until prohibition in 1920. In 1999, Neil Evans decided to revive his family’s historic brewery. Today, Neil and Head Brewer Scott Veltman, formerly of Brewery Ommegang, are rebuilding the Evans' beer legacy by sourcing ingredients from local farmers as frequently as possible and recreating historic early 19th century recipes like Albany Ale. C.H. Evans also has developed new classics; such as their Award-winning English style Kick-Ass Brown Ale, a real crowd pleaser.
July 17, 2018
In the second episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, travel with host Jimmy Carbone to the Edge of the Wild! In the Catskills region of New York State, you'll meet a former racetrack veterinarian who uses his chemistry background to distill unique buckwheat liquor and whole wheat vodka, a cider maker who takes his cues from texts written about apples in the 1800s, a brewery owner who was part of saving New York City’s water through anti-fracking advocacy, and one of the first (legal) absinthe producers in the United States. photos by Miguel Rivas, the Beer Trekker Aaron Burr Cider Andy Brennan, the visionary behind Aaron Burr Cider, makes bold moves - much like those of his cidery's historic namesake. Also a painter and architectural draftsman, Andy uprooted his life in Brooklyn and traded it for the quiet sanctuary of Wurtsboro, New York. Just as his cidery is situated on a homestead that dates back to the early 19th century, Andy draws inspiration and practical guidance from old farming almanacs, citing the wisdom that was recorded 100 years ago about apple cultivation to be the most trustworthy. There is no comparing apples to apples when it comes to ciders: The variety of apples required to make delicious cider are not the apples typically available to consumers. Aaron Burr Cider specializes in foraging wild apples for its ciders, creating heavenly blends of Golden Russet, Empire, Idared and crab-apple varieties. The Catskill Distilling Company The Catskill Distilling Company is a labor of love for Monte Sachs, its founder. Distilling and fermentation had long been a hobby for Monte. While studying to be a equine veterinarian in Italy, he became fascinated by the art of making traditional grappa. After many years pursuing his passion for working with horses at the Monticello Raceway, Monte again pursued distilling as a pastime, bringing The Catskill Distilling Company to life. His full-bodied, delectable buckwheat liquor is the only liquor of its type produced in the United States. Fascinatingly, buckwheat liquor is a special variety of "whisky" made from buckwheat malt, a non-grain plant of the sorrel and rhubarb family. Catskill Brewery Catskill Brewery is a thriving example of what is possible when four friends have a dream and work together to achieve it. The founders live by the "leave no trace" principle of outdoor exploring and aspired to build a green brewery - an operation that is completely energy-efficient, community-centered and environmentally friendly. In 2014, they accomplished their goal: The internal temperature of the brewery is maintained by geothermal energy and the entire facility is powered by solar energy. Visitors to the Catskill Brewery will also notice its green roof, permeable driveway pavers and electric car charging stations. Locals love Catskill's beers, their ongoing partnerships with local farmers and the recently-established food co-op. All of these sustainability-minded contributions make Catskill Brewery a valued presence in the Hudson Valley community. Delaware Phoenix Distillery When the United States Department of the Treasury relaxed their position on the sale of absinthe in 2007, Cheryl Lins, a former computer programmer and water colorist, was the first distiller in New York State to make two versions of the spirit at Delaware Phoenix, her micro-distillery. After receiving several orders for the green fairy liquid from European enthusiasts, Cheryl procured a distilling copper-pot from Portugal and Pierre Duplais Bible of 19th-century distillation techniques book and began to experiment. Cheryl cherishes the mindful pace of Delaware County life as she distills, designs the labels and delivers her exquisite absinthe to local markets and to her customers. This episode featured music by The Hollows, Lobo Loco, Doctor Turtle, Chris Zabriskie, Bad Citizen, James Beaudreau, and Mary Lattimore
July 10, 2018
In the first episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, you will travel with us to the Hudson Valley region. Although it’s only about an hour’s drive from New York City, you feel like you’re in a different world. The Hudson Valley is an historic beer-making region, but with the rise of industrialization and cheap transportation, breweries virtually disappeared for most of the 20th century. Then, in the last few years, locals again began to appreciate and demand craft, local beer, which attracted experienced brewers to the region to open their first ever breweries. The brewers wanted to make their beer in a traditional ways with ties to the community and local products, like it was made in the region over 100 years ago. Thus, Beer Sessions host Jimmy Carbone dubbed them “the new primitives.”
June 12, 2018
Keeping it metal, one brewery at a time. Craft beer and heavy metal fans are two of the most passionate audiences in the world, two distinct industries with the same rebel spirit; our goal is to connect those working on each side. Both homebrewers and guitar heroes start in the garage with dreams of turning pro – we’ll tour cross country to the six most hardcore breweries expressing themselves like rock stars, pairing craft beer with heavy metal today. Follow Advanced Cicerone® Adam Zuniga (look it up), along with a creative team of hopheads and metalheads, as we visit every region in America where brewers raise their horns. We’ll go behind the scenes at metal breweries, drink a beer; join for brew day, drink a beer; launch exclusive beers with local bands and venues, then of course, drink a beer. Taking pit stops along the way, let’s tap the heavy metal culture in your hometown. 'The Six Most Metal Breweries' is a lifestyle series made for TV that puts you in the band, on the bus. Cheers!
June 5, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight, including Sarah Howat from Denver’s Black Project Wild & Spontaneous Ales, Cat Brackett from Ivan Ramen, and BR Rolya from Shelton Brothers.
May 29, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Chris and Joe DeCicco from DeCicco & Sons in Westchester, Joe Turco from Sloop Brewing, and Yvon Pasquarello from Bells. Mike Amidei and Ralph Perrazzo will also be joining us later in the show to talk about an exciting new project they’re working on in Las Vegas.
May 22, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight to talk about the Cicerone program and more specifically the Master Cicerone level. Master Cicerone is the fourth and highest level of the Cicerone Certification Program. It recognizes an exceptional understanding of brewing, beer, and pairing — combining outstanding tasting abilities with an encyclopedic knowledge of commercial beers. The Master Cicerone exam challenges individuals to master every technical and aesthetic aspect of beer. Candidates must converse with professional brewers and chefs as a peer, demonstrate the tasting ability of a seasoned quality control panel member and yet also speak with consumers using easy-to-understand but vividly descriptive language. Those who possess these skills serve the industry as consultants, educators, and knowledge leaders in various organizations. We have two Master Cicerones from AB InBev’s The High End division, Max Bakker and Ryan Daley.
May 15, 2018
It’s Long Island Beer Week! We’re celebrating with two of the best breweries on the Island, Sand City and Destination Unknown. We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight, including Kevin Sihler and Bill Kiernan of Sand City Brewing, Chris Candiano of Destination Unknown Brewing, and beer writer Niko Krommydas.
May 8, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight to talk about brewing with lactose including Matt McCall from Coney Island Brewing, Jesse Ferguson from Interboro Brewing in Brooklyn, and Sean Torres from Kills Boro Brewing in Staten Island. Lactose/milk sugar is wholly unfermentable by brewer's yeast. Because of this, a lactose addition lends additional sweetness and body to a beer. Although lactose can be used with many beer styles, it turns out that the flavors in a stout (roast, chocolate, coffee, toffee) pair incredibly well with a heightened level of sweetness.
May 1, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Qurban and Peter from Crafted Exports and Patrick, Patrick, and Keir from Alewife Brewing!
April 24, 2018
For this special episode, Jimmy sat down at Haven's Kitchen with chefs Adam Dulte, co-author (along with HRN host Michael Harlan Turkell) of The Beer Pantry, Gavin Fine of Fine Dining Restaurant Group in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Steve Redzikowski, chef/owner of OAK at Fourteenth in Boulder, Colorado. talking food and beer, favorite recipes from the cookbook. The chefs were in NYC prepping for the annual Brewers Association Press Dinner.
April 17, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Josh Bernstein who has a brand new book out today as well as Jason Sahler from Strong Rope Brewery in Brooklyn and Svend Lindbaek from Svendale Brewing.
April 12, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsoe from Evil Twin Brewing and a bunch of Cicerones too!
April 3, 2018
Alex from Spuyten Duyvil invited Crooked Stave founder Chad Yakobsonto host a tasting event. From Colorado to Williamsburg...Beer Sessions Radio tagged along... We met up at The Well in Brooklyn, where Chad was making a sales call with Ian Ljundquist. We talked deep about sour, brett, and wild ale beers. Chad is "the brett whisperer," according to Jimmy.
March 28, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Brian Strumke from Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Master Cicerone Rich Higgins, and Dan Lamonaca from Beer Karma in Williamsburg.
March 22, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight from Brooklyn Cider House including co-owner Susan Yi and cidermaker Lindsey Storm. Also sitting in is David Cascione, president and founder of Barrika Basque Country Cider.
March 13, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight to talk about nightlife and culture here in Bushwick, including Rafael Espinal, NYC Council member for Bushwick; Brandon Hoy, Roberta’s co-founder/owner; Bim Lafontaine of Godspeed Brewery; and Tony Bellis, Pete Lengyel, and Zack Kinney of KCBC Brewing.
March 6, 2018
We're coming down from Beer Week 2018, and we’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Jens Reimer from To Øl Beer in Denmark, Mike Amidei from Torst, and BR Rolya from Shelton Brothers.
February 27, 2018
We've got some great guests joining us this week to talk about 2018 NYC Beer Week, including most of the new breweries that opened in NYC in 2017. We'll be tasting the collaboration beer they made, and discussing the changing beer scene and culture in NYC, the challenges of opening a brewery within the five boroughs, getting beer in the right bars and retail locations, and much more!
February 20, 2018
This week, we talk about the upcoming TRVE Brewing Launch Crawl and 2018 NYC Beer Week with our guests Cory Bonfiglio from Beer Street, Ian Ljungquist from The Well, Anthony Accardi and Rob Kolb from Transmitter, and Joel Ford, Matt Levy, and Justin Israelson from Threes Brewing.
February 13, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us this week, including BR Rolya from Shelton Brothers, Alex Zolli from Spuyten Duyvil, and Donovan Stewart from E9 Brewing in Tacoma, Washington.
February 8, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including Clay Risen of the New York Times, Sean Torres of Kills Boro Brewing, John Lapolla of Bitter & amp; Esters, and Brian Kulbacki of Departed Soles Brewing.
February 7, 2018
On this special episode, Jimmy sits down with Toshiyuki Kiuchi of Hitachino Nest Beer and Kiuchi Brewery, as well as George Flickinger and Michael Opalinski of B. United International importers.
January 30, 2018
This week on Beer Sessions Radio we’ve got some great guests including our friends Ken Landin, owner of Crossroads Brewing, Phil Markowski, Master Brewer at Two Roads Brewing, and Em Sauter, Communications Director at Two Roads. Ken discusses what it's been like to be one of the first New York craft breweries on the scene, Phil share some details from the pre-History of Two Roads, and Em talks about upcoming Two Roads releases. They also talk ingredients, souring techniques and the rise and fall of certain beer styles.
January 23, 2018
We’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including our friends Zach Mack from ABC Beer Co., Mike Amidei from Torst, Brad Kesler from Clinton Hall, and Master Cicerone Rich Higgins all the way from San Francisco. Tune in to hear everyone discuss the importance of clean draft lines!
January 16, 2018
It's our first show of 2018! Joining Jimmy and producer Justin Kennedy in the studio are chef Brandon Grimila from Hotel Fauchere in Pennsylvania, and Sean Donnelly of Port Jervis’s Fox 'N' Hare Brewing.
December 19, 2017
It's the season finale, and we’ve got some great guests joining us tonight including our friends Jeff “Chief” O’Neil from Industrial Arts Brewing and John Segal from Segal Hop Ranch, plus Leslie Vinyard from Blanca with the industry perspective.
December 12, 2017
We’ve got some special guests joining us tonight including our friends Tony Forder and the crew from Ale Street News! We’ve also got Danii Oliver and Kevin Braithwaite from Brooklyn’s Island to Island Brewing/House of Juice.
December 5, 2017
We’ve got some special guests joining us tonight including our old friends Christian DeBenedetti from Oregon’s Wolves & People and Evan Watson from Plan Bee Farm Brewery in the Hudson Valley. Beer writer Josh Bernstein is here as well!
November 29, 2017
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some special guests joining us from the New York City Brewers Guild including its president, Basil Lee of Finback, vice president Kyle Hurst of Big Alice, and events and marketing committee members Kaitie Lynch and Gabe Barry of Brooklyn Brewery. Also sitting in is beer rep Grace Weitz.
November 22, 2017
This week on Beer Sessions Radio we’ve got some special guests joining us including pizza chef of Ribalta and author of The Pizza Diet, Pasquale Cozzolino, Robert Michael Jones of Ribalta and Birra Antoniana, and Kenny Gould of Hop Culture, who will be telling us about his upcoming NYC beer festival.
November 14, 2017
This week on Beer Sessions Radio we’ve got some special guests joining us, including author Jeff Cioletti, and our good pal Justin Philips from Beer Table, who’s brought the entire Beer Table crew with him!
November 7, 2017
It's a big show this week on Beer Sessions Radio, and we’ve got some special guests joining us to talk about New York State rye, including farmer Thor Oeschner, author Amy Halloran, June Russell from Grow NYC, distiller Chris Williams from Coppersea Distilling, Chris Murillo from NY Distilling, Daric Schlesselman from Van Brunt Stillhouse, and Steven Baird from Cardiff Giant.
October 31, 2017
It’s Halloween! We’ve got some special guests joining us tonight on Beer Sessions Radio, including Tom Oliver of Oliver’s Cider, Perry and Ryan Burk of Angry Orchard, and Francesca Slattery of The Five Points Brewing Company in the U.K.
October 26, 2017
On this special Cider Week NYC edition of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is joined in studio by Jen Smith, the Executive Director of the New York Cider Association, Ezra Sherman, owner of Eve's Cidery, and Dan Wilson from Slyboro Cider House in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Tune in to hear them talk about the impact of apple varieties and terroir on the cider being produced in New York state.
October 24, 2017
Tonight we’re celebrating Cider Week NYC and we’ve got some great guests joining us including Steve Selin from South Hill Cider in the Finger Lakes, Maria Kennedy from The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, and Peter Li from Brooklyn Cider House. Our good pal Brendan Palfreyman is also joining us today all the way from Syracuse.
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