The Business of Beer

The Business of Beer

This podcast focuses on the business side of the craft beer industry. Andy "The Beerman" Coppock interviews those who contribute to this 20 billion dollar industry. Hear stories from Brewers, Founders, Writers and Innovators! Podcast brought to you by the folks at TapHunter - tools to help manage and market an ever changing beverage program. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter: Andy "The Beerman" - @AndyTheBeerman, TapHunter - @TapHunter

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    RateBeer Founder, Joe Tucker

    Joe Tucker, Founder of RateBeer joins us to talk about how RateBeer began, the collaboration with TapHunter, how TapHunter users will have access to RateBeer scores, and much more!

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    Founders Brewing Co. Co-Founder & President, Dave Engbers

    Dave Engbers, Co-Founder & President of Founders Brewing Co. joins us to talk about the mid '90s boom of breweries, how Founders started, their incredible success of their All Day IPA, and much more!

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    Brasserie Saint James Head Brewer, Josh Watterson

    Josh Watterson, Head Brewer of Brasserie Saint James joins us to talk about their 2014 Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year award, their Belgian influence, his title as Director of the Nevada Craft Brewers Assocation, and much more!

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    What's on Draft Executive Producer, Tom Keliinoi

    Tom Keliinoi, Executive Producer of What's on Draft joins us to talk about his background and how the show came together, his favorite breweries and brewers to work with, future plans for the show, and much more!

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    Against the Grain Brewery Co-Founder, Jerry Gnagy

    Jerry Gnagy, Co-Founder of Against the Grain Brewery joins us to talk about how they started, their particularly clever beer names and descriptions, what their plans are for the future, and much more!

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    Stone Distributing Co. Senior Director, Chad Heath

    Chad Heath, Senior Director of Stone Distributing Co. joins us to talk about how breweries partner with Stone Distributing Co., the 3 tier system, what style trends he sees in distribution, and much more!

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    The Full Pint Co-Founder, Danny Fullpint

    Danny Fullpint, Co-Founder of The Full Pint joins us to talk about what inspired the site, how LA breweries have changed in quantity and quality, how he deals with all of the rumors about buyouts and mergers, and much more!

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    [Recorded Panel] Brewery start-ups: A real conversation about costs, wages, and growth

    Brewery start-ups: A real conversation about costs, wages, and growth.

    This panel will bring together four brewery owners for an engaging discussion about wages and labor costs, philosophical approaches to building a brewery start-up and questions from members of the brewing industry to explore this topic for all independent brewers. San Diego's Proposition I (proposed minimum wage/paid sick day increase) and California's $15 increase make the conversation especially relevant.

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    SDSU Business of Craft Beer Program Director, Giana Rodriguez and Instructor & Graduate, Michael Peacock

    We have two special guests today from the SDSU College of Extended Studies, Business of Craft Beer Program: Program Director, Giana Rodriguez, and Instructor & Graduate, Micheal Peacock, who also works at Glacier Designs- a premium draft beer system provider. Giana and Michael join us to talk about what the Business of Craft Beer Program is all about, who can take these classes, what makes it different than other beer programs and more! If you are looking to further your craft beer education, then this episode is for you!

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    Ska Brewing Co-Founder and President, Dave Thibodeau

    Dave Thibodeau, Co-Founder and President of Ska Brewing, joins us to talk about the theme of the brewery and how they got the name Ska, how the Ska Comic Book came about, his guilt pleasure beer and more!

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    Roughtail Brewing CEO and Co-Founder, Blaine Stansel

    Blaine Stansel, CEO and Co-Founder of Roughtail Brewing, joins us to talk about how he got started, the backward brewing laws of Oklahoma, the impetus for switching to cans and more!

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    CEO and Founder of Growler USA, Dan White

    Dan White, CEO and Founder of Growler USA, joins us to talk about his background as a "serial entrepreneur", why craft drinkers are different, how he chose the Growler USA concept and future growth plans for the franchise. If you are interested in business and franchise opportunities then this podcast is for you!

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    [CBC Edition] World-Renowned Beer Writer, Ale Sharpton

    Ale Sharpton, world-renowned beer writer joins us from the busy CBC floor to talk about African American culture and craft beer, turning people on to craft from macro beer, how to sell more craft in urban areas and much more!

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    Writer & Financial Expert in the Beer Business, Jason Notte

    Jason Notte, Writer & Financial Expert in the Beer Business, joins us to talk about how he got into the financial side of beer, the biggest threats to the independent brewer, the current style trends he's seeing, and more! If you're a fan of Craft Beer, check this out!

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    Founder and Brewmaster at The Bruery, Patrick Rue

    Patrick Rue, Founder and Brewmaster of The Bruery, joins us to talk about the leap he took opening a brewery, pushing boundaries in the beer industry, his certification as one of the 11 Master Cicerones in the world, his recipe creation process, and more! If you're a fan of craft beer, give this episode a listen!

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    Author of Brewed Awakening, Joshua Bernstein

    Joshua Bernstein, author of Brewed Awakening, The Complete Beer Course, and Beer Camp for Beer Geeks, joins us to talk about how how he got into writing, his favorite stye of beer, what's trending on the east coast, and more! If you're a fan of craft beer, check this out!

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    Brewers from Mad Fritz Brewing & Ale Apothecary, Nile Zacherle and Paul Arney

    Nile Zacherle from Mad Fritz Brewing, and Paul Arney from Ale Apothecary join us to talk about how they got into the brewing business, their time at UC Davis, suggestions for which beer collaborations you should be drinking, and more! If you're a fan of these innovative breweries, then give this podcast a listen!

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    Co Founder and Chairman of Stone Brewing, Greg Koch

    Greg Koch, Co Founder and Chairman of Stone Brewing Co., and also our very first podcast guest joins us for the second time to talk about what craft is, what Stone's ideals are, how they stay ahead of the trend, and of course all things beer. If you're a fan of Stone Brewing Co., you don't want to miss this!

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    Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey Director of Brewery Production, Gwen Conley

    Gwen Conley, the Director of Brewery Production and Quality Assurance for both Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey, joins us to talk about how she got started in the business, what she looks for when judging beer, beer pairings, and her book “Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros”. Listen to find out about technology's influence on the Craft Beer Movement, and how Gwen became a certified Beer Judge. You don't want to miss this!

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    Deep Ellum Brewing Co's Head Brewer, Jeremy Hunt

    Jeremy Hunt, Head Brewer of Deep Ellum Brewing Co, joins us to talk about the Dallas beer scene, his go-to beer style, the challenges of brewing in Texas, and more! If you're interested in what it's like to brew your own beer, or the beer scene in Dallas then this is a must listen!

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    Founder and President of Dogfish Head, Sam Calagione

    Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head, joins us to talk about his background, influences, strategies, leadership challenges, and more! If you're a fan of Dogfish Head, then check this out!

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    Ratio Beerworks CoFounder, Jason zumBrunnen

    Jason zumBrunnen, CoFounder of Ratio Beerworks, joins us to talk about the meaning behind Ratio, his inspiration to get into craft beer with a German brewing background, and his interest in the local art scene! If you want to learn more about the beer scene in Denver, then this podcast is for you!

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    Rock Bottom Brewing's Head Brewer, Carli Smith

    Carli Smith, Head Brewer of Rock Bottom Brewing, joins us to talk about how she got involved in the beer scene, what her inspiration was to get into craft beer, her brewing style, and more! If you're interested in brewing craft beer, then check this out!

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    Pittsburgh Craft Beer Network Founder, Jason Cercone

    Jason Cercone, Founder of the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Network and craft beer writer/evangelist, joins us to talk about all things Pittsburgh! Beer, bars, breweries, food and more. If you are interested in visiting, this podcast is for you!

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    Abnormal Beer Company's Head Brewer, Derek Gallanosa

    Derek Gallanosa, Head Brewer of Abnormal Beer Co, joins us to talk about how he got into the brewing business, his mentors and inspiration for brewing, and Abnormal's rapid expansion! If you are a homebrewer looking to get into the big time, this podcast is for you!

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    Award-Winning Beer and Food Writer and Author, Stephen Beaumont

    Stephen Beaumont, award-winning beer and food writer and author, joins us for the second time to talk about his latest book, what he thinks about the recent acquisitions, and of course...all things beer and food pairing! If you are a foodie, you don't want to miss it!

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    Ballast Point Vice President / Specialty Brewer, Colby Chandler

    Colby Chandler, Vice President and Specialty Brewer at Ballast Point Brewing Co. joins us to talk about the future, past and present of Ballast Point. Listen to hear about the brewery's R&D program, how Sculpin IPA was created, and of course...Colby's thoughts about the $1 Billion acquisition. This is a must listen!

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    Maui Brewing Co. founder and Brewers Association Board of Directors member, Garrett Marrero

    Garrett Marrero, founder of Maui Brewing Co. and recent Brewers Association Board of Directors elect, joins us today. Garrett talks about his new position at the BA, what he thinks about all the recent acquisitions, his new head brewer Jesse Houck, and how he has grown a sustainable brewery in Hawaii, 2500+ miles from the mainland. If you're looking for some inspiration, this podcast is for you!

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    Casey Brewing and Blending brewmaster and namesake, Troy Casey

    Troy Casey, brewmaster and namesake for one of Colorado's most sought after breweries, Casey Brewing and Blending, joins us to talk about what influenced the start of Casey Brewing, how he got into wild ales, and how he feels about his beers being so sought after in the trading world!

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    Firestone Walker Brewmaster, Matthew Brynildson

    Matthew Brynildson, brewmaster of one of the most respected breweries in the world, Firestone Walker, joins us to talk about the award winning brewery's history and future, his inspiration to get into craft, how the Duvel/Firestone partnership is different from the recent acquisitions and more! Considering Firestone Walker has won Mid Sized Brewery of the Year 6 times, multiple GABF medals yearly, and World Beer Cup Champion Brewery 3 times, this podcast is a must listen!

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    Founder of Jester King Brewery, Jeffrey Stuffings

    Jeffrey Stuffings, Founder of one of Texas' most exciting and innovative breweries, Jester King, joins us to talk about the history and future of Jester King, what it's like to be a Texas brewery and his thoughts on the future of craft!

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    Barons Market Beer and Wine Director, Jeff Slankard

    Jeff Slankard, Beer and Wine Director of Barons Market, joins us to talk about the ins and outs of beverage buying at the retail level. We all love seeing our favorite local and international drinks on the shelf, but what does it take to get there? If you are looking to get into beer or wine buying this podcast is for you!

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    All About Beer Editor and host of The Beer Briefing, John Holl

    John Holl, editor of All About Beer, joins us for the second time to talk, well, all about beer! In particular we learn his thoughts on the "craft beer bubble" and all the recent craft brewery acquisitions! You don't want to miss it. (Note: this episode was recorded just before the acquisition of Ballast Point)

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    A legend in the homebrewing world, Jake Keeler from Brewers Supply Group

    Jake Keeler, Director of Marketing for Brewers Supply Group, joins us to talk about what a day in the life is like to work for one of the largest suppliers of homebrew and professional ingredients to the beverage world. If you are a homebrewer yourself or interested in getting started, then this podcast is for you!

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    [GABF Edition] Founding father of the American craft beer movement, Jim Koch

    Jim Koch, the man behind Samuel Adams beer and the founding father of the American craft beer movement, joins us from the noisy floor of GABF to discuss the recent spate of craft acquisitions, his thoughts on staying independent, and how the Samuel Adams' Brewer Experienceship program affected a local San Diego brewer.

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    [GABF Edition] Head Brewmaster & Founder of Blue Moon Brewing Company, Keith Villa

    Keith Villa, founder of Blue Moon Brewing Company, joins us from the noisy floor of GABF to discuss Keith's thoughts on the acquisition of St. Archer, what beers Blue Moon has in development, and all the details on the new Horchata Ale and Cappuccino Stout! You don't want to miss this special GABF edition interview!

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    [GABF Edition] Founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Brock Wagner

    Brock Wagner, founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, joins us from the noisy floor of GABF to discuss the beginnings of craft beer in Texas and the challenges he faced in founding Saint Arnold. You don't want to miss this special GABF edition interview!

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    The CEO of Nobel Brewer, Claude Burns

    Claude Burns, the CEO of Noble Brewer joins us to discuss mail order beer clubs. Claude tells us how craft beer lovers can experience the best homebrew from home, the inspiration behind Noble Brewer, and how you can get your beer to Noble Brewer.

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    San Diego's First Turn Key Brewing Facility, Brewery Igniter

    Jacqueline Olivier, property manager from HG Fenton Company discusses their newest project, Brewery Igniter. Brewery Igniter is a set of turn key brewing facilities designed for entrepreneur brewers to turn their passions into profitable brewing companies.

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    Founder and Director of the Cicerone Certification Program, Ray Daniels

    Ray Daniels, the founder and director of the Cicerone Certification Program joins us to talk about his Cicerone Certification program, which has certified over 50,000 people around the world. He also talks about the differences between it and the Sommelier programs, his "aha" moment in beer, what he thinks about the 'Craft Beer Bubble' and much more.

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    Golden Road Brewmaster Jesse Houck

    Jesse Houck joins us to talk about how he got into brewing, the LA craft beer scene, the key to making a great IPA, and more. This is a must hear!

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    World of Beer writer Stephen Beaumont

    Stephen Beaumont has job we all wish was ours - he travels the world tasting beer. He runs World of Beer which has become one of the most famous beer blogs out there. In this interview Stephen shows flashes of his colorful personality, from lamenting why every beer today is an IPA, to his critique of a Belgian style which he says doesn't exist. All this and much more in this episode of the Business of Beer.

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    Brewery Rickoli Founder Rick Abitbol

    Rick Abitbol won the Samuel Adams Brewing & Business Experienceship at last year's Great American Beer Festival (GABF). He joins our TapHunter Podcast host Andy "The Beerman" Coppock on-site at this year's GABF in this episode of The Business of Beer to discuss his winning beer, gluten-free beers, and what Brewery Rickoli has in store for us next.

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    GABF Gold Medal Winning Kris Ketcham - Brewer of Witty Moron

    Kris Ketcham, Brewer at Stone Brewing Co. talks about Witty Moron - his Gold Medal Winning beer in the Other Belgian-Style category at GABF 2014. Andy and Kris discuss the winning beer, Kris' history with Stone Brewing, and inspiration for other beers coming out of the "Test Kitchen" at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station.

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    Allagash Brewing Company Founder Rob Tod

    Rob Tod, Founder of Allagash Brewing Company joins us to talk about how he started washing kegs and what Allagash is up to now! He also discusses how he got into the business of beer, his latest blend with Cantillon and Russian River, Allagash's philanthropic work, and much more. You don't want to miss it!

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    All About Beer Magazine Editor John Holl

    John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine - he travels the world to drink beer & gets paid for it! In this very special episode of The Business of Beer with Andy “The Beerman” Coppock, John Holl from All About Beer Magazine joins us to discuss the “Twitterfication” of journalism, classic beers he keeps in his fridge, non-traditional beer ingredients, what he calls the pinnacle of brewing, and much more.

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    Jerry Sanders, former Mayor of San Diego & beer enthusiast

    Jerry Sanders, former Mayor of San Diego and current president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce joins us for this very special episode. Jerry talks about the economic impact of craft beer in San Diego, the camaraderie of brewers, sustainable water use in brewing, his favorite beers, and more in this special episode with one of the most well-known political voices in San Diego.

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    Gordon Biersch Brewing Company Co-Founder Dan Gordon

    Dan Gordon, Co-Founder of Gordon Biersch Brewing Company joins us to talk about his trips to Germany and how they influenced the creation of his own brewing company. In addition, he discusses Gordon Biersch's limited release 25th Anniversary Dunkles released in May 2014. You don't want to miss this interview with one of the forerunners of the craft beer movement!

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    Redhook Brewery Innovation Brewer Nick Crandall

    Nick Crandall, Innovation Brewer for Redhook Brewery (in charge experimenting with ingredients as part of Redhook's R&D department) joins us to talk about the pioneering nature of Redhook all the way back to 1981, his start washing kegs a brewpub, where Redhook has come three decades after its inception, and much more!

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    21st Amendment Brewery DIrector of Sales Ted Whitney

    Ted Whitney, Director of Sales at 21st Amendment Brewery, on why canned beer is the future of craft beer! Ted talks about distribution expansion and growth of the brewery, how the impact that cutting-edge technology which was science fiction a decade ago is revolutionizing brewing, and the future of craft beer in cans instead of glass bottles. You don't want to miss this interview!

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    Slater’s 50/50 Beverage Director Mark Schultz

    Mark Slater, Beverage Director of Slater's 50/50, joins us to discuss his soon-to-be 7 locations and the 650 taps in them - as well as the business of beer! Listen for all the details about the new Slater's location as well as the different concept Mark and Scott Slater are brewing up. You don't want to miss this interview!

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    Stone Brewing Co. CEO & Co-Founder Greg Koch

    Greg Koch, CEO & Co-Founder of Stone Brewing Co, expresses his passion for craft beer in this very unique podcast interview with a luminary figure in the industry. Andy "The Beerman" Coppock and Greg Koch go back a number of years! These friends and colleagues dive head first into discussing Stone Brewing's past and future, the artisanal model of American food culture, Greg's 4 month sabbatical from technology, and much more.

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