Year of Podcasts – Strange Brews

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 9.00.30 PMThe call letters WBEZ might get you thinking about Ira Glass and This American Life but Strange Brews is the craft beer version.  Giving you a Windy City perspective on beer.   The podcast hosted by Andrew Gill and Alison Cuddy has won “Best Beer Podcast” from the North American Guild of Beer Writers.  Which shows the cred it has within the industry.

As you have seen through the year, I much prefer podcasts that move along, have interesting guests but don’t get bogged down by the hosts jibber-jabber.

If I could point to an individual podcast or three to listen to off the bat would be the mini-expose of Not Your Father’s Root Beer.  Then I would dive back into a normal sized and segmented one with Founders Brewing as the lead story.

For us West Coasters, Strange Brews will give you a load of knowledge about what is going on to the east of us.


In the Tap Lines for August 2015

header_attractionsWe got a bit of rain here in L.A.  Enough to tamp down one fire but boy we could use a respite from the humidity and heat so that the wider spectrum of beer can be enjoyed instead of just lawnmower beers.  But enough gloomy weather talk, a new brewery opened in San Fernando at the tail end of July and it will be reviewed this month along with….

~ e-visits to three breweries in Idaho.  No potato beers here. Just Payette, Sawtooth and Portneuf beer.
~ special reviews of beers from just outside L.A. from places like Santa Barbara, Claremont and Temecula
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ Beer-centric podcast review, Strange Brews from WBEZ in Chicago, (also home to This American Life)
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world
~ … and Session # 102 will converge bloggers onto a single topic, this month it is the future landscape of beer

Here are two events to get your August started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) August 7th – Brew at the Zoo
2) August 19th – Phantom Carriage One Night Stand at Beer Belly