About an hour outside of Dublin in the heart of Ireland sits a farm that has been family-owned for 13 generations. At first look, this farm looks and feels like any other - mixed farm, with woodland, grass for livestock, fields of crops etc. And, it is true that owner David Walsh-Kemmis puts on his farming overalls one pant leg at a time just like every other farmer but there's one glaring difference; when he puts on those pants, he then goes out and grows award-winning barley which in turn he uses to brew some of the best emerging craft brews in Ireland. (And I'll be honest the farm looks pretty amazing too but it didn't work with that long-winded joke about a pant leg)
The Ballykilcavan Brewery located in Stradbally, in County Loais, should be circled on every tourist's itinerary map. (They do amazing tours by the way). Most of the beer ingredients are sourced right on the farm including water from their own well, hops from their own garden, and did we mention their award-winning barley? We'll mention it again. For those who don't know barley is pretty much the main ingredient in that cold, refreshing beverage you're probably drinking right now - beer.
On today's show we get the fortunate opportunity to sit down with David to talk about the history of the brewery, their beers, what the craft beer scene is like in Ireland as well as a pot filled with gold nuggets of information about everything beer-related on this fine St. Patrick's Day. And don't just take his word for you - the brewery was named the most innovative business of the year in Co. Laois in 2019 and their beers have won six medals in the 2019 Dublin Craft Beer Cup. So, saddle up lad and grab a pint or two and join us for a lovely interview with Ballykilcavan Brewery owner, David Walsh-Kemmis.
Sure, maybe you, along with your fancy, snifter glass can swirl around a blackberry cream sour, dry-hopped, wet-hopped, hip-hopped ale, take a deep inhale, have a swig and tell your chums the name of the brewery, the type of barley, and how many brewers lost part of their beard into the wort during the production. But only Grognostics can tell you which adjunct lagers, or American Lagers are which in a blind taste test. Or well, I mean, they can tell you some. I think. Not too sure actually. Join us for the un-craft of beer shows as we step away from the craft beer scene and live a little as our former beer-drinking selves in an American beer way.
Nestled in the heart of Maryland is a brewery whose persona couldn’t be less ideal for an auditory podcast, yet couldn’t be more ideal for making you feel good about being human. Streetcar 82 Brewery in Hyattsville Maryland is more than a brewery, it’s a goosebump-inducing factory, putting on display that nothing is outside the reach of our most inspired pursuits. Today’s show is the third volume of our Brewery Field Trip sessions. Join us and learn about a new brewery that’s made history as a brewery first.
You can find more information about this magical spot here:
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Join us for our next installment of “Brewery Field Trip,” where Steve and Jason traverse the country in search of the best brews and taprooms around. Get an insider's look at the great folks and stories behind your favorite beers. On this edition we meet up with brewmaster and owners of St. Florian's Brewery in Windsor, California. An award-winning California Common calls this 100% family-owned, independent craft brewery home, but when you hear their story you’ll learn that they represent so much more than just great craft beer.
You can learn more about upcoming events, where to find their beer, and learn more about their story at http://www.stfloriansbrewery.com/.
Join us for the first-ever Grognostic Brewery Field Trip, where craft beer meets…well craft beer. On our inaugural episode, we sit down with the co-founder of 101 North Brewery in Petaluma, for an inside look on what it takes to operate a successful California brewery. Along the way we encounter a plethora of hilarity, savory brews and healthy helping of inappropriate humor as one would probably expect. Pour yourself a few cold ones as we embark on a new subset of the show to learn more about the craft beer scene.
For more information about 101 North, their beers and upcoming events, visit their website at http://www.101northbeer.com/
Taste for yourself at 101 North Brewery at 1304 Scott Street in Petaluma, California