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Episode 278 - Chris Lohring, Notch Brewing (COVID-19 Quarantine Edition)

Steal This Beer

Episode 278 - Chris Lohring, Notch Brewing (COVID-19 Quarantine Edition) Happy Monday, Thieves! Our writer streak comes to an end this week as we welcome Chris Lohring of Salem, Mass.'s Notch Brewing to the B-Rizzle Virtual Zoom Studios. It's no secret that we're all big fans of lagers and low-abv beers, and that happens to be exactly what Chris does. We dive deep into the labor-intensive work of brewing lagerbier and doing things the hard way, which eventually leads to a half-hour discussion of pitch beers. Don't know what "pitch" is? Tune in and we'll clarify it for you. We're drooling just thinking about it...For the black glasses, the USPS let us down again once more and Augie's beer shipment was delayed by a day. So Holl's drinking solo yet again this week. He didn’t seem to mind.***As always, you can email your questions, complaints, whimpers, or whines to us at stealthisbeerpodcast@gmail.com. We read everything we get and we'll try to respond as quickly as we can. If not online, then on air. And THANKS!You can subscribe to STB on iTunes and PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW!!!Co-hosts: Augie Carton & John Holl Producer: Justin Kennedy Engineer: Brian Casse Music: "Abstract Concepts - What Up in the Streets" by Black Ant.

10 Aug 2020

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Ep. 10 - Chris Lohring of Notch Brewing Misses Drinking With Others

Beer Edge

On this episode of the Beer Edge podcast, Andy Crouch speaks with Chris Lohring, the founder of Notch Brewing Company in Salem, Massachusetts. Chris is one of my favorite people to talk to about beer. He’s been in the industry long enough to develop strong opinions but with the knowledge to back them up, all without becoming too jaded. He remains a passionate advocate for beer, including for his beloved lager and session beers. His passion for beer, community, and music is reflected in his fantastic tap room, brewery, and beer garden in downtown Salem. It’s the perfect place to drink beer with friends in the sun, alongside the canal, on a day like today. Instead, he is inside talking with Beer Edge about COVID-19 and how Notch is operating today. Andy starts by asking him the question he asks everyone these days, if only to hear how long they pause or breathe out before responding.For more information on the Beer Edge Podcast, or to check out Beer Edge: The Newsletter for Beer Professionals, follow us on Twitter @thebeeredge and subscribe to our beer industry focused newsletter. There is more information, articles, and engaging content at Beer Edge. Hosts: Andy Crouch and John Holl Guests: Chris Lohring Tags: beer, craft beer, Salem, Massachusetts craft beer, COVID-19, Notch Brewing

38mins

15 May 2020

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EP-263 Chris Lohring and Brienne Allan of Notch Brewing

Good Beer Hunting

Living overseas can give you an interesting perspective on American beer culture. Although I’m originally from California, I’ve lived in the Czech Republic for almost 20 years now. While I miss many of the beers and breweries from back home, I really fell in love with Czech beer, dedicating a lot of my time to researching, writing about, and drinking it. In recent years I’ve been glad to see North American beer lovers develop much more interest in Czech beer. Since then, many U.S. and Canadian brewers have reached out to me with questions about recipes, equipment, and processes. I can tell that for a lot of people back home, Czech brewing is still rather weird and unknown, whether it’s the “black magic” of a triple-decoction mash, or the strange pours like the šnyt and mlíko, or our rarely spotted “yeast beer,” Kvasnicové Pivo. One of the standout U.S. brewers who actually gets Czech beer is Chris Lohring of Notch Brewing in Salem, Massachusetts. Chris came through Prague himself, in 2012, doing research on how Czech beers are brewed, served, and drunk. I met up with Chris during that trip, and so did my friend and colleague Max Bahnson, who writes under the name Pivní Filosof. Chris got to visit Czech breweries; drink Czech beers; and observe the Czech process, approach, and culture. Since then, Notch Brewing has emerged as one of the leading proponents of Czech-style beers in North America. Not only does Notch make a Czech-inspired Světlý Ležák, or Pale Lager (aka Pilsner), but it also makes Tmavé Pivo, or Dark Lager, and Polotmavé Pivo, which means “half-dark beer,” or Amber Lager. At the Notch taproom in Salem, those beers are served from a Czech side-pour (or side-pull) faucet, into a Czech dimpled, half-liter mug. My Czech friends who have visited the Notch taproom said it’s the closest thing to a Czech beer experience you can get in the U.S. In this episode, I catch up with Chris Lohring when on his return to Prague, along with Notch Brewing’s production manager, Brienne Allan. They were both on a trip that included several hands-on brew days at different Czech breweries. I wanted to ask Chris and Brienne about the differences between Czech beer culture and American beer culture, as well as the differences in Prague since Chris’ last visit seven-plus years ago. I wanted to find out what beer drinkers in the States understood about Czech beer, brewing, and how we drink, and I wanted to know if there were any common misconceptions. Our meeting takes place over a few beers in a busy Prague café around the corner from my apartment, so there’s a fair amount of background noise—sorry about that. It was recorded in mid-February, 2020, about three weeks before the coronavirus closed off the Czech Republic and made travel here impossible, at least for now. The observations about Czech brewing and beer drinking made by Chris and Brienne, however, feel pretty timeless. Here’s Chris Lohring and Brienne Allan of Notch Brewing in Salem. Listen in.

1hr

25 Apr 2020

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Chris Lohring

Citizen Salem

The keeper of Salem's second-favorite Skee-ball machine is this episode's guest. He also runs Notch Brewing. This is Chris Lohring.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/citizensalem/support

9mins

29 Apr 2019

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Episode 22: The Current State of Lager in the U.S. with Notch Brewing Founder/Brewer Chris Lohring

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine Podcast

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46mins

23 Feb 2018

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EP-134 Chris Lohring of Notch Brewing Co.

Good Beer Hunting

"Session" is a new word to many a craft beer drinker's lexicon, but the idea of session beer far predates whatever new lingo is helping sell balanced, lower alcohol brews. You may have also seen the words "light," or "table" used in a similar context. Meaning: easy to drink, balanced, dare I say crushable? Some of you just cringed, I know, but it’s been hard going for anyone looking to sell these kinds of beers in our culture of extreme flavor and high alcohol and rarity. That is, until someone decided to pair it with IPA. They need a pitch, a hook, to get people interested in what really, for most people around the world, defines normal everyday great beer. I mean, you don’t see Pilsner Urquell going around pitching itself as light or sessionable. But this is America—it all needs a qualifier of some sort.  One brewery in Salem, Massachusetts has done more than just pitch their beer with the word "session" in the title—they’ve gone all in on the concept, referring to their entire portfolio as American Session Beer. Notch Brewing—under founder Chris Lohring—started out as a contract brand, largely because he couldn’t convince anyone that these styles would ever be in favor. That’s hard to imagine in 2017 when it seems every craft brewer is gunning for the easy-drinking Lager, Hoppy Pilsner, and Golden Ale. So he took a hard road, scraping together support from fellow brewers with capacity, building his brand and base, and finally, just last year, got the investment he needed to open his own small brewery with a taproom and take another step into the future of his idea.  Oh, and the beers are absolutely delicious.  When I was there recently, I had the Pilsner, which was clearly more refined and delicate than most you’ll have in the U.S., and we’ll dig in to the reasons why in this episode. I also had the smoked Grodziskie, which was layered and balanced and just sang on the palate. I also enjoyed his take on the hazy IPA which, when viewed through the lens of session beer, makes a whole lot of sense.

1hr 10mins

11 Aug 2017

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Czech Lagers with Chris Lohring – BeerSmith Podcast #113

BeerSmith Home and Beer Brewing Video Podcast

Chris Lohring, the founder of Notch Brewing joins me this week to discuss brewing Czech Lagers.  Chris has been brewing Czech Lagers as session beers since 2010 and has some interesting insights on Czech lagers and their variants. You can view the full episode show notes here.

50mins

15 Oct 2015

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Czech Lagers with Chris Lohring – BeerSmith Podcast #113

BeerSmith Home and Beer Brewing Podcast

Chris Lohring, the founder of Notch Brewing joins me this week to discuss brewing Czech Lagers.  Chris has been brewing Czech Lagers as session beers since 2010 and has some interesting insights on Czech lagers and their variants. You can view the full episode show notes here.

50mins

15 Oct 2015