Rank #1: Episode 322: Stillwater Ales & Pico Brew
On this week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy and Anne are joined in the studio by Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Cory Bonfiglio of Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Beer Street, and Donald Brewer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Pico Brew.
Mar 22 2016
Rank #2: Episode 366: Beer + Photography = Beertography
On the season premiere of Beer Sessions Radio, we’ve got some special guests joining us in the studio to talk about beer photography, including our friends Matt Coats, Matt Furman, Miguel Rivas, and Cory Smith!
Jan 10 2017
Rank #3: Episode 349: Josh Bernstein’s Complete IPA and North Carolina’s Fonta Flora!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Josh Bernstein who has a new book out called Complete IPA, and Erik Olsen from Greenpoint Beer & Ale, which just released their first canned IPA's! Sara Maya from North Carolina’s Fonta Flora Brewery is joining us as well!
Sep 27 2016
Rank #4: Episode 288: The Sour Beer Show
Drink a sour beer and tune into a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio!. Jimmy’s got a big group of guests including guest co-host Stephen Valand of Brooklyn Brew Shop, BR Royla of Shelton Brothers Imports, Kerry McLean, events manager at Jolly Pumpkin/Northern United Brewing Co, Crimson Krier-Glading and Steven Baird of Mission Dolores & The Owl Farm and Robert Sherrill of Brewminaries Homebrew Club. They’re talking sour, imports and more on a jam-packed episode of the best beer podcast in the world! This program was brought to you by Union Beer#### “It’s incredible to see how far sour beer has come and how people have accepted it.” [09:00]
–Stephen Valand on Beer Sessions Radio
“Education is going a really long way as far as sour beers are concerned.” [17:00]
–Crimson Krier-Glading on Beer Sessions Radio
Sep 15 2015
Rank #5: Episode 357: On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio (Ep 4): Back to the Roots
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.
The Farmhouse Brewery
Marty and Natalie Mattrazzo are the visionaries behind The Farmhouse Brewery in Owego, NY. Their motto is “farm fresh from ground to glass." Their delicious brews are a combination of the freshest ingredients, and Marty’s refined palate creates art in every pint. Diligent small grains farmers from all over New York State grow their barley. Only the highest quality grain makes its way to their on-site malt house, where they malt each batch of barley using a time-tested artisanal process. Their hops are of the highest quality that they can source from seasoned hops growers with New York State. The New York hops industry is currently expanding to again become a major supplier of hops varieties to the entire Northeast United States.
Located in Newfield, New York, just south of Ithaca, Oechsner Farms is a feast for the senses. Thor Oechsner, owner and multi-talented, is the grandson of a German baker. As a teenager he was able to convince his parents to allow him to turn their suburban yard into his first cornfield. Oechsner graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Cornell and by 1991 had started a three-acre vegetable farm while also running a Volkswagen and Audi repair business. Oechsner now farms approximately 600 acres of certified organic grains on rented land throughout the Finger Lakes region. In addition, as part owner of Wide Awake Bakery, Oechsner sees a similar benefit to the bakery business as he does the milling operation. He is more interested in the role that the bakery serves as a tool for marketing for the unique and heritage grain varieties that he produces.
We visited Blackduck Cidery in the town of Ovid, NY in the Finger Lakes region. It’s a family run orchard that produces cider, Perry, and vinegar in small batches, using ambient yeast fermentation. John Reynolds and Shannon O’Connor run the operation of the cidery along with their two beautiful redheaded daughters, Idunn and Pippin. They have been growing fruit in the Finger Lakes region of New York for well over a decade. They sell fresh fruit using organic standards through farmer’s markets, restaurants, natural groceries and their farm stand. John is expert in his knowledge about orchards, apples, fruits and anything cider-related. A former student of Cornell University and later employed as a field technician, John actively supports professors in their research of orchards, harvest and post-harvest work. Shannon is more focused on the smooth running and operations of the business, along with the grunt work in the field, while juggling being a mother of two. In her “free” time she also is the Director of the Edith B. Ford library in Ovid, NY. Idunn, the elder daughter, is the master fruit tester and critic. Pippin is the youngest and newest member of the clan; she is just very cute and very skilled at flower picking.
Finger Lakes Cider House
The Finger Lakes Cider House at Good Life Farm in Interlaken, NY is a certified organic farm and a full diet CSA. The Finger Lakes Cider house is a collaborative multi-cidery tasting room. Melissa Madden and Garrett Miller started the operation in 2008 after purchasing 69 acres of land, mostly growing corn, wheat and soy. Since them it has transformed into a diverse ecological farm, they have planted bushes and trees and bought turkeys, geese, beef cows, and draft horses. They produce their Good Life Cider, a distinctive American style and creatively blended with international influences. Their range is based on traditional bittersweet apples and sharp, acidic heirloom fruits. At the Cider House, they feature their own cider as well as amazing ciders from other cidery friends. Each of these dedicated grower-producers live and work in the Finger Lakes region, and their ciders are true Finger Lakes originals.
Nov 01 2016
Rank #6: Episode 326: Reinheitsgebot 500th!
On this week's episode of Beer Sessions Radio, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the German Reinheitsgebot, also known as the German Purity Law! Joining Jimmy and Anne in the studio are Travis Kauffman of Folksbier and Sylvester Schneider of Zum Schneider, with Sebastian Sauer of Freigeist Bierkultur calling in from Germany!
Apr 19 2016
Rank #7: Episode 213: Flagship
Get ready for some on-air beer drinking! It’s a packed house once again on Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy Carbone is joined by Patrick Morse of Flagship Brewery, Zach Mack of Alphabet City Beer Co, Natalie and Mart Mattrazzo of The Farmhouse Brewery and Tess Rose Lampert, wine and beer educator. Hear how Flagship Brewery, Staten Island’s first brewery since the 1960’s got its start, what goes into the malting process and what makes beer and wine not so dissimilar. From specialty brews to retail trends – get the latest and greatest in the world of craft beer on Beer Sessions Radio. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
“It’s all about the marketing approach. If you don’t have enough barrels to meet demands, you have to take a non traditional approach to introduce your beer to the masses.” [10:00]
–Zach Mack on Beer Sessions Radio
“I love to make things available to the public. there’s a stigma around wine that it’s snoody or you need to know a lot about it to enjoy it – that’s just not true.” [16:00]
— Tess Rose Lampert on Beer Sessions Radio
May 14 2014
Rank #8: Episode 318: Tørst and Jopen
Mike Amidei, Tørst
Mike Amidei came by his passion for the world of beverages honestly. Mike's father (a life long lover of all things food & beverage) bought a bottle of each of the Bordeaux First Growth wines for the year Mike was born and on his 21st birthday the family opened, and shared, a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild. From there, he was hooked. Mike received his BS from Florida International University in Hotel & Restaurant Management and has held nearly every position on offer in that field from busboy to line cook to hotel management.
Mike has been passionate about beer, and all of it's distinct styles & flavors for longer than he'd care publish. He is currently the Beverage Manager at Tørst / Luksus, the global beer destination and Michelin-starred Restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he is responsible for curating the 21 rotating draft lines and an extensive bottle menu of around around 200 beers.
Erwin Klijn, Jopen
Jopen is a beer brand from Haarlem, Netherlands.
Jopen beer is a result of the work of Stichting Haarlems Biergenootschap, which was founded in 1992. The mission of the Biergenootschap is to re-create traditional Haarlem beers and bring them to the commercial market. Two recipes were found in the Haarlem city archives that were used as a foundation for 2 initial beers. The first one was a recipe from 1407 and the recreation of this was named Koyt.
In December 1996 the commercial company Jopen BV acquired the beer. The name Jopen refers to the 112 litre beer barrels that were used in early times to transport the Haarlem beer.
Until the end of 1996 Jopen beer was brewed in the Halve Maan brewery in Hulst, after that it was made in the La Trappe brewery in Berkel-Enschot. Since 2001 the Jopen beer brands were brewed in Ertvelde, Belgium, in brewery Van Steenberge. The current brewer is Chris Wisse.
At the end of 2005 it was announced that the old Jacobskerk, in the Raaks area in the city centre of Haarlem, would be transformed into a brewery. In November 11, 2010, the "Jopenkerk" (Jopen church) opened its doors for the public. This former church is not only the home of the Jopen brewery but also hosts a café and restaurant.
Anne Becerra – winter co-host, bartender, etc.
Anne Becerra is still shocked that she's been able to turn her love for craft beer into a career. She was the first female Certified Cicerone in New York City and has been at the helm of some of the best craft beer bars in Manhattan for the last seven years, most recently at The Blind Tiger, The Ginger Man and as Beer Director for Taproom 307. Anne is a beer writer for Serious Eats and Martha Stewart Living, and has been featured multiple times on NBC, Fox and Friends and CNN as well as contributed to TIME Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Wall Street Journal, Sirius XM, USA Today and more. She was the only speaker at both Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and the Women’s Chef and Restaurateur Conference in NYC to represent the beer industry, and believes the best part about craft beer is sharing it. You can catch her teaching classes, judging beer competitions, hosting beer dinners and weekly tasting events, and curating beer pairings throughout the tri-state area.
Mar 01 2016
Rank #9: Episode 343: Massachusetts Beer and Cider
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we go back in time for a winter trip to Jimmy Carbone's hometown of Haverhill, Massachusetts. The episode features Staten Island home brewer Mark Zappasodi, who moved to that region a few years ago – to a farm in Merrimac, MA. Mark is a part time farmer, home brewer, and home cider maker, with dreams of opening a Massachusetts-farm-brewery-licensed brewery.
We're also joined by Chef Patrick Soucy, a chef in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire area. Turns out, he was born in Haverhill as well!
We bond over a fire, home cider made by Mark, and talk New England beer and food.
Aug 16 2016
Rank #10: Episode 368: Arcane Distilling, Lineup Brewing, & KCBC
Joining us on Beer Sessions Radio this week are Dave Kyrejko from Arcane Distilling, Kat Martinez from Lineup Brewing, and Zack, Tony, and Pete from KCBC!
Jan 24 2017
Rank #11: Episode 328: Hamilton & Gun Hill Brewing
This week, it's a star-studded episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Not only do we have Dave Lopez and Chris Prout from Gun Hill Brewing, but Mark Aldrich and Jimmy Ludwig join in to chat about Rise Up Rye, the official beer of the musical Hamilton! The new brew is a collaboration between Gun Hill and the two Broadway actors, who also host a booze-themed web series under the name Happy Hour Guys. Plus, Javier Muñoz, the alternate for the role of Alexander Hamilton, calls in to the show! You want to be in the room where it happens!
May 03 2016
Rank #12: Episode 404: Cheese and Cider
On this special episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy sits down with Bronwen and Francis Percival, authors of the new book Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese. Also joining them are Greg Blais, host of Heritage Radio Network's Cutting the Curd, Steve Millard of Murray's Cheese, and Nina Stein White of Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse.
Tune in to hear them talk milk, microbes, and the fight for real cheese.
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Oct 10 2017
Rank #13: Episode 313: Sixpoint Show
Beer Sessions Radio is in studio with all stars from Sixpoint and Southern Tier, both breweries notably taking part in the upcoming NYC Beer Week and NYC Brewer's Choice. Danny Bruckert from the Sixpoint camp shares his path through the brewery as well as the evolution of Sixpoint's oldest to newest brews, plus some great brewer insight. Shane Henderson from Southern Tier contributes to the discussion as well, while hosts Jimmy Carbone and Anne Becerra sip on a few brews throughout!
Feb 02 2016
Rank #14: Episode 238: The Lagunitas Story
Hear about one of the breweries that put American craft beer on the map, Lagunitas, on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Jimmy Carbone is joined by Tony Magee, founder and CEO of the Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mark Sljukic of Lagunitas Jimmy Ludwig of Happy Hour Guys, Joe Carroll of Spuyten Duyvil, Fette Sau and St. Anselm and Tony Forder of Ale Street News. Learn about the origins of Lagunitas, the IPA explosion in domestic craft beer and the California beer scene in the 90’s! This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
“No other breweries make beer the way American craft brewers make beer. We invented some of the ways craft beers are made…the entire global beer industry is causally being handed over to another generation of brewers.” [10:00]
–Tony Magee on Beer Sessions Radio
Nov 04 2014
Rank #15: CHSWFF17: Cameron Read, Timmons Pettigrew, and Randall Goldman with Jimmy Carbone
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.
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Aug 14 2018
Rank #16: Episode 206: Beer History with Ron Pattinson
Dive deep into beer history this week on a special episode of Beer Sessions Radio with Jimmy Carbone and friends. Jimmy’s joined by special guest Ron Pattinson, who writes the “Shut up about Barclay Perkins” blog and is the author of The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer: Rediscovered Recipes for Classic Brews Dating from 1800 to 1965. Tune in and learn about the origins of beers like East India Porter and India Pale Ale and get some great historical anecdotes along the way. Also hear from Dan Paquette of Pretty Things and author Jon Holl. This program was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
“The name East India Porter pre-dates India Pale Ale. IPA wasn’t used until the 1820’s, whereas India Porter dates back to 1804. It’s a beer with a pretty long history – and probably fits in very well with modern tastes.”
— Ron Pattinson on Beer Sessions Radio
“If a beer was crappy in 1950 – it should be crappy today!”
— Dan Paquette on Beer Ssssions Radio
Mar 25 2014
Rank #17: Episode 403: Cider Week Preview!
This week on Beer Sessions Radio, we’re talking about the upcoming Cider Week and we’ve got some great guests joining us in the studio. including Dan Pucci from Wallabout Hospitality and Ariel Lauren Wilson from Edible Manhattan.
Oct 03 2017
Rank #18: Episode 315: From Pint to Farm, Beer and Cheese
On today’s episode of Beer Sessions Radio, we welcome guests Andy Marcelli of Eataly and Marcelli’s Formaggi, and Jamie Adams of the St. James Brewery, as well as winter co-host Anne Becerra. Tune in to hear about some mouth-watering beer and cheese pairings. Also, we’re kicking off New York City Beer Week on Friday!
Feb 16 2016
Rank #19: Episode 200: Bell’s Brewery
On the 200th episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy Carbone is joined in the studio by Larry Bell, Paul Kermizian, Josh Bernstein, Jimmy Ludwig, and Matthew Lefkowitz. Larry tells us about how the word spread so much about his home brewery that his business exploded and led him to start Bell’s Brewery. Then they talk about expanding Bell’s and the process of introducing it to New York. Later, Paul Kermizian from Barcade tells us about making his documentary, American Beer, as well as his experience opening Barcade. This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com. Today’s music provided by Four Lincolns.
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“A lot of the explosion around the country is from nanobreweries.” [6:15]
Larry Bell on Beer Sessions Radio
“The upper peninsula is discovering beer in a way that we thought they never would.” [15:00]
Jimmy Ludwig on Beer Sessions Radio
Feb 11 2014
Rank #20: Episode 230: Vermont Beer!
Take a tour of Vermont beer on a brand new episode of Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy Carbone is in studio with Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger, Worthy Burger & Worthy Kitchen, Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Aaron Goldfarb, beer writer and author and Augie Carton of Carton Brewing. The crew reflects on Vermont’s prohibition past and current role as a craft beer trendsetting region. The guys taste some beer on air, share some favorite brew styles and discuss recent and upcoming beer events. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.
“Whatever’s near you and fresh is always going to be better than those old bottles. It infuriates me if somebody has an old bottle and says its not good.” 43:00
–Aaron Goldfarb on Beer Sessions Radio
Sep 09 2014