Rank #1: Episode 5: Surly Brewing Co
We try three different Surly brews this week, a hometown beer for Katie and Cathy. We check out their Furious IPA, Hell Lager, and Coffee Bender, with our usual gusto and laughs. Grab one and come have a beer with us!
Aug 15 2017
Rank #2: Episode 14: Porters
Welcome to the Porter Smack Down! We try Waconia Brewing Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, Central Waters Mud Puppy Porter, and Founders Porter.
Oct 26 2017
Rank #3: Episode 33: Interview with Allyson of Earth Rider Brewery
Katie and Cathy talk to Allyson, co-lead brewer at Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, WI. She talks about how she got in the craft beer and how her past experiences influences the directions she takes the beer she brews. Follow Earth Rider @CedarLoungeBeer and follow Allyson @allysonrolph.
Aug 14 2018
Rank #4: Episode 11: Pumpkin Ale: Compare and Contrast
Nothing says fall more than pumpkin. Katie and Cathy make a very limited compare and contrast of three pumpkin ales to find one that is the definition of fall as any other pumpkin spiced drink. The challengers? New Holland Brewing’s Ichabod Pumpkin Ale, Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale and Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale. Grab one and come have a beer with us!
Sep 28 2017
Rank #5: Interview with Ann Bobst of Tin Whiskers
Katie and Cathy get to interview the ever-amazing Ann Bobst. Ann is the lead beertender at Tin Whiskers brewing and a committee member of the Craft Brewers Guild of MN as well as co-head social coordinator for the guild. We try Tin Whiskers first ever sour and their Super St. Paul based Nut Goodie beer!
Nov 27 2018
Rank #6: Episode 32: MKE Brewing Co
MKE Brewing Co (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is on the table this week. Katie and Cathy try Outboard, O-Gii, MKE IPA, and Hop Freak. Need a refresher on what our color scale means? This is also a good episode to listen to for that. Katie and especially Cathy suffer for you by turning off the AC for a cleaner recording, forcing the apartment to be very hot. Which turned out to be in the beer’s benefit as they taste very refreshing in the heat. Listen to this episode and try these beers in summer!
Jul 31 2018
Rank #7: Episode 19: Favorites
The ladies of Women Drinking Beer drink their favorite beers!
Jan 05 2018
Rank #8: Episode 12 - Lift Bridge
Come have a beer with us as we sample the fine beers of Lift Bridge out of Stillwater, MN. Found out our favorite of the Farm Girl Saison, Hop Dish IPA, chestnut Hill Brown Ale (Note: this beer was renamed to Fireside Flannel,) and The Warden Milk Stout.
Oct 12 2017
Rank #9: Episode 41: Mikkeller San Diego
Come have a beer with us as we try some offerings of Mikkeller San Diego ! First though, we discuss What's Keeping Us Crafty supported by Hum's Liquor (1:34) with Katie's pick, recommended by Rey from Hum's Liquor, IndaCouch by Modist and Cathy's pick Bancreagie by Brau Brothers - both Minnesota breweries!
Find out what we think of Mikkeller SD's Building Blocks (7:59,) Raspberry Blush (10:13,) Staff Magician (15:23,) and Beer Geek Breakfast (20:48.)
Our Maker's corner this week features Candidly K Handmade (13:16) with hand-stamped silver jewelry by Kristin. Kristin uses the handle Candidly K Made It which is why I was confused and gave the wrong name for the business, sorry :(
Make sure to stick around for our favorite beer, blooper, and new auralicious audio recommendation The West Wing Weekly.
Apr 09 2019
Rank #10: Episode 18: Indeed Brewing
Join Katie and Cathy as they try the brews of Minneapolis' own Indeed Brewing with B-Side Pils, Daytripper Pale Ale, Let it Roll IPA, and Stir Crazy Stout
Dec 16 2017
Rank #11: Episode 35: Interview with Lucia of Sociable Cider Werks: RAW & UNCUT (Mostly)
Disclaimer: Explicit! We talk about some weird stuff too, so please know that this is all in good fun and we love everyone, especially our guest!
WDB: The Lost files! Katie & Cathy sat down for a fun evening with Lucia, a sales rep for Sociable Cider Werks back in February right before Mardi Gras. Since then Katie procrastinated, then the file was lost, then it was corrupted, then every time she tried to edit it, the file would corrupt again. So here it is, in all it's glory, a 2.5 hour interview where we cover Beef with our sister podcast Drink In Geek Out, where Gordon Ramsey can put his beef (definitely in our lasagna) and of course how awesome Lucia is and her cidery home.
Sep 18 2018
Rank #12: Episode 31: Summer Beers
What do frozen things do in summer? With the arrival of summer comes a lot of beers that are only brewed in summer. Join Katie and Cathy as they sample four beers that are awesome and fruity and oh so delicious. This week’s beer includes: Hell or High Watermelon (21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA), Mango Blonde (Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater MN), Blu Grain Belt, (Grain Belt / Shells in New Ulm, MN) and Short Pants Summer Shandy (BauHaus Brew Labs in Minneapolis, MN). So find a patio, find some friends, and try these wonderful beers.
Jul 03 2018
Rank #13: Episode 28: Cosmos Brewing
Come taste the stars with Katie and Cathy as they try Cosmos Brewing from Hugo, MN. The line up includes: Martian Rambler Amber, Crispy Dream Imperial Cream Ale, ChocoBock, Pillars of Creation 2. With wonderfully nerdy names and quality beer, Cosmos is worth saving the space for beer- and the occasional Women Drinking Beer tangent.
Jun 19 2018
Rank #14: Episode 6: Alaskan Brewing Co
This week, Katie and Cathy picked up a sample pack of Alaskan Brewing Co and tried their White, Icy Bay IPA, Cran-Spruce and Amber. There were some good surprises in the box. Grab one and come have a beer with us!
Aug 22 2017
Rank #15: Episode 43: Black Hart Interview with Deb & Jill of Urban Growler
A special interview conducted by Katie of Women Drinking Beer! Wes Burdine, owner of the newly named Black Hart of St. Paul Bar (formerly Town House) asked WDB to sit down with Deb & Jill of Urban Growler. We discuss new beer releases, plans for distribution, and a few upcoming events. Deb & Jill opened the first female owned microbrewery in MN and are very active in their St. Paul, LGBTQ, and Beer communities. Special thanks to Wes Burdine for his equipment and editing the interview!
May 07 2019
Rank #16: Episode 3: Atwater Brewery
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale and Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery are tried this week. Katie and Cathy cannot say enough positive things about either. Grab one and come have a beer with us!
Aug 02 2017
Rank #17: Episode 25: Interview with Jill & Deb of Urban Growler
This interview is a dream come true for Katie and Cathy: chatting with THE first all female owned micro-brewery in MN owners Jill and Deb of Urban Growler! Jill and Deb discuss what it was like to get their brewery started, their goal to be recognized beyond their female ownership status, and how beer is here to bring people together.
We want to thank Jill and Deb for being such amazing guests and amazing people. We recorded this back on Dec 2nd and it was out of love and respect that it took so long to get this episode out. It also means we were pretty new to all this so we forgot to thank them on the episode so Thank you Thank you Thank you!
Beers we mention: Amber Skyline, Candy Corn Imperial Cream Ale, Russian Imperial Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
Follow Urban Growler on Instagram @urbangrowler Twitter @UrbanGrowlerMN and Facebook Page Urban Growler Brewing Company
May 04 2018
Rank #18: Episode 40: 612Brew with Stephanie & Kelsey
This week Stephanie and Kelsey of 612Brew came and had a beer with us! We learned about how each of them got into beer and landed at 612Brew and about the rebranding/relaunch of this now 6 year old brewery. We sipped on the new "flagship" beer Mill City Pils and the original flagship Unrated while the ladies discussed their upcoming Wednesday Pint for a Cause on April 3rd for Global Response Management to give aid to those affected by the war in Yemen. A dollar for every pint sold goes toward a different charity no matter what kind of beer you get! Stephanie & Kelsey also told us about new one-off beers they'll be canning monthly and how excited they are for Art-A-Whirl! *Bonus* An extra long outtake at the end with some tips on how to get your dog or cat to photograph well for Instagram!
Apr 02 2019
Rank #19: Episode 26: Interview with Kaleigh from Insight
Katie and Cathy are joined by Kaleigh from Insight Brewing Co. We drink beer while discussing Kaleigh's journey in the beer industry, the #MeToo movement, and occasional fun tangent.
Jun 07 2018
Rank #20: Episode 15: Bad Habit Brewery
This Brewery took one man’s “bad habit” and turned it into a very good brewery. Bad Habit is out of St. Joseph, MN just outside of St. cloud. We tried the Hang Up Blonde, the churn it Up cream Ale, the Good Guy American Pale Ale, and the Dark Addiction Stout. Definitely worth the trip to Central, MN as this is the first of our episodes you can’t find in stores, yet!
Nov 16 2017