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Beervana Podcast

About the art, culture, economics and business of beer and brewing with hosts Jeff Alworth (The Beer Bible, The Secrets of Master Brewers) and Oregon State University economics professor Patrick Emerson.

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Pod 90: Talking Lager with Mark Dredge

In today's episode, we have an interview with UK writer Mark Dredge about his new book: A Brief History of Lager: 500 Years of the World's Favourite Beer. Mark has gone deep and discusses things we didn't know.

1hr 10mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Pod 93: Jason Barbee and the Joy of Simple Beers

In episode 93 we were delighted to welcome Level Brewing's Jason Barbee. Jason has impressed us with his love of small, simple beers, and especially those from the British tradition. His brewery, Level, is known for smaller, more balanced beers--and of course the occasional hazy IPA or three. We discuss how brewers appeal to drinkers with something like a Vienna lager or mild ale when all they clamor for are IPAs.PHOTO: THE OUTLOOK

1hr 1min

22 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Pod 76: All About Bend, Oregon

Patrick and Jeff recently made a trip to Bend, Oregon on one of their periodic explorations to beery cities. With a population of just 100,000, Bend punches way above its weight with two dozen breweries. Patrick and Jeff give an overview of this small city and what makes it tick.

1hr 6mins

25 Jun 2019

Rank #3

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Podcast 97: What Makes a Good Beer City?

Today we’re going to look at a topic of perennial interest: good beer cities. For at least three decades, American municipalities have been heavily invested in touting themselves as great beer destinations. Over time, the competition for bragging rights has only grown as more and more places develop an interest in beer. The problem, though, is that no one can agree on the definitions. Are brewery counts a good metric? Does barley need to grow nearby? What about the availability of imports? Well, we’re going to sort all of this out and give you the gold standard of measurement.

1hr 20mins

10 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Pod 94: The Anatomy of Flavor

When we taste a beer and our brain tells us “chocolate” or “grapefruit,” what’s happening? Flavor is a composite of what our bodies tell us—our hardware, so to speak—and what our brains do in synthesizing that information into meaning—our software. In today's podcast, we take a look at the very complex processes involved in constructing what we call "flavor."

1hr 2mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Pod 65 - Trouble In Beervana

Jeff and Patrick discuss the recent spate of brewery, brew pub and craft beer bar closings in Portland Oregon and ruminate on what it portends for the rest of the country. Special attention is paid to the failure of BridgePort, a beloved Portland institution that was fundamental in Portland becoming Beervana.

1hr 36mins

28 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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Pod 66 - Dr. J

Jeff and Patrick interview J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, a professor recently named the Brewers Associations Diversity Ambassador. Dr. J has been thinking about the intersection of power and beer since her dissertation, and brings rare insight and clarity the subject.

1hr 4mins

14 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Pod 38 - A History of IPA

Jeff and Patrick discuss the origins and evolution of IPA. They pay particular attention to the history of American IPAs since the mid-90s. They try seven different IPAs that represent different eras in the history of American IPA.

1hr 35mins

5 May 2017

Rank #8

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Pod 15 - How Porters and Stouts Conquered the World

Jeff and Patrick discuss the origin and history of the porter and stout styles and how, aided by improvements in malts and the advent of steam power, they grew to become the first global super-styles of beer. They go on to discuss their popularity in the early craft beer movement in the U.S. and how they seem to be falling out of favor in the current craft scene.

1hr 25mins

8 Jan 2016

Rank #9

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Pod 4 - Session IPA

Jeff and Patrick discuss the emergence of the "Session IPA" style. Is it a thing? They discuss brewing techniques, economics, nomenclature and more.


25 Jun 2015

Rank #10

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Pod 14 - Flavors in Beer: From Brewhouse to Bottle

Jeff and Patrick discuss how flavors in beer are created during the the brewing process and sample examples of malty, hoppy and yeasty beers along the way. As a bonus they solve the mystery of the 22oz bottle premium.

1hr 15mins

10 Dec 2015

Rank #11

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Pod 21 - How To Taste Beer

Pod 21 - How To Taste Beer by Jeff Alworth & Patrick Emerson

1hr 22mins

14 Apr 2016

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Pod 69 - Mexican Lagers

Pod 69 - Mexican Lagers by Jeff Alworth & Patrick Emerson


8 May 2019

Rank #13

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Pod 17 - Trappist Ales

Jeff and Patrick discuss the Trappist Ales of Belgium and beyond - their history, provenance and modern examples. They taste beer from Rochefort, Westmalle and Orval and discuss the wide variety of styles to be found in monastic brewing.

1hr 11mins

4 Feb 2016

Rank #14

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Pod 57 - The German Beer That Doesn't Taste German

Jeff and Patrick delve deeply into weissbier, the German wheat beer that is distinctly non-German: it is an ale, cloudy, feature yeast flavors, use wheat and are distinctly rustic. The origins and history, the methods and the variants of the style are discussed and a number of examples are sampled.

1hr 27mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #15

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Pod 45 - Saison

Jeff and Patrick discuss everything Saison. What are they, where they came from, modern interpretations and the market viability and challenges of the style. They taste examples form DuPont, Fantôme and The Commons Brewery.

1hr 18mins

29 Sep 2017

Rank #16

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Pod 70: The First Haze Craze

We are in the midst of a haze craze in beer. But for Pacific Northwesterners, it's not the first. Starting in the 1980s and continuing for a decade, one style dominated brewing with pervasiveness not seen since. The style has almost entirely vanished, but Patrick and Jeff return to their youth to revisit hefeweizen's salad days.Photo credit: Oregon Hops and Brewing Archive (OSU)


14 May 2019

Rank #17

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Pod 43 - New England IPAs

Jeff and Patrick engage in a marathon of tasting, assessing, and discussing the New England IPA phenomenon. They talk about the history of New England's beers and this recent development, mention all the different ways breweries are making them, trot through a list of characteristic features, and then, importantly, tase them.

1hr 34mins

20 Aug 2017

Rank #18

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Pod 18 - Barrel - Aged Beers

Jeff and Patrick describe the process of barrel aging beer. They talk about the historic role of wood barrels, the modern use of bourbon and wine barrels and the wild ales of Belgium. They discuss the flavor profiles, the economics and the art of barrel aging and blending beer.

1hr 21mins

4 Mar 2016

Rank #19

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Pod 8 - The Beer Bible

Jeff and Patrick discuss Jeff's new book "The Beer Bible" and share memories of their trip to England and Scotland as Jeff conducted research of the book.


18 Aug 2015

Rank #20