Rank #1: EP-147 Bart Watson of the Brewers Association
Nov 11 2017
Rank #2: EP-240 Theresa Bale of Temescal Brewing
Welcome to the Good Beer Hunting Podcast. I’m Ashley Rodriguez.
I remember the very first time I went to Temescal Brewing in Oakland, California. I had been watching the buildout for months, waiting in anticipation. You could step outside of my apartment building and see it from the corner. So when they finally opened, I was excited—and pleasantly surprised by the number of crushable, low-ABV beers they offered from the get-go. I was immediately on board.
My relationship with Temescal Brewing is a mirror of my time in Oakland, initially because of proximity—I could throw a load of clothes in the washing machine and have a beer as I waited to transfer them to the dryer. Eventually, however, it evolved into a closer connection with the folks who ran the brewery. I was used to talking with the bartenders—at that time there were maybe six or seven regular folks I’d see—and eventually I ended up joining the bar staff, and being forever changed not just by the way they brew beer, but by the way they hire, the way they advocate for the rights of others, and the way they became a guiding light for businesses seeking to operate ethically and responsibly.
A lot of what I love about Temescal comes from owner Sam Gilbert, who we interviewed on this podcast a couple of weeks ago, but also from then-taproom manager Theresa Bale. Theresa hired me back in the day, and is also the founder of Queer First Friday, the Bay’s only craft-beer-focused queer dance party. Every first Friday of the month, Temescal holds one of the most exciting and inclusive queer events in the area. From queer families who bring their children in at the beginning of the night to folks hopping on the dance floor to new performers, DJs, and singers showcasing their talents for the very first time, Queer First Friday is one of the loveliest celebrations of diversity and inclusion that I’ve encountered. And it’s all because of Theresa.
In this episode, we talk a lot about Queer First Friday—I was at the very first one, slinging beers from the outside bar, slightly overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up, clamoring to get in, and we also talk about how Theresa thinks about hiring for diversity. Theresa isn’t shy about this—she’s intentional, she’s open, and she makes a point to seek out bartenders who maybe don’t have a ton of experience or know that much about beer. Because, for Theresa, to build a truly inclusive staff, you have to look outside the corners and social networks you know.
I could talk about Temescal and what it means to me forever. But I’ll let Theresa, who recently transitioned from taproom manager to head of operations, a job she created for herself, tell the story. This is Theresa Bale, head of operations for Temescal Brewing in Oakland, California. Listen in.
Oct 19 2019
Rank #3: EP-155 Alex Kidd of Don't Drink Beer
Jan 20 2018
Rank #4: EP-140 Chris + John Trogner of Troegs Brewing Company
Sep 22 2017
Rank #5: EP-149 Erik Lars Myers of Mystery Brewing
Dec 01 2017
Rank #6: EP-195 Holy Mountain Brewery + Friends
Nov 10 2018
Rank #7: EP-185 Taylor and Dan Suarez of Suarez Family Brewery
Aug 24 2018
Rank #8: EP-121 Artisanal Imports, Whiner Beer, Dovetail with Lanny Hoff + Co.
Apr 28 2017
Rank #9: #SHELTONFEST2017 — Chris Herron of Creature Comforts
Nov 21 2017
Rank #10: SL-011 What does growth look like in a slowing beer industry?
May 23 2019
Rank #11: #BEAVEREX18 — I Can See Clearly Now — Chasing Beer Trends as a Means to an End
Oct 10 2018
Rank #12: EP-212 Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Co.
Mar 30 2019
Rank #13: EP-161 Jeffrey Stuffings of Jester King Brewery
Mar 03 2018
Rank #14: EP-131 Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing
Jul 21 2017
Rank #15: SL-002 So, you opened a brewery. Now what?
Jan 30 2019
Rank #16: Taprooms Vs. Everybody, Pt. 1
Feb 28 2019
Rank #17: EP-117 Dan Jansen of Blue Point Brewing Co.
Mar 26 2017
Rank #18: CL-003 GBH Collective — BrewDog's Misadventures, Lost & Grounded, Pricing in the U.K., A Grafting Workshop and Homemade Cider
Welcome back to another episode of the GBH Collective where we bring you the stories behind the stories from our writers and photographers all over the world. This is our third edition of this format - and if you’re liking it, let us know. The team really enjoys sharing their perspectives, and I can say personally, I’m enjoying hearing more about their adventures. And of course, this new series of episodes is made possible by our Patreon subscribers. Patron is a way that our readers and listeners can subscribe to GBH with a monthly contribution, just like subscribing to a magazine. We give back to our subscribers, which we call the Fervent few through events, discounts, exclusive gear and art, and a host of other perks. Because tot us, being a Fervent Few member makes you part of the team - and you’ll see that come true when we launch the community section of the website in the next month. So to all those who signed up already, thanks so much - you’re already enjoying the fruits of that subscription. If you want to join, visit patreon.com/goodbeerhunting, or click on the link on our show notes. This week we’ve got Matthew Curtis from London talking about stories underway with Wild Beer Co. and Lost & Grounded and others, but also the recent news cycles about BrewDog, which are troubling. And his recent trip to New Zealand. We’ll also be checking in with Steph Byce based here in Chicago. She’ll be in the studio with her homemade ciders, as she prepares for a Vermont Trip to visit Shacksbury for a grafting workshop. And she’ll share her experience up in Michigan at Dark Horse as well. An incredibly diverse range of topics from some great storytellers.
Apr 05 2017
Rank #19: EP-106 Paul Vander Heide of Vandermill Cider
Dec 30 2016
Rank #20: EP-112 Chase Healey of American Solera
Feb 10 2017