Imbibe Asheville Podcast

Imbibe Asheville Podcast

Sharing stories of the past, present, and future of our beverage industry. Based out of Asheville, North Carolina.

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April 12, 2021 24 min

In this episode I chat with Dennis Thies, co-owner with Wendy Thies, of Asheville's Green Man Brewery. Green Man is Asheville's second oldest post-prohibition brewery and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022. 

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In this episode, I talk to Shanti Volpe of Asheville's Shanti Elixirs about Jun. Listen and learn about this mystical beverage.  

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November 20, 2020 23 min

I talk about how Prohibition was voted for in 1907 in Asheville, and soon after, throughout the state of North Carolina. Strangely enough, Beer City USA suffered under one of the longest prohibition periods in the nation.  Photo is of the "Women's and Children's Parade" supporting the "drys," which made it's way through downtown Asheville the night before the vote took place. 

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October 21, 2020 25 min

Savor Shrub Bitters is an Asheville-based producer of non-alcoholic aperitifs that can be used as mixers or on their own. I talk to business partners Karen Savage and Elliot Patterson about this new beverage endeavor. 

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This is the second of my early history of Asheville beer podcasts. Here I talk about the Will Harris murders of 1906--how one bloody night led to the city voting in Prohibition several months later. 

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In this show, I talk to both Brent Manning of Asheville's Riverbend Malt House and to Andrew White, a seventh generation North Carolina farmer who is diversifying into growing specialty barley and oats to supply the craft malt house. 

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September 24, 2020 22 min

In this episode, I chat with Doug Reiser, co-founder of Asheville's Burial Beer. We talk about their new(wish) Forestry Camp project, how they're dealing with COVID, and do some deep diving into the past. Photo of the three founders/owners: L to R: Tim Gormley, Jess Reiser, Doug Reiser.  

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September 18, 2020 22 min

Rye Knot is a new hybrid kitchen, brewery, and distillery in the north Asheville area (as of August 2020). In this podcast, I chat with brewer/distiller Bob Byron, and his business partner, Jimi Rentz, long-time Asheville restauranteur. What's it like to open this type of business during COVID-19? Listen and find out! 

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In this episode, I discuss some early Asheville and Western North Carolina beer history from settler times to the late 1800s. Learn about Asheville's first known breweries and saloon row. More history to come if y'all want it! 

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GUEST: Rich Greene and I chat about what guilds do and what the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild has been doing to support its members throughout the pandemic. Listen to learn more about "The State of Southern Beer"!

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In this episode, I chat with long-time brewer, Josh Brewer, who recently moved from the flatlands of North Carolina to the mountains. 

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This episode features a co-owner and co-founder of Silver Bluff Brewing Company in historic Brunswick, Georgia. Listen to Jeff Coyle chat about opening a new production brewery and taproom during the pandemic. 

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Aaron Wilson, head brewer at Asheville's French Broad River Brewery, chats with me about one of Asheville's oldest breweries, new(ish) ownership, expansion, and COVID-19 changes and precautions. 

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June 12, 2020 23 min

GUEST: Jason Kohrt of Hyphen Hops in Winston-Salem and I talk about growing hydroponic hops for North Carolina breweries. 

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GUEST: Mike Rangel, president and co-founder of Asheville Brewing Company chats with me about how his pizzeria and brewery has responded to COVID-19 and lays out hopeful plans for the future. 

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This week I talked to three women in beer, who also serve on the Asheville Beer Week committee, about the week in its first virtual form, as well as past boozy celebrations. Listen in for all the details from Leah Rainis of the Asheville Brewers Alliance, Joanna Postlewaite of Thirsty Monk Brewery, and Katie Smith of Highland Brewing Company. 

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GUESTS: Shawndra Russell and Tommy Calloway are the hosts of The Great Reset Podcast. We chat about North Carolina's Phase 2 re-opening and other pandemic options for public drinking.

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GUEST: Rett Murphy is a co-owner, founder, and distiller at Asheville's Eda Rhyne Distilling Company. We chat about hand sanitizer, Amaro, and Appalachian-inspired beverages. 

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GUEST: Hayley Wells heads the Alcoholic Beverage Law Group of North Carolina's Ward and Smith, PA. We talk about how the world changed in March for alcoholic beverage makers, how Hayley has counseled some of them throughout the pandemic. And we feel sad about recent North Carolina legislation on mixed drinks take-out and delivery. 

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Today I talk to @abby_drinks_everything about her passion project, helping get local beverages to consumers during the pandemic. 

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