The BrewDeck Podcast

The BrewDeck Podcast

We'll be focusing on a myriad of topics to help Inspire Your Craft. We have a line up of special guests that we're pulling out of the woodwork across the globe to discuss everything brewing and distilling. We'll cover topics from selecting and sourcing raw materials for production to innovative new trends and products; you won't want to miss an episode. So mark your calendars, grab your favorite craft beer or spirit, and join us for some inspiration - Cheers!

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May 3, 2021 59 min

For breweries of a specific size, the question of silos will arise at some point or another. To help us get to grips with this critical yet intensive and expensive step, we are joined by Jack Paulson from Newleaf Equipment Solutions to share the vast amount of wisdom that he has gained from over two decades in the industry. 

Jack takes us through some of that journey, looking back at landmark moments for himself and the culture, be...

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Maintaining a high standard of cleanliness is essential to brewing beer, and many brewers could produce a better product by taking sterilization more seriously. Today we have Dana Johnson and George Allen from Birko on the show to share their expertise on best practices for sterilization in the brewing lifecycle. Dana is Technical Director of Craft Brewing and Distilling at Birko, and George is the Business Development Director for...

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Dextrin malts are specially made to boost your beer’s body, taste and mouthfeel. To dive into the secrets of brewing with these malts, we’re joined by Mike Heinrich, Sales Manager at Great Western Malting, local expert Bob Hansen of Briess Malt & Ingredients Co, along with Dirk Schneider and Tom Lembrick of BESTMALZ in Germany. We open our conversation with Mike, talking about Great Western Maltings Dextra Pils malt and then ge...

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The highest quality beer can only be made when there is a connection between farmers and brewers. 

Today we talk about the importance of this connection while also hearing insights into hops growing and beer brewing from today’s guests; Yakima Chief Ranches CEO Jason Perrault and supply chain ‘hoperations’ manager Joe Catron, and Bale Break Brewery co-owners Kevin Smith and Kevin Quinn

We open our conversation by asking Jason how...

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Today we welcome Eddie Douglas onto the show to talk about the new Sassy varietal known as Malt 2.0. As the commercial director for Bairds Malt, Eddie comes with a wealth of knowledge and shares a variety of details on what makes Bairds’ barley so sensational. He tells us how care is taken from the very beginning of the barley’s life cycle, starting from the seed to its germination and beyond. The Sassy varietal itself came through...

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February 19, 2021 29 min

Today we sit with Tim Matthews of CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective (Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Deep Ellum, Perrin, Squatters, Three Weavers, and Wasatch) and Ira Leibtag, founder of Cholaca. Tim and Ira teamed up to successfully create a tasty, refreshing beer with the addition of cacao, and later, coconut. To kick things off, Tim shares the origin story of the pair’s success. Sitting in a coffee shop, Tim noticed a sign for “Cholac...

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February 3, 2021 51 min

Today we sit with James Loughran from Loughran Family Malts to talk about the art of farming and preparing barley. According to some, this cornerstone ingredient of craft beer takes a tremendous amount of care, planning, and even magic. 

We open the show by asking James about the challenges and rewards of farming this important grain. After learning about the finer nuances of the grain’s journey, James walks us through the history ...

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With the ability to complement nearly every style of beer, crafting with fruit is how top breweries are creating some of their most innovative brews. Today we speak with Oregon Fruit Products Director of Brewing Sales Chris Hodge about the benefits of putting fruit in your beer. 

After host Toby Tucker opens the show with a fruit medley of low-hanging puns, we explore Chris’s history in the brewing industry. We chat about getting o...

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December 21, 2020 45 min

Non-alcoholic beer is certainly having its moment in the U.S. The Dry January and “sober-curious” movements have piqued many people’s curiosity about non-alcoholic beer. Athletic Brewing Company is a leader in this segment of the market. John Walker, the company’s co-founder and head brewer joins us to shed light on the business and non-alcoholic beer generally. We kick off by hearing about his transition from Second Street Brewery...

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December 9, 2020 45 min

Brewing great beer requires a combination of creativity and science, and a brewer’s dance with yeast is one of the most important parts of the entire process. Today we speak with three experts in the field and discuss the intricacies of working with yeast. After introducing our guests and hearing about their backgrounds, we open the show by taking a look at yeast’s two main forms — dry and liquid. Exploring further, our guests tell...

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November 26, 2020 55 min

The holidays are around the corner and it’s getting cold in Texas, but on this episode of The BrewDeck, things warm up nicely in this interview Toby Tucker has with Bart Whipple. Bart is the assistant brewmaster and supply manager at the one and only Sierra Nevada, and has been involved in the legendary brewery for 36 years. Having transitioned from the brewery operations to the raw ingredients side of the business, Bart takes the ...

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November 12, 2020 62 min

SOME OF THE TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • James talks about their approach to producing malt and the UK’s ideal climate for barley.
  • The tendency of American breweries to use different malts at the cost of defining their brand.
  • James reveals his favorite part about doing business with American brewers.
  • What John did to land the job as head brewer at The Vermont Pub & Brewery in 1995.
  • The particular characteristics of Fawcett’s P...
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    October 27, 2020 42 min

    SOME OF THE TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Sara talks about what drew her into the brewery scene and starting a Brewing Science club at the University of California, San Diego.
  • She also talks about the story of how Origin Malt started and the unique barley they use for their malt.
  • Chris talks about how using Origin Malt gives Rhinegeist’s witbier, Whiffle the distinctive character and flavor
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    October 14, 2020 40 min

    SOME OF THE TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Teri discusses her history with beer and fascination with fermentation at a young age, ranging from the science of bread baking to the development of new kinds of malt.
  • The journey of The Road Brewer, and how she found herself connecting with women brewers across the country, eventually leading to the founding of the Pink Boots Society.
  • Pushing for new innovation with different ways of malting in t...
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    In this episode, we’re fortunate to have Kevin Smith, Distillery Manager of Reliability & Technical Services, and Microbiologist at Jack Daniels as a guest. Kevin talks about the history of Jack Daniels, Frank Sinatra, and charcoal mellowing to name a few. You’re not going to want to miss this episode!

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    September 30, 2020 48 min

    SOME OF THE TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Tim talks about his brief history of living in London and working at the world-famous White Horse pub in Parsons Green, along with UK Techno Music in the ’90s and the ‘upcoming’ CMG Band.
  • Yards Brewing Co and the intricacies of setting up a new facility in 2008 at the cusp of the craft beer boom
  • Increasing category of hard seltzer in the past few years and some tricks of getting into the ...
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    September 15, 2020 57 min

    GUESTS:
    DR. AXEL GÖHLER - PRESIDENT, BESTMALZ
    LUTHER PAUL - HEAD BREWER, LAKEFRONT BREWING

    SOME OF THE TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Axel speaks about the history of BestMalz and how it came to be the malting company it is today.
  • Axel talks about barley seed selection and the effects.
  • Discussion about BestMalz Heidleberg Wheat and Heidleberg Pilsen Malts.
  • Some interesting facts about Oktoberfest and "Fest beer."
  • Luther Paul...
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    August 31, 2020 46 min

    This episode of The BrewDeck has the kettle chocked full of hops! The guest line-up features Victoria Pritchett, Director of North American Hops for Country Malt Group, Spencer Tielkemeier, East Division Lead & Brewing Innovations at Yakima Chief Hops, and Adam Hieronymus, Hop Contract Specialist at The Country Malt Group. They'll be covering hop contracting, the current state of the 2020 hop crop, experimental hops, and fa...

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    August 17, 2020 31 min
    In this episode of The Brew Deck, we're going to be speaking with Geoff Fischer, Territory Manager, and resident distilling expert for Country Malt Group.
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