The DC Beer Show

The DC Beer Show

The official podcast of! This is a show about breweries: the business, the beer, the craftspeople who run them and the drinkers who love them. Join us as we speak with brewers, brewery owners, and all kinds of folks involved in the craft beer scene.


September 22, 2023 39 mins

Welcome back to another exciting episode of DC Beer! On today's show, we're diving into the world of the Whelans and their brand-new bottle shop and pub in Potomac Village, Maryland. Join your hosts, Brandy Holder and Jacob Berg, as they chat with Emma and Greg Whelan about their journey in the beer industry and the amazing things happening at their establishment. 

From upcoming events to supporting black-owned breweries, t...

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Welcome back to another episode of the DC Beer Show! Today's episode has much to cover, including an exciting new event at Solace Outpost Falls Church. We'll also dive into the upcoming Octoberfest events and beer happenings around the DMV area. 

We'll be joined by Russell Carpenter, head brewer at Solace Outpost in Falls Church, to get the inside scoop on the highly anticipated Lagerfest (Sat., Sept. 16) and discuss the fa...

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Welcome back to another exciting episode of the DC Beer Show! We have a lot to cover, so let's dive in.

First up, Brandy and Jordan share some of the top events coming up in the DC beer scene, from MegaFest to new releases and, of course, the DC Beer Share.

Amber Farris joins us to review Barrel and Flow, Pittsburgh's black-owned beer festival that celebrates collaborations. Find out how this event (voted America's #1 beer f...

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August 11, 2023 40 mins

With Mike and Jake out, Brandy leads this episode with Jordan and guest hosts Richard Fawal and Matt Splain. They cover upcoming events, the latest Snallygaster reports, and the news about InBev selling off its craft beer portfolio.

Then Brandy speaks with Alex Lynch, founder of Mieza Blendery in Alexandria, Virginia, about his unique approach and exclusive focus on fruited sours.

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In this episode of the DC Beer Show, Papa Beer joins Jake, Mike and Brandy to talk about August events, from the Urban Garden / Red Bear Collab (Peachy Keen) to the Denizens Open House and DC Brau's celebration of Jerry Garcia's birthday.

This leads the gang to demand that local breweries start having Steely Dan appreciation days because STEELY DAN is the best band ever.

Jake has an in-depth conversation with Dynasty Brewing...

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July 14, 2023 35 mins

In this captivating installment, our hosts delve into upcoming craft beer events and some crazy news about Valor Brew Pub. On the lighter side, Jordan chats with Elliott Johnson of Soul Mega about the next Summer beer release and their  Second Annual MEGAFEST.

On Saturday, July 15, events include the All-American Beer Festival at the Bullpen, the Old Town Pub Crawl in Alexandria with Port City, and Denizen's 9th-anniversary...

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Welcome to The DC Beer Show! This week, we're diving into DC's thriving craft beer and beverage scene. Brandy, Mike, and Jake discuss their current drinks, including a black lager and Amaro. Jake shares a recipe for an Amaro-beer cocktail. 

Get out and about to the latest events happening in the beer community, including lagers and saisons at Churchkey and a lager festival featuring Schilling, Good Word, and Bierstadt in Al...

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Welcome to the DC Beer Show, where we celebrate the passion and camaraderie of the DC beer community. In this episode, we're raising a glass to Pride Month and local breweries, and we've got a lot to cover! 

We're discussing everything from beer festivals to collaborations among our favorite breweries. We're also highlighting the work of Jamal Lemon, who recently won a James Beard Media Award for his research on oysters and...

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In this episode, we dive into the changing landscape of the craft beer industry, including Flying Dog's acquisition by FX Matt, the closure of the Guinness brewery in Halethorpe, Maryland, and the closing of Astrolab.

We also shout out the Lost Generation/Bluejacket/50 Hertz Tingly Foods collaborative beer Tiger Spirit, which supports Chefs Stopping Asian American Pacific Islanders Hate.

In this episode's interview, Brandy ...

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May 12, 2023 33 mins

Beer can taste delicious, but how good can it be if it doesn’t do fantastic things for its community? Josh Chapman thought long and hard about this question. So he started charting a path with Black Narrows Brewing to take simple ingredients from local sources to make delicious beer in Chincoteague, VA. 

Mike shares a pint with Josh, Co-founder and Head Brewer of Black Narrows Brewing. When Black Narrows opened, Josh an...

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April 28, 2023 35 mins

Leon Harris was stationed in the military in Holland, came home, started homebrewing, and since then, he’s done just about everything in the beer industry. From brewing to helping build breweries from the ground up, Leon Harris is a beloved figure in our local beer scene.

Jordan sits down with Leon to hear his story of becoming a brewer at Port City and his journey to start Black Cave Brewing, a new Black-owned and Vete...

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April 14, 2023 30 mins

We all love a fantastic beer can label. So we decided to talk with the person who is the local mastermind behind many of our beloved DMV beer can designs. 

Philip Pilgrim is an elementary school art teacher by day and a beer label artist by night. Brandy sits down with Philip and chats about his art business, Art & Ale, and his journey in creating the most compelling beer can designs. They discuss his recent work, h...

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March 31, 2023 33 mins

After the wonderful Meet & Greet with women in craft beverage in DC, we wanted to keep the party going with two women leading the DC Beer scene today. 

Brandy talks with Carly Klima of Port City and Bri DeOrsey of Right Proper Brookland to tell us about their journeys in the industry and the efforts to make beer more inclusive and welcoming. Carly and Bri share their unique experiences in the back-end brewing and fr...

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March 17, 2023 40 mins

Every beer scene needs people willing to teach others and walk them through the beer business. Julie Verratti is this person in the DC Beer community.


Richard, Jordan, and Brandy ventured out to Denizens Brewing the other night to talk with Julie, Chief Beer Officer at Denizens. Julie is incredibly generous with her time and helps people learn how to navigate the beer industry. We shower her with compliments and discuss ho...

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March 3, 2023 33 mins

Stroop, There It Is! While it’s our current favorite catchphrase, it’s also the title of one the best beers of the season, a collaboration masterpiece from Black Viking Brewing and Red Bear. We’ve been noticing that Black Viking is crushing it in the DC Beer scene, so Brandy got the scoop with owner Shaun Taylor. To Shaun, the beer business is what someone might call a “cool” business–everyone is having a great time all th...

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February 17, 2023 27 mins

You may have heard about Urban Garden Brewing’s collaboration beer with City State Brewing, Roses Aren’t Dead. But that’s not the only exciting news from UGB and City State. Mike gets the scoop with Eamoni Collier of UGB and James Warner of City State to hear the exciting news coming down the pike. Eamoni and James also discuss the challenges and victories they experienced in the last year and the importance of cultivating...

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February 3, 2023 29 mins

We’re talking Pink…Pink Boots, that is! The Pink Boots Society DC Chapter works daily to make beer more approachable and inclusive. Brandy talks with Pink Boots leaders Bri Turner and Paulette Palacios about how Pink Boots is creating a more inclusive beer community in DC and embracing people from all backgrounds and fermentations. They share how they’re empowering students to get into beer, their hopes for more cultural f...

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January 20, 2023 29 mins

Crooked Run Fermentation is leaping over state lines and coming to the District. Jake talks with Jake Endres of Crooked Run to get the details on their expansion into Union Market, the legal process for transporting beer over state lines, their upcoming pairing of pizza and beer, and their journey entering the wine and cider space.

In other news, we talk about the increase in lagering amongst local breweries, a brewery ...

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January 6, 2023 23 mins

Liquid Intrusion Brewing Company, also known as LIBCo, is indeed intruding – in the best way possible. As the first black-owned brewery in Prince George’s County, founders Andrew and Jasmine Dill are looking to disrupt the brewing market in Southern Maryland. 

Andrew Dill lost his job at a beer bar when the COVID-19 lockdown began, and he was left with a lot of time on his hands. What came next was a nudge from his wife...

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December 23, 2022 34 mins

We’re wrapping up a year of beer, so we recount the beer happenings we loved most in 2022, the ones we loved least, and the ones we can’t wait for in 2023. 

Then, Mike celebrates anniversaries with Thor Cheston of Right Proper Brewing Company. Right Proper Shaw is turning nine, while their Brookland location turns seven. Huzzah! Thor shares the accomplishments of Right Proper he’s most proud of and discusses their effor...

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