Head Retention

Head Retention

A radio host, a tasting room manager and a craft beer marketer walk into a bar. Sometimes they talk about beer. Other times, they talk about what happens after they’ve had a few. Head Retention is a podcast about how beer makes great conversations even greater. Listen in and belly up. ... Show More

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July 16, 2019 44 min

The companion piece to the last episode. The gang goes over the craft beer rankings to show how consolidated the industry really is. The list makes Roche ask, "If you open a brewery today, could you 'make it?'" Ben, Kristin, and Roche debate the question and more on the latest episode of Pitch Pass. Listen + Subscribe!

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June 16, 2019 73 min

The news of the merger of Sam Calagione’s Dogfish Head and Jim Koch’s Boston Beer (Sam Adams, Angry Orchard, Twisted Tea and Truly) rocked the craft beer world. Hear the gang’s thoughts on the deal and if this model might be an emerging trend. Later, Kristin, Ben, and Roche read some emails. Listen + Subscribe so you never miss an episode. 

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May 24, 2019 46 min

"Erin, we should do an episode about beer and fitness sometime." If you are a loyal Head Retention listener, you've heard Roche say this a time or two. He and Kristin tackle the subject of being a craft beer lover while maintaining a healthy lifestyle one this episode. They also sample Flying Dog's latest offering, Thunderpeel, a New England style IPA and why the brewery decided to jump into the haze craze now. Finally, Roche has a... Read more

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The third time is oh-so charming, and for us, it also officially means it's a series. In the third installment in our "So You Want to Work in..." series, Jen from Jailbreak Brewing Company dives into the life and lifestyle of a beer rep. Subscribe to Head Retention so you never miss an episode. 

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April 24, 2019 60 min

Flying Dog throws its hat into the low-cal, low-ABV ring with Under Dog Gold Lager, and Ben and Kristin put Roche to the (taste) test with the (un)Official Light Lager Challenge. Be sure to subscribe to Head Retention so you never miss an episode and don't forget to rate the show and/or write a review. 

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March 31, 2019 40 min

Kristin flies solo on this episode featuring Heather Ault, Lisa Adams and Erin Weston, three badass bitches from Flying Dog. They’re drinking Raging Bitch (naturally) and talking about what it’s like to be a woman in the male-dominated craft beer industry.

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Co-founder and Brewmaster of Waredaca Brewing Company Keith Kohr joins the crew to talk about the trials, tribulations and triumph of opening Montgomery County, Maryland’s first farm brewery.  

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A follow up to our interview with Hayes from Devils Backbone, the gang breaks down their opinions on craft brewery acquisitions and how Flying Dog is unapologetically opposed to it.

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Opinions on breweries that have been acquired by macro conglomerates, like Anheuser-Busch In-Bev and MillerCoors, dominate conversations in craft beer circles. Hayes Humphreys from Devils Backbone joins to talk about what it’s like to be an acquired one.

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If you listened to our episode on how the government shutdown affected the beer industry you know the profound impact it will have on spring, summer, and even fall releases. One brewery decided to do something about it. Justin from Atlas Brew Works joins Ben and Roche to explain why Atlas sued the federal government. Then, his lawyer, Alan Gura, explains why this is a first amendment issue. Finally, everyone samples the beer that b... Read more

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January 27, 2019 25 min

Roche has given 77 beers five stars on Untappd. Kristin audibly rolls her eyes when the beer rating site is mentioned. Ben doesn't use it, so he's the neophyte this time (but he prefers the term "dummy.") Tap into the phenomenon of Untappd with our crew.

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January 20, 2019 40 min

Justin Kendall of Brewbound.com joins Roche, Ben, and Kristin to look back on the big beer stories of 2018 and predict craft beer trends for 2019.Then, the crew give share their beer discovery of 2018. Brewbound also has a great beer podcast as well. Check it out and make sure you subscribe to Head Retention so you never miss an episode!  

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On Day 24 of a now-historic federal government shutdown, producer Erin Weston joins Roche and Kristin to talk about how the shutdown is affecting craft beer. (Surprise, surprise, it's not looking good for new beers.)

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December 20, 2018 51 min

The culture of craft beer is all about respect. So how does that apply to parents who want a pint? Brendan and Bailey O’Leary from True Respite Brewery join Kristin, Ben and Roche to talk the pro’s and con’s of being pro-kid, anti-kid and kid-neutral. 

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Emily Bobotas is the badass bitch who runs Flying Dog’s quality assurance lab, ensuring that every bottle that rolls off the line is as awesome as she is. Our hosts dive into how she went from filling kegs to heading up QA at one of the country’s biggest breweries.

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December 20, 2018 26 min

Roche believes that if it’s AM on the front or the backend, it’s time to back off the beers. Ben’s been known to make a snow day out of nothing. And Kristin’s snow days know no bounds. Do your hosts really consume more over the holidays?  

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December 20, 2018 34 min

Roche explains how his summers are all about the barrel-aged stouts. Ben drops some major humble brags about his cellar that’s “so full right now.” And Kristin wonders if any event is ever that important to tap into your rare beers.

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December 20, 2018 37 min

Roche’s college experience was brought to you by Yuengling. Ben’s craft beer snobbery began at his snobby university in northern Indiana. And Kristin loves a nice, warm garage beer. Hear how your hosts got from there to here in the world of craft beer.

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