Head Retention

Head Retention

A radio host and a cicerone 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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March 4, 2021 60 min

Ocelot Brewing Company in Loudoun County, VA is all about the beer...and even that phrase is a bit complicated. Ocelot doesn't believe in a bunch of marketing and/or promotional gimmicks. They aren't interested in growing into a regional brewer. They really aren't all that into signage in their own town. What they ARE interested in is the power of music, beer, and fellowship to relieve the stresses of our lives. Adrien ...

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January 22, 2021 59 min

Lashelle wanted to talk about non-alcoholic beer. Crazy, right? Fortunately, so did Roche so they got their friend Jason from Three Notch'd Brewing Company to join the show and discuss the need for NAs, why the space is growing, the challenges of brewing an NA, and, most importantly, are they any good ones (short answer: you have to sample a few before deciding). Then they discuss a few NA options and sample the Three Notch'...

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December 19, 2020 73 min

The arrival of December brings the holiday season and beer. Lashelle and Roche welcome Jon of Solace Brewing Company to discuss what makes ingredients are typical to holiday beer, what makes a holiday beer (HINT: Branding plays a key role), and some of the more well known holiday beers. Then, the trio embark on an epic nine beer tasting and Roche ascends to his rightful place as "beer expert" of the podcast.

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November 19, 2020 60 min

Beer drinking has increased since COVID-19 and so has the beer drinker's waistline. Pandemic pounds is real and so is the struggle. Do we have to sacrifice our beer because we are less active? 

The answer is no...if you know where to look. Thankfully, low cal beers have become fashionable the last few years in the craft beer world. Bailey O'Leary, endurance athlete and owner of True Respite Brewing Company, joins Roche and L...

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How true to your brand can you be?

Is it possible to go "all in" on local ingredients?

Can you welcome newcomers without alienating your regulars?

Can you be tourist friendly as well as a local hangout?

Is winning "Best New Brewery In The World" a bad thing??

Can you open a second location and strive for a completely different vibe than your first while maintaining your brand?

We discuss all this and more in a fantastic e...

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Yes, there is a brewery on the campus of Farm Brew Live (2 Silos Brewery) that churns out delicious beer. But there's so much more to FBL than "just" brewing beer. Forrest joins Lashelle and Roche to discuss the vision behind Farm Brew Live, future expansion, and how there really is "something for everyone" when you visit. 

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September 3, 2020 57 min

It's Oktoberfest season! Do yourself a favor and don't rush to Pumpkins. Instead, enjoy some of the traditional Oktoberfest styles of beer this month. Lashelle and Roche welcome Bill Haase of Black Hoof Brewery to discuss the history of Oktoberfest, the marzen and festbier styles, and how to celebrate Oktoberfest outside of Munich (HINT: bring good vibes!). Then, Bill delves into the science of brewing and why he focuses on...

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Making the leap from "white whale beer" to mass production is a challenge most breweries struggle with. Aslin Beer Company has made it look easy. Eric and Shane of Aslin join Lashelle and Roche to discuss how the early days in Herndon, VA evolved to a taproom in Alexandria, VA and distribution to 10+ states without sacrificing quality or innovation in the process.   

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When the pandemic came, True Respite was ready. Sort of. The owners had been marinating on the idea of a beer delivery service pre-covid but when the lockdown came, it became a no brainer. Thus, biermi.com was born. Brendan of True Respite joins Roche and Lashelle to discuss the impact the site has had on breweries and consumers across the country since it's launch and how it could be a game changer in how we get our local craf...

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Most beer related activities and businesses either shut down or entered a holding pattern during the COVID-19 pandemic (this podcast included). Hi Wire Brewing decided to do something different. They actually EXPANDED their distribution in the middle of the pandemic. Chris Frosaker is one of the owners of Hi Wire and he joins Lashelle and Roche to explain the thought process behind their expansion into Virginia. He also tells of th...

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May 5, 2020 66 min

Chris Burns of Old Ox Brewery joins Roche and Lashelle to talk about the monumental challenges facing breweries of all sizes during the Covid-19 pandemic. How will this affect the taproom experience? What laws will come off (or stay on) the books when life gets back to normal? What can breweries do during the pandemic to spur sales? Being nimble is the key and Chris has tips that all small business owners can use on this important ...

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April 28, 2020 31 min

Like everything else in the world, Head Retention has grounded to a halt due to Covid-19. Before, the podcast gets back up and running full time, Roche and Lashelle catch up with each other and you on what's changed in the craft beer world now...and in the future. 

Go to www.biermi.com to find out what breweries deliver in your area and how your brewery can get listed. 

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February 11, 2020 72 min

Cannabis sounds like it would be awesome to have in your beer...in theory. But what about in reality? Would a beer brewed with cannabis be good or just a marketing stunt? What style of beer would cannabis augment? And how close are we to having it legally brewed into beer? This episode of Head Retention does a deep dive into the question of Cannabis (or CBD) and beer. Roche and Lashelle are joined by Blane of Sinistral Brewing to d...

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Lashelle prides herself on finding the perfect beer for everyone. Even non craft beer lovers! Her skills are put to the test on this episode of Head Retention as she tries to find an IPA that legendary country music radio personality, Michael J, will enjoy. Michael is a Coors Light man from way back and HATES the test of an IPA. Or so he thinks. After Roche and Lashelle set the scene (11:27), the stage is set for the Michael J IPA ...

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January 13, 2020 48 min

Searching for “whales” was something the craft beer culture was built on. But with beer much easier to get, does it still make sense to hunt? Is it “worth” it? Roche and Jon from Solace Brewing share some hunting stories before Roche laments the loss of the hunt. Then, Lashelle shares her white whale with the group to….unique results. 

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When the news broke that Constellation was selling Ballast Point to a small brewery just outside of Chicago, the ramifications reverberated throughout the industry. Roche, Lashelle, and Jon of Solace Brewing Co. discuss all the angles of this deal and what it means for the craft beer industry moving forward. 

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December 4, 2019 70 min

With the industry getting more local and more saturated, Roche and Lashelle wonder what the future of craft beer festivals (local and national) holds. Chris of Fairwinds Brewery and Dave of Ocelot Brewing Co join them to weigh the pros and cons for both brewers and consumers. Also, do winning medals have value and what exactly is a "crispy boy"? It's all in this episode of Head Retention. 

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Harper's Ferry Brewing drew national attention for their anti-ownership beer, Sell The Team, and now Jessie and Ryan join Roche and Lashelle on this episode of Head Retention to tell the story behind the viral sensation. Then, the guys discuss Harper's Ferry Brewing, its amazing backdrop, and how they keep the momentum of Sell The Team going. 

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November 15, 2019 11 min

"When are you posting new episodes of the show?" 

Roche has been getting that question for months and now he has the answer. Hear about the past, present, and future of Head Retention in the latest episode. 

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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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