Looking for something more portable than a blog post? Join Mark Richards and Pat Woodward as they tackle topics from the world of craft beer, often with expert guests who provide an insiders perspective on the art of brewing. While beer is the focal point, our discussions and interviews include forays into the worlds of music, travel, science and history.
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Episode 40: Non-alcoholic Beers: In this episode we turn a spotlight on non alcoholic beers, defined as beers with < 0.5% abv. We discuss the science behind the various approaches to making NA beers and sample a bakers dozen examples representing styles that include lagers, wheat beers, stouts, pale ales and IPAs both traditional and hazy/juicy. If you are curious about NA beers or looking to find some good ones for dry January this is the episode for you.
Episode 39 – Fresh Hop Beers at Columbus Brewing Company: Fall is the time for beers made with freshly picked whole cone hops and no brewery in Ohio does fresh hop beers like Columbus Brewing Company. In this episode Tony Corder tells us how the hop wizards at CBC conjure up a whopping 10 different fresh/wet hop beers, featuring hops from Washington, Oregon, Ohio, and Michigan.
Episode 38 – The Great Pilsner Taste Off: In this episode we eare joined by fellow pilsner lovers Jamie Gentry and Hans Gorsuch to determine what makes a great Pilsner-style beer. In a blind tasting session, beer steward Ralph Wolfe helps our 4 judge panel navigate through 10 domestic pilsners with distributions that range from local to regional to national. In the final round we compare our favorites side by side and pick a winner.
Episode 37 – Ohio and the World Beer Cup: The World Beer Cup is arguably the most prestigious and competitive beer competition on the planet. In 2022, breweries from the Buckeye state took home a total of 14 medals. In this episode we drink and discuss the medal winners from Central Ohio breweries including Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (Daybreak Coffee Cream Ale), Gemüt Biergarten (Woden’s Hunt Dunkel), and Columbus Brewing Company (Lager and Crocodile Tongue).
Episode 36 – Brown Ales: Barley’s Homebrew Competition winner Jim Sudduth joins us for an exploration of this classic beer style from its origins in Britain to modern day interpretations brewed here in Ohio. Along the way Jim shares some tips for what it takes to make an award winning Brown Ale.
Episode 35 – The Columbus Six Pack (American IPAs): In this episode we sample six year-round American IPAs from our home base here in Columbus. We are joined on the journey by Dan Shaffer, head brewer at Land Grant Brewing Co. and we take the opportunity to tap into Dan’s deep knowledge of hops. This is a must listen episode for any homebrewers interested in brewing IPAs. (April 2022)
Episode 34 – Irish Stouts: In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day we welcome special guest Madeleine Bogard for an exploration of stouts from the Emerald Isle. This episode includes a Guinness vs Murphy’s blind taste test and an encounter with the elusive Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. (March 2022)
Episode 33 – MOO! Milk, Oatmeal and Oyster Stouts: We continue our exploration of stouts with a closer look at “nourishing” stouts that developed in late 19th/early 20th century Britain. This episode includes a segment with Ron and Kathy Troyer at Roundhouse Depot in Bellfontaine, for a glass of their award winning Smoke Stack (Oatmeal) Stout, and a trip to The Pearl in downtown Columbus, where Gavin Meyers of North High Brewing tells us the origin story of their oyster stout. (February 2022)
Episode 32 – Imperial Stouts: Our friend Nick Smith returns to the podcast for a fascinating discussion on the historical origins of imperial stouts. We then jump across the pond and see how American brewers in the 1990’s reimagined and reinvigorated imperial stouts. In the second half of the show, Bill Koeppen joins us as we trace the path that these big decadent beers have taken in the 21st century – from barrel aging to adjuncts to the modern pastry stouts. Along the way, Bill shares some of his experiences homebrewing imperial stouts. (January 2022)
Episode 31 – A White Christmas with Jason McKibben: Just in time for the holidays we offer up a fascinating conversation with Jason McKibben of North High Brewing. In this wide ranging conversation, we cover topics as varied as medalling at the World Beer Cup, brewing with local ingredients, North High’s embrace of the brewpub model, studying with Charlie Bamforth at UC Davis, a behind the scenes look at Anchor Christmas Ale, and an insider’s perspective on Budweiser. (December 2021)
Episode 30 – Halloween at Jackie O’s on 4th: Our friend Johnny Clift from Jackie O’s on 4th joins us for a special Halloween-themed episode. Johnny shares Jackie O’s stories, past and present, and we take a closer look at his vision for their new Columbus outpost. Along the way we savor a vertical flight of the iconic black walnut infused imperial stout, Oil of Aphrodite, starting with the base beer and working through various barrel-aged variants. (October 2021)
Episode 29 – Summer Homebrews: Homebrewers Hans Gorsuch and Chris Mercerhill join us for an episode on homebrewing that includes a hefeweizen, two different saisons, a biere de garde, and a wet hop harvest ale. Our conversation touches on topics like decoction mashing, the use of herbs and teas in brewing, aquaponic farming, mixed fermentation, the Great American Beer Festival, new yeast varieties, and brewing with home grown hops. (October 2021)
Episode 28 – All Things Bock: In this episode we take a deep dive on strong German lagers from the bock family (doppelbock, maibock, weizenbock, eisbock). The episode contains a trip out to Edison Brewing for a conversation with owner Wil Schulze and brewmaster Victor Ecimovich, and a segment on homebrewing bocks with award winning homebrewer Jamie Gentry. (June 2021)
Episode 27 – Fruit Lambics: World traveler and sour beer lover Dan Reeve returns to the show for a follow up to Episode 18. In this episode we discuss Lambic beers beyond gueuze, with a focus on beers conditioned on fresh fruit, like kriek (cherry) and framboise (raspberry). (May 2021)
Episode 26 – Craft Malting: We journey out to Marysville, Ohio to talk craft malting with Matt Cunningham of Rustic Brew Farms. We talk about the challenges of starting a malting operation on the family farm; the various steps in the malting process; European vs North American barley varieties, and much more. (March 2021)
Episode 25 – Westvleteren or Bust … in Search of the Ultimate Quad: Recurring guest and Belgian beer lover Hans Gorsuch returns as we scour Belgium (and a bit of the Netherlands) for the quintessential Trappist Quadruple Ale (or Belgian Dark Strong if you prefer). Stops include La Trappe, Rochefort, Chimay, St. Bernardus, and Westvleteren. (February 2021)
Episode 24 – Glassware Gameshow: We are joined by Land Grant brewer Justin Reik and Canadian connoisseur Chris Mercerhill for an informative, irreverent journey through the land of beer glassware. Sit back for an extended romp through the world of glassware, with frequent tangents into the realms of music, science, and travel. (January 2021)
Episode 23 – Winter Warmers and Festive Holiday Ales: We look at the evolution of the Winter Warmers and other winter offerings stretching from the dark ages to the modern day. We are joined by long time Barley’s brewmaster Angelo Signorino, who shares the history of the much beloved Barley’s Christmas Ale and surprises us with a delicious double oatmeal stout aged in maple bourbon barrels. (December 2020)
Episode 22 – Saisons: Hans Gorsuch returns for an in-depth look at saisons. We drink and discuss the modern day classic, Saison Dupont, and explore Ohio brewed variations from Rockmill, Branch and Bone and Jackie O’s, some of which hint back to older riffs of the Wallonian farmhouse ale. (November 2020)
Episode 21 – Octoberfest Metalfest: Homebrewer Jamie Gentry and Wolf’s Ridge brewmaster Chris Davison drop in for a fantasy Oktoberfest where we discuss the potent combination of Bavarian lager (Oktoberfest, Marzen and Rauchbier) and German heavy metal music. (October 2020)
Episode 20 – History of the IPA with Nick Smith (Part 2): We continue our ramblings on the evolution of the IPA with Nick Smith. The story picks up in northern California where the style is reborn from the ashes of the 1970s and we follow it through the modern day where it has become craft beer’s dominant style. (August 2020)
Episode 19 – History of the IPA with Nick Smith (Part 1): The podcast goes international for the first time as Nick Smith, founder and brewmaster of Steam Machine Brewing in County Durham joins us. In the first of a two part episode we explore the history of the India Pale Ale from a British perspective. Starting from it’s origins as a refined refreshment for the British Raj up through its long, slow decline in the 20th century. (August 2020)
Episode 18 – Going for the Gueuze with Dan Reeve: In this episode we are joined by Columbus sour beer aficionado Dan Reeve for a virtual voyage to Pajotenland. Join us as we take an in depth look at a style that many feel represents the pinnacle of brewing, blended lambic gueuze. (June 2020)
Episode 17 – American Sours and Wild Ales with Sean White (Part 2): In part 2 of our exploration of American sours, Sean White shares his candid thoughts and experiences with spontaneous fermentation, the importance of aged hops in lambic-inspired beers, brewing with local ingredients, and shares some tips for brewing sour beers at home. (May 2020)
Episode 16 – American Sours and Wild Ales with Sean White Part 1: We welcome back Sean White from Little Fish Brewing to discuss American sour beers and wild ales. In this first of a two part episode Sean discusses capturing yeasts from the wild, Brett beers and mixed fermentation saisons, oud bruins, Flemish reds, and what might be an entirely new style, farmhouse malt liquors. (May 2020)
Episode 15 – Talking Pandemic Beer Blues with Dan Eaton: About two weeks into the Corona virus lock down Dan Eaton, who covers the beer and restaurant industry for Columbus Business First, joins us (virtually) to survey the Central Ohio brewing landscape in the time of pandemic. (April 2020)
Episode 14 – Czech Pilsners and Prague: Hans, Mark and Pat take a journey to the original source of all pale lagers. In this travel inspired episode we encounter glasses of foam, tankovna pubs, and seek out beer in the Czech capital. (August 2019)
Episode 13 – Oh Canada: Chris and Hans are back to share and discuss beers Chris’ mom muled down to Ohio from north of the border in this Bob and Doug Mackenzie approved episode. (June 2019)
Episode 12 – Orval: Hans Gorsuch and Chris Mercerhill join us to drink, discuss, celebrate one of the world’s singular beers, the Trappist masterpiece that is Orval. We also break open some Brett beers brewed on this side of the Atlantic from Logsdon Ales, Crooked Stave, Anchorage Brewing and one of Pat’s homebrews. (April 2019)
Episode 11 – Ill Mannered: Tom Ayers from Ill Mannered Brewing in Powell joins us to talk about the challenges and rewards of running a neighborhood brewery. Our discussion touches on Australian Sparkling Ales, turning people onto Belgian styles, kviek yeast, and using Ohio-grown ingredients. (March 2019)
Episode 10 – Baltic Porters: Set sail for the world of Baltic Porters when longtime homebrewer A.J. Zanyk visits the Pat’s Pints studio. The discussion includes the story of Motherbird, a baltic porter brewed by A.J. and Mark that took best of show honors at the Ohio State Fair Homebrew competition and caught the attention of BJCP judge extraordinaire Gordon Strong. (January 2019)
Episode 9 – Angels and Demons: Hans joins us again as we hop across the English channel to drink Belgian Tripels and Golden Strongs. Join us for tales of Belgian ales, including the iconic duo of Westmalle Tripel and Duvel. (July 2018)
Episode 8 – The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Ales: In this episode we are joined by our friend Hans Gorsuch to drink some British Beers that Pat muled back from England, including beers inspired by Iron Maiden and Motorhead. (March 2018)
Episode 7 – Farmhouse Brewing: We make a road trip down to Athens to talk farmhouse ales, saisons, and sour beers with Sean White and Jimmy Stockwell from Little Fish Brewing. (Oct 2016)
Episode 6 – Off Flavor Tasting and Kettle Sours: Talking kettle sours, off flavor tasting, and neighborhood breweries with Mike Byrne from Lineage Brewing. (Sept 2016)
Episode 5 – Commonhouse Ales: Lenny Kolada and Sam Hickey visit the studio to talk about the marriage of the old (Smokehouse) and the new (Commonhouse) and the upcoming Mini-Real Ale Festival. (May 2016)
Episode 4 – Hoof Hearted: Talking all things Hoof Hearted and counting down our favorite Van Halen songs with Trevor Williams from Hoof Hearted Brewing. (March 2016)
Episode 3 – High Gravity Beers: In this episode we talk high gravity beers with Jim Gokenbach and Jennie Koeper of Zaftig Brewing and Doug Oldham of the Columbus Craft Beer Alliance. (February 2016)
Episode 2 – Branding: In this episode we sit down with Walt Keys from Land Grant Brewing to talk about branding and drink some Imperial Stouts. (January 2016)
Episode 1 – Talking Sour Beers with Fred Lee and Jonathan Carroll from Actual Brewing. (December 2015)