Winter Brews 2016 Part 2: Camba Bavaria Bavarian Winter

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The Winter Beer Adventure continues! The second in the belated advent calendar is Camba Bavaria Bavarian Winter, over from Germany with a hoppy punch and some interesting fruity notes on the back end.

These minisodes will air periodically through February, as I gradually make my way through the advent calendar!

Winter Beer 02
Bavarian Winter — sounds like a slightly pants metal band, tastes much better.


Winter Brews 2016 Part 1: Birrificio del Doge APA

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Welcome to Winter Brews 2016!

Welcome to a special feature for Harpy Hour in 2016: this year, I ordered the BeerAdvent calendar from Craft. The shipping process had some bugs to work out, so I didn’t wind up getting mine here in Kingston until December 23 — a bit late for “advent” so we’re treating this kind of like a Winter Beer-A-Thon for 2016/17. Enjoy this voyage of discovery!

Beer #1 is Birrificio del Doge APA, all the way from Italy. Expect these minisodes periodically from now through February 2017!

All the way from Italy — a great start to my advent/winter beer adventure!

Episode 15a – Moon River Tasting “Minisode”

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Well, this one might take a bit of explanation, because it’s a kind of “mega minisode.” As detailed in the recording, when I ordered a flight at Moon River, I thought they’d let me select from their brews, but in a happy accident, it turns out that they just kind of go all-in on these things, and so I wound up with a 10-sample flight… 40 oz of beer all told.

It was an interesting lunch.

Luckily, I didn’t have any other plans for the afternoon, so my producer and I settled in as I soldiered through all of these. Enjoy! I sure did.

Marisa at Moon River
This is exactly the expression my cat makes when I pop a can of the fancy stuff.
Moon River Flight
Like Apollo 11, this is one hell of a flight.
Moon River Beer Menu
Read all about it — the entire flight, as a menu.

Episode 15 – Southbound Brewing Company, Savannah GA

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Happy Holidays, y’all!

Christmas Day may be past, but I think you can have one more lovely beer that, if you’re anything like me, you’ve saved up from your cellar for the occasion. This week we are in Savannah, GA talking with Carly Wiggins from Southbound Brewing Company. Carly is one of the founders of Southbound as well as heading the Board of Directors of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. She and I sat down together to talk about work there as well as the brewery itself. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I loved doing it!

I believe I have some photos of Southbound over on the Harpy Hour Instagram feed. Check ’em out! As always, I can be reached via Twitter or Facebook. Let me know what you drank during the holidays!

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I will see you in the New Year when I chat with Molly Gunn of Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, GA! Cheers!

Episode 14a – Frothy Beard Minisode, Charleston, South Carolina

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Well worth the drive — and getting lost (our fault) — to make it to Frothy Beard in North Charleston, where we had a flight o’ delight in this converted industrial space that is, frankly, not exactly in an area with a lot of stuff to offer. But that let us settle in and really focus on the beer, and one of the best flights of the trip. This may be the last time we can visit Frothy Beard in their current location, as a bigger locale is in the works for 2017, and the more that this can be offered to the masses the better, we say! Cheers!

Episode 14 – Tradesman Brewing Company, Charleston SC

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Hey there, everyone! Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?

I dunno what it’s like where you are, but here in Ontario, snow is on the ground, it is stupid cold, and winter even hasn’t properly started yet. That said, this week’s episode finds us still in Charleston. This time I headed out to Tradesman Brewing to talk with co-founder Sarah Gayle McConnell about the Brewsters events. Sarah Gayle founded the Brewsters along with Macey Martin of Frothy Beard Brewery (look for a mini-episode featuring that brewery later this week!).  Frankly, I can’t quite do justice to what the Brewsters are all about in a blog entry for the show, which is why I think you’re going to love this episode. If you live in Charleston, visit the city often, or plan to, I hope you will be able to sample some of the beers made by these ladies!

There are pictures of both breweries on the Harpy Hour Instagram feed so check those out. Harpy Hour is also on Twitter and Facebook! (There’s even a YouTube channel in the works for the new year.)

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Have a Merry Christmas and I’ll see you all on Boxing Day (it’s a holiday for us here in Canada) with a dynamite interview with Carly Wiggins of Southbound Brewing! Cheers!

Episode 13a – Revelry Minisode, Charleston, South Carolina

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Another minisode! I didn’t score an interview at Revelry, but in our tour of Charleston micro-breweries, we did make time to sit down and try a flight, as well as enjoy a lovely chat with some British ex-pats who have been making Charleston their home for the past decade. A moment of fleeting panic when a busload of bros unloaded itself at the front entrance was quickly defused when the frat brigade decamped to the upstairs patio (we were taking it easy in the main indoors space). Thank god for rooftop patios, whose siren call lures guys in backwards baseball caps the world over, leaving lovers of quiet and beer to enjoy a drink in peace. We had a lovely experience overall, even picking up a baseball tee to gift to our stellar catsitter back home in Canada. Cheers!

Episode 13 – Coast Brewing Company, Charleston SC

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This week I’m talking with Jaime Tenny, co-founder of Coast Brewing Company in Charleston, SC. Coast is a labour of love for Jaime and her husband David. They make pretty incredible beers–I’m thinking of the Boy King DIPA, in particular–and are not only dedicated to making those incredible beers, but in making the brewery as environmentally friendly as possible. One of the most interesting things I talked to Jaime about was her work as a founder of the SC Brewers Guild. The SC Brewers Guild is dedicated to changing the laws of beer in South Carolina to benefit the brewers and their customers. I was thrilled to to be able to talk to her and get her story as well as that of the brewery. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed doing it!

There are pictures of Coast on the Harpy Hour Instagram feed, and of course, you can follow the show on Twitter to let us know what you think! And yes, we are on Facebook; like us there too!
Harpy Hour is available on iTunes and Stitcher. See you next week to talk about the Brewster project with Sara Gayle of Tradesman Brewing and Macey of Frothy Beard! Cheers!

Episode 12: NoDa Brewing Company, Charlotte, NC

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Happy Monday! (Okay, because I said that, I feel like I should listen to this 90s rave classic quite loud to chase away those Monday blues.)

This week finds us going from Asheville (Beer City) to the Queen City, aka Charlotte, NC. I headed to NoDa Brewing Company, which not only boasts a gorgeous taproom, but one hell of an impressive brewing facility. (I never stop loving getting a Wizard of Oz behind the curtain look.)  There I sat down with Rachael Cardwell, a brewer at NoDa, and we talked about her beer career–and she has traveled pretty extensively to get that experience–and of course, as a future recurring theme on the Harpy Hour Southeastern Beer Tour, the odd little booze laws that the South tends to have, and how it affects craft brewers all over North Carolina. I had a blast talking with Rachael as well as getting to sample beautiful beers. You can find pics of NoDa on the HH Instagram feed, if you’re curious about the brewery. But first: go listen!

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An additional special Charlotte shout-out to delectable beers quaffed at Wooden Robot and Sycamore Brewing. Come back next Monday when we’re headed to Charleston to talk with Jaime Tenney of Coast Brewing Company!