July 17 – the Monday mini episode


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Okay, so it’s technically not Monday, it’s Tuesday. Mea culpa.

Regardless, there is a new super short episode just for you. Rick from Vermont waxes poetic and brief about the Vermont Nanobrew Festival in Turnbridge, Vermont. I am envious. I shall make plans forthwith to go next year. (If you do go, please let me know what you imbibed!)

This week’s call-in question: what would be your gateway craft beer for a newbie?

Mine is this one. (It’s quite good. Most of all, it complements spicy Chinese food nicely.)

Call 1-833-45-HARPY, or 1-833-454-2779, to tell me your gateway craft beer for new folks. Responses will be aired on July 24th!

Say hello on Twitter, Instagram, Untappd, and Facebook. Check out my article on Kingstonist about Prince Edward County breweries, County Road Beer Company and Parson’s Brewing Company (they are my new favourite, to be honest). And finally, I will see you Friday on a beer review with my friend Jen!

Episode 21 – The Beer Sisters!



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Hello there!

Well, as of last week, we’ve said goodbye to a few lovely breweries of the American South, and we return to highlighting the best and coolest of the Ontario craft beer scene. This week’s interview is with Crystal and Tara Luxmore, the Beer Sisters. Crystal is a Certified Cicerone whose beer musings can be found in outlets ranging from Toronto Life to the Globe and Mail. Her sister, Tara, is a Prud’homme Beer Sommelier as well as a professional cider judge. Together, they are a formidable powerhouse of beer knowledge! I was lucky enough to chat with them not too long ago; I hope you will enjoy it as they were both an absolute delight.

Of course, this episode and all episodes are available on iTunes and Stitcher; leaving a review and rating on either site helps me and the show grow, so thank you in advance! Seeing as how I love to chat about beer and beer-related ephemera, you can say hello via Twitter or Facebook. (You can also email me if that’s more your jam.) Sometimes I have pictures of beer on the Harpy Hour Instagram; sometimes I just like posting about our cat. I will also be posting mini-episodes about Beau’s FeBREWary throughout this month so if you subscribe, those will come straight to you!

Also, my co-producer has asked me to use the lovely Yeti mic in my home office instead of the digital portable mic so as to make sure the sound quality is excellent for your kind ears. So very sorry about the sound quality of the past two mini-episodes! As always, thank you thank you thank you for listening!

See ya next Monday!

Episode 8 – On the Road and at Beau’s Oktoberfest



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Who has two thumbs and went to Beau’s Oktoberfest? (I hoped you guessed me or this got weird real fast.)

It was a live-ish edition of Harpy Hour. I recorded some live commentary, I ate a giant pretzel, I drank wonderful beers (the list is at the bottom), I played midway games and lost horribly, and I also was present for the incredible announcement of Beau’s involvement with the Rwandan Craft Beer Project. I was able to nab some audio from that panel but truly, please check out the short film on Beau’s website as well as the active Kickstarter. An all-woman-owned and run brewery would be a marvelous thing for this country; I urge you to check it out and donate if you can.

I also got some brief hanging out time with the indomitable Crystal Luxmore, Certified Cicerone and Beer Judge. She was presenting a beer knowledge panel at the festival and I am grateful she gave me some time to catch her highlights of this year’s edition. I’ve been wanting to get Crystal on the show properly for a while, so I hope to have an episode featuring her within the next few weeks!

Additionally, I had the pleasure of meeting Katy Watts, the genius behind the beer podcast 613.Beer! I’ve been listening to her episodes and I encourage you to do the same!

It’s the usual refrain: follow me on Twitter (@HarpyHour), email me at Marisa@harpyhour.com, and FINALLY THERE IS AN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT! I’ll be uploading my pics from Beau’s Oktoberfest all week.

A huge shout-out and thanks to Jennifer Beauchesne from Beau’s; she is aces.

Beers I Sampled:

Episode 6 – Beau’s is for beau-tiful



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I imagine everyone in Canada–certainly Ontario–is familiar with the ubiquitous tractor design and the delicious taste of Beau’s All Natural Brewery. (Fun fact: one of our first acts in moving to Kingston, Ontario was ordering a mess of veggie Chinese takeout and sit on the floor of our then-new apartment and drink the crap out of the Lug Tread. It was perfect after a five hour drive down the 401 with a passel of angry cats and a heat wave.)

I had the opportunity to talk to Jennifer Beauchesne of Beau’s; sure, she’s the head of communications,but frankly, she too is an all-around bad-ass. As I keep saying, this beer business is full of lady bad-asses. I love it. Bring. It. On.

I’ve only ever been to the brewery one other time. I think it was around 2011? Man, am I missing out by not going there at least once a year. It’s a gorgeous operation with a new-ish patio that serves food in a bucolic small town setting. My partner and I had a great time and will definitely be back for their Oktoberfest. It just means having to stay in Cornwall….

Beau’s, congrats on ten years! I hope there are many more. I love ya.

Beau’s beer sampled & maaaaaybe drank during this interview as follows (don’t worry, I do have a DD for these outings):

* Farm Table: Marzen
* Farm Table: Patersbier
* Elephant Monsoon
* Wag the Wolf

Also, last night was the final concert for the Tragically Hip. I’d be remiss as a permanent resident who discovered them on her new life in Canada. I really like this song. I know it’s not a classic, but the heart loves what it loves.