Episode 36 – Carie Partain of Free the Hops


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Happy Friday, everyone!

We continue with the 50 States Beer Project, with this month’s focus on Alabama. And seeing as how I have a certain interest in beer laws, I contacted Carie Partain of Free the Hops, a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to educating Alabamans about current beer legislation. Because Carie is the current head of Free the Hops, she is perfect to talk to about it. I hope you all enjoy the interview with her as much as I did conducting it!

Same housekeeping as usual: listen to the show on Stitcher or Apple Podcasts. Review, rate, recommend, svp! Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Something to get off your chest? Call 1-833-85-HARPY (1-833-854-2779) and let me know! For example, I’d love to hear about the summer beers that rocked your world.

It seems like I should mention I will be on the Gender in the Beer Industry panel at the Food Feminism Fermentation conference at McGill University on September 30th. As a result of your support and word of mouth, I’m nervous and excited. Come out if you can. Say hi in person!

Most of all, thank you thank you thank you for listening.

Episode 35 – Carrie Machen of Back Forty Beer Company (and the launch of the 50 States Beer Project)


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Happy Friday, everyone!

Today I launch the 50 States Beer Project. My goal is to have interviews from women working in beer in all 50 States. This is something I have been thinking of for a while, and I just decided to go for it! As a result, Alabama is the first on the list.

Carrie Machen, production manager at Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden, Alabama, is the first interviewee. I appreciate Carrie taking time out of her schedule to chat with me. Also, if you have had Back Forty’s beer, tag photos of your beverages on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #50StatesBeerProject! (I look forward to being able to head there one day to drink some myself.)

In addition to the 50 States Beer Project, I will be on a Gender in the Beer Industry panel September 30th in Montreal. Details here. Come out, listen, and say hello afterwards.

I’m also launching a Patreon page sometime this month. I’d like to be able to meet more women in this field and gather more stories. With your help, I can try. I promise you cool rewards if you do so.

Harpy Hour is wherever fine podcasts are listened to: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher. Please rate/review/recommend to help the show grow! You can always call the Harpy Hour Hotline: 1-833-85-HARPY (1-833-854-2779). It’s toll-free in the US and Canada. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Thank you again for listening. You are the best.

 

Episode 34 – Amy Neufeld & Lauren Zimbalatti of The Exchange Brewery


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Happy Friday!

(Though if you live anywhere east of me, it’s probably like, Happy Friday Evening!) The Exchange Brewery is awesome, y’all. It is likely the one of the coolest breweries I’ve been to. Sitting down with Lauren and Amy to chat about beer may be a highlight of my summer. And I also touched their droolworthy foeders in the proper brewery itself. Hence, you should listen then plan a trip to visit them in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

There are a couple of big announcements next week. And I would like to thank everyone for being patient with the episodes as of late. There’s a bit of family illness happening so I’m just making sure there’s at least an episode every Friday!

Follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Listen to the shows where fine podcasts are aired (Apple Podcasts, Stitcher).  Email me at marisa@harpyhour.com, or call 1-877-85-HARPY (1-877-854-2779). While that number is toll-free in the US and Canada, if you want to call in, you can do so by using sending me a voice memo recorded on your smartphone. Email it and I will try to get it on the air!

Thank you so much for listening! See you next week!

 

Episode 30 – Prince Edward County makes some damn fine beer


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Happy Friday!

This week’s full length episode has me and Jen P. sitting down, sipping, and reviewing beer from Prince Edward County, Ontario. Furthermore, we chat about personal beer descriptors, as well as my undisguised awe at Jen’s tri-athlete abilities! (It’s pretty awe-inspiring, tbh.)

Since I hope you are planning your own trip to PEC, here are the breweries we review:

Call the Harpy Hour Hotline at 1-833-85-HARPY (1-833-854-2779) to answer this week’s question: What craft beer do you recommend for newbies? All calls will be featured on Monday’s mini-episode. Calling is toll-free in the US and Canada.

Live in the Kingston area? Maybe you want to review beer too? Holler at me!

Harpy Hour is available on either Apple Podcasts or Stitcher, in addition to the website itself. Also, say hi on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Untappd! Finally, please review/rate/recommend! Cheers!

 

 

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 29 – Can you really call this an episode?


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It’s been busy on the Harpy Hour front this past week, so here’s a quick check-in for you!

What’s coming up:

And before I wrap up, call the Harpy Hour Hotline to be featured on Monday’s mini-episode. The number is 1-833-85-HARPY (1-833-854-2779); tell me, what beer/food/music festival are you looking forward to this summer? Did it already happen? Tell me (and the world) about it!

Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Untappd! Also, have a great weekend!

July 10th – Mini episode 1!


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Today’s mini-episode asks the question: what were your favorite beers for Canada Day or the Fourth of July?

Thanks to our callers for divulging their preferred beer; mine probably was the new offerings from Riverhead Brewing here in Kingston.

This week’s call-in question: what beer events or festivals (music, food, etc) are you looking forward to? If they have already happened, what were they?

Call 1-833-85-HARPY (1-833-854-2779) and I will feature your response on next Monday’s mini-episode!

New full length episodes are every Monday! Come say hi on social media!

Episode 28 – Barley Days (and now we are 1!)


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It marks a year since I started Harpy Hour, a year since idle thought morphed into real life fancy.

A huge thank you to all the women I’ve met and interviewed. Their stories are what make this podcast great. A doubly huge thank you to all of you who listen: you make my day!

This week I chat with Dani and Angie of the venerable Barley Days Brewery in gorgeous Picton, Ontario. Angie is the Taproom Manager; Dani is their top Sales Rep. Barley Days is especially relevant (they were the first, I believe) since Picton and the surrounding area have become a craft beer hotspot. I appreciate them giving me some of their time in addition to allowing me to sample beer!

If you are looking for a beer roadtrip that is easy on the eyes and the budget, check out Barley Days as well as the following breweries:

I’m probably missing others, so let me know!

Because Harpy Hour is turning one, I’d like to ask you, the listener, to be part of the program going forward. There is a toll-free (in the US and Canada) number for you to call as I will end Friday episodes with a question for you to answer! From here on out, Fridays will be new full length episodes, and Mondays will be listener mini-episodes. I will kick off the week with feedback from you about this week’s question. Sometimes it will be silly, sometimes it will be slightly serious, but most of all, it will be a chance for you to participate.

You got your dialing finger ready? Good! The number is 1-833-85-HARPY (833-854-2779). This week’s question is: What beers did you celebrate Canada Day/Fourth of July with? Since I will be listening to your messages, I may have to edit for clarity and length. I can’t wait to hear your call!

Furthermore, Harpy Hour is found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher for your listening pleasure. You can say hi, let me know about someone to interview, or talk about beer with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Untappd. As always, rating, reviewing, recommending can keep this lil podcast growing. Maybe I’ll even get to come hang out with you!

See you on Monday!

Episode 26 – A Delightful Review of Beers w/Trish


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For a beer podcast, it was time to review some beers for a change!

As a result, I asked my friend Trish to come over to record, sip, gossip, repeat. Beer appeared, as water did too because hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, folks. I commend Trish for being a trouper and still recording despite being hungover. I am sure that I could do no such thing!

So please enjoy our beer reviews and natter. The beers tried were the following:

The show is found on iTunes and Stitcher. Reviews and ratings at either site are appreciated! If you feel social, say hi over on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and yes, Snapchat. I have an Untapped account too so you can find me under the handle, KittentheDestroyer. (I should change it, probably!)

See you all next week when we talk about fitness and beer! You want to be part of that episode? Holler at me.

Episode 24 – Robin LeBlanc


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Show notes! I got yer show notes right here!

This week’s interview is Robin LeBlanc, one of the authors of the Ontario Craft Beer Guide. The 2nd edition drops in May so I have thoughtfully provided for you an Amazon link to make with the purchase. You can also find Robin at her personal website, the Thirsty Wench. If you especially like supporting independent beer journalism, head over to her Patreon.

You can find the show on iTunes and Stitcher, as well as listening here on the website. Do me a solid and leave a review or rating? I appreciate it.

I am all over the place online: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Untappd is also where I live but I can’t give you that link because I can’t remember my password (I just never log out). But I can be found there too!

Big thanks to everyone I talked to and hung out with this past Saturday! You made a good day great. See you all next week!