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!

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

 

Episode 33 – Dana Connor of Oast House Brewers


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Finally, your Friday episode!

Today I speak with Dana Connor from Oast House Brewers, located between St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake. With their distinctive candystripe colours, Oast House makes incredible beer with a local flair. I enjoyed my visit, sampled some delicious beers, and came away feeling happy.

Because summer is nearly over, I suggest you get yourself a bottle of something delightful–preferably Oast House if you have it–and sit in the sun. As always, I appreciate Dana for talking to me and the ladies in the Taproom for suggesting samples for me to try.

Either way, listen to Harpy Hour here, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher. Say hello on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Call 1-833-85-HARPY (1-833-854-2779) to tell me of your summer beer.

Most of all, thank you for listening. Please recommend and review the show. I would love that.

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 20 – Burial Brewing Company, Asheville NC



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Alas, we’ve come to the end of my trip down South to visit breweries.

We are ending it on a damn high note, though. My final Southeastern US interview is with Jess Reiser, one of the owners/founders of Burial Brewing Company in Asheville, NC. Burial was probably hands down one of the most tasty and inventive breweries I had the pleasure to go to….as you can probably tell from the very tipsy mini-episode I believe I posted when I reviewed two (!) flights of their beer. I talked to Jess via Skype before Christmas about Burial’s start and an exciting new development for their future. I thank her and every single lady I had the pleasure to meet and interview when I was down there from the bottom of my heart.

But never fear, this episode and all the others are available on iTunes and Stitcher for your listening pleasure. Leave a review and rating for a gold star*! You can swing by and talk to me via social media if you so choose; I am on Twitter, Instagram (sorry for any cat pics but our cat is super cute), and Facebook.

I’ve got a new batch of interviews in the works so stay tuned to see who turns up next! See you soon!

*a figurative gold star, sorry

Episode 19 – Abbey of the Holy Goats, Roswell GA



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Bonjour, mes amis! I hope you’re staying warm this winter and drinking some fine beers to boot.

This week on Harpy Hour, we have an interview with Kathy Davis, the owner and head brewer of the Abbey of the Holy Goats in Roswell, Georgia, just a bit north of Atlanta. Not only does she make exceptional Belgian-style beers, Kathy’s story of how beer became her life is very intriguing. I would recommend that you plan a visit to the Abbey and sample her beers, especially as the massive table in the tasting room is also worthy of wonder. I hope the Georgia laws change soon because I would happily buy any of the Abbey’s beer to sample here in Canada (I know, I know, not likely).

You can find Harpy Hour episodes on the go at iTunes and Stitcher. I would absolutely love it if you left a review and rating for it on those places. I am totally accessible and nice all across social media–Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. While I work away at the European Winter Beer Calendar (aka Craft Beer Advent Calendar), I will be posting mini-episodes of what I tried every Wednesday! If you want to see the bottles, they will be on the HH Instagram feed.

We are heading back up to Asheville one last time next Monday! See you then!

Episode 18 – Wild Heaven Beer, Decatur GA



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And the Atlanta good times beer train keeps on a-rolling…

This week, we are at Wild Heaven Beer in Decatur–an intown suburb of Atlanta–where I got the opportunity to speak with Sarah Young, Director of Sales. Sarah was a blast to spend time with and we even got to sample their lovely beers while chatting. In fact, I’m still thinking about their Ode to Mercy “Nitrode” beer and wishing I had some for a chilly day such as this! Wild Heaven is worth a visit if you’re in Atlanta or if you’re passing through; I can guarantee there will be a beer there to tempt your tastebuds! The catch-22 of visiting faraway breweries is you remember how incredible the beers are and then also remember you can’t get them where you live. I hope you enjoy the interview with Sarah and let me know what you think over on the Harpy Hour Twitter feed!

If you’re looking for Harpy Hour episodes on the go, you can find them at iTunes or Stitcher. If you use either of those, please consider leaving a review and a rating on them? I would really appreciate it. You can also find the show on Instagram and Facebook. I am still working away at the Winter Beer Calendar (aka Craft Beer Advent Calendar) so mini-episodes will be available every Wednesday…or until I run out of those beers.

If you are living in Kingston or are in the Eastern Ontario area, it behooves me to tell you of the super fun all-ladies beer event at The Alibi, my preferred grown-up bar here in the Limestone City. It’s on January 22nd and you can find tickets here. Come out, sample some tasty beers, and say hi! See ya next week!

Episode 17 – Beer Girl Growler & Bottleshop, Hapeville GA



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Brrrr! I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in Kingston, it’s quite cold and quite windy. Days like this, I can well imagine why some Canadians become snowbirds.

Today’s episode features the owner of possibly one of the coolest, if not the coolest, bottle shops I’ve ever seen. It’s called Beer Girl Growler & Bottleshop; it’s located just a wee bit south of Atlanta in Hapeville (if you’re familiar with the ATL, a good way to put it would be that it’s out near the airport). Regardless of where you are in the Atlanta metro area, or where you are anywhere, it’s well worth a visit to peruse their gorgeous ever-changing tap list as well as their prodigious bottle selection. Heck, they even have wine and sake, if that’s what you fancy. Alexia Ryan, the owner and beer connoisseur, sat down with me over a beer at the shop to talk about how Beer Girl came to be and some of the challenges one can face upon occasion.

There are a few pictures of Beer Girl on the Harpy Hour Instagram feed and I think I did a short video too. (In fact, I’ll repost it just so it’s more recent!) You can find episodes of Harpy Hour on iTunes and Stitcher; if you left a review and rating, well, frankly, you’d be a rock star. Harpy Hour is also on Twitter and Facebook. Come say hi!

There will be mini-episodes reviewing the massive European Advent Calendar released every Wednesday (and I am now re-christening it the Winter Beer Calendar), so check those out!

And hey, are you in the Eastern Ontario/Kingston area? Then come on out to the Alibi for the first all-ladies beer event on January 22nd! I’ll be there so be sure to introduce yourself! See you next week!

Episode 16 – The Porter Beer Bar, Atlanta GA



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Happy New Year, everyone!

The interview for this week’s episode is Molly Gunn of the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, GA. I used to live in Atlanta before I moved to Canada, and so that city is pretty near and dear to my heart. The Porter has one of the best beer lists in the city, in my opinion, as well as top notch eats. I’m sure if you’re an Atlantan, you are already familiar with them, but if you’re headed to the Dirty Dirty for any reason, make sure that they are on your stop-off list. Have you been to the Porter? What did you think? Drop me a line via email or on the Harpy Hour Twitter feed.

As usual, you can find me on iTunes and Stitcher for listening; you can also swing by the Instagram feed and the Facebook page. I’m slowly reviewing a massive European beer advent calendar so you can see pics of the weekly goodies there. If you would be so kind as to leave a review or a rating on iTunes, that helps out so much.

Also, if you’re in Kingston or the Eastern Ontario area, I’m assisting my friend Kristina Miller of The Alibi (my local preferred beer bar of choice) in an all-ladies beer fest on January 22nd! You can find ticket info here. Come out and say hi!

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!

Harpy Hour is also available on iTunes and Stitcher. I would appreciate it if you left a rating and review. After all, it was just Christmas! 🙂

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!