Episode 38 – Yellowhammer Brewing


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I wrap up the Alabama part of the 50 States Beer Project this Friday by chatting with Dana Stricklen and Sonya Petroff of Yellowhammer Brewing. Yellowhammer not only brews beer, but as you will hear in the interview, soon they will have a distillery as well!

And I want to thank all of my interviewees for September. I hope to some day visit Alabama because great beer = will travel.

Come see me tomorrow at the Food Feminism Fermentation conference at McGill! It will be fun, I promise you.

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Because I will be out of town next week, there will be no new episode on Friday, October 6th. But it’s Alaska’s turn at the table on the 13th so be sure to tune in then! Thanks for listening!

Episode 37 – Michelle Williams of Good People Brewing Company


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Here we are again, celebrating the best Alabama has to offer in craft beer!

This week, I chat with Michelle Williams from Good People Brewing Company. The brewery, located in Birmingham, makes the claim of being the first and oldest in the state! Take a glance at their website and you’ll see Good People commits themselves to making good beer. I enjoyed my interview with Michelle and therefore plan on making my way to Good Beer in the future.  Seems like you should do the same?

Reminder I am in Montreal on September 30th for the Food Feminism Fermentation Conference at McGill University. Joined by Jen Nadwodny (former HH interviewee and Dieu du Ciel brewer), Deborah Wood (international beer judge), and Laura Urtnowski (co-founder of Brasseurs du Nord/Boreale). Therefore, I’d love to see some of your shining faces there! Maybe we can grab a beer afterwards?

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Most of all, thank you for listening!

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!

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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 32 – The Mighty Megan Hamilton (plus Half Hours on Earth)


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At last! The long-awaited episode from last Friday!

Technical issues were in abundance last week, but in the end, I sallied forth. In this episode, I chat with Megan Hamilton, musician extraordinaire, about politics, sour beers, and why sometimes taking the money isn’t a bad thing. If I would take the money, wouldn’t you?

Half Hours on Earth is the featured brewery this episode. They make incredible farmhouse ales, saisons, and sours. For posterity, we drink at least four of them. I think that was the last of the stash, too!

Buy Megan’s albums at her Bandcamp page and of course, iTunes. She performs the theme music for Harpy Hour, obviously, but her body of work is impressive.

Listen to Harpy Hour wherever fine podcasts are heard, say hello on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Call the Harpy Hour Hotline to tell me your favourite sours or saisons: 1-833-85-HARPY (1-833-854-2779).

Exciting news awaits you at the end of the month! I can’t tell you yet but I I will soon. See you on Monday!

Episode 31 – Christina Coady


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Today’s interview is with Christina Coady, one of the brewers at Folly Brewpub in Toronto. Folly specializes in saisons and farmhouse ales, but truly, there is enough variety to please any beer drinker. Pair their Dovercourt Pale Ale with something savoury from their menu and you’re all set! Christina is generous with her time and I thank her for it.

Crystal and Tara Luxmore, aka the Beer Sisters, do a live tasting every Wednesday on their Facebook and Instagram Live feeds. Yours truly was the guest this past Wednesday. Watch the video on the Harpy Hour Facebook page! It is a lot of fun to do events like these.

Call the Harpy Hour Hotline: 1-833-85-HARPY (1-833-854-2779). What is your gateway craft beer for newbies? All calls air on Monday mini-episodes; the number is toll-free in the US and Canada.

Finally, find the podcast on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Rating, reviewing, and recommending does wonders. I thank you in advance. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Untappd! I will see you on Monday! Cheers!

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!