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.

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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: