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 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 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!

Episode 23 – Kingston Craft Beer Festival 2017 – UPDATED



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Correction: Hi guys, I’m updating this as I had the incorrect list of brewers attending the festival. I apologize for the oversight. I’ve amended this entry to reflect the correct beer list. So sorry! 

It’s April and April means the beer festival season BEGINS.

I’m headed to The Brooklyn’s annual Kingston Craft Beer Festival on the 8th and oh man, is it gonna be fun. Yes, it is sold out, but there might be tickets at the door. This week’s episode talks about what new breweries I’m looking forward to, beer styles I prefer, and why I wish I knew more about cider.

I promise in the episode that I would give you with a list of participating breweries (complete with links!). If you are a fan of any of them, let me know which ones. I want to know about some of the new-to-me ones I’ve mention.

Without further ado:

Whew! A lot breweries, sure, but most of all, a lot of noteworthy breweries. This list is subject to change, because beer festivals can be in flux. As a result, check online before heading over to avoid disappointment.

Find the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and on Untappd. Furthermore, if you see me at this festival, come say hi, and take a picture with me for the Instagram feed, yes? I will see you there!

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 10-A: Upstate Craft Brewing Company



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Hey guys, here’s a mini-episode reviewing a flight of lovely beers at Upstate Craft Brewing Company in Greenville, SC. I’ll be traveling throughout the Southeast, reviewing breweries as well as gathering longform interviews. There will be small episodes in between the full-length ones, so check it out! And if you’re keen to see the breweries and brews in these minis, please find me at @HarpyHourPodcast on Instagram. As usual, send me places I should check out on Twitter or via email. Cheers!

Episode 7 – Pink Boots and Beer



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So this week’s episode is with Laura Ulrich of the Pink Boots Society. We go into more detail in the interview itself, but the Pink Boots Society is an invaluable resource and support network for women who already have careers in the beer industry, or women who are looking to go into careers in that field as well. With chapters all across the world, the Pink Boots Society is doing the amazing work to make sure our voices and presences are heard in craft beer. I cannot thank Laura enough for her time. She was fantastic to speak with.

The usual caveats: rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (I would love you forever for doing that). I’m super active on the @HarpyHour twitter feed, and of course, you can reach me at Marisa@harpyhour.com. I’ve got some more great interviews lined up in the coming weeks and I hope you’ll stick around to hear them!

Beers sampled for this episode and editing are:

* Steamworks Brewery Kolsch

* Junction Craft Brewing Conductor’s Ale

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.

Episode 5 – Don’t Take It For Granite!



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I will never get tired of saying that interviewing all these amazing women in beer is the raddest gig on the planet. So this episode I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Mary Beth Keefe of Granite Brewery in Toronto, ON. Mary Beth’s a second generation brewmaster, having learned the ropes from her dad, from her travels, and from studying. If you live in the GTA, visit the GTA often (like I do), do your tastebuds a favour and head there for pretty fantastic beers as well as solid brwepub grub. I dunno if I could choose my favourite, but if forced to, I might go for the limited edition 25th Anniversary ale. If that’s gone by the time you get there, Hopping Mad IPA is go.

When you’re done listening, go to iTunes and rate, would ya? I mean, if you wanted to review and subscribe that would be ace, too. You know the drill: you want to reach out to me about feedback or some ladies you think I should definitely talk to, hit me up at @HarpyHour, or via email at Marisa@HarpyHour.com. I am always happy to talk to cool folks.

We’re doubling up this time out for Harpy Hour, so there will be a fresh episode on August 21st too! Mark the date!

‘Gan’ You Feel the Heat? – Episode 4



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Honestly, I can never stop saying that the best part of this gig is meeting amazing ladies. It really is!

This episode I had the pleasure of meeting Kristina Miller whose job title for Gananoque Brewing Company is “Gettin’ Shit Done.” We sat outside on a very hot day, drank a beer, and talked about her role at the brewery, why craft beer is the bomb, and hey, there really is a beer for everyone!

If you’re keen to take a trip to the Thousand Islands in Ontario, you should do yourself a favour and head on over to the brewery. It’s a gorgeously repurposed 1860 carriage house that now makes some of the finest beer in Southeastern Ontario. What are you waiting for?

The music for the show is by Megan Hamilton. You can (and totes should) purchase her album, 40 Warm Streams to Lead Your Wings, on the iTunes. While you’re buying her album, give us a review, won’t you? And if you know people that might like what this podcast does, recommend it, please?