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?

Say hi on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook. Additionally, you can call the Harpy Hour Hotline: 1-833-85-HARPY (1-833-854-2779). Find the podcast on Stitcher and Apple Podcasts. Rate, review, recommend to help the show grow!

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 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!