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!

Episode 14 – Tradesman Brewing Company, Charleston SC

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Hey there, everyone! Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?

I dunno what it’s like where you are, but here in Ontario, snow is on the ground, it is stupid cold, and winter even hasn’t properly started yet. That said, this week’s episode finds us still in Charleston. This time I headed out to Tradesman Brewing to talk with co-founder Sarah Gayle McConnell about the Brewsters events. Sarah Gayle founded the Brewsters along with Macey Martin of Frothy Beard Brewery (look for a mini-episode featuring that brewery later this week!).  Frankly, I can’t quite do justice to what the Brewsters are all about in a blog entry for the show, which is why I think you’re going to love this episode. If you live in Charleston, visit the city often, or plan to, I hope you will be able to sample some of the beers made by these ladies!

There are pictures of both breweries on the Harpy Hour Instagram feed so check those out. Harpy Hour is also on Twitter and Facebook! (There’s even a YouTube channel in the works for the new year.)

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Have a Merry Christmas and I’ll see you all on Boxing Day (it’s a holiday for us here in Canada) with a dynamite interview with Carly Wiggins of Southbound Brewing! Cheers!

Episode 13a – Revelry Minisode, Charleston, South Carolina

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Another minisode! I didn’t score an interview at Revelry, but in our tour of Charleston micro-breweries, we did make time to sit down and try a flight, as well as enjoy a lovely chat with some British ex-pats who have been making Charleston their home for the past decade. A moment of fleeting panic when a busload of bros unloaded itself at the front entrance was quickly defused when the frat brigade decamped to the upstairs patio (we were taking it easy in the main indoors space). Thank god for rooftop patios, whose siren call lures guys in backwards baseball caps the world over, leaving lovers of quiet and beer to enjoy a drink in peace. We had a lovely experience overall, even picking up a baseball tee to gift to our stellar catsitter back home in Canada. Cheers!

Episode 13 – Coast Brewing Company, Charleston SC

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This week I’m talking with Jaime Tenny, co-founder of Coast Brewing Company in Charleston, SC. Coast is a labour of love for Jaime and her husband David. They make pretty incredible beers–I’m thinking of the Boy King DIPA, in particular–and are not only dedicated to making those incredible beers, but in making the brewery as environmentally friendly as possible. One of the most interesting things I talked to Jaime about was her work as a founder of the SC Brewers Guild. The SC Brewers Guild is dedicated to changing the laws of beer in South Carolina to benefit the brewers and their customers. I was thrilled to to be able to talk to her and get her story as well as that of the brewery. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed doing it!

There are pictures of Coast on the Harpy Hour Instagram feed, and of course, you can follow the show on Twitter to let us know what you think! And yes, we are on Facebook; like us there too!
Harpy Hour is available on iTunes and Stitcher. See you next week to talk about the Brewster project with Sara Gayle of Tradesman Brewing and Macey of Frothy Beard! Cheers!

Episode 12: NoDa Brewing Company, Charlotte, NC

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Happy Monday! (Okay, because I said that, I feel like I should listen to this 90s rave classic quite loud to chase away those Monday blues.)

This week finds us going from Asheville (Beer City) to the Queen City, aka Charlotte, NC. I headed to NoDa Brewing Company, which not only boasts a gorgeous taproom, but one hell of an impressive brewing facility. (I never stop loving getting a Wizard of Oz behind the curtain look.)  There I sat down with Rachael Cardwell, a brewer at NoDa, and we talked about her beer career–and she has traveled pretty extensively to get that experience–and of course, as a future recurring theme on the Harpy Hour Southeastern Beer Tour, the odd little booze laws that the South tends to have, and how it affects craft brewers all over North Carolina. I had a blast talking with Rachael as well as getting to sample beautiful beers. You can find pics of NoDa on the HH Instagram feed, if you’re curious about the brewery. But first: go listen!

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An additional special Charlotte shout-out to delectable beers quaffed at Wooden Robot and Sycamore Brewing. Come back next Monday when we’re headed to Charleston to talk with Jaime Tenney of Coast Brewing Company!

Episode 11: Highland Brewing Company, Asheville, NC

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Hello, everyone!

This week’s episode is the time I had a lovely chat (and tour) with Katie Smith of Highland Brewing Company in Asheville. Katie’s one of the newest brewers for Highland so I was pleased to be able to sit down with her to talk about her career at Highland and her start in beer. Alas, I’m too faraway now, but I bet this year’s Cold Mountain is delicious. If you’re in Asheville, hoist a few for me, please.

There’s also a mini-episode of my review of a flight of Highland’s beer. You can listen to that tomorrow! If you want to see the brewery for yourself, please to go to the Harpy Hour Instagram feed for pics and say  hello on Twitter.

Next week (Monday, to be precise), join me in Charlotte as I hang out with Rachael Cardwell of NoDa Brewing Company! Cheers!

Episode 10C: Jalapeno Gose at Barley’s Taproom

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Oh, so many mini-episodes that are headed your way! This one was done a week ago today as I stopped into Barley’s Taproom for a quick pint. Our server helped me select a jalapeno gose from Carolina Bauernhaus in Anderson, SC. (Guys, there was nothing in Anderson when I was a young’un.)  This marked the beginning of really delicious jalapeno beers I tried this trip!

Episode 10-B: Quest Brewing Company

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My second brewery visit was to Quest Brewing Company in Greenville, SC. Tucked in a cul-de-sac off Haywood Road, the taproom/tasting room is a cozy space and on that Sunday afternoon, I stopped by to try a flight of their beers. (Quest brought home the gold in 2016 at the World Beer Cup awards for their Ponce Cucumber Jalapeno Saison. Sadly, it was not there when I was sipping so I did not get to try it.) But I did try four of their offering and recorded a fun mini-sode about it. I am taking pics of all the breweries I’m visiting on my Southeastern tour so please follow along on Instagram! 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!