265: Philly Beer Week (or Don't Forget Your Wrench)
Beer Busters Podcast
by Dan Baker, Steph Heffner, Wayne Baker
2w ago
Philadelphia is the best beer drinking city in America. And, for closing in on 20 years, Philly Beer Week has been the beer celebration to be at. This episode we sit down with Rich Colli, the current Main Man behind Philly Beer Week and Philly Loves Beer, the organization behind it. Rich is also the owner of the well-known Varga Bar in Philadelphia. We chat about the changes that have come to Beer Week, and the beer world in general, in the years since the pandemic. Hear all about this year’s awesome 10-day celebration, some of the amazing events throughout the city, and general conv ..read more
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264: Cartel Brewing and Blending (or Warm and Fuzzy)
Beer Busters Podcast
by Dan Baker, Steph Heffner, Wayne Baker
1M ago
This episode, we’re down one Beer Buster due to unforeseen, but not dire, circumstances. Wayne steps into the hosting shoes as Dan tends to important business and we welcome back Adam Chamberland, Brewer and Founder at Cartel Brewing. Adam joins us from Cartel’s new(ish) location at 920 Landis Avenue in the Lancaster West End, where they’ve been headquartered since outgrowing their home in downtown Lancaster since 2019. We talk food, beer, the new spot, and a whole lot more, plus – in Happy Fun Time, we play a round of There’s Weird in My Beer – with a subtle dash of controversy. Do you love B ..read more
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263: NA Brewskey (or No Alcohol, All Fun)
Beer Busters Podcast
by Dan Baker, Steph Heffner, Wayne Baker
2M ago
The band is all here in the original lineup once again and we’re chatting with non-alcoholic beer enthusiast and internet person, NA Brewskey. We talk about the history and origins of NA beer, different methods of production, how the beer community has reacted to NA beer, and events around Philly and options beyond. Plus, in Happy Fun Time, we play a round of Libation or Fabrication: Non Alcoholic Variety. So, kick back, crack a beverage of whatever alcohol content you desire, and listen in as Wayne discovers that he likes hop water. Do you love Beer Busters? Of course you do!Why not leave us ..read more
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262: Birdsmouth Beer (or I Will Follow You to Wings)
Beer Busters Podcast
by Dan Baker, Steph Heffner, Wayne Baker
2M ago
Joining us this episode from all-lager brewery Birdsmouth Beer in Oceanport, NJ is Andy Gioia. Not joining us this episode, unfortunately, is Wayne. Fortunately, in his place, our longtime friend from the earliest days of Beer Busters, Slimy Sauce himself, Mark Graves. Topics of discussion include lagers, of course, and why only lagers. Plus, the never-ending quest to educate consumers on the finer points of beer flavored beer. But, what about Happy Fun Time, you say? Fear not! Though Wayne was absent he was present in spirit as Dan took the reins to host a round of Libation or Fabrication: La ..read more
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261: RationAle Brewing (or Reverse Osmosis)
Beer Busters Podcast
by Dan Baker, Steph Heffner, Wayne Baker
6M ago
Just in time for dry (or at least a little less damp) January, we are joined by Jamie Fay, the Founder and CEO of the fastest-velocity brand in the non-alcoholic craft beer category, RationAle Brewing. We learn about the uniquely personal origin story of RationAle, nerd out quite a bit about the NA brewing process, talk about the many and varied reasons for the increasing popularity of the non-alcoholic category, and a whole bunch more things. In Happy Fun Time, we play a round of Libation or Fabrication featuring all NA beers. Join us as newly minted mavericks for this awesome brand, and fans ..read more
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260: Stickman Brews Exit Interview (or Beefie)
Beer Busters Podcast
by Dan Baker, Steph Heffner, Wayne Baker
7M ago
For nearly a decade, almost as long as we’ve been doing this podcast, Stickman Brews has been the unequivocal purveyor of the finest beers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As of October 2023, this, like all good things, has come to an end. In all seriousness, Ethan Buckman – the inimitable proprietor and brewer for Stickman – along with partners Jim Buckman and Kate Sorrento, and many other fine folks who worked to make Stickman the unique endeavor that it was, have joined the ranks of our most loved and appreciated friends in the industry. We sit down this episode with Ethan for his “exit interv ..read more
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258: Barra Brava Brewing (or We Hope to Make You a Soccer Fan)
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by Dan Baker, Steph Heffner, Wayne Baker
9M ago
We are down one Beer Buster this episode as Dan was unable to join us, but we soldiered on and welcomed Adrián & Sebastián, founders of Barra Brava Brewing Company and lovers of all things soccer. Incubated on site at Marz Community Brewing Company, where Sebastián is Head Brewer and Adrián is Production Manager, Barra Brava’s mission is to ultimately create a home for beer and soccer enthusiasts in Chicago. We chat about the birth of Barra Brava, plans for the future, more incubation plans at Marz, and learn a whole hell of a lot about soccer and the amazing community around the sport lov ..read more
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257: Crooked Hammock Brewery (or Mountain of Cat)
Beer Busters Podcast
by Dan Baker, Steph Heffner, Wayne Baker
9M ago
With decades of experience in the beer world, Larry Horwitz is The Greatest Talker in Beer. Currently Head of Brewing Operations at Crooked Hammock Brewery, he is overseeing a complete overhaul of their core beers. We chat about that, all things Crooked Hammock, but also we go on plenty of tangents as Larry recounts beer stories from the past and insightful commentary about the state of the industry today. All of this, plus valuable life lessons, a round of the rare Band or Beer in Happy Fun time, and a whole lot more, so join us for a spell and stick around for one last Totally Unnecessary Dr ..read more
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256: Succession Fermentory (or Tangible Connections)
Beer Busters Podcast
by Dan Baker, Steph Heffner, Wayne Baker
11M ago
Co-Owner and Head Brewer of Succession Fermentory, Keith Hartwig joins us this episode. Succession is a farmhouse brewery located at Stella Lou Farm in Cochranville, PA. Opened in 2022, Succession produces sour and farmhouse ales using locally grown and sourced ingredients. A rare Friday night recording session sees a little more consumption than typical as we discuss everything from trifoliate oranges to spontaneous fermentation. Plus the usual backstory and some more conversations about agriculture. This episode’s Happy Fun Time segment features a game of a classic, original flavor, Libation ..read more
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254: Our Town Brewery (It's Not a Light Switch, It's a Dimmer)
Beer Busters Podcast
by Dan Baker, Steph Heffner, Wayne Baker
1y ago
All Beer Busters Podcast hosts are present and accounted for again as we welcome Rob Tarves, Co-Founder of Our Town Brewery in Lancaster, PA. Our Town is a community-focused brewery with a vision for using fresh, innovative beer and a thoughtful food program to further connect people in Lancaster. We chat about the journey to opening the doors at Our Town, including how Tarves and Co-Founder Rob Patz’s time at multiple breweries over the years drove home the theme that breweries are huge parts of the communities that they operate in, the unique history of the building they occupy, their soon-t ..read more
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