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It’s that time of year again, and if you’re trying to find that perfect gift for the beer-loving person in your life, we’ve got you covered with a few tips and options that are sure to put a smile on their face. In this episode, we’ll cover a few different online options, but we’d also like to implore you to shop local, as local breweries are facin…
 
Welcome to No Country For Craft Beer, the newest iteration of Focus on the Beer’s flagship podcast. Hosts Ryan Hannigan and our resident BJCP-certified judge, Josh Howard will be catching up on everything that’s gone on over the past few months and hopefully giving this new podcast series a good launch. It’s been 10 months since our last podcast ep…
 
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And after 344 episodes, it’s time to draw the curtain on our little show. Our parent Mims Distributing is going out of business after 56 years, and so we are winding down Tales too. We SO appreciate all of the wonderful guests who have shared their time, stories, beers and ciders (and even me…
 
We are still getting over the massive Holiday Extravaganza party! So to ring out the old and ring in the new, we are just relaxing at the bar sharing yuletide stories! And of course we have some old and new treats: Foothills Craft Happiness Dream IPA, Sierra Nevada 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale, and the always lovely Rodenbach Caractere Rouge! Even th…
 
Time just keeps flying by doesn’t it? It’s our lucky 7th time with the kitties as we have everyone up to the bar to celebrate our Holiday Extravaganza! We have whales galore, and stories to share, and of course a song at the end! To keep the holiday spirit alive, we have a couple of heartwarming stories to share. First Vice UK visits the insanely c…
 
Our old buddy Kris Harper with DuClaw is closing in on his 5-timer jacket! He joins us at the bar this week to help kickstart our celebrations for the end of 2019! And he has some awesome beers to try: Sour Me Wild Cherry Ale, Sour Me Double Blueberry Ale, and Apple Brandy Retribution. Plus we sneak in a little Upland Paw Paw just for fun! The Mega…
 
There are big doings down in Charlotte for Sycamore Brewing, and Archie Gleason and Kimmie Krohn are here to share all the news! We learn about the explosive growth that the brewery has continued to enjoy this year, plus their plans for expansion and a new brewpub! Then we have four taste treats to try: Christmas Cookie WInter Ale, Tropical Kush IP…
 
After all the people we have had in the bar lately, we just want to kick back and relax before the Thanksgiving mayhem heading our way this week! So we leisurely review the news and chat, and then we try some great brews! They are AleSmith Coastal Connect New Zealand Style Pilsner, Hardywood Christmas Morning Imperial Milk Stout, and DuClaw Caramel…
 
You know we loves us some tech, and Untappd remains one of our fave apps! And of course our Thanksgiving ep is one of our faves of the year! So we are stoked to combine tech and turkey (or chicken) with the return of Brandon Walker and welcome newbie Chandler Hatch from Untappd to the bar! The guys tell us about their exciting new venture with reta…
 
Cider is the beverage that really makes us feel like fall is here, and our friend Kirby Dean from Blake’s Hard Cider reminds us why! Kirby shares all the news from the Michigan orchards and the cidery, and then he’s got three delectable treats for us: Classic Apple Lite Cider, Mixed Berry Lite Cider, and Mojito Lime Lite Cider! MegaMergerMania news…
 
The better for you category in craft beer is exploding right now, and we are so lucky to be working with Sufferfest Beer Company and our buddy Margaret Link, their Director of Marketing! Margaret relates the story of the brewery’s origin and tells us how she got into the beer biz (yes, it’s related to being an athlete!). And then she drops three ta…
 
We are really fortunate to have so many great people from NC breweries working with us, and Birdsong Brewing’s Ryan McLoughlin and Casey Browning with are two of the best! The guys bring the latest news from the C-Town brew scene (that’s Charlotte y’all!) and they have super beers to share! They are Friends in Low Places IPA, Movin’ on Up Hazy Pale…
 
It’s been a record time the past few years with our buddies Justin Crouch and Zac Smith from Wicked Weed, and now there’s a Guinness World Record to boot! Yes, a 177 tap takeover happened at a huge bar in downtown Raleigh last weekend! The boys helped us get ready with a pretaste of the astounding Crazy? Genius! Barrel-Aged American Sour Ale with R…
 
The beers don’t magically appear in stores and bars - it takes the wizardry of people like Courtney Cowan to get them here! Courtney joins us at the bar and regales us with the intricate path of how beer gets from brewery to you! Plus she reveals her backstory, her years in the retail world, and her journey to us! Of course she finds some delectabl…
 
We have a lot coming up the rest of the month, so this week it’s just the two of us kicking back in the bar! Jenn gives us the scoop from last week’s GABF, and then she goes into the secret stash for a smorgasbord of delights: Alchemist Farmer’s Daughter Saison, Odell 180 Shilling, and Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock Lager! Jenn wasn’t alone in D…
 
We are finally in October, and it’s time we celebrate the blazing hot arrival of the month with our best buddy Sierra Nevada sales guru and Tales co-founder Tony Walldroff! Plus Oktoberfest beers! Tony shares what he’s been up to, the news from Sierra’s national sales meeting, and of course beers! They include Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Sierra’s Oktoberf…
 
There’s no better way to celebrate birthday week for both of us than to have a great time with our old buddy and music man Scott Mizerak from Foothills Brewing! Scott talks about all the great things happening in Winston-Salem - a hotel next to the brewpub - w00t! And he has amazing brews for us: Hoppyum (now in cans!), Equus IPA (also now in cans!…
 
Jenn fired up the DeLorean and headed to Michigan this week to chat and drink with Travis Fritts, the owner and brewer at Old Nation Brewing in Williamston! Travis shares the story of Old Nation, talks the latest brews, and then tries some great beers: M-43 New England IPA, Boss Tweed DIPA, and Brut IPA! A cool collaboration of a different sort lea…
 
It may be September and all, but you wouldn’t know it from the 90º heat! So we are pumped to have our friend Kimmie Krohn from Sycamore Brewing join us in the bar with refreshing brews from down Charlotte way! Kimmie talks about the latest from C-town and then tries three taste treats with us: Pumpkin Latte Blonde, Psychedelic Flow IPA, and Juice W…
 
Octoberfest beers have finally returned, and Sam Adams’ Jennifer Glanville joins us from Boston to celebrate!! There is no one better to talk about these beers than Jennifer, the Director of Brewing Operations for Boston Beer Company, the home of Sam Adams! We start off chatting about how she got into the beer business with a certain Mr. Jim Koch, …
 
It’s been ages since we saw our buddy Heath Perkins from Bell’s Brewery, but that just means lots of terrific brews to taste! First Heath shares the latest from Michigan with us, especially news about the latest and upcoming releases. Then we get a six-pack to sample! It includes Official Hazy IPA, Two Hearted IPA, The Prairie Grass Dividing Gose, …
 
To help celebrate Duck Rabbit Brewery’s milestone 15th anniversary, we are delighted to welcome back their sales guru and our good friend Robert Owen! Robert fills us in on all the fun at the recent celebration party at the brewery, plus all the news on the latest releases. Then we are so happy to try the Say What? Wood Aged IPA ! Diversity in the …
 
It’s crazy to think it’s been a year since we started working with our friends Eric McKay and Scott Apicella from Hardywood Park Brewery! Time flies when you are selling beer, which is why we have a DeLorean! The guys join us at the bar to tell us about what’s been happening in Richmond (and Charlottesville!), reveal their historic Jamestown beer, …
 
The last meteorological month of summer begins this week, and it’s just the two of us to kick it off! We have a delectable wide span of treats from Sycamore, Wicked Weed, and Olde Hickory to boot! They are: Sycamore Luau Lemonade, Wicked Weed Coastal Love, and Olde Hickory Photon Sphere! We start the heavy news week with a double dose of MegaMerger…
 
Summertime demands refreshing brews, and our friends Summer Blaylock and Matt Holmes are in town with treats from Radeberger Brewery that fit the bill! They chat with us about the latest from Frankfurt, Germany, and then they share a couple of tasty light brews with us: Clausthaler Dry Hopped and Schofferhofer Pomegranate! The news begins locally h…
 
You guys didn’t realize that Chip took the DeLorean this week to make it back to the future in time to meet Jenn and special guest/Mims on-premise sales rep David Pavlus! David shares his origins in a surprising field, his entry into the beer world, and how exciting his Cicerone journey has been! Then we have super brews including the Alesmith/Beec…
 
We are right in the middle of the hottest days of summer and Chip and Jenn take advantage of the heat to cool down with some of the best new beers for the season! They enjoy Austin Eastciders Lemon Ginger, Suncrush Grapefruit, and Ballast Point’s Citrus Cove Gose. Chip is gearing up for his annual visit to Coronado’s brewpub so we also check out th…
 
We are always getting to try new brews from our friends at Lagunitas, and this week we get some brewery talking along with the sampling! Our friends Danielle Auslander and Ben Mack join us at the bar to reveal the newest treats from Petaluma and give us the skinny on cans! And the beers are amazing: Phase Change Seasonally Unexpected Wet-Hopped Jui…
 
It’s been two years since we started selling the incredible taste treats from Upland Brewing! This week our buddy and Director of Sales Matt Mitchell ventures down from Indiana to share the latest news about the explosive growth Upland is enjoying. And he has some awesomeness for us to try: Campside Pale Ale, Juiced In Time NEIPA, and Found America…
 
We can’t believe it’s been three years since we had our good buddy Keith Klemp on the show to talk shop and drink with us! Keith shares what he’s been homebrewing lately and swaps great stories with us. Then we try some Foothills Nautical IPA, AleSmith Muy Sabroso, and the newest iteration of the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head collaboration Life and Li…
 
We felt like getting overseas this week, and we knew the perfect person to join us - Niels Lameijer, the Vistage Chair extraordinaire! We brought the Einstök, and he brought the La Trappe! First though, we learn about Niels’ home of The Netherlands and what Holland is, plus he shares his beer adventures across the border to Belgium. Then it’s tasti…
 
She’s been gone for a while, and now she is back, and with our beloved co-founder! Who are we talking about? The incomparable Aubrey Herbert and the amazing Tony Walldroff from Sierra Nevada! Yes, Aubrey makes her return in style with new beers that she and Tony share with us! They are Helles in the Tropics, Hop Solo Single Hop IPA, and Estate Farm…
 
After our vacations, we are both back, tanned, rested and ready for summer beer time! Who better to kick off meteorological summer than our good friend Kris Harper with DuClaw Brewing? Kris shares the latest news from the brewery and Baltimore, and he has a stellar lineup for us to taste! The treats include Haze of Glory NE IPA, Dad Bod DIPA, My My…
 
After taking a couple weeks to go through our cellar and try some beers amongst ourselves we are ready to have some visitors back in the bar! This week we talk with Greg and Kevin from Wicked Weed and get all the latest on their many facilities in Asheville, there is plenty going on for the summer tourist season! They’ve got new items on the beer s…
 
We told you last week how many taste treats were piling up in the beer cooler, and we are aiming to increase those depletions this week! So we belly up to the bar for another killer lineup! We start with ciders: Blake’s Traffic Jam Strawberry, Blackberry, and Raspberry Cider, 1911 Established Black Cherry Cider (thanks Dennis!). Then it’s beer time…
 
We had a blast during our extended NC Beer month, and now it’s time to see the rest of America! We hop all over the country, and we have beer delights including Metal Monkey Bikini Bottom, DuClaw No Way Gose, AleSmith Hi Hoaloha Pale Ale, Coronado Tail and Tooth Hazy IPA, and batting cleanup, Hardywood Park Hopkeeper Double IPA with Virginia Honey!…
 
It seems like only yesterday we were all at redacted in Cary for the Sycamore Brewing kickoff party… in reality it’s been a year! So to celebrate, we have our buddies Archie Gleason and Josh Jolly in the house! The boys share the news about the explosive growth the brewery is enjoying, and they have a cooler filled with taste treats: Mountain Candy…
 
We are continuing our celebration of NC Beers this week with our friend Ryan McLoughlin from Charlotte’s Birdsong Brewing! Ryan tells us how he moved from the education field into the world of beers, plus he relates the story of Birdsong! And since it’s his first time on the show, he’s got a powerhouse lineup of awesome brews for us: Rewind Lager, …
 
It’s incredible to believe that it took us 6 years to get our good friend Janet Cooper from Foothills Brewing onto the show! We rectify that oversight this week! Janet shares her beer world origins, including her stint at Mims Distributing, plus all the latest from Winston-Salem! Then she unveils treats from Foothills: Malt Shaker Amber Ale and Cab…
 
You know we love our road trips, and with this nice weather we drop the top on Chip’s T-Bird and head over to Durham to visit with our good friends Tim Harper and Nikko Carlson at Starpoint Brewing! The guys share what’s been happening since our last visit, and then we taste their latest brewing magic: Into the Mystic, Tilt, the legendary Tekkno Bo…
 
Craft beer has exploded in North Carolina, and it’s time to celebrate NC Beer Month with our friend Rich Greene from the NC Craft Brewers Guild! Rich fills us in on the dozens of beer month events happening all across the state, and he shares the latest news from the Guild. Then we start our month-long exploration of NC craft beers with Sycamore Ci…
 
You want to hear about American brewing history from America’s Oldest Brewery? Then listen in this week with our friend Sheryl Yuengling from the legendary D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery! Sheryl is joined by a couple of friends from the brewery James White and Rah-Lee Hunt. They fill us in on the news about the 190th anniversary of Yuengling (yes, …
 
Just before Chip’s beach vacation the coast comes to us as we talk with Roger Harris and Billy Smith from the new Crystal Coast Brewing Company! They tell us how they got started in the Atlantic Beach/Morehead City area and bring us plenty to try including Kill Devil Belgian Golden Ale, Helles, Cirrus IPA, Crystal Coast IPA, Fly the Salty Wind Blac…
 
Spring is in the air, basketball is on TV and our good friend Wil Cooper from Coronado joins us to talk about the latest releases and news from San Diego. Tony steps in as co-host while Chip is on assignment in Florida and helps out with some sampling as we try Leisure Lagoon, Berried at Sea and limited offering Tecolote Kriek. We are all about wel…
 
You guys all know what tech nerds we are, and you know we use Untappd all the time! So we were able to get Brandon Walker, the VP of Sales from Untappd, to join us at the bar! Brandon talks about the app’s origins, and he relates the exciting new projects they have coming soon! And since Untappd’s headquarters are in Wilmington, NC, Brandon brings …
 
It took us a while but we just recently realized that we haven’t had our good friend Mackenzie Lawton from Austin Eastciders on the show! So Mackenzie joins us at the bar and tells us about the cidery’s explosive growth, and she also shares two amazing ciders with us: Austin East Rosé and Austin East Maker’s Stash Pear Rosemary! The Bud Light #corn…
 
Who’d a thunk it all those years ago? We are 300 this week! To celebrate, Tony returns to guest host with us, so the original three are on the mic! We have the revels at our good friend Bruce McKim’s place, and so many friends drop in to cheers with us! You know there will be whales of course, and Jenn brings the goods for sure: Kuhnhenn Blueberry …
 
They say he’s a man with a thousand voices - can we convince him to do some of them? Yes it’s our old buddy Scott Apicella with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery! Scott’s at the bar to tell us all the latest from Richmond, and he makes us very happy with some super treats: the all-new Suncrush line, including Tangerine, Grapefruit, and Ginger Lime; Rich…
 
We got a brief glimpse of our buddy Ryan Trask from Olde Hickory at the Holiday Spectacular… and now we have him for a whole show! Ryan shares the latest from western NC, plus the all-new canned offerings from the brewery, and a couple of thirst-quenchers: Death By Hops IPA (in cans!) and Small Batch IPA! The news exploded over the week! The bigges…
 
He escaped from the frozen wastes of the north just in time! With the polar vortex nipping at his heels, our good friend Andrew Blake arrives to share the winter goodness from Blake’s Hard Cider! We hear about the terrific year they had at the cidery in 2018, and we are able to sample two super ciders: Great Blake’s Coffee Infused and the astonishi…
 
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