Craft Beer Storm

84 EpisodesProduced by Michael Potorti

A Podcast dedicated to educating Beer Drinkers across the Planet about Craft Beer and that there IS an alternative to watered down, mass-produced beer. Join us on our Mission and spread the word! Published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Craft Brew News # 23 - Unions, Cannabis and Whiskey

March 22nd, 2019


Craft Brew News – 3/22/19

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Anchor Workers Vote to Unionize

Seeking better pay and benefits, workers at San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company voted in favor of forming a union on …

Craft Beer Styles # 22 - American-Style Pilsener

March 20th, 2019


American-Style Pilsener (LAGER BEER STYLES)

Subcategory: Pre-Prohibition American- Style Pilsener- “Noble Hops” which refers to four variety of continental European hops originally grown in Central Europe. The four hop …

Tod on the Pod - Tod Mott, Tributary Brewing Co. MasterBrewer

March 18th, 2019


One Tributary Leads to Another… that was the aha! moment when Tod Mott and his wife, Galen came upon the name of their new brewery. Tributary Brewing Company is Tod’s long-held dream of brewing his own beer and having …

Craft Brew News # 22 - Beer Mags Are Out and New Belgium Contracts Are In

March 15th, 2019


Beer Styles # 21 - Smoke Beer

March 13th, 2019


Smoke Beer

(Description Courtesy of Beer Advocate)

When malt is kilned over an open flame, the smoke flavor becomes infused into the beer, leaving a taste that can vary from dense campfire, to slight wisps of smoke. Any …

Episode # 33 - Pouring the Perfect Pint - Fergal Murray, Guinness BrewMaster

March 11th, 2019


Michael chats with Fergal Murray, Guinness BrewMaster about his tenure at Guinness, his journey around the world as Ambassador and pouring the Perfect Pint for Her Majesty the Queen.

As the Guinness Master Brewer I've …

Craft Brew News # 21 - "Pay to Play" and Cannabis Delivery Drama

March 8th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 3/8/19

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Massachusetts High Court Rules Against Craft Beer Guild Appeal

The Supreme Judicial Court of …

Beer Styles # 20 - Wood/Fruited Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

March 6th, 2019


Wood/Fruited Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

These are any traditional or experimental style of lager, ale or hybrid beer aged in
either a wooden barrel or in contact with wood, and exhibiting acidity derived from exposure …

Episode # 32 - Love That Beer in Sweden - South Plains Brewing Co.

March 4th, 2019


Michael talks with Master Brewer and Chef Jeff Brown about his efforts to brew American Styles in Malmo, Sweden and the local beer scene.

South Plains Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in Malmö, Sweden and aims …

Craft Brew News # 20 - Cut Out the Middleman and How the Other Half Lives

March 1st, 2019


Craft Brew News - 3/1/2019

Actual Brewing Files for Bankruptcy

In the wake of sexual assault allegations against Actual Brewing Company founder Fred …

Beer Styles # 19 - Kellerbier - Zwickelbier

February 27th, 2019


A rather old, rare, and unique German beer style, Kellerbiers are unfiltered and unpasteurized lagers that date back to at least the Middle Ages. The …

Episode # 31 - Get On the Beer Bus! - Granite State Growler Tours

February 25th, 2019


Michael speaks with Dave Adams, Co-Founder of Granite State Growler Tours. His buses bring thirsty Craft Beer Fans to quality breweries across the state of NH.

Granite State Growler Tours, the only craft brewery tour bus …

Craft Brew News # 19 - Big Boys and Boston Beer Garden Drama

February 22nd, 2019


Craft Brew News – 2/22/19

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Receiver Reaches Agreement to Sell DME Group’s Main Business

Court-appointed receiver Alvarez & Marsal filed a report Thursday saying it had reached an agreement to …

Beer Styles # 18 - Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Stout

February 20th, 2019


Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

These are a Stouts aged in either a wooden barrel or in contact with wood.

English Stout - Stouts are typically dark …

Episode # 30 - Von Ebert Brewing and Portland Beer

February 18th, 2019


Michael speaks with Tom Cook, Founder of Von Ebert Brewing in Portland, OR about his experiences in Craft Beer and the Portland Beer Scene.

Von Ebert Brewing is owned and operated by Tom Cook, Dennis January, Eric Simko …

Craft Brew News # 18 - Not Your Father's Union

February 15th, 2019


Craft Brew News 2/15/19

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Union Efforts Start at Anchor Brewing

Anchor Employees Attempt to Unionize

Workers of the iconic Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco have begun the process of …

Beer Styles # 17 - Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer

February 13th, 2019


Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

These are a Strong Ale aged in either a wooden barrel or in contact with wood.

Strong Ale - A catch-all style …

Episode # 29 - Powerful Women Love Beer Necessities

February 11th, 2019


Craft Brew News # 17 - Canadian Cannabis and RateBeer Bias?

February 8th, 2019


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Canada’s Collective Arts Brewing to Enter Cannabis Market

Canada’s Collective Arts Brewing is venturing into the cannabis sector.

Beer Styles # 16 - Wood and Barrel Aged Beer

February 6th, 2019


Wood and Barrel Aged Beer

These are any traditional or experimental style of lager, ale or hybrid beer aged in either a wooden barrel or in contact with wood. These beers are aged with the intention of developing unique …

Episode # 28 - Heady Topper, The Alchemist Brewery and Co-Founder John Kimmich

February 5th, 2019


Michael interviews the legendary John Kimmich, Co-Founder of The Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, VT to discuss the success of Heady Topper and give us insights on how he produces some of the most sought after beer in the …

Craft Brew News # 16 - Green Flash is Back!

February 1st, 2019


Craft Brew News - February 1, 2019

With Government Reopened, TTB Begins Processing Backlog of Beer Labels

Hundreds of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade …

Beer Styles # 15 - Brett Beer

January 30th, 2019


Brett Beer

-It’s all about the yeast used in the beer

-Brettanomyces is a kind of yeast - Brettanomyces literally means “British fungus,” and was discovered when a scientist was looking into spoilage of some English ales. …

Episode # 27 - Brewery $$ with Brewed For Her Ledger

January 28th, 2019


Michael speaks with Audra Gaiziunas owner of Brewed For Her Ledger about the financial challenges breweries face today and how to make them profitable.

Audra is the owner of Brewed For Her Ledger, LLC, a management …

Craft Brew News # 15 - Brew Dogs in Ohio - Cannabis in New York

January 25th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 1/25/2019

ZX Ventures-Backed Kombrewcha Refreshes Look, Expands Distribution

Amid growing interest in more “functional” alcoholic …

Beer Styles # 14 - American Style Sour Ale

January 23rd, 2019


American-Style Sour Ale

2 Sub-Categories

1) American- Style Sour Ale

-It’s all about the yeast and bacteria used in the beer

-Sometimes Belgian influenced, American Style Sour Ales are beers that are introduced to "wild" …

Episode # 26 - Who is in your Tribe? - Tribes Beer Co.

January 21st, 2019


Michael speaks with Chet Brett , Brand Manager at Tribes Beer Co. about his vast experience and the local craft beer scene.

Michael Potorti is the Host of Craft Beer Storm and Founder/Brewer at Beara Brewing Co. in …

Craft Brew News # 14 - Mickey Mouse Digs Sculpin IPA

January 18th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 1/18/19

Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery Hopes to Release Cannabis-Infused Beer

Pending approval from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, Flying Dog Brewery and Green Leaf Medical Cannabis plan to …

Beer Styles # 13 - American Belgo Style Ale

January 16th, 2019


Michael continues the Beer Style series with the American Belgo Style Ale Podcast.

American Belgo Style Ale

2 Subcategories

A. Subcategory: Pale American-Belgo-Style Ale

-Pale American-Belgo-Style Ales are either 1) …

Episode # 25 - Love that Goose Island China Brew

January 14th, 2019


Michael speaks with Matt Jimenez, Head Brewer at Goose Island China in Shanghai about his journey, the local Craft Beer scene and styles popular in …

Craft Brew News # 13 - Caviar and Cannabis in Hollywood

January 11th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 01/11/19

0.05 (Blood Alcohol Content) BAC Limit Takes Effect in Utah

Utah will have the toughest drunk driving laws in the nation as …

Beer Styles # 12 - Gluten Free Beer

January 9th, 2019


Gluten Free Beer

Gluten is a protein composite found in several types of grains, including wheat, spelt, rye and barley. ... Therefore,gluten exposure in celiacs causes the immune system to attack both the gluten as …

Episode # 24 - Wort Hog Brewer Crushes It

January 7th, 2019


Michael talks with Jeremy Hunt, Master Brewer at Wort Hog Brewery in Warrenton, VA. Jeremy was originally from New England and has an Impressive resume and loads of experience under OG Brewers!

Our brew master, Jeremy …

Craft Brew News # 12 - My Miller is Better Than Your Bud

January 4th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 12/28/18

TTB Suspends Operations Amid Government Shutdown

As the partial shutdown of the U.S. government stretches into its fifth …

Beer Styles # 11 - Experimental Beer - Other

January 2nd, 2019


Historical Beer – Other

-Beers in this category include established historical beers and/or brewing traditions
from any era or part of the world that don’t fit within another beer style defined within these guidelines.

Reflections on 2018 - Thank You! Onward to 2019....

December 31st, 2018


Michael reflects on 2018's Launch of Craft Beer Storm and Plans for 2019:

- Thank you for those who helped me get Craft Beer Storm up and running (SPECIAL shout out to Steve and Mike at Podcast Center LA and my Podcast …

Best of 2018 - Powerful Grain from the Motherland - Loughran Family Malt

December 28th, 2018


*** Best of 2018 ***

Michael talks to James Loughran and Caoimhe Nugent of Loughran Family Malt in Ireland!

Loughran Family Malt supplies craft brewers with the best possible ingredients needed to make amazing beer. They …

Best of 2018 - Jack of Jack's Abby Lagers Talks Beer

December 26th, 2018


*** Best of 2018 ***

Michael speaks to Jack Hendler, Co-Founder of Jack's Abby in Framingham, MA. They explore the success of Jack's Abby Lagers and discuss the newer Springdale unit producing Oak Barrel Aged Ales.

Best of 2018 - Why Am I Doing This Podcast?

December 24th, 2018


*** BEST OF 2018 *** This was the very FIRST episode I did to lay out why I was doing this Podcast.

Beara Brewing Company started out as an idea I developed when I was living in England. I traveled to Ireland frequently …

Craft Brew News # 11 - Taxes, THC and Trouble

December 21st, 2018


Craft Brew News – 12/21/18

Pennsylvania Breweries Face Tax on Beer Sold in Taprooms

Craft brewery owners in Pennsylvania are attempting to restructure …

Beer Styles # 10 - Historical Beer - Chicha

December 19th, 2018


Historical Beer – Chicha

-Category - Historical Beer

-Beers in this category include established historical beers and/or brewing traditions
from any era or part of the world that don’t fit within another beer style defined …

Episode # 23 - Something's Brewing in the Dead Centre of Ireland

December 17th, 2018


Michael interviews Liam Tutty, Founder of Dead Centre Brewing in Westmeath, IE (the Dead Center of the Country!). Topics include Liams journey to open the Brewpub, challenges faced and the Irish Craft Beer Scene.

You can …

Craft Brew News # 10 - Ebb and Flow of Craft Beer World

December 14th, 2018


Craft Brew News – 12/14/18

Itunes – Ranked # 12 in Food Category and #1 Craft Beer Podcast recently – THANK YOU!

Interviewed John Kimmich – Co-Founder of Alchemist – Stowe, VT
•Famous Heady Topper, an unfiltered double …

Beer Styles # 9 - Experimental Beer

December 12th, 2018


Experimental Beer

-Experimental beers are any beers that are primarily grain-based and employ unique and unusual techniques and/or ingredients.

-By definition, beers which represent a combination of two or more existing …

Episode # 22 - A Master Cicerone Educates and Enlightens Us

December 10th, 2018


Michael interviews Ryan Daley, a Master Cicerone at The High End Beer. Ryan walks us through how he became a Master Cicerone, how to enjoy Craft Beer and food pairings.

Knowledge Area Responsibilities

Candidates for …

Craft Brew News # 9 - We are Ranked #12 in Food Category on iTunes!

December 7th, 2018


Craft Brew News – 12/07/18


California ABC Uncovers Brewpub Violations

A statewide investigation by …

Beer Styles # 8 - Other Strong Beer

December 5th, 2018


Other Strong Beer

-Beers of any style intentionally brewed with higher alcohol content than defined within that style’s guidelines are categorized as …

Episode 21 - Yankee Brew Craft Beer News for YOU

December 3rd, 2018


Michael interviews Scott Kaplan who covers New Hampshire for Yankee Brew News (New England's "Beeriodical" since 1989) to discuss the Craft Beer industry and trends in New England and the US.

Yankee Brew News is …

Craft Brew News # 8 - Pabst and Trillium Accusations!

November 30th, 2018


Craft Beer News – 11/30/18

MillerCoors, Pabst settle lawsuit over brewing contract

•MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing settled a lawsuit Wednesday in which Pabst claimed the bigger brewer lied about its ability to continue …

Beer Styles # 7 - Session Beer

November 28th, 2018


Session Beer

-This category includes any style of beer made lower in strength than described in the classic style guidelines. These beers should …

Episode 20 - Beer Now! Bloggers Love Idaho and Montana

November 26th, 2018


Michael speaks with Ryan Newhouse, content and marketing director for both the Beer Marketing and Tourism Conference and Beer Now Conference.

The Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC) in Boise, Idaho on March …

CBN # 7 - Distributors Caught / Sixpoint Sold

November 23rd, 2018


Craft Beer News – 11/23/18

Artisanal Brewing Ventures Execs Discuss ‘100 percent’ Acquisition of Sixpoint Brewery

After four years of discussions with Sixpoint Brewery founder Shane Welch, Artisanal Brewing Ventures (ABV) …

Beer Styles # 6 - Honey Beer

November 21st, 2018


Honey Beer

-Honey Beers incorporate honey as a fermentable sugar in addition to malted barley. (Fermentation - Mash In – convert starch to sugar – boil down – transfer to fermenter – add yeast – also add honey)

-Honey …

Episode 19 - Jack of Jack's Abby Lagers Talks Beer

November 19th, 2018


Michael speaks to Jack Hendler, Co-Founder of Jack's Abby in Framingham, MA. They explore the success of Jack's Abby Lagers and discuss the newer Springdale unit producing Oak Barrel Aged Ales.

Founded in 2011 by three …

CBN # 6 - Is THC for me? / SD Killing It

November 16th, 2018


Craft Brew News - 11/16/18

Following Temporary Shutdown, Sierra Nevada Brewing Launches ‘Camp Fire’ Relief Fund

After nearby wildfires forced Sierra …

Beer Styles # 5 - Rye Beer

November 14th, 2018


Rye Beer

-Rye’s ability to thrive under poor soil conditions and cold temperatures has long made it a staple in the diets of Northern and Central …

Episode # 18 - Solid Craft with Passionate Beer Guys

November 12th, 2018


Michael interviews the Hosts of Beer Guys Radio (Tim Dennis and Brian Hewitt) to discuss the Craft Beer scene today, trends in the Beer Industry and challenges that Brewers face. Beer Guys Radio is a Podcast but also …

Craft Brew News # 5 - Beer Jesus and Hop Wars

November 9th, 2018


Beer Styles # 4 Chocolate and Coffee Beer

November 7th, 2018


Chocolate and Coffee Beer

-Chocolate Beer - Light amber to black depending on the underlying style

-Can be clear or hazy – usually the chocolate beer I …

SPECIAL EDITION - Love and Support Hops For Hope

November 6th, 2018


** Hops for Hope Fundraiser for American Cancer Society ** - November 18 from 1-6pm - Beara Brewing Co. - 2800 Lafayette Road - Portsmouth, NH

Michael speaks with Chelsea Paradore, Senior Community Development Manager …

Episode 17 - Scream Crazy Heat In Your Life - Love Outer Limits Hot Sauce

November 5th, 2018


die Geist Awesome Adventure - The 48 Beer Project

November 2nd, 2018


Beer Styles # 3 - Chili Herb and Spice Beer

October 31st, 2018


Chili / Herb and Spice Beer

-Chili Beer - Can range from pale to very dark depending on the underlying style

-Can be clear or hazy – Our Chili beer - we (Beara Brewing Co.) infuse Outer Limits Lime Jalepeno Hot Sauce …

Episode 16 - Co-Op for Small Brewers! - Independent Brewers Alliance

October 29th, 2018


Craft Brew News # 3 - Heady Topper vs. 77 Pack of Natty Light

October 26th, 2018


Beer Styles # 2 - Fruit and Field Beer

October 24th, 2018


Fruit and Field Beer

-American Style Fruit Beer - Can range from pale to very dark depending on the underlying style, and is often influenced by the …

Episode 15 - The German Beer Scene and Reinheitsgebot

October 22nd, 2018


In this episode, Michael interviews Andreas Wagner of ProBrau to discuss his origins, the German Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot) and the German Beer scene.

German beer is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, which permits …

Craft Brew News # 2 - Cannabis Drinks and San Diego with a "B"

October 19th, 2018


Beer Styles #1 - Wheat Beer Podcast

October 17th, 2018


**New segment on Craft Beer Storm** – Beer Styles

Wheat Beer

-Not for Gluten free people – Atkins diet can’t eat fruit, starch, beans

-ABV 3.0%- 4.0%

- Hop Bitterness (International Bitterness Unit) 10-35 – more malt

Episode 14 - Brew Studs: Cheers to Damn Good Beer!

October 15th, 2018


In this Episode, Michael talks with Jeremy Fultz, Founder of Brew Studs and Turning Craft - a blog and video series for the Craft Beer Community.

Craft Brew News #1 - Russian River and Buffalo Wings

October 12th, 2018


Episode 13 - Beer Me! - Justin Smith "Godfather of National Beer Day" Speaks

October 9th, 2018


In this Episode, Michael talks with Beer Me!’s Justin Smith “Godfather of National Beer Day”. Justin shares his vast experience with the Craft Beer Scene and the origins of National Beer Day (April 7).
National Beer Day …

Episode 12 - Road Trip - The 48 Beer Project

October 2nd, 2018


Michael talks to Heidi Geist - The 48 Beer Project And A Bus.

Heidi Geist is an artist based out of Portland, Maine who designs labels for breweries around the country. She’s currently getting ready to launch The 48 Beer …

Episode 11 - Yo Bro! - Mass Brew Bros. in Da House

October 2nd, 2018


Michael talks to Bob Kelley and Rob Vandenabeele of Mass. Brew. Bros.

Bob and Rob run Mass. Brew. Bros., self-proclaimed as The resource for Craft Beer Drinkers in Massachusetts. Born from the desire to create a …

Episode 10 - Butch Heilshorn - Gruit Dude - Earth Eagle Brewings

October 2nd, 2018


Michael talks to Butch Heilshorn of Earth Eagle Brewings in Portsmouth, NH

Butch Heilshorn is a self proclaimed “Longtime Beer Geek” and author of his new book “Against All Hops: Techniques and Philosophy for Creating …

Episode 9 - Powerful Grain from the Motherland - Loughran Family Malt

October 2nd, 2018


Michael talks to James Loughran and Caoimhe Nugent of Loughran Family Malt in Ireland!

Loughran Family Malt supplies craft brewers with the best possible ingredients needed to make amazing beer. They grow some of their …

Episode 8: Delta Sunshine Brewing Co. - Beer for the South

October 2nd, 2018


Michael talks to Todd Paden and Allison “Sunny” Higi of Delta Sunshine Brewing Co. in Memphis, TN

Delta Sunshine is where Craft Beer and Blues Music converge! They’re about making great beer that everyone can enjoy and …

Episode 7 - Maple Syrup Infused Beer - Spring Harvest Maple Farm

October 2nd, 2018


Michael talks with Josh Bouchard about his awesome Maple Syrup from Spring Harvest Maple Farm! Beara uses it for their Maple Wheat Ale and Mighty (Stong) Ale.

Spring Harvest Maple Farm is a small, family operated maple …

Episode 6 - Edgar's Awesome Beer Journey to Bad Lab

October 2nd, 2018


Listen in as Michael talks with Edgar about his experience with different brewers and the amazing community he’s found in the world of craft brewing. Edgar shares his views on the current state of the craft beer …

Episode 5 - - Brewer Freedom - Direct to Consumer

October 2nd, 2018


Listen in as Michael and Travis go deep in discussing the direct-to-consumer beer market and the challenges faced in growing this kind of business, especially from state to state. To date, only 9 states allow you to …

Episode 4 - Chapel + Main Restaurant | Brewery

October 2nd, 2018


In this episode, Michael talks to Dave Yarrington of Chapel + Main in Dover, NH.

Dave Yarrington is Master Brewer at Chapel + Main and was formerly Master Brewer at Smuttynose Brewing in Hampton, NH. He started brewing …

Episode 3 - Support Local Part 1 : Sea Bee Honey

October 2nd, 2018


Support Local Part 1: SeaBee Honey

In this episode, Michael talks to Joe Martilla of SeaBee Honey about beekeeping and honey.

SeaBee Honey is dedicated …

Episode 2 - Setting Up Your Brewery with Bill Herlicka

October 1st, 2018


Bill Herlicka founded White Birch Brewing in 2009 in historic Hooksett, NH and they quickly became one of New Hampshire’s most exciting new craft breweries. Known for their finely crafted, small-batch beers, White Birch …

Episode 1 - Why am I doing this?

October 1st, 2018


Michael Potorti is a former CPA by trade, turned Craft Brewer (Founder/Brewer at Beara Brewing Co. in Portsmouth, NH). After visiting Ireland and tasting their bread, he got the idea to start brewing beer with Irish …

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