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Craft Beer Storm

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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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Beer Styles # 79 – Specialty Saison

June 5th, 2020


Specialty Saison

-Color – Pale to dark brown; may take on hue of fruit(s), darker malts or other ingredients

-Clarity: Chill haze or slight yeast haze …

Beer Styles # 78 – Classic Saison

May 28th, 2020


Classic Saison

(Description Courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Beers in this category are gold to light amber in color. Often bottle-conditioned, with some …

Craft Brew News # 78 - Brewfests Going Virtual

May 15th, 2020


Craft Brew News
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Craft Beer Festivals Across the Country Go Virtual During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic …

Beer Styles #77 - Belgian-Style Witbier

May 13th, 2020


Belgian-Style Witbier

-Color – Straw to pale

-Clarity: Unfiltered starch and yeast haze should be visible. Wits are traditionally bottle conditioned …

Episode # 94 – Brewer Consulting Brewer During a Pandemic – Bill Herlicka

May 12th, 2020


Michael catches up with Bill Herlicka, Founder of Brewer Consulting Brewer on his views of the Pandemic and its effects on craft brew.

Starting from …

Craft Brew News # 77 – Sunday River Brewpub Loses License!

May 9th, 2020


Craft Brew News

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Maine Brewpub Owner Defies Executive Order, Loses Licenses

Even as a mini-revolution, the Sunday …

Beer Styles #76 - Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

May 6th, 2020


Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

Description (Courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Belgian Blonde Ale
The Belgian-style blonde ale is typically easy-drinking, with a low but pleasing hop bitterness. This is a light- to medium-bodied ale, …

Episode # 93 – American Homebrewers Association – Gary Glass

May 4th, 2020


Michael speaks with American Homebrewers Association Director Gary Glass about the surge in Homebrewing and opportunities for homebrewers to go commercial.

Over 1.1 million people brew their own beer at home in the …

Craft Brew News # 76 – Craft Breweries Need Your Help!

May 1st, 2020


Craft Brew News
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Nearly Half of New York Breweries Say Their Businesses Could Close in 3 Months, According to Guild …

Beer Styles #75 – Belgian-Style Pale Ale

April 29th, 2020


Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Description (Courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Belgian Pale Ale
The Belgian brewing scene is littered with Belgian Pales, which were initially brewed to compete with Pilseners during the WWII era. …

Episode # 92 – Throwback Monday - Heady Topper, The Alchemist Brewery and Co-Founder John Kimmich

April 27th, 2020


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 #75 – Oktoberfest 2020 CANCELLED But Breweries Starting to Bring Employees Back

April 24th, 2020


Craft Brew News

Germany Cancels 2020 Oktoberfest

German officials today cancelled the country’s famed Oktoberfest celebration due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bavarian Minister President Markus Söder …

Beer Styles #74 - South German-Style Weizenbock

April 22nd, 2020


South German-Style Weizenbock

Description (courtesy of Beer Advocate)

-The German-style Weizenbock is a wheat version of a German-Style Bock, or a bigger and beefier Dunkelweizen. If served with yeast, the appearance may …

Episode # 91 – Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director – Brewers Association

April 20th, 2020


Michael speaks with Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director of the Brewers Association about her experience, the COVID-19 impact on the Craft Beer …

Craft Brew News # 74 - COVID-19 - A "Shock to the System" for Craft Breweries

April 17th, 2020


Craft Brew News
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BA’s Bart Watson: COVID-19 ‘A Shock to the System’ for Craft Breweries

By most metrics, small …

Beer Styles #73 – South German-Style Dunkel Weizen

April 15th, 2020


South German-Style Dunkel Weizen

Description (courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Similar to a Hefeweizen, these southern German wheat beers are brewed as darker versions (Dunkel means "dark") with deliciously complex malts and a …

Episode # 90 – Love the Water – Bent Water Brewing Co.

April 13th, 2020


Michael talks with Head Brewer, Adam Denny Golab about how the Brewery is surviving through the Coronavirus Pandemic and distribution throughout the …

Craft Brew News # 73 - Distilleries Producing Sanitizer and a Virtual Craft Brewers Conference

April 10th, 2020


Craft Brew News
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Breweries, Distilleries Partner to Create Hand Sanitizer During COVID-19 Outbreak

Cody Morris is reincarnating out of code draft beer as hand sanitizer.

A professional …

Beer Styles #72 - South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen

April 8th, 2020


South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen

-Color – Amber to light brown. The German word Bernsteinfarben means amber-colored.

-Clarity: If served …

Episode # 89 – Hand Sanitizer from a Distillery – Kings County Distillery

April 6th, 2020


Michael speaks with CoFounder / Distiller Colin Spoolman of Kings County Distillery about a unique opportunity to produce hand sanitizer to combat …

Craft Brew News # 72 - Lawsuits Against Moslon Coors and Get Your Beer-To-Go in MA

April 3rd, 2020


Craft Brew News
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Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Bill to Allow Restaurants to Sell Alcohol To-Go

The state of …

Beer Styles #71 German-Style Leichtes Weizen

April 1st, 2020


German-Style Leichtes (“Liked”) Weizen

-Color – Straw to copper-amber

-Clarity: If served with yeast, appearance may be very cloudy.

-Perceived Malt …

Episode # 88 - Patience and Passion - Privateer Rum

March 30th, 2020


Michael speaks with Maggie Campbell, President and Head Distiller at Privateer Rum in Ipswich, MA about her experience in wine country and abroad and …

Craft Brew News # 71 - Brewers Get Creative to Survive the Coronavirus Impact

March 27th, 2020


Craft Brew News

(Courtesy of

Crowler Cans Out of Stock until April as Beer Industry Pivots to To-Go Sales

As draft beer has almost entirely stopped flowing in the U.S. due to on-premise …

Beer Styles # 70 – South German Style Kristal Weizen

March 25th, 2020


South German-Style Kristal Weizen

-Color – Straw to amber

-Clarity: Clear with no chill haze present. Because the beer is filtered, no yeast should be …

Episode # 87 – Cider in Salem – Far From the Tree

March 23rd, 2020


Michael chats with Far From the Tree Cider's Founder/Owner Alex Snape about his journey through making wine to making cider to opening his location in Salem, MA.

Far From The Tree Cider is a craft cider house …

Craft Brew News # 70 – Coronavirus’ Negative Impact on Beer

March 20th, 2020


Craft Brew News 03/20/20
(Stories courtesy of

99% of Craft Brewery Businesses Being Impacted by COVID-19, Brewers Association Survey Finds

Virtually every craft brewery is feeling the economic crunch …

Beer Styles # 69 - South German-Style Hefeweizen

March 18th, 2020


South German-Style Hefeweizen

-Color – Straw to amber

-Clarity: If served with yeast, appearance may be very cloudy.

-Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: …

Episode # 86 – Brooklyn Brew – Circa Brewing Co.

March 16th, 2020


Michael speaks with Circa Brewing Co. Head Brewer, Drew Kostic about shifting gears from Law to Brewing and Circa's future in Brooklyn.

At Circa Brewing Co we’re adopting an avant-garde approach to brewing and …

Craft Brew News # 69 – Coronavirus Takes Down CBC and Ballast Point Sold (Again)

March 13th, 2020


Craft Brew News 03/13/20
(Stories Courtesy of

Craft Brewers Conference Canceled

The largest gathering of craft brewing industry professionals has been canceled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, …

Beer Styles # 68 – German-Style Altbier

March 11th, 2020


German-Style Altbier

-Color – Copper to dark brown

-Clarity: Clear to slightly hazy. Chill haze should not be present

-Perceived Malt Aroma & …

Episode # 85 – Massachusetts Brew Bracket

March 9th, 2020


Michael speaks with Valerie Bruno, Coordinator of the Massachusetts Brew Bracket and event being held in Salem, MA on Sunday March 29, 2020

Breweries attending:

East Regiment
Granite Coast
Gentile Brewing
Essex County
Bent …

Craft Brew News # 67 – Coronavirus Closes Taproom and Uinta on the Way Back

March 6th, 2020


Craft Brew News 03/06/2020

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Molson Coors’ Milwaukee Brewery to Reopen Monday; Nearly $1 Million Raised for Shooting Victims’ …

Beer Styles # 67 – Contemporary Gose

March 4th, 2020


Contemporary Gose

-Color – Usually straw to medium amber, and can take on the color of added fruits or other ingredients such as darker malts.

Episode # 84 – National Homebrew Competition 2020

March 2nd, 2020


Michael talks with Doug Schmidt about the National Homebrew Competition being held in Boston on March 28, 2020.

Doug is looking for Judges and …

Craft Brew News # 66 – Untappd Buys Beer Advocate and Adam Lambert On the Move

February 28th, 2020


Craft Brew News – 02/28/20
(Courtesy of

Adam Lambert to Join Roak Brewing and Dark Horse as President

Long-time beer industry sales exec Adam Lambert is on the move.

After more than a year as chief revenue …

Beer Styles # 66 – Specialty Berliner-Style Weisse

February 26th, 2020


Specialty Berliner-Style Weisse

-Color – While traditional Berliners are the lightest of all the German wheat beers, ranging from straw to pale, …

Episode # 83 – Protect the Process – Craft Brewing Insurance

February 24th, 2020


Michael interviews Kyle Rheiner of Craft Brewing about why breweries need insurance to protect their people, product and the public.

We are THE Premier Craft Beverage Insurance Agency for Pennsylvania, …

Craft Brew News # 65 – Iron Heart Expanding and Pura Still Needs CO2

February 21st, 2020


Craft Brew News


(Courtesy of

Credit Suisse, Evercore ISI Project Further Hard Seltzer Growth

The hard seltzer category could …

Beer Styles #65 - German Style Sour Ale - Berliner-Style Weisse

February 19th, 2020


German-Style Sour Ale - Berliner-Style Weisse

Use Brettanomyces (Brett) – yeast which gives a sour taste in beer
(Description Courtesy of

-Maybe you’ve tasted it in a sour ale. Perhaps you’ve detected …

Episode # 82 – Manhattan’s Brewery – Torch and Crown Brewing Co.

February 17th, 2020


Michael speaks with John Dantzler, Co-Founder of the Torch and Crown Brewing Co. on ideas of opening a brewery, contract brewing and planning a location in Manhattan, NY.


Craft Brew News # 64 - Coronavirus and Brizzy or Vizzy Hard Seltzer

February 14th, 2020


Craft Brew News
(Courtesy of Brewbound –

Future Proof Sues Molson Coors for Trademark Infringement

The parent company of …

Beer Styles # 64 – German Style Sour Ale - Leipzig-Style Gose

February 12th, 2020


German-Style Sour Ale - Leipzig-Style Gose

Use lactobacillus – bacteria which gives a sour taste in beer
(Description Courtesy of Buffalo Beer Biochemist)

For most beer styles, Lactobacillus is simply undesirable. But …

Episode # 81 – A Chemist’s Passion - Dirty Water Distillery

February 10th, 2020


Michael interviews Brenton Mackechnie, Head Distiller at Dirty Water Distillery in Plymouth, MA about the fine art of distilling and infusing local ingredients to create a unique experience.

Dirty Water is a …

Craft Brew News # 63 – Repurposing CO2 for Cannabis and Super Bowl Beer

February 7th, 2020


Craft Brew News - 2/6/2020
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Pennsylvania’s Stoudt’s Brewing Company to Close

Stoudts Brewing Company will …

Beer Styles # 63 - American-Style Black Ale

February 5th, 2020


American-Style Black Ale

-Color – Very dark to black

-Clarity: Opaque

-Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Low to medium-low caramel malt and dark …

Episode # 80 – Interviewing Myself – Beara Brewing Co.

February 3rd, 2020


This week Michael interviews....Himself! As Founder of the Beara Brewing Co. he talks about how he turned an idea into a Commercial Brewery, getting his beer distributed Statewide and the challenges Breweries face as …

Craft Brew News # 62 - $ Millions on Hard Seltzer and Michigan Brewers Get a Break

January 31st, 2020


Craft Brew News

(Coutesy of Brewbound –

Anheuser-Busch Spends $24 Million on Bud Light Seltzer Ads

Since launching Bud Light Hard Seltzer earlier this month, Anheuser-Busch InBev has spent $24.2 …

Beer Styles # 62 - American Style Brown Ale

January 29th, 2020


American-Style Brown Ale

-Color – Deep Copper to Very dark brown

-Clarity: Chill haze acceptable at low temperatures

-Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: …

Episode # 79 – Craft Distillery Series: Short Path Distillery

January 27th, 2020


Michael speaks with Jackson and Matt, Founders at Short Path Distillery in Everett, MA about making their idea a reality to produce quality spirits in a growing industry.

Short Path Distillery is three friends who are …

Craft Brew News # 61 – Billions $ of Beer Sold in 2019 and Molson Coors Goes Shopping

January 24th, 2020


Craft Brew News


(Courtesy of Brewbound –

Off-Premise Beer Sales Top $37 Billion in 2019

Total beer dollar sales in 2019 …

Beer Styles # 61 - English-Style Brown Ale

January 22nd, 2020


English-Style Brown Ale

-Color – Copper to dark brown

-Clarity: Chill haze acceptable at low temperatures

-Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Roast malt …

Episode # 78 – See…Beer IS Good for You! – Suzanne Buchanan

January 20th, 2020


Michael speaks with Suzanne Buchanan who publishes the Thrive and Overcome newsletter. She talks about her amazing journey and components in beer that have health benefits.
To subscribe to her newsletter, please send an …

Craft Brew News # 60 – Captain Pabst IPA and Selling is Not so Hard Seltzer

January 17th, 2020


Craft Brew News 01/17/20
(News brought to you courtesy of Brewbound –

Pabst Launches Craft Beer Brand, Captain Pabst, with Flagship IPA

Pabst Brewing Company is launching a line of craft beers, as the …

Beer Styles # 60 – Irish-Style Red Ale

January 15th, 2020


Irish-Style Red Ale

-Made Red Ale but hopped it with Amarillo Hops – called Devil – Brown / Red- 8.0% - 6.66 ABV

-Color – Copper-red to reddish-brown

Episode # 77 – Clean Makes Great Beer – Stone Leigh Chemicals

January 13th, 2020


Michael speaks with Matt and Scott at Stone Leigh Chemicals about mandatory cleanliness and sanitization of EVERYTHING that touches the beer which is KEY to producing the beer you love.

The selection of products …

Craft Brew News # 59 – Free Heineken and Stupid State Beer Laws

January 9th, 2020


Craft Brew News 1/10/20
(Courtesy of Brewbound

Heineken USA Giving Away 31-Packs of Non-Alc Beer for ‘Dry January’

Heineken USA …

Beer Styles # 59 - Scottish Style Ale

January 8th, 2020


Scottish Style Ale

Notes: These beers differ significantly from Scotch Ale, especially regarding original gravity, alcohol content and malt …

Episode # 76 – And the Winner is…. Craft Beer Awards!

January 7th, 2020


Michael speaks with Craft Beer Veteran Jim McCune about the first EVER Craft Beer Awards and the importance of Branding your product in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Jim McCune is the executive director of EGC …

Best of 2019 Part 6 – Mitch Steele, New Realm BrewMaster (ex- Stone BrewMaster)

January 3rd, 2020


Best of 2019 - Mitch Steele, New Realm BrewMaster (ex- Stone BrewMaster)

Brewmaster, COO and Co-Founder, New Realm Brewing Co.

Mitch Steele is a true renaissance man — widely respected for his award-winning …

Best of 2019 Part 5 – Deschutes BrewMaster Brian Faivre

December 31st, 2019


Best of 2019 - Deschutes BrewMaster Brian Faivre

Michael chats with Deschutes BrewMaster Brian Faivre about the brewery's success and its wide reach across the US.

Deschutes Brewery overlooks the wild and scenic Deschutes …

Best of 2019 Part 4 – Heady Topper, The Alchemist Brewery and Co-Founder John Kimmich

December 30th, 2019


Best of 2019 - Heady Topper, The Alchemist Brewery and Co-Founder John Kimmich

Michael interviews the legendary John Kimmich, Co-Founder of The Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, VT to discuss the success of Heady Topper and …

Best of 2019 Part 3 – Guinness Brew Master Fergal Murray

December 27th, 2019


Michael chats with Fergal Murray, Guinness Brew Master 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 …

Best of 2019 Part 2 - Harpoon Brewery - Chief Brewing Officer, Al Marzi

December 24th, 2019


** Best of 2019 **

Michael speaks with Al Marzi, Chief Brewing Officer of Harpoon Brewery about his journey from hauling kegs to becoming Head Brewer …

Best of 2019 Part 1 - David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

December 23rd, 2019


** Best of 2019 **

Michael has the privilege of speaking with David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. about the Brewery's beginnings, growth and where they are today as a force in Craft Beer.

Founded in 1996 by …

Craft Brew News # 58 - Allagash White in Cans and CBD Tea

December 20th, 2019


Craft Brew News 12/20/19

(Courtesy of Brewbound –

Producers Scale Back 3.2 Beer

With only one state left to require it, brewers of …

Beer Styles # 58 – English Style India Pale Ale

December 18th, 2019


English-Style India Pale Ale

(Description Courtesy of Chowhound –

India pale ale (IPA) is a beefed-up version of pale ale, made …

Episode # 75 – Branding is Key – On Tap Branding

December 16th, 2019


Michael speaks with Danella Soeka, Creative Commander at On Tap Branding about the importance of branding and marketing your beer to maximize visibility, awareness and sales.

At On Tap Branding, we understand that as a …

Craft Brew News # 57 – Constellation Drama and Rethinking Expansion

December 13th, 2019


Craft Brew News - 12/13/19
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The Wine Group Chairman Backs Kings & Convicts in Ballast Point Purchase

Richard Mahoney, the chairman of the board of The Wine Group, is the lead …

Beer Styles # 57 - Extra Special Bitter

December 11th, 2019


Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

Subcategory: American-Style Extra Special Bitter

-Notes: Entries in this subcategory exhibit hop aroma and flavor attributes typical of hops of many origins, which may deviate substantially …

Episode # 74 – Beer and Food Pairing – Wolf and Warrior Brewing Co.

December 9th, 2019


** LIVE from the Craft Beer and Food Pairing at Wolf and Warrior in White Plains, NY **

Michael speaks with Chef Rory Crumm about the food and beer …

Craft Brew News # 56 – New Belgium SOLD and “Surge This!”

December 6th, 2019


Craft Brew News - 12/06/2019
(Stories Courtesy of BrewBound –

New Belgium to be Acquired by Kirin-Owned Lion Little World Beverages

Beer Styles # 56 – Ordinary or Special Bitter

December 5th, 2019


Ordinary or Special Bitter

A.Subcategory: Ordinary Bitter

-Color – Gold to copper-colored

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures

Episode # 73 – Night Shift Brewing – Co-Founder, Michael Oxton

December 2nd, 2019


Michael speaks with Night Shift Brewing's Co-Founder Michael Oxton about the success they have had with brewing beer, distributing and new ventures into coffee and hard seltzer.

Night Shift was founded in 2012 by a trio …

Craft Brew News # 55 - "F * PG&E" Drama and Minnesota's 3.2% Holdout

November 29th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 11/29/19

(Stories Courtesy of Brewbound –

Hopworks Urban Brewery Opens Mug Club to Members of Closed Portland Breweries’ Clubs

After a spate of craft breweries and cideries closing in …

Beer Styles # 55 – English Style Mild Ale

November 27th, 2019


English Style Mild Ale

A.Subcategory: English-Style Pale Mild Ale

-Color – Light amber to medium amber

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low …

Episode # 72 – Restaurants: Keep Your Tap Lines CLEAN!! – Greenlight Tap Services

November 25th, 2019


Michael talks with Founders Jon Paul and Aaron of Greenlight Tap Services about how important CLEAN tap lines are for beer and the excellent service …

Craft Brew News # 54 – BrewDog House Expands and Plastic Packaging Contracts

November 22nd, 2019


Craft Brew News - 11/22/19

(Courtesy of Brewbound –

BrewDog Seeks Crowdfunding to Build West Coast Brewery, Launch Distillery, Expand Hotel

BrewDog is seeking U.S. investors in the third round of its …

Beer Styles # 54 – Imperial Red Ale

November 20th, 2019


Imperial Red Ale

-Color – Deep amber to dark copper/reddish-brown

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures

-Perceived Malt Aroma & …

Episode # 71 – The Craft Beer Concierge – Allo Gilinsky

November 18th, 2019


Michael speaks with Allo Gilinsky, The Craft Beer Concierge, about his Pints of Portsmouth Brew Bus, his quest to become a Cicerone, and his current gig at Russian River.

By definition, a Concierge helps to create …

Craft Brew News # 53 – Drake’s Cannabis and “Coffee, Tea or Truly?”

November 15th, 2019


Craft Brew News - 11/15/19
(Courtesy of Brewbound –

Anheuser-Busch Acquires Remaining Stake in Kona Maker Craft Brew Alliance

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) announced Monday that the …

Beer Styles # 53 – Double Hoppy Red Ale

November 13th, 2019


Double Hoppy Red Ale

-Color – Deep amber to dark copper/reddish-brown

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures

-Perceived Malt Aroma & …

Episode # 70 – What Beverages are You Buying? – Hilary Leister

November 11th, 2019


Michael talks with Hilary Leister, Senior Beverage Coordinator – IMI Agency / Interstate Hotels and Resorts about current trends in purchasing beverages for a worldwide entity and coordinating events with Breweries.

Craft Brew News # 52 – Stone vs. MillerCoors and Keep That Beer Tax Low

November 8th, 2019


Craft Brew News 11/8/19

Federal Judge: MillerCoors Withheld Marketing Materials in Stone Brewing Lawsuit

A federal magistrate judge last Thursday filed a report and recommendation order largely siding with Stone …

Beer Styles # 52 – American-Style Amber/Red Ale

November 6th, 2019


American-Style Amber/Red Ale

-Color – Copper to reddish-brown

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures

-Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: …

Episode # 69 – Catherine Wagner and Social Perkz Love Breweries

November 4th, 2019


Michael talks to Catherine Wagner, Founder of Social Perkz and also @CatherineWanders on Instagram. She discusses how she has helped many companies with their marketing and social media presence through Social …

Craft Brew News # 51 - Molson Coors Hard Seltzer and Utah Enters the New Century

November 1st, 2019


Craft Brew News 11/01/19

(Courtesy of Brewbound -

Molson Coors CEO Discusses Restructuring Plans, New Hard Seltzer Launch During Q3 …

Beer Styles # 51 – Juicy or Hazy Imperial or Double India Pale Ale

October 30th, 2019


Juicy or Hazy Imperial or Double India Pale Ale

-Color – Straw to deep gold

-Clarity: Low to very high degree of cloudiness is typical of these beers. …

Episode # 68 – Live from the 2019 Great American Beer Festival – Part 4

October 28th, 2019


Michael continues his journey at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival and interviews Ann Obenchain, Marketing Director at the Brewers Association and Brewers from Stone Brewing Co.

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Craft Brew News # 50 - Beer in the Smithsonian and Clean Maine Water

October 25th, 2019


Craft Brew News 10/25/2019

(Courtesy of Brewbound –

Smithsonian to Open Beer Industry Exhibit

A new exhibit that the Smithsonian National Museum of American History will highlight beer and its history in …

Beer Styles # 50 – Imperial India Pale Ale

October 23rd, 2019


Imperial India Pale Ale

-Color – Gold to copper

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures. Haze created by dry hopping is allowable at any …

Episode # 67 – Live from the 2019 Great American Beer Festival – Part 3

October 21st, 2019


Michael continues his journey at the Great American Beer Festival with local Denver breweries. He talks to the following brewers who are making the …

Craft Brew News # 49 – That’s My Recipe, Thief! and Tree House Growth

October 18th, 2019


Craft Brew News 10/18/19
(courtesy of Brewbound –

Anheuser-Busch Accuses MillerCoors of Stealing Confidential Beer Recipes

The legal battle between the two largest beer makers in the U.S. escalated …

Beer Styles #49 - Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale

October 16th, 2019


Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale

-Color – Straw to deep gold

-Clarity: Low to very high degree of cloudiness is typical of these beers. Starch, yeast, …

Episode # 66 – Live from the 2019 Great American Beer Festival – Part 2

October 15th, 2019


Michael continues the journey at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival in Denver where he visits the American Homebrewers, Heavy Medal and ProAm …

Craft Brew News # 48 – 2019 Great American Beer Festival

October 11th, 2019


Craft Brew News 10/11/19
(courtesy of Brewbound )

Wrapping up the 2019 Great American Beer Festival

About 60,000 people attended last week’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, but the 2019 …

Beer Styles # 48 – American-Style India Pale Ale

October 9th, 2019


American-Style India Pale Ale

-Color – Gold to copper

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures. Hop haze is allowable at any temperature.

Episode # 65 – Live from the 2019 Great American Beer Festival – Part 1

October 7th, 2019



Fresh from the GABF, Michael speaks with the following great people - making the Craft Beer World Go …

Craft Brew News # 47 – US Economy Loves Craft Beer

October 4th, 2019


Craft Brew News 10/4/19
(courtesy of BrewBound

Brewers Association: US Craft Brewing Industry Contributes $79 Billion to US Economy

Small and independent U.S craft brewers generated $79.1 billion in …

Beer Styles # 47 – American-Style Strong Pale Ale

October 2nd, 2019


American-Style Strong Pale Ale

-Color – Deep golden to copper

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures. Hop haze is allowable at any …

Episode # 64 – 1st Sip Brew Box – Your Beer Gear is Here

September 30th, 2019


Michael talks to Dennis Guy, Founder and CEO of First Sip Brew Box about how he is pairing Brewers with Manufacturers to create great products and his process of getting them to you.


Craft Brew News # 46 – Brew Dog and Texas Beer-To-Go Booming

September 27th, 2019


Craft Brew News 09/27/19

(courtesy of BrewBound –

BrewDog USA on Track to Double Sales in 2019

Scottish craft brewers BrewDog are on pace to double its U.S. business this year.

In an email to BrewDog USA …

Beer Styles # 46 - Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale

September 25th, 2019


Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale

-Color – Straw to deep gold

-Clarity: Low to very high degree of cloudiness is typical of these beers. Starch, yeast, hop, …

Episode # 63 - How is YOUR Brewery doing? - Secret Hopper

September 23rd, 2019


Michael chats with Andrew Coplon, Co-Founder of Secret Hopper - a service that sends people into taprooms to rate their experience and provide valuable feedback to Breweries.

Secret Hopper is an idea created out of the …

Craft Brew News # 45 - A-B and Coors - Corn Syrup? No - CBD Yes!

September 20th, 2019


Craft Brew News 9/20/19

A-B Appeals ‘No Corn Syrup’ Ruling’

Anheuser-Busch is appealing a preliminary injunction granted to MillerCoors that would …

Beer Styles # 45 - American Style Pale Ale

September 18th, 2019


American-Style Pale Ale

-Color – Deep golden to copper or light brown

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures. Hop haze is allowable at …

Craft Brew News #44 - A-B Gets Sued But Also Gets Human

September 17th, 2019


Craft Brew News 09/12/19

Judge Denies A-B’s Motion to Dismiss Patagonia Trademark Lawsuit

A federal judge on Tuesday denied Anheuser-Busch’s motion to dismiss a trademark case filed by outdoor clothing maker Patagonia …

Episode # 62 – Craft Beer in India – Adie Broswon Brewery

September 16th, 2019


Michael interviews Ashish Tomar, Brewmaster at Adie Broswon Brewery in Bhait, India about his experience with Budweiser, Kingfisher and the Craft Beer scene in India.

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Beer Styles #44 - International Style Pale Ale

September 11th, 2019


International-Style Pale Ale

-Color – Gold to light brown

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures

-Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: …

Episode # 61 – The Art and Science of Beer – Merrimack Ales

September 9th, 2019


Michael interviews Adam Pearson, Founder/Owner at Merrimack Ales in Lowell, MA about his journey and efforts to open a new taproom (see link below to be a part of history!)

Merrimack Ales is seeking investment to expand …

Craft Brew News # 43 – Night Shift Expanding and Hard Seltzer Takes on IPAs

September 6th, 2019


Craft Brew News 09/06/19

(Courtesy of

Night Shift to Open $10 Million Brewery in Philadelphia, Expand Production in Everett, MA

Everett, Massachusetts-based Night Shift Brewing …

Beer Styles # 43 - Australian Style Pale Ale

September 4th, 2019


Australian-Style Pale Ale

A. Subcategory: Classic Australian-Style Pale Ale

-Color – Straw to Copper

-Clarity: Chill haze and/or a hazy appearance …

Episode # 60 - Brandartica - Marketing Solution for Craft Beer

September 2nd, 2019


Michael talks to Peter Jude Ricciardi, Co-Founder of Brandartica Advertising Agency about their efforts to promote Craft Beer and other brands to the Next Level.

Brandartica Advertising Anti-Agency - Nimble, Effective, …

Craft Brew News # 42 – Amazon Under Investigation and AB InBev Likes Peruvian Beer

August 30th, 2019


Craft Brew News - 8/30/19

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Amazon’s California Alcohol Delivery Service Under Investigation

The California Department of …

Beer Styles # 42 - English-Style India Pale Ale

August 28th, 2019


English-Style India Pale Ale

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Historically, English breweries …

Episode # 59 - The Long Blue Cat Brewing Co.

August 26th, 2019


Michael talks with Co-Founders Jason Knight and Shane Sorensen of The Long Blue Cat Brewing Co. in Londonderry, NH about what's brewing.

Just as we have …

Craft Brew News # 41 - It's a Legal Matter, Baby

August 23rd, 2019


Craft Brew News - 8/23/2019
(Courtesy of Brewbound -

MillerCoors, Stone Brewing File for Summary Judgement in Trademark Case

Stone Brewing and MillerCoors have each filed for summary judgement in their …

Beer Styles #41 - Classic English-Style Pale Ale

August 21st, 2019


Classic English Style Pale Ale

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

The English Pale Ale can be traced back to the 19th century and the city of Burton-upon-Trent, a place …

Episode # 58 – Growing Hops in Maine - The HopYard

August 19th, 2019


Michael talks to Terry Peterson, Sales Director at The HopYard in Gorham, Maine about growing hops and working with Crosby Hop Farm and local brewers to make some magic.

Also, check out more info on Crosby Hop Farm in …

Craft Brew News # 40 – Embezzlement Woes and Pets In Breweries

August 16th, 2019


Craft Brew News 8/16/19

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Former North Carolina Brewers Alliance Leader Appears in Court on Embezzlement …

Beer Styles # 40 - English Style Summer Ale

August 13th, 2019


English Style Summer Ale

The overall impression is refreshing and thirst quenching

-Color – Pale to gold

-Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low …

Episode # 57 - Want to own a piece of a Brewery? - Break Rock Brewing Co.

August 12th, 2019


Michael speaks with Jay Southwood, Founder of Break Rock Brewing Co., a Brewery in Planning, about CrowdFunding and his plans to be the first brewery …

Craft Brew News # 39 - Employee Lawsuits and New Left Hand CBD Beverage

August 9th, 2019


Craft Brew News 08/08/19

(Courtesy of Brewbound –

Down the Road Beer Company Founder Donovan Bailey Dead at Age 46

Donovan Bailey, the founder of Everett, Massachusetts-based Down the Road Beer Company, …

Beer Styles # 39 - German-Style Koelsch

August 7th, 2019


German Style Koelsch

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

First brewed in Köln, Germany, this formerly obscure style is now found at many US brewpubs and a number of breweries have …

Episode # 56 - Package Your Beer the Right Way - ID Technology

August 5th, 2019


Michael talks with David Holliday, Director of Product Marketing and Dave France, Area Manager of ID Technology. They stress the importance of proper …

Craft Brew News # 38 - Can't Trade Beer on Facebook and More BrewDog Drama

August 2nd, 2019


Craft Brew News 08/02/19

(courtesy of Brewbound

Peter Coors Op-Ed Calls for Government to Intervene on Aluminum Pricing

Molson Coors …

Beer Styles # 38 - Golden or Blonde Ale

July 31st, 2019


Golden or Blonde Ale

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

One of the most approachable styles, a golden or Blonde Ale is an easy-drinking beer that …

Episode # 55 - We Make Whatever the Hell We Want @ Barley Head Brewery!

July 29th, 2019


Michael talks to Drew Rodgers, Owner/Brewer at Barley Head Brewery in Mystic, CT. They discuss the local beer scene and the great advantages of starting small and growing organically.

Located in the heart of downtown …

Craft Brew News # 37 - Thirsty Turkeys and AB InBev Liquidation

July 26th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 07/25/19

(courtesy or Brewbound –

Anheuser-Busch InBev to Sell Australian Business to Asahi Group Holdings for …

Beer Styles # 37 - Baltic Style Porter

July 24th, 2019


Baltic-Style Porter

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Porters of the late 1700's were quite strong …

Episode # 54 - Fresh Beer at Your Local Brewpub - Courtesy of Craft Works

July 22nd, 2019


Michael speaks with Tannea Musselman, Director of Craft Beer Sales at Craft Works about their 70 Brewery Restaurants across the US and numerous award winning beers.

The nation’s leading operator and franchisor of brewery …

Craft Brew News # 36- More Fines for Big Beer and More Beer for Michigan

July 19th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 07/19/19

(courtesy of Brewbound)

Heineken USA Agrees to Pay $1.25 Million Fine to Settle New York Trade …

Beer Styles # 36 - German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock

July 17th, 2019


German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock

-2 Subcategories:

A.Subcategory: German-Style Doppelbock

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

“Doppel” meaning “double,” this style is a …

Episode # 53 - Harpoon Brewery - Chief Brewing Officer, Al Marzi

July 15th, 2019


Michael speaks with Al Marzi, Chief Brewing Officer of Harpoon Brewery about his journey from hauling kegs to becoming Head Brewer to his Executive …

Craft Brew News # 35 - Tall Sips Brewfest - June 26, 2019 - Get Your Tickets!

July 12th, 2019


Michael speaks with Chad Chadwick, Chairman of the Piscataqua Maritime Commission and Laurie Mantegari, Event Planner for the Tall Sips Brewfest …

Beer Styles # 35 - Bock

July 10th, 2019



(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Bock is a bottom fermenting lager that generally takes extra months of lagering (cold storage) to smooth …

Episode # 52 - Popovers and Beer? Oh Yeah.....

July 8th, 2019


Michael talks to Nicole Wentworth, Bar Manager of Popovers At Brickyard Square in Epping, NH about what she is seeing in beer trends, their world …

Craft Brew News # 34 - More Beer in Charlotte and Less Tax in PA

July 5th, 2019


Craft Brew News 7/05/19

(Courtesy of

German Brewer Gilde Reveals US Expansion Plans

German Brewer Plans to Operate Large Manufacturing Brewery in Charlotte

German brewer Gilde has an ambitious plan to build …

Beer Styles # 34 - Dark Lager

July 3rd, 2019


Dark Lager

-2 Subcategories:

A.Subcategory: American-Style Dark Lager

-Color – Light Brown to Very Dark

-Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze …

Episode # 51 - Want to Send a Beer to Someone? Beer You!

July 2nd, 2019


Michael speaks with Tom Middlen, CEO of Beer You about the App that can send a beer to Anyone, Anywhere, Immediately.

Welcome To BeerYou - The BeerYou Mission

To provide a simple and fun way to send a beer to say thanks, …

Craft Brew News # 33 - Beer Discrimination and State Protectionism

June 28th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 06/28/2019
(Courtesy of

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Tennessee Residency Requirement

Six months after hearing oral arguments in a constitutional challenge to Tennessee’s two-year residency …

Beer Styles # 33 - Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager

June 26th, 2019


Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

An old friend of Bavaria, Munich Dunkels are smooth, rich, and …

Episode # 50 - David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

June 24th, 2019


Michael has the privilege of speaking with David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. about the Brewery's beginnings, growth and where they are today as a force in Craft Beer.

Founded in 1996 by brothers-in-law Adam …

Craft Brew News # 32 - Cannabis Beverages and Texas Beer-To-Go

June 21st, 2019


Craft Brew News – 6/21/19
(courtesy of

Texas Governor to Sign Beer-to-Go into Law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will officially make beer-to-go sales at the state’s manufacturing breweries legal during a June 15 …

Beer Styles # 32 - German-Style Maerzen / Oktoberfest

June 19th, 2019


German-Style Maerzen / Oktoberfest

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Before refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to the hot weather and bacterial infections. Brewing ended with the …

Episode # 49 – Wine? Não ! Portuguese Craft Beer? Sim!

June 17th, 2019


Michael speaks with Bruno Rodrigues of the Portuguese Craft Beer Brewery in Braga, Portugal. Topics include the booming craft beer market, competition with wine, using local ingredients and growing hops in an ideal …

Craft Brew News # 31 - Dutch Craft Deals and Brew Dates

June 14th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 6/14/19

Heineken Purchases Minority Stake in Oedipus

Heineken N.V. has acquired a minority stake in 7-year-old Amsterdam craft outfit …

Beer Styles # 31 - Vienna Style Lager

June 12th, 2019


Vienna-Style Lager

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Named after the city in which it originated, a traditional Vienna Lager is brewed using a three step decoction boiling process.

Decoction Mashing is a way to …

Episode # 48 - Porch Drinking in Austin, Texas w/ Pam Catoe

June 10th, 2019


Michael speaks with Pam Catoe, Regional editor of Porch and member of the Pink Boots Society about the Austin, Texas beer scene and …

Craft Brew News # 30 - Fake Kona Beer and Who is 'Born and Raised"?

June 7th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 6/7/19

(courtesy of

NFL Allows Players to be Featured in Beer Ads

The National Football League will now allow its …

Beer Styles # 30 - Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest

June 5th, 2019


Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest

A.Subcategory: Dortmunder/European-Style Export

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Sometimes referred to as a “Dortmunder export,” the European-Style Export has the malt-forward …

Episode # 47 - Locally Grown - Amber Lambke of Maine Grains

June 3rd, 2019


Michael speaks with Amber Lambke, Founder/Owner of Maine Grains about working with local farmers and the Community to provide Brewers, Bakers and Chefs with quality grain.

Maine Grains specializes in freshly milled, …

Craft Brew News # 29 - New Jersey Socialists and Gillette Stadium Beer

May 31st, 2019


Craft Brew News 5/31/19
(Courtesy of

New Jersey ABC Sets Restrictions on the Number of Events Craft Breweries Can Host

The New Jersey …

Beer Styles # 29 - Munich-Style Helles

May 29th, 2019


Munich-Style Helles

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

“Helles” means “pale in color,” as these beers are often golden. The German-style Helles …

Episode # 46 - Kate Kone - What's Brewing in New England

May 27th, 2019


Michael interviews Kate Kone, Author of "What's Brewing in New England: A Guide to Brewpubs and Microbreweries" about the beer scene in Maine and beyond.

Kate Cone has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, is a …

Craft Brew News # 28 - Texas Beer-To-Go and No Tariffs for Mexico

May 24th, 2019


Craft Brew News - 05/24/19
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Texas Senate Approves Beer To-Go-Sales Measure

Texas craft brewers’ efforts to legalize beer-to-go sales is closer to passage than ever before.
On Wednesday, …

Beer Styles # 28 - Bohemian Style Pilsener

May 22nd, 2019


Bohemian-Style Pilsener

(Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

The Bohemian Pilsener has a slightly sweet and evident malt character and a toasted, biscuit-like, bready malt character. Hop bitterness is perceived as …

Episode # 45 - British Beer Company Supports Local

May 20th, 2019


Michael speaks with Stacy Martel, General Manager of the British Beer Company restaurant in Manchester, NH about beer trends and the importance of local brew.

In England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, the pub or “local” …

Matt Eaton Fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund

May 17th, 2019


Michael interviews Kerry Marshall, Event Coordinator for the Matt Eaton Memorial Golf Tournament. Beara Brewing Co. will be launching this year's …

Episode # 44 - Irish Malt, American Hops and Big Beer Embraces Craft

May 15th, 2019


More from the Craft Brewers Conference!

Michael had the privilege of interviewing the following guests:

Colm Cahill - Malting Company of Ireland -

Episode # 43 - Kate "the Great" Ryan and West Cork Gold

May 13th, 2019


Michael speaks with Kate Ryan (Food Writer for leading Irish Publications and Founder of about great food and drink in County Cork and beyond. is all about West Cork Food. The quality and variety …

Craft Brew News # 27 - O.G.'s Merging and Taking the Power Back

May 10th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 5/10/19

(Courtesy of

Boston Beer Company and Dogfish Head Agree to Merge in $300 Million Deal

Eight years ago, Dogfish …

Craft Beer Styles # 27 - German Style Pilsener

May 8th, 2019


German-Style Pilsener (LAGER BEER STYLES)

(Description courtesy of All About Beer Magazine and Beer Advocate)

Pilsner styles of beer originate from …

Episode # 42 - Deschutes BrewMaster Brian Faivre

May 6th, 2019


Michael chats with Deschutes BrewMaster Brian Faivre about the brewery's success and its wide reach across the US.

Deschutes Brewery overlooks the …

Craft Brew News # 26 - High Moose and Hawaiian Beer

May 4th, 2019


Craft Brew News - 5/3/2019

Craft Brew Alliance Agrees to Settle Kona Labeling Dispute

Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has agreed to settle a years-long class action lawsuit over alleged “false and deceptive advertising” of its …

Craft Beer Styles # 26 - American Style Amber Lager

May 1st, 2019


American Style Amber Lager

(Description c/o Beer Advocate)

A widely available, sessionable craft beer style that showcases both malt and hops. Amber lagers are a medium-bodied lager with a toasty or caramel-like malt …

Episode # 41 - What kind of beer are you drinking? - Bart Watson, Brewers Association Chief Economist

April 30th, 2019


Michael chats with Bart Watson, Chief Economist of the Brewers Association about what kind of beer people are drinking and trends in the industry.

Bart is in charge of the BA’s statistical resources, including production …

Episode # 40 - Putting a Conference Together - Brewers Association Marketing Director Ann Obenchain

April 26th, 2019


Michael speaks with Ann Obenchain, Marketing Director of the Brewers Association on how conferences are put together, the huge effort needed and keeping everything on target.

The Brewers Association (BA) is the …

Episode # 39 - Brew Pipeline - Getting Quality Brew to YOU

April 24th, 2019


Michael talks with Marty Ochs, President of Sales at Brew Pipeline to discuss how they are helping breweries get their product out across the USA.

Led by three industry veterans, Brew Pipeline is a direct-access platform …

Episode # 38 - Crosby Hop Farm

April 22nd, 2019


MIchael interviews Marketers Zak Schroerlucke and Heather Sorensen of Crosby Hop Farm to discuss how they grow and sell their hops to make great Craft Beer.

Crosby Hop Farm is a leading hop grower, merchant, and …

Craft Brewers Conference Part 4 - More Malt, More Hops, More Beer

April 18th, 2019


Michael continues his journey through the Craft Brewers Conference and stops to chat with great providers of grain, hops and beer equipment. Here are some links:

ABE Equipment (

Castle …

Craft Brewers Conference Part 3 - Barley, Hops, Yeast and Water

April 17th, 2019


Michael continues to speak with great people and companies that are shaping Craft Beer today. In this episode, we feature:

FoodLab (

3M (

Cargill (

Burns …

Craft Brewers Conference Part 2 - Package that Brew For the People

April 16th, 2019


Michael continues his journey at the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference - he talks with some great people and Companies that are shaping Craft Beer today:

Craft Brewers Conference Part 1 - Great Malt Makes Great Beer

April 13th, 2019


We made it to CBC 2019! Michael kicks it off by chatting with James Loughran of Loughran Malt, Adam Read of Country Malt and Kyran Flett of Canada Malting.

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Craft Beer Styles # 25 - American Style Cream Ale

April 10th, 2019


American-Style Cream Ale

(Description c/o Beer Advocate)

Cream Ales, spawned from the American light lager style, are brewed as an ale though are sometimes finished with a lager yeast or with lager beer mixed into the …

Episode # 37 - Jenny the Greek Talks Food and Craft Beer

April 8th, 2019


Michael chats with Chef and Podcaster Jenny The Greek about the Northern California and Las Vegas beer scenes and the great ways Craft Beer pairs with food.

Jenny is more than just a cook and beer lover... She's also a …

Craft Brew News # 25 - Craft Growth and TTB Cracks the Whip

April 5th, 2019


Craft Brew News – 04/06/19

(courtesy of

Constellation Brands Sales Top $8.1 Billion in Fiscal Year 2019

Constellation Brands reported its …

Craft Beer Styles # 24 - Light Lager

April 3rd, 2019


Light Lager

(Description c/o Beer Advocate)

The Light Lager is generally a lighter version of a brewery's premium lager, some are lower in alcohol but …

Episode # 36 - Mitch Steele, New Realm BrewMaster (ex- Stone BrewMaster)

April 1st, 2019


Brewmaster, COO and Co-Founder, New Realm Brewing Co.

Mitch Steele is a true renaissance man — widely respected for his award-winning talent brewing great, innovative beer for just the right time (and times). …

Craft Brew News # 24 - "You Can't Put Stone on that Can!" But You Can Tax It

March 29th, 2019


Craft Brew News - 3/29/19

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Beer Institute: Aluminum Tariffs are Hurting US Beer Industry

Around this time last year, the Beer Institute (BI), a national trade association representing …

Craft Beer Styles # 23 - International-Style Pilsener

March 27th, 2019


International-Style Pilsener (LAGER BEER STYLES)

A classic German-style Pilsner is straw to pale in color with a malty sweetness that can be perceived …

Episode # 35 - Belgian is the Way - Jason Perkins, Allagash BrewMaster

March 25th, 2019


As a brewery, we strive to create some of the best Belgian-style beers in the world. As people, we make sure to enjoy ourselves along the way. Part of that joy comes from constantly pushing the sustainability of our …

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 …

Episode # 34 - 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


Michael and Guest Kate Cone, Author of "What's Brewing in New England" discuss this week's Beer News. Check out Kate's Website at

Craft Brew News – 3/15/19

(Courtesy of

New …

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

(Courtesy of

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

Courtesy of

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

(Courtesy of

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


Michael speaks with Jillian Francis, Organizer for the Portland, OR chapter of Beer Necessities. This group exposes women to fine craft beer across the US.

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

February 8th, 2019


Craft Brew News 020819

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


Craft Brew News - 11/9/18

Via Brewbound

Yakima Chief Hops Accused of Breaching Contract

Melbourne-based ingredient …

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


Michael talks to Ed Martin, Owner of Outer Limits Hot Sauce ( which Beara Brewing Co. infuses into their Outer …

die Geist Awesome Adventure - The 48 Beer Project

November 2nd, 2018


Michael gets an update from Heidi Geist founder of the 48 Beer Project ( Heidi is hitting all of …

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


Michael speaks with Matt Hopkins, Executive Director at Independent Brewers Alliance about their efforts to form a Co-OP for smaller brewers - strength in numbers!

The Independent Brewers …

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 …

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


10/11/18 Craft Brew News #1

New installment summarizing the weeks top Craft Beer Stories for YOU! Here are links:

Craft Brew Alliance Buys 3 Beer Companies

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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