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Good Beer Matters Podcast

48 EpisodesProduced by Jeremy StortonWebsite

Good Beer Matters is a show about great beer, great friends and the experiences we create together. We seek to educate people on the art, science and cultural impact of beer on our world and to tell the stories of those who are leading the charge. This is a show for beer professionals who work in th… read more

48 Episodes | 2017 - 2020

GBM 48 - Exploring The Past, Present and Future of Women in Beer with Brewster, Tiffany Davidson

March 18th, 2020


Today women operate in practically every facet of the brewing industry, but it is still more common to see men on the brew deck than women. This was not always the case. Centuries ago women were the ones who brewed for …

GBM 47 - A Conversation About Women, Beer and Pink Boots with Laura Ulrich

March 4th, 2020


March is Women’s History Month, and the 8th is International Women’s Day. I can’t think of a better way to honor and support the women in my life, than by having a beer. The Pink Boots Society began to assist, inspire …

GBM 46 - Exploring Better Beer Sales with Coach, Julie Rhodes

January 15th, 2020


Sales and marketing may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to craft beer, but sales is one of the many necessary logistics of getting beer from the brewery to the glass in your hand. What are you doing to …

GBM 45 - How To Put The Aloha Spirit Back Into Beer With Maui Brewing’s, Garrett Marrero

January 1st, 2020


For brewers in Hawaii, the challenges of culture, resources, demand, cost of living and more are especially difficult and expensive. If necessity is …

GBM 44 - The New Word For Beer In Australia And New Zealand With Certified Cicerone®, Lindsy Greig

December 18th, 2019


Once upon a time, US TV commercials told us that Australia had a single word for beer. Now, things have changed and the new word for Beer down under …

GBM 43 - Exploring Our Diverse World Of Beer with Dr. J Nikol Jackson- Beckham

December 4th, 2019


This episode is for those who appreciate that behind every beer is a complex dynamic of human interaction. But, how do we engage with each other in a way that is both productive and authentic? Also, what does beer have …

GBM 42 - Why Beer Is Better With Cheese Pairings with Steve Jones

November 20th, 2019


In this episode we’re going to break down how cheese is made, discuss variations and get into what makes a great pairing with author, and cheese and pairing expert Steve Jones.

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GBM 41 - Understanding The Complex World Of Yeast And Fermentation With Erik Fowler Of White Labs

November 6th, 2019


Many of us consume fermented food items on a daily basis and don’t even realize it. It’s surprising to think about how poorly most of us understand …

GBM 40 - Exploring The Frontier of Hop Terroir with Liz & John Coleman of Coleman Hop Farms

October 23rd, 2019


For years brewers, hop growers and maltsters have claimed that terroir influences the ingredients in our beer, but surprisingly there was no real data, no real evidence to prove what we’ve suspected for a long time. …

GBM 39 - How to Become a Professional Beer Writer and Educator with Cicerone, David Nilsen

October 9th, 2019


Behind every beer is a story of how and why it came to be. My next guest is a writer and an educator who helps people understand the stories beer has to tell.

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GBM 38 - The Secret World Of Gypsy Brewing With Daniel Fernandez of Bean Curd Turtle

September 25th, 2019


What are Gypsy Brewers? They are the rogues, the mercenaries, the A-Team of the brewing world. And, my next guest is one of the best brewers you’ve never heard of.

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GBM 37 - Crafting The Dream with Jordan Gardenhire of Baja Brewing Company

September 11th, 2019


An American Brewer pursues his dream of living in board shorts and brewing craft beer in Mexico. But like all good stories, this adventure brings loss, disaster and making a choice to continue when the challenges seem …

GBM 36 - How a Brewery in Hawaii is Trying To Save The World with Ola Brewing

August 28th, 2019


A small brewery in Hawaii is taking the challenges of isolation and high cost of raw goods and turning it into an environmental experiment that, if …

GBM 35 - How Overcoming Challenges Continues To Shape Craft Beer With Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing

August 14th, 2019


 I read a quote online recently that goes, “Challenges are what makes life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” It made …

GBM 34 - Exploring The World Through Beer and Story with Professional Author, Editor & Podcast Host, John Holl

July 31st, 2019


 Beer writers have the semi-glamorous and sometimes inglorious honor of traveling to various places to taste a lot of really good and really bad beer. This is all to inform and entertain the rest of us. They’re …

GBM 33 - Improve Your Beer Palate and Your QA Program with Draught Lab Co-Founder, Lindsay Barr

July 17th, 2019


 Decades ago, when craft beer was the wild west of flavor and ingredients were hard to come by, assuming someone knew what to do with them, studying the quality of beer was unheard of. Sure, the big breweries probably …

GBM 32 - How US Politics and Policy Affect Our Beer with President & CEO of The Beer Institute, Jim McGreevy

July 3rd, 2019


 The pilgrims on the Mayflower may have been the first Americans to create beer policy when the beer supplies, which was their only source of …

GBM 31 - Beer Bubbles, Saturations, Competition and Niching Down with Brewer’s Association’s Chief Economist, Bart Watson

June 19th, 2019


The Brewer’s Association crunches numbers and stats for the benefit of independent breweries in the US. Today’s guest helps us understand these stats and gives a little insight as to how these breweries can …

GBM 30 - What Consumers Bars and Restaurants Need to Know About Draft Beer with Master Cicerone®, Neil Witte

June 5th, 2019


A poorly maintained draft system can cost bars and restaurants money and lost customers. Master Cicerone®, Neil Witte, is a man with a plan when it comes to keeping beer fresh and delicious.

GBM 29 - Getting Schooled on Beer Education with Advanced Cicerone and Brew-Ed Founder Cliff Mori

May 22nd, 2019


In this episode, Advanced Cicerone® Cliff Mori and I discuss beer education as a business, the sophisticated beer scene in Asheville NC, and how restaurants and bars can easily differentiate themselves and improve sales …

GBM 28 - The Origin The Mission and The Man Behind Cicerone with Ray Daniels

May 8th, 2019


With so many choices, beer can be overwhelming. Ray Daniels created to make sense of all the noise and facilitate a great drinking experience for those who seek something better.

GBM 27 - Why Czech Beer Matters with International Beer Writer, Evan Rail

April 24th, 2019


My next guest is an American expatriate and professional writer who has since become the authority and unofficial ambassador between Eastern Europe …

GBM 26 - The Original Craft Beer Movement with Nick Boley of CAMRA

April 10th, 2019


CAMRA, or Campaign for Real Ale, began in 1971in response to industrial beer. Since then it has become one of the most successful consumer and …

GBM 25 - A French Twist on the Beer Experience with Lysanne Desroches of Ninkasi Brewing in Lyon, France

March 27th, 2019


With 1,000 plus breweries, France is on its way to becoming an influencer in world beer culture. Ninkasi Brewery in Lyon has become an American …

GBM 24 - How to Find World Class Beer in Barcelona with Joan Villari-Marti

March 13th, 2019


Barcelona is making its way into the world beer community due, in part, to the Barcelona Beer Festival, but especially to one of its organizers, beer writer Joan Villari-Martí.

GBM 23 - Pioneering the World of Craft Beer in The Netherlands with Chef & Brewer, Nic Veenstra

February 27th, 2019


My next guest is a young man caught between two countries who found adventure by becoming an accidental ambassador to the Netherlands for craft beer and, ironically, American BBQ.

GBM 22 - Seven Ways to Mix Beer Into Your Cocktails with Author Jacob Grier

February 13th, 2019


My next guest literally wrote the book on the artful world of beer cocktails. He speaks to us about the 7 ways to use beer in drinks, and that …

GBM 21 - The Bitter Truth with Dr. Tom Shellhammer

January 30th, 2019


Bitterness in beer is complex and poorly understood. Judging a beer’s bitterness by IBUs is similar to gauging one’s fitness level by looking at his weight on a scale. I discuss all of this with global expert and hop …

GBM 20 - Life After Disease and Gluten Free Beer with Blogger Lindsi Kay

January 16th, 2019


What would you do if drinking one beer sent you to the hospital? In this episode of Good Beer Matters, we talk to a woman who endured this experience …

GBM 19 - The Past, Present and Future of Beer with Larry Sidor

January 2nd, 2019


Age old wisdom tells us to not let our past define us, but instead, let it be our guide. If Sidor’s story tells us anything, it is that the future of …

GBM 18 - Beer Appreciation Education and Food Pairings with Master Cicerone, Ryan Daley

August 27th, 2018


Exploring the world of beer appreciation and food pairings with Master Cicerone®, Ryan Daley.

GBM 17 - Raising Families Amidst Drinking Cultures Around the World with Elio Keller

August 13th, 2018


Alcohol in our American society sometimes becomes contentious. When it comes to raising our children around alcohol, which would be more effective, …

GBM 16 - Athleticism, Gluten and Beer with Caitlin Landesberg of Sufferfest Beer Co.

July 30th, 2018


Gluten is a naturally occurring protein in cereal grains that gives dough its elasticity. It is also responsible for putting many people in the fetal position, if not the hospital. In this episode, we talk to one …

GBM 15 - The Art and Craft of Beer and Barrels with Rogue Cooperage

July 16th, 2018


People have been making barrels out of wood in order to store, age and transport alcohol for over 2,000 years. In this episode, we learn the …

GBM 14 - Whiskey Terroir and Fabulous Flavors Behind the Booze with Rogue Distillery

July 2nd, 2018


Start with beer, skip the hops addition, then add distillation and barrel aging and, voila!…. Whiskey. In this episode we go to Rogue Distillery in Newport Oregon where we will learn about whiskey, terroir and the …

GBM 13 - Rogue Farms on Challenge, Triumph and The Terroir of Hops

June 18th, 2018


For many brewers, a hop shortage posed a challenge, but for Rogue, it posed an opportunity. If it weren’t for Rogue’s penchant for daring, risk and …

GBM 12 - Better Beer & the Terroir of Malt with Seth Klann of Mecca Grade Malt

June 4th, 2018


In this episode we talk to a 7th generation farmer to discuss how better farming begets better beer and how to taste terroir in the amazing barley malt from his family farm in Central Oregon.

GBM 011 - The Art of Pairing with Alesong Brewing and Blending

May 21st, 2018


The Crew at Alesong Brewing and Blending south of Eugene, OR draw inspiration from the culinary world, music, nature and, especially their next door …

GBM 010 - Getting Squiffy on Real Ale with Ted Sobel of Brewers Union Local 180

May 6th, 2018


Decades ago, Americans returning from England, having discovered the concept of the "Third Place", began building the foundation of the Craft Beer movement. Brewer's Union, in Oakridge, Oregon, is a pub that pays …

GBM 09 - The Rise Of A Small Brewer with Robert Masterson of Resident Brewing

April 23rd, 2018


Homebrewers and small breweries often make very good beer. In this episode of Good Beer Matters we continue exploring the world of small breweries, …

GBM 08 - Nano Brewing with Steve Anderson of Kobold Brewing

April 9th, 2018


In this episode of Good Beer Matters we continue our focus on small breweries to answer the questions, with so much good beer and competition out there, how and why do they step into such a competitive world.

GBM 007 - Creating Community through Good Beer with Alesation Brewing

March 26th, 2018


Alesation Brewing crafts stories through the beer they brew from their tiny second-story nano brewery in Winchester, VA. They have fused history, …

GBM 006 - Learn To Be a Better Beer Taster from Master, Randy Scorby

March 12th, 2018


In this episode we talk to Randy Scorby who was the 2011 American Homebrewer Association Brewer of the year and a Grand Master level 3 BJCP judge. He shares his experience with beer and travel as well as walks us …

GBM 005 - Building Beertopia with Roger Worthington of Worthy Brewing

February 26th, 2018


We all have been to pubs and breweries where a beer is just a beer.  We’ve also been to these places that try to create something special, where the beer is elevated.  But there is one brewery where the exceptional beer …

GBM 004 - John Maier - The Wizard of Rogue Brewery

February 10th, 2018


John Maier is the wizard behind the brew at Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR and has been the head brewer since nearly the beginning in 1988.  Still a homebrewer at heart, he has been a brewing innovator and somewhat of a …

GBM 003 - Globe Trotting and Beer with the Gambers

January 14th, 2018


Dan and Sarah Gamber are insatiable travelers having visited more than 60 countries and have literally spent years of their lives abroad.  They recently traveled for a year with their children.  Then, after returning to …

GBM 002 - Mauricio Mata of Portland Ale House and Stonecastle Brewing in Valencia, Spain

January 14th, 2018


Mauricio Mata, an American from Oregon, opened Stone Castle Brewing and Portland Ale House in Valencia Spain.  He is a part of a craft beer movement by brewing and serving NW American style beers with a distinct …

GBM 001- Beer, Whiskey, Flavor and the Future of Beer with Gary Fish of Deschutes Brewery

December 11th, 2017


Deschutes Brewery in Bend Oregon was founded in 1988 by Gary Fish and is now one of the top 10 Craft Breweries in the U.S.  It shares the honor of the top ten with breweries such as Yuengling, Boston Beer Company, …

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