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United We Drink

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With years of experience under their belts Mike and Kevin discuss the beer industries highs, lows and everywhere in between.

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085 - A Chat with Tommy Kelley

January 26th, 2023

1:35:41

Tommy Kelley has worked for Free State Brewing, in Lawrence, KS, for his entire brewing career. He started as a busser in the brewpub and over 17 years has worked his way through the ranks to being Head Pub Brewer …

084 - A Chat with Bobby Bump

January 12th, 2023

1:44:20

Bobby Bump brewed beer for over a decade in 3 different states and 1 district. Today he is a stay at home parent and sober. We talk to Bobby about …

Holiday Break

December 19th, 2022

1:32

We are taking a break from new episodes during the holiday. Thank you once again to everyone that donated on the Charity Fundraiser. Enjoy your …

083 - Adjuncts

December 8th, 2022

1:08:14

For years the guys have made off hand comments about adjuncts in beer but they have never devoted any time to the controversial subject. On this …

082 - Private Labeling

November 23rd, 2022

1:14:48

Have you ever walked into a bar, restaurant or hotel and see a beer that appears branded towards them? A brewery makes that beer. Sometimes it's made just for that place while other times it is a rebrand of an existing …

081 - Branding

November 10th, 2022

1:17:40

A good brewery needs good branding. That means a company name, logo, beer names, label design. It's all important. Mike and Kevin dive into the branding in the beer world and what they think is important with it.

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080 - A Chat with Eric Hild

October 27th, 2022

1:24:50

Eric Hild is the Senior Lead Brewer for Toppling Goliath Brewing in Decorah, IA. Mike and Kevin talk with him about how he started in beer and worked …

079 - Common Misconceptions

October 13th, 2022

1:07:37

Being in the beer industry people will commonly make generalizations about your job.

"You must drink all day." "You have the best job in the world."

Along with those there are many others. Kevin and Mike talk about some …

078 - A Chat with Kelly Meyer

September 29th, 2022

1:16:46

Mike and Kevin sit down to talk with Kelly Meyer. Kelly is the former owner of The New Braunfels Brewing in Texas. After selling the brewery last year he authored the book How Not to Start a Damn Brewery, an honest …

077 - Kevin Covers Old Topics

September 15th, 2022

1:24:18

Kevin hasn't been on the show a long time. He wasn't involved in a lot of the earlier topics. Mike decides to hit Kevin up with some of these early …

076 - A Chat with Barry Holmes & James Bruner of The Bruery

September 1st, 2022

1:14:15

The Bruery has long been an innovating brewery in the beer industry. Barry Holmes & James Bruner join the show to talk about their focus as a …

075 - Joel's Last One

August 18th, 2022

1:25:50

Joel is deciding it is time to step away from the show. Join the gang in seeing what Joel is going to do.

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074 - Talking IP Theft with Josh from The Craft Beercast

August 4th, 2022

1:39:18

Josh from the Craft Beercast is a long time friend of the show. He joins Mike, Joel and Kevin to talk about something that really grinds a number of people's gears, intellectual property theft in beer. Sit back and grab …

073 - Therapizing

July 21st, 2022

1:12:50

The guys attempt to tackle a question proposed to them by a listener about what the beer industry has made them appreciate more beside beer (ie cooking, coffee, travel, etc). One co-host doesn't like the question so …

072 - Positive Beer Fest Stories

July 7th, 2022

1:22:14

Beer fests over the years have gotten kinda dull. Same thing, over and over again. Mike and Kevin talk about some positives of beer fests. Unique …

071 - No Bullshit

June 23rd, 2022

1:14:21

Ok, the title might be deceptive. There is quite a deal of bullshit but don't we all need that sometimes? The guys discuss RTDs, The Batman (more), …

070 - The "Whales" of Old

June 9th, 2022

1:10:04

There was a time when the most sought after beers weren't packed full of juice or baking supplies. They were simple styles but among the best in the …

069 - A Chat with Joe Pye

May 26th, 2022

1:12:17

Joe Pye is a South Florida beer blogger that runs BrowardBeer.com. He has a background in journalism and prefers to take his blog in a different direction than most beer blogs focusing on stories, doing the reporting …

068 - Craft Brewers Conference

May 12th, 2022

1:16:26

The Craft Brewers Conference returned after a couple years abense, due to the pandemic, in Minneapolis. Mike and Kevin talk about their experiences …

067 - Brewery Employee Satisfaction

April 28th, 2022

1:21:11

A recent survey came out that showed that only around a quarter of brewery production staff are completely happy in their jobs while over 75% of owners are. The guys dive into why brewery staff might not be happy and …

065 - Food Pairings

March 31st, 2022

1:19:18
When wine tried to lay claim to pairings with food beer came along and said "Nah son, we can do this better." But as time as passed so has the beer dinner. The guys discuss beer and food pairings along with the concept …

064 - Free Period

March 17th, 2022

1:15:09

The guys take a free form approach to this episode. Mental health checks, The Batman and random beer thoughts galore.

United We Drink loves Made In …

063 - The News

March 4th, 2022

1:15:05

On this episode the guys talk about some big news items. Hair of the Dog is closing after almost 30 years in business. Modern Times is scaling back big time. Are Constellation and Monster going to merge after Monster …

062 - Self Distribution

February 17th, 2022

1:10:16

Getting a brewery's beer to a retailer (bar, restaurant, beer store, liquor store, etc) sometimes requires the power of an entire nation. The guys discuss self distribution and what that is like for those that can …

061 - Does Craft Even Matter?

February 3rd, 2022

1:12:13
What happens when a non legal term with no real definition focus on quality just doesn't mean much anymore? The guys discuss the term craft and if it really means much and if it appeals to the public.

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060 - Beer Burnout

January 20th, 2022

1:16:14

When working in beer or being around it for so long burnout is bound to happen. The guys discuss when they don't want to drink beer or even be around …

059 - Beer Ratings Sites

January 6th, 2022

1:05:23

Beer ratings sites like Untappd and Beer Advocate have made the average drinker feel like a Zagat critic. Do these sites have more influence over the …

058 - Christmas Holiday Hop Pun

December 23rd, 2021

1:03:23

With Christmas just days away Mike and Kevin talk winter seasonals, their favorite Christmas beers and other general nonsense as Joel is out on …

057 - Bell's of the Ball

December 2nd, 2021

1:09:38

When Bell's Brewery announced their sale to Lion, the parent company of New Belgium, people had a lot of feelings. Our hosts are no different but with more positivity. Here what the guys have to say.

Plus Ball …

056 - So I (Seasonal) Creep

November 18th, 2021

1:03:02

Every July the same conversation begins amongst beer lovers and beer makers. It's a conversation with extreme prejudice on each side of the argument. …

055 - To Due South

October 21st, 2021

1:12:15

When news dropped that Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach was closing it hit each of the co-hosts. Every one of them have worked at Due South at some point with majority of them having it be their introduction to …

054 - Brewery Horror Stories

October 7th, 2021

1:18:23

Breweries are commonly looked at, to the outside, as fun places to work but many seem to forget that it is a job that is often time dangerous and things can go wrong fast. Mike and Joel talk about when mistakes go too …

053 - Bye Brown

September 23rd, 2021

1:13:19

Brown Distributing was, at one time, a force in the Florida beer market. It covered the entire state for with a huge craft portfolio while also being …

052 - What Would Kevin Change?

September 9th, 2021

1:16:00

On a previous episode Mike and Joel discussed how they would open up a brewery. Kevin has opened a brewery so the guys decide to ask him if there are …

051 - What Happens Post Pandemic?

August 26th, 2021

1:11:22

The guys talk about what they think a post pandemic world in the beverage industry looks like. Is that even a thing?

This episode is sponsored by the 

050 - Shooting the Shit with Phil Clark

August 12th, 2021

1:11:13

Phil Clark, from the Brit and Yankee Craft Beer Pubcast, joins the show to talk about Chicago suburbs beer, drinking out of the can and his dislike …

049 - Not the Title We Mention

July 29th, 2021

1:11:33

The guys discuss the media's jumping to conclusions on the end of seltzer and Kevin talks about his first beer fest in COVID world.

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048 - Something New

July 8th, 2021

1:02:40

Mike and Joel welcome Kevin Abbott to the show as the new permanent co-host. Kevin discusses his career in beer, his dislike of the previous co-host …

047 - What's Going On?

June 24th, 2021

1:00:13

Mike and Joel bring you up to date on what is going on with the show including Joel's health and a new co-host making their debut on the next show.

046 - Shootin the Shit with Alexandria Gray

June 10th, 2021

1:38:55

Alexandria Gray from Bay Cannon Beer joins the guys to shoot the shit about...really...just a whole lot of stuff. It's a great conversation and you'd …

045 - A Chat with Tim Johnson

May 27th, 2021

1:49:13

Tim Johnson from the Bitter Units Podcast is here to talk about just about anything. He talks how he got into beer, what grinds his gears and a crazy …

044 - How We'd Build a Brewery

May 13th, 2021

1:36:07

The guys discuss, in a realistic way, how they would build a brewery. Where? What size system? What sort of beers? What kind of aesthetic? Get a …

043 - Rapid Fire

April 29th, 2021

1:14:13

The guys take what was supposed to be a "quick episode" and dive into Good Beer Hunting's recent story about Constellation and it's craft brands.

Then Mike challenges Joel to a rapid fire on some of the most common …

042 - Back at It

April 8th, 2021

1:25:36

The guys are back after taking a break for the month of March. They discuss the recently released Top 50 Craft Brewers by Volume list. Mike and Joel …

041 - More Classics

March 4th, 2021

1:17:23

Mike and Joel take a look at a couple more classic brands that were important in their early days of craft beer, Bell's Two Hearted and North Coast's …

040 - The Brewmaster Has No Clothes

February 4th, 2021

1:30:51

The guys dive into the whole Boulevard situation and how the craft beer industry really isn't what it makes itself out to be.

This episode is …

039 - A Chat With Anyaa Carter

January 21st, 2021

1:33:48

Mike and Joel sit down and have a conversation with their friend Anyaa Carter. She is a beer fan and brewer who is open and honest about the beer community. It is a fun conversation to say the least.

This episode is …

038 - New Year's Resolutions

January 7th, 2021

1:33:13

It's a new year and the guys offer up their closest thing to resolutions that they feel they can muster. It's positive, really!

This episode is …

037 - Merry Merry

December 23rd, 2020

1:05:49

With the holidays upon us Mike and Joel discuss what they enjoy drinking on Christmas and New Years. Plus the winter beer seasonal window seems to be …

036 - A Chat with Phil Palmisano

December 3rd, 2020

1:15:23

The guys sit down and grill their own, Phil, to find out more about where he comes from and what drives him working in this industry. It's a fun and …

Being Thankful

November 25th, 2020

45:42

Mike and Joel take a little time to talk about what they are thankful for in 2020 as we enter the holiday season. Spoiler alert: They are thankful …

035 - A Chat with Jason Thompson

November 19th, 2020

1:30:21

The guys talk with Jason Thompson, head brewer of Calusa Brewing, to discuss things like how a SoCal guy opens a brewery in Florida, classic beer …

034 - A Chat with Matt Gilliland

November 5th, 2020

1:06:05

Mike and Joel welcome friend of the show Matt Gilliland (aka Matty Smooth) from New Belgium Brewing to the show. Matt has been at New Belgium for nearly 23 years and has seen a lot of the growth that the company has …

033 - A Chat with Charlie Meers

October 22nd, 2020

1:24:41

Charlie Meers of, Tampa's newest brewery, Magnanimous Brewing joins the show to talk about what it's like opening up a brewery during a global …

032 - Revisiting Our Entry Beers

October 8th, 2020

1:07:42

On this episode the guys each select one of the beers that got them into craft beer and revisit them. Do they hold up to their evolved tastes? What …

031 - A Chat with Jeremy Danner

September 24th, 2020

1:14:35

The guys have a conversation with Jeremy Danner of 4 Hands Brewing Company to talk about his over 15 years in the brewing industry, Twitter, baseball …

030 - A Chat with Peter Anderson

September 10th, 2020

1:07:29

The guys sit down for a chat with Peter Anderson, Lead Brewer from Metropolitan Brewing, to talk about his background, making all lagers in a very …

029 - A Chat with Joel Kodner

August 27th, 2020

1:07:44

Mike sits down and has a chat with Joel about life, Chicago, beer and movies.

This episode is sponsored by the American Homebrewers Association.

028 - Good Times

August 13th, 2020

1:09:13

The guys take a stroll down memory lane with some of their fondest memories in the beer world.

This episode is sponsored by the American Homebrewers …

027 - Dem Wolves Anniversary

July 30th, 2020

1:31:41

This is a completely loaded episode.

Firstly it is the show's 1st Anniversary since restarting the podcast. The recording takes place during Mike's "bachelor party." And we are joined by our good friend Kevin Abbott, …

026 - #VisitFlorida

July 16th, 2020

54:00

The guys discuss the winding road that is Florida breweries and their taprooms in the COVID-19 era. Executive orders have been passed but not very well understood leading to confusion from the breweries and state …

025 - A Little Q&A

July 2nd, 2020

1:08:21

On this episode the guys field some Q&A from themselves.

This episode is sponsored by the American Homebrewers Association.

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024 - Retail Revisited

June 18th, 2020

55:54

The guys discuss how the retail space is looking for beer in this COVID-19 era and what to expect in the not too distant future.

This episode of the …

023 - A Chat with Sean Nordquist

June 4th, 2020

41:39

Sean Nordquist, the Executive Director of the Florida Brewers Guild, joins the show to talk about the current state of breweries in Florida.

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022 - Acidicness

May 21st, 2020

57:30

The guys discuss low carb beers, the perfect summer cocktail and if "acidicness" is a word.

This episode of the show is sponsored by the Drizly.

021 - Let's Catch Up

May 7th, 2020

57:24

After a couple weeks off the guys are back to catch up on the their happenings as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the beer industry continues to …

020 - Mistakes Were Made

April 16th, 2020

58:20

The guys discuss some "bumps in the road" in their early parts of their beer careers along with checking in with each other during this ongoing global pandemic.

This episode of the show is sponsored by the Drizly.

m013 - I'm Doing it Now!

April 9th, 2020

25:59

This is going to be the last mini episode for a little bit so the guys explain the change and what to expect in it's place.

This mini episode of the …

019 - Good Vibes

April 2nd, 2020

1:05:37

During these scary times of uncertainty the guys decide to spotlight some good being done in the industry. Let's help spread some good vibes.

This …

m012 - Not So Mini

March 26th, 2020

50:13

The guys discuss their continuing lives and how the industry is reacting in the constantly changing world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This mini …

018 - Hot Mics

March 19th, 2020

1:03:36

In a very different episode the guys' mics are hot and anything is on the table. They discuss the current COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting …

m011 - Quality?

March 12th, 2020

27:03

The guys get some great questions in Q&A including one about quality. What's that right?

And Phil's new United We Playlist will have you saying WHOOP WHOOP!

This mini episode is sponsored by the American Homebrewers …

017 - Beer Competitions

March 5th, 2020

1:06:21

Winning a medal in an acclaimed beer competition can be a big deal for a brewery. The guys discuss beer competitions and what goes into them. How is a beer selected? Is it worth it for a brewery?

This episode is …

m010 - Beer Fests Rehash

February 27th, 2020

21:30

The guys rehash some talk on beer fests and Joel offers up his hair metal playlist on Spotify on this week's show.

This mini episode is sponsored by …

016 - Beer Fests

February 20th, 2020

58:45

Beer fests seem to be popping up all over the place to where you are hard pressed to not find one any given weekend. The guys discuss the ups and downs of the beer fest on this week's episode.

This episode is sponsored …

m009 - Now That's What I Call Mini

February 13th, 2020

13:52

The guys take on the tough question, what's the best beer and shot combo, and more on this episode.

This mini episode is sponsored by the Florida …

015 - Distribution

February 6th, 2020

56:03

Following up last episode's talk about own premise the guys discuss sending beer outside of the brewery and distribution.

This episode of the show is …

014 - Own Premise

January 23rd, 2020

58:32

Breweries have an interesting and unique way to get their beer to consumers with their taprooms, tasting rooms and brewpubs. They guys discuss the topic of own premise on this episode of the show.

This episode of the …

m008 - The Miniest Episode Yet

January 16th, 2020

17:06

Some brief Q&A, Phil has a new Spotify playlist and more on the smallest mini episode ever.

This mini episode is sponsored by the American …

013 - Industry Projections

January 9th, 2020

53:36

With 2020 underway the guys discuss what they see going on in the beverage industry this year. Last year was crazy, will this one be the same?

This …

m007 - New Year New Beer

January 2nd, 2020

25:28

Back with their first episode of the 2020 the guys rehash some talk about mental health, answer some Q&A and more!

This mini episode of the show …

012 - Mental Health

December 26th, 2019

1:00:31

The beer industry isn't all pints and bottle shares. It can take a toll on one's mental health. The guys discuss their own struggles with trying to …

m006 - Christmas Without Joel

December 19th, 2019

26:25

With Joel being out of town Mike and Phil tackle some holiday themed Q&A, rehash some bucket list talk and Mike gives you a new Spotify playlist.

011 - Bucket Lists

December 12th, 2019

54:06

The guys dive into their own personal beer bucket lists. What breweries do they want to visit? Who do they want to collaborate with?

This episode of …

m005 - Phil Upsets Everyone

December 5th, 2019

20:20

Phil is back in the studio and he is here to piss some specific people off. The guys answer some Q&A. Phil also has a new Spotify playlist.

This mini episode is sponsored by the American Homebrewers Association.

010 - What to Expect Getting Into the Industry

November 27th, 2019

1:00:11

You may be thinking about getting into the beer industry and the guys have some advice that may be beneficial to know about the process.

Plus the New Belgium acquisition is fresh on everyone's mind. Mike and Joel …

m004 - How to Handle Bad Beer

November 21st, 2019

32:31

The guys open up Q&A with some more listener submitted questions including about handling beer that doesn't turn out the way it was intended and bottle/mug clubs.

Plus Joel offers up his second Spotify playlist.

009 - Responsible Consumption

November 14th, 2019

57:31

The guys discuss keeping alcohol consumption responsible when working in the beer industry.

This episode of the show is sponsored by the FRW Studios.

m003 - Who Won the World Series?

November 7th, 2019

17:52

We rehash a little bit about the last week's safety episode, answer some Q&A (including a very poorly timed question) and Mike offers up his first Spotify playlist on this mini episode.

This mini episode of the show …

008 - Brewery Safety

October 31st, 2019

56:23

It may not be the most popular or sexiest topic in beer but the guys must talk about safety in a brewery.

This episode of the show is sponsored by …

m002 - Even More Mini

October 24th, 2019

24:03

Back with another mini episode the guys tackle some more listener submitted questions in Q&A and Phil offers up his first offering in our Spotify playlists.

This mini episode of the show is sponsored by the Drizly.

007 - Design & IP Theft

October 17th, 2019

58:53

The guys discuss the rampant use of outside intellectual property in the craft beer industry and design in general.

This episode of the show is …

m001 - The Mini

October 10th, 2019

39:36

On the inaugural mini episode the guys do a little rehashing of last episodes main topic about beer & health. Plus some brand new questions get answered in Q&A. Also be on the look out for some new surprises.

006 - Beer & Health

October 3rd, 2019

51:28

Whether you work in beer or enjoy it socially or as a hobby trying to balance beer and one's personal health can be tricky. The guys discuss their own struggles, successes and recommendations on living a healthy life …

005 - Beer & Food Pairings

September 19th, 2019

1:02:38

Pairing beer and food together can sound scary or complicated. On this episode the guys dig into how you can create awesome pairings for your next dinner with friends, family or just yourself.

This episode of the show …

004 - Industry Certifications & Education

September 5th, 2019

1:09:42

Sometimes you only need a checkbook to start a brewery. But to be a good brewer there is education that can be done. The guys look into industry certifications and further education that can be done to constantly be …

003 - Crowded Shelves

August 22nd, 2019

1:17:58

With more and more breweries coming online this will certainly lead to shelf space becoming a premium. The guys take a look at overcrowded shelves and what consumers can look for.

Plus Phil really loves hard seltzer and …

002 - Work & Life Balance

August 8th, 2019

1:08:28

When working in the beer industry it can be hard to balance aspects of your life when it comes to work and home. The guys dive into this often overlooked issue including their own life stories and advice to keep …

001 - (Re)United We Drink

July 25th, 2019

1:02:39

Welcome back to the restart, the reboot, the reanimation, the re-uniting of United We Drink.

Mike, Phil and Joel bring you up to speed about their careers and lives since the show's original run along with what to …

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