THE ALEHEADS PODCAST- EVAN RAIL, AUTHOR OF “WHY BEER MATTERS”

Today’s guest is Prague-based beer writer Evan Rail- we discuss his new essay “Why Beer Matters” available for Amazon Kindle, beer and homebrewing culture in the Czech Republic (including the unlikely rise of the Czech IPA), where to go as a beer geek with three days in Prague, and his pratfall in front of Anthony Bourdain during the filming of “No Reservations”.

THE ALEHEADS PODCAST- SCOTT METZGER, FREETAIL BREWING CO.

Scott Metzger is an interesting dude: founder of San Antonion’s Freetail Brewing Co in a state with decidedly unfriendly laws towards brewpubs, professor of economics, sender of hilarious cease-and-desist response letters, purveyor of seven-or-so (and counting) different IPA’s, presenter of TEDx talks, and prolific beer blogger, among other things. We discuss… well, beer. And other stuff. But mostly beer.

THE ALEHEADS PODCAST: SOUR BEER EXTRAVAGANZA W/ BRANDON JONES OF “EMBRACE THE FUNK”

Slouch sits down for a chat about sour and wild beers with Brandon Jones from the blog Embrace the Funk. The guys tackle a number of subjects from a homebrewer and commercial beer fan’s perspective, including: how to get started brewing beers with wild yeast, common fears and misconceptions regarding contamination, some exciting upcoming offerings that look to push sour beers further into the mainstream, and Brandon’s excellent interviews with legends Jean Van Roy and Vinnie Cilurzo and pioneering newcomers like Crooked Stave’s Chad Yakobson.

If you have already “embraced the funk” or just want to learn more about this exciting branch of the craft beer movement, check out this great conversation with a brewer and writer that is passionate and knowledgeable about these beers.

AN INTERVIEW WITH ROB CROXALL OF EL SEGUNDO BREWING COMPANY

If you read this blog on a regular basis, then chances are that you too have fantasized about ditching the rat race to start your own brewery, but most of us never get beyond the weekend home brewer stage and are forced to drown our “coulda, shoulda” sorrows in pints of the latest and greatest regional brew while checking email on our phones. One man who actually took the plunge and gave up a cushy corporate gig to pursue the dream of making the perfect beer is Rob Croxall, owner and head brewer of El Segundo Brewing Company, in El Segundo, CA.

ALEHEADS PODCAST- UNTAPPD BREWERY PAGES WITH LEAD DEVELOPER GREG AVOLA

Co-founder, CTO, and Lead Developer Greg Avola of the social beer sharing service Untappd stops by to discuss their newest feature- Brewery Pages, where drinkers will be able to follow breweries of their choosing and interact with them directly after checking into a brew. Over 300 breweries have already claimed their pages, including: Dogfish Head, Stone, Bell’s, Boston Beer Co. and many more. Greg explains the mechanics and benefits from both the consumer and brewery perspective, and talks about other changes and improvements they are working on for the popular service.

PODCAST- RYAN FROM “GUYS DRINKING BEER”

Ryan from the Chicago-based blog Guys Drinking Beer checks in to talk about the difficult circumstances Anheuser-Busch InBev now finds itself with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, when it was recently revealed their wholly-owned subsidiary WEDCO (owners of large ABI distributor City Beverage) has never been registered to do business in the state. We speculate on possible repercussions the upcoming decision could have on AB-InBev and the beer distribution landscape in Illinois, talk about the recent influx of exciting new breweries in the state, and get an update from a local on how Goose Island is perceived since they were acquired by ABI.

ALEHEADS PODCAST- THE CAN VAN

Slouch welcomes Jenn Coyle and Lindsey Herrema, founders of The Can Van to the show. What started as a business school project is turning into a mobile craft beer canning operation in Northern California that will go live this month. Join us as we talk about sustainability, the challenges of starting a small business, and of course canning delicious craft beer.

PODCAST INTERVIEW- MILKMAN BREWING

Slouch sits down with Jamie Rice, Justin Waters, and Kyle Branigan, the guys behind Milkman Brewing. Milkman made a name for themselves at last month’s Pittsburgh Brewfest, taking home top honors with a Peppercorn Rye that had everyone in the local beer community talking. They discuss the trials and tribulations of starting a boutique brewery on a shoestring budget, their philosophy about creating recipes that push the boundaries of beer, the upcoming first Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, and a lot more.

PODCAST- ERIK LARS MYERS, MYSTERY BREWING

Slouch sits down with Erik Lars Myers of Mystery Brewing Company to talk about the invasive tactics of some larger craft breweries, transitioning from homebrewer to pro, successfully funding a brewery on Kickstarter, equal representation at the Brewers Association for small breweries, his upcoming book North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries, and a heck of a lot more. Listen in and share a pint with us.