We may have managed to cram in the most gambling puns into this episode, but Loaded Dice is a gamble that Jef Smith is willing to take. Setting up in Troy, MI this will be the first (not national chain) brewery the city has seen, and the city is more than excited for it to open up. Jef talks about home brewing, working in the tech industry, and maxing out information to his guests with the Open Source concept. Not only will you get to know the ingredients, but you'll know how the process went from start to finish as Jef has plans to not hide any of his work behind closed doors.
We talk a bit of news to end the show and talk about the things we learned during our dry (or damp) January. Pop that 40 and hop into this journey of the upcoming 2020 brewery, Loaded Dice.
DRANK ON SHOW Loaded Dice The Grand Old Man Loaded Dice Rye Barrel Aged Slots of Cherries Loaded Dice Pay Dat Man His Money Loaded Dice Hef's Smoking Jacket Drekker Brewing Slang Du Jour Cherry Pie White Elm Brewing Fluffaluffagus Stone Brewing 2017 w00tStout Griffin Claw 2017 Flying Buffalo Ferndale Project Hatch Toppling Goliath Brewing Twisted Galaxy Arcadia Brewing Mango Suprise IPA Old Nation Brewing ME-MI Big Lake Brewing Fudgie Krueger Crooked Pecker Accidental Anderson White Claw Black Cherry
Publish Date: 2/8/2020
We go over the life and death of Black Lotus and the last five years with him as the head brewer, what changed, and why the sudden closing. We learn where the hardware from Black Lotus went (hint, previous guest on Better on Draft), and Nick updates us on his other fermentation work he's been doing as he looks for a new home to brew.
We try his gin he made with Detroit City Distillery and we discuss a bit of news including the hype that is Pliny the Younger in bottles and we do a short dive into the black market of bottle reselling and what brewers feel about it. Want to learn more about that conversation and what we referenced, check episode 149 with Drafting Table to see what they thought of their beer going for over $200 on the black market.
Nick is one of our favorite guests to have on the show because he's very opinionated but cares about the industry that he loves and wants to get back to that, so if you're looking for a brewer that can brew you award winning beers, slide into his DMs on Instagram @NickTheBrewer
DRANK ON SHOW Pabst Blue Ribbon Black Lotus Ninja Pirate Drafting Table Mom Said No Cinnamon Roll Arbor Brewing Co Crystal Peacock Old Nation B-43 Rochester Mills Olde St Mick's Detroit City Distillery Lonely Warrior
Publish Date: 2/15/2020
The final part of our Dry January series, we bring in Eric, former owner of Ellison Brewery to talk about his adventure post brewing, Reputation Beverage, based out of Lansing/DeWitt, Eric has cultivated some of the best tasting NA drinks out there including Citra Hopped Kombucha, Rocky Road Nitro Coffee, and Sparkling Tea. Many of his products are keto and paleo friendly with many of them coming in at 0 calories (with a whopping 200+mg of coffee). After he leaves we go over the news, take some super bowl prop bets, and Ken gets on his soap box to talk about what he wants to see in 2020.
Part 2 of our 3 Part Dry January series brings us guests from all over the industry spectrum. We welcome Shannon Long of Brew Export to talk about the NA Trend in the USA and how Europe is already light years ahead of us. Jack of Zetouna Liquor discusses what is moving and what is not over at Zetouna Liquor. And Nick Britsky of Nick Drinks discusses how bars and the industry is moving to almost make it a necessity to have NA 'mocktails' and options for those who choose not to or are unable to drink, but still want to participate in the festivities. We discuss purchasing booze on an ABV/$$ format as well as discuss caloric intake and if these 'lo cal beers' are really healthy. That and more in this two hour extravaganza!
Drinks had on Show: Lagunitas Brewing Hop Water BrewDog Punk AF BrewDog Stout AF Two Roots Brewing New West IPA Two Roots Brewing Dango Mango Labatt Brewing Labatt Blue Non Alcoholic SuperNatural Brewing and Spirits Bong Water NA Paulaner Brauerei Weizen Radler NA Partake Brewing IPA WellBeing Brewing Intrepid Traveler Coffee Cream Stout NA WellBeing Brewing Victory Wheat NA Athletic Brewing Run Wild IPA Radeberger Gruppe Clausthaler Grapefruit Radeberger Gruppe Noel
We came back into the studio with a goal, and that goal was not to drink, and after episode one of the year, we have kept that promise! That doesn't mean we didn't dive into spirits, cocktails, and other near beers, so why not join us as did Jason, owner of Casamara Club, to talk about soda, cocktails, and alternatives to booze including zero proof Gin and Whiskey!
We end the year with our two main sponsors, Jack of Zetouna Liquor and Kevin of North Center Brewing. Ed joins us for another episode and we talk about lowering the drinking age, some of the bigger news that hit this year, and recap with what 2020 may bring us! All that and more! You can join us every Friday night at www.facebook.com/betterondraft at 7pm EST! We will be back January 3rd with our first Dry January special!
DRANK ON SHOW Bells Brewery Chocolate Vanilla Cherry Stout New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk Reserve: Maple Oak New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk Reserve: Raspberry Hibiscus Allagash Brewing White North Center Brewing Pain Killer North Center Brewing Dripping With Dot North Center Brewing Kolsch North Center Brewing Demon's Blood North Center Brewing Stormchaser Fogtown Brewing Night Nurse TUPPS Brewery DDH IPA Series 6 903 Brewers Sasquatch Ludington Bay Brewing D'booty Bourbon Rustic Leaf Brewing Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Barley Able To Stand Epic Brewing Co. Big Bad Baptista (2017) Brew Detroit Noel Night Wild Leap Brew Co Truck Chaser Strawberry Eclair Austin Brothers Beer Co Slamnesia (2019) Drekker Brewing Pizza Toots Crooked Pecker Brewing Bona Fide Travler Bearded Iris Brewing Tunnel Vision DDH Citra Recolte Meads Jule Rochester Mills Leroy Arcadia Brewing Salted Caramel Morning Nightcap Harpoon Brewery Octoberfest
Publish Date: 12/21/2019
Our writer Ed just can't seem to get enough of the spotlight as he joins us for this episode of Better on Draft. Ken brings the beer he would chase in studio as he found it while in Oakland California, and special guest Kristi comes in to ask us about some of our favorite hidden gems, and we go off the beaten path with some interesting topics and finally end the show asking how many breweries were there when Better on Draft Started until now (spoiler, both numbers are a lot). You can find all those breweries at http://mibeermap.com/
DRANK ON SHOW ROAK Brewing French Toast Devil Dog Allagash Brewing Company White 3 Floyds Brewing Barrel Aged Behemoth (2018) Old Nation Brewing Co Arch Enemy Chocolate Stout Epic Brewing Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist (2018) Bell's Brewery Double Two Hearted Harpoon Brewery IPA Harpoon Brewery Oktoberfest Dildo Brewing Co Stout Dildo Pigeon Hill Brewing Co Cinna-Gram on French Toast
Publish Date: 12/15/2019
As special guest hosts Ed and Wendy come on the show, Jack Zetouna of the (mentioned many times) Zetouna Liquor store in Rochester Hills comes on the show to share some bourbon, some Bourbon County, and his thoughts on the business of pour houses, chasing beers, and the industry as a whole. We discuss how far you'd go to chase a beer and we break down the time to beer ratio.
When Wendy invokes Toppling Goliath KBBS, Ken heads over to one of his favorite secondary market websites and plays a game of Price is Right with cost of some Toppling Goliath beers in the secondary market.
All this and more on episode 203 of Better on Draft
DRANK ON SHOW 1792 Full Proof Single Barrel (Made for Zetouna Liquor) Detroit City Distillery Butcher's Cut Bourbon Coppercraft Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Cafe de Olla Stout Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Mon Cheri Stout TUPPS Brewery Full Grown Man Wild Leap Brew ETA IPA Hubbard's Cave Fresh One Hop Simcoe Two Hop Citra IPA Ascension Brewing Company Cinnamon Hazelnut Vanilla Gorilla Juice Crooked Pecker Brewing Liquid White Austin Brothers Beer Co Triple Berry Sourbet John Crabbie & Co Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer Cranker's Brewery Keto IPA Odd Side Ales Deleterious
Publish Date: 12/7/2019
Located in Detroit, hosts Ken, Nick, Rob, Matt, and Jenna gather together every Friday night at 7pm EST live on www.Facebook.com/BetterOnDraft to interview local and major breweries, bars, stores, and everything that involves the beer world.