Better on Draft 234 - Grand Armory Brewing

With the internet back up, we bring in Buck and Cody from Grand Armory to talk about five years brewing in the state of Michigan, the hard times of a tourist town during COVID, and the future plans of distribution of beer!  Cody helps Ken learn the difference between a "Juicy IPA" and a "New England IPA", and Cody/Buck give their opinions of how they judge their fellow breweries.

Segment 2 we discuss news from retirement homes brewing beer to the Surly incident, and discuss in a world where unions are needed in hospitality, is this a clear cut case of retaliation or did COVID kill the Surly Beer Hall.

Segment 3 (for video watchers we forgot to put video back on, sorry), we played Over/Under and Dan's domination of random trivia numbers continues.  

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Publish Date: 9/5/2020


With the internet back up, we bring in Buck and Cody from Grand Armory to talk about five years brewing in the state of Michigan, the hard times of a tourist town during COVID, and the future plans of distribution of beer!  Cody helps Ken learn the difference between a "Juicy IPA" and a "New England IPA", and Cody/Buck give their opinions of how they judge their fellow breweries.

Segment 2 we discuss news from retirement homes brewing beer to the Surly incident, and discuss in a world where unions are needed in hospitality, is this a clear cut case of retaliation or did COVID kill the Surly Beer Hall.

Segment 3 (for video watchers we forgot to put video back on, sorry), we played Over/Under and Dan's domination of random trivia numbers continues.  

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Publish Date: 9/5/2020




Recent Episodes
As we’ve reached 240 episodes, we decided to spruce things up a bit, change up the format, and change out how we bring you content. We will launch interviews on Sunday and the news on Tuesdays. Both will still be recorded We are live Fridays at 7pm EST on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/betterondraft. You can also watch us live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/betterondraft, on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/bodpodcast, or on our website www.betterondraft.tv.

SHOW INFO: – The four hosts discuss the intracacies of how judging works, what the medals mean to beer fans, and if Michigan has fallen behind on the times. We also talk about the intracacies of giving away free beer in the USA.

We hope you enjoy this new 2x Week episodes breaking down the Friday night show.

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Publish Date: 10/27/2020


As we've reached 240 episodes, we decided to spruce things up a bit, change up the format, and change out how we bring you content.  While this episode is delayed (Sundays will be the new release date), on Tuesdays we will release the news segment.  Both will still be recorded We are live Fridays at 7pm EST on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/betterondraft. You can also watch us live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/betterondraft, on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/bodpodcast, or on our website www.betterondraft.tv.

SHOW INFO: - We welcome Jeffrey Stuffings from Austin Texas to talk about his decade plus running of Jester King, his aspirations of being a professional basketball player, and his love for Ron Jeffries up at Jolly Pumpkin.  He talks about his travels, the difference between some very close beer styles, and even touches on the situation that occurred when Wicked Weed was purchased by ABI. 

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Publish Date: 10/26/2020


Segment one we come back to a Michigan Brewery who is starting their expansion into Florida, so we bring in Co-founder, Director of Sales & Marketing at Pigeon Hill Brewing Company Michael Brower to chat with us about the brewery including the grand opening of their new auxillary taproom which was opening as we were recording live.  Michael talks about getting into a lawsuit with LMFAO, living in Chicago, and the culture of west Michigan beer.

Segment two we bring in the news including the insurance payment declines of breweries and distributors in Florida with the lack of beer sales at vacation spots like Disney. 

We end the show with our first take on 'King of the Hill', a quick game to end the show that involves Ken questioning the group of hosts to declare the 'winner' of the week!  Who won? You gotta listen to find out

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Publish Date: 10/18/2020


The Michigan Hop Alliance is a large acreage farm up in Leelanau County which is one of the largest independent hop suppliers in the midwest.  Some of the top breweries in the country look to Michigan Hops for the way they're grown, so Mike comes on the show to talk about how reseliant the plant is, what people look for in hops when they're brewing, and what hops can tell us about the beer we're drinking before we even take our first sip.

Mike stays on for segment two as we talk about shower beers and the news of the week.  

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Publish Date: 10/11/2020


NOTE- Beginning of the show during the introductions Ken's mic was static-y.  It was fixed about 7 minutes in and was fine the rest of the show.  We apologize that we weren't able to fix it earlier. 

Segment 1 and 2 brought on a little bit of news as we all discussed the changes over the last five years, what COVID has done to alter the community for the rest of our lives, and what we expect to see in the coming year(s).  

Segment 2 Matt Bush surprises us with a 'birthday gift'

Segment 3 brings an over/under game with a lot of participants!

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Publish Date: 10/3/2020


We start the interview with Jim Schleckser, author of Professional Drinking, a book about how to drink in a professional setting.  We talk to him about wine tastings, how to approach networking events, and we begin to break down what the future holds during COVID networking sessions.

Segment 2 we talk about the news and keep Editor in Chief Edwin Norton who joined us for the interview talking about what the next fad will be in beer.

Segment 3 brings an over/under mix game with our cameo game!

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Publish Date: 9/28/2020


We start the interview with Jim Schleckser, author of Professional Drinking, a book about how to drink in a professional setting.  We talk to him about wine tastings, how to approach networking events, and we begin to break down what the future holds during COVID networking sessions.

Segment 2 we talk about the news and keep Editor in Chief Edwin Norton who joined us for the interview talking about what the next fad will be in beer.

Segment 3 brings an over/under mix game with our cameo game!

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Publish Date: 9/28/2020


Every once in a while you sit down with someone in the industry and you just let them talk.  Dan Carey of New Glarus is that person.  When he speaks, you listen.  Dan joined us this week to talk about his humble beginnings, and how he's made New Glarus and Spotted Cow the Brewery/Beer of Wisconsin.  He talks about distribution, his choice to concentrate on such a small footprint, and what he learned traveling the world and brewing in another country.  We also learn the furthest his beer has traveled even though you can only get it in Wisconsin right now.  

Segment 2 we talk about the news including Brew Dogs +50% ABV beer, Kristen Bell's kids drinking O'Douls while at 'Zoom School' and we touch a bit more on the age restraints we have in the country vs Europe in drinking.  

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Publish Date: 9/19/2020


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