Better on Draft 245 - Blackgrass Ciderworks w/ Ian Radogost-Givens

PODCAST UPDATE: Thank you everyone for listening and joining us on this 5+ year journey.  Our show sure has changed since our very first day and this past year it's gone through many more.  This has allowed us to focus on out-of-state breweries, but we know where we started and how we got to the show.  Starting in 2021 on this feed we will start The Michigan Sessions, which will focus on Michigan breweries both big and small, the ones who got us to where we are today!

SHOW INFO: Recorded live at Griffin Claw Clubhouse in Rochester Hills Michigan, Ian who was back on episode 89 joins us to talk about what he has been up to since the closing of Cellarmen's, he gives advice to young cider makers who want to make cider at home, his moves of making a Baja Blast inspired seltzer, and more.  A wealth of knowledge witha short time, studying what Ian has done in his career will help any cider and mead maker become a better one!

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Publish Date: 11/16/2020




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Publish Date: 1/11/2021


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Publish Date: 1/9/2021


MICHIGAN SERIES: Having brought in guests from all over the country this past year, we wanted to still be true to our roots, so we have began the Michigan Series. A series of Michigan Brewery owners, employees, brewers, and sales reps, talking about what is happening here in the state and what is happening at their facilities. Join us on this continuing series throughout the rest of the month of December!

SHOW INFO: Happy New Year!  We recorded this episode during the flight before christmas party at North Center Brewing.  After Kevin packed up he called into the show to chat about North Center, the struggles of a small brewery during COVID, and if he could wave a magic wand, what could be changed to better his chances in 2021!  Kevin is always humble when we interview him, and he loves promoting beer.  Join us on this new years day special episode of the Better on Draft Michigan Series!

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Publish Date: 1/1/2021


MICHIGAN SERIES: Having brought in guests from all over the country this past year, we wanted to still be true to our roots, so we have began the Michigan Series. A series of Michigan Brewery owners, employees, brewers, and sales reps, talking about what is happening here in the state and what is happening at their facilities. Join us on this continuing series throughout the rest of the month of December!

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Publish Date: 12/26/2020


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Publish Date: 12/21/2020


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Publish Date: 12/19/2020


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Publish Date: 12/14/2020


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Publish Date: 12/12/2020


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