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Ray Daniels, lifelong beer educator and founder of the Cicerone Certification Program, joins the podcast to tell us all about the early days of the Cicerone Certification Program, what the levels mean, and what it takes to become a Master Cicerone (aka somebody that really knows their beer).

The Cicerone Certification Program certifies and educates beer professionals in order to elevate the beer experience for consumers.  To learn more, visit

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Publish Date: 1/29/2019

Governor Hickenlooper joins the show to talk about Wynkoop Brewing, the economic impact of beer, New Belgium, and a potential 2020 presidential campaign.

This episode is sponsored by Stith Family Farms:

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Publish Date: 12/24/2018

Joel Shelton joins the show to share stories about the early days of Shelton Brothers Inc., Cantillon, and the future of American beer. View the Shelton Brothers Inc. distribution portfolio: This episode is sponsored by Stith Family Farms: Connect with Michael: Twitter: @michaeldmoeller Instagram: @michaeldmoeller Facebook: @buildingbreweries

Publish Date: 12/18/2018

Steve Oliver of OPA Design Studio (Austin, TX) joins Michael to discuss all about brewery design, planning, building, and red tape headaches. E-mail Michael:

Publish Date: 12/5/2018

Ever wonder what goes into a beer festival? Derek Selznick of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers breaks it down for us when discussing the plans behind Kentucky Craft Bash 2018. Interested in other great independent beer podcasts? Check out the Hopped Up Network: Facebook: Building Breweries Twitter: MoellerMD IG: BuildingBreweries

Publish Date: 4/23/2018

A former PhD left a tenure-track professor job in academia and opened a brewery in rural Abindgon, VA. Wolf Hills Brewing's Chris Burcher shares his thoughts on business and brewing in Appalachia. If you have questions about opening a brewery, feel free to reach out to Chris Burcher at Interested in other great independent beer podcasts? Check out the Hopped Up Network:

Publish Date: 3/26/2018

President Obama likes to enjoy the occasional beer. But did you know he bought a homebrew kit? White House Chef Sam Kass joins the Podcast to share the story.

Publish Date: 1/22/2018

What's a Music Brewery? Nathaniel Gravely and Cory Buenning explain it and how their Louisville, KY brewery might be one of the first. Gravely Brewing. Co. opened in August 2017 and has plans to collaborate with bands from across the nation to make some beers that pair well with live shows.

Publish Date: 12/18/2017

fac·to·tum: noun: an employee who does all kinds of work. This Denver brewery was built by homebrewers for homebrewers and might even allow you to craft the beer recipes of your dreams.

Publish Date: 12/11/2017

Live in Boulder, Colorado. Michael visits Dan Strevey at Avery Brewing.

Publish Date: 12/4/2017

Evan Rouse ordered a homebrew kit immediately after visiting Upland Brewing Company. Since then, he has founded his own brewery in Northern Kentucky. At Braxton Brewing Company, you'll find hot coffee and cold beer.

Publish Date: 11/27/2017

Michael visits Lexington's Rock House Brewing to discuss the brewery's beginnings, craft beer fandom mentality, and SB 1 1 regulatory events.

Publish Date: 10/20/2017

Michael goes to Cincinnati, OH to speak with Listermann and Madtree Brewing.

Publish Date: 6/15/2017

Talking about Automation in Beverage with Ryan Stockinger of Craft Automation. After, Mikenzie Hardman guest hosts and interviews Will Hamill of Uinta Brewing in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Publish Date: 4/26/2017

Talking about medieval-themed Floyd County Brewing Co. (New Albany, IN) and historic Falls City (Louisville, KY) Instagram & Facebook: @BuildingBreweries Twitter: @MoellerMD

Publish Date: 3/27/2017

Michael drives down to Lexington, KY and speaks with Country Boy and West Sixth.

Publish Date: 2/21/2017

Michael's hanging out in Dallas, TX with OHB and Peticolas.

Publish Date: 2/4/2017

Michael visits Asheville, NC for the first time and speaks with Wicked Weed and Asheville Brewing Company about tourism and the growing beverage scene. Later, Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon) discusses the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act and how it affects breweries nationwide.

Publish Date: 12/26/2016

Michael visits Sam Cruz at Against The Grain to discuss international sales, can art, and baseball fans. After, David Avram and Conor McFerran of Great Central Brewing phone in to discuss contract brewing in Chicago.

Publish Date: 12/8/2016

Local to Louisville, Michael meets up with The Kentucky Guild of Brewers' Executive Director and then gets a sneak peek at Louisville's newest brewery Mile Wide Beer Co.

Publish Date: 11/18/2016

Michael visits Hopkinsville, Kentucky's first brewery. Later, beverage industry veteran and founder of Brooklyn Brewery, Steve Hindy, phones in.

Publish Date: 10/24/2016

Building Breweries is on location in Bloomington, Indiana - where Michael is touring and tasting beers at Upland Brewing Co. talking about sour ales and Parks & Recreation with Upland's President, Doug Dayhoff.

Publish Date: 10/12/2016

After a hiatus, Building Breweries is back with some updates. This episode features Purna Veer's new hop farm, Veering Creek Farm, located in Oldham County, KY and Louisville's newest brewery - Holsopple Brewing (coming soon!) Twitter: @MoellerMD Facebook: BuildingBreweries

Publish Date: 10/3/2016

So, Great Flood Brewing Co. (Louisville, KY) is expanding. By kind of a lot. Listen as owners Matt Fuller and Vince Cain discuss their experience gained from opening up small taproom in their early twenties to a opening a canning facility in only 2.5 years. This new brewery is coming soon and you will like it. Not heard: Zach Barnes (he was hard at work cleaning the old taproom)

Publish Date: 8/8/2016

New to the Louisville scene, HopCat is opening their 9th location in the Highlands neighborhood. If you're unfamiliar with HopCat's incredible beer selection (132 lines in Louisville), listen in as Mark Sellers (Founder) explains to Michael his love for craft beer, Louisville, and Muhammad Ali.

Publish Date: 7/29/2016

Michael speaks with a brand new brewery in Old Louisville about opening woes while playing a version of Match Game and then is joined by author Sarah Vabulas (The Catholic Drinkie) to discuss beer, Catholicism, and Home Brewed Evangelism.

Publish Date: 7/13/2016

We made it to Episode 20! To celebrate, Michael speaks with "new" guests - New Oberpfalz (Griffith, IN) and New Belgium (Fort Collins, CO). Questions or Comments? @MoellerMD

Publish Date: 6/23/2016

In Ep. 19, Michael is first joined by BIllie Clifton. Originally an herb farmer, Clifton began growing hops with the intent to eventually open a brewery in the Shenandoah Rivery Valley in Virginia. After, Nick Floyd discusses the history of Three Floyds, Dark Lord Day, and gives his picks for the most underrated Indiana breweries.

Publish Date: 6/9/2016

Jaime Schier joins Michael to talk about Harpoon (Boston, MA) and its origins beginning on a Navy Dry Dock. We talk about the founders, label changes, distribution problems, and Michael's own experience with Harpoon's Customer Service.

Publish Date: 6/3/2016

In this packed episode of The Building Breweries Podcast, Michael is recording live from Monnik Brewing Co. and is joined by co-founder Brian Holton and then later Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville: -We talk about Brian's original Beer Engine -Red tape in opening a new brewery -Schnitzelburg history -Dainty World Championship held in July -Mayor Fischer's take on the Louisville Beverage Scene -Economies/Communities -Historic Bock Fest -Drinking preferences and the Mayor's childhood

Publish Date: 5/27/2016

Candace Moon, Esq., founder of "The Craft Beer Attorney" law firm (San Diego, CA) is responsible for the building of breweries in her own way. She joins Michael to talk about her firm, the legal issues of the industry, trademark law, unique cases, and her book "Brew Law 101."

Publish Date: 5/24/2016

Leah Dienes, co-founder of Apocalypse Brew Works (Louisville, KY) and Certified Beer Judge, speaks with Michael about beer, zombies, homebrew competitions, and the history of the Kentucky Common.

Publish Date: 5/19/2016

Phil Dearner of Goodwood Brewing Co. (Louisville, KY) joins Michael to talk about his beer that is touched by wood and brewed with limestone water. He has some insight about how millennials affect the craft beer scene, job creation within the beverage industry, and explains why The Kentucky Guild of Brewers is now the gold standard of brewer associations.

Publish Date: 5/17/2016

Andy Wiggins of Dry Ground Brewing (Paducah, KY) tells Michael how Dry Ground found wild success so quickly. We talk Coca-Cola, Wet/Dry counties, and Star Wars.

Publish Date: 5/12/2016

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert is home to Benedictine monks and beer. Michael speaks with Berkeley Merchant of Abbey Brewing (Abiquiú, New Mexico) about the life of a Monastic Brewer and how beer developed as far back as the 6th Century throughout Europe under the supervision of Monks.

Publish Date: 5/10/2016

This is Part I of a series of episodes that will occur throughout the month of May describing the history and current beer culture of Louisville, KY (Michael's home). While no specific brewery or beer is necessarily talked about, in this episode Michael describes The Bloody Monday Riots of 1855 and how they relate to that time period's beer culture.

Publish Date: 5/5/2016

Nick Garrison, Founder of Foolproof, talks experience-based brewing, name changes, and hot weiners.

Publish Date: 5/3/2016

Dave Colt and Clay Robinson, co-founders, talk beer names, their work with 3 Floyds, wacky Indiana laws, cold v. warm beer, and Matthew McConaughey.

Publish Date: 4/28/2016

Michael speaks with Nick Davidson, founder and president of this Evansville brewery. Tin Man, as it turns out, is not a Wizard of Oz themed brewery. We talk Indiana beer, Star Trek, and...Brain Sandwiches.

Publish Date: 4/26/2016

Dave Engbers, Co-Founder of Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI), joins Michael to discuss bankruptcy and bolt cutters, Kentucky Breakfast Stout and price gouging, and the Brewers Association. For Prince.

Publish Date: 4/22/2016

Michael speaks with Garrett Marerro about his past as a financial advisor, the origins of Maui Brewing Company, his work done in the state legislature, and the rise of the craft beer industry on the Islands of Hawaii.

Publish Date: 4/20/2016

A microbrewery in the middle of nowhere, Phil Young describes to Michael how Hill Farmstead Brewery (Greensboro, VT) has managed to become known as a mecca for the beer nerd community in only six years after receiving's World's Best Beer Award.

Publish Date: 4/18/2016

Michael spoke with Lindsey Roeper, Dream Facilitator of Rivertown Brewery (Cincinnati, OH), about Sours, wholesaling, liquor laws, and much more. Michael is still somewhat awkward in these episodes but he feels like the audio has gotten better. If you agree or disagree, be sure to subscribe to The Building Breweries Podcast on iTunes and rate/review!

Publish Date: 4/12/2016

Dan Carey, co-founder and Brewmaster of New Glarus Brewing Co. (Wisconsin) shares with us the history and culture of New Glarus, in addition to his opinions on some of the current business models of the beverage industry.

Publish Date: 4/2/2016

In Episode 2 of Building Breweries, Michael speaks with Bryant Goulding, Founder and VP of Rhinegeist (Cincinnati), about "The Ghost of the Rhine." Better audio, but we are still working on this podcasting thing so we appreciate your patience!

Publish Date: 3/31/2016