Recent Episodes

In ep 51, I had the privilege of talking to a giant in beer publishing. Stan Hieronymus has the rare ability to write for the casual and intensely informed reader. We focused primarily on the topic of using local ingredients in beer, as I recently read his 2016 book "Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer" (Brewers Publications). We veer off into how a recent love of the sweet in beer squares with tradition, and the commitment it takes to incorporate local ingredients like roots, mushrooms, honey, and spelt.

This episode is sponsored by Back East Brewing in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Background music courtesy of Pixabay.

Publish Date: 4/25/2021

Ep 50 (woo!) focuses on learning about beer from an unlikely place. As much as I enjoy scrolling through Instagram, it's primarily a fun factory of nonsense. However, Em Sauter (@pintsandpanels) and Proper_Josh (@proper_josh) make it a bit more educational. Em creates cartoons and Josh makes tasting videos and they both delve into beer from angles that are both informed yet fun. (You can see more of Em's work at

Join me for the Afterparty, where I discuss Brass Works Brewing's Mango Habanero Fowl'd Up IPA. 

This episode is sponsored by Back East Brewing. Music is from Pixabay.

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Publish Date: 4/2/2021

It was a delight speaking with Barb Baker for episode 49. Known as the Siren of Stout, this Michigan-based beer blogger works with Fermenta, an organization that raises money to help women achieve more in the fermented arts, including brewing. She's partnered up with others to create her own pastry stout and honey wine, and she's always promoting others and passing along information on her Instagram account (@sirenofstout). 

We talk about the poise and confidence it takes to be an African-American woman in beer and her experience as a model, car show host, and actress. She's insightful and inspiring.

This episode is brought to you by the good people at Back East Brewing in Bloomfield, Conn. The Afterparty beer is Abel Coconut Vanilla Porter from Brass Works Brewing in Waterbury, Conn. Background music is courtesy of Pixabay. Photo by Darrel Ellis for

Publish Date: 3/12/2021

In ep 48, I confront the complicated feelings that low and no alcohol beer bring out in my rapidly aging body. Like this episode, I am also 48, and I have a toddler. To make sense of my new love of low-ABV beer without giving up my tiny amount of cool cred, I turned to experts and trusted friends: Good Beer Hunting reporter Kate Bernot, Bottle Stop beer buyer Kevin Thomas, Athletic Brewing brewer John Walker, and all-around nice guy Art Hendrickson Jr. 

This is my first "narrative" episode and was a labor of love. It's not a straight interview, but a story told with many voices. I did the editing and even the music myself, with some help from Pixabay. 

Speaking of music, during the Afterparty, I spin the single "Strangers" by Coleus, so stick around for that. 

This episode is sponsored by Brass Works Brewing in Waterbury, Connecticut. 

Publish Date: 2/5/2021

In episode 47, I chat with author and recipe creator Jackie Dodd Mallory, known as The Beeroness. She makes baking and cooking with beer seem easy and fun and she teaches me some valuable basics on when and how to use beer as an ingredient, the importance of yeast, why brown ale is like a bass player, how to take better beer photographs, and more. 

Stay for the Afterparty, when I talk about the past and future of this nearly 1-year-old podcast.

This episode is sponsored by Back East Brewing of Bloomfield, Connecticut.

You can learn more about Jackie at her website:

Music: “Dreamy Day” by Caffeine Creek Band and “Summertime” by JuliusH (royalty-free from, and a snippet from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” performed by Ella Fitzgerald

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Publish Date: 12/27/2020

In ep 46, we meet Matt Westfall, founder of the award-winning Counter Weight Brewing Company of Hamden, Connecticut. We discuss how he branched out on his own after 9 years with iconic New England Brewing Company, what it’s like to weather COVID-19 restrictions, and how he’s planning to build a new brewery. 

During the Afterparty, I discuss the recent draconian Connecticut Consumer Protection mandate that forces breweries to essentially become brewpubs or face hefty fines. And we listen to the Afterparty track: “Songbird” by Jason Ingriselli and The Miles North Band

This episode is sponsored by Brass Works Brewing of Waterbury, Connecticut.

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Background music:

Intro: “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by the Apollo Symphony Orchestra

Outro: “Cali” Wataboi, from

Publish Date: 12/18/2020

In ep 45, we meet AJ Keirans, who hosts a podcast that features the artists behind the beer. The 16oz. Canvas Podcast delves into the artist's role in creating a label's look and impact. I take AJ into another virtual pub; this one is designed like a giant museum that features beer art only. We talk about the process of creating beauty that most likely will end up in a recycling heap and why that matters in the ecosystem that is craft beer.

This ep is sponsored by Back East Brewing of Bloomfield, Connecticut. 

Stay for the Afterparty Track after the interview, where I feature Shane Scarazzini and Eightfingers and their song, "West Virginia Girl."

Featured labels:

[Super Mantis IPA - Nod Hill Brewing - Artist: Brian Steely

[Resting My Greatness Stout - Short Throw Brewing - Artist: Ryan Adams

[Toxic Earth IPA - Abomination Brewing - Artist: Sam Heimer

[Remedy stout - Houstatonic Brewing - Artist: Magge Gagliardi


[Music: Pixabay: “U said it” by Wataboi and “Midnight” by JuliusH

[Effects: Zapsplat

Publish Date: 12/12/2020

In ep 44, we travel to South Africa -- Capetown, to be specific -- and meet travel and beer writer Lucy Corne. We discuss South African beer history and present, what life as a travel writer is like in the time of COVID, and how exactly to pronounce a traditional drink spelled “Umqombothi.” You can follow Lucy on Twitter: @LucyCorne.

This episode was sponsored by Brass Works Brewing, Waterbury, Conn.

Read Corne’s article from Good Beer Hunting:

Publish Date: 12/4/2020

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It Starts With Beer allows host Will Siss, a beer columnist since 2005, to interview and make commentary on the beer world. Conversations start with beer, and often end someplace else.



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