Since opening less than 2 years ago Cider Corps in Mesa has made a huge splash in the Arizona craft beverage scene. When they were originally on the podcast they had a concern of how their cider would be received by the public. Well, they now have a new concern: making enough cider to meet the demand. These guys create some of the best most unique beverages in the state and are making the right moves to ensure more people get to try them.
Myke Olsen is quickly making a name for himself in the Arizona food scene. Olsen was recently compared to Arizona's own world-renowned pizza guru Chris Bianco and some feel Myke makes the best pizza in Arizona. A humble man who is focused on making the best product that he can was a natural fit to pair up with the Duren brothers and their Cider Corps team.
In this episode, I hang out with Myke and the Duren brothers to talk about their individual paths to lead up to this remarkable partnership. Enjoy the show!
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Publish Date: 5/22/2019
In this episode I catch up with owner/brewer Allan Conger from 1912 Brewing Company in Tucson. They have been steadily winning folks over since they opened in 2015. Whether it's with a sour created to taste like a dessert, a delicious hazy IPA with a hilariously long name or spot-on traditional Irish red it's hard to not find something you like from 1912. Every year they celebrate their anniversary on July 4th and this year is no different. Enjoy the show!
Publish Date: 6/29/2020
Huge thanks to Crescent Crown Distributing for sponsoring this series.
In this final episode Brando, AJ and I reflect on this entire experience as well as how we did on the actual exam. We also talk about how we can use some of this new info to add value to our local beer community.
Huge thanks to everyone who helped us out during this! You know who you are! Much Love :)
Publish Date: 6/25/2020
Currently there are around 100 breweries in Arizona. In this series we’ll travel throughout the state to get an idea of where all of the breweries are in a given region of the state. In this second episode we head south to get a taste of Sonora with some of the best breweries in the state. Downtown Tucson is one of my favorite food/drink spots but hidden gems lie even further south including a brewery who grows 14 different hop varieties. Enjoy this southern AZ beer adventure!
Publish Date: 6/15/2020
Thanks to Crescent Crown for sponsoring this series.
This is the 6th episode in this miniseries we did with InkleDeux to get our Certified Beer Server cert.
In the words of Sinatra "...you can't have one without the other!" Although I'm sure it wasn't his intent it makes me think of food and beer. Every. Single. Time.
Luckily for us, we have one of the best chefs in the universe here in AZ. Tamara Stanger from Cotton &Copper joins AJ, Luke and I to school us on the art of pairing food with beer.
Publish Date: 6/12/2020
Currently there are around 100 breweries in Arizona. In this series we'll travel throughout the state to get an idea of where all of the breweries are in a given region of the state. In this episode we jump around the north to some of my favorite breweries of all. What I love about much of Northern Arizona is its contrast to the low desert I normally experience here in Phoenix where I live. Enjoy this northern AZ beer adventure!
Publish Date: 5/31/2020
Currently there are around 100 breweries in Arizona. In this series we’ll travel throughout the state to get an idea of where all of the breweries are in a given region of the state. In this first episode we jump around the north to some of my favorite breweries of all. What I love about much of Northern Arizona is its contrast to the low desert setting of Phoenix but it also has some great breweries. Enjoy this northern AZ beer adventure!
Publish Date: 5/31/2020
Huge thanks to Crescent Crown for sponsoring this series.
Welcome back to the 5th episode in this miniseries we did with the great guys over at InkleDeux training to get our Certified Beer Server designation by Cicerone. In this episode we sit down with Marshall Norris, co-owner and brewer for Simple Machine Brewing in Phoenix. Marshall schools us on the art of the brewing process and the importance of using the best ingredients. Plus we get to have some of InkleDeuxs legendary coffee!
Publish Date: 5/30/2020
Huge thanks to @crescentcrownaz for sponsoring this series.
Welcome back to the 4th episode in this miniseries we did with the great guys over at @inkledeux training to get our Certified Beer Server designation by @cicerone.For all the beer "review" experts out there this episode is for you. Properly evaluating and grading beer is more than just an uneducated "I hate this". Its about knowing the difference between bad beer, beer you just don't like, and knowing what you don't like it. In this episode Brian Helton once again guides us as Liz, Brandon and I learn a thing or two.
Publish Date: 5/23/2020