In this episode I head up north to Lazy G Brewhouse in Prescott. A newly built build creates a large and beautiful space (both indoor and outdoor) to enjoy what will be a long line of great beers and fantastic food in the coming years. With a brewer who hails from the legendary California brew scene and who knows a thing or two about great beer, Lazy G is on the must-visit list every time I head up north. Enjoy the show!
Publish Date: 11/20/2019
Meagan Greenwood has a machine over the past few years getting her beer out to the masses, and spreading the good word (in many ways). Its crazy to think I had her on the show 2 years ago (as you’ll hear….LITERALLY 2 years ago) and I'm so stoked she now has Greenwood Brewing Company open right downtown. And it couldn’t be any more perfect. Meagan is an amazing human, her beer is kick ass and she has one of the best spots in the state for sure. Enjoy the show!
Publish Date: 8/5/2020
When Steven Larson was a child a freak pizza oven accident turned what would be a normal desire for pizza into a lifelong obsession to eat all of it. Well, not actually. And that first part was made up. But Steven DOES love pizza so a couple of years ago Wizard of Za was born. Through this Steven takes his followers on a journey to the best pizza spots in Arizona. It only made sense to meet up at one of Arizona's newest pizza/Italian spots, Osteria Mia. Owner/Chef Mario Rana joins in as well. Enjoy!
Publish Date: 7/30/2020
BlackRock Brewers opened in 2017 and have been steadily kicking ass since. Taking home awards from local festivals is quickly becoming the norm for this small but powerful Tucson brewery. Owner/brewer Tony Williams joins the show to tell us how his focus on quality lays the foundation for the long-term success of this neighborhood favorite. From award-winning IPA's and crisp Pilsners to experimentals like a roasted green chili wheat there's something for everyone at BRB. Enjoy the show!
Publish Date: 7/23/2020
On July 10th Wren House Brewing Company will release Black Excellence, an Imperial Stout with African ingredients brewed by assistant brewer Akil Abdul Zakariya as a collaboration with Brewz Brothaz out of Detroit. The beer will raise funds for the NAACP. Akil and Preston Thoeny from Wren House joins as well as some amazing folks in the Michigan beer scene including Harry Weaver and Wayne Phillips from Brewz Brothaz, Dayne Bartscht of Eastern Market Brewing Co., and Ken Konarzewski Jr. of Better on Draft Media.
Publish Date: 7/9/2020
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