Publish Date: 1/13/2021
When you think of the wine industry, you probably think of the rolling Tuscan hills, old money, and dressing to the nines for a fun Saturday fall afternoon with your friends. But it means far more to Sigma Chi alumnus Brandon Chaney, who left his career to pursue winemaking full-time. The proprietor and founder of Fairwinds Estates Winery in Napa Valley, Brandon is an accomplished tech entrepreneur who left his job to chase his passion for making (and drinking) great wines. As Brandon tells us, it certainly has not been all sunshines and rainbows - Fairwinds lost most of their property to the lethal Glass Fires in October 2020. How did the experience change Brandon's outlook on his passion, and how are they rebuilding? We unpack a lot in our "Business" segment with Brandon Chaney this week, and we're excited to share his story with you.
BEERS: Craft beer without the hangover? Sign us up. For years, the non-alcoholic beer industry has remained stagnant - no one is reaching for the O'Douls, St. Pauli Girl, or Beck's anymore. Athletic Brewing Company is on a mission to redefine craft beer by providing an easy-to-drink craft beer without the health risks & the unavoidable hangover. We certainly love our craft beer, but we enjoyed giving Athletic Brewing a shot. Head over to athleticbrewing.com to check out their products today.
BALLS: We give some rapid-fire predictions for the 2 games in the upcoming NFL Championship Series, and digest all that's been going on in the baseball world.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beersbusinessandballs/support
Publish Date: 1/21/2021
Publish Date: 12/22/2020
Can’t get enough Bryant Bulldogs breaking barriers and re-inventing entire industries? Nick Cianfaglione joins us this week to discuss his founding of Artist Republik, a platform for independent artists & musicians. We discuss his method of tearing down barriers for creators to monetize and market their products, and the ordeal that artists usually encounter with their “managers.” How can an independent musician monetize their work without coughing up a large chunk of their earnings to their managers’ pockets? What’s the best way to distribute songs on a low budget? Nick gives us answers that every artist should be dying to know. We also discuss how he built a duct-tape wallet empire in his middle school days, and his desperate plea to the creators of Fortnite.
BEERS: Tree. ******. House. We brought back a haul from the “Brewery on the Hill” in Charlton this past weekend, and it certainly did not disappoint. Jake reviews “Juice Project” with Citra and Mosaic hops; his rating will leave your jaw on the floor. Meanwhile, in his quest to break 1,000 beers before 2021, Will reviews the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Peppermint Porter by Lexington Brewing Company. He’s got 37 left to go in just 14 days – can he do it?
BUSINESS: As we mentioned last week, AirBnB was one of the most highly anticipated IPO’s of our time. We expected the stock to rise after officially being listed on the markets last week, but how did they pull off more than a 100% increase in less than 2 days? The guys evaluate if AirBnB could be one of the stocks you wished you bought 5 years from now.
BALLS: Both the Giants and the Patriots suffered tough losses against powerhouse opponents this week, and – although we don’t want to – we break down what went wrong for the increasingly-less-likely playoff hopefuls. Contenders and Pretenders reprises itself for another week – who is legit, and who is just here for the ride? Our choices might surprise you.
POSITIVITY CORNER: If you are in the giving spirit, please consider writing a letter to the family of Keyontae Johnson, who remains in critical condition after collapsing on the court on Saturday. Send a message of hope & goodwill to PO BOX 14485, Gainsville FL 32604.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Publish Date: 12/15/2020
BEERS: We are beyond excited for you to get to know our newest beer reviewer, Kris Savage! Kris tells us the story of how she created Basic Girl Brew Review on Instagram with her best friend. Kris and the guys try a few of our favorite local selections (hint hint, Tree House may be included) live on the show, and debate whether or not the Midwest craft scene can stack up against the formidable New England titans of industry.
Big shoutout to our friends at Long Live Beerworks, too - they launched their new renditions of Frozie Cup and Jenny Graham, both available at their Providence location.
BUSINESS: It’s day trading heaven!...or is it? AirBnB is expected to list itself on the New York Stock Exchange this Thursday, and all eyes are on the app that changed tourism forever. After changing its expected sell price multiple times, it appears CEO Brian Chesky has come to an agreement with the SEC and investment banks that they’ll hit the exchange at $60 - up from $44, $50, and $56. What’s in store for AirBnb? Should you buy it as soon as it hits the market, or wait for it to settle?
BALLS: Contenders and Pretenders, Week 13 edition! Who disappointed in Week 13, and who solidified themselves as contenders? After another weird week of football and plenty of upsets (shoutout Giants, Pats, and Washington), our teams in the top tier may surprise you. We also discuss the blockbuster Westbrook/Wall trade, and what it means for the futures of the two highly-touted (and overpaid) point guards.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Publish Date: 12/8/2020
He’s beer royalty! If you are a craft beer drinker like us, you know how important the Untappd app is. Join the guys and The Boston Beer Guy as we sit down with the Untappd founder, Greg Avola, who takes us through his journey of creating the most popular beer app in America. We discuss his passion for computer science & coding, his corporate experience at KPMG & Morgan Stanley, and his leap of faith into the world of entrepreneurship. Greg also highlights some of the key new initiatives & features we should be looking to see from Untappd, and makes a plug for some of the best beers in New England.
Our conversation with Greg should get your fill of Beers AND Business this week (we also talk a bit of sports too!), but we close with a recap of Tyson-Jones Jr. on Triller this past weekend, and some football surprises.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Publish Date: 12/1/2020
Publish Date: 12/1/2020
It’s officially college basketball season - so who better than Kevin McNamara to talk shop with us this week! All things considered, there’s nothing Kevin hasn’t covered in the college basketball world. A 30-year veteran of the Providence Journal before his departure this summer, Kevin has reported the beat for both the Providence Friars and the Rhode Island Rams, broke some of the nation’s biggest college basketball headlines, and sat on press row at the most renowned sports venues in America. Kevin chats with us about his rise to gaining national impressions, some characters he met along the way, and some storylines to look out for in this year’s campaign for the Friars & the BIG EAST.
BEERS: Is there really any bad time for a stout or a sour? This week, you get both! Will cracks open a golden stout courtesy of our friends at North Fork Brewing, while Jake recaps Electric Plankton by FAB, one of the newer brands in Massachusetts.
BUSINESS: Congratulations are in order if you were an owner of anything “new tech” last week! But the real winner goes to Disney, who is seeing all-time highs once again. With more than $2.4 billion in lost revenue from park visitors, how is Disney growing so much? We break down the wild success of its streaming platform and how it’s contributing to the rising Disney stock price.
BALLS: The Ravens SUCK! We said it! After losing in overtime to the Tennessee Titans, is Baltimore on a fast track to hell with a Turkey Day matchup against the Steelers? We also officially declare the New England Patriots as a “Bad Team” (can we trademark that?) and prepare their eulogy.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Publish Date: 11/24/2020
Presented by House Enterprise, hosted by Jake Zimmer and Will Tondo. The name explains itself. We’ll be discussing craft beer, the latest business news, and what's going on in the world of sports. Join us for weekly conversations and interviews with industry leaders and guests around the nation.