Ep. 324 – Hidden Gems

One of Portland's best kept secrets, is Upright Brewing, and if you can find it, you will be introduced to one of the city's most interesting and coveted brands. Having just expanded their hours, we are invited to a private Bottleshare Meetup by our friend from Tasting Nitch (Video Blog), featuring some of her favorite picks smuggled in from accross the pond (Arbor Ales, Pressure Drop Brewing, and Trappisten Abtei-Tropfen). Speaking with Head Brewer and Upright Brewing's founder Alex Ganum about his latest hits and departure from conventional ideas, as the landscape of his lineup becomes more deliciously daring. Also Warren Wills recounts about his recent escapades and beer commentary on his favorite picks, Beer enthusiast Don Shite brings a 'Rare Barrel' pick from A Sour Beer Co., as Other picks include Buriel Beer Co., Hill Farmstead, Upland Sour Ales, Bibine Red grape Ale, a wine from Liten Buffel in Buffalo NY, and Cellarmaker's Chronic Juice Hog. There were others but you'll have to listen or check out Instagram to find out. Damian goes North to meet a long lost brother, Bronwyn is overwhelmed by the reception of beers upon her return, and Ryan has an announcement in the samme vein as well. So many different beers, on this episode of Brew Happy!

Publish Date: 7/2/2019

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Publish Date: 9/10/2019

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Publish Date: 9/3/2019

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Publish Date: 9/3/2019

Following up with West Coast Grocery Co. It's been a little over a year since their opening and there are now barrels aging, awards, new beers, and food pairings. Owner Charlie Hyde IV talks with us about their cellaring as well as a new venture, "Bodega Beer", 3 upcoming fresh hopped beers (including a saison), watermelon wheat, and more! Damian can't wait to dive into the new $5 burger, Ryan reaches for a reserve line, Bronwyn falls in love with a new stout, John raises an eyebrow for some fresh hopped beers. Gangster chickens, cupcakes, collabs, and Brainstorm Brunches on this episode of Brew Happy!

Publish Date: 8/20/2019

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Publish Date: 8/13/2019

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Publish Date: 8/6/2019

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Publish Date: 7/30/2019

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Publish Date: 7/23/2019

The Show

The Brew Happy Show is a weekly show about beer. Hosted by Damian DeBuiser, he interviews brewers, beer fans, pub owners, and entertainers that all come together because of their love of beer. The show is fun, educational, and, above all, pro-beer. Music pairings, cigar pairings, food pairings, and many other things that go great with beer. Now all they need is you! In the United States, you must be over 21 years old to fully enjoy the fruits of the beer lover's labor. Enjoy and Listen Responsibly.



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