BC011: Wine Connoisseurs w/RCW Franklin Tasting Room

We traveled to Franklin, IN to visit the River City Winery Franklin Tasting Room. There we chatted with owner Brian Alvey about the winery, why they opened a tasting room, why they chose Franklin, and learned more about the wine they produce.

Publish Date: 3/7/2018

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We head up to Muncie, IN to imbibe with the guys from The Guardian Brewing Company. We learn about what drove Jason Phillips to open the brewery, why Sean Fickle decided to leave his post as head brewer of Fountain Square Brewing Co. to be the head brewer for The Guardian, and a lot about the beer they make. Oh, and we get to hear why Sean hates the New England IPA trend...he's obviously part of the Fountain Square brewing family.

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Books & Brews, a place for people without a place.

And make sure you grab your tickets for New Day Craft's Meadful Things and Outciders!

Publish Date: 7/4/2018

In our first Pint-sized Promotion episode we talk about The Delaware County Fair's (in Delaware County Indiana) new attraction this year: a Beer and Wine Tent. Delaware County GIS Coordinator and part-time The Guardian Brewing employee Kyle Johnson tells us more about this first-year attraction. We learn which breweries and wineries will be participating, how the samples and pint purchasing will work, and a little history behind how the attraction came to fruition.

Publish Date: 6/27/2018

For our second #HouseBeer we discuss the No.1 selling Indiana IPA, Daredevil Brewing Lift Off American IPA. We dive deep into the history of Lift Off, compare it to the BJCP style guide, and tell you why it's a beer that should always be in your refrigerator..

After that we get into what we've been drinking and where we've been drinking. Lots of different beers and breweries covered in this episode including, Black Acre Brewing, Ash & Elm Cider, Sun King Brewery, and Heretic Brewing.

Publish Date: 6/13/2018

With a recent change in ownership, Fountain Square Brewery is hitting the refresh button on their branding. We sit down with their President Brad Smith and head brewer Mike Grap to discuss the rebranding, what fears accompany a rebranding, and what's on the horizon for the brewery. And don't worry, none of the beloved beers will be rebranded, but be on the lookout for a few surprises (barrel aged beer anyone?) in the near future!

Beers on the show:

Fountain Square Brewing Saison Dujour

Fountain Square Brewing Barrel Aged Backyard Porter

Publish Date: 5/30/2018

On this episode we learn all about hop farming from Ross Sorensen and Nick Reutter, owners of Land Locked Hops in Loda, IL. It was an interesting conversation because they didn't hold back on the difficulties of starting a very small hop farm, 1/8th acre. They've since purchased an 80-plus acre plot of land to expand their hop yard up to 5 acres. We also learned how hard being 100 percent organic in hop farming is, whether a brewery makes good beer or not matters to them when selling their hops, and why they both love Comet hops so much.

During the show we sample several beers that Ross and Nick brought from Illinois. One included their hops and the other were beers from one of their favorite breweries.

Beers on the Show:

Monarch Brewing Company - Allerton Amber (Cascade hops from Land Locked Hops)

Marz Community Brewing - Cloudy Boyz NEIPA

Marz Community Brewing - May 1968 Saison

Marz Community Brewing - Jungle Boogie with Mango Pale Wheat Ale

Publish Date: 5/23/2018

Here it is, our first House of Beers episode! We started off with the king of Indiana house beers, Sun King Brewing Sunlight Cream Ale. With the rise of barrel aged, hazy, and fruited beers, we decided to take our listeners back to the roots of craft beer with a dive into the history of Sunlight.

Dustin then regales us with his tales from Boston, including trips to Trillium Brewing, Tree House Brewing, Aeronaut Brewing, Harpoon Brewing, Idle Hands Brewing, and Night Shift Brewing.

To wrap up the show, we discuss our trip to Monticello, IN which included a stop at Whyte Horse Winery and Kopacetic Beer Factory for their May the 4th Be With You event where we got to sample their new bottle release, Russian for Maple. Flat12 Bierwerks, Fountain Square Brewing, and Burn 'Em Brewing also made an appearance at the event.

Publish Date: 5/16/2018

While Dustin was gallivanting in Boston, Matt sat down with Sean Webster, owner of Monon Beverage. They talked about his company, the importance of cleaning beer lines, selling beer, and imbibed on beers and ciders from companies that work with Monon Beverage.

Publish Date: 5/2/2018

No guest this week but we brought beer! While sampling beers from Triptych Brewing and local homebrewers The Brothers Grissom we discuss our separate trips to Michigan and Washington D.C., ponder when a flavored beer is no longer considered a beer, and announce our new podcast, House of Beers, that will be dropping in our feed soon.

Publish Date: 4/25/2018

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Barrel Chat is your #1 podcast for the finer side of beer, liquor, and wine. Every episode hosts Mathew Muncy and Dustin Wood talk to industry leaders about their finest libations.



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