Brad Clifford (with Bruce Phillips), winning numerous medals at the 2012 Canadian Amateur Brewers Association awards.
In our latest episode of Bar Towel Radio, we have a chat with long-time beer friend Brad Clifford, founder of Clifford Brewing. Clifford was recently awarded Canadian Brewery of the Year at the Canadian Brewing Awards, and is very well known for their lauded Clifford Porter. Brad and I chat about how he started in homebrewing and his stops along the way at Duggan’s, Get Well and more, leading up to his launch of Clifford Brewing’s bricks and mortar brewery in East Hamilton.
A few months ago I visited London, Ontario and was fortunate to have a round-table chat with Dave Reed of Forked River Brewing Company, Gavin Anderson of Anderson Craft Ales and award-winning beer writer Ben Johnson about the local beer and brewing scene. Recorded at Forked River, we discussed their backgrounds in beer, how the London beer scene has developed over the past few years, and some of the interesting places and beers in the city.
I had heard amongst the beer community that the Cowbell Brewery in Blyth, Ontario (a small village in Huron County) had to be seen to believed. And when I visited for the first time at the end of the summer, I realized that the early architectural illustrations and photos I had seen definitely did not do it justice.
Cowbell is a very impressive facility, a sparkling brewery and restaurant that emerges up from the Ontario countryside as a beacon for beer in this small community. During my visit I was fortunate to chat with Stephen Rich, the Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations at Cowbell. In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we chat about Stephen’s start in beer and how he got involved in Cowbell, the beer program and some of the unique methods and equipment that Cowbell employs at the brewery, and what’s in store for Cowbell now and in the future. You can hear the pride that Stephen has for Cowbell and what the Sparling family is doing in Blyth, so give it a listen and get yourself up there for a visit soon.
In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we share a few beers and many beer memories with acclaimed beer writer Stephen Beaumont. Catching up at Toronto beer hall WVRST, we chat about how Stephen got into beer, the past and present state of the beer industry, his beer travel adventures crossing the globe, his writing and publishing and more. I’ve known Stephen for 20 years and it was a real treat to be able to chat with him about many beery things.
In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we have a chat with Ryan Morrow, the award-winning head brewer of both Collective Arts Brewing and Nickel Brook Brewing. We share a beer at Collective Arts’ recent Liquid Arts Fest, the new festival in Hamilton which featured a remarkable slate of beers from around the world. We chat about how Ryan got into the brewing world, the background of the relationship between Collective Arts and Nickel Brook and being a head brewer for two breweries, and the burgeoning beer scene in Hamilton.
In this episode of Bar Towel Radio, recorded at our recent Collingwood Brewer’s Backyard, we have a chat with longtime friend Carl Milroy, founder and partner of the Red Thread Brewing Co.We share a beer and discuss how Red Thread came to be, and what it’s like to launch in Ontario without a bricks and mortar brewery.
In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we have a beer and a chat with an good long-time friend of The Bar Towel, Michael Hancock. Michael was the brewer and owner at the legendary Denison’s Brewing Company in Toronto, and has been for the past number of years the founding brewer and currently beer ambassador at Side Launch Brewing Company in Collingwood. We had our chat at the Brewer’s Backyard in Collingwood about Michael’s history in beer, some stories about Denison’s, his role currently at Side Launch and the beer scene in Collingwood.
Earlier in the year I was fortunate to have a beer and record this special podcast with famed beer writer Pete Brown. Pete and I met at the Camden Town Brewery in London, England and had a great chat about his background in marketing and beer, his latest book Miracle Brew, the Beer and Cider Marketing Awards, the craft beer scene in the U.K. and how it differs from North America, what’s in store for the future, and more.
In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we have a chat with beer historian Gary Gillman and brewer Cody Noland about Amsterdam’s 1870 AK Bitter, a special collaboration beer between Gary and Amsterdam that was a recreation of an historical recipe from nearly 150 years ago. Chatting at the Amsterdam Brewery taproom, we chat about how the beer came out, what it was like to brew in those days, and how technology played a key role in the beer’s development.