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Unibroue on Bar Towel Radio

December 12th, 2015 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet

Recently I was lucky enough to sit down for a live conversation and morning beer tasting with Jerry Vietz, Brewmaster and Sylvain Bouchard, Beer Sommelier of Quebec’s renowned Unibroue.

The pair of them were in Toronto to promote the launch of the limited edition 6-litre releases of Unibroue 17 Grand Réserve and La Fin du Monde, and alongside trying out some of Unibroue’s great beers we discussed everything from the brewery’s past, present and future as well as the craft beer landscape in Canada and beyond.

You can listen to the episode below, on our Podcasts page, or via iTunes.


B-Side Brewing Label on Bar Towel Radio

September 7th, 2015 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature 1 comment

Back in April we attended the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon and recorded a number of podcasts with some of our beer friends.  We’re thrilled to unveil another one, this time a conversation about the B-Side Brewing Label with Steve Beauchesne of Beau’s All-Natural Brewing, Ben Love of Gigantic Brewing and Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Beer.

In the episode we chat about the history of how Beau’s started the B-Side Brewing Label, and its first two brands, Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale and Gigantic La Formidable.  During our chat, Ben from Gigantic also provides some insider highlights about great beer places to check out in Portland, Oregon.

You can listen to the episode below, on our Podcasts page, or via iTunes.


Almanac Beer Company on Bar Towel Radio

May 3rd, 2015 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet

At the recent Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon we were fortunate to record a few conversations for Bar Towel Radio. And we’re thrilled to release another one of those chats, this one with Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer Company of San Francisco.

In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we discuss with Jesse the history of Almanac and where the brewery is going, what makes for a good beer dinner, some of the great beer spots to check out in San Francisco, and more.

You can listen to the episode below, on our Podcasts page, or via iTunes.

(Photo above courtesy of Almanac Beer Company.)

Will we see this in an Ontario grocery store?

Retail Roundtable with Ontario Brewers

April 17th, 2015 Posted by Bar Towel Radio No Comment yet

This week is the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, where there are a significant number of Canadian brewers present. So when the news broke that the Ontario government was making changes to the beer retail system in the province, many brewers and others within the industry were together to discuss its impact.

So, we recorded a “Retail Roundtable” for Bar Towel Radio to chat about the news!  In this episode we’ve got Ben Johnson from Ben’s Beer Blog, Jason Fisher from Indie Alehouse, Dimitri van Kampen from Spearhead and Rob McIsaac and Shane Clark, both from Beyond the Pale.  Give it a listen below or via iTunes:

Inside Magnolia's new Smokestack in San Francisco.

Bar Towel Radio with Dave McLean of Magnolia Brewing

April 13th, 2015 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, On The Road Reports No Comment yet

I’ve written fondly in the past about San Francisco, one of my favourite beer cities in North America. This year I was fortunate enough to visit again, and while I was there I recorded an interview with Dave McLean, the founder and brewmaster of Magnolia Brewing Company, now featured in our latest episode of Bar Towel Radio.

In the episode I chat with Dave at Magnolia’s Smokestack, their new production brewery and BBQ restaurant, and highlight some of San Francisco’s top beer destinations. Give it a listen here:


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Ever Wanted to Tour Goose Island’s Brewpub?

March 11th, 2015 Posted by Bar Towel Radio No Comment yet

Our previous episode of Bar Towel Radio was a live recording of Goose Island’s Black Friday event at their brewpub in Chicago.  And now we’re thrilled to release the second part of our “Live at Goose Island” series, with a live recording of the Goose Island Brewpub tour!  The tour, recorded in November 2014, includes a visit to the brewhouse, located at 1800 N. Clybourn in Chicago, as well as a tutored tasting of a handful of beers that were available at the pub.

Within this episode I also have outlined a number of can’t-miss beer destinations in Chicago, making it a helpful beery companion when visiting this great city.  You can listen to it below or via iTunes:

Stay tuned for the next episode of Bar Towel Radio, where we’ll have a one-on-one interview with a special guest from San Francisco!


Listen to Bar Towel Radio Live from Goose Island

January 17th, 2015 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, On The Road Reports No Comment yet

Bar Towel Radio returns with a special episode recorded last November at Goose Island’s Black Friday tasting event, featuring their famed Bourbon County Brand Stout series of beers.

The event, held annually at their brewpub in Chicago to coincide with the launch of Bourbon County Brand Stout, is a live tasting of the BCBS lineup, hosted by brewers and other staff from Goose Island.

This year I was fortunate enough to attend the Black Friday tasting and was permitted to record the event for Bar Towel Radio.  You can listen to the episode below or via iTunes:

This is the first part of a special two-part “Live from Goose Island” series, and our next episode will be a live recording of the brewery tour from Goose Island’s Chicago brewpub.  Stay tuned for that one, and in the meantime enjoy this episode!

Listen to Bar Towel Radio live from Beau’s Oktoberfest

October 7th, 2014 Posted by Bar Towel Radio No Comment yet

BeausOktoberfest2014-smlThis past weekend I was at Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill, with the great privilege of moderating two panels at the “School of Bock“, an entertaining education-focused program at this fantastic event.

With the return of Bar Towel Radio after a prolonged absence last month, we felt it was a good time to keep the podcast party going!  So, we recorded both sessions live if you’d like to listen to (or relive) them.

The first session, entitled Dr. Beerlove (Or how we learned to stop working and start drinking more beer), was a lively chat about the history of Beau’s, with great stories told by Steve Beauchesne, Tim Beauchesne, Matt O’Hara and Jordan Bamforth.  Listen or download the episode here:

Dr. Beerlove live from Beau’s Oktoberfest 2014

The second session, entitled Beau’s Brewer’s Battle Royale, was a raucous debate where four pilot beers were tasted, which were made by different staffers at Beau’s, competing for a production run in the Wild Oats series. Listen or download the episode here:

Beau’s Battle Royale live from Beau’s Oktoberfest 2014

Note: as the audio was recorded live in a large room, volume levels are variable and not all audience questions are completely audible.

If you’d like, feel free to listen to or subscribe to Bar Towel Radio via iTunes.  We hope you enjoy them!

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, Vermont.

Bar Towel Radio Returns

September 22nd, 2014 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, On The Road Reports No Comment yet

Well, it’s not quite the return of Arrested Development, but after a 6 year (!) hiatus, The Bar Towel’s podcast, entitled Bar Towel Radio, has returned.

In July of this summer we traveled down to the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington, Vermont, and had a chat with Jeff Baker, the Director of Liquid Assets at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill, an great beer bar and restaurant in town.  And that visit and chat is now our latest podcast!

You can give it a listen right here:

Bar Towel Radio – Jeff Baker & the Vermont Beer Scene

If you’d like, feel free to listen to or subscribe to Bar Towel Radio via iTunes.

Here are some of the spots referenced in the episode, if you can make it down to visit Burlington:

You can read our past Bar Towel On the Road Report about Vermont here.