News + Updates — The GBH Podcast has Launched + The Shop is Restocked

Today marks a major expansion for Good Beer Hunting — the podcast.

One of my favorite media formats, the podcast will be a series of in-depth, personal, casual conversations with brewers, business owners, and craft-oriented people of all kinds. It's a chance for me to bring you stories I could never write or photograph, and introduce you to the brilliant minds and raw voices of craft in America that I encounter every day. 

Together, we’ll dig into the issues the industry is facing. We’ll draw connections between the creativity in beer and the culture we all operate in. And most importantly, it’ll be a conversation. 


To subscribe to the podcast, you have three options.

1. iTunes — the podcast is available in the iTunes store here 

2. Copy and paste the URL [ http://goodbeerhunting.com/gbh-podcast?format=rss ] into your favorite iOS or Android podcast app, or use your favorite RSS reader. 

3. Bookmark the GBH Podcast blog and listen right here on the website whenever you'd like. 


For episode one, I sat down with Van Havig, one of the founders of Gigantic Brewing out of Portland, Oregon, one of the most fiercely loyal craft beer markets in the US. It’s also one of the most mature. Yet Van saw fit to open a small brewery in the heart of that market and pit his IPA against some of the best in the country. And he’s doing just fine. How? Listen in and find out.

Up next:
- Chris Quinn of the Beer Temple discusses a couple new favorite beers and all things retail
- Mark Spence, a theater producer, discusses the state of the beer geek and homebrewing
- Otto and Eric of Ale Asylum launch into Illinois
- John Barley of Solemn Oath interviews Kevin Lemp of 4 Hands Brewing in St. Louis

 
 

SHOP UPDATE

THE PERFECT PINT BLANKET
This series of custom throw-blankets captures the colors and the warmth of an honest pour — whether a sharp golden pils, a tart red lambic, or a hearty brown porter. It's a perfect pint of beer, with a perfect foamy head, sewn into a blanket. 

The Perfect Pint™ series is produced in collaboration with Faribault Mills in Minneapolis, and inspired by "The Perfect Pint" artwork from illustrator and printmaker, Andrew.R. Wright.

- 100% fluff loomed merino wool 
- 50"x72" 
- Machine wash/dry

 

THE HERMETUS BOTTLE OPENER/RE-SEALER
Back in stock!

Manufactured in Germany, this bottle opener and sealer is an an ingenious invention for the beer geek. It opens pop-off and twist-off bottle caps, and features a soft plastic gasket on the underside capable of hermetically re-sealing bottles and maintaining critical CO2 levels — perfect for bombers bottles.

 

DRINK MICHIGAN APPLES™
Drink Michigan Apples™ is a collaboration between GBH x cidermaker Ryan Burk. On the back are the names of Michigan's most popular and heirloom apple varietals used for making some of the world's greatest hard ciders — all printed in a beautiful golden-cider color. 

UPPERS & DOWNERS™
A collaborative coffee beer event series between Good Beer Hunting and Intelligentsia, celebrating the intersection of flavor and process common to both coffee and beer cultures. 

 

 

EVENTS

Join me in Naperville, Illinois for the first Winter Ale Fest! Be sure to look for the GBH Trophy System to hunt down some of the festival's best beers that day, and stop by the GBH table to say hello. 

The Naperville Winter Ale Fest will be Naperville’s first outdoor winter beer festival.  The inaugural festival will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2014.  Situated on the frozen tundra of Naperville’s Frontier Park – the festival will feature over 120 unique beers from craft breweries around the country.  Pull out your long-johns and parkas, it’s time to experience winter’s best craft beers.  The festival will also feature food from some of Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks.

 
Michael Kiser