Tuesday, November 07, 2006


I was first told that there existed “beer podcasts” back in March, and my first instinct was one of extreme skepticism to the form. Initial dives into the form (just get into iTunes search and enter “beer”) were underwhelming – lots of yahoos sitting around shuckin’ and jivin’ about whatever beer they were drinking at the moment, with a lot of extraneous drunken commentary – that is, until I discovered PACIFIC BREW NEWS. This might be the most “intelligent” (all things being relative of course) discussion on beer you’re going to hear, with 3 opinionated guys who are well-steeped in beer knowledge holding court on beer, and beer only. They secure loads of great interviews with west coast brewers, pub owners and beer aficionados, and never condescend to their audience in any way – though they have exceptionally deeply-held opinions about what makes a great beer. My particular favorite host is a guy named “Big Mike”, who talks the least of the three, but can be counted on to weigh in with a cranky gruff aside whenever called upon. Naturally, this thing’s for true beer dorks only, but if you’ve read this far, then you’re one of us. Check them out by clicking here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I enjoy "The Brewcasters" sometimes as well. Its mainly about home-brewing but they often have interviews with celebrity brewers (from Gordon Biersch; Russian River; etc). Its weekly and the podcasts are 3+ hours which is too much really..but I still find myself listening along. Main guy does a an FM show on Free FM (106.9 in San Fran) which I have never heard but maybe I should because its shorter and more about beer than brewing. http://www.1069freefm.com/pages/37785.php?contentType=4&contentId=144915