Craft Beer Republic

Greg Jones

Why join the Craft Beer Republic? Because we are a nation of beer lovers. Every week, we're tapping a fresh keg of double-digit fun with the best dry-hopped topics to keep you well-hydrated! We're mashing in all the week's booze news, researching the tastiest beers, getting nerdy with Beer Science, and whirlpooling all the latest info! We also hang out with the brewers of some of the best craft breweries in the nation; we sample their brew and take a deep dive into the nerdier side of the industry. Make sure to stay hydrated with us every Wednesday by following on your favorite podcast app. In Beer We Trust! read less
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Craft Beer Road Trip
4d ago
Craft Beer Road Trip
Join us for a hilariously chaotic episode of Craft Beer Republic! Greg, Nicole, and surprise guest Vanessa dive into their latest beer adventures, hangover cures, and the art of getting kicked out of bars. From Vanessa’s epic brewery road trip to Greg’s unexpected icy surprise, the best beer and wings, and naked Florida Man, this episode is packed with laughter, banter, and, of course, great friends and beer.Beers We're Drinking:Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava (POG) Gose from Fremont Brewing, thanks to Vanessa.Casa Agria Specialty Ales Plain Tiger Pale Ale Episode Highlights:Vanessa stops in on her road trip down the West Coast to hang out and share some beer with us. She also walked in the door and immediately iced Greg, who’s already a bit hungover. She woke up and chose violence. Everyone shares their hangover fixes as we talk about all of the breweries she’s stopped at (70), especially the local ones that we were able to visit with her. Nonalcoholic beers are a waste of calories—prove us wrong. We also discuss our favorite “crap beers” and share stories of getting kicked out of bars.Erica calls in while Vanessa was visiting her to talk about all the fun they were having together, as well as all the beers they enjoyed.Booze News:Allagash launches a new NA Hop Water.BuzzBalls is suing Beverage Ranch of the shape of their drinks.The worlds most valuable beer brands.And drunk Florida Man gets naked and hides in a trash can. Shoutout to Pennington, NJ, for being our top listening city of last week. Follow Us:Coley: Instagram: @ice_cole_beer_Vanessa: Instagram: @the_real_beer_vixenCraft Beer Republic: CraftBeerRepublic.comInstagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublicVoicemail: (805) 538-2337Sponsors:Magic Mind: Get up to 48% off your subscription or 20% off a one-time purchase with the code CRAFTBEER20 at magicmind.com/craftbeer. Try it risk-free with a 100-day money-back guarantee.
Alemerica the Brewtiful
Jul 3 2024
Alemerica the Brewtiful
Join Greg and Flex in episode 415 of Craft Beer Republic as they dive into Fourth of July festivities, share their latest beer adventures, and discuss their holiday plans. Flex attends the Eagle Park Brewery's anniversary party, while Greg recounts a whirlwind trip to San Francisco for some research, we have complaints about all the mixed packs that have shelf turds in them, and we’ve got 4th of July beer and BBQ fun facts! Beers We're Drinking:Flex: Getting patriotic with Alemerica the Beautiful, an American Pale Ale from Hop Butcher for the World.Greg: Drinking Recover the Pieces, an IPA from Institution Ale Company. Flex talks about his trip to Eagle Park for their 7th-anniversary party and even made the beer brats for the big party. Greg takes a quick trip to San Francisco and sneaks in some beer research at 21st Amendment Brewing, which was lacking beer options. For the 4th of July holiday, Flex is hitting the fireworks with his kids and then planning to do some poolside drinking for his birthday. But Greg is keeping it low-key to try and avoid some of the crazy people. Fontana Jim calls in to complain about mixed 12-packs containing old, outdated beers like Stone IPA and Union Jack from Firestone Walker.Booze News:·      Guinness signs a four-year agreement with the Premier League.·      Corona introduces "Sunbrew," a citrus cerveza that no one asked for.·      Crowns and Hops wins the Sam Adams "Brewing the American Dream" competition from Boston Beer.·      A 69-year-old man sets a new Guinness record by visiting over 100 pubs in 24 hours.·      How much money people spend on beer, booze, and BBQ for the Fourth of July holiday!Shoutout to New York, NY, for being our top listening city of last week. Follow Us:Flex: Instagram: @flex_me_a_beerCraft Beer Republic: CraftBeerRepublic.com·       Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublic·       Facebook: CraftBeerRepublicPod·       Threads: CraftBeerRepublic·       Voicemail: (805) 538-2337Sponsors:Magic Mind: Get up to 48% off your subscription or 20% off a one-time purchase with the code CRAFTBEER20 at magicmind.com/craftbeer. Try it risk-free with a 100-day money-back guarantee.Stay hydrated, enjoy the holiday, and cheers to great beer!
Real American Beer
Jun 26 2024
Real American Beer
Get ready to laugh and sip as Greg and Flex dive into the heat of summer. We’re talking about the summer heat and transition to lighter beers, meeting listeners are recent beer festival, someone drops off beer at Greg’s house, and Hulk Hogan is getting into the beer making game.Beers We're Drinking:·      Greg: Sipping on Therapist, a 10.4% Imperial IPA from Dust Bowl Brewing. ·      Flex: Enjoying 3 Greg Tomlette, a collab from Drekker Brewing & Bluejacket.Greg talks about going to Down the Rabbit Hole, the music festival from Pedals & Pints Brewing. He got to try some new beer, and met up with a listener! It’s always nice putting faces to names. In a humorous attempt to make amends for their previous comments about West Virginia, things might have taken a turn. Flex brings up a fun idea for brewing his own beer, sparking creative discussions. They also celebrate Vanessa, aka the_real_beer_vixen, on her birthday. To top it off, Psycho Bear leaves a voicemail about Bay Area breweries.Booze News:·      Hulk Hogan launches Real American Beer.·      Eagle Rock Brewing announces they’ll be closing their doors.·      Cascade Brewing shuts down after a tragic loss and some weird sircumstances.·      Athletic Brewing buys another one of Ballast Point’s production facilites.·      The United States has lost over 15,000 acres of hop production.·      The Kelce Brothers invest heavily into a beer brand.Shoutout to North Hollywood for being our top listening city of last week!Follow Us:Flex: Instagram: @flex_me_a_beerCraft Beer Republic: CraftBeerRepublic.com·       Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublic·       Facebook: CraftBeerRepublicPod·       Threads: CraftBeerRepublic·       Voicemail: (805) 538-2337
Don't Buy This Beer
Jun 19 2024
Don't Buy This Beer
In this engaging episode of The Craft Beer Republic, Greg, Flex, and Erica navigate through the latest happenings in the craft beer world while sharing plenty of laughs and stories. They discuss the intriguing sale of Anchor Brewing's real estate, Flex’s experience getting duped by a brewery (again), staying true to the beer algorithm, and we are working for our beer. Beers We're Drinking:·      Erica & Greg: Enjoying "Mega Gummy Worms" a hazy double IPA from New Glory Brewing. ·      Flex: Trepidatiously drinks Nectaron Prime from Blacklist Brewing.Greg talks about his beer and wing research he did over the weekend, and talked about his favorite new running group: the Lager Joggers (thanks Enegren). Erica talks about the (lack of) beer choices while she was drinking at Universal Studios. And Flex went and did some glitter beer research; but why?Shoutout to Virginia for this week’s Ludicrous Libation Law. This brings up an important question: is West Virginia worse than regular Virginia? Booze News:Creature Comforts has named a new CEO.Lakefront Brewery to acquire Public Craft after bankruptcy. The Brewers Association has eliminated part of the Great American Beer Festival and have made changes to the layout and rules of the event. Anchor Brewing’s real estate price has been revealed.A woman has been diagnosed with auto brewery syndrome!Follow Us:Flex: Instagram: @flex_me_a_beerErica: NeckNosh.com Instagram: @Neck_Nosh_LLCCraft Beer Republic: CraftBeerRepublic.comInstagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublicVoicemail: (805) 538-2337
Four Score and 50 Beers Ago
Jun 12 2024
Four Score and 50 Beers Ago
Get ready for a rollercoaster of laughs and insights in this episode of Craft Beer Republic! Join Greg, Flex, and Erica as they explore their latest beer discoveries, including unique selections like "Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows." Dive into Erica's unforgettable trip to Disneyland, where she navigates the challenges of traveling with friends and uncovers the best beer spots in the park. The hosts also share hilarious stories about John Denver, debate the merits of early morning theme park visits, and discuss the latest hot topics in the craft beer industry, from major brewery closures to surprising acquisition rumors. Whether you’re a craft beer enthusiast or just love a good laugh, this episode is packed with everything you need.Beers We're Drinking:·      Erica & Greg: Enjoying "Procedural Motion," a hazy pale ale from Radiant Beer Co. near Disneyland.·      Flex: Trying "Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows," a sour ale from Half Brothers Brewing Company, as chosen by his kids.Erica shares her Disneyland adventure, discussing the pros and cons of traveling with friends who have different schedules. Flex talks about his kids’ influence on his beer selection, leading to a humorous discussion about the beer they chose for him. The group also reminisces about concerts, John Denver, and the importance of starting the day early at theme parks. The comedic chemistry between the hosts keeps the conversation lively and engaging.The homie Chew Your Beer calls in with a Father’s Day message for Flex.Booze News:·      In Breaking News, Anchor Brewing finally reveals who is buying on of the oldest breweries in ·      Monster Brewing announces the closure of Deep Ellum.·      Ex-Cigar City Brewer Wayne Wambles buys UpCountry Brewing.·      Suntory denies acquisition talks with Boston Beer following a Wall Street Journal report.·      Florida Man steals a school bus while drunk. Follow Us:Flex: Instagram: @flex_me_a_beerErica: NeckNosh.comInstagram: @Neck_Nosh_LLCCraft Beer Republic: CraftBeerRepublic.comInstagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublicVoicemail: (805) 538-2337
Adventures of Beer Can Island
Jun 5 2024
Adventures of Beer Can Island
Greg and Flex embark on a hoppy adventure filled with beer reviews, personal stories, and unexpected discoveries. They dive into the perfect summer beer, and share insights from Flex's recent beer sabbatical. Greg recounts an opera night turned brewery visit, and they explore the curious case of Beer Can Island in Florida. With plenty of laughs and beer-related news, this episode is a must-listen for craft beer enthusiasts.Beers We're Drinking:Greg: "The Perfect Balance" by Kern River Brewing Company and Pure Project Brewing. Flex: Weldwerks Brewing Company Extra Extra Juicy Bits.Greg and Flex kick things off discussing Flex's beer sabbatical and how it has surprisingly benefited his health. Greg shares his unique experience attending his wife's opera performance and being rewarded by visiting Lawless Brewing, where he enjoyed a delicious anniversary sour. We also have a good laugh over some fun beer facts and studies. And we even find a study that shows that podcast listeners are smarter than your average bear, and the 14 slang terms every beer drinker should know.Beergirl Mel and Streat Meats call in to update us on their latest adventures.Booze News:Sapporo-Stone are expanding and making more beer than ever.A beer truck overturns in the snow in California. At least the beer stayed cold.Craft beer numbers reveal 26 of the top 50 craft breweries recorded volume declines in 2023.Exploration of Beer Can Island, a party spot turned environmental cleanup project in (you guessed it) Florida.Follow Us:Flex: Instagram: @flex_me_a_beerCraft Beer Republic: CraftBeerRepublic.comInstagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublicVoicemail: (805) 538-2337Tune in and raise a glass with Greg and Flex as they explore the world of craft beer, one episode at a time!
Get Your Walking Around Beers
May 29 2024
Get Your Walking Around Beers
Get ready for another uproarious episode of Craft Beer Republic! Greg and Flex reunite for a wild ride through their latest beer escapades, from hilarious survival tales on the Oregon Trail to exploring the vibrant craft beer scene in Las Vegas. With beer reviews, Memorial Day BBQ fun, and the essential practice of carrying "walking around beers" (WABS) in cargo shorts, this episode is packed with laughs, insights, and the joy of reuniting with friends. Grab your favorite brew, sit back, and enjoy the fun on Craft Beer Republic!Greg is drinking CA Vibes, a hazy pale collaboration from Malibu Brewing and Fortunate Youth. Flex is sipping on Tour Bus, an IPA from Destihl Brewing. Have you heard of WABS? Walking around beers are the most important Las Vegas accessory. Flex is back, and he’s talking about all the Memorial Day research he conducted and killed it at darts. Greg talks about his BBQ action, and has two huge admissions to make about what he was drinking. And we have a voicemail from a new caller.In the News Flight:Cinco de Mayo treated the beer industry very nicely this year.Gallo makes a strategic investment in Montucky Cold Snacks.And Colorado’s Timnath Beerwerks is to acquire Snowbank Brewing.In Booze News:Malibu Brewing is breaking ground on a second location, and we have the scoop!A new Anchor Brewing owner is expected to be announced.Lagunitas is closing up shop in ChicagoA Canadian man was arrested for DUI twice in one night.The 9 best breweries in San Francisco.Join Greg and Flex for a laughter-filled episode that combines craft beer reviews, funny stories, and the joy of reuniting with old friends. Grab your favorite brew, sit back, and enjoy the Craft Beer Republic!Follow Us:Flex: Instagram: @flex_me_a_beerCraft Beer Republic: CraftBeerRepublic.comInstagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublicVoicemail: (805) 538-2337
Pliny the Richer
May 22 2024
Pliny the Richer
Get ready for another round of laughs and brews with Craft Beer Republic! This week, we're thrilled to have Mel, aka Beergirl_Mel, back on the show, bringing her infectious energy and beer expertise to the mic. As Greg and Mel take you through the latest in the craft beer world, they'll unpack the wild economic fallout from Pliny the Younger's release, share boozy stories from the UK, and dive into some hilarious beer science. With Mel on board, you know it will be a fun, insightful, and wildly entertaining dive into the world of craft beer!Mel is drinking Green Yield, an unfiltered IPA from The Drowned Lands Brewery. Greg is crushing American Reinheitsgebot Helles, a crispy love child from Enegren Brewing and Bierstadt Lagerhaus.Greg talks about going hard at brunch and getting the day drinking started early, which leads to a complete amateur hour situation. It turns out Mel also loves day drinking; is it the choice of "older" drinkers? Mel also discusses her recent dive into old 80s movies and how awful they are. No wonder we drink! And is Yuengling still considered craft?The homie Chew Your Beer calls in to throw shade on a brewery.In Booze News:The release of Pliny the Younger, the highly sought after triple IPA from Russian River, brought millions of dollars to the local economy.The UK is breaking distillery records.The DEA is looking to reclassify marijuana, which will influence beer production.The Brewers Association gives some production updates.In Beer Science, we learn about a new gel being tested to eliminate hangovers!Follow Us:Mel: Instagram: @Beergirl_MelCraft Beer Republic: CraftBeerRepublic.comInstagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublicVoicemail: (805) 538-2337
Dinosaur Beers
May 15 2024
Dinosaur Beers
What’s a Dinosaur Beer, you ask? We’ve got you covered. Flex is out sick, and we’re calling in the big guns to fill those short shorts. With Beergirl Mel’s help, we’re digging to the back of the fridge and digging up our oldest dinosaur beers. We’re also talking about Mother’s Day drinking, making our own skinny seltzers, another lawsuit over beer names, awful wedding beers, and more teachers getting drunk at school. Greg reached way back and pulled out a 2020 Stone and Modern Times collab: Wizards & Gargoyles, a coffee-hazy IPA. Mel dug up Babe Brew 6, another hazy IPA, this time from Saint-Houblon—La Microbrasserie. As you can imagine, we discussed the importance of drinking beer fresh. Don’t be like us and save them. We’re also talking about our Mother’s Day shenanigans. Mel went to see family and did a fair bit of drinking, while Greg convinced his mom to go wakeboarding and wine tasting. The two discussed what alcohols are good for trying to shed a few pounds, and Michelob Ultra is not in the running. The homie Chew Your Beer calls in with a brewery review of sorts. Thanks to Chew, we talk about breweries in bad neighborhoods and picking up street meats after drinking. In the News Flight: Wisconsin Brewing launched a non-alcoholic beer with Harley-Davidson, Firestone Walker is getting into the NA scene with 8ZERO5, and Massachusetts makes cocktails to-go a permanent fixture.In Booze News, the founder of Lead Dog Brewery buys back his former business. BrewDog CEO James Watt finally steps down…sorta. No-Li Brewing files a lawsuit over the use of a beer name. Modelo Especial and Michelob Ultra are topping the sales charts. And another teacher gets fired for getting drunk at school.-Mel: Instagram: @beergirl_mel-Flex:Instagram: @flex_me_a_beer-Craft Beer Republic: www.CraftBeerRepublic.com Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublic(805) 538-2337
Springtime Shenanigans: Wedding Beers and Secret Pizza
May 1 2024
Springtime Shenanigans: Wedding Beers and Secret Pizza
The sun is shining, the bees are buzzing, and the birds won't stop chirping - it must be springtime in the Craft Beer Republic! Flex and Greg are enjoying the sweet, delicious weather in Wisconsin while sipping on some quality brews.Recently, Greg officiated a wedding and felt like a big deal, while Flex reminisced about his wild bachelor party adventures. There's been a buzz of activity in the beer world, with various brewery acquisitions taking place. Oh, and let's not forget about the drunk guy who kicked a buffalo and the mystery of secret pizza! The Craft Beer Republic is always full of surprises and good times.Greg indulges in Voltron Volume 4, a hazy IPA collaboration between 4 Hands Brewing and Surly Brewing Company. Flex, on the other hand, is savoring the Cosmic Archer, a banger of a beer from the renowned Toppling Goliath. Greg did some officiating over the weekend and is hot off the tail of being the center of attention. He also learned about the art of secret wedding pizza and the importance of late-night wedding food. Flex talks about his wedding and the trouble he got into at his bachelor party. He also took the family to a baseball game so they could watch the Brewers lose and eat a bunch of food.In Booze News, Pike Brewing's founders are to acquire Freemont Brewing out of Washington. Faubourg Brewing's expensive facility is hitting the auction block. Jack's Abbey is acquiring Wormtown Brewery. Ballast Point is ceasing its brewing production and moving to a contract model. And a drunk man kicks a bison at Yellowstone.Shoutout to Dallas, GA, for being our top-listening city last week!-Flex:Instagram: @flex_me_a_beer-Craft Beer Republic: www.CraftBeerRepublic.com Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublic(805) 538-2337
When Was Your Last Crap Beer?
Apr 24 2024
When Was Your Last Crap Beer?
Welcome to Craft Beer Republic, Batch 305! Steph is back for another funny episode as we talk about the fallacy of greatness that Budweiser presented, Utah beer research, Eagle Park’s Jointfest, Flex’s awful culinary experience, Greg’s brush with TSA taking his beer, cocktail talk, and Florida Woman is making a comeback! Step is drinking Warm Smile, a fruited sour from Seek Beer Co. in San Diego. Greg is sipping on Squid Prints, a collab IPA from Imprint Beer and Vitamin Sea Brewing. And Flex has one of his favorites from Eagle Park Brewing. When it comes to macro beer, is there a bigger sham than the image that Budweiser sold us with their commercials? And what crap beer do you reach for if you have to? We also find out that Steph is related to The Rock, as are most Samoans. Greg has done some traveling and didn’t see eye-to-eye with TSA about bringing beer aboard the cabin. He also did some excellent beer research while in the Bay Area. Shout out to Wondrous Brewing Co! And we find out that Flex has a strange affinity for ketchup; are you a ketchup person?In Booze News, one cocktail reigns supreme in the United States! The Bruery is moving to Idaho. In terms of off-premise sales, less beer is being sold than a couple years ago. And Florida Woman takes the wheel, on three wheels; what are they drinking down there?-Steph:Instagram: @miss_tipsysocks-Flex:Instagram: @flex_me_a_beer-Craft Beer Republic: www.CraftBeerRepublic.com Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublic(805) 538-2337
New Beer Friends, Soggy Beer Fests, and Utah Liquor Laws
Apr 17 2024
New Beer Friends, Soggy Beer Fests, and Utah Liquor Laws
Get ready for some watery beer and new friends! Steph, aka @Miss_Tipsysocks, is coming to party with Flex and Greg on Craft Beer Republic. We’re talking about miserable beer fest experiences, making drunk purchases, why wine-drunk is just classier, old-timey train robberies, and getting drunk with Florida politicians.Steph is drinking Elephino, a DIPA from Red Rock Brewing out of Salt Lake City, UT. Greg is sipping on Pull Tabs, a hazy pale from BlackStack Brewing. And Flex is getting really local with his favorite Summer Shandy. Greg is back from Lagerville, aka Waterville, and has a full report on the misery of rainy beerfests. There were also some drunk injuries involved, and day-after wine tasting. Steph likes to get drunk and go shopping online; it’s like a surprise when the items appear. Flex and Step try to prove that they’re old with their bedtime routines. And the Masters did a great job of keeping things affordable for all the drunks out there. Does anyone know what a Crows Nest is?In Booze News, someone gets a little trigger-happy and shoots themselves at a True North Ale Company. Easter booze sales were up, further proving that seeing family requires alcohol. A group of train robbers has been charged with the theft of a ton of beer. And a Florida politician gets way too drunk and trashes his hotel.-Steph:Instagram: @miss_tipsysocks-Flex:Instagram: @flex_me_a_beer-Craft Beer Republic: www.CraftBeerRepublic.com Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublic(805) 538-2337
7 Beers for No Reason
Apr 3 2024
7 Beers for No Reason
Who needs a beer to themselves? How about 7? This week on Craft Beer Republic, Flex and Greg are talking about their Easter drinking situations, when to teach your kids about beer flights, participating in Pink Boots collab days, the upcoming WrestleMania weekend, drinks to-go, Blue Moon ruining the eclipse, and taking a drunk swim with your car.Greg and his wife, with a bunch of other beer friends, were invited to Pedals & Pints Brewing (thanks, Monica!) to participate in their Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day. We’re both talking about our Easter adventures. Flex pre-gamed his Easter a couple days early and is a better man for it. Greg started the day with some edibles and quickly classed things up from there. And, of course, a quick “looking forward” to WrestleMania 40 this weekend!Greg is drinking Thrash Punk Coffee Kolsch from Witch’s Hat Brewing Company; thanks to Andrew for sliding that one over. Flex is sipping on The Raspberry Vanilla Cheesecake Incident, a Berliner Weise from Eagle Park & Mikerphone Brewing. This also gets Flex talking about taking his kids to Eagle Park’s brewery and when the right time is to get them educated on flights. In the News Flight: Mad River Brewing was acquired by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, the Cicerone program has been sold, and Indiana makes cocktails to-go permanent!In Booze News: California breweries have some new legislation to look forward to when it comes to selling beer. It turns out that basketball fans prefer beer over other alcoholic beverages. Blue Moon is doing their best to ruin the solar eclipse with “Eclipse Sips.” A drunk driver confuses a boardwalk for a road and ends up in the drink.-Flex:Instagram: @flex_me_a_beer-Craft Beer Republic: www.CraftBeerRepublic.com Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublic(805) 538-2337
Drinking and Sporting
Mar 27 2024
Drinking and Sporting
Let’s keep the party going for Batch 401; Scott and Dan are back with Flex and Greg! We’re talking about traveling and drinking, upgrading your booze selections, keeping it saucy on the golf course, politicians getting involved in beer, and drunk platinum-status travelers.Flex is sipping on Samsara IPA from Evergrain Brewing in Pennsylvania. The other gents are drinking MC^Ghost from Parish Brewing and Equilibrium Brewing. Did you know a new Ghostbusters movie is coming out? Dan and Flex are very excited. Greg went on a work trip and managed to get some research done. He has a PSA about spirits selections when you’re getting fancy cocktails. Flex is getting sporty and drunk on the golf course with his new-found love for golfing. Dan reveals his love for minor league hockey and the Milwaukee Admirals. It turns out he often goes to watch games and gets drunk on the cheap. New Jersey is back at it with this week’s Ludicrous Libation Law.In Booze News: Congress is looking to give tax breaks to bars with new draft beer systems. Politicians are sticking their noses where they shouldn’t with THC beers. Wyoming adopted new franchise reform laws. Stone promises to get back to making beer…mostly. And a drunk platinum flyer really needs to drink a little water and stop asking people their size.Shoutout to Pennington, New Jersey, for being our top listening city last week.-Flex:Instagram: @flex_me_a_beer-Scott:Instagram: @ThirstyScott-Craft Beer Republic: www.CraftBeerRepublic.com Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublic(805) 538-2337
Reunited And It Feels So Good
Mar 20 2024
Reunited And It Feels So Good
We made it to 400! For the big 4-0-0, we are having a party! Greg and Flex are hanging with the OGs, Scott and Dan. We’re talking about our 3:16 Day and St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, day drinking like a champ, pizza-flavored beer, and getting in a drunken wrestling match in the drive-thru.Flex is sipping on This Is My Serious Face, a hazy from Amorphic Beer. The other gents are drinking the most popular craft beer from 2016, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Can you believe we’ve been around since 2016?!In honor of Stone Cold Day and St. Patrick’s Day, we did some celebrating. Flex hung out with the family and had his annual whiskey shots. Dan did his celebrating on 3:16. Scott celebrated from the couch. Greg pre-gamed too hard and doesn’t remember the end of Saint Patrick’s Day 2024. Flex is a massive champion of day drinking, and who isn’t?In Booze News: Alaska Airlines and Fremont Brewing team up for a flight-inspired beer. Voodoo Ranger is dropping a pizza-flavored beer that no one can afford. Cigar City Brewing (thanks to Monster) is laying off a chunk of its workforce. And a Florida Man starts ramming cars and brawling in the drive-thru (and inspires a song).Shoutout to Cumberland, Maryland, for being our top listening city last week.-Flex:Instagram: @flex_me_a_beer-Scott:Instagram: @ThirstyScott-Craft Beer Republic: www.CraftBeerRepublic.com Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublic(805) 538-2337
Secretly Drunk in the Closet
Mar 13 2024
Secretly Drunk in the Closet
Sláinte, beer lovers! This week, Flex and Greg are back with tales of alcohol hidden in the walls, throwing sharp objects while drinking, drinking too much with professional wrestlers, the Florida Man Games, Tennessee’s cold beer saga, and getting arrested for flirting with cops.Flex is sipping All Beef Frank, an IPA from Hop Butcher for the World. Greg is drinking Extra Sunshine, a hazy IPA from Shred Beer Company. Thanks to Erica for sending that down. Greg apologizes to some forgotten beers and talks about the joys of drinking beer while throwing axes (and other sharp objects). He also went to Palefest, started drinking with a professional wrestler, and ended up way too hydrated. We talk about what a coffee nerd’s actual name is. Flex has kept Greg in suspense all week as he tells his tale of hidden alcohol bottles and getting in trouble for their sudden appearance. Chew Your Beer left a voicemail: Happy birthday, Chew! You can leave one, too: (805) 538-BEER.In Booze News: the Florida Man Games have come and gone, and the real winners are the spectators. JuneShine acquires Flying Embers if anyone cares. Tennessee has an about-face on its cold beer stance. Georgia is doing their best to keep small brewers down and help out the big distribution companies. And a drunk man is arrested for slapping his real and flipping off the cops…not in Florida!-Flex:Instagram: @flex_me_a_beer-Craft Beer Republic: www.CraftBeerRepublic.com Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublic(805) 538-2337
Red Engine Brewing Company's Preston Andreini
Mar 6 2024
Red Engine Brewing Company's Preston Andreini
Someone call 9-1-1! We're excited to be at Red Engine Brewing Company to talk to Preston Andreini, the founder, brewmaster, and the man behind the vision of this new brewery. He speaks about his history with craft beer, being the first brewery in town, designing recipes, making important mistakes, and making beer people want to drink. Preston shares Java Bump, a coffee blond ale, and the perfect breakfast beer. We discuss his "other" job as a firefighter and his connection with the brewery's name. We get into the planning stages, starting a podcast about building a brewery, getting friends to help build, and the acceptance from the local community. Next, we share First In, an American light lager. We get nerdy with the brewing process and beer enzymes and turn the conversation to picking the correct location. He shares who helped him during the planning, the most significant lessons he learned throughout the process, and what he would have done differently. Then we sample Smoke Show, a not-too-smokey dry Irish stout. Preston talks about his focus on beer making and the importance of having more than just beer in the brewery. He speaks about his first beers in life and brings that full circle to his brewing education. We drill down on process and discuss what hops he's crushing on and who he's excited to collaborate with. Finally, we finish with Probie, their blonde ale. While we sip on that, we run through a round of rapid-fire questions. It would be a crime not to mention the pizza they're slinging at the brewery. We shared one before the interview started, and it was delicious!Check out Red Engine Brewing in Filmore, CA, at 803 Ventura St. Find them online at RedEngineBrewing.com. And on the socials. Thanks to Preston for sharing his beer, pizza, and time with us! If you check out the brewery, let us know what you think!-Craft Beer Republic: www.CraftBeerRepublic.com Instagram: @CraftBeerRepublicFacebook: CraftBeerRepublicPodThreads: CraftBeerRepublic(805) 538-2337