Green Man Brews Elite Craft Beer!

"If I'm not running for a beer or a donut, or running from something, I am not running," proclaims disc golfer champ Jennifer McGibbon in episode #0057 of Drink Local Now. There was no running at the Collider, just eating and drinking and laughing... Look Out Brewing master brewer, John Garcia, assured us, "Green Man's Trickster is an outstanding beer. John Stewart has been brewing great beer for years!" Tommy and Crowler are given a formal education on who really are the best craft brewers in Asheville, and who makes the very best craft beer in the World! Image Courtesy Indulge Images

Big Beer Buys Big Weed!

The ginormous company that owns Corona, who also bought one time craft brewer Ballast Point for a billion dollars, recently purchased a stake in a humongous Canadian marijuana company for nearly $200 million. Corona has always branded themselves as a beach beer. It makes sense that they would be interested in another popular summer beach product: weed. What this means for our community is discussed by our local panel of experts in our 56th recording of Drink Local Now. Todd Stimson, Patty Peace Macomb, Meredith Bennett, and Tommy Green are high with laughter and such. This episode is brought you by the catnip dispensary Meowntain High.

Jordan Okrend Plays. We Drink Craft!

Community is Brewing is Facebook LIVE with Jordan Okrend, where Drink Local Now investigators reveal the hoppenings at The Bud owned Wicked Weed Brewing. Jordan Okrend entertains when the hosts bore, playing tunes off his new hit album, as well as some Pink Floyd. Jordan's dad, Phil (yes the famous pianist) does a cameo, and tells us how he got Jordan started on guitar at the age of seven.
On Tap: Oskar Blues Hot Box Coffee IPA, French Broad Irish Stout.

Natural Born Leaders Pisgah Brewing

Grammy Award winner Debrissa McKinney and Austin Haynes are the new power couple in town. DeBaustin? Michael Martinez fell off the World's tallest water sphere in Union, New Jersey and lived to podcast with us at Pisgah Brewing for Chalwa's residency.


Benton Wharton, the Director of Events and good times at Pisgah, hosted us and shared his craft beer wisdom. Michael Franti and Debrissa McKinney did not speak on this episode.


Natural Born Leaders' Austin Haynes and Michael Martinez jump on stage with Chalwa to chat poetry. It's a once and a lifetime collaboration not to be missed!


Tommy Green explains how he unintentionally walked into this scene at Echo Mountain, having no idea what he saw, and didn't realize what he saw, until Steve Martin started tweeting about it.


Tommy Green labeled Chris Power as the whitest motherfreaker EVER, only to end up as the pot calling the kettle black. He twice referred to Ice T's role in Straight Outta Compton.

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Oscar Wong Mystic Vibrations

Tate MacQueen and Tommy Green are at Highland Brewing and have a chat with the guy who started it all, yes him! Oscar Wong! Mark Conti, one of Highland's top guys with a fancy title, tells us all about the beer. The theme of the day is Jamaica, where both Oscar Wong and Ric Williams are from. Yes! We also talked to Ric Williams of Itals fame, and now Mystic Vibrations. Oscar hails from Kingston and Ric from Westmoreland. Lots of laughing and good times were had at the Winter Edition of Island to Highland at Highland Brewing.

Pisgah Brewing Stout Hog Day

We celebrate Stout Hog Day in it's 8th year at Pisgah Brewing. Free pancakes and many stout beers flow freely all day. Jonathan and Becky Ayers of the former Stagshead Brewing discuss the renaming of their operation of their soon to open TRISKELION BREWING in Hendo. Dave Quinn, the man who owns and started Pisgah Brewing years and years ago, talks to us about their upcoming expansion, his retirement from personally brewing beer, and the special guest performing their upcoming anniversary show. CHALWA is the main act, with Dennis Berndt and his players bringing the house down for yet another brilliant Stout Hog Day at Pisgah Brewing.

Kevin Kinney Christmas Day Jam

Jody Bender and Tommy Green went to Jack of the Wood for the Kevin Kinney Christmas Day Jam. Kevin talked to us, as well as Wild Adriatic's Front Man Travis Gray, and Josh Daniel from the aptly named Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project. Jason Brodsky of Acoustic Syndicate was working the board and kindly shared a couple candies with Tommy. Between the candy and the Founders Day Coffee Breakfast Stout Tommy was sipping, things got messy quickly. However, time seemed to be moving very slowly. Jody deftly ran the podcast, and all in all, it was a fantastically great experience. Jack of The Wood had its best day ever, raising over $4,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

White Horse Black Mountain

Jody Bender and Tommy Green head over to White Horse Black Mountain for their 8th Annual Winter Holiday Concert. Kevin Spears, Kalimba Man, and well known WNC photographer, Herb Way, start us off, setting an ambient tone for the evening. Next up, we were blown away by the phat and modish music of the 16 year old Ian Ridenhour. His integrity and maturity was both enlightening and refreshing. Soon after, we got down and dirty with the vivacious and very sexy Christine Garvin Christmas Go Go Dancers. BJ Leiderman, composer of NPR's Morning Edition theme, was the Grand Finale of yet another epic podcast.

Chelsea Clinton and Warren Haynes

chelsea-clinton-warren-haynesChelsea Clinton and Warren Haynes join us for episode #0049... not really, but pretty close. Asheville City Councilman Brian Haynes, who is Warren Haynes brother, and Tim Weber, owner and head brewer of Twin Leaf Brewery, who hosted Chelsea Clinton just days before the Presidential Election, do join us for episode #0049 at Twin Leaf Brewery. Presidential politics and rock-n-roll were not discussed. Chris Power and Tommy Green stumble their way through the conversation, as Brian's calm cool demeanor, and Tim's extraordinary craft beer, make this an episode not to be missed!

The Legendary Meditations

the meditationsJust days after the shocking election results, The Meditations rolled into Asheville to sooth our souls. The show at New Mountain AVL with CHALWA was epic, and after, Busker Matty Ryans and Brewpon Tommy Green have a fun chat with Ansel Cridland and Drayton Lumumba Chandell from truly, one of the most important reggae bands of all time. Included are sound checks, the band warming up, and Running from Jamaica, as well as a special singing of Woman Piabba just for us. Crucial.