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.

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.

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.

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.

Chief Black Fox of Standing Rock

Chief Black Fox from Standing Rock joins Tommy Green, Jody Bender, and Morgana Magdalene at THE BLOCK off Biltmore for episode #0047. Good clean water is essential to making great craft beer, and making great craft beer is exactly what the Native Americans in North Dakota plan to do with the clean water they are protecting at Standing Rock. Stand with Standing Rock. Save our beer!

Jody Bender, Jake Feltenberger, Morgana Magdalene, and John Hornsby

jodybA great cast of characters keep the conversation scintillating in episode #0046. We are at The Bunn House for an Asheville Affiliates hosted event Catawba Brewing sponsored. Just two days after the Presidential Election, we are all still in shock, aimlessly drinking our sorrows away. We had a really good time, though. The healing, and a renewed community activism, has begun!

America on Tap Asheville

southern growlerThe sober guys from Southern Growler get the show started with hosts Tommy Green and Jonathan Ayers at Asheville On Tap. Then Stuart Arnold of Fortnight Brewing Company shares his award winning beers, and Tommy Green gets really really really drunk. Lyric kindly graces us with her presence for a quick chat, despite Tommy's debauchery. Check out an unedited episode #0045, where Jonathan Ayers does a great job of holding down the fort. Still... it get's pretty Fugly.