Representative John Ager for Hemp

john agerNorth Carolina State Representative John Ager joins us for Hemp Wednesdays at THE BLOCK off Biltmore. Hemp is soon to be the new cash crop for the Southern States. Raleigh's Tyler Cromartie, Hendo's Chris Power, and Dark Matter's Tommy Green chat it up with Hickory Nut Gap Farm's John Ager about the current status of North Carolina hemp legalization in episode #0044.

Brian Grossman Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

briangrossman4Sierra Nevada Owner Brian Grossman humbly describes himself as a second generation brewer. We know him as the owner of of one of best companies in the world, practicing conscious capitalism and sustainability. "As soon as beer making becomes a job, you've f**ked up," say Brian. "You need to be passionate about what you are doing." In episode #0043 Brian educates us on the finer points of making quality beer, and his philosophies on life which help him to run Sierra Nevada. Brad and Brandi Hillman, of soon to open Hillman Beer on Sweeten Creek Road, as well as artisan glass blowers, also join us on this epic episode at Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest.

The Pimps of Joytime

pimps-of-joytime"It is actually impossible. There is no way you can experience what another person experiences, but just the act of trying to understand what somebody else is going through is critical. The World would be in a lot better condition if enough people were at least just attempting to be empathetic," says Brian J of the band Pimps of Joytime in episode #0039, recorded at Pisgah Brewing. We just might vote for Brian J as a write in candidate in the upcoming election. Right?

Altamont Brewing Now UpCountry Brewing

upcountry2One of the first breweries in Asheville, Altamont Brewing, recently changed hands, and is now UpCountry Brewing. The same charming place that was Altamont - the brewery with the most character in Asheville - will continue on with the same community standards, under the new name UpCountry. You will find the same people, same dogs, and same staff as before! What's different? The assistant brewer from Altamont, Jordan Veale, is now the Head Brewer at UpCountry, giving us certitude that great beer will continue to flow from their taps. Executive Chef Matt Covich, an avid disc golfer, has moved to Asheville from Athens, GA and created a delicious contemporary southern menu. Pizza and burgers are still served, as before... but now, they are worth every penny! Brewer Jordan Veale, Manager Nicole Flynn, Crowler Chris Power, and Brewpon Tommy Green chat it up in episode #0038.

CHALWA High Country Reggae

chalwaSince 2006 CHALWA has been jamming its brand of high country reggae across North Carolina and Jamaica. Playing as many nights as their wives allow, they are one of the hardest working bands around. Which is somewhat ironic, as their melodic sounds sooth the soul. Its lots of fun, and we were lucky to chat with CHALWA members Dennis Berndt, Timothy Marsh, and Nethali Percival, just moments before they had to jump on stage at Southern Appalachian Brewery for yet another epic performance. Kensman Jonathan Ayers (Stagshead Brewing) and Brewpon Tommy Green facilitate the conversation.

Joe Greene Meets Cecil Bothwell

cecil-bothwellAnother Wednesday Hemp Day finds us at The BLOCK off Biltmore chatting with toasts of the town Joe Greene and Cecil Bothwell… and toast is exactly what we did! Both of these gentlemen work hard with our community, forging relationships, bringing people together to help one another, and live as one. Crowler Chris Power and Brewpon Tommy Green are humbled by the presence of these two Super Asheville Citizens. Give it a listen… find out what went down at Wednesday Hemp Day!

Mr. White Labs

chris-white-labsWhat began as home brewers searching for higher quality yeast, quickly grew into a team of dedicated biochemists exploring new ways to advance brewing altogether. Today, White Labs stands at the intersection of science, education and craft. Constantly striving for perfection, and in the process continually raising the bar in the art of fermentation. In episode #0033, join White Labs owner and renowned yeast author Chris White, as he chats it up at THE BLOCK off Biltmore with Crowler Chris Power and Brewpon Tommy Green.

Doug Fine: HempX Asheville at Highland Brewing

doug-fineDoug Fine is an American author, journalist, humorist, and goat herder. He has been a freelance journalist for such organizations as the Washington Post, Salon, U.S. News and World Report, Sierra, Wired, Outside, National Public Radio, and many other venues. His investigative reporting has taken him to five continents, often to remote locations like Burma, Rwanda, Laos, Guatemala and Tajikistan. One of his dispatches, on Burmese democracy efforts, was read into the Congressional Record. Fine won numerous awards for his radio reporting from rural Alaska before he moved to New Mexico. He joins us at Highland Brewing for HempX Asheville where good vibes and times were pervasive. David Newsom from Palmetto Harmony, Asheville Busker Matt Ryans, Tennessee Tebow, and Brewpon Tommy Green chat it up together.

President Erik Lars Myers and Professor Sarah Ficke

mystery-brewingAuthors of North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries, Sarah Ficke and Erik Lars Myers, join us at THE BLOCK off Biltmore for episode #0026. "If you know the people from the brewery and you know their story, you will get a good idea of what their beer tastes like." These two, now married, met when Erik was directing Sarah in a play. These days, a brewer and owner of Mystery Brewing, Erik dresses in beaver drag, while Sarah is a Professor of English at Marymount University.

Tony Kiss: The Beer Guy

Tony KissSpecial guest Tony Kiss "The Beer Guy" discusses the history and future of the Asheville beer scene. Not so special guest, Stump Mutts guitarist, Drink Local Now Prophet Derek Allen, joins the riveting craft beer discussion as well, in episode #0024. Chis Power and Tommy Green were also on hand drinking craft beer. Tony drank water, recovering from a weekend of hard work visiting a multitude of breweries over the weekend. Life's a bitch... but Tony's not complaining. ;-)