Our second release during Asheville FM fund drive week, episode #0042, features Michael Greenfield of Ashevile Community Yoga, Jody Bender a Stern Super Fan, Busker Matt Ryans, Weaverville resident Cindy Zalman-Wolhart, and Tommy Green of Brewpon. Crazy fun times were had at Catawba Brewing's South Slope tap room, where Jody had a blind date with Chuckie who joined us on the podcast at first sight!
Asheville FM Fund Drive has kicked and in conjunction junction what's your function? We are releasing a podcast every day! Listen to Ashevile FM's own P-Funk educate us on what Asheville FM community radio is all about. All this week come on by the station on Haywood Road in West Asheville for free coffee provided by Firestorm Cafe and Books, and many free goodies to choose from, like CD's and vinyl.... just give a small donation to keep the station up and running for all of us.
"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?
One 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.
Since 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.
Local Burlesque performer Morgana Magdalene sits down on us (wishful thinking), rather with us, at THE BLOCK off Biltmore for discussion on the art form, distinguishing it from stripping. A new generation nostalgic for the spectacle and glamour of the old times has been determined to bring burlesque back, and we have a thriving scene here in Asheville. We don't care what you call it, as hot as Morgana is, we approve of her undressing. Crowler Chris Power, Busker Matt Ryan, and Brewpon Tommy Green chat it up with burlesque performer Morgana Magdalene.... ITS HOT!
What 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 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.
Another fun Asheville Beer Club Meetup and Pint Night (Wicked Weed) at THE BLOCK off Biltmore. Special guests Andy Sharpe and Wyatt Freeman of Wicked Weed provided us with information on new releases and a new future location. Tommy Green got really drunk, and wouldn't shut up, stop laughing, and talking incessantly about the greatness of Pokemon Go. A sober Chis Power expertly guides the interview, where the discussion is quality craft beer, and how sours are unquestionably the future of craft beer.
Authors 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.