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.

Wicked Weed: Wyatt Freeman and Andy Sharpe

Wicked Weed THE BLOCK off biltmoreAnother 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.

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.

Legalize Weed in North Carolina Now

legalize-marijuana-North-CarolinaCarolina Hemp Company's Brian Bullman and Brian Morris (The Brians) join us in the old YMI building, home to Community is Brewing, for episode #0019.

Cannabis has “blazed” a trail into the national spotlight thanks to the legalization battle and provocative new studies on its health benefits. Mounds of research and media events like Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN Special Report WEED have shed light on cannabis’s potential to treat cancer, seizures, multiple sclerosis (MS), glaucoma, pain and other ailments. However, the entire conversation still revolves around marijuana, the high-THC strain of cannabis that makes you “high.” Little attention has been paid to hemp, the low-THC, high-cannabidiol (CBD) strain that not only has substantial health benefits, but also has enormous potential to benefit our environment.

The Wedge Speaking of Travel to Cuba

wedge"Our Asheville Community is about working together to create local economy, so we can live here with the quality of life we all came here for," says Marilyn Ball in episode #0018 of Drink Local Now. Tim Schaller, owner of the Wedge Brewery, and Marilyn Ball from Speaking of Travel, make for an all-star cast on a beautiful afternoon on location at The Wedge. Community is Brewing's new home, dirty bong water, traveling to Cuba, and the craft lifestyle are just a few of the many topics covered. F***k HB2!

Cat Piss on the Flavor Wheel

Monte's TaproomThe scintillating and vivacious Monique "Man Eater" Ruiz proves herself as a podcast host extraordinaire in episode #0016 of Drink Local Now. Whether discussing Tommy Green's micro-penis, cat piss on the flavor wheel, or going head-to-head with Jonathan Ayers on craft beer expertise, the Man Eater holds her own. Crowler, Kinsman, Man Eater, and Little Dickie taste a variety of craft beers before gulping them all down.

Gary Sernack: Bhramari Brewhouse

ceelo-green-gary-sernack Ceelo Green and Gary Sernack at Bhramari Brewhouse enjoying infused beer. Craft Lifestyle. Great beer. Local. Great Burgers. Star Wars. Investing in Community. Hard Sodas. Tattoos. Harry Potter...and uh... great craft beer! Ain't that some shit? "I really fucking like this place," says Tommy Green. "When can we come back for more podcasting?"

The Twilight Zone with Adam Charnack

Adam Charnack of Hi-Wire Brewing Imagine a world where Governor Pat McCrory overturned HB2... Crazy huhn? That is exactly what we believed had happened just prior to recording episode #0012 of Drink Local Now. We were elated and giddy throughout, happy that we no longer lived in the worst State in the Union. The Funniest Man in Beer, Adam Charnack of Hi-Wire Brewing, hosts us for our podcast at Hi-Wire Brewing's Big Top. Could we have been tripping on LSD? Download the Brewpon app to listen. Join us in The Twilight Zone.