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.

Homebrew Horse Blanket and Hydroponics

fifth-season-gardeningOwner Mike Weeks and brewer Jeremy Bruder drink local now with us for episode #0020 at their Fifth Season Gardening hydroponic and homebrew store on Tunnel Road in East Asheville. Find out about the oldest bar tab in the World and horse blanket on the flavor wheel (ref: cat piss #0016). "More esoteric styles of beer are on the horizon and less innovation," postulates Jeremy. Local hops growning in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Mexican hops, Australian hops, and Sierra Nevada's trademark ownership of a specific type of hop are cheery topics of discourse. Though tropical plants are the big sellers at Fifth Season, we go for the great craft beer on tap and their all-gender bathrooms.

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!