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First Aired - 08/24/2010 05:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy and Ray broadcast live from Cooperstown at the Omegang brewery! Learn about Omegang, Hennepin, and the other Belgian-style, bottle conditioned pieces of art the guys create on a daily basis. Tune in for a discussion on gypsy beers and their impact on the craft brewing scene as well. This episode was sponsored by Great Brewers.com: a favorite source for beer information and education and one of the internet's most popular beer destinations.

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First Aired - 08/23/2011 05:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week's Beer Sessions was recorded LIVE at the Belgium Comes to Cooperstown Festival at Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY. Jimmy Carbone is joined by a panel of guests including Simon Thorpe, Phil Leinart, Dave Brodrick, Dan Paquette & Naomi Neville. Find out what goes down at the festival, how breweries can come together as kindred spirits and help each other and learn more about Belgian beer and it's journey to America. This episode was sponsored by Great Brewers.

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First Aired - 08/31/2010 05:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on Beer Sessions Jimmy and Ray continue their on-sight broadcast from the Ommegang Brewery's "Belgium Comes to Cooperstown" beer event. Hear from Ommegang brewmaster Phil Leinhart, Duvel president Simon Thorpe, and Larry Bennett of Ommegang on the past and future of the only small, private, family owned Belgian brewery in the United States. This episode was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com: the best resource on the internet for craft beer lovers.

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how does Ommegang use the festival for beer development, all the brewers get involved at the festival, Belgian Farmhouse Breweries, the site is an old hop farm, Dave Broderick, Broderick was very persuasive to get the guys up to the festival, Phil is a brewMASTER, Ommegang just graduated from micro to regional, Ommegang is at a capacity of 22 thousand barrels, Sean does everything - he makes bottles and distributes the beer, Sean trains brewers, Sean makes sure the process is correct, the brewmaster has to make adjustments when needed, how to grow the brewery, Ommegang does engage in any contracting, its easy for craft brewers to dream of being very big, Ommegang will cap off growth if they ever begin to lose their top quality, Ommegang wants to always be fascinating to beer connesiers, BPA is a much more accessible beer, BPA is a gateway beer that allows people access to flavorful beers without being challenging, Duvel Green is another gateway beer, Duvel Green was slammed by the beer press for not being the same as Duvel in the bottle, Ray looked at Duvel Green as a really crisp pilsner, its tough to double ferment in kegs or they blow up, reducing barriers for people to try great beer and before you know it you've got someone who's a beer enthusiast, Ommegang is the only privately held family owned Belgian brewery in America, Ommegang's relationship with their parent and chief brewers in Belgium allows them hundreds of years of expertise and tradition, Duvel is a family company who want to grow a wonderful businessman in America, Belgian brewers can be a little closed minded,

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