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They're running low on hops in Washington! Tune into this segment to hear why- while it sounds disastrous- the hop shortage is actually a good omen for the craft beer industry. Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com.


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First Aired - 05/01/2012 05:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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On this week's Beer Sessions Radio, host Jimmy Carbone is talking about hops and alternative bittering agents in brewing. Ben Grainger of Bierkraft and Peter Kennedy of SimplyBeer.com are in the studio, talking about the hops that they grow at home, and how they incorporate them into their brewing processes. Joe and Dennis Fisher are also on the show discussing their book, The Homebrewer's Garden. Tune in to hear about bittering herbs that you can grow right in your yard. Are you interested in brewing botanicals? Then this is the show for you! This show was sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.

"[Gruits and grodziskies] are brewed without hops; they're brewed with other bittering spices. Classic gruit is horehound, mugwort, heather- there can be sorts of stuff inside of it." -- Ben Grainger on Beer Sessions Radio

"When hops came over, they were not universally embraced immediately. The was kind of a culture war, and the ones who favored hops ultimately won." -- Joe and Dennis Fisher on Beer Sessions Radio


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First Aired - 06/28/2011 05:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on Beer Sessions Radio Jimmy is joined by Jen Schwertman of Blind Tiger and Dave Broderick. The session begins with a discussion of cider, artisanal hard cider to be exact. Then Penny Pink from Portneuf Valley Brewing who recounts how she began and built her own brewpub out in Idaho and describes what exactly grog is. Later the conversation gets hoppin with Michael Roffman from Atlantic Hops who talks everything from growing to drying. And don't forget about Cookout NYC happening this July 10th!


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