Alison Cuddy is an artistic director at Chicago Humanities Festiva, former host of Chicago Public Radio’s (WBEZ 91.5 FM) Eight Forty-Eight and co-host of Strange Brews Beer Podcast.
We talk with Tim Matson, the author of Mountain Brew a guide to illegal homebrewing in 1970s Vermont. We also talk with the owners of Scratch Brewing, a brewery in the middle of a Southern Illinois forest obsessed with foraged ingredients. We discuss the first craft beer cruise and the results of the #dirtylines movement in Boston. We also hear calls from listeners and celebrate winning the Best Beer Podcast for a second year from the North American Guild of Beer Writers. To find out about our next projects go to
We talk with the authors of The Comic Book Story of Beer, Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith. They explain the role beer played in wars and revolutions throughout world history. We also discuss recent sales and acquisitions in the craft beer world including Lagunitas and Virtue Cider. We drink a barrel-aged Scottish Ale from Sketchbook Brewing.
We talk with Dave Engbers and Jeremy Kosmicki of Founders Brewing Co. about their tough early years and their plans following their partial sale to Spanish brewery Mahou San Miguel. We also talk with Mashable's Juana Summers about beer on the presidential campaign trail and North Korea's beer aspirations.
The conclusion of our investigation into Small Town Brewery's Not Your Father's Root Beer. We get lab results back from White Labs and talk with representatives from the TTB and the Brewers Association about how they distinguish between beer and flavored malt beverages.
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Chicago, IL, USA
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2 days, 19 hours
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