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Letter writing is a dying art. With the advent social networking, text messaging, and ignoring your problems and loved ones, nobody writes letters anymore. I’m here to push against the trend, to be that letter writing equivalent of that hipster guy who still rides a pennyfarthing. I’m just one stupid person who writes letters to anyone about anything, and I’d be honored to write one to you. My name is Alyssa and this is Letter Talk.
 
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Sacramento's Ben Rice travels to breweries and has conversations with the makers of your favorite beers and the people who drink them.
 
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Host Ben Rice sits down with Andy Klein, owner and brewmaster at Monk's Cellar in Roseville, CA, as well as brewer Bryan Crass and sales rep Lewis McGeorge, to talk about their upcoming 5th anniversary (Friday, October 18/Saturday, October 19), including their collaboration beers with over TWENTY breweries. Once of those is Huntington Beach's B ...…
 
In this mail bag, we have an exchange with a dear friend, a postcard asking about investment information, and a note to an important lobbying group. I’m also joined by my dear friend Jason Mack. Let’s dig in! Letter Talk is now a monthly live show at Stab Comedy Theater (StabComedyTheater.com) every 3rd Saturday at 7pm! If you’d like me to writ ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Davis, CA to talk to Sudwerk Brewing's co-owners Trent Yaczan and Ryan Fry, plus Davis-based comedian Bex Nava, about Sudwerk's upcoming 30th anniversary (the celebration is Saturday, October 26)! We discuss the transition from original ownership to their grandsons, maintaining your core identity while also keeping up w ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA's Oak Park community to talk to brewer Geoff Scott of Oak Park Brewing Company and PR/marketing consultant Shane Barker. We talk about the re-invigoration of Oak Park, as well as the grand re-opening/reimagining of Oak Park Brewing Company, which has new ownership, new brewers, new chefs, but is trying to ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to SacYard Community Taphouse to meet with San Diego's original craft brewery Karl Strauss, via their Northern California sales reps Peter August & Jeff Broaddus, as well as beer marketer Emily Hutto of Rad Craft Beer. We chat about Karl Strauss Brewing's history in America's craft beer scene, how they've stayed relevent a ...…
 
I send a letter of support to a business, send a card with a great idea to a non-profit, and come up with a great idea for some titans of a certain industry. Letter Talk is now a monthly live show at Stab Comedy Theater (StabComedyTheater.com) every 3rd Saturday at 7pm! If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fa ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to speak with Urban Roots Brewing's Peter Hoey (brewer/owner) and Rob Archie (owner) and host of the Letter Talk Podcast Alyssa Cowan. We tackle the tough topics, like time management, adapting your business plan to your intended audience, learning from failures, and the mystery of Dippin' Dots. Plus! Wh ...…
 
In this mail bag, there’s a letter about betrayal, postcards presented with my good friend and comedian Nicki Fuchs, and a note about a possible crime. Letter Talk is now a monthly live show at Stab Comedy Theater (StabComedyTheater.com) every 3rd Saturday at 7pm! If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair war ...…
 
In this mail bag, we have a letter about AI, some postcards about frogs presented with my good friend and comedian Nicki Fuchs, and a letter about spirit animals. Let’s dig in! Letter Talk is now a monthly live show at Stab Comedy Theater (StabComedyTheater.com) every 3rd Saturday at 7pm! If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Reques ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Half Moon Bay, CA, to speak with Hop Dogma's owner and head brewer Dan Littlefield during their monthly Comedy Sharks comedy show, along with performing comedians Alex Love, Krista Fatka, and Phil Griffiths. We talk Hop Dogma's rocky transition to their new location, how Dan is leaving an impact on the world, running a ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to San Francisco, CA, to sit down with Jim Furman, owner of Black Hammer Brewing, to talk classic beer styles, their new beer garden Willkommen SF, and nuclear physics. You know, cuz beer! We also talk about pursuing your passion, Untappd's inconsistent reviews, and how to properly quit/obtain a job. Plus! Conspiracy theor ...…
 
Throwing up a replay this week to get ready for the live show! Check out the details for it on LetterTalkPodcast.com! *** In this mail bag we have an apology letter to my hometown, a postcard about weed, and a follow up with an old pen pal. Letter Talk is now a monthly live show at Stab Comedy Theater (StabComedyTheater.com) every 3rd Saturday ...…
 
In this mail bag, I send a letter to a new friend, mail a postcard asking for advice and reach out to a congressperson with an idea for important legislation. Letter Talk is now a monthly live show at Stab Comedy Theater (StabComedyTheater.com) every 3rd Saturday at 7pm! If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But f ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Sparks, NV, to sit down with Revision Brewing's owner Jeremy Warren and head brewer Jeb Taylor, as well as musician Andy Zuker of Thundervision, to talk Revision's meteoric rise in the craft beer landscape and what it means to be RENO AS FUCK. From Jeremy and Jeb's early homebrew dalliances, to Jeremy winning his bigges ...…
 
In today’s mail bag, I write a letter suggesting a new economic tool, call for an important scientific survey, and send a suggestion to a TV network. Letter Talk is now a monthly live show at Stab Comedy Theater (StabComedyTheater.com) every 3rd Saturday at 7pm! If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warni ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to The Bash Festival's Sacramento stop to talk ska, punk, and beer with Arlo Grammatica of Durango, Colorado's Ska Brewing and Sacramento-based musician and rock journalist Aaron Carnes. We break down what is and is not ska (with samples provided by the sound techs of the festival!), Ska Brewing's 24 years in existence and ...…
 
In this mail bag, I ask about the patent process, send a postcard asking about gift services, and talk about a revolutionary furniture idea. Letter Talk is now a monthly live show at Stab Comedy Theater (StabComedyTheater.com) every 3rd Saturday at 7pm! If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I wil ...…
 
In this mail bag, we have a letter to a new friend, a postcard with something I’m worried about, and I try to find out if some of our friends are ok. Letter Talk is now a monthly live show at Stab Comedy Theater (StabComedyTheater.com) every 3rd Saturday at 7pm! If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warni ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to sit down with Bike Dog Brewing owner Sage Smith at their Broadway location, with guest Alejandro Farias of Mutts & Mugs Park Pub, which hopes to be the first dog park-pub hybrid in California very shortly. We talk pups, pints, and the politics of business ownership. Plus! Can art demand, consumer fick ...…
 
Live from Stab Comedy Theater (StabComedyTheater.com), in the first show of the Sacramento Podcast Festival (SacPodFest.com), it's Letter Talk! In this mail bag we have some letters asking for advice, a note for some important economics clarification. And big pile of postcards with some dumb shit. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click o ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Galt, CA, to talk to owner/brewer Ed Mason of River Rock Brewery, Galt's only brewery, and comedian Jason Sohm. We talk small-town living and expectations, bucking trends, and forging your own path, with or without support. We also discuss River Rock's upcoming third anniversary party (Saturday, June 8), their expansion ...…
 
We did it! Episode 100! Host Ben Rice goes big instead of going home, and visits THE California craft brewery, Chico's Sierra Nevada, to talk to brand manager Terence Sullivan and the first lady of craft beer, Judy Ashworth, owner of the historic Lyons Brewery Depot, one of the first craft beer bars in America, whose history is intimately tied ...…
 
Hi folks! I'm going to be prepping for the first ever Letter Talk Live! So, I'll be taking a break from making new episodes so I can prepare. If you'd like to come to the show check out SacPodFest.com Cheers!By Alyssa Cowan.
 
In this mail bag, I respond to an exciting opportunity, and send a postcard to a rival pageant. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write back to me, I might read that on the podcast, too. If you like what you hea ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Placerville, CA, to chat with Outbreak Brewing's owner and head brewer Tim Daniel, as well as Placerville Public House owner "Bossman" Al Griffen about all things craft beer. Tim discusses his beer background, from his lifelong friendship with a business partner, to his incredibly useful career in construction, to his o ...…
 
This week we have a letter about personality, a postcard with an exciting secret, and a suggestion to a major publication. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write back to me, I might read that on the podcast, to ...…
 
Ben Rice sits down with Angel Sepulveda (Flatland), Ashley Schafer (Sufferfest/Sierra Nevada), Alyssa Steger (Crooked Lane), and Rebecca Steele-Wilkie (Cuvee Marketing) of the Sacramento chapter of the Pink Boots Society to discuss Pink Boots, their collaboration beers and subsequent tap takeovers, entering the beer industry, and favorite start ...…
 
In this mailbag, I write a letter to experts on people, send a postcard asking for resources, and pitch a life changing idea to a science organization. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write back to me, I might ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to talk to brewers John Anaya and George Murray of King Cong Brewing, and musician Dean Haakenson of Be Brave Bold Robot. We talk about bringing renewed vigor back to the Del Paso Boulevard community, the importance of community in beer, and some proprietary yeast strains that could help put King Cong on ...…
 
This week I write a letter to pal, send a postcard to the FCC, and ask for advice from a soothing presence in my life. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write back to me, I might read that on the podcast, too. I ...…
 
Host Ben Rice discusses the recent lawsuits filed against Sacramento, CA's Track 7 Brewing and Grand Rapids, Michigan's Founders Brewing, as well as the Great Lakes Brewing News "satire" and delves into the sadly-still existent racism, sexism, and homophobia in and around the beer industry. Recently, Barley & Me created a Google Form where part ...…
 
This week I write a letter to learn more about how to use a tool, send a postcard asking for important legal information, and send a letter to an undervalued organization. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write ...…
 
In this mail bag I send a letter with a suggestion, send a postcard with a suggestion and send a letter with a suggestion. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write back to me, I might read that on the podcast, to ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to El Dorado Hills to talk to Mike Mraz and Lauren Zehnder of Mraz Brewing Company, with guest Melissa McCann, a nationally recognized beer judge, to talk about Mraz's upcoming 6th anniversary (taking place Saturday, March 9, 2019). We dive into Mike's award-winning homebrews, and how that led him to opening his award-winn ...…
 
Hey folks! I'm on vacation, so please enjoy this replay of one of Letter Talk's most popular episodes. *** In this very special eggisode, we hear back from our friends at the Egg Board, and I write a letter to someone we can all relate to. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your s ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to NA Beer Aficionados headquarters in Carmichael, CA, to conduct his first phone interview ever, with Bill Shufelt, founder of Athletic Brewing, the first NA brewery and taprooms in America, and NA Beer Aficionados founders Danny & Katrina Le Sage. We talk about fighting the stigma of NA in the beer world, designing recip ...…
 
In this mail bag, I write a letter to an expert, send a postcard to a famous band, and ask for further information about a service. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write back to me, I might read that on the po ...…
 
Host Ben Rice attends the Art of Beer 2019 at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. In three short interview segments, he sits down with Daniel Barnes, a beer writer for the Sacramento News and Review and host of the Dare Daniel Podcast. We talk movies, beer, eating competitions, and one-up-manship. Then in segment two, Ben sits down w ...…
 
In this mail bag, I write a letter to a fellow podcaster, send a postcard with a technical problem, and ask for clarification on an important policy. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write back to me, I might r ...…
 
In this episode I ask a life coach for advice, send a postcard about a serious flaw, and write a letter to some of my favorite people. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write back to me, I might read that on the ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Davis, CA, to talk to Joe Vida, co-owner and head brewer of Super Owl Brewing, and comedienne Cheryl "The Soccer Mom" Anderson. We talk about Joe's homebrewing roots and how they've influenced his transition to the commercial realm, as well as Cheryl's climb to success in the comedy world and her influence on our host's ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Fort Rock Brewing in Rancho Cordova, CA, to sit in on the judging at the 22nd Annual Queen of Beer homebrewing competition. He is joined by national beer jduges Tracy Bethune, Melissa McCann, and Cynthia Lee, as well as Fort Rock Brewing co-owner Heidi Wilder. We chat about the life and times of the beer judge, opening ...…
 
Happy New Year! As I continue my search for a new apartment, I'm still squatting in Reno. Please enjoy another replay. <3 *** In this week’s mail bag, we have a letter to my dad, a postcard asking for help, and a letter written by one of my friends. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will st ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Drake's: The Barn in West Sacramento to bring together a rag tag team of podcasters to create the ultimate Holiday Podcast. Joining Ben on this adventure is CJ of The Friendship Podcast, Johnny Flores of Serious Talk, Seriously, and Delayna Fitzgerald, the event and community coordinator for Drake's: The Barn. In a worl ...…
 
Happy Holidays! I hope you're enjoying time with whoever you'd like to spend time with this season. Please enjoy another replay, I'll see you soon! *** In this mail bag you’ll hear a letter to an artist, a postcard asking for important information, and some suggestions to fix a repeated problem. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on ...…
 
Another replay this week! See more details about why here https://www.patreon.com/posts/23360445 *** Today we have two letters with feedback to two distinctly different businesses, and a postcard that will hopefully bring about real change in South Carolina. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento, CA, to speak with head brewer Chris Keeton and head chef Jason Azevedo of Alaro Brewing. We talk about Alaro's gold medal in IPA at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, in just their third month of existence, honoring their brewery location's history, and the ideal BBQ sauce. Plus! how UC Davis is trying t ...…
 
In this mail bag, I give feedback about a shopping experience, send a post card about apple beer, and make a product request. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write back to me, I might read that on the podcast, ...…
 
In today’s mail bag, I write a note to a fellow letter writer, send a postcard about nature, and offer to help out a classic brand. If you’d like me to write you a letter, click on “Request A Letter.” But fair warning: I will stalk your social media, and I will read the letter on the podcast. If you write back to me, I might read that on the po ...…
 
Host Ben Rice travels to Sacramento's Bru Co Taproom to chat with owner Justin MacClanahan, compete in a modified version of Edward 40 Hands, and conduct unscripted man-on-the-street interviews with passersby over short rib tacos. We'll talk about business ownership, family, beer discovery, and social media promotions, while also talking to com ...…
 
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