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Hear the fascinating stories behind the exploding Arizona craft beer scene directly from the people who are making it happen. When you live in the desert you have to stay hydrated. Or you die. Simple. But who says you always have to drink boring old lame water? There are PLENTY of options to get a tasty handcrafted beer. **Disclaimer: Make sure you drink LOTS of water in the desert. Seriously. Don't be dumb. You need that out here. Or you really will die**
 
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Since coming onto the Arizona beer scene as the owners of The Casual Pint Central Phoenix in 2017 Justin and Caia Curtis have already made a big splash. Their anniversary celebration (Oct 20-Oct 24) will highlight some of the many reasons: great collab beers, fun yet safe events and raffles for local charities. In this episode I sit down with Justi…
 
(NSFW) In this weeks Road Sodas episode, The Hoppy Craftsmen go over Phoenix New Time's Best of 2020. A few of the places we love made the list, and was pumped to see them get some recognition. Next, Instagram keeps promoting some strange investment opportunity, the guys dig deeper into what that is. For once Ed and Chris are fan boy'n out to some …
 
Growing up in a steel city myself I can appreciate the grit it takes to survive in that world. In fact my love for craft beer as a whole comes from its core foundation: hard work and creativity. Clarkdale, and now its newest business, Smelter Town Brewery, are build on that foundation as well. Becky and Craig Backus are the longtime Clarkdale resid…
 
The past several months have been strange/stressful/life-changing/etc. for all of us. But as we come out of this I am excited for what we have in store for you on the horizon. I want to give you all an update on everything I'm working on and the future of Tap That AZ. Hint: We're just getting started. Check out the episode to hear it all. Enjoy the…
 
When Drekker Brewing Co. in Fargo, North Dakota in 2014 their mission was to make beer completely on their terms. Now, approaching their 6th anniversary these guys are making some major waves in the craft beer world still doing it completely on their terms. From the amazing liquid in the cans to the beautiful art on the outside Drekker is making fa…
 
(NSFW) The guys catch on some more local news. Probably some other national news, and possibly some regional news as well. I'm sure there is some mention of an odd beer that has been produced. The notable Rowley Farmhouse is mentioned since their head brewer Wes has took a job some where else. Chris tries and old favor tire that turns out to be not…
 
Beer School by Blue Pint Society is always a great time. But we can’t all gather just yet so the folks at Blue Pint Society said f**k COVID just like they say f**k cancer and planned an online beer school for its 12th installment happening on September 19th. But this isn’t just any old Zoom call. It includes beer delivery! Enjoy the show and hope t…
 
(NSFW) The guys are back with this weeks road soda's episode. They talk about what shouldn't be in a beer. Including two newly released beers, one of them is a mustard beer. Sorry for all the puking sounds in the background, they couldn't help themselves. They go over the recent announcement of Stone Brewing's current CEO leaving and what that mean…
 
The Arizona Territory in the 1800's served as a beacon of hope for many who sought to take their place among the wealthy. Hans Von Biermann immigrated to AZ in the 1800’s to find his uncle (the famed Lost Dutchman?) who told him of riches in the Sonoran Desert. However, Hans found neither. His personal journals have been recovered by Bone Haus Brew…
 
Megan Greenwood has a machine over the past few years getting her beer out to the masses, and spreading the good word (in many ways). Its crazy to think I had her on the show 2 years ago (as you’ll hear….LITERALLY 2 years ago) and I'm so stoked she now has Greenwood Brewing Company open right downtown. And it couldn’t be any more perfect. Meagan is…
 
(NSFW) Road Sodas Return! After a little hiatus the guys are back. Ed recently braved leaving his house for a road trip to California. He hit up multiple breweries, and was able to see how they are handling social distancing compared to Arizona. He was lucky enough to be staying close to Russian River and was able to bring back for the rest of the …
 
When Steven Larson was a child a freak pizza oven accident turned what would be a normal desire for pizza into a lifelong obsession to eat all of it. Well, not actually. And that first part was made up. But Steven DOES love pizza so a couple of years ago Wizard of Za was born. Through this Steven takes his followers on a journey to the best pizza s…
 
BlackRock Brewers opened in 2017 and have been steadily kicking ass since. Taking home awards from local festivals is quickly becoming the norm for this small but powerful Tucson brewery. Owner/brewer Tony Williams joins the show to tell us how his focus on quality lays the foundation for the long-term success of this neighborhood favorite. From aw…
 
On July 10th Wren House Brewing Company will release Black Excellence, an Imperial Stout with African ingredients brewed by assistant brewer Akil Abdul Zakariya as a collaboration with Brewz Brothaz out of Detroit. The beer will raise funds for the NAACP. Akil and Preston Thoeny from Wren House joins as well as some amazing folks in the Michigan be…
 
In this episode I catch up with owner/brewer Allan Conger from 1912 Brewing Company in Tucson. They have been steadily winning folks over since they opened in 2015. Whether it's with a sour created to taste like a dessert, a delicious hazy IPA with a hilariously long name or spot-on traditional Irish red it's hard to not find something you like fro…
 
Huge thanks to Crescent Crown Distributing for sponsoring this series. This is the 7th and final episode in this miniseries we did with the great guys over at InkleDeux training to get our Certified Beer Server designation by Cicerone. In this final episode Brando, AJ and I reflect on this entire experience as well as how we did on the actual exam.…
 
Currently there are around 100 breweries in Arizona. In this series we’ll travel throughout the state to get an idea of where all of the breweries are in a given region of the state. In this second episode we head south to get a taste of Sonora with some of the best breweries in the state. Downtown Tucson is one of my favorite food/drink spots but …
 
Thanks to Crescent Crown for sponsoring this series. This is the 6th episode in this miniseries we did with InkleDeux to get our Certified Beer Server cert. In the words of Sinatra "...you can't have one without the other!" Although I'm sure it wasn't his intent it makes me think of food and beer. Every. Single. Time. Luckily for us, we have one of…
 
Currently there are around 100 breweries in Arizona. In this series we’ll travel throughout the state to get an idea of where all of the breweries are in a given region of the state. In this first episode we jump around the north to some of my favorite breweries of all. What I love about much of Northern Arizona is its contrast to the low desert se…
 
Huge thanks to Crescent Crown for sponsoring this series. Welcome back to the 5th episode in this miniseries we did with the great guys over at InkleDeux training to get our Certified Beer Server designation by Cicerone. In this episode we sit down with Marshall Norris, co-owner and brewer for Simple Machine Brewing in Phoenix. Marshall schools us …
 
Huge thanks to Crescent Crown for sponsoring this series. Welcome back to the 4th episode in this miniseries we did with the great guys over at InkleDeux training to get our Certified Beer Server designation by Cicerone. For all the beer "review" experts out there this episode is for you. Properly evaluating and grading beer is more than just an un…
 
There comes a time when you gotta shake it up a little. Sometimes it takes a thing like a global pandemic to do that. With the launch of our new show "A Taste of AZ" that focuses on all things Arizona food and drink I have the opportunity to fine tune this show even further. I want you to be involved. Let me know what you'd like to hear. In this ep…
 
In todays episode I get to talk with Steven Prager from the National Audubon Society for Arizona. Through a series of programs him and his team work tirelessly to bring awareness and assistance to some of the most at-risk aspects of our beautiful state, our water and our birds. One program is the Western Rivers Brewers Council which brings together…
 
If you’re a long time listener you know Chef Brett Vibber. AZ cuisine is lucky to have him. I talk with Brett while he’s out in the field and we discuss how his whole life has been centered around being prepared. This one is not so much about beer as it is a discussion on life and stuff. So grab a beer anyways and enjoy.…
 
Welcome back to the 2nd episode in this miniseries we did with the great guys over at InkleDeux. Our guests for this episode are Zach Fowle of Four Peaks and Alec Johnson of Kings Convenience. To say these guys know their beer is a gross understatement. Zach covers the intricacies and benefits of knowing how to properly treat your beer while Zach b…
 
(NSFW) Warning this is not a drill! The Craftsmen have Wes from Rowley Farmhouse Ales on the show. Then mysteriously it gets Zoom Hi-Jacked! Some man calling himself John shows up and crashes the party. Listen to the show and if this man sounds like some one you know please send us an email. Though, Ed, Nate, and Chris were still able to talk to We…
 
A while back the guys from InkleDeux and I connected and hit it off immediately. These guys run a great show and blog AND they roast amazing coffee so be sure to check them out here. We decided to do a series on the topics covered in the Certified Beer Server exam, the first certification by Cicerone. This is the first episode of that series and fe…
 
The AZ Strong Beer Festival is one of the top beer festivals in the country. With thousands attending every year this celebration of craft beer brings all walks of life. This episode was recorded on stage with a range of guests and some feedback from the crowd. Oh, and I heckle some passersby as well. Enjoy.…
 
Hand sanitizer is in-demand now more than ever leading to some major shortages. Enter distilleries. They create ethanol which is the active ingredient in hand sanitizer so when the alert came that there was a shortage our Arizona distilleries stepped up. In this episode I talk with Town Under Black Distillery in Tucson about what they’re doing to h…
 
In todays episode my guest Mike Mallozzi talks about how solidarity needs to be a cornerstone of making it through this unprecedented time. The co-founder of Borderlands Brewing and one of the most intelligent people I’ve met, Mike guides us through some of the valuable resources available to help you navigate these treacherous times. Enjoy the sho…
 
This episode was recorded live during beer week at a wild food beer dinner at North Mountain Brewing Company featuring Chef Brett Vibber. The amazing food he created was then paired with North Mountain beer and Arizona Sake. We actually had a special guest co-host for this one: Food Network star and Crepe Bar owner Jeff Kraus. Enjoy the show!…
 
Special guest Rob Fullmer of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild joins the show to talk about the current battle him and the Arizona beer community are fighting to stay alive. This is festival season and right now? No festivals. Until April 18th. On this day the Guild and others will be hosting the Arizona Virtual Beer Fest from 2pm until 6pm. Check ou…
 
(NSFW) In this this weeks remote Road Sodas episode the guys talk about current events in Arizona, how some of the laws should be kept this way for beer and craft drink deliveries. There was a recent article on what beers to drink while watching the Top 10 trending shows on Netflix. The Craftsmen weren't impressed with it. So they created our own! …
 
(NSFW) We dig deep into our inner nerd and decide that we are going to drink electronically with each other. In this new easy to consume format, we call Road Sodas, we hope to get episodes out weekly. It will mostly be just updates and our thoughts on the state of Arizona Craft Beer. Which isn't much different than our standard format, just hopeful…
 
Well, things have changed a little over the last week or so huh? Our friends in food & beverage are having a real tough time right now. They're doing all they can to weather the storm and luckily there are some great resources for them to help navigate through this all. In this episode I give you some updates on the Arizona beer world as well as ho…
 
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