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Graining In. A weekly podcast where Noah Bissell (mediocre brewer, recovering pessimist) and Matt Robinson (taproom manager, retired rapper) sit down with and without guests to discuss eclectic topics *usually* relevant to the world of beer. Conversations are sometimes technical, often not, but always aim to find the macro threads that keep people motivated and inspired to wake up every morning and pursue their craft. Everyone’s day starts with that first step, so turn the auger on get to Gr ...
 
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We’re joined by the sharpest shear in beer - Brad Erickson of @CrookedRunFermentation! Brad patiently fields Noah’s barrage of questions about his former career as groundskeeper for the Washington @Nationals; we get into Crooked Run’s mobile coolship and comically-ideal environment for spontaneous beer on their home turf; learn about the growing in…
 
This week, we’re joined by CJ Novack of @SamuelAdamsBeer/@DogfishHead. We get into the importance and impact of top-down leadership; CJ’s experience loving craft beer for a quarter-century before he actually began working in it; and how the hell he went from graveyard shift PakTecher to “Divisional Analyst”. This was a fantastic conversation from a…
 
**Queue voice of a Buffer Brother** Onnnn the podcast this week…hailing from LaGrange, ME…a nine-year veteran of the pro wrestling biz at age 25…”The Vince McMahon of Maine”…. RRRRRANDYYYY CARRR-VVVVEERRR of @LIMITLESSWRESTLING!!! *Normal voice returns* Ever since our conversation with @ReelCatchAV at the start of the year, our interest in the new …
 
We have a grrreat(!; ™️) run of guests coming up over the next month, but this week we’re just playing the hit of hits — THE Goat himself (and possibly our favorite episode ever), ROB “The TodFather” TOD of @AllagashBrewing! . On that note, Allagash just launched a new podcast of their very own - “From Maine, With Love”, and you best believe it is …
 
This week, Matty has big news to share! We want to hear your engagement stories — but literally ONLY if they’re sent in the form of a review; Noah inquires about the upcoming trip to @JWakeFieldBeer and Wakefest; and as always, the hot line is a-blingin’ with a particularly strong batch of mailbaggers. Like an audio Big Gulp®, this sweet treat is a…
 
This week we’re joined by the Wizard of the Western Slope — Troy Casey of @CaseyBrewing! Among much else, Troy discusses his industry origins as a tour guide-turned-pilot brewer at @CoorsLight/@ACGoldenBrewingCo; his approach to sustainable blending (and a Saison edition of Battle of the Sexes); membership in the WLFOC (Whole Local Fruit Only Club)…
 
We’re scratching the non-beer itch this week with Garth Clark — fellow @UMaineFarmington grad and current (hehe) Apprentice Electrician! Garth talks about how “Uncle Covid” led to him abruptly switching careers, walks us through the unique tiered hierarchy of the electrical trade, and tells us how power works (very adeptly, to be honest). We also d…
 
Fully yoked on Vitamin D, Matty asks Noah about his Florida trip, which leads to an exchange of highway cookin’ yarns and the creation of some VERY LEGITIMATE review incentives…⁉️🥕❔ Also on the docket — Tripels, honey, and some @3Fonteinen memories; a rapid fire taking of the grain bag; and another clean and tidy episode saved before laptop snoozed…
 
Noah is joined by the Smoothest of the South -- Blake Tyers of Creature Comforts! The chisel comes out early, and Noah picks Blake's brain from everything to barrel program philosophy, the measured and wildly impressive growth trajectory of the brewery, D-I marching band life, and of course, the ever-lurking off-flavor THP -- a subject Blake has le…
 
Reunited once more, Matty talks about losing a few bad rounds to COVID (but getting the decision in the end) and asks about @BissellBrothers upcoming beer dinner; Noah discusses the blending process at @BBBThreeRivers through the lens of the soon-to-be bottled second batch of Spellwork (sinful and gin-ful as ever) and gives some tips for cloning Lu…
 
Noah is left alone and afraid this week, but all’s made well with the presence of a true 1-of-1 soul — Paul Arney of Ale Apothecary! Paul’s perspective on the industry (and his brewery’s reflection of it) is as refreshingly unique as you’re going to find. More words won’t do the conversation justice, but rest assured there’s spruce logs, a tiny and…
 
This week, we welcome Margaret Dever to both the podcast and to the BBB team! Margaret was (coincidentally) finishing up the brewing program at Sacred Heart when she applied for and got selected for @BissellBrothers Equity Internship. We deep-dive into her experiences with both, Noah talks about why she was shined too bright to not offer a full-tim…
 
A good ol’ solo on the docket this week! Matty discusses his recent but brief integration into local snowmobiling culture (and subsequent choice of headwear), Noah talks about his upcoming Philly trip to brew at @ForestandMain, and the mailbag is opened up to discuss brewery financing, Swish Lite®️, and a slew of other juicy topics. Available NOW f…
 
This week, we’re honored to be joined by Jamal Robinson — director of sales/marketing at @NewEnglandBrewing, 2021 @GoodBeerHunting Signifier, a major catalyst behind both NEBCo’s @BrewAtSHU African American Brewers Scholarship and @ChangeInTheAirFestival, and, ..well you get the point. We get into Jamal’s absurdly storied industry history, NEBCo’s …
 
Wooooh, get your learnin' pants on for this one! We're joined but BB3R's very own Dustin Small, an integral member of our small Milo staff and as we've come to find out, a pretty damn knowledgable forager. We get into the inspiring story of how Dustin found foraging and turned it into a very viable revenue stream for his family; run through Maine's…
 
On our first solo of the new year, Noah discusses some recent blending woes and the soon-ish return of 🍑Just the Pits🍑 and debut of a 🍯 beer; the #GrainGang comes up BIG with combo of “..Holy Shit!” stories (🤯) and thought-provoking questions (📐🧠); and Matt hardens Noah’s just a bit more by linking his precious beers with the most un-saisonlike NFT…
 
2022 keeps the positive momentum rolling (at least with this podcast), as we're joined by the co-founders of DSSOLVR -- Vince Tursi (again) and Mike Semenec (a first). We often reference our first interview with Vince as an archetype for what this podcast is at its most complete, and this conversation only built upon that. On the beer side, we get …
 
After a holiday recharge, we are back with a 🔥 for a conversation with Ashley Medrano. Ashley cans beer at @TrilliumBrewing by day, but cracks open cans of whoop ass by night as Ashley Vox, a professional wrestler that’s had matches everywhere from local fairgrounds to @AllEliteWrestling, @LimitlessWrestling, and @RingofHonor. Apparently, a lot has…
 
Late, but not too late for Christmas! The guys discuss barrel aging and 2021 Angels With Filthy Souls; discuss a 180* on nuts; answer a sack of questions about Santa, wrestling, and gift giving; and of course, get appropriately sappy cause it's just that time of the year, baby. ............ ...................... .......... Music: "Mountain Climb" …
 
The Soothsayer of Stout, the Lukr of Litigation -- Alex Kidd of Don't Drink Beer and Malt Couture -- is back in the grain sack. We discuss a largely improv-free pandemic, new fatherhood, list making, and plate stacking. Erudite as ever, Alex also offers his take on how to stay excited about beer, avoiding Flex Culture at all costs, and pairs up som…
 
On the eve of Matty's big race (update: HE DID IT), the guys discuss Matt's attempt to lower his resting heart rate; reflect on the first *real* coolship fill of the year during the night prior; and call for more mailbag drops, guest recs, and REVIEWS before providing the results of the last solo episode's BIG CHALLENGE -- if ya know ya know, and i…
 
Cory Smith is a Copenhagen-based, semi-recent Brooklyn transplant with an ever-growing resume of extremely high quality beer photography and journalism to his name. We get into his entry into the world of beer photography via a background in advertising; his personal account of life as an Ex-Pat and compares recent experiences in the ER at hospital…
 
Somehow, the podcast has chugged forward for nearly three years without a single coffee episode -- that ends TODAY. The guys are joined by Matt Bolinder, owner of Speckled Ax Wood Roasted Coffees in Portland. Matt charts the windy and certainly unconventional road that led him to Speckled Ax, and discusses how opening a business seemed like the onl…
 
Our hot-n-ready studio gets christened in style — with owner/brewer at Fox Farm Brewery, Zack Adams! In trademark fashion, the conversation (endearingly?) is all over the place. Zack gets into his *extremely* accomplished career as a home brewer (2012 @SamuelAdamsBeer LongShot winner?!?)); his brewery’s commitment to nailing as many styles as possi…
 
Time to tick another Grain Gang whale! The guys are joined by All-Pro First Team in American saison brewing, Tim Clifford of Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) in picturesque Santa Cruz/Capitola, CA. Tim talks about getting his lengthy stint as a broke homebrewer, the history Masters degree he put to use on the seat of a forktruck, what makes SARA S…
 
Taking a much needed breather to put the finishing touches on the *new* Portland studio, preparing for a Murder's Row of upcoming guests, and to be completely honest, do a lot of lawn work (not sexy, but valid nonetheless). In the stead of the normal fresh-fresh, we're revisiting an extremely enjoyable conversation that occurred back in February wi…
 
For the second occasion, it's in-house biography time at Graining In. While his story is devoid of the cinema-ready motifs of overcoming crippling drug addiction and the journey of self-actualization, Noah's origin tale does have its healthy share of... ....uh, well, other stuff? We dive deeper than ever before in how Noah ended up finding and fall…
 
The boys are back in town (specifically, Milo), vibes are high, and Matty is running a half-marathon in less than two months; Some fantastic questions from the GrainingIn@BissellBrothers.com inbox are given answers of incommensurate quality (Swish Lite?!?); and the gauntlet is thrown down on the DONDA vs. CLB debate -- FINALLY, someone has an opini…
 
The guys are joined this week by Global Beer Director for Row 34, Suzy Hays! We get into Suzy's path into hospitality (shout out PF Chang's); the how and why of the immense emphasis Row 34 places on staff training; how Suzy approaches curating what's often lauded as the most consistently great draft list in Boston; and the immeasurable value in bel…
 
YOU can't shuck with him if you wan-ned to, but you know he'll shuck with the Grain Gang (literally) -- shucker supreme, Jake Gerry of Keystone Sea Farm and High Roller Lobster! This episode has everything you didn't know you needed. Jake explains how he fell in love with oysters (i.e. started giving a shuck) and his experience cleaning up in the O…
 
We are once again graced with the virtual presence of the Biotransformation Bad Boy himself, a man that is maintains Neymar-like celebrity status in Brazil, and co-owner of Maryland's Sapwood Cellars: Scott Janish! We get into the rationale behind one recent and one upcoming collaboration between Sapwood and Bissell; get teeth-deep into terpene's c…
 
Due to a blowout wedding, a visit to Pittsburgh, and - let's face it - poor planning, the guys decided it was as good a week to revisit a conversation had nearly a year ago with a brewing idol-turned-highly respected peer.... Dan Kleban, founding brother/brewer/owner of Maine Beer Company! Dan and Noah delve into their respective homebrewing roots,…
 
Straight from the freshest warehouse in Portland and just in time for the 2021 harvest, Adam Moses of Yakima Chief Hops joins the show! Adam is Noah's sale rep for YCH, a "grower-owned global hop supplier" that BBB gets the majority of its hop volume from each year. The conversation tries to demystify the Wonka-esque and (arguably) the most complex…
 
"The Father of the Beer" (per his current official title) himself -- Milo resident, brewery groundskeeper, chief recycler, retired forester, former Director of Baxter State Park, AND father of Peter and Noah -- JENSEN BISSELL makes his long-awaited introduction to the podcasting world. Despite being the most convenient guest in Graining In history,…
 
The guys are joined by a fellow UMaine Farmington grad, Holden Cookson of Agri-Cycle Energy and Against the Grain. Holden traces back to where his interest in composting, recycling, and sustainable disposal came from, how he turned it into a career (at Garbage to Garden and now Agri-Cycle), and how his growing exposure to the logistic issues of bee…
 
We took a visit to Noah’s old neighborhood to catch up with (Dr.) David Redding -- owner of East Bayside's Goodfire Brewing... Oh, and practicing nephrologist (kidney doc). NBD. Our conversation touches on everything from opioids to marriage hacks to the wild origin story of the brewery’s name. David reveals the kidneys as the Cl:S04 ratio of the b…
 
The podcast is blessed with the presence of the greatest former radio personality the Tampa Bay brewing scene has to offer -- co-owner of Green Bench, Khris Johnson! We talk about dealing with the fluid nature of responsibility and motivation; balancing self-criticism with self-betterment; maintaining the thirst for knowledge; and not only handling…
 
The guys are joined by CYW (Chief Yeast Wrangler) and owner of Nashville-based yeast lab Bootleg Biology, Jeff Mello! Despite having an education in liberal arts and a career in the non-profit sector, the process of wild capturing for homebrews blew his mind so much that he switched gears and put all his energy into bootstrapping his way through Ye…
 
We're joined this week by Brian Smith of Oyster River Winegrowers, at he and his wife Allie's farm/ vineyard/orchard in Warren, ME. Despite over a hundred episodes, we've yet to talk with a winemaker, due not to lack of interest but lack of a vibrant grape-based wine/vineyard culture in Maine and New England. The inherent difficulty in growing grap…
 
The guys once again find themselves alone and unassisted, making for some very predictable results. Matty, fresh out of the bowels of the Maine wilderness in pursuit of this year's bounty of spruce tips (aided by a career forester and a highly adept forager, respectively), recounts the process and his questionable picking metrics while connecting s…
 
This week, we're talking to arguably the most jovial soul to ever come out of the Steel City -- Kenny Gould! Kenny has a wild story, laced with the entrepreneurial themes we absolutely love. He got his start as a writer for Gear Patrol, all while nursing a growing love for beer on the side. He decided to take the next logical step and open a free o…
 
The guys get to know Bob Kunz, founder and co-owner of Los Angeles' Highland Park Brewery. Bob's career in beer began as soon as he was old enough (?) to drink it, and he gives us the run down of his many influences (namely his tenure at LA OG Father's Office) throughout the decade his business plan for what would go on to become Highland Park Brew…
 
We were felt truly honored to have the opportunity to sit down this week with the head brewer of Notch, Brienne Allan. If you don't know Brienne's name by now (or, at the very least her Instagram handle @Ratmaget), then it's probably time to find a different cell provider. She walks us through the unintended series of events that, in a matter of da…
 
We got Season Three started like a finely-tuned BMW and were joined by a team tag from Colorado's WeldWerks -- CEO Colin Jones and Hospitality Director Jake Goodman! Marking our first conversation with a CO-based brewery, we pick the guys' brains on what the vibe is really like out west, particularly in WeldWorks' home base in Greeley (a city affec…
 
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