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Celebrated NYC publican Jimmy Carbone hosts a convivial audio ale salon celebrating the world of craft beer. Through discussions with beer industry insiders and knowledgeable beer fans from across the country, Jimmy and his friends explore every aspect of the brewer's craft from grains to pint glass and tasting to toasting. For 10 years and more than 500 episodes, Beer Sessions Radio has witnessed and recorded the craft beer revolution in real time. With each episode, Jimmy continues to foll ...
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Jimmy’s summer travels roll on! This week, a stop in Holyoke, Massachusetts to catch up with some malt and grain powerhouses you may remember from past episodes… Chatting with Jimmy are Andrea Stanley, co-owner of Valley Malt and Ground Up Grain; Kyle Fiasconaro, owner and chef at Brewer’s Foods; and Matthew Steinberg, co-founder and head brewer at…
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We’re up in Maine and about to try some of the greatest hard ciders of your life! This week Jimmy is at the first CiderFeast in Portland, hanging out with up-and-coming cidermakers from in and around the state of Maine. Joining the party are Joy Cartwright, Marketing Director of Fogtown Brewing Co; Jon Stein, Owner and Cidermaker at Fogtown; Jared …
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Today Jimmy is hanging out and recording in the studio with the gents from OEC Brewing, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary! Joining Jimmy with a full suite of brews to taste are Ben Neidhart, owner of OEC, and Mike Dolan and Tom Pavlich of B. United International Inc., who represents OEC in NYC. Jimmy goes back with these fine folks for ten…
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On the road again! Jimmy is following up on some more brewers he encountered at last year’s Craft Malt Conference, where the fine folks at Blue Ox Malthouse put together an amazing list of regional beers at Novare Res. In this episode, Jimmy heads to Northwood Brewing Co, way up there in New Hampshire. Experience authentic New England vibes as we d…
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We’re shaking things up with a cider episode this week! Jimmy is back at Roberta’s with a special guest who he has known since the early days of Cider Week NYC and Jimmys No. 43. Diane Flynt, author of Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South, joins Jimmy to talk all about her apples and making great cider. The two wi…
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Today’s BSR is a true session. Jimmy has arranged a soirée at Roberta’s to celebrate local beer bars, craft brews, and traditional German styles: Weissbier, Rauchbier, Pilsner… Attending the evening’s affair are a host of beer bar guests and various experts: some familiar, some fresh, and from all around the globe. Miguel Rivas AKA The Beer Trekker…
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The good times roll like the Rocky Mountains with Jimmy and the Bowl of 'Zole festival! Em Hutto of RadCraft Beer arranged another mighty show while Jimmy was out west, focusing on the good folks at Bruz Beers in Denver, CO. Joining Jimmy today are the two owners of Bruz: Charlie Gottenkieny and Ryan Evans. Em has Jimmy’s trust implicitly after arr…
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Today Jimmy’s celebrating Transmitter Brewing’s upcoming 10 year anniversary with a bunch of friends at the studio in Roberta’s! Join the party to recount Transmitter’s rockin’ ten years: brewing Belgian-inspired farmhouse-style ales, operating a bustling tasting room and beer garden in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and making it all look cool. Today’s s…
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Jimmy’s on the road in Cambridge, Massachusetts! He’s at Lamplighter Brewing Co’s special CX Outpost to bring us the first of two episodes on spent grain! Get the lowdown on everything from the importance of freshness, the fundamentals of upcycling grain, and a focus on craft malt. Joining Jimmy is returning guest Tyler Fitzpatrick from Lamplighter…
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Jimmy is on the horn with Read Spear, President of Origen Imports inc. in Oaxaca, Mexico. Read is a pioneering mezcal importer, and Origen Imports incorporates several brands including Cuentacuentos Agave Spirits. The key to marketing mezcal made using 400 year old traditions is getting out of the way of those traditions. The philosophy behind the …
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Jimmy serves up an in-depth episode on the history of mouth watering whiskey from Mexico. Learn about the ancient corn that makes the whiskey so special, live with a suite of experts at the HRN studio in Roberta’s! Joining the discussion today are Clay Risen, NYT contributor and author, who reports on whiskey and other spirits; Zack Wangeman, found…
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NYC Beer Week 2024 is off with a bang! Live from the scene, Jimmy is at Gun Hill Publick House at Industry City following the Opening Bash event held on Saturday, February 24. This episode is going to include a barrel of useful information on everything from how to make a good lager to how to open a good brewery. Riding along with Jimmy is returnin…
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Like a phoenix from the ashes, the legendary Beer Bar, Deep Ellum in Waltham, MA, has been reborn! Just outside of Boston, Jimmy is at Deep Ellum beer bar to chat about the new location and the myth behind the legendary neighborhood establishment. Here to chat with Jimmy are Max Toste, one of the owners of Deep Ellum, and Matt Steinberg, co-founder…
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We are live from the mothership for episode 700 of BSR! It’s fitting to be in the place where it all started, Roberta’s Pizza, to bring you this jam packed episode of great food and beer pairings for our 700th Beer Session. Experience tantalizing tastings live with Jimmy and friends as they chow down and pour up, straight from the HRN studio in Bus…
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We hope you’re hungry! Jimmy is wrapping up his Copenhagen series by chatting with a pastry chef turned innovative hot dog vendor. John Michael Jensen, or Sausage John, makes a hell of a lot of dogs at Johns Hotdog Deli, and hot sauce too! This is a mouth watering episode jam packed with magical street dogs (including Christmas duck confit sausages…
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We’re taking a trip back to Jimmy’s romp through København with our second special ‘on the road’ episode of the year! This week, we’re talking “bean to bar”, as Jimmy visits Friis Holm Chokolade, located on the farm and brewery property of Herslev Bryghus just outside of Copenhagen. There, Jimmy spoke with Mikkel Friis Holm, founder and chocolate m…
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In this episode, brewer meets hop farmer to find what they have in common… and it’s a bunch of goats! Jimmy welcomes Averee Dilday and Darren Baze of Goat Patch Brewing Company, along with Audrey Gehlhausen of Billy Goat Hop Farm. Em Hutto has brought along some great new friends from Colorado for Jimmy to session with. Topics of discussion include…
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Come along with Jimmy on his trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, as he meets with some interesting folks doing some very Danish things with beer and more! On this stop of the journey, Jimmy sits down with Saimon Skurichin, proprietor of BRØL (Broel) Brewing, where surplus bread from bakeries is converted into amazing craft beers “BRØL” means beer + bread,…
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Jimmy is kicking off 2024, the 15th year of BSR, from Roberta’s with a heavy hitting crew! In the hot seats tonight are Brandon Hoy, co-founder and owner of Roberta’s; James Tai, principal of Beer Acolyte Consulting and Gun Hill Publick House; Mike Amidei director of operations at Roberta’s; and Jaime Ojeda, Restaurateur and Brew Pub operator from …
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We’ve made it to our last episode of 2023, and what a year it’s been for beer! Jimmy has assembled another crew of experts on the ground who helped bring him the favorite beers of 2023, and helped prove once and for all that craft malt is sexy! Find out why from this esteemed group including Tod Mott of Tributary Brewing Co Kittery, Maine; Joel Ale…
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It doesn’t get much better than a Colorado-meets-New York show. For this week’s episode, Jimmy is diving into IPAs from two spectacular beer states with a couple special guests. Joining Jimmy are Geoff Wenzel, R&D brewer at Industrial Arts Brewing Co in Beacon, NY, and Dave Thibodeau, president and co-founder of Ska Brewing in Durango, Colorado. Gr…
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Back to Beers! Jimmy has commissioned a convocation of NYC beer bars experts for this very special episode! The point of discussion is Courtney Iseman’s Good Beer Hunting article regarding the scene, and this group of key players from this very special time are here to dive into this retrospective on NYC beer bar history. In the studio tonight are …
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It’s a very special night at the Roberta’s studio! Jimmy is joined by HRN’s The Speakeasy host Greg Benson to co-pilot this ruckus, rockin’ episode! Also joining them are Danny Mena and Arik Torren, co-founders with Jimmy of Bowl of ‘Zole. The group has assembled in honor of October's Bowl of ‘Zole event, along with the recent announcement of HRN’s…
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One of Jimmy’s favorite guests, Julia Herz, is back to talk about the recent Learn to Homebrew Day Celebration! Julia Herz is the Executive Director of the American Homebrewers Association, and has been busy since she last spoke with Jimmy. Having started as a hobbyist before her lauded career in beer, she is still homebrewing today. Held on Novemb…
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Joel Shelton is back to take Jimmy and his merry gang on another ICB Tour! Joining the party this week is BR Rolya, BSR MVP and Joel’s partner in crime on Inner Circle Beer Tours; Bob Weyersberg of Transmitter Brewing and ICB co-conspirator; James Tai, advanced cicerone of Beer Acolyte and Gun Hill Publick House, and aspiring attendee of ICB; Pete …
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What in the world is scrumpy cider? Close out Cider Week New York 2023 with a history lesson from Elizabeth Ryan, fermenter, pomologist, cider maker, and NY State Cider Pioneer at Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider’s Breezy Hill Orchard; and also Fee Doyle, bartender, beertender, cider drinker, beer writer, folk musician, and Beer Witch ambassador. With…
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Always so good to be back at Roberta’s! Joining Jimmy in the studio today are returning guests Shinobu Kato, sake brewer and founder of Kato Sake Works, and Peter Lengyel-Fushimi, beer brewer at Rockaway Brewing. The crew will dive into all things rice, sake, koji, burgers, fermentation, ABV, pairings, and more! What makes what’s in your glass so g…
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Back to Roberta’s! Being in the studio always gives Jimmy a chance to bring in his favorite folks from the NYC beer community. This week he does just that with Brett Taylor, Co Founder and Head Brewer at Wild East Brewing Company, and Ted Kenny, owner of Top Hops Beer Shops. Every brewery is different, and NYC is home to some very special beers. In…
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Cider Week New York is closer than ever! Want to be ready for the event before ​​October 6? Check out this special episode featuring Paige Flori of Boutique Wine, Spirits and Cider from Fishkill, NY, and returning guest Scott Ramsey, Executive Director of the New York Cider Association. Get the scoop from these Cider Week veterans on how the change…
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Tune in for another fun on-site recording with Jimmy at New England Dairy in Boston! Joining him are Allo Gilinsky of Craft Beer Cellar and Trinktisch in Belmont, Mass, and Hilary Walentuk, registered dietitian and senior nutrition specialist, of New England Dairy. On the menu are some familiar themes that BSR has been diving into recently, includi…
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Cider Week New York is coming up! Want the scoop on quality hard cider and great pairings? Listen in to this special episode featuring Rachel Freier, Cider Week event producer and cheesemonger at large, and a special appearance from Scott Ramsey, Executive Director of the New York Cider Association. Track the journey of Cider Week here, as the even…
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Jimmy’s back at Roberta's in Bushwick for an enthralling episode of BSR that intertwines New York's rich history and beer culture. Carlo DeVito, a renowned wine, beers, and spirits writer and editor, joins us to spill on his exciting new book on these very subjects. Get ready to be amazed as Carlo treats us to jaw-dropping New York beer trivia! As …
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This week Jimmy is joined by some great friends from Colorado for a fun convo. Jason Bell, Founder and Owner of Living the Dream Brewing in Littleton, Colorado, shares his journey and experiences in the beer industry. He is joined by Em Hutto, the founder of beer communications brand RadCraft, proud spokesperson of Living the Dream Brewing, and lon…
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In this captivating episode, Jimmy sits down for a one-on-one interview with Greg Engert, the esteemed beverage director at Neighborhood Restaurant Group in DC, NYC, and NOLA. Known for his exceptional hospitality, Greg's ability to create memorable experiences is why people dine out. Despite starting as a "failed academic" pursuing literature in D…
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Learn about the intricacies of taste from the mouths of the experts themselves! Stepping up to the mics this week on BSR are two esteemed authors and advanced cicerones: Mandy Naglich is a food and beverage journalist, cocktail judge, is certified in several tasting mediums, and is the author of How to Taste; Em Sauter is the founder of and cartoon…
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On this episode of Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy road trips to Greenland, NH, to chat with Pete Endres, Cider Maker / Co-Owner of Bird Dog Cider. Tasting right from the tank, they try a handful of Ciders while discussing the storied history of the property. They also touch upon the culture of agriculture in New England, question how the local climate …
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Jimmy and his cider buddies unite the East Coast and West Coast in a flavorful exploration of the craft. Joining the discussion are Ron Sansone, president of the Cider Institute of North America; Dave Carr, owner and cider maker at Raging Cider & Mead Co; and a drop-in by Anthony Lopez, cider maker (and “yeast babysitter”) at Casa De Oro Cider. The…
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Join Jimmy LIVE from Industry City with beer acolyte James Tai, an advanced cicerone and national BJCP beer judge, and Shane McNamara, a master cicerone and Global Director for Beer Passion & Beyond Beer Innovation at AB InBev. Explore the world of beer as a career, while reflecting on Memorial Day and reminiscing about this year’s Rib King competi…
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Cask is back! Jimmy is joined by Steve Hamburg of Cask Marque Americas; Neil Callaghan, beer director of Brick Store Pub; and Todd DiMatteo, co-owner and head brewer at Good Word Brewing. Together they delve into the world of cask ale for the second time this month, exploring the joys of being on-premise and the niche cask occupies within the craft…
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Join Jimmy in a special episode of BSR as he celebrates the tenth-anniversary edition of "The Complete Beer Course." With him is Joshua Bernstein, author of the monolithic book in question, and Andrew Thomas, a professional distiller at Halftone Spirits and “reformed” home brewer. Whether you're a seasoned beer connoisseur or just starting your jou…
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Embark on another exciting on-location adventure with Jimmy in Boston's Time Out Market. Explore a vibrant beer scene with three local guests: Forrest Pettengill from Aeronaut Brewing, Brandon Keating from Trillium Brewing, and Matt Harding, assistant manager of Time Out Market Boston. Discover the market's 15 kitchen concepts, two indoor bars (wit…
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Jimmy is back in the field, this time at New England Real Ale eXhibition (NERAX) in Boston! He's joined by Mark Bowers, President of the Cask-conditioned Ale Support Campaign (CASC) / Brewmaster at Aeronaut Brewing Company; Gary Chopourian, Festival Organizer / beer enthusiast; and Jan Williams, Festival Door Manager and Maine beer acquisition / be…
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Jimmy is back in the studio to recap the latest Brisket King with a couple of folks from the event! In the studio we have Misty Banchero, sometimes known as Seattle Butcher's Wife, member of the family-run USDA meat processing facility Mondo & Sons, and Brisket King judge. Joining her is Brisket King competitor and culinary director of Sands Jerk H…
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When Emily Hutto of RadCraft beer heard Jimmy was out in Denver to celebrate the Bowl of ‘Zole mezcal and pozole festival, she knew she had to link him up with Sara and Greg Fetzer of Emporium Brewing. The couple paint a picture of the business and beer climate in Denver, and recount the story of their brewery. Later on in the show Jimmy sits down …
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We have made it to the third and final live show from the 2023 Craft Malt Conference! Jimmy wrapped up his first trip to the special conference in Portland, Maine, by chatting with two proprietors of the most important ingredient in beer and whisky: Malt! This week the focus is on Maine and how the state’s agriculture stewards great malt. Jimmy cat…
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This week we have Jimmy’s second road-show from The Craft Malt Conference in Portland, Maine, which was held from March 16 to March 18, 2023. Joining Jimmy this time around are three new friends who are making a splash in the malt world. Jeff Bloem is the Founder and Maltster at Murphy & Rude Malting Co. in Charlottesville, Virginia; Jordan Ullrich…
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Booyah! Jimmy made it to Portland, Maine for the long awaited Craft Malt Conference, which met for the first time in person in over 3 years! Of course, Jimmy got the people that make it all happen to dish on all things Craft Malt. This week’s episode is the first in a series of recordings from the event. First up we have Branch Rothschild, the brew…
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BSR always strives to shine a light on people moving the Beer World forward. Writers and editors are often the most thoughtful, impactful people in the worlds of beer, spirits, and hospitality, and we have two great ones on the show this week. Joining Jimmy is Jeff Cioletti, author of Imbibing for Introverts, and editor in chief of Craft Spirits Ma…
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Stop everything you’re doing, it’s a BSR cider episode! Jimmy is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at The Press Room for the Stone’s Throw Cider Supper - a hyper-local regional cider dinner with Giff Burnap of Butternut Farm; Chef Zac Cardona of The Press Room; Pete Endres of Bird Dog Cider; and Eleanor Leger of Eden Cider Vermont. This event was inspir…
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NYC Beer Week 2023 rocks and rolls on with this week’s beer and music themed episode of BSR, inspired by Brooklyn's favorite Japanese-style beer bar, who have been spinning all week for the festivities! Jimmy is joined by friends Chris Maestro, founder and principal owner of Bierwax BK and Queens; legendary brewer and founder of Dogfish Head Brewer…
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