Pints & Politics Podcast
How did we get from a contentious fight in the state legislature to a successful compromise? We begin the Craft Beer Peace Summit with Kim Kavulak, Co-Owner of Nebraska Brewing Company and Dave Tims, President and General Manager of Premier-Midwest Beverage Company. Also joining Dan is Vanessa Silke of Baird Holm, LLP and Abbey Gillick of Quality Brands Distribution, LLC. We talk about how everyone came together to collaborate after the heated battle around LB632 in Nebraska Legislature last year.
Amy Tabor, General Manager of Open Harvest Co-op Grocery joins us along with Marcus Powers, Co-Founder of Zipline Brewing. Open Harvest is working with the City of Lincoln to find a way to allow Open Harvest to be able to sell Craft Beer and other alcoholic beverages from their storefront on 1618 South Street in Lincoln and we will dive into the details. Also, Marcus brings us a sample of Zipline’s Small Batch Pub Ale, which is an English Pale Ale.
Local homebrewers join the podcast this week to talk about getting into homebrewing and what resources are available to support their craft. Jeff Anderson, Vice President of Lincoln Lagers, joins us to talk about how the Lagers group supports the growing homebrew movement in Lincoln as well as local resources. Gwyn Evans also joins us. Gwyn founded Nebraska Homebrew Advocates a group working to create a quality environment for homebrewers to thrive.
Travel to places across Nebraska you never heard of and enjoy Zipline’s Copper Alt along the journey. Sarah Baker Hansen and Matthew Hansen of the Omaha World-Herald spent the better part of a year traveling Nebraska in search of little known places and people. Along with a rollicking live crowd at FUSE Coworking, Matthew and Sarah and join us to highlight stops along their travels. Their new friends and findings are cataloged in “The Better Half” a book where they share with readers little-known people, unexpected moments and memorable foods across Nebraska. At each stop, they discovered more of what the state has to offer. Jeff Yost of the Nebraska Community Foundation also joins us with stories of how communities across Nebraska are investing in themselves and accomplishing big things.
Kim and Paul Kavulak welcome us to the Nebraska Brewing Company Tap Room in La Vista. Joining us at the Tap Room is Nebraska State Senator Carol Blood who played a huge roll in advocating for local brewers during the debate of the controversial bill LB632 in the Nebraska Legislature. Senator Blood talks about the results of the debate on LB632 and what could be ahead in the next legislative session.
Writer, teacher, and beer ambassador Erin Miles of Perfect Pour Magazine and Lincoln City Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird enjoy Zipline’s new year round IPA, Alpha Modern on this episode of Pints and Politics. It’s a session IPA that has a lot of hops on the nose, but doesn’t have as much of the bitterness on the back of the tongue. It has a lower alcohol content (4.9%) and is easy to drink.
We travel the world talking about how one of our guests affected the 2007 French election, recent coverage of legalizing marijuana in Colorado and its affects on Nebraska, craft beer similarities between Kalamazoo and Lincoln, and starting a french restaurant in Nebraska.
We get to travel to Kalamazoo and sample an ale brought in by Michigan native, and NET News reporter Bill Kelly. To pair with the ale, Lawrence De Villiers of The Normandy restaurant in Lincoln, brought in Dubliner cheese and smoked salmon.
We chat with Sam Riggins, former brewer at Nebraska Brewing Company, who will be bringing an exciting new Brewery to Lincoln in 2018. He plans to create a variety of Belgium farmhouse beers including examples of Saison which he brought to the show. Tommy Rezac of 1400 KLIN radio also joins us to talk his favorite beer hangouts and all things Husker football.
Sam brought us two Saisons that are a preview of what will be in his brewery. Both beers started identically with one taking the additional step of being fermented in Brettanomyces. They are both dry and crisp beers, that have a fruity, spicy quality to them.
Sam was working under the name “Get Lost” as a brewery but wasn’t able to get the rights, so the new name of the brewery is still under development, but it will be in the old Laser Quest space at 6800 P St. Suite 300, starting hopefully in the spring of 2018.
Plus, Sam walks us through the brewing process for creating his newest recipes.
The founders of Code Beer Company, (19th and N St, Lincoln) Matt Gohring and Adam Holmberg, welcome Pints and Politics to their newly opened brewery along with Kevin Shinn of Bread & Cup. They get to try out Code Beer Co.’s Pale Ale, a hop forward, heavy on the nose beer that uses Simcoe and Equinox hops to produce an old piney smell with some newer tropical aromas. It is paired with a good malt character that adds some complexity to the palette.
Dan joins Dallas Schilling, owner of SchillingBridge Cork and Tap House to talk about the great brews on display at SchillingBridge’s location in Fallbrook. Dallas pulled out his newest brew, “ayePA” Created from German Huell Melon hops and then dry-hopped with Triple Pearl hops from Plattsmouth, Neb. It is filled with melon & citrusy flavors with a hint of spice. It was created for the Pirate Cycling League which had a race in Lincoln on Aug. 19th.
We are live again celebrating the Lincoln Beer Tour from Blue Blood Brewing with owner Brian Podwinski and Mayor of Lincoln Chris Beutler. Brian opens up Blue Blood’s newest IPA, Hop In Herre, a limited release American IPA. It’s an unfiltered IPA and the hoppiest beer yet from Blue Blood with a lot of citrus notes. Get it quickly before it’s gone!
Mayor Beutler talks about what the craft beer industry has done to support the city of Lincoln both in flavor and finances. The tours continue to be strong at Blue Blood’s historical landmark, Robber’s Cave.
We dive back into the politics of Lincoln and look back at the city before the Pinnacle Bank Arena and try to answer if Mayor Beutler will run for another term in office.
Music and Beer is on tap for discussion as well as how the burgeoning beer scene is transforming communities across Nebraska. We celebrate the Lincoln Craft Beer Tour at Zipline Brewery with Craig Reier, Marketing Director with Zipline Brewing and Paul Hammel from the Omaha World Herald.
We get to try the newest small batch beer from Zipline, the Session IPA. It is light in body, crisp, hoppy, and juicy. This brew was meant to be easy drinking, especially for these hot summer days. Craig also pulled out Zipline’s Hibiscus Saison to try as well. Both excellent summer beers for those hot Nebraska nights. Go pick up a glass and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter!