Pints & Politics Podcast
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!
Former owner of “The Other Room,” Jill Cockson joins us to talk about her projects: Colonel Jesse’s Small Batch Tonic and Swordfish Tom’s in Kansas City. She shares her experiences as an entrepreneur and building new enterprises. Rick Hoppe, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff for Lincoln, also joins us to talk about his work helping business owners, running campaigns, and 10 years inside of City Hall.
Caleb Pollard of Scratchtown Brewing in Ord, Nebraska and Susan Larson Rodenburg, founder of Tour de Nebraska get to try out Scratchtown’s Barrel Aged Sinister Grin Golden Strong Ale from their Rare Beer series: Keys to the Asylum. Susan discusses with Dan about how beer can be a great way to cap off a long day cycling as well as what’s on tap for the 2017 Tour. We also learn about what’s happening around Ord and Scratchtown.
Crooked Stave’s Petite Sour – Blueberry is on the menu this week. Matt Myers of the Happy Raven and Gary Haun of the Captain’s Chair Barber Shop join the podcast and talk about the many similarities barbers and bartenders share, including the Bartender/Barber client privilege. Matt talks about the genesis of the Happy Raven from startup to being named Best Beer Bar in Nebraska for 2017, and Gary shares the history of downtown Lincoln through the eyes of a barber shop that has been around since 1953 and seen many sit in the “Captain’s Chair” read more…
Dan gets to crack open a freshly canned Dank-A-Licious IPA from Blue Blood Brewing with Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke and Blue Blood Co-Founder Brian Podwinski. We get stories from Robber’s Cave from everyone on the show and Brian talks about the local sources Blue Blood uses for both beer and food supplies. Laura talks about home brewing in the Ebke house and the important issues facing her in the Nebraska legislature. read more…