This month’s podcast features some of my favorite brewers, Steve Jarmie, Peter Goldammer and Rob Peed from BrewLAB in Carpinteria, California. They’re small-batch brewers in a tiny industrial space off of Carpinteria Avenue, and they’re making some of the most consistently impressive beer despite working on a glorified homebrew system (I wrote about them more here). They’re in the midst of an Indigogo campaign to expand (disclosure: I donated. It’s not usually my style to do that, but I want them to have bottles and growlers), but will still be smaller than the typical craft brewery.
And if you’re thinking: There’s no way a place like that can make money, you might be right. Then again, I’m not sure Rob, Peter and Steve mind too much. Around the 30-minute mark, they talk about being effectively homeless and living in the brewery’s first space as they tried to get started. They’re happy making beer and running their own lives, and I’m constantly impressed. Enjoy, and stay biased.
This month we’ve got Jim Crooks and Jeffers Richardson from Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton, California. Jim and Jeffers go way back with Firestone Walker, as Jeffers was the brewery’s first brewmaster and Jim was acquired alongside Matt Brynildson when the brewery moved into its Paso Robles location.
Now Jim and Jeffers are making some of the finest wild ales and sour beers in California, including their third batch of what Barrelworks considers its official, unofficial anniversary ale, Feral One. Batch 3 is being liberated this Saturday, February 27 in Buellton along with tastings of other rare and exciting beers that they’ve got up there in their ever-growing barrel room.
Jim and Jeffers are busy prepping for this weekend, but we managed to find some time for a phone interview when all of our schedules were free. I had to record this in my car on a sunny Los Angeles day. Pro tip to all you budding podcasters out there like me, don’t do that.
I was definitely thirsty after this interview. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
West Coast Beer Bias welcomes Mitch Steele, brewmaster for Stone Brewing Co. and Author of IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. We chat about his past life as a brewer for Anheuser-Busch, the current state of craft beer and the future for Stone.