This is 3BL, so we drank a trio of Kros Strain beers. But because Chris Whitney came over, we couldn’t leave without cracking open a Bourbon County Stout.
Chris is running far. Really far. (ChrisRunsForMS.com) Whipped cream vs ice cream. Dessert food trucks. The role of coffee beers. And people who share a birthday with Chris. All while drinking beers from Kros Strain and Goose Island.
Read More Episode 147 – KS & BCBS
Goodness, it’s been a long time since we’ve done this. Let’s see if we remember how this goes…
In this episode, we welcome back our first-ever guest (Matt Simms) and welcome in a first-time guest (John VanBeek). We get a phone call from Big Voice Bob. We dig into Marvel and DC and Star Wars. And we get a recap of everything that happened over the last two months. All while drinking beers from Bell’s and Surly.
Read More Episode 146 – The return
If you say there’s someone in the state of Nebraska who has more knowledge about the beer industry than Mark Thompson – you’re lying to yourself. Mark is the Craft Brand Manager at K&Z Distributing Co. in Lincoln, NE. He manages and communicates with major breweries all over the US (many local as well), sells beer to retailers, and has one hell of a beard. Mark and Grady talk about the Twisted Tea face punch, Mark’s experience in the beer industry, their philosophies on selling beer, and Mark’s love for Taylor Swift. Beer consumed: Twisted Tea Slightly Sweet and Founder’s Brewing Co.’s (Grand Rapids, MI) Moon Rambler IPA.
Read More NE Beer:30 #87 Mark Thompson | Craft Brand Manager
Ho! Ho! Ho! This jolly solo-sode is packed with Christmas spirit! During the podcast Grady talks about loving Christmas, how we should cancel “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” why you should tell your kids that a flamethrowing drone is watching them, what’s going to happen when his baby gets here, his new job (leaving the beer industry), and a dream he had involving Scott Frost. Beer consumed: Kros Strain Brewing’s (La Vista, NE) Barleywine Vol. 5.
Read More NE Beer:30 #86 A Flamethrower Christmas
Matt Meyers knows how to run a craft beer bar. His spot, The Happy Raven, was voted ‘Best Craft Beer Bar in Nebraska’ by CraftBeer.com in 2016, ’17, and ’18! This Lincoln-based alehouse boasts 18 draft lines and a massive selection of bottled and canned beer. Matt and Grady talk about what makes Happy Raven tick, how Matt has managed to become one of the best craft spots in NE, their picks for the greatest Christmas movie of all time (Big Up to Tyler Werner for the Voicemail!), and how Matt tends to customers who just want a “light beer.” Beers consumed: Paulaner (Munich, Germany) Hefe-Weizen, Deschutes (Bend, OR) Jubelale Winter Warmer, and Mikkeller Imperial Stout.
Read More NE Beer:30 #85 Matt Meyers | The Happy Raven
The newest brewery in Nebraska, Monolithic Brewing Co., is off to a great start in Omaha, NE! It’s all thanks to head brewer, Shane Costello. After homebrewing for 9 years, Shane has taken his talents to the big “fermenter” (stage). Shane and Grady talk about starting Monolithic Brewing Co., if Shane was nervous to brew commercially, what styles of beer are currently on tap (a lot!), and what he’s cooking up for the future! Voicemails from Brian Lastovica and Daine Patton get the conversation going about Thanksgiving beers and which Christmas movie is the greatest of all time. Beer consumed: Monolithic Brewing Co.’s (Omaha, NE) Viel Glück Dunkelweizen, The Juice City Session IPA (Sabro), and Amarillo for Haze Hazy IPA.
Read More NE Beer:30 #84 Shane Costello | Monolithic Brewing Co.
Nick Tarlowski is the man behind the Give and Let Live Fundraiser. What started as a single open tab at 1867 Bar in Lincoln, NE has grown into a pay-it-forward movement that is helping small businesses across the city. Nick and Grady talk about Give and Let Live, the new COVID restrictions on bars and restaurants in Lincoln, drinking a pitcher of barleywine, Nick’s dog eating marinara sauce, and what the fundraiser means to the city. Beers had this episode: Empyrean Brewing Co.’s (Lincoln, NE) Winter Wisdom Hazelnut Brown Ale, Dogfish Head’s (Milton, DE). Featured beer: Zipline Brewing Co.’s (Lincoln, NE) Barleywine Ale.
Read More NE Beer:30 #83 Nick Tarlowski | Give and Let Live Fundraiser
I finally got back to the studio and I finally got Joe to come do a podcast with me! We discussed the craft beer scene past and present. Joe asked for a special beer to drink on the podcast and it was very enjoyable. Post Black Friday Bourbon County Brand Stout discussion and more! Go Support Meier’s Cork and Bottle this holiday season, Cheers!
Read More Fridge Guys Episode 26 – Joe from Meier’s Cork N Bottle
Fellow Nebraskan, Alex Paine, loves yogurt beer and “Hot Dog Day” (you’ll find out). He is a Brewery Representative for one of the hottest breweries in the nation, WeldWerks Brewing Co. Alex and Grady talk about going to high school together in Lincoln, NE, how WeldWerks got its start, why the brewery rapidly grew in popularity, ‘Cranberry Sawce’ the jelly beer, how Alex started in the craft beer scene, and what it’s like selling beer in a competitive Colorado beer scene. Beers consumed: WeldWerk’s (Greeley, CO) Juicy Bits IPA, Blueberry Cobbler Berliner, and Extra Extra Juicy Bits Double IPA.
Read More NE Beer:30 #82 Alex Paine | WeldWerks Brewing Co.
You may remember Nick Borer, the Question Master, from earlier episodes of #NEBeer30! He was the guy who sent in the most (and most entertaining) questions back when the Listener Questions episodes were a thing. Nick is a renaissance man. He’s Grady’s cousin, the Digital Marketing Manager for HobbyTown, a graphic designer, and an all-around handyman! Nick and Grady answer hard-hitting questions during this pod. They talk artificial intelligence, what it’s like becoming a dad, how to make money on OnlyFans this holiday season, how many limbs you should have (you’ll see), and how Elon Musk plans to paralyze people.
Read More NE Beer:30 #81 Nick Borer | The Question Master
Episode #80 of #NEBeer30 is the hottest one yet! During this 40+ minute podcast, Mitch West (Perfect Pour Studios), Myles Andrews (Jake’s Cigars & Spirits, Lincoln) and Grady take on the Paqui Chip Challenge – one of the hottest tortilla chips on earth! The three try not to cry, talk about which rapper would be the best president, cry, drink milk, and swap crazy bar stories. Beer consumed: White Elm Brewing’s (Lincoln, NE) Crem Brulee stout and Prost! festbier, and Cosmic Eye’s (Lincoln, NE) Unlock the Time Dragon IPA.
Read More NE Beer:30 #80 Paqui Chip Challenge w/ Myles & Mitch
Do not give your money to homeless people (Grady will tell you why). This solo-sode is a firey one! After a long week, Grady sits down to discuss why you shouldn’t give your money to homeless people (he will tell you why), how he’s over Halloween for now, how people think he’s older than he really is, and the cancellation of Nebraska v Wisconsin this weekend. As you’ll find out, the cancellation is more about food than football. Beers had: Prost Brewing Co.’s (Fort Collins, CO) Dunkel. Grady also discusses why you shouldn’t give your money to homeless people (he will tell you why).
Read More NE Beer:30 #79 Halloween (No Doritos For Me)
Welp…after three years, it’s time to take a break. We’re tired. We’ve drank a lot beers. So this is our last episode of the year.
We went red-clad heavy tonight. Blame COVID and Wisconsin. Connor’s buying a house. Now he has to care about taxes. We decided to fix the prison system. You’re welcome. All while drinking beers from River Bend , Barntown, Cerebral, and Hofbrau.
See you in 2021!
Read More Episode 145 – Clean Out the Fridge
The Nebraska Beer:30 Hotline: 402 370-9900. Grady’s wife, Taylor is a little crunchy (you’ll find out what that means). The two recently road-tripped through Colorado to Moab, Utah during a week-long “vacaciones.” Taylor and Grady talk road trip munchies, hiking in the mountains, how crunchy their Airbnb’s were, barely missing an engagement on top of a mountain, and how Taylor feels being almost 7 months pregnant. Beers consumed this episode: Moab Brewing Co’s Pilsner and Denver Beer Co’s Graham Cracker Porter.
Read More NE Beer:30 #78 My Wife & Our Vacaciones
Episode 144. Like we always do, we busted out the crowlers on this multiple of 8. It’s tradition. It’s a rule. We’ve done it 17 times before.
In this episode, we start by kind of tip-toeing around an announcement. Then we make an announcement. Then we got a little political Then Andrew called in. Then we talked about our military and porn. All while drinking beers from Dillon Dam, Cosmic Eye and Sawyer Brewing.
Read More Episode 144 – Ocho Crowlers and an announcement
Daine Patton has spent the pandemic collecting beers, just waiting for the day when he could share them again. Now, the wait is over! The Fridge Guy returns!
We made a small dent in Daine’s beer collection (not really). We DID accidentally open an expensive tiny bottle of beer. No regrets. Spicy nuggets. Full House. Jim Harbaugh. Early voting. Everybody loves Ray Romano. And beers from…..???
Read More Episode 143 – The Fridge Guy Lives
Craig Beougher is a singer-songwriter and the face of the Lincoln-based Americana band, All Knowing McGill. Craig and Grady talk about raising kids, writing music, Craig’s many guitars and songwriting process, Grady gets tips on raising a girl, which beers they drink before playing shows, and the death of Eddie Van Halen (Big Up to Patrick Stehlik for leaving a voicemail!). Beers had: Weldwerks (Greeley, CO) Double Orange Creamsicle Milkshake, Founders Brewing’s (Grand Rapids, MI) Oktoberfest, Empyrean Brewing Co.’s (Lincoln, NE) ESB, and Cosmic Eye Brewing’s (Lincoln, NE) Everything Has Eyes IPA.
Read More NE Beer:30 #77 Craig Beougher | All Knowing McGill
I had to Google the proper way to pluralize a last name that ends with -s. Rigginses is correct. And the Rigginses are the forces behind Cosmic Eye Brewing.
In this episode, Sam and Michelle dig into their first two years of running a brewery. The highs, the lows, the pandemics, the beer trends, all of it. They do the talking while we sip on their beers, including Festbier, Sir Limes-a-lot, and Gaze of the Basilisk.
Read More Episode 142 – Drinking with the Rigginses
Ok, that’s a cheesy title. You see, we recorded this podcast at Heights Draft Room, and that led to this pun. It’s not even a pun, really. It’s just a phrase that also includes the word heights.
In this episode, we’re joined by Heights owner Joey Jones. His story involves all-state baseball, college football, prison hooch, Alcatraz, and beer. Beer is why we’re here today. Also for some brownies, but mostly for some beer.
Read More Episode 141 – Not afraid of Heights
This podcast was recorded LIVE and broadcasted across multiple platforms. Spencer Munson is the man behind Lincoln Calling – a three-day music and art festival held every year in Lincoln, Nebraska. Vince Ruhl is the creator and operator of the Basement Creator’s Network (by now, you know about them!), a livestream provider. Together with Grady, they form NUKE THE FRIDGE! You’ll get the joke once you watch. The three talk about Lincoln Calling, how it’s going digital (due to COVID regulations), what it takes to livestream a festival, and how it’s all going to go down! The gang sips on delicious brews from Zipline Brewing Co. (Lincoln, NE), a sponsor of Lincoln Calling.
Read More NE Beer:30 #76 Vince Ruhl & Spencer Munson | Lincoln Calling 2020