In this episode I am emphatic that this cheese I tasted was the best ever. After reflecting on that….it’s 100% true! So Arcadia Premium has been a huge supporter from day one and I’m embarrassed it took me so long to get them on the show! Owners Joel and Lara join to tell their story as well as share some amazing cheese. And we even have a special guest pop in. Enjoy!
Right in the heart of Downtown Phoenix sits a single story standalone building that has served as an anchor for the Arizona craft beer community since 2012. Angel's Trumpet Ale House began when the craft beer resurgence was just beginning in Arizona. To educate an entire community in something unfamiliar can be an uphill battle but owners Mat and Sharry Englehorn are game. In this episode host Eric Walters sits down with the Englehorns to hear the story behind their beloved ale house. Enjoy!
In February of 2017 Pedal Haus assistant brewer Ian Campbell-O'Neill tragically passed away. To honor Ian Pedal Haus makes a rye IPA called rICON every year. This year the beer will help to raised funds for the struggling Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. Tune in as host Eric Walters talks with those involved with making this wonderful beer!
For the past few years Mike Mathis and Steven Goodman have been pursuing their individual dreams of opening a spot that is all about great beer and BBQ. Leave it to Brian Helton of Helton Brewing Company to connect these two and encourage them to combine forces. This introduction led to the formation of Furious Beer and BBQ. On November 8th Helton Brewing will be hosting a brewers dinner including some of the collaboration beer with Furious. Kirby from "Beer Talks: The Kirbside Edition" joins in as well!
Since coming onto the Arizona beer scene as the owners of The Casual Pint Central Phoenix in 2017 Justin and Caia Curtis have already made a big splash. Their anniversary celebration (Oct 20-Oct 24) will highlight some of the many reasons: great collab beers, fun yet safe events and raffles for local charities. In this episode I sit down with Justin to talk about our beer-sheltered lives growing up in Ohio and how their business model has helped to streamline their contribution to our amazing Arizona beer community. Enjoy!
Growing up in a steel city myself I can appreciate the grit it takes to survive in that world. In fact my love for craft beer as a whole comes from its core foundation: hard work and creativity. Clarkdale, and now its newest business, Smelter Town Brewery, are build on that foundation as well. Becky and Craig Backus are the longtime Clarkdale residents who are behind the brewery and its accompanying hotel. A beautiful spot with beers that kick just as impressive from head brewer Tim Godin make this the spot to hit up ASAP!
The past several months have been strange/stressful/life-changing/etc. for all of us. But as we come out of this I am excited for what we have in store for you on the horizon. I want to give you all an update on everything I'm working on and the future of Tap That AZ. Hint: We're just getting started. Check out the episode to hear it all. Enjoy the show!
When Drekker Brewing Co. in Fargo, North Dakota in 2014 their mission was to make beer completely on their terms. Now, approaching their 6th anniversary these guys are making some major waves in the craft beer world still doing it completely on their terms. From the amazing liquid in the cans to the beautiful art on the outside Drekker is making fans quickly across the country. But if you think you're crazy about them based on their beer alone wait until you hear their story from co-founder Mark Bjornstad. Enjoy the show!
I'm gonna be honest: this episode is out of right field. I have some ideas I want to play around with and want see what you think. So lets start off with a story that involves a windowless room blasting rave music, riot police and zero craft beer. Enjoy!
Beer School by Blue Pint Society is always a great time. But we can’t all gather just yet so the folks at Blue Pint Society said f**k COVID just like they say f**k cancer and planned an online beer school for its 12th installment happening on September 19th. But this isn’t just any old Zoom call. It includes beer delivery! Enjoy the show and hope to see you at Beer School 12!
The Arizona Territory in the 1800's served as a beacon of hope for many who sought to take their place among the wealthy. Hans Von Biermann immigrated to AZ in the 1800’s to find his uncle (the famed Lost Dutchman?) who told him of riches in the Sonoran Desert. However, Hans found neither. His personal journals have been recovered by Bone Haus Brewing who now have the task of telling the stories and drinking the beers of this larger than life figure. Do your part and go check this place out. Enjoy the show!
Megan Greenwood has a machine over the past few years getting her beer out to the masses, and spreading the good word (in many ways). Its crazy to think I had her on the show 2 years ago (as you’ll hear….LITERALLY 2 years ago) and I'm so stoked she now has Greenwood Brewing Company open right downtown. And it couldn’t be any more perfect. Meagan is an amazing human, her beer is kick ass and she has one of the best spots in the state for sure. Enjoy the show!
When Steven Larson was a child a freak pizza oven accident turned what would be a normal desire for pizza into a lifelong obsession to eat all of it. Well, not actually. And that first part was made up. But Steven DOES love pizza so a couple of years ago Wizard of Za was born. Through this Steven takes his followers on a journey to the best pizza spots in Arizona. It only made sense to meet up at one of Arizona's newest pizza/Italian spots, Osteria Mia. Owner/Chef Mario Rana joins in as well. Enjoy!
BlackRock Brewers opened in 2017 and have been steadily kicking ass since. Taking home awards from local festivals is quickly becoming the norm for this small but powerful Tucson brewery. Owner/brewer Tony Williams joins the show to tell us how his focus on quality lays the foundation for the long-term success of this neighborhood favorite. From award-winning IPA's and crisp Pilsners to experimentals like a roasted green chili wheat there's something for everyone at BRB. Enjoy the show!
On July 10th Wren House Brewing Company will release Black Excellence, an Imperial Stout with African ingredients brewed by assistant brewer Akil Abdul Zakariya as a collaboration with Brewz Brothaz out of Detroit. The beer will raise funds for the NAACP. Akil and Preston Thoeny from Wren House joins as well as some amazing folks in the Michigan beer scene including Harry Weaver and Wayne Phillips from Brewz Brothaz, Dayne Bartscht of Eastern Market Brewing Co., and Ken Konarzewski Jr. of Better on Draft Media.
In this episode I catch up with owner/brewer Allan Conger from 1912 Brewing Company in Tucson. They have been steadily winning folks over since they opened in 2015. Whether it's with a sour created to taste like a dessert, a delicious hazy IPA with a hilariously long name or spot-on traditional Irish red it's hard to not find something you like from 1912. Every year they celebrate their anniversary on July 4th and this year is no different. Enjoy the show!
Huge thanks to Crescent Crown Distributing for sponsoring this series.
In this final episode Brando, AJ and I reflect on this entire experience as well as how we did on the actual exam. We also talk about how we can use some of this new info to add value to our local beer community.
Huge thanks to everyone who helped us out during this! You know who you are! Much Love :)
Currently there are around 100 breweries in Arizona. In this series we’ll travel throughout the state to get an idea of where all of the breweries are in a given region of the state. In this second episode we head south to get a taste of Sonora with some of the best breweries in the state. Downtown Tucson is one of my favorite food/drink spots but hidden gems lie even further south including a brewery who grows 14 different hop varieties. Enjoy this southern AZ beer adventure!
Thanks to Crescent Crown for sponsoring this series.
This is the 6th episode in this miniseries we did with InkleDeux to get our Certified Beer Server cert.
In the words of Sinatra "...you can't have one without the other!" Although I'm sure it wasn't his intent it makes me think of food and beer. Every. Single. Time.
Luckily for us, we have one of the best chefs in the universe here in AZ. Tamara Stanger from Cotton &Copper joins AJ, Luke and I to school us on the art of pairing food with beer.
Currently there are around 100 breweries in Arizona. In this series we’ll travel throughout the state to get an idea of where all of the breweries are in a given region of the state. In this first episode we jump around the north to some of my favorite breweries of all. What I love about much of Northern Arizona is its contrast to the low desert setting of Phoenix but it also has some great breweries. Enjoy this northern AZ beer adventure!
Huge thanks to Crescent Crown for sponsoring this series.
Welcome back to the 5th episode in this miniseries we did with the great guys over at InkleDeux training to get our Certified Beer Server designation by Cicerone. In this episode we sit down with Marshall Norris, co-owner and brewer for Simple Machine Brewing in Phoenix. Marshall schools us on the art of the brewing process and the importance of using the best ingredients. Plus we get to have some of InkleDeuxs legendary coffee!
Huge thanks to Crescent Crown for sponsoring this series.
Welcome back to the 4th episode in this miniseries we did with the great guys over at InkleDeux training to get our Certified Beer Server designation by Cicerone. For all the beer "review" experts out there this episode is for you. Properly evaluating and grading beer is more than just an uneducated "I hate this". Its about knowing the difference between bad beer, beer you just don't like, and knowing what you don't like it. In this episode Brian Helton once again guides us as Liz, Brandon and I learn a thing or two.
There comes a time when you gotta shake it up a little. Sometimes it takes a thing like a global pandemic to do that. With the launch of our new show "A Taste of AZ" that focuses on all things Arizona food and drink I have the opportunity to fine tune this show even further. I want you to be involved. Let me know what you'd like to hear. In this episode I break down the different directions we can go to make an even better experience. Feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions/comments/feedback.
This episode was originally released in August of 2018 and features Mickey Salem, owner of Kings Beer & Wine in Phoenix. This is the most downloaded episode of Tap That AZ Podcast to date. Enjoy!
Welcome back to the 3rd episode in this miniseries we did with the great guys over at InkleDeux. Our girl Liz Limberg hosts along with AJ from InkleDeux. They talk with Alec Johnson and Paul Rosevear to gain insight into even more beer styles. Enjoy the show!