Episode #56: SDSU Craft Beer Education Camp & Dr. Bill Sysak




Tonight we were joined by two awesome guests, Giana Rodriguez the Program Director for SDSU’s Business of Craft Beer program, and Dr. Bill Sysak, Stone’s Craft Beer Ambassador, helps Stone educate their employees, and an Instructor in the SDSU Business of Craft Beer program.  You might also know Dr. Bill from the many food pairings or bottle share events he has been at.

The Interview:

We let each guest introduce themselves and start the show with Dr. Bill talking about his extensive beer knowledge.  He has had over 50,000 beers and has a cellar of 2,500 rotating beers.  He has traveled many times to Belgium and Germany and many other countries with good beer.  We then talk more about the SDSU Business of Craft Beer program and about the brand new Craft Beer Education Camp that SDSU is putting on in July and August.

We also brought some beers for Dr. Bill to dissect and give us some feedback on.  Dr. Bill has such a diverse palate and knowledge of beer, it is fun to give him beers to talk about.  The beers we brought were:

We continue the talk about the Craft Beer Education Camp and talk more about why it is a great program not only for a person looking to get in the industry but also for a company who wants to have knowledgable employees.  If you want to sign up with the Certificate program, find the links below and sign up or get on the waiting list.  Even better, join the mailing list to find out when the next day of registration is.

After the break, we open up another beer and this leads us to as about cellaring beer.  Depending on the type of beer will depend if you should age it or not.  Dr. Bill continues taking more about how you should age a beer and how to properly check a beer to know if it should continued to be aged or drink it now.  One of the places he recommends while researching aging beers, if it’s a Belgian style, try The Burgundian Babble Belt.  Talking about different styles, we ask Dr. Bill if there is a beer style he does not care for.  The answer probably won’t surprise you.  We then talk about glassware and ask if different glassware is really needed for different styles.  After some more beer tastings, we ask Dr. Bill a listener question and then finish it out with who is his favorite brewery or breweries.

Listener Questions!

Travis Hudson – craftbeerluv619 (Instagram) – What is the most prized bottle in Dr Bill’s infamous cellar?  Is there a difference between a beer nerd and a beer geek?

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Amy (and Rudy) Pollorena, and Chris Bush!

Where to find our guests:

SDSU’s Business of Craft Beer program:
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/SDSUCraftBeer/
Instagram: @sdsucraftbeer
Twitter: @SDSUCraftBeer
Website: neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer

SDSU’s Craft Beer Education Camp:
Website: neverstoplearning.net/beercamp

Dr. Bill Sysak:
Instagram: @masterpairings
Twitter (Stone): @bistrobeer
Twitter (Personal): @masterpairings

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project.

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