Episode 158: White Labs

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It’s education time!  Mainly all about yeast and what it can do for your beer.  We are joined this week by Erik Fowler from White Labs.  Erik is the Education and Engagement Curator which entails a lot of jobs.  We hope even the non-brewer listener will enjoy this show.

Interview

We find a little bit out about what White Labs is and why they have a tasting room in San Diego attached to their business.  We also delve into Erik’s passion for craft beer and find out what his role is at White Labs.  What is a yeast bank, does it look like Jurrasic Park?  After talking about some of the beers we were drinking we take a break.

After the break, we wonder if the yeast is the most important component of beer.  We also ask if brewers should build out their own labs for yeast propagation.  After talking more about how White Labs makes beer and what it is used for, the conversation moves into their newest product called PurePitch®.  Brian wonders if FrankenStout is going to come back.  Then we end the show as we normally do, with the news.

In the News

  • Latchkey Brewing looks like they want to open on April 13th (Friday!!!) and will have Anthony Beach (Faultline, GF, BP) as head brewer.  Also in the mix will be Julia Mallon, who managed tasting rooms for BP and Cutwater, and Co-founder Gerald Dollente also was in charge of brewery production at BP.
  • The Brigantine and Hodad’s getting into brewing.  Ketch Brewing will be in a vacant warehouse space at its corporate headquarters at 7889 Ostrow Street in Kearny Mesa.  The West coaster has more info here.
  • More on the Green Flash closure of Virginia Beach.  We did not talk about Cellar 3 as we did not know it was closing when we recorded this show.
  • Brewers Association released overall industry numbers today. We now have 6,372 craft breweries in the USA, up 16% over 2016. Although the closing rate is only 2.6%, that is significantly higher than ‘16. Great quote from Bart Watson, chief economist from the BA – “Beer lovers want to support businesses that align with their values and are having a positive impact on their local communities and our larger society,” added Watson. “That’s what small and independent craft brewers are all about. The ability to seek beers from small and independent producers matters.”

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Tony Bagz, Tom Keliinoi, Ryan DeBusk, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, Scott Schmalbach, Brian Goold, Matt Landes, Cyrus B, Ben, Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast, Rock Out Scholarship Fund (Shawn Coady), Gwynntelligence (Padres Jagoff), Carlos Lee, Liz Bauer, James Ramsay, Christa Mitchell, Johnny Rivera, Theresa Lopez, Tyler Ferguson, and NEW! Queso!

This episode was recorded live at White Labs.

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White Labs:
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Instagram: @whitelabsyeast
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Website: www.whitelabs.com

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