Episode 23 - 2021 Hops Insight, Barley Head Brewing, and Starting a Food Program


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No matter the season, hops are always on our mind here at the BYO Nano Podcast. With the 2021 North American harvest over, the farmers have time to rest a bit before preparing for 2022. Eric Desmarais of CLS Farms in Yakima Valley joins us to talk about the season that just ended, building brewery relationships, and some hops to think about in the new year.

Our nano brewery profile is on Barley Head Brewery in Mystic, Connecticut. We talk with owner and brewer Drew Rogers about experimentation, distribution, and building a regular customer base in a tourist destination.

And finally with food on the mind we’re talking with the Beer Chef Himself, Bruce Paton about what small breweries without a formal kitchen can do to offer a food program to keep customers around longer.

The BYO Nano Podcast Episode 23 is sponsored by:

Did you know that BSG sources hops directly from growers and processes them in their FSSC-certified facility in the Yakima Valley? From Azacca to Zappa, BSG’s hops are pelletized for optimal dispersion in the boiler or FV, and packaged in nitrogen-flushed bags to preserve all those tasty aromatics. To learn more about how your hops go from farmer to fermenter, get in touch with BSG at LetsTalkHops@bsgcraft.com

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Yakima Chief Hops

Yakima Chief Hops has officially launched their newest product – Cryo-Pop™ Original Blend! YCH has combined their proprietary cryogenic hop processing technology with cutting-edge lab analysis to create Cryo Hops® with a pop! Using this new research to identify the most beer soluble hop compounds that survive the brewing process, they engineered a supercharged pellet that shows massive tropical, stone fruit, and citrus aromas in your finished beers. Learn more at cryopopblend.com.

BYO Nano Brew Podcast Episode 23
John Holl
Guests: Eric Desmarais, Drew Rodgers, Bruce Paton

Contact: nano@byo.com
Music: Scott McCampbell

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