This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy has a full house. On the show is Dana Ball and Dave Walton from Upward Brewing in Livingston Manor, NY; Brad Vogel and Sam Merrett from the Schooner Apollonia in Hudson, NY and Gowanus, NY; Daric Schlesselman from Van Brunt Stillhouse in Brooklyn, NY; Eric Austin from Viking Draft Co in Canaan, NY; Laura Webster from Poor Devil Pepper Co, and Nika Carlson from Greenpoint Cidery in Hudson, NY.
To kick things off, Dana and Dave reflect on their recent success at the NY State Craft Beer Competition and how far things have come in the last year. Switching gears a bit, Jimmy then quotes Brad’s infamous line, “what the heck is sail freight?” and Sam launches into a wonderful introduction to the Schooner Apollonia. Brad then tells us how he’s involved down in Gowanus, and shouts out Strong Rope Brewery, a local spot they support. Brad also explains how the Schooner Apollonia makes “transport transparent,” and inspires consumers to think about how they get their products.
After the break, Jimmy brings on Laura, Eric, Daric, and Nika, who all get products from the Schooner Apollonia. Everyone reminisces on how they first met Sam and how their collaborations have grown through the years. Nika tells a story of how she gets her cider from Sam’s crew, and Sam chimes in to explain how he stays carbon neutral with the help of a bike and trailer. To wrap things up, Sam summarizes the amazing partnerships, products, and sustainable distribution methods that have come out of the Schooner Apollonia as “good ideas that actually happen.”
Photo Courtesy of Sam Merrett.
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