EPISODE 2 | Jul 26, 2016
Edge of the Wild!
In the second episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, travel with host Jimmy Carbone to the edge of the wild. In the Catskills region of New York State, you will meet craft beverage producers who work independently to create unique products. This area used to have a booming tourism industry until airline travel became affordable. Then, many of the resorts closed down. In this episode, we will visit those who remain in the Catskills, advocating for their communities. You’ll meet a former racetrack veterinarian who uses his chemistry background to distill unique buckwheat liquor and whole wheat vodka, a cider maker who takes his cues from texts written about apples in the 1800s, a brewery owner who was part of saving New York City’s water through anti-fracking advocacy, and one of the first (legal) absinthe producers in the United States.
EPISODE 1 | Jun 21, 2016
The New Primitives
In the first episode of On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio, you will travel with us to the Hudson Valley region. Although it’s only about an hour’s drive from New York City, you feel like you’re in a different world. The Hudson Valley is an historic beer-making region, but with the rise of industrialization and cheap transportation, breweries virtually disappeared for most of the 20th century. Then, in the last few years, locals again began to appreciate and demand craft, local beer, which attracted experienced brewers to the region to open their first ever breweries. The brewers wanted to make their beer in a traditional ways with ties to the community and local products, like it was made in the region over 100 years ago. Thus, Beer Sessions host Jimmy Carbone dubbed them “the new primitives.”