PODCAST! (Ep 16) at Saloon Door Brewing

Episode 16 Saloon Door Brewing

Ryan, Gary , Matty D and the WKR man hauled it down to Webster this past Sunday and spent some time with the great guys at Saloon Door Brewing. Austin Webber, Alex Webber and Jacob Price joined the Hopcast crew and dropped the skinny on this week’s 2nd Anniversary party (newsflash: its gonna be HUGE), the local craft scene and how its changed, and since Austin is a CFO, we asked him about the impact of some of the current market forces on craft breweries.

We tasted some of the Saloon Door goodness such as Panhandler Pale, Hyphy, Snickers, Smores, Tasty AF (duh!) and more.

The craft lexicon word of the day was “CHEERS” (more to this than meets the eye) and of course, we opened the mailbag at our own peril.




Podcast! Episode 15: The Women of Craft Beer! B-52, Brewheart Apparel and The Hop Stop

Episode 15 the Women of Craft Beer

Live from Gary’s patio, the boys are joined by Shannon from Brewheart Apparel, Dawn from the Hop Stop, and Jessica and Marin from B-52 Brewing.  We discuss all of the latest happenings in the Houston beer scene, share some incredible new releases from B-52 and others, the women weigh in on the latest trends, mansplaining, womansplaining, mattsplaining.

The mailbag goes sideways and the Luchador drops a HUGE, IF TRUE Luche-Bomb on us at the end of the episode.






New Podcast! Episode 13: The HOME BREW SHOW

If you brew or are thinking about brewing, this joint is for you. The heavy weights of home brewing, Preston Brown of the Grain Cellar, Nick Secrist and Steven Scruggs join Ryan, Gary and the Dozer to drop knowledge on all aspects of the home brewing game. Preston guides Gary and the Dozer through their first brew.  Craft Beer chugging?  Apparently yes. Mailbag questions from the ginormous fan base?  Of course.  Moonshine? No comment. Rick Tyler doing Rick Tyler things? Child, please!

The Grain Cellar





Episode 12: A Very Zooted Christmas Beer Share Episode

What a way to wrap up a wonderful 2017 with good friends, copious rare beers and Christmas tomfoolery. Ryan, Phil, the Luchador, and Ross celebrated the #Astros World Series Championship, Talked about our favorite Christmas movies, favorite Christmas songs, and worst Christmas present we ever received. Oh,  and did I mention we shared many festive beers from Jester King, The Answer, Casey, Russian River, Cantillion, Parish and more?

We expanded the craft lexicon by introducing the word “zooted” and took some very interesting mailbag questions from  listeners in exotic outposts like Jasper and Klute.  We said a tearful goodbye to our good buddy Ross who will be moving away for a while, recapped Matty D’s incredible near death experience and oh, shared some holly jolly beers.

We want to thank Nathan Rees and Texas Leaguer Brewing for hosting us and wish everyone an incredible Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.








Hopcast Houston New Episode: Interview with Texas Leaguer Brewing

Episode 11 Show notes

The @hopcasthouston crew hung out with Nathan Rees and Doc Rebeck from @TXLeaguerBrew in a #HopcastAfterDark episode during opening week of their brand new brewery in Missouri City. We tasted some great new beers,  talked about the #astros going to the playoffs, Hopcast Mailbag with questions about outer space from our buddies in Jasper, Craft Lexicon word of the day: Gueze. What really killed Glenn Frey? #drinklocal #hugeiftrue

Hopcast Houston New Episode: Interview with MegaSeth from Copperhead

Episode 10 Show Notes

The crew is back with our first post-Hurricane Harvey episode recorded at Copperhead brewery in Conroe, TX.  Owner and head brewer Seth Earnest, a.k.a. MegaSeth joined us to talk about his brand new NEIPA Citraddicted in advance of its release on Oct. 1.

Homebrewer and friend of the Hopcast Wes Ramos makes his debut joining Ryan, Matty D the Luchador and Big Phil. The craft lexicon word of the day is Foeder. Plenty of mailbag questions. What really happened to Ross?

We also discussed all of the great things local breweries did to help the city during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and enjoyed some Ba Ba Brewhouse special FU Harvey releases.

not the real luchador






Hopcast Houston Episode 9: Women of Craft Beer (Christen Morey and Lene Baggett) live from the Hop Stop in Humble

Hopcast Houston Episode 9 Show Notes: Women of Craft Beer

We had a blast with our two great guests, Christen Morey (3 Nations Brewing/Hoppy Heat)  and Lene Baggett (Lone Pint).  We discussed their experiences in and perspectives on working in the craft beer industry. Craft Lexicon Word of the day and Hopcast Mailbag questions. We enjoyed some great beers from the taps at The Hop Stop in Humble TX (Brash Abide, Cyclers Saddletime, Real Ale Mysterium Persiccum,  Live Oak Hefe, some great DIPAs from Whole Foods, and stuff from 3 Nations.) and Christen brought some amazing Hoppy Heat Sriracha for us to taste.  #drinklocal #hugeiftrue








Podcast Episode 8! Juiceton Brew Day with Spindletap and Larry Koestler!

The JUICE is loose in H-town. If you are reading this, you have undoubtedly already gobbled up cases of Spindletap’s Houston Haze–the NEIPA juggernaut that has taken Houston by storm. We were lucky enough to be invited to join brewmaster/founder Shaun Ebersole, head brewer Garrison Mathis, collaborator/NEIPA maven/Houston Beer Guide writer Larry Koestler (yes THE Larry Koestler) and Boston home brewer and collaborator Rich Wein this past Sunday in the Spindletap brewhouse as they brewed the follow up to Houston Haze, a DIPA version of the NEIPA style which will be known as JUICETON (Houston Haze on roids). Do we have your attention?

Our mics were live in the brewhouse and we were joined by Shaun, Garrison, Larry and Rich to get the inside scoop on Juiceton and other upcoming offerings from Spindletap. We also discussed the NEIPA trend, The craft beer lexicon word of the day is Gypsy Brewing…Mailbag Questions about the recent “craft” beer night at Minute Maid Park and more.  We also shared some incredible NEIPAs muled to us by Rich and it may or may not have turned into a full on bottle share after the show. #hugeiftrue #drinklocal #juiceton #houstonhaze








Episode 7: Interview with Vallensons’ Owner and Brewmaster Valle Kauniste

Episode 7 Show Notes:

We had a blast hanging out with Valle Kauniste last Thursday night at his new brewery in Pearland, Vallensons.  Ryan, Matty D, Ross, and Grayson were onhand to taste some great Vallensons beer including the Oatmeal Stout and a special Anniversary Strong Ale among others. Valle shared how his experiences in the US Air Force and travels abroad shaped his view of what beer should be, his plans for Vallensons and the role small breweries can play in creating a sense of community in their neighborhoods.

The Craft Lexicon Word of the Day: Crushable (and trust us, Valle served up some Crushable goodies during the show).

We reviewed the St. Arnold Tribute release festivities that took place last week as well as the B-52 Tart Frenchie release.

Finally, the mailbag brought some peculiar questions. Ross explains Drinking Gloves as a new fashion trend, butt chugging in outer space, is it possible?  AND MORE.