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Radio Brews News meets a real beer professor

July 22, 2011

Apologies for the hiatus. Despite its slick appearance and production values that give the appearance of big money backing, Radio Brews News is really run by a hamster on a treadmill. When he gets sick, things stop. Our promised show featuring the very patient Brendan Varis will now run as a special edition early next week.

Episode 6

In this show we meet Professor Charles Bamforth.

Professor Bamforth has been in the brewing industry for 32 years, including 13 years in research, 11 in academia and 8 with the famed brewing company Bass. After an international search, he was selected as UC Davis’ first Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences. He is also the author of books and articles about beer and brewing far too numerous to mention, particularly Grain v Grape and Beer is Proof  God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing.

He was a wonderfully engaging guest who provided some thoughtful insights into brewing and drinking beer.

Both books are highly recommended. If you don’t have time to read old-school books but like podcasts, consider Audible’s audio version. You can get it FREE with an Audible 30-day free trial, that you can access by clicking the  Amazon link to the right. (Like everything on Australian Brews News – this is a genuine recommendation, not an ad.)

Professor Charlie Bamforth

Show Notes:

(4:15) Radio New Zealand piece on contract brewing (Thanks to Martin Craig)

(8:15) James Davidson’s Blue Sky Brewery article

(15:00) Good Beer Week

(15:50) The Story Bridge Hotel’s Craft Beer Week

(32:30) Silicon in beer story

Stay tuned in upcoming episodes for James Watt from BrewDog and Anat Baron, producer of director of Beer Wars.

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