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Episode 56 – Richard Watkins, Vince Costanzo and James Smith

June 15, 2015

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This week we meet BentSpoke’s Richard Watkins to celebrate his brewery’s first birthday and hear his thoughts on the small brewing industry, gained over twenty years.

We then catch up with brewing educator and consultant Vincent Costanzo from Costanzo Brewing Consultants to learn about some of the issues affecting beer quality that anyone thinking of becoming a brewer should be considering.If you want to know more about Vince’s courses, you can find a listing here.

Finally we catch up with James Smith, the man behind The Crafty Pint and the Festival Director of Good Beer Week to hear how things went at this year’s festival – one of the world’s great beer weeks. James also discusses his decision to step back from his role as festival director.

We also announce the winners of our Steve Hindy and Adam Ferrier book giveaways.

Radio Brews News is hosted by Matt Kirkegaard and Pete Mitcham and is produced by Lachie Mackintosh.

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2 Responses to Episode 56 – Richard Watkins, Vince Costanzo and James Smith

  1. Jay on June 15, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Hi guys, really good show today with some really interesting topics discussed.

    I think there are great merits in drinking local with a lot of styles but I think there needs to be some consumer education on which beers travel well ie stouts, sours and Belgian strong ales vs beers which don’t handle oxidisation well ie low abv, pils, ipa’s and Pale ales and the education needs to come from bars and outlets and breweries I thinks the industry could help with having bottled / kegged on dates also.

    Overall though I believe the learning curve for brewers and drinkers wouldn’t be the same without imports though I believe a lot of the pale ales/ IPA’s being imported are not suited for travel and probably now not up to the same quality of local brews though there are exceptions.

    Regarding the craft beer rise and decline in the 80’s / the climate now I think the quality of beer is far better now and there is a real diversity in beers styles now, where in the 80’s there were some breweries doing bad copies of pilsners and lagers so couldn’t compete on price or quality. That and not having tap point access as they do now hindered a sprouting industry. I think some of the resentment towards large breweries today still comes from 80’s and 90’s because of tying up pubs with tap deals and also the relentless buying up of competition and slowly retiring loved brands..

    Once again guys great show and some interesting discussion points.


    • Editor on June 15, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks for the thoughts and feedback Jay!

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