Craft Beer Republic

40 Episodes

By: Greg Jones

Why join the Craft Beer Republic? Because we are a nation of beer lovers. Every week, we're tapping a fresh keg of double-digit fun with the best dry-hopped topics to keep you well-hydrated! We're mashing in all the week's booze news, researching the tastiest beers, getting nerdy with Beer Science, and whirlpooling all the latest info! We also hang out with the brewers of some of the best local breweries in the nation; we sample their brew and take a deep dive into the nerdier side of the industry. Available every Wednesday on your favorite podcast app! In Beer We...

Lunch Beers & Sticky Hops
Last Wednesday at 7:05 AM

The Dream Team is back, and there’s a whole lot of mediocre beer coming our way! We’re talking about over-hopping beers, making new beer friends, drunk drivers on the beach, breweries buying themselves back, and states that don’t let you buy booze on holidays. 


Flex is drinking the “What’s Your Myspace?” collab from Young Blood and Third Space Brewing. Greg and Deb are reviewing Park Hopper IPA from Smog City Brewing. 


Fresh off of Flex’s beer review, we discuss the importance of correctly naming your beer. Then...

Flantastico Release Party at 818 Brewing

Live is Flantastico! We are excited to finally try the collab beer between 818 Brewing and the homie Chew Your Beer. To celebrate the occasion, we held a live podcast with Bryan and Derrick of 818 Brewing and Chew to discuss the beer, the origin, the adjuncts, and their new pilot system. We also discuss surviving the pandemic, future plans and expansions, favorite beers to make, how we got into craft beer, and listener questions! 


Derrick and Bryan led us on a guided tasting of Flantastico, Valley Girl Blond, SchnuggleZ Hazy IPA, Hellyes lager, and Valhalla B...

Looks Like Grandma's Drunk Again

Happy National Craft Beer Week! On Batch 356, we're talking about our latest live show, lunch beers, unorganized breweries, drinking on the job, Pliny the Younger's economic impact, a hilariously drunk grandma, and the most expensive beer in MLB.


Flex is drinking Dripping So Much Sauce from Mikerphone Brewing. Greg is reviewing Tundra Tropics hazy IPA from Titletown Brewing.


Greg talks about the live show at 818 Brewing and the release party for Flantastico. He's also pissed; breweries need to be better about updating their hours online. After getting all his...

Don’t Worry, I’ll Review My Beer On The Next Show

Cheers, and vacation beers! Flex is back from Disney World, and Beergirl Mel is hanging out with us. We’re talking about rating beers at festivals, finding old (like ancient) beers, getting beer deliveries, drunk airplane passengers, the Champagne of beers, and getting drunk on vacation!


Greg and Mel are drinking Harlem Queen, a collaboration IPA from Tin Barn Brewing and Harlem Hops. Flex is tight-lipped about his beer, Zozo Gungun from Oliphant Brewing.


Flex shares all about his phallic vacation at Disney World and all the beer research he...

Philly Martinez of Ventura Coast Brewing Company

Cheers, beers, and high life! We’re so excited to share our live interview with Philly Martinez, the new head brewer at Ventura Coast Brewing Company. Philly shared his history in the industry, learning how to drink, collabing with beer friends, working for a big brewery, taking over at an established brewery, getting fired from Costco, and keeping grounded.


Philly shared five beers with us from VCBC: Doppelbock, Mystik Krewe Breux, Ex-Wizards, Extinction, and S’More of What.


We meet Philly’s parents and learn about his early days as a d...

Double Dry Hopped with Uranus

Gluten-free beer? No thanks! Coley is back for another beer (or two) on the Craft Beer Republic! On this batch, we’re talking about summer-time beers, the evils of Untappd, tequila-aged beers, naming HBC 586, drunk birds, and getting too drunk at Disney World. 


Flex is drinking La Gosa Rita from Lakefront Brewery. Coley and Greg are sipping on Darby Pale Ale, a collab between Pedals & Pints and the Booze League.


We get a fantastic review from one of our best listeners. Tequila-aged beers, are you a fan? Flex talks abo...

Floridaman: Giving Good Drunks a Bad Name

Coley is back on Batch 352! We’re talking about our trip out to Lagerville (and the aftermath), beers with too much ABV, the weird Budweiser saga, how not to drink in public, and why bad drunks give good drunks a bad name.


Greg and Coley are drinking Hello, We’re Here, a hazy IPA from There Does Not Exist. Flex is sipping on Woven Water Brewing’s Iridescence hazy IPA.


With the Lagerville beer festival in the rearview, Coley and Greg talk about the whole weekend: getting hydrated with the Bo...

M.C. Muffin Buns & Golf Course Beers

Get ready to raise a glass as Indiana Trash Elvis, AKA Zack, joins us for another round on Craft Beer Republic. In this episode, we cover a range of topics, including the pros and cons of having kids at breweries, interesting beer trivia, the latest in non-alcoholic beer, and what to drink on the golf course. Plus, we dive into the hottest news in the beer world, including the recent layoffs at Drizzly and White Claw's foray into the vodka market.


Greg is drinking Casa Agria's Strata Stunts, a hazy IPA. Flex is sipping...

The Harbor Freight of Domestic Beers

Ever had a beer that isn’t great but gets the job done? That’s a Harbor Freight beer. Zack is making his big return as we talk about hype breweries, the Florida beer scene, ChatGPT recipes, St. Patrick’s Day beer sales, and drunk recipe books. 


We’re drinking Sorath, a Czech-style Dark Lager from Magnanimous Brewing in Tampa, FL, thanks to Zack.


Are we all tired of the awful hype breweries? Seems like it. Zack talks about his trip to Florida, where he did some major beer research...

The Beer Thief Sud-Spects Were Arrested

Get ready for another hoppy episode of Craft Beer Republic! In this week's episode, we're joined by the fabulous Erica from NeckNosh, as we dive into the world of sour beer festivals, Utah’s hatred of fun, beer pokers, stolen beer, and the best Cold IPAs.


Kicking things off, Erica tantalizes our taste buds with Chance of Crowds, a hazy IPA from Alibi Ale Works, while Greg indulges in the juicy goodness of Ectogasm, a hazy from Drekker Brewing.


Flex tells us about his invite to a sour beer fe...

Don't Trust Back-of-the-Fridge Beers

Who’s ready to get salty? Erica is back, and we’re talking about our St. Patrick’s Day hangovers, brewery anniversaries, upcoming beer festivals, more NA beers, the best Pale Ales, and the SunnyD seltzers are here to ruin your life.


Greg is reaching back into the fridge and pulling out a classic porter from Russian River Brewing: Shadow of a Doubt. Erica is going home with her beer choice; she’s drinking Haze Tron from Deschutes Brewing. 


Greg talks about his first experience with a growler, walking around do...

I am McFlexin!

It doesn't even have a last name; it just says McFlexin! Flex and Greg are the captains now! We're talking about booze-to-go, St. Patrick's Day fun facts, $250 beers, getting drunk with gift cards, more lunch beers, and dinner with famous people!


Thanks to Bryan from Titletown Brewing, we're all drinking Blizzard Bay Cold IPA.


Flex hung out with Bryan and did some lunchtime research with some tasty beer. Greg digs up some old gift cards and gets drunk at a fancy steak house. He also dined with a celebrity...

San Diego Beer News' Brandon Hernández, Pink Boots Collabs, and the Drunk Guy on the Plane

We’re so excited to be joined by Brandon Hernández, Founder and Executive Editor of San Diego Beer News. We’re talking about up-and-coming San Diego breweries, new trends in craft beer, Pink Boots collabs, the big shakeup at Los Abbey brewing, and the drunk guy on a plane who took it too far.


Greg is drinking Pure Project Brewing’s Monteverde murky IPA, in honor of their 7th anniversary. Flex is sipping Westwise, a west coast IPA from Casa Agria Specialty Ales.


Flex talks about how old he is a...

Lunch Beers, The Downfall of Seltzers and Drunkest States in America

On Batch 345, MadeWest brewer Spencer is back to hang out with Flex and Greg. We’re talking about lunch beers, sobering up at work, walking and drinking, the downfall of seltzers, and the drunkest states in America.


Greg and Spencer are sipping MadeWest’s newest porter, Moon Hands, with peanut butter, coffee, vanilla, cacao nibs, and peanuts. 


Greg talks about his mid-day field trip to have lunch beers on a school day and how good they go with pizza. Then we talk about how horrible it is to wake up dr...

Shhh...Secret Beers

Don't tell anyone, but we're drinking sexy secret beers! Spencer stops by as we talk about nerdy beer thiols, partying at Emo Night, new brewery grand openings, breaking craft beer news, and drinking while drinking under the influence.


Flex is sipping on For Flowers, a hazy Double IPA from Casa Agria Specialty Ales. Greg and Spencer are drinking a yet-to-be-released double hazy from Malibu Brewing: Tower 17.


Spencer breaks down what Phantasm Thiol powder is for us simpletons. Flex proves that he truly is an international man of influence. Next...

Don’t Invite Me To Your Dry Wedding

Get ready to raise a glass and laugh out loud with Beergirl Melissa, as she and her co-hosts dive into a wild and witty discussion of Valentine's Day activities, drunk injuries, and the latest beer trends. In this episode, Melissa, Greg, and Flex sample some of the best IPAs and brews around, while delving into a range of topics, from the perils of drinking and dangerous activities to the latest trends in beer culture.


Join the conversation as Melissa waxes poetic about the importance of authentic pasta sauce, Greg shares his latest BBQ obsession, a...

Is There A Worse (Beer) State Than New Jersey?

Grab your jackets, Beergirl Melissa is back, and she’s bringing the arctic blast with her! We’re talking about Valentine’s Day beers, Super Bowl booze facts, the good ol’ IPA days, brunch fun, and a last farewell to a favorite brewery.


Mel is drinking Other Half & Burial Beer anniversary collaboration: #3 9th Anniversary Collaborative West Coast IPA. Flex is sipping on Immortal Soul from Eagle Park Brewing. For Valentine’s Day, Greg drinks Ingenious Brewing’s Southern Drip pastry stout.


Mel and Flex talk about how excited they are for West...

That's Helles Disgusting

Coley is back on Batch 341 just in time for stupid Dry January to be over! We're talking about Dry January stats, disgusting gift beers, how much beer the government wants you to drink, and celebrity hall passes. 


Flex is drinking Sex and Candy from 18th Street Brewery. Greg and Coley are sipping on Shell Shock, a big stout from Martin House Brewing. 


Flex's beer sparks a conversation about our favorite candy and celebrity hall pass. Coley is officially famous as her Instagram got stolen. Greg has officially launched

Moist January

Moist January is almost over! Coley is back as we talk about brewery anniversaries, recap the beer release party, talk about lunch beers, teaching old beers new tricks, and the driest stats in the US.


Coley and Greg are drinking a fresh drop from MadeWest Brewing: 7th Anniversary Double IPA. Flex is sipping on Code Name: Hurricane Lucas from Young Blood Beer Company.


Greg talks about his research at MadeWest’s anniversary party over the weekend. Coley tells the story of a waitress that kept referring to Greg as “Dadd...

Live from Pedals & Pints: These Guavas Are Making Me Thirsty!

Let’s get salty! We’re so excited to announce (and drink) our collaboration with Pedals and Pints head brewer Monica Potter: These Guavas Are Making Me Thirsty! It’s a Gose-style beer with guava added. It makes for a delightfully tart, crisp, and refreshing beer with some guava added to it and a hint of salt to balance things out. 


To celebrate the beer release, we shared it with a live crowd at Pedals and Pints. We talked about the collab beer, Hummingbird Lager, Born to be Mild, and Pale Rider Pale Ale. 


United We Stand, Drunken We Fall

Suck it, Dry January! Erica stops in as we talk about our New Year's festivities, weird foods from Wisconsin, beer poking, chunky beer, more brewery closures, and drunk-robbing a baseball team. 


Flex drinks King of the Thing, a double IPA from Drekker Brewing. Erica is sipping on Avenger, another DIPA from Loomis Basin Brewing. And Greg is reviewing Repeated Exposure, a Hazy from Four Legs Brewing.


Greg talks about his low-key travel-packed New Years. Erica did New Year's Eve with her kids at home and tricked them into going t...

Drunk for the Holidays

Happy New Year, it's our first episode of 2023, and we're starting the year off on the right note! We're Boozin' on a Budget, talking about Greg's big investment, recapping Pozole Palooza 2022, talking some homebrew, and year-end lists to anger Flex.


Greg is drinking Home for the Holihaze from Pure Project and Burgeon Beer Co. Flex is sipping on Campanology Brewing's Tiramisu from Trader Joe's.


A financial investment has been made into a new website, and we're excited to share it. We have a live show at Pedals & Pints on...

You Know What? Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, mmkay! Beergirl Melissa stops in to hang out with us as we wrap things up before the New Year’s parties. We’re talking about our drunken Christmases, weird Wisconsin foods, Murky vs. Hazy beers, end-of-the-year beer lists, and our collaboration beer with Pedals & Pints!


Mel is drinking Cup of Gold Murky DIPA from Pure Project & Alvarado Street Brewing. Flex is sipping on King Julius from Tree House Brewing. And Greg is researching Focal Banger from The Alchemist. 


Big News: Greg brewed a collaboration beer with Monica...

Flex: Part Time Scientist, Full Time Hunk

Grab your holiday beers; it’s time to celebrate! Deb joins us to help spread the holiday spirit and talk about Friendsmas, the dropping of the Yule Log, hot tub shenanigans, beer prices, and the worst beers of 2022.


Flex is sipping on his holiday class: Warmest Wished from Phase Three Brewing. Deb and Greg are drinking Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 


We’ve convinced Deb to start her own website; look for that in the new year. Greg talks about Friendsmas at Coley’s house, where a...

The Best Hops & A Case of the Lingus

Have you ever had the lingus? The Dream Team has been reassembled, as Deb hangs with Flex and Greg. We’re talking about Deb’s new website, drinking in a ballpark, coffee science, the best brewery buyouts, great hops, and drunk Florida man.


Greg and Deb are drinking Babe Brew 7 w/Distraction Brewing Company; it’s an Oaked Porter. Flex is sipping on The Great Outdoors from BlackStack Brewing.


Greg talks about the Malibu Brewing episode and the excellent dinner they put on. We discuss the importance of putting cream...

Malibu Brewing Company

Greetings from Malibu, CA! Greg had the opportunity to sit with the Malibu Brewing Company crew. Ryan Ahrens is the co-owner and co-founder (with Jill Ahrens), and Chas Cloud is the brewmaster.


The recent winners at the 2022 Great American Beer Festival talked about winning their first year, opening their brewpub just a couple months ago, and planning (or pivoting) a brewery during a pandemic. Brewmaster Chas led us on a guided tasting of their delicious beers: Canyon Rose Lager, Happy Days Honey Blonde, Wild Grove Hazy IPA, and their brand-new Double IPA.


What Does Sour Beer Smell Like?

Does sour beer have a smell? Beergirl Melissa stops in to hang out and convince us to have a "CBR After Dark" version of the podcast. We're also talking about the sober world cup, Thanksgiving aftermath, the grossest-looking fruit, the weird saga of MacLeod Ale, and when to admit you're drunk.


Flex is sipping on Raspberry Tart from the elusive New Glarus Brewing. Mel is drinking Murphy's Law from District 96 and Ghost Hawk Brewing. Greg is enjoying Malibu Brewing's Oktoberfest. 


Are you watching the world cup? Hopefully, not from t...

Chunked Out of Your Bean

Gobble gobble, tap heads! Coley is back, and we’re talking about dangerous drinking activities, brewery sellouts, hanging out with moose, drunken teachers, and free beer!


Coley brought Greg a delicious can of Jelly Not Jam, Lemon, Strawberry, and Vanilla from Burley Oak Brewing. 


The beer we’re drinking leads to Coley’s favorite joke of all time. Greg went axe throwing and drinking (sounds safe). Coley got hooked up with some fantastic free beer. And we address the age-old question of do we accept free beer from breweries that se...

Don't Drink and Cop, You Might Spill Your Beer

Coley makes her triumphant return to the cool kids club. We’re talking about weekend beer research, upcoming interviews and beer collaborations, the effects of day drinking, situational beers, brewery closures, and drunk cops!


Flex is drinking Viking Funeral from Four Fathers Brewing, thanks to Zack. The homie You’re your Beer sent Greg and Coley Timbo Pills from Highland Park Brewery.


Greg spends the weekend doing some important beer research, has some weird pineapple beer, and gets an interview with Malibu Brewing. There’s also a big upcoming collab...

I’m Not Drunk, The Ghost Made Me Do It!

Spencer is back for another week of abuse. The crew is talking about brewery concerts, meeting up with gram friends, the most annoying thing while working at a brewery, buying drinks for people, fake IDs, and blaming ghosts for driving crazy.


Greg and Spencer are drinking West Coast Freshie from Monkish Brewing. Flex is sipping on Demo Track from Eagle Park Brewing. It’s an open-fermented West Coast IPA. 


Greg went to Naughty Pine’s emo night and ran into a bunch of beer friends. Spencer talks about the most...

Breaking! Greg Drinks Pumpkin Beer and Lives!

Good gourd, is it still pumpkin season? MadeWest Cellarman and all-around nice guy Spencer drops in to talk about what’s happening at MadeWest, and all the new beer he’s making. The crew also talks about the worst candy of 2022, Flex’s trip to Nashville, turning beer into spirits, and drunk captains running ships aground. 


Spencer brought Bottle Logic Brewing’s Basic Math Pumpkin Spice Latte barley wine to share with Greg. Flex is drinking Titletown Brewing’s Red Rum Imperial Red Ale.


Greg talks about his brew day with Ch...

The Roll Tide Remix & Autumn Seltzers

What do you think is the worst candy? Halloween season is upon us, and we are drinking ZERO pumpkin beers! Trillium is selling their brewery, Flex is influencing new breweries, Bud light Seltzers just got worse, Greg is partying at local breweries, and the Roll Tide remix!


Thanks to Great Notion, the whole crew is sipping on Ripe, a hazy IPA jammed with Citra and Citra Cryo hops.


Flex was invited to Lion’s Tale Brewing’s soft opening of their new spot and did some excellent research. Greg stop...

Cargo Shorts Were Made For Drinking

Erica stops in to celebrate Nosh-toberfest! We’re talking about the Surf n Suds beer festival, Erica’s Aftershock aftermath, sneaking booze in sunscreen bottles, and hangover recovery times. 


Erica is drinking Rocktoberfest from Almanac Beer Co. Flex is drinking his buddy’s collaboration with MobCraft Brewing, Bobbin’ for Caramel. And Greg is drinking Totally Excellent, an IPA from Tarantula Hill and Kern River Brewing. 


Greg hung out with the homie Chew Your Beer at the Surf n Suds beer festival, and both got EXTREMELY hydrated. There’s also a collaborat...

Flex, The Influencer!

Flex and Greg are here with the healthiest alcohols, beer prices around the NFL, a California beer road trip, getting wine-wasted, and a genuinely drunk voicemail!


Greg is sipping on Sea Haze, a hazy IPA from Firestone Walker & Humble Sea Brewing. Flex is drinking Zwub, an IPA from Oliphant Brewing. 


Flex is quite the influencer and has been invited by a local brewery to check out their new spot. He’s also getting ready to head to Nashville and needs some tips! But no country music. Greg just returned fro...

Anniversaries & Surviving the Great American Beer Festival

Who’s ready for an anniversary party? Nic Bortolin, co-owner & head brewer at 14 Cannons, stops in to talk about the big five-year anniversary party on October 15. We’re also talking about the Great American Beer Festival, the big news in Milwaukee, the best Marzens for Oktober, and how bad things are getting in New Jersey.


Greg is drinking 14 Cannons Marooner Marzen, while Nic is drinking K-17 Czech Dark Lager. Flex is sipping on I’m Calling About Your Vehicle’s Extended Warranty from Youngblood Beer Co. 


Nic tells us about the...

Beer Force Ones

Give me two beers; I need two beers! Erica stops by to hang with Flex and Greg and learn a little country grammar. We’re sharing a delicious beer, doing some football drinking, selling pretzels in booty shorts, and getting all astrological with our beers.


Thanks to Great Notion, we’re all drinking Patterns, a hazy DIPA.


Greg hit up a few spots for beer research and ran into some beer friends. The fantasy football season is going very smoothly for CBR. Deb catches a commercial stealing our theme song...

A Place Where The Beer Flows Like Wine

Who wears short shorts? Flex, of course. Erica comes in from Capistrano to hang out. We’ve got the best breweries near NFL stadiums, Flex is hulking up, Greg does a ton of road trip research, Erica is getting ready for a festival, and lagers are cool again!

Erica is drinking Numb and Number from Fall River Brewing…and totally redeems herself! Greg is sipping on Holy Bones, a Black IPA from Boneyard Beer, and Holy Mountain Brewing.

Flex has the alcohol metabolism of She-Hulk, and is gearing up for Halloween! Greg went to his firs...

Der Vati Likes Oktoberfest!

Guten tag vater, ich brauche ein Bier. Es ist Oktoberfest! Beergirl Melissa is joining das fest as we celebrate the beginning of Oktoberfest! We’re drinking all German-style beers, sharing Oktoberfest fun facts, doing some major day drinking, and finding out how drunk Wisconsin is.

Flex is drinking Phase Three Brewing’s Oktoberfest. Mel is sipping on Wallenpaupack Brewing’s Oktoberfest. And Greg is researching Heater Allen’s Marzen.

Mel shares the secret to getting kids out of your house (important for drinking time). Greg leaves a vacation early but finds a new spot...

Breaking! Flex Drinks Bud Light Next and Lives!

We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. Flex is back! We’re talking about some new breweries, drinking with Instagram friends, trouble for hop growers, and Flex has some awful news to share about what he’s been drinking.

Flex is sipping on Desert Noise from Eagle Park Brewing. Greg is drinking Cactus Cat from Ogopogo Brewing.

Greg talks about the party Pedals & Pints threw for Emo Night and what a great job Monica and Brit did on their emo collab beer. He also got to hang out with friend-of-the-show Fontana Jim at N...

The Rise of Beerflation

We’re penny-pinching our way to a couple of great beers this week! We’ve got drunk city council members, Shooter McGavin arrested for a DUI, new brewery field trips, cringy open mic nights, and the cheapest cities to drink a beer!

Greg and Shannon are drinking POG Tart from Eureka Brewing Company out of Gardena, CA. Erica is sipping on Babe Brew 6 Hazy IPA from Saint-Houblon up in Canada, eh.

Are you ready for pumpkin beers? The crew is split on whether to drink them or not. Greg and Shannon accidentally walk...