Seven Years and a New Direction for the Podcast

March 29 marked the seventh year of the Seacoast Beverage Lab, a beer blog I started when I moved to Portsmouth and was taken aback by the beer scene. At that time there weren’t many breweries to write about in the state, let alone the Seacoast. Fast forward seven years and the state has over 65 registered breweries! What a whirlwind!

In 2012 I started the Seacoast Beverage Lab Podcast, a live streaming video show, which allowed me to talk about beer with co-hosts Sean Jansen of 2BeerGuys.com, Carla Lauter of TheBeerBabe.com, Norman Miller of the Beer Nut column on WickedLocal.com and best friend/co-author of the book New Hampshire Beer, Mike Meredith. Each week we would talk with a new brewer and get their story as told by them. To me, listening to someone tell their story is far better than reading about it and this podcast provided a gateway into the lives of brewers you don’t normally have access to.

While talking to these brewers over a video conference was a great way to see them face to face and record a show, I woke up one day wondering how the listening experience could be improved if I were in person with the brewer, at their brewery, painting a better word picture, as it were. That said, after five years and 157 episodes of the Seacoast Beverage Podcast I am making a transition to another podcast called Let’s Talk Beer.

I have teamed up with friend and fellow beer lover Ben Watts and we have already begun hitting the road, visiting breweries and talking about beer with those that brew it. We also want to speak with the shopkeepers and restaurateurs who may not be hands-on brewing the beer, but are directly impacting the local beer scene. The difference between this show and the old show is that we are 100% mobile, saying goodbye to video conferencing. Luckily you don’t have to wait to start listening, as we have episodes with David Rowland of York’s SoMe Brewing, Nicole Gray of Dover’s Garrison City and Seth Simonian of Nashua’s Flight Center. We also have a big episode where we spoke with 15 brewers during the Portsmouth Beer Week kickoff at WHYM in Portsmouth. Our goal is not to repeat what Seacoast Beverage Lab Podcast did, but to make the listener feel like they are are having a beer with the brewers and industry professionals we are talking to.

We have a lot of exciting ideas for this new podcast, including bringing in co-hosts of the old show. While this certainly isn’t goodbye to Seacoast Beverage Lab (the blog), I am stopping the podcast indefinitely, while I work on the Let’s Talk Beer project. Join us at www.LetsTalk.beer (yes, dot-beer is a valid web address) and stay tuned for many more updates. Let us know if there’s someone you’d like to hear on the show!

As always, thank you for reading and I look forward to more as I begin my 8th year of the Seacoast Beverage Lab!

Cheers,
Brian