PODCAST GUESTS

John Walker

John Walker Co-founder of Athletic and a talented head brewer who took the leap from a great brewpub in Santa Fe (where he was highly awarded) to take on the intellectual challenge of solving non-alcoholic beer. John’s palette is the basis for all recipe decisions.

Grant Lawrence

Grant Lawrence

– Studied Food Science at LSU
– Homebrewer for 12 years
– BJCP Certified Beer Judge since 2013
– Brewed professionally at Saint Arnold in Houston, TX
– General Certificate in Malting from the IBD
– Has been with Country Malt Group for 4 years covering South Central US states

EPISODE 10: NON-ALCOHOLIC

PODCAST HOST:
TOBY TUCKER – DIRECTOR OF SALES, COUNTRY MALT GROUP

GUESTS:

JOHN WALKER – CO-FOUNDER, ATHLETIC BREWING COMPANY

GRANT LAWRENCE, TERRITORY MANAGER, COUNTRY MALT GROUP

Key Points From This Episode:

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  • Knowledge John gained from working at Second Street that’s helped him with his non-alcoholic brewing.

  • The move John made to non-alcoholic craft beer; why he decided to fill this gap.

  • Athletic Brewing’s expansion and why they set up shop San Diego after Connecticut.

  • The process of developing brews early on and the homebrewing setup John had in his garage.

  • Styles John started with and Athletic Brewing’s current range.

  • Athletic Brewing’s branding; why it’s more like a culture than a brand.

  • What vacuum distillation does to flavor and some challenges with membrane filtration.

  • How malts present in non-alcoholic beer.

  • Why Athletic Brewing leads towards organic when it is possible.

  • The role that dry hopping plays in non-alcoholic beer flavor development.

  • Selling non-alcoholic beer; the unique advantages and challenges.

  • Finding distributors and how it has become easier over the past two years.

  • Difficulties Athletic Brewing has faced with supply chain disruptions this year.

  • The global popularity of non-alcoholic beer; worldwide trends.

  • A case for having a non-alcoholic beer in taprooms for small craft brewers.

  • When you make non-alcoholic beer, you have to have a legitimate food safety plan.

  • The accolade that has stood out most to John. • John’s mentors and role models, including his dad, Ken Grossman, and Ron Tweet.