PODCAST GUESTS

Chris Hodge

Chris HodgeSince 1984, when Chris helped start Admiralty Beverage, a beer and wine distributorship in Portland, OR, his passion for and understanding of the beverage industry has only intensified. It’s been a great road so far, with 18 years at Columbia Distributing (in varied roles including Director of Sales and Marketing and their first Director of Craft and Specialty Brands), plus building a business and an amazing team as CEO of Worthy Brewing in Bend OR. Now Director of Sales at Oregon Fruit Products, Chris still thrives in the pleasure and honor of working with the scrappy, talented, and innovative people who make up the Craft beverage world.

“We’re a community, and I’m so pleased to be able to share my experience with the rest of you. Cheers!”

Gary Sernack

Chef/ record collector/pinball wizard/ bourbon enthusiast/entrepreneur/ decorated brewer…. Gary seems hard to put in a box, and he likes it that way.  Known affectionately as the “mad scientist” of the Asheville brewing scene, Gary has created a following fueled by his passion for his profession which shows in the mind-blowing and never-ending combinations which continue to ferment both in his breweries and his imagination.  Lorelai, his 11-yr-old (and the namesake of Bhramari’s award winning IPA) may sum it up best:  “He’s very nice and he opens my eyes to a lot of new things.”

 

Meaning of the name Bhramari 

 The world’s first word for black bees and the Hindu Goddess of bees. Culinary inspired, locally and globally infused, and experimental at its heart – we at Bhramari Brewing Co. want to always create what inspires us so that you might be inspired as well. Find balance, find whimsy, and discover something completely new in every sip of a Bhramari brew.

SEASON 2, EPISODE 1: THIS JUICE IS WORTH THE SQUEEZE!

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

GUESTS:

CHRIS HODGE – DIRECTOR OF BREWERY SALES, OREGON FRUIT PRODUCTS

GARY SERNACK – FOUNDER AND HEAD BREWER, BHRAMARI BREWING CO.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Exploring Chris’s extensive history in the beer brewing industry.

  • From canned filling to craft brewing, hear about the evolution of Oregon Fruit Products.

  • Aseptic versus canned fruit and which you want to fruit up your beer.

  • Getting over the fear of using fruit in the fermentation process.

  • How fruit can complement every style of beer.

  • How Oregon Fruit Products chooses which fruit to release each season.

  • Using fruit to discover new refreshing flavors.

  • Gary talks about how he uses fruit in some of his brews.

  • Using different kinds of wood to smoke meat.

  • The setup that Gary uses to develop new beers.

  • When in the fermentation process Gary adds fruit to his brew.

  • The fajita effect; hear about the power of colorful beer.

  • We ask Gary about his infamous but great tasting pizza beer.

  • Why Gary will never use garlic in his beer.