PODCAST GUESTS

James Loughran

James  Loughran is a 6th generation Irish barley grower.
 
With a strong passion for sustainable farming and craft beer, James has worked to transition his family farm from commodity production into high quality, brewing spec barley.
 
Located along Ireland’s fertile east coast, the Loughran Farm produces some of Ireland’s best malting barley, carefully grown and diligently curated to meet the needs of craft brewers interested in bringing culture to craft.
Brian Roth

The Southern Brewing Company first opened its doors on May 14, 2015, by co-owners Brian Roth and Rick Goddard. Roth and Goddard met at the National Beer Wholesalers Convention in 2008, where the two set out on a quest to open a brewery. Seven years and 520 brewery visits later, Southern Brewing Company was established in Athens, Georgia. Southern Brewing Company is the first purpose-built brewery in Georgia and is nestled within 15-acres of land, just 2.5 miles outside of downtown Athens.

SEASON 2, EPISODE 2: SUCKING DIESEL

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

GUESTS:

JAMES LOUGHRAN – DIRECTOR, LOUGHRAN FAMILY MALTS

BRIAN ROTH – CO-FOUNDER, SOUTHERN BREWING COMPANY

Key Points From This Episode:

  • James talks about the rewards and challenges of being a barley farmer.
  • Hear about the mixed history of James’ farm and its place in agriculture today.
  • How Ireland’s “unusual” climate benefits barley farmers.
  • James shares his philosophy on the kilning process.
  • How craft brewing in Ireland has exploded, and the influences they take from North America.
  • Why James’ barley is so good for IPA brewers.
  • James names some of Ireland’s newest and best craft brewers.
  • Hear some of James’ favorite brewing stories.
  • We introduce our surprise guest, Mr. Brain Roth from Southern Brewing.
  • Brian tells us about his background in brewing.
  • Hear about the styles of beer Brian likes to brew.
  • Why Brian uses Loughran Malt.
  • Find out what makes the Irish red such a popular beer.
  • How higher DP of the IPA malt impacts brewhouse efficiency and performance.
  • The beer or whiskey Brian has been enjoying lately.