Introducing… the Beyond the Pour Podcast Episode 1: The Ethics of Reviewing Beer

Yes, I know it’s been a hell of a long time since I’ve updated here. Life has been… hectic. Work has been crazy, I’m doing a tiny bit of effort to help my fiancee plan our wedding, and I just haven’t had a lot of time to post here. Oh, sure, I’ve still been posting videos on my Youtube channel, but I just haven’t been bothering to post stuff here.

Well, that’s about to change, because a project I’ve been trying to get off the ground for months now has finally found fruition, and if you read the title of this post, I think you already have a good idea what it is: The Beyond the Pour Podcast.

My buddy Ryan is joining me in this project. We’re going to be talking craft beer, but not doing reviews, but rather commentary on beer news, chat about events, and every episode will have some special topic near and dear to the hearts of beer nerds like us. This episode, we’re talking about the ethics of beer reviewing. Next week? Who knows! If you’ve got ideas for discussion, we’re definitely all ears.

Plans are to post these approximately biweekly, although that may change based on interest and availability.

I’m excited about getting to do this, and I hope my readers are as well.

Download here.

Show notes:
0:00 to 5:46 What’s we’re drinking now and what we’ve been drinking lately.
5:46 to 16:36 A recent BeerAdvocate thread blows up over beer news websites: which breweries are overrated? In particular, Dogfish Head and Sam Adams.

The original BeerAdvocate thread
Sam’s Calagione’s response
The official response of Jim Koch, as posted on the Boston Beer Company blog.

16:36 to 29:00 Sierra Nevada to open up a second location near Asheville, North Carolina in 2014.

The original BeerNews post
The official statement by Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada

29:00 to 46:46 The Ethics of Reviewing Beer

Thanks a lot for the support, guys, and if you like what I do here on the website and what I do on the Youtube channel, I hope you’ll give us a listen. Cheers!



About danieleharper

Chemist, rationalist, skeptic, feminist, and deeply humanist. Podcasts about Doctor Who and social justice at

2 responses to “Introducing… the Beyond the Pour Podcast Episode 1: The Ethics of Reviewing Beer”

  1. Steve from Rockford says :

    Really really enjoyed the show! I hope you keep it up.

    • danieleharper says :

      Yeah, definitely want to keep up a nice pace on these and make it a regular thing. I’m looking into getting us on iTunes as well. Thanks for listening! Cheers!

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