Three and a half years after we started this thing, we've now hit one hundred whole entire episodes. And beer is kinda not exactly that lounge chair on the beach. It's more a leather-bound office chair seated in front of an IKEA desk with a 27" iMac, but with a hazy IPA sitting on a coaster nearby to keep us company while we work. And I'm not even mad at that.
A strapping young lad at 27 and already a Head Brewer, Arno has beer in his blood (literally and figuratively). His pops, Alain, is a Triple OG in the game. He's not only the Founder of Ottawa's Brasseurs du Temps, he's an author, researcher and lecturer, so Arno has grown up surrounded by beer. It's no surprise that at such a young age that he's helming (pun intended - you'll see why in a second) a brewery all by his damn self.
I speak about it briefly at the beginning of the interview, but Glutenberg are somewhat responsible for where BAOS is at today. The TL;DR is that back in 2016 when we weren't taking BAOS super serious, I met Pierre Rouccou, a French native who was working on the packaging line at Glutenberg, at an event for Beau's in Montreal. We ended up hanging out all night and getting shitfaced, but the next day I got a call from Judith, the Marketing Manager at Glutenberg, who wanted to meet with us. We were like "Yo, would breweries actually want to speak to us?" It wasn't something we ever considered before.
Eastbound are one of the newer breweries in the 'hood, officially opening both the kitchen and brewing operations in the Summer of 2017. I'd heard a ton about them through the barleyvine (get it? "barley" and "vine" because gra... ahh forget it) - word on the street is their beers were awesome, the food was fire and they had Crowlers, arguably the first in Ontario to do so (please correct me if I'm wrong).
You guys might have seen a bunch of hype online over the past year or so about various countries and their respective beer independence seals - the US, Australia, and others have proudly planted their indie flag in the fertile soil of the craft beer industry. So the question, obvi, is what's up with Canada, eh?
We've never really identified much as "beer bloggers". We're most definitely podcasters and YouTubers equally, and blogging has always been more of a side thing for me. However, this is something I really want to change.
For about a year or so, I was writing weekly columns for BrewStuds, which was a great experience and I recently realized I missed it. I figured what better way to keep this a regular thing than to bring back the type of pieces I was writing for them but post it on our own site for y'all?
So back in November, Brewmaster Sam Corbeil reached out to us for a collab brew. Because he knows us so well, he suggested an ~8% hazy IIPA brewed with all Australian hops. We couldn't say "HELL YES!" fast enough.
Twenty seventeen has been very good to us, and we're beyond grateful. We want to thank all our followers, subscribers, brewery friends, readers, viewers and listeners for all the support, love, kind words, not so kind words, shares, high fives, beers, hugs and sense of community. We love and appreciate you all and we're excited AF about what 2018 holds for all of us.