As Darrell Williams surveyed the Ohio craft beer scene, he couldn’t find a good podcast devoted to brewing in the Buckeye State. So he started one.
Williams, a web design developer in Cincinnati, and friends Kevin Yania, Mark Driscoll and Ron Tulley launched the weekly Ohio Beercast in March. So far, they’ve released interviews with the crew behind MadTree Brewing in Cincinnati, Dick Stevens at Elevator Brewing in Columbus and Scott LaFollette at Blank Slate Brewing Co. in Cincinnati. (I’ll also be recording an interview this week.)
“I’m not sure if we have a finite goal to accomplish,” Williams said. “Overall we are still working at finding our groove. We are new to podcasting and a show of this nature. But I think in the end, we want to give people the chance to discover Ohio beer and what it has to offer. You hear about Colorado, California and other big states in the beer scene and I wanted to at least show the Ohio population that we have something exciting going on here. Besides, as we go about doing this and organizing more interviews, we will be able to visit more sweet locations to find good beer.”
So far, the Ohio Beercast has featured interviews with brewers and roundtable discussions. But Williams said they are open to chatting with Ohio bloggers and others in the industry. He also wouldn’t rule out talking with someone on the national level. (If you're interested, you can reach them at 260-232-BEER, @OhioBeercast and email@example.com.)
Asked if he had a “dream interview,” Williams mentioned President Obama. “First there is the recent post (rumor) that he had growlers picked up the last time he was in Columbus,” he said. “Then there is the White House beer he has made. But most of all, I would like to have him explain why he had to make beer look so uncool by having the 'Beer Summit' a few years ago. But overall, he is the most recent president that has been so personally involved with beer in a positive light.”
Episodes are usually released on Thursday nights. People can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes, Stitcher Radio or the Microsoft podcast network.