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Hosts Tim Dennis and Brian Hewitt bring you interviews and insights from the amazing people across the world of craft beer.  Fun and lighthearted discussions meant to educate on a variety of topics including new beer releases, brewery happenings, beer laws, homebrewing tips, and a whole lot more.  Sit back, crack open a cold one, and tune in every Saturday for the Beer Guys Radio Show!

Jun 30, 2018

Get ready for the 4th of July with Beer & BBQ pairing tips

Just in time for the mid-week (don't you hate that?) holiday, The Beer Sommelier Matt Simpson and Smyrna Beer Market owner Brandon King join us to offer up tips on pairing your backyard BBQ with some tasty brews.

Simpson is Siemens/Doemens Bier Sommelier Certified, a Kansas City Barbecue Society certified judge, former instructor of Beer Education at Atlanta's Emory University, and craft beer consultant.  His expertise has been featured on The Today Show, Fox Business News, NPR Radio and through many other TV, radio, and magazine appearances.  More information on his experience and services can be found at

King is the owner of Smyrna Beer Market by The Stout Bros. and has spent many years in the restaurant industry including co-owning a BBQ restaurant.  He also serves as a consultant to the food-service industry for menu development and beverage programs.

On this week's show, we learn the difference in barbecuing vs. grilling, how to choose a beer to pair with you favorite meats including beef, pork, chicken, and turkey.  Our experts also offer advice on other fare from fish and seafood to vegetarian options like a grilled portobello cap, and even dessert beers.  We also dip into how the rubs and sauces you choose can impact your pairing selections, and how one beer might be perfect in a sauce but not as a pairing choice.

The show couldn't be contained in the allotted time this week so we have an unprecedented 5th Segment for our podcast listeners.  We go freestyle in the 5th and talk about how carbonation levels impact pairing, sour beers and BBQ, Devo, Thanksgiving dinner, gravy, "New Wave" beers and whether they are even a reak beer style, aging your beers, and Brian gets a date with one of our guests.

Huge shout out to Loyal Q and Brew for providing an awesome spread of BBQ for our "research."  We enjoyed ribs, brisket, smoked turkey, baked beans, mac & cheese, and some awesome banana pudding.  Give them a follow or drop by one of their Atlanta-area locations.  I can highly recommend the smoked turkey.

If you'd like to beef up your BBQ even more, check out Meat Masters Radio.  Grab the podcast or tune in on many of the same great stations that carry Beer Guys Radio.


In the news this week Brian gives us an update on the Russian beer shortage, info on breweries backing out of a festival after Beavertown's minority sell to Heineken, and a Trappist brewery coming to New York.


The list is too long to list them all but we had some amazing beers this week.

  • Creature Comforts Tiki Time IPA and Get Artistic Tart Wheat Ale
  • Ironmonger Brewing Quench Pilsner
  • 1986 Anchor Our Special Ale - 32 years old!  Thanks to Matt Simpson for sharing
  • Orpheus Yesternow Spontaneous Ale
  • Omnipollo Yellow Belly Peanut Butter Biscuit Stout

Thanks for listening, have a great 4th!