Raising The Bar



Welcome to Raising The Bar!! this podcast is about craft beer, wine and food in Pennsylvania. each podcast will bring you fun interviews with people in these industries. so please grab a drink and take a listen. Cheers!


  • 02/12/2008

    Podcast 6 Split Rock Beer Fest!I am still spinning from this weekends Beer Fest and home brew contest at Split Rock Resort. My brother (silent Phil) and me sent in our entries for the competition. A Pumpkin Porter an Irish Red and a Cider. We also signed up to help judge and steward the competition. Some of the best BJCP Judges and very experience home brewers in our area were there. From 9 am until noon over 130 beers were judged. We were having a great time talking to other judges and home brewers. After the main judging was through, all that was left was the best of show. The top 5 judges all gathered at one table to pick the Best Of Show, of all the Gold Medal winners from each category. I was amazed and honored when Al Hazen, the competition organizer and last years Best of show winner announced my name for GOLD in Ciders! And then Best of Show! And to top it all off, I got a 3min. interview with Dave Houseman BJCP Grand Master 3. ( I’m not worthy) It truly was an honor to be a part of the competiti

  • 23/10/2008

    Raising The Bar Podcast 5!Join me along with, Vitamin-D and new guest Preston D’grapes as we sample some pumpkin beer, local wine from Nimble Hill and a special concoction.Special thanks to Ron Lane and Sean lane, for the finale tasting.And a super congratulation! to Terry Hawbaker brew master from the Bullfrog in down town Williamsport Pa. For winning a GOLD medal at the Great American Beer Fest. The won the wood aged category with their Beekeeper. Listen to the first podcast with Terry and Steve, to here all about it!

  • podcast 4 Seasons Restaurant


    Seasons Restaurant Podcast 4!On this episode I interview Bruce and Kathryn Arrowood , owners of Seasons Restaurant, in down town Tunkhannock Pa. The food is excellent and the beer selection is very well tailored to the menu. After the interview I had a crab cake sandwich with Cesar salad and a Franziskaner’s Hefeweizen. This style of wheat beer lends itself well to most salads, the aroma is fruity, like banana and bubblegum with some spicy notes of clove, all derived from the yeast. This is an excellent summer style of beer, very refreshing and flavorful. Hefeweizen is similar to a Belgian witbier. The grains are the same but the witbier usually has spices, such as orange peel, coriander and others. An excellent example is Victory’s WhirlwindWit.Cheers!

  • 12/05/2008

    The Plantation Bar and Grill Podcast 3On this episode we sample a couple of beers with Chris Kappler owner of the Ithaca Plantation Bar and Grill. Along with vitamin D bad Chris and Kenny. This show is allot looser than the others. It was a real "gas" but we all had a great time. we sampled the Harpoon Munich Dark and the Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue). Listen to the end, to find out how to claim a free!! Bottle of Chimay. Click on the links to these beers for more info.Cheers!

  • Raising The Bar with B&R Beer Distributor


    B&R Distributor Podcast 2Check out the 2nd podcast with Jeff Ruddell, new owner of B and R Beer Distributor in down town Tunkhannock, Pa. Jeff and I discuss beer buying trends, and 2 Pennsylvania craft beers. The first is Stegmaier’s Brewhouse Bock and the second was the Troegs Troegenator Double Bock. Click on the beer for more info.Cheers!

  • Raising The Bar at the Bullfrog


    http://raisingthebarinpa.com/podcast/01%20Raising%20The%20Bar%20at%20the%20Bull%20Frog.mp3Listen to our first podacast at the Bullfrog Brewpub in downtown Williamsport. Pa