Pubcast 393 – Bob Salzman of BBGB Brewery Hopfarm

Bob Salzman has been the Brewmaster at BBGB for around 5 years, and we need to apologize to him upfront! We have no idea why we haven’t been out to taste his brews before, but we’re glad we have now!

BBGB is the brewery arm of an amazing restaurant called Hardware, which from a distance looks like something out of a Mad Max movie, but in reality is an experiment in recycling. Opened in 2007, they describe themselves as a sustainable gastropub and brewery, but it also includes a 1.5 acre hop farm, and the harvest from that provided our first sample brew. The restaurant presents a wonderful place to dine, plus the whiskey collection is vast, but we were there to find out more about the brewery, and of course, Brewmaster Bob.

Joining The Brit is co-host Ken McMullen, who find out about the beers, Bob’s background and his passion for brewing, and how the heck they put their taps into a solid piece of rock that rivals the black obelisk in 2001 A Space Odyssey! Plus we discover that the bricks used for some of the construction of the restaurant came from a crematorium! Pretty scary, but sustainable which is what they are all about, and their full-time master gardener grows most of their salad greens onsite in a hothouse.

Again, we regret not having tried Bob’s brews sooner, and you can believe we’ll be back to try the food, paired up with them!! Cheers!

Beers Sampled:

  • Bradley’s 1041, Vienna Lager, 6.0% ABV
  • Fresh Harvest 2023, Red Harvest IPA, 6.5% ABV
  • Saison Marilyn, Farmhouse Ale Saison, 9.0% ABV

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