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Podcast: The Drinking Buddy Show

Joel Elliott joins us from Strand Brewing in Torrance, CA. Joel did not have what you might call a typical childhood. Born on the island of Oahu, Joel moved with his family to Hollywood at the tender age of 4. Surfer, filmmaker, world traveler, and eventually business owner and craft brewer – Joel shares the many sides of his life.
Frank chats with two LA beer celebrities. Daniel Drennon is the publisher, editor, and head writer of Beer Paper, the local monthly you’ll find at just about any brewery or bottle shop in SoCal. Tomm Carroll is a beer educator, judge, traveler, and writer, and has witnessed the explosion of craft beer in Los Angeles. Tomm is also the senior contributor for Beer Paper. 
On today’s show, Jesse Sundstrom joins us from Ten Mile Brewing in Signal Hill, CA. Jesse and his family have always done things together. Since he was a little kid, they’d always head up to the family cabin to relax and have fun. Jesse shares how the family that camped together became the family that brews craft beer together.
Pro skater and entrepreneur Jason Rogers joins us on The Drinking Buddy Show to talk about his new beverage venture Yatta! We’ll talk about his unique childhood as a sponsored bmx bike rider and skateboarder that globetrotted while still in high school. 
In this fascinating episode, Ms. Yong Ha Jeong, the Korean-American founder of Yongha Brews joins Frank to discuss 술 sool - Korean alcohol. A resident of K-Town in Los Angeles, Yong Ha studied ethnomusicology in Korea, and came upon a renaissance of sool making while there.
Young LA entrepreneurs Steve & Kevin Woo of Ink Coffee & Craft join Frank Rodgers to talk about their startup delivering coffee, mocktails, and flavored milk concoctions door to door, as sustainably as possible.
You've heard of beer pairings. But what about pairing your beer, food, and music? Jeff Lozano, Brewer for Ballast Point Brewing Company, joins Frank on The Drinking Buddy Show to chat about to his journey from brooming floors in Scripps Ranch as a part-time overnight janitor, to brewing world class beers for one of San Diego's finest breweries. 
Frank Rodgers chats with Billy Melnyk, co-founder, CEO, and visionary behind Soto Sake. They talk about Billy's lifelong love of beverages starting at an early age in Ottawa, Canada. Billy also shares his love for music, travel, fine dining, and what led him to leaving a dream career at Bacardi to launch a global saké brand. 
Brendan Megowan, Founder of Whale Face Beer in Long Beach, California, joins Frank on the podcast to talk about all things craft beer. Brendan shares his stories of personal and entrepreneurial struggle in Palo Verdes, Sacramento, and Long Beach, and gives insight into what it takes to run a successful craft brewery. 
Our founder Frank Rodgers sits down with Long Beach foodie Cassidy Liston to chat about how she fell in love with the culinary scenes of the many places she's lived. Cassidy talks about growing up in a small town in Illinois, spending some time in New York City, and ultimately settling in Long Beach, California. 
Frank brings back Greg Beck, the accidental sake expert (and shochu advisor) to provide some fun pairings with Paul Nakayama's Nankai Shochu, a few different types of sake, and our first snack offering: Rayu Senbei. How will our chili oil rice cracker pair with Greg's recommendations?

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