I’m going to apologize in advance…the audio on this video is not the best. It sucks because this is one of my favorite interviews. I forgot my lapel mics and I’m blaming it on the heat. The day we shot this was one of the hottest days of the year and I was driving a truck with no air.
With that being said, I still love the interview! Maureen Basenberg is an amazing woman who knows her beer and is definitely one of the coolest chicas in Arizona. After chatting with her, I have an even greater appreciation for beer!
In Part 1, we talk about:
Be sure to join us tomorrow for Round 2 (It’s on the house)!
MAUREEN’S BIO: “My husband and I have been called “one of the top three beer couples” in Arizona by a local craft beer distributor. An honor like that comes from years of developing a palate for craft beer formed by world travel and taking part in tastings and festivals to learn about rare and acclaimed craft beers. Traveling in geographically disparate parts of the US (Washington, Oregon, Louisiana, Tennessee, New York, Washington DC) has given me firsthand knowledge of local craft beer scenes. In total I have visited nine countries in western Europe, eastern Europe and South America- from Ireland to Moldova (look it up). Tracing internationally enjoyed lager beer, or “pivo” back to microbrew roots in the Czech Republic and finding and understanding largely extinct local styles of beer Ireland (like Oyster Stout) has helped to round my experience in the States.
I am also co-brewer of a home brew label, Black Dog Brew. Since beginning to home brew in 2008 my husband and I have brewed beer of a variety of styles, including a barley wine style, Scotch ale, and Imperial Porter aged in a whiskey barrel. Most recipes are personally built, requiring a depth of knowledge of the main ingredients of beer: water, grain, hops and yeast.
Add to all of this a commitment to sharing the joy of craft beer with others. Earlier this year I founded AZ Girl’s Pint Out, a local chapter of a group started in Indiana. I feel very strongly that in general American’s have been subject to hollow versions of beer. Once I discovered the amazing varieties- the nuances and range of possibilities craft beer quickly became a passion. We typically meet twice a month to share in the glories of craft beer with fellow Arizona women.
PS- at my “day job” I am Director of Arizona Advocacy Programs for the National Non-profit Childhelp.”