The best craft beer podcasts

Looking for a good craft beer podcast? I love podcasts because I can play them when I want. I subscribe on my smartphone and listen anywhere. Knowledge is key to starting a brewery—drink up! Here are the top 10 craft beer podcasts in iTunes this month.

Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, MicroBrewr Podcast, RSS.

First a disclaimer

It’s complex. The iTunes algorithms are on pretty tight lockdown in Apple’s famed vault of secrecy. Even the biggest talent in the podcast industry doesn’t know how it works.

Sure iTunes has categories, and rankings within categories. A vague little “popularity” scale displays beside individual episodes. Yet even in Podcaster’s Paradise—the largest online community of podcasters, where over 1,400 current and future podcasters collaborate and share ideas—there is much confusion about how a show gets into “new & noteworthy” or makes top rankings. It does seem like downloads and reviews help rankings.

iTunes is the place for podcasts

If you’re looking for a good craft beer podcast, iTunes is a great place to start. Apple is the leader in podcasts. In 2013, iTunes had over a billion subscriptions for the 250,000 podcasts in iTunes.

I was wondering how to find a good podcast, not just about beer, but about brewers, about breweries, about the business side of craft beer—the craft beer industry.

It seems like beer podcasts are about homebrewing, beer reviews, or just nothing at all. I wanted to hear about the craft beer industry, how to start a brewery, or at least just hear from the people who make the liquid we all love!

It’s a tight niche, but I had to start somewhere. The best search seems to be “craft beer podcasts.” This list of best craft beer podcasts is based on a search in iTunes for “craft beer podcasts.”

The best craft beer podcasts in iTunes

The best craft beer podcasts as of September 17, 2017.

The best craft beer podcasts as of September 17, 2017.

Results change constantly

iTunes search results fluctuate constantly.

Here are the best craft beer podcasts on: September 17, 2017

  1. The Craft Beer Academy Craft Beer Showdown Podcast by Craft Beer Academy.
  2. Craft Beer Radio Podcast by Craft Beer Radio.
  3. Craft Beer Talk >> Craft Beer Talk by Craft Beer Talk.
  4. Craft Beer Radio Podcast Extras by Craft Beer Radio.
  5. The Perfect Pour Craft Beer Podcast by Craft Beer Show!.
  6. The Beer Flow by Greg M.
  7. San Diego Beer Talk Radio by San Diego Beer Talk Radio.
  8. Better on Draft by Better on Draft.
  9. Beer Business Radio by Todd Officer.
  10. Cheers Charlotte Radio by Cheers Charlotte Radio.
  1. MicroBrewr Podcast by Nathan Pierce.

Archive: Click here for past search results.

What’s your favorite craft beer podcast?

Popularity doesn’t always correlate to quality. It’s subjective. You like what you like. Even among craft beer podcasts, there is a variety out there. They run a gamut of topics and styles. Listen to the podcasts that you enjoy.

So what are you listening to? What is your favorite craft beer podcast? How do you find your favorite new podcast about craft beer or about starting a brewery? Let’s talk in the comments section below.

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26 replies
  1. Harold Giménez says:

    Thought I’d chime in here with my favs.

    For the craft beer industry and culture, I can’t recommend Good Beer Hunting enough. The stories, commentary, and production are amazing. I’m really enjoying this podcast.

    For brewing technical stuff, the BeerSmith podcast is sorta hit or miss, but where there’s a hit, it really is invaluable. I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to the water episodes, in particular the ones with John Palmer, but it’s in the range of a couple dozen times!

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  2. Tim says:

    My two favorites are Four Brewers, four guys put of California who talk about home brewing, reviews, blind tastings etc. Very funny. The other one is the Craft Beer Temple Insiders Podcast out Chicago. It is hosted by a guy who owns a beer store in the city and has guests from inside the industry. It is a cool look into what people who make/sell/distribute beer think agbout it.

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  3. Josh Mauldin says:

    A relatively new podcast is For the Craft (previously known as Historically Speaking) it is by far my favorite. It deals primarily with local Arizona beer culture but they are really great at sharing the history and distinctiveness of the styles they are tasting.

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  4. Mikey says:

    Thanks for this post, Nathan. It sucks that Craft Beer Academy stays up there when they haven’t posted in forever.

    I’ve listened to Microbrewr for a while, enjoy the show.

    Cheers!
    -Mikey from The Perfect Pour craft beer podcast.

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  5. D.A says:

    I really like the works that are being described in the podcast Brewnology. It’s on iTunes and many other mediums too. It’s a BJCP centric, learning how to judge beer, how to evaluate beer podcast. And well done, once you get through the first few episodes (I think they were just learning). They have gotten much better throughout.

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  6. JTraut says:

    Thanks for the great info Nathan. I’ve only been a massive fan of podcasts in last few months. May have caught this one a bit late, but I can’t go wrong listening on my travels. Are these weekly podcasts? Thanks again

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    • Nathan Pierce
      Nathan Pierce says:

      MicroBrewr is no longer weekly. With more than 90 episodes of MicroBrewr, I’ve lately been spending more time on another project. But I’ll release more episodes in the future.

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