Business Over Beer
#25. Partners in Business and in Life with Abby Spyker & Travis Buck #TravisForPresident

#25. Partners in Business and in Life with Abby Spyker & Travis Buck #TravisForPresident

February 21, 2020

This week on the second biggest podcast in the Pacific Northwest, Abby Spyker and Travis Buck of Northwest Media Collective join us on the program. A website design project from the county initially brought them together professionally, and while Travis battled and overcame several simultaneous personal challenges, they were able to complete the project and ultimately built a successful business partnership that eventually turned into a life partnership as well.    



Guest Beer:

Kona Brewing Company - Kona, HI

Gold Cliff IPA, 7.2% ABV, 50 IBU

"At the southern tip of Lanai, not far from the island’s first pineapple fields, lies a cobalt blue inlet rimmed with golden cliffs that welcomes divers of every stripe. This is Kaunolu Cove. Catamarans anchor here beside a blade of black rock known as the Moku Noio, where snorkelers explore a dazzling rainbow of tropical fish below and cliff divers soar from the sun-drenched cliffs above. It has been said that the ancient Hawaiians once proved their courage here by making this electrifying 70-foot jump from the famed keyhole notch at the top. Today, you may still see a fearless adventurer leaping from these rocks into the cool embrace of the Pacific below."


Angie's Mystery Beer:

Alaskan Brewing Company - Juneau, AK

Pilot Series Imperial Bock, 12.5% ABV, 25 IBU

"This is a stronger version of a Doppelbock, which is often produced by freezing a Doppelbock and removing the ice crystals to intensify flavor and strength. Our Imperial Bock shares the same flavor intensity and strength of an Eisbock, but instead of freezing this beer, we brewed it to high alcohol content and then let it rest on oak chips to enhance the mellow vanilla sweetness."


Episode Links:

Northwest Media Collective

Abby Normal

Best of Clark County 2018

Not One Sweet World

#24. Be Our Naughty Valentine with Kura Love #PureRomance

#24. Be Our Naughty Valentine with Kura Love #PureRomance

February 14, 2020

This week on the second biggest podcast in the Pacific Northwest, Business Over Beer throws a LIVE Valentines Podcast Party at Heathen Brewing Feral Public House with our very special guest Kura Love of Pure Romance. Kura talks about the business side of being a Pure Romance consultant and explains that her parties are as much about women's sexual health and wellness as they are about the naughty stuff.

This is our third live event, we're still figuring out the audio side of live broadcasting. Sorry for the spots of feedback in the recording and to our audience who had trouble hearing the interview, but despite these snafus, we still had a great time. Happy Valentines Day!


Guest Beer:

Stickmen Brewing Company - Lake Oswego, OR

Blackberry Berliner Schwarz, Fruit Sour, 5.7% ABV, 5 IBU, SRM 32

"A kettle soured Berliner Weiss style beer brewed with debittered black malt and fermented with Oregon blackberry."


Special Releases:

Heathen Brewing - Vancouver, WA - Special Release #1:

Braspberry, Blueberry & Raspberry Sour Ale, 5.1% ABV, 10 IBU

"Is it a coincidence that a blueberry fits inside a raspberry? We think not! After several experiments seeing if and how many blueberries can fit inside of a raspberry, we determined that was usually only one. Some may find this experiment pointless...we did come to the conclusion on one thing...a blueberry inside of a raspberry tastes great! So we took our hours of research and used it to make a beer. We added raspberry and blueberry puree to our sour base along with some lactose for a hint of sweetness that pairs perfectly with the tartness from the raspberries and sour base."

Heathen Brewing - Vancouver, WA - Special Release #2:

The Hop Whisperer, New England IPA, 5.7% ABV, 20 IBU

"We whispered sweet nothings in order to get our hands on some Sabro, Wakatu, and Galaxy hops which have some awesome lime and coconut aromas. This smooth and creamy Hazy IPA balances a light maltiness with layers of tropical fruits and will have you whispering "Whoaaaa."


Episode Links:

Pure Romance by Kura

Pure Romance

Brian Shields on Business Over Beer


Thank Yous:

A very special THANK YOU to all our sponsors for their support to provide us the space, the services and giveaways to put on this event and produce this episode of the podcast:

HEATHEN BREWING & THE FERAL PUBLIC HOUSE for the space, the drinks, the food and the great giveaway

OAK & IVY EVENTS AND DESIGN for your help in coordinating this event

JAMIE YOUNG SWAG & STRATEGY for providing the Business Over Beer Bottle Openers

CLM BUSINESS SOLUTIONS for providing the flowers


SILVER KEYS MEDIA for photographing the event

And of course, those who were so generous to donate such amazing giveaways:







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#23. Rocking Your Brand Super Power with Copywriter Valerie Hooks #GlutenFree

#23. Rocking Your Brand Super Power with Copywriter Valerie Hooks #GlutenFree

February 7, 2020

Calling all Marketing Nerds and those small business owners mystified by the marketing in general.  Valerie Hooks, founder of BlueVale Writing stops by Business Over Beer this week to shed some light on what Branding truly is and the roles copywriting plays in your marketing plan. Valerie also offers the first gluten free guest beer that we've had on the show and talk a little about her gluten allergy and how she has had to adjust her lifestyle as a result. With such amazing information and tips you can utilize right away for your business, we can't believe we're still only the second biggest podcast in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy the show!


Guest Beer:

Ground Breaker Brewing - Portland, OR

Olallie Ale, 4.5% ABV, 30 IBU

"Olallie is brewed with blackberries and rose hips and then finished with copious amounts of Crystal hops for a classic Northwest aroma.  Olallie is made light and dry with only a hint of bitterness."


Angie's Mystery Beer:

North Coast Brewing Co. - Fort Bragg, CA

PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale - 7.6% ABV, 20 IBUs

"Belgian Ales represent the height of the brewers’ art. Sophisticated brewing techniques, yeast blends, and unique flavoring elements have elevated the beers of Belgium to the status enjoyed by wine in other countries.

PranQster follows in this tradition using a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that produce a floral nose, a full fruity flavor, and a clean finish."


Episode Links:

BlueVale Writing

Dog Paw Off Leash Dog Park

New Seasons

Bamboo Sushi 


#22. Impacting Family & Legacy of Small Businesses with Elizabeth Bergen & Jessica Farmer #3rdInningStretch

#22. Impacting Family & Legacy of Small Businesses with Elizabeth Bergen & Jessica Farmer #3rdInningStretch

January 31, 2020

This week on the second biggest podcast in the Pacific Northwest, we welcome Elizabeth and Jessica from Foray Business Group. We thought that Liz's full time job was following us at Business Over Beer. It turns out that a year ago she started this wonderful firm with her business partner offering Accounting, Advising and Bookkeeping services. They focus solely on small businesses so the small businesses can focus on succeeding at what they do best. 

Guest Beer:

Ace Premium Craft Ciders - Sebastopol, CA

Hazy Hop, 6% ABV

Oft thought to be polarizing quaffs, many of us enjoy both cider and beer. Introduced at the intersection of bitter and sweet, this is an unfiltered dry cider with Mosaic Hops, making for a juicy and tropical concert featuring fruit and flower.


Angie's Mystery Beer:

Fremont Brewing - Seattle, WA

Imperial Winter Ale, 8% ABV, 60 IBU

This is a tasty Winter Ale to snuggle up to, released for the winter months when snow blankets the terrain of the mind and the body craves warmth and, let’s be honest, it’s dark and wet most of the time so your beer better be damn good. Winter Ale is dark like the weather with roast chocolate and warm malt flavors balanced by Noble hop aroma and subtle hoppy spice. Warm up to it. Because Beer Matters!


Episode Links:

Foray Business Group

Word of the Day

Episode #13 with Matthew Lambright

#21. Sell Local & Shop Local with Office Supply Salesman Lidio Cardoso #Wantrepreneur

#21. Sell Local & Shop Local with Office Supply Salesman Lidio Cardoso #Wantrepreneur

January 24, 2020

This week, Business Over Beer remains the second biggest podcast in the Pacific Northwest behind only the Sasquatch Hunters. Someday we'll be #1, and to help us get there we welcome Lidio Cardoso of Southwest Office Supply and Interiors to the program.  Lidio has built a successful career in sales and shares with us some of his thoughts that have helped get him where he is today. We also get to hear from Mairin Moore Cane of Oak & Ivy events who was visiting as a spectator (she was checking us out to see if we were worthy enough to have her on the show...stay tuned to see what she decided). We also were lucky enough to have Ben's mother in law Patty on hand to take some photos for us, so the camera clicking you her in the background is just Patty lurking about, and she did an awesome job.   


Guest Beer:

Brouwerij Van Steenberge - Belgium

Gulden Draak Classic, 10.5% ABV

"The name ‘Gulden Draak’ refers to the gilded dragon statue at the top of the Ghent Belfry. Legend has it that the dragon graced the bow of the ship used by Norwegian Sigurd Magnusson on his crusade in 1111. The statue still stands guard on top of the Ghent Belfry today as a symbol for the city's freedom and power."


Angie's Mystery Beer:

pFriem Family Brewers - Hood River, OR

Belgian Strong Dark, 10% ABV, 38 IBU

"Belgians say, “Op uw gezondheid’” when toasting, but you don’t have to speak Flemish to appreciate the bold, complex flavors of fig dipped in dark chocolate, ripe fruit and toffee in this immense Ale. Op uw gezondheid!"


Episode Links:

Previously on Business Over Beer

Lidio Cardoso

Southwest Office Supply and Interiors

L Idiot from LA Story

#20. Building a Business Through Golf with Derek Baade #NotAnA$$hole

#20. Building a Business Through Golf with Derek Baade #NotAnA$$hole

January 17, 2020

This week on the second biggest podcast in the pacific northwest, we welcome golfer and wealth strategist Derek Baade to the program. We also welcome Mom Kaylor who traveled cross country as a spectator. Derek shares with us his journey from St Joseph, Missouri to New Mexico for college. And after three attempts at the PGA Tour's Qualifying School and giving up on his lifelong dream of becoming a professional golfer, he ultimately landed in Vancouver WA where he became a financial planner and still uses Golf to pay the bills...albeit not the way he envisioned.  

Guest Beer:

Boulevard Brewing - Kansas City, MO

Tank 7, American Saison, 8.5% ABV, 38 IBU

"When our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in fermenter number seven. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish."

Angie's Mystery Beer:

Claim 52 - Eugene, OR

Fluffier, Double IPA, 8% ABV, 75 IBU


Episode Links:

De La Torre Wealth Strategies

The Harvard of the Southwest

Q School

Taps Growler House


Alister MacKenzie

Pinehurst #2

Pasa Tiempo Golf Club

Scottish Links

Bandon Dunes

2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits

David Goggins

#19. No Bad Days Caregiving for our Elders with Amy Loudenback #SheBroughtGrowlers

#19. No Bad Days Caregiving for our Elders with Amy Loudenback #SheBroughtGrowlers

January 10, 2020

This week on the second biggest podcast in the Pacific Northwest, Business Over Beer welcomes Amy Loudenback of Visiting Angels Vancouver, WA. Amy shares with us her journey into becoming a franchisee in the business of Home Health Care. A great businesswoman and an even better person. No Bad Days indeed!

Guest Beer:

Barrel Mountain Brewing - Battle Ground, WA

No Bad Days IPA, 6.3% ABV, 55 IBU

"Citrus, pine, and tropical notes with a moderate bitterness level and a light malt base."

MALTS 2 - row/carapils/munich 

HOPS citra/simcoe/cascade/chinook 


Angie's Mystery Beer:

Ridgeway Brewing - UK

Lump Of Coal Strong Stout, 8% ABV

"Yet another bummed-out holiday? Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout is liquid consolation. It's a deep, rich, sweetly rewarding stout to take the edge off of that grim family gathering, that cheerless annual festival of alienation. This brew is as dark as it gets, as black as the lump of coal you'll be getting for Christmas. Because, let's face it, you've been pretty bad this year."


Episode Links:

Visiting Angels Vancouver, WA

Report Abuse and Neglect

Visiting Angels (Corporate)

Toltec Brewing

Prairie Tavern

Cedars Grill

The Firs 

Teresa Nunez' Episode

Alzheimer's Association

Spanky's Consignment

#18. The Business Over Beer Holiday Spectacular #DasBierGefälltMir

#18. The Business Over Beer Holiday Spectacular #DasBierGefälltMir

December 27, 2019

The Business Over Beer Co-Hosts all interview each other for this Special Holiday Episode. A secret Santa brings new Business Over Beer T Shirts and we learn more about the origin stories of the hosts as well as the origins of The BOB.

Thanks to all our listeners, guests and supporters for an incredible 2019. We wish you all the happiest of Holidays and all the best for the New Year. 

- Ben, Jonathan, & Knopp


Jonathan's Guest Beer:

Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Paso Robles, CA

Double Barrel Ale (DBA), British Pale Ale, 5% ABV, 30 IBU

"DBA—a.k.a. Double Barrel Ale—is the trailblazing flagship beer that started it all for us back in 1996. Partially fermented in our patented Firestone Union oak-­‐barrel brewing system, DBA quickly took the Central Coast by storm and set the pace for future beers to come. Today, DBA is regarded as a California classic, and stands as an iconic tribute to traditional cask-­‐fermented English ales. Pale malts create a smooth middle with ribbons of caramel, English toffee and toasted oak."


Ben's Guest Beer:

Everybody's Brewing - White Salmon, WA

Country Boy IPA, 6.2% ABV, 80 IBU

"Dry, Clean and crisp with great citrus character. This beer is made for the hop lover. Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade hops provide a wonderful aroma and flavor. Golden in color with grapefruit and lemongrass notes in the finish."


Knopp's Guest Beer:

Ninkasi Brewing Co. - Eugene, OR

Pilsner Cold Fermented Lager, 4.7% ABV, 30 IBU

"A drop of rain at the top of the Cascades takes seven years to filter down into the McKenzie River and arrive at our brewery. It takes another 52 days to brew a batch of Pilsner. It’s a tedious job, but one sip of this sweet and light, crisp and complex Pils and you’ll know why it’s worth the wait."


Episode Links:

The H2H Experience

Helping Hand Equity

Knopp Consulting

Dave Plaza - Fire Pigs Designs Screenprinting on The BOB

Fire Pigs Designs

Sprecher Brewing Co.

The Avett Brothers

Talk on Indolence

Once and Future Carpenter

Stone IPA

Hopworks Urban Brewery

This should be the show

Episode #4 - Knopp's Cousin Aaron on The BOB

Santa speaks the language of all children

#17. Designed to Adapt and Evolve with Mortgage Broker Brian Shields #Vasectomized

#17. Designed to Adapt and Evolve with Mortgage Broker Brian Shields #Vasectomized

December 20, 2019

It's Ugly Sweater Day this week on Business Over Beer and deranged elf Brian Shields stops by the podcast. Brian talks to us about how he went from living in his Ford Bronco while he finished high school, to being able to help families with their biggest financial decision through his mortgage brokerage. And probably gets a little too personal about his multiple vasectomies.  Hang onto your hats..."We'll sell you the whole seat but you'll only need the edge"...this one's a doozy.  


Guest Beer #1:

Heathen Brewing, collaboration with Brothers Cascadia - Vancouver, WA 

Märzen Invaders, 5.3% ABV, 20 IBU

"Brewed on the 7th Anniversary of the Curiosity landing on Mars, this malty German Style Märzen was brewed in collaboration with Brothers Cascadia Brewing."


Guest Beer #2:

Heathen Brewing - Vancouver, WA

Reindeer Tears 2017, Barleywine, 12% ABV, 94 IBU

"There won’t be any reindeer games around Santa’s workshop this year. The jolly old man has gone rogue, collecting tears for this inaugural bourbon barrel-aged barley wine release. The deranged elves were hard at work throughout the summer months crafting this seasonal holiday ale for your enjoyment. Don’t bother trying to make the nice list. You’re sure to get coal in your stocking for this one."


Angie's Mystery Beer:

Melvin Brewing - Jackson, WY

Drunken Master, IIPA, 9% ABV, 75 IBU 

"Born out of the Melvin R&D facility on Wyoming’s West Coast, also known as the closet. Brewed with a blend of Columbus, Citra and some Top-Secret hops left over from the great east vs. west hip hop battles. Hopped with over 3 pounds per barrel. Drunken Master is the 2016 National IlPA Champion. Sure to make you a Drunken Master if you consume too many of these bad boys. Cheers from the crew at Melvin. Please, only practice your Karate after a four pack and bow to your sensei."


Episode Links:

Shields Family Home Loans

Northwest Funding Group

NW Battle Buddies

Sundown Squad

Flash Love

Body for Life

UFC 37 1/2

Plato's Closet

Team Quest Fight Club

The Impressive Clergyman

Head move now

#16. Beer and Tacos Live from Fortside Brewing with Elliott Sutherland & Nichole Davidson #BeerStrong

#16. Beer and Tacos Live from Fortside Brewing with Elliott Sutherland & Nichole Davidson #BeerStrong

December 13, 2019

This week's episode of Business Over Beer comes to you live from Fortside Brewing. In this dual interview special, we first talk to Fortside beer ambassador Elliott Sutherland, who not only sells beer, but works to strengthen beer culture throughout the Pacific Northwest. Second we meet Nichole Davidson the Captain of the Taco Spaceship, and we learn about her taco genius and the amazing partnership between the beer business and the taco business.  


Guest Beer #1:

Fortside Brewing - Vancouver, WA

Palisade #2, Specialty Saison, 6.2% ABV, 22 IBU

"Fortside's second Palisade series of beer is a mix of the earthly and the heavenly, of wild and rural places with holy and peaceful places. A showcase of two traditional and quite elegant Trappist yeast strains, heavy in both fruity esters and spicy phenolics, interplaying with the earthy, funky, and grounded notes of farmhouse yeasts and brettanomyces. A full and satiating mouthfeel is offered from the oak barrels used throughout fermentation and conditioning, along with some balancing tannic notes. Spicy, zesty, and unendingly complex."


Guest Beer #2:

Fortside Brewing - Vancouver, WA

Orange Whip, New England IPA, 5.9% ABV, 60 IBU

"No fruit was harmed in the making of this “Juicy” IPA. In fact, there is no “juice” in this IPA. Rather, it is a real IPA that benefits from heaps of El Dorado and Mosaic Hops which give it succulent aromas and flavors of orange, tangerine and grapefruit."

Who wants an orange whip? 


Angie's Mystery Beer:

Ben's Dad's Home Brewing - Vancouver, WA

Angie's Dark Angel

Very smooth oatmeal stout brewed with Belgian yeast strains and pecans.  You will just have to take our word for was delicious!


Episode Links:

Fortside Brewing Company

Taco Spaceship

Fortside wins Bronze at GABF


Northbank Beer Week

Brewing Bridges


Bradley Nowell