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BrewCrAzY, the Brewer's BrewCast is Going Strong After 2 Years

Aug 19, 2008
BrewCrAzY is one of the most popular podcast about beer, and all the technical work is done by his little wild dog Captain Ron, according to BrewCrAzY's host Johnny Max. Johnny Max also know as John McKissack has taken his love of great beer and how to brew it worldwide with his show. Johnny said he was surprised when he started getting emails from people all over the world. He said I am the only home brewer in the world who has to answer 20 emails a day for my dog!

BrewCrAzY has been producing shows since July 6th 2005 and the shows are not just educational, that are very entertaining as well. BrewCrAzY has one focus and that is to teach the world about how to make beer, but not just make beer, but make Gold Medal Winning Beer! Not just Johnny, but most home brewers are a great people and they will bend over backwards to help others learn the craft and hand you a beer while doing it.

Johnny Max produces and distributes is show at no charge. He told me he could get sponsors, but he wants to be free to produce a genuine show and not have to worry about slanting it one way or the other for money. He has spent thousands on recording equipment and software, not to mention advertising and Internet hosting. When asked why he does it he says "It is not about the money, it's about promoting REAL beer!" Johnny is not a lone ranger, most podcasts about home brewing beer is a done by people for free.

When you get Johnny Max talking about beer there is no shutting him up. He could talk for days on end about ?beer this? and ?beer that.? He explained all about beer history, beer science, beer flavors, beer pairing with food, beer brewing, beer recipes and on and on. This guy is ?Beer nuts,? ?Beer CrAzY or should I say ?Brew CrAzY!?

J-Max said he wanted to do a beer podcast ever since he first heard a show produced in the Land Down Under which by the way is the longest running Brewcast by far. Craft Brewer Radio hosted by Graham Sanders of North Queens Land, Australia motivated J-Max to put out his own show. Johnny contacted Graham Sander, also know as the Guru of the North, North Australia that is and Graham helped Johnny get going and boy did he get going. Go Johnny Go!

Just like Graham, Johnny encourages and helps other brewers to start their own show about beer and they are popping up everywhere. Home brewers are a friendly bunch and they promote the craft of making beer for free. There are a few companies that have shows and use them as a source of money, but most pay for everything out of their own pockets and they don't charge a penny. The shows with the most listeners are Craft Brewer Radio, BrewCrAzY, the Brew Bubbas and Yeast Slurry. My hat is off to these shows and I think they should be applauded for their contributions to beer!

BrewCrAzY does like the name says, they get a little CrAzY at times, but their main goal is to educate people on making beer, wine, cider & mead. There was one listener who was new to brewing and after listened to BrewCrAzY?s first five shows, used what he learned and entered his first homebrew competition. He not only took first place in his category, but won best of show! Best of show is the best beer entered in the whole competition and this was a competition with over 1,000 beers entered. When I asked Johnny Max what he thought about this he responded in a modest way saying ?There is a lot of good information out there, I try to be a part of it. My main goal is to educate the next generation about what real beer is.?

Johnny Max's radio personality may be is loud and a little braggadocios, but in person, or on the phone he is a soft spoken man who is just laid back and enjoying life's ride, while sipping on a home brewed beer. He would give you the shirt off of him back.
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