ILYSM Ep. 27: Arianna Auber on Family Business Beer Co. and other craft-beer news

6:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 Austin360 Home
Gino Graul, left, Jensen and Danneel Ackles, and head brewer Nate Seale are the masterminds of the Texas Hill Country brewery Family Business Beer Co. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 

This week’s episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast” might make you want a beer, a bar of chocolate or an afternoon spin at an ice rink.

Our lead guest is beer/wine/spirits writer Arianna Auber, who joined us to talk about the latest developments in the local beer scene, including why “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles picked Dripping Springs to get into the brewing business. She also explained why brewers have recently banded together to form a political action committee and which new breweries and brewpubs should be on your radar.

Chaparral Ice has been at Burnet Road and Anderson Lane for more than 20 years, but about a year ago, hockey lover and coach Ryan Raya bought the facility. He’s added heaters, a sports bar and lots of easy ways to check out ice sports. With the Olympics around the corner, Raya came by the Statesman studio to tell us what draws people to figure skating, hockey and, yes, even curling, and why Texans might misunderstand winter sports culture.

Former Austinite and chocolate connoisseur Megan Giller schools us on all things cacao and how to enjoy chocolate in a new way. Her book, “Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution: The Origins, the Makers, and the Mind-Blowing Flavors” came out in September.

In this week’s Webb Report, Eric Webb explains why the recent story about a judge hearing the voice of God in the courtroom went viral. And, as with every episode, we conclude with A Toast, a set of recommendations of things we feel you should be checking out right now. Co-host Addie Broyles didn’t expect to love “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” but the recent reboot was more nuanced and sweetly complex than she had anticipated. In his Toast, Omar teased about a big twist at the end of the first season of “The Good Place” that has made the second season even funnier and more impressive. Auber suggested “A Man Called Ove,” a book she got around the holidays about a curmudgeon whose bitterness softens after a family with kids moves in next door.

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