Episode 2: The Art of Craft Beer


This episode features Larry Lane, Owner of Double Barley Brewing in Smithfield NC, and Josh Noxon, a hobby brewer living in California. (You can subscribe to “Make it a Double!” at iTunes or Stitcher, get the RSS feed, or listen by streaming here.)


I’m sure a lot of us can remember a time when American beer was limited to major corporate chains, i.e. Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company. On the world stage American beer was terrible. But then something happened to change all that. In 1978, home brewing was federally legalized. A beer revolution ensued. 30 years later, in 2008, Smithsonian Magazine declares “The best beers in the world today are being made in the U.S.” 


Why? Because, American beer lovers were finally free to pursue their passion and create unique beers in the identity of the brewer. In the complexity of ingredients the art of crafting beer became something to be admired, shared and revered. We don’t drink to get drunk we drink to appreciate the craft.


Like any great craftsmen, the brewer must dedicate themselves to the art. I sought out two guest who truly love and obsess over crafting the finest beers they can.


We hear from Larry Lane. Not long ago Larry was a home hobby brewer. That is until his obsession grew. A modest home brew kit, which he received as a birthday gift and confined to a single room is his house, quickly spread taking over his home and evolving into what is now Double Barley Brewing. With help from his wife Cheryl, Double Barley continues to grow and enjoy new found success and support from admires of the craft. His beers are featured in a variety of locations across North Carolina. (Click here to find Double Barley on tap in NC) However, in my opinion, the best Double Barely experience is found in Larry’s tap room at his brewery in Smithfield, NC. It’s there you can chat with Larry and the brewers while sampling the brews. He also offers tour of his brewery. (click here to learn more) Something else I found interesting and a lot of fun to learn about was how Larry named his beers. My favorite is the Double Black eyePA. Click here to learn the story behind each of his beers. 


I also invited Josh Noxon on the show. Josh is a good friend of mine. We met while serving in the Marine Corps and ended up deploying to Iraq together on a Military Advisory Team. After Josh’s return from deployment he took up the art of crafting beer. He affectionately named his beer, Castle Brew. Josh explains the moniker which plays on the identity of the Marine Corps Combat Engineer. As a hobby brewer, Josh only brews for the enjoyment of creating unique beers and sharing them with friends and family. A native of North Carolina, Josh currently lives in California. 


I intended to include some information on the many different types of American craft beers. In my search I quickly realized there are far to many… instead here is a link to a really great website I found and would like to share with you all. (for Craft Beer types click Here)




Special thank you to our guest speakers for helping to make this episode of Make it a Double! Great!!!

Larry Lane, Owner & Brewer of Double Barely Brewing
Larry Lane, Owner & Brewer of Double Barely Brewing
Josh & Caroline Noxon, Hobby Brewer
Josh & Caroline Noxon, Hobby Brewer