After a small technical hiccup, I’m back with episode two of the Naptown Pintcast podcast. This week’s episode features a fun, passionate, brutally honest and unapologetic interview with Tim Scouten and Rahul Cherian, founders of Goonda Beersmiths of Baltimore, currently housed within Peabody Heights Brewery.

(If you want to skip all the exposition, you can scroll down to listen to the full episode below.)

Tim (left) and Rahul (right)

Even though Goonda is brand new to the Maryland beer scene, they’re already making their mark, and their beer is being recognized by a lot of local craft beer drinkers as exceptional.

In fact, they recently tied with Union Craft Brewing for Best Brewery in Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Reader’s Poll.

Rahul in his happy place.

A great beer that comes with an important lesson — and a hilarious origin story.

Tim and Rahul, however, have been in the business of brewing in Maryland for a number of years. As a result, our conversation touched upon a range of issues, beyond their dreams for Goonda, including:

  • That one time internet trolls got really mad at them
  • The great pumpkin beer debate
  • How AB In-Bev buyouts impacts brewers and consumers
  • Why craft beer costs more than macro beers
  • House Bill 1283, and how it almost shuttered breweries across the state
  • Bars vs. brewery taprooms, and brewery taprooms as community spaces
  • What contract brewing is, and why it’s so important to the industry
  • Poking on Facebook
  • And more…

A mother and her child playing together in Peabody Heights Brewery.

A play area for children at the Peabody Heights Brewery taproom.

Peabody Heights’ library.

Okay, Here’s the Episode

“Goonda is what we’re most passionate about. It’s what we want to do. It’s what we want to drink.”

“We’re getting to the point where all the states around us are leaving us in the dust. It’s the movement of a pen that [brings change]. The only way that happens is if people get involved.”

Tim Scouten

“We don’t consider time. We don’t consider expense. It’s all about what’s going to make the best beer. We do everything for the love of the beer.”

Rahul Cherian

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