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It’s National Beer Day! Plus, the latest headlines on the Russia-Ukraine war, with updates from the Consul General of Ukraine-Houston

A beer historian from the Smithsonian is here to help with questions about the history and science of beer. Plus, with new developments on sanctions, devastation, and evacuations, we continue to inform on the war in Ukraine.



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Today is National Beer Day, and we raise a toast to all things beer-related.

Did you know that beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in America? It accounts for about 85% of all alcoholic beverages sold.

It's also one of the oldest beverages in the world, with people making and drinking beer for thousands of years.

But what about here in the U.S.? Why is beer so beloved?

Houston has its share of favorite bars and breweries, and we’ll here from several of them, including the first Black-owned brewery in town.

We also ask listeners to share their favorite local brews and beer styles.

But first, we talk about the latest Russia-Ukraine headlines and how Houston is being impacted.


Vitalii Tarasiuk

  • Consul General of Ukraine in Houston

Dr. Theresa McCulla (PhD)

  • Curator, American Brewing History Initiative, Division of Work and Industry
  • National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Brock Wagner

  • Founder, Saint Arnolds Brewing Company

David Graham

  • Director of Marketing, Karbach Brewing Company

Carl Roaches, Jr.

  • Co-founder, For the Culture Brewing Company

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