From accountant to brewery owner to radio host, Johnathan Wakefield of Miami of J. Wakefield Brewing is now the voice behind SiriusXM’s first and only craft beer show.
Beer time with Johnathan Wakefield debuted on May 27 and airs on SiriusXM Commercial Channel 132 every Friday at 7 p.m. (reruns are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m., and are downloadable as podcasts on Pandora) .
Each hour-long episode is recorded in the brewhouse of the Wakefield Brewery in Wynwood and features two guests: one from the brewing world and the other a prominent figure in pop culture, from chefs and artists to musicians. and athletes.
Wakefield and his co-host, Maria Cabré, Chief Brewer and Director of Operations, J Wakefield, hope the show will give listeners a unique behind-the-scenes look at the brewing world – and non-beer professionals – through the common love of the craft beer industry.
“The show is more than craft beer. It’s really about education in different segments of the business world,” Wakefield said. New times. “Because it’s the business channel, we always start with craft beer, but we also take a look at who they are, where they come from, how they develop and where they see their business evolving. ”
“It was fun and educational for us to do these shows,” adds Cabré. “We can sit down and really rock with someone and talk to them about where they came from, how they started and how they got into the industry. Friends and colleagues and learning more about them. It’s very rewarding. . ”
So far, Wakefield and Cabré have discussed everything from diversity in brewing with Crowns & Hops Brewing co-founder Teo Huner to barbecue culture in Australia with the executive chef of Edge Steak and Bar. , Aaron Brooks. Other guests include comic book illustrator Jeff Dekal and August Burns bassist Red Dustin Davidson.
“From my experience behind the desk doing bookkeeping, from a brewery owner in the craft beer world, to now a radio show host, this has been a crazy evolution,” Wakefield said. “I never thought that in a million years I would be doing this – with Maria by my side producing – and it’s still pretty surreal. I’m taking the opportunity.”