Episode 29 – Eli Cayer from Urban Farm Fermentory

Today’s Guest: Eli Cayer

Eli Cayer is definitely one of the most down-to-earth and interesting owners that we have talked to on the podcast. He runs the Urban Farm Fermentory and Gruit Brewing Co in Portland, Maine, and he does his best to bring the local ingredients into the products he produces. In this first half of the interview, we talk about how Eli got started in fermenting, foraging for ingredients, and all five types of beverages they are creating. Be sure to come back next week to hear the conclusion of our conversation.



Fermentory Address:

Urban Farm Fermentory & Gruit Brewing Co.

200 Anderson St

Portland, ME 04101



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Times of Note:

1:36 – Our Sponsor – Beer By Coleman.

3:04 – Eli says hello.

3:32 – What we’re drinking – sort of?

6:20 – Eli gets technical right out of the gate.

8:53 – Everything except the beer is gluten-free.

9:46 – How Eli got into the fermenting business.

11:30 – Eli accidentally starts keeping bees.

13:02 – Eli opens his first Meadery.

14:32 – Eli opens UFF starting with Cider.

15:23 – Brewing Kombucha as a winery?

15:52 – They finally start fermenting grain!

18:26 – Their products are all a little different each time due to the natural fermentation.

21:04 – What a cool way to run a business.

26:11 – Foraging is a huge part of the flavors at UFF!

29:12 – We learn what a crop mob is and how they use them.

36:48 – They have both foraging and production calendars.

39:33 – Eli definitely has his hands full with all of these products and flavors.

41:52 – We transition to our Miles and Points with Pints segment.

43:02 – An important few minutes about sexism, harassment, and abuse in the brewing industry.

46:11 – Confusion on the end of the Chase Sapphire Preferred offers.

48:27 – Jeff wants an even higher offer! (update – mailers appeared for a 90k offer shortly after recording – can Jeff see the future?)

49:39 – Capital One improves earning on the Savor and SavorOne cards.

54:51 – Retention offer reports for Discover cards.

56:24 – Cardless shows up with a couple of 100k offers.

58:33 – Keep an eye out for big Rakuten referral bonuses.

1:00:35 – Hilton drops breakfast for elites this summer.

1:02:50 – IHG extends free night certificates.

1:04:12 – JetBlue starts booking for JFK to London flights.

1:08:58 – Delta will require vaccines for new hires.

1:10:05 – United partners with Abbot for BinaxHome tests.

1:11:50 – Europe to open to vaccinated Americans.

1:13:26 – CDC says masks not necessary for vaccinated Americans.

1:16:52 – The Miles & Pints Theme Song!



Relevant Links:

@ratmagnet  – compiled information about sexism, harassment, and abuse in brewing

Tired Hands Owner Steps Down 


Miles to Memories – Discover Retention

Frequent Miler – Cardless Cards?


Urban Farm Fermentory & Gruit Brewing Co.

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Twitter – @fermentory


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