Cheers Charlotte Radio was formed in June of 2013 by Ford Craven, Jay “Weezie” Brown and Cesar Leyva and has been consistently recording ever since.  Cheers Charlotte Radio continues on a bi-weekly basis and is the most listened to craft beer radio show in the Charlotte, NC market.

Founders and Hosts of Cheers Charlotte Radio Cesar Leyva, Ford Craven and Jay “Weezie” Brown. (L-R)

We are a podcast but we record our shows as “LIVE” which means it flows just like any other 1 hour radio show and release shows consistently on Tuesday mornings.  Our goal from the beginning was to keep the Charlotte craft beer community connected as the growth of the craft beer industry exploded and that is still our goal today.  We invite the industry’s most respected professionals so you can hear, straight from the source, about that show’s topic.  Professionals such as brewery owners, head brewers, distillers, vintners, chefs, mixoloigists, cigar producers, craft beer bar owners, local musicians, craft beer organizations and craft beer festival organizers.  Basically if it affects craft beer in Charlotte then we consider it as a show topic.  Of national note we have welcomed Greg Koch of Stone Brewing, Lauren Salazar of New Belgium,  Chris White of White Labs,  Oscar Wong, founder of Highland Brewing, Rocky Patel of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars and Rick Chapman, founder and president of Coronado Brewing Company.  We take a lot of pride in Cheers Charlotte Radio and we hope that comes through on each episode. There are a lot of craft beer podcasts so thank you for  your spending your time with us and subscribing.  So long as you keep listening then we will continue to curate great craft content for years to come!  Cheers!


Meet the Hosts of Cheers Charlotte Radio!

Ford Craven is a Concord, NC native and part owner of Craven & Company REALTORS, a family run business since 1978.  A graduate of Appalachian State University, Ford got his first taste of craft beer while traveling out West with his family during Spring Breaks.  While in Boone he worked at Cottonwood Brewery, one of NC’s first craft breweries.  After college Ford lived and worked in the craft beer mecca of Boulder, Colorado for 6 years.  A homebrewer since 2010, in 2011 he founded the Cabarrus Homebrewers Society (CABREW) and is a past president.   In 2014, along with Jay and Cesar, he founded Cheers Charlotte Radio.  Ford has served on the Charity Selection Committee for The Carolina Brewmaster’s Charlotte Oktoberfest, organized the Homebrew Tent for the NC Brewers and Music Festival, is an active Rotarian with the Concord Rotary Club and has aspirations of operating a craft brewery in his hometown.  In addition to hosting and planning shows, Ford handles the social media and website for Cheers Charlotte Radio and is the sponsor contact.


Jay “Weezie” Brown is a host for Cheers Charlotte Radio and is a sales rep for Artisan Beverage.  Charlotte, NC native.


Cesar Leyva is a host for Cheers Charlotte Radio.