#125 – The Hop Project Lemon & Grassy and Carly Rae Jepsen

28 Aug

The Hop Project Hop Freshener Series - Lemon & Grassy

Summer is *just* loosening its grip a bit, so here we have a crisp, refreshing episode before surely tumbling into six dark months of barrel-aged barley wines and sludge doom. Despite what is easily one of Russ’s least good pouring jobs ever, we managed to drink Lemon & Grassy from The Hop Project, which is the latest imprint from the Port Brewing / Lost Abbey folks. I struggled a bit to clearly (and accurately) describe Lost Abbey, mentioning I thought it was a Belgian-inspired theme. Well, I was right, so nyah. A quick lap around the episode guide seems to indicate we’ve never reviewed a beer from either Port or Lost Abbey. WTF?

In keeping with the crisp and refreshing theme, we listen to a track from Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album, Emotion. Longtime listeners might remember we last listened to Ms. Jepsen on episode 11, almost exactly three years ago.

One show note: We mentioned looking up the medical term for people who are disgusted by mouth noises and then promptly didn’t do it. Misophonia – From Wikipedia: Misophonia, literally “hatred of sound”, is a rarely diagnosed disorder, commonly thought to be of neurological origin, in which negative emotions (anger, flight, hatred, disgust) are triggered by specific sounds.

Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion

#124 – SweetWater IPA Micro-vertical and DuckTales

19 Aug

Sweetwater IPA Cans

I’ve wanted to do this episode for a while now. Well, sort of. I came up with the idea to do a micro-vertical, specifically of canned SweetWater IPA, a couple months ago. But Tony, what is a micro-vertical? If you can’t figure it out on your own, you’re just going to have to listen, SORRY.

The DuckTales theme, on the other hand, has been an earworm for me for almost 30 years. I watched the show every day after school when I was 11-12. Then, at some point over the last couple years, it came up randomly in conversation with someone, possibly even Russ, and the mutual appreciation was immediate and unanimous. I’m actually kind of annoyes it has taken us until episode 124 to do this one. Fair warning, we listened to the 2-minute 49-second extended version in the middle of the show. If you really want the true nostalgia of the 60-second opening credits from the show, be sure to listen to the end of the episode, I posted it there. Hi, Disney lawyers!

Oh, and heads up, there is some major audio weirdness for about seven seconds from 24:55 to 25:02. You’re not having a stroke, my laptop was having a brief stroke. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


#123 – Against the Grain and Jason Isbell and College Football

31 Jul

Against The Grain - Citra Ass Down

[There are a ton of links in here. If you’re reading this in iTunes, make sure to visit the website for the full experience.]

This episode is why we make this podcast. Our good buddy Kit (of Dawg Sports and Dawg Gone Podcast and One Beer One Song Episode 55.5 fame) joins us. We drink Citra Ass Down from Against The Grain Brewery in Louisville, KY. There are almost 4,000 breweries in the U.S. and Against The Grain is the #1 A+ best out of all of them at naming beers. SERIOUSLY GO LOOK (scroll down a smidge). And if Citra Ass Down is any indication, they are pretty dope at making beers as well.

And on the heels of a fun beer, oh, there’s a new Jason Isbell record out. We last visited Mr. Isbell on episode 51, shortly after he released Southeastern, which will probably go down as one of the greatest singer-songwriter/country/folk/alt-country/cry-in-your-car-alone/triumphant-return albums of our generation. His new album, Something More Than Free came out a couple weeks ago and Russ’s expectations couldn’t be higher. Related listening: Isbell sat down with NPR for a short interview this week. It’s good.

AND AS IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, Kit is here A) because we like him, but B) to talk college football. I’m not going to waste your time with any predictions or teasers here, but I did want to share a link as proof that Minnesota has actually won seven national championships.

Alright then.

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

#122 – Southbound Hoplin IPA and The Vandals

24 Jul

Southbound Hoplin IPA

We drink an IPA out of a can from Southbound Brewing Company, a relatively new brewery out of Savannah, GA.

Russ picked The Vandals from the Board of Songs, so I hit him with their cover of Summer Lovin’. As I mention on the episode, the parody lyrics in this song are much creepier than I remember. Speaking of Grease, below is a picture of the funny tweet I mentioned on the show but couldn’t find on the fly.


Alright then.

Vandals - Fear of a Punk Planet

#121 – Terrapin Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler and The Baseball Project

14 Jul

Terrapin - Blackberry Cobbler

The long, hot slog through another Georgia continues. It is so hot, we don’t have the energy to record episodes that are long or good. We drink Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler Farmhouse Ale from our friends at Terrapin Beer Company. We also talk about recent beery events in Georgia.

Also in honor of the dog days of Summer, we listen to a song from The Baseball Project. They sing songs about hockey.

The Baseball Project

#120 – Three Taverns A Night On Ponce IPA and Florence and the Machine

2 Jul

Three Taverns - A Night On Ponce IPA

We have visited a handful of local breweries. In fact, we’ve kind of made it a rule, if the brewery is in town, why would we sit in my basement and speculate when we can have a conversation with the horse’s … uh … mouth, I don’t think that’s how that saying works. ANYWAY. Three Taverns Brewery is a relatively new brewery in Atlanta, specifically Decatur, Georgia. I would explain what we drank and why it’s significant, but we talk about all that on the episode, so shut up and put on your headphones already.

This is a special episode because it’s always a special episode when Russ picks the song. We listen to a new track from Florence and the Machine. It’s important to note, the version we listened to is the version in the video posted below (gotta be looking at the blog to see the video). Apparently, this is a video-specific version because the version on the album is … much different. I say that to save you from liking this version and then racing to the album version only to be disappointed.

Florence and the Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful

#119 – Rogue Sriracha Stout and Ray Lynch

21 Jun

Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout

Business trips and family trips and summer camps OH MY. Here is a weird-ass beer paired with a weird-ass song to help you absolve the preceding month of no episodes.

Ray Lynch - Deep Breakfast

#118 – Peach Lambic Sangria and Blake Shelton

18 May

Photo credit: the kitchn

Photo credit: the kitchn

    Gia here, back by popular demand/hostile studio takeover, Ellen and I grab the mikes for Episode 118. We drink Peach Lambic and Rye Sangria as we listen to Blake Shelton’s “Sangria.” <--- See what we did there? We're very clever! In this episode, we brilliantly theorize about country music, expertly spot music video continuity issues, and shamefully neglect our beer-gria. We used Lindeman’s Pêche Lambic, which we can’t properly review because it’s mingled so deliciously with whiskey, apple, and peach. We also don’t properly review “Sangria” because we focus on how sexy the video () is. Y’all forgive us; we’re new here. We hope to be back soon!

    Blake Shelton - Bringing Back The Sunshine

    #117 – Terrapin Black Is The New Wit Collaboration and Refused

    7 May

    Black Is The New Wit - Terrapin Collaboration with New Belgium

    The theme this time around the horn is things that may or may not be ill-conceived. We try to answer two questions.

    1. Does the world actually need an Imperial Black Rye Wit?
    1. Is it possible for Refused to maintain a single shred of credibility as they embark on reunion #2?
  • And that’s pretty much it. Oh, also we experimented with live-streaming video of the recording sessions and a hilariously large number people tuned in for at least a portion of it, so that’s in now. Follow @1beer1song for updates.

    Refused - Freedom

    #116 – Jester King Sin Frontera Collaboration and The Mountain Goats

    1 May

    Jester King - Sin Frontera Collaboration

    On this episode of Two Dudes In A Basement, we drink Sin Frontera, a collaboration between Jester King, Crooked Stave, and Brasserie Trois Dammes (Switzerland). This beer was very generously carried by hand from out of state by a complete stranger for the purposes of being mis-categorized and/or under-appreciated by us. The stranger, whose name is Jeff and who lives in Chicago, is a friend of a friend named Kevin, who lives in Austin, where Jester King is located. Kevin set the whole thing up and HERE WE ARE. Thanks, dudes!

    Sin Frontera is interesting because the three brewers involved brewed identical versions at each of their breweries over the course of a couple years. From Jester King’s Sin Frontera page:

    The concept behind Cerveza Sin Frontera was to brew an identical recipe, referment it in the same type of barrels (Spanish sherry) at three different locations on earth, and allow the microorganisms unique to each brewery to impart interesting and differentiating characteristics to the beer. In other words, Cerveza Sin Frontera seeks to explore the impact that mixed culture fermentation has upon an identical recipe for wort (unfermented beer). It highlights how fermentation that exists outside the world of pure culture brewers yeast has the ability to create unique beer with a sense of place.

    So, if we *really* wanted to do this the way the brewers intended, we would have gathered all three variants of the beer and compared them against each other all while pontificating wildly without any merit whatsoever about what environmental factors contributed to whatever it is we think we’re smelling and tasting. Given that the beers were brewed over the course of a year and two of the breweries don’t even distribute in Georgia, we decided to plow ahead with an MVP. You’ll have to listen and gauge for yourself the wildness of our pontification.

    The song this week comes from The Mountain Goats, who released a new album called Beat The Champ on 4/28. TMG are no strangers to the show, this being the third time we’ve featured them (Ep. 25, Ep. 68). We listen to them because they are good. LISTEN.

    The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ