#100 – Creature Comforts Southerly Love/Koko Buni and One Direction

16 Dec

Creature Comforts

The second of two episodes with Blake from Creature Comforts Brewing Company, located in downtown Utopia, USA. Blake was gracious enough to bring two gems from the Creature Comforts cabinet, Southerly Love, and Koko Buni, both just really really great beers. We hate you, Blake.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, this is episode 100 (ONE HUNDRED). What better way to celebrate such a milestone than with a song by … One Direction? Okay, we may or may not have picked the song to distract from the fact that we’re really not that interested in being self-reflexive or self-congratulatory. Okay, maybe Russ is, if only because it might mean someone will tell him he has served his time and he is free to go home.

Also, this episode would have been FINE to wrap up at somewhere around the 30-minute mark. But don’t worry, we managed to blather North of 50 minutes. Granted, we’re all fantastically articulate renaissance men, so our aimless pontification is your Radiolab, but just a heads up in case all you care about is the beer and the song.

One Direction - Up All Night

#99 – Creature Comforts Athena/Tropicalia and Graveyard

9 Dec

Creature Comforts

This is the first of two episodes with our good friend BLAKE, whom you regular listeners are already familiar with. The difference with these two episodes from previous episodes with Blake is that this time we are drinking beer from Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens, Georgia where Blake is employed as a brewer. Blake helped brew these beers and the general public can legally buy them with money and drink them. NEAT.

In this episode, we quaffed two of Creature Comfort’s canned beers. Athena is a Berliner Weiss, and Tropicalia is an IPA. Both cans are beautiful.

Like a responsible guest, Blake came loaded with a song. We listened “Uncomfortably Numb” from the Graveyard album Hinsingen Blues. The episode clocks in on the long side for us, but it’s packed with good info. I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO TELL YOU GO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE.

Graveyard - Hisingen Blues

#98 – Mikkeller Black Hole Stout and Bad Brains

1 Dec


This episode starts a little LOOSE. While editing this episode, I actually wondered what the hell we were actually doing, which is notable because I was there when we recorded it. I am, in fact, the one who recorded. If you can’t bear the suspense of the first few, weird minutes, HANG IN THERE, the payoff comes at 4:42. The beer is Black Hole stout from Mikkeller. Not sure where I picked up this bottle of beer, but we are strongly suspicious that we should have consumed this bad boy several years ago.

After watching the DC episode of Sonic Highways, Russ suggested we review a song from Bad Brains SO OKAY WE WILL DO THAT RUSSELL. The whole thing was kind of a mindbender. I’m still not completely convinced Russ isn’t just trolling me.

If you’re fed up after the song, HANG IN THERE, we talk about Serial from 23:00 to 26:00.

Bad Brains - I Against I

#97 – Trillium Brewing and Old Man Gloom

20 Nov

Trillium Brewing Company

This is a loosely Boston-themed episode. The beer is from Trillium Brewing Company, which is most definitely in Boston. Like, right downtown. I was there on a business trip recently and the internet told me there was an excellent brewery a few blocks from my hotel. So I went there, and schlepped a couple bottles back to the dirty dirty.

The song connection to Boston is a little bit looser, but I stand by it. Since you all have listened to every episode of this podcast repeatedly, you will no doubt remember the song from Episode 13, a little ditty by Old Man Gloom. Russ LOOOOOOOOOOOVES Old Man Gloom. Special treat: Russ does a serviceable Bill Clinton impression at the very end.

Old Man Gloom - The Ape Of God

#96 – Brewster’s Brewing Co and Yip Deceiver

14 Nov

Brewsters Brewing Company

After a not-so-relaxing fall break, we are back with a lukewarm vengeance. Rather than ease back into the normal routine, we are coming straight at you with an ALL RUSS EPISODE. Russ procured the beers from his buddy Donny, who has a role at Brewsters Brewing Company, which has numerous locations across Canadia. We love it when brewers give us beer to review. If you’re reading this AND you’re a brewer AND you haven’t sent us beer, well … we can’t help you. I mean, we can help you, but you have to send us beer.

Russ also brought us a song this week. The band is Yip Deceiver, who, for whatever reason, I keep calling Yip Destroyer. Yip Deceiver hail from Athens, GA. Russ explains their origins and Athens-related family tree on the episode.

If you do venture into this episode, make sure you listen all the way to the end.

Yip Deceiver - Medallius

#95 – Some Band From Ireland and Sour Beers

8 Oct

The Bruery Oude Tart and Victory Wild Devil

This is the second of two episodes with Meghan and Gia. As mentioned previously, we tried to do a sour beer episode with Meghan like MONTHS before anyone knew how Breaking Bad ended, but it didn’t work out. Well, we FINALLY got the pieces in place to do it again, and guess what … Russ has turned a corner on sour beers. Gone is his insane bloviating against flavors to which he is unaccustomed. Now he’s all, hey, that tastes pretty good. GOD DAMMIT.

As for the song, if you own any device with iTunes installed, you’ve been carrying this garbage around for weeks already. So, nice work.


#94 – Southern Tier Pumpkin Beers and Taylor Swift

26 Sep

Southern Tier Brewing Company

So, we tried to record a sour beer episode with Meghan like a year and a half ago. Actually, we did record an episode with Meghan in early 2013, but this was back when we just plopped one mic in between all of us and went to town. While this approach had (barely) passed muster in a few previous instances, this particular audio was unusable. Fast forward nineteenish months and we managed to pull it off again, albeit not without some audio shenanigans. At some point along the way, we’ve become bereft of the necessary mic/cord configuration to support three mics. NOT TO WORRY, we still have the old Tascam DR-1 recorder, so we figured out to rig that as a third mic. But it is a stereo mic that requires its own channel, so Russ and I had to share a channel, which means I had to venture into numerous unexplored audio compression/EQ territories, all of which I am wholly unqualified to explore. I’m exaggerating, it actually doesn’t sound too bad, but it was an adventure. Also, my lovely wife Gia makes a guest appearance.

So, I’ll just cut to the chase: It’s officially autumn and Meghan and Gia are white chicks, so we went the obvious route and drank pumpkin beers from Southern Tier Brewing Company (Pumking and Warlock) and listened to that new Taylor Swift song. Not really much more to say about it, honestly. Get in there.

Taylor swift - 1989

#93 – Bell’s Black Note Stout and NOMEANSNO

19 Sep

Bell's Black Note

Another day, another barrel-aged imperial stout, this time from the gang at Bell’s in Michigan. Someday, I imagine we will tire of drinking all these amazing beers, but not today.

For the song, we get a little meta and play the entire version of our little transition snippet, “Stocktaking” from the venerable NOMEANSNO. Russ’s opinion of the song may or may not surprise you, because, deep down, Russ is not an idiot.


#92 – Ecliptic Brewing Coalsack CDA and AVALAUNCHER

12 Sep

Ecliptic Brewing

The final beer from the Mike Douglas gift box is the Coalsack Cascadian Dark Ale from Ecliptic Brewing in Portland, OR. You may know Cascadian Dark Ale by its other name, Black IPA. Don’t worry, we discuss the naming convention. You will be much smarter after listening to this episode.

From the Board of Songs, Russ chose none other than Avalauncher, a band I played in from 1997 – 2003. It brings me immense pleasure that Avalauncher’s music has aged, if not well, then at least not poorly. I still enjoy listening to it from time to time. Russ was surprisingly complimentary, but I’m fairly certain that’s because I was sitting right in front of him.


#91 – Crooked Stave Surette and NOFX

5 Sep

Crooked Stave - Surette

We regain control of the clock after the blather marathon that was episode 90. The most remarkable thing about this episode is Russ’s reaction to the beer. He has turned a real corner on sour beers, and I’m pretty sure this is what it feels like to send your kid off to college. Not really sure there’s anything to tie the beer and the song together. Crooked Stave makes sour beer (really well), and Fat Mike from NOFX has a … tart voice? I’ll stop.

NOFX - White Trash, Two Heebs, and a Bean