#84 – AleSmith IPA and Dayroom

23 Jul

AleSmith IPA

Oh look, an IPA from San Diego. This time from Alesmith. Why yes, we HAVE enjoyed beer from Alesmith before. It was episode 63, thank you for asking. Unfortunately this one was bottled almost six months before we drank it. What happens next will [probably not] surprise you.

Russ brought the song this week! Insights into Russ’s musical heritage are normally a real treat and this one does not disappoint. Apparently a band called Dayroom was a thing when we were in college during the Clinton administration. They are reuniting for a couple shows so we spin one of their old hits. What happens next will [probably not] surprise you.

Dayroom - Contagious

#83 – Westbrook Mexican Cake and Mastodon

21 Jul

Westbrook Brewing Company Mexican Cake Imperial Stout

We got our hands on the much-ballyhooed Mexican Cake Imperial Stout from Westbrook Brewing Company over in South Cackalatia. This beer was acquired “organically,” meaning I purchased it at retail price from my local alcohol purveyor. I did not have to trade away an arm and/or leg, and I didn’t pay some crazy auction price for it. This is a very interesting beer.

For the song, we revisit a brand new track from Atlanta’s own Mastodon. How do you revisit something that is brand new? I WILL TELL YOU. I updated GarageBand immediately before recording what was to be episode 78. We drank Pliny The Freakin’ Elder and listened to this Mastodon song. The resulting audio was unusable because … GarageBand. We are revisiting the song because it is good. And as soon as we get another bottle of Pliny, we’ll revisit that too.

Mastodon - One More 'Round The Sun

#82 – Burnside Brewing Spring Rye and Strung out

30 Jun

Burnside Brewing Company

Another beer in the Box From Mike series, this time the Spring Rye from Burnside Brewing in Porkland, Orygun. For whatever reason, we seemed to stay on the topic of food throughout the episode. Also, I would like to apologize to Burnside and all of our listeners for the intense suckling and lip-smacking around the 8:50 mark. It sounds like the opening scene in Kids. Not sure what was going on there.

From the Board of Songs, Russ chose Strung Out. From Strung Out’s catalog, there is really only one album, and that album is Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues. CAN YOU GUESS THE SONG? You probably can.

Strung Out - Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues

#81 – Yards Brewing Company and Sting

20 Jun

Yards Brewing Company

My good buddy Will hand delivered to us three beers from Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pennsyldelphia. Yards makes “British-inspired ales,” which generally means lower alcohol levels, grassy/spicy/earthy hops (as opposed to citrusy/piney/fruity), and a focus on subtlety and balance. All three beers were quite good.

Russ picked from the Board of Songs, and one might think he chose Sting to match understated British music with understated British ales, but he was actually more fascinated with the fact that, for a handful of years in the mid 90s, I was a really big Sting fan. WHATEVER. I have my reasons and they are valid. Come at me.

Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales

#80 – Knee Deep Brewing Simtra Triple IPA and Hot Water Music

12 Jun

Knee Deep Brewing Company - Simtra Triple IPA

First off, apologies for the microphone abuse during the first ~2 seconds of this episode. I tried to balance out the volume as much as I could … well, you’ll hear it.

Summer is upon us, and what better way to cool off in the heat than with an 11.25% 100+ IBU Insanity Pale Ale?! We bust open a bottle of Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Co. in Auburn, California.

Hot Water Music was selected from the Bored of Songs. We reviewed one of their songs way back on Episode 4, but it was a newer song and I wanted to take Russ down Fuel For The Hate Game lane. What happens next will amaze you.

Hot Water Music - Fuel For The Hate Game

#79 – Ninkasi Critical Hit R&D Barleywine and Ray Lamontagne

20 May

(The bottle we drank was a 2012, not 2011.)

(The bottle we drank was a 2012, not 2011.)

We drink a 2012 Critical Hit Barleywine from Ninkasi’s R&D (rare & delicious) series. It was indeed delicious. This is the latest trasure from the box of beer Mike D. sent a few weeks ago. I was texting with Mike, and my phone autocorrected ‘barleywine’ to ‘battle wine,’ which is a much, much better name for, well, everything.

I gave Russ a choice this week. He could pick from the board of songs, or we could review a new song from radio-friendly Ray Lamontagne. The reason I nominated Ray Lamontagne is 1) I’m a big fan of his song Trouble, and 2) he is from Maine and has a beard and Ninkasi Brewing is in Eugene, Oregon. Obvious, right? The option Russ selected is SO SURPRISING. Seriously, I would not have been more surprised if Russ unzipped his skin and was actually Madonna.

Ray LaMontagne - Supernova

#78 – Oakshire Brewing Perfect Storm DIPA and Disasteratti

9 May

Oakshire Brewing - The Perfect Storm Double IPA

Mike D., of the short-lived but awesomely hilarious Slewcast, sent me a box of some of Oregon’s best, and we get into the first of them starting on this episode with Oakshire Brewing‘s The Perfect Storm DIPA. We did this beer a disservice by not having virgin palates when we drank it. Despite that misstep, this is a wonderful beer and we enjoyed it. Sorry, Oakshire. Send us shirts please. Large.

Complimenting the DIPA is a recently released track from Minneapolis “noise/groove/attack rock” artists Disasteratti. I gotta tell you guys, Russ is coming around on some of this rock stuff. It’s probably just Stockholm syndrome. Whatever, I’ll take it.

Housekeeping note: This episode is being posted two days after our TWO YEAR anniversary of this crap. Two years!? ehehehehehehehehe

Disasteratti Cerebral Hack Artist

#77 – St. Archer Double IPA and Rancid

2 May

Saint Archer Brewery

We drink a DELICIOUS Double IPA from St. Archer. I hate to give away the review in the teaser here, but I will just tell you this one is up there with Pliny and Heady. It’s amazingly good.

And while we’re spoiling things, Russ picks Rancid from the board of songs expecting to hate it, and he loves it! There, now you don’t have to listen. But you should probably listen because you’ll get to hear Russ say “clap of approvement.”

Rancid - And Out Come The Wolves

#76 – Firestone Walker Double DBA and Snuff

18 Apr

Firestone Walker Double DBA

This is an episode of a podcast wherein two dudes discuss a beer and a song just like they have 75 times previously. It’s simple, really. Don’t make it weird. You always make it weird. Just listen. Ssshhhhhh-sh-sh-sh. It’ll be over soon.

Snuff - Demmamussabebonk

#75 – Cigar City Hopped On The High Seas (Calypso) and Old 97′s

11 Apr

Cigar City - Hopped On The High Seas [Calypso]

Everyone loves IPA. Everyone loves canned beer. Everyone loves Cigar City Brewing. BOOM! We have all three. Specifically, the 6th installment of the Hopped On The High Seas series, this one with Calypso hops.

We also listen to a track of the forthcoming Old 97′s album Most Messed Up. It comes out on 4/29, though digital downloads are available starting 4/25. Give the Old 97′s all of your money because they deserve it more than you.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge two egregious errors I made on this episode. We’re certainly no sticklers for “facts,” but these were bad enough to warrant corrections:

1. I mention that Lion Stout is brewed somewhere in the Caribbean. This was just a test, naturally, because EVERYONE knows Lion Stout is brewed in Biyagama, Sri Lanka, DUH.

2. I mention that the contract brewing network Cigar City recently signed with is called Interbrew, LIKE A DUMBASS, because everyone knows that particular contract brewing network is called The Brew Hub. (Interbrew is the Belgian brewing conglomerate that acquired AB in 2008 resulting in the multi-national dumpster fire called AB InBev.

Old 97's - Most Messed Up