#133 – Bayou Teche Biere Joi and Foxing

20 Nov

Bayou Teche - Biere Joi

We kick things off with a robust conversation about those stalwarts of American brewing: Miller Lite and Coors Light. Thankfully, we move quickly to the beer this week, which is Biere Joi from Louisiana’s own Bayou Teche. Quick! Name a brewery in Louisiana other than Abita. I know, right? Well we’re here to help. That’s all we really want, is to help. You.

The song this time around is the second-to-last one on that Buzzfeed list we got the song from in Episode 132. [Might could see us revisiting this list a couple few more times in the future.] The song is “Weave” from the most recent Foxing album, which is called Dealer. The only thing I will say about the song is that I cannot believe this band is not from Scotland.

Okay. Get in there.

Foxing - Dealer

#132 – Stone Enjoy After 7.4.16 and The Wonder Years

13 Nov

Stone - Enjoy After 07.04.16

There is a beer made by Stone Brewing Company. It is an IPA that receives a shot of brett at bottling. Stone intends for drinkers to cellar the beer for a year before drinking, a notion they communicate to drinkers by having named the beer Enjoy After [Insert Date]. In a stunning blow to the craft beer establishment, we have chosen to drink the 07.04.16 version of this beer a full 8 months early. Also I stored it in the refrigerator for like two weeks, which is counterproductive if you want yeast to be awake and doing its thing. And, as we suggested to ourselves during the show, I have secured another bottle and it is sitting not in the refrigerator for consumption some time in late Summer 2016. Click the image below for a high-res version of the label with all the relevant details. Stone continues to be the Apple Computer of craft beer.

Stone - Enjoy After 07-04-16 High-res

The song this week is by The Wonder Years, and it kind of landed in our laps. Neither of us has any previous exposure to this group’s music. Many of you will love it. Many of you will hate it.

Some show notes for your records:

  • Russ says “Beonard Lernstein” at 16:07
  • The unison “Monday Night Brewing” at 23:25 was unintentional, but Monday Night is free to purchase advertising from us whenever they wish.

    The Wonder Years - No Closer To Heaven

    #131 – Sam Adams Double Bock and Silversun Pickups

    4 Nov

    Samuel Adams - Double Bock

    I’m not really sure what to say about the episode this week. There isn’t anything particularly noteworthy about the beer, I don’t think, which is Samuel Adams Double Bock brewed by The Boston Beer Company. It’s certainly seasonally appropriate. It was gifted to me by a relative who was told by a retailer that it is extremely rare. I can neither confirm nor deny the rareness of this beer, because I’ve never really considered the availability of any flavor of Sam Adams outside of perhaps Utopias. And consideration given Utopias starts and stops with, “Oh, that is really expensive. I bet it’s really sweet and boozy.” SPEAKING OF SWEET … Russ has many thoughts on this beer and this brewery and their place in the industry and their place on our podcast. If, like me, you never would have guessed Sam Adams is Russ’s favorite brewery, well, you might actually be sort of good at guessing.

    The song this week contains a bit of a gimmick that I thought was chuckle-worthy when we recorded the episode, but, after going back and listening, said gimmick doesn’t really register on the chucklograph. CAN’T WIN ‘EM ALL! I’ll just say this to tie it all together: The song at the end of the episode is Nighlight off of Silversun Pickups’ latest album, Better Nature.

    The only other show note this week is that Russ says “swig of bresh air” because Russ.

    Silversun Pickups - Better Nature

    #130 – Wicked Weed Medora and Hot Wives

    28 Oct

    Wicked Weed - Medora

    This time around the track we are supping a beer brand new to the Georgia market. We are drinking Medora from Asheville’s own Wicked Weed Brewing. I would link directly to the Medora page, but WW’s website does not work that way. It’s one of the things we talk about. Wicked Weed makes very good beer, which, by proxy, means this is a very good episode. [It’s in the constitution, look it up.]

    Also brand new to Georgia are some songs one of my bands, Hot Wives, recorded recently. They haven’t been released yet, so you are very very special for getting to hear one of them. As you listen, keep reminding yourself how special and wonderful you are.

    Hot Wives

    #129 – Allagash Odyssey 2015 and Bad Religion

    21 Oct

    Allagash Odyssey

    Hi there and welcome to the latest installment of two bald gasbags in a basement. This time around, we get into the 2015 version of Odyssey from the venerable Allagash. One neat thing about the word Odyssey is that is on the definitive list of words that are impossible to spell on the first try. Russ thinks this beer would be best paired with “cofee-encrusted turkey jerky,” so you’ll definitely want to listen to figure out how he got there.

    Here is something we owe you after reading the beer’s multiple descriptions:

    treacle (ˈtrē-kəl) n. – Treacle is any uncrystallised syrup made during the refining of sugar. The most common forms of treacle are golden syrup, a pale variety, and a darker variety known as black treacle. Black treacle, or molasses, has a distinctively strong, slightly bitter flavour, and a richer colour than golden syrup. Golden syrup treacle is a common sweetener and condiment in British cookery, found in such dishes as treacle tart and treacle sponge pudding.

    We went to the board of songs this week and Russ opted for Bad Religion. There a several directions you could head with this selection. I’d like to think I did a commendable job.

    Couple show notes:

  • I happen to be posting this on October 21, 2015, which is the day 30 years in the future to which Marty and Doc travel at the beginning of Back To The Future II. In a weird coincidence, Russ mentions the flux capacitor at the 1:15 mark despite this episode having been recorded 3 weeks ago. Actually Russ says “flux capacitator,” but he means well.
  • There’s a weird gap in the song at ~16:42 in the episode. I bought it from iTunes! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Bad Religion - No Control

    #128 – Heavy Seas Great’er Pumpkin and Ryan Adams (Taylor Swift cover)

    14 Oct

    Heavy Seas - Great'er Pumpkin

    Just in time for pumpkin beers to become a distant figment of Summer … we’re coming at you with a pumpkin beer. This week, Russ is forced to drink Heavy Seas Great’er Pumpkin Ale, which is a big 10% ale aged in bourbon barrels.

    Also, several weeks after it was a relevant news slash pop culture item, we would like to share our feeling about Ryan Adams’ cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album.

    We are very very good at this.

    Taylor Swift

    #127 – Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest and Quiet Hounds

    11 Sep

    Sierra Nevada - Oktoberfest

    Soooo, we recorded episode 126 per our standard protocol. When I opened the file to edit, Garageband threw up an error that said, “LOL, can’t find two of your vocal tracks #sadtrombone. RIP, episode 126, you were adequate and mildly amusing and we hardly knew ye.

    As we mention in the show, this episode was intended for release at some point in the back half of September. However, with the unfortunate demise of episode 126, you [episode 127] are going to Top Gun [a week or so early].

    OKTOBERFEST. It is a beer brewed in conjunction with a large festival in Germany. Sierra Nevada has made a version in conjunction with Brauhaus Riegele. We drank it. I got some in my nose.

    QUIET HOUNDS. They are a local band who recently released a new album. Russ sometimes plays music with them. We’ve talked about them previously on episode 8 and episode 88 (whoa).

    Couple show notes:

  • Russ mentioned someone taking a stab at redesigning Amazon’s website. I said I would post a link. LINK POSTED.
  • If you’re only here to hear us sing a beer description in 12/8 meter, skip to ~8:45 in the episode.
  • SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL LIST. If you’re reading this in iTunes, come to the website.

    Quiet Hounds - Shake Don't Shatter

    #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