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#20 – Cisco Brewers Lady Of The Woods and Hydra Head Records

2 Oct

Second [AND FINAL] episode with Blake. Curse him and his damn sexy voice and insight.

As for the content, well, it has been about 3 episodes since I poked Russ with a stick, so what better time than the present to poke Russ with not one but two sticks? We start by drinking Lady of the Woods from Cisco Brewers The Woods series. It is a crisp, refreshing, yet complex, wine-barrel-aged creation … that also happens to be extremely sour. I have been apathetic about Cisco’s other offerings, but Lady of the Woods is a great beer.

We move along to [poorly] lament the demise of Hydra Head Records. Hydra Head was / is an institution. They are responsible for curating (and creating) some of the most heavy, dark, creepy, groovy, immense, challenging, crushingly beautiful music of the last 15-20 years. I gave Blake and Russ three bands to pick from: Botch, Isis, and Keelhaul. Listen to hear what they picked. The obscenity-laden tirade that results officially ruined this episode for Blake’s mom. Sorry, Blake’s mom.

Some other notes:

  • At a mind-numbing 27:24, episode 20 is almost 3 times as long as episode 12. I blame Blake. Won’t happen again. Until it happens again.
  • At 5:30, we roller blade through a brief conversation about asparagus pee. I did end up Googling it, and there isn’t a definitive answer regarding whose pee smells and who can actually smell that smelly pee. The most plausible explanation appears to be a cokctail of volatile organic compounds AND a genetic predisposition for (or against) smelling said cocktail of compounds. GROSS.
  • APPARENTLY I need to get better speakers with which to listen to the 1 Song portion of these clusters because the tinny little MacBook Pro speakers aren’t doing the music any favors. Leave a comment if you’d like to donate some AWESOME speakers and I’ll send you my address.

#12 – Furthermore Beer and Frozen Pints

14 Aug

Summer Break continues at Casa de Russell as we talk about Knot Stock from Furthermore Beer and Malted Milk Chocolate Stout ice cream from Frozen Pints.

Knot Stock is an American Pale Ale infused with cracked black pepper. Brewing with wacky ingredients like black pepper is risky because the line between “I can’t taste it” and “Oh god what” is incredibly thin. Furthermore does a solid job of walking that very fine line. Unfortunately, they also fall prey to the same fate as almost every “pepper” beer I’ve ever had. “Oh, that’s neat. Interesting flavor. I like it. I could only ever drink one of these, though.”

After the candy pop from episode 11, we thought we’d sweeten things up EVEN MORE by reviewing ice cream. Ice Cram from Frozen Pints is relevant, however, because it is made with beer. We sampled the Malted Milk Chocolate Stout flavor.