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#64 – Sweetwater Second Helping IPA & And So I Watch You From Afar

22 Jan

This is a bittersweet episode. We drink Second Helping IPA from Sweetwater Brewing in Atlanta. The sweet part is that all the profits from this beer will go to The Giving Kitchen, a foundation whose “mission is to provide crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship.” The bitter part is that TGK was founded after the massive outpouring of support for Ryan Hidinger following his diagnosis of stage 4 gall bladder cancer in late 2012. We originally discussed the Team HIDI campaign a year ago on episode 37.

Sadly, Ryan passed on January 9th, 2014.

As for music, bear with me here: Several years ago, Muss & Turner’s had live bands play at their annual birthday celebration. One of those bands was Sorry No Ferrari, an Atlanta band that broke up in 2011. At the aforementioned birthday shindig, I remember Ryan telling me how much he liked Sorry No Ferrari, and then we watched them for a minute and quietly nodded along. FAST FORWARD: And So I Watch You From Afar released a new album last year and I have wanted to review one of their songs for a while. Not sure why it took so long, honestly. ANYWAY, Sorry No Ferrari had a noodley, post-rock sound and I think there are enough similarities in ASIWYFA’s sound to make it worth mentioning. There. See how I tied everything together? I am a master wordsmith. [Side note: On the episode, I mentioned that I thought ASIWYFA are from England. Turns out they are from Ireland. Same thing, right?]

Ryan will be greatly missed. He left a hell of an imprint on everyone he encountered and he left a hell of a legacy in the Atlanta restaurant scene and beyond.

Get busy living.

#36 – Sweetwater LowRYEder and P-Funk

24 Jan

This week we sit down with Nick Nock, head brewer of Atlanta’s own SweetWater Brewing Company, and talk about their LowRYEder IPA. The interview was recorded in one of SweetWater’s cavernous tasting rooms, hence the soothing din of HVAC in the background. Since we had the ear of the man who brews the stuff, we dig in to some of the finer details of the LowRYEder recipe. We also talk about Sweetwater’s massive expansion from a 50-barrel brewhouse to a 400-barrel brewhouse, which is nearing completion.

The song is “Something Stank” from George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, who, COINCIDENTALLY, will be headlining this year’s SweetWater 420 Fest. People of Atlanta, this year’s 420 Fest is your chance to see P-Funk for free. That is all.

#34 – Twain’s Dirty DIPA and Blink-182

10 Jan

Ugh. Yes, we listened to and discussed a Blink-182 song, mostly unironically. More on that in a second. We quaffed a 32oz. “growlette” of a beer from Twain’s Billiard & Tap called Dirty DIPA. This beer is credited to Twain’s because it was brewed at Twain’s, but it is actually a collaboration between Twain’s and Sweetwater. The Dirty DIPA is an interesting beer and we have a long, contemplative discussion about it. We understand it is probably more fun for us to drink beer and talk about it than it is for you to listen to us drink beer and talk about it. We understand.

Blink-182. Sigh. Russ mentioned a while back that he saw they had something new coming out. At first, I laughed it off. But then I realized it could be a good opportunity for us to explore a song that causes me pain as opposed to the way we usually do it (with the Russ and the pain). My only regret is that we actually played the whole song. I need some Carly Rae Jepsen to cleanse my palate after this and I am not even kidding a little bit when I say that.

A THING WE FAILED TO MENTION ON THE PODCAST: Dirty DIPA is part of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild Collaboration Series. A portion of the proceeds from each of the beers in the series will help the GCBG continue to advance the interests of Georgia Craft Brewers. Other Collaborations in the series include(ed): Terrapin & Moon River, Wrecking Bar & Wild Heaven, and Max Lagers & O’Dempsey’s.


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