Ep. 47-& Adam & Castle Island Brewing Co.

Hi everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints! I don’t want to bury the lead so I’ll announce right here, in the second sentence, that this is also the final episode of P&P (at least for now). For eagle-eared listeners, it has been pretty obvious that over the past few months there have been gaps in content on this site and as my final semester of university is winding down, I’ve been sidetracked with lots of other responsibilities. And as fun as the podcast and blog have been, I’ve had to shift focus onto more pressing matters like school and work. Running a podcast isn’t that difficult but it certainly lost quality and regularity as I got busier. Anyway, I really loved this project and whether or not there were a lot of listeners, friends and colleagues seemed to enjoy the idea of People & Pints. I have no doubt that it will return in some capacity in the future. Until then, I’ll leave everything on the site as is.

IMG_4862This episode of People & Pints was fantastic and I had a blast chatting with Adam. He shared the Castle Island Brewing story and the local flavor of Norwood. The drive down was great and I enjoyed getting a little bit out of Boston on such a nice day. The beers were delicious and Adam shared some really great stories about Castle Island Brewing and what it takes to open a brewery in the Boston area (and at all, for that matter). Construction is well under way on the forthcoming Castle Island taproom and I encourage everyone to seek out cans of the beer or visit the brewery if you get a chance to!

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Thanks for supporting the podcast and be sure to check out this final episode!

Cheers!

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Ep. 46-& Matt & Ryan & Night Shift Brewing North by Northeast Stout

Hey, everyone! It’s been a long time since the last episode. In the latter half of senior year, the stresses and duties of normal life have taken precedent over this fun project I’ve been pursuing, so I’ve had to put the podcast on the back burner. However, we definitely have a slate of a few episodes coming up. Including this one. I was joined for this episode by friends and neighbors, Matt and Ryan, who have joined me on my quest for delicious local beer this year. We recently visited Lamplighter and have plans to visit a few more breweries. We drank a fascinating, slightly confusing (at least for me) collaboration brew from Night Shift and The North Brewery. Night Shift is one of my favorite breweries and I was happy to taste this one-off release. We talked about our experiences through senior year and our thoughts on local beer.

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Ep. 45-& Bri & Lookout Hard Cider

Hi everyone and welcome to another episode of People and Pints.This week I was joined by my very good friend Bri. We caught up about our Spring Breaks and chatted about music for a little while. This will be a short blog post but listen below for our full episode which was filled with laughs and great drinks. In fact, we decided to have cider on this episode because Bri prefers cider over beer. But we really enjoyed it: Lookout Hard Cider, from Natick, MA. Bri talked about her experience on Appa, a service trip facilitated by Boston College, and her work with WZBC. We had a really fun time on this episode and hope you enjoy it!

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Ep. 44-& Chris & Idle Hands Craft Ales

Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of People & Pints. I finally made the trek out to Malden, MA to visit a brewery that I am very fond of: Idle Hands. As I tried to make clear on the podcast, I’ve enjoyed Idle Hands for quite some time and tried to stay updated on their progress before and during the move from Everett to Malden. Despite an expensive uber (I only late learned there is a T stop nearby) and a dark, cool evening, I felt warm and welcome in the Malden taproom. I spoke with Chris about the growth of Idle Hands and what he tries to impart in his beers. It was a really nice, revelatory chat and we hope you get the chance to fill your idle hands with some delicious beer.

Chris helped shed some light on the origin stories of Idle Hands, saying that his relationship with breweries like Night Shift and others has been “collegial.” A lot of his inspiration and the impetus for Idle Hands, aside from Chris’ homebrewing experience, began with a visit to Maine Beer Co.

On the podcast, we had Idle Hands Brunhilda, a Munich-Style Dark Lager, in steins. It was dark and delicious, a little less full-bodied than I was expecting but certainly a good beer. Chris informed me that it was their first lager and it had the importance and mystique of nostalgia.

We talked for a long time about the way they brew their beer and what Chris likes to focus on. They do some really interesting stuff with yeast but have also added some great IPAs to their lineup.

This was a really fun conversation and I would highly recommend making the trek out to Idle Hands for a visit. Also, the big news that was announced was that Idle Hands will be canning their beers. Thanks everyone for listening and check back soon.

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Ep. 43-& Bryan & Mystic Brewery Co.

Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints. I know it has been a long time coming; I ran into a couple weeks of being very busy and being very sick, respectively. Now, I think I will be able to get back on track! I spoke with Bryan Greenhagen of Mystic Brewery this past weekend out in Chelsea about his start in managing and building out a brewery and how the past five and a half years have gone for the Mystic family. Some of my favorite beers are brewed by Mystic (if you’ve listened to the show, you know I love Saisons) and we had a very interesting Mystic beer on a previous episode. I’ll give a little disclaimer that honestly we could’ve talked about a million other things, and the bittersweet reality of this episode was that we spoke for a long time before recording. So, some things were rehashed, some things we never got to, but overall we had a great time and hope you enjoy it!

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One important distinction Bryan made when discussing the impetus for Mystic was the desire not just to bring quality beer to the States, but also the European beer culture. Mystic began as a production facility and started with mostly Saisons, but the brewery grew and expanded its taproom and began to offer a more diverse selection of styles.

For the episode, we drank Bad Poetry, a Grisette, which was brewed in collaboration with Will Shelton. It was super delicious, like any of the other Mystic beers. Bryan is very proud of his commitment to using only house yeast strains, which means they don’t buy any of it; it’s cultured by the staff. Yeast isn’t always sung as an important aspect of beer but brewers like Bryan have demonstrated the importance of highlighting quality yeast.

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img_4810Bryan also shared some of the ways the brewery has become a community and how he’s found success in his Chelsea taproom. Part of that is built on the success of Ciao Pizza, which has teamed up with Mystic to offer its pizza for taproom guests. However, Bryan qualified that the mission “wasn’t to have lines out the door.” He didn’t and doesn’t want the marketing plan to be about having folk line up for hours to get a beer. So, they’re plenty happy trying to foster a “casual beer culture” in Chelsea.

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We hope you enjoyed our conversation and please check back next week for another episode!

Ep. 42-& Maddie & Ambrey & Cambridge Brewing Remain in Light Hoppy Pilsner

Hey everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints! I got the chance to share a beer with two wonderful people and some of my oldest friends from Boston College. Friends of the blog, though newcomers to the podcast, Maddie Webster and Ambrey Rice. I met Maddie and Ambrey through The Gavel, where we started as Editorial Assistants. Maddie and Ambrey don’t consider themselves “beer people” but they took the plunge and sampled a delicious beer with me as we goofed around for half an hour. Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear a great little blooper–spoiler alert I almost fell out of my barstool. I also noticed that there were some strange audio glitches so I apologize in advance for that. Enjoy!

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Maddie, Ambrey, and I have had various positions at The Gavel and first met as freshman. Our time there made a big impact on our Boston College experiences. I definitely grew as a writer because of my work there and it’s certainly the same for Maddie and Ambrey.

damara_dik-dikFor the episode, we sampled Remain in Light, a hoppy pilsner, from Cambridge Brewing Co. We all really enjoyed it and it was a bright, refreshing, drinkable beer. To start off our review, we all tried to find one word to describe it. Ambrey chose “Sunshine-y,” Maddie said “mystifying,” and I opted for “thirsty.” Next, we decided on its spirit animal. Ambrey offered, “otter,” Maddie, “dik-dik,” and I said, “salmon.” Finally, Ambrey suggested the ideal location to drink the beer was at a “backyard BBQ,” Maddie said “on a dock,” and I offered at any live sporting event.

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We then got into our study abroad experiences and chatted about some of the wonderful things and some of the challenges. We also recapped Maddie and Ambrey’s trip to Amsterdam to visit me, which was a lot of fun.

Also, just to clarify, “adjunct” refers to unmalted grain, something I left out. It being unmalted indeed ends up making it cheaper which is my the macrobrews tend to use adjuncts. Though, as I tried to make clear, many talented brewers can do interesting things with adjuncts.

We all really enjoyed the beers and had a great time chatting! We hope you had a good time listening and I definitely recommend checking out any and all of Cambridge Brewing Co.’s beer.

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Ep. 41-& Caz & Connor & Idle Hands Thing 1 Farmhouse Ale

Hey everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints! Friend of the show Caz joins the podcast for his 4th time and our friend Connor comes on for his 1st appearance. We chat about delicious beer, wombats, and business, man. Connor is also a big fan of the craft beer scene in Boston and has shown love for Night Shift, one of my favorite breweries. Listen in for lots of laughs and some tasty, tasty beer.

Connor and I chatted a bit about the growing scene around Boston and he compared it with his local scene in Colorado. We considered some of the cultural and financial reasons for other folks our age to try or not try craft beer.

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We then dove into a mixed culture Farmhouse Ale, Thing 1, from Idle Hands. Idle Hands is a fantastic brewery and can sometimes get lost in the shuffle in Boston shifting beer scene. The three of us definitely enjoyed this take on a farmhouse ale and the flavors coming through were really nice. We attempted to describe the beer in a word: Connor chose “fruity-funky,” Caz chose “Lake George,” and I chose “breezy.” I then asked what genre of music Thing 1 would be. Caz opted for Country/Rock and maybe pinpointing it as The Eagles, Connor and I agreed it would be a Funk/Pop outfit with Connor specifying Capital Cities. Lastly, we tried to determine this beer’s spirit animal. Caz picked a wombat, Connor thought it would be some sort of bird–maybe a hummingbird or “random birds”–, and I chose a mongoose, for no particular reason.

We finished with the beer for a bit and checked in with how we were feeling with the new year as second-semester seniors. We’ve all been trying to settle in and take advantage of our last little bit of time at Boston College.

Ultimately we all enjoyed the beer a lot and I’m glad we had the opportunity to share it and chat for a bit! Highly recommend seeking out Idle Hands for yourself.

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