Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since my last post but People & Pints is starting up again. However, at the recommendation of my friend Brandyn, I will be launching a companion podcast for People & Pints aptly titled People & Pints & Podcasts. Every week I’ll have a guest or two on the show and we’ll sample some beer, review it in language everyone can understand and then just chat! Essentially my point in launching this podcast is to translate the friendly, intimate, fun conversations I experienced over a glass of craft beer in Amsterdam into my life back in the United States at Boston College. I also want to demonstrate the accessibility of craft beer, something looked over by most college students. Lastly, craft beer is really about the people. Often the breweries are comprised of a small staff who are proud of their production and more than happy to share in the conversation of craft beer with their customers.
Because I am recording this podcast in Boston and this city–and the surrounding New England area–has a wealth of craft beer options, I will mostly stick to local libations. But if I change the recording location to New Jersey (my home state) or DC or even somewhere out west on a trip, I will change the beer accordingly.
This podcast, though, is less so specifically about the beer and more about the fruitful conversation it can facilitate. Sure, you don’t need a glass of a delicious Pale Ale or a warming Stout, but it helps. That being said, you don’t need to know anything about craft beer to be a part of or listen to this podcast. As a college student there are still plenty of things I don’t know about the industry and I am certainly not an expert. I just enjoy the taste and the personal stories behind craft beer.
I recorded the first episode with my good friend Bill Lavelle on his birthday, February 22, 2016 and the podcast will most likely be available to listen to within the week (ideally by February 29). Bill will potentially be a frequent guest/possible co-host depending on his schedule so we can get even broader and more engaging conversations with guests. The first episode was really our first go at podcasting and we really enjoyed the process. It’s rambling, it’s strange, it’s silly but it was a lot of fun. Certainly we will have to improve our microphone etiquette and I apologize in advance if the audio is less than ideal. Again, we’re still learning about all of this.
I hope to make People & Pints & Podcasts available on iTunes but it will take a few weeks so I will announce once the podcast is open for download. Until then, look out for weekly blog posts with the podcast embedded in the post and I’ll try to find more ways for you to listen to the show.
If at any point someone feels interested in being a guest please let me know; I’m more than happy to have anyone within reach on the show. Even more importantly, please send in comments or suggestions as we move forward. Again, we’re very very new at this so input is certainly appreciated.
I hope you enjoy the upcoming first episode and tune in to future installments of the show! Enjoy!