This past week I returned to my home in Cranford, NJ for Spring Break and was lucky enough to record the third episode of People & Pints & Podcasts with my wonderful friend Brandyn Pantano, better known as Tater Tot.
As mentioned in the episode, Tater Tot is from Kennilworth, NJ, a few minutes away from Cranford, and we met in our Youth Ministry program. We bonded over our love of comic books, movies and random pop-culture things. But lately we’ve collaborated and talked about our creative pursuits in writing, blogging and, now, podcasting. Brandyn was actually the one who helped me flesh out my ideas for this podcast after returning from Amsterdam. I remember distinctly walking through on the High Line in Chelsea, Manhattan and breaking down the structure of how the People & Pints & Podcasts show might work.
So, it seems fitting that Tater Tot should be a guest early on in the infancy of People & Pints & Podcasts. We enjoyed a glass of Golden Ale from Climax Brewing Co. out of Roselle Park. It was a really nice, light, smooth beer that we both enjoyed. During the episode we couldn’t find the ABV but I later found out it is 5.5%. Appropriately, we tried to discern what superpowers this Golden Ale would have. Brandyn offered mind-reading, because it’s a beer that will reveal what is on one’s mind. I decided it had the power of invisibility because it’s power is hidden.
After a brief conversation about the beer we delved into Brandyn’s new novel, Forever Roman. He explains his novel in more detail but it describes an immortal Roman as he is tasked with leading a NASA space mission. Brandyn has been refining his writing style over the last few years and I think one of his true strengths is in character creation. His characters seem real and relatable, even in the most unbelievable examples (AIs, robots, etc.). Forever Roman is a great read and I would certainly suggest purchasing a copy.
Our in-depth look at Forever Roman was followed by a nerd-out over the upcoming superhero films Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. Brandyn revealed his excitement for BvS has faded. I’m still hoping that Batman v. Superman will surprise us. Either way, Captain America: Civil War still looks excellent, as does Suicide Squad.
I had a great time recording this episode and it gave us a great chance to catch up! We talked for awhile before recording and then for an hour or so afterwards, which was really nice! Brandyn chatted about some upcoming projects and I discussed my hopes for the future of this podcast. We hope you enjoy this nerdy edition of People & Pints & Podcasts and reach out to either of us with comments, questions or suggestions!
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