Ep. 34-& Jules & Barrel House Z Sunny & 79 Ginned Pils

Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s (late) People & Pints episode. I was so happy to finally have my wonderful friend Jules on the show! We drank a delicious beer and chatted about the research she has been conducting and our mutual appreciation for quality drinks. Jules shared some insights into the different options she has in the medical field and explains some of the ways she enjoys helping people. We also describe our appreciation for a good beer with a delicious dinner.

Jules is one of my closest friends at university and has been conducting some fascinating research on breast cancer. She also recently ran a marathon, so between work and exercise she has been very busy. But she took the time to chat with me about delicious beer. We talked about a dinner we had had at the Publick House in Brookline and fawned over their extensive beer list.


On the episode we drank Sunny & 79° from Barrel House Z based out of Weymouth, MA. Barrel House Z is a new brewery that brews “small-batch, barrel-aged beer.” Sunny & 79 is a “ginned pils,” a standard Pilsner that has been kicked up a notch with juniper berries and citrus peel. The beer we had was aged in tequila barrels. We agreed that there were definitely notes of barrel aging, but they didn’t get in the way of the drinking experience. Moreover, Sunny & 79 had an ABV of 7.7% but drank much more easily than that number would suggest. I described the beer as “bright” and “summer” while Jules mentioned that she thought the beer was “clean.”Jules said she would order Sunny & 79 for her boyfriend, her dad, and definitely friends. Likewise, I think the beer would be well received by my roommates. We agreed on the beer’s spirit animal as a fish (I qualified it as a salmon).

After chatting about the beer we talked about Jules’ preferences for beer and how we enjoy having a good beer over a meal. Jules then shared some of her experiences with research and medicine and also touched on some concerts she had been to in the area.

We hope you enjoyed our conversation and we certainly recommend checking out Sunny & 79° for yourself–it was delicious and worth trying!




I had been feeling very sick this past week and had some scheduling conflicts, so unfortunately I had neither the time nor energy to record a podcast episode. However, I decided to exchange it for a post I had been meaning to try to write for some time. I am taking this idea from Good Beer Hunting, a stellar website and whose podcast is perhaps my number one inspiration, who in turn built on Jessica Stanley, “a master internet curator.”I have been thinking about starting a series of these curated articles every week in addition to podcast episodes but I decided to try one in lieu of a recording this week. I may have added one too many categories but I hope you enjoy my thoughts nonetheless!

Read: “The good news is that dating is not the same thing as love. And as anyone who has ever been in love can attest, the laws of supply and demand do not control our feelings.” I had the pleasure and good fortune to hear from Lindy West, Luvvie Ajayi, and Moira Weigel at the Boston Book Festival. They shared some powerful words about feminism, strength, and humor. All of these women have written for different sites and have recently published books, but I’d recommend Weigel’s “Sexual Freelancing in the Gig Economy” via the New York Times for a taste of her style of writing and meticulous research that fueled her book, Labors of Love: The Invention of Dating.

Look: dylan. The skateboarding community, and a portion of the world at large, has been mourning Dylan Rieder, who passed away Wednesday, October 12 after batting Leukemia. His incredible video parts for Transworld Skateboarding, Alien Workshop, and others have been resurfacing and reminding fans and former skateboarders (like myself) why Rieder was so revered. He possessed such a balance of grace and power in his skateboarding. I highly recommend watching “dylan.” his solo part for Gravis footwear (skip to 4:30 for some insanity). He pushed with such speed but skated so smoothly, it’s almost mystical. He had incredible talent and unquestionable style and is dearly missed.

Taste: It’s that time again. Fall brings delicious, earthy, sweet, and full flavors to the menu. Pumpkins and apples are ubiquitous at this time, and fittingly so. I treated myself to an Apple Cider Glazed donut from Blackbird Donuts in Boston’s South End. Check out this list of apple cider donuts in Boston from my fellow Boston Magazine intern Lloyd for more iterations of the tasty, sweet treat.

Drink: Castle Island’s Festbier. Despite being sick I did decide to crack open the last festbier in the 4-pack I had bought. And it was a good decision. Castle Island is a new brewery out of Norwood, MA and has been brewing up some delicious hits, including Candlepin, which I thoroughly enjoy. Festbier has a rich, bready quality with some sweet malt flavors. There is also a touch of fruit and earthiness in the aroma that makes Festbier pleasant and drinkable, particularly for the fall.


Listen: In preparing for a concert to see The Head and the Heart this week, I rediscovered a song that I really love, “Winter Song.” The Head and the Heart finds beauty in simplicity and their folk, honest music is both nostalgic and optimistic. “Winter Song” reminds of a time past but makes me look forward to something bright.

I hope you enjoyed this brief roundup of things I’ve enjoyed this past week. Look forward to a podcast episode next time but please let me know if you believe this is a type of post I should revisit or include regularly on People & Pints!

Featured Image via Jon Gurinsky//Flickr.

Ep. 33-& Riley & Danny & Two Roads Honeyspot Road IPA

Hi everyone and welcome to a special edition of People & Pints! For this episode, I asked Danny and Riley to join me! However, they had already planned to watch the debate so I compromised: we recorded during the debate! Our episode is a little hectic and unorganized but I think that’s appropriate for the mayhem that occurred during the debate. We tried to react honestly, but perhaps not very thoughtfully. We hope you enjoy our hot take on this debate.

For the debate we decided to drink Honeyspot Road IPA from Two Roads Brewing. Although we didn’t focus too much on the beer, we really enjoyed it. It certainly helped ease us into the cage match that unfolded on TV. Danny also helped by laying down some drinking rules. We decided to drink every time Donald Trump mentioned “China,” “Mexico,” “Bill Clinton,” and whenever he sniffed, so we went through two beers (instead of the standard one on the podcast). We also decided to drink whenever Anderson Cooper “was a stud.”

The debate opened relatively calmly but quickly escalated as Anderson Cooper brought up the tapes that were leaked. Hopefully it’s obvious that we were blown away by Trump’s responses and it became increasingly more uncomfortable watching him through the debate.

We decided to end the podcast before the end of the debate and keep the episode relatively short. We brought back the beer and decided to give it a one word description. Danny gave it “bitter,” perhaps influenced by the events of the debate. Riley dubbed it as “flavorful” and I said “smooth.”

I can’t truly distill everything we talked about into this post so I hope you feel up to the task of listening through our episode and laughing and cringing with us. I also can’t incorporate all of the moments, facts, untruths, interruptions, and everything that occurred so I encourage you to sift through a myriad of news sources. We aren’t professionals, just three uncomfortable college students. Like our beer, this episode is unfiltered so take everything we say with a grain of salt.


Ep. 32-& Rosa & Far From the Tree Ember Toasted Chai Cider

Hi everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints. For her third appearance on the podcast, I was joined by my wonderful girlfriend Rosa (see here and here). Rosa visited me at Boston College during parents’ weekend, so the campus, despite the cold rain, was very very busy. We tailgated on Saturday and had some time to explore the city otherwise. We enjoyed some delicious dumplings at Mei Mei and some ice cream at Hi B3ar. We had a blast and, as usual, I was glad to have her on the podcast, despite several interruptions and a way too dramatic reading of a beer can.



As we’ve stated several times, Rosa does not like beer. But, she does enjoy cider. We stopped by Craft Beer Cellar Fenway to search for some libations and decided to go with Far From the Tree Ember, a toasted chai cider. I really enjoyed Ember and I think it’s one of the better ciders I’ve had recently. On the podcast, Rosa used the word “hay” to describe the cider, while I chose “mug,” conjuring images of comfort and coziness. Next, I dubbed Ember as a “fox” while Rosa later decided its spirit animal is a squirrel. Rosa opted to pair Ember with a butternut squash soup topped with almonds while I went broader and suggested it would be a good drink for Thanksgiving dinner.


After our cider talk we chatted about our respective semesters and we also broke down the movie, The Little Prince, which we watched the night before. It is a beautiful, affecting animated movie that expands on the original French story. Rosa also described her preparations for a marathon in October. I also mentioned that I will be seeing a concert for The Head and the Heart. We also talked about the Vagina Monologues and how that viewing affected us.


We had a lot of fun on this week’s episode and hope you enjoyed our shenanigans! Give it a listen and share with others!