Ep. 36-& Rosa & Artifact Cider Project Wild Thing

Hello everyone and welcome to a belated episode of People & Pints! I have had a very busy schedule the past few weeks but I hope to get back on track with the podcast. And I’m coming back with a great episode featuring everyone’s favorite co-star: Rosa! We sip on some cider and talk about the hit show Stranger Things and what we expect to see from the new season!

The cider we sample on this episode is from Artifact Cider Projects, a cidery that has been featured on the show before. We both enjoyed it, though Rosa suggested that she was expecting a slightly sweeter taste.

Listen in to hear our thoughts about this tasty, wild cider and what we’re expecting in the next season of Stranger Things. Spoilers for Season 1 of course!!

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In lieu of a normal podcast episode I will try another post in this series based on an idea from Good Beer Hunting, who in turn built on Jessica Stanley, “a master internet curator.”

I decided to get rid of the “taste” portion this time but it may come back in future iterations! Enjoy!

Read: “Breaking Up with Your Parents.” Of course this is a piece from the Shouts & Murmurs section of the New Yorker. It doesn’t need much explaining. I’ll just leave a quotation, “And then the honeymoon period ended. It’s hard to pin down how these things change—often they happen in unnoticeable shifts. Was it when I turned eighteen, left your house, and began college? Was it when I graduated from college and moved to New York City? Was it when I was approaching thirty and got engaged to someone else? I don’t know. You’ve probably felt it, too.”

Look: Episode One of Take My Wife. Seeso, a comedy subscription service, launched a show from the wonderfully talented and incredible team of Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito. Esposito is actually a Boston College grad, another reason to be happy I ended up here! Take My Wife is a “Lucy Loves Lucy” type of show, displaying the relationship between two comics.  It seems semi-autobiographical and is definitely infused with the raw comedic and emotional power of Butcher and Esposito. I would highly recommend watching at least the first episode.

Drink: Aeronaut’s First Steps on Sour Planet. I’ve been pretty sick the past week or so, so I haven’t had any beer to comment on really. But, after my recent visit to Aeronaut Brewing, I had this delicious, low ABV Berliner Weisse. It’s tart, refreshing, bright, and extremely drinkable. Perfect for someone on the verge of a cold, apparently.

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Listen: Dance Gavin Dance, one of my favorite bands, recently put out their 7th album, Mothership. It is gorgeous, weird, powerful, and fun. I’ve always enjoyed the blend of styles on display in Dance Gavin Dance and that beautiful chaos is fully present in this album. Maura Johnston of the Boston Globe writes, “But giving it a spin or two shines a light on a swath of heavy, ambitious, and sometimes witty rock that seizes on the past few decades of edge-dwelling music, places it all in a blender, and puts the speed on high.” I would recommend my favorite song off the album “Chocolate Jackalope” but an easier listen may be “Exposed.

Featured image “Cameron Esposito 4” via Gage Skidmore/Flickr. (What’s great is you can also Rhea Butcher’s nametag!)

Ep. 35-& Randy & Aeronaut Brewing Co.

Hi everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints. I sat down with Randy Winchester, the Senior Scientist and Duck Village Stage Director at Aeronaut Brewing Co. We sat down in his lab in Somerville to chat about the intersection of science and art at the brewery. He was one of the first faces of Aeronaut, showing up before the brewery was even open, and contributed the first $2 bill. Aside from his titled positions, he is generally available to fix anything in the brewery. Before, during, and after recording he was called in to help with a few random things like setting up a projector or fixing an iPhone stand.

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Randy has a long history with beer, science, and music. He began homebrewing in his high school days, though he admits he was really just making wine. After dabbling in home brewing he didn’t return to it on a big scale for quite awhile. He also worked in academia for quite some time and has worked in local art galleries and has curated a lot of music events in the area.

FullSizeRender (59).jpgAt Aeronaut, Randy found a way to combine all of these passions into one place. He was given free reign over a full lab, replete with gorgeous tools and what seems like some serious mad-scientist stuff. He has been conducting tons of experiments, checking in on the Aeronaut beer and trying to find new strains of yeast.

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I was lucky enough to sample a special beer on the podcast with Randy. The Aeronaut team had blended their Imperial Stout with a Barrel Aged Stout and produced a delicious, rich, chocolatey beer. We also chatted about a recent big piece of news that Aeronaut pulled in a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their Robot Crush, an American-Style Pilsner.

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Randy was a great person to chat with about the science behind beer and he shared some fascinating insights! Give it a listen and check out the Aeronaut beer for yourself!

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