Ep. 40-& Kayla & Mystic La Soledad Biere de Garde

Hi everyone and welcome to the 40th (!) episode of People & Pints! I’m joined by my very good friend Kayla McLaughlin. Unfortunately, Kayla was feeling under the weather and could not join me with a beer (or rather a cider because Kayla is gluten intolerant). So, hopefully Kayla can come back for a true episode and you enjoy this less beer-focused one. We talked about the Women’s March, a little bit about beer, and the Kairos retreat. I also drink a Biere de Garde from Mystic, a fantastic brewery in the area.

We opened up the podcast breaking down, very briefly, the issues of ending a series properly. Kayla had gone through a few t.v. series over break so we caught up on How I Met Your Mother and Friends.

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We also talked about the importance of the international moment that was the Women’s March. I managed to attend and it was a beautiful event. I got the chance to hear from Marty Walsh, Elizabeth Warren, and others from the area.

For this episode I had La Soledad, a Biere de Garde brewed with coffee beans from George Howell. It had a strange combination of flavors, including the sweetness of pear and apples. It was a rather light body and also had some notes of spices and herbs. Not all of the flavors, especially the coffee, blended perfectly well, though. It certainly isn’t my favorite beer from Mystic but it was a very interesting experiment and I’m glad I tried it.

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We spent some time chatting about Kairos, a retreat offered at most, if not all, Jesuit schools. I went on the retreat in high school and recently led the retreat here at Boston College. Kayla has been involved in the planning process and really enjoys the opportunity for students to escape from the chaos of normal, college life.

We hope you enjoy the episode and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

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Ep. 39-& Rosa & Uncle Bob’s Cider

img_4610Hi everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints! The recently graduated Rosa joins me for her fifth time on the show. She seems to be everyone’s favorite guest and of course a personal fan of mine. We revisit Sippin’ Cider with Cuppari and talk about our recent visit to Savannah and Rosa’s upcoming trip to Germany. We have a lot of fun and sample a homemade cider! Enjoy!

Rosa will be leaving the US to be a “visiting scientist” in Koblenz, Germany for a few months! It is a super exciting position and she tried explaining a little bit of the work she will be doing. I’m encouraging her to seek out the local beer and hope against hope that she comes back with a newfound appreciation for beer (and some beer for me).

img_4695On this episode, we decided to sample a cider made by my uncle! He very graciously gave me some cider as a Christmas gift and I decided to include it on this edition of People & Pints. It was a really interesting tasting and we enjoyed breaking it down in our own way. I got a lot of different notes in my tasting and rosa noted that it seemed to be more on the beer side than the cider side. Rosa described it as “Belgian” or “hoppy” while I chose “bouncing-ball.” We then deliberated the cider’s spirit animal. Rosa chose a beaver while I opted for a rabbit or a “hare.”  Lastly, we tried our hand at designing a potential label for Uncle Bob’s cider. Rosa ended up choosing a simple, fall-colored scheme for her label and I ended up naming it “Bobbing for Apples.”

We also took some time to talk about our trip to Savannah! We had a lovely time with some delicious food and beer. The locals were incredibly accommodating and nice. I ended up bringing some beer home, which has been a lot of fun for me. Some really great spots include The Grey, Green Truck Pub, and the Jinx.

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We ended by recommending that everyone tries their hand at making their own cider. We enjoyed Uncle Bob’s cider and hope other people try it out for themselves!

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Ep. 38-& Bill & Ian & Trillium Outside the Lines Stout

Hey everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints! It has been a few weeks since I’ve been able to record a podcast episode, but I’ve returned with a very fun one! During my winter break in Cranford, NJ, I sat down to try a beer from Trillium that I had been holding on to for some time with my good friends Bill and Ian. Bill has been on the show several times and Ian once joined me for an episode that never actually made it outside of GarageBand due to some audio issues. So, these two obviously have some experience but each podcast episode is new so this ended up being quite an adventure. We were hoping to have our good friend Ryan also join us but he was under the weather so he was with us in spirit.

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Bill, myself, and Ryan

We spent our New Year’s Eve together and came into 2017 with some expectations and a delicious beer. We laid out our resolutions, looked back at 2016, and talked about Outside the Lines Imperial Stout from Trillium. I actually picked up the Omnipollo/Trillium collab back in July and wanted to see how the beer would turn out after a few months. We all really enjoyed this take and could feel some of the effects of the aging process. Bill described the beer as “Portland,” Ian dubbed it “mocha,” and I said “midnight.” Bill decided to pair the beer with fresh strawberries. I took it a step further and suggested apple pie á la mode. Ian agreed that it should be a dessert beverage and we all fantasized about an Outside the Lines ice cream float. We then took turns describing where we would imagine drinking it. Ian and I agreed that it should be a woodsy, cold setting, perhaps a log cabin. Bill very simply suggested my house, which I took as a compliment.

Bill’s resolution was around being a bit more fiscally responsible, which is a great idea. Though he clarified that he wanted to not just spend less money but make money in more efficient ways. Ian’s was about being more immersive and committed in his activities. My main resolution is about staying in better shape and I’ve found a lot of joy playing tennis as a workout.

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Myself, Ryan, and Ian

We ultimately returned to the beer to give a final verdict. We felt that it was a delicious, intense beer but realized that it should be enjoyed in small doses with friends. Ian accurately called it “substantial” and we agreed that a group tasting is an ideal setting. We very much recommend this beer and hope Trillium and Omnipollo recreate it sometime soon!

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I am in the middle of wrapping up my finals at BC so I was unable to find the time to record a full-length podcast episode for this week. In lieu of a normal 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.”

Read: This one is from a couple years ago and might seem random, but hear me out. I very much could have used Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom for the “look” section, but I’ve repurposed it for the “read” section. Richard Brody, a beautiful writer and fantastic critic, wrote “Loving ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ for the Right Reasons” in 2012 and it resurfaced for me as I re-watched Moonrise Kingdom a few days ago. I included Brody’s piece and the film in a final paper for one of my theology classes. I get so much joy from watching Anderson’s films and Brody’s writing helps put the emotions into words.

Look: I wanted to include something else but I couldn’t keep myself from talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I saw the film last Thursday and I was incredibly moved by it. I wasn’t expecting to connect with the movie on an emotional level, but I did. The action was incredibly exciting, the new characters intriguing, and the reintroduction of one or two old characters is breathtaking. I highly recommend seeing this movie. It’s flawed in several ways (some of the storytelling–especially in the 1st act–isn’t great, didn’t love all the new characters, CGI pretty wonky in one case particularly) but still fantastic and, after having only seen it once, I currently like it more than Force Awakens (that’s it, that’s my hot take). See it for yourself and then catch Mr. Sunday Movie’s recap of the Easter Eggs missed and check his full review with his co-host Nick Mason on one of my favorite podcasts The Weekly Planet.

Drink: Farmhouse Pale Ale by Oxbow Brewery. Funky, crisp, refreshing, wheaty. I’ve had this beer before but I had it last night at Otto’s Pizza in Coolidge Corner. I had a slice of margarita and spicy pulled pork with scallion, both of which were delicious. The Farmhouse was a perfect beer for the evening and I was happy to get the chance to get away from campus for a quick meal with my wonderful friend Jules.

Listen: I feel a little obligated to put in another plug for Tyler Coyne’s new album, which you should definitely listen to, but one thing that I keep recommending is another podcast, Comedy Bang Bang. Specifically, I’d give a listen to the 2016 Holiday Spectacular featuring a wide range of guests. Jason Mantzoukas and Rhea Butcher stop by as themselves but plenty of regular characters pop in and it’s absurd and painfully funny. There are a lot of inside jokes from previous episodes but if you embrace the weirdness you’ll get so many laughs out of it.

Featured image “Moonrise Kingdom poster” via ga3lle/Flickr.

Ep. 37-& Tyler & Spencer Trappist Ale

img_4604Hey everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints! For this edition, I have Tyler Coyne returning to the show. Our first episode together we had a very silly, fun time and as we recorded this episode during our finals week we may be a little bit more restrained–hopefully not too much so. As mentioned before, Tyler is one of the members of Starving of Thirst, who provide the intro and outro music. This time, though, Tyler came on to promote his own record which he wrote, produced, and published on his own! We laughed a lot, talked about writing music, drank some delicious beer, and heard some of his new music performed live! Unfortunately we had some issues with the recording equipment so I apologize if the audio doesn’t sound perfect but hopefully you enjoy this episode nonetheless!

The beer we sampled on the podcast was actually a wonderful coincidence because it happens to be made a few minutes from where Tyler grew up! We enjoyed Spencer Trappist Ale made by the monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey. When I told Tyler before the show his eyes lit up and his enthusiasm was obvious. I was so happy to have bought this beer, which I really only bought because I hadn’t had it in awhile and loved it the first time I tried it. It’s an amber, nearly orange, color with fruity and spicy notes, perhaps a little clove or pepper, in the nose and taste. It was delicious.

We dove into our one-word descriptions and lingered over words like “home,” “nostalgia,” and “pride.” We then tried to think about what would pair well with the beer beyond the tater tots that we were munching on during the recording. Tyler decided to pair the beer with pizza from a local pizza shop, the Paxton House of Pizza. I immediately thought of having Spencer Trappist Ale with a plate of sausage and cheese. Lastly, Tyler and I considered what this beer’s spirit animal is. Tyler said a “snow leopard” and I thought of “Fawkes the Phoenix” from the Harry Potter series. We both really enjoyed the beer and had a lot of fun “reviewing” it.

Tyler took some time describing the challenges and pleasures of making, recording, and producing music on your own. He had a lengthy process and drew from a wide variety of influences to put out his album Simple Things. He described the album as music that he had thought of that didn’t seem to fit the tone or style of Starving of Thirst. He has had some apprehension in putting out the album on Spotify but also feels a sense of relief in having it out of his hands.

After talking for a bit, Tyler played a song, “Think About It”, off Simple Things. You can find the full album below or look it up for yourself on Spotify. I was also thrilled to learn that I had a very small influence on one of his songs! So give the album a listen.

We hope you enjoyed this episode! Let us know what you think and check back again soon!

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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!)