Ep. 45-& Bri & Lookout Hard Cider

Hi everyone and welcome to another episode of People and Pints.This week I was joined by my very good friend Bri. We caught up about our Spring Breaks and chatted about music for a little while. This will be a short blog post but listen below for our full episode which was filled with laughs and great drinks. In fact, we decided to have cider on this episode because Bri prefers cider over beer. But we really enjoyed it: Lookout Hard Cider, from Natick, MA. Bri talked about her experience on Appa, a service trip facilitated by Boston College, and her work with WZBC. We had a really fun time on this episode and hope you enjoy it!

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Ep. 41-& Caz & Connor & Idle Hands Thing 1 Farmhouse Ale

Hey everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints! Friend of the show Caz joins the podcast for his 4th time and our friend Connor comes on for his 1st appearance. We chat about delicious beer, wombats, and business, man. Connor is also a big fan of the craft beer scene in Boston and has shown love for Night Shift, one of my favorite breweries. Listen in for lots of laughs and some tasty, tasty beer.

Connor and I chatted a bit about the growing scene around Boston and he compared it with his local scene in Colorado. We considered some of the cultural and financial reasons for other folks our age to try or not try craft beer.

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We then dove into a mixed culture Farmhouse Ale, Thing 1, from Idle Hands. Idle Hands is a fantastic brewery and can sometimes get lost in the shuffle in Boston shifting beer scene. The three of us definitely enjoyed this take on a farmhouse ale and the flavors coming through were really nice. We attempted to describe the beer in a word: Connor chose “fruity-funky,” Caz chose “Lake George,” and I chose “breezy.” I then asked what genre of music Thing 1 would be. Caz opted for Country/Rock and maybe pinpointing it as The Eagles, Connor and I agreed it would be a Funk/Pop outfit with Connor specifying Capital Cities. Lastly, we tried to determine this beer’s spirit animal. Caz picked a wombat, Connor thought it would be some sort of bird–maybe a hummingbird or “random birds”–, and I chose a mongoose, for no particular reason.

We finished with the beer for a bit and checked in with how we were feeling with the new year as second-semester seniors. We’ve all been trying to settle in and take advantage of our last little bit of time at Boston College.

Ultimately we all enjoyed the beer a lot and I’m glad we had the opportunity to share it and chat for a bit! Highly recommend seeking out Idle Hands for yourself.

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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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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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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.

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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!

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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.