Ep. 42-& Maddie & Ambrey & Cambridge Brewing Remain in Light Hoppy Pilsner

Hey everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints! I got the chance to share a beer with two wonderful people and some of my oldest friends from Boston College. Friends of the blog, though newcomers to the podcast, Maddie Webster and Ambrey Rice. I met Maddie and Ambrey through The Gavel, where we started as Editorial Assistants. Maddie and Ambrey don’t consider themselves “beer people” but they took the plunge and sampled a delicious beer with me as we goofed around for half an hour. Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear a great little blooper–spoiler alert I almost fell out of my barstool. I also noticed that there were some strange audio glitches so I apologize in advance for that. Enjoy!

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Maddie, Ambrey, and I have had various positions at The Gavel and first met as freshman. Our time there made a big impact on our Boston College experiences. I definitely grew as a writer because of my work there and it’s certainly the same for Maddie and Ambrey.

damara_dik-dikFor the episode, we sampled Remain in Light, a hoppy pilsner, from Cambridge Brewing Co. We all really enjoyed it and it was a bright, refreshing, drinkable beer. To start off our review, we all tried to find one word to describe it. Ambrey chose “Sunshine-y,” Maddie said “mystifying,” and I opted for “thirsty.” Next, we decided on its spirit animal. Ambrey offered, “otter,” Maddie, “dik-dik,” and I said, “salmon.” Finally, Ambrey suggested the ideal location to drink the beer was at a “backyard BBQ,” Maddie said “on a dock,” and I offered at any live sporting event.

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We then got into our study abroad experiences and chatted about some of the wonderful things and some of the challenges. We also recapped Maddie and Ambrey’s trip to Amsterdam to visit me, which was a lot of fun.

Also, just to clarify, “adjunct” refers to unmalted grain, something I left out. It being unmalted indeed ends up making it cheaper which is my the macrobrews tend to use adjuncts. Though, as I tried to make clear, many talented brewers can do interesting things with adjuncts.

We all really enjoyed the beers and had a great time chatting! We hope you had a good time listening and I definitely recommend checking out any and all of Cambridge Brewing Co.’s beer.

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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.

Ep. 8- & Mary & Jack’s Abby House Lager

Hey all! Welcome to another week of People & Pints & Podcasts! For my eighth episode I was joined by my birthday buddy, Mary Yuengert, a Senior from Boston College. I’ve gotten to know Mary through The Gavel, where we were both writers and editors. Mary has become something of a mentor during my time at Boston College, so I’m always happy to chat with her! But, I invited her on the show to talk about her beautiful personal essay for the Authentic Eagles series on The Gavel. We also talked about Mary’s senior year of university, the Jesuit Volunteer Core and self-love! Mary and I enjoyed cans of Jack’s Abby House Lager as we chatted on a lovely Sunday afternoon.

I had mentioned half-jokingly to Mary a few weeks ago that she should come onto the podcast and I don’t know if she thought I was being serious. I was! So, I convinced her to give up a little bit of time on her Sunday and join me as we chatted and enjoyed a delicious beer. Mary called the House Lager “smooth” and aptly “golden,” while I said it was “simple,” but in a good, uncomplicated way. We then agreed that we could happily enjoy about three or four in a row without comprising the flavor. Finally, Mary suggested that House Lager should be enjoyed with a burger and fries, “a high quality burger for a high quality brew.” Then, we agreed that the perfect setting would be a night in with some friends watching a movie.

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After our “beer talk” we shifted to a more serious topic and discussed Mary’s Authentic Eagles piece, “On Self-Compassion”. Mary described the process as being challenging but ultimately cathartic. She also touched on her anxiety of having to “live in the vulnerability.” On reading her piece, I had been blown away by her honesty, so I understand that she could feel self-conscious or worried about inviting people into her story. I was incredibly impressed by Mary’s strength and her willingness to discuss the process with me on the show. We talked about the challenges of self-love in college and the ways people can learn from Mary’s story.

Afterwards, Mary shared her many “heart-feelings” about Senior year, including her plans for the following year. She is in the middle of applying for a position with the JVC and hopes to finalize her placement soon. Right now, she has the options narrowed down to Los Angeles, California and Portland, Maine. We discussed how a year of service with the JVC works and some of the challenges that accompany it.

Ultimately we returned to Jack’s Abby House Lager for a “definitive” rating. Mary granted the beer a 10/10!! The first 100% on People & Pints & Podcasts! I was feeling a little stingy and gave the beer an 8/10, still a good rating. Subscribe to the show on iTunes and share it with others!

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If you haven’t read it, check out my post on upcoming brewery Bone Up Brewing Co. (future guests on the podcast)

Ep. 3-& Brandyn & Climax Golden Ale

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.

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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!

You can find Tater Tot here and here and follow him on twitter here.

As always, huge shout out to Tyler Coyne and Starving of Thirst for the intro and outro music. Please subscribe to People & Pints & Podcasts on iTunes and leave a nice rating and review!