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Episode 82: Ginger Beer Snaps Back

Steve, Kelsey and Adam are back at it. This week they're reviewing ginger beers and beers with ginger in them, but not ginger ale. Helltown buys Rivertowne and Maumee Bay has a plant problem. Then we learn about Jamaica, Spain, spice trades, and the Civil War in the history of ginger beer. Finally, Kelsey and Steve take the ginger quiz and Adam bufus the job of Quizmaster. Beers: New Belgium Lemon-Ginger Tartastic Sprecher Hard Ginger Beer Mother Earth Call Me Ginger Blonde


Episode 81: Too Much Spice World

Kelsey, Adam and Steve revisit the world of spicy beers in hopes of finding redemption from Episode 29. They are reminded, "Be careful what you wish for," when they drink The World's Hottest Beer. Also they talk about Natty Light's 77 rack of swill, the European Craft Brewers Association forming, Kegadeth and Rivertowne up for auction. Then they talk about trends coming out of the Great American Beer Festival and finally play a round of would you rather while their faces melt. Beers: North...


Episode 80: The Hunt for Rye Oktoberfest w/ Jason Cercone

This week Adam, Steve and Dennis are joined by Pittsburgh Libations Week organizer and Breaking Brews siterunner Jason Cercone. We talk about the upcoming PLW Kick Off Bash as well as what we can expect from Pittsburgh Libations Week. Then Jason takes over the show in preparation for the return of Over A Couple of Beers and interviews the Hop Nation USA hosts. Finally, we put Jason on the spot again in honor of WWE Evolution and have him pair female wrestlers with some of his favorite beers....


Episode 79: Room Full of Spoonwood (LIVE at Spoonwood Brewing)

Adam, Dennis and Regular Steve sit down the Steve Ilnicki the headbrewer at Spoonwood Brewing. They talk about the upcoming the charity beer release event for the Turtle Survival Alliance, featuring the release of the Turtle Waste of Time Black Lager. They also talk Spoonwood history, Steve's favorite beers to brew, music and The Simpsons as inspiration, pizza and take a quiz around charity in beer. Beers: Spoonwood Turtle Waste of Time Black Lager Spoonwood Cinnamon Ghoul Pumpkin...


Episode 78: AmeriCAN Graffiti

Steve, Adam, and Bubba discuss the finer things in life, art. More specifically beer can art. The labels are getting reviews just like the beers. They talk about Gaffigan's gaff, when he derided craft beer on CBS Sunday Morning and then move onto the discovery of the oldest brewery in Israel. From there they profile three beer can artists; David Paul Seymour, Keith Shore, and the well known Ralph Steadman. Finally, the hosts take their shot add conceptualizing can art for the upcoming Venom...


Episode 77: A Canadian Wolfcop in Ellicottville

It's just Adam and Steve this week and they're reviewing beers from the Ellicottville Brewing Company. First they talk about the Atlanta Falcons new stadium beer from Wild Heaven, brewer wages, and events in the Pittsburgh area like Greensburg Craft Beer Week. Then Adam provides a travel guide when travelling from Pittsburgh to Ellicottville including breweries on the way and what to do once you get there. Finally Steve forces Adam to talk about another independent film featuring craft beer...


Episode 76: The Longest Half Yard (Fantasy Fridge Craft Draft 2018)

Kelsey, Adam and Steve are ready to draft their 2018 Fantasy Fridges full of craft beer. But first they talk about the life and death of breweries including Tallgrass, Enix and the Lincoln Avenue Brewery. Then they get into the etiquette of football watch parties and not being THAT guy of the party. All the while they provide scouting reports for beers from breweries that have never been on the show before. Beers: Adelbert's Brewery Mango Wit Fulton 300 Mosiac IPA Odd13 QDH Codename:...


Episode 75: Mystery Science Theater Beer-Thousand (Mystery Fridge 2)

Adam, Bubba and Steve reach deep into the fridge of mystery once again for three totally random beers. Adam and Steve recap their trip to Cooper's Lake for the PA Brewersfest. Then they get into the new BrewDog streaming TV service. Is it worth it? Who would watch it? How pathetic does Steve sound begging for a job there? Finally, they all come up with their own beer festivals include cars, trains, and hockey. Beers: 2 Roads No Limits Hefeweizen Platform Speed Merchant White...


Episode 74 BONUS

In this Batch of Bonus Goodness: - We ask Doug if he'd ever organize a Beer & BBQ fest - The Strawberry Frosty Mandela Effect - Tips for making your own BBQ sauce - The origins of 412 BBQ - Bob Nutting gets called out


Episode 74: Pitmasters of the Universe

Steve and Adam are joined by Douglas Derda, host of the Should I Drink That? podcast and curator of YinzLoveBBQ.com to talk about BBQ around the city of Pittsburgh, pairing beer with BBQ and events around the city. They're also joined by Jamal Harrigan the owner and proprietor of The Smokey City's 412 BBQ talk about inspiration for sauces and rubs, and owning a small business. Their BBQ knowledge is tested as they're pitted against each other, and Steve in a trivia showdown. All the while,...


Episode 73: Bract to School

Adam's wishes come true, as he gets to do a full episode of hefeweizen beers...but is it a monkey's paw wish? He's joined by Steve and Kelsey as they recap Freshfest, the first black beer fest, and another beerfest which wasn't so good. Also it's back to school time, so they take a trip down memory lane looking at some of their favorite drinking games, and end the episode with an edutaining quiz about the brewing schools in America. Beers: Rhinegeist Hugh Hefeweizen Weihenstephaner/Sierra...


Episode 72: Porter's Guide to the Brewery Apocalypse (w/ Porter Brewery Tours)

Steve and Adam are joined by Aadam, Johnny and Hank from the Porter Brewery Tours in Pittsburgh. They sit down to talk about how their business got its start, how the guides' first found craft beer, and the Pittsburgh craft beer scene in general. They get into their perfect brewery tours and favorite spots around the Burgh. Finally they find themselves on an Oregon Ale Trail designed by Steve; a cross country brewery adventure meant to test their skill as navigators. Find out how many names...


Episode 71: Bright Lights, Allegheny City (LIVE at Allegheny City Brewing)

Adam, Steve, and Dennis are joined by Al, Matt, and Amy the owners of Allegheny City Brewing in the heart of Deutschtown on the North Side of Pittsburgh. They sit doown to talk history of the brewery and brewers, collaborating on beers, and the upcoming Fresh Fest. They also talk about the new Pittsburgh Brewer's Guild and what that means for tourism to the city. Finally, it's a Team ACB vs Team Hop Nation USA in an alphabet trivia battle to the end. Beers: Allegheny City Brewing A Beer...


Episode 70: Blood Orange in the Water

Kelsey joins Steve and Adam to talk about MURDER and BLOOD orange beers. First they go through some craft beer news; a recap of Picklesburgh 2018 and Buffalo Wild Wings' new self-serve beer tap system. Then they spend a segment dissecting the Netflix phenomenon The Staircase including the owl theory and other similar docu-series like Paradise Lost. The final segment is dedicated to pairing beers with the final meals of infamous serial killers Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Aileen...


Episode 69: Jersey Hurl

Steve and Adam work their way through some offerings from Flying Fish out of Somerdale, New Jersey. They talk about the upcoming Game of Thrones beer, the new pickle beers available at Picklesburgh in Pittsburgh. Then they bitch like old men about millennials wasting their money at adult summer camps held by breweries. It wasn't really a debate. It was more just crankiness from two different positions. Finally they look to the Minnesota State Fair for inspiration in their next homebrew as...


Episode 68: On the Pittsburgh Waterfront (LIVE from Rock Bottom w/ Meg Evans)

Adam and Steve are joined by the head brewer of Rock Bottom Pittsburgh, Meg Evans. She's also one of the organizers of the Brewtal Beer Fest. They're also joined by Brooke Franus, co-owner of Stewards of Beer. They're both members of the Pink Boots Society, a network for women working in the beer industry. They spend time talking about all of those things and more including arm wrestling, the WWE, and Dying Fetus. Plus tasting and reviews of three Rock Bottom beers including learning about...


Episode 67: Popsicle: Never Stop Never Hopping

Steve, Adam, and Dennis try to beat the heat with popsicle themed beers. The discuss the top hops of 2018, the Pittsburgh Brewer's Guild and tips on cooling beers. Then they have a good old fashioned beerfight involving the Fourth of the July, aardwolves, and ice cream. The episode is chalk full of references to zoology, shitty gluten free beers, Ron Swanson, and for some Top of the Pops. Beers: Mad Tree Dreamsicle Kolsch Odd Side Strawberry Fruitsicle Ale Decadent Creamsicle DIPA


Episode 66: Bon Hop, Bad Hop

This week Sam and Adam are joined by Doug Lewis the host of Her Royal Majesty's Hop Review Board of Canada podcast to review three Canadian beers. They talk about Dogfish Head's new cooler pack, changing laws in Canada, and Sam's trip to Trillium. Then Doug provides some history of brewing in Canada and they play a game of Spot the American. Beers Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA Glutenberg IPA Unibroue La Terrible Belgian Quad


Episode 65: Berry Bad Things

2 Chainz was originally going to be on this episode, but cancelled at the last minute. Instead you get returning guest Bubba. He joins Adam and Steve as they go through berry beers for the summer. They talk about Brewdog, tariffs, Motorhead beer, and THC-CBD beers from Two Roots Brewing. Then they move on to World Cup talk and how it relates to the World Beer Cup. Finally they finish up with summer time treat recipe ideas...and a dark, too soon joke. Beers: New Belgium Tartastic...


Episode 64: The Life Beerotic with Steve Zytho

Kelsey joins Adam and Steve to review beers for summertime watersports...you know like kayaking and wakeboarding. Don't be filth. They talk about upcoming summer beer fests, offer tips for a succesful river float trip, and steal the Cool Games Inc format to bring craft brewing to video games in honor of E3. Also Adam gets yelled at a lot for having never seen Salute Your Shorts. Beers: Rivertowne Class V DIPA Knee Deep Brewing Lupulin River Imperial IPA Harpoon Camp Wannamango Pale Ale