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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 Deustchtown 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


Episode 63: Coffee and Cigar Citys

Sam, Adam, and Steve are ready to review the latest trend in Pittsburgh beer…Florida Beer. Cigar City has extended their reach into the Steel City and they’re going to review it. They also talk about Beers of the Burgh, glitter beers, and can releases. Then they delve into a bit of the history of Tampa, the actual Cigar City, the Gasparilla Pirate fest, and Hunapuh Days. Finally the play a game of is it cigar, a beer, or both? Beers: Cigar City Guaybera Citra Pale Ale Cigar City Maduro...


Episode 62: Not In Bruges

Adam and Steve drink American-Belgian beers, which are belgian styles brewed in America, because America has to try to prove they do things better than foreigners. Examples: Pizza better than Italy, Imperialism better than the UK. They also talk about the Hops for Homes charity and biodegrable/edible six pack rings, because they were in a positive mood. Then they offer other examples of Amero-Belgo beers and information on them while going on tangets about Steel Reserve Alloy. Finally Steve...


Episode 61: Tropic-ale Thunder

It’s Adam, Steve, and Kelsey this week, and they’re ready to get tropical for the holiday weekend. Steve has a review of the NOFX / Stone Punk in Drublic tour. Then they offer a drinking guide for music festivals Bonnaroo, Summerfest, and Lollapalooza. Finally, they ask the question, “Should I Brew This?” and learn about all the Memorial Day foods you can and cannot brew with including mayo. Also, a cliffhanger: what happened at Tim Horton’s? Beers: Sweetwater Goin’ Coastal IPA Heavy Seas...


Episode 60: Fantastic F-Auroch’s: Rise of the Session Sipper (LIVE at Auroch’s)

This week Sam, Adam, and Steve take a trip to Emsworth, PA to visit Auroch’s brewing. Auroch’s is Pittsburgh’s only naturally gluten free brewery. They sit down with Co-Owner Doug Foster and learn the recipe for making great gluten-free beer. Also, the differences between gluten free vs gluten reduced, where their malts come from, expansion across Pennsylvania, and is Peyton Manning gluten intolerant? What does PWAG stand for? And more on this very edutaining episode. Beers: Auroch’s...


Episode 59 BONUS Content

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Episode 59: It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Beer Cup

This week Adam and Steve are joined by First Sip Brew Box’s Dennis on the third mic as they drink beers from World Beer Cup gold medal winning breweries. They dive deeper into WBC stats, talk about Rivertowne filing for bankrupcy, and celebrate good news for Abjuration. Then everyone gets mad a Pete Coors in the Craft Beer Echo Chamber. Finally the boys do a summer movie preview and beer pairing for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Mission Impossible:...


Episode 58: Mad Mex Beery Road

Sam, Adam, and Steve celebrate the cultural appropriation of Cinco de Mayo in a culturally appropriate way by drinking Mexican style beers brewed in America. They talk about New Realm brewing buying the former Green Flash facility, Adam takes a trip to Yellow Bridge, and Sam is back on Untappd. Then they actually try to learn the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo as well as history and facts about brewing in Mexico. Finally they play an old favorite round of Craft or Crap. Beers: Epic Los...


Episode 57: Alevengers: Infinity Wort

Guest host Kelsey joins Adam and Steve to review springtime lemon beers. They talk about new brewpubs opening both in the USA and internationally, Philly taking over Pittsburgh, and go through the do’s and don’ts of waiting on line for can releases. They end the episode by brewing a homebrew perfectly capturing the power of the Infinity Gauntlet in the new Avengers film. Beers: O’Fallon Tee It Up Bronx Brewery Summer Pale Ale Evil Twin/Omnipollo Coffenade IPA


Episode 56: Pour 2: The Dark Wort

Steve and Adam sit with dark beers that aren’t porters or stouts for a change, to bring awareness they exist. They talk about Sony suing Knee Deep and Fort Collins’ new CSU student run craft brewery. In segment 2, it’s all about Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week events and collaboration beers, and in segment 3 they try to come up with their own collabo beers representing Pittsburgh. Beers: Duclaw Cargo Schwarz Schwarzbier Nowhere in Particular Promiscuous Ale Project Batch #20 Black...


Episode 55: Oddside Thomas

This week Sam, Adam, and Steve profile Oddside Ales out of Grand Haven, MI. They talk about the Green Flash foreclosure and what it could mean for other mid-level craft breweries dealing with hyperlocalization. Then they move on to talk about upcoming Pittsburgh beer events and opening breweries like the NOFX Punk in Drublic Tour and Strangeroots opening. In the final segment, while distracted by Game 1 of the NHL playoffs, they play a game trying to guess the NHL team based on the breweries...


Episode 54: The Sound of Brewsic

This week Adam and Steve focus on their beer reviews while featuring music from many up and coming artists. This week they drink IPAs from sea to shining sea, and Adam even finds another one he likes. Beers: Crux Fermentation Project Half Hitch Imperial IPA Prairie Artisan Ales Phantasmagoria DIPA Decadent Ales Double Toasted Marshmallow DIPA Featured Artists: Mike_Normal https://mikenormal.bandcamp.com/ Rowboy https://rowboy.org/ Eric...