Bach to Bock

Bach to Bock

The podcast opening up the world of classical music, one beer at a time.

All Episodes

In these difficult times ahead we wanted to share with you the organizations & ensembles that are bringing live performances into your home. Feat. Metropolitan Opera & Berlin Philharmoniker, these ensembles give FREE full-access to their digital archives and performances, enjoying performances while we are all in a remote state of life. Please support your local musicians, artists & organizations. They need you especially at a time like now. Cheers everyone, be safe & healthy. 

Mar 2020

9 min 42 sec

We revisited one of our lowest streamed but one of our favorite episodes to date. Feat. Tan Dun's 'Symphony 1997' and barrel aged beer, this episode is intense and incredible. 

Mar 2020

30 min 9 sec

We take this episode to recognize the impact one educator can make on an individual. Remembering the life of Uncle Jeffy (Mr. Herchenroder, our high school orchestra teacher), we feature Holst's 'St. Paul Suite' which was standard repertoire for our program, and paired it with the 'Uncle Jeffy' cocktail, made with earl grey tea and Bulleit rye whiskey. Take a moment to remember the educator(s) that positively influenced your life.

Mar 2020

39 min 21 sec

This episode is taking you back to basics. From analyzing the parts of a fugue to the specific notes of different types of beers, this episode is bringing you back to your roots in order to enjoy all the parts of beer and music.

Feb 2020

27 min 14 sec

This obscure episode features the final movement of the Hindemith Viola Sonata No. 4 Op. 25 paired with Notch Brewing Co.'s Session Dunkel. We explore the unknown of music & beer, and that makes this episode, groundbreaking.

Feb 2020

30 min 5 sec

Episode 070 features three movements from Mozart's Requiem that Mozart originally composed before passing away in 1791. Pairing it with Station 119's Black IPA from Suffolk, England, this episode is sadly a heavy, but beautiful pairing.

Feb 2020

41 min 31 sec

This heavy episode features Singlecut Beersmith's 'Heavy Boots of Lead' paired with the 2nd movement of Bartok's String Quartet No. 2. Anxiety, yes. Awesomeness, yes.

Feb 2020

22 min 58 sec

This episode is all about sleep. Featuring 'Sleep' the 1999 choral work from Eric Whitacre, to the positive effects for quality sleep from hop tea.

Jan 2020

20 min 44 sec

This scandalous episode features 'Rubaeus' from Founder's Brewing Co. paired with Samuel Barber's 'Overture to School for Scandal' (1931).

Jan 2020

26 min 58 sec

The 100th anniversary of prohibition is Friday, January 17th, 2020 and we are celebrating by drinking 'Upside Dawn' from Athletic Brewing Co., a non-alcoholic gluten-removed golden ale while listening to Rondo a Capriccio for piano by Beethoven.

Jan 2020

25 min 11 sec

Episode 065 is for the every person. Featuring Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man' we pair it with America's most "every person" beer, Coors Banquet. The history of Coors Brewing is something that everyone should know about. Listen, follow and cheers to our Bach to Bock nation.

Jan 2020

22 min 48 sec

Celebrating 2020, we feature the overture to Die Fledermaus and gush over the beer that is Gunner's Daughter from Mast Landing Brewing in Westbrook, ME. Happy New Year, Bach to Bock nation.

Jan 2020

27 min 53 sec

Matty explains why using the English language the proper way is important. Especially when researching beer. Tip: Study Grammar.

Dec 2019

2 min 55 sec

Featuring Handel's Hallelujah Chorus from his 'Messiah' oratorio, we pair this iconic holiday piece with Samuel Adams 'Old Fezziwig' and tease some excerpts from Muppet's Christmas Carol.Merry Christmas to everyone.

Dec 2019

22 min 35 sec

This episode gets mathematical. Feat. Berg Violin Concerto, this episode explores 12-tone music (Serialism) and pairs with the most mathematical of beers, Prime from Goodfire Brewing Co. from Portland, ME.

Dec 2019

29 min 25 sec

This flashback episode from 2017 features Lone Pine Brewing Co. founders Tom Madden and John Paul, along with a study of Respighi's 'Pines of Rome.' 

Dec 2019

42 min 22 sec

Featuring Debussy's orchestral work 'La Mer' we explore his influence of the sea from childhood and paintings on this piece and pair it with Whaleback Traditional Dry Cider from Lincolnville, ME. 

Dec 2019

40 min 32 sec

The last episode of our month-long dive into the work of Benjamin Britten has us wrapping up with his 1962 'War Requiem' (terribly timed for the holidays). Featuring the D-Day ale from Noyon Brewing, we try to keep your spirits light. If not, let the spirits keep you light. 

Nov 2019

43 min 37 sec

All rise for the national anthem of England. This episode we listen to Britten's arrangement of 'God Save the Queen' composed in 1962, pairing it with Collective Arts Brewing 'Stranger Than Fiction' Porter, designed with the best Queen Elizabeth can artwork (includes a neck tattoo). 

Nov 2019

20 min 47 sec

Feat. Benjamin Britten's 'Scottish Ballad for Two Pianos and Orchestra', we pair The Original Scotch Ale from Innis & Gunn, which is the perfect pairing for this intense but incredible work by Britten, written in America in 1941.

Nov 2019

30 min 49 sec

In the spirit of Brexit, we are featuring all things "Britten" this month. Kicking off our month featuring the works of Benjamin Britten is his Simple Symphony for string orchestra. We dive into each episode, and top off this podcast with a simple English beer, Old Speckled Hen.

Nov 2019

38 min 22 sec

We. Are. Back.Featuring Brahms 'Academic Festival Overture' and Cushnoc Brewing Co. 'Kolsch' we dive into all things German in our premiere episode of Season 3.

Oct 2019

36 min 29 sec

Feat. conductor and long time friend Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director of Chicago Opera Theater and founder of Refugee Orchestra Project. We discuss the hurdles as a female conductor in the classical realm, her path to her success and Matty and I dive into 'Intonation' from Brown's Brewing Co. in Troy, NY.

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Mar 2018

46 min 7 sec

On our road trip back to Albany to visit our parents for Thanksgiving, we do our first every podcast from the car. Testing our knowledge of classical music, we tune into 'Symphony Hall' station from Sirius XM and guess the year the pieces were written, while talking about the breweries in Massachusetts we pass on the way. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Cheers!

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Nov 2017

47 min 5 sec

After 4 months of being off the air we are back and better than ever. Featuring Gian Carlo Menotti's 'Apocalypse' while enjoying Mason Brewing Co.'s 'Liquid Rapture.' Our alumni guest Griffin Sherry (Ghost of Paul Revere) joins us, and discusses the direction of this piece and the future of classical music. Subscribe today!

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Nov 2017

56 min 49 sec

Feat. Oh-J Double IPA from Lone Pine Brewing and soundtrack selections from '300' we get you prepped to take your workout to the next level. Workout includes drinking a Double IPA. Subscribe to Bach to Bock on iTunes today!

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Jun 2017

23 min 38 sec

Celebrate 50 episodes feat. Shipyard Brewing Co. President Bruce Forsley discussing their revolutionary tea beers releasing July 2017 plus learn all about Portland Bach Festival (June 19-24, 2017) with Bach Virtuoso Recipient Momo Wong, violinist, about her involvement and her interests outside classical music. Cheers and thank you for 50 episodes!

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Jun 2017

37 min 59 sec

Feat. Piazzolla 'Oblivion' and 'Seasons' we talk about the Rite of Spring rave while drinking Weyerbacher's D'Tango Unchained. Going south of the border for this episode!

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May 2017

26 min 1 sec

Feat. Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Co. and Tan Dun's 'Symphony 1997' this episode is all about dragons. All the dragons. Also learn about exciting news stories in the worlds of craft beer and classical music. Cheers!

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May 2017

28 min 58 sec

Feat. Jim Bonney, composer and producer of music for commercial (NASA), video game (Bioshock, Mortal Kombat) & original works, including on this episode 'DARKlightNESS,' a concerto for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble. We sit down at Sebago Brewing Company with Jim and Trae Blanco from University of Southern Maine School of Music about their concert on Saturday, May 6th in Gorham, ME featuring multiple works by Bonney. PLUS, learn about Bonney's newest video game that he composed, 'Perception' releasing May 30th.Dive in and learn about the world of commercial music through the eyes and ears of Jim Bonney, and what he has done to change our perception through music.

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May 2017

1 hr 8 min

Feat. Nathan Sanborn & Kailey Partin of Rising Tide Brewing in Portland, ME. Discussing their Ales to ALS beer releasing mid-May 2017, we learn about their commitment to support the community around them through beer sales, partnerships, and community outreach. To tie in the theme of Rising Tide, we feature Bosso's Symphony No. 1, Finale and the 'Storm' from Britten's 'Four Sea Interludes' from 'Peter Grimes.' Support ALS patients, research, and listen today to learn more from Rising Tide Brewing. Cheers!

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May 2017

41 min 32 sec

Feat. Oatsmobile from Bells Brewing and Tchaikovsky's 'Cappricio Italian' we talk all things travels, going back to the Oates Brothers roots of attending music camps. Cheers!

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Apr 2017

29 min 22 sec

With sunny days finally here to stay, we turn to the Germans for inspiration as we crack open a crisp Hefeweizen by Benediktiner Weissbier - the everyday brew in Germany - and we put on the uplifting third movement of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Apr 2017

21 min 45 sec

With so much exciting news in the world of local beer, we took a week to catch up, crack open some brews, and make sense of it all - and with a handful of energy-packed pieces we've been wanting to play, this episode is your kickoff to a great month. Featuring a movement of the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar, Passacaglia by Handel-Halvorsen, and the Mozart Piano Sonata in C minor K. 457, with the addition of various beers and a special guest star!

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Apr 2017

29 min 33 sec

Feat. Suzanne Nance of All Classical Portland, we talk about the future of classical radio, and how she is engaging and reinventing how we listen to it. Drinking Sam Adams 'Double Bock', a 9.5% ABV beer packed full of flavor, listen to our conversations from Portland to Portland about all things classical radio. Cheers!

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Mar 2017

37 min 54 sec

It's taken us a year and a half, but we finally got together with Luke Livingston once more. He's catching us up on all that is new with Baxter Brewing Company, and he brought the delicious new Wicked Dark Imperial Stout for us to try. Paired with the wicked dark Totentanz by Franz Liszt, this episode is perfect for the wintry day that is sweeping the Northeast.

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Mar 2017

45 min 35 sec

Feat. Sam Bodkin, founder and CEO of Groupmuse, we talk about the way Groupmuse has engaged audiences across the country through living room chamber concerts. Listening to Schubert Quintet in C Major, m. III, get excited for all things chamber music.Cheers!

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Feb 2017

43 min 44 sec

One thing Maine is known for is our love of pine trees. Featuring Lone Pine Brewing and the Pines of Rome by Respighi, we explore all things the Pines have to offer.

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Feb 2017

42 min 16 sec

Learn what you need to know about classical concertos from this episode of Bach to Bock. Featuring the works of Sibelius, Mendelssohn & Haydn, we walk you through what a concerto is while tasting Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA.Listen and cheers!

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Feb 2017

32 min 23 sec

ThatViolaKid (Drew Alexander Forde) has made a living out of being a violist on Instagram, YouTube and performing live. He has helped reshape how we view the viola, and is making it accessible. With over 75K followers on Instagram, he demonstrates everything from technique tips to collaboration with other artists. Featuring TVK's cover of 'Hello' with Nathan Chan & Bach Suite No. 2 in D Minor, we catch up with Drew over Funky Bow Brewing Company's 'G String Pale Ale.'Cheers!

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Feb 2017

53 min 44 sec

Tackling all the Warlocks this episode. Featuring two movements from the Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock while tasting Southern Tier's imperial stout 'Warlock,' all that's missing is Adam Warlock from the Marvel Universe. Cheers and enjoy this mini-episode!

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Jan 2017

14 min 30 sec

We are your worst nightmare. Feat. Deathwish Nightmare from Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. and listening to Ligeti's 'Atmospheres' we become your worst nightmare, in the best way possible. Cheers!

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Jan 2017

23 min 28 sec

Devin Mauch of The Ballroom Thieves joining Bach to Bock and featuring all things America. Drinking Budweiser and making West End Mimosa's with Miller High Life, we listen to the 2nd and 4th movements of Dvorak's 'American' String Quartet, Op. 12. Listen to The Ballroom Thieves new album, 'Deadeye' now available on iTunes and Spotify!Happy 2017 Bach to Bock nation!

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Jan 2017

50 min 38 sec

Finishing the year strong. Literally. With guests Liz Suggs of Maine Brew Bus and Emily Kingsbury of Slab Portland, we dive into epic, imperial pieces from Mahler and Dvorak while drinking imperial stouts from Barreled Souls and Old Rasputin. These beers kicked our asses, but these pieces kicked ass. Happy end of 2016. Let's get it out of here and start fresh in 2017!

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Dec 2016

1 hr 7 min

Winter is coming, and so is the buzz that you get from drinking the Hesperus barleywine from Rising Tide Brewing. Special guest Andrew Crust, Assistant Conductor of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, we discuss winter symphonies, the future of the orchestra, and how incredibly delicious this barleywine is. Happy Holidays from Bach to Bock!

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Dec 2016

52 min 5 sec

With the real Mosart on this episode, Mosart Nunez and the Oates brothers dive into sampling, both in American Pale Ale and DJ beats!Featuring Concerto for Turntable and Orchestra by Gabriel Prokofiev, original works by Mosart Nunez & drinking pale ales from Maine Beer Company, Stone Brewing and Geaghan Brothers. Cheers and start sampling!

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Dec 2016

1 hr 9 min

Featuring the Belgians, we taste a whiskey that was aged in Allagash Brewing Company barrels, discuss their flagship Belgian White, and listen to the 4th movement of Ysaye's Violin Sonata No. 4. Listener Note: That whiskey kicked our ass.

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Dec 2016

20 min 7 sec

With flashy and slick show off pieces, we decided that Slick Nick from Sebago Brewing Company was the perfect beer to pair it with. Featuring Wienawski's Scherzo Tarantella and Popper's Dance of the Elves, listen to these fast-paced show off pieces and see if you can finish your Slick Nick before the episode is over!

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Nov 2016

19 min 42 sec

Featuring the Cross Fade Farmhouse Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company, we dive into the world of minimalism through the eyes of Steve Reich. Listen to Section XIV from Music for 18 Musicians, pour a farmhouse ale, and enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving Bach to Bock nation!

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Nov 2016

24 min 8 sec

We. Are. Back. After a 4-month break we bring you Season 2 of Bach to Bock! Dan Pease from Rock Harbor Brewing Company in Rockland, ME joins us talking about small business tactics as a brewery and we feature Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninoff.Let's rock!

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Nov 2016

42 min 40 sec