The Beer Reviewed Journal

Lunchador Podcast Network

We're beer nerds on a quest to find the best beers for your buck, dunk on the ones that aren’t worth buying, and rep the great local beer scene in Western NY.

Grab a beer and come hang with us!

All Episodes

It's here! The boys finally tackle their favorite style, the Black IPA. An underrated throwback to the early days of craft beer, Black IPAs are having a bit of a moment this year. And we're having a moment with them too. This ep features Tree House Brewing's Raven, and Rising Storm's Nocturnal Rainbow. We loved them both, and support any other breweries digging back into the crates and bringing back the Black IPAs. Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you!

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Nov 19

1 hr 24 min

Ya bois are heading down, down, all the way down to the lovely commonwealth of Pennsylvania for today's episode; home of roadside reptile zoos, fireworks stores, bingo halls and porno emporiums! It's also home to Yeungling and Conshohocken breweries, which is why we are interested in it. Suggested Talking Points: The Anomaly Film Fest The wonders of PA Soapy Taste Ropes

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Nov 5

1 hr 5 min

Welcome to the first annual episode of Ghosts in the Graveyard, a podcast of horror fiction. In this spooky tale, a disgruntled restaurant employee learns that revenge is a dish best served with cream and sugar. From the mind of lifelong horror fan McKenneth Blue, creator and co-host of The Beer Reviewed Journal on the Lunchador Podcast Network, Ghosts in the Graveyard is a yearly horror fiction podcast. Featuring short works of horror fiction in the (jugular) vein of Tales from the Crypt and Creepshow, look for new episodes every 31st of October. Special thanks to Tim Beek for the use of his music "Ghost" as the intro and outro of the show

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Oct 31

30 min 17 sec

The boys try beers by Shipyard Brewing, Greater Good Imperials and local heroes Genesee Brewing in this year's pumpkin beer special! Which beer comes out on top? Listen and find out! Suggested Talking Points: Vampire dentistry, slasher therapy, Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you! Thanks to Ehrling for the use of their song "I Feel Good" as the intro and outro of our show.

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Oct 23

1 hr 39 min

It's that time of year, time to drink some great (and not so great) Marzens. We dig into Resurgence, Beer Tree and Brindlehaus's marzens, with results? Tune in for that and a special appearance from Dieter! Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you!

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Oct 8

1 hr 16 min

Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you! It's the triumphant return of the BRJ, with some WTF and copious fart jokes mixed in for good measure. We talk Bills beers, coaches losing their minds, and who knows what else. Where else would you rather be, than right here, right now? It's the BRJ!!!

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Sep 24

56 min 8 sec

The boys celebrate everyone's favorite city, Baltymore Maryland in this episode of the BRJ. It's the best show in Town! Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you!

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Aug 27

1 hr 2 min

Chris Lindstrom (Food About Town, In Good Spirits) returns for a third time to the BRJ! We recorded at the beautiful Casa de Stromie studios, where Rochester podcast magic (Food About Town and In Good Spirits) happens. Did lightning strike for us? We're not sure, but we had a good time. Beers featured: Froth Liquid Lollypop, The Alchemist Focal Banger, and Foam Experimental JetSet Check out Stromie's socials: @stromie Check out CurAte meals: www.curatemeals.com Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you!

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Aug 14

1 hr 27 min

We've had a wild couple weeks, so there's no fresh BRJ this week. But we do have some of the best bits to date, served up in a rather nice little taster format for you by your sultry voiced cohost, Matt Knotts. We'll be back in two weeks with a new episode. Enjoy! Trigger warning - Around 21 minutes, there’s a vomiting noise. Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you!

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Jul 30

34 min 10 sec

On this episode we talk Home Run Derby with a former high A 3rd baseman, Space Jam and a bunch of other stuff. If we're honest, this thing goes off the rails about an hour in if it was ever on the rails to start with. Drink when we drink, as we take it old school with a very drunk BRJ. Beers: Trillium Public Garden Treehouse Haze Caution: McKenneth earns his moniker by working very Blue in this episode. Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you!

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Jul 16

1 hr 19 min

It's the height of sum-sum-summer time and ya boys have got some refreshing-ass sour ales to try! Hear our thoughts on Sour Lil' Me America by DuClaw Brewing Co. and Aunt Gladys Loganberry Sour by Pressure Drop Brewing. Suggested Talking Points: Text message whoopsies, best use of 3-D sex toys, illicit bucket lists & favorite flute flavors Beer Links: www.duclaw.com & www.pressuredropbrewers.com Our Socials: @beerreviewedjournal on Insta | @beerreviewedjnl on Twitter | @DreadedMatt on Insta & Twitter | @mckennethblue on Insta & Twitter Our Network: @lunchadorpodcasts on Insta | @lunchadorpod on Twitter | r/lunchador on Reddit Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song "I Feel Good" as the intro and outro of our show

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Jul 2

1 hr 15 min

Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Author, Twitter powerhouse and fan of all things Rochester, Brian Phares joins us to enjoy a Genny Cream Ale and a Genny Lemon Strawberry Cream Ale! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song "I Feel Good" as the intro and outro of our show.

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Jun 18

1 hr 4 min

The show is officially one year old today! Join us in our top secret, state of the art beer tasting facility thousands of miles below the Earth’s crust. We try Tank 7 by Boulevard Brewing and Hennepin by Brewery Ommegang. Enjoy surprise appearances by special guests as we look back on a year of podcasting! Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you! Thanks as always to Erling for the use of their song “I Feel Good” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Jun 11

1 hr 29 min

Welcome to the weirdest show we've done. Powered by two very tasty beers, we pinball through dick jokes to Dick Miller reverence. It's a wild one, and we only have Equilibrium, Grimm, and ourselves to thank. Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song "I Feel Good" as the intro and outro of our show.

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Jun 4

1 hr 17 min

Caleb from Caleb Versus Self joins the boys to talk garbage plates, bad tattoos, and two beers: Erdinger Weissbier and Community Brew Works' The Whale! Tune in, won't you? Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you!

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May 21

1 hr 20 min

We realized at the last minute we were recording, so we quickly threw an episode together using a couple beers from the local bottle shop. We picked Jack's Abby Post Shift Pilsner, and on a tip from our buddy Wonderboy, Sweetwater G13. Drink along with us, and learn how we can go from Neil Young to Mortal Kombat to the Monkees! Please rate, review and subscribe in your favorite podcast app! Check out the BRJ on the socials! Instagram: @beerreviewedjournal Twitter: @beerreviewedjnl Matt's Insta and Twitter: @dreadedmatt McKenneth's Insta Twitter:@mckennethblue Check out the rest of the Lunchador Network family! @lunchadorpodcasts on Instagram! BRJ loves you!

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May 7

1 hr 4 min

The boys get into Canada's finest and engage in quite a bit of that South Park poopy humor the kids seem to like so bad. We drank Labatt Blue and Molson Canadian, while reminiscing about the days when you could get over the border. Join us, won't you? It's the neighborly thing to do.

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Apr 23

1 hr 14 min

We talk wrestling with the good brothers James and Josh of the Interstate Wrestling Podcast! We debate the greatness of U2, AC/DC, and WWE films. Two things we agree on: Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPA is really tasty, and Coors Light doesn't taste like much. The heat is in the ring on this episode of the BRJ! Pop some dogs and enjoy! Check out Interstate Wrestling podcast on Twitter: @iswrestlepod Check out Beer Reviewed Journal on social media: @beerreviewedjnl on Twitter, @beerreviewedjournal on Instagram

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Apr 9

1 hr 21 min

Our friends Erin and Shavaun stop by to share a couple Mortalis beers to celebrate the upcoming third season of the Mimosas With My Besties podcast! We talk food, movies, and just overall have a fun hang! And we drank Mortalis' Hippogriff and Hydra Sandwich. How do we feel about marshmallow in beer? Why are cheddar bay biscuits the best beer pairing? All questions will be answered!

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Mar 29

1 hr 50 min

Tonight our new friend Shamus O'Shaugnessy brought us two beers to try: Resurgence's Irish Breakfast Ale and Empire Black Magic Irish Coffee Stout. Tune in for a profoundly weird episode that ends unlike any show we've had before. We've got another edition of You Give Beers A Bad Name, a bunch of our usual nonsense, and a few surprises along the way... *Potentially triggering noise at 35:31*

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Mar 12

55 min 30 sec

Guest curator Jess (Blue's better half) sits in with us to talk about the mix pack she curated for us! Tune in for arcade talk, talk about Matt's naked face, and a story about Holiday Pepsi. Trust me, you'll like it.

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Feb 26

1 hr 18 min

Food About Town and CurATE's Stromie is back with us to talk about two more Strangebird beers: Unfettered Soul and Massive Spire! Some incredibly well made beers and a bunch of fun goofs. Plus a few surprises along the way. Join us, won't you?

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Feb 20

1 hr 50 min

So excited to be talking about two beers from Rochester's newest brewery, Strangebird. They're making some very different and really excellent beers, and we can't get enough of them. Also, McKenneth still has a cough, Matt has a goatee, and nobody sounds like robots! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Feb 5

1 hr 11 min

Two great beers, two sour guys on the cast this week. We talk K2 Blue Razz and Rising Storm it was Written, play You Give Beers a Bad Name, and get into some Rebrews you can use... Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Jan 22

59 min 50 sec

We're celebrating dark beers again this week, with Sam Adams Black is Beautiful, and Trillium's Black Mettle. Black Mettle was a bucket list Black IPA that didn't let us down, and Sam's Black is Beautiful is one of the best versions we've had. Come on in and do some mouth listening with us! Special thanks to The Intercontinental Wrestling Podcast's James (@ooberfan) for the hookup on these beers! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Jan 8

1 hr 24 min

Our good friends Dieter and Werner drop by to share some decidedly non-reinheitsgebot beers with us in a very festive episode. We attempt Kasey's Kristmas Ale from Rohrbach, and Young Lion's Cranberry Berliner, with varying results. Also, Matt realizes he has a technical issue in a kind of embarrassing way. From us at the BRJ to you, thanks for a great year, looking forward to tipping back more with you next year. Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 13 min

We've officially tried everything including Rauschbiers on the show now, and Matt can't say enough good stuff about Von Trapp Trosten. Blue on the other hand... Also, we dig into Imprint/Fifth Frame's Schmoojee minutes collab and talk about why Fifth Frame might be the best brewery in the city limits. Also, we talk St. Anger. Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 2 min

The boys are all carbed up and thankful on this mildly horny episode of the BRJ. We talk about Thanksgiving, some truly heinous crimes against beer, and Paul Blart: Flesh Mall. Also, Matt broke the rules and bought himself a rauschbier... Thanks to Chad Crouch for the use of his track Tin Can Trap, and to Jerry Holkins for the use of the clip from Acquisitions Intoxicated. Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show. And thank you for listening.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 21 min

A friend shares a beer with the boys, we celebrate election results, talk about the Anomaly film festival, send out some birthday greetings. Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Nov 2020

58 min 10 sec

Blue and Matt get in the Halloween spirit and enjoy some pumpkin beers. Or at least that's what it said on the call sheet. Instead, we both do our best Billy Corgan and try to smash some pumpkins. We go in on Southern Tier Pumking and New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin. Hear who liked what, who's left and what's left of them, all in this very SPOOOOKY episode of the BRJ! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 15 min

A fan of ours from Deutschland stops by and drops off some lovely beers you could drink multiple steins of. We talk about our brother and sister shows on the network, breweries that have done a bad, and there's another installment of Rebrews You Can Use. All this and more in the best beer podcast you can listen to for free! PROST! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 13 min

Uncle Traveling Matt Knotts took a trip to the Granite State, and brought back beer from Maine, Massachusetts, and Virginia... We rant about politics, wax poetic about antiquated Mainer soft drinks, and even manage to talk about beer along the way. We get into some heavy hitting hazebois, and they definitely live up to the hype. Drink along at home! @theveilbrewing - Crucial Taunt @barreledsouls - Sun Showers @trilliumbrewing - Headroom (Big thanks to @ooberfan for the hookup on this one!) Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 23 min

In this episode, recorded in early summer, we talk cookout beers. It quickly devolves into nostalgia for the dumb stuff we did in our youth. Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 14 min

Food about Town and In Good Spirits host Chris Lindstrom (@stromie) joins us to talk about his craft beer origin story, line culture, proper glassware, and how Vermont really led the way in creating the craft IPA craze that we all love so much. There's also a bit of singing, your new word of the day, and an attempt to add BRJ to Stromie's vast epicurian podcast empire. This was so much fun it's a double episode, 2 hours to drink along with Blue, Matt, and Stromie. Bonus points if they're all Vermont DIPA's. Tap List - Frost Brewing's Lush, The Alchemist's Heady Topper, and Fiddlehead's Second Fiddle. Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Sep 2020

2 hr 4 min

McKenneth and Matt discuss Mortalis and Rising Storm's versions of Weathered Souls' collaborative Black is Beautiful Stout, an effort to raise awareness for the injustices people of color face daily and raise funds for police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who have been wronged. For more information, check out https://blackisbeautiful.beer/ Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Aug 2020

42 min 39 sec

Wrestling With The Times' host James Robson joins us to discuss Jack's Abby's series of Citra, Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy hopped lagers. Along the way we discuss adjuncts in beer, the best way to watch Jaws, why Pawtucket might not be your next vacation destination, craft beer origin stories, Reese Witherspoon, and more! This one's a blast. Crack a Jack's Abby and enjoy along with us! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Aug 2020

1 hr 13 min

The boys welcome their first guest to the podcast. It’s the Black Beerded Nerd himself, Ren (@black_beerded_nerd on Instagram)! We talk about Trial by Wombat by Thin Man, the best in anime, Batman, and get into controversial Best Picture winners. Ren also drops a number of absolutely excellent beer recommendations. Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Aug 2020

1 hr

It's been over a year in the making. One of Matt's most sought after beers, Other Half FLX x Genesee Dream Ale was re-released for @otherhalf.flx's first anniversary. It was worth the wait. Crack a beer and hang out while we talk about what makes this Dream worth chasing. Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Aug 2020

18 min 26 sec

The boys talk Big Ditch Hayburner and Berry Vision, the value of pregaming, the appeal of sours and the peculiar yet familiar taste of Other Half's Strata Chroma. Also, the return of ReBrews You Can Use! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Jul 2020

1 hr 13 min

We talk about Resurgence's The Surge, McKenneth's favorite beer, and Threes Vliet, a craft beer for folks that don't think they like craft beer. We also talk Yelp reviews, secondary beer markets, shade tree mechanics, warm beer and MacGruber. Grab a cold one and drink along with us! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Jul 2020

1 hr 5 min

In this (barely) minisode, Matt and McKenneth enjoy the super limited Genesee Black Raspberry Cream Ale, talk about their recent summer beer purchases and enjoy some dad talk. Crack a cold crispy boy and hang out! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Jul 2020

33 min 24 sec

McKenneth and Matt review some of their favorite gas station craft beers: Genesee Cream Ale (That's right. I called it craft.) New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA Arrogant Bastard Ale We talk hops, sports, musicals...it's a trip brought to you by 3 tallboys at over 7% each. Crack a cold one and listen. And please drink more responsibly than we did... Music: Bokkeh - Yup Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Jun 2020

1 hr 24 min

In our pilot batch, we pit Genesee against Rohrbach Highland Lager and Roc Brewing's Lagerithm! Who will come out on top? Who's got the best mic technique? What gas station has good pizza? All will be answered in this episode! Thanks as always to Ehrling for the use of their song “https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-feel-good-single/1274618498 (I Feel Good)” as the intro and outro of our show.

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Jun 2020

51 min 26 sec