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Show notes from host John Holl: "I’m both excited and bummed to have Hugh Sisson, the founder of Heavy Seas beer on the show today. Excited because Hugh is a thoughtful, engaging, and dynamic figure in beer who has worked tirelessly to foster and grow an industry and has been a mentor for many. Bummed because I had hoped to do this interview in per…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Dr Isabel Millar to analyse the 2018 film 'High Life', directed by Claire Denis and starring Robert Pattinson with Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth, and André 3000. Our discussion focuses on the psychoanalytic aspects of the film, particularly in relation to the concepts of taboo, sexuation, jouissance, the gaze, and tim…
 
2020 Anchor Christmas Ale by Anchor Brewing Company is silky-smooth and layered with classic holiday flavors of chocolate, toasted marshmallows and graham crackers. This winter warmer teems with aromas of fresh coffee and dark chocolate, and pours with a tight, creamy cappuccino-colored head. The 2020 Christmas Ale is the first release by newly app…
 
Thanksgiving is going to be different this year here in the United States but for many of us, smaller crowd sizes does not mean different foods or different beers. This week we talk with Hutch Kugeman of the Culinary Institute of America on how to plan out beer and food pairings, what to think about if you’re thinking about a cooking education, and…
 
In this episode, we consider the film 'American Psycho' from 2000, directed by Mary Harron and starring Christian Bale as the infamous Patrick Bateman. Our discussion attempts to make sense of the fact that Bateman's two heroes are Donald Trump and Ted Bundy. We thus reflect upon the relationship between capitalism and sadism. In doing so, we make …
 
Show notes from host John Holl: "I’ve known Tom Troncone since before I was writing about beer. We were competing reporters at newspapers in the New York Metro area. The nature of our jobs, covering crime and breaking news, often meant that we would be hanging out at crime scenes in the middle of the night. We were always friendly, but we’d work to…
 
Ponatauri by Ogopogo Brewery is a dry hopped India Pale Lagerwith The Bruce & Nelson hops. Ogopogo Brewery was started by two young lads who met and became friends while wandering the land of yeast. While discussing palindromes they decided to open a brewery. Simple as that.This week on FDB - a man finds love within himself, romantic walks with a r…
 
In this episode, we consider the 1993 film 'Groundhog Day', directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray with Andie MacDowell. We begin by highlighting the manner in which the film incites thoughts relating to the monotony of everyday life in the modern world, before moving on to an exploration of Arthur Schopenhauer's ontological pessimism in…
 
This week, as Drink Beer, Think Beer celebrates its one year anniversary, we’re glad to welcome J.C. Tetreault of Trillium Brewing Co. to the show. Tetreault has packed a lot into the eight years his brewery has been open. He’s helped establish beer styles, he’s had tremendous growth, has been the subject of intense scrutiny where he’s had to defen…
 
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale by Anderson Valley Brewing Company boasts a deep amber hue along with a rich mouthfeel and creamy finish. Within this festive winter ale you’ll find hints of toffee, spice, and caramel that will be sure to tease the senses. Anderson Valley Brewing Company was founded on December 26th, 1987 in the town of Boonville, CA. …
 
In this episode, we discuss the 2017 film 'A Fantastic Woman', directed by Sebastián Lelio and starring Daniela Vega. Our discussion focuses on the question, what is gender? We begin with a critique of the biological essentialist understanding of gender. Here, our conversation references Talia Mae Bettcher, Gloria Anzaldúa, Immanuel Kant, and Sandy…
 
Orpheus Brewing in Atlanta is the fun, familiar story of a home brewer who wanted to go pro and did. Head brewer and CEO Jason Pellett has a background in music but fell in love with beer making and wanted to bring something special to his city when he and partners opened up the brewery seven years ago. He’s seen the brewery evolve over time and wh…
 
We're back for Season 2 of Two Philosophers Drink Beer & Discuss Film, with Episode 21 on 'The Matrix' from 1999, directed by The Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Our discussion focuses on the philosophical question, what is reality? Toward the conclusion of this discussion, we also offer some reflections on Robert Nozick'…
 
Show notes from host John Holl: "Despite being one of the largest breweries in the country, I hadn’t given Lagunitas much of a thought in recent years. I’d of course see its IPA on tap at bars, back when I went to bars, and its familiar glass bottles on shelves. It was there, I was happy to see it, but usually ordered something else. A lot of peopl…
 
On this show we like to get into the mind of a brewer and find out where their daydreams and creativity take them and how that ultimately winds up in our glasses. This week host John Holl is talking with Anna Jobe the innovation brewer at Night Shift in Massachusetts on how she approaches new styles, how she determines what works and what doesn't, …
 
Santa Monica Brew Works has teamed up with their craft beer ‘sibling’ Hammona Bräu in Germany to develop Oktoberfest Citra Helles, an old-world-style lager brewed with American-grown hops. Helles, meaning bright in German, is a style characterized by its pale color and soft malt character, and to punch things up, Santa Monica Brew Works added Citra…
 
There is good news in beer these days. Despite all the harm that COVID-19 is doing, there are businesses that are forging ahead and opening to the public. This week on the show we are talking with Mike Kraai of Drowned Lands Brewery in New York. The brewery has been making beer for a year now, but only opened its tasting room five weeks ago. The sp…
 
Pumpkin Spice Yeti by Great Divide Brewing Company is rich and roasty with added layers of decadent sweetness. It’s brewed with seasonal spices and a unique selection of coffee from their friends at Pablo’s Coffee. The brewery started small and in the beginning Brian Dunn was the only full-time employee. As the brewery grew, the beer spoke for itse…
 
Joining us on the phone this week is Tomme Arthur of the Lost Abbey. In the roughly 15 years that the brewery has been open it has largely focused on Belgian-inspired ales that have helped shape the course of beer in America today. Over the last months of COVID-19 he has had to look at his business model and find new ways to keep the lights on. Thi…
 
Haunted House by Allagash Brewing Company is cursed with Roasted Barley and Blackprinz malt that give it a gravely dark hue. Hopped with Crystal, Chinook, and Saaz hops, this beer ends with a ghost of coffee-flavored bitterness and a hauntingly complex malty palate. In 1995, when Rob Tod opened Allagash Brewing Company, he wanted to start with one …
 
Justin Stambaugh started homebrewing a decade ago and quickly decided he wanted to pursue a professional career in beer. It wasn’t as easy as he had hoped but eventually he got an internship at Rip Current Brewing Co. in 2012 where he rose though the ranks, became a brewer, and even helped start that brewery’s sour program. Eventually he decided th…
 
Imperial Pumpkin Porter by Epic Brewing Company is brewed in hand-selected whiskey barrels that bring forth notes of caramel and toasted oak which perfectly complement the spices and Madagascar vanilla. Epic is Utah’s first brewery since prohibition to brew exclusively high alcohol content beer. Discover natural variations of taste, from sweet malt…
 
This is a special time of year on the beer calendar. It's fresh hop beer season and if you live in the Pacific Northwest you are likely enjoying pints of vibrantly hoppy ales. The rest of us are just dreaming of what could be. Hard to define, difficult to describe, and a revelation each time, fresh hop beers are best experienced in person where the…
 
Orctoberfest by Bottle Logic Brewing has malty sweetness with a hint of toast met by a soft, balanced bitterness. Bottle Logic Brewing started during brewmaster Steve Napolitano’s years at Chapman, where he practiced some elementary home brewing as a way to unwind between the stresses of studying law. Before long, this passion drew in some friends,…
 
There is a lot going on out West right now, some of it good – like the hop harvest – and a lot of it bad, like the fires that are raging out of control. Napa Valley is often in the news when it comes to fires in California and while it is known for wine, there is also beer to be found. Nile Zacherle of Mad Fritz Beer straddles both worlds. He is bo…
 
818 Brewing sharpened their attention to every slight detail on this Mexican style lager from the flaked maize, Vienna, Munich, and pilsner malt backbone to the lagered crispness that keeps you thirsty for more. After being introduced to new styles of beer that were much different than the commercial brands they were used to, the fellows at what wo…
 
Show notes from host John Holl: "I love a good conversation over beer and these days it’s hard to do it in person, but it is alive online. One person I can always count on to get the brain cells working and to challenge the notions of beer is Brienne Allan, the production manager at Notch Brewing, in Salem Massachusetts. She’s worked at the brewery…
 
Wolfskill IPA by San Fernando Brewing Company is a West Coast IPA that features a high hop bitterness, balanced by a malty backbone, and combined with a fruity aroma. All of San Fernando’s beers are brewed on location. They not only pride themselves in their beer, but also in their taproom’s home-away-from-home atmosphere. This week on FDB - we lea…
 
Meseeks Joose is a Double IPA with flavors of citrus, pineapple and stone fruit, accompanied by a hint of green dankness and a tiki punch finish. Los Angeles Ale Works, started by Kristofor “Kip” Barnes, launched its first beers into the marketplace following a successful Kickstarter fundraiser. It worked with Ohana Brewing Co., to test various bee…
 
Alex Lovinggood of Barn Town Brewing has been in the beer business for less than a decade but has made a lasting impact wherever he has gone. He was a teacher and a bartender before he got into brewing. He started like so many others, as a volunteer washing kegs and learning the trade from time spent in various hands on experiences. He worked at Te…
 
This is the final episode of Season 1 of Two Philosophers Drink Beer & Discuss Film. In it, we consider the 1982 film 'Blade Runner', directed by Ridley Scott. Our discussion identifies, as central to the film, a dramatic examination of the philosophical question, 'What does it mean to be human?' We thus demonstrate how the film problematises this …
 
D.G. Yuengling & Son is the country’s oldest operating brewery, going back 191 years now. It survived major events over the course of 6 generations, most notably Prohibition, and really hit its stride in the mid-1980s when Dick Yuengling Jr. purchased the brewery from his father and began making Yuengling Lager, which is the company’s flagship beer…
 
In this episode, we consider the 1998 film 'The Big Lebowski', directed by the Coen Brothers and starring Jeff Bridges with Julianne Moore. We start by contextualising the film in relation to the Gulf War, before outlining and assessing the idleness of The Dude as a critique of American imperialism. We conclude by analysing the character of Walter …
 
From host John Holl: "Every once in a while a beer comes your way from an unfamiliar brewery and just blows you away. It’s one of the great things about having so many breweries in the country these days – there is a lot to discover. A few months back I had a slew of beers from Crane Brewing Co. in Raytown, Missouri. The gose and Berliner Weiss wer…
 
Blackberry Creamsicle by Temblor Brewing Company is brewed with copious amounts of blackberry puree, lactose and vanilla. It has a sour forefront with a later blackberry taste. Temblor Brewing is more than a brewery — Temblor is a restaurant, comedy club, private event space, music venue and a replacement for your living room. Whether you are in th…
 
It really is a small world. Before Covid-19 sent us all into lockdown John Holl received an email from a listener who encouraged him to book Ethan Cox of Community Beer Works in Buffalo on the show. Alex wrote in saying that “Ethan is a big part of the craft beer culture here in Buffalo and helped take a plucky little nanobrewery and turn it into a…
 
Timbo Pils by Highland Park Brewery is a West Coast Pilsner that uses more German influenced hops in the kettle which gives the beer a softer bitterness and a nice floral and earthy hop base. Mosaic and Citra is used for dry hopping to bring out the tropical west coast flavors of mango, riesling grapes, and passionfruit. Highland Park Brewery has a…
 
In this episode, we consider the 2015 film 'Room', directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson with Jacob Tremblay. We start by drawing some parallels between the film and Plato's famous allegory of the cave, before exploring some of the ways that the film critiques this understanding of reality. We conclude by highlighting the difference…
 
Most people know Garrett Oliver as the globe trotting brewmaster of the Brooklyn brewery, but he is also an accomplished author, educator, and thought leader in the brewing space. His latest project is one that we can all get behind and support, it’s a foundation named after the late Michael Jackson, the writer. Its mission is funding technical edu…
 
Casa Azul by El Segundo Brewing Company has a toasty, malty backbone with a touch of caramel giving it body. It is bone-dry and super refreshing. El Segundo Brewing Company was founded over a love of hops and a desire to brew beer as delicious as what was being done down in San Diego… because they just couldn’t find it close enough to home. In 2010…
 
In this episode, we discuss the 2018 film 'Woman At War', directed by Benedikt Erlingsson and starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir. We start by highlighting the dangers involved with the Western appropriation of Buddhism as a response to injustice and suffering, before considering how the issue of climate change makes us reassess the legal principle o…
 
This week's guest is Lisa Allen. She’s the head brewer of Heater Allen, the brewery her father started in 2007. He lived the classic story of a homebrewer that went pro and decided to make the beers he wanted to drink. In a hoppy landscape his beers stood out in Oregon, even if you couldn’t get them too far from the brewery itself. Lisa says she wa…
 
It all started in 2013 with a fateful interoffice email exchange between two strangers who had never heard of each other. Soon after their face-to-face encounter, Chris and Brandon quickly learned that they had more in common than their jobs in advertising – art, food, music, and most importantly a good craft brew. Their journey began with building…
 
In this episode, we examine the 2015 film 'The Lobster', directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Colin Farrell with Rachel Weisz. We begin by consulting Hannah Arendt to help us understand how bureaucracy can easily transform into tyranny, before considering how the film relates to three different stories from ancient Greek mythology: Echo & Narc…
 
Remember the Brut IPA? It was, for a shining moment, seemingly the hottest beer style in the country and then it went away. The brewer credited with the style is Kim Sturdavant and he is our guest on the show today. From its origins, to its evolution ,and eventual death we cover the life cycle of a style. What does the future hold for the style? We…
 
Established in 2009 by Jeremy Raub, his wife, Ting Su, and father, Steven, Eagle Rock Brewery was the first microbrewery to open its operations in the city of Los Angeles in over 60 years. This family-owned microbrewery is dedicated to the production of artisanal beers using the best ingredients, and to the ongoing development of the beer community…
 
This is a special bonus episode on the channel featuring the Drinks Adventures podcast. A note from host James Atkinson: "I drove west of Sydney to the Blue Mountains where I visited Mountain Culture Brewing Company, a new brewpub founded by husband and wife team DJ and Harriet McCready. American-born DJ McCready exploded onto the Australian brewin…
 
If you are interested in the subject of beer, it’s likely that you’ve already heard of Pete Brown and have read his words. He is the author of nine books on not only beer but cider and food as well. His prose effortlessly brings readers along on journeys whether is walking through orchards, sitting at the PUB, or traversing oceans with IPA. His lat…
 
Owners Adam Kestel and Mike Voss are long-time friends that had a shared passion for home brewing and DIY projects, along with the crazy dream to one day open their own brewery.After years of honing the craft and planning, the two convinced a small group of close family and friends to invest in this dream to catapult it into reality. The brewery an…
 
In this episode, we consider the 1994 film 'Pulp Fiction', directed by Quentin Tarantino. Our discussion highlights the lack of a stable source of meaning in the film with reference to Jean-François Lyotard's description of the postmodern condition, before contemplating the ethical possibilities of this contemporary situation in relation to the fam…
 
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