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Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer

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Each week your intrepid hosts are going to be putting together a comprehensive and exhaustive analysis of a new cheap quaff, evaluating it through rigorous taste-tests, digging into the history, economics, politics, ethics, and art of beer, and you know, talking about whatever adults talk about when consuming hops and grains that have been fermented and made into a liquid for consumption. It is going to be neat.

Latest Episodes

Season 2, Episode 1: The Nashville Episode with Dustin Alvis

How do you introduce Nashville? It isn’t easy folks. The capital of three states pretending to be one, known far and wide as the Music City, Nashville is the delicate tendon connecting Deep Southern west Tennessee to Appalachian east Tennessee, an urban asterisk punctuating and dominating the agricultural middlelands. Nashville is the birthplace of the Goo-Goo Cluster, the nesting place of the world’s oldest radio showThe Grand Ole’ Opry, and one of the great centers of the American Civil Rights Movement. It is a city of art and parks and the Parthenon, a fantastic museum and recreation of the ancient Athenian Parthenon. Nashville is a city of universities and cutting-edge medicine, professional sports, cowboys, poets, yodelers, New York-style delis and passels of ghosts. Oh. And the beer. I almost forgot. Nashville is one of the centers of the American beer renaissance. We're sampling TWELVE beers, selected by our guest from Jackalope Brewing Company,Mill Creek Brewing,Nashville,Nolansville,Tennessee,Tennessee Brew Works,Yazoo Brewing. Today we’re talking about more of these beers than Carter has little pills. Today on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer we’re talking about Nashville. http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

242 MINMAY 19
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Season 2, Episode 1: The Nashville Episode with Dustin Alvis

Episode 28: Singha Beer with Christopher Kolakowski

Thailand is a country dominated by macrobrews – strict beer and brewing laws mean that craft and home brewing are nearly absent from the nation (at least legally).Not only that, it remains a nation in which locally brewed beers remain the dominant type.Today’s beer is the flagship of one of the two breweries that utterly dominate the small, southeast Asian nation, a beer that assiduously (and purposefully) follows the German purity laws, a beer that since the late 1980s has become a global export, found now in nearly every country of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. Today we’re reviewing the beer most often ordered (and mispronounced) in untold nations’ Thai restaurants.Today, on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer, we’re talking about Singha Beer. http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

77 MINMAR 10
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Episode 28: Singha Beer with Christopher Kolakowski

Episode 27: Einstök White Ale and Toasted Porter with Smilin' Mike Mason and Squire Brendan Roche

What happens when a tiny Scandinavian nation ends a 68 year long prohibition on beers over 2.25% alcohol by volume? Hold up. What happens when some American brewers, only a few years later, fall in love with that same nation’s legendarily delicious fresh water? Well, let’s be honest. This isn’t much of a riddle. So today we’re talking about a quaff that links the brewing traditions of the United States and Iceland, a product that is the largest beer export of Iceland, and a beer that – and I’m speculating here – is probably consumed in vast quantities by grog-swilling trolls, ale-guzzling dwarfs, and beer-nipping elves. Today, on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer we’re talking about Einstök beer. http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

123 MINFEB 9
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Episode 27: Einstök White Ale and Toasted Porter with Smilin' Mike Mason and Squire Brendan Roche

Episode 26: Presidente with Lori Rouse Mann

From its independence in 1844 until the year 1916, well, the Dominican Republic had a rough go of it. More than 50 presidents came and went, as well as 19 different constitutions. Instability was the name of the game, and was only to grow worse as the world itself became generally more unhinged in the looming shadows of the First World War. The internal chaos led government to grind to a meager pace in the Republic, including in terms of its ability to collect and redistribute income. This was a problem – the Dominican Republic owed many nations a great deal of money, and with most of the great powers on war-setting, the failure of the small nation to pay its debts to the USA and other nations invited foreign interference. Acting on theRoosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrinethe US took this moment to invade the Republic, imposing its rule on until 1924. Five years later another American invasion, of a sort, would occur – Charles H. Wanzer, an American industrialist whose fortun...

101 MINFEB 1
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Episode 26: Presidente with Lori Rouse Mann

Episode 25: Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor with Squire Brendan Roche

Close your eyes. Unless your driving, of course. C’mon. I don’t even know why I have to say that. Sheesh. But otherwise close your eyes. Imagine the coolers, foggy and pleasant, of your favorite grocery or gas station. You want a beer, but what to buy? You’re not sure, but you’re sure to notice the stubby green bottles in the shape of a grenade, lightly gilt, alit with a golden hornet. What you’re seeing, there, gleaming like a malty emerald in your mind’s eye, is Mickey’s Fine Malt Liquor – a beer that, whether you’ve tried it or not, you recognize, despite its limited reliance on advertising. Today, on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer, we’re talking about the most famous child of Evansville, Indiana. Today, friends, we’re talking about Mickey’s Fine Malt Liquor. http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

94 MINJAN 27
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Episode 25: Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor with Squire Brendan Roche

Episode 24: Shiner Bock and Shiner S'More with Smilin' Mike Mason

Today’s beers come from the oldest independently owned brewery in Texas, the fourth largest craft brewer in the United States, a brewery founded by Czech and German immigrants in 1909 who simply missed the quaffs of their motherland. With careful planning, a willingness to ignore the misguided precepts of the Prohibition, wonderful marketing, nearly universally respected craftsmanship, and of course the help thirsty hippies from nearby Austin, the products of the Spoetzl Brewery are no longer just local gems and are now available in 49 of 50 states – sorry Hawai’i. Today, on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer, we’re talking about the beer that is arguably most synonymous with the great state of Texas, a beer that has been smuggled in ice trucks and hearses, a beer with one of the most loyal followings in the world. Today we’re talking about Shiner beer. http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

73 MINJAN 18
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Episode 24: Shiner Bock and Shiner S'More with Smilin' Mike Mason

Episode 23: Hofbräu Original with Hank McCarthy

Alois Hingerl was the hardest working porter in the Munich railway station. He worked with great fervor and passion, so much so that he worked himself to death, having only two vices – a love of snuff and beer. He lived such a noble life that Saint Peter made him an angel and sent him on a mission of mercy, to provide wise and sage advice to the leaders of his mother city. Alas, Himmel has neither tobacco nor beer, and Alois, now dubbed Aloisius by the divine powers, found himself craving a snort and a nip. He detoured, as most of us would, to the home of his favorite tipple, the Hofbräuhaus, intending to pour back on mass and then continue along his mission. Alas for the politicians of Bavaria, Aloisius was so sorely moved by the beer that he never left the Haus and remains there, an angelic, blue-collar zythophile, overseeing the beating heart of everything good about his homeland. Today we’re talking about the beer that tempted Aloisius away from his divine mission, arguably t...

93 MINJAN 11
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Episode 23: Hofbräu Original with Hank McCarthy

Episode 22: Yuengling with the Luxuriant Bryan Ailey

In 1829 London, England established the first modern professional police force, Andrew Jackson was sworn in as the President of the United States, and Greek War of Independence ends with the signing of the London Protocol. That same year saw the birth of clothier Levi Strauss, Apache leader Geronimo, and American President Chester A. Arthur. John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States, died in 1829, as would James Smithson, the British scientist whose vast fortune would lay the groundwork for the establishment of the Smithsonian Institutes in the young American Republic. Fifty-three years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and thirty-two years before the first shots of the American Civil War, 1829 is also the year that David G. Yuengling first established the what was then called the Eagle Brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, an institution that has, for six generations, remained in the hands of his family and, equally, remained the touchstone of beers in ea...

110 MINJAN 4
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Episode 22: Yuengling with the Luxuriant Bryan Ailey

Episode 21: The 2018 Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer Holiday Spectacular: Schlitz Malt Liquor with Brendan Roche, Bill Edwards, Mike Mason, and Justin Smith

Brendan: “Do you want a beer?” Eric: “No, I’d like something special.” Brendan: “How about a Bull?” Eric: “A Bull?” Brendan: “Schlitz Malt Liquor, for when you want something a little more special than a beer.” Bill: [A giant bull crashes into Toilet-Kitchen Studio, killing everyone.] Everyone: Fin. Eric: Hey guys, today on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer we’re talking about Schlitz Malt Liquor http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

143 MIN2018 DEC 29
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Episode 21: The 2018 Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer Holiday Spectacular: Schlitz Malt Liquor with Brendan Roche, Bill Edwards, Mike Mason, and Justin Smith

Episode 20: Narragansett Lager, Fresh Catch, and Del's Shandy with Squire Brendan Roche

Today’s beer is regarded as the oldest in New England, once the unrivaled master of that region, holding a 65% share of the market in the 1950s. This was not to last, however. Mismanagement by a series of new owners led to a steady decline in quality and customer loyalty and eventually, in 1981, exile. In 2005 the brewery making today’s quaff had a net revenue of nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Hell, they made only $50,000 in sales total nationwide. On the edge of extinction, it was rescued by passionate investors whose love not only brought it back to New England after its long sojourn as a contract beer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but returned it to the hands of Red Sox fans, reintroducing it to the green majesty of Fenway Park. Within nine years not only was it profitable, but was pulling in $12 million a year in the black. Today on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer we’re drinking the beer Quint crushes in 1975’s Jaws, a beer that still sells for about $6 a six-pack, a beer that claims to be t...

107 MIN2018 DEC 21
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Episode 20: Narragansett Lager, Fresh Catch, and Del's Shandy with Squire Brendan Roche

Latest Episodes

Season 2, Episode 1: The Nashville Episode with Dustin Alvis

How do you introduce Nashville? It isn’t easy folks. The capital of three states pretending to be one, known far and wide as the Music City, Nashville is the delicate tendon connecting Deep Southern west Tennessee to Appalachian east Tennessee, an urban asterisk punctuating and dominating the agricultural middlelands. Nashville is the birthplace of the Goo-Goo Cluster, the nesting place of the world’s oldest radio showThe Grand Ole’ Opry, and one of the great centers of the American Civil Rights Movement. It is a city of art and parks and the Parthenon, a fantastic museum and recreation of the ancient Athenian Parthenon. Nashville is a city of universities and cutting-edge medicine, professional sports, cowboys, poets, yodelers, New York-style delis and passels of ghosts. Oh. And the beer. I almost forgot. Nashville is one of the centers of the American beer renaissance. We're sampling TWELVE beers, selected by our guest from Jackalope Brewing Company,Mill Creek Brewing,Nashville,Nolansville,Tennessee,Tennessee Brew Works,Yazoo Brewing. Today we’re talking about more of these beers than Carter has little pills. Today on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer we’re talking about Nashville. http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

242 MINMAY 19
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Season 2, Episode 1: The Nashville Episode with Dustin Alvis

Episode 28: Singha Beer with Christopher Kolakowski

Thailand is a country dominated by macrobrews – strict beer and brewing laws mean that craft and home brewing are nearly absent from the nation (at least legally).Not only that, it remains a nation in which locally brewed beers remain the dominant type.Today’s beer is the flagship of one of the two breweries that utterly dominate the small, southeast Asian nation, a beer that assiduously (and purposefully) follows the German purity laws, a beer that since the late 1980s has become a global export, found now in nearly every country of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. Today we’re reviewing the beer most often ordered (and mispronounced) in untold nations’ Thai restaurants.Today, on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer, we’re talking about Singha Beer. http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

77 MINMAR 10
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Episode 28: Singha Beer with Christopher Kolakowski

Episode 27: Einstök White Ale and Toasted Porter with Smilin' Mike Mason and Squire Brendan Roche

What happens when a tiny Scandinavian nation ends a 68 year long prohibition on beers over 2.25% alcohol by volume? Hold up. What happens when some American brewers, only a few years later, fall in love with that same nation’s legendarily delicious fresh water? Well, let’s be honest. This isn’t much of a riddle. So today we’re talking about a quaff that links the brewing traditions of the United States and Iceland, a product that is the largest beer export of Iceland, and a beer that – and I’m speculating here – is probably consumed in vast quantities by grog-swilling trolls, ale-guzzling dwarfs, and beer-nipping elves. Today, on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer we’re talking about Einstök beer. http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

123 MINFEB 9
Comments
Episode 27: Einstök White Ale and Toasted Porter with Smilin' Mike Mason and Squire Brendan Roche

Episode 26: Presidente with Lori Rouse Mann

From its independence in 1844 until the year 1916, well, the Dominican Republic had a rough go of it. More than 50 presidents came and went, as well as 19 different constitutions. Instability was the name of the game, and was only to grow worse as the world itself became generally more unhinged in the looming shadows of the First World War. The internal chaos led government to grind to a meager pace in the Republic, including in terms of its ability to collect and redistribute income. This was a problem – the Dominican Republic owed many nations a great deal of money, and with most of the great powers on war-setting, the failure of the small nation to pay its debts to the USA and other nations invited foreign interference. Acting on theRoosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrinethe US took this moment to invade the Republic, imposing its rule on until 1924. Five years later another American invasion, of a sort, would occur – Charles H. Wanzer, an American industrialist whose fortun...

101 MINFEB 1
Comments
Episode 26: Presidente with Lori Rouse Mann

Episode 25: Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor with Squire Brendan Roche

Close your eyes. Unless your driving, of course. C’mon. I don’t even know why I have to say that. Sheesh. But otherwise close your eyes. Imagine the coolers, foggy and pleasant, of your favorite grocery or gas station. You want a beer, but what to buy? You’re not sure, but you’re sure to notice the stubby green bottles in the shape of a grenade, lightly gilt, alit with a golden hornet. What you’re seeing, there, gleaming like a malty emerald in your mind’s eye, is Mickey’s Fine Malt Liquor – a beer that, whether you’ve tried it or not, you recognize, despite its limited reliance on advertising. Today, on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer, we’re talking about the most famous child of Evansville, Indiana. Today, friends, we’re talking about Mickey’s Fine Malt Liquor. http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

94 MINJAN 27
Comments
Episode 25: Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor with Squire Brendan Roche

Episode 24: Shiner Bock and Shiner S'More with Smilin' Mike Mason

Today’s beers come from the oldest independently owned brewery in Texas, the fourth largest craft brewer in the United States, a brewery founded by Czech and German immigrants in 1909 who simply missed the quaffs of their motherland. With careful planning, a willingness to ignore the misguided precepts of the Prohibition, wonderful marketing, nearly universally respected craftsmanship, and of course the help thirsty hippies from nearby Austin, the products of the Spoetzl Brewery are no longer just local gems and are now available in 49 of 50 states – sorry Hawai’i. Today, on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer, we’re talking about the beer that is arguably most synonymous with the great state of Texas, a beer that has been smuggled in ice trucks and hearses, a beer with one of the most loyal followings in the world. Today we’re talking about Shiner beer. http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

73 MINJAN 18
Comments
Episode 24: Shiner Bock and Shiner S'More with Smilin' Mike Mason

Episode 23: Hofbräu Original with Hank McCarthy

Alois Hingerl was the hardest working porter in the Munich railway station. He worked with great fervor and passion, so much so that he worked himself to death, having only two vices – a love of snuff and beer. He lived such a noble life that Saint Peter made him an angel and sent him on a mission of mercy, to provide wise and sage advice to the leaders of his mother city. Alas, Himmel has neither tobacco nor beer, and Alois, now dubbed Aloisius by the divine powers, found himself craving a snort and a nip. He detoured, as most of us would, to the home of his favorite tipple, the Hofbräuhaus, intending to pour back on mass and then continue along his mission. Alas for the politicians of Bavaria, Aloisius was so sorely moved by the beer that he never left the Haus and remains there, an angelic, blue-collar zythophile, overseeing the beating heart of everything good about his homeland. Today we’re talking about the beer that tempted Aloisius away from his divine mission, arguably t...

93 MINJAN 11
Comments
Episode 23: Hofbräu Original with Hank McCarthy

Episode 22: Yuengling with the Luxuriant Bryan Ailey

In 1829 London, England established the first modern professional police force, Andrew Jackson was sworn in as the President of the United States, and Greek War of Independence ends with the signing of the London Protocol. That same year saw the birth of clothier Levi Strauss, Apache leader Geronimo, and American President Chester A. Arthur. John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States, died in 1829, as would James Smithson, the British scientist whose vast fortune would lay the groundwork for the establishment of the Smithsonian Institutes in the young American Republic. Fifty-three years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and thirty-two years before the first shots of the American Civil War, 1829 is also the year that David G. Yuengling first established the what was then called the Eagle Brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, an institution that has, for six generations, remained in the hands of his family and, equally, remained the touchstone of beers in ea...

110 MINJAN 4
Comments
Episode 22: Yuengling with the Luxuriant Bryan Ailey

Episode 21: The 2018 Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer Holiday Spectacular: Schlitz Malt Liquor with Brendan Roche, Bill Edwards, Mike Mason, and Justin Smith

Brendan: “Do you want a beer?” Eric: “No, I’d like something special.” Brendan: “How about a Bull?” Eric: “A Bull?” Brendan: “Schlitz Malt Liquor, for when you want something a little more special than a beer.” Bill: [A giant bull crashes into Toilet-Kitchen Studio, killing everyone.] Everyone: Fin. Eric: Hey guys, today on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer we’re talking about Schlitz Malt Liquor http://www.pickledeggsandcoldbeer.com

143 MIN2018 DEC 29
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Episode 21: The 2018 Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer Holiday Spectacular: Schlitz Malt Liquor with Brendan Roche, Bill Edwards, Mike Mason, and Justin Smith

Episode 20: Narragansett Lager, Fresh Catch, and Del's Shandy with Squire Brendan Roche

Today’s beer is regarded as the oldest in New England, once the unrivaled master of that region, holding a 65% share of the market in the 1950s. This was not to last, however. Mismanagement by a series of new owners led to a steady decline in quality and customer loyalty and eventually, in 1981, exile. In 2005 the brewery making today’s quaff had a net revenue of nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Hell, they made only $50,000 in sales total nationwide. On the edge of extinction, it was rescued by passionate investors whose love not only brought it back to New England after its long sojourn as a contract beer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but returned it to the hands of Red Sox fans, reintroducing it to the green majesty of Fenway Park. Within nine years not only was it profitable, but was pulling in $12 million a year in the black. Today on Pickled Eggs & Cold Beer we’re drinking the beer Quint crushes in 1975’s Jaws, a beer that still sells for about $6 a six-pack, a beer that claims to be t...

107 MIN2018 DEC 21
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Episode 20: Narragansett Lager, Fresh Catch, and Del's Shandy with Squire Brendan Roche

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