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Drinking Partners

The Drinking Partners Podcast features comics Ed Bailey and Day Bracey swilling microbrews and spirits and engaging in dynamic, entertaining, and informative conversations with entertainers, politicians, and entrepreneurs, ranging from comedian Todd Glass to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. Sometimes outrageous and sometimes educational, the Drinking Partners are nothing short of highly addictive…
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Aug 21, 2019

In their latest podcast, the Drinking Partners interview Ashlee Green, writer and managing editor of The Northside Chronicle. To start, Ms. Green explains what creative nonfiction is, which gives Ed lots of ideas on how he can incorporate the craft into his own life. With a free monthly print edition that seeks to highlight the community, The Northside Chronicle’s focus includes profiles and features on Pittsburgh’s talent and news. Midway through, and after a Drinking Partners tangent, the trio discusses the history of Allegheny City, the once-independent area central to the Northside. After an examination of journalistic practices and approaches, Ms. Green details her favorite stories and how she plans to include even more voices and welcome new perspectives. To read The Northside Chronicle, visit: https://www.thenorthsidechronicle.com.

Aug 13, 2019

Live from Fresh Fest 2019, the Drinking Partners enthusiastically welcome Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, or as Ed calls him, “Mr. Renaissance.” With an audience as excited as both Ed and Day watching, Mr. Oliver gets right into what he sees as the recovery of the American food industry, one that was deceptive for decades. He effortlessly teaches history to those listening by exploring the rich, multi-cultural history of American cuisine, one that was replaced by “food facsimiles.” The trio then examines how to expand the perimeters of the craft beer scene to allow it to be more inclusive and approachable, a shared goal of everyone on the panel and the purpose behind the Fresh Fest Beer Fest. There’s beer drinking, too, to be sure as Ed and Day taste a smooth 9% Belgian strong golden that was heavily influenced by a Belgian brewer who came to New York to teach Mr. Oliver the re-fermentation process. The story also highlights what can happen when people share their keys. In the latter minutes of the podcast, the live audience gets involved during a question and answer session that is filled with relevant queries and compelling answers. A must listen podcast that glows bright with the interesting, ancient history of brewing, one that began in communities of color. “We were all supposed to be in the same damn room in the first place having a good time,” Mr. Oliver reminds the crowd in the final moments. To learn more about the James Beard award-winning Garrett Oliver, view his remarkable style, and hear his inspiring philosophies, visit: https://brooklynbrewery.com/about/the-brewmaster

Aug 5, 2019

Let’s run the numbers: 28 Black brewers, 75 vendors, 45 collaborations with local brewers, 4 deejays, 6 music acts, 15 visual artists, 20 food stations, and one very special Drinking Partners podcast. Welcome to Fresh Fest 2019, which happens this Saturday, August 10th at Nova Place in Pittsburgh.

Mike Potter, Fresh Fest cofounder, joins Ed and Day to talk all things Fresh Fest, which he describes as, “a festival which we just happen to bring beer to.” What makes Fresh Fest unique and history-making is its collection of stories and its offerings: 70+ beers that have been specifically brewed for Fresh Fest and never tasted before. Even better is what the festival represents: a brand new approach to beer by making it accessible to a new audience. This latest interview shines a light on how the festival began, where it might grow, and what makes it so special. What is new for 2019 is the festival’s expanded schedule, which now includes a Friday night beer exchange and symposium (hosted by Ale Sharpton) at Ace Hotel and a Sunday brunch with the brewers at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip. Some exciting beers that will be featured are: a collaboration beer from Warcloud Brewing and Eleventh Hour, a triple threat brew from the team of Troeg’s Brewing, Apis Mead and Winery, and the Drinking Partners, and more than forty other collaborations, from fruity sours (Syla Pgh and Aurochs Brewing) to a juicy New England IPA (Nappy Roots and Dancing Gnome) to a blueberry pancake inspired stout (Hardo and Union Brothers Brewing). And SO MANY more. Like music? How about Starship Mantis, BBGuns, Elias Khouri, Flow Band, MidKnight Rose, and Nappy Roots? Want to dance? Deejays Arie Cole, DJ Femi, DJ Bamboo, and DJ Nate Da Barber will be on deck. Included with the VIP ticket is access to the next Drinking Partners live podcast with Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver and complimentary food provided by the award-winning Chef Kwame Onwuachi. Fresh Fest is THE place to be August 10th, 2019. For more info and tickets, visit: www.freshfestbeerfest.com.

Jul 29, 2019

Do you have a Hennessy holster? If so, the Drinking Partners want to marry you, which they admit in the opening minutes of their latest podcast. Soon after, Ed and Day act more wholesome with Fresh Fest sponsor Farm to Table Western PA and Erin Hart who brings a sampling of exciting local finds, including raw milk. When Day chases a beer with the raw milk, Ed draws a very interesting conclusion about what might happen next. Ed doesn’t stop going at Day, either, which makes for some entertaining moments! Give Ms. Hart credit for listening and laughing as the two go way off topic! There are moments of importance, especially when Ms. Hart explains how a 10% increase in buying locally can reenergize a local economy. From a beer-based chicken jerky to lamb sausage to Maggie’s Farm spiced rum, Ed and Day get to experience a Western Pennsylvania feast. Mixed in with the raucous Drinking Partners antics and wide sampling of food is a collection of extremely useful information and ideas that make buying locally easier and more approachable. To learn more about buying locally and buying fresh, visit: https://farmtotablepa.com. Catch the Drinking Partners August 10th at Fresh Fest!

Jul 24, 2019

Beertender Christine Hallenback and Michelle McHugh, quality control manager, for Union Craft Brewing out of Baltimore stop by the studio in the newest Drinking Partners release. After sampling a ginger sour from Union’s “Rough Draught” series, Ed and Day tried a double IPA infused with fresh orange (Orange Double Duckpin) and outrageously analyze the decision making that goes into recipe development. In the studio, they try Divine, Union Craft Brewing’s newest IPA, one that promises to be as “free spirited and full of character as Charm City itself.” They take a break from brewing talk to discuss how to avoid parking tickets (you can’t) and for Ed to drop some bars. Listen in as beertender Christine teaches how to order a beer properly and Michelle explains how Union develops their experimental beers and their more traditional ones. And then Ed goes on a loud and lengthy tribute to Rueben sandwiches. And that is how your Drinking Partners roll! To learn more about Union Craft Brewing, visit: https://www.unioncraftbrewing.com.

Jul 16, 2019

The Drinking Partners (minus Ed, plus Fresh Fest co-founder Mike Potter) try to be on their best behavior with New Belgium Brewing CEO Steve Fechheimer in the studio. In the beginning, their attempts are successful as Mr. Fechheimer explains how he joined New Belgium and how the company functions as an employee-owned business. More, Day engages in legitimate question-asking as the discussion centers around how New Belgium stays relevant and part of the craft beer community. The short answer? Making good beer and making new beer in their pilot program based in Asheville. Midway through, the group samples a black lager, one of Mike’s favorites – the 1554, a dark ale that was inspired by a 500 year-old recipe. Listen in for an important conversation on how New Belgium is helping to support a more diverse inclusion in the craft beer industry. Want to know the perks of working at a brewery? Stay tuned for that answer. Want to sip some New Belgium brews? You’ll get two chances: they will be at Fresh Fest on August 10th at Nova Place and will also be exclusively sponsoring the Sunday Brewer’s Brunch. For more info about New Belgium Brewing, visit: www.newbelgium.com.

Jul 10, 2019

Dennis Hock, founder of Strange Roots Experimental Ales, joins the Drinking Partners and discusses his approach to brewing “liquid art” and the experimentation his brewery is known for. He explains how his past career as a natural scientist heavily influences his current brewing career as the conversation gets deeply scientific. Listen in as Ed and Day sample a barely legal honey ale, one that was made by pushing “wild yeast as far as it could go.” The APV? 17.3%. The effects seem nearly instantaneous as wild laughter spreads across the studio. Once they settle, the conversation returns to a science-based one, as they talk about spontaneous fermentation and how to control their final products. Of course, Ed and Day interrupt to offer their own non-scientific thoughts. The podcast is a unique chance to learn how Strange Roots continues to push the limits of brewing. For more info about their “wild by design” beers, visit: www.strangerootsbeer.com.

Jul 2, 2019

In the latest Drinking Partners podcast, there are “So many syllables in the introduction” that Ed starts sweating as he welcomes Bill Flanagan and Jeff Broadhurst, the Chief Corporate Relations Officer and the Co-Chairman, respectively, of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s Our Next 75 summit. What follows is an in-depth conversation about the economic development of the Pittsburgh region and an explanation of the Our Next 75 summit, which brought over 1000 leaders from across a 10-county region together to strategize on how to move the area forward. Mr. Flanagan and Mr. Broadhurst patiently explain, despite Ed and Day’s interruptions, the scope and reach of the Allegheny Conference, although the Drinking Partners add their own, humor-centered touches on everything from transportation issues to the best icebreakers. As always, the Drinking Partners mix the serious with the absurd. This latest release offers an important and entertaining glimpse into what the future of the Allegheny region looks like. For more information about the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, visit: https://www.alleghenyconference.org

Jun 24, 2019

The latest Drinking Partners podcast is an enthusiastic free for all as members of the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Society stop by the studio for a beer exchange and interview. Adam and Aaron join Ed and Day for the interview portion, which is quite wild and loud as the men sip on “whales.” Adam explains the naming history behind how rare beers earned the “whale” nickname, ones that Ed and Day immediately jump on. Their first is Dad’s Nuts from Fury Brewing, which seems a fitting first choice given the energy in the studio, although Ed finds sipping that particularly named beer hard to drink. Next up is Berry Berry, a double-fruited sour and a discussion on how the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Society operates. The beer continues to flow; a double hopped hazy from Other Half Brewing and Black Magic Panther, a scotch-barreled imperial stout from Westbrook Brewing Company. With each beer sampled, the laughs multiply, and Adam and Aaron explain how to become whale hunters. This latest release is one to remember and a fantastic and fun listen. To learn more about the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Society and to join, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pittsburghcraftbeersociety/

Jun 11, 2019

John Lasher from Cellar Works Brewing joins the Drinking Partners and starts the boys off with an American Dubbel style stout with a rustic taste. Mr. Lasher talks about his start as a home brewer and the decision to leave his job in the nuclear engineering field to open Cellar Works in the opening segment. From bottle and can design to dumping bad beer, Mr. Lasher details how Cellar Works thrives, especially with a focus on locally sourcing and maintaining their “farmhouse philosophy.” Midway through, the conversation turns science and brewing-specific, leaving Ed to conclude that if he opened a brewery, it would fail. Throughout the podcast, the discussion is so in-depth and detailed that listeners will believe themselves able to get started brewing. And then the drunken wheels come off as Ed and Day let loose. An episode that true beer aficionados will love. Learn more about Cellar Works here: https://cellarworksbrewing.com.

Jun 3, 2019

Steve Sloan, owner and brewer for Roundabout Brewery, and Hootie (Justin Blakey) from Blowfish BBQ, join the Drinking Partners for a beer and barbeque feast in this latest release. After a brief interruption from Ed and Day as they discuss lawn maintenance, the men get down to business as both Steve and Hootie talk food and beer. The group pairs smoked brisket with a Roundabout Pilsner, which Ed and Day both admire for its clarity and taste as Steve explains the New Zealand influences behind Roundabout. Next up is a Marama IPA as Hootie gives his tips on what is essential for a BBQ starter kit and why he thinks Pittsburgh is finally ready for barbeque. The next course is a Ginga wheat accompanied by beef ribs, one of Blowfish’s specialty items. This newest Drinking Partners highlights two of Pittsburgh’s bests in beer and food, and listeners will want to visit both Roundabout Brewery and Blowfish BBQ after tuning in.

May 28, 2019

Special episode, special beer, and special guests abound in the latest Drinking Partners release. Podcasting live from Brew Gentlemen to celebrate their 5th anniversary,
Ed and Day welcome the brewery’s co-owner Matt Katase and Braddock’s new mayor Chardae Jones. Ed promises to be politically correct, and Day promises to be himself as they learn about Mayor Jones’s rise to become part of the “millennial mayor” association. Matt jumps into the conversation to speak on the connection between business and community and how the two must rely on each other before he expands on how Brew Gentlemen got its start during his college years. Keep listening to learn the meaning (and vibe) behind Akamai, a double IPA offering with Hawaiian history and discover how Brew Gentlemen uses a mixed culture fermentation approach for their Mise En Rose series. In the latter minutes of the podcast, the conversation remains beer-specific with Matt detailing their new offerings brewed specially for their outdoor expansion. A fun and engaging listen. Learn what is currently on tap at www.brewgentlemen.com.

May 20, 2019

To celebrate their fifth anniversary and current fundraising efforts, DS Kinsel and Thomas Agnew from Boom Conepts join the Drinking Partners. Puppet karaoke? It’s a thing, and you can check it out at Boom Concepts at 6 pm on June 5. Thomas and DS explain how Boom is looking for “new spins of traditional sh*t.” The interview expands to a finance-focused one midway through as the men discuss how to expand income sources before they smoothly shift to art and culture and the importance of inspiration, support, and vibe. But it isn’t all serious contemplation; Ed explains why he doesn’t dance. The closing segment is NSFW, Drinking Partners-style and does not need to be/cannot be described with words. Follow along with what is happening with Boom Concepts at https://www.facebook.com/boomconcepts/.

May 13, 2019

With guest host Jared Evans returning, the Drinking Partners welcome Nick Rosich, head brewer of Penn Brewery. As they sip on a Penn Gold, the award-winning classic lager, Nick shares how Penn Brewery has stayed current by expanding beyond their early, more traditional offerings. From there, the discussion of the brewing process deepens as Nick explains the importance of yeast and how he got his start at Siebel Institute, a brewing school that has existed for over a century. With that background, the interview gets technical and precise about brewing, with Drinking Partners-styled interruptions and jokes. And then Day and Jared get existential. Tune in for that abrupt shift! Catch the Drinking Partners Friday, May 17th at the Ace Hotel for a silent disco and can release featuring a Fresh Fest exclusive brew. Find out more about Penn Brewery: www.pennbrew.com.

May 6, 2019

For the Drinking Partners latest release, they welcome Zach and Jeremiah from Union Brothers Brewing – Butler County’s newest addition that will open XX. After tiring of waiting in line for new beer releases, the brothers decided to start brewing their own. The first half of the podcast features Zach and Jeremiah discussing what will come for Union Brothers and allows listeners a unique view at the developmental process. As the men sample a citrusy Victor Nelson, Ed states, “You guys are just dudes I want to drink with.” From there, they taste the Simpleton pale ale, which features a rotating hop, and explore the trends happening in the craft beer world. Trap beer? Stay tuned to hear about the Union Brothers collaboration with Pittburgh-based rapper Hardo for Fresh Fest 2019. A smooth and exciting interview. Follow Union Brothers progress and where you can find them before their opening on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnionBrothersBrewing/.

Apr 29, 2019

Samantha Bentley, one of Pittsburgh’s funniest comedians, joins the Drinking Partners in their latest release and will have listeners laughing for over an hour. The trio jumps from topic to topic with their unique spins on everyday issues, and the conversation never fails to conclude with a magical comedic touch, even when Samantha discusses her early struggles with comedy. Ever wonder how Ed wins every argument he’s in? Tune in for that answer as the comedians get personal, and Samantha shares some of her best stage moments. Perhaps the best moment is when Samantha admits to objectifying Ed, in an exchange that will be ranked as one of the Drinking Partners best. A classic, comedy-centered episode that will please every listener. To hear more from Samantha, check her out May 3rd at the Ace Hotel in her starring role at the Three Women One Mic show. For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/503944047041811/.

Apr 22, 2019

Ed complains as he finds himself in “third place on his own podcast” in the voice department as Aadam Soorma from Porter Craft Beer Tours joins the Drinking Partners. The early minutes center on Mr. Soorma’s Cleveland roots, but transition into his job as a representative of Pittsburgh and columnist for pittsburgh.verylocal.com. From there, the talk goes to all things beer, from where, when, and how to enjoy the Pittsburgh brewery scene. And then things go off topic in very unexpected ways, as Ed and Day discuss man-dogs and muzzling babies. Yes, you read that right. As usual, the Drinking Partners double back to discuss beer and brewery flexing, with lots of pausing for laughter breaks. A fun listen that is perfect for the warmer weather and brewery visits.

Apr 15, 2019

In their newest podcast release, the Drinking Partners highlight Revival Chili, after they offer a hilarious examination of the business casual look. Jordan Robarge - Revival Chili’s founder - speaks on his food truck’s founding and mission, one that includes second chances, open hiring, and in-depth training. In addition, he talks about their expansion to include Nancy’s Diner, which allows Revival to employ more people and expand their community reach. Ed and Day chow down on a spicy chicken chili, which leads to some Drinking Partners confessions. Blending both the diner and food truck, Nancy’s features chili and waffles, in addition to a full menu. And BYOB, which Ed and Day take credit for as they veer off topic in their amusing ways. The interview concludes with Jordan talking about Revival’s expansion and outreach plans, intermixed with more of Ed and Day’s rants and raves. For more information about Nancy’s Revival and Revival Chili, visit www.revivalchili.com.

Apr 8, 2019

The Drinking Partners welcome Jamie Warcen and Paul Schneider, owner and head brewer for Cinderlands Beer Company in their latest release. Ed promises to become a cinders expert as the men discuss how Cinderlands emerged as both a craft brewery and independent restaurant. As the men taste a strong-smelling guava coconut tart IPA, Paul explains the process behind its tropical conception; the beer leaves Ed and Day thrilled and talkative, as they are overcome by the original taste. (Very talkative as they veer into a Drinking Partners-esque rant about candy.) Midway through, Ed drops an unforgettable pause moment before the conversation returns to beer, specifically the ancient traditions of brewing and a great explanation of the differences in saisons. The interview closes with Jamie and Paul both sharing how they develop their own choices, with some hints at their recipes. With their second location opening soon in the Strip District, Cinderlands is looking to continue to make their impact known in both brewing and dining. For more info, visit www.cinderlands.com.

Apr 8, 2019

The Drinking Partners welcome Jamie Warcen and Paul Schneider, owner and head brewer for Cinderlands Beer Company in their latest release. Ed promises to become a cinders expert as the men discuss how Cinderlands emerged as both a craft brewery and independent restaurant. As the men taste a strong-smelling guava coconut tart IPA, Paul explains the process behind its tropical conception; the beer leaves Ed and Day thrilled and talkative, as they are overcome by the original taste. (Very talkative as they veer into a Drinking Partners-esque rant about candy.) Midway through, Ed drops an unforgettable pause moment before the conversation returns to beer, specifically the ancient traditions of brewing and a great explanation of the differences in saisons. The interview closes with Jamie and Paul both sharing how they develop their own choices, with some hints at their recipes. With their second location opening soon in the Strip District, Cinderlands is looking to continue to make their impact known in both brewing and dining. For more info, visit www.cinderlands.com.

Apr 1, 2019

Brooke Franus and Lee Schmidt, the couple behind the Pittsburgh-based Stewards of Beer, join the Drinking Partners and drop their tagline in the opening minutes: We’re here for your beer. During the first half of the podcast, Brooke and Lee explain the concept behind Stewards of Beer, one that aims to educate, promote, and assist the thriving beer culture in Western Pennsylvania. Up first on the expansive sample of beers they have brought to the studio is a collaboration beer from New Belgium that features a Mexico-inspired fruit infusion. As the Drinking Partners sip, Brooke and Lee discuss their upcoming class offerings, which teach everything from beer and food pairings to keg line maintenance, with many topics in between. The classes will be held at Hal’s Bottle Shop in Ross Township, and enrollment for the 6-week class can be accessed through www.stewardsofbeer.com. After a break for Ed and Day to give advice on how to be a relationship wingman, the group tastes an earthy sour and a chocolate stout, and a thorough, beer-centric debate follows before the group finishes with a 14% milk stout. An extensive and educational listen that shows what the Stewards of Beer do best.

Mar 25, 2019

In the latest Drinking Partners release, Ed and Day host Charleroi-based Four Points Brewing owner Dave Barbe and head brewer Adam Boura. At less than a year old, Four Pointe Brewing is one of the newcomers on the scene and the conversation starts with a discussion on how they began. After spending over a year “fine-tuning” their beer by sampling it at Mr. Barbe’s restaurant (Fourth Street Barbeque) and overcoming a delay caused by a bankrupt supplier, the brewery opened in July 2018 with the Fourth Street IPA as their flagship beer. The men discuss how they operate as a small brewery and the advantages that come with small batch brewing. The Black Currant Fruitition sour impresses Ed enough to make him croon and leads to a debate about the pronunciation of “currant.” Mr. Boura offers a thorough explanation into his brewing process during a mid-point segment, which aficionados will enjoy. Stay tuned until the end to hear a discussion on how best to handle critics and reviews. Visit Four Points Brewing in Charleroi and find their tap list at https://fourpointsbrewing.com.

Mar 18, 2019

The Drinking Partners welcome Dave Dicello, one of Pittsburgh’s most popular photographers whose distinct images of the city are easily recognizable and widely shared and loved. After Ed claims the #elevateddroneselfie hashtag (listen in for the full story), Day questions Mr. Dicello’s approach to capturing some of Pittsburgh’s best scenes, ones that are both random and planned. The conversation that follows is an impressive and vigorous display of an artist at work, in his own words and detailing his vision. Midway through, Mr. Dicello admits which of his photographs is his favorite and the reason why. From there, the group talks about technology and advancements in photography gear and concludes with a discussion about filters and editing. This latest Drinking Partners release is a dynamic listen that highlights Dave Dicello’s career and craft while examining the work behind the art of photography. For more information about his work, visit his website: http://davedicello.com

Mar 11, 2019

Jared Herman, Luke McKelvy, and Erich Walls – the founders of Levity Brewing Company in Indiana, Pa join the Drinking Partners in this latest release. The trio speaks on the brewery’s founding in a college town and how they all professional careers to open Levity. Their first offering is the High End Flannel, an award-winning mixed fermentation sour that leads to some Drinking Partners tangents, one that involves horse dung. Next up is the Knock and Howl and a conversation on sasquatch culture as the abundance of male energy takes over. By the time they sample the Dark Soul, Ed and Day are feeling fine and contemplating the importance of wearing a robe. Wondering how they got there? Listen in to find out. To learn more about Levity, visit http://www.levitybrewing.com.

Mar 5, 2019

For their 200th episode, the Drinking Partners bring in two extra-special guests, and, unsurprisingly, sip some extra-special drinks. A Drinking Partners favorite – Rick Sebak – returns to, according to Day, “stunt on me,” and legendary, award-winning Pittsburgh sports photographer Christopher Horner joins the party. And a party it is as the group opens the podcast by sampling a 19.9 % Black Tuesday beer that Day has aged for three years. Minutes into the interview, Rick remembers that he’s dealing with two comedians as Ed shares some NSFW hospital dreams before the interview transitions into how both Rick and Christopher capture and share Pittsburgh’s history. Of particular interest is when the men are asked to name their favorite Pittsburgh moment, and Rick remembers Fresh Fest fondly and flatteringly. For Mr. Horner, it’s the 2013 Wild Card game that the Pirates won at PNC Park. When Rick uncorks a bottle of Remy Martin cognac, the energy intensifies and the singing begins. There’s even a brief duet between Ed and Day and a consideration of the “boujee-fication of Ed Bailey. A celebratory, entertaining listen that offers the best of the Drinking Partners. To hear more from Rick Sebak, find him on Twitter @rickaroundhere or Facebook/Instagram as @ricksebak. For more from Christopher Horner, check him out on Instagram/Twitter as @hornerfoto1.

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