Chris Togneri, one of the most well-informed and prolific beer critics in Pittsburgh, joins the Drinking Partners to discuss all things brewed and booming across Western Pennsylvania. As the beer columnist for The Incline, his Four One Brew feature highlights all the happenings in the area. Early on, he discusses his (and several unnamed brewers) hatred for pumpkin beer before transitioning into a hilarious discussion on dogs. Listeners will especially enjoy the moments when the Drinking Partners combine topics to discuss “dog beer.” Midway through, the mood shifts when Mr. Togneri admits to being a Golden State Warriors fan, much to Ed’s dismay. Stay tuned throughout to hear the Drinking Partners make an analogy between women and pumpkins that most likely has never been previously attempted and, according to Ed, will limit their corporate sponsorships. Both Ed and Day are in high spirits for the latter half of the interview, which Ed blames on the jalapeno beer that Mr. Togneri brought. To follow Chris Togneri’s beer column, visit: https://theincline.com/about/chris-togneri/
Four Seasons Brewing doubles up with the Drinking Partners as Mark Brewer and Mark Pavlik bring beer, swag, and relaxed conversation to the studio. In the early minutes, the group discusses the local impact and support in the brewery’s Latrobe home before shifting their focus to Mr. Brewer’s label design and inspiration. Ed and Day are both grateful for the Russian Imperial Stout and the warmth it provides as they record from the chilly studio, and Ed claims the stout serves as a “bear skinned peacoat perfectly tailored.” From worshipping tater tots to discussing the restrained and balanced approach that Four Seasons takes when flavoring their beers, the latest podcast release has a bit of everything. For more information about Four Seasons, visit http://www.fsbrewing.com.
“I think our guests are hometown heroes,” Ed opines as the latest Drinking Partners episode begins, while Day refers to the upcoming hour as “edutainment.” Patrick and Theresa Nightingale – representing Pittsburgh NORML – return to speak on the current Pennsylvania regulations, impending plans, and future goals associated with marijuana decriminalization. Few are as knowledgeable as the Nightingales, both from a legal and botanical perspective, and the early segment is filled with little known cannabis facts. Ed and Day chime in often with well-timed quips, flavoring the legalese-heavy conversation with hilarious asides, yet allowing the educational flow to stream. With medicinal marijuana now legal in Pennsylvania, the Nightingales offer information on how to apply for a medical cannabis card and update listeners on when dispensaries will be opening. The closing minutes combine comedy and science, which will have listeners intrigued and laughing, often at the same time. For more information about Pittsburgh NORML, visit: