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
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.
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.
As soon as the newest Drinking Partners episode starts, Ed spends time “trying to figure out how you all are married.” Who is he talking about? Dennis and Sammy, the duo who owns and operates First Sip Brew Box, a monthly subscription box for craft beer lovers. From how they began First Sip Brew Box to how they design each box, Dennis explains the ingenuity behind the company and how they have grown in the three years since their start. Each month features a new brewery and the theme is centered around that choice. The group also discusses how to streamline the small business model while paying fair wages. All along, however, the Drinking Partners chime in, with their expected ridiculousness and inexplicable stories are shared. Dennis and Sammy can’t even get through an explanation of what they pick for their boxes without Ed and Day hilariously commenting; for example: beer soap. Stay tuned for more from First Sip Brew Box, including Pet Brew boxes coming in Spring 2019. For more information about First Sip Brew Box and to sign up for their beer-centric swag, visit: www.firstsipbrewbox.com.
“You can’t pause me for a physical reaction that you had,” Ed informs Day as the latest Drinking Partners podcast starts. Promising to be wild, they welcome Barz Blackman and JP from indie rock/hip hip band BBGuns who open the interview by discussing their unique style that crosses genres and combines varying influences. From the importance of a beat and hook to the process of song writing, Barz and JP open up about how the BBGuns sound and spirit developed, which leads to a larger discussion on the music industry, albeit with a Drinking Partners spin (be ready to laugh). Keep listening as Ed admits how he will celebrate “making it,” after he prods Barz and JP to have crazier goals, despite their practical inclinations. Toward the end of the interview, the group talks about social media and manufactured moments and how to connect the personal and professional. To close the podcast, Ed, Day, Barz, and JP fulfill the promise to be wild as they examine cheap labor in an indescribable, wacky, and at times loud manner. To find out more about BBGuns, visit: https://www.facebook.com/BBGUNSpgh/.
Al Grasso of Allegheny City Brewing joins the Drinking Partners and talks about the brewery’s early days. As they sip on a Fairwaters pilsner, Mr. Grasso speaks on the defining pillars of the brewery: great beer, great service, and a great atmosphere. From an explanation into the significance of their name to the importance of their water’s mineral content, Mr. Grasso gives a thorough and interesting telling of how Allegheny City Brewing operates. Next, the trio samples a newly released and unnamed stout featuring Nancy B’s cookies. Ed and Day offer some suggestions for names as Al talks about how difficult it is name beers. Up next is a plum-flavored sour, which leads to a conversation about . . . grocery stores. The closing minutes are loose and amusing with plenty to laugh about as Ed and Day give advice you might not have known you wanted. For more about Allegheny City Brewing, visit www.alleghenycitybrewing.com.
In the latest Drinking Partners release, Ed and Day interview Jeff Betten, general manager of Pittsburgh-based Misra Records and founder of Wild Kindness Records. The opening segment features Mr. Betten discussing his commitment to the Pittsburgh music scene and how he sees it expanding and developing. From there, the group discusses the role of a music label (and conclude that producer Buzzy is their label) and the types of artists and bands that they represent – “commercially competitive artists who make smart, substantial, story-driven music.” As head of a record label, Mr. Betten hears the pulse of the city, which leads to a conversation on gentrification and the changing scopes of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. And then the real Drinking Partners emerge, and a lengthy, and, at times combative, debate on Ice Cube and Ice-T ensues. Even when the interview gets back on a musical track, Ed and Day find a way to argue. Listen until the end to hear the Drinking Partners thoughts on future collaborative projects. To learn more about Misra Records, visit: https://www.misrarecords.com
In the newest Drinking Partners release, Ed and Day welcome RB, a “curator of good times” and founder of FarESH Brand, a Pittsburgh-based concept brand seeking to blend fashion, culture, and creativity. In the early minutes, fashion is the focus, or, more accurately, counterfeit fashion as Ed and Day let loose on trends from the past and the knock-offs they influenced. From there, the trio gets hyper local, as they discuss how the festival scene is reintroducing people to the city of Pittsburgh and the talented individuals who make up the creative scenes. For listeners who look forward to Ed’s singing, the midway point highlights him in a new voice. From there, the beer kicks in and the conversation becomes NSFW, as the Drinking Partners often are. The closing segment refocuses on RB and his thoughts on the vibe he is hoping to promote. For more information on FarESH, visit: www.fareshbrand.com.
Matt and Keana McMahon, the married owners of Eleventh Hour Brewing stop by the studio in the newest Drinking Partners podcast. Hear how a home brewing kit gifted to Matt from Keana led to the eventual founding of Eleventh Hour. An interview with a married couple would not be complete without playful bickering and banter, which Ed and Day encourage and take part in. Listen in to learn why Day remarks, “We are essentially drinking your love juice.” From can design to tank maintenance and tank design and beyond, the McMahons explain how their brewery developed. Tune in until the end to hear Ed admit, “That is the most pause-able moment I’ve ever been involved in.” To learn more about Eleventh Hour Brewing, visit them at their Lawrenceville taproom or www.11thhourbrews.com.
As the Drinking Partners enjoy a holiday sampling from Troeg’s, they welcome DJ Nate Da Barber, whose tag sums up his professional passions as an owner of two barbershops and a popular Pittsburgh DJ. An insightful conversation revolves around the importance of barbershops in the Black community, succinctly explained by Ed, “The barber knows it all.” Having been active in Pittsburgh’s hip hop scene for the last 20 years, DJ Nate offers up a reflective view. Midway through, the group talks about Fresh Fest, the country’s first Black beer festival, hosted by the Drinking Partners and featuring Nate Da Barber in the VIP area, an event that significantly changed the vibe around beer culture. In the episode’s concluding minutes, Nate discusses his career in entertainment and the DJ industry in general. A fun listen that gleams with excitement for things past and things future. To learn more about Nate Da Barber, visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/djnatedabarber1/
The Drinking Partners celebrate their last podcast recording of 2018 by reflecting on their achievements with gratitude and awe before welcoming a very special guest. After years of being on the other side of the mic, the Drinking Partners enthusiastically welcome their producer Buzzy Torek, who continues to work as they record. What follows is a unique listen that offers a glimpse into how Epicast Network got started. The trio discusses how they each discovered craft beer and their journeys from basic beer to, as Ed calls it, “bougie beer.” Up first in their studio sampling is a peanut butter stout from Dancing Gnome, which receives a thorough analysis. Buzzy, who is a photographer for Craft Pittsburgh, brings knowledge and experience to the interview as he shares his thoughts on all things Pittsburgh and beer (and admits which are his favorite Drinking Partners episodes). Day dubs Buzzy, “a third of the cast,” and, after that (and with the beer kicking in), the conversation livens up. An IPA is followed by a double chocolate stout that receives mixed reviews. Tune in until the end to hear Ed sing as he reminisces about his missed musical career. A beer-centric episode that highlights the man behind the success of the Drinking Partners. Learn more about Epicast Network: www.epicastnetwork.com.