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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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Jan 10, 2017

Wearing their Christmas worst and sitting fireside, the Drinking Partners podcast live from Rock Bottom Pittsburgh with head brewer Meg Evans and top comic and dirty Santa impersonator Tim Ross. The opening minutes showcase the darker, beer-loving side of Santa Claus as the comedians banter, ridicule and tease, often with outrageously entertaining results. After a customary Drinking Partners conversational detour, Ed and Day introduce their next guests, fellow podcaster Ya Jagoff and Penn Brewery manager and brewer Nick Rosich. After some high-spirited audience interactions, the Drinking Partners make room at the table for Shu Brew owner Zach Shumaker and Spoonwood Brewing’s James Evans. Frenzied, loud, and delightfully untamed, this episode is a wild and jolly listen.

Jan 2, 2017

Swigging on Straub Helles, a Game of Thrones-esque, warm-bodied, robust lager designed for the upcoming winter, the Drinking Partners welcome Aaron Watson, host of the Going Deep podcast, which thoroughly explores the passions and fears of wide-ranging guests. From the opening minutes, the men reflect and consider, examining what drives individual journeys. Moments of wit and laughter playfully interrupt the contemplative nature of the interview, which allows Ed and Day the space to be both introspective and self-deprecating. And the time to expose and criticize Santa Claus as a poor businessman and promote panda bears, who, according to Day, are “the Rick Sebak of animals … lovable and adorable.” Ed disagrees and a typical Drinking Partners tangent ensues, full of sarcastic quips and far-fetched tales. A full interview that swings from farcical to profound and is a charming listen. Listen to Going Deep with Aaron Watson on his website www.goingdeepwithaaron.com and catch the Drinking Partners live January 28, 2017 at Comtra Theatre (Cranberry, PA) for a stand-up showcase.

Dec 21, 2016

Tom Marshall from Full Pint Brewing, creators of the Drinking Partners-inspired, cognac-based Hundo ale, joins Ed and Day in the studio with special guest Chris Boles from Redfish Bowl, a Pittsburgh-based art collective that unites artists across mediums and showcases the diverse art scene. The two have teamed up for Living Color, a collaboration beer that provides financial support to local artists. The interview offers an in-depth discussion that craft beer lovers will appreciate, from brewing to marketing, and all steps in between. As with most Drinking Partners podcasts, the conversation often diverges, touching upon subjects that are political and personal, legal and illegal, yet wholly focused on community initiatives. In the closing minutes, the men get reflective, calmly and profoundly speaking about national affairs and events with a contagious optimism. Both Hundo and Living Color are currently available from Full Pint Brewing.

Dec 21, 2016

Tom Marshall from Full Pint Brewing, creators of the Drinking Partners-inspired, cognac-based Hundo ale, joins Ed and Day in the studio with special guest Chris Boles from Redfish Bowl, a Pittsburgh-based art collective that unites artists across mediums and showcases the diverse art scene. The two have teamed up for Living Color, a collaboration beer that provides financial support to local artists. The interview offers an in-depth discussion that craft beer lovers will appreciate, from brewing to marketing, and all steps in between. As with most Drinking Partners podcasts, the conversation often diverges, touching upon subjects that are political and personal, legal and illegal, yet wholly focused on community initiatives. In the closing minutes, the men get reflective, calmly and profoundly speaking about national affairs and events with a contagious optimism. Both Hundo and Living Color are currently available from Full Pint Brewing.

Dec 12, 2016

For their 100th episode, the Drinking Partners podcast live from Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theater as they host a beer-sampling, celebratory party for a packed house of lively, loud, and liquored up guests. An abundance of beer and mead from Shu Brew, Rock Bottom, Bloom Brew, and Apis Meadery filled the theater’s lobby as guests sipped for free during the opening hour. With a special-release, collaboration beer aptly named Hundo, Full Pint honored the Drinking Partners with this uniquely crafted, cognac-laced double imperial ale, which is now widely available throughout Pittsburgh. After live comedy provided by headliner T-Robe, Ed and Day enthusiastically welcome one of their most popular guests and Pittsburgh legend Rick Sebak. From the moment he joins, Mr. Sebak entertains and educates as he mixes up a Sidecar cocktail, complete with hand-squeezed lemon juice and strong enough that Ed proclaims, “This tastes like an Uber Ride.” Laughs and Pittsburgh-centric tales abound as Mr. Sebak regales Ed, Day, and an enthralled crowd with his amusing anecdotes. Midway through, pop artist and entrepreneur Baron Batch joins the panel and speaks on the importance of creative art adding beauty and dimension to today’s world, a necessary and timely ideal. Day introduces the final podcast guest and his own hometown hero, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, who cannot help but discuss the 2016 Presidential Election. A thoughtful, sometimes impassioned, conversation follows. An unforgettable, hour-long anniversary episode that charms and informs, teases and contemplates, and generates wild laughter as only the Drinking Partners can.

Dec 7, 2016

Live from Black Forge Coffee House, the Drinking Partners welcome Pittsburgh-based fantasy author Cat Bruno, although she is often more widely known as Day’s girlfriend. Sipping on Apis mead, she stops by to promote her latest release, Queen of Stars and Shadows, an Amazon bestseller in epic fantasy. Ms. Bruno’s long history with both Ed and Day provides an interesting and playful backdrop, made even moreso once the Drinking Partners begin sipping on a Weyerbacher Belgian Quadruple. Blending the personal with the professional, the trio discusses the craft of writing and explores how ideas evolve into stories. Of course, true to the Drinking Partners style, the interview cheerfully deconstructs and allows Ed and Day to engage in moments of hilarious recklessness. A quick listen which offers insight into the business side of writing. For more about Cat, find her at catbruno.com or through Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/catbruno.

Nov 22, 2016

In this sport-centered episode, The Drinking Partners welcome professional wrestler Duke Davis for a high-octane, story telling session. As the choke slam champion of Pittsburgh wrestling, Mr. Davis shares tales from the ring and inspires Day to speak on his own wrestling history with unfiltered animation and excitement. Ed takes an uncharacteristic backseat as the two men energetically discuss the history and greats of professional wrestling. Midway through, the interview turns serious, yet still amusing, as Ed reenters to analyze the role of race in the history of the sport. The podcast offers a rare opportunity to hear what happens behind the scenes of a professional wrestling event, from the choreography of a match to the physical training necessary to compete. A bustling, fresh interview with an up and coming Pittsburgh sports star. Find Duke Davis’s upcoming events through Pro Express Wrestling http://www.pwxtv.com.

Nov 18, 2016

Full Pint brewer Tom opens the live 100th episode Epic Extravaganza with the special release of the Drinking Partners collaboration beer Hundo. Created with honey malt and soaked in oak chips, this cognac-inspired brew reflects a true Drinking Partners flavor. The Hundo is now available and on tap in bars in the nine counties surrounding Pittsburgh and gets an enthusiastic endorsement from Ed and Day.

Nov 15, 2016

Pittsburgh headliner Terry Jones joins the Drinking Partners for a detailed conversation about his rise through the comedic ranks. A master of impressions, Mr. Jones shares amusing tales from Pittsburgh’s early days of comedy, charming Ed and Day into appreciative silence interrupted by loud fits of laughter. Midway through, the men explore the impact of black comedy, personally and professionally. A necessary and important discussion ensues. In the latter half of the podcast, Mr. Jones offers advice for upcoming comics, most notably on how to continually improve. In the final minutes, the trio has a boisterous discussion about comedy legends. A must listen for those in the scene and any who support and enjoy Pittsburgh comedy.

Nov 10, 2016

In one of the Drinking Partners best segments, Comedian Todd Glass unofficially officially endorses Mug Root Beer. To all other markets and makers of root beer, Todd Glass offers this wisdom: “You can’t compete … with this liquid candy.” As perhaps the only celebrity actively endorsing Mug with such enthusiasm, the conversation is as entertainingly refreshing as the soft drink. Never before and never after will you listen to ten minutes of such comedic joy centered around the non-alcoholic version of beer. Drive with caution while listening to Ed and Day joke with Todd; the laughs are that dangerously sidesplitting!r. 

Nov 7, 2016

In the latest release, the Drinking Partners broadcast live from Epicast producers Buzzy Torek & Nick Miller’s living room and welcome repeat guests Pittsburgh-based emcee Hubbs and defense attorney Dan Muessing, who moonlights as freestyle rapper Dos Noun. The commentary shifts between political and confidential in the relaxed atmosphere, with much of the early discussion centering on the legalization of cannabis. From there, an in-depth analysis of the genre of rap ensues, with a complex and thought-provoking conversation developing around the scope of women in lyrics. At times fast-paced and unconstrained, the interview ranges from commentary on the confederate flag to a detailed inquiry into socio-economic realities. The podcast concludes with a discussion and critique of Pittsburgh’s hip-hop culture. Be sure to stay tuned for a impromptu, impressive, and dynamic live performance and collaboration between Hubbs and Dos Noun. A well-timed podcast release on the eve of a momentous election.

Oct 31, 2016

Fresh off being voted the top podcast in Pittsburgh (City Paper Best of Pittsburgh 2016), the Drinking Partners get back to business by welcoming Pittsburgh Brewtal Fest organizers Meg and James Evans for a thoroughly enjoyable conversation. Cheerful and entertaining from the opening minutes, the interview offers an hour of amusing tales intermixed with the ideas behind Pittsburgh Brewtal Fest, a music and beer festival and collaboration between local breweries and bands. The conversation serves as a lesson in music for Ed, who blames his mom for “not ever putting him to sleep with metal.” Stay alert and be rewarded with Ed’s wildly fantastic impersonation of Missy Elliot and an outrageously memorable series of jokes following it. For more fun and to sample four, specially crafted, band-inspired beers only available at the festival, visit Pittsburgh Brewtal Fest on November 6 at Spirit Lodge in Lawrenceville.

For more information or to buy tickets here: http://www.pghbrewtalfest.com

Oct 24, 2016

The Drinking Partners find themselves serene and tranquil after an hour spent at Levity – an out of this world float studio located in Pittsburgh. Or, as Ed teases, “Day went into that deprivation tank a black man and came out a hippie.” Live after a session submerged in Epsom salt and ten inches of water, the Drinking Partners welcome Levity owner Dave Rapach, who explains the process behind the sensory, gravity-defying experience. A thorough and unguarded interview follows, with Ed and Day showing a newfound vulnerability and bliss. But even their relaxed states do not lessen their amusement, as they joke and jibe with Mr. Rapach. A fantastic listen, made even more enjoyable by the Drinking Partners openness and contagious delight. Visit Levity at 2635 Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill or schedule a float session at www.floatlevity.com.

Oct 17, 2016

Cultural revolutionaries Thomas Agnew and D.S. Kinsel, founding members of Jenesis Magazine and the creative workspace Boom Concepts, chat with the Drinking Partners in this energetic, enlightening, and uplifting interview. As important influencers and voices in the urban community, Mr. Agnew and Mr. Kinsel share the stories of their successes, imparting wisdom and advice as they encourage, support, and shape upcoming artists across multiple platforms. The episode is a must-listen for any Pittsburgh-based creator, as the men offer a grassroots education on how to sustain and prosper as independent artists. Boom Concepts serves as an all-welcoming performance center and studio for locally crafted art and music and is the home base for Jenesis Magazine, a free, online publication featuring local and national news and updates. Midway through, Mr. Agnew and Mr. Kinsel detail the essential steps necessary to transition one’s artistic creation into a profitable product. The podcast provides an hour of instruction and guidance and offers a rare and memorable collaboration with some of Pittsburgh’s most important artistic advocates.

Oct 10, 2016

After a series of live podcasts, the Drinking Partners return to the studio and welcome Christian Simmons, founding owner of Pennsylvania Libations, a sales and distribution company that only features Pennsylvania-produced spirits. Mr. Simmons serves as a “brand ambassador” for over sixty companies and supplies bars and restaurants with locally made liquors and wines. While sipping on several of the products, Ed and Day listen as Mr. Simmons explains how his company began and the process of connecting local brands with a growing food and beverage industry. The discussion offers a wealth of insider knowledge as the group examines the chain of movement from distillery to glass and the importance of keeping spending locally based. In addition, the Drinking Partners learn the distinctive intricacies and unique properties that distinguish these Pennsylvanian spirits as superior products. Pennsylvania Libations, the only privatized company that sells all local liquors, will expand into its own storefront in the Strip District. For more information on how to support local distilleries, visit pennsylvanialibations.com.

Oct 7, 2016

After the extraordinary debut of Alex Stypula’s dark comedy web series, The Hard Dentist, in front of a packed house at Rowhouse Theater, the Drinking Partners host a live podcast with the cast. Co-star Laurie Bolewitz joins Mr. Stypula, who also released his comedy album, Dolphins are Garbage, and the duo discusses the creation of and the inspiration behind The Hard Dentist. With an energized crowd listening, Ms. Bolewitz and Mr. Stypula share the process behind producing a web series, although the interview often leans left into a fun and fantastically strange world. Intermixed with dental humor and spoilers is an engaging and dynamic interaction, one that is swift and gripping. From an animated conversation about flossing to a politically incorrect debate between Ed and Day, the flow weaves between tongue-in-cheek and outrageous, but keeps the live crowd laughing at all times. Much like the outlandish and highly entertaining satirical web series, the podcast will not disappoint.

View the pilot episode of The Hard Dentist on the Unplanned Comedy YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEYaRbDCdL4

Oct 4, 2016

The Drinking Partners podcast live from City Theatre on the South Side with a full and enlivened audience in attendance after the debut of the Tony Award-Nominated Broadway play Hand to God. Cast members Nick LaMedica and Maggie Carr join City Theatre marketing director Laura Greenawalt in this confessional-style interview. After the highly successful opening night of Hand to God – a wildly dark, sacrilegiously amusing, and R-rated romp through the Christian world of puppetry – two of its stars sit down and chat with Ed and Day about the play and the process of stage acting. The interview offers an in-depth and intimate glance into the workings of the cast and direction behind Hand to God, yet is peppered with Drinking Partners spice throughout. Co-stars Michael Greer and Lisa Velten Smith hop in halfway through, and Day relocates to the audience for a question and answer segment. The Drinking Partners stay true to form and match Hand to God’s hilarious profanity with their own urban twists. A highly enjoyable, zingy, and joke-laden hour of entertainment.

 

Spoilers abound throughout the podcast, but the play, and, most notably, the uniquely twisted puppetry, must be viewed in person for maximum enjoyment. Hand to God will run through October 16, 2016 at City Theatre. For tickets, visit: https://citytheatre.culturaldistrict.org/production/48456/hand-to-god

Sep 27, 2016

Bill Oates from Three Rivers Underground Brewers joins the cast for a refreshing look into the home brew world. Ed and Day talk about Brewing Up a Cure, enjoy a wide variety of Bill's brew, and get to try their first brain child "Cognac" based beer! 

http://www.brewingupacure.org/

Sep 21, 2016

The Drinking Partners welcome podcaster and blogger Beauty Jackson into the studio for an in-depth discussion about the intersection of social media and social issues. As a woman, mother, and feminist, Ms. Jackson brings a necessary counter-voice to the Drinking Partners’ often-masculine dialogue. The conversation is playful and bustling, yet investigative and analytical, with Ms. Jackson confidently keeping pace with Ed and Day. Topics range from societal taboos to personal preferences and veer all directions in between. To hear more from Beauty Jackson, tune in to her podcast, The Good and Terrible Show or find her at redbeandreams.com.

Sep 12, 2016

Creatives Drink founders Cody Baker and Chancelor Humphrey join the Drinking Partners in this millennial-inspired podcast. The duo visits the studio to promote the Creatives Drink mission, one which aims to bring Pittsburghers together to “discuss their passions, professions, and hobbies in an energized space,” while offering free drinks throughout their networking events. Without surprise, the conversation quickly shifts to an intoxicating one, as the men share tales of past and present pursuits. Creatives Drink seeks to inspire and conjoin, bringing local breweries and distilleries into new venues and in front of new crowds. As the pace quickens, the podcast progresses into a party-like atmosphere. Check out the next Creatives Drink event, Voyage, next month!

Sep 6, 2016

In this after-midnight podcast, the Drinking Partners welcome Pittsburgh Comedy Festival headliner Quincy Jones into the studio, with a live studio audience and a party-like atmosphere. Weeks after his HBO special Burning the Light aired, Mr. Jones entertains and enthralls Ed, Day, and everyone listening with tales that extend far beyond his cancer diagnosis. New York-based comic Norlex Belma sits in as well, and the foursome’s chemistry and interactions play better than many sitcoms. Flashy and fast, the men waste no time verbally sparring with jabs and taunts, as Day’s hot pink shirt serves as comedic inspiration for an unforgettable rant from Mr. Jones. Ed does not escape the roasting fire either, with Mr. Jones deconstructs his gym routine and “African definition and action-figure cut.” There is never a dull moment in what might be one of the Drinking Partners top podcasts to date. Toward the latter half, Mr. Jones shares his experiences of recording and promoting his HBO special, offering an intimate and realistic look into the life of a nationally-touring headliner with a cancer diagnosis. A must-listen podcast that is hilarious and poignant, intimately personal, yet widely entertaining.

Aug 30, 2016

Already rowdy after a few beers, the Drinking Partners merrily welcome Drip Lounge owner and fouronetube co-founder, Matt Thornton, and waste no time getting loose-lipped. After a quarter-hour of jokes, the trio delves deeper, exploring their childhood transgressions and the process of evolving out of the difficult cycle of poverty and crime. Mr. Thornton shares his story of overcoming addiction, and, now, owns a successful vape shop that hosts live entertainment on a weekly basis. Toward the end of the interview, the men discuss comedy, rap, and religion, with equal amounts of passion and humor for each topic. An episode that is at time hilarious, philosophical, and inspirational.

Aug 21, 2016

Ed offers some fashion advice before the Drinking Partners welcome repeat guest Alex Stypula, who stops by the studio to promote his upcoming comedy album Dolphins are Garbage. The trio of comedians quickly delves into the process of joke writing, with Mr. Stypula offering an introspective and interesting angle into the world of dark comedy. In an episode that is most assuredly not safe for work, the jokes are many and sometimes strange, but it is impossible not to laugh throughout this animal-influenced interview. Catch Alex on stage at the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival on Friday, August 26 or touring with the Race to the Coffin comedy troupe. Dolphins are Garbage will be released September 23 after a live web series screening at Row House Cinema. Find tickets at the Row House website (www.rowhousecinema.com).

Aug 17, 2016

In the opening minutes of the latest podcast, the Drinking Partners hilariously ponder if any of their listeners are churchgoing. During a particularly rowdy dialogue, Ed directly addresses Jesus, “You created a lot of this, fam. You gonna make the coolest shit illegal.” Appropriately enough, the Drinking Partners soon welcome drinking peer and host of the Should I Drink That podcast, Doug Derda. As host of one of the longest-running podcasts on craft beer, Mr. Derda offers a veteran view of the scene and shares tales of his experiences. The interview that follows shows how Should I Drink That paved the way for the Drinking Partners themselves. A must-listen for devoted craft beer drinkers, as two titans of beer podcasts join and discuss all angles of the culture, with amusing moments from beginning to end.

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