Ed rates himself an 8.5 on the “segue scale” as he introduces Hannah Ferguson as a queen and one of America’s few Black female brewers. After an initial start in brewing wine, Ms. Ferguson shifted toward craft beer as the scene exploded and began working with Modern Methods Brewing Company in Warren, Ohio. The opening segments allow her to explain the differences between brewing wine and beer, and how she had to abandon the patience required for winemaking, only to be replaced by the anxiety that comes with brewing beer. The first beer that the group samples is an ESB, or English Style Bitter before they move onto The Percolator, a coffee lager created in collaboration with Youngstown Coffee Company. Want to learn what an “equatorial twerk” is? Listen for Day and Ed’s discussion midway through, although you might not fully understand even after their attempts to explain. Ed and Day can’t hide their excitement for the smoked chipotle imperial stout that Ms. Ferguson introduces next, a collaboration with Cockeye BBQ, which, unsurprisingly leads to several rounds of jokes from Ed and Day. You’ll laugh out loud for several minutes during that part of the conversation, which continues until the closing minutes in this fun and fast listen. Find Hannah at Modern Methods (www.modernmethodsbrew.com) and check out #blackgirlsbrew.
The Drinking Partners continue highlighting Pittsburgh’s vibrant entertainment scene by welcoming rapper livefromthecity and DJ Aesthetics. Ed starts off the interview by explaining his first time hearing of livefromthecity – from the rapper’s mom who might be his best promoter. Listen in as Ed continues to tease both guests, especially once he finds out how their relationship began. Next up, it’s DJ Aesthetics’ turn to talk about how she got her start and her own style, which leads to an interesting observation from livefromthecity, “Women are 100% the tastemakers of entertainment.” Why is Day examining duels and contemplating slapping someone with a glove to initiate one? You’ll find out around midway through the podcast. In the closing minutes, the discussion shifts to a more serious tone, from accountability for entertainers who commit crimes to the overall livability for Black women, which leads to livefromthecity speaking on what role consciousness plays in his music. To hear him and find out where he will perform next, visit: https://www.livefromthe.city
In the latest Drinking Partners release, Ed and Day welcome DJ Femi, an up-and-coming Pittsburgh deejay, who stops by to discuss her quick rise and how being a woman influences her career. There’s rarely a pause in the interview as the group enthusiastically chats about a collection of thoughts, from how to play a room to how Pittsburgh affects DJ Femi’s vibe. Of particular note might be when DJ Femi speaks on her future, which will involve a number of touring opportunities and an album release. Before the interview wraps up, the group talks on how important it is to support local artists and musicians. A highly energetic and fast-paced listen. Find DJ Femi all over social media as @djfemi412.
Khamil Scantling, founder of Cocoapreneur Pgh, which focuses on community development through economic growth and entrepreneurship, visits the Drinking Partners to highlight her newest project: Greenwood Week (October 27– November 2). Named in honAor of Black Wall Street, a thriving Black community in Tulsa, OK that was destroyed by race riots, the minority-focused business conference hopes to provide, “a guided path to running a successful business or brand.” Ms. Scantling explains the ideas behind Greenwood Week and what attendees can expect: networking events to classes on mental and financial health to budgeting, funding, and business plan development. Ed offers an interesting financial comparison of his own and promises listeners that they won’t miss the cost of the ticket price for Greenwood Week before the group gets back on topic and looks into how small investments lead to large possibilities. Midway through, Ms. Scantling gives detailed instructions on what to expect from the experts who will host Greenwood Week’s classes. Collaboration, community, and comfort through eliminating barriers are the key elements examined in the latter minutes. Free childcare will be provided during the evening class sessions, which opens the door for Ed and Day to go off-topic. To their credit, they behaved most of the episode. To find out more about Greenwood Week and the weeklong events and to purchase tickets, visit: www.greenwoodweekpgh.com.
In the newest Drinking Partners podcast release, Ed and Day are joined by Akita Donald and Brian Rossi, from AD99 Solutions, a Pittsburgh-based foundation that aims to “holistically prepare Pittsburgh’s underprivileged youth for life-long success.” To that end, AD99 focuses on academic, athletic, and social achievements and offers tutoring and mentoring, in addition to a wide-ranging support system. After some verbal shenanigans from Day, Ms. Donald explains the AD99 approach, from which communities they seek to assist to how they are trying to reduce the life-changing effects of systemic racism. Ed discusses how he is doing his part as well – by passing on his used sneakers to his nephews. In between a serious conversation about sport culture and how AD99 provides extended support, Ed and Day drop lots of amusing stories and pepper the interview with their usual Drinking Partners asides. Keep listening until the end to hear Ms. Donald’s advice on how to make positive changes, on a non-profit level and on a personal level. To learn more about AD99, to donate, or to volunteer, visit: www.ad99.org
Brewing aficionados: take note. Back for his third time, Bill Oats from Three Rivers Underground Brewers visits the Drinking Partners podcast with an extensive collection of beer and knowledge. The early minutes feature a discussion on recipe development and have the men trying to decide if a pickle is a fruit as Bill describes TRUB’s successful dill pickle beer. What follows is a series of questions that focus on taste. From how to brew a proper Belgian to how to make yeast healthy, Bill drops all sorts of brewing lessons that homebrewers will appreciate. Ed and Day listen in as attentive students with only occasional outbursts, such as “Tell the yeast it’s beautiful.” Find Mr. Oats and other Three Rivers Underground Brewers members at this year’s Brewing Up a Cure, a homebrewer-centric festival that raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on October 19 at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. For more information, visit the event website: https://brewingupacure.org.
Favoritism and beef? That’s the theme in the latest Drinking Partners podcast as Ed finds himself embroiled in both. Martinea Goss, founder and instructor for Trap Yoga, stops by the studio to bring her unique vibe and to explain how she mixes music and yoga to create a dynamic, positive flow. Having created Trap Yoga to fill a void in the Pittsburgh yoga scene, Ms. Goss focuses on establishing a different scene and welcoming a new crowd and speaks on how she designs her classes. After a conversation about the Trap Yoga business model, the trio takes a sharp turn to discuss raccoons, which will not surprise anyone. The interview concludes with Ms. Goss’s plans for the future and, of course, her favorite form of potato. Find more about Trap Yoga and attend a class by checking Martinea out on Instagram: pittsburghtrapyoga
In the latest, laughter-filled Drinking Partners podcast, Ed and Day interview the duo of Slim tha DJ and the multitalented musician and rapper Benji. To start, they discuss the art of music and how to create the right vibe for the right crowd and debate the pressing question of playing the same song more than once a night. It’s three against one as Ed argues with an actual DJ in favor of repetition, proving that Ed will indeed argue with anyone. Next up, Benji talks about his introduction to rap through his brother, how he tried to separate himself from him, and how he splits time between his musical projects, including opening for some very impressive acts when he was only a 16 year old. Make sure to listen all the way through to hear a smooth duet between Slim tha DJ and Ed and which musical great each of the men would want to see perform live. In the latter minutes, both the musicians and comics talk about how they change up their songs and jokes to keep them fresh. The interview closes with how Benji and Slim tha DJ met and how they continue to grow as a performing pair. A charming and amusing listen from start to finish.
In the newest Drinking Partners podcast, Ed and Day get things turned on them from the early minutes as they go from interviewers to being interviewed. Amanda Trocki, Executive Director, and board member Alicia Carberry of Pittsburgh Cares, a volunteer organization, come ready and prepared and start by asking some questions themselves. With the mission of finding meaningful volunteer opportunities for anyone interested, Pittsburgh Cares seeks to be an “event planner for volunteer projects.” From days of caring projects to corporate initiatives to a retired and senior volunteer program, Pittsburgh Cares has a place for everyone, even those with limited amounts of time. Throughout the podcast, the group discusses the many and varied chances for people to get involved and connected, with Day providing a great example of skills being matched with opportunities: as a hole digger for tree planting. Keep listening for Ed’s advice, which shouldn’t be a surprise for long-time listeners. There’s even a discussion on how best to drink Hennessy mixed in with the meaningful information on how to make a difference in Pittsburgh. Find the perfect volunteer activity here: https://www.pittsburghcares.org
In the latest Drinking Partners podcast, Ed and Day welcome Hugh Twyman, one of the original Pittsburgh music and event bloggers who is still documenting the entertainment scene. As Hugh Shows, he has become the expert on all musical happenings in and around Pittsburgh. Now, he has expanded into the production side as a curator with the Deutschtown Music Festival. He stops by the studio to talk with the Drinking Partners about all aspects of the music industry, including tips on how to become successful and how to improve marketing. Midway through, Ed and Day debate the merits of DJ Khaled in a throwback to their many similar musical disagreements. They set aside their differences and behave as Hugh speaks on how he crafts his musical lineups, which starts with identifying the headliner. The podcast wraps up with a discussion on how to stay relevant and prosperous in the rapidly changing entertainment world. Find out more about Hugh and his musical endeavors: http://www.hughshows.com
The Drinking Partners welcome Jess Hickey of Greensburg Craft Beer Week for a discussion on all beer related happenings in Westmoreland County. Featuring 16 breweries from across the county and 30 homebrewers, Greenburg Craft Beer Week will take place September 20-28. With a focus on community and craft, the festival hopes to showcase local businesses and restaurants around the greater Greensburg area during their 9-day event. Each day offers an exciting, beer-centric event around the Greensburg area, from brunch to trivia to the Brewer’s Double Dare; the festival itself is September 22. Ms. Hickey shares her extensive knowledge of both beer and business as she talks about planning the event, the actual beer itself, and the Greensburg community. Greensburg Craft Beer Week combines all three. To read more about the events and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.greensburgcraftbeerweek.com/.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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/
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.
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.
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.
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/.