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 brew master, 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: www.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.