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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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Mar 20, 2018

“No script, no editing, no do-overs.” Opening their latest podcast with a listener review that captures their essence, the Drinking Partners stay true to that analysis as they interview Virginia Alvino Young, a reporter for WESA – Pittsburgh’s NPR affiliate. As a journalist who centers her work around community voices that are often unheard, Ms. Young brings a natural ease and calmness to the studio as she adjusts to being on the other side of the microphone. What follows is an examination of Pittsburgh that is intuitive and sensitive, yet sharp as Ms. Young highlights what makes Pittsburgh unique. In between moments of deep examination, Ed and Day drop jokes and share their own original takes on the city. To read more of Ms. Young’s work, visit http://wesa.fm/people/virginia-alvino-young#stream/0. The Drinking Partners will be live at Comtra Theatre on Saturday, March 31, 2018. This episode was proudly sponsored by Farm to Table Western PA. Learn more about their upcoming Local Food Conference – April 14-15, 2018 at the David L Lawrence Convention Center – here: www.farmtotablepa.com.


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Mar 12, 2018

In what might be one of the Drinking Partners most likeable listens, Ed and Day team up with two of Pittsburgh’s most well-known voices – Kiss FM morning radio hosts Mikey and Big Bob. There is rarely a moment when laughter is not echoing from their microphones as the double set of entertaining duos ricochet jokes and commentary across the room with speed and precision. A hilarious, easy to imagine story involving a very bold, Philadelphian mouse ¬sums up Mikey and Big Bob’s early days working late-nights. During the next segment, Mikey finds himself trying to keep the peace between Ed and Day and offers advice on how to make their partnership work, “I’m not going to war over Jay-Z.” Where would you expect a podcast to go from there except to a discussion centered around Shaquille O’Neal’s nakedness? Such transitions represent the Drinking Partners experience, and with two veteran radio hosts in the studio, these moments are amplified and even more amusing. Ed and Day continue to disagree, despite Mikey and Big Bob’s attempts to get them to compromise, but even those arguments are laced with humor. Stay tuned throughout to hear Mikey describe the only time that he fought with Big Bob. Hint: it involves tacos. A blast of a listen (literally, as Ed talks about space yet again). Catch Mikey and Big Bob every weekday morning on 96.1 FM or on iHeart Radio, https://961kiss.iheart.com/featured/the-morning-freak-show/.

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Mar 5, 2018

In the opening segment of the latest Drinking Partners release, Ed and Day imagine their guest as a superhero, complete with his own costume, theme song, and television show. Who is the guest who inspires them in the playful and creative start? No one knows, as the anonymous Munch – the “bag-headed” casual dining reviewer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – visits the studio. Bold critiques blend with favorable reviews as Munch educates the Drinking Partners on Pittsburgh’s food scene. As listeners will expect, the lesson is often interrupted in unexpected and amusing ways as Ed and Day offer their thoughts on eating beef tongue, crickets, and other unusual items. Stay tuned in to hear why Day proclaims, “I don’t want to have to dip my meat,” and Ed passionately reflects on pasta salad before declaring his aunt’s the best in Cleveland. The trio ponders upon a cookout’s top five selections in a hilarious interchange about what five items they would choose for their picnic plate. To follow Munch’s reviews, visit http://www.post-gazette.com/life/munch. Catch the Drinking Partners live at Arcade Comedy Theater for a special St. Patrick’s Day Show at 9 pm on March 17.

Feb 26, 2018

In a live podcast recorded during Farm to Table’s For the Love of Pittsburgh event, the Drinking Partners are joined by guest co-host Knowledge Hudson and welcome a wide variety of voices. First up is Kit Mueller, Head of Community for Choolah Indian BBQ – a fast, casual approach to contemporary Indian food located in East Liberty. An informative, quick-paced discussion centering on locally-sourced, healthy fast food is featured. Next is Ayana Jones, a self-proclaimed OG – Original Gardener, CEO and founder of Sankofa Community Village Garden. With Ms. Jones, the Drinking Partners get passionate and inspired by her activism and commitment to community improvement. Stephanie Lauren and Safaa Bokahari of For Good Pgh are warmly welcomed to speak on the For Good mission, which is to help promote and create positive experiences for underserved Pittsburgh communities. Ms. Bokhari shares her involvement with Hello Hajib, which fashions doll-sized garments and seeks to increase awareness and compassion through play. The Drinking Partners fourth guest is Alexander Payton who is with Cherish Creamery, a goat farm that produces organic, aged in-house cheeses. Ed and Day loosen up here as they lose their restraint, and Ed admits that he refuses to drink any animal’s milk. Wrapping up the whirlwind podcast is Robert Havgar from Snake Eye Peppers, who speaks on his new venture that creates custom-made, pepper-based seasoning packages. The Drinking Partners wish to thank Farm to Table Pittsburgh for their continued support.

Feb 20, 2018

The Drinking Partners and returning guest Beauty Jackson consider the ideal circumstances to drink scotch during a charming, opening sequence. However, soon after, Ed suggests that he should have stayed home as Ms. Jackson and Day geek out while discussing all things anime. In an attempt to welcome Ed back, Day reminds him that he’s part of the Hennesey fandom. An often hilarious and entirely real conversation about social media exposure follows. A positive, inclusive listen that even non-nerds will enjoy for its passion and pleasure. Find Beauty Jackson at the Universal Fan Con at the Baltimore Convention Center on April 27 -29, 2018. To learn more, visit www.universalfancon.com. See the Drinking Partners live February 24 at Comtra Theatre.

Feb 12, 2018

In an episode brimming with enthusiasm, the Drinking Partners welcome Chef Claudie Pierre, owner of Eminent Hospitality Solutions – one of Pittsburgh’s premier catering companies. Chef Claudie surprises them with a special gift, or as Day says, “Big things with shiny bags.” The trio sips on the Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum that Mr. Pierre has brought and examines the often-unexamined side of opening a restaurant as Chef Claudie offers advice on what not to do. Food is centric throughout the interview, with the Drinking Partners hilariously reminiscing about their favorite dining moments. On a more serious note, the group analyzes the connection between productivity and healthy eating and the importance of urban revival. An exuberant vibe and vivacious guest make this episode a fast listen. Look for several cookbook releases coming soon from Chef Claudie Pierre and visit his website: http://www.eminenthospitality.com to learn more about his food initiatives.

Feb 5, 2018

In the latest Drinking Partners release, Ed and Day get political with community activist and philanthropist Aerion Andrew Abney, who is running to become the State Representative for Pennsylvania’s 19th District (Allegheny County). From the first series of questions, it becomes clear that the interview will be a complex, insightful glance into the interconnection of politics and community and how Pittsburgh’s emergence can continue without negatively displacing its residents and its culture. At the heart of the discussion is the concept of listening before attempting to lead, an idea that the trio examines with far-reaching depth. Midway through, listeners will notice Ed and Day break from the serious for some Drinking Partners revelry before questioning Mr. Abney about his plans for Pittsburgh and his plans for modernizing government and raising expectations for politicians. For more information on Aerion Abney, please visit: http://www.voteaerionabney.com. To see the Drinking Partners podcast live, stop by the For the Love of Pittsburgh local food tasting at the August Wilson Center on February 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm. Proudly sponsored by Farm to Table Pittsburgh.

Jan 29, 2018

What happens when four podcasters get together in a studio with plenty of beer and plenty to discuss? Listen in as the Drinking Partners welcome fellow podcasters and Pittsburghers, Straight to the League in this boisterous and unrestrained episode. Much of the first half is highly caffeinated as Tae and Tim make themselves at home with Ed and Day. In a surprising turn midway through, the men discuss the Pennsylvania Farm Show before transitioning into current events and the inner workings of creating a podcast. Without warning, the conversation turns domestic, and the men talk shopping and clothing. There are few pauses and lots of laughs in this latest Drinking Partners offering. Find Straight to the League at: http://www.blogordieradio.com/straight-to-the-league.html To see the Drinking Partners podcast live, stop by the For the Love of Pittsburgh local food tasting at the August Wilson Center on February 10, 2018 at 3:00pm. Proudly sponsored by Farm to Table Pittsburgh.

Jan 22, 2018

By his own calculations, Mayor John Fetterman has provided the Drinking Partners with 2% of their podcast content. To maintain this record, he returns to discuss his candidacy to become Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor in a stirring and straightforward manner and stays unfazed by Ed and Day’s antics, even when they ask what exactly a Lieutenant Governor is. Without pause, he answers all of their questions and proves himself to be progressive, knowledgeable, and approachable. From the legalization of marijuana to school funding to gentrification, the Drinking Partners quiz Mayor Fetterman on his plans for improving Pennsylvania while adding their own insights and, of course, jokes. A series of queries from the live Facebook feed infuses the podcast with a real-time feel and offers one of its best moments as Mayor Fetterman’s wife Gisele asks a question of her own. Listen in for the hilarious exchange and to hear Ed’s plans to party in the governor’s mansion. To learn more about Mayor Fetterman, the May primary, and his plans for Pennsylvania, visit www.johnfetterman.com. To see a Drinking Partners podcast live, find them at the August Wilson Center on February 7 at 3:00 PM where they will record from the For the Love of Pittsburgh event. This episode was proudly sponsored by Farm to Table Pittsburgh, whose aim is to bridge the gap between consumers and local food producers.

Jan 15, 2018

What started as two friends strumming guitars on the streets on a warm February night has leapt into a Pittsburgh-based web series dedicated to raising money for local charities. Spare Change TV creator Josh Corcoran brings an uplifting vibe into the studio as he describes how Spare Change began and how it continues to flourish. Inspired by the positivity and warmed with beer from Yellow Bridge Brewing, Ed pitches his own message of goodwill, “Be a good motherfucker today” and hopes that it catches on. At the midway point, the Drinking Partners reflect on the past year, from Ed’s accident to the expansion of their stand up shows. Tune in until the end to hear Mr. Corcoran describe what will be upcoming for Spare Change and to listen as Day defends the Chevy Astro Van as his ideal car. A heartening interview to end what was a monumental year for the Drinking Partners. To watch Spare Change TV’s motivational and entertaining music videos and to donate, please visit: https://www.sparechange.tv.

Jan 8, 2018

The Drinking Partners celebrate the holidays live in the studio courtesy of a custom gift from Troeg’s Independent Brewing and welcome Pittsburgh-based author Cat Bruno. Bucket list ambitions dominate the early minutes, with several pauses, both literary and sexually suggestive, as listeners have come to expect. Ed and Day unite and vibe with a special synchronicity that leads to twice the amusement as the trio weaves the personal and professional throughout the interview. No discussion of fantasy and science fiction would be complete without Ed proclaiming that, “Space ain’t real,” before both Drinking Partners break off into a wild, wicked, and officially unendorsed segment. A brief reading from Ms. Bruno’s second book causes Ed to suffer an identity crisis, which makes for one of the most unforgettable Drinking Partners confessions since their dawning. Longtime fans of the show will not want to miss Ed’s blood-centric dilemma, which Day guesses is responsible for his co-host’s new facial hair growth. A jubilant listen filled with bits on books and writing, but true to Drinking Partners merry recklessness. For more about Cat Bruno, visit her website: www.catbruno.com or find her on Amazon.

Jan 2, 2018

Listeners will know from the start that a special Drinking Partners guest is in the studio, moreso once Ed makes her repeat her opening greeting. Khamil Scantling – the creator and sole contributor of CocoaPrenuer, a Pittsburgh-centered initiative designed to highlight and promote Black-owned businesses – joins Ed and Day to discuss her thoughts as a transplant to Pittsburgh. With a focus on Black success, Khamil speaks with an ease that comes naturally from her CocoaPrenuer passion and her familiarity with the Drinking Partners. Longtime fans of the show will recognize Khamil from the many stories and anecdotes that Ed has shared about her over the years. Midway through, the trio gets personal and loose. The conversation becomes a classic Drinking Partners extravaganza: wild, loud, and hilarious. Listen until the closing minutes for a rare and intimate look into who the Drinking Partners are. For more information about CocoaPrenuer and its community service approach, visit: https://www.facebook.com/CocoaPreneurPgh/.

Jan 2, 2018

Listeners will know from the start that a special Drinking Partners guest is in the studio, moreso once Ed makes her repeat her opening greeting. Khamil Scantling – the creator and sole contributor of CocoaPrenuer, a Pittsburgh-centered initiative designed to highlight and promote Black-owned businesses – joins Ed and Day to discuss her thoughts as a transplant to Pittsburgh. With a focus on Black success, Khamil speaks with an ease that comes naturally from her CocoaPrenuer passion and her familiarity with the Drinking Partners. Longtime fans of the show will recognize Khamil from the many stories and anecdotes that Ed has shared about her over the years. Midway through, the trio gets personal and loose. The conversation becomes a classic Drinking Partners extravaganza: wild, loud, and hilarious. Listen until the closing minutes for a rare and intimate look into who the Drinking Partners are. For more information about CocoaPrenuer and its community service approach, visit: https://www.facebook.com/CocoaPreneurPgh/.

Dec 19, 2017

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/

Dec 11, 2017

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.

Dec 4, 2017

“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:
http://www.pittsburghnorml.org.

Nov 27, 2017

Jake Bier teaches the Drinking Partners a lesson in geography in the opening minutes while the trio sips on War Streets Brewery’s Buena Vista Brown Ale. As the owner of the new Bier’s Pub – which is War Streets Brewery’s new home – Jake shares how the brewery has finally found a permanent home. After a few Drinking Partners diversions, the men settle into beer-centric conversation and examine the North Side’s emerging importance Pittsburgh’s brewing scene. Toward the conclusion of the podcast, Jake offers a whiskey barrel-aged stout, much to the delight of Ed and Day, which causes Ed to conclude, “All tens are dangerous, in all facets of life.” For more information on War Streets Brewery and Bier’s Pub, visit their new location at 900 Western Avenue on the North Side.

Nov 20, 2017

Award winning vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield hypnotizes the Drinking Partners with her captivating voice in the latest podcast release. From her opening greeting, Ed and Day fall silent as she enchants them with tales from her rise as one of Pittsburgh’s most talented classical singers and musical educators. After Ed tries to convince listeners of his own musical talent, Ms. Wingfield speaks passionately about arts in education and its significance and necessity for young students in building skills and confidence and opening new doors of opportunity. Midway through, Ms. Wingfield discusses BooM Concepts Studios, a program for artists and creative entrepreneurs to find resources and space to work. Tune in to this impassioned interview for a critical listen. Find more about Anqwenique Wingfield on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Anqwenique/. See the Drinking Partners live this Saturday at Comtra Theatre in Cranberry. Purchase tickets here: http://www.comtratheatre.org/2017-season/comedy-night/

Nov 13, 2017

Pittsburgh’s self-confessed D-List celebrities Ed and Day open their latest Drinking Partners episode pondering their local status and how far the benefits extend. Moments later, they are joined by Nick Fazzoni and Travis Tuttle of Butler Brew Works. It doesn’t take long for the nonsense to surface as the men jump ship for a hilarious and out of nowhere discussion. But they settle down into a discussion about Butler Brew Works ingredient list and are given a big surprise as Day reads the label of an aphrodisiac brew: Best enjoyed with a Drinking Partner. Perhaps as testimony to the beer itself, Day soon has all three men covering their faces as he reflects on a NSFW topic. Tune in to hear Nick and Travis talk about how their beers journey to become “adventurous ales.” For more information about Butler Brew Works, visit www.butlerbrewworks.com.

Nov 7, 2017

The opening minutes of the latest Drinking Partners release have Ed and Day considering the possibility that they have been catfished before they introduce Fred Hodges, Director of Multicultural Services at Robert Morris University. However, the mood soon changes as the men discuss the significance and importance of mentoring. Of course Ed finds a way to accentuate the hilarious as he points out that his longtime friend is a great mentor because “On his day off, he might have some Henny Black.” Listeners will undoubtedly enjoy Ed’s story about how Fred and he first met. The latter half of the podcast is filled with philosophies on how to succeed and other bits of advice and positivity that the men have gleamed as they get older. A focused and optimistic listen.

Oct 31, 2017

Jeff Bloom, one of the Drinking Partner’s first guests, returns in this latest release. As owner and brewer at Bloom Brew, Jeff creates one of the Drinking Partner’s favorite sours, which leads to an early discussion on the optimal beer temperature. From there, the interview widens into all things industry related ¬– from the barrel sizes of brew houses to the business management that happens behind the scenes. However, Jeff brings a bounty of beer, and soon both Ed and Day abandon the ship of sobriety with hilarious consequences. Ed gets funky (in more ways than one) and Day begins to mumble before the trio waxes poetic about cheese. Midway through, Jeff brings out his personal selection, including rare brews and a five year-aged cider. Listen until the end to experience the Drinking Partners wholly unfiltered, mildly freaky, and classically unwound. For more about Bloom Brew, visit www.bloombrew.com.

Oct 16, 2017

Hop Culture, an online magazine for a “new generation of craft beer drinkers,” reaches millions of readers around the world by focusing on the evolving needs of the modern beer drinker. Kenny Gould, its Editor in Chief, joins the Drinking Partners in the newest release – a lighthearted, story-filled exchange. Like Hop Culture itself, the tales connect and spin from a common, alcohol-rich center. From Day commenting that margaritas taste like ham to Ed comparing the color of his sneakers to Day’s skin tone, the conversation surprises at every turn. Toward the closing minutes, Mr. Gould considers what might be the next trend in craft beer. His conclusion might surprise listeners. A fun listen, with lots of classic Drinking Partners moments. To read Hop Culture’s latest offerings, visit their website: https://www.hopculture.com.

Oct 9, 2017

Rob Soltis of Craft Pittsburgh, the leading publication highlighting Pittsburgh’s booming beer scene, visits the Drinking Partners in this informative and analytical release. From exploring the welcoming atmosphere of breweries to anticipating the next trend in brewing, the conversation is fast-paced and beer-centric. The interview offers listeners and craft beer fans a sophisticated look into the workings of a magazine devoted to the breweries and beer of Western Pennsylvania. However, the closing minutes set aside order and structure as the men exchange quips and jokes, and Ed proclaims, “Day will make you say some shit that you weren’t going to say.” Stay tuned until the end to hear a hilarious exchange between the Drinking Partners. Pick up a copy of Craft Pittsburgh or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/craftpittsburgh/

Oct 2, 2017

In what might be one of their most exciting releases, the Drinking Partners podcast live from the Hilltopolis Festival with hip hop revolutionaries The Cool Kids. Newly reunited after a break to focus on individual projects, Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish sit with Ed and Day to chat about both their past and present and to promote their new album, Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe. The conversations are swift and caffeinated as The Cool Kids reveal their roots, both professional and personal – from their early internet popularity to their current breakout album. From the opening segment to a rap debate midway through, the feverish tone never breaks, even when the conversation turns confessional and contemplative as The Cool Kids speak on their early days. Interlacing the interview are breaks and branches into hilarity – stories and jabs that will induce waves of laughter from unexpected places. A highly intoxicating listen that should not be missed and will not be soon forgotten.

Sep 27, 2017

The vibe is clear from the opening questions as the Drinking Partners interview Bill Oates from Three Rivers Underground Brewers. An exploration into brewing intently focuses on developing new recipes and experimenting with new flavors as Mr. Oates explains how ingredients are chosen and used. The always sharp-tongued Drinking Partners intermix genuine curiosity with beer-fueled antics midway through; forgotten is the brewing process as they muse on seemingly unrelated topics. After a detour into a discussion on Little Bow Wow – who Ed begs to visit the podcast, the Drinking Partners swoon over Mr. Oates’s cognac-infused pour. The beer is such a hit that Ed claims it has Day climbing walls and curling his toes. A fun listen with a great combination of knowledge and humor, often making the two indistinguishable.

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