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