(NSFW) Welcome to the first episode of 2024 with Ed, Chris, and Nate—a lively journey through the ever-evolving craft beer landscape. Ed brings back some hoppy treasures of Weld Works Extra Extra Juicy Bits IPA from his Colorado holiday, setting the stage for a year of exciting new brews. For the old news front, the gang talks about some drama that happened with the closing of Flying Basset, intertwining with its in-house culinary scene. Chandler bases Buqui Bichi Brewing is ready to open its second location in Phoenix this year, and The Starving Artist, powered by OHSO Spirits, prepares to breathe new life into the old Helton Brewing Company space.
Phoenix Magazine’s intriguing article, “The 12-Pack of Arizona Beers We Sent to Texas For Losing a Bet,” becomes a point of discussion—do they agree with the list, and how many of these beers would they personally savor? Also on the list is a style not really talked about the Southwest IPA. What is that? On the non-alcoholic front, White Claw makes a surprising move, introducing just a plain old seltzer water. Nate, ever the cider enthusiast, expresses a longing for more hop-infused ciders at Cider Corp. But that’s just one mans opinion. Wrapping up the episode, the trio reflects on the industry’s landscape, sharing insights on the notable downturn in craft beer sales for 2023.
Music Credit: Takotsubo Men
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The assorted sounds of three ageing humans hitting things in a studio for five days. Beautifully nasty and pretty vile at times but ultimately gorgeous. Enjoy!
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