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Grognostics - Where craft beer meets the unexplained

Frolic on the precipice of discovery, rouse your curious mind and expand self-awareness as Jason and Steve take you on an educational, yet hilarious journey through an explorative stew of mystical, historic, cultural and scientific. Prepare to laugh, learn, and enter into an introspective reverie as they ascertain topics that have always intrigued you whether you know it or not. Are you not ascertained? Are you not ascertained? You will be.
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Mar 16, 2019

Grab a cold pint of your favorite Irish brew and snuggle up to your three favorite Irish lads this St. Patrick's Day. On today's show, we break down 6 classic Irish drinks with the help of Irish drinking expert Oisin. We cover Irish folklore, history, misconceptions, St. Paddy's Day in the homeland, and just all-around-Irish tomfoolery. What sort of things you might ask? Well did you know that Ireland may or may not have had aquatic sheep? And exactly how hard is it to fish while intoxicated off the coast of Galway? And what would you personally do if a leprechaun touched your dingle? 

Mar 8, 2019

At different points of your life you’ve sat back and pondered, probably while under the influence of a psychedelic, where do I fit into humanity’s timeline? Did civilizations equally or more advanced than us exist thousands of years ago? What is my purpose? Did I leave toaster oven on at home this morning? These along with other life conundrums are questions we ask ourselves on this podcast. On today’s show we answer one of these perplexing introspections. Yes. Yes, you did leave the toaster oven on. Oh that, and there are tens, perhaps hundreds of cities buried deep below our ocean surfaces.  How did they end up there? What does this mean for future coastlines? Our way of life? Will humans be an aquatic civilization by the year 3200? Sit down with us and dive deep into the podcast waters of sunken, hidden, underwater cities. We’re joined by the hilarious, the sultry, the gregarious, Todd Wheat.

 

Beer for today’s show was generously donated by one of our favorite podcasts – Southern Spirits Podcast. If their tagline – “Drinking Our Way Through the Folklore of the South,” doesn’t entice you to listen, slap yourself right in the mouth because you should be questioning your life decisions. You can find more info about their show at http://southernspiritspodcast.blubrry.net/ or listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

Mar 5, 2019

Raul doesn't normally break out of prison, but when he does, he curls up on the limb of a tree and spies into Steve's window.

Feb 13, 2019

On today’s show we sit down to analyze a chemical with roots dating back to early man that can grab ahold of you and often never let go. A chemical which can trigger decision-making well outside of normal, sometimes waging wars, dividing families, and most alarming - causing euphoric distractions, leading to one’s fantasy football team going in the toilet. So what is this exactly? Guess you’ll just have to listen to find out.

 An under-the-weather Steve grabs the mic and asks you all to be his Valentine in his far-from-sexy, two-pack-a-day-smoking, 73-year-old Denny’s waitress voice.  The always knowledgeable, insightful and lovely Amie Bramell joins him as he embarks on his first solo show.

Please don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and rate the show wherever you listen.

Feb 8, 2019

The journey into the mysterious deaths of nine hikers in the Ural Mountains of the Soviet Union continues on. On this show we dive head first into the snow (see what we did there?) to try and determine the cause while drinking some sweet-tasting brew from Tavour.com, the best beer delivery platform on the planet. So, what did exactly happen to them? You'll just have to give a listen to find out now won't you? 

As usual, we always appreciate a review of the show on apple podcasts or wherever you listen and please take a moment to follow us on Instagram where we post often about beer, mysteries, and random hilarity.  

 

 

Jan 31, 2019

In 1959 nine experienced hikers went missing in the snowy Ural Mountains of the Soviet Union. Over the course of the next several months, each hiker's body was discovered, most of which were one-by-one. With each discovery, the mystery weaved itself tighter and tighter around unexplained and terrifying. First it was discovered their tent was cut from the inside indicating something had scared them out into the arctic night. One had bone fractures. Another was missing its tongue and eyes. At the time, Soviet authorities determined that a portion of the group had died from an "unknown compelling force," and 60 years later, despite a number of theories, we're nowhere closer to solving this unexplainable mystery... until now. 

Join us as we chat with regular guest Jason Reedy (Foreign Accent Syndrome, Oktoberfest, Resurrection Mary, Friends of the Show) for a bone-chilling tale that is the zeitgeist of podcasts at the moment that you absolutely must hear. On part I, we'll break down the story and next week we'll cover some theories.  Beer review by Oisin. 

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grognostics/ 

Please rate the show on ITunes or wherever you listen to your podcast. 

Thanks for listening. 

Jan 18, 2019

Throughout history, dating back thousands of years humans lived in small groups called tribes. Each person had a designated role and was expected to sacrifice for the greater good of the group. If they didn’t, people may have died or suffered. The concept of tribe is so deep-rooted in the human DNA that soldiers would prefer to return to war with their fellow comrades instead of being members of the very society they longed for when they were fighting. It’s the reason that settlers who were captured by natives in the settling of our country snuck back to live with the natives once they were rescued. Could our lack of tribe in our modern world be the cause of the breakdown of our society? Depression, alcohol use, drug abuse, mass shootings, a breakdown of family, lack of community, a void of purpose- are at all-time highs. Truth is, there’s something is missing from our lives, we may just not realize what. What’s missing is our tribe.

Join us for a tantalizingly fun episode where we need a whopping four beer reviews (Knee Deep, Sierra Nevada, and more) to explore how to arrive at humanity’s collective happiness, which is “just say Hi; hey don’t be an a-hole,” by the way. Jevon, George, and Nick guest with skit help from the amazing Amie. Sir Matthew regales us with a trip deep into South Central’s heartland. (28min)

Jan 4, 2019

2018 is in the books and we have a lot to be thankful for. We had some amazing guests this year on the show - Ira Pastor, CEO of Bioquark joined us to discuss the possibility of humans living forever. A new correspondent in the field Ada Pinkerton joined our cast of characters. We visited three amazing breweries; 101 North, St. Florian's and Steetcar 82 (coming soon). The Mojo sisters were back again, their whole family in full effect. Amanda Karr regaled us with ghost stories. Spiritual Medium, Evanne Jordan mystified us with her knowledge of Steve's inner workings. And then there was of course, the always entertaining, rarely serious Sir Matthew who finally discovered his porcelain-skinned crush was right in front of his nose the whole time. And what's up with that archeologist Raul? The one in prison? Will he be back? And lest we not forget the oft-obscure, always bizarre Trapper who leaves random voicemails which I'll be honest are quite bizarre and not just a little. Additional thanks to some of the regulars - the Producer, Amie, Jason Reedy, Kelly Stravers, Jevon, Nick, Gaby and of course Oisin, our Irish beer expert. Special thank you to first-timer Marc Ellis for his awe-inspiring knowledge on our Cosmic Queries shows. So what's next for 2019? Or more aptly, the next few months? Give this a quick listen and find out why dontcha? 

Dec 19, 2018

Deck the Halls with Beers o' Malty as these yuletide lads get ready for the holidays. When drinking this time of year with friends and family we find ourselves with several beer choices. Perhaps a Christmas Ale or two have caught your eye on the shelves of your local bottle shop or grocer? But just what exactly makes it a Christmas beer? Why is said beer any different around the holidays? Join us to learn more about these holiday delights as Jason and Steve break down the top 5 "winter warmers" of 2018. And then Grognostics presents an original holiday tale that will fill your proverbial glass with joy and goodwill towards a jolly old soul you just may know. 

We wish you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday and to all a Grognostic goodnight. 

Dec 4, 2018

Sure, cattle mutilations have been evaluated on other podcasts, the Discovery Channel and by conspiracy theorists, but none have been quite discussed like you’ll hear on this show. What is causing these gruesome deaths? Is it aliens? The government? Cow-tipping gone terribly wrong? Grab a cold one, turn on your funny bone and join us for 60 minutes of absolute hilarity. Special thanks to Jevon Mattiassi now a two-time guest for stopping by to contribute to the debauchery. And special thanks to Kelly Stravers for her brilliant southern accent in our intro skit.

Nov 14, 2018

Sometimes the deepest, gut-wrenching, breath-stopping things we fear the most are the ones the least tangible. Join us for a frightening tale as we take our usual 60-minute topic and crunch it down to a bite-sized listen. Written by Grognostics. Research and reference credit to la internet (thanks Al Gore) - in particular Wikipedia.  

Nov 6, 2018

At last! The final installment of our medium & psychic series. You can all sleep at night now. On this show we finally dive into Steve’s deepest inner-workings and come to the realization he’s pretty much just a big dumb animal with little substance or pulse. We kid, we kid! Sort of… Take a listen for yourself and see how expert medium Evanne Jordan is able to nail Steve’s characteristics, pursuits, and private thoughts. She even correctly navigates through an assessment of one of his relatives who has passed. Truly amazing stuff. Don’t miss! The intelligent and lovely Kelly Stravers joins us again as we wrap up our introspective conversation on psychic mediums.

Guest on our medium trilogies, Evanne Jordan is a teacher, an author, and has been practicing and teaching psychic work for more than two decades. She specializes in readings on careers, relationships, life issues, health, inner child work, past lives, dream analysis, insight into past and future events and more.

To learn more about Evanne or contact her for your own reading which she can do simply by phone or other online applications go to:

Website: http://www.psychicreadings-evanne.com/

Email: evannejordan@gmail.com

Oct 30, 2018

On our final Halloween episode of the spooky season we are regaled by friend of the show, Amanda Karr. Growing up near Lake Eerie, Amanda led a fairly normal life in an Illinois suburb except for one thing – she shared a room with a ghost. No big deal. Join us for this chilling tale and ask yourself – is there a statute of limitations for ghost hauntings, why does Jason fight to the death for Deschutes Brewery, and most importantly does the Apparition of Caitlyn Jenner really exist? Happy Halloween. Thanks for hanging with us.

Oct 29, 2018

Fire up your jack-o-lantern, gorge yourself with candy corn and listen to an eerie tale about a girl named Mary. Mary is from Chicago, loves deep dish pizza, enjoys the company of a man who is in touch with his feminine side and – oh there is one more thing – she’s a ghost. Warm up with a modern ghost story you probably haven't heard. Try these apparitions on for size, then levitate your way back here tomorrow for another spooky tale as we interview someone who experienced ghosts first-hand. 

A special thanks to Jason Reedy (Dr. Adeline Pinkerton & Friends, Foreign Accent Syndrome, Oktoberfest) joins us on this show.

Another special thanks to tavour.com who provided the beer for today’s show. You can find them at www.tavour.com for excellent beer shipped right to your door.  

Oct 20, 2018

Take a trip down the spiritually magical road of mediums & physics with your favorite hosts Jason & Steve with special guest Kelly Stravers from our previous Reincarnation show. We discuss different types of mediums, why believe, why not to believe, and why Jason has waited 30 episodes to use his first Susan Sarandon joke. We hear again from Evanne Jordan from the prologue show but this time we get to discuss in detail the insight she shares while trying some great beers from Fieldwork and Anderson Valley along the way.

Guest on our medium trilogies, Evanne Jordan is a teacher, an author, and has been practicing and teaching psychic work for more than two decades. She specializes in readings on careers, relationships, life issues, health, inner child work, past lives, dream analysis, insight into past and future events and more.

To learn more about Evanne or contact her for your own reading which she can do simply by phone or other online applications go to:

Website: http://www.psychicreadings-evanne.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/EvanneJordanPsychic/.com/evanne.jordan

Email: evannejordan@gmail.com

Oct 13, 2018

­­­­­­Well, the fans have spoken. Okay, so a fan. “Why don’t you guys do just a beer show?” “We do a beer show,” we responded. “No, I mean like the whole thing is about beer; no topic or anything.” “Why would we do that?" 

If you’re looking for our normal production - this is not it. It’s literally us drinking beer. But it’s like, pretty fun. Steve lines up a blind taste test of IPAs and the winner will be the one you least suspect. And in fitting German tradition we do our own truncated version of Oktoberfest right here on this show with a healthy sampling of Bavarian brews. Jason Reedy stops by the join in the fun. Prose!  

Oct 1, 2018

Mediums and psychics put their pants on one leg at a time just like everybody else; except when they do it, they’re able to tell you whether or not your great uncle Tony actually loved you or not. It’s science. Actually, no; it’s totally not. Today, we kick off our medium & psychic trilogy with an inside look into how these magical guides to the spirit world actually work. I sit down with the talented and wonderful psychic channeler, counselor & spirit medium, Evanne Jordan. She let me ask just about any question I could conjure up about mediumship including how she connects to the deceased, her career path, and much more like why Hollywood director M. Night Shyamalan is frankly all wrong about evil spirits.

Evanne Jordan is a teacher, an author, and has been practicing and teaching psychic work for more than two decades. She specializes in readings on careers, relationships, life issues, health, inner child work, past lives, dream analysis, insight into past and future events and more.

To learn more about Evanne or contact her for your own reading which she can do simply by phone or other online applications go to:

Website: http://www.psychicreadings-evanne.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/EvanneJordanPsychic/.com/evanne.jordan

Email: evannejordan@gmail.com

Sep 21, 2018

We'll be back with regular episodes very soon folks. In the meantime, give a listen to what's baking in the Grognostics fall lineup oven.  A familiar friend calls in even.

Don't forget to check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We're also now on UnTapped. All are @grognostics. Also check us out on Patreon at www.patreon.com/grognostics. 

Cheers! 

Jason & Steve 

Sep 5, 2018

There's a saying; you give a man information about black holes, he'll learn for a day. If you put him inside a black hole, it will slow his time down to a stop which we would see forever. That... sort of sucks. What we're getting at here is, this episode is pretty cool. Give yourself a net full of cosmic fish and feast for a lifetime on this follow-up space show highlighting dark matter, spacetime, and a dozen of other cosmic quandaries. Who ages faster - a person on earth or person in space? Where should you live on the earth if you want to age slower? How soon after your space mask breaks in space will you perish? What does space smell like? Does time exist in space? How cold is it up there? Strap on your space suit and give a listen. The tiny space explorer inside you is ready. 

Aug 24, 2018

We’ve all gazed up at the stars and wondered - what exactly is out there? The infiniteness of space is downright unfathomable. Then there’s those pesky black holes, believed to suck up everything in their path. And dark matter? Escape Velocity? Time dilation? What does it all mean man? As mere specks of flesh in the vast cosmos, we are no more than a metaphorical ant gazing up at a giant; unable to actually comprehend the significance of it all. On today’s show we do our best to figure it all out. Spoiler alert - we don’t. But exactly what are black holes? Are they a portals to other dimensions? How about the idea that you age slower in space than you do on earth? There are so many other cosmic questions we tackle as we sit down with the smartest man we know,  Marc Ellis, who will knock your space boots off with his knowledge of the universe. Today’s show will educate. Check back next week for a deeper philosophical dive into what it all means. Sir Matthew joins us at (26:30).

Aug 13, 2018

Join us for our next installment of “Brewery Field Trip,” where Steve and Jason traverse the country in search of the best brews and taprooms around. Get an insider's look at the great folks and stories behind your favorite beers. On this edition we meet up with brewmaster and owners of St. Florian's Brewery in Windsor, California. An award-winning California Common calls this 100% family-owned, independent craft brewery home, but when you hear their story you’ll learn that they represent so much more than just great craft beer.

You can learn more about upcoming events, where to find their beer, and learn more about their story at http://www.stfloriansbrewery.com/.

Jul 25, 2018

There are regular skits. Then there are bonus skits. Take a listen to the skit we did just for fun on our last show, Foreign Accent Syndrome. Sometimes though, the uglier sister who didn't make the cut is way more fun, and not so ugly after all. Give a listen. 

Jul 11, 2018

An accent is a completely normal part of humanity’s linguistics. We go about our day-to-day never thinking about how we sound. Well, imagine going to sleep with the accent you have now only to wake up with an entirely different one. Perhaps one from the other side of the globe from a country you’ve never visited or a dialect and vernacular you’ve never studied. It’s happened to hundreds of people and on today’s show, we’re going to examine why. Is it the result of a brain short-circuiting or could it be from something deeper? Something inexplicable?  Something buried deep in humanity’s collective, created code? New guest Jason Reedy joins us to tackle this phenomena called Foreign Accent Syndrome. We also speak to a person who has personally experienced it and shares her story. 

Jun 12, 2018

The theater had Shakespeare. The ocean depths had Jacques Cousteu. Math had Einstein. The world of discovery however, belongs to the 2017 Archipelago Archeologist of the year award winner, if this award actually existed, Dr. Adeline Eleanor Pinkerton. A throwback to the Edwardian Era, Dr. Pinkerton expects superior breeding, winning at all cost, and, well does not care for us much. On today’s show we sit down with the brazen archeologist as she guides us through some, well many, ok most, here’s the thing - all of our missteps on the show up to this point.  But, you’ll be surprised how it ends. In addition we review all of the past and current “friends of the show” to re-calibrate listeners on who exactly is who on this epic, explorative narrative we call Grognostics. Confused on all these friends of the show that keep popping in on multiple episodes? So were we. So, we wrote a show about it. Here it goes. Everyone stops by. You should too. Jason Reedy guests. Beer from Kona Brewery. 

May 15, 2018

We don’t care if your plasma-alcohol level is above the legal space limit. We say, hop aboard the Grog rocket ship for the next installment of our extraterrestrial duet. On today’s show we hear from two alien experiencers who regale us with real-life alien encounters, Sir Matthew calls in from a lake in the northwest known for its alien sightings, and we do our best to intoxicatingly dissect ancient art depicting UFOs (and Popes with oddly shaped hockey sticks but that’s neither here nor there).

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