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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 all while enjoying some frosty pints. 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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Sep 5, 2019

The Dogon People, a primitive tribe living in West Africa have preserved a tradition so emphatically for hundreds of years, that one could possibly say it's risen from legend and storytelling into absolute fact. Their belief is one that almost all humans have thought about. Many have theorized it could be real. Some have astoundingly declared such is so. However, this group of people, untouched by the influences of outside society possess such a knowledge of a higher being that theorists believe the Dogons' visits from extraterrestrials are not just real, they've paved the path for Ancient Egypt, Greek Mythology, The Sumerian culture and essentially all of humanity itself.  You, me, whoever is sitting next to you right now. We've all become, in theory, because of this culture and these visits.  Do you believe it? Well, don't just sit there, hit the play button on your podcast app and see for yourself!

Beer once again has been graciously provided by Southern Spirits Podcast. You can find them wherever you get your podcasts.  They're also at http://www.southernspiritspodcast.com/ where you can learn more and get access to all their platforms. 

 

 

Aug 15, 2019

For thousands of years these furry, lovable creatures have patrolled the South Pole with nothing more than a delightful fish sandwich or seal blubber stew to keep them going. The South Pole humans even have a couple for pets that play dead most of the time on their den floor. Today, their environment is threatened by plastic straws and Keurig coffee refills, not to mention most have diabetes due to all the Coca-Cola they drink at Christmas.  On today's show we're going to figure out how to save these cuddly sugar fiends.  Polar Bears. Can't live with them (because they'll eat you), can't live with-

Sorry what's that? This show is not about Polar Bears? I don't understand. Polar what? Polar Shit? Oh. Well excuse me, I thought you said- Oh Shift. Polar Shift. Polar Shift. I get it now. Right, Polar Shift. Wait, no I don't. What is Polar Shift? Oh Pole Shift. Nope, still don't understand. 

What if we told you that the location of the poles and axis of the rotation of our planet has shifted many times throughout history causing cataclysmic events?  How do you like dem geological apples polar bears? Yeah, we thought so. Really? Again with the loosely, barely tied polar bears? C'mon. 

Join us on today's show where Steve finds out about the topic right when he sits down at the microphone which makes for some surprisingly interesting banter. 

Aug 1, 2019
 In what could be the most mysterious experiment ever on America’s eastern seaboard, the Montauk Project marries our deepest fears of human experimentation with almost every aspect of the unexplained and esoteric. Join us for this confusing, yet unbelievably disturbing and intriguing ride as we dive headfirst into a stew of Grognostic topics all baked into one menu of debauchery and mystique. Beer graciously provided by Southern Spirits Podcast. You can find them wherever you get your podcasts and wherever you get your southern America alcoholism gene from.  
Jul 18, 2019

Nestled in the heart of Maryland is a brewery whose persona couldn’t be less ideal for an auditory podcast, yet couldn’t be more ideal for making you feel good about being human. Streetcar 82 Brewery in Hyattsville Maryland is more than a brewery, it’s a goosebump-inducing factory, putting on display that nothing is outside the reach of our most inspired pursuits. Today’s show is the third volume of our Brewery Field Trip sessions. Join us and learn about a new brewery that’s made history as a brewery first.

 

You can find more information about this magical spot here:

https://www.streetcar82brewing.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Streetcar82/ on Facebook

@streetcar82brewingco on Instagram

Jul 4, 2019

Nancy was a kind and innocent woman. Until that sinister day. And then, she wasn't. 

Sometimes stories of patriotism live far outside the reach of our darkest imaginations. 

Jun 27, 2019

How often are you sitting on your porch watching the birds fly by when you're supposed to be doing laundry, finishing up some work or turning off the smoldering-hot iron in your kid's playroom thinking, I sure wish I could clone myself? That way I could do all that while also sitting here doing nuttin'. Never?

Okay, let me ask you this - what about the morality behind cloning, or perhaps maybe in today's world - extension of life? I mean, are people who were "basically a shit anyway" entitled to an extension of life? Or should these scientific advances go only to those that contribute to the world- make it a better place? We all think of genetically modifying the human species as a help for the better, but is it?

Amie, who we all know and love sits down with Heidi (Ep. 25 UFOs - Rinya, alien in skit) and discusses the ethics, morality, legality, and politics behind it all. In addition, they break down where we are with the scientific technology in the year 2019. Meanwhile, Jason and Steve do whatever it is Jason and Steve do when they've been shunned from their studios - watch The Notebook and practice making out with their pillows just to give a hint of one thing they do. Scrapbooking is another. 

Jun 13, 2019

On today's show, we sit down with a real-life ghost hunters - Paranormal Investigations & Observations Team. Given our history of having "guests" on the show, it's always important to disclose that these guys are a real-life paranormal team and not a skit or anything. Phew, now that's out of the way... We were humbly fortunate to be able to spend some time with them. Whether you've always had an inkling to start your own paranormal investigations, enjoy ghost-hunting shows or simply curious about how it all works, this episode is for you. The entity haunting you in your basement desperate for you to realize his existence so he can inform you about his murderer's whereabouts will also be quite thankful. 

You can find more information about the group at:

https://www.piotparanormal.com/

Or on social media at:

Instagram: @piotparanormal

Facebook: @P.I.O.T.Paranormal

You Tube: PIOT Paranormal

THE PARA CONNECTION Podcast :https://piotparanormal.podbean.com/ 

May 30, 2019

Sarah Conner had Skynet. Will Smith had IRobot. Wall-E had Eva. And you, I'm sorry to say have Grognostics to help you along your path towards the robot singularity. Part I of our robot series covered the history of robotics and what man has in store for our mechanical counterparts. Part II is, from the words of Brittany Spears, "not so innocent." Quite more sinister, and what should keep us all up and night is what happens when these robots we create have had enough of our dictatorship rule? Will there be an uprising? Or will there be a suppression at the very least? Exactly how long will it be before your coffee machine is dominating you in all aspects of your life? Yes, even that. Let's just say that for those "50 Shades of Grey" fans... you don't know pain until you're in the red room with your Keurig and a bag of decaf, let me tell you. Sir Matthew joins us. Beer graciously provided by Tavour, the best online beer service on the planet. 

 

 

May 23, 2019

Engrained somewhere deep in our DNA is human's fear of robots and machines. We feel it is inevitable that ultimately they will destroy us all and leave our carcasses for the robot vultures to devour. Why is this? Why can't we envision a world where humans and robots co-exist peacefully and happily? Join us for this two-part show about where the future of robots is headed. On this show we talk through the history of robots and ultimately what humanity will gain from these advancements. Then on next week's show we discuss how robots will benefit and humans, possibly not so much.  Beers donated by Tavour - online beer delivery service. You can find their beers at tavour.com 

May 9, 2019

How much do we really know about Yuri Yudin, the hiker who turned back and discontinued the trek with his nine fellow hikers in the Ural Mountains at Dyatlov Pass? Come to think of it how much do we know about any Yuri for that matter?

What if we told you that Yuri Cuntsovich was lurking right under your nose the entire time. And possibly lurking under... ok sorry, going down a weird, strange path now... But why? Why would Mr. Cuntsovich do such a thing? Exactly. 

We didn’t feel like our two-part show on the Dyaltov Pass mystery was enough so we’re bringing you some bonus material that might just finally prove the mystery. This little Yuri went to the market, this little Yuri stayed home, and this little Yuri went wee, wee, wee, on the Grognostics Podcast. Let's just say that after today's show you will know with 100% certainty what happened to the hikers at Dyatlov Pass. Give a listen. 

 

May 3, 2019

I know this is a crazy idea, but we've made the collective decision to do something consistent on this show. One thing at least. We will now be posting at least every other Thursday. And sometimes, if our mood swings, and the furry clown with the ball gag in his mouth will let us within an arm's reach of a computer from our cages - every Thursday. So get used to checking your feeds folks. Because the Thursday posting begins now. Well actually it began a few weeks ago but that was technically by accident. Really. 

On this show? Just a quick announcement with a healthy dose of reminiscing and a scintilla of inspiration. Written and produced by  soon-to-be top writer on the show Mr. Jason Bramell.  

Apr 25, 2019

Just when you get settled in and think, wow, this podcast might actually be worth listening to… They’ve finally set up some sort of rhythm; no more in-between shows, releases consistently on a Thursday, and you know what to expect, we again totally pull the rug out from under you. Yes this is something different. We can’t help it.

On today’s show, our favorite Latin archeologist, known felon, prison-escapee, singer-stalker, and all-around amazing human we think, Raul pops in out of nowhere to regale us on his Flat Earth Theories, how Sir Matthew could be in an imposter and how he’s been living in Steve’s shed for past week. Honestly, this is friggin’ hilarious. You just have to listen.

Apr 11, 2019

My gosh it seemed like just last week we posted the beginning of our Bigfoot duet and already it's coming to a close. So many questions have you? (Said by a Bigfoot Yoda). Well, rest assured my little Bigfoot aficionado. Today, we answer them. You know - important things like has any of the group ever seen a hobo with a lantern? Did Unearthing Paranormalcy host Amy see a Bigfoot or was it a boar or her dad coming to steal her fish in the night. (No other theories were presented). And exactly how close to a gorilla’s penis has Amy gotten in order to properly assess the uh, girth of the great apes? And is Ben Dover's cousin really Eileen Dover or just a funny Jason had that you can write in your diary tonight <scribble scribble, April 11th, 2019... Jason made a funny joke today> 

We once again team up with an all-star cast from another podcast we love – Unearthing Paranormalcy. Amy, Dave, Chad, and Eli host the show which spans obscure paranormal topics such as The Mothman, Time Travel, Alien Races, Thought Form Entities, Madame Blavatsky among others. They mix deep research with comedic sprinkling making the topics entertaining. You can check them out on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever else you get your podcasts.  

Enjoy the show. 

 

 

 

 

Apr 4, 2019

His legend has spanned centuries dating back to early sightings in the 1700s and it continues to grow today. He’s been the subject of countless documentaries, YouTube Videos, themed tourist destinations and well, podcasts. Thousands have claimed to have witnessed the hairy beast in the wild. Now, it is true that most of these bigfoot “witnesses” are white men who likely moonlight as serial killers or at the very least are dangerously-avid Star Wars figurine collectors which means they probably couldn’t identify a boob in the wild let alone differentiate between a bear, a common housecat or a Bigfoot, but that’s neither here nor there. Ok, so where was I exactly?

Oh yeah – on today’s show we team up with an all-star cast from another podcast we love – Unearthing Paranormalcy. Amy, Dave, Chad, and Eli host the show which spans obscure paranormal topics such as The Mothman, Time Travel, Alien Races, Thought Form Entities, Madame Blavatsky among others. They mix deep research with comedic sprinkling making the topics entertaining. You can check them out on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever else you get your podcasts.  

On the show we examine important questions about Bigfoot, no one has ever asked. For example, does Bigfoot $hit in the woods? No really that's pretty much all we cover in this episode.

Join us for part I of this epic two-part series as we dive into three conclusive sightings, some backstory, drink and review a beer from Oklahoma and record the first joint-skit in Grognostic’s history.

Check back next Thursday for the finale.

Are you Bigfoot or are you dancer?

Mar 28, 2019

Jason and I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with a real-life Bigfoot or our podcast doppelganger; one of the two to talk about the man (well not really), the myth (eh probably not), the legend (ok fine), Bigfoot. On this teaser we introduce you to our fellow collaborators,  Unearthing Paranormalcy, who we had a blast recording with. They do similar topics to our show with a hint of drinking and comedic flare, so one might say our podcast community has commenced. You can find their shows on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and wherever you listen to your podcasts. Stay tuned... 

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.

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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.

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