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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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May 5, 2022

LIke an armpit at a deodorant convention (said no one ever), we like to keep things fresh. And with that comes yet another new segment we're trying out called Short Intriguing Snippets. They're digestible bytes (see what i did there?) of appetizing goodness made to quickly listen and churn up some pondering thought of your own. On today's we discuss the connection between emotions and music as well as find out how one can play heavy metal and boy band pop in ones car at the same exact time. It's not easy let me tell you. 

Apr 7, 2022
St. Patrick's Day may be behind us, but that doesn't mean we can't still drink like the Irish do. On this beer show we break down the red ale and discuss what makes it a red tasty treat as well as the difference between American Reds vs. English vs. the classic Irish Red. Tam joins us with snipets from his 15-pint drinking session and our resident beer "when it comes to red ales I'm definitely not an expert" expert Oisin. 

Beers tried on show:

Smithwicks Irish Red - Ireland

Coronado Island Brewing Mermaid Red - California, USA

Williams Brothers Premium Red Ale - Scotland

Western Herd Atlantic Irish Red Ale - Ireland

St. Peter's Ruby Red - England

Evans Brewery The Joaquin Dead Mexican Red Ale - California, USA

Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company - Wildfire Red Ale - Ireland

Whitstable Bay Ruby Ale Shepherd Neame Brewery - England 

Mar 17, 2022

About an hour outside of Dublin in the heart of Ireland sits a farm that has been family-owned for 13 generations. At first look, this farm looks and feels like any other - mixed farm, with woodland, grass for livestock,  fields of crops etc. And, it is true that owner David Walsh-Kemmis puts on his farming overalls one pant leg at a time just like every other farmer but there's one glaring difference; when he puts on those pants, he then goes out and grows award-winning barley which in turn he uses to brew some of the best emerging craft brews in Ireland. (And I'll be honest the farm looks pretty amazing too but it didn't work with that long-winded joke about a pant leg)

The Ballykilcavan Brewery located in Stradbally, in County Loais, should be circled on every tourist's itinerary map. (They do amazing tours by the way). Most of the beer ingredients are sourced right on the farm including water from their own well, hops from their own garden,  and did we mention their award-winning barley? We'll mention it again. For those who don't know barley is pretty much the main ingredient in that cold, refreshing beverage you're probably drinking right now - beer. 

On today's show we get the fortunate opportunity to sit down with David to talk about the history of the brewery, their beers, what the craft beer scene is like in Ireland as well as a pot filled with gold nuggets of information about everything beer-related on this fine St. Patrick's Day. And don't just take his word for you - the brewery was named the most innovative business of the year in Co. Laois in 2019 and their beers have won six medals in the 2019 Dublin Craft Beer Cup. So, saddle up lad and grab a pint or two and join us for a lovely interview with Ballykilcavan Brewery owner, David Walsh-Kemmis. 

Ballykilcavan Brewery

Website: ballykilcavan.com 

 

Mar 3, 2022
Recent guest Nate from Rum & Regret Podcast is back for another educational beer session on the popular, yet somewhat forgot Hefeweizen beer style. And boy it sure is a toughie to pronounce. Enjoy some history, the characteristics details and some fun. 
Jan 21, 2022
Over 200 government officials from multiple countries have experienced strange symptoms such as ringing in ears, dizziness, nausea, insomnia and other ailments while abroad. Despite investigations by multiple U.S. agencies, no one can figure out the cause of these oddities. The U.S. has recently acknowledged this as a known ailment and even promised to provide healthcare to victims but we are no closer to discovering what is behind this phenomenon.  And then there's Grognostics podcast, rip roarin' into this topic like no one ever has finally back in the saddle after a long hiatus. Enjoy. 
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