Episode 154 – The last normal one

We’re getting close to the end. This is the last time we’re gonna sit in the studio and record a podcast. Only one more episode remains after this. Then…sunset.

In this episode, we do a little reminiscing. But not too much. Connor hates pet parents. Scientists want to send sperm to the moon. Mike Schaefer called in to discuss pizza. And we drank beers gifted to us by James and Daine.

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Episode 153 – Stibbs’ “basement”

We’re reunited with Josh Peterson and Michael Stibbs. Folks,,,,they are our last scheduled guests.

In this episode, we look back at a year of COVID. We get some insider sports radio talk. Josh got some insider vaccine. Connor let Mark be in his wedding, and maybe Stibbs is gonna DJ. Josh isn’t invited. All while drinking beers from Monolithic Brewing and Cosmic Eye.

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Episode 152 – Jack Mitchell and his bits

Episode 152. There are only a few episodes left. Cherish them. Enjoy them. Love them.

In this episode, we welcome back Jack Mitchell. He knows about killing podcasts, so we figured he’d be good to talk to. Walk us through this. He gets passionate about produce. He gets passionate about Nebrasketball. And he gets passionate about local restaurants and carwashes. All while drinking cider from Stone Hollow and a bevy of seltzers.

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Episode 150 – Dusty old dust

Welcome in to episode 150. No fanfare. We’ve matured past such things (or, you know, COVID makes partying hard). Regardless, here we are.

In this episode, we invite in Mike Schaefer. He brought us beers from New Glarus. They’re somewhere between 2 and 5 years old. But not in the cool, cellar-aged sort of way. No, they’re just old. Connor and Mark get snippy with each other like an old married couple. Schaefer eggs them on. Everyone goes home happy.

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Episode 149 – Just the two of us

Tonight’s guest cancelled, so it’s just us. We start slow. We end hot. There’s some bleeps. But zero pee breaks.

In this episode, we learn about the sort of person who becomes a referee. We discuss how not every local business deserves support (sorry not sorry). Brief discussion about furries. Long discussion about gambling. All while drinking beers/ciders from Zipline, Saro, and Pulpit Rock.

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Episode 147 – KS & BCBS

This is 3BL, so we drank a trio of Kros Strain beers. But because Chris Whitney came over, we couldn’t leave without cracking open a Bourbon County Stout.

Chris is running far. Really far. (ChrisRunsForMS.com) Whipped cream vs ice cream. Dessert food trucks. The role of coffee beers. And people who share a birthday with Chris. All while drinking beers from Kros Strain and Goose Island.

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Episode 146 – The return

Goodness, it’s been a long time since we’ve done this. Let’s see if we remember how this goes…

In this episode, we welcome back our first-ever guest (Matt Simms) and welcome in a first-time guest (John VanBeek). We get a phone call from Big Voice Bob. We dig into Marvel and DC and Star Wars. And we get a recap of everything that happened over the last two months. All while drinking beers from Bell’s and Surly.

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NE Beer:30 #87 Mark Thompson | Craft Brand Manager

If you say there’s someone in the state of Nebraska who has more knowledge about the beer industry than Mark Thompson – you’re lying to yourself. Mark is the Craft Brand Manager at K&Z Distributing Co. in Lincoln, NE. He manages and communicates with major breweries all over the US (many local as well), sells beer to retailers, and has one hell of a beard. Mark and Grady talk about the Twisted Tea face punch, Mark’s experience in the beer industry, their philosophies on selling beer, and Mark’s love for Taylor Swift. Beer consumed: Twisted Tea Slightly Sweet and Founder’s Brewing Co.’s (Grand Rapids, MI) Moon Rambler IPA.

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NE Beer:30 #86 A Flamethrower Christmas

Ho! Ho! Ho! This jolly solo-sode is packed with Christmas spirit! During the podcast Grady talks about loving Christmas, how we should cancel “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” why you should tell your kids that a flamethrowing drone is watching them, what’s going to happen when his baby gets here, his new job (leaving the beer industry), and a dream he had involving Scott Frost. Beer consumed: Kros Strain Brewing’s (La Vista, NE) Barleywine Vol. 5.

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NE Beer:30 #85 Matt Meyers | The Happy Raven

Matt Meyers knows how to run a craft beer bar. His spot, The Happy Raven, was voted ‘Best Craft Beer Bar in Nebraska’ by CraftBeer.com in 2016, ’17, and ’18! This Lincoln-based alehouse boasts 18 draft lines and a massive selection of bottled and canned beer. Matt and Grady talk about what makes Happy Raven tick, how Matt has managed to become one of the best craft spots in NE, their picks for the greatest Christmas movie of all time (Big Up to Tyler Werner for the Voicemail!), and how Matt tends to customers who just want a “light beer.” Beers consumed: Paulaner (Munich, Germany) Hefe-Weizen, Deschutes (Bend, OR) Jubelale Winter Warmer, and Mikkeller Imperial Stout.

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NE Beer:30 #84 Shane Costello | Monolithic Brewing Co.

The newest brewery in Nebraska, Monolithic Brewing Co., is off to a great start in Omaha, NE! It’s all thanks to head brewer, Shane Costello. After homebrewing for 9 years, Shane has taken his talents to the big “fermenter” (stage). Shane and Grady talk about starting Monolithic Brewing Co., if Shane was nervous to brew commercially, what styles of beer are currently on tap (a lot!), and what he’s cooking up for the future! Voicemails from Brian Lastovica and Daine Patton get the conversation going about Thanksgiving beers and which Christmas movie is the greatest of all time. Beer consumed: Monolithic Brewing Co.’s (Omaha, NE) Viel Glück Dunkelweizen, The Juice City Session IPA (Sabro), and Amarillo for Haze Hazy IPA.

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NE Beer:30 #83 Nick Tarlowski | Give and Let Live Fundraiser

Nick Tarlowski is the man behind the Give and Let Live Fundraiser. What started as a single open tab at 1867 Bar in Lincoln, NE has grown into a pay-it-forward movement that is helping small businesses across the city. Nick and Grady talk about Give and Let Live, the new COVID restrictions on bars and restaurants in Lincoln, drinking a pitcher of barleywine, Nick’s dog eating marinara sauce, and what the fundraiser means to the city. Beers had this episode: Empyrean Brewing Co.’s (Lincoln, NE) Winter Wisdom Hazelnut Brown Ale, Dogfish Head’s (Milton, DE). Featured beer: Zipline Brewing Co.’s (Lincoln, NE) Barleywine Ale.

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NE Beer:30 #82 Alex Paine | WeldWerks Brewing Co.

Fellow Nebraskan, Alex Paine, loves yogurt beer and “Hot Dog Day” (you’ll find out). He is a Brewery Representative for one of the hottest breweries in the nation, WeldWerks Brewing Co. Alex and Grady talk about going to high school together in Lincoln, NE, how WeldWerks got its start, why the brewery rapidly grew in popularity, ‘Cranberry Sawce’ the jelly beer, how Alex started in the craft beer scene, and what it’s like selling beer in a competitive Colorado beer scene. Beers consumed: WeldWerk’s (Greeley, CO) Juicy Bits IPA, Blueberry Cobbler Berliner, and Extra Extra Juicy Bits Double IPA.

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NE Beer:30 #81 Nick Borer | The Question Master

You may remember Nick Borer, the Question Master, from earlier episodes of #NEBeer30! He was the guy who sent in the most (and most entertaining) questions back when the Listener Questions episodes were a thing. Nick is a renaissance man. He’s Grady’s cousin, the Digital Marketing Manager for HobbyTown, a graphic designer, and an all-around handyman! Nick and Grady answer hard-hitting questions during this pod. They talk artificial intelligence, what it’s like becoming a dad, how to make money on OnlyFans this holiday season, how many limbs you should have (you’ll see), and how Elon Musk plans to paralyze people.

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NE Beer:30 #80 Paqui Chip Challenge w/ Myles & Mitch

Episode #80 of #NEBeer30 is the hottest one yet! During this 40+ minute podcast, Mitch West (Perfect Pour Studios), Myles Andrews (Jake’s Cigars & Spirits, Lincoln) and Grady take on the Paqui Chip Challenge – one of the hottest tortilla chips on earth! The three try not to cry, talk about which rapper would be the best president, cry, drink milk, and swap crazy bar stories. Beer consumed: White Elm Brewing’s (Lincoln, NE) Crem Brulee stout and Prost! festbier, and Cosmic Eye’s (Lincoln, NE) Unlock the Time Dragon IPA.

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NE Beer:30 #79 Halloween (No Doritos For Me)

Do not give your money to homeless people (Grady will tell you why). This solo-sode is a firey one! After a long week, Grady sits down to discuss why you shouldn’t give your money to homeless people (he will tell you why), how he’s over Halloween for now, how people think he’s older than he really is, and the cancellation of Nebraska v Wisconsin this weekend. As you’ll find out, the cancellation is more about food than football. Beers had: Prost Brewing Co.’s (Fort Collins, CO) Dunkel. Grady also discusses why you shouldn’t give your money to homeless people (he will tell you why).

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