Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 237

Austin takes a left turn into one of his other passions, beer
Photo Credit: Evelyn Rosales
If you're new, here's the rundown: I listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are better wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but these are the ones in my regular rotation that I feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If I can save other folks some time, I'm happy to do so.

Show: Steve Austin Show
Episode: 237 (July 14, 2015)
Run Time: 1:18:37
Guest: Rob Croxall (14:16)

Summary: Steve Austin is talking about one of his passions this week when he sits down with Rob Croxall, owner and head brewer of El Segundo Brewing Company, situated just southwest of LAX. Croxall explains how he got into brewing, the details of his brewery, and the learning curves of being in business, He reviews the many different types of beers, analyzes how the American beer market continues to evolved, tracks this history of many of his company’s beers and labels and offers a personal and industry growth forecast.

Quote of the week: “As far as the work production, just making the beer, you know, at the end of the day, you figure out your system. Beer is still volumes, temperatures and durations. And if you can make a good batch at home, you can make a better batch on a professional system, once you figure out your system, because you have more control.”

Why you should listen: Do you like beer? Sidle up to the bar for this one. Beyond that, it’s as good a chance as any to hear Austin’s legitimate host chops, but really, it’s all about the beer.

Why you should skip it: Zero wrestling talk. None. If you don’t like beer, or care about anything beyond what’s cheapest and coldest, mosey on down toward Thursday.

Final thoughts: This one is weird in that I enjoyed it yet it also is completely useless (to me, anyway). Good to have on in the background, and in no way obnoxious or inappropriate. Cheers!