Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 292

Austin talks beer this week
Photo Credit: WWE.com
If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We 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 many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Steve Austin Show — Unleashed!
Episode: 292 (Jan. 21, 2016)
Run Time: 1:25:19
Guest: Dan, from the Full Pint (12:27)

Summary: This Dan guy writes about craft beer. A lot. There is lots of talk about getting into beer drinking, the brewing industry (large and small), how different regions of the country and world approach brewing the same basic types of beer, hops — lots and lots of hops — as well as a little tasting during the show. After Austin compares craft beers to independent wrestling, there is a blip of wrestling talk from Dan, who is a Goldberg fan but gave the narrow edge to RAW over Nitro. Then it’s right back to the beer, Dan’s career background and, at the very end, his take on the Eagles as a Philadelphia area native.

Quote of the week: “Everybody makes craft beer what they want it to be. Some people are trying to make it into the wine culture where we’re going to have a high-falutin’ beer tasting dinner, we’re gonna have a seven-course meal and we’re gonna charge a lot of money and we’re gonna exclude people with not a lot of money, and then there’s, in my mind, what’s gonna make craft beer sustainable for a long time, is kind of, in my mind, would be like a bakery back in the day where everybody should be able to walk down the block, get a fresh loaf of bread. Just like you, you should be able to drive down the street, get a fresh growler of beer. You shouldn’t have to worry about if it’s coming from North Carolina or Pennsylvania, it should be made right there, you hould be able to get a pour of it into a jug and you should be able to enjoy it, and it should be fresh. And if every town has their own brewery, that’s craft beer to me.”

Why you should listen: You like beer talk.

Why you should skip it: You don’t understand beer talk.

Final thoughts: The guest seems like a nice guy, but I wasn’t interested for more than 30 or 45 seconds. Doesn’t mean it won’t be your bag, but I can think of 87 other ways I should have spent my time.