Half the fun in going out for a beer is checking out where the beer itself is poured. This week’s episode focuses on tasting rooms – those magical places where people come together to make new friends, make fun of old pals, and try some new drinks. Amanda is joined in studio by Heidi Geist with a guest interview by me! There are solar panels, scenic motorcycle rides, and mention of a large Maine-borne snake. So, grab your bike, car keys, spaceship – whatever, and hit play en route to a tasting room near you.
Okay, if you’ve been checking out these notes for a while you’ll notice I have a thing for dinosaurs, monsters…basically reptiles in general. So when Heidi and Amanda started talking about some massive snake named Wessie, it’s safe to say I was interested. Last June, someone spotted a 10-foot snake in Westbrook Maine. Apparently, it was spotted by police swimming in a river while eating a beaver (hopefully Dagget from Angry Beavers, because he was super annoying). A snakeskin was later identified and genetically matched with a green anaconda. It’s presumed that the snake is now dead due to reptiles of that size not being able to survive in cold temperatures. Personally, I hope someone knitted Wessie some mittens…but I guess snakes don’t have hands, so maybe a nice set of ear warmers would be better. Anyway, according to Twitter Wessie is doing just fine. That’s right. You can follow Wessie @WessieThon
Ultimate Tasting Room
So. If I was going to have a tasting room it’d be extremely nerded out. There would be projectors showing Godzilla movies non-stop and Mario Kart 64 tournaments (because let’s face it, everyone knows the N64 was Nintendo’s best system ever). I’m guessing that beer and slip n’ slides are probably a bad mix though, and beer being shot out of squirt guns would probably be foamy and taste bad. Having fireworks on tap is also not a good idea. I guess you can’t just take all the stuff you like and throw it into a tasting room and have it work out alright. Now that I’m really thinking about it…making a tasting room takes a solid bit of foresight and planning. Make sure you get out into the wild and go appreciate a local tasting room near you, or maybe convert your garage into one!
Props to Amanda & Devils Backbone
I did my first interview for the show! Thanks to Josh from Devils Backbone Brewing Company for giving me an unannounced interview with a nice backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was cool to be able to sit down and have a nice chat over a beer with a stranger. I was a little nervous, so I have mad respect for Amanda – she does this all time! If you’re interested in going out into the field and doing an interview for the show make sure you check out the links below.