HOW TO PAIR BEER WITH EVERYTHING PODCAST: Episode 4 – Stone Farking Wheaton w00tStout 3.0 and Calm Before the Storm by Ballast Point
Derek Warren’s popular How to Pair Beer with Everything column on nepascene.com is now a podcast! Joined by NEPA Scene founder and editor Rich Howells, they’ll try a different brew each week and examine it through all the senses, diving into personal experiences and opinions, pop culture, news, or whatever comes to mind. While Derek is an experienced beer reviewer and aficionado (and co-host of the Beer Geeks Radio Hour on WILK 103.1 FM), Rich is more of a casual craft beer drinker (and co-host of the NEPA Scene Podcast), so they’ll both offer their own uncensored perspectives and ask guests to share their own.
Joined again by our friend from Dunmore and beer enthusiast George Zvirblis in Episode 4, we have the pleasure of sampling some unique and sought-after beers this week – the Stone Brewing Company collaboration w00tstout 3.0 and Calm Before the Storm by Ballast Point Brewing Company. These are very different beers with very different flavors, so first we describe the origins of w00tstout, which was made with the help of Fark.com creator Drew Curtis and actor/blogger Wil Wheaton, and this inevitably leads into a discussion on the popularization of nerd culture and where it’s headed next. We also talk about Sylvester Stallone; how the Columbine High School shooting changed the way the public and the media looks at kids who are different; movies that influenced kids to do dumb things; lawsuits; “16 and Pregnant;” failed knockoff kids shows and franchises; how merchandising, product tie-ins, and collecting have changed over the years; Netflix’s “The Fall” versus “Dexter;” all the movie trailers and leaked videos that came out of San Diego Comic-Con; and how reviews can skew public opinion before people try something themselves.
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