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BEER WITH EVERYTHING PODCAST: Peculiar beer with the dead, featuring Ninkasi Dawn of the Red

BEER WITH EVERYTHING PODCAST: Peculiar beer with the dead, featuring Ninkasi Dawn of the Red
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Derek Warren’s popular How to Pair Beer with Everything column on is now a podcast! Joined by NEPA Scene founder and editor Rich Howells and beer enthusiast George Zvirblis, 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) and George is a beer collector who travels to breweries nationwide, 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.

Every episode is available on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

In Episode 13, we have a full house as Derek, Rich, and George are joined again by Mathew Dapkins of Massive Beer Reviews and a very special guest – Peculiar Culinary Company chef and owner Gene Philbin! We talk about our upcoming Peculiar Dinner with the Dead on Wednesday, Oct. 21, which pairs a scary menu of unknown items with beers selected specifically to celebrate the Halloween season during a screening of George A. Romero’s classic zombie film that started it all, “Night of the Living Dead.” We also discuss our love/hate relationship with “The Walking Dead” and nothing but animosity for the spin-off, “Fear the Walking Dead,” making movies into video games, cooking with beer, restaurants and breweries, and much more! Those who make it to the end of the episode earn special rewards, especially if you join us on Oct. 21 at Peculiar Culinary Company (30 Center St., Hughestown)! Find more details on the Facebook event page.

The beers sampled in this week’s episode are Dawn of the Red and The Devil Went Down to Oregon by Ninkasi Brewing Company, Blood Lust by Spring House Brewing Company, Shallow Grave and Evil Twin by Heretic Brewing Company, The Dread by Elysian Brewing Company, Speedway Stout by AleSmith Brewing Company, Big A IPA by Smuttynose Brewing Company, and The Audacity of Hops by Cambridge Brewing Company.

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For more with Gene Philbin, listen to Episode 29 of the NEPA Scene Podcast.