A weekly podcast where cigars and craft beers naturally lead to silly stories and sideways jokes.
We liesurly tip one back with martial artist and photographer Jeff Hansen while the lovely Shelly Sadowski throws down the gauntlet in some kind of drinking race. After her healthy head-start, we muse with pride about our many local breweries, now flourishing greatly thanks to the efforts of the Surly Brewing Company and our particular love for Surly Darkness Day. But when Shelly doesn't lay off the gas, we quickly realize just what we're in for.
You know what's awesome? An evening with uber-geek Ashley Hay! The popular cosplay artist lets us take a few glamour shots of our own, and brings us what can only be described as a "challenge sampler" of questionable beers to try as we discuss Porter's hatred of hops, his short-term memory when it comes to previous Burn & Brew guests, and his invitation to a used sex toy swap!
We are joined by 6-time guest Laszlo Nemesi and the bouncy Molly Zupon fresh off their stint at various midwest Renaissance faires. It seems Molly experienced a whole new type of brown-nosing at the Sioux City Renaissance Festival, Laszlo has a new take on The Unicorn Award at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and Porter reminisces about his time with the A.P.E.s.
After a 44 day hiatus, and just in time for Oktoberfest, Porter and Frost return for a fresh sampling with artisan Craig Fernholz. But don't let that beard fool you. At half the age of Gene Simmons, Craig has already made a name for himself in the professional theater world as a talented technician. Sorry, did that Gene Simmons comment leave you feeling old? You're probably more honest with yourself than the likes of most celebrities like Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. And so is Fernzie.
Teenage beekeeper and onion ring fryer Butch Roy met sea food vendor George Grubb at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival over a series of pranks involving airborne food stuffs and a high-powered fan. 23 years later, they are still making comedy golden brown as performers and improv comics.
From the midst of a questionably-constructed dining hall, this episode was recorded exclusively by and for the workers at local costume show. And in particular, the antics of Seth, Scott, Rick, and Dylan of the Irish band Four Pints Shy. In fact, there are so many inside jokes to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival that Frost couldn't even bear to be on the show. And so he escaped to Finland this week.
This fifth and final episode recorded back-to-back at CONvergence 2013 marks an all-time low for us. Not only because we had to deal with the hosts of the Apropos of Nothing Podcast, but also because we began recording three sheets to the wind at 3am. This turned out to be a blessing because we don't remember a single minute of it. Unfortunately, our mumbles have been preserved for eternity through the wonders of technology.
Marathon drinking takes its toll on Porter and Frost at CONvergence, but Chad Dutton and Chrys Buckholtz make it easy to keep the conversation flowing. Both report on some amazing convention cosplay including everything from stilts to "Tuscon" Raiders! Chad shares his experience as a musical accompanist alongside Scott Keever on the Killer Bees panel where improv comedians provide all of the dialogue for a muted movie.
As a 30-year veteran of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Jim Cunningham has seen his share of faries. Some of them even have wings. Together with Laszlo Nemesi, he MCs the squeaky-clean Feast of Fantasy at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, the most complaint-free venue for Vilification Tennis.
There are exceptions to every rule. And during this episode, we lower our standards to sample the lightest beers on the planet to satisfy a wily amateur motorcycle racer, and his penchant for Coors Light, the "Silver Bullet". But as a proven mountaineer, Brian "Keith" O'Keefe has a stronger resolve than a liver! After conquering Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert in Colorado, Brian was the last to join an expedition to Gannett Peak, the tallest point in Wyoming along with Frost, Tom "Pete" O'Neill, and Brent "Marty" O'Keefe in August 2013.