A weekly podcast where cigars and craft beers naturally lead to silly stories and sideways jokes.
Perhaps you've been a patron of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Perhaps you've been a performer or participant. No matter how you feel about the event, there's no question that Butch Roy has defined what it means to be an excellent entertainer. In this episode, he recounts moments from his 23-year career and speaks directly to other performers about recognizing the gift of the audience.
We're pretty sure nobody has more interesting stories about work than towing company manager and repo man, Matt Dalin, but for good measure we let Laszlo Nemesi tell a tale about a road trip while working for a funeral home. The two knew each other while working for the same company, but Matt's untimely departure caused Laszlo to miss lunch. Laszlo since has come to describe their relationship as a series of late-night text messages about used cars.
Porter and Frost pay a visit to Drackenberg's Cigar Bar in the village of Maple Bluff on the outskirts of Madison, WI where they have a toke and sip with none other than its proprietor, Jackson Halink, whose colorful personality comes through in the mis-matched kitch that decorates his bar. While it may be easy to mistake a wine rack for a ship's helm, there's no mistaking the wonderful selection of liquors and craft beers on tap, paired with a walk-in humidor.
When he got tired of selling ads for The Onion, Peter Gentry turned his home brewing hobby into a business and opened the One Barrel Brewing Company in Madison, WI. The brew pub gets its name from his variation of the nano-brewery concept where craft beers are brewed just 31 gallons (one barrel) at a time.
Porter and Frost review Maduro, a combination cigar lounge and bar in downtown Madison, WI, and visit with proprietor Brian Haltinner over an excellent cigar and beer pairing. In a college town where bars generally play to the lowest common denominator, Maduro counters with a high class atmosphere and a selection of cigars, scotches, and craft beers that can't be beat.
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.