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A podcast in which two completely unqualified men - Josh and Sass - discuss exactly what the title implies; a beer and a topic which they banter.

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Midas Touch & Terrible Ways to Die

Some things do not stand the test of time like David Hasselhoff’s music, milk, and many beloved films. When looking back at films and tv series, one tends to have rose colored glasses. The Beer and Banter hosts attempt to knock those glasses off and look at these older films in all their casually bigoted glory. Not all the films have random racism mixed in for laugh, but for one reason or another, the films no longer hold up. Take a listen as Josh and Sass delve into this week’s topic while enjoying Lagunitas The Waldos’ Special Ale.

       
This week the guys discuss the various social norms our culture follows blindly in the hope of shedding some light on them and, hopefully, creating some interesting counterarguments to them. This episode contains one of the most divisive topics for Josh and Sass… the Lasagna Quarrel. As what is being labeled as #RavioliGate, the duo come to an uneasy agreement and save the show from complete destruction. Take a listen as the guys enjoy Sixpoint‘s double IPA Resin and attempt to tackle some of the social norms we hope to see go by the wayside.

       
This week on Beer and Banter we covered one of the most important topics of our short history, Transgender. We invited Alex, a longtime friend who happens to be a transman, to walk us through his journey and share his insight into the trans community. While discussing the guys enjoy Stillwater Artisanal Stateside Saison; a type of beer the hosts are a bit ignorant of, very similar to their ignorance on this week’s topic!

       
This week's episode is super morbid and kind of sad. To counter it, here's one of the B&B pups, Stella being super adorable. So as Josh and Sass discuss some incredibly terrible ways to die you can think about this pupper being all cute and stuff. Or you could drink the terrible thoughts away like us with @dogfishhead 's ancient ale, Midas Touch - seeing as King Midas also died terribly... Check out this week's episode! #beer #podcast #doggo #dogfishhead #death #DrinktheSadnessAway . . . Thanks again to @ohio_candle_factory! Go check them out!

       
One full year, 53 weeks and 53 episodes! Granted Josh and Sass have been foolish together for years – as seen in one of Josh’s wedding photos, they’ve only been recording the foolishness this past year. We have covered dozens of topics and drank almost 7 gallons of beer – that’s just on the show! Take a listen as we revisit one of our debut topics, Flat Earthers while drinking Unibroue ‘s Éphémère Pomme. The show also covers what is to come as Josh has his first kid in the coming days and Sass is shipped off for training. #beer #podcast #BeerandBanter #unibroue #anniversary #podcast #flatearth #HaveNotBeenKickedOfftheAirYet . . . Go check out our latest sponsor, @OhioCandleFactory!

       
We love helping the community and we love it even more when the community helps us! We do a 100% local episode with a Kentucky beer from @woodencaskbrewing called Kentucky Farmhand American Wheat and we have not one but TWO special guests. This week we were joined by Elise and @mad_jane, the Artistic and Education Director and Music Director for @BGOnStage. Take a listen while Josh and Sass learn about theater and attempt to get Sassy a dialect coach. #beer #podcast #BeerandBanter #woodencaskbrewing #BGOnStage #AmericanWheat #theater #SassyisStillBadAtImpressions #Community . . . Also, big thanks to our newest sponsor, @OhioCandleFactory!

       
Sometimes – very rarely – we know what we are doing. One of the rare occasion when we kinda know what we’re talking about! This episode the guys attempt to #growthesport of disc golf while enjoying FOUR! A French-style wheat beer from Upright Brewing. Listen while the guys discuss the basics of the game and fill you in on what the discs they personally throw. #beer #podcast #BeerandBanter #uprisingbrewing #dynamicdiscs #innova #prodigy #latitude64 #westside #gateway

       
Sometimes you stay up late at night editing a podcast, sometimes you eat ice cream and beer for lunch, and sometimes you spend way too long trying to get a Boomerang juuuust right… and failing. Adulthood is weird and nowhere near what anyone was expecting. Josh and Sass cover a few of the misconceptions of adulthood while drinking an adult beverage combined with a childhood favorite – beer and ice cream. The whimsy of @graeters ice cream mixed with the brilliance of @braxtonbrewco, Braxton + Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout. #beer #podcast #BeerandBanter #braxtonbrewing #graeters #icecreamforlunch #iamanadult #adulting #lifesucksthenyoudie

       
Nothing like having a guest and good friend in the studio, especially when he brings his own topic and beer is involved! Mystical Mike suggested we cover strange and mythical creatures while we shared @victorybeer ‘s Double IPA Dirt Wolf – a mythical hoppy beast of its own. Check out this week’s episode on iTunes, Soundcloud, Google Play, et al. and comment or DM us a topic you’d like us to cover. Cheers!

       
This week we cover some stars who have lost their luster… some might call them washed up. Here we see two washed up podcast stars, Josh and Sass, getting washed up. They couldn’t handle the fame and the very thing that made them – beer and talking while drinking beer – would be their demise. The guys cover several fallen stars and do some half decent impressions while enjoying a beer inspired by an actor who is not washed up – though many would like to watch him washing – Ryan and the Gosling from @eviltwinbrewing. Also, check out Macauley Culkin’s podcast, @bunnyears! #beer #podcast #BeerandBanter #eviltwin #rubbadubdub #showerbeer #garybusey #ryangosling #kevinmccallister

       
A day late and a dollar short but this week's episode is up and ready! Our old editor Sassy he has displeased us so... he sleeps with the fishes. Yes, this week the Beer and Banter guys cover Mafias while rating @hiwirebrewing 's Baltic Porter, Enchanter. Thank you to our friend Connor for the topic AND access to his wardrobe. Big shout out to @stickerwolf for sponsoring the next 5 episodes!

       
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho! It’s a pirate’s life for Josh and Sass this week. Who could have ever guessed from Friday’s incredibly cryptic post?! Clear the sand from your ears and take a listen. The guys cover piracy through the ages and the life and times of two incredibly infamous pirates. The guys enjoyed the appropriately-themed Imperial Stout Peg Leg from @highseas. Now someone do us a favor and blow us down? (That’s the phrase… right?)

       
Wexford & St. Patrick's Day by Beer and Banter

       
We the Hosts of the Beer & Banter Program, in order to create a more perfect podcast, establish Ratings, insure domestic Drunkenness, provide for the crafty defense, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to our beers and our Episodes, do ordain and establish this Episode about obscure Founding Fathers of the United States of America. The guys were inspired by our founding fathers and rated Founder’s Dirty Bastard.

       
Excuse me, do you have time to talk about our Wort and Savor, Juicy IPAs? This week Josh and Sass tackle some obscure religions while drinking Lost Coast Brewery’s Indica IPA. Listeners may experience an increase in their Mana, loss of braincells, and erectile dysfunction. Listen on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, PlayerFM… it’s easier to list what we aren’t on.

       
The party never stops over at West Sixth, you can even hear it while we recorded. Josh and Sass sat down with co-founder Brady to discuss everything that is West Sixth and sampling three of their AMAZING brews. This episode may or may not contain our HIGHEST rating yet. Guess you’ll have to listen to find out. Sorry to everyone outside of Kentucky, this brewer is strictly local. Take a listen and don’t forget to like them on Facebook and Instagram. #beer #podcast #BeerandBanter #WestSixth #lexington #MobeamDreams #KYProud

       
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Eating your weight in chocolate? Buying as many cliched roses as possible? Drowning your sorrows with booze? Swiping on tinder for the fleeting chance of finding someone as desperate as you? No? Just us, I guess. Join Josh and Sass as they discuss or doing all the above while drinking Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. We cooled the beers with something as cold as our hearts… dry ice!

       
Josh and Sass sat down with Bevin from Pivot Brewing with the most controversial episode yet because… the guys rated cider. Should we call this episode Cider and Banter? But seriously, Pivot – based out of Lexington, KY - is doing some amazing things that we had no idea cider could do, they also brew beer so the episode is not entirely blasphemous. Check out this week’s episode and follow Pivot on Instagram. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud and tons of other Podcast Directories. #beer #cider #podcast #beerandbanter #lexington

       
We are channeling the emotions we’d feel breaking a World Record… pretty sure we nailed it. Did you know even if you have a freakish and incredibly specific talent you may not be able to break into Guinness’s Book of World Records? Take a listen to learn specifics about officially breaking world records while we enjoy Sierra Nevada’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Narwhal.

       
This week Josh and Sass were joined by Brittani, currently gestating the official Beer and Banter baby (patent pending). The guys created Brittani her Ultra Feast consisting of her most unique pregnancy cravings. Take a listen as we discuss these foods and other pregnancy topics while drinking EvilTwin Brewing’s Imperial Biscotti Break and a craft cherry slushie from Sonic, a classic macro brewer.

       
Take a ride on the highway to the danger zone as the Beer and Banter guys deliver some survival tips in this week’s episode. Josh and Sass know so much about dangerous situations their middle names are actually Danger… it was a very popular middle name in the early ‘90s. While discussing various survival situations, the guys have MadTree Brewing’s Entropic Theory IPA. In science, entropy refers to disorder, in beer, it refers to a solid IPA.

       
Pull out your tin foil and don your fashionable, anti-mind controlling headgear as Josh and Sass take another swing at conspiracy theories. The guys tackle six classic conspiracy theories while drinking an appropriate IPA, Rhinegeist’s Truth. Take a listen and learn the truth about conspiracy theories ranging from Nazis to the Beatles! Just like a good beer and interesting conspiracy theories, tell your friends about us!

       
Happy New Year! New Year, same Josh and Sass. Take a listen to this week’s episode as the guys discuss the various New Year traditions, resolutions, and updates on themes for our coming year. 2018 is the year of the Dog according to the Chinese New Year so, we would like to introduce Jaxx the Beer and Banter doggo! He liked this beer more than we did, unfortunately. (He isn’t really ours and only got a few gulps of beer while we were snapping pictures.)

       
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or Yule, we wish you a very happy holiday! Join Josh and Sass as they discuss the different festivities that surround the winter solstice. We are releasing this a day early so our listeners can capitalize on Christmas travel and learn about all the different celebrations and the background around today’s special day. Keeping with the festive spirit, the guys enjoy Funky Jewbelation – a barrel-aged sour from Shmaltz Brewing Company.

       
A long time ago (Friday) in a recording studio in Sassy’s apartment… Have you seen the new Star Wars yet?! Good, then listen to this episode. If you haven’t, SPOILER ALERT. Josh and Sass discuss the Star Wars universe, most of it anyway, and break down the new movie, The Last Jedi. Though they weren’t drinking blue or green milk, they were enjoying Stone Brewing’s Xocoveza. Listen as they review Star Wars and a stellar imperial stout.

       
Josh and Sass sit down to explore the extraterrestrial with Mill Creek Brewery’s best sales rep, at least in our opinion, Sam. Sam is our favorite kind of guest, he brought the beers AND a topic – aliens. Hope to have him on again soon.

       
Josh and Sass spent some of their Saturday at Against the Grain Brewery talking with two of the co-founders, Andrew and Sam. The guys give an inside look at ATG, their story, and art, with loads of other insights. They shared plenty of ATG’s highlight beers but the guys sampled Found Word, Citra Ass Down, and Sho’nuff. Go check them out and, while you’re at it, take a listen to this week’s fantastic episode.

       
In recent news, the administration is attempting to dismantle the current legislation surrounding net neutrality. Take a minute to explore this topic with Josh and Sass with plenty of tangents. The guys rate a unicorn of a beer, Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing. Once you have listened to our episode follow one of these websites to help save net neutrality: BattlefortheNet.com and GoFCCYourself.com.

       
Thanksgiving is this week and while everyone else has taken the week off, Josh and Sass were busy working on some new episodes. This week we explore the humble beginnings of Thanksgiving, traditions, and personal experiences. The guys enjoy Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale to pair with the delicious topic. This is also the time to be thankful, just as the Pilgrims were thankful for, ya know, not bein' dead. We would like to take this time to thank our graphic designer and lawyer Sam, our photographer Cora, and our videographer Tyler and, of course, our listeners and friends! Thank you all so much! Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

       
This week the Beer and Banter guys were on the road in Nashville, TN at the illustrious Tennessee Brew Works. We were joined by Alyssa, one of their incredibly knowledgeable sales reps and a fellow WKU alum, who picked the topic AND the beers – we should have her on the show more often! This week we discuss half a dozen beers straight from their fantastic brewery and food pairings for those beers. Get prepared to get beer smart while Josh and Sass act like their normal foolish selves.

       
Santa's Little Helper & the War on Christmas... kind of by Beer and Banter

       
Happy Halloween everyone! Come celebrate the holiday with the Beer and Banter guys as they discuss traditions, histories, and swap stories from Halloweens past. The guys discuss their spooky and educational topic as they try a truly ghoulish beer, Nightmare on Brett by Crooked Stave Artisanal Beer Project. Give this new episode a listen! Oh, and a huge shout out to Seal (if you’re curious why, listen below!)

       
Things literally go bump in the night as Josh and Sass explore fears at Pilot’s Knob, KY one of the most haunted places in Kentucky. The guys attempt to tackle one of their fears, sour beers, with Stillwater Artisanal Ales’ Fear of Ghosts. There are tons of strange fears people can have with equally as strange names. The guys explain a lot of the most common fears and the fears they have while getting freaked out by their surroundings.

       
Don’t lie, you secretly wish there was a zombie apocalypse. The Beer and Banter guys dive into Josh’s topic, zombies. Zombies are entrenched within pop culture meaning Josh has never been more prepared for an episode, good thing we gave him plenty of booze to try and cancel that out. Sassy does his best impression of a zombie while he fights through strep throat in this episode but the show must go on. We could have talked for hours on this topic so if you think we missed anything vital leave a comment.

       
The first Halloween-themed episode has arrived and today the Beer & Banter guys tackle Vampires! One of the original monsters that go bump in the night that has turned incredibly sexy, thanks in part to Sass. The guys discuss their origin, how to kill them, vamps in pop culture, and many other subjects. Josh picked the perfect beer for the topic, Great Lakes Brewing Co. Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale. Take a listen and share!

       
October 3rd marks the end of Oktoberfest and German Unification Day. In honor of this glorious festival and holiday, the Beer & Banter guys discuss the history, traditions, and, of course, the beer! Join us while Sass does a terrible German accent and the guys drink three beers from three of the six Munich Brewers allowed to sell at Oktoberfest: Hofbräu München, Hacker-Pschorr, and Spaten. Take a listen as the guys share plenty of embarrassing stories and insight into the festival. This may be one of the most beer-centered episodes yet!

       
Did you know that Vikings didn’t actually wear the horned helmets we associate with them? Neither did the Beer & Banter guys. That didn’t stop them from wearing a matching set while recording the episode. This week the guys explore the Vikings; their expansion, culture, and religion – among other subjects. To keep with the Viking’s tradition of drinking high alcohol content mead, the guys drink Viking Blod Mead from a recipe from the 1700s. This is a massive subject meaning it took longer to record… also meaning the guys drank more. By the end of the episode, Sassy becomes less coherent making for some interesting commentary but a realistic discussion of Vikings in true Viking form. Take a listen, share with your friends, and send us your suggestions for new topics!

       
In this week episode, Josh and Sass discuss life’s milestones and add some new milestones. The guys bring on their accountant and man of many experiences, Drew, to help them discuss the many milestones throughout everyone’s life. Shout out to Adam the Yeti for bringing us the beer – Tank 7 – from his trip to Kansas City where he visited Boulevard Brewing Co. We couldn’t do this show without the support from our friends, if you want to hear a topic or a beer on the show message us!

       
The internet and this podcast are powered by cats but this week’s episode is powered by imagination… and Mountain Dew and pizza. Yes, this week Josh and Sass jump into the fantasy world of the famous tabletop game, Dungeons & Dragons. What better beer to sample than one milked from a dragon? The guys conquered New Holland Brewing Co.’s Dragon Milk while explaining some of the mechanics, rules, and reminisce about past games. There are so many pop culture references, we couldn’t fit them into one episode. But the guys ask the real tough questions today like: If you could have a D&D session with any 5 people who would they be? Other than Josh and Sass, obviously. Our picks? Dan Harmon (HarmonQuest and Rick and Morty), Sasha Grey, Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Stephen Colbert, and Vin Diesel.

       
Football season is upon us and the Beer and Banter guys were on location Saturday for the Home Season opener for Western Kentucky University. Our minds are constantly in the gutter and in this episode, we actually recorded in a gutter. It seemed fitting. The guys invited their resident tailgating and history expert, Chris, to join them while they explored the entertaining world of tailgating. The episode has some interesting background noises; party-goers, cornhole, beers being shotgunned, and music so be warned! Thank you to Chris and his family for being amazing hosts and offering us plenty of food, fun, and – most importantly – beer. {If you’re wondering what happened to Sassy’s computer afterward, it was just sticky. No damage was done but let that be a warning to us all. Shotgunning beers and electronics do NOT mix.}

       
This week the guys are joined by a girl, Ellie. First girl on the show! Very exciting. The group discusses bucket lists; what’s on theirs, what is on the average person’s list, and obviously, the movie The Bucket List. On everyone’s list should be to drink more good beer, like Delirium Brewery’s Nocturnum. Take a listen and let us know what’s on your list!

       
Thanks to the total eclipse we had a full minute of darkness in the middle of the day. With this episode, Josh and Sass give you 45 minutes of darkness with the topic of serial killers! This topic could have gone on for hours, so there may be another episode in the future. This is a dark topic so we needed a morbid beer, Dark Horse Brewing Co.’s Rain in Blood, a seriously delicious blood orange beer. Take a listen!

       
This week’s episode, featuring our good friend Andrew, covers bar etiquette. The ins-and-outs of being a good bar guest while also explaining the intricacies of navigating the different types of bars. Fair warning, this is a great episode but has some raunchier language. While covering this topic, the guys drink Ommegang’s Three Philosophers; a befitting beer for our three hosts

       
Necessity is the mother of invention and in war, needs vary widely. Every war brings new technology to aid the troops but some of the inventions found their way into the civilian world when the wars were won. Josh and Sass discuss the inventions that have stood the test of time, including everyone’s favorites: Nutella and Duck Tape… We wouldn’t recommend using those two together… but if you do please post a picture. The guys enjoy a phenomenal beer, New Glarus Brewing’s Spotted Cow. You can only get this beer from the great state of Wisconsin. Big shout out to Louderback for bringing the beer back with him for us! Put on your hats, kiddos, you’re gonna learn something today.

       
Do you like dark humor? Do you like beer? Do you love eating the flesh of your fellow humans? Then, boy, do we have the episode for you! Join Sass and Josh as they delve into their darkest topic to date: cannibalism. They cover the history, different types of cannibalism, and the most famous cannibals. In an attempt to match the murkiness of the topic, the guys drink Mississippi Mud Black & Tan Beer. Drinking was required to get through this gruesome topic. Prepare to be informed!

       
O'Douls & Hangover Cures by Beer and Banter

       
Spacestation Middlefinger & Drinking Games by Beer and Banter

       
Tuesday means another new episode! This week we see the return of our good friend and movie connoisseur, Jacob Thorley. The guys cover the wide range of movie sequels from the good, the bad, and, of course, the ugly. Sassy got to pick the beer and instead of picking one that compliments the topic, he picked one he knows he enjoys - Boulevard Brewing Company's Unfiltered Wheat - in the hopes of getting Thorley to admit he likes a beer.

       
This is a special one for us because it is episode number 10! It feels good to reach this point and we have some big stuff planned for the future! In this episode, Josh and Sass discuss the Apocalypse while drinking Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery!

       
Happy 4th of July everyone! To celebrate this wonderful day here is a new episode of Beer & Banter! On this episode, Josh and Sass discuss a few sports that people tend to forget exist and the growing world of eSports! To go with this topic we are trying out Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii! Enjoy the new episode and have a wonderful 4th!

       
On this episode we are joined by our good friend Jacob Thorley to discuss movies that make us cry, and to go with this darker topic we have a darker beer in the form of The Poet from New Holland Brewing Co. Also due to the subject there will be some spoilers for some older movies.

       
On this episode of Beer & Banter Josh and Sass will be discussing wedding dos and don'ts while testing out the Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter (try saying that 5 times fast) from the Moody Tongue Brewing Company!

       
In today’s episode, Josh and Sass discuss their pet peeves while drinking an incredibly spicy beer; Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Habanero Sculpin. Who doesn’t enjoy a spicy beer while discussing things that make people mad? What could go wrong? Check it out!

       
Join Josh and Sass as they explore the unique group of individuals who create conspiracy theories while they sip on Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.

       
In the newest episode of Beer & Banter, Sassy and Josh discuss their Rules for Drunk Texting and Duclaw's Sweet Baby Jesus!

       
Daura & Inconsistent Characters by Beer and Banter

       

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