Episode 18: What a Beautiful River

This week we recorded on location at Big Ditch Brewing Company! We feature two of their beers, Beautiful River Farmhouse Saison and Electric District Pilsner. 


Check out this episode to hear our favorite (and most likely completely untrue) story about the origin of the naming of our city: Buffalo. Also, hear a bit about how the power of the Niagara River and Niagara Falls was harnessed and where they decided to send the first dose of electricity once they flipped the switch!


(Also, wait around until about 40 minutes in, where you can hear a bit of our interview with the president of Big Ditch, Matt Kahn!)


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Music: "Low Bridge" by the Rust Belt Brigade


Things mentioned in this episode:

What are Queen Cities?

The New Wonder of the World by A.E. Richmond

"You said number 11"

Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device

Buffalo buffalo buffalo...

Styrian Golding Hops


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Publish Date: 5/25/2018




Recent Episodes

In this episode, we go over our weekend road trip through Western New York and discuss the colorful history of a few towns that we passed through: one that is known as the "birthplace of WNY", another that was the birthplace of the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, and a town that has not one, but two, correctional facilities! Also, we bring back one of OUR favorite segments (we hope it's yours too): WHAT COULD'VE IT BEEN NAMED?


The purpose of this road trip was to find our "hoppy" place at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY, which was obviously amazing; but being in Watkins Glen, of course, means that we had to check out the local beer scene. Watkins Glen is the home of Rooster Fish Brewing, New York's first Farm Brewery, so we drank a flight (as one does) and also managed to find some of their beer to drink on the show. Although the episode states that Rooster Fish was NYS’s first Farm Brewery; another beer we drank today by Good Nature Brewing from Hamilton, NY says THEY’re the first Farm Brewery in the state. Which one of you is it?!


The third beer we drank was by Rogue Ales. Why are we drinking a beer from out of state on the show? Because not only is Rogue from one of the top three hop producing states in the US. But they’re also 100% in on #drinklocal! They’ve got their own farms where they grow a ton of ingredients for their beer; and we think that’s pretty cool!


So I guess all we can say now is that we hope you enjoy this random episode, and we hope you find YOUR hoppy place!


Beers drank (not counting our flight):

Blight Buster- Good Nature Brewing

6 Hop IPA- Rogue Ales

Hop Warrior Imperial IPA- RoosterFish Brewing


Music: "Low Bridge" by Rust Belt Brigade


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Publish Date: 7/13/2018


Ah, Canada and the U.S.A. 

They gained their independence the same week in July (almost 100 years apart) and they’ve been friends since the very beginning right? WRONG! 

*thunder crashes*

The year is 1812 and Congress declares war on Canada! Not really, they declared war on Great Britain who had control of Canada. Forts were built, destroyed, and rebuilt. The same went for entire cities! And it’s been so damn hot here that we thought, “Hey, let’s talk about the burning of Buffalo.” 

Beer wise, we chat a bit about the oldest breweries of both the U.S. and Canada and we drink beers from four different breweries that we’re PRETTY SURE we haven’t mentioned on the show before! (Two American, two Canadian.)

So grab a beer, sit down, and have a listen eh! 🇺🇸 🇨🇦 🇬🇧 


Music: "Low Bridge" by the Rust Belt Brigade


Beers drank:

    Brew York- Ithaca BeerLug-Tread- Beau's BeerDernière Volontè Brettanomyces- Microbrasserie Dieu du cielOrbital Tilt- Captain Lawrence Brewing

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Publish Date: 7/6/2018


We say it every week: we’re a history podcast, brewed for your enjoyment. This week, we talk local brews of a different sort: coffee! A building occupied by one of our favorite coffee spots has a lot of history behind it. Join us as we talk about how we love our local coffee scene as much as our local beer scene. In the spirit of our topic, we’re drinking a couple of different coffee-infused beers. In addition, we give you a little TMI about what coffee does to the body...we hope you're not too shy. [Insert smiling poop emoji.]


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Music: "Low Bridge" by the Rust Belt Brigade


"Happy Happy Game Show" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Things mentioned:

"500 Block of Main"

Overwinter Coffee!

"10 Steps from Seed to Cup"

A Guide to Roasting Types

The History of Coffee

"The Answer is Always Yes"

"Effect of coffee on distal colon function."


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Publish Date: 6/29/2018


In this episode we delve into a Buffalo historical figure who Haley has been super excited to talk about: Red Jacket! As expected, any talk involving post-European Native American history can get a little serious, but we promise it's not too much of a bummer! We even get a little spooky and discuss a possible Buffalo curse? And for the beer... well, that would be another curse of the Buffalo/Western New York area: we're drinking Genny Screamers. If you don't know what those are, you're gonna find out today!


And an extra tidbit: we talk about Resurgence's new can releases, specifically Peter B. Porter and Conehead IPA, which we're super pumped about!


(Sorry there's a lot of car/plane noises in the background. It was hot as a really hot thing so we had the windows open for the first half of the episode...then there's birds, which is a little less annoying)


Music: "Low Bridge" by the Rust Belt Brigade


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Things mentioned:

Hear Troy do a burp at 8:59 because I was talking at the same time and couldn't edit it out!

Religion for the White Man and the Red (1805)

"Red Jacket's Revenge" (2016)

Interview with a Serial Killer on Netflix

Article about Buffalo Bill Cody (2016)

Two Fold -- where to find our friends' new publication!


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Publish Date: 6/22/2018


This week, we stumbled upon an episode topic by accident (as we tend to do) and revisited Buffalo's Old First Ward at the Barrel Factory, home of one of Buffalo's newest breweries, Pressure Drop Brewing! This place is really awesome, and hits all of our "good place" vibes. They don't make barrels here anymore (yet?) but they do push out some serious beer, as well as spirits and kombucha. In addition, we touch on the growing trend of neighborhoods, such as the Old First Ward, going "micro-local," which we're obviously here for 100%.


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(Also we frigged up and forgot to thank our patrons this week. We love our patrons: Michael Angelo, Billy Jean, and Don Hughey!)


Music: "Low Bridge" by the Rust Belt Brigade (see them at Mr. Goodbar on 6/20!)


Things mentioned:

Episode 8: The First Ward

Hear our cat making alien noises at 6:15

Shower Beer Thoughts #2: The Answer Is Always Yes

Darcy-Weisbach equation

Why pressure drop matters (science)

Why Pressure Drop matters (brewing company)

Collective Arts Liquid Art Festival

Vinylly Friday: The Black Keys - Brothers



Publish Date: 6/15/2018


We're back everybody! (Congratulations to Troy for coming up with the episode name this week!) This episode has been in the works since the beginning of the project, and here we are finally doing it! Take a listen as we cover the history of Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory and one of their many notable creations; the first crash test dummy. Then we drink Trial By Wombat - a hazy IPA by Thin Man Brewery. How does the history and the beer crossover? Have a listen to find out!


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Music: "Low Bridge" by the Rust Belt Brigade

(See them at Mr. Goodbar on June 20th!)


Things mentioned:

Joey's World Tour

Brews & Interviews

Interactive New York Map

John Paul Stapp: Fastest Man on Earth

F*** Air Bags Cartoon

Andre the Giant holding a beer can

Unknown Stories of WNY: Thin Man


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Publish Date: 6/8/2018


So yeah, I know we said we weren't going to have a new episode this week. But first of all, this is a minisode--don't get it twisted. Second, we're workaholics. You should've expected this. 


In this minisode, we casually discuss the lore behind two of Buffalo's biggest food legacies: the chicken wing, and the beef on weck.


Music: "The Last 9 Years" by the Rust Belt Brigade (I said rendition in the episode out of habit. It's their actual song on their album Rhythm & Roll!)


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Things mentioned in this minisode:

Beef on Weck

Kümmel (liqueur)

Wilhelm scream


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Publish Date: 6/2/2018


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