Episode 73 (January 18, 2022): Christine Hall and Yvan Demosthenes, Dead Low Brewing Company

EPISODE 73 - Yvan Demosthenes and Christine Hall, Dead Low Brewing Company

BEERS: Will gives the latest update on Providence Brewing Company’s grand re-opening on the West End of the Creative Capital.  They’ve got a great new spot inside Farm Fresh RI, an open-concept market with lots of room for expansion. More importantly, their beer is great, too! Will reviews Pound Town, a New England IPA already garnering great reviews. Jake recaps his Christmas trip to Florida, where he surprisingly had more good beer than he thought existed there.  He reviews Miami Weiss (pronounce it exactly like you think it sounds), a Hefeweizen by MIA Beer Company that stacks up well in can art.

BUSINESS (and Beers): Yvan Demosthenes and Christine Hall are thriving as part of the founding team of Dead Low Brewing Company.  Christine founded Dead Low in 2019 with her family members, and Yvan came shortly after as an investor; what brought him into such an exciting beer brand?  We discuss the sneakily booming craft beer industry in Cincinnati (80+ craft breweries and growing), starting a brewery in the midst of COVID-19, and even snagged an invite to Bockfest in March 2022! One thing is for sure; you need to get to Cincinnati if you are a craft beer lover like us. (16:29)

BALLS: It’s the end of the football season, and we have some bold thoughts. Is Super Wild Card Weekend a good idea? Should the NFL rethink Week 18? We make our divisional round predictions. We also recap the CFB Championship, where Georgia got revenge and rinsed ‘Bama; did the better team win? In the baseball scene, there is nothing even close to suggest an ending to the lockout. And finally, in college hoops: is Auburn or Gonzaga the best team in the nation right now?

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Publish Date: 1/18/2022




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The House Enterprise collab you've been waiting for. Our guys at “Small State Big Takes” join the show!  It’s been over a year since Mike Gilligan and Oliver Martel hopped on our show to talk college hoops back on Episode 43, and now Stephen O. Scott joins in on the fun.  The guys start off with baseball, and SSBT is not happy about the Red Sox’ season so far.  Where do the problems begin, and how do they get solved? Where will Xander Bogaerts end up?  Who should be the closer?  We move to the Yankees, where two big questions stand out: does Aaron Judge stick around, and is it World Series or bust?  We make our House Parlay for baseball picks this week, and although it’s a long shot, we’re all in.  We finish with NBA talk: everything from the Celtics and trading Russell Westbrook to the Knicks, to a potential LeBron swap to Oklahoma City.

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Publish Date: 5/11/2022


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BEERS: It’s back to Boston this week, as we both take a crack at some of the City of Champions’ most popular spots.  Jake stops at North Shore favorite Lord Hobo’s new location in Seaport, and comes home with an exclusive mixed four-pack that can only be purchased at their location. This time around, it’s “DROP,” a milkshake double-IPA.  It’s got punch, it’s got flavor, and it’s got substance…what will Jake’s rating be?  Will talks the Trillium Fort Point dilemma; while it’s full of good craft beer to please everyone’s appetites, it’s become a bit too much of a “pregame” spot for all the wrong reasons.  Really Big Bird, however, is a HUGE standout beer that is definitely contributing to the out-the-door lines.

BUSINESS: In our two years of podcasting, we feel like every single business segment has been leading to this. Elon Musk has officially reached a deal with Twitter, buying the social media company for a whopping $44 billion. How did the king of memes - the same guy who built two of the most promising companies in Tesla and SpaceX - become the owner of social media’s biggest platforms?  We discuss the Paypal Mafia, who could potentially be in Elon’s C-Suite, and make bets on when (or if) this purchase actually goes through.  In other news, Amazon has seen better days - they’re down 26% in the past month alone due to labor crises, supply chain issues, and a disappointing earnings call.  Is now the time to buy Amazon stock, or has the window come-and-gone?

BALLS (presented by Manscaped): It’s not every day you get the chance to talk with a character like Frank “The Tank” Fleming.  From soda & hot dog reviews, to tireless rants about the Mets & Nets, you’ve seen Frank’s musings on social media before.  We discuss how far the Mets can go, why “Steve Trash” should be fired in Brooklyn, and who the New Jersey Devils should be building around in the coming years.  Frank also needed to express his extreme dissatisfaction with NJ Transit.  In other news, the Yankees are the hottest team in baseball, and they’re right up there with their Big Apple counterparts in the Mets.  We debate if we actually want a Subway Series Fall Classic.  We also give our NFL Draft recap and declare our draft winners & losers.

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Publish Date: 5/3/2022


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Publish Date: 4/26/2022


BEERS: Brato Brewhouse in Boston is putting a new spin on New England IPA’s. Will tries Brighton Hoppy #7, which holds its own for a new style of IPA. Can NEIPA’s with Eastern European influence make a solid beer? Jake returns to Dockside Brewery in Milford, Connecticut, and they’ve loaded up their menu. Docksicle is the selection today, and it’s a beauty. Should all breweries have the food menu that Dockside does?

BUSINESS(26:23): We wrap up our Founders and Friends live interview series! Adam Alpert knew there had to be a better way to leverage the amount of talent coming from colleges. So he built Pangea.app, a freelance market connecting college students with opportunities. Adam and the guys discuss building an app, going through Y Combinator, and what’s next for Pangea.

BALLS (presented by Manscaped):  Week 2 of the MLB is in the books. What did we learn? For Jake, it’s that the Mets are (regrettably) good. For Will, the Dodgers are coming into their own as possibly the best team we’ve seen in years. We discuss the Yankees’ less-than-ideal start to the season and what’s making them so horrible. We also select our Cy Young favorites. Plus some NBA playoff coverage and a hat tip to DPOY Marcus Smart. 

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Publish Date: 4/19/2022


EPISODE 83: Moerlein Lager House & Forbes 30-Under-30’s Pierre Lipton of 1440 Media plus The BBB Pod turns 2!

BEERS (9:34): While prohibition closed the doors of many breweries in America, it only made the story of the Christian Moerlein brand stronger.  We sit down to discuss the evolution of Moerlein beer with head brewer Curtis Eulberg and Brewers Association member/award-winning homebrewer Roxanne Westendorf, live from the Moerlein Lager House at Riverfront Park in Downtown Cincinnati.  Bavarian immigrant Christian Moerlein loved to brew hearty European beers, and his product quickly made its way across the world. While prohibition halted most new beers in the early 1900s, Moerlien couldn’t be stopped; they re-opened in 1981 and pioneered the resurgence of craft beer in Cincinnati. We discuss with Curtis & Roxanne the importance of staying true to the original German recipe, the location in downtown Cincinnati, and the different Bock-style beers from the weekend.

BUSINESS (43:10): Forbes 30-Under-30 winner Pierre Lipton was troubled by the fact that two people of slightly differing beliefs could have fundamentally different understandings of what’s happening in the world, in large part due to their media diet. So in 2017, he founded 1440 Media, a free direct-to-email newsletter to make the news fact-based and easy to digest.  1440 Media saw $7 million in revenue in 2021, but they’re not done growing. Pierre sits down with us live from Long Live Beerworks in Providence to discuss his explosive growth and the future of 1440 Media.

BALLS (presented by Manscaped): Kansas makes history by staging a 15-point comeback in an epic National Championship game. The Bryant Bulldogs make a mark of their own, though, landing some key transfers thanks to Peter Kiss’ ambassador skills. Now that baseball is back, we revisit our picks from last week. Are the Dodgers really that good? What’s in store for the Yankees after an opening series win over the Red Sox?  We make our picks for Rookie of the Year.  25-year-old Scottie Scheffler is on a tear, and his latest stop is the Masters. Is Tiger Woods overdue to hang up the golf shoes?  We close with predictions for the NBA Playoffs.

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Publish Date: 4/12/2022


BEERS: Revival is both one of Rhode Island’s staples and up-and-coming locations. Now, with new beers and a new buzz, Will tries the brand-new Extra Thirsty IPA. At 10.5%, where does this stack up among the region’s triple IPA’s? Everyone loves Trader Joe’s, and we’re no exception, so Jake takes a crack at one of their thirteen beers you can find in a state where alcohol in grocery stores is legal.  Josephsbrau PLZNR is today’s choice, and while it’s certainly not the best pilsner on the market, Jake’s glad he tried it.

BUSINESS: It’s been a long while since we’ve had any significant Amazon news, but the recent vote by its front-line workers might have just made up for it.  Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse will be the first in company history to unionize, and it’s sending ripples across the world. Amazon has fought labor unions in its workforce, but now it faces a critical dilemma and still remains at the forefront of the labor crisis - will this throw lead times, staff, and same-day-deliveries into a spiral? Also, we crown our first Entrepreneur of the Week to a German man that was vaccinated 90 times so he could sell the vaccination cards. Kudos…

BALLS (27:31): Former NBA player and Duke National Champion Chris Duhon joins the show. We discuss his journey to getting a full scholarship at Duke, being recruited by Coach K, and winning the national championship with Carlos Boozer & Jay Williams in 2001.  Chris tells us some of the lessons he learned from Coach K, his philosophy on how the Duke teams should operate, and some of the things that truly make him the best coach of all time.  We also discuss his 9-year NBA career as a reliable point guard, including on the 2012-13 “Superteam” LA Lakers with Kobe Bryant.  Now an assistant coach at Bryant, Chris tells us about the Bulldogs’ first ever conference championship in March, and his first time back at March Madness since 2004.  We close the show with a recap & predictions for the NCAA title game on Monday night, and preview the beginning of the MLB season.

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Publish Date: 4/4/2022


BEERS (11:42) : Our Cincinnati journey continues! For our next stop, we hit a local (and even national) favorite in Rhinegeist Brewery. Located in the historic Over-The-Rhine district, Rhinegeist’s home was a pre-prohibition bottling plant, and has since evolved into a beer brand loved by Ohioans across the state. Assistant GM Aislinn Brown and Director of Education Chris Shields sit down with us over a few pints of Rhinegeist beer. We discuss the role that Cincinnati played during prohibition and the German influence on the taproom & beer style. We also try Rhinegeist’s flagship IPA, Truth, which made the list of top 100 beers in the world in 2014.

BUSINESS (41:34): Bradley Adams and Ali Bozzutto found a real problem upon which they built Aerogami - the accessibility of information.  Picture this: you get into a small fender-bender, and you exchange information with the other party. But there’s only one problem; since you have your insurance policy information on the app, and you’re in an area with no service, you don’t know your policy number!  Aerogami’s products aim to solve many different challenges in a “no-code” fashion - from travel and insurance to public safety. We chat with Bradley and Ali at the Founders & Friends event at Long Live Beerworks in Providence, RI.

BALLS (Presented by MANSCAPED): The Final Four…er, the Blue Bloods Classic…has arrived!  Kansas, Duke, Villanova, and North Carolina are the last teams standing in a year that’s featured more mayhem than recent seasons. Duke and UNC are set to meet for the first time in March Madness history; what kind of fireworks should we expect? Is this Coach K’s destiny? Can Villanova get back to the championship? Now that baseball’s within reach, we set the stage for the return of the MLB.

BBBBONUS: If you have a phone, you saw Will Smith slap the shit out of Chris Rock. Staged or real?

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Publish Date: 3/29/2022


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