What We’re Drinkin’ This Week….

In this episode we welcome not one, but two guests to the show. Nick Reuss and Kyle Sutton “athletic trainers” at Transylvania University join us to talk more hangover stories, what athletic trainers really do and how concussion protocol is applied to athletes. We play another round of take it or leave it including pump your own gas, the Golden Globes and Bills Mafia table breaking. And of course we finish out our College Football Pick’em with the National Championship game.

Listen to “Episode 93 Hangover Intervention” on Spreaker.



The sharin’ beer this week was selected on name only, but actually turned out to be good beer.  Sweet Water Brewing’s The Pit & The Pendulum is a Belgian Style Ale with Peaches and Brettanomycees.  This beer had the potential to be way too sour, but Kyle, Nick, Carrie and Lauren all agreed that it was a well-balanced beer that was slightly peach forward without being a sour bomb.  As with this style of beer there was some sediment that poured in the bottom of the glass, but don’t let that put you off trying this one.  If you’re already tired of dark/winter type beers, lighten things up with this one.


Guest Kyle came prepared with a four pack of Rhinegeist’s Experimental J-Hole Red India Pale Ale.  Rhinegeist makes a ridiculous amount of beer and we haven’t found one yet that we haven’t liked.  The Experimental J-Hole is no exception.  It’s an IPA without being too much of an IPA, less bitter on the back end than many IPA’s it’s very drinkable even at 7% and that’s probably why Kyle had two.




Our other guest Nick came even more prepared that Kyle with a variety pack of Country Boy beers.  Central Kentucky’s own Country Boy brewing makes a variety of delicious beer, but Nacho Bait and Cliff Jumper are two that we highly recommend.  Their Nacho Bait Habanero Blonde Ale is has a great heat balance and the Cliff Jumper is a solid IPA that anyone who enjoys IPAs would like.  Country Boy is becoming more widely available outside of Kentucky, so if you see either of these at your local beer/liquor store pick them both up.


Leigh doubled up this week and had two CiderBoys Peach County ciders.  CiderBoys make a lot of great cider and the Peach County was no exception.  Not too sweet with a good peach forward flavor, Leigh finished them both.


Lauren went with a Kentucky brewery this week, Louisville’s Falls City Beer Streetlamp Porter.  At 5.4% this is incredibly drinkable porter.  Even though the percentage is low, this beer still has all the malty, roasted nuttiness, chocolate flavors that you want in a porter.  This is definitely a smooth east drinking porter style beer that you will probably want to have more than one of.


Carrie was gifted several beers from friend of the show Ben for the holidays and InFamous Brewing’s Sweep The Leg was one of them.  Carrie was pretty excited to try this one, not only because we’ve never had anything from InFamous Brewing, but also because Sweep The Leg is a Peanut Butter Stout Ale, which is one of Carrie’s favorite styles.  Any peanut butter stout is going to be hard to measure up to Blue Stallion’s Ya Damn Skippy, but Sweep The Leg definitely delivered what it promised.  In addition to a great label, the beer itself was very drinkable.  The peanut butter was more subtle than Carrie would have liked, but there was a good balance of chocolate and maltiness that was able to come through.  Great name, very cool label and an overall solid peanut butter stout offering.   We are defintely interested in trying more beer from InFamous Brewing in the future.

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It’s 2018 and on this week’s episode we are talking new year, new you. We welcome Erin Short from The Bliss Between. We talk why we should practice intentions instead of resolutions, how we can maintain happiness in the new year and incorporate mindfulness into our daily routines. We also discuss yoga and where to start. Then we switch gears and talk about our worst hangovers. Leigh and Carrie rail about the PAC-12 and their Refs inability to call games, plus we introduce a brand new segment called Take it or Leave it. Start your year off right!

Listen to “Episode 92 PAC of SUC” on Spreaker.



Carrie and Lauren shared a beer this week, that from the label seemed like it was going to be a gimmicky, artificially flavored, overly sweet beer.  The Blueberry Maple Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company was none of these things and was actually a very pleasant surprise.  Typically this type of beer can have chemically tasting blueberry flavor and be overly sweet.  This blueberry maple stout, however, was a great balance of a chocolate stout, real blueberry flavor and a hint of sweetness.  Both Lauren and Carrie agreed that they could have definitely had another one.  Absolutely a great winter beer, don’t let the label fool you, we highly recommend this one.



Leigh brought her own drink to the table this week with her Dreamscile creation.  This is a frozen rum drink, perfect for parties, tailgates, day drinking or any other time you want a mixed drink that will definitely sneak up on you.


Our guest this week, Erin Short from The Bliss Between tried Strongbow’s Gold Apple.  Normally not a cider fan, Erin was a bit hesitant with this one at first, but actually ended up liking it.  Normally she doesn’t like cider because of the sweetness, but was really happy with the fact that Strongbow’s Gold Apple wasn’t overly sweet and also a bit dry.  Strongbow is always a solid go to for cider, but the Gold Apple in particular is probably one of their best.


Lauren’s pick this week comes from New Belgium Brewing, their 1554 Black Lager.  This is an interesting beer that revives a recipe from 1554, thus the name.  This pours dark and has a nice malty flavor, but because it’s a lager isn’t heavy or thick like a stout would be.  A low ABV also makes this a sure I’ll have another beer.  If you want to drink a darker beer during these winter months, but don’t like the heaviness of a porter or a stout this is a great compromise that will give that dark beer feel.


Carrie keeps riding the dark beer train into January with Deschutes Obsidian Stout.  This is pretty straight forward stout.  Fitting with the name, this beer is very dark in color with all the qualities that you want in a stout.  Malty and with a slightly chocolate finish.  Add this to your winter beer catalog especially if you like stouts.



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Unfortunately Stacey and Lauren both got the plague, but Shawn from Bourbon and Bad Opinions and Brett from Wine & Pop Tarts both stepped in to fill their seats. We get a winner in our GBS Christmas movie bracket, go another round with our Bowl Mania pick’em, discuss the merits of losing two Lexington iconic buildings and more!

Listen to “Episode 91 Christmas Vacation for the Win” on Spreaker.


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Episode 90 is LIT! It’s our first crossover episode from the Fort Lewis Podcast Productions family of podcasts with Shawn from Bourbon and Bad Opinions joining is in the fourth chair. We talk about the merits of Raf, Transylvania University’s new bat mascot, pick the other side of Christmas bracket and dive into GBS Bowl Mania pick’ems. We also drink some seriously high gravity beer and things get a little crazy. How crazy? Yeah you’ll just have to listen.

Listen to “Episode 90 Girls, Beer and Bad Opinions” on Spreaker.


The sharin’ beer this week is a good one from Stone Brewing.  This is a great seasonal beer from them, even Shawn who doesn’t really drink beer liked it.  It’s inspired by Mexican Hot Chocolate, which, if you’ve never had it do yourself a favor and find some.  You could definitely taste where the inspiration for this beer came from.  It has a really great balance of chocolate, vanilla and spice.  Highly recommend picking this up if you see it anywhere.


Leigh got on the high gravity train this week with New Day’s special barrel aged release of Johnny Chapman.  Leigh has had the original Johnny Chapman on the show before and really liked it.  In fact we can’t say enough about all the products New Day makes, especially the Magpie Breakfast, a must try by them.  Unlike the original Johnny Champman this is made with molasses and aged in bourbon barrels, thus making it clock in at 12%.  The flavor of this is interesting, due to the fact that there is a distinct molasses taste to it, but it isn’t overly sweet.  Leigh could also definitely taste the bourbon.  At 12% you may want to share this one, although Leigh did drink the whole thing by herself, you’ll have to listen the episode to see how that played out.


Bourbon and Bad Opinions (podcast) co-host Shawn sat in the fourth chair this week and even though he isn’t a big beer drinker he did get into the spirit of the show with Against the Grain’s Sho Nuff golden ale.  We’ve had Against the Grain products in the past, they make great beer and we can’t say enough about their fabulous can art.  At 4.9% this isn’t a heavy hitter, but if you’re already missing summer this would be the beer to drink in front of the fire while you pretend it’s 90 degrees out.  You can absolutely have more than one, so treat yo self with sho nuff.


Lauren brought the high gravity thunder this week with her choice of Avery brewing’s the Nuttiest Professor.  She didn’t go the Leigh route and drink this one by herself, at 15% she never would have made it through the show.  This is from Avery’s barrel aged series, a barrel aged imperial peanut stout, it didn’t deliver on peanutiness as much as it did on booziness.  In fact when first poured it was pretty thick, not a ton of peanut flavor on this one, but you will definitely taste the bourbon.  As with a lot of barrel aged beers this one didn’t quite deliver what it promised in terms of balance and overall flavor.  Even at half the bottle though, the 15% treated Lauren right, again you’ll just have to listen to see how that turned out.


Buying strictly on name only, Carrie ended up with Left Hand Brewing’s Wake Up Dead Nitro Russian Imperial Stout.  We really like Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout, but this one was a little disappointing.  Not sure if it was the nitro or what, but it was almost to smooth for a Russian Imperial Stout.  There just wasn’t the flavor that you would get with this style of beer.  When you drink a Russian Stout you want a nice dark beer that has caramel and roasted malt notes, which just didn’t come through in this one.  Maybe drinking it at room temperature instead of cold may help bring out that flavor.  Might be worth picking up if you want a darker beer without the thickness of a typical Russian Imperial Stout.

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In this episode we are all over the place with topics. We drink Christmas beer in 64 degree weather, talk about the laughing stock that is the Tennessee coaching search,, discuss weather or not we care about Prince Harry getting engaged, talk about the fact that Odell Beckham paid the LSU band director to play a song and pick the Army v Navy game. Most importantly though we pick the first side of our Christmas movie bracket. Why does Lauren hate White Christmas so much and what’s Carrie’s problem with It’s A Wonderful Life? You’ll just have to listen to find out.

Listen to “Episode 89 Home Alone vs Charlie Brown” on Spreaker.


The sharin’ beer this week comes all the way from Jolly ol’ England, which is probably appropriate since we discussed the future marriage of Prince Harry.  Ridgeway Brewing’s Reindeer’s Revolt is an English Christmas Ale with a really great label.  The beer itself is good, but Stacey, Lauren and Carrie all had different opinions on the flavor.  Carrie felt like this was a standard English Ale, a little bitter, but with none of the flavors of what you might expect in a Christmas Ale.  Lauren and Stacey liked the beer and thought it had a nice carmel flavor and did evoke some notes of Christmas ale.  Either way this is a solid beer with a great label, it is an import so if you can find it it’s worth picking up, especially if you like English Ales.


Leigh’s voice was on the outs this week so instead of beer or cider she chose to go with the drink of choice for many people suffering with throat trouble or anyone who happens to be an Ole Miss fan, the Hot Toddy.  The classic drink consists of tea, honey, lemon and bourbon.  Leigh had the bourbon (Jim Beam), the tea and the honey.  Unfortunately you need to get the proportions in this drink correct or else it just isn’t gonna taste right.  Leigh didn’t and even though she finished it, it wasn’t great.  It’s still a classic drink though, even if you aren’t having throat trouble and you’re just looking for an adult hot beverage.


Stacey’s choice this week comes from MadTree Brewing, we can’t say enough about MadTree, they just keep brewing up delicious beer.  Thunder Snow is not only a weather phenomenon, but it’s also a spiced Scottish Ale.  If you’re looking for an alternative to Christmas Ales this might be the beer that you are looking for.  It has a good spice flavor that is balanced nicely by the carmel flavor of the Scottish Ale.  Add this one to your winter beer list and not just for the name.


We were all in on the Christmas/Winter Ales this week and Lauren’s pick was no exception.  Abita Brewing’s Christmas Ale is another seasonal beer with a great label.  Lauren liked the beer, but found it a bit hoppy for her taste.  If you’re looking for a Christmas Ale that has some hop flavor to balance out those spices pick up some Abita Christmas Ale.


To finish out the Christmas theme this week, Carrie’s pick comes from Great Lakes Brewing, their Christmas Ale brewed with spices and honey is a very good beer in this style.  The spices and honey are evident, but not overpowering like you get from some Christmas Ales.  If you like this style of beer it’s definitely a recommend, if Christmas Ale’s aren’t your thing we still suggest trying this one, it might change your mind.

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Apologies for this post being late this week…..

No guests in this episode, just the original four GBS co-hosts. Carrie, Leigh, Lauren and Stacey breaking it all down Carrie introduces her alias Linda, Lauren and Stacey talk mayo nanners, we figure out a way to make even more money on Black Friday with greeting cards and a movie, Stacey talks some tennis, Carrie gives a PSA about tailgate common courtesy 101, we talk the insanity that almost broke twitter with Schiano and Tennessee and we make our CFB Championship Week picks. There is way more in this episode than this description, but your just gonna hafta listen.

Listen to “Episode 88 OGBS: The Flipping of the Nanners” on Spreaker.



The sharin’ beer this week comes from local Lexington Brewery West Sixth.  The Transylvania Tripel is a tribute to Transylvania University, the oldest University west of the Allegheny Mountains located in downtown Lexington Kentucky.  The beer wasn’t what we expect from a Tripel.  It didn’t have the amber color or sweetness of a what we would expect out of a tripel style beer.  It wasn’t overly boozy and it was drinkable, it just didn’t evoke the tripel style like we thought we would.  If boozy, sweet tripel’s aren’t your thing but you’re looking for a higher gravity beer with a lighter feel then pick this one up.


Leigh got on the beer train again this week with Omission’s gluten free Pale Ale.  She’s had Omission before, but the pale ale was a new style.  The beer which is about 5% was drinkable, it didn’t have the molasses sweetness that many gluten free beers have.  While it was drinkable, it still wasn’t as good as Lemon’s Mill Brewing’s OCD2 gluten free beer, which is probably the best gluten free beer we’ve ever had.  However, if you’re in the market for a decent gluten free beer and can’t find Lemon’s Mill definitely pick this offering from Ommission up.


Stacey’s beer this week comes courtesy of Carrie and of course it had to be in the can.  Oskar Blues Brewing’s Hotbox Coffee Porter is a super drinkable coffee porter, which was purchased strictly on name only.  Oskar Blues makes many fine beer products and this was no exception.  If you into this style of beer put it on your list.


Lauren’s pick this week comes from Madtree Brewing just up the road from us in Cincinnati.  Madtree makes some great beers Psychopathy and Shade just to name a few.  This was a good beer, but Lauren thought it was pretty standard.  She didn’t get a lot of vanilla or cranberry from it.  If you are looking something to drink at future holiday family gatherings then pick a six pack of this up, you can definitely drink more than one.


Carrie’s tour of winter beers continues this week with New Holland’s Night Tripper Imperial Stout.  This is a really nice beer, for an imperial stout it’s incredibly smooth with hints of chocolate and it’s not too sweet or boozy.  This is one imperial stout that you can absolutely have more than one of, which may make you a night stumbler.

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In this episode long time distinguished, award winning sports writer and UK journalist Larry Vaught joins us. In a bizzaro twist he takes Leigh’s place while Stacey still occupies the 4th chair. We recap Carrie and Leigh’s adventure at the UK Hockey game, find out what it takes to become a Kentucky Colonel, find out where Larry thinks sports journalism is going in the future, Lauren has a real problem with the fact that Carrie’s friend Seth called her out on an ad read, we do the last regular College Football Pick’em of the season and more!

Listen to “Episode 87 We’re on the Highway to Snell” on Spreaker.

No Leigh this week, but our guest Larry Vaught did kind of drink an ode to her with some gluten free ice water……..


The Sharin’  beer this week is one that we’ve heard alot about from various friends New Holland Brewing’s Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout.  This is a well balanced bourbon barrel stout, not too boozy with a nice flavor of vanilla and chocolate.  Lauren got more vanilla from this one than either Stacey or Carrie, but we all agreed that this is a great beer for this time of year and into the rest of the winter.  Light a fire and pop open a bottle of Dragon’s Milk, it will get you through the darkness that settles in at  5:30pm this time of year.



Lauren and Stacey doubled up on the sharin’ beer this week by splitting a bottle of Trader Joe’s Sour Blueberry Petrus.  The had the Trader Joe’s Frambose last week and really liked it.  This other offering from Trader Joe’s didn’t disappoint.  The color was definitely purple, to the point that it looked like it tasted purple.  Both Lauren and Stacey liked this beer, for both it’s fruitiness and it’s sourness.  Stacey felt like this would be a good beer for someone who maybe doesn’t like sours or someone who is looking to get into sours.  Lauren thought that the fruitness was a good seller for anyone who likes or is looking for a fruit beer.  So,  add this and the Frambose to your cart next time you’re in Trader Joe’s liquor store.


Normally Carrie doesn’t like to double up on dark beers, but she’s all in on the winter beers and also this beer was a great segue into one of our ad reads.  Great Lakes Brewing’s Blackout Stout is a Russian imperial stout that is a tribute to a power outage in 2003, but could also mean what’s going to happen if you have more than 2 of these.  At 9% it will warm you up on a cold winter night.  If you like Russian imperial stout’s definitely pick this one up.  If you are new to this style of beer it’s a good one to start with.  Don’t let it’s darkness turn you off.  It’s very drinkable, it’s got a nice molasses flavor that you want with an imperial stout and really is designed for sipping, let it warm up to let the flavor really come out.  Between this and the Dragon’s Milk you might not wake up until spring.