26 Aug Happy Hour In Berlin – Bill Todd at the new Burley Oak Brewery
Too much happened in the last two weeks to really get a handle on,
which makes for an interesting, if disjointed podcast this week. Todd
DeHart of wwwgcfl.wpengine.com and I had a ton of catching up to do
this week and testing out the brews at the podcast’s new semi-permanent
home at Burley Oak Brewery was just the way to do it.
As you may have gleaned from the bulk of the paper this week, Gov.
Martin O’Malley was in town. Bryan Brushmiller, who owns Burley Oak,
gave him a tour of his new place and got enough face time to appreciate
how impressed O’Malley was with the entire project, and how
unsuspectingly happy about the fact that for the most part, the
brewery’s story sounded like something he would say in a stump speech
(more on that on Page 8 of this week’s Bayside Gazette).
If you haven’t been to the brewery, it will be open in days so keep
your ears and eyes open and drop by at your first chance. The best way
to describe how well it is put together is to point out that Bryan sent
all the barstools back because they were three inches too short. That’s
how important he thinks your comfort is. The stools came in while we
were recording, so don’t worry.
Todd and I spent a little time revisiting the Peach Festival and 2nd
Friday, where I had the distinct pleasure of being unbelievably rude to
local D.J. Sugar Boogie.
Some people have a propensity for saying the wrong thing at the wrong
time or in the wrong way. This is often described as “open mouth,
insert foot”. But because I’m special I fall more into the category of
“open mouth, sustain (or inflict) long-term psychological damage”.
If you wanna hear the story you’ll have to check out the podcast. My
behavior wasn’t rude in a childish sense but more in the way it revealed
how completely self-involved a person can be. This is a tough admission
from someone who has a podcast and an open if paradoxical hatred for
the self-involved, hence the psychological damage.
This week’s guest was Bill Todd, founding member of Lower Class
Citizens and morning radio personality. The last time he was on we were
banned from the venue we were using. No one’s blaming him, it was
certainly a coincidence. Let his performance this week speak for itself.
Finally, critically and most importantly, we have official
confirmation on tape (digital recorder, really) that you are personally
and cordially invited to join us 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Burley
Oak Brewery for Happy Hour. True, we had to bully Bryan into that
commitment but it is a binding one.
Bryan has set up a podcast corner, so if you want to drop by and
listen in or even participate feel free. We’ll be the ones with the beer
The Happy Hour podcast comes out Thursday afternoon and is available
by subscribing on iTunes. Just type GCFL into the search bar at the
iTunes store to subscribe. It’s free, fun and only requires a half-hour
listening investment. Fair warning before you listen: Put on your irony
hats, kids. It’s all in good clean fun.