We Had a Bitch Session!

Don and I “get our bitch on” in our latest podcast, where we sample three bitchin’ beers: Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew, Flying Dog Raging Bitch and Bitch Creek’s ESB.

We also talk about the things that bug us about the world of craft beer and small batch whiskey.  Some of our blog readers get into the act as well, sharing what bugs them about being a fan of finely crafted beverages.  You’ll also hear Don’s misguided (in my opinion) rant about jazz, which is classic, for sure.

If nothing else, you HAVE to listen to the opening – it’s our best yet (though Don will heartily disagree!).

You can find it here on iTunes, or for you Apple-haters, here on PodcastDirectory.com. You can also stream it to your computer on either site if you’d like to listen right away.

Sorry for two podcast posts in one day, but the GABF screwed up our release schedule, and instead of waiting to post this one, I just had to get it out.  Some times you just gotta bitch!

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36 Comments on “We Had a Bitch Session!”

  1. September 22, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Ha, I just finished reviewing Bitches Brew alongside the album so I’ll have to go listen to the podcast and hear what you guys thought. I’m already preparing myself for Don’s rants about jazz, LOL.

    • Don
      September 22, 2010 at 9:42 am #

      Good to hear Katie. If you didn’t type that last sentence I was going to prep you myself. Lets just say…not really a fan.

    • September 22, 2010 at 9:59 am #

      It’s priceless Katie, especially for an enlightened East Coast lady like yourself. He really shows his Idaho!

      • Don
        September 22, 2010 at 10:37 am #

        Geez Jim! Compare my lack of love of jazz to the intelligence of an entire state! Hope you never want to run for office!

      • Brandon
        September 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

        Haha, loved the podcast! I’ve always loved how listening to jazz music is associated with being intellectually superior. I don’t spew hot vomit when I hear jazz or anything, but I won’t be going out to buy me a copy of “So You Think Your High Class: The Jazziest Jazz Collection” CD anytime soon either. I guess if you can play jazz music I may tip my hat to ya, but sitting idle listening to something just means you got nothing better to do (kinda like listening to the podcast). It doesn’t mean you’re responsible for anything creative that occurred during the making of the music. 🙂

        Don, put some Merle Haggard on quick!!!

        • Don
          September 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

          I’m more Sammy Hagar than Merle Haggard. But it is good to see that you and I are on the same wavelength Brandon. I totally admire any musician, even if it isn’t my kind of music, because basically I am a no talent hack, but that doesn’t mean I appreciate the genre. Also what seems to stick in my craw most about Jazz is not the musicians or the music itself, it is the people who listen to it that think they are pseudo intellectuals because of their music choice. If you want to listen to Jazz and speak with a euro-trash accent far be it for me to stop you, but I’m not just going to sit there and take it when you try to spar with me.

        • September 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

          I think you’re being unfair saying that jazz sucks and people who listen to it only do so because they want to feel intellectually superior to you. Talk about being a snob!

          People listen to jazz because they connect with it and it moves them, the same way Sammy Hagar moves you.

          I’m not sure who tried to “spar” with you, bit you’re certainly making yourself an easy target with generalizations like that.

        • Don
          September 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

          Jim, if you would care to read my comment closer, I never said ALL who listen to Jazz are that way. To the contrary that would be a gross generalization. I just said some, and it seems that the people who want to be intellectually superior tend to gravitate to it. Not that everyone who listens is that way. Who’s doing the generalizing now?

        • September 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

          Here’s what I read as a generalization:

          “what seems to stick in my craw most about Jazz is not the musicians or the music itself, it is the people who listen to it that think they are pseudo intellectuals because of their music choice.”

          It sounded very general to me, but reading it again I guess it could go the other way, but it’s ambiguous at best.

        • Don
          September 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm #


    • September 22, 2010 at 10:01 am #

      Oh, and you MUST hear how he wants “Bitches Brew” to become a fall seasonal beer because it reminds him of Halloween (I guess it’s a “bitches” and “witches” thing). Anyway, it’s priceless, and he goes on a bit obsessively about it.

      • September 22, 2010 at 10:05 am #

        Kinda funny cuz I always thought about making an autumn-style beer and calling it Witches Brew, figuring only those in the musical know would get it. Guess Don and I were on the same wavelength for a split second 🙂

        And that album, Don, as much as you might hate jazz was actually pivotal in ROCK as well. Was one of Jimi Hendrix’s favorites, truth be told.

        • September 22, 2010 at 10:09 am #

          Jimi Hendrix never really lead to good beer (Purple Haze is kinda meh), but Miles Davis inspired DFH’s Witches Brew, which is quite tasty. Jazz wins!

        • Don
          September 22, 2010 at 10:41 am #

          You’re stupid!

        • Don
          September 22, 2010 at 10:38 am #

          SEEEEEE! Katie agrees with me! I think I should get the truffles!

      • September 22, 2010 at 10:36 am #

        I get the distinct feeling Sam (Calagione) plays plenty of Hendrix for inspiration as well, even if it didn’t make it onto the label name 🙂

      • September 22, 2010 at 11:31 am #

        I’d love to try DFH Voodo Chile (Slight Return) one day!

  2. September 22, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    I think you should get your butts over to the blog and leave your two cents purely for entertainment’s sake, LOL.

    • Don
      September 22, 2010 at 11:23 am #

      Oh, Oh…Homework!

  3. September 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    What up Bros?

    Listened to your podcast at the office yesterday. Too funny! Don needs to expand his auditory palate as much as he’s expanded his flavor palate. Granted, Bitches Brew is quite a bit challenging bit of music (the Flemish sour of jazz?), but you can’t throw all jazz “under the bus”.

    Just like with craft brews (Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale?), small batch bourbon (Knob Creek?), and single malts (any 12 year old Glen will do), you just have to find that gateway drug. “Kind of Blue” and “Time Out” are a great place to start!


    Peace Yo!

    • September 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

      I think folks should start sending Don jazz. Or Flemish Sour Ales. He needs to work on both.

      And your sign off is flowin’, G-LO!

    • September 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

      Excellent comparison with the Flemish sours. But Jim, if I remember correctly, you need to work on those, too 🙂

      • September 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

        Ha ha. At least I have a head start on Don.

        • Don
          September 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

          Oh, you may have a couple more under your belt bro, but I have had my share too. I think I will open my Monk’s Cafe with a Ham for Christmas. That should do well.

  4. Elena
    September 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    speechless 🙂

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

      I hope in a good way…

      • Elena
        September 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

        you had me laughing thats for sure

  5. September 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    OK i will be the one to settle this thing:

    I love music, period. I grew up playing in a band that did mosyly classic rock, and god knows heavy metal flows through my veins as readily as r&b, jazz, punk, funk, classical and bluegrass. What matters is that it means something to the listener. If the listener goes into it eith biased ears, it is no different than how we taste. My grandparents may have thought that Iron Maiden was soulless music but i would disagree, as i would about jazz. Do some not really get it and pretend they do to seem “upper crust”? Probably. But Miles Davis moves me as much as Stevie Ray Vaughn.

  6. September 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    Excuse the bloody typos. On my iphone!

  7. September 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    I can’t wait to download the podcast when I get home.

    I’m very envious of you guys, I’ve been on the hunt for Bitches Brew ever since we talked about it on our podcast but so far no luck.

    Apparently the rumor is that Wisconsin is having the same labeling problems that Michigan did (http://www.dogfish.com/community/blogfish/members/sam/no-bitches-in-michigan.htm)

    Hopefully I’ll get some eventually.


    • September 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

      It’s a good beer, but might not live up to “hard to get” hype. I bet you’ll be underwhelmed if you’re really looking forward to it.

      • September 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

        Well, we all agreed that we wanted a bottle because of the label as much as anything. One of the guys mentioned it would look cool displaying it next to the album.

        That being said, I still like to try any DFH that I can get my hands on!

        • September 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

          It’s a really nice beer and well worth trying if you can get your hands on it for sure. I just am wondering how it’ll taste after building it up a bit, as it’s a pretty subtle brew.

      • September 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

        Geez, Jim, way to deflate a guy’s enthusiasm! For the price, I think it’s totally worth hunting down…it was a beautiful imperial stout. And I’m with Mikey, anyway…..any DFH is worth trying 🙂

        • September 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

          It’s worth trying Katie, but it might not be worth paying $$$ for on Ebay is all I’m saying.

  8. September 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Yeah, I won’t go the Ebay route, that’s for sure. Luckily we have people on our podcast panel from 5 different states so hopefully one of us will be able to hook up the others!

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