Each town's tale can be very unique. It's not always a ghost story or local freakazoid. Sometime your town's best feature is a local sandwich or a drink. Beer is no stranger to Hometown Tales. Probalby because the best stories ever told were most likely over a cold pint. When two chatty irishman host a podcast, it's also natural that beer will dicsussed.
Listener and show contributor, Drew Vics (he's been on the show as a guest, supplied tales regularly and even supplied music) once wanted to license the Hometown Tales name for a line of his craft beers. It was actually genius. (Drew still runs Crytptobrewology.com, check it out). Unfortunately, we couldn't get our Hometown Brews really going.
And we can't mention Hometown Tales or beer without mentioning HT-Legend, Paul "Fruit Trees". He runs Northwest Beer Guide. One of my favorite Hometown Tales moments was meeting Fruit Trees in person for the first time and having a fish sandwich and brew with him at the Seattle Fish Market.
Naturally when Bryan and I recorded our triumphant return to podcasting, Show 356, a beer needed to be involved. And there was no better choce than an Ale crafted after Thomas Jefferson's own recipe. According to Yard Brewing, they worked with a historian to craft Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale just like he did at Monticello.
It's a strong English Ale, malty but not too hoppy at all with a little hint of something sweet like caramel or honey. This might be one of my favorite beers right now.
Now the question is, do we try a new beer for every future show? Perhaps a new tradition is born?