The CrapMonkey Podcast Episode #126

Beer ArtIn this episode we go over a litte beer news, including a cool initiative by Boston Brewing to help get smaller breweries through the hops shortage.  Additionally, CJ from the Love Long and Prosper Podcast gave me a heads up that the Pheonix Zoo is hosting Zoo Brew 2008 in April.  In other news, HDDVD is dead and the Mix08 conference is about to kick off online and in Vegas in early March.  A few weeks ago we featured an interview with owner of the Ballard bar, Ocho – Zach Harjo.  In this podcast you’ll find a review of the Ocho restroom and a song from Zach’s upcoming album (Zach will be playing at the Tractor Tavern on Tuesday Feb 26th at 9pm).

The song of the day is Dead Leaves by Zach Harjo and the website of the day is

Talking Metal Enters the Living Room

Talking Metal PodcastIf you’ve listened to the CrapMonkey Podcast for any length of time you’ve probably heard me mention the Talking Metal Podcast.  In the podcast, Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy cover rock and metal from many different angles.  Not only do they have impressive back stage access to metal legends; they are also well suited for spotting and exposing new talent on the horizon. 

On February 22nd, the Fuse network will premiere the first Talking Metal television episode that “will feature exclusive interviews and field packages in the podcast’s signature style.”  The show will air at midnight Eastern (9pm Pacific) and I already have my DVR locked and loaded and hope you’ll do the same. 

As a podcaster, a metal head and a media consumer, I’m proud of these guys for a few reasons.  From a Podcaster perspective, they took their passion for metal and ran with it.  It was and is a labor of love.  The fact that others have taken notice validates everything Podcasting stands for: broadcasting your passion and finding your audience.  As a metal head, I’m impressed that they marched ahead, even as pop-culture was turning their nose up at metal.  As such, the Internet proved to be a great medium for pulling together the metal audience from disperse geographies.  Likewise, over the couple of years in which they’ve been podcasting, the tides have shifted some, and the new television show is evidence that Metal is making its way back toward the mainstream.  Perhaps Talking Metal played some role in that shift, but regardless, Mark and John held fast and did their thing until the world took notice ( first iTunes and now the airwaves).  Finally, as a media consumer who pays over $100 a month for cable, I’m excited that their will be a new show in town that was not slapped together by some douche bag producers following a formula for capturing an advertising demographic.  The Podcast is testament to the fact that this is a real show with a real soul that is simply being ported to television. 

So again, be sure to catch the premiere on February 22nd.  Congratulations Mark and John, and if you ever find yourself in Seattle, allow me to give you a tour of some of the incredible breweries we have out here 🙂 – Rock on!

If I Had A Buttrock Brewery

Buttrock BeersWendy and I have always thought it would be cool to open a buttrock brewery.  While we may never actually achieve the goal, we do find it fun to dream up the kind of beers we would have on tap. 

Perhaps one day we will achieve our dream, but until then, here are a few of our ideas:

Hef Leppard
Iron Marzen
Motley Brue
Van Weizen, StrIPA
Great Witte
Sabastian Bock

Do you have any others?  Leave your buttrock beer styles in the comments!QueensRye


POC #17: Maui Brewing Company

Maui Brewing Company

On Monday, we made the trek into Lahaina to check out the beers brewed by the Maui Brewing Company.  Located on the NorthWest side of the island, this award winning brewery is both charming and unique.   Their beers range from blonde to Stout and include everything in between.  In this Piece of Crap we speak with beer-tender, Anton, about topics ranging from the beers themselves to the reasons the brewery chose to package in cans instead of bottles.

Maui Brewing

Most of the beers in the Maui Brewing company line were enjoyable, but a couple that stood out were the Big Swell IPA (57 IBU) and the Coconut Porter (and I don’t even like coconut).  Click below to hang with us at the brew pub and, by all means, when in Maui – be sure to check out the Maui Brewing Company.

POC #16: Checking in From Maui (part 1)

Maui ViewWe’ve been in Maui for a few days now.  Weather was a bit sketchy here for a while, but it seems to be turning for the better.   Regardless, it’s a lot warmer here than it is in Seattle.  This Piece of Crap is a montage of audio check-ins from various points on our trip leading up to today – Superbowl Sunday.  On that note, I better get moving if I want to get a good seat at Moose’s Pub.   Photos of the trip are available on Flickr.

CrapMonkey Does Maui

Maui Map

Wendy and I have made it to Kihei, Maui.  My brother is getting married here on Saturday so the Petershagen family is beginning to rain down onto the island like a tropical storm.  WiFi in the condo seems to be holding up, so we will try to make regular Flickr updates.  It may not be quite as exciting as when the Brady Bunch went to Hawaii (haven’t found a bad luck Tiki charm yet), but between our camera and our cell phones we should be able to keep the coverage coming.  Aloha!