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Malt Couture

After 7 years of being anonymous, 1.5 million words written about beer, and preaching the gospel of Barleywine is Life, Don't Drink Beer's Alex Kidd gets into the deep, dark world of podcasting. Joining him are his co-hosts, comedy writers and performers Stephen Loh and Michael Gabriel. Together they explore the absurd underbelly of the craft beer world while also discussing movies, music, video games, pop culture, and their sad, basement dwelling lives.

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Batch 78: Kinda, Sorta Our Christmas Episode with Peter Bissell of Bissell Brothers Brewing

Peter Bissell of Bissell Brothers Brewing drops by for the holidays just in time to discuss the Ballast Point sale, weather in LA, and briefly meets Lil' Custard. Stephen tests their Christmas movie Easter Egg knowledge during a round of A Christmas Egging. Michael brings in the biggest beer ever. See Malt Couture Fermented Live at SF Sketchfest on January 25th! http://bit.ly/MaltCoutureSFSketchfest Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 56mins

26 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Batch 69: All Fantôme Everything

The Malty Boyz™ get spooked when they drink only Fantômes for batch 69. Nice. Dany Prignon joins in on the fun and gives his hot take about the Beer News and also offers commentary about what inspired him to make the beers featured in this episode. Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 41mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Batch 73: Milkshakes and Old Money

Alex brings in some hype juice from Tired Hands in the form of a milkshake IPA. Then it's the longest Bottleshare ever when Stephen and Alex dust off some old money to mixed results while Michael brings in some new money heat. The saga between Stone and Keystone rolls on in Beer News. Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 49mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Batch 38: Another Mailbag Episode

In this mailbag we answer your most pressing questions about palate fatigue, over-hyped breweries, pretzel necklaces, label art, and "What's Alex's favorite RPG?" Plus, we have a very egg-citing Beer News story. Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 39mins

7 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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Batch 79: The California Classic

Brews from the Golden State face off to see who reigns supreme! The Malty Boyz™ search far and wide for beers that are synonymous with California and Alex brings in a traditional California treat. In the Beer News social media influencers get held accountable, jello shots are made with Pappy Van Winkle, and Charlotte, NC doesn't appreciate reindeer games. It's The California Classic, FUGGEDABOUTIT! See Malt Couture Fermented Live at SF Sketchfest on January 25th! http://bit.ly/MaltCoutureSFSketchfest Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer DontDrinkBeer.com Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 43mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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Batch 80: Drinkin' and Dunkin' with Krister Johnson

Medical Police co-creator, writer and producer Krister Johnson joins The Malty Boyz™ and talks about working on Children's Hospital, what Henry Winkler is really like, and coming up through the New York comedy scene. Stephen leads them through a game called Joel Osteen, Tony Robbins, or A Piece of Inspirational Home Decor You Can Buy At T.J. Maxx. Alex brings in a Nebraska hype job. See Malt Couture Fermented Live at SF Sketchfest on January 25th! http://bit.ly/MaltCoutureSFSketchfest Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer DontDrinkBeer.com Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 47mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Batch 60: Oxi and Me

Alex treats Michael and Stephen to a Cantillon finished in Jura wine barrels. Michael reconnects with an old flame. Stephen lands a Midwest favorite. Plus, vodka from Chernobyl and Area 51 beer from Bud Light makes it into the Beer New. Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 44mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Batch 11: The Barleywine is Life Episode

Alex and Stephen give Michael a taste of that Barleywine is Life life as they celebrate BiL day (8/17). Alex shares a beer flavored with Chicken & Waffles and breaks down the Constellation Brands push towards CBD infused beer. DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkbeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer Send questions to DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 50mins

30 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Batch 72: Let Them Eat Cake

Stephen and Michael eat cake made from Angry Chair beer while Alex can only watch due to non-beer related circumstances. Alex highlights everything that's right with how Maine Brewing Company treats their employees while Founders continues to flounder. Plus, more Dumb Beer Laws and Michael opens up to the audience about his deepest thoughts and insecurities. Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 44mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Batch 33: Barleywine is Life: BARLEY BATTLE!

ALL. BARLEYWINE. EVERYTHING. It's our second Barleywine is Life episode and it's only barleywine from top-to-bottom curated by Alex himself. From OG White Whale beers to new money barley bangers, this is an episode 14 years in the making. ALL HAIL LORD MARIS! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

2hr 16mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #10

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Batch 37: Back to the Spider Den

Here's a list of things discussed in this episode: Yale crust punks, Blueface, Alex's true age, Kevin, Brett, Superbowl commercials, the WWE Hall of Fame, Michael's inability to run for public office, Old Spaghetti Factory's wine selection, Casey, Flanders, and breaking legs. Alex tries to discuss Santa Clarita Diet but Stephen and Michael are having none of it! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

2hr 2mins

28 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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Batch 89: Vince “Bear” Quitugua of Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

From the gentle art to the art of brewing, Vince "Bear" Quitugua joins the Malty Boyz™ to discuss his journey from chasing stouts to in-person trades with Alex to starting Three Chiefs while running the legendary jiu jitsu brand Shoyoroll. Stephen leads them through a round of "What Flipped for More?" to see if beers or jiu jitsu gis sold for more on the secondary market. Plus, Bear dishes on the latest Beer News and brings in a beer for the Bottleshare. Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer DontDrinkBeer.com Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

2hr 17mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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Batch 34: Pastry Dawgs Adjunct Artisan Ales

Give a pastry boy a barrel of beer and they'll fuck shit up on the secondary trade market. This week The Malty Boyz™ look at Prairie Artisan Ales’ Prairie Dawg membership club drama. Stephen falls for the oldest trick in the book. Alex talks about his favorite day of the year. DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 53mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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Batch 71: Méthode Traditionnelle vs. Belgian Lambics

It's a beer battle for the ages when The Malty Boyz™ put America's finest Méthode Traditionnelle beers against tried-and-true Beligian lambics. They also look into the lawsuit against Founders Brewing and read through the deposition transcript. Kelsey Grammer opens a brewery to the delight of nobody. Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 34mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Batch 25: Barrel Power & Responsibility

From the judges score cards at the Toronado Barleywine Fest to the beer trolls of St. Louis, The Malty Boyz™ explore the power of barrel aging. We follow up with the aftermath of the nixed A Deal With The Devil release. A brewery rises from the dead to brew another day.  Sponsored by Tioga Sequoia. Rush Day is their annual celebration of artisan coffee and coffee infused beer. Join them for their 5th Annual Rush Day Celebration in Downtown Fresno on 12/15! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 48mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #15

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Batch 77: Barleywine is Life: BARLEY BATTLE! Stephen Edition

The Malty Boyz™ are back for another #BIL episode! This time Stephen digs into the deepest, darkest depths of his linen closet to line up a Barley Battle for the ages! A cicerone's patience is taken to the limit during a road trip from hell. All hail Lord Maris! See Malt Couture Fermented Live at SF Sketchfest on January 25th! http://bit.ly/MaltCoutureSFSketchfest Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 45mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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Batch 44: The 420 Episode

Stephen celebrates 4/20 by hunting down some Lagunitas Hi-Fi Hops. Then Alex brings in not one but two lawsuits for Beer News that Stephen has to follow. Have you ever had to listen to a lawyer talk about beer related lawsuits while on Hi-Fi Hops? It's hard. We put Alex's Bottle Share beer through the ringer for a round of Tick This or Untappd. Dude. Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 44mins

18 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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Batch 20: My Three Floyds

Alex puts on his lawyer hat and dives into the legal battle between 3 Floyds and Abnormal Beer. The Malty Boyz™ show up to Oktoberfest a month late. Stephen ditches the clearance rack in favor of a proven performer. DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

2hr 11mins

1 Nov 2018

Rank #18

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Batch 3: Hella Beers

Get hyphy and ghost ride some beers with the Malty Boys as they take a Tour de Norcal full of twists, turns, and roundhouse kicks to the palate. Beers from Sante Adairius, Seven Stills, and Russian River are featured plus whatever Michael decided to bring. DontDrinkBeer.com Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer Send questions to DDBquestions@gmail.com Cover art by Brittany Metz

59mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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Batch 47: Shaun Berns of Phase Three Brewing

Shaun Berns drops by the maltiest AirBnB in Chicago's Ukrainian Village to talk about helicopters, barrel-aged beers, ridiculous burgers, leaving More Brewing, and starting Phase Three Brewing. Alex's orthodontist makes an appearance as well. Things also get a little meady when they try a bottle from Standard Meadery. Head to our Patreon for weekly Small Batch episodes! DontDrinkBeer.com Patreon.com/DontDrinkBeer Instagram.com/DontDrinkBeers Instagram.com/MaltCoutureDDB Twitter.com/DontDrinkBeer DDBquestions@gmail.com

1hr 56mins

9 May 2019

Rank #20