58 minutes | Feb 23, 2023
Paramore, 1740 Death Wish Blueberry Coffee Beard Oil, French Toast Beer & More
The full crew is back to review Paramore's sixth studio album This Is Why. What do the boys think of the album in comparison to to After Laughter and the band's previous work? Tune in to find out! Paramore tracks previewed in this episode include: "Running Out of Time" "The News" "C'est Comme Ca" Later in the episode, Eric reviews the new Death Wish Blueberry & Vanilla Coffee Beard Oil from 1740 Beard Balm — a company the bearded boys are already familiar with. Finally, everyone sips on a trio of different beers, which include: Citrus Surfer by Big Grove Brewery French Toast Stout by Weldwerks Brewing Strata DDH Hazy IPA by Fair State Brewing Thanks for listening and stay tuned for more exciting new episodes!
61 minutes | Feb 15, 2023
The Most Interesting Anticipated Albums List of 2023, Upcoming Beard Product Reviews, Collaborator Doppelbock
In a very exciting moment in Beats, Beards & Brews history, Eric hops on the mic for his very first solo podcast recording. His mission? Spread positivity. Create the most interesting anticipated albums list of 2023 on the internet. Get Dan excited about new music releases in 2023. Get Evan to pick his favorite albums he listened to in 2023 before 2024 hits. You'll have to listen to the episode to get Eric's complete list of anticipated albums, but you can and totally should check out this Spotify spoiler playlist of blazin' hot tracks. While the majority of this episode is a celebration of music, Eric does reveal some top secret information about upcoming beard product reviews. He also drinks a Barrel Aged Collaborator Doppelbock by No Coast Beer Co. and Allerton Brewing Co. (two quality Iowa breweries). As always, thanks for listening, and stay tuned for more new episodes!
64 minutes | Feb 8, 2023
Evan's REAL 2022 Album Picks, 8-bit Beard Co., NA Beers & Hop Water
In an episode so thrilling that the boys took a month to edit and release it, Evan revisits 2022 to pick two of his top albums of the year. Despite this very large slap in the face to Eric and Dan, who picked the correct album choices for him in the previous episode, the boys listen to Evan's new picks. So just what two albums motivated Evan to want to return to the mic so badly? Evan's Interesting Album Picks Released in 2022 (Revised) Where the Heart Is by Sweet Pill five seconds flat by Lizzy McAlpine Good job, Evan. We're proud of you for picking these albums. In other Beats, Beards & Brews news, Eric and Dan rate some beard oils (in three different scents) and beard butter (in one scent) from 8-bit Beard Co., a retro gaming themed beard company. Featured scent profiles in this episode include: Hero of Time, Blue Devil and Thrilla Gorilla. Finally, the boys drink and review two N/A beers and some hop water, because why the hell not? Featured beverages include: Brewdog's Hazy AF, Exile's Ruthie NA and Lagunitas' Hoppy Refresher. It was dry/moist January at the time of this recording, so back off! Thanks for listening, though, seriously. Stay tuned for what's next! Peace.
61 minutes | Jan 1, 2023
2022 End-of-Year Music Highlights, Top 5 Beard Companies List Update, After-Christmas Christmas Ale
To mark the end of another year, Eric, Evan and Dan all hop on their respective mics for one last time in 2022. First, the boys select their 2022 end-of-year music highlights (two picks per person). This list includes albums that released in 2022 that we found interesting for one reason or another. Don't miss it! Beats, Beards & Brews 2022 End-of-Year Music Highlights include: Harry's House by Harry Styles Vaxis – Act II: Window of the Waking Mind by Coheed & Cambria Alpha Zulu by Phoenix Diaspora Problems by Soul-Glo Tragic Magic by Spell Painless by Nilüfer Yanya Honorable mention album picks include: Dripfield by Goose and SZNZ: Winter by Weezer. And here are some links to the Spotify playlists referenced during this episode: BBBPod: 2022 Albums Best of 2022: Eric's Metal Picks Best of 2022: Eric's Non-Metal Picks Next up Eric shares his updated Top 5 Beard Companies list, which includes: Beardbrand CanYouHandlebar The Bearded Mack T3 Beard Co. Last Looks Grooming Honorable mentions for best beard product companies include: The Beard Baron, Copper Johns Beard Company and Damn Yankee Beard Company. You can also check out the previous list of top beard companies released in 2020 to see how things have changed since that time. Eric's beard product scents of the year include: Boardwalk Mack by The Bearded Mack (seasonal summer scent), Huntsman by The Beard Baron (seasonal winter scent), The Lodge by T3 Beard Co. (seasonal winter scent), Ghost Falls by Copper Johns (seasonal fall scent) and Spirit Guide by Damn Yankee (seasonal fall/winter scent). Finally, the gang all drinks and reviews Christmas Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Company out of Cleveland, Ohio. Cheers to you all and the new year! Stay tuned in 2023 for more new episodes of Beats, Beards & Brews.
57 minutes | Dec 23, 2022
The Sound of Animals Fighting, Eric's New Cool Winter Beard Oil Scents, Fistmas Holiday Red Ale
Coming in hot ahead of the Christmas holiday weekend, here's a wholesome new episode of Beats, Beards & Brews for all to enjoy! It's December, which means the music release calendar has slowed way down, but that doesn't stop the boys from diving into the latest EP from The Sound of Animals Fighting titled APESHIT. Listen with glee as the gang debates whether they like this experimental indie/post-hardcore rock band's new tracks or not. It's a lot to digest, that's for sure! The Sound of Animals Fighting songs previewed during this episode include: Apeshit Wolf Sharon Tate, Despite Everything In a new segment titled "Eric's New Cool Winter Beard Oil Scents," the man himself (Eric) drops three cold weather beard oil recommendations. These are beard oils that Eric recommends for any bearded man when the temps get cold. Eric's top beard oil picks for the 2022 winter season include: The Lodge by T3 Beard Co. (alternate picks if this is sold out include Yukkon & The Bumble) Scent profile: Warm amber, tonka, sandalwood, smokey sweet pipe tobacco, Oud, cedar wood, sweet almond, warm honey. Joy by Can You Handlebar Moustache & Beard Co. (and a link to Goodwill for something a little different) Scent profile: Peppermint, clary sage. Huntsman by The Beard Baron (see website for even more cold classics) Scent profile: Cedar, oak moss, amber. Don't forget to check these businesses' social media accounts (especially Instagram) for potential sales codes. Finally, the boys serve up a fisting of beer reviews, as they all drink Fistmas, a holiday red ale with ginger and orange peel, by Revolution Brewing. Happy holidays!
64 minutes | Nov 28, 2022
KISS, Beardbrand Utility Oil, Strawberry Biscuit & Raspberry Ales
In another very special episode of Beats, Beards & Brews, the gang reunites to discuss the 40th anniversary remaster version of KISS' 10th studio album Creatures of the Night. Released in 1982, the album is one of KISS' heaviest and a fan favorite. But how do Eric, Evan and Dan feel about it? Tune in to find out! KISS songs previewed during this episode include: "Creatures of the Night" "I Love It Loud" "War Machine" Later in the episode, Eric shares his thoughts on Beardbrand's updated Utility Oil product line and its Temple Smoke scent. Then the boys review two intriguing ales. Dan rates Raspberry Jam Bam by Inbound Brewco. Meanwhile, Evan and Eric review Strawberry Biscuit Ale by Southern Grist Brewing Co. brewed in collaboration with Hardee's.
59 minutes | Oct 7, 2022
Sumerlands, Eric's Favorite Fall Beard Oils, Imperial Pumpkin & Caramel Corn Beers
Welcome to Beats, Beards & Brews' 2022 celebration of everything fall. OK, so we swapped out Weezer's SZNZ: Autumn for Sumerlands Dreamkiller ... but Dreamkiller brings to mind A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors so that still fits the fall episode theme, right? Absolutely. Good. Great. Sumerlands' songs previewed during this episode include: "Dreamkiller" "Edge of the Knife" "Night Ride" Next up, Eric shares his favorite fall beard oils. These include: Smoked Pumpkin (new fall scent from T3 Beard Co.) Hitchhiker & Traveler (fall scents from Iowa Beard Co.) Live Deliciously (year-round scent from Last Looks Grooming) Finally the boys— or boys and men — drink and review The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale by Elysian Brewing and CaramelCrisp Caramel Popcorn Ale by Revolution Brewing, which are both flavor experiences. Happy fall. Happy autumn. Happy Halloween. Happy all of it. Cheers!
61 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
The Halo Effect, T3 Liquid Beard Butter, Royal Eddy & Surly Furious
Eric, Evan and Dan are back to discuss the debut album Days of the Lost from The Halo Effect, a Swedish melodic death metal supergroup featuring former members of In Flames. Unsure if this album is your cup of tea? If you like hard rock or heavy metal with melody this is probably worth a listen. The Halo Effect songs previewed during this episode include: "Gateways" "A Truth Worth Lying For" "The Needless End" Next up, Eric rates a trio of liquid beard butters from T3 Beard Co. Scents reviewed during this episode include Hop Head, Chill Out and Comatoze. Finally the boys sip on some Royal Eddy and Surly Furious. Cheers!
57 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Coheed & Cambria, Boardwalk Mack Beard Oil, Space Camper Alpha Vapor & Gigahop IPA
Summer is chuggin' right along ... so fast that it took the boys a while to get this episode posted. But if you're a fan of Coheed, it's worth the wait. Maybe. We're not making any promises. Outside of the fact that we do indeed review Coheed & Cambria's Vaxis — Act II: A Window of the Waking Mind. Songs previewed during this episode include: "Shoulders" "Comatose" "Ladders of Supremacy" Next up, Eric drops a review of Boardwalk Mack, an ICEE inspired blue raspberry and cherry limited edition summer beard oil from The Bearded Mack Grooming Co. featuring notes of bergamot, lemon, jasmine, amber and musk. *Note: Boardwalk Mack is currently sold out on the website. But keep an eye out for this limited edition annual scent next summer or stay tuned for a restock ... not sure if that'll happen, though! Finally, the boys ride off into space and rate two beers from Boulevard Brewing Company's Space Camper IPA series — Alpha Vapor Nebulous IPA and Gigahop Dual Hemisphere IPA. Grab a brew or two, sit back, hit play and enjoy. We appreciate you all.
70 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
Albums We Missed in 2022 So Far, The Soap Guy Natural Soap, Local IPAs & Warheads Sour Ale
The full Beats, Beards & Brews crew is back to talk about some of the local and national albums we missed so far in 2022. Featured albums include: Harry's House by Harry Styles (London/Los Angeles) Drawing Little Pictures by American Scarecrows (Minneapolis) Born in Fog by The Envy Corps (Des Moines) Judas Curse of the Iron Sabbath by Traffic Death (Des Moines) Paid in Full by Skull Fist (Toronto) Tracks previewed during the episode include: "Broken Bones & Mountains" by American Scarecrows "The Breadline" by The Envy Corps "Too Late, Fuck You" by Traffic Death "Long Live the Fist" by Skull Fist Dan delivers a review of The Soap Guy's Natural Soap — he purchased the "Masculine Scent" collection on the site — in the latest edition of Sudsin' It Up. He also delivers a special investigative report looking into claims about another soap company we have positively reviewed on the podcast. Finally, the boys drink some local IPAs and Eric continues to try Warheads flavored things ... this time, beer! Beers reviewed during the episode include: Deadringer by Lua Brewing & Bricksworth Beer Co. Finally We Got Our IPA by Blacklist Brewing Co. Warheads Blue Raspberry Sour Ale by Artisanal Brew Works Thanks for listening, as always!
60 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
The Return of Meshuggah, Greenhorn Solid Beard Wash Bar, Chonk Spumoni & Springbier
What's that off in the distance? Is that the super-heavy Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah? Cue the THICC riffs. Meshuggah is back baby! Eric couldn't be happier as the boys drop their reviews of Immutable. Dan and Evan aren't as sure of their feelings. Meshuggah songs previewed in this episode include: "The Abysmal Eye" "The Faultless" "Ligature Marks" In another edition of "Sudsin' It Up" (with Eric), the biggest beard on the pod drops a review of the Greenhorn Unscented Solid Beard Wash Bar by Whiskey 'N Hardtack. Meanwhile, Dan wishes it actually felt like spring in Minnesota while sipping on Springbier from Indeed Brewing Co. And Eric drops his review of the Chonk Spumoni Sundae Sour from Drekker Brewing Co. Evan gives a shout-out to Blonde Fatale from Peace Tree Brewing Co. If ya know, ya know.
58 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Ghost, War Zone Beard Oil, Sour Tea Beer & Blackberry Popsicle IPA
The gang reunites once more to review Ghost's fifth studio album Impera. The boys unravel the mystery of Papa Emeritus to emerge with a new theory that involves Weird Al secretly fronting the band. Is there any merit to this claim? Hard to say! Ghost tracks previewed on this episode include: "Spillways" "Twenties" "Call Me Little Sunshine" Next up Eric reviews War Zone Sour Watermelon Beard Oil from T3 Beard Co. which may or may not be a wholesome Christian beard company. "Whatever your religion is ... who cares. We're here to talk about sour watermelon beard oil." Eric also shares some fun facts about Warheads. Evan and Eric celebrate Equalitea as they drink Big Grove Brewery's latest sour ale with lemon peel, honey, and white tea. Dan gets green beer catfished by a misleading St. Patrick's Day social media post from Dangerous Man Brewing Co., but ends up reviewing a Blackberry Lime Popsicle IPA from the brewery instead. All's well that ends well. Thanks for listening and stay tuned for our next episode featuring MESHUGGAH!
67 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Zeal & Ardor, Beard Octane Neutral CBD Beard Oil, West Coast vs. Hazy IPAs
Eric, Evan and Dan return to review the self-titled, third studio album from Zeal & Ardor. What does the band sound like? Grab a fistful of blues and sprinkle in some gospel. Then add in a healthy portion of black metal. Now you've got yourself a musical stew unlike anything you've ever heard before. Zeal & Ardor tracks previewed on this episode include: "Death to the Holy" "Golden Liar" "Götterdämmerung" Next up, Eric reviews the Neutral Full Spectrum CBD Beard Oil from Beard Octane. He also rates their Neutral Full Spectrum CBD Lathering Conditioning Wash. These products come at a premium price. But are they worth it? You'll have to tune on in to find out! Finally, the boys briefly discuss the difference between West Coast IPAs and Hazy IPAs. Eric proceeds to review Sparkle Wolf by Modern Times Beer and Dan rates Moon Howler by Fulton Beer. Oh, and Evan drinks Easy Eddy by Big Grove Brewery. It was in his fridge. What will the boys review next? Give us a follow and find out. In the meantime, enjoy this episode and take care of yourself!
55 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Muscadine Bloodline, Biblical Beard Oil, Blonde & Choco Milk Stouts
Dan and Eric break out their cowboy hats for a special two-man episode where they review Dispatch to 16th Ave. the second studio album from the "proudly independent and unapolegetically southern" Nashville-based country duo Muscadine Bloodline. Muscadine Bloodline songs previewed on this episode include: "Dispatch to 16th Ave." "Dead on Arrival" "No, Pedal Steel" For the beard portion of the episode, Eric shares his thoughts on Genesis, a coffee, tobacco and vanilla scented beard oil from Bay Area Beard Co.'s Biblical Beard Oil series. Finally, Eric rates On the Button Blonde Stout from Confluence Brewing Co. and Dan revisits an old favorite — Choco Milk Stout from Dangerous Man Brewing Co. Cheers!
51 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
2022 Anticipated Albums, Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, Hopslam Ale
Just when you thought it was safe! The boys are back and this time they're sharing some albums they are looking forward to in 2022. 2022 Anticipated Album Picks Include: Get Well Soon by King Iso (January 21) 11:11 by Pinegrove (January 28) Erebos by Venom Prison (January 28) Let There Be Witchery by Midnight (March 4) Impera by Ghost (March 11) Spring by Weezer (March 20) Immutable by Meshuggah (April 1) Fear of the Dawn by Jack White (April 8) It's Time...To Rise From the Grave by Undeath (April 22) Alpha Games by Bloc Party (April 29) Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind by Coheed & Cambria (May 27) Summer by Weezer (June 20) Entering Heaven Alive by Jack White (July 22) Fall by Weezer (September 22) Winter by Weezer (December 21) Albums With TBD 2022 Release Dates: The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead by Megadeth (Summer 2022) TBD [Debut Album] by The Halo Effect TBD [Debut Album] by The Smile Whew! That's a lotta albums. And here's the Spotify playlist we made! Eric also drops a quick review of Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm from Duke Cannon. And the boys rate the 2022 HopSlam Ale from Bell's Brewery.
58 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Albums We Missed in 2021, Icebreaker Beard Oil, Alpha Klaus & Crushing Mass
Ah, it's that time of year again ... where Evan, Eric and Dan share some "albums they missed" — as in ones they didn't review on the podcast throughout the course of the year. Well, Dan and Eric brought some albums to the table. Evan just takes it all in. Dan's picks include: Glow On by Turnstile Lifeforms by Angels & Airwaves SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo Eric's picks include: Bleed the Future by Archspire Aeromantic II by The Night Flight Orchestra Hushed and Grim by Mastodon Also: Don't miss the BBBPod Spotify playlist with links to choice cuts* from each album. *Choice cuts were determined by Eric. Beyond the music, Eric drops a review of the seasonal ICEBREAKER beard oil from Whiskey 'N Hardtack. The boys all drink 3 Floyds. Alpha Klaus (Eric & Evan) and Crushing Mass (Dan). Thanks for listening and making this another awesome year of Beats, Beards & Brews. We appreciate each an every one of you!
54 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Black Label Society, Sonic Brew Beard Oil & Butter, Black Beers
The boys — Dan and Eric — successfully arrange a Black Label Society themed episode with matching beard products and fitting beers. Evan sits this one out while friend of the pod, Alex, returns. His beer is not on theme, but we won't hold that against him. For the music portion of the episode the gang reviews Black Label Society's eleventh studio album Doom Crew Inc. They also get into some deep discussions about kilts and what it means to be a "Solider of Christ." In other words, this is guitarist Zakk Wylde's mature album. But does he still shred? The answer is yes. Black Label Society songs previewed on this episode include: "Set You Free" "End of Days" "Gather All My Sins" For the beard portion of the pod, the boys review the Black Label Society Sonic Brew Beard Oil and Butter from Mad Viking Beard Co. What do Eric and Dan think of this citrus and ginger — and more! — scented beard oil? Tune in to find out! Finally, for the beer portion of the episode, Dan drinks an easy-drinking Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing. Meanwhile, Eric sips on the full-flavored Camp Fire Black Lager from Confluence Brewing. Alex, well, he's drinking Busch Light. Don't be Alex. Thanks for listening and stay tuned for more exciting episodes!
69 minutes | Nov 28, 2021
Silk Sonic, Magic City Beard Oil, Festive Holiday Beers
Join the Beats, Beards & Brews crew for their first annual Thanksgiving Holiday Bonanza. Yeah, yeah, Eric got this edited and posted a bit late due to all of the holiday excitement, but we want to keep those good turkey vibes going a bit longer. First the gang grabs a slice of that silky smooth, Silk Sonic pie — in the form of the new studio album An Evening With Silk Sonic. Is the new 70s R&B project from Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak a gushy, gushy, good time? You'll have to tune in to find out. Silk Sonic songs previewed on this episode include: "After Last Night" "Smokin Out the Window" "777" Next up, Eric drops a review of the Beard Oil Sample Pack from Magic City Beard Co. The primary ingredient? Ostrich oil. Because who doesn't love slathering exotic bird oils on their skin and hair? Finally, the boys review a mixed bag of festive beers that pair well with the holidays. Dan drinks the Mixed Nuts Cream Ale from Indeed Brewing. Meanwhile, Eric revisits the iconic Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head. Evan sips on an Easy Eddy Hazy IPA from Big Grove Brewing. Thanks for listening and happy Thanksgiving!
62 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Jerry Cantrell, Honorable Mack Beard Oil, Hopititis & Boozy Pumpkin Beer
For the music review portion of the podcast, Dan and Eric dive into Jerry Cantrell's third solo album Brighten. It seems like the Alice in Chains' guitarist was in a happier place as he recorded this one and we're here for it. We're also here for Jerry's fancy hat collection. Jerry Cantrell songs previewed on this episode include: "Brighten" "Prism of Doubt" "Had to Know" Evan joins the recording just in time to drop a quick review of Cantrell's latest. Then Eric shares his thoughts on the Honorable Mack Beard Oil from The Bearded Mack Grooming Co. Is broccoli seed oil the missing link to a better beard? Tune in to find out! For the scent curious: The Honorable Mack has notes of Oud, Birch, Black Oud, Leather, Saffron, Jasmine, Tobacco, and Vanilla. You can view the full list of carrier oils on the website, as well. Finally, Eric and Evan catch Hopititis ... ah, no wait, they drink Hopititis and catch a buzz from this 9.2% abv Imperial IPA from 515 Brewing Co. in Des Moines, Iowa. Dan also makes a hard return to drinking beer by breaking out his 11.1% abv cellared 2019 Jamaican Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Dangerous Man Brewing Co. As always, thanks for listening! And stay tuned for more new episodes of Beats, Beards & Brews.
55 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Misfits Halloween, Camp Crystal Lake Beard Oil, Not So Spooky Beers
On a very special Halloween edition of Beats, Beards & Brews, Eric forces Dan and Evan to listen to Misfits' 1982 debut album Walk Among Us on repeat. Well, at least Eric is listening on repeat. Misfits songs previewed on this episode include: "20 Eyes" "Astro Zombies" "Skulls" Next up, Eric reviews Camp Crystal Lake Beard Oil and Featherweight Balm from 1740 Beard Balm. Featuring a scent blend of orange, lemon, white jasmine, lily of the valley, geranium, and musk, this mysterious line of beard products only shows up on the 1740 Beard Balm website on Friday the 13th each year. Finally, Dan drinks a non-alcoholic beer and Eric drinks a high abv beer to make up the difference. Dan shares his thoughts on Run Wild IPA from Athletic Brewing. Eric takes a ride with the Ferryman while drinking Ferryman's Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout from Confluence Brewing Company. Meanwhile, Evan drinks but does not review a Ruthie (shout-out to Exile Brewing Co). Cheers and Happy Halloween from Beats, Beards & Brews!