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77 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
S2: E43 Sharing Sizes Part 2!
This Halloween, four ghoulish brews that go bump in the night return to give the Bros a wicked fright. Or at least a wicked buzz. In Halloween fashion, it's time for our first sequel as we once again sample "Sharing Sizes" by Free Will Brewing. We'll discuss each of four beers that certainly aren't related to Twix, Almond Joy, Peanut Butter Cups, and Thin Mints. We'll talk about the changes in each brew as well as what's up with Free Will these days. Alongside the brews we'll be talking about the history of candy and its relationship to trick or treating. Come have a spooky brew and share some good times, and as always, enjoy.Cheers!
52 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
S2: E42 Snyder's and Pretzels
A Pretzel, a Pig, and a Baby Baboon take a fantastic ride on a flying balloon and while they pass by a bright Hanover moon they look down and they see...Snyder's of Hanover! This may sound like gibberish, but your Bros are on a fantastical journey this week with Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and their collaboration with Snyder's of Hanover which created Snyder Bier. This marzen style beer certainly tastes like pretzels and we'll talk all about the history of Snyder's of Hanover while we sample this delicious brew. While talking pretzel's we'll also be talking about children's author Kenn Nesbitt who is certainly not as crazy as Shel Silverstein when it comes to the wild world of children's poetry. We'll talk his busy schedule and how he's delivering poetry to children during the pandemic. So grab a beer and join us for another great episode!Cheers!
61 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
S2: E41 Jonathan Swift and "Little Baby IPA"
What's that I see? Some island filled with strange peoples of different sizes and beliefs? Why, I daresay Captain Gulliver it's...it's! Yes! Staten Island. This week we're sampling Little Baby IPA (The tiniest IPA) straight from Staten Island NYC. Flagship Brewing's IPA gets paired with plenty of Steve Urkel references and discussions of Pizza Rat. Paired with this brew, whether Skip understands him or not, is Jonathan Swift and his most famous of works Gulliver's Travels. We read a brief excerpt explaining how Gulliver winds up as the tiniest of babies in Brobdingnag. While discussing Swift we'll also be talking his tumultuous love life, religion, and everyone's favorite topic, U2. So grab a brew, get ready for some travels, and as always, enjoy.Cheers!
69 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
S2: E39 Gygax and Genevieve
Roll initiative! The Bros are bringing you a special pairing this week straight from their journeys to the land of Indianapolis for the 54th running of Gencon! Quick, what name is synonymous with Role Playing games? If you said E. Gary Gygax, then you paid attention to the title of this episode! Yes, we found a poem by none other than E. Gary Gygax and while it doesn't nearly do the brilliance of this gaming mind justice, it shows that in the end rules were way more beneficial to Gygax's career than poetry ever could have been. Paired with the history of Gygax we're looking at Sun King Brewing's "Genevieve," which is the official beer of Gencon. Sit back and find a brew to pair with this episode, and as always, enjoy.Cheers!
47 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
S2: E40 "A Woman's Labour" and "The Pastryarchy"
Listeners of Prose and Bros, this week we rise against the biggest threat to both women and men of this world. That's right, we're taking down "The Pastryarchy." Duclaw's sweet treat brew divides our hosts as the Bros discuss why Root Beer Floats are either disgusting or amazing, since this version of the Pastryarchy is taking on a decidedly uniquely American form. Paired with this brew we're discussing a classic poem in "A Woman's Labour," by Mary Collier. One of the first poetic oppositions to mansplaining, this poem rolls of the tongue and lifts our rebellious spirits. So join us as we rise up to fight the power, and as always, enjoy!Cheers!
60 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
S2: E38 Pulp and Robert E Howard
What is best in life? To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to drink the fermentations of their hops. Yes, listeners, this week we're talking about Conan the Barbarian, or more specifically the father of Conan, Sword and Sorcery, and a master of the Pulp Genre the one and only Robert E Howard. We talk Texas and the oil life, but all that talking causes a mighty thirst. That's where RAR comes in. In addition to sounding like a dinosaur's roar, this brewery brings us "Pulp!" Not wood pulp, citrus pulp, and we talk Batman and Beer for a bit while rating this brew and author. Grab the pulp of your choice, flex your strong man might, and as always, enjoy.Cheers!
69 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
S2: E37 Dante Gives the Devil His Due
The Devil went up to Bethlehem, he was looking for the Bros this week, he brought cans of beer, a surly sneer, and was listening for prose critiques, your two hosts met the Slanderer and offered up a cheers, 'cause when rating brews you pay your dues if you want any sort of career.That's right listeners, this week we'll be talking about the Prince of Darkness, the Father of All Lies, the Author of all Sin, Dante. Er...that is, the Devil! We're rating Surly Brewing's "Give the Devil His Due" and discussing all manner of wicked fiends such as Count Chocula, Alice Cooper, and Prohibition laws. Paired with this beer is an excerpt from Dante's The Inferno, where we get one of the first descriptions of Satan in verse form. Of course we'll discuss some of the other people Dante meets in hell, including of course Harry Potter, but don't let me spoil all the surprises. Tune in, and as always, enjoy.Cheers!
54 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
S2: E36 "Alien Church" and Kinnell
The Bros are lost in space this week, tasting Tired Hands brewing's "Alien Church." We discuss the negative sides of success for Tired Hands, and everything they're working to improve upon in the future. While discussing their controversy we also discuss MIB, science fiction cults, and everything sci fi. As usual, we've paired this beer with a Dill favorite poet, and this week that poet is Galway Kinnell. This American Poet who created his own persona in his poetry is an interesting American who contributed to various social causes during the tumultuous 60's, all while writing poetry that has stood the test of time. Join us for another great episode, grab a brew, and enjoy.Cheers!
65 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
S2: E35 Dunkelshaun and Silverstein
Do you know Where the Sidewalk Ends? Have you ever Fallen Up? We could go on with the puns, but it's no surprise to our astute listeners who read the titles of the episode that this week's poet is none other than Shel Silverstein. It's "Peanut Butter Sandwiches" time, as we dive into the history of one of the world's greatest children's poets (and one of Playboy's most prolific cartoonists.) While discussing what makes an adult author compose for children, and why a father would name is child Sue, we'll be sampling a delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Dunkel with the apt name of "Dunkelshaun." "Dunkelshaun," from Great Barn Brewing, is a Peanut Butter Chocolate beer like none other, and we'll go into what makes this brewery unique as well. So grab a Peanut Butter sandwich, a bottle of "Dunkelshaun," and enjoy.Cheers!
59 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
S2: E34 Cheboygan and Seamus Heaney
The Bros are going berry picking this week, sampling both blueberries and blackberries despite Skip's complaining. As the second of Dill's Michigan beer adventures, Cheboygan Brewing's "Blueberry Cream Ale" is being sampled. We'll learn what Cheboygan means (not "the good land,") and what goes into this fun to say city's history. Paired with this brew is one of the most important poets of the 20th century, Seamus Heaney. In addition to debating how to pronounce his name, we discuss life on the farm, Miley Cyrus, and Too Hot to Handle. It's another great episode, so sit back and enjoy.Cheers!
56 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
S2: E33 Frankenmuth's "The Hef" and Pamela Anderson
You read that right, this week's poet is none other than famed superstar Pamela Anderson, who wrote a poem for Hugh Hefner at his passing. The Bros will respectively look at Anderson's poem as well as her prolific history including her writing. Paired with Anderson's tribute to Hugh Hefner is Frankenmuth Brewing's "The Hef." Your hosts will explore the history of Michigan's oldest craft brewery and why Frankie the Dachshund is so important to this prolific establishment. Join us on the first of two Michigan beer themed episodes from Dill's recent travels, and as always, enjoy. Cheers!
60 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
S2: E32 Adroit Theory and "But You Didn't"
"All Shall Perish" is the theme of this week's episode, and as morbid a thought as that is your hosts find a way to bring the humor this week as we explore Adroit Theory's brew. While the Bros discuss the origins of this Virginia Based Brew, they'll discuss how the brewery ties into Nine Inch Nails and what exactly esoteric means. Paired with this week's beer is the poem "But You Didn't," which we're crediting to Merrill Glass but which the Bros discover isn't as easy a creditation as one might expect. We'll go into a little bit of what import originality has on poetry and what happens when art goes beyond itself. Esoteric indeed this week, as we hope you'll join us and as always, enjoy.Cheers!
54 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
S2: E31 "Beer!" and "Dale's Pale Ale"
Yes, shockingly this week, the Bros will be sampling beer! Or more specifically "Beer" by poet George Arnold. This contemporary of Whitman lends his passion to the podcast as we discuss one of the most important bars to ever serve American Poetry. While worrying about "Perfection" and other anxiety inducing board games, the Bros will also sample Oskar Blues "Dale's Pale Ale." From who Dale is, to what brewery holds the record for longest running brewery to exclusively brew in cans, we'll look at the history of this rapidly expanding American classic. Join us for another great episode, and as always, enjoy!Cheers!
55 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
S2: E30 "All Things Citra", Citrakavya, and Valmiki
It's time for the Bros to explore the Other Half, of brewing that is, with Other Half Brewing's "All Things Citra." This recommendation from the local beer store allows our hosts to explore the history of the hero Broccoli Boy, all the boroughs of New York City, and of course, Pastry Town. Paired with this brew is one of India's most important Poet's, Valmiki. Discussing a little bit about the Ramayana, the Bros also get into a discussion on the many meanings of the word Citra in Sanskrit, including the poetry style Citrakavya. It's an episode exploring all things citra, and we hope you enjoy!Cheers!
59 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
S2: E29 Lindco and Dill
It's the Bros 100th episode! Except...not really. The Bros have completed 100 ratings, however, so we're past 50 episodes as we continue into our second year of recording Prose and Bros. In celebration, we're looking into the creations of our two intrepid hosts and discussing the creative process. Lindco's first Lager is on discussion, as Skip goes over some of the elements of brewing and what he'd do differently. Meanwhile, Dill reads his large work The Dreams and discusses a bit of why Inception is one of the enemies of the podcast. It's a chill sode this week, but as always, enjoy.Cheers!
59 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
S2: E28 "Stormtrooper Paradox" and "A Paradox."
Viva Las Vegas this week listeners, as the Bros drink a brew brought from Skip's recent trip to Las Vegas. Banger Brewing out of Vegas turns out to be a unique destination for the City of Lights, as craft beer just isn't all that popular a vice for Sin City. Skip found a way, however, and brings "Stormtrooper Paradox" to Prose and Bros with no Star Wars puns. Paired with this stout is Richard Lovelace and his poem "A Paradox." Not surprisingly, in discussing this Cavalier's history we get into a little bit of Wild Wild West, as well as English History and other shenanigans. Roll up to the podcast and be sure to enjoy.Cheers!
52 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
S2: E27 Lancaster County and Trout
The Bros travel west to Lancaster county this week, where Dill is reminded that the correct pronunciation is like kester not caster. But in addition to his pronunciation being corrected, he'll learn all about the history of brewing in Lancaster county, and how it's lead to Lancaster Brewing Company and their delicious "Strawberry Wheat Ale." While discussing the rise of craft breweries we'll also be reading a local poet William S. Trout, former school teacher and professor of the area. We'll discuss his poem "Du Temps Perdu" which has nothing to do with Big 10 schools, and why this poet with over 750 poems to his name has been relatively unheard of. Join us for another brew and poem and enjoy.Cheers!
67 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
S2: E26 Allagash White and "The Galaxy"
It's listener request time this week, as the Bros take a recommendation to review Allagash White. This Maine brew, perfect for a summer day or any other, takes us through the history of it's head brewer who does the work of ten men! Or at least one Rob Tod. Paired with this delicious Wit is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the most important poets in American history. Reading his sonnet "The Galaxy," we discuss MIB (not surprisingly), as well as American Presidents and the danger of 1800's fashion. Join us on another journey through beer and poetry, and as always, enjoy.Cheers!
78 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
S2: E25 Three Heads Brewing and Ezra Pound Pt. 2
He's back! Pound, that is, and we'll look at his later poetry when we rate the 1st of Ezra's famed Cantos. While we dissect the poetry we'll also go over his history, including the famed radio broadcasts, his lengthy connections in the literary world, and who lives longest in the triad of Ezra's love life. Paired with this crazed poet is Three Head Brewing's "Big Head Stout." While we discuss Red Wood's and Jungle Gym's we'll look into Three Head's history and why a pounder is called a pounder. Join us for our first true two parter, and as always, enjoy.Cheers!
64 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
S2: E24 Modist Brewing and Ezra Pound Pt. 1
The Bros go modern this week when they sample Modist (not modest) Brewing and their beer "Rhinestone Eyes." Chosen by Skip, this beer doesn't disappoint, and we'll discuss its relationship to Sin City, along with Skip's habit of Gatling Gun humor. Paired with this delightful IPA is Ezra Pound and his famed poem "In a Station of the Metro." We've discussed Imagism in the past, and it's time to discuss the controversial founder of the movement that Amy Lowell took over during her poetry time. We'll highlight the talent but also the controversial elements of one of poetry's most most influential poet's (at least as far as his connections go.) So join us as we dive into the first part of Ezra Pound's life as well as proclaim a new enemy, and friend of the podcast. Enjoy!Cheers!
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