Beats, Beards and Brews is a podcast hosted by three average dudes who are into three thingsgood music, good beer and adequate-to-good lookin beards. Come listen to these three friends as they descend into the dark world of craft beer enthusiasm (aka alcoholism) while reviewing the latest music, beard products and craft beer.


  • Pearl Jam, Calming Scents, Honey Beers

    Pearl Jam, Calming Scents, Honey Beers

    11/04/2020 Duração: 45min

    In quarantine episode número tres, the boys review Pearl Jam's eleventh studio album Gigaton. As a longtime Pearl Jam listener, Dan drops some knowledge of the band's history and its sound. Do Eric and Evan get converted over to team Pearl Jam/Papa Vedder? The answer may surprise you. Tune in to find out! Pearl Jam songs previewed during this episode include: Dance of the Clairvoyants Superblood Wolfmoon Quick Escape For the beard portion of the episode, Eric shares some of his favorite calming beard/essential oil scents. He also reviews Belle Isle (Orange & Lavender) Beard Butter by Detroit Grooming Co. Things get a little sweet for the beer portion of the show, as the gang all select some locally brewed honey beers to enjoy. Dan drinks the dangerously smooth Mexican Honey Imperial Lager by Minneapolis-based Indeed Brewing Company. The beer's slogan is "all buzz, no bite" and it's not false advertising. Meanwhile, Evan and Eric sip on the easier going 4.9% Easy on the Eyes Session Brown Ale (with local

  • Myrkur, Stone Mason, Zombie Dust - OREOja - The Hermit

    Myrkur, Stone Mason, Zombie Dust - OREOja - The Hermit

    04/04/2020 Duração: 46min

    Another week of quarantine, another episode of Beats, Beards & Brews. This episode is dedicated to past podcast recordings lost. The gang reviews Folkesange by Myrkur aka Danish musician Amalie Bruun who sometimes performs black metal. Not death metal. However, this release is not metal at all. It's very folksy. Myrkur songs previewed during this episode include: Fager som en Ros Leaves of Yggdrasil House Carpenter The boys drop some peach cobbler analogies nobody asked for. Turns out the cobbler system is pretty intuitive for reviews. Additional albums mentioned in this episode: 3.15.20 by Childish Gambino Heaven Is Real by Genevieve Next up, Dan and Eric revisit Beardbrand Stone Mason*, which they first reviewed during a recent a failed recording attempt. Beard products reviewed in this episode: Beardbrand Stone Mason Beard Oil (Eric) Beardbrand Stone Mason Utility Balm (Dan) *Stone Mason is available exclusively at Target. Eric and Evan continue to support local Iowa breweries, while Dan enjoys Z

  • Coronavirus, Quarantine Music Picks, Beard Hygiene, Drink Local

    Coronavirus, Quarantine Music Picks, Beard Hygiene, Drink Local

    25/03/2020 Duração: 51min

    Eric, Evan and Dan return to their mics to provide comfort in the strange new world we live in during the coronavirus outbreak. The boys share their COVID-19 stories, quarantine music picks and beard hygiene tips. They also review some local beers. Quarantine music picks (Eric and Dan): Aeromantic by The Night Flight Orchestra (Eric) A Sailor's Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson (Dan) Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers (Dan) Underneath by Code Orange (Eric) Folkesange by Myrkur (Eric) Lucifer III by Lucifer (Eric) Upcoming album release picks (Dan): Gigaton by Pearl Jam (Release Date: March 27, 2020) Women in Music Pt. III by HAIM (TBD: Summer 2020) Beard products mentioned in the episode: Detroit Grooming Co. Beard Wash Scotch Porter Beard Conditioner Local brews we review include (Dan, Eric, Evan): Castle Cream Ale (Castle Danger, Two Harbors, Minnesota) Meloso Amarillo Pale Ale (515 Brewing, Des Moines, Iowa) Passe Pale Ale (515 Brewing, Des Moines, Iowa) Additional communication tools mention

  • BBBPod Extra: Sports Beers, Midnight

    BBBPod Extra: Sports Beers, Midnight

    06/02/2020 Duração: 27min

    Here's a special "quick hitter" episode of Beats, Beards & Brews where Eric and Evan review a trio of craft beers they purchased to enjoy during Super Bowl LIV. Beers consumed include: Bell's Light Hearted Ale (Lo-Cal IPA) Dogfish Head's SeaQuench Ale Big Grove Brewery's Citra Triad The first two beers will keep you fresh during any major sports viewing party, while the latter option is coming in hot! Eric also drops a quick review of the new Midnight record, Rebirth by Blasphemy, and gives a shout-out to The Beard Baron. Additional episode highlights: Evan predicts the Super Bowl winner. The boys have a conversation about almond milk. They also eat Blue Diamond Wasabi & Soy Sauce Flavored Almonds.

  • 2019 Album Picks, Holiday Beard Oils (Reviewed), Milk Stouts

    2019 Album Picks, Holiday Beard Oils (Reviewed), Milk Stouts

    10/01/2020 Duração: 51min

    The Beats, Beards & Brews crew is back in 2020 with an episode recorded live at The Wobbly Tap in 2019. Better late than never!* *Episode release delayed by Eric this time. Sorry boys! Dan, Evan and Eric kick things off by picking their "favorite" albums of 2019. The albums featured on this episode include: The Dirty Nil - Master Volume (Deluxe Edition) [Dan's Pick] The National - I Am Easy to Find [Evan's Pick] Enforcer - Zenith [Eric/Everyone's Pick] [This Album Rocks!] A Spotify playlist of tracks from Eric's Best of 2019 Album List is also referenced on the episode. You can find that playlist here. Dan and Eric review The Ginger Beard Man holiday beard oil scent from Fable Beard Co. Eric reviews The Claus beard oil scent.* *Note: These scents are no longer available for purchase. Evan, Eric and Dan also drop reviews of two Milk Stouts: Dragon's Milk White (from New Holland Brewing) and Over the Moon Milk Stout (from Guinness). You've all probably abandoned your New Year's resolutions by now, but tha

  • Cattle Decapitation, Holiday Beard Oils, Sufferfest Beer Gauntlet

    Cattle Decapitation, Holiday Beard Oils, Sufferfest Beer Gauntlet

    19/12/2019 Duração: 51min

    Evan and Eric (minus Dan) present this special "holiday-themed" episode of Beats, Beards & Brews recorded live in Des Moines. The duo took some time after the Thanksgiving holiday to fully digest Cattle Decapitation's Death Atlas, an extreme metal concept album about climate change and the extinction of the human race due to its own inaction and poor choices. A conversation on "goblin vocals," blast beats and mass human extinction ensues (along with a review of the album). You know, just normal holiday business! Eric and Evan also play a fun game called "Would You Put That on Your Face?" where they determine whether they would put special holiday beard oils on their faces based on the scent profiles. The holiday beard oils mentioned in this episode include: The Claus by Fable Beard Co. The Ginger Beard Man by Fable Beard Co. Jack Frost by Fable Beard Co. Winter Spice by Skully's Scrooge by Skully's Ho, Ho, Ho! by The Bearded Bastard Holiday Spice by Texas Beard Co. In keeping with the holiday spirit of

  • Taylor Hawkins, No Drink November, Rumpkin

    Taylor Hawkins, No Drink November, Rumpkin

    20/11/2019 Duração: 51min

    It's November and that means a lot of dudes are growing out their mustaches and/or beards for a good cause. A select few are even attempting to give up drinking booze ahead of the holidays. In this action-packed episode of Beats, Beards & Brews, the gang reviews Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders' latest album Get the Money featuring an all-star cast of iconic rock 'n' rollers. Dan then shares his tale of failing at No Drink November and the boys discuss trying to be more conscientious of their beer consumption ... while sipping on some delicious brews! Speaking of delicious brews, the gang finally tracks down Rumpkin, a monstrous 16-17% abv pumpkin ale barrel-aged in rum barrels. This beer has been on Eric's radar for a long time! Plus there's a bonus review of Three Floyds' Gumballhead. Pro tip: Keep an eye out for those post-Thanksgiving beard product deals on social media and try out something new!

  • Sturgill Simpson, Duke Cannon, Hop Avenger

    Sturgill Simpson, Duke Cannon, Hop Avenger

    22/10/2019 Duração: 01h04min

    Beats, Beards & Brews favorite Sturgill Simpson is back ... and this time he unleashes the Sound & Fury on unsuspecting listeners. Do the boys rate this one as highly as 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth? Can Sturgill make Dan experience "pure delight" once more? Tune in to this thrilling podcast episode to find out! Beyond the music, it's time for another round of Sudsin' It Up With Eric and Dan (Evan is too busy being a Dad to shower right now!). The duo test out Duke Cannon's Big Ass Brick of Soap product line in several different scents. Please do not drop this soap! For the beer portion of the episode, the gang drinks Voodoo Ranger's latest IPA release, the Hop Avenger IPA. That's right, the whole crew managed to grab the same beer release this time around. Woo! Oh yeah, and the Beats, Beards & Brews Bump™ is still a thing.

  • Tool, Natural Deodorant, Cocktail Beers

    Tool, Natural Deodorant, Cocktail Beers

    13/09/2019 Duração: 59min

    It took Tool 13 years to release Fear Inoculum, so by comparison, Eric, Evan and Dan taking 3 months between episodes isn't so bad. Welcome to Episode No. 69 of Beats, Beards & Brews (nice). The gang first tackles Tool's new album where the non-interlude songs are all 10+ minutes in length. Epic prog or bloated nerd rock? You'll have to listen to the episode to find out. Next up, Eric talks about his switch to natural deodorant (he uses Schmidt's brand deodorant right now), while Dan and Evan throw out some skepticism. Something for you non-bearded folks to enjoy! New Dad Evan (congrats!) leaves the episode to tend to his child, so Dan and Eric wrap things up with some reviews of a couple cocktail-inspired beers, more specifically, two Russian cocktail-inspired beers. Here's a bulleted list for easy reference/enjoyment: Left Hand Brewing Company White Russian Nitro (a White Stout with Coffee and Vanilla added) Insight Brewing The Misadventures of My Rowdy Uncle (Moscow Mule Beer with Ginger and Lime) Th

  • Silversun Pickups, Grave Before Shave Beard Butter, Radler Beers

    Silversun Pickups, Grave Before Shave Beard Butter, Radler Beers

    20/06/2019 Duração: 01h03min

    Eric, Evan and Dan return to their respective mics for some almost summertime fun with a review of Silversun Pickups' Widow's Weeds. Let's just say it's not quite "album of the summer." Dan and Eric test out Grave Before Shave's latest beard-softening product, its Beard Butter, which is not heatproof. It's also better for big, burly beards than it is for tender, trimmed beards. The Beats, Beards & Brews trio then goes on to review a trio of Radler aka Shandy beers, which are underwhelming in the abv department. Tag Tangerine Wheat from Lion Bridge Brewing Roadie Grapefruit Radler from Great Divide Bitburger Radler from Bitburger International Which beverage did Eric boldly declare to be his "beer of the summer"? You gotta listen to the episode to find out!

  • Children of Bodom, How Much Beard Oil Is Too Much, Spring Beers

    Children of Bodom, How Much Beard Oil Is Too Much, Spring Beers

    22/03/2019 Duração: 58min

    Eric, Evan and Dan are back! The Beats, Beards & Brew crew catches up and reviews Hexed, the latest album from Finnish metal band Children of Bodom. They all wonder about the fate of the third Bill and Ted film and shortly after the recording, some most excellent news was revealed. Bodom's mascot is the Grim Reaper, so Melvins are discussed. The boys then attempt to answer the age-old question, "how much beard oil is too much beard oil?" They ramble about beards for a while and also check in on the current state of everyone's face fuzz. Lastly, everyone shares a review of a different "spring" beer: New Belgium Liquid Paradise IPA (Evan) Toppling Goliath HOPSMACK! DIPA (Dan) Larry's Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight (Eric) Make sure to vote in the Voodoo Ranger poll to choose its next IPA flavor. There's only one right answer: Hop Avenger IPA.  

  • Peppermint Beard Oil, 2018 Album Picks, New Years Beer Trade

    Peppermint Beard Oil, 2018 Album Picks, New Year's Beer Trade

    01/01/2019 Duração: 01h10min

    As 2018 and the Kwanzaa holiday wind down, we have one last gift for you. A very special year-end "live" edition of Beats, Beards & Brews. Eric and Dan kick things off with a review of Can You Handlebar's Joy Beard Oil that contains Peppermint and Clary Sage essential oils. Did the boys finally find a peppermint oil they enjoyed rubbing on their faces? The duo also drops a review of the company's face lotion. Dan, Evan and Eric recommend several albums released in 2018 to enjoy: Jeremy Messersmith – Purple Hearts The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl Death Cab for Cutie – Thank You for Today Covet – effloresce Julien Baker – boygenius Tiny Moving Parts – Swell Striker – Play to Win Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light Gama Bomb – Speed Between the Lines The trio also get into the New Year's spirit and share beers that include: Confluence Brewing Company Special Saison Dangerous Man Brewing Co. Imperial Peanut Butter Porter Lake Time Brewery Oreo Speedwagon Here's to an excellent 2019 and st

  • BBBPod 2018 Kwanzaa Christmas Holiday Special and Gift Guide

    BBBPod 2018 Kwanzaa Christmas Holiday Special and Gift Guide

    11/12/2018 Duração: 51min

    It's a Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa miracle! Eric, Evan and Dan reunite for a very special holiday edition of Beats, Beards & Brews. First the trio recommends a few albums to listen to: The Dirty Nil - Master Volume Anderson Paak - Oxnard Daron Malakian - Dictator The gang then dives into its 2018 holiday gift guide, featuring: Beardbrand (oil + balm) The Beard Baron (oil, scissors, mug) Kingsmen Beard Club (oil + balm) Percy Nobleman (Premium Oil) Mad Viking (oil + balm) Grave Before Shave (oil + balm) 1740 Beard Balm (oil + balm) Artius Man (oil + balm, wooden comb) Burton's Beard Oil (oil + balm) Bisson Combs (metal beard combs) Sally's Hair Trimming Scissors (???) MoGuard (mustache protector) Deneen Pottery (awesome mugs) Eagle Cap-Off (fancy bottle opener) Dr. Squatch (soap, shampoo, conditioner) Eric and Dan share their takes on Bell's Expedition Russian Imperial Stout and Evan drinks Left Hand's Death Before Disco Porter. The gang invokes the spirit of Tim Allen's Santa Claus to officially ring i

  • Coheed  Cambria, Epsom Salt Soap, Hazelnut Brown Nectar

    Coheed & Cambria, Epsom Salt Soap, Hazelnut Brown Nectar

    26/10/2018 Duração: 01h03min

    Beats, Beards & Brews comes full circle as the gang reviews Coheed & Cambria's latest concept album, Vaxis - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures. Evan also makes his triumphant return to the pod! Next up, Sudsin' It Up With Evan is back for round three with a review of Grandpa's Epsom Salt Bar Soap (don't drop it!). And Eric revisits Bluebeards' Wonder Beard Intensive Repair Deep Conditioner. For the beer portion of the podcast Eric, Dan and Evan all manage to grab the same beer to review -- Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue. The boys get technical and talk about the nuttiness of the beer and the way the can it is stored in feels in your hand. Don't drop it, either!

  • 2018 Fall Music Preview, Revisiting Beard Products, Fresh Haze IPA

    2018 Fall Music Preview, Revisiting Beard Products, Fresh Haze IPA

    05/10/2018 Duração: 55min

    Eric and Dan return for a special edition of Beats, Beards & Brews while Evan is keeping the pizza dream alive at Papa Keno's Drake. Beyond coming up with new segments for the show (Bread Thoughts, Pepperoni Thoughts, Is Dan Crazy About Them Hazies?), the duo also make their picks for 2018 Fall music releases they think won't suck. Coheed & Cambria, Skull Fist and Tenacious D are just a sampling of the many music picks that are revealed within the episode. Dan and Eric then revisit some previously reviewed beard products including Artius Man, Burton's, Bossman and Bluebeard's. For the beer portion of the episode, the bearded ones drink down some Fresh Haze IPA from Deschutes Brewery. The 6.5% abv brew is a refreshing beverage, no doubt. Its true haziness is up for debate.

  • Alice in Chains, GoodBeards, Stone DIPAs

    Alice in Chains, GoodBeards, Stone DIPAs

    25/09/2018 Duração: 01h02min

    Eric and Dan are back in action (minus Evan) after a second summer hiatus to bring you the Beats, Beards & Brews episode you deserve. Where's Evan? He recently opened a pizza joint in Des Moines called Papa Keno's Drake, which is understandably taking up his time. On the first non-trio episode of the podcast, Dan and Eric review Alice in Chains' latest album, Rainier Fog, the band's third album to feature dual lead vocals from William DuVall and Jerry Cantrell. The bearded duo then gives an in-depth review of GoodBeards, a veteran-owned beard company based out of Des Moines, Iowa. Eric and Dan give reviews of three of its beard oils: Amber Waves (Amber, Sandalwood, Tea Tree) Return to Valhalla (Sea Breeze, Cedarwood, Bergamot) Citrus Knockout (Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Blood Orange) Eric also shares his thoughts on GoodBeards' hand-crafted Pine Tar and Cedar Castile beard and body soap. Spoiler alert: It's good. Finally, Dan and Eric drink down two different Stone DIPAs. Eric reviews the 9.1% abv Stone 22

  • Tech N9ne, Sudsin It Up With Evan, Bou Lou

    Tech N9ne, Sudsin It Up With Evan, Bou Lou

    03/08/2018 Duração: 01h37s

    In another special episode of Beats, Beards & Brews, the dudes dive into Midwest rapper Tech N9ne's 2006 album Everready (The Religion). From longtime "technician" (Eric) to Tecca Nina newcomer (Dan), the gang tries to determine if the classic album holds up to this day. Dan and Eric revisit Beardbrand's Utility Balm, which they reviewed on a previous episode, and Evan continues Sudsin It Up, this time trying out Grandpa's Buttermilk Bar Soap. No soap was eaten. Finally, the mostly bearded trio drinks down Bou Lou: A Boulevard x Tech N9ne Collaboration, which Evan picked up while in Lawrence, Kansas, or maybe it was KCMO, either way he got it for us! Does Bou Lou live up to its cocktail cousin Caribou Lou, the ultimate party favor? Will it get you karate punchin? Tune in to find out!    

  • 2018 Missed Albums, Grandpas Charcoal Soap, Odell Sunny Rain

    2018 Missed Albums, Grandpa's Charcoal Soap, Odell Sunny Rain

    21/07/2018 Duração: 56min

    Evan, Eric and Dan return from their summer hiatus with a special episode where they pick three overlooked albums so far in 2018. Albums in Order of Mention: Car Seat Headrest - Twisted Fantasy Gatekeeper - East of Sun Mo Lowda & The Humble - Creatures Mo Lowda is the victor in terms of mass appeal, but Gatekeeper has potential. Car Seat Headrest ... you'll have to listen in for more. This episode marks the unofficial debut of "Sudsin' Up With Evan," a special soap segment featuring Grandpa's Charcoal Bar Soap. Dan tells the story of how Hank (his big, dumb, lovable black lab) ate a full bar of soap--including the brutal aftermath--and Evan begins to question his past use of chemical-laden soap. Finally, everyone drops their reviews of Odell's Sunny Rain Golden Tart craft beer and the Sunny Rain Golden Tart Bomb is born. Don't go "European style" with this one, it's definitely a cooler beer! Special Bonus List: While deciding an album to talk about on this episode and during the podcast recording hiatus

  • Ghost, Mountaineer Brand WV Timber Oil, Dessert Beers

    Ghost, Mountaineer Brand WV Timber Oil, Dessert Beers

    15/06/2018 Duração: 01h02min

    Prepare your auditory taste buds for a sweet and tangy listening experience! Eric, Evan and Dan get fancy drinking a collection of "dessert beers" as they review Prequelle by smash box office metal outfit Ghost, coming soon to a spooky arena/theater near you. Evan is not buying into Cardinal Copia's/Papa Emeritus'/Tobias Forge's poppy vocals or Satanic imagery, while Dan is fully on board. Eric has always enjoyed Ghost and the trend mostly continues. Dan and Eric slather their beards up with Mountaineer Brand WV Timber Beard Oil, which comes in 2 oz bottles for $10 a pop. It's a nice addition into the beard oil on a budget category. The beer portion of the episode includes a grab bag of brews. Eric drinks German Chocolate Cake Oatmeal Cream Stout from Tallgrass Brewing Co. brewed with coconut and cocoa nibs. He is thrown off by the beer's initial tangy aftertaste in his pre-pod taste test. Meanwhile, Evan finds a lot to like in Tallgrass' Velvet Rooster Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, which features a sweet candy f

  • Trampled by Turtles, Brass Bones Beard Co., Ninja vs. Unicorn

    Trampled by Turtles, Brass Bones Beard Co., Ninja vs. Unicorn

    24/05/2018 Duração: 58min

    Beats, Beards & Brews continues its love of everything that starts with the letter "b" and dives into the wild world of bluegrass with a review of Trampled by Turtle's latest album Life is Good on the Open Road. Eric and Evan question whether the diddley bow is a real instrument or if Dan is spouting BS once again. Turns out he was telling the truth. The Midwest boys also discuss if a man, woman or child can be killed by a turtle and the most logical way that might happen. This marks the second entry in the exclusive BBBPod series of beast episodes. Dan and Eric drop reviews on two different scents of beard oil from Brass Bones Beard Co. based out of Connecticut. Eric tried out the Backwoods Bourbon scent (bourbon and sandalwood) while Dan received the Permanent Vacation scent (tobacco, vanilla lime). The Beats, Beards & Brews crew closes things down with a review of Ninja vs. Unicorn DIPA from Pipeworks Brewing Co. out of Chicago. Dan drank all of his beer ahead of the podcast, so he also shares a qu

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