Beer and Bullsh*t

Join award-winning beer writer Ben Johnson (”The Globe and Mail” ”The Growler” ”Toronto Life”) for a weekly podcast blending interviews with personalities from the craft beer industry and conversations over beers with assorted people who just happen to show up in his garage.

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Episodes

#83 - Hump and dump

Thursday May 16, 2024

Thursday May 16, 2024

Ben and Chris are back for a poolside episode to discuss the return of Canadian Beer News, help a listener with a chalkboard dilemma, and Chris samples a new THC-infused beverage. We investigate the inflated claims that NA beer is our lord and saviour, and Ben makes his pitch for a live version of the podcast at the Canadian Brewing Awards. Plus Chris previews his one man show about his mom, people get carved, and the guys are ATTACKED BY WILD RACCOONS!

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

Ben and Chris chat with Matt Giffen, owner and founder of Bench Brewing in Lincoln, Ontario, about the importance of sustainability, irrigating their eight acre farm/brewery, using Niagara fruits in the brewing process, and embracing old world brewing techniques -- plus the three former South Lions get into high school trivia and try to make this already-niche podcast even more niche. Iron 'em out!

#81 - The 81ers

Thursday Apr 04, 2024

Thursday Apr 04, 2024

When Ben and Chris are ghosted by this week’s guest, they opt to discuss the breweries they’d like to own, the province’s most underrated breweries, dad hats, and their most hated beer styles -- plus they start a blood feud with Great Lakes Brewery.

#80 -A crafty fox

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

Ben and Chris chat with Todd Lewin of Muskoka Brewery about Mad Tom IPA as a game changer (that’s making a comeback), staying on top of trends vs trying to court macro drinkers, and the reality check that the pandemic brought on — plus nitro canned cocktails, convenience store beer, the NA market and a philosophical instalment of Pell’s Corner.  

#79- Pull the ripcord

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Trying to outdrink your younger self, fantasizing about divorce with your spouse in front of your kids, pissing your pants after yelling at men with average-sized penises, Molson’s selfless sponsorship tactics that they need you to know about, and an inevitable-but-fun regression into just talking about Back to The Future. 

#78 -Order the prime rib

Thursday Mar 14, 2024

Thursday Mar 14, 2024

Ben chats with returning guest, Mary Beth Keefe, of the Granite Brewpub about being a second-generation brewer, what it means to be part of a family business, cutting back on beer consumption, the OG IPAs and pale ales that have inspired her, and ceasing to give a fuck when one hits 40. 

#77 - The Leave Ugly

Thursday Mar 07, 2024

Thursday Mar 07, 2024

Ben and Chris answer listeners’ burning questions, including the proper time to drink a caesar, navigating an awkward office romance situation, threesome etiquette, telling your boyfriend about your stalker, and how young is too young for makeup. Plus, the sexist beer marketing conversation rears its ugly head, Chris talks about things he saw on social media this week, plus CERVEZA CRISTAL!

Thursday Feb 29, 2024

Ben pontificates on the virtues of heading to the bar solo. 

#75 - A nice selection of dips

Thursday Feb 22, 2024

Thursday Feb 22, 2024

Ben chats with Graeme Kobayashi of Counterpoint Beer about the beer scene in K-W, his fresh tattoo, crossing the $7 beer threshold, and the company’s upcoming five year anniversary, plus thirsty freedom fighters and SNICKLEFRITZ!

#74 - Interior latex paint

Thursday Feb 15, 2024

Thursday Feb 15, 2024

Ben and Chris are joined by Toronto Beer Podcaster, Chris Schryer, to talk about the closure of the city’s beloved People’s Party of Canada rally location and COVID incubator, rant about the price of beer getting too damn high, and pontificate on why people don’t actually give a shit about tasting notes, plus a saucy Valentine’s Day Pell’s Corner and more!

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