Why I Hate Hating Hipsters

If you listened to Episode 62 you would hear Charlie and I discussing the currently oh so common pastime of hating hipsters and how annoying I find it. Blogs, books, t-shirts, and even Che Guevara all proclaim their deep and abiding hatred of hipsters. But what exactly is a hipster? Hipsters seem to be the...

Best Drink of the Night: Smoked Elderflower

Last night Charlie and I tore through Over the Rhine here in Cincinnati in an attempt to try every drink in the area that was featured for Yelp Drinks 2013. We made it to five bars in 90 minutes before giving up and going home, so we only missed Lavomatic. I consider it something of an achievement that we...

Cincy Beerfest and 5B Blogging Conference

Charlie and I had a great time this weekend at the Cincy Beerfest and 5B Blogging Conference hosted by Hoperatives. We learned a lot, drank a lot, and laughed a lot so that makes for about a perfect weekend in my book. You will hear more about the conference and the beer, including a Bottom’s Up...

Cincy Beerfest

  It is hard to believe that I am getting ready to attend my second Cincy Beerfest and 5-B Blogging Conference. Just a year ago I was nervous about meeting other bloggers and afraid that I wouldn’t be taken seriously as a writer. Now I’ve got over a year of podcasting and blogging under my belt,...

Red Headed Stranger Cocktail

On Episode 60 of The Charlie Tonic Hour you can hear me rave about a really delicious cocktail that I had at Bakersfield in OTR here in Cincinnati. Even though I was disappointed not to get another one of their barrel-aged Manhattans, I was able to console myself in the arms of a Red Headed Stranger. This...

Barrel House Distillery: A Labor of Love

In Episode 59 of The Charlie Tonic Hour featured an interview with Noah Brown, an employee of Barrel House Distilling Company in Lexington Kentucky. I say “an employee” but perhaps “the employee” would be more appropriate. Barrel House is the very definition of a micro-distillery and...

Worst Sex Advice Ever?

This week on Episode 59 Charlie and I laugh over a collection of the worst sex advice from Cosmo magazine. The discussion goes from silly to gross to serious and back to silly again while we wonder who on earth gets paid to come up with this stuff. Of course we are not the first team of journalists to have...

Know Your Whiskey

  From The Bearings Guide comes this handy and aesthetically pleasing  graphic to help you better understand the different branches of that wonderful tree known as whiskey. The Bearings Guide describes itself as a guide to help the modern gentleman navigate life. I had not heard of this site until this...

Lexington’s Hometown Bourbon

Kentucky Ale, and more recently, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, have been sources of Lexington pride for many years now. In fall 2011 the city was abuzz with the release of Town Branch, the first bourbon produced by the same company. That’s right, Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co...

The French Connection

 This week on Episode 56 of The Charlie Tonic Hour we try some Conjure Cognac and discuss the history of cognac, brandy, and rappers. In addition to sipping it neat, I decided to make a cocktail with it. This classic cocktail is simplicity itself to make. The official International Bartenders Association...

Exercise and Humor in the Jazz Age

For those of you who have not yet given up on your New Year’s Resolution to get in shape, today I offer a little inspiration and advice. The Antics of Arabella was brought my attention by Rebecca Onion’s blog on Slate: The Vault. This blog offers up some delightful memento of history, such as a...

Montezuma Fire Machine

  Back in Episode 54 you might remember hearing me wax rhapsodic about a band I caught opening for Ford Theater Reunion called Montezuma Fire Machine. Since Charlie and I recorded the episode about 12 hours after actually seeing them perform, I didn’t get the email with their biography or information...

Equal Education Unequal Pay

    This week on Episode 55 of the The Charlie Tonic Hour, Charlie and I discuss fact that women still tend to make less money than men for working similar jobs with similar education. And this despite the fact women are increasingly out numbering men in higher education, as well as getting higher GPAs...

The Beer Trappe

Every now and then it’s good to get out of the Queen City and explore the drinking culture in further flung regions of this great country. At just about a 90 minute drive away, the lovely college town of Lexington makes a great day trip. Usually if I’m going to Lexington I’m thinking...

Apple Pie a la Mode Moonshine

On our Halloween Special, Episode 45, Charlie and I shared the fall-themed drink that I made for our Halloween block party. It turned out great and I am thinking of making something similar to give out for Christmas presents this year. If you want to drink along at home here is the recipe for it....
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