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Apr 22 2015
The Wait Is Over: The Pour My Beer System

Editor’s Note: Our pal and Beer & Pig reader Billy Hanley is back with another submission spotlighting a beer innovation worth your attention.

No one likes to wait, and I mean NO ONE!  Whether it’s the line at Taco Bell or simply waiting for the rainy season to end so Beer and Pig season can begin, we can all agree that instant gratification is best.  Personally, the worst kind of wait is waiting for the guy behind the bar to finish hip thrusting every girl there just to pour me a frothy cold glass of golden greatness.  Thankfully my prayers, along with every bar-going citizen’s prayers, have been answered!  Praise the Beer Gods for technology has come to save the day once again!

The Pour My Beer system is a self-service tap system that is revolutionizing the bar industry.  With wall and table options, Pour My Beer is making it fun, quick, and easy to drink your favorite brews without waiting on somebody else.  The whole system works on a number of allowable pours; think of it like tickets at a beer festival.  Each person gets approved for two pours (through their RFID card) before a bar employee must return and approve the user for another two drinks.  This keeps the user from abusing the system and allows the bar to keep an eye on all its patrons.  Table options can be approved for two drinks per person so if you have six people at the table the taps will be set to twelve pours before the wait staff has to reapprove the taps.  This is great if your wife is anything like mine and drinks WAY less than you.

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Feb 20 2015
The Beer & Pig Hogcast: 2015 OBX Winter Trip Recap

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You know it, you love it, you can’t live without it, it’s time for another recap of a Beer & Pig OBX vacation!  In this edition, our hosts Chad Dukes, Shaky Knee, Sven Lloyd, and Angel Del Rio host a roundtable discussion of the 2015 OBX Winter Trip.  The gang discusses the food, the drinks, the fun, and the bizarre behaviors of some of the members of the group.

Warning: The podcast contains explicit language and may not be safe for the workplace.

Have a listen, tell a friend, and Never Trust a Vegan.

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Aug 9 2014
The Beer & Pig Hogcast: 2014 OBX Trip Recap

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It’s that time of year, time to recap the annual OBX vacation!  In this edition, our hosts Chad Dukes, brother Casey, Pastry Dan, Sven Lloyd, and Shaky Knee host a roundtable discussion of the 2014 Chad Dukes OBX Beach Vacation.

The gang discusses the food, the beach, the fun, oh– and the 50 things that ____ _____ did to ruin everyone else’s vacation, during which one of the biggest heel turns in Big O and Dukes history is revealed!

Have a listen, tell a friend, and Never Trust a Vegan.

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Jul 10 2014
Reader Submission: Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

Editors Note: Beer & Pig reader Rich Cicci, a music reviewer for the Weekender (out of Wilkes-Barre, PA), takes a look at one of Beer & Pig’s favorite artists, Surgill Simpson and his new album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. 

thThere are a lot of country artists out there who try to obtain that classic sound of the genre. Some are able to do so easily, while others just aren’t able to hit the mark.

Sturgill Simpson, whose second solo album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, was only recently released, is someone who has that skill. The songs on this album mix modern sounds with soulful country music expression.

The album opens up with “Turtles All the Way Down.” It’s a slow track, but it showcases the emotion of Simpson. The next track, “Life of Sin,” brings the tempo up with some exceptional classic guitar play. The sound is exactly what could have been heard in the classic honky tonks of yore. And actually this entire album would fit in well with that era.

One notable track is Simpson’s cover of “The Promise,” which was originally performed by the English new wave band When in Rome. He took an upper-mid tempoed, synthesizer-filled track, slowed it down, and turned it into a proper country ballad. By slowing it down, Sturgill was able to bring the emotion and weight of the lyrics out for the listener, thus making it his own (which is what the purpose of covering any song should be).

While Sturgill’s sound may fit that classic country genre, he isn’t afraid to progression. The album ends with “It Ain’t All Flowers.” It’s filled with distortion and psychedelic rock notes, and it’s just as stellar as the more traditional country tracks that have come before. Does it stand in complete contrast to the other tracks musically? Yes, but not lyrically. This track ends the album perfectly. This album is about sounding traditional while still being modern, or “metamodern” in this case, and it does so exceedingly well.

Sturgill Simpson “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Rating: 4.5/5

Jul 3 2014
Never Enough Hands: The Go Plate

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Editors Note: Beer & Pig reader Billy Hanley is back with another submission! This time he’s looking to help you solve the age old problem of holding your beer and stuffing your face at the same time. 

BBQs always make me wish I was Doc Ock.  I never have enough hands for everything.  It is inevitable, you are out enjoying the Beer and Pig season, the party is going full bore and as soon as you grab a beer and some food–you meet somebody new, there is nowhere to sit, your dog starts being an ass, or someone yells “hey grab me a …” but you already have both hands full with a frothy beverage and a plate of awesome.

We have all tried to balance a plate on top of a can or the much “easier” red Solo cup, but none of us are foolhardy enough to try a bottle (ribs always outweigh potato salad).  Now?  All of those beer acrobatics are a thing of the past.  The Go Plate is here to make carrying food and beer a cinch.

Go Plates are specially designed to fit over your beverage.  Measuring 10” in diameter and sectioned into 2 large and 2 small compartments, the Go Plate is designed to balance evenly on most consumer bottles, cans, 16oz and 18oz cups, and some wine glasses (you know who you are) while holding a real portion of food.  No more awkward juggling when there are no seats or feigning the urgency to get to the picnic table when you need a free hand.  The Go plate is dishwasher safe and recyclable if you don’t want to keep them around after too many uses.

Available through the The Big O and Dukes Amazon tab (search Go Plate) in mini packs of 7, small packs of 10, large packs of 21, or jumbo packs of 42, Go Plates are a must for any true Beer and Pig enthusiast.  Imagine having the uncanny ability to meet someone new, shake their hand, then stand there and eat while talking to them.  With great power comes great responsibility…… remove the plate before trying to drink.