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30: Herbaceous

30: Herbaceous


Since time immemorial, humans have been staring at weird green things that grow and hills and thinking: Can I drink that? Today we cover two answers to that question: Absinthe, and Bitters. Thought & A Chaser is a project of Adult Juice Box,
30: Scotch(ish)

30: Scotch(ish)


Pour a dram and settle in. This week we're talking about Peat, where it comes from and how it's used, especially with an eye towards Scotch production. AND Liam gives us stories from the history of Japanese Whiskey, the founding myths, legends, and forgotten truths. --- Thought & A Chaser is a project of Adult Juice Box
29: Acid

29: Acid


Greetings sourstuff. This week, we're talking about acid: Love it or hate, alcohol would suck without it. --- Thought & A Chaser is a project of Adult Juice Box
28: Gin

28: Gin


This took us longer to get out than we expected. We're sorry or you're welcome. This week! We're talking about Gin, specifically: Philip talks about why there's Juniper in Gin, and Liam talks about the history of the Martini. How are the Roman Empire and the Gold Rush linked, you may ask? Listen to find out
27: Harvest

27: Harvest


This week, we're talking about how you harvest wine, and how that can go wrong. Wait, strike that, reverse it. We're talking about how wine harvest can go wrong (spoiler: theft), and how to do it. I guess that's better? --- T&AC is brought to you by AJB, 'mk?
25: Dairy

25: Dairy


Part of what's amazing about fermented and distilled drinks is their ability to carry other flavors, smells, and sensations. This week, we're talking about the unexpected ways the concept of dairy shows up in our libations, from buttery chardonnay to milk punch.
25: TIki talk

25: TIki talk


We. Are. Back. Thank you for bearing with us during our brief hiatus. We have emerged from deep slumber in our wine caves with thoughts of Summer, and a whole new show format for your listening pleasure. This week, we're talking tiki. Friend of the show Liz James explores tiki bars from the Bay Area to Belarus, and Liam gives us a tour of tiki ingredients that are really just the weirdest. Thank you for joining us. Drink what you like. --- We're a product of Adult Juice Box ( and powered by you. Send us email at
This week! We close out season 1 of Thought & A Chaser with some lessons learned. Philip talks about what he's learned from this show so far, through the lens of that old workhorse of California wine, Zinfandel. & Liam digs into one of the first passes of Prohibition in New York, and how hilariously wrong it went
This week, we're back! We're back from our holiday slumber, and Philip is going to regale us with the history of Champagne while Liam runs down the effectiveness of a dozen different hangover cures. --- Thought & A Chaser is a project of Adult Juice Box, which you can find at
This week! Philip marvels at the history of Vitis Vinifera, and it's long history with humanity. Yes, it makes wine, but there's more there than even we were expecting. & Comrade! The time for revolution is upon us! Throw off the shackles of the oppressor and drink champagne! --- Thought & A Chaser is a project of Adult Juice Box.
This week! Philip talks about Underberg, and the whole category of herbal digestifs --do they work? How? What's with that Underberg jingle? & Liam walks us through wine's criminal underbelly, and the daring Christmas thefts that rocked the California fine wine scene. Ho Ho Ho, mushroom farmer.
So. It has come to this. I really think this combination of wine maker blasphemy and absurd internet garbage is a fitting blend for episode 20 of this podcast. This week: Philip profanes the word terroir and Liam flushes us down the tumblr hole. Thought & A Chaser is a project of Adult Juice Box, and you can find out more at
This week! Has been a week. What a week, in fact. Thankfully we recorded this before the election, because who knows what would have happened otherwise. This week! Philip talks about tannins in wine, what they do, and how they help wine age. Probably. Maybe. & Liam gives an oral history of New Albion brewing, and it's role in the history of craft beer. We're a project  of
This week, Philip makes the bold claim that no one, including him, really knows what a Sommelier is, and then attempts to back up that claim with history and a tour of the Somm schools of the world. & Liam takes us into the sordid history of McSorley's, the NYC institution and strongest contender for the oldest bar in the US. ---- T&AC is a project of Adult Juice Box,
This week, we're bringing you three stories from our live show, with the absolute best we could do given the crappy audio we had. Every new thing we do is a journey; if you want to be in the parlor car and not the caboose, join our Patreon:
We're back with more history and booze. Hooray! This week, three origins for the phrase The Real McCoy, and a dive into one of baseball's strangest players. Yeah, we know how that sounds. Also, we're doing a liveshow! You should join it!   McCoy:
History is always significantly weirder than we think it is. This week, we're diving into the strange history of the quart, the gallon, and the pint, and the hilarious story of how those came to be. & Books! You cook with! Not that you cook the books, I mean, you can, but, really we mean "Use these books as inspiration for cooking", two in particular: "An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace" by Tamar Adler "A Super Upsetting Cookbook about Sandwiches" by Tyler Kord --- As always, you can find us at, and by the way, we love you.
This week! Philip talks about Prohibition's lasting legacy in American politics, & Liam explores California's most infamous society of drunk historians.
Liberty comes in many forms. Sometimes it's drinking to celebrate, with wine that got rocked by the sea. Sometimes it's expressing your freedom brew. This week, Philip takes us through the history of Madeira wine, and its important role in the American Revolution. & Liam walks us through the history of homebrewing in the United States, and how it sparked the craft beer renaissance. --- Thought & A Chaser is a project of Adult Juice Box. Drink what you like.
This week! Philip breaks down the idea that Alexander the Great didn't just have a god complex, he might have actually been a god to the Romans. Specifically, the God of Libations. & Liam tells us: What happened to the bees? THE BEES. --- Thought & A Chaser is a project of Adult Juice Box. Drink what you like.
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