My podcast will explore the relationship between beer and food by providing a recipe and highlighting a complementary beer. I will start the podcast by saying which food I will be cooking and which beer I will pair it with. I will then describe the beer and why I picked it for the food; this may come in the form of interview with a brewer (if I can find one willing to be interviewed), but the essential topics I want to cover are the brewing style, a bit of relevant history, and the beer’s actual characteristics. I will concentrate on Pacific Northwest breweries, but by describing the beer’s attributes I will also leave it open for listeners anywhere to substitute similar beers from breweries near them. I will then describe the dish (again, a bit of history, if applicable, and some trivia about the ingredients), give the ingredients, and walk the listener through preparing it. The culmination will be sampling the beer and the food together. It takes me 1 minute to read a brief review of a beer and 3 minutes to read a recipe from a book, and I would like to flesh this out to a 10-15 minute production. As I found from listening to food and beverage-related podcasts, 15 minutes is the maximum time I can stay interested.

As research, I listened to three types of podcasts: beer podcasts, food podcasts, and wine podcasts, which I found through itunes; many of the beer podcasts mention food pairings, so this would be my competition. I selected the wine podcasts in addition to the beer and food podcasts because traditional culinary practice pairs wine and food.

“Beer- Hop 2 It” is a podcast out of Australia. The host interviews a brewer, who discusses his one of his beers and mentions the foods he pairs it with in his brewpub. While this was the most helpful of the beer podcasts, I cannot find a link to its website. Also in the beer vein is “Beer is Tasty,” two regular guys who drink a beer and review it on air, with hilarious results. They also pair the beer with food, though unfortunately their culinary expertise is limited to beer-flavored potato chips from Costco. They do, however, discuss the favor of the beer, the flavor of the chips, and how the two flavors interact when consumed together. This podcast would not valuable from the perspective of someone who just wants to learn about beer, as they filled a lot of time with various tangents, repeated the same information over and over, and are clearly amateurs. However, from an entertainment perspective, their banter was very amusing.

Peg recommended “The Splendid Table,” so I gave this a try because there are so many food-related podcasts that I didn’t know where to start; I listened to one covering the history of pickles in lower Manhatten before deciding it had nothing to do with what I want to create. The format consists of interviews with guests, with brief musical interludes of relevant pop songs- no Creative Commons or Garageband here! This episode has an interview with a man pairing wine with picnic food, which I found relevant to my topic. The podcast seems to be taken directly from radio: there are some “when we come back” type statements. While she describes making a dish (jalapeno avocado ice cream!), she directs listeners to her website for the actual recipe. This is a great idea: people like having text to refer back to.

Finally, “Napa Valley Wine Radio” is produced by Goosecross cellars and hosted by the winery’s director of education, with an introduction by the owner. This particular episode focuses on wines made from rotten grapes. I like the brief (1 minute) history of the wine that the host gives and would like to replicate this element to my podcast. She then provides an in-depth description of the process used to make this particular style of wine and also lists a few foods it pairs well with.

I am not a beer expert but I know at least as much as the “Beer is Tasty” guys, and I am not a chef but I can hold my own in the kitchen, so I hope that by combining these elements I will be able to create a podcast that beer-loving, food-eating people will want to listen to.

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