The Mixed Six Podcast

Your soon-to-be-favorite podcast about beer, games, movies, TV, and more.

Ep. 10: Kurt Vonnegut’s Animorphs

We are what animals we pretend to be (for more than two hours), so we must be careful about what animals we pretend to be.We made it to episode 10! It’s time for a celebration! Not as big as the celebration we’ll have for episode 65, when we surpass the number of volumes in K.A. Applegate’s magnum opus – that party is going to be a rager – but a celebration nonetheless. Come listen to us celebrate in the five episode freecast, or hop on over to Patreon and listen to the whole thing.

  1. Spaten Optimator Doppelbock: In Dissecting Our Fun, Spence and Caleb praise Brewin’ USA for its commitment to a theme.
  2. Kasteel Cuvee du Chateau Belgian Ale: Binge Binger has us rating superhero shows on Netflix. We resist talking about the Arrow-verse for nearly three minutes!
  3. Brassrie Dieu du Ciel! Rigor Mortis: In Ask Mixed Six, the gang lays down the gauntlet of what a quality bar should do to serve us.
  4. Ommegang Three Philosophers: In This Was a Mistake, Spencer takes leave of his senses regarding the recent travesty of Superman films, and Caleb becomes reactionary.
  5. Shiner Ruby Redbird: In Getting Lit(erature), we discuss whether or not Kurt Vonnegut was a sci-fi writer and gush about our shared favorite author.And on the Patreon…
  6. Mother’s English Tea Pale Ale: Finally Drunk Enough, we wonder what would have been by discussing life paths not taken. 

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Ep. 9: The Remake After the Flop that was Ep. 9

Welcome to episode 9 REDUX! This is your five-beer freecast version. For that sixth beer goodness, hit us up on Patreon.

Bell’s Brewery Robust Porter: We Dissect Our Fun with Dragonwood and the lure of simplicity in design.

Ommegang Brewery’s Rare Vos Amber Ale : In Getting Lit(erature), Spence and Caleb discuss the best bad books and book series they enjoy in spite of better judgement.

Stillwater Artisanal’s Untraditional Stout: In Armchair Director, we lament the Top 3 flops that didn’t deserve the economic shame they suffered.

Prairie Artisan Ales’ Prairie Weisse : In COM Corner, we get into why this is the second episode 9 we’ve recorded, and why we ended up ditching the first take.

Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz: In Jukebox in Back, we stock our Jukebox on the desert island with our Top 3 bug-out bag albums.

On the Patreon

White River Brewing Co.’s Coconut Rye Porter: Finally Drunk Enough, Spence and Caleb wonder if there is any cultural value to be had from all that debating they do every week.

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Episode 8: I’ll Have a Blue-Ribbon Stag Shandy Corona

Episode Ocho! Welcome to the free, 5-beer and topic version of The Mixed Six. If you’re a backer of our Patreon (or wish to become one) head on over there to grab your premium version of the episode and vote on future content. This is our first episode with 50% user generated segments and sub-topics, so let’s get to it.

  1. Urban Chestnut’s Count Orlok Black Pumpkin Ale: Coming in second in the segment vote, we talk about Dissecting Our Fun, or rather, dissecting our lack of fun with our 3 least favorite board games.
  2. Mother’s Brewing MILF: Topping out the segment vote, we Nerdsplain the concept of the ‘nerdiphany’ and share our own moments of geeky self-reflection.
  3. Unibroue Blanche de Chambly: In Binge Binger, Ethan Cordray asks for some strategies on how to select a television show when spoiled for choice. The resident couch potatoes weigh in.
  4. Evil Twin/ Two Road Pachamama Porter: In Ask Mixed Six, Steven Lee wants to hear more about the struggle of living in a community that doesn’t share your personal values. Two straight white dudes do their best to answer.
  5. Big Sky Brewing Moose Drool Brown Ale: Adam L. wants to know the hosts’ secret shames, and Joe DP want’s to know about beers we’re ashamed to admit drinking. So in this week’s Professional Drinking, we bring you Spence and Caleb’s SECRET SHAME BEERS.

On the Patreon

Hoegaarden Wit-Blanche: Finally Drunk Enough, the hosts wade into a quagmire of a question…when are you ethically required to stop enjoying an artist’s work because of the artist’s life?

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Hot Takes on Ice 2: Legion, Weirdness, and Fan Responsibility

Thanks to the fantastic listener feedback, we’re going to add Hot Takes on Ice into regular rotation. The plan is to record at least two a month (maybe more) everytime we lay down a regular episode. While we wait for Producer Ross to do his editing magic, we’ll drop the mini-casts immediately so you can get that fresh-from-the-grill, whiskey-fueled commentary to ease the wait.

In the future, we’re going to make access to the Hot Takes on Ice minicast a new reward for patrons donating $6 or more a month. This latest one is free though; everyone can try before they buy.

In the episode, we talk about the new reward level, the FX show Legion, and our irrational fixation with Fireball.

Let us know what you think in the comments and, as always, thank you for the support!

 

Hot Takes on Ice: SuperBowl Ads

We’re trying something new! Our wonderful patrons often suggest segment topics that are way too topical for our production schedule. Talking about current events with our current recording arrangement mean episodes wouldn’t drop until months later.

Luckily, we like hard alcohol too! In Hot Takes on Ice, Spence and Caleb discuss a current event over a drink. It’s a mini-cast that doesn’t require much editing: we record it and drop it the next day. Hopefully, this will fufill our patrons desire for what’s in the news.

We’re still trying to avoid staring into the abyss of the modern political arena, so in our pilot episode we’re talking about something that’s been bothering Caleb: how should we feel about these new Super Bowl Ads?

This is an experiment. We might add it to the rewards schedule, we might not. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Song: For Sale by Golden Duck Orchestra

Ep. 7: Like the 47 Ronin Committing Seppuku on My Tongue

Fan-tastic

What’s up! It’s episode 7 time! This is our first episode planned with patron feedback. If you want to get in on voting for floating segments, suggesting beers, asking questions, and dictating sub-topics, be sure to check us out at Patreon.

  1. Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout: We start things off with a patron-suggested beer and a patron-suggested topic! This week’s Armchair Director has Spence and Caleb enthusiastically agreeing to the top three MCU films.
  2. Perennial Artisan Ale’s Von Pamplemousse: Some sick, Jigsaw-esque patron demanded Ask Mixed Six be about a choice between saving one beer and wiping one from the face of earth. Spencer and Caleb do their best to survive in this hellish thought experiment. 
  3. Stillwater Artisanal (Stratford CT) Stillwater Extra Dry: In Dissecting Our Fun, we discuss the conundrum of co-op boardgames. Also, Caleb almost chokes to death on the mic and the crew makes a new rule. 
  4. Weihenstephaner’s Hefe Weissbier: In Getting Lit, Spence and Caleb discuss books everyone is supposed to love and they really, really don’t. 
  5. Goose Island Four Star Pils: In Nerdsplainer, the patrons want to hear about the shifting political landscape of “gamers.” Producer Ross and Caleb try their best to help Spencer navigate a minefield of a topic. 

For Patrons only…

  • O’Fallon’s Hemp Hop Rye: Finally Drunk Enough, we talk about gift cards, Adam Smith, the myth of homo economicus, and the oh-so-sexy topic of behavioral economics. 

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Episode 6: That Green Bottle Should Have Been a Red Flag

What’s up?! It’s time again for our five-beer, free-cast for Episode 6. We recorded this one right after episode 5, so language and concepts start off a little…slippery. If you want to hear our 6th (aka 12th!) beer rambling, it’s up on the Patreon. Wanna talk beer with us? Hit us up @themixedsix or in the comments below.

  1. Lucky Buddha by Cheerday Brewing: We mix it up by starting things off with Armchair Director. The hosts share their dream remake and director combo, then Spencer is absurdly wrong.
  2. Grimbergen Double-Ambree: In Dissecting Our Fun, we talk about Concept and the amazing feat of making charades fun again.
  3. Urban Chestnut’s Revolution Series #1 Winged Nut: In Jukebox in Back, we bare our shame by sharing our top 3 musical guilty pleasures.
  4. Coop Ale Works F5 IPA: In Asked Mixed Six, a listener want’s to know how the hosts manage to write lengthy projects. We share some tips on tricking yourself into typing.
  5. Breckenridge Brewing’s Nitro Vanilla Porter: In a new segment called This Was a Mistake, we talk about a mistake other than drinking throughout the entire podcast. In this episode, that mistake is one most of you are lucky enough to be unfamiliar with: Branson.

Behind the Paywall

6. Mother’s Brewing Company’s Winter Grind: Finally Drunk Enough, we talk about the trap of authenticity and the danger of using it to measure your self-concept. Then we pass out, authentically, at the end of a grueling double recording.

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Episode 5: Tears for a Pig

Greetings! Here’s our five-beer free-cast for Episode 5. If you want more, it’s up on the Patreon. Got questions? Hit us up @themixedsix or in the comments below.

  1. Ogletoberfest by Anthem Brewing: In Dissecting Our Fun, we talk about how absolutely floored we are by the innovative initiative mechanic in Tokaido.
  2. Sierra Nevada’s Otra Vez: In Sportsplainer, Spencer tries to educate the nerds on the inscrutable mysteries of the college BCS system and why Condi Rice decides the football games now.
  3. Public House Brewing’s Courtship Cranberry Ale: In Binge Binger, the whole crew shares it’s odd love affair with The Profit and wonder what a CNBC reality show could have done to sink the hook so deep.
  4. Stiegl’s Grapefruit Radler: In Armchair Director, Spencer and Caleb lay down the cinematic gauntlets used to gauge one’s potential for friendship.
  5. Springfield Brewing Company’s Walnut Street: In a brand-new segment, Living With Humans, Spencer and Caleb share their oh-so-learned perspectives on whether marriage means anything anymore.

Behind the Paywall

6. Alpine Beer Company’s Duet: In Drunk Enough, we talk about performance anxiety (not the sexy kind). What is it? How do you get past it? Should you feel it more often?

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Episode 4: Shaft as a Grief Counselor

Shut yo mouth! (Not really, we love you all) Welcome to Episode 4! If you’re in for the long-haul and want a full, six-beer podcast, head on over to our Patreon and help us out with a donation. If you spent all your money on beer, we certainly understand. Here’s what to expect in the five-beer freecast.

  1. Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale: In this week’s Dissecting Our Fun, we talk about Alchemists and the way technology can enhance a boardgame without replacing it.
  2. Backyard Beer Peach Tart by Mother’s Brewing: In Armchair Director, things get personal for Spence and Caleb when they talk about films forever corrupted by memory.
  3. Blue Moon’s Cocoa Brown Ale: In our new literature segment, Getting Lit(rature), we discuss if Cixin Liu’s brilliant The Three-Body Problem hails a return to Asimovian sci-fi.
  4. Farmer’s Market Citrus Gose Lager by Sundwerk Brewing: In Jukebox in the Back, we kick off our new music segment by warning you about bands we’d prefer you leave off the playlist.
  5. Oktoberfest Marzen Lager by Left Hand Brewing: In Asked Mixed Six, we answer the questions “What movie universe do you want to be pulled into, ala Last Action Hero?”

Behind the Paywall

6. Boulevard Brewing’s Ginger-Lemon Radler: Finally Drunk Enough, we debate the ethics of punctuality and fail to suppress the deep rage lateness brings up in us.

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Episode 3: Alcoholic Trust Fall

Howdy! Episode 3 is our first episode on the new Patreon model. We’ll keep dropping free, five-beer episodes here, but if you want that heady sixth beer stuff, stop by our Patreon and donate at the Last Call level. We’d really appreciate it. If you have questions, hit us up at themixed6@gmail.com or @themixedsix on Twitter.

  1. Holiday Cheer by Shiner: In Ready Player Drunk, we talk about the unique tragedy of being trapped in a videogame Skinner Box from which you don’t which to escape.
  2. Pineapple Sculpin by Ballast Point: In Binge Binger, Caleb and Spence compare notes on fantastic shows that outshine their silly premises.
  3. Victory at Sea by Ballast Point: We Dissect the Fun of Mice and Mystics, a superb game in the fine tradition of tricking your friends into playing an RPG.
  4. Blackberry Gose by O’dell Brewing: In COM Corner, we make sure Spencer’s PhD doesn’t go to waste by talking about the five geek social fallacies.
  5. The Cowboy by Evil Twin Brewing: In this week’s Armchair Director, we fight like men over our top 3 romantic comedies.

Behind the Paywall

6. Myer Lemons Lager by Anchor Brewing: Finally Drunk Enough, we debate the role of the public library in 21st century society.

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