The Mixed Six Podcast

Board games. Beer. Pop culture. And a little drunken philosophy.

Ep. 62: The Mixed 600

We did it. Six hundred beers. They should have sent a poet…and, like, some redundant livers or something. I don’t know; don’t listen to me. I’m drunk, OBVIOUSLY.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Bretta Blanc Wild Ale Fermented with White Grape Juice (5): In Dissecting Our Fun, Caleb presents the latest game hypothesis — theme’s best use is to make failure fun.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Violet Underground Cross-Atlantic Wild Ale Aged in Wine Barrels with Raspberries and Candied Violet Petals (5): It’s a Mixed Six FUSION. We’re combining Innervium and We’ll Never B’Author to sneak some native advertisement into a glut of nonsense no one has time to weed three drunks out of…the Hallmark Christmas Movie.

Evil Twin Brewing A Man Who Doesn’t Love IPA Easily, Loves Too Much: Double Dry-Hopped IPA (2): In This Was a Mistake, we cover a perennial favorite of magazines and stand-up comedy alike by giving our advice for travelling.

Evil Twin Brewing Island Bliss Malt Beverage with Natural Flavors (3): It’s a Holiday Fire SALE!!!

Stillwater Artisanal’s Kung Pao Imperial Stout Brewing with Chili Powder, Ginger Powder, Sichuan Pepper, Sea Salt, and Peanut Extract (5): The Honorable Judge Producer Ross returns to adjudicate the reality TV show debate.

Stillwater Artisinal’s Duck Sauce Double India Pale Ale Brewing with Apricot, Plum, Pineapple, Ginger, and Candi Syrup (4): Apropos of nothing, Drunk Enough is about the alarming scale of living.

Music: Tracks 23-28

Ep. 61: Hot, Brothy Audio Soup

In this episode, we review the new Kickstarter hotness with Fantastic Factories, plan Producer Ross’s bachelor party, and try to combat our holiday scroogery.

Three Floyds Brewing Gumballhead Wheat Beer (3): In Dissecting Our Fun, we’ve played that iconographic engine builder Fantastic Factory and loved it.

New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk Raspberry Hibiscus Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (4): Thanksgiving looms ahead. We help you make a beer shopping list for the big meal with We Make a Pair.

Biere Artisanale La Sirene Praline Belgium Style Chocolate Stout (1): The Armchair Directors discuss the inherent contradiction of “Fuck the System” movies like the Joker.

New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk Oatmeal Cookie Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout with Cinnamon, Raisins, Brown Sugar, Oats, and Vanilla Extract (3): Fall is here…at least for the week or so climate change will allow the season to exist. We discuss what we’re most looking forward to in Ask Mixed Six.

Batch Brewing Company Belgian Dark Stong Ale Antwerp’s Placebo One Year Port Barrel (3): In this Mixed Six Mock Draft, we take a blank check, anything-goes approach to planning one producer’s bachelor party.

New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk Orange Chocolate Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout with natural Flavors (4): Finally Drunk Enough, Caleb tries to confront his Millenially-induced holiday scroogery before it harms everyone’s fun.

Music:
Tracks 1-7 https://peterbark.bandcamp.com/album/solstice
Track 3 https://toastedtomatoes.bandcamp.com/album/lofi-hip-hop-beats-to-organise-seize-means-to

Ep. 60: Ad optimum? Bene

Maddy is sadly returning to her home in the sea, and we thought it best to honor her time with us doing what she loves best: tagging along while we slavishly create more podcast content. 
Thin Man Brewery Third Anniversary DDH Sour Ale (2):  Point Salad might be the simplest thing you play all year. It might also be the thing you play the most and the easiest buying decision you make all year in Dissecting Our Fun.
Falls City Beer Good Times Ginger Lime Shandy (4): We do a Sportsplainer/Nerdsplainer fusion on the joint madness of sports and dice superstitions.
Pohjala’s Rahe Imperial Gose-Style Ale with Sea Buckthorn, Vanilla, Salt, Coriander and Lactose (4): I’m surprised you’re reading this after hacking through that beer description. Anyway, we play We Make a Pair by throwing things into the transformative B-Hole.
Weston Brewing Company Father Mescan Bog Myrtle Ale (3): It’s a Bog Myrtle Ale! It’s a Fire Sale Ask Mixed Six! Crowdpleasing like it’s our job!
Thin Man Brewery Minkey Boodle Raspberry Sour Ale (4): Innervium has to name some sports stadiums. We can’t do worse than reality has here. 
Resurgence Brewing Co. The Surge New England India Pale Ale (4):  Finally Drunk Enough, we create our family mottos and critique the idea of having a subtitle for your clan. 

Ep. 59: Mixmaster Birk

Though GenCon is now over, we recorded bad decisions made just prior to leaving on our pilgrimage for the sake of the historical record. In this episode, we eschew beer on our beer podcast for cocktails made by long-time listener and friend Birk. Not going to lie…we drank a lot of booze for an hour-long podcast. Thankfully, we’ve been training for this moment for years.

Click the drink name to get the recipe!

Mezcal Paloma (4): It’s rare we have someone on the pod that isn’t already as obsessed with boardgames as the hosts. We Dissect Our Fun, or rather, Birk’s fun as he starts to get into the hobby.

Gosling Sidecar (4): In this Jukebox in Box, Greg wants to know what four chubby bearded nerds like to dance to. Weird kink but okay.

Plantation Pineapple Daiquiri (5): Binge Binger discusses the possible horror of revisiting your favorite childhood shows.

Eastern Sour (5): Scott Asks Mixed Six about skill they excel at, yet never enjoy performing.

Fat-Washed Old Fashioned (5): In This Was a Mistake, we beg — ABSOLUTELY BEG — people to stop recommending anime.

Mezcal Margarita (4): Birk has a hell of a cool job, and he’s Drunk Enough to talk about how he’s not crazy about how media depicts it.

Music, Tracks 8-14:  https://radiojuicy.bandcamp.com/album/dreams-from-the-shore

Ep. 58: Moon City Con with 417 Gamers

It’s rare we get to geek out with our favorite local con, but Rick Bagwell from 417 Gamers came by to give us a rundown on how a convention is built from the ground up. The man also has a fine nose for beer, so we predictably got along quite well.

Moon City Con 2019 goes from Sept. 6-8th. Get your tickets here: https://www.mooncitycon.com

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Hefe & Wedge Fruited Hefeweizen: In Dissection Our Fun, we discuss the pop star effect and how a designer’s name motivates our board gaming decisions.

American Trappist’s Spencer Trappist Imperial Stout: Rick Nerdsplains how to start your own gaming conventions and some of the lessons learned from Moon City Cons first year. 

Mucky Duck I.F.O. Bourbon Barrel Oak Aged Ale: Since This Was a Mistake was the #1 vote getter and we find few things about board gaming a mistake, Spencer talks about what a consultant actually does and conditions in which businesses should look for other solutions. 

Decadent Ale’s Coco Ecto Double-Dry Hopped India Pale Ale: Good Omens came out, so Mixed Six Mock Draft picks the four horsemen of the boardgame apocalypse.

B. Nectar Limited Release #DragonsAreReal: In Ask Mixed Six, we discuss the age-old board gaming problem of introducing your group to great games with boring-ass themes. 

Mucky Duck PLX IPA: Finally Drunk Enough to admit how trash he is, Caleb muses on the value of “solving a game” for optimal play versus the happy-go-lucky route that leads to his continual losing. 

Tracks 16-22: https://chillhop.bandcamp.com/album/chillhop-essentials-summer-2019

Ep. 57: At the Alamo

Alamo Drafthouse was kind enough to let us crash the bar, talk with one of their resident experts (David), and generally geek out about movies. It was great! Give it a listen.

Boulevard Brewing Smooth Fuzz: As long-time lovers of the concept of a movie party, we talk about how Alamo selects and programs celebrations of cult films from the past. 

Tie and Timber’s Juicy Brewski IPA: In Armchair Director, we discuss what makes a good movie experience by picking our top three films to see in the theater. 

Piney River’s Lizzy Twister Blackberry: With John Wick leading the way of the action movie renaissance, Mixed Mock Draft performs a seminal function in the new movement: stunt casting. We share our most counter-intuitive picks for actions heroes. 

Boulevard Brewing Space Camper IPA: In This Was a Mistake, we bemoan an experience every film nerd has had. When is a time you screened a weird film for friends before realizing that they were the wrong audience?

4×4 Brewing Toats Magnates: In the spirit of the summer blockbuster, We Make a Pair provides a drink list for famous summer blockbusters of the past. 

Lost Signal’s Smoked Pecan Porter: Arguably too Drunk Enough, we talk about how working in film changes your consumption of it. 

Tracks 1-7: https://chillhop.bandcamp.com/album/chillhop-essentials-summer-2019

SPECIAL Hot Takes on Ice: Origins 2019 w/ Blue Peg, Pink Peg

Hi y’all! We just got back from Origins 2019. While we were there, we had a chance to sit down with Patrick from Blue Peg, Pink Peg. We talked about the convention, our most exciting finds, and trends in the board gaming industry with one of it’s most established media personalities.

Listen in to get a preview of what to expect in the tabletop market at Gencon and in the coming year. If you haven’t yet, check out Blue Peg, Pink Peg. You can find their podcast here and here. On Twitter, find Patrick @BluePegPinkPeg 

Special thanks to Adam from Roleplaying Exchange for loaning us his recording equipment while we were out in the wild. Find Roleplaying Exchange on Patreon and here; on Twitter @RPExchange.

Music: https://entrobeats.bandcamp.com/track/cherrybomb

Ep. 56: Innervium

The dark days of food month continue as the tyranny of Spencer’s rating systems continues. As the rebellion gathers strength to strike at the power that has stolen the podcast from the people, endure another episode until the glorious revolution throws off the yoke of this monstrous regime. 
Golden Road Brewing Melon Cart Watermelon Wheat Ale with Honeydew and Cantaloupe: In Dissecting Our Fun, we discuss the considerations required to put together a boardgame playlist. 
O’Dell Brewing Co’s Friek Raspberry and Cherry Sour Ale: In our new segment entitled Innervium, The Mixed Six disrupts the marketing space with a game-changing innovation: unpaid advertisement. 
Left Hand Brewing Company’s Death Before Disco Porter: Laura B wants us to suggest a curriculum for superhero education. In Humanities Fight, we discuss what the problems inherent in the exercise reveal about our current education system. 
Six Mile Bridge Bavarian Hefeweizen: It’s a lil’ fire sale in Ask Mixed Six.
Piney River Brewing Black Walnut Wheat: Living With Humans discusses the phenomenon of Phantom Spouse Syndrome.
Ska Brewing Company Grapefruit Rue B. Soho Lager: Finally Drunk Enough, we discuss the peculiarly temporary existential crisis that can be triggered by a bad hangover. 

Ep. 55: Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls, Alex Ross

The new Patreon milestone is to have Alex Ross draw a portrait of Caleb. Hear us out. We know the idea is absurd and the result will be disgusting. But it will be funny. Funny enough that it’s worth what we presume will be a 50 grand plus commission fee, plus eye-hazard pay. That’s why we’ve launched a GoFundMe to…

What…no? Fine then. Here’s your episode (skulks away)

Fat Orange Cat’s F.O.C.Less Monster–N.E. IPA: In Dissecting Our Fun, we talk about Bunny Kingdom’s ability to make card drafting fun again.

Crane Brewing Omar Porter: Jukebox in Back wants to know about ska music. No! Don’t go! Really, it was a request. Not making this up.

Fat Orange Cat Severe Tire Damage – N.E. India Pale Ale: In We’ll Never B’Author, we draft the next big hit in the saturated YA dystopia/horse girl/battle royale genre.

Due South Brewing Co Caramel Cream Ale:  A nameless stranger Asks Mixed Six about the effects of tabletop roleplaying on our professional lives.

Fat Orange Cat’s Blood Orange Billy New England India Pale Ale: In this Humanities Fight, we try to take the magic of The Good Place (making ethics entertaining) and spread the love to other disciplines.

Crane Brewing Company’s Raytown Common American Ale: Finally Drunk Enough to hope Missouri will stop trying to kill us, we look forward to Spring. 

Ep 54: Pork Rinds Taste Like Christmas

Rob Stith from The Orpheus Protocol joins us again for a very special episode. Well, not very special in the “Saved by the Bell” sense. No one got addicted to caffeine pills or anything. Okay, more addicted to caffeine pills. You know…you know what? Let’s just get down to it.

Lagunitas Willetized Coffee Stout: We bring back the Mixed Six Game Jam to cash in on that sweet, sweet battle royale money.

Independence Brewing Company Austin Amber Beer: Jukebox in Back sees the crew make their dream concert line-up. Needless to say, these shows should probably be marketed to some very disparate demographics.

Rhinegeist Bubbles Rose Ale: Getting Lit(erature) breaks down the standard fantasy setting with three nerds. Spencer is physically present.

Crane Brewing’s Gooseberry Gose: Ask Mixed Six is about our favorite foods. It becomes clear that half the cast is made of international connoisseurs, while the other half were apparently raised by raccoons.

Crane Brewing Small Ball Saison: In This Was a Mistake, we talk about how much we hate talk radio before sharing a collective anxiety attack because podcasting might not be any different.

Austin Beerworks Pearl-Snap German-Style Pils: Finally Drunk Enough we revisit the Death of the Author, but does that include the Death of Proper Consumption? Is there a “right” way to listen to music? Read a book?

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