The Mixed Six Podcast

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

Ep. 18: The Baking Draft

Welcome! You may notice that there are six beers in this episode. Don’t worry; you didn’t win the lottery; it’s a result of hitting our first Patreon milestone! Now, everyone at our $2 level and above gets a whole extra episode. For those on the free plan, it now means beer six is free for our old standard of two beers a month.

Against the Grain Brewery Kamen Knuddeln Kentucky Common: In Dissecting Our Fun, we try to help Brownie get his friends into tabletop RPGs.

Mixkeller’s Hallo Ich Bin Raspberry Berliner Weisse: Y’all wanted to hear about something in This Was a Mistake, and Caleb has one that’s been bothering him for awhile: The Lottery.

2011 B.C. India-Style Brown Ale (Civil Life, Perennial Artisan Ales, Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands): Maddy wants to know about our three desert island video games. In Ready Player Drunk, Caleb and Spence share.

Brasserie Dubuisson Peche Mel’ Saaldis: COM Corner gets heavy today as the gang is asked to weigh in on where the success of content creators lies.

Dogfish Head Midas Touch Ancient Ale: In a new segment, we have our first Mixed Six Mock Draft. In this episode, we talk about the Marvel Heroes we would bring onto our Great British Bake-off style reality show.

Free State Beer’s Ad Astra Ale: Finally Drunk Enough, Adam wants to know about three doughy podcasters’ ideas of masculinity.

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Ep. 17: Ray of Light Beers

Quick: everybody vogue! Now everybody listen to episode 17! Now go back the Patreon and listen to the full episode! Vogue again! Tell Spencer my Madonna rating system is great! Vogue one more time!

Crooked Stave’s L’ Brett d’ Raspberry: In Dissecting Our Fun, we’re talking about the preponderance of Science-themed board games.

Ommegang Short-Sleeve Saison: In Getting Lit(erature), Steven Lee wants to get a read on the unstoppable popularity of Young Adult literature. 

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Bam Noire Dark Farmhouse Ale: Matt Price tickles our nostagila bones by Asking Mixed Six about their favorite Saturday morning cartoons.

Against the Grain Brewery’s The Brown Note: During Ready Player Drunk, Caleb drinks perhaps the craziest marketing decision ever made while discussing the VR craze with Spencer.

Bell’s Brewing Pooltime Ale: It’s not exactly seasonal, but Zoltan wants the Armchair Directors to talk about their favorite horror films.

On the Patreon

New Holland Brewing’s Dragon’s Milk: Drunk Enough to tackle the real issues, Spence and Caleb take down the concept of the bell curve.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Caleb wrote a big ol’ RPG book. If you didn’t back Red Markets on Kickstarter, check it out and consider pre-ordering on BackerKit: https://redmarkets.backerkit.com/hosted_preorder

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Ep. 16: The Soothing Sounds of Paul Hollywood

Welcome back! I hope all of you are keeping up with your votes in The Cage Match 2017. Until the ultimate showdown arrives, we have a regular episode for you. Remember: the first five are free, and beer six is available on the Patreon. Let’s get to it!


James E. Pepper 1776
: In Dissecting Our Fun, we try to understand the enchanting brutality that is The Grizzled.

Ommegong Rosetta: We take the time to analyze the ‘This Was a Mistake” that most theme parties end up being, and we provide some tips for recovering the time honored tradition.

Dogfish Head Sea Quench Ale: We combine some questions in Ask Mixed Six and discuss what makes a great seasonal beer.

2nd Shift Brewing Green Bird Gose Beer: Caleb Nerdsplains to Spencer the subtle aesthetic foundations of so-bad-it’s-good cinema.

Prairie Artisan Ales Paradise: As you can probably see from the episode image, Binge Binger is all about how much we love Great British Bake-Off.

On the Patreon

Dogfish Head Flesh and Blood IPA: Finally Drunk Enough to get serious, we debate whether or not comedy is the proper response to a Trump presidency.

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The Mixed Six Summer Viewing Series: CAGE MATCH 2017

As connoisseurs of the cinematic arts, Spencer and Caleb preserve the storied tradition of gathering elite tastemakers and intellgensia together in the artistic mecca of Springfield on a much anticipated day in summer. Once this conclave of great minds is assembled, the great work begins.

After imbibing the finest of refreshments, the greatest minds of their generation luxuriate in a deeply comptemplative feast of the eyes at an annual underground, invitation-only film festival. Each sumptuous, cinematic delight is curated by none other than the expert critical faculties of Spencer and Caleb themselves, and the event is (both for those in attendance and the masses privileged enough to receive second-hand the loving critical attention of artistic and critical geniuses not seen since the Frankfurt School) undoubtedly the highlight of the global intellectual calendar.

In previous years, the cabal of critics de jour have corrected the legacy of the “Fast and Furious” heptalogy by viewing them in narrative order, as intended by the auteur Vin Diesel. They have revived, preserved, and produced a curriculum for the lost genre of childhood sports drama, cementing such classics as “The Sandlot” and “Rookie of the Year” in the annals of Western canon.

This year, the festival would be remiss if it didn’t pay homage to the master thespian of our age: Sir Nicholas Cage.  But, what to do when presented with such an embarrassment of riches? Would that we could, like the Romans of old, retreat to the Vomitorium so that we might purge ourselves in preparation to receive more Cage! Yet miserly Time, the perennial task master, forces us to budget our consumption. To split the legacy of Cage into a few meager parcels upon which to subsist for a whole year is, like the grieving mother before King Solomon, a cut we cannot bear to make.

So we, the intellectual elite, needs must be brought low by the awesome, sublime presence of Sir Cage’s oeuvre, and we are reduced to seeking the cruder discernments of the plebeian caste. What must we watch, oh people of America? In this grim deathmatch forced upon us by late-stage Capitalism, which masterpieces will survive when they are forced into profane battle for our limited affections? Which perfect cinematic moments might we invite onto the ark before the rest are tragically lost to this great flood we call history?

Wait…What?!

We’re gonna drink beer and watch some Nicholas Cage movies, but we can’t decide which ones. So we’ve made a bracket: http://challonge.com/NicCageMatch2017

Follow @themixedsix to vote on daily battles between Nic Cage movies. Once we get down to six, we’ll marathon them all in one day, record commentary after each one, and announce the winning movie in a special episode.

There can only be one. Mare sure it’s your favorite Cage that exits…the cage. Yeah.

Ep. 15: Spicy Flubs

Welcome! We’re back with 5-6 beers and topics, ready for your listening pleasure. If you like what we do here and want to support the show, hit us up on Patreon to get the full six-pack experience. If not, we love you all the same and thanks for listening.

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA: In Dissecting Our Fun, Producer Ross confiscates our phones long enough for us to ponder whether or not tablet versions are good for boardgames.

Boulevard Hibiscus Gose: Sean suggests the Armchair Directors rate their favorite Dreamworks/Pixar movies. We oblige while trying to hold back sentimental tears.

Abita Brewing Andygator Helles Doppleback: The American yard sale is almost always eligible for a This Was a Mistake segment. Spencer and Caleb have cracked the code though and provide advice on selling all your crap.

Bell’s Oberon Ale: In Living with Humans, we talk about the best and worst relationship advice we’ve ever heard.

Nebraska Brewing Company Brunette Nut Brown Ale: In Asked Mixed Six, we discuss the relative merits of being “Cult of the New” consumers.

On the Patreon

Public Brewing House Flynn’s Irish Red: Ugh. We had to be Drunk Enough to approach the task of finding the line between appreciating diversity and cultural appropriation. Trigger warning for three white guys struggling with how to juggle all their privilege.

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Ep. 14: This Might Be a Love Glove

Greetings little podcast kittens. Episode 14 is here to groom your ears. If you want all six beers, hit us up on the Patreon. If not, thanks for listening anyway and please rate and review on Itunes.

Be sure to note our Mixed Six Video Contest: if you cut some of our funniest/most appealing moments into a short YouTube video we can use to promote the podcast, we will refund the winning video’s Patreon contributions for ONE WHOLE YEAR. Send all entries to themixed6@gmail.com. The contest goes on until we get a winner, so get editing if you want in on this action and beat the competition.

Ballast Brewing Company Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale: In Dissecting Our Fun, we talk about the neat little place Machi Kuro has cut out for itself between Monopoly and Settlers of Catan.

Evil Twin Brewing’s No Hero: In Getting Lit(erature), we provide some tips for separating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the glut of How-To books.

Defiance Brewing Co. Fuzzy Knuckles: Caleb is the one with a Travel Hangover this week. He discusses the many beers of our nation’s capital.

Vieille Provision Saison Dupont: In Ask Mixed Six, we ponder whether or not a nerdy obsession has to come about naturally or through cultivation.

Bell’s Cherry Stout: The Armchair Director jumps the gun as we talk about how amazing that IT trailer looked and talk about what a remake needs to do to work.

On the Patreon

Against the Grain Brewery Pile of Face: We were asked about our Top 3 Most Unfounded Fears, and we figured we should at least make our many enemies climb the paywall before doing the opposition research for them.

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BONUS: The Mixed Six Goes To Mother’s

We were lucky enough to be invited to the Mother’s Brewing Tasting Room to record an episode with their beer experts. As they so generously hosted us, we figured we’d put it up as a freebie for newcomers and patreon veterans alike. Kick back with a cold one and enjoy this extra-long bonus episode of The Mixed Six. And if you’re in Springfield MO on a Tuesday afternoon, be sure to come hangout at one of the podcast’s sponsored game nights.

Snapback by Mother’s Brewing (2:00): In Dissecting Our Fun, we meet beer liason/tap monkey Kyle and encounter a philosophical hardline stance on the concept of rules-lawyering.

Lil’ Helper by Mother’s Brewing (19:00): In a new segment called Actually Professional Drinking, we meet lab guy Brad and brewmaster Dave to get a 101 on the science of brewing beer.

Blush by Mother’s Brewing (40:15): In yet another new segment called “Still Professionally Drinking, Actually,” Brad and Dave take us beyond the chemistry into the art of brewing a beer that’s actually good.

Asceticism by Mother’s Brewing (1:01:17): In our old friend COM Corner, Kyle and Dave discuss the myriad of considerations that go into naming a beer.

Brevity by Mother’s Brewing (1:17:05): Getting Lit(erature) today is about the odd but rewarding aesthetic pairing that can occur when you match an author to an accompanying beverage.

Rated R by Mother’s Brewing (1:43:53): Definitely Drunk Enough, the gang interrogates the value of local pubs and breweries in modern American society.

Ep. 13: The S’mores Betrayal

Welcome back (except for those of you with trikaideckaphobia; we understand and we’ll see you in a few weeks). In this episode, Producer Ross and Caleb start by poisoning Spencer and things only get better from there. We hit some old favorites and try a whole new segment in the full version. If you want to check it out, don’t forget to hit us up on the Patreon.

1. Innis and Gunn Rum Cast: In Dissecting Our Fun, we talk about our board game deal-breakers.

2. Evil Twin Brewing’s Don No: The fans have spoken, and they want Sportsplainer. Spencer more than delivers with an exhaustive explanation of March Madness.

3. Avery Brewing Company’s Rumpkin: Ask Mixed Six wants to know when an antihero is too antihero. We draw our lines in the sand.

4. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project St. Bretta Brettanomyecs Citrus Wildbier Valencia Orange: After that mouthful, we step into Living With Humans to discuss the effects of ubiquitous social media on domestic life.

5.  Ommegang Brewery’s Gnomegang Blonde Ale: In Binge Binger, we discuss the ongoing embarrassment that is Big Bang Theory.

On the Patreon

6. Elysian Space Dust IPA: After an extra long free episode, we try something new for our backers with Snippet of Adventure! By popular demand, Producer Ross and Caleb introduce Spence to the world of RPGs. We start with character creation and the campaign promises to be interesting.

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Ep. 12: Time Travelin’

Welcome to episode 12! We’re entertaining diplomat Baz from the untamed wilds of the West, and he came bearing gifts. Here’s hoping you enjoy our three-way pontificate. As always, if you want the full version, don’t forget to check us out on Patreon. Even if you’re not in for the full-six, we thank you for your attention. Please don’t forget to rate and review on iTunes.

1. Stillwater Gose Gone Wild:  In Dissecting Our Fun, we test our limits discussing just how many times the same game mechanic can be reskinned.

2. Roughtail Brewing Company Polar Eclipse: We cram three into the Armchair Director this week and discuss our top 3 Time Travel movies.

3. Clown Shoes Brewing Undead Party Crasher: COM Corner is all about Expectations Violations Theory. The hosts each share their most bemoaned example.

4. Roughtail Little Blue Pils: Ready Player Drunk examines the video game mechanical changes that had the biggest impact on gameplay.

5. Anthem Brewing Company’s Domestique: In Ask Mixed Six, someone wanted to know our tips for entering a management position…for some reason. We tried our best to answer.

On the Patreon

6. Artisan Ales Prairie Bomb!: Finally Drunk Enough, we get into why we knock them back in the first place.

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Ep. 11: In Which Spencer is Wrong

Welcome back! Try to hold back your rage at my co-host’s shameful cinematic tastes long enough to listen to the fantastic episode we have for you.

Spanning & Sensatie from Bodegraven: In a brand-new segment called Travel Hangover, Spencer reports on the beer tourism of scenic Denver.

Evil Twin Brewing’s Yin: In Dissecting Our Fun, we talk about the exciting new trend of creative intelligence games like Mysterium, DixIt, and Codenames.

Lunctis Veribus by Avery Brewing: We confess the media sins of our youth in this edition of This Was A Mistake.

Ayinger Brewery’s Celebrator Dopplebock: In Ask Mixed Six, Producer Ross, Caleb, and Spence all fret about the possibility of a nerd economy bubble.

Against the Grain Brewery’s Bloody Show: Resident Sportsplainer Spencer heroically tries to save baseball from its own irrelevance.

On the Patreon

Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Blackwater Series Salted Caramel: Thank the lord we’re finally Drunk Enough to fix everything wrong with public education. 

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