Thought and a Chaser

Thought and a Chaser
Thought and a Chaser is an irregular dive into the world of libations, language, and logistics. Each episode, we bring you one big topic, one small topic, and a bit about what we’re drinking. Our motto: Drink what you like, and know what you’re drinking. Thought and a Chaser is brought to you by Adult Juice Box.

17: Thought & A Chaser Makes a Mistake — LIVE!
Oct 12 • 27 min
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:…
16: “The Real McCoy means booze” & “The ballad of Wade Boggs”
Sep 25 • 34 min
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!
15: “The liquid quart is Franco-Roman” & “Books for the cooking”
Sep 11 • 39 min
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! Two in particular: “An…
14: “Prohibition created the modern presidency” & “E Clampus Vitus”
Aug 29 • 51 min
This week! Philip talks about Prohibition’s lasting legacy in American politics, & Liam explores California’s most infamous society of drunk historians.
13: “Madeira is the wine of the American Revolution” & “Illegal homebrewing started the craft beer revolution”
Aug 17 • 39 min
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…
12: “Alexander the Great is the Roman God of Libations” & “What happened to the bees?”
Aug 1 • 42 min
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…
11: “Virginian land laws made Kentucky Bourbon” & “The Craft Beer Revolution”
Jul 17 • 42 min
This episode we turn things up to 11 by talking not about wine, but about Whiskey and Beer. Philip dives into the history of Bourbon, and why its synonymous with Kentucky. & Liam takes us through the craft beer revolution, where it came from and where it…
10: “Japanese manga is changing the wine world” & “Natural wine’s Japanese roots”
Jul 3 • 64 min
This week, Philip talks about Kami No Shizuku, the infamous Drops of God manga, and its incredible effects on the world of wine. & Liam talks about the Japanese farming revolution at the heart of the Natural Wine movement. —- Thought & A Chaser is project…
9: “India is the birthplace of the modern cocktail” & “Why Chinese delivery beats the apps”
Jun 18 • 53 min
This week, Philip dives into the history of British imperialism, Indian occupation, the ice trade, and the first modern cocktail. & Liam takes us into the economics of Chinese delivery, and why your local Chinese restaurant can kick the pants off the…
8: “Hermitage was one of the first Wine Brands” & “Bacchus Awakens”
Jun 5 • 57 min
This week, Philip talks about the history of Hermitage, one of the first genericized brands in wine. A story that begins in the Crusades ends up all the way in Australia and South Africa. & Liam is inspired by the public art in San Francisco to talk about…
7: “Gallo is The Family of American Wine” & “The History of Baseball and Beer”
May 22 • 48 min
In this episode, Philip gives a history of the Gallo family, one of the oldest and most powerful families in American wine, including tales of the corporate wine juggernaut bearing the family name. Along the way we talk about Coca-Cola, Apple, PayPal,…
6: “Sherry grows under the flor” & “2 buck chuck”
May 8 • 37 min
We’re back with more stories of making, drinking, and talking about wine. This week: Sherry, and the strange bacterial goo that make it. Plus: where does 2 buck chuck come from, anyway?
5: “The Oral History of Anchor Brewing” & “Esters Make Tropical Fruit”
Apr 24 • 56 min
One of the most beloved breweries in San Francisco has a history that serves as a lens on the history of the city itself. Liam takes us from Potrero Hill to North Beach, from sour beer to death by cable car, as we trace the history of Anchor Brewing. &…
4: “Duties & Tariffs” and “Coffee belt, meet wine belt”
Apr 8 • 37 min
We’re back to distract you from the world with talk of duties, tariffs, and global warming! That last one might not be the most pleasant distraction… We’re joined this week by Monk Funkster, International Engineer Mystery. He’s pulling back the curtain on…
3: “Cans are the future of table wine” & “Herbal Liqueurs”
Mar 13 • 49 min
We’re back this week with a dive into the modern miracle that is the aluminum can, and why it should be the future of table wine. We chase down that gulp with a slug of Herbal Liqueur history, including a glance at the strange life of Chartreuse. —-…
2: “Bottles change booze” & “Whither vinyl”
Feb 28 • 45 min
Did you know that the bottle your liquor comes in can change how you enjoy it? Did you also know that vinyl records are experiencing a historical tragedy right now? This week’s Thought and a Chaser: “Bottles change booze” and “Whither vinyl”
T&aC 1: “ABV helps you get less drunk” & “pallets”
Feb 14 • 24 min
In our inaugural episode, Philip walks through where Alcohol By Volume (ABV) comes from, how it’s calculated, and why that matters to you as a drinker. AND! Liam talks about that champion of the logistical world, the pallet. —— Thought and a Chaser is…