Beer Truths: Our Best Interviews of 2019

December 20, 2019

By October Staff, December 20, 2019

It’s no surprise that some of the best conversations happen over a beer or two. There’s something about the comfort of a bar and a few glasses of liquid courage that brings out the hard truths in all of us. Musicians, comedians, and actors are no different. This year we shared a beer with them all and learned a thing or two about the art of drinking—and life—along the way.

“I don’t have a lot of beer opinions, but the best beer is the second beer after you skip dinner and, like, ‘Today’ by the Smashing Pumpkins is playing.” —Ezra Furman

“I can tell a terrible bar—the first way you know you're in a terrible bar is the floor is sticky. If you walk in and your feet feel sticky, leave, because it's all gonna go downhill.” —Open Mike Eagle

“One of the members of GWAR only drinks White Claw—the big guy, Balsac the Jaws of Death. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.” —James Bowman, Against Me!


“When we were 23 and writing the first album, we’d drink a third of a beer and then fill it with whiskey. We called it a ‘beer plus.’” Max Kakacek, Whitney

“I'm not the sort that appreciates—well, I'll drink most things—but when it comes down to it, at the end of the day, I like the watery stuff with bubbles in it.” —Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Iceage

“This might be the scandal moment, but I don't drink cocktails when I'm out. I’m old and crusty, and I don’t want to taste your experiments, sorry.” Shannon Mustipher, author of Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails

“It makes no sense to me that people don’t pay for porn. It's just misogyny.” —Liza Treyger

Nappy Roots

“The first beer we tried tasted like mop water. It’s like you just washed the dishes, that water sat there, and you try to carbonate it—and it wasn’t even carbonated right! It tasted like shit, it wasn’t beer, and we looked at each other and knew it.” —Skinny DeVille, Nappy Roots

“Nice things is about appreciating the important things in your life, like taking care of your family and counting your blessings—it’s my mantra throughout life. When hip hop started picking up for me, I needed a brand slogan. From the beer you drink to the clothes you wear—you need to create a brand.” —Chill Moody

“I could also be the Marlboro man. Give me the horse and the motherfuckin’ whole get up—I’ll ride on Billy!” —Quelle Chris

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