- Contreras (left) and Dunagan (right) with swag from BarbacoApparel from their next taping.
The second ever She's Crafty Podcast live taping will take place this Sunday, August 30 at The Hoppy Monk (1010 N. Loop 1604 E., 210-545-3330; the bar serves as a sponsor for the pod) at 7 p.m. To better acquaint ourselves with hosts Catherine Contreras and local comedienne Brandi Dunagan, we asked the pair to answer a few questions via email about the pod, beer and what's next for the live taping.
For those stopping by this Sunday, expect a racy visit by burlesque dancer Pystol Whips, and the beer experts at Freetail Brewing Co. Listen to the first episode of the She's Crafty pod here.
How did you two meet?
It was a humid starry night. Catherine and I collided like beacons in the basement of The Alamo. No. We actually met online. I know that sounds like the beginning of an Ashley Madison lawsuit, but it's true. We had a mutual friend and immediately became social media comrades and cohorts...which eventually led to co-hosts!
What made you decide to start the podcast?
Well, we love beer. We love beer. Oh, and did we mention we love beer? Honestly we both met (scandalously online remember?), realized we were the most amazing people we would ever end up meeting and decided we HAD to do something together. We're both beer-loving, down to earth, mildly funny and majorly disturbed women with a passion to create something we can share with the masses. Basically what we're saying is how could we NOT do this? It's our drunken destiny.
What's your favorite beer style, brewery in town?
Brandi loves a good reliable and delicious dunkel. It's the kind of beer you can drink all night long...and well, that's what you need sometimes. Catherine's favorite is a coffee stout. Strong, dark and smooth, just like her...oh never mind. As far as local breweries, we can honestly say that each one of them being something solid to the table.
How do you settle on guests for the pod?
For the beer part of it, Pedro Longoria, one of the owners of The Hoppy Monk where we record at, is an awesome resource. Craft beer is their passion there. They believe in supporting those creating great tasting beer and only carry brews that are held to a very high standard of quality. Pedro has been wonderful when helping us forecast what beers will be trending when we are recording, and what breweries have a great story to tell about a great beer. For our other guests that join us we really just look for a fun personality that loves beer as much as we do! The audience loves seeing someone new each time joining in on the fun.
What's the scene like at Hoppy Monk?
The Hoppy Monk is a super cool, laid back brew pub located off of 1604, right here in San Antonio. They have an amazing selection of high quality craft beers and whiskey. They’re food menu is delicious and the staff is incredibly friendly and enthusiastic about all things craft beer. The biggest appeal for us in choosing this venue is that they are self-professed beer geeks and not beer snobs; which goes hand-in-hand with the message the She’s Crafty podcast is trying to put out into the world.
What's the format for the podcast like?
The She’s Crafty format is basically just two chicks drinking beer and then realizing we have guests. It’s a mix of our personal lives, a little Q&A with our guests, a beer review...a fun game with our audience. It’s energetic and filled with our spontaneous and inappropriate humor. Audience participation is really important to us, so we throw some fun stuff in there like our standing drinking game “If You’re Hoppy and You Know It” and we call on them to help us with other segments. We LOVE our audience and our fans (which we’ve affectionately nicknamed our BEER NUTS). For us, they’re the most important part of the show and they are what brings the podcasts to life.
Who else do you have lined up for upcoming podcasts?
We’re super excited to be hosting Pystol Whips from the Stars and Garters Burlesque Show and Freetail Brewing for our August podcast. We’re hoping to learn some sexy burlesque moves without falling on our faces. September’s guests will be Larry Garza of Comedia a Go-Go and our beer expert will be St. Arnold Brewing Company. Beyond that, we’re ALWAYS looking for amazing guests, beer experts, sponsors and events to make part of the She’s Crafty podcast. We really want to turn the beer/performing arts/ comedy community in San Antonio into one big swinger’s party on the podcast...well, without the actual sex part...we just want to drink beer with them.