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May 20, 2020

Sometimes we take advantage of the beers in our fridge and the booze on our shelves. Thanks to future brewmaster Katrina Pfieffer, we got to learn not only the science behind brewing, but also the history and mythology of the process! 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of college/school, food waste/spoilage, gendered work, Christopher Columbus, war/battle, mobsters/tax evasion, and alcoholism ( 



- Recommendation: This week, Julia recommends The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall. Amanda recommends Legends from the Pacific podcast. Check out our previous book recommendations, guests’ books, and more at

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Katrina Pfeiffer is a future brewmaster and dicemaker. Learn more at or on Twitter @StarsinMyDie1



- Zombies, Run! is an app available for iPhone and Android that makes running a fun, hopeful, mission-driven activity. 

- Skillshare is an online learning community where you can learn—and teach—just about anything. Visit to get two months of Skillshare Premium for free! This week Amanda recommends “Creativity and Beer: A Brewmaster's Guide to Flavor Emulation” by Garrett Oliver.


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Spirits was created by Julia Schifini, Amanda McLoughlin and Eric Schneider. We are founding members of Multitude, an independent podcast collective and production studio. Our music is "Danger Storm" by Kevin MacLeod (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.