Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Molloy's Tavern (AUDIO PODCAST)

This week, we're headed to Colma, California, also known as the "City of the Silent", located just south of San Francisco's city limits. We'll look at the strange history of this cemetery town, where the dead outnumber the living thousands to one. And we'll visit Molloy's, a road house known for it's Irish Wakes, it's Irish Whiskey, and for the Irish-American family that has run the place since the 1930's

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010


The late, great Johnny Cash was one of the greatest performers of our times. We're gonna take you to a small beer joint in Austin, built in a one-time chainsaw repair shack, that is a tribute to the Man in Black. Live music, cold beer, Kool-Aid pickles, a haunted jukebox, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and "A Boy Named Sue"? What else could you ask for?

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

On the road again...

Hey everybody!  There's no new epsiode of the AA Hour this week because I hit the road to load up on audio for future shows. 

But here's a peek at what's to come in the next few months:

-In two episodes, we head back to S.F.'s North Beach for not one, but two different classic bars: Gino & Carlo and LaRocca's Corner

-I'll introduce you to a fascinating man: a full-blooded Sioux Indian, a Marine Corps vet that survived the worst battle of the Korean War, a former football player for Oklahoma State, a professor at UC Berekley, a major part of the Ameican Indian Movement, and a one-time bouncer at some of San Francisco's Broadway bars

-We'll visit a great bar in Austin called the Mean Eyed Cat, dedicated to the late legend, the Man in Black, Johnny Cash

-I'll take you to "The City of the Dead", Colma, CA, where we'll hit Molloy's Road House, and discuss the phenomenon of the Irish Wake

-We'll go to downtown Austin and hit the hippest bar on 6th Street's entertainment strip, The Jackelope

-We're heading to San Antonio to visit the Buckhorn Saloon, a hangout for Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders

-We'll learn about Tequila from one of the ambassadors of the fine liquor, Julio Bermejo. And we'll talk to his dad, Tommy, about his restaurant in S.F.'s Richmond District

Looking forward to a great 2010 for all of us!  Cheers! Prosit! Cent'Anni! Salute! Skoal!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hamm's Brewery and that Neon Goblet (AUDIO PODCAST)

At one time. San Francisco was home to 76 breweries.  In this episode of the AA Hour, we'll hear from some folks born and raised in The City and their memories of some of the beers from the past.  I'll tell you about the greatest piece of neon advertisment ever, plus we'll meet an artist that has memorialized it in a series of paintings.

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