Hank Watson's Garage Hour podcast
03.23.16 (MP3): Beer Makin' & Dude Foodin' w/ Gearheads @ Helm's, LS1 Buggy Fail, F-35 VS F-14 Tomcats VS Nato F-16, Jungle Juice, New Zealish Beer, Short Beer, Grapefruit & Mango Beer, Brewing History, Beer Floats, Pork Belly Sandwiches, +San Diego Beers

Ahhhhh, that's the stuff.  The Garage Hour goons got together with friends at Helm's Brewing and talked about what's good for your stomach: brewing beer, brands of beer, new beers being brewed, and the yummy (and not so yummy) beers on tap around town.  That's not enough to satisfy the needs of our gearhead gullets, though: we have Dude Food with FNG Alex, who walks us through his pork belly sandwich recipe, which results in a near fistfight in the studio over lobster and snow crabs versus blue claw crabs.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort guides Dan Lawrence - head brewer at Helm's - as well as cohosts .45 Phil, Chef Jeff, FNG Alex and the lovely Karen (Mrs. Chef Jeff) through this episode of the Garage Hour.

This one's heavy on beer, so if you want to know more about what's being brewed, how beer's made, some beer history (like short beer and table beer), hereyago.  The Garage Hour also chats up/comer Helix Brewing in La Mesa, how their head brewer is hot (hey, Dan said it, Cameron), jungle juice, how to suck the sock, making a kiwi beer with puree instead of extract (and why), marzen beers and how a lager is different than an ale.

On the heels of all that beer talk (or because of it), the gearhead lords of the galaxy also take apart some analysis of the new F-35 and why it can't dogfight worth a dam (and why the Tomcat and the F-16 both take its lunch money head to head), visit with that fool who bonked his LS1 buggy right through San Diego and into a jail cell, Russian spies as cohosts (Agent Aya, anyone?), Shermans versus Tigers, the Phoenix missile, and our impending Philbecue.

If you'd like to listen to this episode in high-fi, search for the same show date without the "MP3" tag in the header.

Direct download: HWGH032316mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

03.23.16: Beer Makin' & Dude Foodin' w/ Gearheads @ Helm's, LS1 Buggy Guy Fail, F-35 VS F-14 Tomcats VS Nato F-16, Jungle Juice, New Zealish Beer, Short Beer, Grapefruit & Mango Beer, Brewing History, Beer Floats, Pork Belly Sandwiches, + San Diego's Beer

Ahhhhh, that's the stuff.  The Garage Hour goons got together with friends at Helm's Brewing and talked about what's good for your stomach: brewing beer, brands of beer, new beers being brewed, and the yummy (and not so yummy) beers on tap around town.  That's not enough to satisfy the needs of our gearhead gullets, though: we have Dude Food with FNG Alex, who walks us through his pork belly sandwich recipe, which results in a near fistfight in the studio over lobster and snow crabs versus blue claw crabs.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort guides Dan Lawrence - head brewer at Helm's - as well as cohosts .45 Phil, Chef Jeff, FNG Alex and the lovely Karen (Mrs. Chef Jeff) through this episode of the Garage Hour.

This one's heavy on beer, so if you want to know more about what's being brewed, how beer's made, some beer history (like short beer and table beer), hereyago.  The Garage Hour also chats up/comer Helix Brewing in La Mesa, how their head brewer is hot (hey, Dan said it, Cameron), jungle juice, how to suck the sock, making a kiwi beer with puree instead of extract (and why), marzen beers and how a lager is different than an ale.

On the heels of all that beer talk (or because of it), the gearhead lords of the galaxy also take apart some analysis of the new F-35 and why it can't dogfight worth a dam (and why the Tomcat and the F-16 both take its lunch money head to head), visit with that fool who bonked his LS1 buggy right through San Diego and into a jail cell, Russian spies as cohosts (Agent Aya, anyone?), Shermans versus Tigers, the Phoenix missile, and our impending Philbecue.

If you'd like to listen to this episode in low-fi, search for the same show date with the "MP3" tag in the header.

Direct download: HWGH032316.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:20pm EST

05.07.11 (MP3): Dead Stuff Episode? US Manufacturing VS China, Buick, Getrag, Osama, Kung-Fu Fighting, Empire Carpet Guy & King Stahlman, Matt Marker, + Cobalt, WRX & Miata Mileage, Taco Bell VS Slaughterhouses, & the .50-cal Ricochet

They tried so hard - the "Dead Stuff" topic was supposed to be a collection of slightly serious topics that would allow the Garage Hour goons to explore gearhead topics with their brains instead of a schnoz full of boba, and bash China's ham-fisted attempts at regional hegemony (while undermining the US at every turn).  Unfortunately, it's the Garage Hour, and banjos happened, as did WRXs and shark-jumping and Targa Trophy and the dreaded .50-cal ricochet argument.

All this digression aside, it WAS a good episode, with excellent chatter, a call-in from Mr. Dustin, important conversations about Dude Food and where your food comes from (hmmm, slaughteryards…), plus stealth Blackhawk helicopters, the painfully gradual arrival at as-promoted topics like Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of US spec-ops types, Duane Johnson versus Vin Diesel (what's his real name? Chauncey?), and the humorousness of a custom 12-gauge load that goes soft and makes your bird gun fart like a fat guy after Thanksgiving freaking dinner.

It's the Garage Hour - have some.  If you'd like the hi-fi version of this show, search for the same episode date without "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH050711mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

05.07.11: Dead Stuff Episode? US Manufacturing VS China, Buick, Getrag, Osama, Kung-Fu Fighting, Empire Carpet Guy & King Stahlman, Matt Marker, + Cobalt, WRX & Miata Mileage, Taco Bell VS Slaughterhouses, & the .50-cal Ricochet

They tried so hard - the "Dead Stuff" topic was supposed to be a collection of slightly serious topics that would allow the Garage Hour goons to explore gearhead topics with their brains instead of a schnoz full of boba, and bash China's ham-fisted attempts at regional hegemony (while undermining the US at every turn).  Unfortunately, it's the Garage Hour, and banjos happened, as did WRXs and shark-jumping and Targa Trophy and the dreaded .50-cal ricochet argument.

All this digression aside, it WAS a good episode, with excellent chatter, a call-in from Mr. Dustin, important conversations about Dude Food and where your food comes from (hmmm, slaughteryards…), plus stealth Blackhawk helicopters, the painfully gradual arrival at as-promoted topics like Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of US spec-ops types, Duane Johnson versus Vin Diesel (what's his real name? Chauncey?), and the humorousness of a custom 12-gauge load that goes soft and makes your bird gun fart like a fat guy after Thanksgiving freaking dinner.

It's the Garage Hour - have some.  If you'd like the low-fi version of this show, search for the same episode date with an "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH050711.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

10.13.12 (MP3): Get In the Dirt! Off-Roading Basics, + Volvo People, Sasquatch & the Bilstein Boys, Creature's Thing, Bathurst & F1 (& F1's Bobbleheads), Guitars for Nick, Metallica VS Anthrax VS Megadeth VS Helmet VS Rammstein VS QOTSA VS COC

The Garage Hour goons try to make an episode of getting your driveway anchor ready for trail season - tires, maintenance, parts and such - and find themselves waylaid by jackassery and rock and roll, all of which conspire to make a good episode of gearhead talk radio even better.

It all begins so well - Bathurst and F1 dominate the early chatter, and then board-op Nick the Trick sidetracks Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohost/beardfan/Miata man Dirty Dave into a bunch of rock, roll, metal and some high-Q southern fried doom.

From that point, it's a delicious descent into sometime cohost Creature (and his Thing), Volvo people, cohost Mr. Dustin's failed call from the Formula D finals at Irwindale, shooting alligators, and why the Radio Shack in Blythe is so successful, but wait - lo and behold, the Garage Hour undigresses and actually gets the episode's topic back under control.  Huh!

Need to know a few basics for getting the Exploder/Taco/4Runner/S-10/Tahoe out of your driveway and on to the trail?  This episode can actually help, with pointers on where to start paying attention, how to find cheap fixes, what maintenance matters, and why we drink beer AFTER the run, not before.

This excellent episode ends where so many Garage Hours do - plans for a Sasquatch Run with the Bilstein Boys (as well as representatives from Off-Road.com, the San Diego Police Department, the US military, and some corporate big wigs who like to pretend they're not overfunded).

If you'd like a high-res version of this episode, look for the same show date without the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH101312mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

10.13.12: Get In the Dirt! Off-Roading Basics, + Volvo People, Sasquatch & the Bilstein Boys, Creature's Thing, Bathurst & F1 (& F1's Bobbleheads), Guitars for Nick, Metallica VS Anthrax VS Megadeth VS Helmet VS Rammstein VS QOTSA VS COC

The Garage Hour goons try to make an episode of getting your driveway anchor ready for trail season - tires, maintenance, parts and such - and find themselves waylaid by jackassery and rock and roll, all of which conspire to make a good episode of gearhead talk radio even better.

It all begins so well - Bathurst and F1 dominate the early chatter, and then board-op Nick the Trick sidetracks Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohost/beardfan/Miata man Dirty Dave into a bunch of rock, roll, metal and some high-Q southern fried doom.

From that point, it's a delicious descent into sometime cohost Creature (and his Thing), Volvo people, cohost Mr. Dustin's failed call from the Formula D finals at Irwindale, shooting alligators, and why the Radio Shack in Blythe is so successful, but wait - lo and behold, the Garage Hour undigresses and actually gets the episode's topic back under control.  Huh!

Need to know a few basics for getting the Exploder/Taco/4Runner/S-10/Tahoe out of your driveway and on to the trail?  This episode can actually help, with pointers on where to start paying attention, how to find cheap fixes, what maintenance matters, and why we drink beer AFTER the run, not before.

This excellent episode ends where so many Garage Hours do - plans for a Sasquatch Run with the Bilstein Boys (as well as representatives from Off-Road.com, the San Diego Police Department, the US military, and some corporate big wigs who like to pretend they're not overfunded).

If you'd like a low-res version of this episode, look for the same show date with the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH101312.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

02.28.16 (MP3): Tires & Trucks, Superstition & Sand Dam, Beer & a Blowtorch, HP VS 4Runner, Toy Diesel VS Lexus V8, Hybrids VS Reality, Big Bear Off-Road Terrain, Chinese Product Fails, Stock Truck Abuse, + the Happy Patrol & Daring to be Special

Like the title says: Super Duties and 4Runners, V-10s and diesels, Lexus and GM V8s, sweet mountain bike tires and crappy Chinese ones, trails in Big Bear and Superstition, Foresters and stock pickups on the dunes, nighttime runs at Sand Dam, plus dirt, beer, whether the White House is just "Revenge of the Nerds" and MLK versus Black Lies Matter.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and able cohosting Powerstroke guy Majid do a garage-only workbench episode from the Fletcher Hills compound in scenic death-spiraling southern Kalifornistan.  The topics are standard-issue gearhead superiority - horsepower in sand and rock, engine swaps for trail rigs, the plug & play niceness of OE transplants, off-roading pre-production Ford Super Duty pickups, and a small look at the need for consumers to beware of any products made in China, not just the fakes. There's also a tidy little chat about how hybrid car technology can work when used in the real world, and not narcissistic little commuter dust-busters.

The Garage Hour goons spent some time looking back at their visit to the Superstition mountains just west of El Centro as well for the annual Superstition Run (put on by San Diego 4-Wheelers) and the near-perfect off-roading terrain afforded by wet SoCal sand and rock.  There's tales of a Class 8 desert truck bombing the famous Sand Dam in full roost-mode, as well as a bunch of other metal that didn't make it.  Then they try to figure out how much 4Runner Majid can afford for a trail beater - the beatier the better.  In gratitude, the newest Garage Hour cohost attempts to burn Justin's new MTB tires with a blowtorch.

Good talk radio starts in the garage - Hank Watson's Garage (Hour).  

If you'd prefer to download a high-res version of this episode, grab the same date without the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH022816mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

02.28.16: Tires & Trucks, Superstition & Sand Dam, Beer & a Blowtorch, HP VS 4Runner, Toy Diesel VS Lexus V8, Hybrids VS Reality, Big Bear Off-Road Terrain, Chinese Product Fails, Stock Truck Abuse, + the Happy Patrol & Daring to be Special

Like the title says: Super Duties and 4Runners, V-10s and diesels, Lexus and GM V8s, sweet mountain bike tires and crappy Chinese ones, trails in Big Bear and Superstition, Foresters and stock pickups on the dunes, nighttime runs at Sand Dam, plus dirt, beer, whether the White House is just "Revenge of the Nerds" and MLK versus Black Lies Matter.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and able cohosting Powerstroke guy Majid do a garage-only workbench episode from the Fletcher Hills compound in scenic death-spiraling southern Kalifornistan.  The topics are standard-issue gearhead superiority - horsepower in sand and rock, engine swaps for trail rigs, the plug & play niceness of OE transplants, off-roading pre-production Ford Super Duty pickups, and a small look at the need for consumers to beware of any products made in China, not just the fakes. There's also a tidy little chat about how hybrid car technology can work when used in the real world, and not narcissistic little commuter dust-busters.

The Garage Hour goons spent some time looking back at their visit to the Superstition mountains just west of El Centro as well for the annual Superstition Run (put on by San Diego 4-Wheelers) and the near-perfect off-roading terrain afforded by wet SoCal sand and rock.  There's tales of a Class 8 desert truck bombing the famous Sand Dam in full roost-mode, as well as a bunch of other metal that didn't make it.  Then they try to figure out how much 4Runner Majid can afford for a trail beater - the beatier the better.  In gratitude, the newest Garage Hour cohost attempts to burn Justin's new MTB tires with a blowtorch.

Good talk radio starts in the garage - Hank Watson's Garage (Hour).  

If you'd prefer to download a low-res version of this episode, grab the same date with the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH022816.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:21pm EST

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