Catch up with the babes after a long summer as they discuss The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. Take a journey to the beauty-obsessed society of Orléans, where Camellia Beauregard is on the path to become the kingdom’s favorite Belle. In this surprisingly creepy book, tune in as we get lost in this world of beauty, betrayal, and…babes.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Empire, Almanac, Springdale, and Barrier.

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The babes embark on an interstellar mission! In this episode, we blast off into space as we discuss Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. Listen to find out the answers to all the questions you wanted to ask an astronaut like if you throw up in your suit, would you make it back to Earth alive?

Tipsiness brought to us by: Abita, Southern Tier, Lost Nation, and Finback.

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It’s the summer of 1969. Teenager Evie Boyd is bored with her everyday life in California until one day, she meets The Girls. Soon, she is following around a buckskin-wearing cult leader and um, performing lots of questionable acts.

Tipsiness brought to us by: AleSmith, Evil Twin, Ommegang, and Mikkeller.

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The babes are in the mood for romance – again! In The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, two high school seniors cross paths and we are here for it. A hopeless romantic poet plus a science and math nerd equals something exciting. Join us as we question the science of love, fate, and a lawyer’s extremely questionable relationship.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Dogfish Head, Elysian, Mikkeller, and Half Full.

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It’s time for another dystopian novel! Red Queen is about a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by the Silver elite who have god-like superpowers. Strangely, protagonist Red, Mare Barrow, appears to possess pretty insane powers of her own. Press play to hear what book this reminds us of, what superpower(s) we all wish we had, and why a giant bug zapper is significant.  

Tipsiness brought to us by: Finback, Coastal Extreme, Ommegang, and Heavy Seas.

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In this episode, the babes read the 2018 Printz Award-winning We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. In this book, Marin is battling grief, loneliness, and memories of her old life back in California. As for the babes? We are NOT okay! Just listen.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Grimm, Parallel 49, Common Roots, Dick’s, Mission, and Cooperstown Distillery.

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Spirits and dragons and boats – oh my! In this episode, the babes discuss A Wizard of Earthsea by the late renowned fantasy novelist, Ursula K. LeGuin. The book, released in 1968, tells the story of a bratty kid who makes a big mistake and (kind of) learns his lesson. Sail along with us as we attempt to understand the meaning of things, relate to creepy shadow monsters, and wonder how the hell this book was written for grades 5-8.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Burial, Desnoes & Geddes, Lost Nation, and Brouwerij Van Steenberge.

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It’s the future, the world sucks. The only way to escape is by logging in to the OASIS, a 3D video game paradise, which the babes all want to explore. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline follows a kid named Wade Owen Watts as he competes to find a hidden Easter egg (along with everyone else in the world), which will lead him to a fortune of billions of dollars. Tune in as we explore obscure references to the 80s, geek out, and find out what happens we when get virtual.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Firestone Walker, Newburgh, Foreign Objects, Industrial Arts, and Finback.

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The babes are in the mood for love, so they read a slasher romance. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins tells the story of Makani Young, a spunky teenager who lives in an uneventful town in Nebraska. However, things get less boring when someone starts brutally murdering her classmates. Listen as we talk murder, romance, and whether it’s rational to go back to get your marching band plume.

Tipsiness brought to us by: AleSmith, Dogfish Head, Threes Brewing, and Magic Hat.

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Join us for a mysterious adventure in the Florida Keys as we discuss Flush by Carl Hiassen. Noah’s dad is convinced the owner of a casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor, but he can’t prove it. Naturally, he sends his son and daughter to investigate while he’s locked up in jail. Learn about yet another crappy dad, the dangers of greed, and find out if these kids save the planet. Sitting in for Elizabeth in this episode is another hot babe, Meredith.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Way Beer, Lost Coast, Lagunitas, and Moody Tongue.

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The babes discuss Pie by Sarah Weeks in this episode. In this book, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch dies and leaves her famous pie crust recipe to her cat, Lardo. Tell us how to properly pronounce pecan and find out which one of us doesn’t like pie as we delve into this sweet story. 

Tipsiness brought to us by: Yonkers, Crooked Stave, Prairie, and Mikkeller.

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In this episode, the babes and a special guest read Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. It’s about a girl with anxiety named Aza, who, along with her bubbly best friend, go on a hunt to solve the case of a missing billionaire. Enjoy some #tuatarafacts, learn what a terrible father looks like, and explore the struggles of being trapped in your own head.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Off Color, Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel!, Brewfist, Free Will, and North Coast.

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The babes are rollin’ into 2018 with the graphic novel Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. Listen as they hip check each other and discover a shared childhood passion as they come of age with main character Astrid…oh, and they get tipsy too.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Lawson’s, Half Full, Orkney, and AleSmith.

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Ho Ho Ho-ly crap! Do we have a holiday book for you! In this episode, the babes take a ride across the Shorter Way Bridge to Christmasland as they dive into NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. Get creeped out with us as we discuss various morbid Christmas decorating tips, drink heavily, and get in the holiday spirit…sort of.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Lindemans, Chatham, Southern Tier, and St. Bernardus.

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Things get mysterious as the babes and a special guest join The Mysterious Benedict Society (by Trenton Lee Stewart). Tune in as we infiltrate the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, run by the evil Ledroptha Curtain. Find out who may have been on quaaludes, who may have been the fan favorite, and what “The Whisperer” actually does.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Stony Creek, Long Trail, Gun Hill, Steamworks, and Evil Twin.

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It’s time for a dark and disturbing discussion! In this episode, we discuss Victoria Scott’s newest book: Violet Grenade. This explosive psychological thriller tells the story of troubled runaway Domino Ray. Tune in to find out what is (or who is) in Domino’s head, the ins and outs of hazing, and what really goes on behind closed doors of Madam Karina’s Home for Burgeoning Entertainers.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Stone, Sixpoint, and Lone Star.

Special thanks to Entangled Publishing for providing us with this book!

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It’s another throwbook special, only more extravagant! The babes each read a book from the popular Sweet Valley series by Francine Pascal, which chronicles the insane adventures of the beautiful teenage Wakefield twins. There’s a crash landing of a questionable nature, a kidnapping by a cult, and a wild ride in Kansas that send us all into a state of hysterics and drunkenness.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Uinta, Bell’s, Magic Hat, and Flying Dog.

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In this episode, the babes deep dive into the ocean and discuss The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. We enter the mysterious world of the octopus as we learn from Sy’s many interactions with these awesome and intelligent creatures. Listen to us fire off some cool #octofacts and explore our consciousness – sort of.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Cisco, Ballast Point, Art Collective, and Ommegang.

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In this special throwbook episode, the babes tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth…about Stacey. In our tipsiest episode yet, we delve into the drama of the fourth Baby-Sitters Club novel. Hear Stacey’s big secret, how the baby-sitters handle an unfriendly rivalry, and learn about what the hell is wrong with Stacey’s parents.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Smuttynose, Clown Shoes, Pipeworks, Mikkeller, with a special pre-game appearance by Shiner, thanks to our good friend, Brian @foodsportsbeer.

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The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. In Episode 5, the babes read the first book of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series. Join us as we follow the gunslinger in his search for the mysterious man in black, talk about why a jawbone is so significant, and discuss the new fad that’s sweeping the desert: wind sex.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Unibroue, Free Will, Anchor, and Ommegang.

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The babes tackle a heavy book in Episode 4: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, which recounts the true story of the revolutionary Mirabal sisters in Trujillo-era Dominican Republic. Listen as we get tipsy over a very sad book, find out who slaps the former totalitarian dictator, and why the sisters should have “avoided the pass.”

Tipsiness brought to us by: Almanac, Prairie, and Avery.

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The babes take a hard right in Episode 3 and read nonfiction: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The cells of Henrietta Lacks, called HeLa by scientists, provided information for some of the most groundbreaking research in medical history, but were taken without Henrietta’s knowledge. This book follows the Lacks family’s journey for justice, we talk ethics and get a bit drunk.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Long Trail, Blue Point, and B. Nektar Meadery.

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En voiture! In Episode 2, the babes talk about Agatha Christie’s most famous novel, Murder on the Orient Express. A train gets stuck in the middle of a blizzard and a Belgian detective with a silly moustache is trying to figure out whodunnit. Find out what we deduced, who we think is cooler, Sherlock or Poirot, and how we felt after the big twist at the end!

Tipsiness brought to us by: Ommegang, Great Divide, and Halfacre.

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In Episode 1, we, the babes (Sarah, Elizabeth, and Rebecca), discuss the wildly popular middle-grade novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Wonder tells the story of 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, a boy born with a severe facial deformity and his first year of school. Listen to us discuss Auggie’s journey, our need for proper capitalization, and find out what we drink while discussing children’s literature.

Tipsiness brought to us by: Ithaca Beer Co., Southern Tier, and Bad Seed.

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