Episode 9 of The Nant Fawr Brews Podcast is Live

…and it combines the most bizarre of ingredients in a way that really works

Andy Taylor


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There’s a joke that’s been around for a while:

“I met someone the other day who didn’t have a podcast. Weirdo.”

I was aware of this joke when I started my own podcast — inspired by my joyous journey into homebrewing — and did consider whether it was just a huge vanity project and a waste of everybody’s time (including my own).

But… nine episodes in to The Nant Fawr Brews podcast, I’m really glad I did decide to go ahead. I’m having fun, and, really, that’s enough of a reason on its own.

If people enjoy listening to it, or being a guest on it then that is a bonus. Fortunately, I have it on good authority that both of these are true.

The one thing I’m not chasing is “success” (which usually is just a convenient codeword for “money”). If it grows, it grows, and I’m certainly not averse to commercialising it if demand is there.

But the main motivation is to have fun and tell interesting stories.

Which is where this episode comes in.

Where else would the subjects of beer, rock’n’roll and cholera all intersect in a half hour discussion? Such a bizarre combination of subjects. But they reflect the passion and expertise of the two people talking — myself and Simon Oakes.

And the end result is fascinating.

Simon is a friend of mine, he lives down the road from me in Cardiff. Like me he enjoys a beer. Like me he loves music. And like me, he’s a geographer. Yes, we have a lot in common.

The difference is that he has reached very high levels in both music and Geography (supporting Phil Collins at Hyde Park with his band, and authoring many of the top Geography textbooks used to teach 14–18 year olds in the UK) and, as a result, has some brilliant stories to share.

He has the most incredible office / studio at the top of his house. Spacious, light, with views out over one of Cardiff’s parks. The walls are filled with comics and posters of gigs he played. Musical equipment is on hand…



Andy Taylor

I want to learn. I try to grow. I’d love to help.