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The Breakdown

On this page, you will find everything you need to fully enjoy the newest podcast revolution, Live from the ManCave!!! For each bi-monthly Episode, we will post the Podcast and Bonus Features. Here's what they mean:

Podcast: The actual Episodes can be played or downloaded directly from these posts. Also included is a short synopsis and a "jacket photo."

Bonus Features: These posts contain links to interesting video, audio, articles, etc., that we referenced in, or are relevant to, the Episode.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Night After The Night Of - Season One, Ep Seven (Part Two)

Welcome back to "Night After the Night Of!!!" See, they told they'd be back for part two, didn't they? Time to see what's inside the Box.

In this episode, CraigMakk continues to demonstrate his extraordinary level of comprehension regarding Law for Dummies; Serious Jest feigns ignorance and drunkenness in order to stave off an Epic Rap Battle; and the guys both dig deep into the psyche of Detective Box while switching up the beer of the show. Except Jest goes off the reservation with his "(Blank) of the Show suggestions. Trust me, it definitely gets a little weird. So grab a beer, strap in, and welcome back to "Night After The Night Of!!!"

(Official) Beer of the Show: Iron Hill Bedotter Belgian-Style Tripel, the actual world's best tripel (and they have the gold medal to prove it).

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Night After The Night Of - Season One, Ep Seven (Part One)

 Welcome back to "Night After The Night Of!!!" At this point, the guys will pretty much talk about anything if it gives them a chance to drink a few beers via the Internet, so feel free to join them.

 In this "The Night Of" recap of Episode Seven, CraigMakk explains why he agrees with Tom Hanks that there's no kissing in jail cells; Serious Jest describes in excruciating and disturbing detail how he listens to his own podcast; and the guys spend an inordinate amount of time name-dropping who "likes" their tweets. Plus they somehow find time to actually discuss the episode while drinking some kick-ass beers. So grab yourself a beer, strap in, and welcome back to "Night After The Night Of!!!"

 Beer(s) of the Show: 

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, a strong yet enjoyable drink to spend time with (or pretty much the opposite of your co-hosts). 

 Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin IPA, a fruity alternative take on a successful and well-known beer (or pretty much exactly like your co-hosts).

Last but not least, here is CraigMakk's baller birthday Joker pint glass. Enjoy!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Night After The Night Of - Season One, Ep Six (Part Two)

Welcome back to "Night After The Night Of!!!" Get ready for more talk about murder and mayhem, people, because the inaugural episode continues.

In this episode, CraigMakk introduces you to the concept of "The Little Sister Experience" (which isn't what you think, so stop); Serious Jest pontificates on the whether this show is all part of "The Usual Suspects" cinematic universe; and both guys focus on the hotness that is Amara Karan while continuing to enjoy their quality beers of the show. If you're not watching "The Night Of," you're seriously missing out on one hot lawyer. So strap in, grab a beer, and welcome back to "Night After The Night Of!!!"

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Night After The Night Of - Season One, Episode Six (Part One)

Welcome back to "Live from the ManCave!!!" and another brand new special edition episode! You loved the inaugural "The Night Of" recap so much, it's now another semi-weekly podcast. Also another reason to drink on a weeknight, but who's counting?

In this very special "Night After The Night Of", Serious Jest reminds you that, YES, he is a lawyer and YES, he has tried actual cases before, in case you forgot somehow; CraigMakk reminds you that NO, he's never been convicted of any violent crime, and YES, he thinks tattooing your knuckles with the words "Sin" and "Bad" while on trial for murder might be a really stupid idea. All the while, the guys break down episodes four through six of the newest HBO phenomenon, mostly while trying to kill time until "Game of Thrones" returns...hence, all the beer. Also, CraigMakk gives you a spoiler-free review of the newest in DC's slate of superhero movies, "Suicide Squad!" So strap in, grab a beer of your own, and welcome to "The Night After The Night Of!!!"

Beer(s) of the Show: 

Jest returns to an old favorite, Ommegang Brewery's "Iron Throne Blonde Ale"...they really like Game of Thrones. 

CraigMakk dives back into Allagash Confluence Ale because...well, wordplay.

And here is CraigMakk's incredible birthday Ommegang Goblet in all its glory:

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Episode Twenty-Four Part One - Night Of the Drunks!

Welcome back to "Live from the ManCave!!!" Somehow, he did it again. Jest convinced Makk to upload this episode with almost no editing. Makk really needs to see someone about that OCD.

In this very special episode, the guys get deadly serious about a bunch of important topics, so prepare for a little change of pace. They touch on some of the insanity happening in the world today, and how people are sharing news faster than the news can keep up. But the also talk about a lot of childish stuff, like Loot Crate, Funko Pops, movie theaters vs ManCaves, and OJ Simpson. But they close it out with a breakdown of the first three episodes of HBO's "The Night Of" in preparation for the impending fourth episode.

You'll also hear CraigMakk tries to sell someone on bringing back drive-in theater even though they are terrible movie experiences; Serious Jest explains precisely how one should go about molesting a keg; and the guys still find a way to get pretty drunk. So grab a beer, strap in, and welcome back to "Live from the ManCave!!!"

 Beer of the Show: Stone's Farking Wheaton W00stout, a nerd-themes Imperial Stout with pecans and aged in a bourbon barrel. No wonder we got so drunk.
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Cave of Thrones Season 6 Finale - ALL MEN MUST DIE! (Part 3)

Welcome back to "Cave of Thrones!!!" The epic finale of the Season Six Finale has finally come to it's epic finale...finally.

 In this episode, CraigMakk explains why time travel would probably just lead to his murder-suicide by stoning if an iPhone is involved; Serious Jest explains why he's not really all that into incest; and the guys make the wackest examples of House Motto's you've ever heard thanks to the shitty Internet. Oh, and they also have some of their biggest Thrones-related disagreements yet all while enjoying some high-quality craft beers at 3am. This one you just GOTTA listen to. So grab a beer, strap in, and welcome back to "Cave of Thrones" for the last time until next season!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Cave of Thrones Season 6 Finale - ALL MEN MUST DIE! (Part 2)

Welcome back to "Cave of Thrones!!!" Obviously, there was a shitload to talk about in this episode, since the guys have already gone on twice as long as the episode actually was, and they're not done yet. It's not hyperbole that you should probably strap in for this episode.

 In this episode, CraigMakk digs deep into the psyche of one of his TV show heroes, a man who also threw a child from a window to protect his incestuous relationship with his sister (way to pick 'em, Makk); Jest explains why it's completely normal not to question your sister about why she conveniently forgot to mention that she called the cavalry (weren't you in the Marines, Jest??); and both guys discuss at length why GRRM is pretty much like Alec Baldwin telling a story during a camping trip. Oh, and the beer flows pretty openly in this one, so try to keep up. Strap in, grab a beer, and welcome back to "Cave of Thrones!!!"

Beers of the Show: 

Ommegang Take the Black Stout, which makes a repeat appearance as a very special gift from a loving cohost;

and Lagunitas CitruSinensis Blood Orange Pale Ale, because the hoppy burst will help you handle all the blood that will inevitably flow during this episode.


Here are a couple pics of the Ommegang Game of Thrones Gift Pack that CraigMakk got for Serious Jest for Christmas, standing right next to the awesome Breaking Bad lamp that Jest gave Makk! Aren't they just the most adorable co-hosts?? Enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cave of Thrones Season 6 Finale - ALL MEN MUST DIE! (Part 1)

Welcome back to "Cave of Thrones!!!" Just know that the ManCave is here to help you deal with the inevitable depression that settles in until next year when GoT returns. SPOILER ALERT: it'll require lots of alcohol.

With the finale of Season 6 now in the rear view mirror, the guys are here to help you express your feelings about all the death, destruction, and sometimes even some kickass murdering going on. In this part one of the full recap, CraigMakk shares some of his fears of working with an absolute murderous lunatic; Serious Jest introduces you to his brand new family sigil and catchphrase; and they both think that getting one pretty simple prediction correct means that they are always right. But we know better, don't we? Oh, and they'll drink a lot of alcohol as well...but of COURSE they do.

So strap in, grab yourself a beer, and get ready for the big season finale of "Cave of Thrones!" And all hail His Grace, Tommen of Houses Baratheon and Lannister, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and...wait, what happened??

Damn, that family sure is cursed.

Drinks of the Show: some kind of Puerto Rican rum (because why not?), and Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To, a strong-ass Belgian-style tripel that will have you enjoying the GoT theme song even more than you thought you would.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Cave of Thrones Season 6, Episode 9 - Two Bastards Walk Into the North...

Welcome back to "Cave of Thrones!!!" I'm sure you've heard the old joke before, "Two Bastards walk into the North, and one gets eaten by his pack of wild dogs." Oh, my bad, should we have said SPOILER ALERT? What can we say, we're a couple of bastards.

 In this semi-regular edition of "Cave of Thrones!!!", the guys break down the magnificent BastardBowl episode to give you the very best analysis they possibly can in a timely fashion while drinking. CraigMakk will blow your mind with his deep understanding of advanced battle tactics such as how to poke people to death with pointy sticks; Serious Jest gets an opportunity to explain why GoT is basically just shamelessly ripping off Tyler Durden; and you'll even get to hear a little LeBron bashing for your troubles. Oh, and of course they have some alcohol to make the conversation fly by with maximum cursing, So strap in, grab a beer, and get ready to listen to two real bastards talk about your favorite show in "Cave of Thrones!!!"

 Beer of the Show: Broken Goblet Brewery's Nori, a Belgian tripel brewed with lavender so sweet, you'll want to take a bath in it,
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Episode 23 Part Three - The Madness Ends!

Welcome back to "Live from the ManCave!!!" You're probably thinking, "Oh My God, does this episode EVER end?!" Yes....yes it does. You don't have to be rude about it.

In the moment you've all been waiting for, Serious Jest and CraigMakk finally complete their epic battle of Superhero Madness, but not before going full-on nerd and discussing who would win in a battle of elves versus werewolves. Oh, and they also get cursed to die horrible deaths by a vengeful. horrible witch should probably just listen.

 In this episode, CraigMakk explains why penis is WAY scarier than spiders; Jest uncovers why he feels compelled to shout horrible things at children over the Internet; and they both drink quite a bit while interviewing a much smarter and more well-spoken guest than the two of them put together. So sit back, grab a beer, and welcome back to "Live from the ManCave!!!"

Beer of the Show: Eventually they'll finally run out of that Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale....but today is not that day.

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If you want to actually see the items that we received in the mail and discussed this episode, check out this episode's Bonus Features. Totally worth the click!!!

Episode 23, Part 3 - Bonus Features

This episode could have very well been called "You've Got Mail." In it, we receive 2 very different packages. Spoilers ahead, so don't check, this stuff out until you've listened.

Below is what CraigMakk & Serious Jest found inside the Loot Crate:

And here's what we found in the package from Tom:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cave of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5- Hold the GODDAMN Door

Welcome back to "Cave of Thrones!!!" We loved it so much the first time, we decided to do another special GoT episode. And this time, we convinced CraigMakk to let it out the door without any editing. So don't blame him if you hate it.

 This episode was a total mindfuck, so CraigMakk & Serious Jest needed to talk it out. There may or may not have been tears'll just need to listen for yourself. After the revelation of Hodor's tragic backstory, the half-Navy Seal baller status and half-small town hall meeting status of the Kinsmoot, and the full (for now) extent of Bran's power, you'll probably need a drink too. So come for the recap, stay for the insight, and run from the insanity of Live from the ManCave's newest "Cave of Thrones" special edition!

Beer of the Show: Ellicottville Brewing's Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout, because only a powerful beer can help you handle feelings.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cave of Thrones Special Edition: Back in BLACK

Welcome to "Live from the ManCave!!!" In this very special edition, the fellas celebrate the most amazing invention of all time: the Internet. And they don't even talk about porn....much.

For the very first time, CraigMakk & Serious Jest utilize the Internet to do a satellite LftMC to discuss and full-spoiler review Game of Thrones, Season 6 Episode 2 moments after it ended. And because they're never content with adding just ONE monkey wrench to their lives, they also bring on their first ever remote third mic, "Black" Pedro Hernandez from the world-famous podcast "Black & White with You and Me." And some shit goes down, and we're not just talking about the beer.

As usual, CraigMakk will explain why it's okay to enjoy watching a naked man lay on a table for the better part of an hour; Jest will compare the cast of GoT to our beloved president (Sorry, Obama! He's Peruvian, he can't help it!); and newcomer Black Pedro blows them all away with his discussion about White Walkers and climate change. Trust's as epic as it is insane. So sit back, grab a beer, and welcome back to "Cave of Thrones!!!"

Beer of the Show: Since it was remote, we each chose our own:

CraigMakk: Broken Goblet's Carle the Great Russian Imperial Stout (aged in Glenfiddich Scotch Barrels), a strong and powerful stout fit only for a king...or a drunk.

Serious Jest: Sixpoint Brewery Resin, a powerful hoppy, citrusy, and piney brew, all channeled into one vessel, not unlike our favorite reanimated Westerosi.

Black Pedro: Golden Road Brewing Get Up Offa That Brown, a balanced and drinkable brown ale, one that will allow you to keep your head instead of losing it.
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