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Oct 13, 2021

Carol & Susan McLeod are a couple of sisters who opened "Hold Fast Brewing" in an old firehouse here in Springfield, Missouri. I was friends with Susan before it ever opened and that, combined with the notion of them opening a brewery in THE VERY FIRST FIREHOUSE TO WHICH I WAS ASSIGNED, made it inevitable that they'd...


Oct 6, 2021

My good friend Brittney Lumos has started a podcast called "Bitchin' With Brittney" and she came back to Springfield to visit friends, get some ink and popped into the studio to record an episode. She's got something to say to you about just about everything, and dammit, you're gonna listen! We enjoy some Dane Page...


Sep 22, 2021

After visiting North Carolina and hitting 26 breweries in 6 days with some friends, I thought it was time to crack some open with my friends Ryan and Larry. Tune into another episode of "Behind The Beer With Lear" for their takes on some delicious beers and some music on the break by our guide's brother, Mr. Dane...


Aug 27, 2021

The extrication from Afghanistan has seemed, from a lay-person's point of view, to be a mess at best. Today Jeff Butler sits down over some gin & tonics to shed some perspective and light on a very difficult situation, and give some possible explanations. It's not ALL somber news, however....we DO discuss the...


Aug 21, 2021

Caution......it can be your best friend and your worst enemy, at least in the fire service. Today, my friend Scott sits down with me to go over the paradox of aging: we gain more experience of time, but the firefighting is a young person's game with the physical and mental toll stacking up with each call. We also talk...