The History of Beer of the Week on TLD

During each podcast of The Less Desirables, we are fortunate enough to sample a pint or two of the latest “trending” beer on the market courtesy of our Official Beer Sponsor (Enter YOUR name here, be a sponsor). What’s more, we like to let you know how we feel about it.  We raise a pint to you, oh great listener of The Less Desirables! We’d love to have you share a pint with us soon. Here are all the “official” brews beverages we have ever had on this cool and groovy podcast. At least, we think these are all of them.

The “official” beer of each podcast of The Less Desirables can be enjoyed below.  Sponsored by our Official Beer Sponsor:


Beer of the Week

  • March 13, 2024 – Cave de Tain Syrah.

Previous Beers of the Week (2024)

  • March 6, 2024 – Napa Valley Quilt’s Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • February 28, 2024 – Absenthe.
  • February 21, 2024 – Coco Loco Chocolate Porter by NoDa Brewing.
  • February 14, 2024 – Jacob’s Creek’s Cab Sav.
  • February 7, 2024 – Taylor Port Wine.
  • January 31, 2024 – Coco Loco Chocolate Porter by NoDa Brewing.
  • January 24, 2024 – Cabernet Sauvignon by Barefoot.
  • January 17, 2024 – Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal Imperial Stout.
  • January 10, 2024 – Milk & Cookies Imperial Stout by Wicked Weed.
  • January 3, 2024 – none

Previous Beers of the Week (2023)

  • December 27, 2023 – none
  • December 20, 2023 – none
  • December 13, 2023 – Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal Imperial Stout
  • December 6, 2023 – none
  • November 29, 2023 – none
  • November 22, 2023 – none
  • November 15, 2023 – Maker’s 46.
  • November 8, 2023 – Various brews.
  • November 1, 2023 – Larceny Bourbon.
  • October 25, 2023 – Köstritzer Schwartzbier Black Lager.
  • October 18, 2023 – Founders’ Porter (yes! Again!).
  • October 11, 2023 – Founders’ Porter.
  • October 4, 2023 – none
  • September 27, 2023 – none
  • September 20, 2023 – none
  • September 13, 2023 – Turbodog Brown Ale from Abita
  • September 6, 2023 – none
  • August 30, 2023 – Patron Silver
  • August 23, 2023 – Maudite, Abbey-Style Strong Red Amber Ale from Unibroue
  • August 16, 2023 – Various brews
  • August 9, 2023 – Hofbrauhaus Freising Dunkel
  • August 2, 2023 – Smithwick’s Red Ale
  • July 26, 2023 – no bevvies
  • July 19, 2023 – Innis & Gunn Original
  • July 12, 2023 – Old Meck Brewing’s Copper
  • July 5, 2023 – Various
  • June 28, 2023 – Franziskaner Weissbier
  • June 21, 2023 – More Green Man’s Porter (we had a lot of it).
  • June 14, 2023 – No bevvies.
  • June 7, 2023 – Green Man’s Porter.
  • May 31, 2023 – Green Man’s Porter.
  • May 24, 2023 – Sullivan’s Maltings Irish Ale.May 17, 2023 – Warsteiner Dunkel.
  • May 10, 2023 – No bevvies.
  • May 3, 2023 – No bevvies.
  • April 26, 2023 – No bevvies.
  • April 19, 2023 – Various porters.
  • April 12, 2023 – Various.
  • April 5, 2023 – No bevvies.
  • March 29, 2023 – Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale.
  • March 22, 2023 – No bevvies.
  • March 15, 2023 – Augustiner German Lager.
  • March 8, 2023 – Augustiner German Lager.
  • March 1, 2023 – Honu Global (Jay the Brewer beers).
  • February 22, 2023 – Bourbon.
  • February 15, 2023 – Beneath the Mango Tree Kolsh and Hint of Purple Edlerberry Stout from Jay the Brewer (of Honu Global).
  • February 8, 2023 – No bevvie.
  • February 1, 2023 – Ice Cream Paint Job by Divine Barrel.
  • January 25, 2023 – Celebrator by Ayinger.
  • January 18, 2023 – No bevvie.
  • January 11, 2023 – No bevvie.
  • January 4, 2023 – No bevvie.

Previous Beers of the Week (2022)

  • December 28, 2022 – No bevvie.
  • December 21, 2022 – No bevvie.
  • December 14, 2022 – Foothills Brewing’s People’s Porter.
  • December 7, 2022 – Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen (again)
  • November 30, 2022 – Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen
  • November 23, 2022 – No Bevvie
  • November 16, 2022 – Great Lakes Brewing’s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.
  • November 9, 2022 – Seagram’s Escapes.
  • November 2, 2022 – Foothills Brewing’s People’s Porter.
  • October 26, 2022 – Warsteiner (yes, again).
  • October 19, 2022 – Warsteiner.
  • October 12, 2022 – Hacker-Pschorr.
  • October 5, 2022 – Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner.
  • September 28, 2022 – Wise Man.
  • September 21, 2022 – White Claw (we’re not that proud of it).
  • September 14, 2022 – Kronenbourg 1664 Lager.
  • September 7, 2022 – No bevie today.
  • August 31, 2022 – No bevie today.
  • August 24, 2022 – No bevie today.
  • August 17, 2022 – Hoegaarden.
  • August 10, 2022 – Tito’s beverages.
  • August 3, 2022 – Zwickl Lager from Arcobräu.
  • July 27, 2022 – Kolsch from Gaffel.
  • July 20, 2022 – White Claw.
  • July 13, 2022 – No bevvy today.
  • July 6, 2022 – Space Pegasus NE IPA from Booneshine Brewing, NC.
  • June 29, 2022 – Messy Jessie IPA with Guava from Ghostface Brewing, NC.
  • June 22, 2022 – Keet It Crunchy Granola Stout from Ommegang.
  • June 15, 2022 – 
  • June 8, 2022 – No bevvy today.
  • June 1, 2022 – Salvator Double-Bock from Paulaner.
  • May 25, 2022 – Rothaus Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus.
  • May 18, 2022 – None.
  • May 11, 2022 – Captain Jack Pilsner from Old Meck.
  • May 4, 2022 – Kolsch from White Street.
  • April 27, 2022 – No brew today.
  • April 20, 2022 – Nitro Dry Irish Stout from RADAR.
  • April 13, 2022 – Various brews.
  • April 6, 2022 – Kalamazoo Stout from Bell’s, MI.
  • March 30, 2022 – Lunazul Anejo tequila.
  • March 23, 2022 – Ur-Bock Dunkel from Einbecker.
  • March 16, 2022 – Guinness.
  • March 9, 2022 – Random Bevies.
  • March 2, 2022 – Schwartzbier from RADAR.
  • February 23, 2022 – Various brews from Incendiary Brewing.
  • February 16, 2022 – Porter from Fiddlin’ Fish, NC.
  • February 9, 2022 – Soundings Imperial Stout from RADAR, NC.
  • February 2, 2022 – Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider, NC.
  • January 26, 2022 – Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider, NC.
  • January 19, 2022 – None.
  • January 12, 2022 – Pink Whitney on Ice.
  • January 5, 2022 – Heady Bear Helles Lager from Fiddlin’ Fish, WSNC.

Previous Beers of the Week (2021)

  • December 29, 2021 – none.
  • December 22, 2021 – None.
  • December 15, 2021 – German Style Lager from Wise Man, WSNC.
  • December 8, 2021 – German Style Lager from RADAR, WSNC.
  • December 1, 2021 – Yeungling. 
  • November 24, 2021 – none. 
  • November 17, 2021 – German Style Lager from RADAR, WSNC.
  • November 10, 2021 – Raspberry Currant Sour and Black Mountain Chocolate Stout from Fiddlin’ Fish, WSNC.November 3, 2021 – Oktoberfest from Radar, WSNC. Yes, it’s that good.
  • October 27, 2021 – Cipher Norwegian Farmhouse Ale from Radar, WSNC.
  • October 20, 2021 – Oktober Lager from Radar, WSNC.
  • October 13, 2021 – Cassia Pumpkin Spice Ale from Radar, WSNC.
  • October 6, 2021 – Oktoberfest from Radar, WSNC.
  • September 29, 2021 – Ayinger, Bavaria, Germany
  • September 22, 2021 – Scotch, Scotchety, Scotch…
  • September 15, 2021 – two brews from Wise Man, WSNC.
  • September 8, 2021 – Solstice Saison from Radar, WSNC. 
  • September 1, 2021 – none.
  • August 25, 2021 – Skinny Girl Margarita. 
  • August 18, 2021 – Europa Hefeweizen from RADAR.August 11, 2021 – Various Jay McNulty (Honu Global) brews. 
  • August 4, 2021 – Various New Belgium brews. 
  • July 28, 2021 – IPA from Lowe’s Foods Beer Den. 
  • July 21, 2021 – Old Speckled Hen. 
  • July 14, 2021 – Pinot Grigio from Alto Livello. 
  • July 7, 2021 – Bowman Brothers Bourbon and Pink Whitney from New Amsterdam. 
  • June 30, 2021 – Various cocktails from Thirsty Buffalo, WS NC.
  • June 23, 2021 – Various Wise Man and Fiddlin’ Fish, WS NC. 
  • June 16, 2021 – Hummingbird Helles Lager from Red Oak, NC.
  • June 9, 2021 – Cherish It Czech-style Dark Lager from Wise Man, WSNC. (YES AGAIN!)
  • June 2, 2021 – Cherish It Czech-style Dark Lager from Wise Man, WSNC.
  • May 26, 2021 – Homebrews from guest.
  • May 19, 2021 – Various beverages.
  • May 12, 2021 – Estrella Jalisco, Mexico… Again.
  • May 5, 2021 – Estrella Jalisco, Mexico. 
  • April 28, 2021 – Morning Stout from Hoots Beer Company, NC. 
  • April 21, 2021 – Gashopper IPA from Hoots Beer Company, NC.
  • April 14, 2021 – Payne Road Stout from Hoots Beer Company, NC. 
  • April 7, 2021 – Cascade Dry Irish Stout from Radar Brewing, NC. 
  • March 31, 2021 – Momentum Coffee Blonde Ale from Radar Brewing, NC. 
  • March 24, 2021 – The Beginning is After The End Coffee Porter from Burial, NC.
  • March 17, 2021 – Fat Tire Amber from New Belgium, NC. (again)
  • March 10, 2021 – Fat Tire Amber from New Belgium, NC.
  • March 3, 2021 – Outraged Daughters Irish Red from Wise Man Brewing, NC.
  • February 24, 2021 – Love Paradox White Stout from Wise Man Brewing, NC.
  • February 17, 2021 – Vanishing Point Stout from Radar Brewing, NC.
  • February 10, 2021 – 4240 Chocolate Stout from Deep River Brewing, NC. (yes, again)
  • February 3, 2021 – 4240 Chocolate Stout from Deep River Brewing, NC.
  • January 27, 2021 – A sour and IPA from Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Co., NC.
  • January 20, 2021 – Orange Berliner Weisse from Ass Clown Brewing, NC.
  • January 13, 2021 – None. We’ll imbibe later.
  • January 6, 2021 – None. We’ll imbibe later.

Previous Beers of the Week (2020)

  • December 30, 2020 – None. We’ll imbibe later.
  • December 23, 2020 – Momentum Coffee Blonde from Radar Brewing, WSNC.
  • December 16, 2020 – None. We’ll imbibe later.
  • December 9, 2020 – None. We’ll imbibe later.
  • December 2, 2020 – Xocoveza Mocha Stout from Stone Brewing, VA.
  • November 25, 2020 – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • November 18, 2020 – Coffee Stout from Pisgah Brewing, NC.
  • November 11, 2020 – Dry Cider from Austin Eastciders.
  • November 4, 2020 – Vision Dry-Hopped Saison from Radar Brewing, WSNC.
  • October 28, 2020 – None
  • October 21, 2020 – Two Hearted Ale from Bell’s, MI.
  • October 14, 2020 – Broken Shed Moscow Mules with Jax!
  • October 7, 2020 – Various bevvies.
  • September 30, 2020 – Festival Express IPA from Foothills, NC.
  • September 23, 2020 -Dry Cider from Austin Eastciders.
  • September 16, 2020 – Juiciness IPA from Sycamore. 
  • September 9, 2020 – No bevvies on the show but afterward, yes.
  • September 2, 2020 – No bevvies on the show but afterward, yes.
  • August 26, 2020 – Radius Belgian Quad from Radar Brewing, NC.
  • August 19, 2020 – Kentucky Mule made with 1792 Bourbon.
  • August 12, 2020 – None. We’ll imbibe later.
  • August 5, 2020 – Sour Monkey Tripel from Victory Brewing, PA.
  • July 29, 2020 – 1792 on the rocks, KY.
  • July 22, 2020 – Watermelon Lemonade featuring Tito’s Vodka, TX.
  • July 15, 2020 – Blueberry Mojito featuring RumHaven Coconut Rum, CA.
  • July 8, 2020 – Several from AMB.
  • July 1, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • June 24, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • June 17, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • June 10, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • June 3, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • May 27, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • May 20, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • May 13, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • May 6, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • April 29, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • April 22, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • April 15, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • April 8, 2020 – no beer this week, although we all imbibed.
  • April 1, 2020 – no beer this week.
  • March 25, 2020 – no beer this week.
  • March 18, 2020 – no beer this week.
  • March 11, 2020 – Pinch of Salt Peach Cobbler Gose from D9, NC.
  • March 4, 2020 – White Cranberry Cider from Bold Rock, VA/NC.
  • February 26, 2020 – No official beer this week. Go to Bull’s Tavern and have a beverage of your choice!
  • February 19, 2020 – Sour Pale from Ommegang, NY.
  • February 12, 2020 – Blood Orange Gose from Anderson Valley, CA.
  • February 5, 2020 – Hopcocoa Stout from Wicked Weed, NC.
  • January 29, 2020 – Hopslam Double IPA from Bell’s Brewing, MI.
  • January 22, 2020 – Hazy IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing, NY.
  • January 15, 2020 – All Day Session Ale IPA from Founders, MI.
  • January 8, 2020 – 2018 Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing, NC.
  • January 1, 2020 – No beer. Happy New Year!

Previous Beers of the Week (2019)

Previous Beers of the Week (2018)

Previous Beers of the Week (2017)

Previous Beers of the Week (2016)

Previous Beers of the Week (2015)

  • 11.25.15 No beer, we just drank Cold Mountain Winter Ale again
  • 11.18.15 Cold Mountain Winter Ale by Highland Brewing, Asheville, NC
  • 11.11.15 Hell Hath No Fury Ale by Bell’s Brewing, Chicago, IL
  • 11.4.15 Born Yesterday Pale Ale by Lagunitas Brewing, Chicago, IL
  • 1.28.15 – Serum XXIPA by DuClaw Brewing, Baltimore, MD
  • 1.21.15 – Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale by DuClaw Brewing, Baltimore, MD
  • 1.14.15 – Euforia Toffee Nut Brown Ale by DuClaw Brewing, Baltimore, MD
  • 1.7.15 – Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter by DuClaw Brewing, Baltimore, MD

Previous Beers of the Week (2014)

 Previous Beers of the Week (2013)

2013 Wines of the Month

2012 Beers of the Week

Please check out our monthly State of the Hops Address, which covers a different North Carolina Brewery, by Our Official Beer Guru C. Jay Platt — 1.4.12, 2.1.12, 3.7.12, 4.4.12, 5.2.12, 9.5.12, 10.3.12, 11.7.12, and 12.5.12.

2012 Coffees of the Week

Date Drink Description TLD Perks*
12.26.12 Hot White Chocolate A pure white, flavorful cup of hot chocolate. 4.5
12.19.12 Cup o’ Christmas A meaty, thick full bodied cappuccino with various Christmas spices. 3.5
12.12.12 Snickers Latte A warm latte with light notes of Snickers candy bar. 4.5
12.5.12 Chocolate Tiramisu Delicious tiramisu chocolate in liquid latte form! 3.5
11.28.12 Gingerbread Spice Latte A latte with that backyard Moravian gingerbread spice. 4
11.21.12 4
11.14.12 Banana Fosters Latte A latte with faint hints of banana. 4
11.7.12 Coconut Mocha A mocha latte with light notes of coconut. 4
10.31.12 Moravian Cookie Latte A delectable, sweet latte with a warm Moravian cookie flavor. 4
10.24.12 Iced Irish Creme Latte A latte on the rocks complete with a nice touch of Irish creme. 3.5
10.17.12 White Chocolate Cherry Cappuccino A warm blend of white chocolate with subtle notes of cherry. 4
10.10.12 Hot Apple Cider A spicy blend of fresh, hot cider with hints of pumpkin spices. 4
10.3.12 Pumpkin Latte A soft, flavorful latte chalk-full of pumpkin spices. 5
9.26.12 Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Frappuccino A frappuccinno blended with the best flavors imaginable. 5
9.19.12 Caramel Apple Cappuccino A cappuccinno dominated with caramel with light notes of apple. 4
9.12.12 Iced Caramel Chai Latte A caramel flavored Chai latte 4
9.5.12 Almond Joy A rich chocolate iced frappuccino 5
8.29.12 n/a @ Sticks & Stones for GSOTweetup
8.22.12 n/a @ Finnigan’s Wake
8.15.12 n/a No Coffee this week.
8.8.12 TBD
8.1.12 TBD
7.25.12 n/a @ King’s Crab Shack
7.18.12 Traditional Macchiato 2 Shots of Espresso with a dollop of foamed milk. (Shot) 3
7.11.12 The Cortado (Spain) 2 Shots of Espresso added to steamed, extra fluffy milk 4
7.4.12 The James Bond Iced Latte; shaken, not stirred. 3
6.27.12 Hurricane Katrina Mocha Frappuccino with Hazelnut and 2 Espresso shots. 5
6.20.12 White Mocha Raspberry Frappuccino A raspberry flavored frappuccino. 4
6.13.12 Cocoa Mocha Frappuccino Frappuccino with Almond Joy Flavor. 4
6.6.12 Italian Soda A lethal combination of Perrier and Cherries. 3.5
5.30.12 Banana Fosters Avogado Vanilla ice cream, bananas, and espresso. 5
5.23.12 n/a @ TLD East in Greensboro
5.16.12 Caramel Macchiato From Macchiato meaning “mark” or “stain” best selling drink in the U.S., espresso on top 5
5.9.12 Leche y Leche Milk and cream, but bold flavor. 4
5.2.12 Vietnamese Coffee Espresso and an espresso shot on ice. 4
4.25.12 n/a No Coffee – Tim’s Recovery
4.18.12 Funky Cold Medina Chocolate syrup and mocha for a dessert-like beverage. 5
4.11.12 Cafe Noisette (France) Espresso and cream. 1.5
4.4.12 Cafe Con Leche (Cuba) Espresso, scalded milk, and sugar. 4
3.28.12 Flat White (New Zealand) Steamed milk (microfoam) poured over espresso. 3.5
3.21.12 n/a @ Bob’s Big Gas Subs & Pub
3.14.12 Shamrock Java Shakes Java flavored milkshake with fresh ice cream. 4
3.7.12 Wiener Melange (Austria) A rich, but sweet espresso. 3.5
2.29.12 n/a @ TLD East in Greensboro
2.22.12 Spicy Mayan Mocha A secret spice mix with coffee. 5
2.15.12 Straight-up Latte Simply put – espresso and steamed milk. 3.5
2.8.12 White Chocolate Toffee A sweet chocolate and toffee mocha. 4.5
2.1.12 Caramel Latte A faint taste of caramel with a great coffee taste. 4
1.25.12 Cocoa Mocha Chocolate mocha with a hint of coconut flavor. 4.5
1.18.12 n/a @ Barnhill’s
1.11.12 Simple Mocha A decadent, light dessert coffee. 4.5
1.4.12 n/a @ City Beverage

* = The average rating among Brian, Tim, Eugene, and guest(s) of the show, rounded to the nearest 1/2 perk.

2012 Wines of the Month

2011 Beers of the Week

 2011 Wines of the Month

Please check out monthly State of the Hops Address, featuring a history of a different type of beer from our Official Beer Guru C. Jay Platt — 2.2.11, 3.2.11, 4.13.11, 5.4.11, 6.1.11, 7.6.11, 8.3.11, 10.5.11, & 12.7.11. 

Interviews from 2011

Here are three outstanding interviews from June 4th 2011’s Salute! Wine Festival in downtown Winston-Salem, NC.  Enjoy the interviews as they will provide you a full flavor of the wines in our backyard.

Here are two superb interviews from The Less Desirables’ Beer Tour Trip to the Triangle area of North Carolina.

2010 Beers of the Week

  • 8.25.10 – Bad Penny Brown Ale by Big Boss Brewing, Raleigh, NC
  • 8.18.10 – He’Brew Genesis Ale by Shmaltz Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA
  • 8.11.10 – Pacifico by Grupo Modelo, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 8.4.10No “Beer of the Week” due to Brian’s honeymoon

Also, please check out our quarterly State of the Hops Address, featuring a history of a different type of beer from our Official Beer Guru C. Jay Platt — 3.17.10, 6.9.10, 9.1.10 & 12.1.10.