, Free Press Staff Writer Published 11:20 a.m. ET April 24, 2018

What happens in episode #4.03 of the “It’s the Beer Talking” podcast?

Host Jeff Baker ponders the philosophical side of top-shelf suds with University of Vermont professor Tyler Doggett and Kenny Richards, owner of Halyard Brewing.

You might not recognize all the names they drop, but you’ll surely appreciate how they dissect the ethics of corralling (enslaving?) yeast and the existential quest for craft-beer-savvy status.

Finally, the trio plummets into the dizzying depths of the abyss (and Dechutes Brewery’s dark imperial stout, The Abyss, 11.4 percent ABV).

What’s in the Fridge:

Baker is joined by co-host (and fellow heavy thinker) Jason Strempek for some warm-weather elixirs, including lemon-heavy Del’s Shandy from Rhode Island-based Narrangansett Beer (4.7 percent ABV); Pink Lemonade Shandy (4.4 percent ABV) by UFO Beers; and Volcano Juice (4.1 percent ABV) from South Burlington-based Halyard Brewing.

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