Beer Me! | Food News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
Pin It

Beer Me! 

Side Dishes: Locally made online videos gets serious about suds

For years, Tristan O’Neil of Burlington wanted to make a series of beer education videos, but there was one crippling problem: The youngster couldn’t snag a six-pack at the supermarket. “I’d been to Canada a couple times, but I also went to Belgium for a week, and that’s when I really fell in love with beer,” the now-21-year-old recalls.

Having come of age, O’Neil, who works for Vermont Business Magazine and loves drinking Trappist ales from Belgium, decided to make his idea a reality. To date, he and his future brother-in-law, Scott DesJardins of Stannard, have churned out four biweekly episodes of “I Like Beer,” which include blind tastings and straight-up comparisons between similar products.

While the hosts do drink and discuss local artisan brews, such as Magic Hat’s bright-red Wacko, they don’t shy away from hyper-popular national brands. The most recent episode pits Corona with “real lime” against lime-flavored Bud Lite, which the twosome says tastes like “lime Skittles shoved into a Bud Lite.”

On alternate weeks, O’Neil goes solo for “Professor T. Beer Honeydew’s Beerography Lesson,” in which he selects a single American beer and discusses its history, body and flavor. Both shows are available at, but if time is short, go for a crash course in “Beerography.” The last two “I Like Beer” episodes each weighed in at nearly 42 minutes.

Did you appreciate this story?

Show us your ❤️ by becoming a Seven Days Super Reader.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

More by Suzanne Podhaizer

About The Author

Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the former Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose,... more


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Latest in Food News

Social Club

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2018 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation