CP: What kind of topics will you cover?
The two say they'll also bring in experts "from near and far" to discuss their areas of expertise. "We just want to try to get as many different points of view, to come up with the most complete picture of what we're trying to talk about," says Plyler.
Pocket Liquor isn't the only Charleston-based podcast — in our 2017 Fall Arts issue, we chatted with the voices behind Aural Traditions, The Petty Couch Podcast, We're Just the Messengers, The Southern Fork, and Charleston Time Machine. Covering themes of storytelling, comedy, current affairs and black/rap/urban culture, cuisine, and local history, the local podcast scene has a little bit of everything for any Lowcountry listener.
And of course, there's the quintessential listen for anyone who has ever dipped their toes in the food and bev industry: Effinbradio.
Effinbradio host/creator Lindsay Collins also records her friends Plyler and McConnell with her equipment for Pocket Liquor, and she does the editing. "She sits there and politely laughs when we're trying to be funny," says McConnell.
CP: Sometimes discussions of booze can veer either Pinterest-y (top 10 drinks for fall) or preachy (never drink this on Sundays). Where will Pocket Liquor fall on that spectrum?
JM: Let's say every episode is the history and stories that surround whatever it is — it's very muddy, hard to discern, exaggerated, often these stories are retold drunk. We're going to try to piece that back together as best we can, and make it interesting and fun because we're already talking about something that is really fun already, we want to keep it interesting and engaging and not be too snooty about it. We drank whiskey and High Life on our last episode.
BP: We'll discuss, for instance: 'What's the difference between something you would enjoy as an aperitivo or digestif? What's an Imperial stout, when is it cool to look into those?' Some of those tips and themes I think we take for granted. Being industry professionals, if you to this Italian restaurant, what are you going to start with? Well I'm definitely having a Negroni. What is a Negroni, what goes into, why would you have that before you start your meal, how do you make that at your house, things like that. For us, it's stuff we really take for granted but I think a lot of other people would just be really into knowing about those things. It won't be like top 10 lists, those don't have a lot of information, no depth. And certainly, not that we have all the answers, but a question like, 'when is maybe a flask an appropriate thing for you to have?'
JM: Well, almost always.
CP: At the end of the day, you both have full time careers, social lives. What are you trying to accomplish with Pocket Liquor?JM: We want to keep it kind of funny, not take ourselves too seriously. We don't want to skirt over the fact that this is why people drink — to have a good time. To enjoy themselves and feel different than they normally feel. It's a mind altering substance. That's why we do it, and there's a right and wrong way to do it [drink alcohol]. We'll talk a little about that. It will go from times I had the best cocktail in my life to the time I had to walk barefoot from a dive bar to my hotel in New Orleans.
BP: There's plenty of preachy stuff out there. A lot of booze journalism, it takes the safe road, and they say 'hey when alcohol is misused it can effect your health.' But if it's 5 o'clock, it's the end of the day you've worked hard, been sober all day, if you're doing that stuff and enjoying yourself and being responsible, there's nothing wrong with that. It's completely legitimate.
JM: Life between the ditches. Yes alcohol is dangerous, it's addictive. We're not going to act like we're counselors, we're not going to say we're experts on that side of things. Booze has a lifestyle around it, we want to talk about the cool things that happen.