Hoptimum and Fluoride

X’s John Doe as creepy bartender Pat McGurn in Roadhouse.

Growler regulars Scott Slonaker and Frederick von Tank (“Von Tank!”) of The Others once again pay a visit to the High Octane Growler World Domination Headquarters, for an episode fraught with hoppy beer, non-profanity, and fluoride.

Host Tommy Hough leads the team on a conversation touching on the legacy of Ray Manzarek and The Doors, Huell Howser and California Gold, John Doe from X and his Roadhouse legacy, and the fallout (or tooth decay) from Portland’s most recent rejection of tap water fluoridation.

Tommy also offers his theory on profanity on the internet, and we learn Scott has been tapped for another webcast while Fred has a needy friend. In between the chatter, the gang also take a moment to sample not one, but two, highly enjoyable craft beers, neither of which has been infected by either fluoride or the International Communist Conspiracy.

Big thumbs up to the Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s outstanding Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale. Originally brewed in 2006 for what was then Lagunitas’ 13th anniversary, the guys in Petaluma keep bringing this awesome red ale back, so we’re pleased we finally had a chance to try this on High Octane Growler. We also got our paws on some of the new Sierra Nevada “whole cone” Imperial IPA Hoptimum, which we absolutely love as well.

Beers Enjoyed

(we highly recommend both)
Lagunitas Brewing Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale
American Amber / Red Ale
8.9% ABV
IBU 77
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Whole Cone Imperial IPA
American Double / Imperial IPA
10.40% ABV
IBU 100

Music Enjoyed

As part of our tribute to the late Ray Manzarek of The Doors, we’ve featured three Doors songs in this edition of High Octane Growler (relax, we’ll play some X in the next one).

We start off with “Strange Days,” the title cut from the Doors’ second album, released in time for Halloween in October 1967. Indeed, many of the songs on Strange Days are completely appropriate for Halloween, none more so than the weird title cut.

Ray Manzarek is often credited with playing the Moog synthesizer on this track, but apparently it was played by Morrison at a point after he’d cut his vocal. Moog pioneer Paul Beaver assisted the band with their Moog experiments for Strange Days and set up his synthesizer for them at L.A.’s Sunset Sound, around the same time he was doing the same for The Byrds and The Monkees (that’s Paul Beaver playing the Moog on “Star Collector”).

Ray Manzarek, 1939 – 2013

The second song featured is “The Crystal Ship,” from the first Doors album The Doors in January 1967.

Recorded in the summer of 1966 while the band was hot in live performance mode playing two sets a night at the Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood, the song is made particularly melodic by Ray Manzarek’s dramatic piano middle-eight break. Like many early Doors songs, “The Crystal Ship” sets a great mood for the hazy weirdness of the Southern California of the era.

The third and final song is “Land Ho,” from the Doors’ early 1970 album Morrison Hotel. Recorded in November 1969 while the band was trying to regain it’s footing after the Miami incident and being banned from playing nearly everywhere except the moon, Morrison Hotel resurrects “Indian Summer” and “Waiting for the Sun” from earlier sessions, but features a leaner, more rocking version of The Doors playing for themselves since bookings were hard to come by.

The bouncy “Land Ho” is characteristically listenable with a typically dark Doors edge. Manzarek’s bouncy nautical organ rhythm expertly sets the song’s pace, leaving room for Robby Krieger’s lead guitar fills and a great Morrison vocal.

Thanks to broadcast brother Mike Hansen for the killer High Octane Growler imaging.

Big thanks to Ken Wright and Steve Wagner for their ongoing support.

Thanks to Phil Smith for helping get the beer-to-radio ball rolling.

Apparently, when Fred has too much beer, he turns into a wolf. This explains all the toilet paper missing from the High Octane Growler men’s room.

The delivery system by which Portland intends to poison it’s residents and pollute the region’s waters: the city water supply! (evil laughter)

The late Huell Howser loved California. Endless apologies to Huell for having some laughs at his expense.



  1. Melissa Rexilius

    It’s nearly impossible to listen to this at work. Everyone wants to know what’s so damn funny in my office. Thanks for the laughs!

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