About the Podcast

We are Words and Whiskey, and this is not your grandfather's podcast. We discuss works of fiction, drink our favorite drinks, and can be found swearing profoundly throughout any episode. We have a pretty good time, too.

We started this as a project to encourage PJ to read more (he hadn't seriously committed to a book since high school), and deepen Krossland's understanding of why he loves fiction in the first place. We also hope it encourages others to join in, follow along, and probably make fun of our opinions too. We also love to drink, make cocktails, and brew our own beer; this happens to be an excellent place to talk about alcohol.

We hope you enjoy stepping into our dark oak library, pouring a snifter of whiskey, and listening to us have a chat.

Krossland Shaw

Krossland Shaw

Co-Host, Fiction Aficionado

Krossland Shaw lives near the sun swept beaches of North Carolina, but tends to spend his time inside. Enjoying all forms of media, Kross enjoys being a critic of things and of people’s taste in things (especially when they're incorrect). Particular favorites from a spectrum of media include Bioshock, The Thief of Always, and Looper. He also completed an Ironman, and will probably tell you about it whether or not you ask him.

PJ Heller

PJ Heller

Co-Host, Beer Snob

PJ is a tall bastard, and as much as it seems like height is only a physical trait, it gets brought up often enough that it's effectively a personality trait at this point. How boring. But he's had a pretty varied life, graduating high school in St. Cloud, MN and completing his first degree in physics 4 years later. While searching for a physics job, he landed as a professional brewer, a step up from his homebrewing passion, which he still maintains. After deciding he's had enough of searching for jobs pertaining to his physics degree, he decided to go back to school for Mechanical Engineering, which is where he currently finds himself. Reading has always been a source of frustration for him, as he is not a very fast reader, which was always discouraging, and thus he never developed a habit of reading recreationally. Wanting to remedy this was one of the sources of inspiration for this show.

Tim Olson

Tim Olson

Webmaster & Linux Greybeard

Proprietor of this here fine establishment. I go by my NIS name; tolson, where possible. I’m a Site Reliability Engineer living in St. Paul, Minnesota. When asked to look into helping on this project, naturally, I was excited to setup the necessary 1 and 0’s to get the boys out there. I mostly read engineering books, but when I’m into fiction – my style is the density and warmth of Douglas fir. As such, LOTR speaks to me. If something’s broken, you can blame me.

Andrew Huot

Andrew Huot

Editor, Producer

Coming Soon!