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Neutral Cider Hotel

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Neutral Cider Hotel

Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman

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Join hosts Gabe Cook (Cider expert, author), Grant Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit drummer. Cider distributor) and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman (Cider writer) on their weekly podcast where they engage in boisterous discussions on cider, music and life. They’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest news and trends happening in the cider industry and chat with fascinating people from the worlds of cider, entertainment, journalism and more. They’ll also sample new and interesting ciders and give you an hone ...
 
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Grab your bags, double check you have everything from your room, and head to reception, as Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman check out of the Neutral Cider Hotel. As Season One of the show draws to a close, the guys discuss how it started, who takes the blame for the show, and their favourite moments. Certain things pop up so ke…
 
TFC fans have nothing to feel good about so the Waking the Red crew talk to Tristan D’Amours of MLS soccer about how great CF Montreal is doing right now. (Yes you read that right). And if Toronto FC’s season really is already over, what steps could be taken in the remaining games to set the team up for success next year?…
 
Get your indie rock sensibilities tuned up with Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they build a fake empire at the Neutral Cider Hotel! Gabe kicks things off with a reflection on the Bristol Cider Salon. Beyond the cider makers that stood out (it’s a long list) they also chat about secret fleshy meetings, the awkwardness of be…
 
It’s ‘hot as an armpit’ in Jeff’s room, and the conversation gets HEATED this week, as the Waking The Red crew debate the state of TFC’s forward line this season. Special guest Benedict Rhodes serves up some CPL highlights and explains what it’s like to work alongside WTR favourite Kristian Jack.By Footy Talks
 
Get ready to rock with Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they get their apologies in order at the Neutral Cider Hotel! First off, it's a reunion of sorts, with tales of hot sauce, cocoa butter, ghost writers, Gabe’s Book and the reading ability of the Scottish! Grant is in the hotel and the gang is back together. Then it's on…
 
Grab a pen, put a pound in the pot and grab a quiz sheet with Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman at the Neutral Cider Hotel! Up first, a quick update on our live show at the Bristol Cider Salon scheduled for this Thursday, the 12th of August. Unfortunately, it’s been postponed. For more info on why (COVID) as well as updates on w…
 
Join hosts MC G. Sizzle, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they get wiggity wiggity whack at the Neutral Cider Hotel. Up first, we want to remind you that the Neutral Cider Hotel LIVE show is right around the corner. Please join us Thursday, the 12th of August at the Hen & Chicken in Bristol for our first live recording of the show. Get…
 
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they hold back family insults at the Neutral Cheat Hotel. Up first, we start things off with a plug. The Neutral Cider Hotel LIVE show is happening this year at the Bristol Cider Salon. Join us Thursday, the 12th of August at the Hen & Chicken in Bristol for our first live recordin…
 
The boys were back at BMO Field this week and reminisce about how amazing it was to return to our house by the lakeshore. They are also joined by Dr. Clare Rustad, former Canadian women's national team player and CBC Olympic host to preview Tokyo 2020 from a CanWNT perspective. Other topics include Ayo Akinola injury news, the new Canadian Champion…
 
Join hosts The Good, The Bad and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they gear up for the end, at the Neutral Cider Hotel! Up first, with the recent announcement of season one coming to an end and the uncertainty of what’s next, the guys get to work on the live show to make sure they make all of their fans that attend, have an amazing time. The Neutral Cider…
 
With the end of the Euro's, the Crew are moving into summertime with exhaustion but still keep the pod moving. Sharm's is kneed deep in pies and washed over in English defeat. Racists doing their thing. Messi gets his Continental Win and much more. Did someone say Didier?By James Sharman
 
It has been one whole human year of Waking the Red Weekly! To celebrate the guys look back at some of the best moments in show history, and then look ahead at Toronto FC as they get set to come back from the Gold Cup break. They talk about the win over New England, the Jozy Altidore situation and finish up with some CanMNT talk.…
 
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they ponder the fate of the Neutral Cider Hotel! Up first, with the recent announcement of season one coming to an end and the uncertainty of what’s next, the guys get to work on the live show to make sure it's literally the best show anyone has seen in 2021. The Neutral Cider Hote…
 
Jeff, Michael and Mitch discuss the fallout around Chris Armas' firing and where the club goes from here. They chat whether Jozy Altidore might return now, when the club might be back at BMO Field and who will step behind the bench for the time being. They also chat about the Concacaf Gold Cup, Ayo Akinola suiting up for Canada, and plenty more.…
 
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Greatest-Showman as they are put on notice from the Neutral Cider Hotel! Up first, big news from the amateur hoteliers as their hotel has given them until the end of August 2021 to vacate the premises. This leaves the future of the Neutral Cider Hotel in jeopardy, but, for now, the boys will carry on…
 
It's been a wild 17 days and the Euro has given the Crew delightful footy. Sharms called the goals per game, Dunny is still sad and pensive with the loss of Portugal in the tourney, and Craig and Wonger are all smiles. Join us for an hour of great chat and a few dozen laffs. The Ukraine is not weak. Watch out England!…
 
Another week, another disappointing loss for TFC. In the week’s episode of Waking The Red Weekly, Mitchell Tierney, Michael Singh and Jeffery P. Nesker try to make sense of a new low for Chris Armas’s side after a comprehensive defeat at the hands of lowly Cincinnati. Special guest Charlie O'Connor-Clarke of the CPL gives his views on TFC’s current…
 
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Greatest-Showman as they pitch up in the mud, with the Neutral Cider Hotel! Up first, the guys celebrate the missing event from the cider calendar; Glastonbury Festival. This year’s celebration is cancelled for obvious reasons, but the guys go through their festival stories including backstage antics…
 
The Euro pretenders are gone and only the strong and most skillful will survive. The Crew make their picks, analyse each game, discuss world and societal issues, Sharms drinks from the wrong glass, Craig's internet is much worse then Brendan's, Nigel makes a sneaky return, Twitter Questions and Wonger keeps it on track for once. All this and more o…
 
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they sing along to the dial up tone, in the Neutral Cider Hotel! Firstly, Gabe has moved house, again, for another time, and dropped out of Nempnett Thrubwell, Martyn has been torn by the first episodes of his favourite comic Sweet Tooth, and Grant has an exciting delivery of some …
 
The Waking the Red crew discuss a strange TFC press conference that left even more questions unanswered (especially about the Jozy Altidore situation) and may have backfired as a PR exercise. Guest Anthony Khoury weighs in on whether Altidore has played his last game for TFC, and Mitchell Tierney assesses the Canadian men’s national team as they in…
 
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they get very merry with berries in the Neutral Cider Hotel! Firstly, the first draft is almost right closely nearly coming to be given in on Gabe’s new book; Modern British Cider! We’re wondering if gabe went over the wordcount! Martyn’s new blend with regulars on the show Little …
 
The crew discuss Craig's limited technical skills with computers, Sharms gloats, England and Canada may have the best talent yet but perhpas the greatest attribute is a short memory and forgotten history. Brendan says Wonger has a point. Danny is still lurking in Phoenix. And you may be sick of us all by!…
 
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they welcome you, for the first time, to the Neutral Cider Hotel! But first, the guys congratulate the team at Cider-Review for their launch party, which brings to light something that was missing from the Hotel. A drink every time the guys make a reference throughout this section …
 
On the latest episode of Waking the Red Weekly, Mitch, Michael and Jeff sift through the wreckage of another disappointing result and what it means for Chris Armas' TFC project. Guest Joshua Kloke gives his view on Jozy Altidore's potential departure; Armas' apparent withholding of information; the weirdness of reporting once a week from afar and w…
 
After a weekend that saw Chelsea crowned champions of Europe and Brentford win promotion to the Premier League, James Sharman, Craig Forrest and Brendan Dunlop react to how Man City got it all wrong, delve into some early silly season rumours, and Craig explains the human anatomy of a tall person.By James Sharman
 
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they cast out for the funnies at the Neutral Cider Hotel! But first, Grant brings a good story with a tenuous link to our little cider world, before Gabe reels us back in with puns, before being snared in a trap of "drum talk." Then it’s onto the news, and a serious one with an ins…
 
It's another banger as the boys give their props to Sharm's made up Awards. Who's going where as the off season is now upon us, Penalty Kicks discussed after 21 are scored and of course the Champions League Final on Saturday. We have a Dichio sighting and that means 2 more weeks of lockdown. Happy Listening.…
 
Michael Singh and Jeffery P. Nesker look back on Toronto FC’s 1-0 loss to Orlando city - yet another disappointing game for new manager Chris Armas. Are TFC struggling because the best players aren’t in their best positions, and how does Armas maximize the impact of new DP, Yeferson Soteldo? TFC II beat writer Ben Steiner gives his views on new coa…
 
On a weekend when Canadians touched more silverware than a bull in a china shop, Sharms, Forrest and Dunlop recap Jonathan David’s Ligue 1 title triumph and celebrate the other league winning Canadians, put a bow on a wild Premier League season that saw Liverpool and Chelsea book Champions League spots on the final day, and Sharms gets fooled by th…
 
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Sugar Plum Fairy and Angel Delight as they get their just desserts at the Nigel Cider Hotel! But first, Gabe brings a story featuring pudding and pandemonium, Martyn warms up for International Cider Challenge which Grant wasn’t invited to, before he goes on to apologise to previous guest Gidon of Original Sin for our reaction …
 
It's never dull and the fans coming back to the pitches add that much more excitement. The Crew discuss the return of spectators, The many travels of Roy Hodgson, Europa Cup ambitions, and a huge weekend for Champions Leauge advancement. Who's in, who's out with Footy Picks? Listen and learn-ish.By James Sharman
 
Special guest James Grossi gives his views on TFC's mixed start to the season. What’s going on with the goalkeeper situation? Who has he been most impressed with and most disappointed by? And how will Soteldo best fit into the lineup when everyone is fit? The gang discuss Dom Dwyer, Chris Mavinga and all the details surrounding the MLS Payroll reve…
 
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