Last Call: My Favorite Murder podcast has its own beer now

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Cult-status true-crime podcast My Favorite Murder not only has its own podcast network, live-show taping events, and wrapping paper, it now has a tribute beer. Indianapolis brewery Central State will debut the beer, named Stay Out Of The Forest, this weekend when the podcast comes to Indy for a live taping.

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“The idea was actually hatched by a couple of the local beer reps for our distributor. They found out that My Favorite Murder was coming to Indy and they approached us, asked if we’d be willing to do it with them,” Josh Hambright, Central State’s co-founder and head brewer, tells The Takeout. “It’s an IPA with lactose and blood orange, for the blood part, obviously.”

A portion of the beer’s sales will be donated to End The Backlog, a program of the Mariska Hargitay-founded nonprofit Joyful Heart Foundation, which My Favorite Murder has supported in the past. End The Backlog raises awareness of the rape-kit-processing backlog in the U.S., and conducts research on how best to end the backlog. Stay Out Of The Forest IPA will be available this coming weekend at My Favorite Murder events around Indianapolis.

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So, do the Central State brewers listen to true-crime podcasts while they’re mashing in?

“Our taproom manager Samantha has been all about it, and [brewery co-founder] Jake actually went to the last live taping in Indiana,” Hambright says. “It’s been nice to step out of my own kind of nerdom and step into their nerdom. It was a fun experience as a company to share somebody else’s fandom. I’m more of a Pod Save America guy.”

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

DISCUSSION

Am I the only one that finds it more than a tad distasteful that a podcast is making money off of what is arguably one of the worst things that can happen to a person with branded products? I mean, the whole genre of true-crime shows are themselves are a bit much, they often try to seem more noble than they are, when most of them are purely voyeuristic and exploitative. But occasionally, one of them does seem to justify their existence by bringing to light injustices from long-settled crimes and their aftermath. But I don’t think you can put such a fig leaf over shit like fucking wrapping paper.