ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

The fine folks of New Glarus brewing in Wisconsin have been brewing the highest quality fruit beers around for longer than just about anyone in the U.S. We invite Marie Cummins back to the show to help us review and rank eight of these outstanding brews. We pair all of the beers with Wisconsin cheeses based on New Glarus’ recommendations, and one is a spectacular failure. Also, hear us talk about booze-soaked Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Rain, Hawaiian Punch, “Still the One” by Orleans, and Star Wars. Craig explains why he is the body and face of the show, Ryan basks in sweet heartburn revenge, and Marie puts up with all of Craig’s shit. Did we mention the beer is incredible?

 

Rankings

 

Marie

1. Belgian Red

2. Serendipity

3. Apple Ale

4. Raspberry Tart

5. Cran-bic

6. R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry)

7. Strawberry Rhubarb

8. Enigma

 

Ryan

1. R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry)

2. Belgian Red

3. Serendipity

4. Cran-bic

5. Raspberry Tart

6. Apple Ale

7. Strawberry Rhubarb

8. Enigma

 

Craig

1. R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry)

2. Belgian Red

3. Serendipity

4. Cran-bic

5. Raspberry Tart

6. Apple Ale

7. Strawberry Rhubarb

8. Enigma

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_74_New_Glarus_Fruit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm CST

The Beerists swept through this city like a drunken typhoon, and they stopped by to wreak some havoc on Craig's cellar. John Rubio, Anastacia Kelly, and Mike Lambert join us to do what they've been doing for longer than us: review delicious beers. We talk about their Austin-based award-winning podcast, highlights of their Chicago trip, and their observations on this city's beer culture. Also, Anastacia gives spot-on food pairings, Rubio sings, and Craig and Mike become closer than we are comfortable with. You're welcome!

 

Rankings

 

Rubio and Mike

1. Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout

2. DeGarde Imperial Blackberry Bu

3. Toppling Goliath Assassin (2014)

4. The Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze (2013)

5. Funk Factory Framrood

 

Craig and Ryan

1. Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout

2. DeGarde Imperial Blackberry Bu

3. The Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze (2013)

4. Toppling Goliath Assassin (2014)

5. Funk Factory Framrood

 

Anastacia

1. DeGarde Imperial Blackberry Bu

2. Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout

3. The Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze (2013)

4. Toppling Goliath Assassin (2014)

5. Funk Factory Framrood

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_73_Beerists.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:06pm CST

We bust into some beer mail from Maine and New Hampshire, thanks to our new best friend Dave. We review six beers of varying styles with the help of our most regular and precious guest, Dennis. In addition to our typically eloquent aroma and taste descriptors, we bring a veritable symphony of randomness and small wind instruments. Topics include coolships, “tart” vs. “sour”, agreeable hop profiles, local IPA comparisons, Weird Al, LeVar Burton, Flintstone vitamins, that guy from Mr. Show, and weed. We also get to the bottom of why Craig doesn’t like hoppy stouts. Be one with the trees.

 

Craig

1. Allagash Coolship Resurgam (2015) Gueuze

2. Stoneface Mozaccalypse DIPA

3. Foundation Forge Russian Imperial Stout

4. Stoneface IPA

5. Bissell Brothers The Substance IPA

6. Oxbow Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale

 

Ryan

1. Allagash Coolship Resurgam (2015) Gueuze

2. Bissell Brothers The Substance IPA

3. Foundation Forge Russian Imperial Stout

4. Stoneface Mozaccalypse DIPA

5. Stoneface IPA

6. Oxbow Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale

 

Dennis

1. Allagash Coolship Resurgam (2015) Gueuze

2. Foundation Forge Russian Imperial Stout

3. Bissell Brothers The Substance IPA

4. Stoneface Mozaccalypse DIPA

5. Stoneface IPA

6. Oxbow Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_72_Mostly_ME.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:05pm CST

We acquaint ourselves with six more of Chad Yakobson’s fine funky brews from his Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in this episode. These 2014 Cellar Reserve offerings are all oak-aged and brettanomyces-fermented with fruits added, so rankings become difficult. Ryan is prepared this time with a few homemade heartburn remedies, so hear him experiment and suffer. We talk a lot about Chad & Brett. (4-eva), candy, cereal grain, crossbreeding, yogurt, fancy candles, and Craig’s upcoming memoir, Tough to Touch. Burundi is so happy you’ve come to visit!

 

Craig

1. Blueberry Petite Sour

2. L’Brett D’Or Grand Cru

3. Raspberry Origins

4. Blackberry Dark Origins

5. Passionfruit Petite Sour

6. L’Brett D’Pluot

 

Ryan

1. L’Brett D’Or Grand Cru

2. Blueberry Petite Sour

3. Blackberry Dark Origins

4. Raspberry Origins

5. L’Brett D’Pluot

6. Passionfruit Petite Sour

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_71_Crooked_Stave_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm CST

1