Wed, 28 June 2017
Whether it’s for a barbecue or a beach, choosing the right refreshing beer for your summer outing is more daunting than ever with so many choices. So, for your benefit, we drink eight Chicago-area beers that are built to pulled from ice and crushed. (For safety purposes, we must advise against you literally crushing beers, unless you own a CraigBot.) We also spend a lot of time with Summer Craig, get ball-punched by Peanut Tillman, conceptualize some mayo beers, bring down the PunGate, push for #NoMoLoMaNoMa, put out a can date mandate, talk about bad Untappd reviews, and slingshot some hams. So, it’s basically par for the course on an eight beer episode. Grab your longboard!
Middle Brow Beer Co. - Copacetic (cream ale with popcorn, lime, and peppers)
Temperance Beer Co. - Greenwood Beach (blonde ale with pineapple)
Pollyanna Brewing - Summerly (wheat ale with raspberries)
5 Rabbit Cervecería - Paletas Guava (wheat ale with guava and pink peppercorns and tarragon)
Hop Butcher for the World - AleMerica the Beautiful (pale ale)
Moody Tongue - Peeled Grapefruit Pilsner
BuckleDown Brewing - Grapefruit Belt & Suspenders (IPA w/ grapefruit)
Wed, 21 June 2017
Thanks to listener Mike Bobal, we are able to drop another pin in our map as we tackle the Garden State. We review five beers from five different New Jersey breweries while trying not to offend every single person in that state. Also on the agenda, we try to refresh our tired review language, experience extreme visibility, meet Professor Nosebody, and talk about cat food with cheese in it. There’s a trivia game comparing one of Jersey’s favorite sons to a lunatic cult leader, but we also talk a little Springsteen. And the beers are tasty enough to send this boat hurtling towards the Jersey Shore.
Magnify Brewing - Low Visibility Pale Ale
Jersey Girl Brewing - Rake Breaker IPA
Carton Brewing - Shinshu (cream ale with miso)
Double Nickel Brewing - Marbled Buffalo (bourbon barrel-aged rye beer)
Kane Brewing - Christian Patrick (imperial stout)
Wed, 14 June 2017
Starting back in 2005, Jackie O’s has grown from a brewpub to include a production brewery, bakeshop, and farm. Recently, Craig went down to Athens, Ohio and recorded about 20 minutes with the head brewer of the production brewery, Seth Morton, before bringing back a stash of beer for us to review. We try six of their excellent beers, three of which are barrel-aged, and we get completely SlamJammed. There’s also some kettle sour crankery, Dope Ass Doilies, piney beers, and a barleywine intervention. Come on and get SlamJammed.
Oro Negro (imperial stout w/ cacao, habanero, oak, cinnamon, and vanilla)
Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition (Russian imperial stout)
Pockets of Sunlight (mixed culture saison w/ honey, coriander, and lemon verbena)
Bourbon Barrel Black Maple (imperial porter with maple syrup)
Bourbon Barrel Brick Kiln Nuts! (English-style barleywine w/ six different nut varieties)
Wed, 7 June 2017
Over the course of a decade, DESTIHL Brewery has been extending their reach from their home in Central Illinois to sending their cans and bottles to nineteen different states. On this show, we sample an array of what they do: common styles, canned sours, and award-winning stouts. Craig sets us on a path of maximum distraction from the start, but we still manage to spin out some beer reviews before getting just surprisingly snockered. There’s also talk of Summer Craig’s return, banana perfection, new Greek yogurt flavors, and naughty 90’s HBO memories. Spin spin spin spin spin spin.
Wild Sour Series: Blueberry Gose
Wild Sour Series: Synchopathic (dry-hopped sour)
Amra Mango IPA
Dosvidanya (Bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout)
Dosvidanya Rye Barrel (Rye whiskey barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout)
Thanks to DESTIHL for sending us the Amra, Weissenheimer, and Blueberry Gose!