Wed, 27 September 2017
There is a ridiculous amount of options for the Chicagoland beer buyer, but that won’t stop five more established breweries from carving out some shelf space! We try five beers from these new arrivals to try and determine how they will play to the Chicagoland consumer - and some are going to be hard to overlook. We also try to be a beaming light of beer positivity despite our cynical proclivities, talk at length about the proper definition of a New England IPA, discuss the power of the mixed six pack advantage, and play a game called Know Your SKUs! There’s some prognostication about Twenty Kuitteen (and Twenty Schwarty), Craig’s problem with yogurt, and Ryan’s joy-diverting beer-clickbait article rant. Grab a new beer, and let us eat that slime ham for you.
Alaskan Brewing Amber
Sun King Wee Mac Scottish Ale
Trinity Brewing Seven Day Sour
Epic Brewing Citralush New England Style IPA
Perrin Brewing Unfinished Business (Barrel-Aged Japanese Emperor Stout)
Wed, 20 September 2017
The third show in our own Jersey Trilogy (thanks to listener Mike Bobal), we finally get to try more from a brewery that’s blown us away at festivals in the past - Kane Brewing. We have three hoppy cans, two potent bottles, and two irreverent trivia games on this episode as we spiral towards a drunken blackout. Craig extols the majesty of bunting, Ryan works on his interview technique, and we both do a little ghost hop hunting. And don’t listen to this one alone in a room with your vacuum because it could be pretty awkward.
Sneakbox (American Pale Ale)
Head High (IPA)
Overhead (Double IPA)
Morning Bell (Imperial Coffee Porter)
Vengeful Heart (American Barleywine)
Wed, 13 September 2017
We’ve been smitten with The Mitten for as long as we’ve loved beer, because Michigan just might be the best beer state in the Midwest. We stick to the western coast of MI as Craig gathered four interviews and five beers for this 11th stop in our ongoing State Show series. You’ll hear from John Lustina from Beer Church about how sometimes a good concept needs to be rushed; David Coyle from Arclight on their hopes for Chicago distribution; David Cockell from Watermark on how his biochemistry degree helps him keep yeast happy; and Mitch Ermatinger from Speciation on deriving character from patience. We also do our best to review these beers before Ryan succumbs to death by heartburn and before the new Pudgy Craig gets audibly winded. There’s also talk of communion wafer smells, cheesecake love, and an update on Ryan’s brewery concept. If you seek a pleasant state show, listen about you.
Arclight Brewing - Soursmith Strawberry (Sour Ale aged w/ strawberries)
Watermark Brewing - Wild Vibes (Sour Imperial Stout)
Speciation Artisan Ales - Incipient (Tequila barrel-aged American Wild Ale w/ blood orange, guava, limes, and salt)
Perrin Brewing - No Rules Vietnamese Porter (Imperial Porter aged in bourbon barrels w/ coconut and turbinado sugar)
Beer Church’s John Lustina (00:09:08 - 00:23:37)
Arclight’s David Coyle (00:30:46 - 00:38:00)
Watermark’s David Cockell (00:47:16 - 00:57:00)
Speciation’s Mitch Ermatinger (01:10:38 - 01:23:23)
Wed, 6 September 2017
This episode will, once and for all, determine which state is the greatest on Earth: Wisconsin or Illinois? We find sort-of equivalent beers in pretty specific styles from each state to vie for our arbitrary love. This episode is soft dystopia for soft adults, with mentions of FroBAB, the ReinheitsgeBot, and drunken Cinnabon. One beer leaves us almost completely speechless, and another blurs style lines unlike any we’ve ever experienced. We also drop some advice on must-hit beer stops on a Chicago visit, and get confused over popular songs from like 4 years ago. It’s brats vs. Polish sausages; cheese curds vs. deep dish; cheese heads vs. ....Ditka mustaches? Whatever it is, it’ll be interesting.
Buckledown Fritzicuffs vs. New Glarus Hometown Blonde
Hubbard’s Cave El Zacatón vs. Untitled Art/3 Sons Oaxacan Stout
Goose Island Brasserie Blanc vs. Funk Factory Cervino