ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast (general)

Episode 44 - Bourbon County 2014

 

With another Black Friday approaching, we sat down to sample most of this year’s Bourbon County lineup, and things get soulful. If you’re looking for divisive opinions or a contrarian stance on the corporate-owned hype machine that is Bourbon County, then you’ll be disappointed. These beers are delicious. And Goose Island gave them to us for free. We share tales of Black Fridays past, and we divert briefly to talk barrel-aging temperatures, autobiographies, the Sad Reality of Baudoinia Fudgy, and Craig’s ideas on how to improve the BCBS label. There’s also five minutes of Brett Porter talking about this year’s Bourbon County Coffee variant, since Goose Island forgot to send us that beer. If loving Bourbon County is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right.

 

Craig

1. Proprietor’s Bourbon County

2. Bourbon County Vanilla Rye

3. Bourbon County Brand Barleywine

4. Bourbon County Brand Stout

 

Ryan

1. Proprietor’s Bourbon County

2. Bourbon County Vanilla Rye

3. Bourbon County Brand Stout

4. Bourbon County Brand Barleywine

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_44_BCBS_2014.mp3
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On the day after FoBAB, we muster up the strength to recap our night of sampling barrel-aged beers at one of the country’s premier beer events. We also load up on electrolytes and review some common hangover remedies. We’ll share some of the positives and negatives about the new venue and discuss our favorite beers of the night, including beers from Off Color, Temperance, Upland, Fremont, Goose Island, and more. Not only do you get to relive our FoBAB, but you’ll hear Ryan’s virgin coconut water experience, Craig’s surprising enthusiasm for Pedialyte, and the flavor nightmare that is V8 Original. Doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take?

 

Craig

1. Pedialyte Mixed Fruit

2. Gatorade Lemon Lime

3. Nice! Spring Water

4. Vita Coco Coconut Water

5. V8 Original

 

Ryan

1. Pedialyte Mixed Fruit

2. Nice! Spring Water

3. Gatorade Lemon Lime

4. Vita Coco Coconut Water

5. V8 Original

 

 

Direct download: Low_ABV_2_FOBAB_Hangover.mp3
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Pipeworks has rolled out more barrel-aged beers, and we invite general public nuisance Dennis Lee to drink them with us. In addition to reviewing the beers, we let Dennis talk about his blog, depression food, black truffles, and the term “foodie.” There’s also a cogent discussion of how experimentation could be impacting Pipeworks brand loyalty and the general overvaluation of barrel-aged beers. Then Dennis sings as Korean Lorde after sous-viding us a poached egg. This is real life.

 



 

Craig

 

1. As You Wish

 

2. Murderous

 

3. Over the Line

 

4. The Coqui

 

5. The Delicatessen

 



 

Ryan

 

1. Murderous

 

2. As You Wish

 

3. The Coqui

 

4. Over the Line

 

5. The Delicatessen

 



 

Dannis Ree

 

1. As You Wish

 

2. Murderous

 

3. Over the Line

 

4. The Coqui

 

5. The Delicatessen

 

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_43_BA_Pipeworks.mp3
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This compilation of appreciation for Russian River’s wild, sour, and funky “-tion” beers ends in much exultation. We drink eight different beers, many aged in wine barrels, and experience much elation, with some acidification. We share some listener feedback, Ryan gives tips for vegetarian craft beer drinkers, and Craig plays a few rounds of “Name That Russian!™” What a country!

 



 

Craig

 

1. Beatification

 

2. Framboise for a Cure (2013)

 

3. Sanctification

 

4. Supplication

 

5. Consecration

 

6. Temptation

 

7. Damnation

 

8. Redemption

 



 

Ryan

 

1. Beatification

 

2. Framboise for a Cure (2013)

 

3. Consecration

 

4. Sanctification

 

5. Supplication

 

6. Temptation

 

7. Damnation

 

8. Redemption

 

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_42_Russian_River_The_Tioning.mp3
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The brewers at the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub embrace experimentation, and they take on their riskiest one yet when they invite Ryan and Craig into the brewhouse to record. Brewmaster Nick Barron and brewers Jacob Sembrano and Jon Naghski share five of their incredible one-off beers and the inspiration, experimentation, and technique that went into each of them. They’ll also discuss their farmer’s market series, upcoming releases and FOBAB goodies, the world’s most obscure Simpsons reference (seriously), and what it’s like to make bourbon barrel-aged beers in the location where it all began. Pull up a stool, and remember to tip your bartender.

 



 

Beers Enjoyed and Discussed:

 



 

Pineapple Brettanomite

 

Gorman’s Biere de Garde

 

Vainglorious

 

Cran Bruin

 

Grimm Vicar

 

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_41_GI_Clybourn.mp3
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Founders Brewing Company has been influencing the way Midwesterners drink for almost two decades, so we show our appreciation by drinking their beers to excess. We review eight diverse 12-ounce offerings from the Grand Rapids brewery, only pausing briefly to play a little Founding Fathers trivia. Well, actually, the beers are so good that we get obscenely inebriated and talk about Craig’s DJ name, fond Breakfast Stout memories, getting Hop Fades™ for FoBAB, and who’d win in a fight between us. It’s that kind of show, folks!

 

Ryan

1. Backwoods Bastard

2. Breakfast Stout

3. Imperial Stout

4. Mosaic Promise

5. Dark Penance

6. Devil Dancer (2012)

7. KBS

8. Harvest Ale

 

Craig

1. Breakfast Stout

2. Dark Penance

3. Imperial Stout

4. KBS

5. Backwoods Bastard

6. Devil Dancer (2012)

7. Mosaic Promise

8. Harvest Ale

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_40_Founders.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am CST

We have five beers new to bottles from Chicago-area breweries and find that you don’t need a lot of experience to impress us. Five unique styles are up for our review, and we unsurprisingly get hammered in the process. There’s a few GABF remnants, Ryan consults his Urban Dictionary, and Craig talks about Mega Man for a while. Trust us - you won’t even need to use a continue.

 

Ryan

1. Middle Brow Robyn

2. Cahoots Brewing Barrel-Aged AmEn

3. 51st Ward The Krispy Karl

4. Arcade Brewing Mega Milk Stout

5. Forbidden Root Sublime Ginger

 

Craig

1. Middle Brow Robyn

2. Arcade Brewing Mega Milk Stout

3. Forbidden Root Sublime Ginger

4. Cahoots Brewing Barrel-Aged AmEn

5. 51st Ward The Krispy Karl

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_39_New_Chicago.mp3
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After three straight days of drinking at the Great American Beer Festival, we open a few beers in the hotel and play back a bunch of interviews with brewers that all won gold medals (in our hearts.) You’ll hear interviews with brewers from Yazoo, Wicked Weed, Comrade, Almanac, Transient, River Dog, The Rare Barrel, and Melvin. There’s also a brief appearance by a well-lubricated Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head. We sift through our memory of the hundreds of beers we tried and deliver our top experiences, but we cover many other aspects of the fest as well. Craig recaps his What The Funk?!? experience, and Ryan makes fun of our terrible drunken interview questions. Wu! Tang! Wu! Tang!

 

Beers enjoyed on this episode:

 

Crooked Stave Mama Bear’s Sour Cherry Pie

Casey Brewing and Blending Saison First Blend

Avery Rufus Corvus

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_38_GABF.mp3
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We try to have the most sincere show in hopes of a visit from The Great Pumpkin Beer, as we try 8 of them. Kim Leshinski of Hail to the Ale and Chicago Beer Gals is our guest. As a BJCP Judge and a homebrewer, she carves up some serious knowledge on the intricacies of the style and drops in a candle on what Chicago breweries have to offer. Kim also talks about her many beer-centric endeavors including her experience working on the branding for Alarmist Brewing and what it was like to collaborate on a shark-themed saison with Lake Effect. We also learn that Craig got kicked out of an all-female craft beer event. Good grief.

 



 

Craig

 

1. Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale

 

2. Ten Ninety De Ogen

 

3. Southern Tier Pumking

 

4. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

 

5. Lakefront Imperial Pumpkin

 

6. Cigar City Good Gourd

 

7. Slapshot Gourd Damn

 

8. Dogfish Head Punkin

 



 

Kim

 

1. Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale

 

2. Ten Ninety De Ogen

 

3. Southern Tier Pumking

 

4. Lakefront Imperial Pumpkin

 

5. Dogfish Head Punkin

 

6. Slapshot Gourd Damn

 

7. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

 

8. Cigar City Good Gourd

 



 

Ryan

 

1. Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale

 

2. Southern Tier Pumking

 

3. Ten Ninety De Ogen

 

4. Lakefront Imperial Pumpkin

 

5. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

 

6. Cigar City Good Gourd

 

7. Slapshot Gourd Damn

8. Dogfish Head Punkin

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_37_Great_Pumpkin.mp3
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Episode 36 - Chicago After Dark

 

Turn the lights down low, because we’re drinking six dark Chicago beers of varying styles. We attempt to eloquently marvel at dark malts and their multiple applications, but then we play another filthy round of Beers Against Humanity. Aside from our usual reviews, topics include cat huffing, actresses named Emma, Robot Dong, proper cookie pairings, awkward sexy talk, and Randy Mosher. And we’ll be very pleasantly surprised by a few beers. (This episode is rated NC-17 for audio nipple.)

 

Ryan

1. Goose Island Night Stalker (2012)

2. Ale Syndicate Omega Midnight

3. Only Child Night Terrors

4. 5 Rabbit 5 Vulture

5. Metropolitan Arc Welder

6, Off Color Scurry

 

Craig

1. 5 Rabbit 5 Vulture

2. Goose Island Night Stalker (2012)

3. Ale Syndicate Omega Midnight

4. Only Child Night Terrors

5. Off Color Scurry

6. Metropolitan Arc Welder

 

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_36_Chicago_After_Dark.mp3
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