Wed, 19 July 2017
Two Illinois brewing traditionalists inspired us to dig deeper into lagers and hefeweizens, so we pitted a bunch against each other in a goofy Crossfire showdown. Riggs Beer Co. out of Urbana and Dovetail Brewery out of Chicago know the German way and have expertly paid homage to tradition at their year-old breweries. But that wasn’t enough as we brought in other examples of each style, either American or Bavarian. We get caught up in the crossfire as we also lagerjam our way into another potpourri of pop culture word association that you would expect from a typical episode of this show. Tradition, y’all.
Beer Combatants //
Riggs Beer Co. - American Lager
Surly Brewing Co. - #Merica!
Dovetail Brewery - Lager
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan - Weihenstephaner Original
Riggs Beer Co. - Hefeweizen
New Glarus Brewing Co. - Bubbler
Dovetail Brewery - Hefeweizen
Ayinger Privatbrauerei - Ayinger Bräuweisse
Wed, 12 July 2017
From the basement of an Italian restaurant just outside of St. Louis, Narrow Gauge has started to gain a name in the Midwest and beyond as purveyors of great hazy IPAs - and other outstanding beers, as we find on this episode. We review four crowlers of beer that Craig schlepped back from a recent trip to Missouri, and the mix of quantity and quality has us hurtling towards shambling inebriation. We try to find Narrow Gauge’s place in the current hazy beer wars, and wax philosophical about the Perception of Aqueosity and the Arbitrarity of Rankings. Ryan introduces two new segments, and Craig will just put anything in his mouth.
Fallen Flag IPA
Cloud City IPA
Old Town Porter
Wed, 5 July 2017
Mike Pallen opened the doors on the tasting room for his new Elk Grove Village brewery back in March, and the rarest thing - besides some of his beers - is finding an open seat at the bar. We sat down with Mike at the new location to dive deep into what makes Mikerphone Brewing something like a phenomenon. And you’ll find out why opening a tasting room was the best thing Mikerphone has ever done. Over many bottles, we discuss the New England styles that have helped make a name for the brand, how he intends to try and fill the demand for Smells Like Bean Spirit (while creating more demand for some upcoming, crazy barrel-aged versions), the future of packaging for Mikerphone, how he uses Untappd for QC, his plans on establishing a flagship beer or two, what’s to come with distribution of his highly-coveted beers, and much more. At some point, we lose sight of the whole “interview” part of the show, and Mike just slides right into the 3rd host chair by joining us on diversions about New Glarus, Easter eggs on labels, music references, Skittles, and the local “gentleman’s club.” So, open up a few hazy ones because we hope you enjoy this longplayer even a fraction as much as we enjoyed recording it.
Beautiful Oblivion (Imperial Stout w/ almonds, cocoa nibs, & vanilla)
DDH IPA ABC BBD (Double Dry-Hopped IPA with Mosaic and Motueka Hops)
Spacebar (Galaxy-Hopped DIPA)
Educated Fool (Double Dry-Hopped Double IPA with Ekuanot Hops)
Vinyl Frontier (Lactose Double IPA w/ El Dorado Hops
Creamsicle IPA (collaboration with Untitled Art)
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!
Wed, 31 May 2017
We add another pin on our map with a Pennsylvania show that rings our damn Liberty bells so hard that rankings have rarely been drunker. We have five beers to review from Craig’s travels, and a brief interview with East End Brewing’s Brendan Benson. The vibes are good, as we goof on podcast names, Nic Cage, and the Friends timeline. Also, Craig does poorly in two PA-centric trivia games, and Ryan reveals his greatest invention idea. (For the dedicated listeners, play a game of “find all the continuity errors” as we recorded this one back in mid-April, yet have referenced it in many already-released episodes!)
Brew Gentlemen - General Braddock’s IPA
Forest & Main Brewing - Solaire (Saison)
Lavery Brewing - 1847 Rye Stout
East End Brewing - Gratitude (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine)
Bullfrog Brewery - Le Roar Grrrz Aardbei (Gueuze-style with strawberry)
Wed, 24 May 2017
We’re not quite ready to let another Chicago Craft Beer Week go, so we grabbed five new-ish canned beers from Chicago breweries to review. This show also serves as our Beer Under Glass festival recap - at least, what we can remember about it. Five highly-drinkable beers and two slightly hungover hosts - what else can we say?
Hopewell Brewing - First Lager
Around the Bend Beer Co. - Vera (Pistachio cream ale)
Hop Butcher for the World - Grid (APA)
Finch Beer Co. - Plumage (IPA)
Whiner Beer Co. - Miaou (Blended barrel-aged Belgian wheat)
Wed, 17 May 2017
Bring your raincoat and galoshes as there’s bound to be some moisture as we sip six DrippyIPAs© on this episode. We’re simply sodden with delicious hoppy ales, but one beer is the biggest shocker we’ve had in a long time. We also revisit our odd time at the Chicago Beer Classic on Soldier Field, long for a visit to St. Louis, relive Craig’s car accident, pray to Pope Meltivus IV, get horses to talk, and discuss all the 90s commercials that matter. (Sorry to Matt Pinfield on this one.)
Shared - J Dub Fan Club (dry-hopped pale ale w/ passion fruit)
Perennial Artisan Ales - Cave Torch (dry-hopped IPA w/ oranges)
Mikerphone Brewing - I Want My IPA
Tired Hands Brewing - Drippy Church (oat IPA w/ orange)
Bearded Iris Brewing - Double Scatterbrain (double IPA)
Transient Artisan Ales - Honeystone (double IPA w/ honey)