ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

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!)

 

Beers Reviewed

 

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)

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_175_The_PA_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am CDT

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?

 

Beers Reviewed

 

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)

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_174_Can_Do_Chicago.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:48am CDT

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.)

Beers Reviewed

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)

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_173_DrippyIPAs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44am CDT

Sweet creamy delights fill our mouths on this engagement as we savor five adjunct-heavy milk stouts, and most are true to their intentions. It’s a roguish gallery of dessert flavors featuring coconut, chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry, cacao nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, peppers, and orange zest. We announce our big buyout, Craig’s bad creamer decision, proper jelly application, ice cream strategies, and a disturbingly erotic beer label. Bite the Bubble Tape. (BT2)

Beers Consumed

The Brew Kettle - Kitka (Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout)

TailGate Beer - PB&J Milk Stout

Saugatuck Brewing - Neapolitan Milk Stout

4 Hands Brewing - Horchata Chocolate Milk Stout

Middle Brow Beer - The Milk-eyed Mender (imperial milk stout made with oranges, peppers, cacao nibs, cinnamon & vanilla)

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_172_Milky_Treats.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36am CDT

For many, wheat beers are summer. So we get tired of waiting for the weather to turn and initiate summer on this episode with five wheat beers from five Midwestern states. Which summer wheat should be on your grocery list? Hear our arbitrary opinions! We find renewed love with some of these wheats, and at least one surprising disappointment along the way. HAKAS!

Beers Reviewed

Bell’s Brewery - Oberon

New Glarus Brewing - Dancing Man Wheat

Boulevard Brewing - 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat

3 Floyds Brewing - Gumballhead

Revolution Brewing - Sun Crusher

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_171_Midwestern_Wheats.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46am CDT

Hot and ready at your ear doors, this episode is all about the Pizza Boy - Brewing, that is. Craig delivers another tasty lineup with five beers from his visit to this Enola, PA brewery. Of course this brewery awakens our appetites and we talk a bit about pizza and breakfast, with a serious diversion into ska. Also, find out Craig’s signature beer-transforming review trick before we get sneak-up drunk on this one. Put it on the pizza!

Beer Slices

Citra Pils

Moonstomp (Berliner weisse)

Sunny Side Up (Bourbon barrel aged stout w/ coffee)

Arck Angel - Peaches (Double IPA w/ peaches)

FLEMboyant (Flanders inspired wild ale aged in oak)

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_170_Pizza_Boy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44am CDT

Continuing our intermittent liquid tour of the nation, the Buckeye State is the focus of this one with five beers from five Ohio breweries. Craig regales us with tales of his recent travels through Ohio, and he nailed the lineup here with five damn tasty brews. We also share a chat Craig had with Black Cloister Brewing founder (and Lutheran pastor) Tom Schaeffer to learn more about the divine inspirations that led to the opening of his rising Toledo brewery. Also, there’s an odd dual game of trivia, a plea for malt in IPAs, Craig’s two tongues, and Ryan’s conflicted barleywine feelings. We’re monking our asses off over here!

Beers Reviewed

Yellow Springs Brewery - Captain Stardust (Saison)

Hoof Hearted Brewing - Hot Probz (Double dry-hopped pale ale)

Rhinegeist Brewery - Penguin (Blonde stout)

The Brew Kettle - White Rajah (IPA)

Black Cloister Brewing - Chained Dog (Belgian strong golden ale)

(Black Cloister/Tom Schaeffer interview starts at 57:29)

 

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_169_The_OH_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Left Field Brewery makes an array of beers you can suck down alongside nine innings of baseball. The beers lead off strong and hardly let up, as we’re all too happy to bat around some bad baseball metaphors as we sample. The talk is a bit White Sox-centric at times, with Craig’s review of the impressive new Craft Kave (ugh) at Guaranteed Rate Field (UGH). But there’s also talk of racist Spencer’s, Bud’s new ad slogan, Ryan’s glory days, and a shout out to the Diverticuguys. And don’t forget our Saisonathon at Pub Royale is coming up on Monday, May 22nd - it’s going to be a grand run slam! A real home dinger!  

Lineup

Maris* Pale Ale

Anniversary No. 4 Saison

Prospect Single Hop IPA (Hallertau Blanc)

Squeeze Play Sour Ale (w/ blood orange and cherries)

Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale


Thanks to listener Christopher Nyren for the beers!

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_168_Left_Field.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20am CDT

Chicagoans have long been lucky jerks to be able to call Half Acre their own, and now with the mysterious new Heavy Gem project between Half Acre and Tired Hands, it just got even better. We sample some newer Half Acre offerings before trying to get to the bottom of the mystifying Heavy Gem and their obfuscating, trippy website. We also talk about the awfulness that is Hawk Harrelson, a literal Craig situation, and our upcoming Saisonathon event at Pub Royale on May 22nd. (Saisonathongs not included.)

 

Half Acre - Tuna (Extra Pale Ale)

Half Acre - Double Daisy Cutter (Double Pale Ale)

Half Acre - Big Hugs Salted Chocolate Espresso (Imperial Stout)

Heavy Gem - Humanimal Stasis (Double IPA)

Heavy Gem - Virga (Ale fermented in oak barrels)

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_167_Half_Acre_Heavy_Gem.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:47am CDT

The show is on the road for this one as we dropped into four Chicago breweries that are all under a year old to chat with brewers and procure some beers to review. Our first stop is at Pilsen’s yet-to-open Lo Rez Brewing to talk with Dave and Kevin about how their tech background led them to opening a non-mainstream brewery focused on malt-forward and Belgian-style brews. Our second stop is at On Tour Brewing on the Near West side to take in their gorgeous taproom and chat with the two Marks about how they both found themselves back in their home state after years away. Our third visit is with our old friend Jacob Sembrano at Cruz Blanca Cervecería to sample styles ranging from culinary-inspired lagers to big imperial stouts and talk about his plans for bottling beers and their upcoming first anniversary. Our final stop is at the German-inspired Dovetail Brewing to talk with Hagen and Bill about how every step of their process pays homage to tradition but creates some of the most stunning clean beers in the city - at least until they unleash their Lambic-ish beers in the future. In addition to all that, we return to the bunker to review four growlers/crowlers and confront Craig’s Zelda obsession, among other things. A huge thank you goes out to everyone that helped make this show possible and spent time with us on a whirlwind day of drinking - Chicago’s beer scene has never been richer with great beer and generous people.

 

Tour Stops (Interview & Review Segments)

Lo Rez Brewing (00:04:50 - 00:27:34)

On Tour Brewing (00:27:35 - 00:49:00)

Cruz Blanca Cervecería (00:50:54 - (01:15:10)

Dovetail Brewing (01:15:11 - 01:41:16)

Beers Reviewed

Lo Rez Brewing - Dæmon (Belgian Golden Strong)

On Tour Brewing - Gin Barrel-Aged It Takes Two (IPA)

Cruz Blanca Cervecería - Larger Than Lager (Double Red Lager)

Dovetail Brewing - Hefeweizen

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_166_New_Brewery_Tour.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09pm CDT