ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Well dammit if we can’t just be happy with our regular ol’ IPAs, brewers have been adding all sorts of stuff to our favorite hopdrinks. This show features five IPAs...with a TWIST! Might it be possible that we built this show around a “ringer”? Perhaps. But all of the beers more than hold their own, and they bring out an unusual array of distractions: Björk, WiiKush, Offspring beers, and BagelFest. We also challenge each other to come up with a list of unusual ingredients that have yet to be used in IPAs - so brewers take note! Cream bomb: out.

Beers Considered

Middle Brow Beer Co. - Karin (Belgian IPA + farmhouse ale blend)

Like Minds Brewing Co. - Archimedes (IPA + Brettanomyces)

Burnt Hickory Brewery - Killboy Powerhead (IPA + orange & vanilla)

Stone Brewing - Mocha IPA (DIPA + cacao & coffee)

Other Half/Half Acre - Rainbow Never Ends (DIPA + oats, rice flakes, rice syrup, & kölsch yeast)

(Producer’s Note: Like Minds now has a fancy website but did not at the time of this recording.)

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_131_IPA_Plus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am CDT

Used to be that a beer aged in wood was a rare shelf find, but now you can’t throw a bottle cap without hitting one. For this episode, we have five barrel-aged “Chicago” beers, and the results are...unexpected. We have one of the most mysterious beers we’ve ever opened, experience nostalgia for the days of bottle-waxing, and try to resist the urge to jibboo. And Craig might not be hunting whales, but he sure is hunting something.


Beers Reviewed


Whiner Beer Co. - Le Tub (blended wild farmhouse aged in cabernet barrels)

Nomad Brewery - Batch #1 (imperial brown ale aged in bourbon barrels)

Mikerphone Brewing - Jibboo (farmhouse ale aged in wine puncheons)

Off Color Brewing - Barrel-Aged Dino S’mores (imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels)

Transient Artisan Ales - Kentuckley (imperial breakfast stout aged in bourbon barrels)


Direct download: ABV_Chicago_130_Chicago_in_Wood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am CDT

Not so long ago, Craig took the midnight train to Georgia and came back with a bushel of tasty beers. Here we drink five of them and throw in a few brief interviews, including yeast talk with Ford from Orpheus, and chattin’ beer styles with Joran from Three Taverns. Craig also recaps his Georgia trip including ballpark food, his guest spot on Beer Guys Radio, and the profoundly stupid beer laws of the Peach State. We’ll also learn how Ryan continues to make the freshest dunks and the actual hotness of 98 Degrees. But then Craig refuses to take us to Stankonia. :-( :-( :-(


Beers Reviewed


Second Self - Maverick & Gose

Orpheus - Atalanta Tart Plum Saison

Creature Comforts - Tropicália IPA

Three Taverns - Inceptus American Wild Ale

Burnt Hickory Brewery - Kolb’s Farm Imperial Stout

Direct download: ABV_Chicago_129_The_GA_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am CDT

Mike Pallen is releasing instant classics on a regular basis, and since the rabid fans demanded it, we drink some “updated” versions of his beers from our recent go-round with Mikerphone - with one bonus “track.” This one also involves a little music trivia, Craig’s new catch phrase, Ryan’s advice for winning at strip-anything, and a huge wax boner. Rock over London! Rock on Chicago! Polaroid: see what develops.


Beers Sampled

Hang Me Up To Dry Dry-Hopped Sour

Special Sauce (Batch #2) Double IPA

Travelin’ Man Dry-Hopped Saison

Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit Breakfast Stout

Stop, Collaborate, & Listen Vanilla Rice Stout


Direct download: ABV_Chicago_128_Mikerphone_Remastered.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26am CDT