Wed, 28 September 2016
It took a surprising amount of heavy lifting to bring together five Chicago porters, and *record scratch* none of them are actually porters! Sort of! This is a deep exploration of the porter style with our usual reviews, and the variance is wide. We draw from some of the great beer books to piece together a paraphrased history of the porter, and why what’s common today is so radically different than what it used to be. The asides are similarly rich and roasty, with loose ponies, Girl Scout cookies, breakaway glass failures, Craig’s Hunger Corner, prowlers, Sidney Poitier, and Taxidermied Churro. And Ryan does the worst thing he’s ever done on the show, ever.
Revolution Brewing - Eugene
Aquanaut Brewing - MoonRay
Moody Tongue - Carmelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter
Arcade Brewery - Rye Resolution
Cruz Blanca Cerveceria - Winnow
Wed, 21 September 2016
Levi Funk is taking the foundation laid by breweries like Russian River and Allagash and making American lambic-style beers to match the quality of Belgian masters. Or at least approach them. We have five sours from the Funk Factory Geuzeria, and we pimp that coolship. There’s a whole cast of new characters here: Gushy the Bunker Bucket, Jean Cheese, Curtis Mercer, and Dreggy Topoff. Beyond a lot of spontaneous fermentation and lambic talk, there’s also Kraig’s Kandy Korner, Ryan’s Produce Minute, and a graphic mustache experience. We ain’t funkin’ around.
Dweller on the Threshold (Blended American sour)
Cassis (Blended lambic-style beer with Champagne currants)
White Lodge Reserve (American Gueuze-style beer)
Frampaars (Blended lambic-style beer with purple raspberries)
Bosbes (Blended lambic-style beer with blueberries)
Wed, 14 September 2016
Parched after an evening of marmot spotting, we continue our 50 states quest by sipping on some Washington. We review six beers from six breweries from The Evergreen State thanks to Raj Shah and only mention grunge a half dozen times. We play a Blood Brothers-based game, do the alternating-brewery-name-pronunciation tango (the forbidden worddance), and discuss “the problem” with New England-style IPAs. Beware the mouth goblin.
Bale Breaker Brewing - Field 41 Pale Ale
Urban Family Brewing - Herr Kinski’s Apricot Dream-Spiral Berliner Weisse
Cloudburst Brewing - Market Fresh Saison #6: Peaches & Grains of Paradise
Holy Mountain Brewing - The Goat Brett Saison
Three Magnets Brewing Co. - Little Juice IPA (Smoothie Edition)
Stoup Brewing - Citra IPA
Wed, 7 September 2016
It’s New Baby Hiatus time at ABV Studios, so we have gathered some of our favorite Low ABV episodes that were previously only available to our Patreon donors. Uh, sorry Patreon donors. But you’ll hear four beers reviewed, and a very loose - and edgy - Ryan & Craig on these mini shows that are sure to be the talk of Craft Beer Town. There’s an MC Johnsen appearance, SMaSH desires, 90s rock karaoke, hot takes on some local breweries, a story about a 26-inch hot dog, and a noxious cloud of Hoobastank - all while we seemingly look to find the tag beyond “Explicit” on iTunes. To get access to a whole mess more of these types of shows, go to www.patreon.com/abvchicago and donate to help keep our show listener-supported an ad-free.
Low ABVs Compiled:
Low ABV 2 - Buckledown’s Citra Clencher
Low ABV 4 - Cycle Brewing’s Tuesday
Low ABV 7 - Lord Hobo’s Boom Sauce
Low ABV 10 - Moody Tongue’s BA Chocolate Barleywine