Wed, 27 February 2019
With a secondary price tag higher than our mortgage payments, this show is an embarrassment of riches in flavor and in rarity. But will we be embarrassed by our blind rankings of eight barrel-aged vanilla stouts released in 2018? You bet your sweet tooth we will. We are joined by Ryan Tracy at his Park Ridge establishment, Beer on the Wall, as we fumble through our guesses and evaluate these high gravity beers based only on what’s in the glass. It’s a fun way to hear our beer careers come to an end. If that’s not enough, we talk about confusing road signs, classic Chi-Chi’s commercials, the best doorbells to lick, and waffles. And it’s totally not scripted, we swear.
Beers Tasted Blindly (in order of appearance)
Wed, 20 February 2019
Whether you see it as beer’s #version of Record Store Day or as a viral marketing ploy to drive sales for struggling brands, we here at ABV Chicago embrace these classics with open arms. And our arms are very open on this episode as we sample 12 of the most important beers in American craft beer, all of which either launched or propelled legacy brands. No one in the world really needs our take on these beers, but here you go! Before pronunciation becomes a problem, we share the plagiarised stories of these beers’ varied histories, Craig accidentally ends up in a porn, Ryan forgets about Fat Tire, and we workshop some stuff for Spontaneous September. We also try and sell Jim Koch our palates, Craig yearns for the Days of Malt, and Ryan reviews Baker’s Square from the 90s. Come for the classic beers; stay for the Moist Steven.
Anchor Brewing Company - Anchor Steam Beer
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Pale Ale
Boston Beer Company - Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Bell’s Brewery - Amber Ale
Great Lakes Brewing Company - Dortmunder Gold
Yuengling Brewery - Traditional Lager
Deschutes Brewery - Black Butte Porter
Lagunitas Brewing Company - IPA
Allagash Brewing Company - White
New Glarus Brewing Company - Spotted Cow
Oskar Blues Brewery - Dale’s Pale Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - 60 Minute IPA
Wed, 13 February 2019
Deep in the heart of Wisconsin, there exists a not-so-secret society of like-minded artisans - specializing in beer, liquor, and wine - that have formed a collective to bring more tourists to the area. And for some reason, they thought that giving us a bunch of booze would be a good idea to promote their brand. Well luckily the liquids are all tasty-to-impressive, and we have a hell of a time lining them up on this show. In addition, Craig shares his week of Final Destination-style close calls, Ryan shares his notes on 20WineTeen so far, and then there’s stuff about robot cereal and socially-anxious vampires. We also play the very literal new hit game, Name Ten Badgers, and we try to stay on the good side of Seagram’s Jim. And hey, next time you’re up North, say hi to Gary Koziak for us.
Craft Liquids Reviewed
Sunset Point Winery [Stevens Point, WI] - Northern Lights Blackberry Midnight (Merlot infused with blackberries)
McZ’s Brew Pub [Rosholt, WI] - Campfire Rauchbier
O’so Brewing Company [Plover, WI] - Bruin in a Bramble (Black raspberry sour Oud Bruin)
Whole Hog/Stevens Point Brewery [Stevens Point, WI] - Casper (White stout)
Central Waters Brewing [Amherst, WI] - Black Gold 2018 (Barrel-aged imperial stout)
Great Northern Distilling [Plover, WI] - Herbalist Gin (used in a Ginger Smash cocktail)
Wed, 6 February 2019
Since our first encounter with James and Sarah Howat’s Black Project back at GABF in 2015, we’ve wanted to dedicate a show to their spontaneously-fermented wild ales. So we’re understandably jazzed about this whole deal, and the lineup of five beers on this show go beyond our expectations. In addition, Craig does the following things: quizzes Ryan on government conspiracies; solves the mysteries of The Shining; invents the worst Slip-n-Slide; and starts his Soundcloud rap career as Must Buoy. We also look into chipmunk storage, face tattoos, horny cats, Prilosec murders, dank basement cheese, and sopping wet corks. That’s what happens when the beer is this good.
FOXBAT (Spontaneous ale w/ with peaches, rosemary, sage and sea salt)
TAGBOARD (Wet-hopped Méthode Traditionnelle ale)
CLOUDMASTER (Spontaneous sour wheat ale)
CYGNUS: Cherry [Blend A] (Méthode Traditionnelle ale w/ cherries)
ROSWELL: GRUDGE (Lambic-inspired ale w/ raspberries)