Pubcast 202 – The Limited Release Show

On this episode, we gather a few friends of the podcast to talk about several topics and sample some limited releases that you may have or should be able to still get.
Kevin Herbst from Midwest Brewers Fest is here to talk about the next MBWF 2016 festival scheduled for October 8, and Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing talks about the cask test at MBWF, and his steps into distribution for Hopvine’s brews. John Bitterman rounds out the guest list, and not only brings 3 of the limited release  brews, but also tells us about his brush with beer writer and vintage beer recipe guru, Ron Pattinson. The Landlord had to rustle up another mic for this one and it wasn’t performing as planned, so apologies for him sounding like he is in a bathroom!

Today’s brews are a collection of limited releases from across the state and in order of play are:
Mikerphone Brewing, Travelin’ Man, dry-hopped Saison, 6%
Arrowhead Ales, Melon Collie and the Infinite Hoppiness, Session IPA, 4.5%
​Noon Whistle, Lombard, Conan the Mandarian, Wheat Ale aged in Cabernet Barrels
5.1 IBU, 4.2%
​Off Color / Penrose Brewing, Consensus, Saison, 5.8%
Our Bonus Beer, courtesy John Bittermann:
Goose Island, Brewery Yard, Stock Pale Ale, 8%

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Pubcast 201 – Oktoberfest Again!

In this episode, we select 4 readily available Oktoberfest brews, 3 from Illinois, and see if it’s worth laying out your hard earned dollars for a six pack.
As our baseline, we use a brew that Mark has some interest in – full transparency, it’s his recipe – Church Street’s Itascafest Marzen.  As the Landlord isn’t a fan of these styles, we’ll let him define if he likes it or not.

Our other selections are:
Revolution Brewing, German-style Oktoberfest, ABV 5.7%, IBU 25
Big Muddy Brewing, Oktoberfest, ABV 5.5%
Victory Brewing, Festbier, ABV 5.6%
Central Waters Brewing, Octoberfest Lager, 4.8% ABV

This is just our view…here’s another where they taste 55 varieties, Church Street not included – Paste Magazine.
You be the judge, and drink what you like!  Cheers!

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Pubcast 200 – Bicentennial Show

It is our 200th pubcast, and we are celebrating in the Brit and Yankee studios with many of our friends from over the years.  Our guests include tavern owners, beer servers, beer historians, brewers, and beer experts…oh, and beer consumers!
Joining Mark Naski and Phil Clark are Chuck Fort (Church Street), Ken McMullen (Hopvine Brewing), John Bittermann, Jon Harlson, John Karwoski, and live by Skype, the original Yankee, Mike Lingafelter.  Plus we have a couple of congratulatory messages from Sketchbook, Cademon, and Miskatonic breweries.

The Landlord has selected 8 beers that are examples of the range of brews from Illinois suburban breweries (with the exception of one from downtown), and we have a marathon tasting session. Opinions vary, and what we do find out is that there is a style for everyone.
Thanks to all who have listened over the years, we hope that we have educated, informed and entertained.  Here’s to the next 200 shows!  Cheers!

NOTE: this is a bumper edition, which we preface with our PSA, so listen carefully and don’t exceed your intake…spread it over a couple days!

Brews we taste:
Cahoots Brewing, Krule Summer, Kolsch Style Ale   5.2%, 20 IBU
Noon Whistle Brewing, Guave Gose Smack  3.8%
Cademon Brewing, Tropical Kingpin, Hefeweizen with Pineapple 5.5%
Lena Brewing, Scrap Iron, Black IPA ​7% 60 IBU
Hubbards Cave, Fresh IPA v1, Double/Imperial IPA 9.0%
Galena Brewing, Cortes, Barrel-aged Brown Ale 11%
Noon Whistle Brewing, Bob Ross Did It, Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale 10.1%, 1 year later
Flesk Brewing, 2nd Anniversary Ale, Belgian Strong Ale 9.8%, 2 years later

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Pubcast 199-3 Myths and Legends Brewing Redux

In this special edition, we visit the newly-named Myths and Legends Brewing Co., in Westmont, IL. Previously, Urban Legend, they changed their name for legal reasons but the beers remain the same high quality.
Mark and I visit with them just prior to the official day 1 as M&L, and check in with Jason Hancock, owner/president, to find out the reasons for the change, and then sit down with Dan Rosenberg, head brewer to chat beer and sup a couple of his brews.

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