Pubcast 252- Nevin’s Midnight Pig

In this episode, we sit down with Nevin’s Brewing‘s Marc Wilson, the day after they hold a re-branding event where the Midnight Pig Beer line is introduced. We explore a different side of running a brewery, that of marketing and branding, and when is it the right time to make that big step.

We’re also joined by assistant brewer, Cory Davidson, for a conversation punctuated by tasting some sample brews from the new range. We discuss their packaging approach and like all good pub chats, we throw in a few other topics for Marc and Cory to opine on. And finally, co-host Chuck Fort manages to show up to join in – better late than never!

Stick around at the end of the podcast for a bonus review by The Brit and the 2 John’s, John Bitterman and John Karwoski, as they open a bottle of Midnight Pig Imperial Stout, and we give it the true consumer test.

Brews sampled in this edition:
Apocalyptinator, German-style Doppelbock, 8.4%
Snitches Get Stiches, Robust Porter, 6.0%
Tumultuous, Imperial IPA, 8.8%
Barrel Project #1, Dark American Wild with Blueberries, 6.9%

Pubcast 251 – Mad Swede and Barrel of Monks

A strange show title but these are the names of the two breweries we are sampling in this show. From opposite ends of the country, Mad Swede is out of Boise ID., and Barrel of Monks is down in Boca Raton, FL.

Our panel today comprises the entire staff of the Brit and Yankee pub, Brewmaster Mark, Cellarmaster Lingo, and of course The Brit – the band’s back together! And joining us for the biggest panel we have ever had is tavern owner John Karwoski, and listeners Tim and Tom (fresh from the barleywine tasting in the last show), and to add the subtleties of the female palate, we welcome  Lisa G.

Mad Swede brews are:
Freya’s Pale from Exertion, ABV:5.5% IBU: 45
Longship IPA, ABV 6.2%,  IBU 65
Naked Sunbather Nut Brown Ale, ABV: 5.8% IBU: 30

Barrel of Monks brews are:
2017 Father Christmas, Holiday Spiced Belgian Strong Dark Ale, ABV: 10% IBU
Parade of Souls, Belgian Style Imperial Stout, ABV: 10%
Witty in Pink, Belgian Wit with Raspberries and Beets, ABV: 5.5%

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Pubcast 250.1 Barleywine Classic Addendum

During our last show, we were contacted by friends of the show, Tim and Tom Stephenson who offered to let us taste their collection of Sierra Nevada Barleywines, which ranged back to 2010, and included a 2015 barrel-aged version.

The crew gathered together and decided that we should just try the 2010, and compare it to the one we tasted in our last show (2016), and see if indeed the flavors change and the brew matures. We even got some ‘foam art’ from one of the pours!

This mid-week special edition was recorded just after we recorded out next show due out this weekend, and we have the entire staff of the Brit and Yankee Pub, including the ‘Yankee’, passing opinions and coming to the conclusion that it is indeed worth aging this classic barleywine. So, start collecting them now folks!

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Pubcast 250 – Barleywine Classic

We are celebrating our 250th show with a classic style, steeped in history, and now breaking through in the USA, barley wine. We have been collecting these for a while and have a four-pack of barrel-aged barley wines, 2 from Illinois breweries.

This show was recorded at John’s Tavern in Winfield and we assembled a motley crew of panelists to help taste these and pass opinions. Most notably, Mark Naski returns on one of his travels across America, but we also have tavern owner John Karwoski, craft beer afficienado Tom Ryan, and joining us after dropping his car off at the mechanics, Chuck Fort from Church Street Brewing.

The barley wine has long been one of those styles that is often passed by, but it can be quite a ‘treat’ beer, full of flavors, slightly sweeter, and usually higher in alcohol content. Brewed originally back in the late 18th century for the aristocratic Brits, it now has taken a turn towards the slightly milder and paler side of craft beer, but still can pack a punch, and thankfully we call all reap those benefits.
Our sampling, including the pre-show bevvy, takes 4 of these and we see if we have a favorite, plus we also have a bonus beer review, so stick around after the hour mark!

Three Floyds / Dark Horse Collab, Oil of Gladness Barleywine, 11%
Charleville Brewing, Barrel-aged Barleywine, 10.2%
Tighthead Brewing, Old Kaya Dog, 10.3%
Tangled Roots, 1st Year Celebration Barleywine 2017, 9.6%
Sierra Nevada, Barrel-aged Bigfoot, Barleywine-style Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels
Karetas Brewing, 48 Kings, Scotch Ale, 9%

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