There’s a current trend to drinking hazy, fruity, IPAs which some call East Coast IPA and others New England IPAs. Far removed from the traditional British IPA, and even from an American IPA, these styles seem to be the darlings of the craft beer drinking demographic and are very popular during these summer months in particular. Chuck and Phil are joined by John Karwoski of John’s Tavern to sample just a couple of these and try to figure out why this style has boomed over the past couple of years.
We received a donation of two cans of Sketchbook IPA which prompted this show, and John provided draft samples from his tap selection of two more. One of the Sketchbook cans was voted 19th Best IPA by Draft magazine this year, so we were intrigued to find out why. Did we agree? Listen in and find out!
There has been a plethora of breweries open in the suburbs over the last month or so, and one of these has joined the clutch up in the ‘far’ north, namely Buffalo Creek Brewing located in Long Grove, IL.
Owner / Brewer Mike Marr took the Brit out to his beer garden, plied him with brews, and we chatted about how he fired up this brewery in a very short time-frame, and is now offering a selection of German / Belgium beers that are attracting craft beer from across the Chicagoland area.
It’s a great location, and had a nice bier garten feel, both inside and out. If you feel like heading North for an afternoon, this is a destination brewery, but the beer also seem very good, so you shouldn’t be disappointed.
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This week, The Brit heads up to Itasca to meet his co-host, Chuck Fort, on his home turf at the Church Street Brewing. We have 3 beers to taste that will test the expertise of Chuck, and also joining us is another CSB brewer, Andy Wright to also put his taste buds to the test. What is the test? Without knowing the style, name or brewer, I pour samples of each and see how close the lads get to identifying at least the style and adjuncts.
We also slip in an Instant Brew Review I did with the show’s resident tavern owner, John Karwoski, this time with a beer from North Carolina.
And finally, stay listening at the very end for a Dr.Who trivia question posed by Chuck. Send in your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and if we any, we’ll pull out a winner and send them a prized Brit and Yankee t-shirt!