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Pubcast 249 – Going Up In Smoke

The podcast is going up in smoke this week, and we are exploring some brews that are very polarizing in their style, you love ‘em or hate ‘em! Today’s show has our panel of craft beer drinkers faced with a style that can stretch the palate, and we focus on a six-pack of smoke or rauchbiers, but The Brit also brings in a ringer that would not strictly be included in that category.

Our panel comprises of co-host Chuck Fort, assistant brewer at Church, Illinois beer historian John Bitterman, tavern owner John Karwoski, and guest craft beer nerd Tim Stephenson.

Does smoke get in your eyes, or are we all just blowing smoke?  Find out by listening in!

Our brews under review are:
Aecht Schlenkerla Smokebeer – Urbock, Bamberg Germany, 6.5%
Jolly Pumpkin, Dexter MI, Forgotten Tales of The Last Gypsy Blender Sour Ale with Fruit, Citrus Peel & Salt, 7.0%
Against The Grain Brewery, Lousiville KY, Mac Fanny Baw, BA Smoked Ale, 8.5%
O’Fallon, Maryland Heights, MO, Smoked Porter, 6.0%
Alaskan Brewing, 2017 Smoked Porter, 6.5%
Schlafly – The Saint Louis Brewing Co, Smoked Stout, 9.5%

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Pubcast 248 – Pollyanna Roselare

While most of the Chicago craft beer scene are downtown at FOBAB 2017, we headed over to Roselle and checked out the new Pollyanna Brewing location, Pollyanna’s Roselare. Nestled along the train tracks, they’ve taken an old building and turned it in to their location for wild and sour ales. But that’s not all that you’ll find there – they have 24 taps of wild and sours and all the Pollyanna favorites.

The Brit headed out there on their ‘soft’ opening day, which by the end of the evening was really humming with a full house of punters. We pulled head brewer Brian Pawola aside and spoke with him about some of his new brews, and the new brewing styles they will be exploring. I also went into the brewing area and chatted with owner and brewery operations head, Ed Malnar.

Listen in and then head out there and experience it for yourself. Cheers!

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Pubcast 247 – Wicked Weed Spot Check

Once upon a time begins all good fairy tales, but in the case of Asheville NC brewery, Wicked Weed, has the fairy tale come to an end? At the beginning of 2017, this was one of the new craft breweries who other independents were clamoring to collaborate with, and which was a destination brewery for many outside of North Carolina. Their brews were new, exciting, and highly-prized. But then at the beginning of May, A-B announced the purchase of Wicked Weed, who would join their High End business unit along with Illinois mainstay Goose Island and many others.

This began a vilification of Wicked Weed among independent breweries and craft drinkers alike. Taprooms stopped selling their beer, collaborations ended, and craft beer drinkers posted to their blogs that they would never drink another Weed again.

The Brit had already got Wicked Weed on his list of breweries to visit when he and the lovely Kimberlee, headed down to Asheville for vacation at the end of May. Was the fuss warranted? Would the brews be forever damaged? Should an embargo continue on this brewery? The Brit and Yankee Pubcast has assembled a panel of consumers and brewers in this edition to find out. Joining The Brit are Hopvine brewer Ken McMullen, Church Streets’ Chuck Fort, Midwest Brewer Fest President Kevin Herbst, and pal of the show, Tom Ryan.

We have 4 Wicked Weed brews to sample while we chat, and of course as this was recorded at the Brit and Yankee Pub studio, there’s plenty of other topics covered, and a bonus beer sampled at the end.

Wicked Weed brews sampled:
Garcon de Ferme, Brettanomyces Farmhouse Ale Fermented with Peaches, 6.2%
Medora, American Sour with Blackberries and Raspberries, 6.6%
Marina, American Sour Ale with Peaches and Apricots, 6.5%
Rubus Viola, Barrel-Aged American Sour Ale Fermented with Boysenberries and Violet, 7.6%

Bonus Beer:
Boulevard Brewing, Kansas City, Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout, 13.2%

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Pubcast 246 – The Yankee’s Back In Town!

The original co-host of the podcast, The Yankee, has returned from the wilds of Ohio and has brought some brews with him, a couple of which are guaranteed to challenge the taste buds of the Brit. It’s that time of year when those darn spiced pumpkin beers sneak out the dark corners of breweries, and we have a couple to taste.
But first as our lead in brew, we’re drinking Surly’s Coffee Bender, just to get out senses tuned up.

Then we get into a beer style that might not be anyone’s first choice, a shandy from Hoppin’ Frog. Couple that with a brew that snuck in (cos the Yankee thought it came from Ohio) from Clown Shoes, and we have the makings of a bumper edition and an evening of tasting and good old pub chat which is what we love!

The Brit also pulled out a bonus beer that had to make up for, and clear the palette of those spiced ales, from the folks at Innis & Gunn, an Oak aged beer, hopped bourbon cask ale.

Beers imbibed:

Surly Brewing Co., Coffee Bender, Coffee-flavored American Oatmeal Brown Ale, 5.5% ABV
Hoppin’ Frog, Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale, ABV 7.0%
Platform Beer, Co., Yammy Yammy, Sweet Potato Ale, ABV 7.7%
Hoppin’ Frog, Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale, aBV 7.3%
Innis & Gunn, Hopped Bourbon Casked Ale, ABV 7.4%

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