Category Archives: American Pale Ale

Pubcast 187 – John’s Choice: Unlocking the Legend

TJ Hagen from Urban Legend Brewing in Westmont, has provided John’s Tavern with a cavalcade of brew samples, and John has called in the Brit and Yankee Pubcast to help him taste and select his next in-house beers. A great opportunity for us to run through some of the offerings from this suburban brewery, and find out some of the stories behind the beer names. Find out which ones we’d like to see on draft and in a bomber!

Our tasting list was:
1. Scylla’s Grasp – Mosaic Pale Ale – ABV- 5.2%, IBU- 45
2. The King’s Tree – Coffee Stout – ABV – 8.8%, IBU – 41.1
3. Udderly Utopia, Milk Stout – ABV 5.2%
4. Step On It Klaus! – German Weizenbock – ABV – 8%
5. Fain’s Sword – Scottish Wee Heavy – ABV – 9.4%
6. The Creature – Black IPA – ABV- 8.5%, IBU- 85
7. Imperial Mugshot – Brown Rye Porter – ABV – 9.1%, IBU – 70

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Pubcast 184 – 2nd Shift Brewing

On this show we head away from Illinois and across the Mississippi into Missouri for an interview with a brewery who have quite a reputation there, and will hopefully soon be distributed into Illinois.
2nd Shift Brewing are currently based in Newhaven, MO. and produce several styles of beer, mostly ones that are well-made and highly drinkable.  We are reviewing three of them on this show – Brewligans, Katy, and Ratsalad.
Plus we put a call in to brewer Steve Criden, and chat to him about his brewery, past, present and future.
And here’s a link to a nice YouTube video made last year by Feast TV, so you can actually see Steve and his operation.
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Pubcast 182 – No Green Here!

Recorded live at craft beer bastion John’s Tavern in Winfield, the day before St. Patrick’s day, and released the day after, we’ve not only avoided the day of green, but we also avoid any green beers as we focus on the Irish Stout and the Irish Red styles. Sláinte!

We kick-off our show with an Irish Stout from Metal Monkey Brewing (Romeoville) and B.I.N.G   Not named after Bing Crosby, but “Because It’s Not…. well you know, that OTHER Irish Stout brand”.
Then we go to our Style of the Week, Irish Red.  First up is our baseline beer, one of the commercial examples that BJCP cites, O’Hara’s Irish Red from the Carlow Brewing Company, based in Co. Carlow, Ireland.
We compare our baseline to another from Metal Monkey, their Irish Red called The Ellis Redding, named after the character in the movie The Shawshank Redemption.
Finally, Church Street Brewing from Itasca, has their Crimson Clover Red Irish Ale on tap at John’s so we get a draft pour of this brew.

But wait…there’s more!  Mark has returned from another trip to Florida and this time brings offerings from a couple of breweries.  Bonus beer #1 is from Coppertail Brewing Co., based in Tampa, FL. and is a double IPA called Notorious H.O.P.  So new, it’s not even on their website!
Bonus beer #2, is from Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach. We reviewed a brew from them in pubcast 177, and this time we have a can of their Dry Hopped Series Pale Ale.
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Pubcast 169 – Sour Ales

We’ve got some interesting beers to review in this show, mostly sours of one kind or another.
We have 4 Hands Constellation, Flesk 3rd Anniversary Grand Cru, and Schlafly IBEX series Eleventh Labor.  Our Style of the Week is Lambic, and we sample Lindeman‘s Faro Lambic.
Also, our report from 4 Hands Brewing should give you a flavor for this St. Louis brewery.
All this and music from Railway Records artist Sarah Holtschlag. Cheers!

Sarah Holtschlag
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