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Pubcast 212 – ‘Tis the Season…

As we head into the rush of the holiday season, the pubcast crew decided we should highlight some seasonal ales and winter warmers that we think would be good for experienced and new craft beer drinkers to try. It seems to be the spiced ales that come in for most of the attention, but we are trying to look at a couple of other brews that could be good alternatives to those heavy stouts we looked at last week.

This edition is what we consider our Brit and Yankee Christmas party, and joining Phil and Mark is friend of the pubcast and certified consumer,Tom Ryan, Chuck Fort, assistant brewer at Church Street, and as we are recording live at John’s Tavern in Winfield, publican and owner John Karwoski rounds out our trinity of tasters. It’s a seasonal six-pack and we chose our top 2 at the conclusion on our tasting session.

We sample the following beers for your consideration:
Church Street Brewing, Itasca IL – Pontificator, Doppelbock, 7.0%
Sam Smiths Yorkshire, England – Winter Warmer, 6.0%
Noon Whistle Brewing, Lombard IL – Bog Theory, Cranberry Mint Saison, 4.8%
Pipeworks Brewing, Chicago IL – Santa vs Unicorn, American Barley-wine Style Ale, 10%
Cahoots Brewing – AMeN!, Barrel-Aged Barleywine, 10.1%
Anchor Brewing Co., San Francisco CA – Christmas Ale 2016, 6.5%

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Pubcast 173 – Big, Rare, and Awesome

This show welcomes two craft beer aficionados to the friendly confines of the Brit and Yankee studio, and they bring with them fabulous brew gifts!  Admittedly, you may not be able to obtain these gems to easily, but we’ve done the tasting to help you decide if they need to go on your wishlist!
First up we head to Three Floyd‘s, just over the Illinois border in Munster, IN.   Alpha Kong is a Belgian sextuple (who knew!) with cardamon.
Next back a few miles to Lansing, IL and Transient Ale’s Objectification Barrel Aged Sour Blonde Ale.  This is one of their special reserve series.
Then back over to Three Floyds again for their Wiseblood, Wood-Aged Baltic Porter.
Finally, our brew-de-resistance, Wicked Weed from Asheville, NC. produce a series called Dark Arts.  Our one is the Tequila Barrel-Aged Dark Arts with Brettanomyces and Espresso and we found it is quite a mouthful in many ways!
All this and the lads comment on a couple of 2016 beer predictions, and we enjoy much pub talk!!