We record a show over at John’s Tavern in Winfield, and we’re getting violent on this show with some Smack and Bruising! Noon Whistle has been producing their Smack series of beers and we have 2 of the barrel-aged varieties to review.
The first is Swanky Smack, a red sour aged in cabernet barrels and checking in at 4.8%. The other is Face Smack, a Berliner Weisse aged in cabernet barrels, and 4.0%. In between, we sandwich a rarity from The Bruery, Hottenroth Berliner Weisse (3.1%), something that is discontinued according to their website but we have it on draft at John’s. We recommend all three!
This week’s show see’s Mark Naski bringing 2 brews to the show that remain a mystery as we taste them, plus we book-end that session with a beer from Florida, and one from a local Chicago brewery.
Joining Mark and Phil is Chuck Fort, brewer over at Church Street Brewing in Itasca, and as we are recording at John’s Tavern in Winfield, owner John Karwoski joins us.
The first brew comes from Florida brewing giant, Cigar City with their Cigar City Lager. Ram Brewery in Schaumburg, and brewer Shaun Berns has given Mark some samples of test brews, and Mark promptly lost the labels. We turn this into an opportunity to try our tasting expertise, and we guess at what the styles might be. How close did we get? Judge for yourself. The first brew is actually called Woodfield Wild and was inspired by a Belgian Pale Ale, but ended up being a hybrid-pale ale fermented 100% with Saccharomyces trux trois, in American oak and dry-hopped with Galaxy hops. The second mystery beer is called Rabbit Punch, and is also a hybrid, cossing an American Red with an Irish Red, exclusively hopped with Citra.
Finally, and on draft as we record at John’s, is Cahoot’s BrewingBluELiner Berliner Weisse. John also brings out an example of the proper glass to drink Berliner Weisse from, a bowl! One of the best of it’s style that we have tasted, and just right for Spring!
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