Category Archives: Black IPA

Pubcast 241 – Viva Vivant?

The Brit joins up again with Mark Naski, beer consultant and BJCP judge, and we head down to Hopvine Brewing in Aurora to meet up with head brewer Ken McMullen. Our focus beers this week come from Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI. 4 cans were donated by pod-guest and craft beer lover, Tom Ryan, who visited the brewery on his vacation. We have 3 Brewer’s Reserve and 1 limited edition to review, all which look to be unusual styles, but do they match up to the attractive packaging and reputation of the brewery?

To close out the session, we throw in a bottle that the Brit has been aching to open and share. From Odell Brewing in Fort Collins, CO., we have Brazzle, a golden raspberry barrel aged sour.

Beers reviewed:

Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids, MI

Million Pound Grisette, grisette ale, 4.75%
Nuit Serpent, Black IPA, 6.3%
Civilistic, Belgian Style Stout, 5.8%
Devastation, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Double IPA, 11.6%

Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO

Brazzle, Sour Golden Raspberry aged in Oak Barrels, 5.4%

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Pubcast 216 – Taster’s Choice

With the boom of the craft beer industry there have sprung up little enclaves of enthusiasts who get together to taste and share a plethora of brews, commonly known as a bottle share.  We head out to Lunar Brewing in Villa Park, where on the 3rd Monday of every month a small group gets together to share their love of the craft beers.
Co-host Mark Naski participates in this tasting and invited Phil along, provided he bring beers to share – but of course!
We talk with some of the club members and get a feel for what makes craft beer so popular these days.  Plus, while at Lunar, we get to taste some of their new brews on draft, including Unidentified Flying Hopject.

We’ve added a bonus tasting on the end of this edition, where we try a very-much hard to find can of Midnight Squeeze, a New England black IPA, and a collaboration from Mikerphone and Werk Force Brewing.

This will be the last podcast for about a month as Mark is heading out of town, and Phil has a date with a new hip!  But, we’ll be back in late February with more tastings and brewer interviews, so stay tuned folks!

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Pubcast 200 – Bicentennial Show

It is our 200th pubcast, and we are celebrating in the Brit and Yankee studios with many of our friends from over the years.  Our guests include tavern owners, beer servers, beer historians, brewers, and beer experts…oh, and beer consumers!
Joining Mark Naski and Phil Clark are Chuck Fort (Church Street), Ken McMullen (Hopvine Brewing), John Bittermann, Jon Harlson, John Karwoski, and live by Skype, the original Yankee, Mike Lingafelter.  Plus we have a couple of congratulatory messages from Sketchbook, Cademon, and Miskatonic breweries.

The Landlord has selected 8 beers that are examples of the range of brews from Illinois suburban breweries (with the exception of one from downtown), and we have a marathon tasting session. Opinions vary, and what we do find out is that there is a style for everyone.
Thanks to all who have listened over the years, we hope that we have educated, informed and entertained.  Here’s to the next 200 shows!  Cheers!

NOTE: this is a bumper edition, which we preface with our PSA, so listen carefully and don’t exceed your intake…spread it over a couple days!

Brews we taste:
Cahoots Brewing, Krule Summer, Kolsch Style Ale   5.2%, 20 IBU
Noon Whistle Brewing, Guave Gose Smack  3.8%
Cademon Brewing, Tropical Kingpin, Hefeweizen with Pineapple 5.5%
Lena Brewing, Scrap Iron, Black IPA ​7% 60 IBU
Hubbards Cave, Fresh IPA v1, Double/Imperial IPA 9.0%
Galena Brewing, Cortes, Barrel-aged Brown Ale 11%
Noon Whistle Brewing, Bob Ross Did It, Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale 10.1%, 1 year later
Flesk Brewing, 2nd Anniversary Ale, Belgian Strong Ale 9.8%, 2 years later

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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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