Category Archives: Brewery

Pubcast 222 – Empirical Brewery

Empirical Brewery is located in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago and produces scientifically named beers. We had an opportunity to head over to the brewery and sit down with owner Bill Hurley, and brewers Jacob Huston and Julia Davis, get a couple of flights and chat craft beer.

We talked the history of the brewery, cats’n’rats, grains and malts, SMaSH beers, barrel-aging, and the future plans of Empirical.  Get down there to try the draft offerings, both production and experimental, and then pick some beer to go!  Also many thanks to Steve  Milford, the taproom manager for keeping us all in line!

This interview was coupled with a musical event, a concert from Midwestern Lull who played tracks from their Farmhouse Sessions EP release, and thanks to them for their support to our podcast for setting up the date.  We include the track ‘Sunday Clouds’ midpoint in our episode. Check out the Railway Records stream for more good music!

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Pubcast 215 – Metal Monkey Plus One Year

Metal Monkey Brewing opened their doors on Jan 30, 2016 down in south suburban Romeoville.  Nearly one year on, head brewer Dan Camp and the rest of the Monkeys are getting ready to hold their 1-year Anniversary party.
We were here last for a podcast at the opening and since then Dan and crew have settled in and started to produce some really solid brews.
We discuss where they’ve been and where they are going, and hit a couple more topics like Shower Beer and what’s the best container for selling draft beer.  Plus we sample some of the Monkey beers we haven’t tasted before and of course pass opinions that are only our simple, personal views.

Beers we sampled:
Burninator Doppelbock, 7.5% ABV, 22 IBU – Batch #100
Glazen Boterham Saison / Farmhouse Ale, 4.2% ABV, 24 IBU
Up And Atom American Brown Ale, 4.8% ABV, 22 IBU
Chocolate War Zone W/ Raspberries American Stout, 6.2% ABV, 60 IBU
Asmodeus Stout – Russian Imperial Stout, 12% ABV, 60 IBU

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Pubcast 209 – Nevin’s Brewing Co.

This edition focuses on a conversation with NBC Brewmaster Marc Wilson.

Phil and Mark visited with Marc on ‘National Learn to Homebrew’ day, when Marc was entertaining the Spent Grain Society at Nevin’s brewery in Plainfield.  We arrived in time for a firkin of porter being tapped and then sat down to talk with the GABF Bronze medal winner to find out more about Marc the brewer, and to taste some of his flagship beers.

Our samples included:
Hook and Hatchet, Vienna lager, 5.0%
Red in the Face, American Red, 7.2%
Apocalyptinator, Doppelbock, 8.4% (GABF Bronze medal winner)
Wishful Thinking, Belgian Dark Ale, 11.0%

Listen in following this for a bonus interview with Ian Webster, president of the Spent Grain Society, who with some of the members was brewing up a batch of porter for ‘Learn to Homebrew’ day.

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Pubcast 205 – Ram On Shaun Berns!

We love putting shows together, but this one was a particular pleasure and a treat for both of us. Following GABF 2016, Mark and Phil sit down with one of the Illinois medal winning brewers, Shaun Berns from Ram Brewery (Schaumburg) to chat about his passion, and taste some of his beers including the Gold Medal winning, Chaos.

We taste his Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Beer, Saison, and the legendary Juicy DIPA ahead of completely luxuriating in Chaos, Chocolate Beer.

Head out to Schaumburg and try his beers – you won’t be disappointed!
Check out all the GABF winners – here

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