Category Archives: Brewery

Pubcast 236 – More Brewing Company

One of the most anticipated breweries to open in the suburbs is More Brewing Co. located in Villa Park, Il.  Head Brewer Shaun Berns won a GABF Gold Medal for his chocolate stout while at Ram Brewing, and now he brings his talents to an independent brewery that offers great beers and great food.
This week, the Brit sits down with Shaun after a hard day’s brewing, and we sip a couple of brews and chat about the journey to open the new location, brewing his first beers while construction was going on, and he has an exclusive announcement about their first bottle series.

Shaun chats on other topics such as beer takeovers, pricing product, and their new canning line which is being installed as we spoke. Head over to More and find out for yourself why this brewery holds much promise for the craft beer drinker!

We also get Shaun’s opinion for an Instant Brew Review, which turned out to be a little longer that the word ‘instant’ suggests, as Sonny, one of the owners joins us to get in on the tasting.  Our brew for this is Sierra Nevada’s Barrel-Aged series, Trip in the Woods, called Islay Fog, a salted caramel scotch-style ale.

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Pubcast 235 – Black Horizon Brewing Company

This week, the Brit heads down to Willowbrook, IL, and one of 3 breweries that declared the taps open last weekend. Black Horizon Brewing Co. is the passion of three friends, Alex Stankus, Kevin Baldus, and Charles St. Clair. Their space off route 83 in Willowbrook, is large enough for expansion, and plenty of parties! Their initial offerings cover 8 different styles, and from what this consumer could taste, all were spot on and worth trying each and every one.  In this show, we talk with Kevin Baldus, who had just finished his equipment cleaning for the day and still in his wellies, and find out some background on their new endeavor. BHBC is well worth a visit we say.

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Pubcast 234 – Tighthead Brewing

During a week when Chicago was hit hard by rains and flooding, The Brit braved the elements and headed up to the  northern suburb of Mundelein, and sat down with owner and brewer, Bruce Dir for a beer and a chat. Tighthead Brewing is one of those breweries who has been open since 2011 and therefore qualifies as well-established and solid. We first visited Tighthead after they had been open for about a year, and technical difficulties resulted in a somewhat one-sided stereo recording! This time round, we made sure the recording turned out a little better!  We taste some of their brews while we chat, and we talk about how the brewery has matured and settled over the years, and also consider beer styles and pubs.  It’s just like sitting down for a beer with a friend – thanks Bruce!

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Pubcast 232 – Flesk Brewing 2.0

Father’s Day weekend saw the official opening of Flesk Brewing in their new location in the Icebox Mall in Barrington, IL.  Last year, the O’Brien brothers, Will and James, took a hiatus from brewing in their original location in Lombard after 3 years, and decided to reinvent their brewery with an expanded space, and a taproom only approach.

Phil catches up with the lads and we chat about their challenges of the move, their history, and their current brews.  As a celebration of their new opening, I bring a bottle of their 2015 3rd Anniversary Grand Cru and we check how it has changed from the original bottling.

And just to make sure these guys know their beer, we also sample a bottle of barrel-aged beer from Louisville’s Against The Grain Brewery called Jackyale, a double brown ale aged in bourbon barrels in honor of the greatest rock and roll band on this or any other time, Jackyl.  ABV 9.5%, 35 IBU.

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