Category Archives: Brewery

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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Pubcast 225 – Archive Show – Flesk Brewing

While both the Landlord and Brewmaster are away for a few days, we wanted to play again our interview with Flesk Brewing’s Will O’Brien, recorded back in June of 2013.  As the O’Brien brothers get ready to open up a full brewery / taproom in Barrington, we can hear about their roots and see how their brewing journey began.  As we said 4 years ago, we like their beer and we want to follow their story.

This show is truly a Brit and Yankee show as this was pre-Mark, and Lingo joins me from the Flesk original location in Lombard, IL.

We’ll be back in May with all new shows, and hopefully an update from Flesk 2017!

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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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