Category Archives: Pale Ale

Pubcast 207 – Illinois 6-Pack

Recently a local liquor chain sent out a coupon for a couple of bucks off their pick-your-own 6-pack, so we stopped by and selected 6 cans from local suburban and beyond, Illinois breweries. We reviewed them a mind to introducing the breweries to folks who may not have tried them yet, and all are readily available.

In addition, at mid-point in our 6-pack review, we’ll take a break and visit with Brian Pawola, head brewer from Pollyanna Brewing in Lemont, and we chatted with him at the brewery’s recent 2nd Anniversary party. We talk about his recent GABF bronze medal for his Fruhof Oktoberfest, and his 2nd Anniversary releases, including his smoked lager and several editions of Personal Chain Letter (PCL), Imperial Stout. Head to 37:00 minutes in to the podcast if you want to skip our chatter.
The 6-pack we try is:

Crystal Lake Brewing, Lakesider, American Marzen Ale, 5.6%, 22 IBU – Crystal Lake, IL
Brickstone, Forbidden Wheat, Blood Orange Wit, 5.4% – Bourbonnais, IL
Temperance Brewing. Restless Years, Pale Ale with Rye, 5.8%
Miskatonic Brewing, Catchpenny, Session Rye, 4.5%
Wild Onion Pub & Brewery, Misfit IPA, 6.5%, 75 IBU – Lake Barrington, IL

Destihl Brewery, Vertex IPA, American IPA, 6.3%, 76.0 IBU – Bloomington, IL

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Pubcast 206 – Yeeha! Cowboy Beers!

Following GABF, Mark took a road trip out to the West, and visited Laramie Wyoming and Boise Idaho, and discovered that those cowboys have pretty good breweries and beers! He brings back samples from 4 breweries on this show, and we get a good sampling across the styles.  Guest John Karwoski joins us as we record live from John’s Tavern in Winfield.

First stop in Laramie, is Altitude Brewing, or to give them their full title, Altitude Chophouse and Brewery.  We have a crowler of their Imperial Stout, 7200′ Stout, clocking in at 7%.  Three weeks old, Mark wasn’t sure it would stand up but boy, it sure did!

Next we head to Boise, for the first of three brewery stops.  We sample the opposite end of the beer spectrum, an American lager called North Fork, from Payette Brewing.  This one is a great lager, and probably sells pretty well as a transition craft beer, and a light 4.4%.

Next, the oldest brewery in Boise, we sample Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, and a growler of a mystery beer.  Why mystery?  Mark forgot what he ordered and the cap wasn’t marked! We think it is either the Fiegwild English pale ale, or the Thunder Monkey Best Bitter.  Apologies to brewer Chris Compton, but we liked it a lot.

Finally, 2 cans of brewing goodness from the Sockeye Grill & Brewery, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.  Our first can is Hell-Diver Pale Ale, 5.5%. Lastly, a brown porter called Powerhouse, 6.0%, which proved to be very drinkable and John’s favorite.

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Pubcast 198 – HMQ90 Collaboration

What defines a collaboration brew?  And what occasion could spark such an effort?
Phil Clark, ex-pat Englishman, wanted to brew a traditional English Pale ale to commemorate the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II, that took place this past June in the UK.

We asked our good friends at Hopvine Brewing in Aurora, IL if they might like to participate.  Ken McMullen, head brewer, said sure and so the project was born.  Using a recipe from co-host Mark Naski, this beer used English ingredients – Maris Otter malt and East Kent Golding hops.  Phil went down to the brewery and spent the day with Ken, understanding the process in detail and providing labor as needed.
The result is a beer that has all the maltiness required, and with a lovely mild hoppiness.

This edition of the pubcast records the brew day, the pre-release tasting, and the release day of July 8.  We hope you were there, and hope you liked the beer.
Here’s to you Your Majesty, Happy Birthday!

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Pubcast 196 – Bittermann and Fat Tire Friends

This show was recorded in a mammoth tasting session with Illinois beer historian John Bittermann, who stopped by the Brit and Yankee Pub to join Mark and Phil for a little variety.  This follows on from last weeks Beer Camp collaborations and this week visits New Belgium Brewing for their ‘Collabeeration’ pack called Fat Tire and Friends.
This time it celebrates the 25th anniversary of New Belgium, and they use only one brewery to produce a variation on their flagship Fat Tire Amber Ale recipe.

The brews we try are:

Allagash Fat Funk Ale
Avery Fat Wild Ale
Hopworks Fat Sour Apple Ale
Firestone Walker Fat Hoppy Ale
Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale

Do we prefer this variety pack to last week, and which are the lads favorites?
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