Category Archives: Pubcasts

Pubcast 188 – Beer and a Curry: IPA Challenge

This week we are joined by Sketchbook Brewing co-founder, outdoors man, urban farmer, brewer, Untappd moderator, and cool dude, Sean Curry. Well, at least that’s what his Facebook page says!  Also joining us is beer aficionado and Sean’s buddy, Tom Ryan.
Together, we talk IPA and conduct a small East vs Midwest challenge. Sean obtained a couple of cans of Alchemist Heady Topper so that Phil could taste this legendary brew, usually found on many Top USA IPA lists.
Along with this, we try All Orange Everything (collaboration with Other Half Brewing), and Boat Beer from Carton Brewing, and match those up with Sketchbook’s very own IPA, Orange Door.
Join us for a great tasting session, and hear Sean’s beer knowledge overflow…luckily none of the beer did!

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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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Pubcast 185 – Alter Brewing Company

Mark and Phil head out to Downers Grove and sit down with head brewer, Mark Hedrick, of Alter Brewing Company. Nearly 4 months old, this brewery has a wide range of draft beers available at the brewery tap room, and across a growing number of pub outlets across the Chicago suburbs. We have 2 Marks and a Phil on this show!  Listen in to hear Mark Hedrick’s approach to brewing and a sampling trip through several of their offerings.  This is a show not too miss to hear the brewer first hand – a good listen while on the journey out to visit the tap room!

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Pubcast 182 – No Green Here!

Recorded live at craft beer bastion John’s Tavern in Winfield, the day before St. Patrick’s day, and released the day after, we’ve not only avoided the day of green, but we also avoid any green beers as we focus on the Irish Stout and the Irish Red styles. Sláinte!

We kick-off our show with an Irish Stout from Metal Monkey Brewing (Romeoville) and B.I.N.G   Not named after Bing Crosby, but “Because It’s Not…. well you know, that OTHER Irish Stout brand”.
Then we go to our Style of the Week, Irish Red.  First up is our baseline beer, one of the commercial examples that BJCP cites, O’Hara’s Irish Red from the Carlow Brewing Company, based in Co. Carlow, Ireland.
We compare our baseline to another from Metal Monkey, their Irish Red called The Ellis Redding, named after the character in the movie The Shawshank Redemption.
Finally, Church Street Brewing from Itasca, has their Crimson Clover Red Irish Ale on tap at John’s so we get a draft pour of this brew.

But wait…there’s more!  Mark has returned from another trip to Florida and this time brings offerings from a couple of breweries.  Bonus beer #1 is from Coppertail Brewing Co., based in Tampa, FL. and is a double IPA called Notorious H.O.P.  So new, it’s not even on their website!
Bonus beer #2, is from Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach. We reviewed a brew from them in pubcast 177, and this time we have a can of their Dry Hopped Series Pale Ale.
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