Category Archives: Saison

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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Pubcast 193 – Memorial Day Brew Reviews

Join the Brit, the Fin AND the Yankee for a miscellany of Instant Brew Reviews, recorded at the Brit and Yankee annual Memorial Day BBQ.
Mike Lingafelter brings a selection of brews back from the Ohio area, and Mark Naski throws in a contribution from Nebraska.
We review:

North High Brewing, JalalimaA super-fresh aroma of jalapeno peppers jumps from this beer without much of the spicy heat. Accented with a kiss of lime juice. The perfect beer for Cinco de Mayo.”
Platform Beer Co., Red Cup – Red India Pale Ale, Crimson, Bitter, Dank. A piney red IPA, with hints of grapefruit.
Pipeworks Brewing Co, Glaucus, Belgian Style IPA
Nebraska Brewing Co., Tarte Apricot Saison, variant of their popular Apricot au Poivre Saison
Platform Beer Co. (again!), Cherimoya Project with Bergamot Orange, APA style.
Fat Head’s Shakedown, Imperial American Stout

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192 – CCBW, Bittermann, and New Brews!

Join the pub staff and guests, plus a full house of patrons as we closeout Chicago Craft Beer Week.  Our show is recorded from the The Brit and Yankee Pub studios and Mark and Phil welcome guests John Karwoski, and Mr. Illinois Beer, John Bittermann.
Reviewed brews segue from the last episode where we sample Brew Werks Farmhouse Contra, and then try beers that are from breweries in the Chicago suburbs and Illinois that we have not yet tried.

Our line-up looks like this:

Brew Werks, Plainfield Il – Farmhouse Contra, Saison, 6.4%, 24 IBUs, also available in a brew-your-own kit.  Special!

Hailstorm Brewing, Tinley Park, IL – 2nd Anniversary Brett Saison, 8% ABV, a Brett Saison with Black Currants  fermented in Oak wine casks.

Crystal Lake Brewing, Crystal Lake, IL – Beach Blonde, Golden Lager,ABV: 5.3%, 18 IBUs.  A bronze medal winner in the “Muenchner-Style Helles” category at the 2016 World Beer Cup.

​White Oak Brewing, Normal IL – Me Llama Llama, English Mild Ale with Coffee, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Cocoa, ABV: 4.0%, IBU: 20

Scorched Earth Brewing, Algonquin, IL – Foraging Swine, Smoked Ale, 7.7% ABV, IBU 12, malty sweet and smoky ale.

It cheers from the crew to the great brews we are producing in this state!

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Pubcast 179 – Beers for Oscar!

With the Oscars pending, we have selected 6 brews which are ‘loosely’ connected to six of the nominated Best Pictures. We hope that you go out, pick up a bottle of each, and pop the tops when the nominations are announced this Sunday. There’s nothing else to do while the speeches drag on! Mark and Phil are joined by John Kaworski, the lovely Kimberlee, and TJ Hagen from Urban Legend for this Red Carpet edition of the pubcast.
The Urban Legend brew is an exclusive, draft only beer that TJ bottled especially for the show!
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The movies and beers are:
The Martian – Marz Brewing Bubbly Creek, Berliner Weisse
Room – 15 feet from Off Color, Applewood Smoked Wheat (Polish Style Grodziskie)
Spy’s Secret – Urban Legend Brewing, Saison
Mad Max: Fury Road – Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury, Belgian Dubbel (Style of the Week)
Brooklyn – Brooklyn Brewing Black Ops, Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
The Revenant, Miskatonic The Revenant, Russian Imperial Stout