To coincide with the 2016 GABF, we are tasting some Colorado brews that were provided to the pubcast earlier this year, and need to be tasted! Joining Phil this week is John Bitterman, Chuck and Mimi Fort, and John Karwoski. Mark is roughing it at GABF this week, so we should have a ‘on-the-floor’ report from him next time!
The brews we have selected are ones that we think appeal to the novice who visits Colorado through to the seasoned craft beer drinker. Our panel is a cross-section of palates, so we hope they represent for the average craft beer drinker!
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.
Phil revisits with Sean Curry from Sketchbook Brewing, and this time Sean brings out some special brews from his extensive cellar. All of these brews can be considered ‘Leather Chair’ beers, in other words those that require you to sit down, relax, and sip them at the end of a great evening. Together with Tom Ryan, the three forego the leather chairs and relax on wooden chairs up at Sketchbook’s new tap room in Evanston.
This show was prompted by a comment from Pollyanna brewer, Brian Pawola, when we talked to him at the Naperville Winterfest. We told him we had a bottle of PCL that we were cellaring, and he said “drink it fresh”. So we did, together with some other tasty brews from Almanac Farm to Barrel and Elephant Heart de Brettaville, Noon Whistle’s GoseSmack Aged in Cabernet Barrels, and Ritterguts provides the Style of the Week, Gose. Add interviews with brewers Brian Pawola, and exciting news from 51st Ward’s Tim Hoerman to round out our show this week.