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.
This show welcomes two craft beer aficionados to the friendly confines of the Brit and Yankee studio, and they bring with them fabulous brew gifts! Admittedly, you may not be able to obtain these gems to easily, but we’ve done the tasting to help you decide if they need to go on your wishlist!
First up we head to Three Floyd‘s, just over the Illinois border in Munster, IN. Alpha Kong is a Belgian sextuple (who knew!) with cardamon.
Next back a few miles to Lansing, IL and Transient Ale’s Objectification Barrel Aged Sour Blonde Ale. This is one of their special reserve series.
Then back over to Three Floyds again for their Wiseblood, Wood-Aged Baltic Porter.
Finally, our brew-de-resistance, Wicked Weed from Asheville, NC. produce a series called Dark Arts. Our one is the Tequila Barrel-Aged Dark Arts with Brettanomyces and Espresso and we found it is quite a mouthful in many ways!
All this and the lads comment on a couple of 2016 beer predictions, and we enjoy much pub talk!!
We’ve got some interesting beers to review in this show, mostly sours of one kind or another.
We have 4 HandsConstellation, Flesk 3rd Anniversary Grand Cru, and Schlafly IBEX series Eleventh Labor. Our Style of the Week is Lambic, and we sample Lindeman‘s Faro Lambic.
Also, our report from 4 Hands Brewing should give you a flavor for this St. Louis brewery.
All this and music from Railway Records artist Sarah Holtschlag. Cheers!
This week we welcome Brian Kerby from Heartland Beverage to the pub. He brings some of his brand’s brews for us to taste, and we learn about a new beverage, kombucha. We chat about the big merger news and how Brian is growing his business.
Brews we taste are: Middle Brow‘s Parklife – A wheat beer with sorachi ace hops, fresh lemon zest & fresh mint. Unity Vibration‘s Bourbon Wild Peach – an American Wild Ale, or Kombucha Beer – your choice!
Middle Brow / Unity Vibration Collaboration Moscow Mule – another American Wild Ale / Sour Cahoots Brewing AmEn! – a barrel-aged Barleywine Ale
It’s a great episode, and is longer than usual, so please pace yourself! Cheers!
Here’s the Soundcloud version to play, and a gallery of photos