Pubcast 231 – Vacation Report: Mark’s Bottles

This is another show-n-tell edition, and this time Mark brings to the pub some bottles (and one can), that he collected during his recent road-trip. We are headed to Florida and Utah in this show and trying some higher ABV brews. Joining Mark and Phil this week is Chuck Fort, assistant brewer at Church Street Brewing in Itasca, and tavern owner John Karwoski from John’s Tavern in Winfield.
This will be Mark’s last regular show as he is heading up to the northwest, and Boise Idaho, where he will passing on his brewing expertise to the growing craft beer industry there.

Our featured brewery is Barrel of Monks from Boca Raton, FL., who specialize in Belgian-style beers. They provide the following brews:
S’Tart Sour Ale, 6% ABV, Unblended, Lambic style ale
​Bon Bon Anniversary Ale, Belgian Chocolate Porter, ABV 7%
​QuandRum, rum barrel-aged quadruple, 10.5% ABV

We stay in Florida for our next beer, from NOBO Brewing, in N Boynton Beach.  We have a crowler of their Coconut Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout, 12% ABV.
And our final brew is a more traditional double IPA from Squatter’s Brewing in Salt Lake City, UT. These folks have been around since 1989, so are the oldest of our trio of breweries. We sample their Hop Rising DIPA, 9% ABV.

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Pubcast 230.5 – Special Edition – Short Fuse Brewing

In this edition, Phil heads out to Short Fuse Brewing for their soft-opening and manages to corner head brewer Mark Duchow.
Who are Short Fuse? What are they brewing? What’s in the future? And we all love their English slant with several brews using that style base.
Listen in and then head on down and judge for yourself!

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Pubcast 230 – Vacation Report: The Crowlers

Phil and Mark are back from their summer travels and both have collected several samples of brewing excellence from across the country. We will be sampling these over the next couple of shows and passing on our opinions as to if these breweries are worth visiting if you happen to head out their way.  From Utah to North Carolina and then down to Florida, the lads have selected bottles and crowlers and we’re drinking them in the name of the podcast, just for you!

In this edition, we have to pop open the selection of crowlers before their best-by dates, so we stopped by tavern owner John Kaworski’s deck and dipped into the cooler.  It was a windy day and Phil didn’t have his windscreen on the recorder, so apologies for a few ‘windy’ noises that may be apparent.

Our first crowler comes from One World Brewing in Asheville NC, and is their Chocolate Truffle Stout, an American Stout at 6.8%.  We also were able to get an interview with Jerry Shutz, their Owner/Brewer.

Next, we head to  Black Mountain NC,  a little town 16 miles east of Asheville, and a brew from Lookout Brewing, Mother Pucker Imperial Strawberry Sour Stout, 7.1%.  These guys were very generous and provided a couple of bottles for us to try in another show.

Third, we head 2 hours east of Asheville to Cornelius, NC, and the delightfully named Ass Clown Brewing.  We try their Blueberry Cab Stout Sour at 7.2%, and it turns out to be one of our favorites.  These guys have been brewing for over 6 years and the taproom is a delight!

Finally, we head back towards Illinois, stopping at Lafayette Brewing Company in Lafayette, IN.  The first brewery to receive a small brewers license back in 1993. We try their Oatis Brown, a northern English brown ale at 5.8%, and as a bonus beer we sample Black Rock, a Cascadian Dark Ale at 5.9%.

We will be back next week with Mark’s vacation report and the bottles he obtained.  Cheers!

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Pubcast 229 – Illinois Brews for CCBW 2017

In this show, recorded live at the Church Street Brewing tap room, Phil and Mark select 4 brews from Illinois to celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week which runs from May 18th through May 25th. Joining them once again are CSB’s head brewer, T.J. Bacholz, assistant brewer Chuck Fort, beer historian John Bittermann, and CSB owner, Lisa Gregor who keeps us all in check!

We have selected 4 brews we think you should try, all from Illinois breweries, near and far, new and well-established. In order of sampling we have Hailstorm, Noon Whistle, newcomer White Rooster, and finally old-timer Two Brothers.

This will be the last episode for a while as the staff are heading out in vacation, but stay tuned for new episodes later in June.

Brews Sampled:

Noon Whistle, Lombard – Mr. Nice Gummy, HopHash NE IPA, 6.8% (Crowler)
Two Brothers, Warrenville – Sour Beer #2, Sour/Wild Ale, 5.5%
Hailstorm Brewing, Tinley Park – English Gentleman, Imperial Milk Stout w/Hazelnut, 13%
White Rooster, Sparta – Solitude, Dark Farmhouse Ale, fermented and aged in Used Bourbon Barrels for 12 months, 8%

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