Pubcast 238 – Buffalo Creek Brewing

There has been a plethora of breweries open in the suburbs over the last month or so, and one of these has joined the clutch up in the ‘far’ north, namely Buffalo Creek Brewing located in Long Grove, IL.

Owner / Brewer Mike Marr took the Brit out to his beer garden, plied him with brews, and we chatted about how he fired up this  brewery in a very short time-frame, and is now offering a selection of German / Belgium beers that are attracting craft beer from across the Chicagoland area.

It’s a great location, and had a nice bier garten feel, both inside and out. If you feel like heading North for an afternoon, this is a destination brewery, but the beer also seem very good, so you shouldn’t be disappointed.

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Pubcast 237 – Ignorance is Bliss

This week, The Brit heads up to Itasca to meet his co-host, Chuck Fort, on his home turf at the Church Street Brewing. We have 3 beers to taste that will test the expertise of Chuck, and also joining us is another CSB brewer, Andy Wright to also put his taste buds to the test. What is the test? Without knowing the style, name or brewer, I pour samples of each and see how close the lads get to identifying at least the style and adjuncts.

We also slip in an Instant Brew Review I did with the show’s resident tavern owner, John Karwoski, this time with a beer from North Carolina.

And finally, stay listening at the very end for a Dr.Who trivia question posed by Chuck. Send in your answers to pints@thebritandyankee.com and if we any, we’ll pull out a winner and send them a prized Brit and Yankee t-shirt!

Beers Sampled:

Lookout Brewing, Black Mountain NC, Kousa Blueberry Saison, 11.2%
Transient Artisan Ales, Bridgman MI, Flightless APA, 5.5%
Granite Falls Brewing, Granite Falls NC, Leaves of Grass Series – In Paths Untrodden, Pear Wild Ale Aged in Oak Barrels, 5.0%
Sketchbook Brewing, Evanston IL, Barrel-Aged Saison in Red Wine Barrels, 6.4%

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Pubcast 236 – More Brewing Company

One of the most anticipated breweries to open in the suburbs is More Brewing Co. located in Villa Park, Il.  Head Brewer Shaun Berns won a GABF Gold Medal for his chocolate stout while at Ram Brewing, and now he brings his talents to an independent brewery that offers great beers and great food.
This week, the Brit sits down with Shaun after a hard day’s brewing, and we sip a couple of brews and chat about the journey to open the new location, brewing his first beers while construction was going on, and he has an exclusive announcement about their first bottle series.

Shaun chats on other topics such as beer takeovers, pricing product, and their new canning line which is being installed as we spoke. Head over to More and find out for yourself why this brewery holds much promise for the craft beer drinker!

We also get Shaun’s opinion for an Instant Brew Review, which turned out to be a little longer that the word ‘instant’ suggests, as Sonny, one of the owners joins us to get in on the tasting.  Our brew for this is Sierra Nevada’s Barrel-Aged series, Trip in the Woods, called Islay Fog, a salted caramel scotch-style ale.

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Pubcast 235 – Black Horizon Brewing Company

This week, the Brit heads down to Willowbrook, IL, and one of 3 breweries that declared the taps open last weekend. Black Horizon Brewing Co. is the passion of three friends, Alex Stankus, Kevin Baldus, and Charles St. Clair. Their space off route 83 in Willowbrook, is large enough for expansion, and plenty of parties! Their initial offerings cover 8 different styles, and from what this consumer could taste, all were spot on and worth trying each and every one.  In this show, we talk with Kevin Baldus, who had just finished his equipment cleaning for the day and still in his wellies, and find out some background on their new endeavor. BHBC is well worth a visit we say.

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