Pubcast 355 – Larry Hough of Soundgrowler Brewing

Our first pod/vid-cast of the year is an extended interview with FOBAB medal winner Larry Hough from Soundgrowler Brewing Co. in Tinley Park. We recorded this just after Thanksgiving but reserved it for release in the New Year.

Soundgrowler has been around for just over 3 years and this past 2020 FOBAB gave them their first medal for a BA brew, which we were lucky enough to get a can of to taste! Join The Brit and co-host Ken McMullen for this extended interview to learn about Soundgrowler and Larry’s beers!

This is available as a podcast or as a video-cast on our YouTube Channel.

Brews Sampled:

  • War Blood, Red IPA, 6.8% ABV
  • Leather Apron, American Porter, 5.6%
  • RYVERN, American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV
  • Tequila BA Tortilla Hands, Lager, Bronze Medal 2020 FOBAB
  • Plague of The Locusts, 9% ABV, Mixed culture Brett beer barrel
    aged in port wine barrels on blackberries

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Pubcast 354 – Josh Grubbs of Black Lung Brewing

This week we have another audio / video edition, which is rapidly becoming our ‘new normal’ in these Covid-19 times. So, you can choose your viewing or listening option!

Despite those Covid problems, Josh Grubbs is pushing forward with getting his taproom ready to open in 2021. Black Lung Brewing Company is currently producing their beers out of the Zumbier space in Waukegan, but Josh has big plans for his own space in Round Lake Beach and a Kickstarter fund running to help him.

Join The Brit and Hopvine brewmaster, Ken McMullen as we talk to Josh who is in his ‘man-cave’, and we sample his beer. If they are a sign of anything then he’ll be killing it next year!! Cheers!

Update: when we recorded this, BLB had not made their kickstarter goal, but as of Dec 3 it was achieved!

Brews Sampled:

    • Mind of Peace, Saison/Farmhouse Ale, 6.0% ABV
    • Caduceous, Wine DIPA, 8.0% ABV

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Pubcast 353 – Phil Castello of Side Lot Brewery

Just like corner taverns, small craft breweries are key communal locations for some neighborhoods, even more so in these days of social distancing and closed bars. Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda IL is one of these craft breweries, who under the guidance of owner/brewer Phil Castello, continues to produce a variety of great style offerings, and has adapted their outside beer garden for safe consumption.

This video / audio edition, recorded via Zoom, visits with Phil to find out more about his brewery, his beers, how they help support local events and organizations. Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing joins The Brit to sample and discuss 4 Side Lot brews, a complimentary sample 4-pack of which will be provided to one lucky person!

As The Brit is also a ‘Phil’, he becomes English Phil, and Phil Castello is Italian Phil, and not to be left out, Ken claims the name Irish Ken.

Note:   The drawing is open from 5pm, Nov 11 2020 to Midnight, Nov 16 2020, and the rules are laid out by English Phil at the start of the recording. All you need to do is listen for the “Magic Phrase”! If you are listening past the closing date, then never mind and carry on about your day…the offer expired!

Brews Sampled:

    • Philsner, German Pilsner, 5.5% ABV
    • Yours, Mine + Ours, APA, 6% ABV
    • Vibranium, Black IPA, 6.5% ABV
    • Jimmy The Weasel, Belgian Tripel, 10% ABV

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Pubcast 352 – Winter Is Coming: Beer Styles for the Winter

This week we are providing an alternative to election coverage with our edition discussing winter beer styles that we are drinking. Recorded via Zoom and joining The Brit on the tasting panel are 3 head brewers and 3 Covid hair styles! Providing their choices for brews they like to drink as we head into the colder months are co-host Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing, occasional co-host Chuck Fort from Church Street Brewing, and completing the lineup and special guest, Eric Bramwell from Riverlands Brewing.

We each selected 2 beer styles that tickle our taste palates during this change of seasons, and chat about why and find out if some of these might be on the brewing calendar. Ken pulls out some recently received malt samples and how he goes about selecting which ones he might want to try in a pilot batch, plus Chuck suggests brewing up a barley tea to get some of the taste profiles.

Great fun and all in the safety of our own socially distanced environments! Cheers!

Brews Sampled:

  • Smoked Porter, 6.5% ABV, Alaskan Brewing Co, Juneau AK
  • Nut Brown Ale, 7.2% ABV, D and G Brewing, St. Charles IL
  • Wicked Googly, 10% ABV, Barleywine, Riverlands/Hopvine/Brit & Yankee Collab
  • Old Order 10 (2017), 10% ABV, Barleywine, Solemnn Oath Brewing, Naperville IL
  • Holy Moly, 7.5% ABV, BBA Milk Stout, Church Street Brewing, Itasca IL
  • English Cardinal, 9.4% ABV, Barleywine,  Käretäs Brewing, Itasca IL
  • Hoppy Grinchmas, 8.1% ABV, Imperial Red Ale, Riverlands Brewing, St. Charles IL
  • Premium Dunkel, 4.8% ABV, Munich Dunkel, Warsteiner Brauerei, Warstein Germany

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