Pubcast 351 / Virtual Happy Hour – Jon Lambert of Hairy Cow Brewing

This edition takes us out to Byron, IL (virtually) and a brewery situated along the Rock River. Hairy Cow Brewing has been open for just over 2 years, and partner/head brewer out there is Jon Lambert. Jon joins The Brit, Phil Clark, and his co-host, Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing on a Zoom call to chat about Hairy Cow, and sample some of his brews.

We find out what exactly Hairy Cows are, Jon’s background, and how his beers are brewed to reflect  the tastes of the area. The styles are classic, but he is now starting to branch out into a new barrel program, and because one of the other partners likes them, sours are on the horizon! We finish up by sampling an unpronounceable Russian Imperial Stout, that drinks very smoothly despite it high ABV. Oh, and we should also mention that the deck overlooks the Rock River, and they serve fantastic artisan pizzas!

Brews Sampled:

  • Turtle Tree, Cream Ale, 4.9%
  • Bloody ‘elles, Helles-style Lager, 5.5%
  • Slainte Mhath, Russian Imperial Stout, 11%

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Pubcast 350 / Virtual Happy Hour – Rabid Brewing

It seems we have found a way to keep producing content through the Zoom conferencing application, while still maintaining our inside social distancing requirements. So, through the magic of technology we present this edition of our virtual happy hour series in which we head down to the southern suburb of Homewood, and visit with the splendidly named Rabid Brewing, and three awesome folks.

Raiye, Tobias and Max form the backbone of this brewery and we chat with them about their beers and the ‘mythical’ theme to their brewery. The Brit is joined by brewer Ken McMullen (live from his Hopvine brewhouse) and we taste a few of the Rabid offerings, including a lactose IPA with the polarizing name of Dripping Teats!

Brews Sampled:

  • Mystis, Fruited Sour with Meyer Lemons and Michigan Blueberries, 4.4%
  • Hexed, Blackberry Apricot Ale, Fruited Sour, 5.8%
  • Dripping Teats, Lactose IPA, 7/1%
  • Hemogoblin, Chocolate Blood Orange Wheat, 7%
  • Manticore, Kveik Russian Imperial Stout, 11%

Sorry about the video quality on this episode, but these days we take what we can, based on the imposed social restrictions! Cheers!

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Raiye, Tobias and Max form the backbone of this brewery and we chat with them about their beers and the ‘mythical’ theme to their brewery. The Brit is joined by brewer Ken McMullen (live from his Hopvine brewhouse) and we taste a few of the Rabid offerings, including a lactose IPA with the polarizing name of Dripping Teats!

Brews Sampled:

  • Mystis, Fruited Sour with Meyer Lemons and Michigan Blueberries, 4.4%
  • Hexed, Blackberry Apricot Ale, Fruited Sour, 5.8%
  • Dripping Teats, Lactose IPA, 7/1%
  • Hemogoblin, Chocolate Blood Orange Wheat, 7%
  • Manticore, Kveik Russian Imperial Stout, 11%

Sorry about the video quality on this episode, but these days we take what we can, based on the imposed social restrictions! Cheers!

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Pubcast 349 / Virtual Happy Hour – Liquid Love Brewing

As we travel through the phases of this Covid-19 world, so we settle in on a new title for our content. Our podcast is a ‘pubcast’ as we record from The Brit & Yankee Pub studios, but we are now offering a video version, courtesy of Zoom, which we like to call our ‘Virtual Happy Hour’…yeah, not that original, but that’s what we are aiming for. Grab your favorite brew, and settle in after a hard day’s work, for a Happy Hour with us here at the pub!

This week, we are offering two versions of our program, audio and video, so you can listen OR watch, however the fancy takes you.

Liquid Love Brewing has been causing a buzz in the Chicago craft beer market, producing sold-out brews, and jumping in to the scene during strange times when you might think it would be wiser to hold off. Production brewing initially, we are pleased to say they are finally settling in to a permanent home which will include a taproom. In this episode, we get an exclusive interview with three chums who decided they could produce great beers that the market wanted to buy. Witness sales of their fruited sour, Sad Thug, which they wanted to mimic a granola sundae, and has sold out on the first run and has people clamoring for more.

The Brit, Phil Clark, and co-host and brewer at Hopvine Brewing, Ken McMullen, jumped on a Zoom call with Jon, Matt, and Joe, the three main partners/brewers in this venture, to find out all about Liquid Love. We had such a good chat and enjoyed sampling their brews, that the whole thing ran longer than other episodes, so we decided to publish and be damned!

Brews Sampled:

  • Dear To Heart, Dry Hopped Pilsner with Tettnang and Callista Hops, 5.2%
  • Sad Thug, Sour Ale with Granola, Blueberries, Vanilla Bean and Milk Sugar, 5.6%
  • Black Is Beautiful, Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cacao Nibs and Vanilla, 10%

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Hops Outside: Ep. 27 – Goldfinger Brewing

We have an exciting, exclusive edition this time round and another video/audio edition. There’s a new brewery in Downers Grove that is getting ready to open at the end of July (as of the release of this video the date is July 31st). Goldfinger Brewing is a lager-only brewery owned and operated by Tom and Alison Beckmann, and their brews are already causing a stir locally, and selling out kegs before the tap room is officially opened!

The Brit, and co-hosts Ken McMullen of Hopvine Brewing, and Jay Rosicky of Malted Tales and Milk Money Brewing, jumped on a Zoom call and chatted with Tom and Alison, plus we were able to sample the brews for ourselves. In the video, you will get Tom’s background and how they came to build out their brewery, and a sneak peek at what it looks like, 2-3 weeks ahead of opening.

Then in the extended audio podcast, we carry on the conversation with Tom, finding out what styles will be brewed in their future, what the taproom experience will be like, and why they went the ‘classic style’ route as the mainstay for their brewery.  Tom talks to their distribution direction, why he likes bottles but has to look to cans practically, and we all postulate on what might be allowed now that wasn’t before lock-down. Cheers!

Brews Sampled are their core three offerings:

  • Original Lager, German-style Helles, 5.2% ABV
  • Vienna Lager, 5% ABV
  • Pils, German Pilsner, 4.9% ABV

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