Archive Edition – Werk Force Brewing circa 2016

As we are busy with Fall pub activities, we jumped into the Brit & Yankee archive and pulled out this episode from May of 2016. It was one of the first onsite interviews and featured co-host Mark Naski and The Brit, on the road down at Werk Force Brewing.  Here we chatted with owner/brewer Brandon Wright, ahead of their expansion and the closing of the homebrew piece of their business. You’ll see the coziness of the taproom as it was and the cramped brewing conditions from the photos in our web post. Now they have expanded and expanding even more, as their brews are forever in demand with the craft beer community.

Brandon has always been a chum of the podcast and we’d like to thank him for his continued support.  Tune in to this ‘historical’ episode. Cheers!

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Pubcast 366 – Lane Fearing of Roaring Table Brewing

We finally made it up to Lake Zurich and to a brewery that we have long wanted to check out and sample their brews, and with a 4th Anniversary looming at the end of September this was the right time! Roaring Table Brewing has been slowly but surely producing some of the finest brews in the area, and even national craft industry magazines are starting to be aware of how good they are.

Co-host Ken McMullen and The Brit sat down with Lane Fearing, half of the dynamic duo who run the business, Beth May being the other. Due to a storm running through the area and knocking out the home power, Beth couldn’t be with us, so it fell to Lane to face the questions from the B&Y team.

As we chatted, we sampled  the cask, hand-pull Best Bitter and found out how Shakespeare had an influence of naming the brewery. Then we moved on to a classic bottle-conditioned saison and how their magnificent foeder plays a leading role in many of their brews. For the final curtain, we headed to the bright tanks, and tried the latest batch of their NEIPA and a preview of the just-released doppelbock, which they were canning the next day and is now available. Apologies for the first 8 minutes of audio as The Brit’s mic wasn’t fully engaged, but no matter, Lane’s was fine and he’s the man we came to chat to!! Cheers!

Brews Sampled:

  • Best Bitter, English cask ale, 4.6% ABV
  • Beth, Saison, 6.7% ABV
  • Tuba Solo, NEIPA, 7.2% ABV
  • Luxuriator, Doppelbock collab with Black Lung Brewing

Here’s a link to our YouTube video teaser for this episode…

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Pubcast 365 – In Memoriam – Mark Naski, our friend

We are rebroadcasting a show first recorded back in 2012, from the early days of our podcast. This episode was recorded before The Brit persuaded ex-pat Fin, Mark Naski, to join as co-host, and features Lingo and The Brit getting a beer appreciation lesson from him. We really didn’t know anything about beer before Mark came around (and some people say we still don’t!), and his schooling helped us be more knowledgeable about craft beer and brewing, and developed the podcast to become a little more than just two guys drinking beer.

Soon after this recording, we persuaded Mark joined us as our ‘Brewmaster’ and give his technical expertise to the show. We have created a video version of this show which has many of our favorite pictures of Mark, and this is the way we want to remember him. He was a generous man with his beer, his food, and his knowledge. He was our friend, and a friend to many others across the Midwest.

A couple of years ago, Mark moved out to Boise, Idaho, and immediately made an impact to their burgeoning craft beer market. You can check out our series of 5 episodes which he brokered for us, with breweries in Boise, on our YouTube channel.

His loss will be felt for sometime, but we know he is in the big brewery in the sky that never closes, and he has left behind a lasting legacy for all those who knew him. He was one of those people who you were glad he was in your life, and our thoughts are with his wife Tiina and all of his family.

Kippis Mark!

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Pubcast 364 – Kali Gajewski of Sedona Beer Company

It’s a second ‘vacation’ recording, and this time we are at the Sedona Beer Company, gazing at the beautiful red rocks and getting a good dose of vortex energy. Heading up this operation, together with her husband Mack, is Sedona native Kali Gajewski.

The Brit sat down with her in their cool patio courtyard, of course with a couple of brews and found out about what makes them the top dog for brews and food. Not only do they have a great selection of styles on tap, but also a fine selection of specialty brews which come out of their awesome, reusable barrels called Squarrels, which we talk about in detail and are a cornerstone of SBC’s sustainability certification.

From the last episode we have gone 180 from grass roots Verde Brewing, to a more ‘tourist’ setting, but in both cases we have brewpubs that have character, and people who are passionate about brewing beer and do it very well! Please check out SBC if you are in the area, and let us know what you thought…we highly recommend them! We sampled most of their brews, and The Brit returned with a bottle of the Scotch², which he and Ken McMullen sample midway through this podcast! Cheers to getting your vortex under control at this fab location!

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