Monthly Archives: July 2018

Pubcast 278 – Corridor 55 Special Release #6 – Skeleton Key Brewery

It was the first night of ‘extra hours’ for Skeleton Key, who now are open every Tuesday, and the Brit and Yankee podcast was honored to be their first night attraction. And we use the word ‘attraction’ with reserve if you have seen the podcast staff! Sometimes you record a podcast that was a ton o’ fun, and this was one of them!

Joining series producer, Kevin Herbst, and The Landlord are the panel guests and brewing trinity from SKB, head brewer John Szapo, and owners Paul and Emily Slayton.

And in front of a full house we expose Skeleton Key’s view on craft beer, their community  associations, we learn about some brewing nuances, and we get to  taste great brews.  Listen in and hear from the folks who are your hosts for a visit to this wonderful Woodridge brewery, and hear first hand on what they listen to, what they stream, and hear about future events like ‘Fermentation Fest’ – WTF!

Flagship Beer: 
Migratory, Toasted Coconut Golden Ale, ABV 5.3%
Showcase Beer:
7th Evil Ex, Schwarzbier. 5.5% ABV
Inspiration Beer:
Flitterwochen, Kolsch, inspired by people who want to be home brewers and take it to the next level
Chain Beer:
We would have Metal Monkey, but the brewing staff fell ill, so we subbed in another SKB brew!
Little Hoarse, Berliner Weisse, 4.0% ABV

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Pubcast 277 – Blowing Raspberries!

We’ve had a short break but we’re back and this edition is recorded at Pollyanna’s Roselare tap room in Roselle. It features a panel of likely lads including Roselare’s very own VP of Operations Ed Malnar, taproom manager Jay Rosicky, Hopvine head brewer Ken McMullen, and craft beer aficionados Kevin Herbst and Tom Ryan. Everyone got together to sample brews on a single theme, that being raspberry adjuncts.

We did a mini world tour, starting in Illinois with Pollyanna’s very own Summerly, and headed to Belgium, England, back to USA and Wisconsin, Colorado, and back to Illinois. We tried a variety of styles, discovered one brew that we know was not up to par (no fault of the brewery we feel), and all of us felt that these were beers all readily available that should be tasted by those new to craft beer. We feel these are great suggestions for people hosting their own tasting parties during these hot, dog-days of summer.

There’s also updates on Pollyanna TV, and what Hopvine will be bringing to Naperville Ale Fest (July 14), we encounter a really skunky bottle that surely is not the fault of the brewery, and one of our beers hits a 10 on the pucker list, and finally the panel picks their top 2 out of our 6-pack.  Ed and Jay tell how Pollyanna will be on WGN Around Town tomorrow morning, and here’s a link to that segment…we just like to think we were there first!

Here’s our list of brews we think you try:

Pollyanna Brewing, Lemont & Roselle IL, Summerly,  Raspberry Wheat Ale / ABV – 4.8% / IBU – 13 / SRM – 3
Lindeman’s, Vlezenbeek Belgium, Framboise Lambic,  ABV: 2.5% – OG: 1.050 – IBU: 12
Samuel Smith’s, Tadcaster Yorkshire, Organic Raspberry Ale, 5.1% ABV
New Glarus, Wisconsin, Raspberry Tart, Wisconsin Framboise Ale, ABV 4.0%
Epic Brewing Co., Utah and Colorado, Brainless on Raspberries – We got a skunky bottle, so apologies to Epic!
Substitute brew:  Transient Ales, Bridgman MI, Raspberry Maigre, Raspberry Berliner Weisse, 3.1% ABV
Une Anne, Niles IL, Framboise, Lambic, 6.5% ABV

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