Day 4 of our CCBW reports from the Beer Under Glass festival, and this time The Brit tracks down Wil Turner from Open Outcry, who brings a cream ale and a hazy IPA, and we find out he is a Hammers supporter, and about his English and European brewing roots.
After that we pass the Noon Whistle booth and tap up brewer Paul Klein to check in on their expansion progress, and we sample a non-hazy member of their Hop Prism line, Ken tries the Fuzzy Smack, and Chuck has the regular IPA.
Last on this edition, we chat with Dan Camp from Metal Monkey, and for one of their beers they were randalling their flagship Asmodeus with cocoa nibs, chilli peppers and cinnamon sticks. Dan also reveals that their hazy IPA could have been called Jucifer, but Church Street pipped them at the beer name post!
Day 3 of our CCBW reports from the Beer Under Glass festival, and here we chat with James O’Brian from Flesk Brewing and sample their offerings, one of which is actually a milkshake IPA that The Brit enjoyed. Then, the tallest man in Chicago brewing, Chet Brett from Tribes Beer Co, jumps in to tell us about their offerings. Finally, Dan Schedler, founder of Around The Bend, talks about the District Brew Yards location and we sample their Black Forest and Extra Circus Brut IPA.
Day 2 of our CCBW reports, as co-host Ken McMullen joins me in that search and to help set the scene for a great festival. and in this one we hit Church Street Brewing with head brewer and friend of the show, TJ Bachorz. There’s a discussion on how to make hazy IPAs, which seems to be the biggest trend in beer right now. Jamie Albert from Will County stops by and joins our chat.
Then we find Brandon Wright from Werk Force Brewing, who was chatting with Frank Lassandrello from Motor Row Brewing. We find out that he brought a special “BUG’ beer which we definitely need to taste. We’re also searching for my other co-host, Chuck Fort, who is wandering the grounds somewhere, and we finally catch up with him at the Werk Force booth where we pass judgement on their ‘BUG’ beer, Umbrella Not Included. And finally, we talk with Frank over at the Motor Row booth and taste his Sour Batch IIPL.
It’s Chicago Craft Beer Week, and kicking off a week of celebrations of the art of brewing from the great city of Chicago and beyond, is the Beer Under Glass (BUG) festival held at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The Brit and Yankee podcast was there to grab interviews with many of your favorite brewers and we will be releasing a new one each day over the coming week.
First up, a man who has been a driving force for the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, and who was responsible for starting the BUG tradition, Pete Crowley from Haymarket Brewing. It was fascinating to chat with him, and also sample a couple of his brews, including one that he was keeping ‘under the table’, Claire’s Thirsty Ale. With a cameo appearance from Alex Lovingood of Brickstone Brewing, this is fun, beer and festivals! Cheers!