All of us at the podcast are just cock-a-hoop to post this announcement!
Yorkville’s much-anticipated Fox Republic Brewing Co. is scheduled to open in the next couple of months, but who will be brewing the suds has been kept under wraps!
Well folks, it’s time to reveal the mystery is over, and it’s congrats to my good chum and co-host, Ken McMullen!!
Ken will be leaving his role as head brewer at Hopvine Brewery in Aurora, and starting the next chapter in his distinguished career by joining the team at FRBC in Yorkville, IL. where he will not only be leading the brewing operations, but also acting as the General Manager at the latest brewery to open in the Fox River corridor.
We wish Ken all the best for the future, and look forward to heading down there to sample the first batch of brews!! Cheers matey!!!
Recently, our friends over at Broken Brix, Ed and Sue Seaman, took a trip out to Iceland. Aside from traveling the country and going to see Chicago’s legendary band Wilco for their 3-night tour in Reykjavik, Ed was on a quest to find what the Icelandic nation drank during all those long winter days! He brought back (or was it ‘smuggled’ back?) a suitcase of goodies, including craft beer, and who did he think of sharing them with but of course the Brit and Yankee team!
We welcomed Ed and Sue to the Brit and Yankee Pub studio for this recording of a travelogue and tasting session, and joining the Brit is co-hosts and brewers, Ken McMullen from Aurora’s Hopvine Brewing, and Chuck Fort from Itasca’s Church Street Brewing.
We didn’t know what to expect, and the beers were tasted with an open mind. What we found out was that Iceland sounds a cool place to visit and that the craft beers are pretty darn good. We’re not sure that any of them are exported to the USA, but hopefully Ed and Sue paint a picture of a place that you can visit to try them yourselves. One of the reasons they went there at this time of year was to see the Chicago band Wilco, who were performing 3 nights in Reykjavik, and Ed and Sue went to all three performances!!
So listen in while we hear tales of thermal pools, great food, and struggle with the Icelandic language, but are rescued by Google Translate! This is a fun episode, and many thanks to Ed and Sue for sharing the beers with us! Skál (pronounced “sk owl”)!
PS – sorry about the sound quality for Ed’s mic…he sounds a little distant!
Dokken Brugghus, Paska Puki, California Common, 4.7% ABV
Dokken Brugghus, Dynjandi, American IPA, 5.9% ABV
Viking Brugghus, Krummi, Stout, 5.8% ABV
Gaedingur Brugghus, Namm Namm, Milk Stout, 5% ABV
KHB Brugghús, Gellivör, IPA – English, 6.2% ABV
KHB Brugghús, Steinbui, Pale Ale, 4.5% ABV
Gaedingur Brugghus, Sweet New England, NEIPA, 8% ABV
Gaedingur Brugghus, Baltazar, Baltic Porter, 6.6%
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