Category Archives: Brewery

Pubcast 356 – Zoomin’ To Idaho – Part 2 – Sean Pletcher of Clairvoyant Brewing

In Part 2 of our series featuring 5 Idaho craft breweries, we travel East across town to Boise’s West side and land up at Clairvoyant Brewing, where we meet with brewmaster Sean Pletcher. Beer aficionado Mark Naski is on hand again to help The Brit find out about the feature beer, a Vanilla Russian Imperial Stout that has all the impact but is light in body. Sean tells us about the brewery, what is being drunk on tap, and gives us a whirlwind tour of the location. It’s a dog-friendly, neighborhood brewery and taproom that is making an impression on the locals, and certainly on The Brit after he samples the brew. Cheers!

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Pubcast 356 – Zoomin’ To Idaho – Part 1 – Bryan Garcia-Brown of Edge Brewing

We’re doing something a little different in this pubcast as we travel outside the boundaries of Illinois and head northwest to Idaho. Boise is the center of the burgeoning craft beer scene with over 25 breweries in this state capitol.

We are visiting with just 5 of these, courtesy of a care package of sample brews sent by our chum, ex-cohost, and beer aficionado, Mark Naski. Mark thought that The Brit needed to get a taste of what’s brewing out there, so he arranged for us to talk with the brewers via Zoom, while we tasted the sample beers. We want this to incent you to visit Boise for a beer-cation, especially these 5 breweries and tell them The Brit sent you!

In part 1, we welcome Bryan Garcia-Brown who is the brewmaster at Edge Brewing, and there’s a Baltic Porter to try. Cheers!

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Pubcast 355 – Larry Hough of Soundgrowler Brewing

Our first pod/vid-cast of the year is an extended interview with FOBAB medal winner Larry Hough from Soundgrowler Brewing Co. in Tinley Park. We recorded this just after Thanksgiving but reserved it for release in the New Year.

Soundgrowler has been around for just over 3 years and this past 2020 FOBAB gave them their first medal for a BA brew, which we were lucky enough to get a can of to taste! Join The Brit and co-host Ken McMullen for this extended interview to learn about Soundgrowler and Larry’s beers!

This is available as a podcast or as a video-cast on our YouTube Channel.

Brews Sampled:

  • War Blood, Red IPA, 6.8% ABV
  • Leather Apron, American Porter, 5.6%
  • RYVERN, American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV
  • Tequila BA Tortilla Hands, Lager, Bronze Medal 2020 FOBAB
  • Plague of The Locusts, 9% ABV, Mixed culture Brett beer barrel
    aged in port wine barrels on blackberries

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Pubcast 354 – Josh Grubbs of Black Lung Brewing

This week we have another audio / video edition, which is rapidly becoming our ‘new normal’ in these Covid-19 times. So, you can choose your viewing or listening option!

Despite those Covid problems, Josh Grubbs is pushing forward with getting his taproom ready to open in 2021. Black Lung Brewing Company is currently producing their beers out of the Zumbier space in Waukegan, but Josh has big plans for his own space in Round Lake Beach and a Kickstarter fund running to help him.

Join The Brit and Hopvine brewmaster, Ken McMullen as we talk to Josh who is in his ‘man-cave’, and we sample his beer. If they are a sign of anything then he’ll be killing it next year!! Cheers!

Update: when we recorded this, BLB had not made their kickstarter goal, but as of Dec 3 it was achieved!

Brews Sampled:

    • Mind of Peace, Saison/Farmhouse Ale, 6.0% ABV
    • Caduceous, Wine DIPA, 8.0% ABV

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