Category Archives: Lager

Hops Outside: Ep. 27 – Goldfinger Brewing

We have an exciting, exclusive edition this time round and another video/audio edition. There’s a new brewery in Downers Grove that is getting ready to open at the end of July (as of the release of this video the date is July 31st). Goldfinger Brewing is a lager-only brewery owned and operated by Tom and Alison Beckmann, and their brews are already causing a stir locally, and selling out kegs before the tap room is officially opened!

The Brit, and co-hosts Ken McMullen of Hopvine Brewing, and Jay Rosicky of Malted Tales and Milk Money Brewing, jumped on a Zoom call and chatted with Tom and Alison, plus we were able to sample the brews for ourselves. In the video, you will get Tom’s background and how they came to build out their brewery, and a sneak peek at what it looks like, 2-3 weeks ahead of opening.

Then in the extended audio podcast, we carry on the conversation with Tom, finding out what styles will be brewed in their future, what the taproom experience will be like, and why they went the ‘classic style’ route as the mainstay for their brewery.  Tom talks to their distribution direction, why he likes bottles but has to look to cans practically, and we all postulate on what might be allowed now that wasn’t before lock-down. Cheers!

Brews Sampled are their core three offerings:

  • Original Lager, German-style Helles, 5.2% ABV
  • Vienna Lager, 5% ABV
  • Pils, German Pilsner, 4.9% ABV

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Pubcast 233 – Everyday Beers

This week we pull out a number of brews collected from across several states, ones which which we think could be everyday, very drinkable beers.  We visit Colorado, Ohio, North Carolina, and of course we had to include one from Illinois.  Joining Phil this week is Chuck Fort, assistant brewer at Church Street Brewing, who now seems to have taken over the reins from Mark as our resident smarty-pants and BJCP judge!  John Kaworksi from John’s Tavern comes by for our last 2 brews.

Our first trio of beers come from Bristol Brewing Company out of Colorado Springs, CO.
Beehive, Honey Wheat, 4.4 ABV
Laughing Lab, Scottish-Style Ale, 5.4 ABV
Compass, IPA, 6.9% ABV

Next we hit Ohio, and a quartet of brews from Sibling Revelry Brewing
Sublime, Lager brewed with Lime, 5.0% ABV
Red, American Red Ale, 5.5% ABV
Swing State, Dry-hopped Pale Ale, 4.5% ABV
IPA, India Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV

At last we’re back in Illinois, and our beer from the home state is Prairie Kraft’s Trishul Pale Ale, 6.0% ABV

And finally, we end up at Ass Clown Brewing from North Carolina, and try their Imperial IPA, 8.0% ABV.

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Pubcast 206 – Yeeha! Cowboy Beers!

Following GABF, Mark took a road trip out to the West, and visited Laramie Wyoming and Boise Idaho, and discovered that those cowboys have pretty good breweries and beers! He brings back samples from 4 breweries on this show, and we get a good sampling across the styles.  Guest John Karwoski joins us as we record live from John’s Tavern in Winfield.

First stop in Laramie, is Altitude Brewing, or to give them their full title, Altitude Chophouse and Brewery.  We have a crowler of their Imperial Stout, 7200′ Stout, clocking in at 7%.  Three weeks old, Mark wasn’t sure it would stand up but boy, it sure did!

Next we head to Boise, for the first of three brewery stops.  We sample the opposite end of the beer spectrum, an American lager called North Fork, from Payette Brewing.  This one is a great lager, and probably sells pretty well as a transition craft beer, and a light 4.4%.

Next, the oldest brewery in Boise, we sample Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, and a growler of a mystery beer.  Why mystery?  Mark forgot what he ordered and the cap wasn’t marked! We think it is either the Fiegwild English pale ale, or the Thunder Monkey Best Bitter.  Apologies to brewer Chris Compton, but we liked it a lot.

Finally, 2 cans of brewing goodness from the Sockeye Grill & Brewery, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.  Our first can is Hell-Diver Pale Ale, 5.5%. Lastly, a brown porter called Powerhouse, 6.0%, which proved to be very drinkable and John’s favorite.

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Pubcast 183 – Mark’s Mystery Beers

This week’s show see’s Mark Naski bringing 2 brews to the show that remain a mystery as we taste them, plus we book-end that session with a beer from Florida, and one from a local Chicago brewery.

Joining Mark and Phil is Chuck Fort, brewer over at Church Street Brewing in Itasca, and as we are recording at John’s Tavern in Winfield, owner John Karwoski joins us.
The first brew comes from Florida brewing giant, Cigar City with their Cigar City Lager.
Ram Brewery in Schaumburg, and brewer Shaun Berns has given Mark some samples of test brews, and Mark promptly lost the labels.  We turn this into an opportunity to try our tasting expertise, and we guess at what the styles might be.  How close did we get? Judge for yourself.  The first brew is actually called Woodfield Wild and was inspired by a Belgian Pale Ale, but ended up being a hybrid-pale ale fermented 100% with Saccharomyces trux trois, in American oak and dry-hopped with Galaxy hops.   The second mystery beer is called Rabbit Punch, and is also a hybrid, cossing an American Red with an Irish Red, exclusively hopped with Citra.

Finally, and on draft as we record at John’s, is Cahoot’s Brewing BluELiner Berliner Weisse.  John also brings out an example of the proper glass to drink Berliner Weisse from, a bowl!  One of the best of it’s style that we have tasted, and just right for Spring!

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