Category Archives: Marzen

Pubcast 207 – Illinois 6-Pack

Recently a local liquor chain sent out a coupon for a couple of bucks off their pick-your-own 6-pack, so we stopped by and selected 6 cans from local suburban and beyond, Illinois breweries. We reviewed them a mind to introducing the breweries to folks who may not have tried them yet, and all are readily available.

In addition, at mid-point in our 6-pack review, we’ll take a break and visit with Brian Pawola, head brewer from Pollyanna Brewing in Lemont, and we chatted with him at the brewery’s recent 2nd Anniversary party. We talk about his recent GABF bronze medal for his Fruhof Oktoberfest, and his 2nd Anniversary releases, including his smoked lager and several editions of Personal Chain Letter (PCL), Imperial Stout. Head to 37:00 minutes in to the podcast if you want to skip our chatter.
The 6-pack we try is:

Crystal Lake Brewing, Lakesider, American Marzen Ale, 5.6%, 22 IBU – Crystal Lake, IL
Brickstone, Forbidden Wheat, Blood Orange Wit, 5.4% – Bourbonnais, IL
Temperance Brewing. Restless Years, Pale Ale with Rye, 5.8%
Miskatonic Brewing, Catchpenny, Session Rye, 4.5%
Wild Onion Pub & Brewery, Misfit IPA, 6.5%, 75 IBU – Lake Barrington, IL

Destihl Brewery, Vertex IPA, American IPA, 6.3%, 76.0 IBU – Bloomington, IL

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Pubcast 158 – Fall Beers and Fall Guys!

It is at this time of year that the annual Fall styles begin to appear. While all the brewers are at GABF, the pub crew plus guests get together and try three October styles, and horror or horrors, one pumpkin ale!
We try Two Brothers Atom Smasher, Church Street Itascafest, Urban Chestnut Oachkatzlschwoaf, and Almanac’s Dark Pumpkin Sour.

Two Brothers Atom Smasher
Two Brothers Atom Smasher
Church Street Itascafest Marzen Beer
Urban Chestnut Oachkatzlschwoaf
Urban Chestnut Oachkatzlschwoaf
Almanac Barrel Aged Pumpkin Sour
Almanac Barrel Aged Pumpkin Sour