Category Archives: Pubcasts

Pubcast 182 – No Green Here!

Recorded live at craft beer bastion John’s Tavern in Winfield, the day before St. Patrick’s day, and released the day after, we’ve not only avoided the day of green, but we also avoid any green beers as we focus on the Irish Stout and the Irish Red styles. Sláinte!

We kick-off our show with an Irish Stout from Metal Monkey Brewing (Romeoville) and B.I.N.G   Not named after Bing Crosby, but “Because It’s Not…. well you know, that OTHER Irish Stout brand”.
Then we go to our Style of the Week, Irish Red.  First up is our baseline beer, one of the commercial examples that BJCP cites, O’Hara’s Irish Red from the Carlow Brewing Company, based in Co. Carlow, Ireland.
We compare our baseline to another from Metal Monkey, their Irish Red called The Ellis Redding, named after the character in the movie The Shawshank Redemption.
Finally, Church Street Brewing from Itasca, has their Crimson Clover Red Irish Ale on tap at John’s so we get a draft pour of this brew.

But wait…there’s more!  Mark has returned from another trip to Florida and this time brings offerings from a couple of breweries.  Bonus beer #1 is from Coppertail Brewing Co., based in Tampa, FL. and is a double IPA called Notorious H.O.P.  So new, it’s not even on their website!
Bonus beer #2, is from Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach. We reviewed a brew from them in pubcast 177, and this time we have a can of their Dry Hopped Series Pale Ale.
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Pubcast 180 Pt 2 – Naperville Winterfest 2016

Part 2 of our festival report includes Miskatonic, Rockford Brewing, and Hopvine interviews. Plus John Bitterman and the homebrew tent. Cheers!
To help you listen to the interviews you want to hear, here is the handy timeline of the brewers and personalities we talked with. Enjoy!
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00:00 – 02:17 Introductions
02:17 – 11:22 Miskatonic Brewing, Josh Mowry
11:22 – 15:51 John Bitterman
15:51 – 22:11 Rockford Brewing Co, Steve Lennox
22:11 – 27:48 PALE Hombrew, John Lawlor
27:48 – 32:48 Hopvine Brewing, Ken McMullen
33:48 – End  Goose Island and Outro

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Pubcast 180 Pt 1 – Naperville Winterfest 2016

If you attended the Naperville Winterfest, held last weekend (2/27/2016), then you probably tasted some awesome brews, but didn’t get to chat to the brewers.
Don’t worry – we did it for you! Mark Naski and Phil Clark report from one of the first alefests of the year, on a day when winter took a holiday!
This is part one of two reports, and to help you listen to the interviews you want to hear, here is the handy timeline of the brewers and personalities we talked with.  Enjoy!

00:00 – 00:00   Introductions
06:00 – 09:52 Urban Legend, TJ Hagen
09:52 – 15:00   Scorched Earth, Mike Dallas
15:00 – 23:00 Banging Gavel, Walter Ornelas
23:00 – 28:00 Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Church Street, Chet Brett
28:00 – 35:00 Werkforce, Brandon Wright
35:00 – 41:30 Alter, Mark Hedrick
41:30 – 49:35 Lou Dog Productions, Josh Seago
49:35 – End Outro

Pubcast 177 – Copperpoint Brewing, Florida

Mark has returned from a trip to Florida, and returned bearing growlers and cans from 2 breweries, Copperpoint Brewing amd Due South Brewing Co.
First up, we have a classically brewed Belgian Wit called Copperpoint Witness.
Second, it’s the straight up Copperpoint Lager – nothing fancy again, just a classic brew.
And lastly from A10 Hop Hog, their red IPA.
Our final recommendation comes from another Boynton Beach brewery, Due South Brewing Co.  This brew is their Category 3 IPA which is their flagship IPA.