Category Archives: Russian Imperial Stout

Pubcast 351 / Virtual Happy Hour – Jon Lambert of Hairy Cow Brewing

This edition takes us out to Byron, IL (virtually) and a brewery situated along the Rock River. Hairy Cow Brewing has been open for just over 2 years, and partner/head brewer out there is Jon Lambert. Jon joins The Brit, Phil Clark, and his co-host, Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing on a Zoom call to chat about Hairy Cow, and sample some of his brews.

We find out what exactly Hairy Cows are, Jon’s background, and how his beers are brewed to reflect  the tastes of the area. The styles are classic, but he is now starting to branch out into a new barrel program, and because one of the other partners likes them, sours are on the horizon! We finish up by sampling an unpronounceable Russian Imperial Stout, that drinks very smoothly despite it high ABV. Oh, and we should also mention that the deck overlooks the Rock River, and they serve fantastic artisan pizzas!

Brews Sampled:

  • Turtle Tree, Cream Ale, 4.9%
  • Bloody ‘elles, Helles-style Lager, 5.5%
  • Slainte Mhath, Russian Imperial Stout, 11%

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Pubcast 350 / Virtual Happy Hour – Rabid Brewing

It seems we have found a way to keep producing content through the Zoom conferencing application, while still maintaining our inside social distancing requirements. So, through the magic of technology we present this edition of our virtual happy hour series in which we head down to the southern suburb of Homewood, and visit with the splendidly named Rabid Brewing, and three awesome folks.

Raiye, Tobias and Max form the backbone of this brewery and we chat with them about their beers and the ‘mythical’ theme to their brewery. The Brit is joined by brewer Ken McMullen (live from his Hopvine brewhouse) and we taste a few of the Rabid offerings, including a lactose IPA with the polarizing name of Dripping Teats!

Brews Sampled:

  • Mystis, Fruited Sour with Meyer Lemons and Michigan Blueberries, 4.4%
  • Hexed, Blackberry Apricot Ale, Fruited Sour, 5.8%
  • Dripping Teats, Lactose IPA, 7/1%
  • Hemogoblin, Chocolate Blood Orange Wheat, 7%
  • Manticore, Kveik Russian Imperial Stout, 11%

Sorry about the video quality on this episode, but these days we take what we can, based on the imposed social restrictions! Cheers!

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Raiye, Tobias and Max form the backbone of this brewery and we chat with them about their beers and the ‘mythical’ theme to their brewery. The Brit is joined by brewer Ken McMullen (live from his Hopvine brewhouse) and we taste a few of the Rabid offerings, including a lactose IPA with the polarizing name of Dripping Teats!

Brews Sampled:

  • Mystis, Fruited Sour with Meyer Lemons and Michigan Blueberries, 4.4%
  • Hexed, Blackberry Apricot Ale, Fruited Sour, 5.8%
  • Dripping Teats, Lactose IPA, 7/1%
  • Hemogoblin, Chocolate Blood Orange Wheat, 7%
  • Manticore, Kveik Russian Imperial Stout, 11%

Sorry about the video quality on this episode, but these days we take what we can, based on the imposed social restrictions! Cheers!

Our YouTube video…

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Pubcast 263 – Indiana Wants Me (to drink their beer!)

Friends of the show Deb and John took a trip to Indiana and ended up in Griffith where they discovered 2 of 3 great breweries in that town. Griffith is just over an hour from the Brit and Yankee pub here in the western suburbs, so very attainable as a day trip. Our friends visit Pokro Brewing and New Oberpfalz Brewing and return with 3 samples from each and report on the ambience to be found at each. Joining the pub crew and Deb and John, are listeners Big Dave and Big Nate for a final tasting panel of real consumers and craft beer fans.

Both of the breweries featured have a European flavor to their brews, Pokro specializing in Belgian, English and other European styles, and New Oberpfalz on German-influenced beers.  We also have included an American IPA from each just to entice those who prefer that style.

By way of introduction, and because our first love is Illinois brews, we take a local brew from Noon Whistle that is a European style and make it our ‘warm-up’ brew, their Face Smack Berliner Weiss.

There’s plenty of pub chat, and the panel all have their own tastes so we think we got a pretty good representation of these breweries and the overall opinion is they are well worth visiting!

Beers sampled:

Noon Whistle, Face Smack Berliner Weiss, 4.00% ABV

Pokro Brewing
Pokro’s Grodziskie, Gratzer/Grodziskie, 4.00% ABV
Sea of Cheese, New England IPA, 6.5% ABV. 51 IBU
Abbey-licious, Belgian Dubbel, 6.5%ABV, 25 IBU

New Oberpfalz Brewing
Helles Lager, 4.8%, 17 IBU
Hopwagen, American IPA, 6.0% ABV, 56 IBU
Russian Imperial Stout with Coconut and Vanilla, 9.2%, 50 IBU

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Pubcast 224 – Fruit Beer and More!

A friend of mine went out to Iowa and brought me back a couple of fuit-based brews and this prompted us to track down a couple more and give us the theme for this edition.  Recorded down at Hopvine Brewing in Aurora, besides Mark and Phil, we welcome Chuck Fort from Church Street Brewing, and Hopvine’s very own head brewer, Ken McMullen. Rounding out this week’s guest is Alex Zapata from Fox Valley Homebrew and Wine Supplies, who has opened up their store right next to Hopvine.

We also try three varieties of Ken’s Ukranium Krusher, and while we taste and cogitate on these fine samples of Russian Imperial Stout, we have a somewhat confrontational discussion on beer can labels.

Our final segment focused on the new range of beers from Gun Craft Beer, which produce cans that feature guns on some of the labels. We discuss is this is a good thing, or perhaps it touches on the same area as some of the ‘sexist’ labels that have caused controversy.  It could be that this is the end of the night, or perhaps its just good old pub chat, but thank goodness we live in a country where we can express our opinions freely – and drink damn good beer at the same time!

Review Beers:

Green Tree Brewery, LeClaire, IA – Mango Me Hoppy, Mango IPA, 6.3%
Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA – Peach IPA, Fruit and Hop Ale, 5.8%
Edge Brewing Co., Boise, ID – Pug In the Sun Clementine IPA, 6.8%
21st Amendment, Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA, 7.0%
Green Tree Brewery, LeClaire, IA – C3 Chocolate Cherry Coffee Stout, 5.9%

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