One of the youngest breweries in the Chicago suburbs is located in East Dundee IL, and is Black and Gray Brewing. We are happy to have owner/brewer Chris Kennedy on this videocast, as his full-time job is with Elgin Fire Department and is very much on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic. Supporting Chris K. with brewing duties, is Chris Contesso, who helps split the workload at B&G. Affectionately these guys are known as No-hair Chris and Long-hair Chris, and they are brewing some fine beers on their small 2-bbl system, plus beginning to can as a response to the pandemic tap room limitations.
We recorded this episode on May 4, the day before the release of their Mexican-style lager, Caesar Chavez, coinciding with Cinco de Mayo. We hear from a first responder how to stay Covid safe, and how to get a mobile canning run going in an otherwise un-populated taproom. If you are supporting our local breweries, we recommend heading out to their location and picking up some 4-packs and a couple of oil-cans, which we find out is the substitute size for the hard-to-get crowler.
Cheers to Chris for his service, and to both of them for their brews