Pubcast 322 – Vacation Beers – Indiana & Ohio 6-pack

We haven’t recorded a show for a couple of weeks as The Brit was off on his summer vacation. Travelling by car provides the option to collect some brews along the way and this trip was no exception.  In this show we sample a 6-pack of brews from Indiana and Ohio.

Our panel comprises co-host Chuck Fort from Church Street Brewing, John Bittermann, Illinois beer historian and breweriana collector, and head brewer from Church Street, TJ Buchorz.  TJ has some breaking news about his career and where he is moving on to. We had some technical difficulties with a bad mic cable that comes and goes, so TJ sounds like he’s far away, so bear with us!!

There’s a lesson in hops and the types for different aspects of the beer flavors, what are esters, and an announcement about a future brewery collaboration. We’ve got a lot of beer and brewing chat and hopefully you can sit with your favorite tipple and enjoy the show!
Stick around for the Bonus Beer discussion and hear TJ tell us his thoughts on where we are today with the  craft beer industry!

Our 6-pack comprise the following beers:

Daredevil Brewing Co, Indianapolis IN, Vacation Kolsch-style Ale, 5.0% ABV
Rhinegeist Brewing, Cincinnatti OH, Bubbles Rose Ale, Fruited Ale, 6.2% ABV
Fatheads Brewing, Middleburg Heights OH, Headhunter IPA, 7.5% ABV
Triton Brewing, Fort Harrison Indianapolis IN, Rail Splitter IPA, 7.0% ABV
Taxman Brewing, Bargersville IN, Deduction, Belgian Dubbel, 8.0% ABV
Taxman Brewing, Bargersville IN, Qualified, Belgian Quadrupel, 9.5% ABV

Bonus Beer:
Quaff On Brewing, Busted Knuckle, Robust Porter, 7.2% ABV

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Pubcast 321 – Sunday at Sew Hop’d

This past Sunday we headed out to Huntley IL and a brewery that has only been open for just over 2 months, Sew Hop’d. The Yankee, Mike ‘Lingo’ Lingafelter and  The Brit, Phil Clark visited with the Sew Hop’d team of Tap Room Manager Katie Hofman, Brand Manager Scott Busam, and brewer Doug Vandewalker and on a hot, sultry Sunday morning discovered what makes this brewery somewhat unique, at least in terms of the building it is located in.

Situated in half of the Union Sewing Machine factory, and the old Borden Dairy factory, these guys are taking small steps to build a very local and well-patronized tap room, producing some classic and solid brews. And behind the operations side, the owners love of good, fresh beer has provided the foundation for a great addition to the Illinois brewing scene.

It’s a sultry Sunday morning chat, and just another great brewery to visit. Here’s the beers we sampled…

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Pubcast 320 – Western State Brews

This edition can be considered a’lost’ edition of the podcast as it was recorded back in March when beer consultant and ex-host Mark Naski, came into town bearing beer gifts, and we didn’t release it then.

Mark lives in Boise ID, and often returns to the Chicago-land area, and on his journey he will stop at various breweries and pick up samples, as well as bringing us the latest offerings from the burgeoning craft beer scene in the Boise area. Joining us on this show were co-host Chuck Fort, head brewer at Church Street TJ Bachorz, and friends of the show Tom Ryan and John Karwoski.

First up, is a brew from Rock Springs WY, and a brewpub called Bitter Creek Brewing.  Alas, the crowler had suffered in the journey out here and we detected some type of off-flavor. With all due respect to the folks at Bitter Creek, we’re taking this one  out of the mix, and we will look forward to tasting something else from them in the future.

However, the remaining brews were varied and interesting, and our second beer produces a chorus from the panel…they won’t quit their day jobs! We chat on ‘best by’ dates and find out what TJ thinks on these and how they are handled in stores. We also discuss cross-contamination in sour production while we sip on the wonderful BA Peach Creek sour from Sockeye. Mark also reveals his life of crime with Abbey yeasts, and dispels the myth that Fins are the happiest people in the world, and how they ‘hate’ the Swedes!

Beers Sampled / Timings:

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Pubcast 319 – The Hop Review: Tom White and Jack Muldowney

This edition of the podcast is a little different as we are interviewing the interviewers, and talking beer with Tom White and Jack Muldowney who are 2/3rds of The Hop Review, one of the predominant online beer websites based in Chicago. Nick Costa was MIA, and makes up the trio of beer enthusiasts who are responsible for bringing outstanding interviews with all the stars from the brewing world. As their home page states, The Hop Review  “…gathers the best stories & perspectives of craft beer through interviews, photography & travel.”

Tom lives in the brewing capital of Michigan, Grand Rapids and is an ex-pat Brit and Certified Cicerone. Jack is a Certified Beer Server and runs a design business over on the north side of Chicago, Ken McMullen is my co-host and reports in from darkest Naperville, so The Brit, Phil Clark, connected everybody up via phone lines and the cloud for a conversation recorded in the Brit and Yankee pub studio.

We find out how The Hop Review was started, how they manage to get interviews with some of the brewing world’s best, what some of their favorite interviews were, what they are drinking now, a short debate on the hazy trend, and Tom tells us what it takes to become a Certified Cicerone. Also, Tom works for Collective Arts Brewery out of Canada and we hear what they have to offer here in the States, and that leads to opinions on ‘best by’ dates, which segues to a chat on the beer festival they sponsor, Ultra Fresh, to be held on June 25. Then the lads provide us with their view on the UK craft beer scene as they have published a couple of interviews with brewers from across the pond.

It’s a fascinating chat with the talent behind one of the best craft beer websites, and we encourage you to head over and sign up for their weekly newsletter and check out some of their interviews.

Our interview brews:
Tom White – Collective Arts, Hamilton ON, Jam Up The Mash, Dry Hop Sour, 5.2%
Jack Muldowney – Grist House, Pittsburgh PA, Outrun Cowboy, Pilsener, 5.0%
The Brit – Lindemans Faro, Belgian lambic, 4.5%
Ken McMullen – Avery Brewing, Boulder CO, The Reverend, Belgian-style Quad, 10%

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