Pubcast 317 – BUG Reports: MyGrain, Sketchbook, Goose Island

This is the final report from the Beer Under Glass festival that started the Craft Beer Week here in Chicago, and the sampling is taking it’s toll on The Brit! Despite that, the team manage to keep him pointing the mic in the direction of brewers, and in this edition we first head out to the further reaches of the park, and find Dan Rosenberg from MyGrain Brewing.  As always he brings beers to  sample that are based on the classics, and taste amazing.

We get attacked by our next interviewee, Sean Curry, one of the co-founders at Sketchbook, who are sharing a booth with Dan, so we have to head over there and find out about the expansion plans for them. Plus there’s a Mexican Lager on hand to sample.

Our final segment is back in the conservatory and at the Goose Island booth, where brewer Dan Floyd is kind enough to step back from his pouring duties and provide his views on their place in craft beer and talk about some of their classics.

We had a great time there, it’s a recommended festival for next year, where the Illinois Craft Brewer’s Guild can showcase some of their best and newest breweries. Drink Illinois!

Pubcast 316 – BUG Reports: Oswego, Riverlands, Energy City

Day 5, and the Garfield Conservatory and grounds are now packed with attendees, but we’re still finding the stars of Chicago brewing. Today we talk with Marc Wilson ahead of the Oswego Brewing first anniversary and we get a sneak peak of their anniversary brew, Daguerreotype, and a clean-shaven Cory Davidson from Miskatonic astounds everybody as they don’t recognize him.

Then it is over to Riverlands booth, and The Brit tries to chat with brewer and Tottenham supporter Dave Marck, but co-host Ken McMullen decides to give us both a lesson hazy IPA production!

And last in this edition, it’s a chat with David Files from Energy City, who are probably the most well-known of the Hazy IPA producers, and we talk about why that is, and The Brit tries one of their brews with a new adjunct, cardamon. By now it is really busy, so the crowd noise is ever-present!

Pubcast 315 – BUG Reports: Open Outcry, Noon Whistle, Metal Monkey

Day 4 of our CCBW reports from the Beer Under Glass festival, and this time The Brit tracks down Wil Turner from Open Outcry, who brings a cream ale and a hazy IPA, and we find out he is a Hammers supporter, and about his English and European brewing roots. 

After that we pass the Noon Whistle booth and tap up brewer Paul Klein to check in on their expansion progress, and we sample a non-hazy member of their Hop Prism line, Ken tries the Fuzzy Smack, and Chuck has the regular IPA.

Last on this edition, we chat with Dan Camp from Metal Monkey, and for one of their beers they were randalling their flagship Asmodeus with cocoa nibs, chilli peppers and cinnamon sticks. Dan also reveals that their hazy IPA could have been called Jucifer, but Church Street pipped them at the beer name post!

Pubcast 314 – BUG Reports: Flesk, Tribes, Around The Bend

Day 3 of our CCBW reports from the Beer Under Glass festival, and here we chat with James O’Brian from Flesk Brewing and sample their offerings, one of which is actually a milkshake IPA that The Brit enjoyed. Then, the tallest man in Chicago brewing, Chet Brett from Tribes Beer Co, jumps in to tell us about their offerings. Finally, Dan Schedler, founder of Around The Bend, talks about the District Brew Yards location and we sample their Black Forest and Extra Circus Brut IPA.