Pubcast 274 – We say Zumbier!

This week we head up north to Waukegan, and discover that up there is a nice, cozy brewpub with a lot of heart! Larry and Talea Bloom are the force behind this addition to the Chicago-land brewing scene, and traditional styles meet new styles here.

As we stepped through the doors we saw something different to the usual brewery taprooms, and it turned into a a really nice experience, where the beers, the people and the ambiance just exudes ‘old school’, and we mean that as a compliment.

Zumbier has a small system, and they are constantly trying to keep up with the demand of their regulars. We discovers how they got into this venture, and the background to how they like to brew their beers. We also go to taste Talea’s cooking, and their generosity and welcoming approach to their brewpub just says this is the friendly confines of nano-brewing….we love it!

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Pubcast 273 – Corridor 55 Special Release #5 – Black Horizon Brewing

It’s a different version of our Corridor 55 Special Release series, as we aren’t recording in front a live audience, but rather due to everyone’s busy schedules, we are in the brewery on a brew day so the taproom is closed. However co-owner Charles St. Clair and head brewer Alex Stankus are on-hand to talk with us, and it turns into a bumper edition.

Corridor 55 Special Release focuses on the breweries who have opened along the Heritage Corridor, I-55 interstate between Lyons and Plainfield.  We ask each of our interviewees to select some of their brews that they feel fit into 3 categories, plus we all taste a fourth one from the next brewery in our trip down I-55.

Join us for this inside chat when we find out about the brewery, their brewing styles, and a little bit about the guys behind the brewery. It’s the Brit, the Yankee, and series producer Kevin Herbst, barging in on a brew day, and enjoying some good beers and conversation. Plus we get to add hops and stir a batch of ESB that Alex is brewing, so odes that make it an official collaboration?

And although they couldn’t make the recording we managed to head over to Skeleton Key and get Paul Slayton’s take on the Chain Beer, so stay tuned for the end of the podcast!

Flagship Beer: 
Shame on You, Double-Dry-Hopped IPA, ABV 6.5%, IBU 60
Weird Dynamic “Milkshake”, IPA with lactose and vanilla, ABV 6.8%, IBU 50
Showcase Beer:
Hivemind, Hoppy Belgian Biere de Garde, ABV 5.4%, IBU 30
Inspiration Beer:
Charles  – Chimay varieties
Alex – Fat Tire, New Belgium
Chain Beer:
Skeleton Key Brewery, Petal Pusher, Rose Wheal Ale with Rose Petals,

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Pubcast 272 – 3 Guys in a State: Idaho

This second episode of 3 Guys, sees Mark Naski, Johnny K, and The Brit sampling some brews from the ‘famous potato’ state of Idaho. Mark now lives in Boise, but returns with tales of the expanding craft beer scene on a regular basis. He also brings plenty of samples.

Not being ones to turn down free beer, we got together and ran through a few new ones, just to make sure there was no threat to Illinois brews. Alas, we were wrong as the beers we tasted are challenging insomuch as they’d give our home crews a run for their money! This show coincides with the Idaho Craft Beer Month.

We talk about the breweries, whether dogs and children should be allowed in breweries, debate if the Imperial Red is such or more of an Imperial IPA, and then what 12 gauge refers to.

Beers Reviewed:

Barbarian Brewing, Red Sonja, Red Sour Blend, 6.5% ABV – 3 Thumbs Up
Boise Brewing, Jagged Shard, Imperial Red Ale, 8.5% ABV – 2.9 Thumbs Up
County Line Brewing, Slow Draw, Oatmeal Stout, 6.6% ABV – 3 Thumbs Up
Payette Brewing Co., Twelve Gauge Imperial Stout, 10% ABV – 3 Thumbs up

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Pubcast 271 – 3 Guys In A State: Illinois

It’s Illinois Craft Beer Week, and after last week’s show where we celebrated a brand new Illinois brewery, we have returned to a quieter home turf location and we are tasting some Illinois beers. This is the first of 2 shorter shows (making up for missing a couple) where beer consultant to the stars, Mark Naski, joins The Brit and friend of the show, John Karwoski, and we talk about and taste some brews from two of our favorite states, Illinois and Idaho.

In this edition, we recognize our home state with three brews from Afterthought, Church Street, and Dovetail. Arbitrarily selected beers, we pair these up with some charcuterie and Italian cheese, which turns out to one of the best munchies you can have with good beers. The selections range from a flowery adjunct, through a well-done style, to a journey through 2 styles you would not expect.

Beers Reviewed:

Afterthought, Saison Meer: Lilac, brewed with Lombard lilac flowers, ABV 5%
Church Street Brewing, Devil’s Advocate, Belgian Golden Strong Ale, 8.8% ABV
Dovetail Brewing, X01 Flanders Rauch, Flanders Oud Bruin, 5.3% ABV

Beers paired with Jamon De Bellata Spanish Ham and Canestrato cheese

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